Restorative Yoga and Polyvagal Theory Training

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st January 2024 – Fully booked

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November 2024 – Spaces available

A transformative three-day training covering Restorative Yoga and Polyvagal Theory, with a focus on providing practical, invaluable insights and tools to enhance your teaching and support healing, peace and acceptance for you, your loved ones and your yoga students.

About Restorative Yoga and Polyvagal Theory

We believe in the profound healing potential of Restorative Yoga and the transformative impact of Polyvagal Theory, and this unique training brings together these two powerful modalities to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the role of nervous system in the healing process, and how, as yoga teachers, we can seamlessly and confidently weave that role in to our offerings.

Join us for this immersive and empowering three-day training, as we explore the intersection of Restorative Yoga and Polyvagal Theory, unlocking the power of healing and resilience.

This course is perfect for:

Yoga teachers with a passion for creating safe and healing spaces for their students

All yoga teachers; in-training, new and experienced.

Restorative Yoga and Polyvagal Theory Course Content:

  • Deep dive into Restorative Yoga
    • Explore the principles and practices of Restorative Yoga, including the use of props, breathwork, and conscious relaxation
    • Learn how to create nurturing and supportive environments for your students to experience profound relaxation and release.
    • Restorative asana clinic; breaking down key restorative poses, how to set them up, how to instruct
  • Understanding the Polyvagal Theory
    • Delve into the groundbreaking Polyvagal Theory developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, which illuminates the connection between the nervous system, trauma, and resilience
    • Gain insights into the physiological responses to stress and trauma, and how yoga can be a powerful tool for regulation and healing
  • Integrating Polyvagal Theory into Restorative Yoga
    • Discover how to incorporate Polyvagal Theory principles into Restorative Yoga classes
    • Incorporate the learnings from Restorative Yoga and Polyvagal theory to add a deeper layer to your existing classes, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin and many other styles of yoga
    • Learn how to create a sense of safety, connection, and empowerment, fostering resilience and healing for your students.
  • Experiential learning
    • Engage in practical exercises, group discussions, and hands-on experience to deepen your understanding and embodiment of Restorative Yoga and Polyvagal Theory
    • Practice teaching Restorative Yoga sequences infused with Polyvagal Theory concepts
  • Applied skills and teaching techniques
    • Develop trauma-aware teaching skills, including sensitive language, consent, and the art of creating inclusive spaces for all students
    • Explore variations and adaptations of Restorative Yoga poses to address different physical and emotional needs
  • Personal and professional growth
    • Nurture your own self-care and wellbeing through the importance of rest
    • Connect with a supportive community of fellow teachers, fostering collaboration and ongoing learning.


Friday 19th – Sunday 21st January 2024, 08:30 – 16:30 – Fully booked

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November 2024, 08:30 – 16:30 – Spaces available


The course price is £400

Yoga Hero teacher training trainees and graduates get 20% off!

Payment plan available.

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    About Holly Mcfee

    Holly Mcfee is the owner of Yoga Hero Ltd. Holly has been practicing yoga since 2010, and teaching since 2013. Holly embarked upon her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training here in Leeds, and after balancing a full time job and teaching yoga for just six months, went full time in to teaching.

    In August 2015 Holly opened the Yoga Hero studio in Leeds Dock, and in June 2017 this studio expanded to become one of the largest dedicated yoga spaces in the North of England.

    Holly’s experience in opening two busy studios, and years of self-employment, will be shared to help trainees build a thriving yoga business, should you wish to. Holly is an experienced Restorative, Nidra, Ashtanga, Rocket, Vinyasa Flow and Yin teacher, and the diversity across these disciplines combined with her passion for spreading the benefits of yoga, and her dedication to make teachers be the best they can be, mean that teacher trainees will receive a vital combination of learning about the many aspects of yoga practice, philosophy, and teaching.

    Aside from teaching and practising yoga, Holly loves to walk her pug, see friends and family, have the odd beer and explore the world.

    About Yoga Hero

    Yoga Hero has been established since March 2013. Initially, classes were ‘popping up’ in church halls, arts galleries, cafes, skateparks… you name it! Over time, we eventually found a beautiful home in Leeds Dock.

    Yoga Hero has three studios, one with a capacity of up to 80, one with a capacity of 20, and the third is perfect for small private groups or one to one sessions. At Yoga Hero, we offer everything from Introduction to Yoga Courses, Pay As You Feel Classes, up to 200 hour Foundation Teacher Training Qualifications and Further Training, such as Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and much more!

    About Leeds Dock

    Leeds Dock

    Yoga Hero is based in a beautiful part of Leeds called Leeds Dock. Leeds Dock is a 10 minute walk from Leeds Train Station, or there’s a free water taxi service between the train station and the Dock!

    Around Leeds Dock are many affordable hotels, such as:
    Holiday Inn Express (Two minutes’ walk)
    Jury’s Inn (Five minutes’ walk)
    Ibis (Five minutes’ walk)
    Malmaison (Ten minutes’ walk)

    There are also many very reasonably priced AirBnBs on the Dock

    Leeds is a quite small city with loads going on. The whole city is walkable by foot, probably 40 minutes’ walk from one end to the other at a steady pace. There’s many independent restaurants and cafes, with our favourite North Star Coffee Shop just two doors down from the studio, serving incredible coffee and food during the day.

    If you have any questions about Leeds; what to do, where to stay, or how to get here, just ask the team: hello@yogahero.co.uk // 07743513225.

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    Coronavirus Contingency Planning 

    Valid from 22nd March 2021

    Should social distancing and / or lock down measures be in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, we will offer the Mindfulness and Yoga Nidra components of the course online, using Zoom or something similar and the in-person Restorative part of the training will be postponed until we are in a position for it to run again in the studio.

    Our priority would be to hold the teacher training altogether in the Yoga Hero studio, however, should part or all of the training move online, it’s great to know that there are many benefits to attending an online training including:

    • You get to attend from your own home, so no travelling each morning and evening
    • We’re able to share slides with images and text in a digestible format
    • There’s real clarity to all the information
    • You’re able to record lectures for future reference

    It can feel alien at first to consider learning online, but we’ve experienced great success with this so far.

    Our Teacher Training team will keep you posted at all stages, and if learning online is not something that works for you, we would happily postpone your place to a future training.

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