Restorative Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Meditation & Essential Oils

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I hold a once a month class but 
please pre-register and check with me or the studio  before coming out  because we must have a minimum in order to run it. 

Starts 1/18
Restorative Yoga with 
Medicinal Quality Essential Oils
this is my signature offering that is
oniy available at 
Now and Zen Yoga
525 East Gay St
West Chester , Pa 

******* In all of my classes, I do not give physical assists
I use permission stones to indicate consent
for physical assists and adjustments****




I have been attending Judy's classes for seven years and she has changed my life for the better. I have RA, asthma and low back pain.
i am stronger, more flexible and better balanced. I was unsure at first but Judy's gentle, cheerful, positive attitude quickly won me over and inspires me to work hard to improve at my own pace. Judy is a master at helping with alternative  poses and props for the Rounded body ladies. Her classes are fun and we laugh with each other as we twist and breathe. Most importantly, for the first time in my life, I feel safe and comfortable in an organized exercise class. I am a devotee for life. Do yourself a favor and try her classes. - Laura Stratton 

Judy is the best first instructor you could have if you are thinking that yoga is inky for the flexible, in-shape body. She creates a comfortable, caring 
environment and finds a way for those who are a bit Rounded or have physical limitations to benefit from the practice of yoga. From Judy, you will learn the poses that will enable you to graduate to regular classes if you wish. Judy's wealth of knowledge and kind Spirit are the perfect recipe for reluctant yogis! -Sandy Alexander  

Judy's classes are the best place for women of size to practice without judgement or competition. In Judy's classes you will find support and peace to move your body in ways you did not think possible. You will also find a community who value themselves and their bodies without thought to the size clothes they wear. -J. Trott

I love this class! I would go everyday if it was offered. It's a treat. I have tried other yoga classes and was discouraged because the poses and the pace were beyond what my body could do. Since I started about six months ago, I gained range of motion, flexibility, balance and core strength. Judy creates a friendly, calm, non-judgemebtal, encouraging atmosphere and makes us all feel good about ourselves. She's the best at what she does. -Elizabeth

If you have not experienced a yoga class with Judy, you owe it to yourself.  Somehow she always finds a way to give you just what you need to restore body, mind, Spirit or all three. She is not only very knowledgeable and well-prepared- enough to encourage spontaneity, she is also sensitive, supportive, and good hunoted. It's true: she is truly gifted and the gifts are all for you! So, treat yourself. -Andrea

Judy's Restorative classes are nothing short of magical. I have traveled far and wide and practiced many styles of yoga so I can say with full certainty that she is one of the most gifted teachers out there. Her warmth, caring, and humor create a lovely experience whether you are a beginner or advanced student. I told her that I felt like I had been on vacation and I feel confident you will feel the same. Seek her out and
refresh your spirit. ---Lindsay Emigh

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In this fifteen hour training one learns
-to teach well balanced classes
-to individualize privates to meet the needs of the client
-to plan lessons
-to use sandbags, blankets, bolsters and blocks
-to teach prop intensive classes
-to teach minimal prop classes
-to  use restorative yoga as a gateway to meditation
- how to hold the space and take the seat of the teacher
-how to use your voice as a restorative tool
- to use silence and sacred music
- tricks and tips for marketing
-intelligent sequencing
- how to modify and adapt poses
-to substitute poses based on energetics
A 63 page color manual with 55 photos is included. There is an opportunity to practice teach. There is a resource guide and we will discuss contraindications. 
I have been teaching this for over a decade and teaching teachers since 2010. I completed four Restorative trainings and have taught hundred of teachers the art of this style of yoga. Testimonials can be found at the bottom of this page.

March 10-11, 11-6 both days 
Brandywine Yoga : Goose Creek Studio
in West Chester -842 E Street Rd, 2nd Floor above Westtown Post Office on Rte 926 to register 

June 16-17 at Integral Yoga Princeton as part of the 300 hr YTT but this module is open to the public

~~~~NOW BOOKING  FALL 2018  and beyond 

 How to Teach Very Gentle Yoga

This ten hour training was developed to help yoga instructors reach out to the underserved populations of the non-athletic seniors who can do more than chair yoga, the overweight, the de-conditioned and those recovering from injury. It instructs down-regulations for standing, seats, reclined, prone, side-lying and poses in table. 
We explore modifications, use of props, sequencing, lesson planning, contraindications for  common injuries and illnesses and four full lesson plans are included in the manual. I teach a full practice at the start of the first day. This is based on my decade of teaching, my thirteen years of practicing, and  my 2000 hours of training. I have taught over sixty teachers since 2013. Testimonials can be found at the bottom of this page. 
Now booking : Fall   2018 and beyond 

Essentially Restorative- one day training 

​Brand new offering! 

April 28, 12-6, Now & Zen Yoga, West Chester 
Investment $95
​must register a week in advance 
This training is for experienced Restorative teachers or those already trained to lead restorative classes. We will explore over a hundred essential oils grouped energetically to best pair with the poses. There will be a practice, lecture, discussion on cautions and contraindications and time to think critically no plan a series of lessons. 
The themes for some of the series are : relaxation, restful sleep, decreasing pain, increasing immunity, enhancing meditation and other spiritual practices and the chakra series. 
This training was developed to assist yoga teachings in finding several ways to teach meditation. Inquiry, mantra, guided, walking, affirmation, mindfulness, trataka, breath, metta and more will be explored. ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL! It is imperative that we teach several styles so our students can find the right fit. This eight hour training includes ways to combine meditation with yoga classes. We will experience and practice all those types of meditation and share with the group. ​​
Extensive resource list included. A short practice teaching will be offered. 
This is based on decades of meditation and extensive study in several traditions. 


Now booking : Fall  2018 and beyond 

The Restorative Teacher Training with  Judy Curiel deepened every other aspect of my teaching as well as my personal practice.  Judy has an ease of communication that comes through in far more than words.  She is a natural teacher.  The weekend was informative, interactive and created a sacred space where healing could emerge.  I use the understanding that arose from this training in every class, restorative or not.  Give yourself and your students the gift of allowance by immersing in this weekend.  

- Christine Casullo,Restorative Training  Sept 2011
We have had Judy lead her Restorative training at our PA studio several times now. She is a consumate professional who is as compassionate about the learning process as she is knowledgable. Students can expect a clear and concise explanations about the practices of Restorative yoga and will complete the program feeling empowered to share it with others. While the training is informative, it is also relaxing and fun, and Judy always creates a safe space for her students to explore.
   - Kristen Butera, Restorative Training , Sept 2011
A good yoga teacher needs restorative in the repertoire for both the students and the teacher. Judi Curiel is the best teacher you can find. 
   -Andrea Hornett, Restorative Training Oct 2012

 Judy Curiel is a wonderful yoga teacher.  She is truly a yoga teacher’s teacher.  She is highly experienced, knowledgeable, and sensitive yoga teacher that brings a truly beautiful, sensitive, spiritual experience to all of her classes.  She has a vast repertoire of modifications and adaptations of yoga asanas.  She brings a sensitive, kind spirit to all of her classes and workshops.  She is truly a skilled teacher, and her workshops provide a wonderful opportunity to develop your skills as a yoga teacher and practitioner.I have felt that all of the classes and workshops I have done with Judy helped me to develop my skills on my yoga path.  
-Nancy Murphy, Restorative Training, March 2012, How to Teach Gentle Yoga Training, April 2013
"I have had the pleasure of attending Judy's classes and participating in her Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.  She brings enthusiasm, creativity, and an extensive knowledge to her teaching.  Her obvious passion for Restorative Yoga makes her classes a delight to experience."   
-Judy Freed, Restorative Training  Oct 2012 

While I was in my teacher training, I took several of Judy's workshops.  Her workshops are thorough and informative.  After five years of teaching, I will still refer to her manual and add her restorative poses into the beginning and end of my practice.  The students love the poses and will ask for more!
- Teresa Winte, Restorative Training Sept 2011
The Restorative Teacher training with Judy Curiel is an excellent balance of hands on experience and practical resources and lecture.  Judy's love of the practice, years of teaching and multiple certificates are evident in every minute of the teacher training.  Not only will you leave with a wealth of knowledge and resources to teach Restorative yoga, you will leave having practiced hours of Restorative yoga with a master teacher, feeling refreshed and inspired for your own yoga practice.
– Molly Crowley, Restorative Training, March 2013
Some wonderful energy filled the Sebastian Yoga Studio this weekend as we all learned the art of teaching Restorative Yoga under the guidance of Judy Forman Curiel. A truly talented teacher.
- Linda Kay Graham, Restorative Training, Jan 2016
Thanks for the great workshop! I learned a lot this weekend.
-Jessica Mathewson Denney, Restorative Training , Jan 2016

the three afternoons spent in your training program were some of the most rewarding that I have spent in a very long time. Not only did I learn so much about Restorative Yoga and meet some wonderful people, but was truly inspired by the love and dedication that you bring to every 
practice. As a teacher I aspire to that total love that you impart. Thank you for sharing your gifts.
-Charlene Freidman, Restorative Training, Jan 2016

Learned tons! 
 Great training Judy! Wonderful experience with you as usual! Thanx for everything  
-Dan Nolan, Gentle Training Oct 2015, Restorative Training,  April 2016
I took Judy's Restorative Yoga Workshop to enhance my training. It was absolutely amazing. Judy created a loving and supported space. She was extremely knowledgeable and made sure we understood the material she was presenting. I had fear at first to teach restorative, but Judy compassionately guided me through this fear and helped me to stay in the moment. I highly recommend Judy for Restorative training or one of her classes. She is a very kind, loving, warmhearted person/ teacher.
-Shazz Rodriguez, Restorative Training,  March 2013
Judy is a very knowledgeable, passionate and compassionate teacher! She provides a ton of great information that is well presented. She makes sure that her students completely absorb the material so that one can incorporate new learning in one's own practices or classes. I have taken her Restorative and Yoga for the Rounded Bodies workshops and highly recommend Judy's classes.
- Sharon Bennett, Restorative Training Oct 2013, Gentle Training March 2014
The first thing you will notice, in a class or training with Judy, is her passion for yoga. The passion  infuses her teachings and her trainings. She appreciates and emphasizes that all bodies are different and that each person's experiences will be unique to that individual. The next thing you will notice is her relaxed style of teaching. Judy makes her students feel welcome and capable, no matter what level of prior yoga experience. I have taken several trainings with Judy, including those for Restorative Yoga, How to Teach Very Gentle Yoga and Chair Yoga. She is very experienced abd she truly enjoys sharing that knowledge with others.
- Sue Raymond, Restorative Training, 2012, Gentle Training 2014

I found Judy's training very , very useful for myself. I often put my body in the restorative pose that helps loosen/relax some physical discomfort that I've brought on after too much work or play. Judy 's training was lots of fun - playing with blocks, origami blanket folding. It was one of the few trainings that I actually felt more " rested" than before. 
-Sandi Merrill, Restorative Training, Sept. 2014

The restorative training was nearly as peaceful as taking a class. Whether now or in the future, I hope you find the time to take the training and become a restorative yoga teacher. I think many students come to us needing the peace and healing that restorative yoga offers, whether they realize it or not. 
-Trish Verbeyst, Restorative Training, Sept. 2014

I was lucky enough to secure a spot in Judy's training. I found her selfless, compassionate approach beneficial to my understanding  of the concepts and use of props. Her love of the class stuck on me! I also found working together in small groups to create classes tailored to students' specific needs useful in creating my own sequence. The biggest takeaway for me is that when teaching, Judy sits quietly and observes students. I find myself doing the same and have become more in tune to when a student is uncomfortable or if a specific pose is not working for them and am able to  effectively  offer a modification. I regularly teach restorative and find that I get more out if the class as an instructor than my students! After a long week, I am eager to teach my Fri eve Restorative. I highly recommend Judy's training without hesitation. It has changed my life!
-Linda Talierco, Restorative Training, Sept.  2014

Being trained by Judy is a worthwhile step for every yoga teacher. Besides learning to teach a wonderful restorative yoga class you will also learn so many things you will use in all of your yoga classes and for yourself. Several of us took the training from Judy and were totally thrilled with the training and the results. 
- Jayadeva, Integral Yoga,  Princeton, Director, Restorative Training, Sept. 2014 

i would like to "Thank You" Judy for everything you have taught me and shared with me. I love teaching a Restorative Yoga and sharing this beautiful practice with others. And with your help, I was able to learn to teach. I am so grateful to you and for these experiences.
-Karen Kissel, several restorative trainings  2014-2016

The manual was a fabulous take-away that will be a useful resource, it was a well-run weekend with anecdotes from real life experience.
-Debbie Sanville, Restorative Training, March 2016

Thank you for the detailed manual and I appreciated the practice teaching. The feedback was very helpful.
-Karla Lawson, Restorative Training , March 2016

Entering into this space of Friday night was wonderful. You were so down to earth and welcoming.. We all settled into the safe, beautiful restorative space you created and fun continued throughout the training. The critique was valuable and constructive. I can honestly say I loved every minute of the training.
-Nancy DiTeodoro, Restorative Training , March 2016

You are an incredible teacher of teachers. Thank you for your clear, creative instructions and group work. You made this training interesting, fun and 
accessible for EVERYONE. I loved the opportunity to connect with other gifted teachers and learn from them as well. 
- April Marie Showman, Restorative Training,  March 2016

Such a special training. Thank you
-Diane Link, Restorative Training, April 2016

I like taking restorative yoga and wanted to start teaching it. I began to look for information about teaching restorative yoga. After looking online and borrowing books I was so lost. All the info was about the poses but not how to teach restorative. So then I asked local teachers for recommendations for a restorative TT, about 10 teachers recommended Judy's training. It was EVERYTHING they said it would be: wonderful, informative and an overall complete training. Judy is warm and full of knowledge and training with her was a delight. 
-Nicole Durant, Restorative Training, April 2016

Judy, thank you so much for a wonderful Restorative Teacher training this weekend- you have a special presence
and way of sharing your knowledge- many thanks
-Liz Seaden, Restorative Training, May 2016

-so lucky to have been with her. This is a rare teacher- down-to-earth, joyful, deep experience, gave us all time and space
to explore, completely positive while pointing out opportunities for growth/improvement. 
a transformativeweekend- thank you, Judy
-Gil Stevens, Restorative Training, May 2016

Thank you, Judy, for an awesome Restorative Yoga Teacher Training. I left the training feeling confident that I can
take this out into the "world". Very detailed, informative, hands-on and fun.
​-Robin Sarkis, Restorative Training, May 2016

    Thank YOU, Judy, for an amazing weekend! I am so looking forward to spreading the love and peace of the healing practice of Restorative Yoga!
​-Kristen Smith,Restorative Training,  May 2016, Gentle Training Jan 2017

Thank you so much for your wonderful restorative training. You put together a comprehensive, accessible training
. I can't wait to teach restorative now.
-Mary Kate McGetrick, October, 2016

Fabulous  weekend. Judy Foreman Curiel is outstanding. Excellent in all ways. I highly recommend this training. 
- Janice Clark Roosevelt, Restorative Training,  January 2017

Wonderful weekend under the tutelage of Judy Foreman Curiel in Restorative Teacher Training. Thank you
- Linda DiValerio, Restorative Training , February 2017, Gentle Training Jan 2017

Thank you for an AWESOME training. It was well organized, thoughtful and full of tricks/tip/techniques!!!
I am looking forward to taking the How to Teach Gentle Yoga with you!
- Ellen Liberto, Restorative Training, February 2017

Fantastic training! Thank you, Judy
​-Brian Joseph Centonze, Restorative Training Feb 2017, Mind Body Director, ACAC 

Thanks again for a great workshop this weekend! I am excited
about trying out some new techniques.
-Ellen Davies, Gentle Training 2013, Meditation Training 2017

This was everything I wanted and more.
-Sarah Rogers, Meditation Training April 2017

-This was exactly what I envisioned and more. Thank you so much for doing this. 
- Nicole Durant, Meditation TrainIng, April 2017 

I loved every bit of it. It was another great training and I can immediately use
what I learned. Thank you.
- Lynn Ammon, Meditation Training, 2017

It was perfect and I loved everything about it.
I expected it to be very gentle but I can use this in my Essentials class right away. 
- Christa Carlson, Gentle Training, May 2017

-I can't think of anything I would have liked you to do different,
i have so many ideas I can use in my classes right away. Great weekend, great training! 
-Renee Julian, Gentle Training, May 2017

Thank you for another AWESOME training! 
-Ellen Liberto, Gentle Training, May 2017

Thank you for such an engaging, creative and healing training!
-Angela Knight , Restorative Training , October 2017

Thank you for a wonderful training.
-Sandra Muir, Restorative Training, October 2017

i learned such much from you about relaxation. This was a gift I gave to myself. I have been looking forward to it for a long time.
-Colleen Robinson, Restorative Training, October 2017

Thank you for insprining me. I appreciate your honesty. This has infused my practice and changed my teaching. 
-Jaimie Kosa, Restorative Training, October 2017 ​​

All restorative photos on this page were taken with permission 
from 2014-2017 at:

- The Spirit of Yoga in West Chester, Pa
-The Sama Center in West Chester, Pa
-Yoga On Main in Phila, Pa
-Sebastian Yoga in Sebastian, Fl
- Integral Yoga in Princeton, NJ
- YogaLife Institute in Devon, Pa
-Verge in Wayne, Pa
- ACAC in West Chester, Pa

​Gentle Yoga Training Photos at ACAC , West Chester