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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.

Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery for Yoga Teachers and Health Care Professionals

March 31 - April 2, 2017
300-hour YA Credit

All Levels Welcome

$425

SOLD OUT! Please contact events@youryoga.com to be added to the waitlist.

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 8:00am – 12:00pm | 2:00 – 6:00pm
Sunday, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Yoga teachers have a special responsibility to handle all their interactions with students with great care. However, honing the special skill set required to work with students who have faced trauma requires a thorough understanding and special sensitivity of the unique needs of this community.

Mindful Resilience for Recovery and Resilience is an evidence-informed, clinically-tested yoga program that was developed specifically for veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress and other psychological difficulties.

In this training, you will explore:

The development, course, and consequences of trauma-related disorders
The psycho-therapeutic treatment of trauma-related disorders and how yoga fits into an integrative treatment approach
Special considerations and cautions when providing yoga therapy to veterans and other trauma-affected individuals
Specific practices, guiding principles, and resources found to be helpful for veterans coping with trauma, including a detailed treatment manual with an empirically-informed, clinically-tested 12-week protocol, and access to a downloadable electronic copy (pdf) of the Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans Recovering from Trauma practice guide.

Required Reading:
- Complete "Understanding PTSD" webinar:
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/index.asp
- Visit our Practice Library (http://www.veteransyogaproject.org/practice.html) to download our Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans Practice Guide and practice audio files. This will introduce you to our approach and some of the practices we have found helpful.

Cancellation Processing: $100

More Info: Yoga for Trauma & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Juicy Assists

April 7 - 9, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome
$300

Only a few spaces left!

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 2:00 – 6:00pm
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 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
Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting by Stephanie Pappas

Recommended Reading:
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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Cancellation Processing: $75

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

Yoga and Anatomy

April 28 - 30, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome
$300

Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm | 2:00 – 6:00pm
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 2:00-6:00 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
Move Your DNA by Katie Bowman
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners by H. David Coulter (any edition)

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Cancellation Processing: $75

More Info: Anatomy and Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Therapeutic Essentials of Yoga

May 4 -7, 2017
All Levels Welcome
300-hour YA credit
$450

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 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 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 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 – 5:30pm
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 – 5:30pm
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 – 5:30pm
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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Cancellation Processing: $150

More Info: Therapeutic Essentials & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Yin Yoga Teacher Training

May 12 - 14, 2017
All Levels Welcome
300 Hour YA Credit
$300


Friday 6:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00 - 12:00pm | 2:00 – 6:00pm
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
Yin Yoga by Paul Grilley
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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Cancellation Processing: $75

More Info: Yin Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Senior Yoga Teacher Training

May 25 - 28, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $100 if you sign by April 13, 2017
$350 with Early Bird Special!
($450 after April 13, 2017)

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 for Arthritis by Fishman & Saltonstall
Yoga for Osteoporosis by Fishman & Small
Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis by Fishman & Saltonstall
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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Cancellation Processing: $150

More Info: Senior Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Yoga, Chakras, and Consciousness

May 26 - 28, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by April 14, 2017
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after April 14, 2017)

Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00 – 12:00pm | 2:00 – 6:00pm
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 Mindby 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 Handbookby Stephanie Keach 

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Cancellation Processing: $75


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

5-Day Slow Flow Intensive

May 29 - June 2, 2017
All Levels Welcome
300-hour YA Credit

Save $100 if you sign up April 17, 2017
$550 with Early Bird Discount!
($650 after April 17, 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

This intensive teacher training course is designed to train you in the fundamentals of teaching a slower Vinyasa-flow style yoga for beginning and intermediate students. Sara will help to inspire or re-inspire you in your role as flow teacher with the knowledge and open-heartedness it takes to teach a safe and creative flow class. 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 and spend 5 whole days with Sara will find this course inspiring and practical. This isn’t just for teachers, but for serious students who want to immerse themselves totally with inspiring community and invigorating practices.

Curriculum:
How to design and build safe sequences
Creating themes
Controlling and containing energy throughout a flow
Hands-on assists
Focusing on anatomical and energetic movement
Moving with the breath
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: (please bring to class)
Yoga Mat Companion 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses by Ray Long

Recommended Reading:
The ENTIRE Yoga Anatomy Companion Series by Ray Long
Chakra Yoga by Alan Finger
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
The Translucent Revolution by Arjuna Ardagh

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Cancellation Processing: $150

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

Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness

June 9 - 11, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $50 if you sign up by April 28, 2017
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after April 28, 2017)


Friday 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am- 12:00 pm | 2:00 – 6:00 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: (do not need to bring to class)
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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Cancellation Processing: $75

More Info: Meditation and Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Yoga, Psychology and Trauma

June 16 - 18, 2017
300-hour YA Credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by May 5, 2017
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after May 5, 2017)

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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Cancellation Processing: $75

More Info: Yoga for Trauma & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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

June 21 - 25, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up April 21, 2017
$700 with Early Bird Discount!
($750 after April 21, 2017)

$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 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.

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

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Cancellation Processing: $150

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Decoding the Yoga Sūtra

June 30 - July 2 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by April 10, 2017
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after April 10, 2017)

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 - 12:00 pm | 2:00-6:00pm
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:
The Essence of Yoga by Bernard Bouanchaud
Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: a Biography by David Gordon White
How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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Cancellation Processing: $75


More Info: Yoga Sutra & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Children's Yoga Teacher Training

August 3 - 6, 2017
All Levels Welcome
300-hour YA Credit

Save $100 if you sign up by June 22, 2017
$350 with Early bird Special!
($450 after June 22, 2017)

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

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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The Roots of Yoga

August 10 - 13, 2017 
All Levels Welcome

300-hour YA Credit

Save $100 if you sign by June 29, 2017
$350 with Early Bird Special!
($450 after June 29, 2017)

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 (available April 2017)

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

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Yoga for Cancer

August 25 - 27, 2017

300-hour YA Credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by July 14, 2017
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after July 14, 2017)

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
Yogic Management of Cancer by Dr Swami Nirmalananda
Healing Yoga for People Living with Cancer by Lisa Holtby
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

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5-Day Kundalini Intensive

September 4 - 8, 2017

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $100 if you sign up July 10, 2017
$550 with Early Bird Discount!
($650 after July 10, 2017)

$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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Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga

September 8 -10, 2017

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

 

Save $75 if you sign up by July 28, 2017
$275 with Early Bird Discount!
($350 after July 28, 2017)

 

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
Active Birth 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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Healing with Yoga Anatomy and the Breathing Body

September 15 - 17, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome
$300

Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm | 2:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00am – 1:00pm

Join Yoga Anatomy pioneer Leslie Kaminoff in an interactive lab that will transform your practice by re-examining asana and vinyasa in light of a basic tenet: “Healthy movement is well-distributed movement.” The most common source of movement-based injury is the opposite: too much movement from too few places, repeated too many times – something many commonly used alignment cues may unintentionally promote by putting stress on vulnerable joints. Taking a fresh look at the anatomical basis for alignment in asana practice, Leslie will challenge and re-imagine many long-held assumptions about how to make practice safe and effective.

Starting with clear, simple principles that govern musculoskeletal function, he will help you put your yoga on a solid foundation literally from the ground up and from your head down. Topics will include:

– Functional, anatomical principles of alignment
– Breath-centered cuing to achieve alignment objectives
– The relationship of bandha to support and movement
– Why instructions like “tuck your tail,” “lengthen your spine,” “square your hips” may be doing more harm than good
– The use of gazing (drishti) and imagery to foster increased neuromuscular integration
– How to teach individual modifications in a group environment

Practical modifications to familiar postures and movements, and the creative use of breath, language and imagery will be explained and practiced. Bring your mat, your practice and your questions. During Sunday’s “Case Studies and Clinical Observation Lab,” ample time will be devoted to individual concerns.

Friday Evening: 6:00 -9:00
A Brief History of Alignment in Asana
Historical and Anatomical context, definitions and application

Saturday 10:00 -1:00 | 2:30 – 5:30
Morning vinyasa practice: Principles of breath and movement, principles of alignment in standing poses
Afternoon asana practice: Principles of breath and alignment in forward bending, back-bending and twisting asanas

Sunday 9:00 – 1:00
Clinical Observation and Case Studies
Embodying principles of alignment and breath practice in observed, one-on-one case studies drawn from workshop participants

Required Reading:
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff (do not need to bring to class unless you would like it signed)

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The Power of Now

September 22 - 24, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

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

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 2:00 – 6:00pm
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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5-Day Bhakti Vinyasa Intensive

September 27 - October 1, 2017

All Levels Welcome
300-hour YA Credit


Save $100 if you sign up August 16, 2017
$550 with Early Bird Discount!
($650 after August 16, 2017)


$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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Therapeutically Oriented 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification 2017

Save $500 if you sign up by June 29, 2017
$3500 with Early Bird Special!
($4000 afterJune 29, 2017)

$500 Deposit will hold Early Bird discount, or pay in full.

Are you craving a serious training with Therapeutically oriented instruction? Do you know how to adapt the practice for individual students’ needs? Are you comfortable in a one-to-one setting? What about group classes with therapeutic essentials? Maybe you have specific conditions in your own body that have yet to be addressed in a regular class-room setting? This training is designed to empower individuals in the deep understanding and healing of our mind, body and spirit.
This 300 hour yoga instructor certification was designed specifically to address the therapeutic essentials of yoga using asana, meditation, pranayama, energy anatomy (chakras/nadis), ayurveda, marma, mantra and yoga psychology; 10+ weekends over the course of 9 months, (includes a final, week-long wrap-up).

This highly esteemed course is taught by licensed health care professionals as well as seasoned yoga practitioners specializing in therapeutic elements. Be prepared to be immersed in the wisdom of yoga as a physical, emotional and spiritual healing practice. You will deepen your understanding of how to work one-on-one with your students so they can compassionately modify poses, accommodating to the unique needs of their bodies. With the practice and guidance provided throughout this program, you will develop both the confidence and the practical therapeutic tools necessary to restore general health and wellbeing.

Beginning September 29, 2017:
1. September 29 - October 1, 2017
2. October 27 - 29, 2017
3. November 17 - 19, 2017
4. December 8 - 10, 2017
5. January 5 - 7, 2018
6. January 26 - 28, 2018
7. February 23 - 25, 2018
8. March 16 - 18, 2018
9. April 20 - 22, 2018
10. May 11 - 16, 2018 (Six full days Friday - Wednesday, 8:00am - 5:00pm)

*make up weekend in case of a full weekend cancellation due to inclement weather only: April 6 - 8, 2018 (please reserve)

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Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

October 13 - 15, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $75 if you sign up by September 1, 2017
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($325 after September 1, 2017)

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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Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers

October 13 - 15, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $100 if you sign up by September 1, 2017
$300 with Early Bird Special!
($400 after September 1, 2017)


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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 Constitutionby Dr. Robert Svoboda

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

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Yoga, Meditation, and Neuroscience

Yoga, Meditation, and Neuroscience
with Michael Johnson and Will Hamilton PhD
October 27 - 29, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by September 15, 2017
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after September 15, 2017)

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 2:00 – 6:00pm
Sunday, 9:00am – 12:00pm

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. 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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The Art of Teaching Movement and Meditation 5-Day Intensive

October 30 - November 3, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $100 if you sign up by September 18, 2017
$550 with Early Bird Special!
($650 after September 18, 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

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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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)

November 3 - 5, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by September 22, 2017
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after September 22, 2017)

Friday 6:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm | 2:00 - 6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 1:00pm

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

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The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga

December 7 - 10, 2017

300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome


Save $100 if you sign up by October 12, 2017
$350 with Early bird Special!
($450 after October 12, 2017)

 
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

This year’s training will begin with the upper body — the neck, shoulders and arms — to explore the fascial lines or ‘sutras’ that govern them, what their proper alignment and actions are in ALL classes of poses, both weight-bearing and non-weightbearing (which is always a source of controversy among teachers and practitioners), and what the most common therapeutic problems are that we encounter in these areas, the anatomy of these problems, the obstacles that they present in asana practice, and how they can be addressed through variations and with the use of props, particularly to support strengthening and healing.

This approach will be designed especially to be useful to teachers for providing effectiveness and clarity in their instructions, and for practitioners who want to more deeply understand and address pain problems they are encountering, or simply want to become stronger and better aligned through insightful practice.

Following the work with the shoulders, wrists, elbows and neck, we will turn to sacral and hip stability, along with problems in the low back. Issues surrounding the sacrum will be more deeply explored, and we will go through all classes of poses — particularly twists and backbending — with a focus on actions that promote greater stability of the sacrum and hips, while also addressing students who are very stiff.

Each day will begin with an asana practice incorporating the key ideas being presented, and will end with practices of Laya Yoga — the aspect of Hatha Yoga that includes Yoga Nidra, meditation, breath, the emotional dimension of meditative practice, and the chakras.

Thursday: The Neck and Shoulders: Jalandhara Bandha as a Guiding Principle, and Why it Matters.
The Head and Neck: pain problems and limitations of movement from common misalignments and misuse, and the muscles and bones involved; the subtle essence of Jalandhara Bandha and how to work with preparatory exercises and releases, as well as how to practice poses and effective variations in poses to achieve better alignment, greater strength, and reduction of neck and shoulder pain.
This day will also introduce principles of shoulder alignment in relation to neck actions, and will include practice of hands-on adjustments.

Friday: The Myofascial Sutras of the Arms: Foundations for Movement in Asana
From foundations in the hands to the shoulders, shoulder blades, upper back and neck, there are myofascial sutras that govern the rotations of the arms and movements of the shoulder blades. Effective alignment of the shoulders in asana, as well as variations for students who are either tight or hypermobile, can only be understood by knowing and understanding these ‘sutras’ and how they function in asana.
We will explain these sutras and how they function in supporting the bones and movement, and will cover all types of poses — from the different arm positions in upright or non-weightbearing poses and stretches to those that are weight bearing, from Downward Facing Dog to backbends and inversions — and cover the best hand, elbow, shoulder and shoulder blade alignment from the perspective of these sutras.
The main objective will be to arrive at clear, simple and effective instructions for arm and shoulder actions, as well as covering hands-on adjustments.

Saturday: Foundations and The Bandha Connection: The Crania-Sacral Aspect of Yoga Practice Hidden within the Bandhas
This session will continue themes of shoulder alignment from Friday in the morning practice and lecture.
By the afternoon, we will begin to explore Sacral movement and stability, especially from the perspective of its relationship to neck and shoulder action through the relationship of the bandhas.
We will specifically cover sequencing for greater sacral stability, and specific work with proper actions in all classes of poses — particularly twists and backbending, as well as forward bending — that maintain sacral stability. We will keep an eye on the relationship of actions in the neck — both helpful and unhelpful — to sacral movement and pelvic and hip stability.
Included in this will be an exploration of the role of foundations in the feet, and their connections through the lower body. This will be carried over into Sunday’s Session.

Sunday The Lower Body and Foundations: With Special Love for the Knees
From lower body foundations in relation to sacral health, we’ll continue the themes of sacral stability and the specifics of asana and bandha,broadening the perspective to include the role of the knees, with special consideration of common knee problems and how they can be addressed — and accommodated for — in asana.
And we will pull together the therapeutic wisdom of asana practice from the perspective of Prana and self-awareness, summarizing the most important points of the training and how to sequence our classes and practice in light of them.

An extensively illustrated workbook, designed specifically for the training, will be provided as part of the training, as well as access to the slides used during the presentations. This reduces the burden of note-taking, and allows greater participation in this very experiential approach to Yoga as Therapy.
The workbook will be just that — a workbook that identifies the major myofascial sutras in posture and movement, and calls upon your skills at devising asana solutions for chronic pain problems. The workbook consists of practical exercises as well as the content of the training; and while the workbook, which is valuable in and of itself, covers all of the myofascial sutras, we will focus specifically upon the Shoulder Sutras handled most directly in the training sessions.

Prior experience of my trainings is not required, and the materials you will need for the training are provided as part of the training. The study is ‘advanced’ in the sense that a willingness to go into detail on matters of anatomy and therapeutic problems is assumed — and some familiarity with anatomy is quite helpful as well.

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
www.doyoga.com

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The Art of Teaching Yoga 5-Day Intensive

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

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$550 with Early Bird Discount!
($650 after December 4, 2017)

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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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Cancellation Processing: $150

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

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.