45 Hour Online Restorative Yoga and

Somatic Movement Training

with senior teacher Kim McBean, E-RYT 500 and guest faculty

Learn to embody and teach the deeply healing and transformative practices of Restorative Yoga and Somatic Movement.

This online training is open to everyone, practitioners and teachers – all bodies and all levels of experience. For those that are keen to deepen their knowledge and embody life enhancing change, to develop a home practice, or share with their loved ones and communities.

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This comprehensive training will include theory and experiential learning to cover the following:

•  Physiology, psychology and the ‘why’ of restorative yoga and somatic movement
•  Somatic exercises to support embodiment, pain relief and re-education of the nervous system
•  Learn key restorative postures: backbends, forward bends, side bends, twists, inversions
•  How to set up restorative postures using props, and with limited use of props
•  Benefits, indications and contraindications of each restorative pose
•  How to support injuries, chronic conditions and mental health
•  Develop teaching qualities; reading bodies, trauma-informed language + environment, accessibility
•  Introduction to facilitating restorative yoga with an understanding of race-based trauma and stress
•  Learning about racialized aggressions and how to manage this in a quiet practice space
•  Sequencing restoratives for therapeutic applications
•  Traditional Chinese Medicine – the 5 seasons philosophy and meridians
•  TCM seasonal organ system practices as it pertains to restorative yoga
•  Empowering self-care and healing strategies to support rest, resiliency and improved health

Somatic movement – somatic can be defined as “how we sense the body from the inside out”. These movements integrate the body and mind to alleviate chronic pain, increase ROM, decrease muscle stiffness, and awaken our felt sense; connecting us to our bodies innate wisdom and authentic way of being in the world. This nourishing and embodied practice can help shift physical, mental and emotional patterns towards liberation and wholeness. Somatic movement was developed by Moshé Feldenkrais, Mabel Elsworth Todd, Frederick Matthias Alexander and Thomas Hanna as gentle exercises to enhance proprioception, interoception and kinaesthetic awareness. The method shared in this program is called Self Awakening Yoga, which combines somatic movement and yoga, and was created by Kim’s teacher Don Stapleton, Ph.D.

Restorative yoga – from the lineage of the Hatha yoga tradition and BKS Iyengar, and passed down to Kim’s teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, restorative yoga uses props to create comfort, safety and containment, to shapes that are held for time. This practice soothes the nervous system, increases circulation to the vital organs, strengthens immunity and promotes conscious relaxation. Slowing down invites more balance into our busy, stressful lives, teaching the body resiliency and recovery as we pulse between the stress response (surviving), and our natural state (thriving). Deep rest is essential to optimal health and well-being, this practice offers tools to help navigate the effects of stress and trauma, building one’s capacity to care for themselves and also for others.

Curious about these practices? Interested applicants may attend a complimentary Somatic Movement + Restorative class with Kim. To sign up, please email Kim at kim@kimmcbeanyoga.com


Attend 2 Somatic Movement + Restorative Classes plus brief written self-reflection
Attend 2 Restorative classes plus brief written self-reflection
Practice teaching assignment
Online readings

Suggested Reading

  • Self-Awakening Yoga: The Expansion of Consciousness Through the Body’s Own Wisdom, by Don Stapleton, Ph.D


Fridays October 23 & November 20 – 7 pm – 9 pm
Weekends October 24, 25, November 7, 8, 21, 22 10 am – 5 pm (one hour lunch break 1pm)

Cost: Sliding scale and scholarship

Sustainer: $835 +HST          Supporter: $765 +HST        Community: $695 +HST

Repeat training*: $300+ HST

We are dedicated to offering accessible rates. Please pay what you can, according to your financial means. Paying the Sustainer rate supports those who are only able to pay the Community rate, or less. One Scholarship Spot is available at $375 + HST (priority will be given to folx with marginalized identities). Please complete this form and send to kim@kimmcbeanyoga.com

**We are collecting scholarship applications until September 8, 2020 and will announce the recipient September 15, 2020**

*Repeat training rate available to those who have previously attended multi-day Restorative training with Kim.

Tuition includes:

    • Kim McBean 45-Hour Restorative Teacher Training manual
    • 10 classes at Union Yoga + Wellness

Yoga Teachers can may claim CE credits with the Yoga Alliance after successful completion of this training. Certificates will be issued.

Trainees are eligible to purchase a discounted prop package:
Bolster, 2 blocks, strap, blanket, eye pillow: $196+ HST (regular price $245)
Individual props may be purchased at 15% off regular price
*orders must be received by September 15, 2020 .

Location: Online

About Kim McBean, E-RYT 500

Kim McBean is a deeply committed educator with a passion for Yoga, Pilates, and Somatic Movement. With 16 years educational and practical experience in teaching movement and movement therapeutics, Kim fosters a compassionate and trauma informed approach to her teaching to promote self-inquiry and embodiment. By combining science and spirituality, her intention is to empower others with tools and techniques that support mindful, bodily presence as a means to grow and transform.

Kim has trained at The Nosara Yoga Institute and Octopus Garden Yoga Centre. She has studied Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, Trauma Informed Yoga with Sarah Kinsley, and Pilates at Mindful Movement Centre. After struggling with her own experiences of trauma, Kim engaged in nine years of body-focused psychotherapy, diving into the work of Stanley Keleman and Bioenergetics. Her current passions and continued education are in biomechanics with Jules Mitchell, Thomas Hanna education with Essential Somatics, and Cultural Somatics with Resmaa Menakem. She continues to practice diverse movement modalities, with her most valued and cherished mentors. Learn more about Kim: www.kimmcbeanyoga.com

Guest Faculty

Indu Vashist – Restorative for Racial Stress and Trauma

Indu Vashist is the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Union Yoga + Wellness, where she also completed a 225 hour yoga teacher training program. As a lifelong learner, she has continued her education in Restorative Yoga with Kim McBean, Yoga Nidra with Taryn Diamond, and Trauma Informed Yoga with Sarah Kinsley. As a second generation immigrant, Indu aims to honour her ancestors’ practice to responsibly care and share for the land that they find themselves through forced and sometimes chosen migrations. Within the context of yoga, her teaching philosophy is to encourage the integration of the body, mind, spirit and the natural world.

Kandiss Fernando – TCM Seasons Philosophy + Meridians

As an accountant turned Acupuncturist (and Registered TCM Practitioner) Kandiss Fernando enjoys supporting people as they take inspired actions in alignment with their inner guidance.
With the knowing that we are multidimensional beings, Kandiss loves integrating and joyfully sharing the wisdom gained from exploring multidimensional solutions that honour our own individual paths towards physical and mental vitality, emotional resilience and spiritual evolution. Learn more about Kandiss: www.kandissfernando.com

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“Kim McBean’s restorative teacher training equips trainees with the foundational science related to the nervous system, the essentials of the asana and sequencing – all with a trauma-informed perspective. Kim as a teacher is compassionate and knowledgeable. I can’t recommend this training enough.” ~ Indu

“Kim is a natural teacher who offers deep wisdom, grown from years of learning, practicing and embodying Restorative Yoga with a genuine respect and love for it. She creates and holds an incredibly safe space where students are encouraged to be curious and share their own experiences. She is patient, humble, thorough and curious herself. I recommend this training with my whole heart.” ~ Lisa
“Kim teaches from the heart! She combines solid knowledge and experience to create a comprehensive training course led with empathy. I would encourage any teacher curious about restorative yoga to attend Kim’s training” ~ Danielle