22 - 29 February 2020

The Module

The Idea of Rest in a  Restorative Yoga Practice:

We live in modern times where much of what we do seems in need to be rushed: from waking up until the end of the day we are in a ‘non-stop involvement’ with the world. Many of us pack our day with more duties and higher efficiencies than is perhaps wholesome. There are so many workshops on how to become ‘more productive’ or how to do ‘more in less time’.

In my opinion, a healthy human being has both sides in his/her life: moments of being fully engaged with the world, but also moments of rest, stillness, silence and contemplation. I feel that we need to cultivate the latter a little more. Some practices of Yoga are said to emphasize precisely this state of inner silence.

Restorative Yoga results in a relaxed physical state. It focuses on staying in a variety of postures on the floor, using props to be comfortably and fully supported. The postures are helping to gently open and release certain areas in our bodies. In our course, we pair this with Pranayama to encourage a movement into stillness beyond.

‘Anouk, it was such a wonderful training this February and I was lucky to be one of the 8 students there to experience your warmth, light, and amazing teaching skills. Really helped me take my teaching to another level, and the week in itself was divinely restorative !! ‘

Nicole Marty 2019

‘What a beautiful training, with a fabulous group of ladies! This was easily one of the loveliest learning experiences of my life and such a wonderful gift to give to yourself. I look forward to attending Anouk’s next retreats or teacher trainings. Satsanga Retreat was a great choice as a venue with lovely atmosphere and food that was almost too delicious. Thank you, Anouk!’

 Henna Sipari 2019

The Course

This is a YACEP certified 50 hr. module, which will allow those who already hold a Yoga teaching degree to add hours of study to their experience and teaching credentials.

The course is also designed to be accessible to those practitioners of Yoga interested in applying restorative Yoga to their own practice and learning about the benefits, or simply  for those looking to enjoy a week of practice, healthy eating and learning.


The practice and content

In addition to the restorative Yoga part of the module, this course offers you an opportunity to study Pranayama with a qualified teacher in the lineage of Emil Wendel 

We will be exploring a series of Yogic breathing techniques that, beyond their physical benefits, further the possibility of a state of stillness. During the last days of our course the benefits, counter-indications and differences of Pranayama will be discussed, so that all participants can build a home practice. 

Please note this is not a certification for teaching Pranayama as this requires steady years of practice under the guidance of a teacher and we take this seriously. Of course – for those who have been previously studying with either Emil or I – the course builds experience towards becoming a Pranayama teacher in the future. 

In the mornings, after the practice of Pranayama and meditation, we continue with an energetic Asana practice in the style of Hatha Yoga, which would be providing the balance between the states of vitality and stillness that I speak of above.

The Pranayama & meditation and the Asana mornings account for 20hrs. of the course.


In the Restorative Yoga part of this course Anouk will share: 

  • A look at a variety of restorative Yoga postures in detail 
  • The methodical use of props and prop options 
  • The benefits and counter-indications of the restorative Yoga postures  
  • Modifications and options suitable to individual needs and gentle adjustments  
  • Timing in the poses 
  • Skills and understanding on how to guide a restorative Yoga class. Further emphasis will be placed on verbal skills  
  • Basic understanding of the nervous system connected to Yoga  
  • How to bring about a state of presence and relaxation in the restorative Yoga class  
  • How to sequence a class and possibly combine restorative Yoga with light movements of the body 
  • How to give gentle adjustments  
  • How to combine restorative Yoga with primary Pranayama techniques and meditation

At the end of the course, the participants will have an opportunity to present a 45 min. class and receive feedback from an experienced teacher trainer.

The Restorative Yoga part will cover 30 hrs. of the course.


Note: There is a difference between Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga. This is a Restorative Yoga Module. 

The venue: Satsanga Retreat Centre 

 This training will take place in the Satsanga Retreat in North Goa, near the town of Mapusa and about 40 min away from the capital Panaji.

Satsanga is a beautiful place; comfortable, yet not overly luxurious, offering good, healthy food. Gardens are lush with plants and birdlife. The Yoga space we will use has wooden floors and it is well equipped with all the props we will need.



We start with a welcome circle on the 22th at 17:00, followed by dinner.

The retreat finishes on the 29th after brunch.

For airport transport please directly contact Satsanga:

The price

The cost is € 825 based on twin shared accommodation, all meals and program fees included.

For each participant that signs up Anouk donates to a project involved in planting trees or in renewable energy


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‘It was such an amazing training! So grateful I had the opportunity to attend the restorative 50h module with a lovely group of yoginis and wonderful teacher Anouk. It was a very rich experience at every level. Highly recommended.’

Julie Hanon 2019

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