Foundations of Restorative Yoga

The essential principles and practices of Restorative Yoga

A collaboration with Contemporary Yoga and Flow Hot Yoga

4 day Restorative Yoga Immersion 

27th-30th March 2021 in Christchurch

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Flow Hot Yoga, Christchurch

with Karla Brodie and Neal Ghoshal

4 Days of Training
27th-30th March 2021

Flow Hot Yoga

25 Mandeville Street
Riccarton, Christchurch, 8011 (map)
phone: 03 348 8889

Calling for Yoga teachers and lovers of deeply restful Yoga practice to join Contemporary Yoga for a 4-day immersion into the art Restorative Yoga.

This essentials training is for teachers and practitioners new to, or with some experience of, Restorative Yoga practice. The course offers training in principles, fundamental postures, class planning, themes, anatomy, demonstrations, voice and touch practice unique to our Contemporary Yoga approach.

Participants will come away from this rich immersion course with new understandings and/or a revived understanding of the practice and teaching of Restorative Yoga.

Contemporary Yoga are excited to bring this training down south to our friends and community in Christchurch, Canterbury and the South Island. For those who wish to dive deep into Restorative Yoga in 2021, this 4-day training will be a perfect lead into to our full, in-depth 8-day Restorative Yoga teacher training offered in Auckland later in 2021.

Karla and Neal have a combined 35 years of experience teaching Restorative Yoga classes, courses, individuals and in retreat environments. They are known for their innovation and embodied approach.

Neal Ghoshal and Karla Brodie, Contemporary Yoga, Restorative Yoga Training

Karla Brodie

Karla is an experienced and qualified Yoga teacher. She is inspired to share the practice and philosophy of yoga in a simple, joyful, self renewing way. Her practical and intuitive approach leads students toward a deeper experiential understanding of breath, balanced posture and integrated movement. Karla has specialised in teaching restorative yoga for over 20 years.

The foundation of Karla’s teaching is within the Basic Neurocellular Patterns and the study of Body-Mind Centering. Embodying these self renewing patterns restores effortless breathing, ease, fluidity and cohesion in movement. Karla’s teachings, inspired by her teacher, friend and mentor Donna Farhi, offer a holistic approach to the art, science and practice of Yoga.

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Neal Ghoshal

Neal has been practicing yoga for over twenty-two years and teaching since 2003. He sees yoga as a map guiding us home to a place of peace and relaxed openness in each moment. Neal’s teaching focuses on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles – learning to embody these principles in a way that takes our spiritual practice into our everyday lives.

Neal also specialises in Restorative Yoga and in iRest Yoga Nidra (he is a certified teacher of the iRest Path of Meditation).

Neal has taught on teacher training programs in Australia and New Zealand, and has been a member of the teaching faculty of his teacher, friend and mentor, Donna Farhi’s Advanced Teacher Training.

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In essence, Restorative Yoga is a well-being practice. 

This training is a retreat into the essential principles of Restorative Yoga which include support, containment, ease and self-renewal.

What distinguishes this training is the level of innovation and refined use of props to create postures that uniquely support an individual student.

The skills and principles learned will compliment any Yoga student and teacher wanting to create a deeply nourishing experience of rest in Yoga practice.

This course will prepare you to teach Restorative Yoga and integrate restorative poses into your classes.

Restorative Yoga is now a key component in many Yoga classes. Karla and Neal have a combined 35 years of experience teaching Restorative Yoga classes, courses, individuals and in retreat environments.

The Schedule

7.30 - 9am : Movement practice

9.30am - 12.30pm :  Class, theory and practice

2 - 5pm : Practice

A total of 30 hours in person hours plus assignments and mentoring 5 hours - a  total of 35 hours certified by Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training.


Katrina Kidson

Karla and Neal - Thank you for such a beautiful weekend. I have arrived back into the stillness within.


Meghann Stewart

The manual is an amazing resource and always will be.


Karen Ross

Being on retreat with you Karla and Neal is so utterly nourishing, relaxing and restoring. You both live and embody your teachings which makes the experience even more special. Thank you.



There was a profound truth and ease present here that made it possible to discover some of one’s own profound truths and ease.



Thanks Karla and Neal for the amazing weekend. It was a beautiful gift to be here. Your peaceful and loving energy certainly made the weekend special.

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