Rest & Digest part 2


Rest & Digest 2: Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra (25HR)

With Esther van der Hoef & Femke Lemstra

For many of us, our daily lives are hectic and full, sometimes overflowing. This means our nervous system is in a constant state of fight and flight. With Restorative yoga, you give yourself the opportunity to rest deeply, heal, and tap into the subtle benefits of yoga.

Restorative yoga aims to guide our nervous systems back to a state of safety, rest and digest. This practice can be beneficial for those recovering from disease, burnout and injuries. It can help you at the physical level as well as the mental and emotional levels. With the use of props we completely support our bodies in different ways.

Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep. The practice can be a powerful tool to alleviate sleeplessness, heighten the quality of sleep and reduce stress in the body. Yoga Nidra is a unique way of relaxing in meditation.

During this second part of the Rest & Digest training, on top of more techniques for teaching Restorative Yoga effectively, you’ll learn how to practise and teach Yoga Nidra as well. We’ll also dive into sequencing a restorative yoga class, learn about the role of the nervous system in persistent pain and how to do an intake for teaching private yoga.

If you follow both of the Rest & Digest weekends with Open Yoga, you’ll earn the 50hr certificate Restorative Yoga from us. If you haven’t done part one of the training, but have completed a 200hr training and followed a restorative training in the past, you are welcome to join in this weekend.

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What will you learn?

The why and how of yoga nidra, and how to teach yoga nidra

The latest insights on the role of the nervous system in persistent pain

Conducting an intake for teaching private yoga

Sequencing a restorative yoga class

Techniques for hands-on adjustments for deeper relaxation

How to utilise yoga-props for the most comfort & Lots of restful practice!


Dates and costs

15-17 March 2024 - Friday-Sunday: 0900 - 1700 (1 hour lunchbreak

Price: €329,- (tax free)

This program also grants you 25 CE credits with Yoga Alliance and can be part of your 300 journey.

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About the teacher

About Esther

Esther’s classes are described as playful, safe, yet challenging. In her classes, there is room for exploration, and all emotions are welcome. With humour and personal attention she hopes to spark your own curiosity about your body and mind. She likes to pay attention to detail and this shows in her yoga classes. After studying and teaching yoga for several years, Esther decided to dive deeper into anatomy by going back to school for a PT-degree. She now combines working as a PT in neuro-rehab with teaching yoga.


About Femke

Femke’s classes are peaceful; a safe space to examine whatever might come up physically, mentally and emotionally. She invites you to do less and feel more. She loves yoga in all its facets, because in her opinion, it can save lives. She studied extensively in different forms of yoga especially restorative and yin yoga, as well as hypnotherapy and yoga nidra. Her dharma is to bring the western and eastern medicine together and that students can find their joy and vitality back. Humour and laughter can help find the lightness. Femke works as a medical doctor in mental health care.

Femke and Esther met at Open Yoga during their 200hr teacher training and have been close friends ever since. Both very passionate about yoga and teaching, they bring their knowledge from other fields into the yoga studio and bring yoga into the world of western medicine.


Other modules

We also offer other modules in this Advanced Teacher Training (300HR)!