E-RYT 500, C.Y.T., R.P.C., DIHom.

Nora Benian 

Yoga Therapy & Life Counselling

About Nora

Nora loves to share the wisdom found in the Science of Yoga. She is a seasoned instructor and teaches all levels from absolute beginner to advanced. Her classes are taught to a wide range of people with a wide range of challenges whether physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual. Nora’s knowledge of anatomy, physiology and Yoga Therapy guides students safely through yogic postures and practices. Her compassionate yet confident teaching style challenges students to release stress and tension, strengthen the body and mind, and learn to relax deeply. Each class is geared toward the needs of the group and modifications and adaptations are used when necessary making the yoga class experience positive for all. Through Yoga Therapy Nora prescribes Yogic practices along with counselling to help bring clients back into alignment, build strength, and clear energy channels to increase the life force. Nora inspires students with her enthusiasm for life and motivates them through self-development with ease.

Nora Benian E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist, Registered Counsellor

Nora graduated from Vancouver Counsellor’s College in 2005 and began Lifestyle Counselling practice in Guelph, ON. She completed a certified training in Thai Yoga Therapy at Lotus Palm School, Montreal, Quebec with Kam Thye Chow and Blake Martin in 2006. This ancient bodywork became a wonderful addition to the healing process of her clients. 

In 2007 Nora completed a 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training Program in Guelph with Rita Cupitt with a focus in therapeutic yoga, followed by an Intensive 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Sivananda Yoga Ranch, New York and Bahamas. She also completed a 300 hour training in Mind, Body Yoga Therapy with Dr. Paul Epstein at Sivananda Bahamas. Nora also has dedicated 24 months in total  serving at The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Nassau, Bahamas. See Testimonials.

“All it takes is an intention, the rest will follow.”


Nora has been teaching Yoga at Burgundy Asset Management Ltd since 2010. Her classes are life changing. She is a fantastic teacher and the things we learn in her one hour classes are so applicable to every day living and working well in a very busy corporate world. Nora’s classes do not only focus on the physical side of yoga, she has taught us the most simple but effective techniques of calming ones mind which really results in clarity of thought and purpose. I would recommend that every business make Nora’s classes available to their staff, everyone will benefit.
Robyn Ross, Office manager, Burgundy Asset Management Ltd., Toronto

" Nora and her course Restorative yoga training is amazing. I was not expected how powerful it can help people in such a deep level of engergy (Prana). Not only did she teach physical exercise but also teach Yoga philosophy; to be more positive and peaceful while teaching the class beautifully. I recently completed her Restorative yoga teacher training  and now I am in love with this."
​Saraswati River, staff at Sivananda Vietnam

"This training is a very comprehensive course and it's designed for all levels of teachers.  I felt immense support from Nora throughout the whole training.  She is highly educated in all aspects of yoga, you'll leave this course fully prepared to go out and teach restorative.  Nora is a kind individual who brings light and laughter to some of the intensities of yoga training.  I've taken so much from this experience and feel completely capable to teach restorative yoga."
Ali Kopinto, Yoga teacher, California

"I recently took Nora's (Sundari) Restorative Teacher's Training course and it was one of the best trainings I have ever experienced.  This training is for all bodies regardless if you are a teacher or just wanting to add more self-care to your daily routine. Nora is a knowledgeable and gifted teacher. Her presence and teachings are a gift to the world. "
"Thank you so much for the lovely days I spent with you learning and practicing restorative yoga!  I learned a lot about the process and myself and will be teaching what I learned from you this week."
Elise Chamberlain, BSRN, RYT, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, California

"Nora has been teaching us for 6 years now providing yoga training for strength and flexibility, as well as Yoga therapy. She is a wonderful teacher and provides varied and individualized classes to address both immediate concerns and longer term objectives. Her classes are relaxing and also therapeutic. We have benefited enormously from her services and enjoy her company very much."
Paul Morrison LLB, McCarthy Tetrault and Janet Morrison, M.A. C. Psych Assoc.

"Nora became a student of mine in 2006.  She completed the one year Yoga Teacher Training Program in Guelph and since then, Nora has grown by leaps and bounds in the area of teaching yoga, both in Canada and internationally. Nora is a life-long learner, with endless curiosity, systematically learning and then applying her knowledge for the benefits of her students. She is fun, friendly, authentic and balanced, as well as being professional, organized, and punctual. Nora has also co-taught with me in past yoga teacher training programs. I wish Nora every success as she grows her yoga offerings wherever she is."
Rita Cupitt, Yoga Teacher Instructor, Blue Heron Yoga Guelph

"I have been practicing yoga on and off for 45 years. Recently, for six months to get back into shape, I took private lessons from Nora, one to three times a week.  I loved doing yoga with Nora. She has a great depth of knowledge and an amazing ability to intuitively sense what is needed on an individual basis and adapt to the need. She makes learning yoga enjoyable and easy. At the end of a session I always felt deeply relaxed. I also benefited very much not only from Nora’s wisdom but her practical suggestions on nutrition. Nora is a real find and I highly recommend her as a teacher."
Joyce Miller, Arbitrator/Lawyer, Toronto  

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Restorative yoga is a very gentle yoga practice designed to calm the nervous system and create overall health in the body. It offers simple yet powerful postures that can be integrated into existing yoga classes, healing treatments, or used to teach restorative-specific classes. Restorative yoga is a regenerative healing tool that reduces stress by supporting the body’s innate responses towards homeostasis and health. Through the use of supported yoga postures, breathing, and meditative techniques, a profound sense of relaxation can infuse one’s entire being, which leads to healing.

Restorative yoga techniques are helpful in the treatment of nervous system disorders, such as insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, and also with specific ailments such as cancer, although it is often used for structural re-alignment and the healing of injuries.

When the body is fully supported, it will naturally relax, releasing deeply held tensions. Restorative yoga is the yoga of non-doing, and focuses on effortlessness and ease, using well-placed blankets, bolsters, yoga straps, and chairs to safely support the body in various postures. This process invokes a natural state of balance, regeneration, and healing rest.

During this program, you will learn a full series of restorative postures, complemented with gentle stretching, breathing, and meditation. Through direct experience, practice teaching, and feedback, you leave with the ability to confidently teach a primary series of restorative poses to your students as well as incorporate them into your own practice.

The Restorative Yoga Teacher Training is an experiential and fundamentals course designed to provide teachers with a foundation for teaching a safe and effective restorative practice. Students will learn how to meet each student where they are, no matter the age or ability, and teach safe effective postures to heal the body and relax the mind.

Who will benefit from this training?

Certified yoga instructors wishing to expand their knowledge of restorative yoga, teach restorative yoga classes, and add to their class offerings.

You will learn:

  • The benefits of restorative yoga
  • Asanas that naturally induce a state of relaxation and restoration
  • How to effectively support the body in each posture with props
  • How to support people with injuries, stress or chronic pain
  • Restorative postures effectively integrated into hatha yoga classes
  • Restorative yoga as a stand-alone practice.

You will be able to:

  • Improve your ability to see imbalances in the body more clearly and to use restorative poses to realign, rebalance, and restore the root of the imbalance.
  • Set up 25 postures with available props and verbal cues
  • Assess support and comfort of your students
  • Ease agitation and promote relaxation
  • Suggest postures for particular therapeutic effects
  • Explain the organic and emotional benefits of postures
  • Develop an understanding of the healing process
  • Improve your ability to heal yourself and to empower others to heal themselves.

The Fundamentals of Teaching Restorative Yoga

  • Basics of restorative yoga
  • Understanding the nervous system: parasympathetic and sympathetic
  • How restorative yoga affects the nervous system
  • The well-propped pose: to prop or not to prop and why
  • Stress-related disorders caused by an imbalanced nervous system
  • How traditional wisdom and scientific understanding can be blended into a restorative yoga practice
  • Exploring restorative yoga and the five senses in a practical way.

Get inspired!
Read the blog post: The Benefits of Restorative Yoga by Nora Benian (Sundari)

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Therapeutic Yoga teacher training

This 24-hour certified training for yoga teachers and health-care practitioners gives you the skills to integrate therapeutic yoga and healing modalities into your practice and effectively serve individuals recovering from illness or injury, pregnant women, or aging populations. Learn therapeutic yoga techniques to bring the various systems within the body into balance, reduce pain, release long-held tensions, and produce a state of mind conducive to the healing process. Deepen your confidence as a teacher, expand the range of clients you work with, and increase the types of classes you offer.

Students will learn:

  • To perform physical assessments to determine the needs and goals of an individual
  • To observe movement, posture, breath, and verbal and non-verbal communication
  • The physical benefits of therapeutic yoga techniques for muscles, bones, connective tissue, and organs
  • The psycho-spiritual benefits of therapeutic yoga to decrease anxiety, improve concentration, and develop a sense of purpose and connection.

At the heart of the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training is the intention to bring the healing power of yoga to those in need. Successful therapeutic yoga programs are now being used in hospitals, senior centers, physical therapy institutes, and wellness centers. Whether you are a certified yoga teacher, registered nurse, physiotherapist, or healer this course will give you the tools and the confidence to help your client/patients even more by incorporating therapeutic yoga techniques into their plan of care.

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                      Yin Yoga Teacher Training  
Deepening Through Stillness in Asana with Nora Benian (Sundari)
Bahamas March 21 — 26, 2016     Tuition: $469

Bridge the gap of an active life to a meditative life for yourself and your students by learning passive yoga. While practicing stillness in asanas with longer holds, our mind begins to quiet down and greater awareness and understanding emerges. Come experience an increase in energy, improved mobility, and decrease of pain.

Passive yoga is a stabilizing, de-stressing, feminine, and contemplative practice that benefits the body by increasing blood flow to connective tissues and energy flow throughout the body, and by stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid, a synovial fluid that lubricates the joints. Based on the Taoist concept of balancing the Yin and the Yang, practicing passive yoga increases flexibility in the joints, strengthens the bones, and releases the tension in the fascia allowing for prana to flow more easily through previously blocked areas.

As a teacher you will learn to:

  • guide students through a basic series of passive yoga postures
  • offer verbal cues and hands-on adjustments
  • realign and restore balance
  • assess the comfort of your students
  • ease agitation and promote relaxation
  • suggest postures for particular therapeutic effects
  • explain the organic and emotional benefits of postures
  • develop an understanding of the healing process
  • improve your ability to heal yourself and empower others to heal themselves.

Please note A wonderful complement to any other form of yoga, this training for yoga teachers and practitioners offers 30 CEU credits.

Get inspired!
Read Finding Relaxation and Stillness in Yoga Postures: Q&A with Nora Benian (Sundari) on our blog.

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