Advanced Elective Modules

In addition to all 5 Core Modules, each 300hr student may choose any combination of Advanced Electives.

150hrs of Elective Modules is required.

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AYURVEDIC WELLNESS COUNSELOR PROGRAM

March 11-13, March 25-27, April 22-24, May 13-15, 2022

Taught by: James Bailey, lac, dipl om, dipl ayu, eryt500

120 hours

The Ayurveda Foundation Program is a 120-hr deep well immersion into the sacred Ayurveda wellness arts, designed specifically for yoga teachers looking to develop a set of complementary wellness skills for oneself and as a service to your students. This training will teach you how to see the doshic constitution (Prakriti) and doshic imbalances (Vikriti) of your students and how to apply the sacred healing rituals of Ayurvedic nutrition, lifestyle changes, plant medicine allies, and home cleansing rituals to help them heal and live a life of balance. 

 

This wellness track will bring new skills and insights to your yoga teaching experience as well as a powerful new revenue stream: Ayurveda counseling privates. You’ll learn how to give more accurate wellness advice, customized to the unique needs of your students, guided by the wisdom of both Yoga and Ayurveda. Resourceful teachers, after all, draw from multiple healing traditions to stand out above those less resourceful. 

 

Take the guessing and trend jumping out of wellness. It’s time to truly understand the power of the the doshas, subdoshas, body and mental constitutional types, digestive vitality, the dinacharya daily rituals of self-massage with warm sattvic oils (Abhyanga), and seasonal cleansing with kitchari. This training will teach you how to see deeper into the doshic energy body of your students, to see what others can't to see with pulse and tongue reading, and how best to apply subtle therapies, Ayurveda in asana practice, and Ayurveda psychology. And we’ll have a lot of fun learning it.

 

Instruction time: four core modules (AWC 1-4): 120 hrs; plus two optional elective modules: AWC5 Self-Care Journal + Supervision (30 hrs) and AWC6

 

Journey to India Retreat (50 hrs).

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ANATOMY AND THE PRACTICE OF YOGA FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY TEACHER TRAINING

Taught by: Sonjé Mayo & Daphne Larkin

14 hours

This foundational anatomy training is designed for yoga teachers and experienced students who want to deepen their understanding of structural anatomy. The weekend includes interactive anatomy sessions led by Sonje Mayo and asana exploration labs led by Daphne Larkin. In the anatomy sessions, you’ll develop an understanding of the major structures of the body and key movements. These interactive sessions will provide hands-on opportunities to understand how the body moves and how to stay safe. The yoga posture labs will be guided explorations that will provide a deeper understanding of pose alignment and teach cues that support stability and growth in our yoga practice. 

Sessions:

  • Anatomy of Spine and Pelvis

  • Anatomy of Hip, Knee, and Foot

  • Anatomy of the Shoulder Girdle and Neck

  • Yoga Posture Lab: Spine / Pelvis / Hips & Legs

  • Anatomy of the Elbow, Wrist, and Hand

  • Yoga Posture Lab: Shoulders & Arms

RESTORATIVE YOGA

TEACHER TRAINING

 

Taught by: Susi Willis

20 hours

In our workshop, students and teachers will get to experience and get “behind the curtain’ to learn and discover both the obvious and subtle layers necessary to support and create a container for a Restorative Yoga practice. We will explore different poses, props and pranayama choices that assist activating the parasympathetic nervous system-which is essential for rest. Workshop participants will learn both the science and the artful components necessary to facilitate teaching Restorative Yoga 

Together we will:

  • Experience 3 different Restorative Yoga practices

  • Create a shared knowledge of what a Restorative Yoga pose/class is and isn’t

  • Why Restorative Yoga is important and what it is in service of

  • Learn how to teach Restorative Yoga for a classroom of students that may have varied needs

  • Basic Understanding of how to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, what the parasympathetic nervous system is and its role in rest

  •  Experiencing and practicing how to set up Restorative Yoga poses, using different types of props and why you would use the props in different ways dependent on your student’s needs

  • Pranayama Practices that support Restorative Yoga poses and classes

  • Learn the science behind mindfulness practices and how using this science supports Restorative Yoga

  • Learning about the subtle energetics necessary to create a classroom as a Restorative Yoga container

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YIN YOGA INTENSIVE

Taught by: Liz Stewart, ryt 500

20 hours

While the benefits of an active, dynamic yoga practice are many and considerable, especially to the muscular, "yang" tissues, Yin Yoga allows us to work deeply into the other half, the "yin" tissues of our joints and ligaments, the deep fascial networks, and even our bones. In this module, students and teachers will explore the following: 

  • Yin Yoga principles and philosophy

  • Yin and the physical body

  • Yin and the energy body

  • Cultivating mindfulness in Yin Yoga

  • Yin yoga asanas, including modifications and the use of props

  • Considerations for sequencing 

  • Teaching a safe and effective Yin class

  • Each day will include a 1-2 hour Yin practice 

  • Opportunities for practice teaching

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MAYA YOGA

Taught by: Nicki Doane

12.5 hours

Free Your Hips, Free Your Life
It is now an acknowledged fact that tight hips can be a serious risk to your health. The AMA, American Medical Association, has publicly declared that sitting is the new smoking. Yogis of course have known this for a long time and there are many poses to help open the hips safely and effectively. There are four sides to the hips, the front, back, inner and outer which are made up of the quadriceps and psoas ( hip flexors), the hamstrings, external rotators, and the inner groins. This class will cover all four sides and share poses to help you maintain your open hips throughout your life. We will also do some poses to open the feet as they are important too. mostly asana, active and restorative

Passport to Your Core - A Yoga Practice to Guide You into Yourself While Turning Yourself Upside Down
What is Yoga? If we look at the literal meaning of the Sanskrit word, it means to yoke or to bring together. Real yoga is about calming the mind with all its fluctuations and agitations. Most of our suffering and fears as human beings are between our ears, right in the middle of our consciousness. Of course, there is also plenty of suffering and pain that we experience in our physical and emotional bodies as well. The poses of yoga are great because they not only lengthen and strengthen the muscles in our body but they offer us key insights into the workings of our minds. The poses reveal what is already there. It is a beautiful mystery how the poses become keys that unlock deeply hidden parts of ourselves, parts that we have kept locked away and that we repress. It is the dark areas of our consciousness that have so much to teach us about ourselves. Maya Yoga teaches a way of practicing yoga that is as much about aligning the physical body as it is about learning how to love yourself more every day.

This class will use asana and pranayama to examine the mind-body connection more deeply. The focus will be on the group of poses known as the Inversions - the upside-down poses. Through an intelligent sequence of poses, we will practice Handstands at the wall whether you are a pro already or a complete novice. Forearm balance will be done at the wall as well and headstand and shoulder stand will be introduced and shared as well. We will complete the class with the most restful pose, Viparita Karani, legs up against the wall.

This class will be taught in a supportive compassionate environment with a focus on the process of yoga and not necessarily on the final pose. All are welcome! asana, pranayama, some partner work, props used for sure.

The Citti Vrittis - Exploring Ancient Yogic Thoughts on the Root Causes of an Afflicted Mind
One of the most important books on Yoga Psychology is the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Patanjali is believed to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu who came to earth to share both Sanskrit and the teaching of yoga with humanity in an effort to uplift them and offer guidance to their spiritual journey. These teachings are still highly relevant today and in this class, we will look at the “Vrittis” which are the fluctuations and agitations of the mind. We all have them and they can lead to an unstable mind and a distorted perception of reality. We will cover the five vrittis that are said to be painful and the five vrittis that are said to be seemingly nonpainful. There will be discussion of the vrittis and how they affect our daily lives and we will also chant them together in the call and response style known as kirtan. mostly discussion with some chanting

Drop-In and Let Go - Deep Restorative Yoga
Life is so busy these days and in spite of all the technological gadgets we all have to help us manage our lives, we all experience some level of stress at some point. We often do not take the time to rest and reset our nervous systems and our brains and this can lead to even more stress. Our nervous system has two parts; sympathetic and parasympathetic. Sympathetic is the flight or fight response- the active side, and the Parasympathetic is the more calming quieting side. It is vital to nourish both sides and this class is for the support of the parasympathetic. Please make the time for this class and let Nicki guide you into an experience where you learn to drop in, get quiet inside, and let go into deep relaxation. It is truly an art to be able to make the space and time for self-care and you deserve it. This class is restorative in nature with bolsters and props and Nicki’s reading of the ancient Yoga myths.

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Embracing the Unknown - Backward Bending Postures
Some of the most important and effective yoga poses are the ones that extend the spine and bring freedom to the back. They of course are known as backbends and many people can be intimidated by them. Allow Nicki to lead you through a safe and effective yoga practice that will prepare you for the backward bending poses very well. Through Sun Salutations, standing poses, and lunges, your body will be ready to do backbends as you’ve never done them before. Some poses that will be included, but not limited to, are standing back arch, salabhasana, danurasana, setu bandha sarvangasana, and urdhva dhanurasana. If needed, Nicki has an intelligent way of working with the props so they both support and propel you deeper into the pose in a safe way. This class will end with twisting postures to relieve the spine and a deep restful savasana to realign your body and mind. asana, pranayama, props when needed