Yin, Restorative & Bhakti Yoga Teacher Training

Yandara's Yin, Restorative & Bhakti Training is an elective part of our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program. You are also welcome to attend just this module as a regenerative retreat or continuing education course. During these 9 days we will explore the principals and philosophy of Yin and Restorative Yoga, as well as the practices and philosophy of Bhakti Yoga and the art of Mantra! The 9 days we spend together will be healing and nurturing for the body, mind and heart. We will prioritize the cultivation of a calmer state of being through daily regenerative practices and activities. 


Total All-Inclusive Cost: $1,550

Tuition, meals and accommodation in one of our deluxe tents are included. Airport transportation and study materials are not included in the price. Canadian residence may be eligible for an "exchange rate" scholarship, contact us for details. For more accommodation options please see the bottom of our Baja Training Programs pages. If you wish to bring your own tent, a discount of $75 USD off tuition will be given.

Upcoming Yin, Restorative & Bhakti Yoga Courses

*Please note, the travel days are the first and last day of the posted training dates. Please schedule your arrival/departure accordingly.

Allison Eaton teaches Yandara's Yin, Restorative & Bhakti programs together with Yandara's kirtanista and lead musician Mercy Ananda, Sarasvati Young and Yandara guest teachers Aaron Reed and Kim Wexman.

Program Description: 

Yin and Restorative Yoga are gentle, regenerative practices where all the poses are done on the floor, supported by props, to encourage deep relaxation, a natural opening of the joints and optimal energy flow through the body.

This slow, healing practice is a journey into the heart and soul of your being. It naturally cultivates inner listening, heightened awareness, compassion and acceptance for who you are and where you are in each moment of life.

Our focus is on both Yin and Restorative yoga. You will learn how to effectively teach these two distinct styles. The daily morning asana practices will include a mix of yin, yang, and yang-yin styles. 
We will explore: Yin Yoga Principles and Practice;  Yin Poses, Restorative Yoga Principles and Practice;  Restorative Poses; Wall Yoga; Incorporating Live Music and Sound Healing in the Yin/Restorative Yoga Class; Yin and Restorative Yoga Sequencing; The Chinese Meridians and Sequencing for Organ Health; Exploring Props, Variations and Modifications; The Science of Stress and the Relaxation Response; Yin Yoga Anatomy, Energy Body Anatomy; Incorporating Gentle Pranayama in the Restorative Practice; Mindfulness Meditation; Yin Desserts - incorporating gentle energy assists, sound healing, musical instruments, aromatherapy, mantras, mudras, and more into your Yin and Restorative classes.

Born from a deep desire to feel and express ones relationship to the divine, Bhakti Yoga offers a way to connect the spiritual heart with everyday life experience.

Learn to share traditional as well as contemporary mantras and kirtans. Receive personal instruction on how to play Indian Bhakti Yoga instruments, such as harmonium, sitar, tamboura, shruti box, drums, and kartals. Instruments will be provided or you can bring your own and learn to play mantras/kirtans. 

Learn how Bhakti developed in the yogic tradition, participate in study groups to discuss and apply the wisdom from ancient Yogic texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita, Narada's Bhakti Sutras, and the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra. Learn and share mythological stories about Gods and Goddesses, and find out about the origin and stories behind many of the mantras and asanas. Become familiar with the Bhakti Yogis of India, such as Ananda Mayi Ma, Sri Caitanya and the wandering mystic Mirabai. 

Bhakti is a world of overflowing love, Yoga's sweetest path to enlightenment. Through Ishvarapranidhana - love and reverence for the essence of life - we look forward to support you in your individual expression of Bhakti Yoga.

The lead teacher of the Bhakti Yoga training is Mercy Ananda (M.A., E-RYT500). Mercy is a highly trained musician as well as certified sound healer. She performs on the many kirtan albums produced by the Mount Madonna Center, Hanuman Fellowship. She is a member of the Sacred Sound Choir with Karuna Ault, and chants on their "Mahamrityunjaya Healing Mantra" album. Mercy also performs on many other kirtan albums, including the "Shri Ram Jaya Ram" album by Shri Anandi Ma.  

Mercy has a daily bhakti yoga sadhana of asana, meditation and mantra. Through her love of Bhakti yoga she has p articipated in the satsangs of teachers such as Baba Hari Das, Sri Satchidananda, Anandi Ma, Sri Karunamayi, and Sri Mata Amritanandamayi. She believes that Bhakti Yoga creates "a presence and resonance of healing and love." Mercy is an experienced certified Yoga Teacher and expresses her service through sharing her heartfelt love of Yoga with her students.

program details:

  • Prerequisite: 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training certificate from Yandara Yoga or other Yoga Alliance approved Yoga Teacher Training for those who wish to fulfil 100 hours toward their 300 hour certification. Prerequisites of 6 months of yoga practice for those who simply want to deepen their practice with this training. 
  • Preparatory Study: Purchase and read "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass,  "The Relaxation Response" by Herbert Benson, and "The Woman's Book of Yoga and Health" by Linda Sparrows and Patricia Walden.  All participants are required to attend at least 5 Yin or Restorative classes/videos before coming to the training. 
  • Contact hours: 90 hours
  • Non-contact hours: 10 hours (to be fulfilled by home study)

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