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Introduction to Sanskrit

This event is a 300 Hour RYT Teacher Training module.  They are open to all, though you will get the most out of them if you have some yoga experience. We consider these advanced yoga studies. You do not need to be working on 300 hour certification to take this training. Full attendance required for 300-hour credit.

Introduction to Sanskrit with Michael Johnson
All Levels Welcome
300 Hour YA credit
$300
 
Friday 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | 2:30 – 6:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Want a comprehensive introduction to the language of yoga in one weekend? In this course you will learn to read and write the alphabet, properly pronounce yoga postures, sing sacred mantras, and read texts with precision. Each session will include an all levels asana practice, reading materials, chanting, and exercises to enhance memory.

This Sanskrit weekend is for anyone interested in learning, at any age. Michael will teach you how to approach this mysterious language of yoga as a yoga practice in and of itself, in a way that is both enjoyable and inspiring. The first step in learning Sanskrit is to develop to develop an intimacy with its sounds; to become familiar with their exact location, feeling their force and power, and the unique way they vibrate the palate and engage the breath. So be prepared for chanting, lecture, handouts, and asana practice all woven into a great weekend.


Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Introduction to Sanskrit, yoga philosophy and the alphabet with mini asana breaks

Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm
Writing the vowels and consonants, pronouncing yoga postures, all levels yoga practice emphasizing the Sanskrit names for each pose

Saturday 2:30pm-6:00pm
Finish writing the alphabet, the yoga of vowels and consonants, mantra practice with mini asana breaks

Sunday 9:00am-1:00pm
Sanskrit syntax, translating into English, popular Sanskrit texts and master class with mantra

Required Reading/Listening: Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman

Cancellation Processing: $75

In 2017, we are offering Introduction to Sanskrit as a part of our 4-Day Course: The Roots of Yoga.

The Art of Teaching Yoga 5-Day Intensive

January 15 - 19, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome  

Save $100 if you sign up December 4, 2017
$550 with Early Bird Discount!
($650 after December 4, 2017)

$250 Deposit will hold Early Bird discount, or pay in full. Balance due one week before start.

Monday - Thursday 8:00am- 12:00pm | 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am- 12:00pm

After years of teaching yoga, I began to notice there were very few yoga trainings offering strategies for creating a successful theme -based yoga class. I also began to understand how my own endless effort to create original and inspiring classes lead to notebooks full of ideas on how to connect yogic actions to a story, concept or even mythology.
As a result, I created a 5-day training on how to align your core beliefs with seeing yourself becoming a teacher who has the confidence and persistence to plan inspiring yoga classes with your own unique themes. Often we are afraid to take ourselves out of our comfort zone and embrace challenges. In my opinion, the key to a successful yoga class is learning how to convey inspiring themes that not only uplift the students, but allow the teacher to continue to grow. This understanding of how our belief in the outcome of our success directly affects our performance is what educators, teachers, and neurologist are now calling growth mindset.
In this training, you will learn how to achieve a growth mindset and apply these principles to your own lives in and outside the classroom. You will learn many techniques in how to improve your teaching and furthering your students, such as how verbal cueing directly connect to the overarching theme and the breath. We will dissect how the power of setting an intention or goal for your own practice, in your classes and in your life is practicing Yoga. You will leave this training with many examples of how to create a theme-based yoga class, but also how to approach every aspect of your life with a growth mindset.

Curriculum:
Study your own Yoga practice and habitual behavior
Empower yourself so that you can empower your students
Explore what is truly important as a yoga teacher to you
Learn the power of simply setting up a classroom
Transference and counter transference
Discover how to keep your teaching simple
Learn the “So What Mantra” – the mantra of the teacher
Explore natural breath verses breath exercises and when is it appropriate to teach which style
Teach clearly and specifically with confidence and compassion
Deepen understanding of sequencing and how to do a successful demonstration for students=
Take your language and verbal cues as a teacher to a new level, so you are clearer and more effective in becoming a safer yoga teacher
Learn safe alignment and adjustments for all body types
Theme development: learn to bring a theme into your classes in a powerful down to earth way
Sharpen your understanding of teaching meditation in a classroom environment
Question and answer sessions

Requirements:
A willingness to have fun and learn in a yoga intensive environment.
A desire to deepen your own practice.
A minimum of 12 months of practicing yoga, any style, with a qualified teacher.

Required Reading: (please bring to class)

Theme Weaver by Michelle Berman Marchildon

Recommended Reading:

Splendor of Recognition by Swami Shantananda (introduction and first chapter if not more)

Exquisite Love by Dr William K Mahony

The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: The Art of Teaching Yoga 5-Day Intensive & 300 Hour Advanced Studies 

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The Bhagavad Gita: Moral Philosophy for Modern Yoga Practitioners

January 19 - 21, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $50 if you sign up by December 8, 2017
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after December 8, 2017)

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Moral philosophy is the very foundation of the eight limbs of yoga. Join us for a weekend of practice and reflection on one of the greatest yoga texts of all time: महभरतम् Mahābhāratam (Great India) and it's famous section: भगवद् गत Bhagavad Gītā (Song of the Divine). This epic story of two families has been a source of inspiration and wisdom for nearly two millennia. In addition to an overview of the Gītās 18 chapters and it's greatest quotes, we will explore the current debate on the new science of morality:http://www.edge.org/events/the-new-science-of-morality

Learn about the difference between liberal and conservative moral channels, automatic vs. manual morality, the moral landscape, willpower and the false dichotomy between emotion and reason so that you can better communicate to your audience. Learn several inspirational stories that you can share in your classes to help make the world a better place.

Required Reading: (please bring to class)
Bhagavad Gita by Stephen Mitchell

Recommended Reading:
The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris
Jaya by Devdutt Patanaik
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: The Bhagavad Gita & 300 Hour Advanced Studies 

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Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness Practices

February 2 - 4, 2018

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by December 2, 2017

$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after Dec. 2, 2017)

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, 9:00am – 12:00pm

One of the most difficult things we can do in life is to be fully awake and fully present for ourselves and for the people we love and care about. Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, fully present, and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.

Join us for a weekend of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices that will help bring your body, mind, and heart into harmony. This weekend will offer you an introduction to inner peace and stillness, or it can provide insight and enrichment of your already ongoing meditation practice. You will learn and practice specific techniques that will help you slow down, embrace mindfulness, and enter the peace of the present moment. You don’t have to be a teacher, or even desire to become a teacher to attend this course.

Come prepared to learn:
• How to sit comfortably for meditation
• How to achieve a state of deep stillness/calm through mindful breathing
• How to work with thoughts as they arise while meditating
• How to access greater peace and joy throughout your day
• How to be more compassionate with yourself and others
• How to integrate specific meditation techniques into your daily life that help you live from a place of intention

Required Reading:

Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson

Recommended Reading:
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hahn
Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabot-Zinn

Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: Meditation and Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Hands-On Assists: Yoga Sparshana

February 9 - 11, 2018

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $50 if you sign up by December 29, 2017
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after December 29, 2017)


Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00am – 12:00pm

The art and science of Hands-on Assists is called Yoga Sparshana. It is part of yoga history to have competent and effective knowledge of adjusting your students so that energy can be freed up. Please join Michael for this fun and informative weekend workshop to explore the art of Hands-on Assists. Exploring partner assists, alignment assists, as well as feel good assists, we will also play a bit with organic sequencing and theming. This isn’t just for teachers, but for serious students who want to immerse themselves totally with inspiring community and invigorating practices. Leave the weekend with practical resources to strengthen your confidence in alignment and technical skills, as well as being able to trust your intuition in “reading” body energy.

Required Reading: (please read at least one of these books; the others are Recommended)
Yoga's Touch, Hands on Assists by Martia Rachman
Yoga Adjustments by Mark Stephens
Yoga Assists: A Complete Visual and Inspirational Guide by Sharon Gannon and David Life

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More Info: Hands-On Assists & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

February 16 - 18, 2018
300-hour YA credit

All levels welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by January 5, 2018
$275 with Early Bird Special!
($325 after January 5, 2018)

Friday 9:00am – 12:30pm | 2:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm | 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 12:30pm

Come deepen your personal practice and teaching technique through the creative practice of Restorative Yoga. Restorative Yoga is a gentle, calming, therapeutic style of practice that restores the nervous system. Props are used such as bolsters, blocks, and blankets to assist the body into a deep and relaxing state. During this training, you will learn how to strategically arrange props and sequence the practice in such a way to promote an optimum state of renewal and relaxation.

Each session containing asana practice, lecture and student teaching.


Come prepared to learn:
* 3 part breath, ujjayi, and viloma pranayama will be practiced.
* physiology of stress and relaxation
* how to sequence restorative postures
* how to integrate postures with breathwork and guided imagery
* appropriate touching and adjustments
* all sessions include forward bending, backward bending, side bending (sequencing, breathing, props, adjusting)

Required Reading: (please bring to class)
Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater
Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

Recommended Reading:
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: Restorative Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies 

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Yoga for Life

Yoga for Life with Gary Kraftsow
February 23 - 25, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome
$300 

Friday, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm | 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm | 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Sunday, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

The insights of the Ancients from Vedic India have both deep and practical relevance for modern living. We will explore specific Yogic teachings and practices that provide methods to help us achieve our highest potential. This weekend with Gary Kraftsow, founder of the American Viniyoga Institute, will include lecture and practice to help move individuals towards optimum health by adapting the various means and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of each individual. This allows teachers and practitioners to individualize and actualize the process of self-discovery and personal transformation required to achieve our highest potential.

Friday, February 23: 10:30 - 1:30pm Cultivating a Conscious Relationship with your Spine - Asana

Are you living for your yoga practice, or using your yoga practice to help you live your life? Focusing on the spine, we'll consider what is essential for creating and maintaining a healthy and integrated structure. Then we'll explore how to use breathcentric asana as a functional tool to help you move through life with stability and ease. Includes breathcentric asana.

Friday, February 23, 3:00 - 6:00pm Cultivating a Conscious Relationship with your Nervous System - Pranayama

Do you ever find yourself fluctuating between fatigue and stress? Would you like to understand how to use your practice to manage your energy? Focusing on the autonomic nervous system, we'll consider how to create and maintain balanced energy throughout the day. Then we'll explore how to use breathcentric asana and pranayama as functional tools to help you move through life with vitality and relaxation. Practice includes breathcentric asana and pranayama.

Saturday, February 24: Cultivating a Conscious Relationship with your Heart - Tantra
10:30 am – 1:30 pm | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Do you recognize that your thoughts, emotions, and behavior mutually influence each other, are provoked by your conditioning, and form the basis of your personality? Would you like to overcome troubling emotions and experience more happiness and love in your life? Come explore Tantric practices as a functional tool to help transform dysfunctional patterns of thought, mood, and behavior and actualize your highest potential. Practice will include breathcentric asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and chakra sadhana.

Sunday, February 25, 10:30 - 2:30pm Cultivating a Conscious Relationship with your Mind - Meditation

Do you have clarity about who you are and where you are going? Would you like to deepen your self-understanding and create a life guided by your values and priorities? Focusing on the mind, we'll explore issues like choices and life orientation. Then we'll explore meditation as a functional tool to help you set a direction for your future, and move through life with purpose and grace. Practice will include breathcentric asana, pranayama, and meditation.

Home Practice: Because this is an Advanced Studies course, we are assuming you have or have had in the past a daily practice. We recommend continuing, or re-starting this and recommend picking the same time to practice every day, as the body craves regularity. Practicing in the am or pm is entirely up to you; both have their own benefits. Try to stay on your mat 30-120 minutes and enjoy your practice! The required reading will help with this.
Upon registration you will receive an immediate email confirmation containing details about the workshop and information regarding the studio. 

Required Reading before training: (do not need to bring to class unless you want your book signed)
Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow

Recommended Reading before training: (do not need to bring to class)

Yoga for Transformation by Gary Kraftsow

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by Gary Kraftsow

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Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500, is Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute. He evolved this approach to yoga from the teachings of T.K.V. Desikachar and T. Krishnamacharya of Madras, India. viniyoga.com 

No refunds for cancellations given with less than 24 hours notice.  Please review our Cancellation and Transfer Policy for full details.  100% attendance required to all 300hr modules.

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5-Day Yoga Nidra Intensive: Reduce Pain, Trauma and Stress

February 26 - March 2

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by January 15, 2018
$700 with Early bird Special!
($750 after January 15, 2018)

$250 Deposit will hold Early Bird discount, or pay in full. Balance due one week before start.

Monday - Friday 8:30am- 12:30pm | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice with incredible relevance in the modern world. With an excess of tension and worries, discomforts and uneasiness, fear and phobias, our students need a vehicle to connect deeply to their true nature, to peace, health, and self-awareness. This increased self-awareness helps us to remain detached and calm amidst the chaos of our daily lives. Yoga Nidra provides a path for rediscovery of our true nature and the many benefits that can be realized from its practice.

Curriculum Includes:

• Introduction to Yoga Nidra

• History and origin

• Importance and purpose

• Similarities and differences between Yoga Nidra and Savasana

• Pre-practices to enhance the Yoga Nidra journey

• Importance of sankalpa and how to define the sankalpa in Yoga Nidra

• Intelligence behind the sequencing

• Components of Yoga Nidra

• Role of voice modulation in guiding Yoga Nidra

• Role of imagery and visualization

• Benefits and contraindications of Yoga Nidra

• Practical hints for guiding in Yoga Nidra

• Student practice sessions

• Q & A

Required Reading:

Yoga Nidra Yogic Trance by N. C Panda
My Experiments with Yoga Nidra by Swami Veda Bharati
Mudra: The Sacred Secret by Indu Arora 

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

More Info: 5-Day Yoga Nidra Intensive & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Yoga, Chakras, and Consciousness

March 2 - 4, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $50 if you sign up January 19, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Discount!
($300 after January 19, 2018)

Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00 – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00 – 12:00pm

Come for a weekend of yoga, meditation and reflections on wellness. Drawing from ancient Indian and Tibetan lineages as well as modern research in contemplative neuroscience and positive psychology, we will explore what is meant by chakras, nadis and vayus. By deepening our understanding of these mysterious energy channels we can become more grounded in effective ways to help people overcome obstacles to growth and wellbeing. As a system for helping us manage our daily habits, you will learn a series of postures for each chakra, breathing techniques, mantras, melodies and meditations that you can easily integrate into your practice and teaching.

Required Reading: (do not need to bring to class) 

Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith

Recommended Reading:
How To Train A Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Yoga Handbook  by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: Yoga and the Chakras & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

  

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5-Day Kundalini Intensive

March 7 - 11, 2018

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $100 if you sign up January 24, 2018
$550 with Early Bird Discount!
($650 after January 24, 2018)

$250 Deposit, or pay in full.
Balance due one week before start.

Wednesday - Saturday 8:00am- 12:00pm | 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am- 12:00pm

This immersion is designed to take you deeper into the ancient science of Kundalini Yoga. You will join a special group of both aspiring and experienced yoga teachers as well as serious students who are ready to deepen their practice and experience transformation in supportive atmosphere. Bring your curiosity, your deepest hopes and an open heart for a journey that will allow you to experience your true self as well as learn how to share this technology with others.

Curriculum will include:
• Practice and theory of Kundalini kriyas, sequences, postures
• Exploration of choosing meditations, mantras and pranayamas
• Esoteric Yoga Anatomy including the ten bodies, the eight chakras, nadis, meridians and the pranic vayus
• Kundalini Yoga in daily life as well as lifestyle considerations
• Kundalini practices for healing our past as well as our present
• The tradition of Kundalini Yoga and the golden chain
• The value of sadhana and continued education

Requirements:
A passion for yoga
A desire to deepen your own practice
A daily yoga practice as of today!
A minimum of 12 months practicing yoga, any style, with a qualified teacher

Required Reading: 
Kundalini Yoga, Sadhana Guidelines by Yogi Bhajan

Recommended Reading:
Foundations of Yoga-The Eight-limbed Path by Sierra Hollister

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More Info: 5-Day Kundalini Intensive & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga

March 16 - 18, 2018

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

 

Save $75 if you sign up by Feb 2, 2018
$275 with Early Bird Discount!
($350 after Feb 2, 2018)

 

Friday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm | 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Saturday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm | 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

All yoga instructors will encounter pregnant women in their yoga classes. Empower yourself with this weekend training devoted to the unique life stages of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.

Learn the tools needed to guide pregnant bodies through a healthy yoga practice. Prenatal yoga incorporates stretching, mental centering and focused breathing to encourage a state of peace and balance within the body. Practicing yoga while pregnant may help prevent the common discomforts of pregnancy while preparing the body for childbirth by stretching and strengthening the lower back, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and opening the hips and sacrum. Learn about contraindicated poses, modifications, hands-on adjustments, and poses to support a positive birth experience. Discover poses that provide relief for common pregnancy ailments and learn how to sequence classes to support pregnant and postpartum mothers.

Whether you are a yoga teacher, a mommy-to-be, or a doula, you will learn the keys to an ideal yoga practice for pregnant bodies.

Curriculum:
Appropriate yoga asanas for each stage of pregnancy
Anatomy of pregnancy and childbirth
Postpartum yoga
Deep breathing techniques to assist during times of stress or labor
Relaxation techniques for soothing any pregnant mama
Gentle massage techniques to relieve discomforts of pregnancy both in and out of asana
Client and business management
Marketing techniques and more…

Required Reading: 
(only one of the following prenatal books is necessary although we recommend them all)
Yoga For Pregnancy by Wendy Teasdill
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh
New Natural Pregnancy by Janet Balaskas 

Recommended Reading:
Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Yoga for Pregnancy: Birth and Beyond by Francoise Barbira Freedman
Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby: Ayurveda and Yoga for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth by Margo Shapiro Bachman
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies 

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Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers

March 23 - 25, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $75 if you sign up by February 23, 2018
$275 with Early Bird Special!
($350 after February 23, 2018)


Friday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm | 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Saturday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm | 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Ayurveda is the knowledge (veda) of life. This knowledge is universal, but more importantly, it is personal. With this knowledge, we live true to ourselves and we remain vital, healthy and conscious. Yoga and Ayurveda were historically understood within the context of each other. As parallel paths, one was always followed with an understanding of the other. To be a skilled yogi, we must understand our nature from the perspective of Ayurveda and vice versa. So please join James in this comprehensive weekend workshop, mixed with lecture, asana and fun. You will learn the basic tools of Ayurveda to identify doshic imbalances in yourself and others, and then heal them through diet, lifestyle, and herbs.

Ayurveda in Yoga Practice
personal practice and classroom dynamics
• Ayurvedic psychology
• Pranayama for balancing doshas and the mind
• Ayurveda and asana: specific postures for each dosha type
• Doshas in the classroom, recognizing imbalances in your students

Required Reading:
Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Dr. Robert Svoboda

Recommended Reading:
Yoga and Ayurveda: Self Healing and Self Realization by Dr. David Frawley

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More Info: Ayurveda and Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies 

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5-Day Flow & Yin Intensive

April 11 - 15, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $100 if you sign up February 28, 2018
$550 with Early Bird Discount!
($650 after February 28, 2018)

$250 Deposit will hold Early Bird discount, or pay in full.
Balance due one week before start.

Wednesday - Saturday 8:00am- 12:00pm | 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am- 12:00pm

This deeply transformational 5-day teacher training intensive will offer practical tools to incorporate the “yin and yang” perspectives of Yin & Vinyasa Flow Yoga into your everyday life, practice, and teaching. By exploring the deep and meditative practice of Yin Yoga and the more active, flowing aspects of vinyasa yoga, we will learn to move through our lives from a more awakened, balanced, and harmonious place.

Curriculum includes:
– Yin Yoga theory and practice
– Vinyasa Flow and the elements of moving mindfully in a stable and balanced way
– Meditation and mindfulness practices
– Transformational pranayama techniques
– The use of touch and purposeful hands-on adjustments
– Designing and teaching balanced sequences for all levels (beginners to intermediate)
– Skillful verbal communication
– Deep relaxation techniques

Prerequisities:
– Beginner’s mind
– A passion for yoga
– A desire to deepen your own practice
– A daily yoga practice as of today!
– A minimum of 12 months practicing yoga, any style, with a qualified teacher.

Required Reading:
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes by Mark Stephens 

Recommended Reading:
How to Train a Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays
Meditations in the Mat by Rolf Gates
This Will Make You Smarter by John Brockman
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: 5-Day Flow & Yin Intensive & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Senior Yoga Teacher Training

April 26 - 29, 2018

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $100 if you register by March 15, 2018.
$350 with Early Bird Special!

($450 after March 15, 2018)

Thursday - Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm l 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 12:30pm

Seniors 65 and older are the fastest growing population right now. These baby boomers are in desperate need of yoga and education to help them adapt to their older bodies, minds and spirits.

Curriculum:
During our time together, we will cover the basics of the aging process, looking at how yoga affects the aging process and also how aging may impact yoga practice. We will also cover special considerations relevant for specific conditions, including spine conditions, joint replacement, heart and breathing conditions, stroke and other neurological conditions, chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, and cancer. Time will also be spent on safe ways to improve balance and decrease fall risk. Sample classes will include floor and chair practices. We will explore modifications for yoga practices appropriate for people with limitations regardless of age. This weekend will be valuable for yoga instructors wanting to share the benefits and inner experience of yoga with a wide range of people while keeping them safe.

Learning objectives for the weekend:
• List a variety of physical and cognitive changes that occur during the natural aging process.
• Teach a safe chair yoga class for a wide variety of physical and cognitive ability levels.
• Describe contraindications for yoga practice relevant to common conditions associated with aging.
• Demonstrate yoga asana modifications appropriate for a variety of conditions.
• List key components of the normal balance response, and demonstrate how to safely incorporate them into a yoga class for older adults.

Required Reading:

Easy Does It Yoga by Alice Christensen

Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall

Recommended Reading:

Yoga as Medicine

Yoga for Arthritis by Fishman & Saltonstall

Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis by Fishman & Small

The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: Senior Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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The Moon Path: The Sacred Teachings of Kundalini Yoga for Women

April 27 - 29, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $75 if you sign up by March 18, 2018
$275 with Early Bird Discount!
($350 after March 18, 2018)

Friday, 9:00am – 12:30pm | 2:00 – 5:00pm

Saturday, 9:00am – 12:30pm | 2:00 – 5:00pm

Sunday, 9:00am – 12:30pm

“You must, in your own mind, understand that you are the keeper of your own grace, your own character, your own commitment, your own standard.”
~Yogi Bhajan

Join Sierra for The Moon Path: The Sacred Teachings of Kundalini Yoga for Women. Sierra’s teacher, Yogi Bhajan, was incredibly inspired by the strength and grace of women and believed that the elevation of the status of women, worldwide, was a key step to peace and harmony for our Earth.  This class is exclusive to women students.

For 29 years, Yogi Bhajan called women around the globe to join him for the summers in New Mexico. He shared unique Kundalini Kriyas and meditations specifically for women and over the course of his life, devoted more hours to women’s teachings than to any other subject.
Woman is Shakti, the embodiment of the creative power of the universe. This power has been worshipped for centuries in the form of various goddesses. Every woman has that divine goddess power in her own being, waiting to be recognized. Join us on the Moon Path to explore these teachings together.

Curriculum Includes:
* Your unique Moon relationships
* Family life and relationships
* Diet
* Fertility
* Sexuality
* Pregnancy
* Menopause
* From childhood to elderly female

Required Reading:
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh

A Woman's Book of Yoga by Machelle Seibel and Hari Kaur Khalso

Recommended Reading:
Transformations to a Heart-Centered World by Guru Rattana Kaur
Foundations of Yoga-The Eight-limbed Path by Sierra Hollister

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More Info: Women's Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Therapeutic Essentials of Yoga

May 3 - 6, 2018
All Levels Welcome
300-hour YA credit


Save $100 if you register by March 22, 2018
$350 with Early Bird Special!
($450 after March 22, 2018)

Thursday - Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm l 2:00 – 5:00pm

Sunday 8:30am – 11:30am

In this training, we explore principle-based therapeutics, meaning that one thing builds on the next. This set of principles or actions in the body will help a number of therapeutic issues that students may have. Every session includes asana, anatomy, body mapping and therapeutic hands-on adjustments. You’ll learn techniques to help students in a classroom setting and in a one-on-one private setting. We look at “inner alignment” or how students align attitudinally, because the outer form always reflects the inner state on some level. You will also learn how to empower your students, – so they can help themselves. Most importantly, together we’ll create a fun learning environment that allows our knowledge and body awareness to flourish.

Learning Objectives:
We will look at how the small injuries of the body connect to the energy body as a whole.
We will increase our understanding of how one set of instructions can help an array of different injuries.
You will learn techniques to help students in a classroom setting and in a one-on-one private setting.
You will learn how to help your students feel empowered, so they are more open to your help and feel they can help themselves.
We will target injuries that we see in a yoga environment such as sciatica, sacral iliac subluxation, low back pain and hamstring tears.
In the shoulder region we will explore injuries such as rotator cuff injury, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and more.
We will explore some of the most common injuries in the body in which their source cause is located in parts of the body in which most people do not have awareness.

Thursday 9:00am – 12:30pm | 2:00 – 5:00pm
The Ankles, Knees, and Hips
This session covers the basics of foundation and yoga therapy. It’s essential to establish how the ankles, knees and hips relate to each other biomechanically, before applying the principles of yoga therapeutics. We will learn how to stabilize the knees, so the hips can open safely.

Friday 9:00am – 12:30pm
The Hips and Low Back - Psoas Awareness
We begin to gain a clearer insight into low back and hip pain and how to relieve it, by increasing our understanding of the psoas muscle and exploring how it links our upper body to our lower extremities. We review the anatomy of the hips, pelvic region and low back so you can heal the “mother hub” – our hips and low back.

Friday 2:00 – 5:00pm
The Hips and Low Back - A Deeper Look
We will cover questions from the previous session. Then, we look at the basics of the musculature; learn why injury happens and how to avoid it next time on a whole body level.

Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm
The Shoulders
This session reviews the anatomy of the shoulder and yoga therapeutics of the upper body. We explore issues including rotator cuff, back pain and respiratory concerns.

Saturday 2:00 – 5:00pm
The Pelvic Floor with guest Libby Hinsley
In this session we explore how to strengthen, stabilize, stretch and soften the pelvic area to create the correct foundation for each movement in the body. Pelvic floor issues may arise from years of habitual misalignment and harmful movement patterns ingrained in our unconscious body. Everyone is familiar with the term, “working from our core.” However, this approach is only useful if we know what the “core” is. The pelvic floor muscles are an essential part of our deepest core, and core work must involve learning to both tone and balance the pelvic floor. We will investigate how too much tone in the pelvic muscles or lack of tone in this region contributes to weakness, affecting the rest of our body in turn. You’ll learn how to distinguish these imbalances and what to do to develop a strong and well-aligned pelvic floor.

Sunday 8:30 – 11:30am
The Head and Neck
This session reviews neck and head therapy, building on the morning session on shoulders. Awareness of our neck and head can bring clarity and lightness to our entire being. We also include the basics of hand and wrist therapeutics, with a special focus on down dog and other relevant poses.

Required Reading: (Do not need to bring to class)
The Psoas Book by Liz Koch

Recommended Reading:
Yoga as Therapy (any edition and any volume) by Doug Keller
Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide by Loren Fishman MD and Ellen Saltonstall
Yoga’s Touch Hands: On Adjustments, Alignment and Verbal Cues by Martia Bennett Rachman
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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Yin Yoga Teacher Training

May 4 - 6, 2018

All Levels Welcome
300 Hour YA Credit
$300


Friday 6:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00 - 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday 8:00 – 12:00pm

Our most popular advanced studies module! Come unwind and dig deep into your connective tissues with incredible guided meditations by Shala. There will be three yin classes, guided meditation/visualization, student teaching, an exploration of energetic meridians, and more!

Curriculum:
Physical postures
Energetics of Qi (prana) and meridians
Emotional aspects
Meditations for yin
Visualizations for yin
How to blend a flowing asana practice with yin
And more

Required Reading: (do not need to bring to class)
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Recommended Reading/Viewing:
Yin Yoga DVD by Paul Grilley (Or: http://www.paulgrilley.com/bone-photo-gallery)
I Heard God Laughing by Hafiz
Insight Yoga DVD by Sarah Powers
Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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Yoga, Psychology and Trauma

May 18 - 20, 2018

300-hour YA Credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by April 9, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after April 9, 2018)

Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00 – 12:30pm | 2:00 – 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00 – 1:00pm

In our bodies, in this moment, there live the seed impulses of the change and spiritual growth we seek, and to awaken them we must bring our awareness into the body, into the here and now. Pat Ogden

Grounded in the most current findings in the fields of trauma research, mindfulness and somatic psychology, this weekend offers exploration and insight into the physiological framework of complex and shock trauma. You will experience and understand how a deep body-mind connection builds resiliency and holds the potential for healing. Our time together will include experiential instruction and engaging dialogue that will move you toward the skillful integration of trauma-sensitive yoga practices into your work with others. You will learn to further this connection by tuning in to the body’s sensations and symptoms and moving deeply through emotional, physiological, imaginal, anatomical, and contemplative landscapes.

Yoga teachers, yoga therapists, mental health counselors, social workers, professional counselors, nurses, psychologists, massage therapists, body workers, educators and those who have experienced trauma are encouraged to attend.

*CEU’s available to mental health professionals.

Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm Yoga and Trauma as Transformation
This session will be an exploration and introduction to the many facets of trauma, its origins, and symptoms. Using the eight-limbed practice of yoga and mind/body psychology as our foundation, you will learn how to establish and foster a relationship with trauma that is both healing and transformative. We will ground in affect regulation through movement.
Disordered eating, addiction, anxiety and depression are often the result of unresolved trauma. The intention of a trauma-sensitive yoga practice is greater self-regulation and internal resource building. Ultimately this leads to increased experiences of curiosity, integrity and joy.

Saturday 9:00 – 12:30pm A Yogic Approach to Disordered Eating & Recovery
Eating disorders are often a method of nonverbal communication. The core of disordered eating is psychosomatic dissociation, a state of mutual mistrust between the mind and body that ultimately impedes nourishment. This session offers the opportunity to explore and experience how trauma-sensitive yoga practices can give a voice to the unspoken stories of the body and help reestablish security and trust within the body. You will understand how trauma and eating disorders are related and how to better orient and relate with others amid complex relationships to food and body.

Saturday 2:00 – 5:30pm A Yogic Approach to Addictions & Recovery
When we are addicted (to an emotion, thought pattern, action, person, and/or substance) we feel powerless to resist or exercise choice; we engage in unconscious repetitions that seem to have meaning at the time, but later we find we did not get what we were really after. This session will teach us how to unravel and understand our addictions with practices that help us to listen to the wisdom of our bodies, minds, and heart. Only when we start really listening can we then compassionately make space for these patterns to unravel.

Sunday 9:00 – 1:00pm Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
The symptoms of anxiety and depression move us away from life by inhibiting a secure connection to the present moment. These responses are often rooted in unresolved traumatic events and signify our attempts at coping with uncomfortable emotions and sensations. Trauma-sensitive yoga practices give us the opportunity to redefine the outcome of these past experiences by synchronizing breath, body and mind, while creating a restorative connection to the present moment. This session will present methods for working with these uncomfortable symptoms, including a practice that provides a direct experience of transformation.

Required reading: (please bring to class)
Overcoming Trauma through Yoga by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper Ph.D.

Recommended Reading:
Yoga and Eating Disorders: Ancient Healing for Modern Illness by Carolyn Costin and Joe Kelly
Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine
Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction by Noah Levine
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: Yoga for Trauma & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Prison Yoga Project

Prison Yoga Project
with James Fox
June 1 - 3, 2018
300hr YA
All Levels Welcome


Save $75 if you sign up by April 20, 2018
$275 with Early Bird Special!
($350 after April 20, 2018)

Friday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00pm | 3:00 – 6:00pm
Sunday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:00 - 4:00pm

"Our objective is to provide prisoners with a mindfulness tool to draw on their yoga practice when they’re not doing yoga. If they’re tangled in a confrontation on the yard, or upon release, or tempted to go back to using, they can draw on what they have learned from yoga for practical solutions. They can do it without actually having to do a yoga pose to get the value. That’s the transformational, rehabilitative value of yoga."
~ James Fox M.A. Founder and Director

The Prison Yoga Project (PYP) in collaboration with Asheville Yoga Center is offering a special training for yoga teachers and committed yoga practitioners interested in working with at-risk populations including the incarcerated. James Fox, founder and director of the Prison Yoga Project, will lead a weekend training drawing on his experience of teaching yoga and mindfulness meditation to incarcerated youth and adults, including fifteen years at San Quentin Prison. The training is intended for anyone interested in bringing yoga to underserved and/or traumatized populations.

Curriculum includes:

  • PYP’s evidence-based, mindfulness infused approach to adapting yoga for those impacted by trauma including the incarcerated.
  • An in-depth orientation for teaching yoga in the unique socio-cultural environment of prisons.
  • A thorough investigation of the practical application of yoga for emotional and psychological issues.
  • Strategies for establishing yoga programs in detention centers and rehabilitation facilities.
  • Instruction in specific asana, pranayama and meditation practices that have been proven effective with prisoners and others impacted by trauma (military veterans, homeless, refugees, etc).
  • The role yoga and mindfulness play in support of restorative justice principles and practices.

Required Reading:(do not need to bring to class)

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James Fox M.A. is the founder and director of the Prison Yoga Project (PYP), an organization dedicated to establishing yoga and mindfulness programs in prisons and rehabilitation centers worldwide. Since 2002, he has been teaching yoga and meditation to prisoners at San Quentin Prison other California State prisons, and guest teaching at prisons throughout the U.S. He has developed a special program for incarcerated military veterans using innovative approaches to adapting yoga for P.T.S.D. and to address mental health issues related to their active duty. His book, Yoga A Path for Healing and Recovery, published in January 2010, has been requested by and sent to over 17,000 prisoners free of charge. He teaches courses at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, has served as an advisor to the National Institute of Health sponsored Chicago Urban Mindfulness Program, and in 2015 received a Yoga Journal Karma Yoga Award.

More info on James here

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Yoga and Anatomy

June 1 - 3, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $50 if you register by April 20, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after April 20, 2018)

Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00am – 12:00pm

Yoga and Anatomy: Anatomy Matters!
At its best, asana practice can be a mirror to help us see our structure more clearly so that we can transform it according to our highest intentions. Developing a strong foundation in anatomy will serve you in many ways, including helping you understand the “why’s” or “why not’s” of common asana cues, whether you are a student or a teacher. This is a weekend designed for yoga teachers who want to deepen their understanding of structural anatomy and bring a stronger foundation to their teaching, but most of the weekend is highly valuable and useful for the serious practioner as well. We will cover the basics of anatomical language and movements, and then dive more deeply into muscle anatomy of 35 major muscles. We will gain an understanding of common structural habits appearing in the Western body and learn ways to transform, rather than reinforce, those habits in our practice and our teaching. There will be teamwork, drawing, dancing, and embodying as we strive to integrate our newfound knowledge. The weekend will be interactive and fun. You will leave inspired by the magic that is the human body, and empowered to speak more confidently about it as you inspire others with your teaching.

By attending this weekend training, you will:
* Learn to speak the language of anatomy so that you feel more confident in your teaching and in your communication with other healthcare practitioners
*Understand how to optimize the body’s boney support
*Refine your understanding of postural alignment and how to optimize this in asana practice
*Understand how optimal boney alignment makes way for optimal muscle function for dynamic core stability
*Put to rest some of those nagging anatomy questions you may have, such as whether you should be telling your students to “tuck the tailbone” or not, and why sometimes, “tight” muscles won’t yield, no matter how many years you spend stretching them!
*Build a solid foundation for muscle anatomy by getting to know 35+ key muscles in the body – their attachment sites, actions, and targeted yoga asana to stretch and strengthen each one
*Develop basic tools to address some of the most common structural challenges occurring in our shoe-wearing, sitting culture, including psoas tension, rib thrusting, thoracic kyphosis, gluteal amnesia (yes, that’s a thing), tight calves, and more…

Friday 6:00-9:00 Structural Anatomy Foundations
Bones, joint movements, and anatomical language. Deepen your understanding of the basics, so that you can say what you mean, and mean what you say as an asana teacher. Speaking the language of anatomy is critical when interacting with other health care providers. The evening will include a fun interactive tour of the body and will finish with an anatomy dance party that you won’t want to miss.

Saturday 8:00-12:00 Tadasana is Every Posture
Refine your ability to observe posture. We will begin with tadasana, exploring simple alignment principles to help students establish a neutral posture that maximizes boney support. We will then bring these principles into an asana practice in which we will learn to spot common compensatory postural “cheats.” We will use this practice as a mirror to show us how, if we aren’t very mindful, our asana practice can reinforce our dysfunctional habits, digging even deeper grooves in the body-mind. With mindfulness, we can begin to unravel those habits and use our asana practice to develop new habits that serve our goal of increased postural stability and integrity. We will finish the morning with an introduction to muscle anatomy and physiology.

Saturday 1:30-5:30 Nitty Gritty Muscle Anatomy and Low Back Therapy
This afternoon we will use a participatory method to dive into the nitty gritty of key musculature acting on the spine and lower body. There will be teamwork, artwork, and embodiment. The afternoon will include an asana class for low back therapy. We will also use this practice to integrate our learning of anatomy, so that we can experience the actions of each muscle in our own body.

Sunday 9:00-12:00 Nitty Gritty Muscle Anatomy and Shoulder Therapy
This morning we will use a participatory method to dive into the nitty gritty of key musculature acting on the upper body. There will be teamwork, artwork, and embodiment. The morning will include an asana class for shoulder therapy. We will also use this practice to integrate our learning of anatomy, so that we can experience the actions of each muscle in our own body.

Required Reading: (please bring to class)
The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Vol. I by Ray Long

Recommended Reading:
The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Vol. II by Ray Long
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners by H. David Coulter (any edition)

Move Your DNA by Katie Bowman

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More Info: Anatomy and Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Ashtanga Yoga Weekend

Ashtanga Yoga Weekend
with Kino MacGregor
June 9 - 10, 2018


All Levels Welcome

300 Hour YA Credit
$195

Saturday 10:00am – 12:00pm | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 12:00pm | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Please join us for an amazing weekend of playfulness, depth and focus with a sweet, humble, world renowned Ashtanga yoga master. All levels welcome to embark on new challenges.

Saturday, June 9, 10:00m - 12:00pm
Ashtanga Magic: Breath, Posture and Gaze

Delve into the secrets of the Ashtanga Yoga lineage, known as the Tristana method, and discover the magic of breath (pranayama), posture (asana) and focal point (dristhi). Break down the energetic alignment of key postures in the Ashtanga Yoga method and build the foundation for a meditative, awareness based practice. Starting off with the Sun Salutations and progressing through the Standing Postures, Kino guides you into a devotional practice that mergers the physical and subtle bodies and honors tradition while embodying the present.

Saturday, June 9, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Open Your Hips

Gain access to the energy centers deep within the pelvis and learn to relax and release your hips into freedom. With a careful anatomical understanding of the muscular and skeletal activation needed to access the natural external hip rotation available to everyone you will have fun exploring the interior spaces of your hip joints. Make contact with your hips and unlock their potential for movement.

Sunday, June 10, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ashtanga Yoga Full Primary Series

Surrender to the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method with careful emphasis on the traditional vinyasa method and have fun along the journey. Experience the integrity and purity of the Ashtanga Yoga practice and be prepared to sweat.

Sunday, June 10, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Fearless Backbends

By understanding how to work your body in a safe way you will learn what it takes to really bend over backwards with no fear. The secrets of deep backbends are available to you through the integration of sound anatomical principles, healthy alignment techniques and intensely fun stretches. The dynamic movement mechanics of bending your spine are the key to limitless flows of energy and in this class you will begin to explore you natural potential for deep backbends with safety, support and enthusiasm.

Kino MacGregor is an international yoga teacher, author of four books, producer of six Ashtanga Yoga DVDs, writer, vlogger, world traveler, co-founder of Miami Life Center, co-founder of Yoga Challenge and OmStars and co-creator of Yoga Pro Wheel. Kino’s dharma is to help people experience the limitless potential of the human spirit through the inner tradition of yoga. She is one of the few people in the world of yoga to embrace both the traditional teaching of India’s historic past and the popular contemporary social media channels. You can find her online on OmStars(www.omstars.com), teaching classes and workshops all over the world and on social media with over 2 million followers across all her channels. With more than 18 years of experience in Ashtanga Yoga, she is one of a select group of people to receive the Certification to teach Ashtanga yoga by its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and practice into the Fifth Series of Ashtanga Yoga.

Stillness in Motion: A Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga Intensive

June 13 - 17, 2018

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $100 if you sign up May 9, 2018
$550 with Early Bird Discount!
($650 after May 9, 2018)

$250 Deposit, or pay in full.
Balance due one week before start.

Wednesday - Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm | 1:30pm–5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am-12:00pm

This intensive teacher training course is designed to enhance your skills at teaching a well-balanced Yin and Vinyasa style yoga for beginning and intermediate students incorporating safe and appropriate hands-on assists. Shala will help to inspire or re-inspire you in your role as yoga teacher with the knowledge and open-heartedness it takes to teach a safe and creatively sequenced yoga class. Students looking to become teachers, students who are currently teachers with or without previous training, or students with the desire to deepen their practice and spend five whole days with Shala will find this course inspiring and practical. This training isn’t just for teachers, but also for serious students who want to immerse themselves totally with an inspiring community and invigorating practices.

In this immersion you will learn specific techniques that will help you slow down, enter a state of deep stillness, and cultivate a continued awareness of that stillness into the flowing motion of asana practice and life: Stillness in Motion.

Participants will be invited to remember, reflect, and rejuvenate. These three concepts, which In Sanskrit are prajna, svadyaya, and rasayana, are the core components of the intensive.

· Prajna (wisdom): In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali says that true wisdom is different from knowledge gained through learning, hearing, or inference. True wisdom comes through uncovering and remembering our innate connection to the cosmic force or God. All yoga practices are designed to reveal this truth.
· Svadyaya (self-awareness): According to CG Jung, enlightenment is not about gaining something we don’t have, rather it’s the gradual revealing of the Shadow by the Light. When we can understand and integrate the various aspects of our being, then we’re free from the suffering they can cause. This is moksha, or liberation.
· Rasayana (juiciness, vitality, rejuvenation): How can any of us give if we are depleted, exhausted, or fried? The yogic and ayurvedic paths tell us that we MUST include periods of rejuvenation (rasayana) if we want to live vibrantly. We must receive in order to share, a spiritual truth that echoes back to the creation myths of many traditions.

Requirements:

- Beginner’s mind

- A passion for yoga

- A desire to deepen your own practice

- A daily yoga practice as of today!

- A minimum of 12 months practicing yoga, any style, with a qualified teacher

Required Reading:

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson

Recommended Reading:

Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes by Mark Stephens

Yoga Postures and Assists by Stephanie Pappas True

Refuge by Tara Brach

Prakriti by Robert Svaboda

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

Loving What Is by Byron Katie

Love Poems from God by Daniel Ladinsky

The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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The Art of Enlightened Teaching

The Art of Enlightened Teaching with Banyan Gallagher

100-Hour Advanced Vinyasa Teacher Training and Immersion


June 18 – July 2, 2018

300-hour YA Credit

Open to teachers as well as serious students of yoga


Save $200 if you sign up by May 1, 2018

$995 with Early Bird special!

($1195 after May 1, 2018)

$500 Deposit secures your spot.

Daily Hours:

8:00am – 10am | 10:30am-12:30pm | 2pm – 5pm

At the center of every altar lies a flame. No matter whether you’re in a church, mosque, or temple, the candle stands, wavering but patient, illuminating the space around it with its warmth of prayer.

Why is it that some yoga classes fill us with inspiration, and others are “just ok”? Why do we leave certain classes feeling exhausted, and others exhilarated? How can we maximize our impact on our students in the small amount of time we are together? In this training we will focus on that which enlightens us and those around us: the flame. It’s known by many names: agni, kundalini, Shakti. Living fire is what enlightens us and wakes us up. The basics here are simple: if we understand how the fire works, we hope to use it to illuminate our own lives and the lives of others: our students, our partners, and our family members.

While most students will use this course to enhance their skills in yoga teaching, being a teacher is by no means a pre-requisite for this course. Skills in leadership and communication will benefit each student, no matter the vocation. Non-teaching, devoted students will also carry away a bounty from this training, as we come to mastery of the material through learning to teach it well.

What to Expect
• Enhance your understanding of healthy alignment, for maximum benefit for all levels of student.
• Learn to “read bodies” to use a combination of anatomy and consciousness to peer into the inner workings of the individual yogi’s form.
• Manipulate the breath for maximum effect in your specific aim.
• Develop steadiness in meditation.
• Master the building blocks of Tantra (nadi, chakra, bandha, mudra, etc.) to accelerate your evolution.
• Cultivate joy, pleasure and play in practice, through exercises in acceptance, clowning, dance, and AcroYoga.

For more information, see "The Art of Enlightened Teaching" page here or email info@banyangallagher.com 

Required Reading: 

Scientific Keys: Key Poses of Yoga, by Ray Long

The Bhagavad Gita For Beginners: The Song Of God In Simplified Prose, by Edward Viljoen 

Kundalini Tantra, by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Recommended Reading:

The Heart of Yoga, by T.K.V. Desikachar

Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide, by Deepak Chopra

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Contact: info@banyangallagher.com 

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Decoding the Yoga Sūtra

June 22 - 24, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by May 11, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after May 11, 2018)

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 - 12:00 pm | 1:30 - 5:30pm
Sunday, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Come for a weekend of reflection on the most authoritative text on yoga philosophy. Originally written in a codified version of Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit, this text requires a commentary to make sense. Although the most popular commentary by Vyāsa (called the Yoga Bhashya) is the standard, there is a rich forest of other commentarial traditions that have emerged from the original text over the millennia.

In this workshop, we will unpack the Yogasūtra's greatest hits in a way that makes sense with a 21st century understanding of a wide variety of contemplative traditions, as well as the latest research in social neuroscience. You will also learn techniques for studying each sūtra that can help you engage your students with meaningful insights while they practice.

Required Reading:
Any translation and commentary of the Yoga Sutras
We recommend
Yoga: Discipline of Freedom: The Yoga Sutra Attributed to Patanjali by Barbara Stoler Miller or
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Chip Hartranft

Recommended Reading:
How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

The Essence of Yoga by Bernard Bouanchaud
Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: a Biography by David Gordon White

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More Info: Yoga Sutra & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness

July 13 - 15, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $50 if you sign up by June 1, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after June 1, 2018)


Friday 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am- 12:00 pm | 1:30 – 5:30 pm
Sunday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

One of of the most difficult things we can do in life is to be fully awake and fully present for ourselves and for the people we love and care about. Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, fully present, and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.

Join us for a weekend of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices that will help bring your body, mind, and heart into harmony. This weekend will offer you an introduction to inner peace and stillness, or it can provide insight and enrichment of your already ongoing meditation practice. You will learn and practice specific techniques that will help you slow down, embrace mindfulness, and enter the peace of the present moment. You don’t have to be a teacher, or even desire to become a teacher to attend this course.

Come prepared to learn:
• How to sit comfortably for meditation
• How to achieve a state of deep stillness/calm through mindful breathing
• How to work with thoughts as they arise while meditating
• How to access greater peace and joy throughout your day
• How to be more compassionate with yourself and others
• How to integrate specific meditation techniques into your daily life that help you live from a place of intention

Required Reading: 
Start Here Now by Susan Piver
Looking at Mindfulness by Christoph Andre

Recommended Reading:
Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

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More Info: Meditation and Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Yoga and Self-Care Strategies for Chronic Pain

Yoga and Self-Care Strategies for Chronic Pain with Libby Hinsley, Will Hamilton PhD (psychologist), and Lisa Sherman LAc (acupuncturist)

July 27 - 29, 2018


300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $75 if you sign up by June 15, 2018
$275 with Early Bird Special!
($350 after June 15, 2018)

Friday 9:00am - 12:30pm | 2:00 - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 12:30pm | 2:00 - 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 12:30pm

More than a quarter of Americans have chronic pain symptoms lasting for months or years, and over half of these adults do not feel their pain is well-controlled. More of these individuals are turning to yoga to help manage their symptoms. Whether it's chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia, or headaches, the experience of pain can profoundly impact quality of life. Yoga and related practices offer amazing tools to address these issues. Offering the latest evidence based interventions from fields such as yoga, mindfulness, physical therapy, acupressure, nutrition, and health psychology, this weekend will radically expand your ability to manage chronic pain. Whether you or a family member suffers from chronic pain or you’d like to expand your skill set in helping these individuals, this weekend promises to be an endeavor into self-care that is well worth your time.

By attending this weekend training, you will:

  • Understand what pain is and how the central nervous system responds to chronic pain
  • Experience 3 practices designed to desensitize the central nervous system through asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques
  • Get comfortable with techniques for making yoga practices more accessible to those with chronic pain
  • Learn to use language, sequencing, and assists for an effective yoga practice for people with chronic pain.
  • Learn simple acupressure and self-massage techniques to address pain
  • Understand how a variety of lifestyle habits can influence the pain experience

Required Reading: 
How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide by Toni Bernhard
Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind and Heal Your Chronic Pain by Kelly McGonigal

Recommended Reading:
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

More Info: Yoga for Chronic Pain & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Children's Yoga Teacher Training

August 9 - 12, 2018
All Levels Welcome
300-hour YA Credit

Save $100 if you sign up by June 28, 2018
$350 with Early bird Special!
($450 after June 28, 2018)

Thursday - Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm l 2:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00am – 1:00pm

Want to give back? Why not share yoga with the next generation? Join Jane Anne Tager for a fun and interactive weekend of play! Learn how yoga can help to counter the challenges we face in our current public education system and uncover lots of great ideas for sharing yoga with children of different ages and in different settings. 

Curriculum includes:

What is yoga, what is children’s yoga, and what are the innumerable benefits of each?
Which learning theories might be appropriate for you.
The different learning styles for children, taking into consideration: age groups from pre-school to teens and male vs. female.
How to teach different age groups: 2-5, 6-9, 10-12, and teens.
How to create themes, games, partner yoga, and interesting stories.
Appropriate breathing, relaxation, chanting, meditations, and visualizations for children.
How to lesson plan, sequence classes, and improvise.
Adapting to different teaching environments from public schools to churches, rec. centers, etc…
Many opportunities for group teaching and peer review.
Developing different behavior management techniques that support a loving, non-competitive environment and encourage self-respect and freedom of expression.
How to prepare for class, and tons of ideas for incorporating art, music, books, props, singing, storytelling, and spiritual inspiration in children’s yoga classes and more…

Requirements for application:
We strongly recommend you have some classroom teaching experience (of any kind — yoga or school), as this is an intensive short training focusing on teaching children’s yoga. We are assuming you have had some basic familiarity with yoga. Open to yoga teachers, school teachers with yoga experience, or serious yoga students.

Required Reading: (please bring one of these to class with you)
Yoga Calm for Children by Linea and James Gillen
The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury by Jack Prelutsky
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach The Peace Book by Todd Parr
Planting Seeds by Thich Nhat Hanh
Fly Like a Butterfly by Skakta Kaur Khalsa

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More Info: Children's Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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The Roots of Yoga

August 9 - 12, 2018 
All Levels Welcome

300-hour YA Credit

Save $100 if you sign by June 28, 2018
$350 with Early Bird Special!
($450 after June 28, 2018)

Thursday - Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm l 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 12:30pm

Want to learn the roots of yoga? Are you curious about the long and rich history of yoga in India as well as the West? In this 4-day course, Michael will guide you from the origins of yoga to the modern day yogi, using Sanskrit as a guiding tool.
Each day will include reading materials, lecture, discussions and all levels āsana practice. Throughout the course, you will learn how to read, write and pronounce Sanskrit, especially how it relates to Yoga's history and modern relevance in pronouncing yoga postures themselves.

Curriculum:
- The Vedas
- The Upanishads
- Śramana traditions like early Buddhadharma and Jainadharma
- Hiranya Garbha, Patañjali, and the Yoga Śastra
- Sānkhya, Kapila and Īśvara Krsna
- Valmiki and the Rāmāyana
- Veda Vyāsa, the Mahābhaārata and Bhagavad Gītā
- Nagarjuna, Mahāyana and Vajrayana Buddhism
- Šankaracarya and Advaita Vedānta
- Ramanuja, Nārada and the Bhakti movement
- Tantra, Svātmārāma and the Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā
- The 6 Yogas of Niguma, Naropa and Vijñāna Bhikshu
- Swami Vivekānanda, Paramahansa Yogānanda and Theos Benard
- Krishnamacharya, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
- Indra Devī, K. Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar
- Śivananda and Swami Satchidānanda
- Sharon Gannon, David Life and Jivamukti Yoga

Required Reading: 
The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
Roots of Yoga by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton

Recommended Reading:
Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction by Sue Hamilton (any edition)
The Yoga Tradition by Georg Feuerstein

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Pranayama, Mudra & Bandhas

February 26 - March 2
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by July 1, 2018
$700 with Early bird Special!
($750 after July 1, 2018)

$250 Deposit will hold Early Bird discount, or pay in full. Balance due one week before start.

Wednesday-Sunday 8:30am- 12:30pm | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Yoga has become synonym to asanas, however the entire practice of Yoga is based on practices of awareness (Kriyas). Pranayama, Mudra and Bandhas are the three most important kriyas that lead to the state of meditation. When these three practices are done with awareness, knowledge and preparation, Yoga becomes sadhana. In this journey to self, pranayama leads to the purification of senses, prana and mind. With a consolidated state of mind one attains Mudra and maintains bandhas in order to maintain one pointed awareness.

Learn these three important practices in Yoga and let your practice be to attain the state of yoga itself.

Day 1- Pranayama
Pre practices, practical hints, seasonal considerations, technical considerations, benefits and modifications of main pranayama
Day 2 and 3 - Mudras
Types, benefits, philosophy, science, therapeutic application, pre practices of Mudras
Day 4 - Tri Bandhas
Tri-Bandhas, history, benefits, technique, textual reference, integrations in asana and pranayama
Day 5
Integration of Pranayama, Mudra and Bandhas into practice

Pre-requisites: one of the following
Current student in a Yoga program
Completed a Yoga Teacher training program
3 year of Yoga Practice

Required Reading: 

Mudra: The Sacred Secret (Indu Arora)
Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandhas (Bihar School of Yoga)
Essence of Pranayama (Shri Krishna)
Mulababdha (Bihar School of Yoga)
Mulabandha Asana ( yogsadhna.com)

Suggested Items:

Marma Stick (yogsadhna.com)
Copper Neti Pot
Metallic Tongue Scraper

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Yoga for Cancer

August 24 - 26, 2018

300-hour YA Credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by July 14, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after July 14, 2018)

Friday 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am- 12:00pm | 1:30 - 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00pm

Come join us for this special weekend dedicated to learning, yoga, and healing. This workshop is designed for anyone interested in how yoga can support those going through, or recovering from, cancer treatment:

· Yoga teachers and aspiring teachers
· Cancer patients and survivors, at any stage of treatment or recovery
· Co-survivors and caregivers

Topics Covered:
• “What is cancer?” from both a Western and Eastern medical perspective
• The most common types of cancer, treatments, and side-effects
• The mental, emotional, and psychosocial impact of a cancer diagnosis
• Creating a safe and healing environment for your students
• Building your toolbox: skillful use of asana, movement, pranayama, mudra and relaxation
• Asana sequencing that supports your students
• Tailoring classes to students at various stages of recovery and survivorship
• Practice teaching

Required Reading:
Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors by Tari Prinster

Recommended Reading:
Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way by Susan S. Weed

The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

Yogic Management of Cancer< by Dr Swami Nirmalananda


Healing Yoga for People Living with Cancer by Lisa Holtby

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More Info: Yoga for Cancer & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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5-Day Kundalini Intensive

September 3 - 7, 2018

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $100 if you sign up July 23, 2018
$550 with Early Bird Discount!
($650 after July 23, 2018)

$250 Deposit, or pay in full.
Balance due one week before start.

Monday - Thursday 8:00am- 12:00pm | 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am- 12:00pm

This immersion is designed to take you deeper into the ancient science of Kundalini Yoga. You will join a special group of both aspiring and experienced yoga teachers as well as serious students who are ready to deepen their practice and experience transformation in supportive atmosphere. Bring your curiosity, your deepest hopes and an open heart for a journey that will allow you to experience your true self as well as learn how to share this technology with others.

Curriculum will include:
• Practice and theory of Kundalini kriyas, sequences, postures
• Exploration of choosing meditations, mantras and pranayamas
• Esoteric Yoga Anatomy including the ten bodies, the eight chakras, nadis, meridians and the pranic vayus
• Kundalini Yoga in daily life as well as lifestyle considerations
• Kundalini practices for healing our past as well as our present
• The tradition of Kundalini Yoga and the golden chain
• The value of sadhana and continued education

Requirements:
A passion for yoga
A desire to deepen your own practice
A daily yoga practice as of today!
A minimum of 12 months practicing yoga, any style, with a qualified teacher

Required Reading: 
Kundalini Yoga, Sadhana Guidelines by Yogi Bhajan

Recommended Reading:
Foundations of Yoga-The Eight-limbed Path by Sierra Hollister

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Yoga and the Chakras

September 7 - 9, 2018

300-hour YA Credit

All Levels Welcome

 

Save $50 if you sign up by July 27, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after July 27, 2018)

Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday 9:00 – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm

Sunday 8:00 – 12:00pm

Come join Shala for a magical weekend of exploring the Chakras as an experiential introduction to the Basis of Yoga Psychology. Our chakra system is composed of subtle energy centers that hold the key to our spiritual evolution and development, which affect our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Through powerful pranayama and meditation practices, dynamic interactive lecture and discussion, as well as creative chakra sequencing in asana, we will begin to understand how these 7 main energy centers store all of our life experiences and future potential.

Required Reading:

Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith (any edition)

Recommended Reading:

Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith

The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: Yoga and the Chakras & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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5-Day Bhakti Vinyasa Intensive

September 19 - 23, 2018

All Levels Welcome
300-hour YA Credit


Save $100 if you sign up August 17, 2018
$550 with Early Bird Discount!
($650 after August 17, 2018)


$250 Deposit will hold Early Bird discount, or pay in full.
Balance due one week before start.

Wednesday - Saturday 8:00am- 12:00pm | 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am- 12:00pm

An opportunity to join a special group of both aspiring and experienced yoga teachers and serious students who are ready to deepen their practice and transform themselves into more effective and creative flow yoga teachers.

Bhakti means devotion to something higher than just ourselves. Whether it be toward a relationship, a family, a community, future generations or all beings, Bhakti is essentially the development of compassion, love, gratitude and equanimity.
Vinyasa means to move skillfully with the breath. It is a set of principles that can help us accept where we are now so that we can move with integrity, from one posture to the next in a flowing yoga sequence and toward optimal well-being.
These intensive yoga teacher trainings will inspire or re-inspire the fundamentals of vinyasa flow yoga with a devotional aspect that will awaken the heart to love and peace. Students looking to become teachers, students who are currently teachers with or without previous training, or students simply having the desire to deepen their practice, will find this course inspiring and practical.


Curriculum:

How to design and teach dynamic sequences
Teaching Ujjayi breathing in a steady flow
5 Bandhas for optimal alignment
Hands-on assists
Mantras for empowerment
9 Kinds of Bhakti Deepen your personal practice as you gain insight into your own creative flow


Requirements:

A passion for yoga
A desire to deepen your own practice
A daily yoga practice as of today!
A minimum of 12 months practicing yoga, any style, with a qualified teacher.

Required Reading:
Love 2.0 by Barbara Fredrickson

Recommended Reading:
The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz
Exquisite Love by Bill Mahoney
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach 

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More Info: 5-Day Bhakti Vinyasa Intensive & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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The Power of Now

September 28 - 30, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by August 17, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after August 11, 2017)

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Being in the Now, or what we often call the present moment, is one of the most powerful practices of life (or Yoga). Paradoxically, when we learn how to be in the Now, we deepen our ability to learn from the past and plan for the future. The book, The Power of Now, is a masterpiece that aligns beautifully with ancient yogic teachings. I have spent several years contemplating and meditating on Tolle's powerful teachings and wish to share my insights and connect his work to the practice of asana, meditation and yogic philosophy. Come spend the weekend with us as we explore these teachings through our asana practice, group discussion, and most importantly, and through grounding through the body.

Topics We Will Explore:

Why be present?
How goal setting plays a roll in being present.
Learn story's and myths that offer simple examples of the power be being in the Now.
Explore how the teachings such as Patajali Yoga Sutra and the Bhagava Gita relate to being Present.
The experience of Now as an in-the-body experience.
Using awareness to refine your yoga poses.
Explore how being present is powerful to us as yoga teachers and students.
Understanding how the Now makes us more "Happy" or what we call in Yoga "Full".
Do you have a mind or does your mind have you?
Exploring complimentary opposites and how that can guide us to "truthfulness".

Required Reading:
The Power of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckard Tolle (any edition)

Recommended Reading:
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach
Bhagavad Gita by Stephen Mitchell
Stillness Speaks by Eckard Tolle

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More Info: The Power of Now & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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The Art of Teaching Movement and Meditation 5-Day Intensive

October 10 - 14, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $100 if you sign up by August 29, 2018
$550 with Early Bird Special!
($650 after August 29, 2018)

$250 Deposit will hold Early Bird discount, or pay in full.
Balance due one week before start.

Wednesday - Saturday 8:00am- 12:00pm | 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am- 12:00pm

Meditation is a powerfully healing practice that takes the scattered pieces of our actions and awareness and brings them back into a state of wholeness. Yoga teaches us to access this wholeness in both stillness and movement.

Immerse yourself in five delicious days of heartfelt practice and self-inquiry as you gain the tools and understanding to become a more present, authentic, and skillful guide for others.

In this five day intensive, we will dive into the foundations of meditation and mindfulness practices, as well as the balanced and deeply meditative practices of Yin Yoga and slow, strengthening vinyasa flow.

Whether you are a yoga teacher or a practitioner simply looking to deepen your understanding of these time tested practices, this immersion is sure to inspire!

In this workshop you will learn:
• The foundations of meditation (theory and practice)
• Yin Yoga theory and practice
• The use of asana as a moving meditation
• Transformational breathing techniques to calm the nervous system and steady the mind
• How to create balanced sequences for all levels
• The use of touch and purposeful hands-on adjustments
• The human subtle energy system

Be prepared to cultivate…
…a steady and accessible meditation practice
…a willingness to open your heart and your mind (beginners mind!)
…a strong, grounded and flexible body
…a deeper understanding and acceptance of yourself and others through dedicated practice and and self inquiry

Required Reading:

Start Here Now by Susan Piver
Looking at Mindfulness by Christop Andre
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Recommended Reading:
Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron

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More Info: The Art of Teaching Movement and Meditation 5-Day Intensive & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

October 19 - 21, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $75 if you sign up by September 7, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($325 after September 7, 2018)

Friday 9:00am – 12:30pm | 2:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm | 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 12:30pm

Come deepen your personal practice and teaching technique through the creative practice of Restorative Yoga. Restorative Yoga is a gentle, calming, therapeutic style of practice that restores the nervous system. Props are used such as bolsters, blocks, and blankets to assist the body into a deep and relaxing state. During this training, you will learn how to strategically arrange props and sequence the practice in such a way to promote an optimum state of renewal and relaxation to benefit specific areas of the body, as well as breathing techniques to bring mental and spiritual harmony.

Curriculum:
* 3 part breath, ujjayi, and viloma pranayama will be practiced.
* physiology of stress and relaxation
* how to sequence restorative postures
* how to integrate postures with breathwork and guided imagery
* appropriate touching and adjustments
* all sessions include forward bending, backward bending, side bending (sequencing, breathing, props, adjusting)
* each session contains asana practice, lecture and student teaching.

Required Reading: 
Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater
Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

Recommended Reading: 

The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: Restorative Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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Mindful Assists

October 26 - 28, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by September 14, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Discount!
($300 after September 14, 2018)

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, 9:00am – 12:00pm

This fun and informative weekend workshop is an exploration of the art of organic sequencing (krama) with an emphasis on finding ways to hold the pieces of sequence together with the thread of theme (sutra). As a beautiful compliment to the mental baskets of creating a sequence, Shala will give an introduction to marma points (marmani) and instruction for giving hands-on adjustments (sparshna) that are marma specific. You will come away from this weekend with the tools and inspiration to take your teaching to the next level!

Required Reading: (please choose just one of these books to read before training; the others are Recommended)
Yoga's Touch, Hands on Assists by Martia Rachman
Yoga Adjustments by Mark Stephens
Yoga Assists: A Complete Visual and Inspirational Guide by Sharon Gannon and David Life
Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting by Stephanie Pappas

Recommended Reading:

The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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Yoga, Meditation, and Neuroscience

Yoga, Meditation, and Neuroscience
with Michael Johnson and Will Hamilton PhD
November 30 - December 2, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by October 19, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after October 19, 2018)

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, 9:00am – 12:00pm

One of the most difficult things we can do in life is to be fully awake and fully present for ourselves and for the people we love and care about. Join us for a weekend of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices that will help bring your body, mind, and heart into a state of harmony. This weekend will offer you a firm foundation in the traditional teachings of meditation along with modern insight from the latest research in contemplative neuroscience.

You will learn and practice a variety of specific techniques along with some research on their unique benefits. You don’t have to be a teacher, or even desire to become a teacher to attend this course.

Required Reading:
The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa (John Yates)
The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works by Shinzen Young

Recommended Reading:
How to Train a Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays
Waking, Dreaming Being by Evan Thompson
The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Bagley
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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More Info: Meditation and Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga

Dec. 6 - 9, 2018

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $100 if you sign up by October 18, 2018
$350 with Early bird Special!
($450 after October 18, 2018)

 
Thursday, 9:00am - 12:00pm l 1:30 - 5:30 pm
Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm l 1:30 - 5:30pm
Saturday, 9:00am - 12:00pm l 1:30 - 4:30pm
Sunday, 9:00am - 12:00pm

The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Rewriting the Story of Our Health and Growth 

This training will introduce you to the Fascial Distortion Model, relate it to the understanding of Marma as an approach to self-care in yoga practice, and apply this understanding to the themes that we will cover in practical and user-friendly ways.

We’ll begin with the neck and shoulders, focusing on upper body and spinal health, and connect the ideas concerning the Fascial Distortion Model to understanding and addressing shoulder injuries — especially including typical ‘yoga injuries’ to the shoulders. This will include an additional focus on working with scoliosis — including both principles for targeted work with scoliosis, as well as insights into how these principles are useful for everyone, since asymmetries that lead to muscular and joint problems are nearly always present, whether one has a scoliosis or not. This will add new dimensions to practice, including the pairing of intentional breathing to realignment actions in asana.

From there we will expand into a treatment of the health of the whole body in the context of Movement Impairment Syndromes at the root of chronic pain — focusing in particular on the low back, sacrum, hips, knees and feet. This approach to pain problems is especially suited to yoga, and will provide teachers and practitioners with a vital toolbox for recognizing and assessing these patterns, and designing an approach through specifically targeted asana practice and remedial exercises aimed at changing them for the better.

This year the dimension of the ‘Vayus’ will be added as well, weaving in not only elements of pranayama in relation to health, but practical toning exercises for the ‘core’ related to the experience of the Vayus that can be incorporated into asana practice as well as pranayama. This practical work is related to the concepts contained in ‘The Fascial Web’ by Schultz and Feitis, as well as ideas developed by Orit Sen-Gupta in ‘Vayu’s Gate.’

Each day will include work with the Vayus, pranayama and Yoga Nidra — including discussion of the principles behind each practice, and some historical background from hatha yoga texts. And each day will begin with a practice, which will give participants a chance to experience how the principles being covered might be introduced simply in the class setting of an asana practice.

All in all, the training will be an exploration into the many dimensions of wisdom that the ever-evolving practice of hatha yoga has to offer to us as body, mind and spirit work to maintain health and grow in heart in the face of the many challenges — including pain, injury and dysfunction — that life throws at us.

Thematic Topics Covered through the Training:

  • The Fascial Distortion Model
  • "The Head is the Foundation"
  • Insights into - and to be learned from - Scoliosis
  • Practical tools for making assessments
  • Principles of shoulder alignment
  • The myofascial "Sutras" of the arms
  • The breath and the Vayus
  • Mobilizing: Getting stiff students moving through targeted strengthening
  • The secrets of the hamstrings
  • Stabilizing: Helping flexible students avoid joint pain and injury

For more details on this training, please click here: 

The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga - December 2017

Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for more than 16 years, and is known not only for his effectiveness in communicating this ever-evolving approach in these trainings, but also for his extensive writing on the topic in magazines, journals and his two-volume work on ‘Yoga As Therapy.’ He has also served, in addition to his traveling and teaching, as a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree program in Yoga Therapy. This program is state-approved and accredited for granting a Master’s degree in this field, and is fully accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Doug is also certified by the IAYT as a yoga therapist.

Recommended Reading:
The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga, Volumes 1 & 2, by Doug Keller
Refining the Breath by Doug Keller
Heart of the Yoga by Doug Keller

Buy Books Here: www.doyoga.com

More Info: Therapeutic Essentials & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Upon registration you will receive an immediate email confirmation containing details about the workshop and information regarding the studio. If you are currently enrolled in our 300 Hour Advanced  Studies Teacher Training Modular program, will receive immediate credit after attending the module. You do not need to do anything, however, please feel free to contact events@youryoga.com with any concerns.

Home Practice:

Because this is an Advanced Studies course, we are assuming you have or have had in the past a daily practice. We recommend continuing, or re-starting this and practicing at the same time each day, as the body craves regularity. Practicing in the am or pm is entirely up to you–both have their own benefits. Try to stay on your mat 30-120 minutes and enjoy your practice!

No refunds for cancellations given with less than 24-hours notice.
Please review our Cancellation and Transfer Policy for full details.
100% attendance required to all 300 Hour modules.

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What are Advanced Study Modules?

Benefits-05We’ve built our Advanced Study Modular Program around the drop-in concept. There are 11 required modules you need to take, each lasting anywhere from 2-5 days long, generally over a weekend. Modules are taught either by one of our experienced staff members or an international yoga teacher. We bring some of the biggest names in the industry to our studio and programs. In this very flexible modular program, you get to decide which particular module you take, at what time and taught by whom. And you have 5 years to complete 11 modules (some students do it within 2 years though). Modules are generally open to the public as well, so you will be joined by experienced teachers as well as aspiring enthusiasts. Modules can be taken by someone not going after a 300 Hour Certification–though if they decide later to pursue the 300 Hour Certification, they can retroactively include the modules they’ve already taken in the past 12 months only.