Embodied Rest TRAINING

Welcome to Restorative Yoga training page.

I am happy to announce the new look Restorative Yoga Emobodied Rest & renew course and training will be available this June 4th & 5th over 2 days - 4 workshops  in Adelaide.

Restorative practices are a technique  integrated as a Yoga therapy. Practiced to harmonize the Autonomic Nervous System and to re direct pathways for stress disorders to disperse.

The Restorative course comprises of Level one foundations and level two, Teacher Training. Set out in 4 sessions the foundations practices and theory making it accessible to anyone..(if you are interested in teacher training the foundations is a prequesite.

Entering into level one, you begin the journey from sensing and feeling your physical body to the subtle changes of breath, feeling/emotion towards the subtleties of energy. 

You are encouraged to find and meet yourself in the practices of Restorative Yoga while learning the foundations and applications to enter into deep states of rest.  this arrives by implementing Yoga's powerful classical positions which enhance the return to balance of the nervous system allowing for coherent health , which weaves into the mind and emotions. 

Held over 3 sessions which include full day retreat style. 

Level two teacher training:  After level one if you are drawn to share the practices then another full two day retreat style plus one 3 hour weekly session prior to the next weekend training.  Includes theoretical background and live practice of foundation Restorative Yoga Positions from Classical and Hatha Yoga. Incorporating Intention which we build upon level one learning how to assist and enhance  others comfort and ease in the Restorative set ups and also how to take a group through a class. Here you will receive a training manual .


Over the time of the training, we will explore the science, incorporating guided practices, breath practices which soothe the Nervous system and build energy, including basic relaxation. as we journey together each week with other Restorative Yoga positions.

All of the course is based around heart felt resonance and developing your personal feeling tone. 


If you want to secure a certificate then you will be required to attend Level 2 Teacher Training Component .

Find out more below

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Expand your teaching skills to include Restorative classes.
Run workshops in Relaxation / Yoga Nidra.
Add various themes to your classes, create self-care plans for your private students and receive CPD points for each Level.
Add to your Yoga Therapy knowledge.
You will turn your passion into purpose.



How often have you wished you had a breathing technique or a self-care practice that would help your clients drop muscular tension and stress effectively and efficiently? 
Would you like to add small group sessions to your business? 
The added bonus of these skills is an increase in your energetic flow, your community will grow because you have a gift to send home with them - it's called "the body awareness tool kit".


Bring the benefits of calm breathing and support in your primary care clinic or hospital or run small group classes for your staff.
Your role as a primary carer will extend into a feeling of empowerment for those you meet every day, the comfort, ease and support you will be able to offer can reduce their time in care and give them hope and tools to take home.


Share the importance of self-care practices to enhance your client's physical, mental and emotional well-being. Add guided meditations and progressive relaxation sessions to your clinic.


Realise your passion for helping others by giving them a variety of positive choices they can take home and use anytime.


Are you constantly tired, fatigued or burnt out? Finding difficulty managing anxiety or stress?


You will find this course connective, supportive, restful and rejuvenating. Everyone loves this course because you get to practice lots of relaxation.


Embodied Rest Training Program - Currently offered online and Live

Welcome, with the current situation of isolation, the May Restorative Training Course will be offered online theory and Live stream. This still carries the same Points and approvals from Yoga Australia. If you would like to know more we are happy to assist you to find out if this unique training course is suited to your needs.


After using various applications of Yoga since 1992 and teaching since 1997, I have chosen what I believe are the most adaptable practices, integrating these to create a Workshop-style course over 2 weekends.


Foundation Level over three days covers setting up, principles and application of Restorative Practices, Yoga Positions, learning basic principles of breathing, Mudras, Assisting and Adjusting,  Intention, Awareness, Meditation/self-enquiry and Progressive Relaxation. It includes stress physiology, Yoga philosophy , home study and reflections. Yoga props are required for this course.


Yoga Nidra & Guided Imagery includes Principles and applications of Yoga Nidra / Progressive relaxation with the emphasis on Guided Visualisation, Meditation / Contemplation, applying specific breath practices for various health conditions. On completion you will be able to present various Guided Relaxations in up to 45 min sessions and on 1 hour sessions using Yoga Relaxation Scripts and Guided Imagery. You will also learn how to incorporate specific Savasana (relaxation positions) set ups that work towards efficient and effective relaxation responses including breathing practices to encourage and restore energy levels in the body, including the therapeutic aspects of  the practice for the body - mind and brain. 

Both weekends inter-relate and integrate together as a whole Restorative Lifestyle package and includes a guide on how to use, apply and teach. You will also learn skills on how you can integrate these practices into your workplace and how to adapt them personally or in a group setting.

You can start either anytime and any part of the program can be taught on its own according to the context and circumstances of teachers and their students / patients.

Yoga teachers love this practice because they get to be nourished in deep states of relaxation while changing the bodies nervous system gently.

You will become Gifted at facilitating the healing work of the body and mind, strengthen your

intuitive abilities and come from a place of deep compassion and understanding.

Your first module will be provided online so you can begin understanding what Restorative Integral practices are about prior to the course and you will receive a Manual of practices/guides to use after and during the course. 

All Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance. for the weekend.  Those going on to complete the full course will receive a Certified Restorative Yoga Wisdom Certificate. (Please note there is a $125.00 assessment fee for each course this includes the  on line Modules of the Teaching components and required assessment tasks for certification


Professional Development Recognition: If you are a Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia / IYTA you will be awarded with 30 CPD Points which can go towards Continuous Education.Various Massage associations also approve this course for points - check with your association directly.

Would You Like To Become embodied through Restorative Yoga Practices?

Do you want to learn how to teach and guide others or to experience the benefits of Restorative Yoga and gather  the key tools on how to relax and manage stress, burnout and fatigue through a variety of simple and effective Mind-Body Practices and revive and transform yourself too? Are you ready to revitalize your life? Restorative yoga Embodied Rest training programs are here to help.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) are well suited for anyone with an injury, recovering from illness, or overwhelmed - stressed or burnt out.  It is also vital in creating a wholesome lifestyle.


Training is for anyone who wants to learn life skills to enhance health and build emotional resilience, integrate Mind/ Body practices that effectively and efficiently induces the Relaxation Response and reduce stress, fatigue,   It encompasses an integration of both Neuro Science - Embodiment, Ancient Yoga practices - and most importantly re sets and reconnects you to your true essence of wholeness and wellbeing. When you begin to just relax a little and breathe easier, judgements drop and you shift to a peace, a connection inside, you literally "raise your energy  vibes". You begin to thrive rather than just survive I call this embodiment tuning. Its when you are feeling good your energy is up rather than tired, confused overwhelmed and vague.

To learn more and experience Restorative Yoga Embodied Rest practices, you can join a specific class, workshop or complete either level one and level two to Train as a facilitator of the practice #RestorativeTraining.

What is included in Level One

Level one:

  • Pranayama practice - 3 breath practices for balance and calm.

  • Yoga Props - 

  • Embodiment - Interoception

  • Heart and soul healing

  • Fundamental qualities required to relax deeply

  • Health benefits of Restorative Yoga

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Restorative Yoga Postures

  • Questions and answers

  • Intention - 

Held over 2 days

Basic theory - props

History and purpose of Restorative Yoga

Foundation Breath  practices to bring calm and balance

Restorative Yoga class

Foundation Yoga positions; (this allows anyone to be able to practice regardless of any health or physical limitations)

Full Day Course:- 

  • Three pillars to practice

  • How to set up a practice .

  • Exploration of different ways to set up a practice

  • Heartfelt wisdom - return to wholeness.

In level one foundations, you will be transported through various techniques towards embodiment. You will be guided through the sessions and learn step by step understanding how to set up a Restorative Postures exploring the integration of breath - sensation and the wonderful feeling tone of letting go and resting... to restore the body - mind and emotions.

The practice is scheduled so that it deepens over the time of the training. . With preparation, you will be carefully guided towards deeper practices throughout the weekend.

At the end of each class, you have the chance to ask your personal questions and share your experiences with others.

​On Completion:

​If you are drawn to deepen your understanding of  Restorative Yoga  and wish to become gifted at facilitating as a teacher or within your therapy sessions , this can be achieved in the new teacher training component. ( dates out soon)

​Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for level one.  Those going on to complete the full course (level 2)  with completion of assessments will receive a full certificate.

Level two teacher training:

Once established in the experience of level one you can go onto learn how to facilitate a Restorative class or session.

You will be required to attend the full course including a 2 hour introductory lecture the week prior to training.  It will come complete with a manual and handouts science and practices which you will be able to keep and use after.

  • Pranayama practice

  • Yoga Philosophy

  • Science of Nervous System

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Integrating Yoga Mudras

  • Yoga Nidra - Introduction

  • Heartfelt practice 

  • Questions and answers

  • Guiding others - integrating into your classes and clinic

  • Teaching practice

  • Restorative class sequences

What you will be required to have for the training: ( you will receive more information about this on booking)​

  • Yoga mat

  • Shawl or a blanket to cover yourself

  • 3 -4 other firm Yoga Blankets or large towels

  • Yoga Bolster or two firm pillows

  • two yoga blocks or two sold shoe boxes 

  • Eye Pillow or scarf

  • Yoga Strap

  • A quiet room

Your Facilitator Cathie McGill:-

Cathie began practicing Yoga  and guided meditation  in the early 1990's through the guidance of her teacher Mantra Murthi and Sheila Norbury. She went onto teach and incorporate Hatha Yoga  in both classes and personal sessions for others as a support for PTSD and other health problems.

Restorative Yoga practices have assisted with her own personal healing of complex stress disorder and she still incorporates visualisation and intention practices and Restorative postures to continue to strengthen both emotional resilience and peace of mind.

Cathie worked as an alternative therapist for 14 years and 28 years as a teacher. She has had a long history of supporting others towards physical and spiritual wellbeing.

She also offers  Restorative Yoga and Hatha Yoga sessions and training.


If you go onto complete both levels you will receive a certificate encompassing  hours.

Why Train With Me?

Respectfully and purposefully the past 28 years Cathie has practiced, Yoga - Meditation and Healing Modalities and adopted Yoga Teaching in 1997.  She has integrated her knowledge gained within several Yoga & Buddhist Traditions, with extensive experience in the Natural Therapy industry, with a wealth of knowledge and a desire to share it generously. My intention is to help others recover and restore, to support and guide them toward a community where people can relax and take charge of their lives, where a reaction phase is less and we grow together towards wholesome living.  Nothing really changes until we become relaxed.  In this state we are often able to make better decisions, reduce stress and have a greater sense of wellbeing. The course values and supports Trauma Sensitive Yoga practice is non sectarian and is an all inclusive learning environment open to anyone with or without experience..


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My Restorative Wisdom Mission


When I arrived at my darkest of moments, I had to pull it together for I was now a mother and had someone else to answer to, to care for. So I changed my personal Yoga Practice and went back to the first practice that lifted me out of my constant anxiety and personal condemnation: 

Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga's Child Position (Humble Foetus as I call it in my training program).

These Ancient practices alone created a space and insight to be able to navigate through and towards

 emotional balance and the mood swings that accompanies our past and present traumas'.  This gentle practice  then became the platform as my personal  life purpose (Dharma )to do what traditionally has been done and to offer on to others all that has been passed down as effective life skills. The key to all healing is to become relaxed first and foremost, there is no other option...

the importance of self-nurture and self compassion acts as a stabilizer, like strong roots and we fertilise this with practices for specific purposes.

Restorative Yoga practices hold you and support you and give similar benefits to the stronger more dynamic practices, the difference being you are able to be with each one for longer, without effort.

It is my wish and intention as to why this course evolved and continues to evolve.....that eventually there will be a house on every street where the immediate community can join together once a week and practice relaxation of some kind..

Lynn Davies (Nurse)

The format of the 2-stage course worked well to teach me something new, practice, give me confidence to develop my own classes, & inspire me to share with others. Cathie teaches from the heart, with the warmth of a new friend, but the discipline of a respected teacher, to ensure the students receive the full value of interactive class participation, whether it be for their own use or the intention to teach others.

Jasmine Lewis (Yoga Teacher)

The Restorative level 1 training exceeded my expectations on both a personal and professional level. I gained greater awareness of my own body and breath, which gave me revitalised enthusiasm towards my own practice. I also gained great insight on how to teach Restorative Yoga, using a process that creates a heavenly experience for students. Cathie is very generous in sharing her years of experience in yoga and her love for restorative. I would highly recommend this course to any teacher, student or member of the general public. The knowledge received was life changing for me and I look forward to level 2!

Johanna (Massage Therapist / Healer)

Just wanted to share my experience with you after my very first Restorative Session. It was a one on one. This person had a vulnerable experience thanks to the 5 fundamentals as they were able to feel safe, supported and able to allow for emotions to surface. Emotions that they had not experienced for many many years.  I felt such compassion and loving kindness during the session and the energy was wonderful..truly humbled by the experience. I am so grateful for having met you and have the training with you, and for all your teachings that allows me to offer Restorative Practices and to create a space for others to experience, feel, restore.Thank You, thank you, thank you. xx

Lara (Yoga Teacher)

I am a qualified Hatha yoga teacher and now have attended, completed and passed both Level 1 and Level 2 and gained the 50 hours of Restorative yoga with Cathie at Spirit of Yoga. It is immediately obvious when sitting with Cathie the depth of her knowledge in this area and her genuine deep love, loyalty and commitment of sharing the practices and her knowledge to those in her class. It is clear her knowledge and wisdom comes not only from her studies but from a deep and long term embodiment of the practices. Cathie is very detailed and thorough and passes down the teachings with meticulous instructions and an air of grace. I can see how adding restorative yoga to my personal practice and sharing with others can start to bring healing and profound transformation. I would highly recommend Cathie at Spirit of Yoga for anyone wanting to expand their yoga practice or teachings to include true and traditional Restorative yoga.