Restorative Yoga Training 2024

“The way to do is to be.” Lao Tzu

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Restorative Yoga Training 2024

“The way to do is to be.”
Lao Tzu

Register Here

Restorative Yoga Training 2024

(over 70 hours of training)

with Karla Brodie and Neal Ghoshal, with guest tutors

8 Days of Training over 2 long weekends

Part 1: 9-12th May Restorative Immersion

Part 2: 6-9th June Learning to teach Restorative Yoga
(Part 2 is optional. To do part 2, part 1 is a pre-requisite)

Part 1: $800
Part 2: $800
Paid together + certification: $1475
(Full course is normally: $1600)

$300 deposit to secure your place for one part
$500 deposit
for the whole course

Join Karla, Neal and guest tutors for a deep dive into the art and practice of Restorative Yoga.

Karla and Neal are passionate about Restorative Yoga and have over two decades developed a unique and innovative approach to this very nourishing practice. In essence they see Restorative Yoga as a well-being practice.

Our Restorative Training is in two parts - students and lovers of Restorative Yoga are welcome to attend part 1 and the full teacher training certification includes part 1 and 2.

Supported Reclined Bound Angle

Part 1: 9-12th May
Immersive Restorative Experience


The essential principles, postures and practices of Restorative Yoga

This four-day immersion introduces the history, seed shapes and essential principles of Restorative Yoga This training is a retreat into the essential principles of support, containment, ease and self-renewal.  This training includes an in-depth class on emerging Polyvagal and nervous system thinking and theories with guest tutor Tui Williams.

Each day begins with a gentle movement practice, themes and essential teachings include breath, yielding, the fluid body, organ support and meditation in movement.

The morning and afternoon sessions are a balance of theory and practice. This training may also include an afternoon of Restorative with live music.

Neal will also share an introduction to iRest Yoga Nidra®. Yoga Nidra is a deeply restful and healing practice which re-connects us to our essential, true nature, which is always whole and at ease.

Participants will receive a comprehensive workbook that will support personal practice and sharing simple and nourishing Restorative practice with friends and family.

Part 1 only: $800
$300 deposit

Part 2: 6-9th June – Teacher Training
(Pre-requisite: Part 1 completed within three years of enrolment in Part 2.)


Diving deep and teaching Restorative Yoga

The second four day immersion includes exploring the educational or pedagogical model that supports creating a safe, ethical, trauma informed learning and resting environment.

Participants explore more Restorative postures, class planning, case studies, voice, holding space theory, and practices unique and essential to offering Restorative Yoga classes.

There are a number of teaching practicums within the training including a community afternoon where some of Karla’s weekly Restorative students come in to receive and offer feedback to trainees, this is always a rich and heartfelt highlight of the training. The skills and principles learned will complement any Yoga teacher wanting to create a deeply nourishing experience of rest in Yoga practice.

Much of the training is co-taught by Karla and Neal adding a rich and supportive layer to the training. Opportunities to understudy Karla at the Contemporary Yoga Centre post training are available.

Part 2 only: $800
$300 deposit
(Pre-requisite: Part 1 completed within three years of enrolment in Part 2)

Part 1: $800
Part 2: $800
Paid together + certification: $1475
(Full course is normally: $1600)

$300 deposit to secure your place for one part
$500 deposit
for the whole course


Certification of the Restorative Training

To obtain your Contemporary Yoga Teaching Certificate you must successfully complete both Parts of the training. We recommend enrolling in both Parts in the same year, however you can complete Part 2 in a subsequent year. To obtain your Contemporary Yoga Teaching Certificate you will need to complete Part 2 within three years of completing Part 1. While we aim to teach this course each year, we cannot guarantee this.

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” Rumi

“Rest is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. Rest is the essence of giving and receiving; an act of remembering, imaginatively and intellectually, but also psychologically and physically…

The template of rest is the natural exchange of the body breathing, the autonomic giving and receiving that forms the basis of and the measure of life itself.”

David Whyte

Karla Brodie portrait

Karla Brodie

Intuitive, honest, attentive, creative, joyful and full of expression – there’s something about Karla that speaks directly to your insides, and suddenly you realise you have a newfound conversation with your inner world.

Karla is an experienced Yoga and movement teacher and teacher trainer who has taught throughout Auckland for over 20 years, specialising in Restorative Yoga.

She is inspired to share the practice of Yoga to enhance awareness of breath, movement and conscious rest in everyday life.

More about Karla here >>

Neal Ghoshal portrait

Neal Ghoshal

When someone loves what they do with all of their heart, it emanates to everyone they work with. Neal is one of these people.

His teaching focuses on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles, and to embody these in a way that takes our spiritual practice into our everyday lives.

More about Neal here >>

Participant Testimonials


Emma Willis

This was a really warm, exciting, encouraging and profound learning experience. The facilitation was awesome and there was such a wonderful sense of community amongst the practitioners.

A beautiful balance of life-to-life and individual learning. I am so inspired to continue with the practice and to find ways to integrate it into other areas of my life and to share it with others.


Nanxi Chen

I have discovered a pathway to my true “being”.



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


Meghann Stewart

The manual is an amazing resource and always will be.


Tui Williams

Karla and Neal are incredible. They are truly exceptional teachers. They have such care, and hold such safe, honouring spaces, in a way I haven’t experienced with any other Yoga teachers.

They are truly committed to this work on such a deep level, and you can tell that from the way they are in the world. I am awed by how ahead of their time they are in this work, and think it is really groundbreaking.

I haven’t found anyone doing it the way they are. I can’t wait for their book to come out!! I highly highly HIGHLY recommend working with them.


Katrina Kidson

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



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.


Stephanie Leighton

Restorative Yoga is the warm and encompassing hug I had been craving. The level of care, creativity, and personalization that Contemporary Yoga brings to the practice is incredibly special.

The love for this practise that Karla and Neal share shines through their teaching. They both hold these explorations with such wisdom and grace. Their embodiment of kindness and nurturing fills the space and is felt by all who attend these trainings.

The chance to deeply rest is a great gift. This training has been an incredible gift for me and I am excited to share the teachings with others.


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.

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