Elective Modules

300 hour electives



The Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program (AWC) is a non-clinical ayurveda wellness program that provides ayurvedic wellness assessment and management skills from the swasthavritta tradition for yoga teachers in training. The course can also be offered as Continued Education to certified yoga teachers, and to other healthcare practitioners interested in applying ayurveda in their practices.

The AWCP is unique in that it provides yoga teachers both skills in the classroom as well as a secondary revenue stream outside the classroom. Teachers can give more accurately informed advice, guided by the wisdom of yoga and ayurveda, and get paid for it. As we all know, resourceful teachers stand out above those less resourceful. Practitioners will be able to establish themselves in the community as Ayurvedic Wellness Counselors with all of the skills and capacities of any non-clinical Ayurvedic practitioner.

Skills taught include constitutional (prakriti) and conditional (vikriti) dosha assessment, pulse and tongue analysis, simple tissue analysis, ayurvedic nutritional therapy, cleanse management, functional herbology, oil therapies, lifestyle counseling, subtle therapies, ayurveda in asana practice, client rapport, ayurveda psychology, and business management.

instruction time: core modules (1-4): 120 hrs; plus optional elective modules: module 5: 30 hrs, module 6 (india trip) 50 hrs

Please see Workshops/Events for additional details and next scheduled dates



Module 1 (35 hours) will address the following topics:

  • Perspectives on prenatal and postnatal yoga related to the classical teachings of yoga with an emphasis on the eight limbs, embracing the spiritual dimension of yoga as well as the physical discipline and pranayama practices
  • Human anatomy & physiology for the childbearing year
  • Energetic and physical alignment considerations for mamas in bloom specific to each trimester
  • Postures and techniques that encourage pelvic floor connection, capacity, and strength
  • Overview of potential benefits and outcomes through prenatal and postnatal yoga
  • Postures, breath work, and meditations that cultivate a nurturing source of strength and confidence while empowering the transformation in pregnancy and birth with grace.

Module 2 (35 hours) will address the following topics:

  • Traditional yoga philosophy and the eight limbs applicable to lifestyle and well-being during the childbearing year
  • Observations in psychological and emotional changes during the childbearing year
  • Various methods, approaches, and models of care for the childbearing year
  • Practice and teaching methodology specific to each trimester of pregnancy and postpartum period
  • Various class formats for the beginning and/or advanced student during each trimester
  • Class options and workshop formats that could be offered during the childbearing year
  • Class formats and considerations for the “4th trimester”, postpartum, and om grown mama & baby bliss
  • The relevance of holding a supportive space for educated, empowered, and intuitive choices in pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood




In this module, students and teachers will take an extensive look at meditation, exploring the layers of the mind and consciousness itself. The course will add depth to a personal practice and demonstrate methods of incorporating it into the classroom. We’ll look at ways to stimulate brain waves and enter the deeper levels of meditation, using time-honored techniques from the masters and current developments in brain research, referencing the work of Dr. David Hawkins, Daniel Goleman, Rick Hanson, Anna Wise, and Alan Watts, to name a few. It’s a heavy subject, but we’ll have fun!

Points of Focus for the weekend are:

  • Understanding the subtle dimensions of breath
  • Our senses and heightened states of awareness
  • Mantras, mudras, and other focusing tools
  • Mental and emotional blocks and how to work with them
  • Creating positive change, cultivating compassion, opening to more creativity, and healing the mind/body structure
  • Formless, subjective experience
  • Meditation and the world of quantum science




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




Victory and Vitality through Breath, Intention, and Action

This workshop is open to the public. There are no prerequisites required. Anyone with an interest in learning more about Pranayama and Kriya can participate in the immersion. This module is part of Sanctuary's 300 hr YTT program and counts as 20 elective hours towards completion of the 300 hr program.

Pranayama and Kriya are practices that pave way for purification, intuitive development, and balance through an expansive use and understanding of our own vital energy force. With devotion and discipline, these practices and techniques activate self-healing and gift the practitioner with heightened self-awareness, Divine connection, and clarity on the path of Self-realization.

Focus and Highlights for this Immersion:

  • Define and explore the yogic limb of Pranayama.
  • Learn and practice various breathing techniques.
  • Discuss basic yoga philosophy and anatomy of pranayama.
  • Learn how to integrate energy locks/bonds in a pranayama practice.
  • Consider ways to integrate pranayama into an asana practice.
  • Understand how pranayama helps prepare the body for meditation.
  • Explore how some Mantras and Mudras may be incorporated into breathwork to enhance the practice of Pranayama, yoga, and meditation.
  • Define and explore the dimensions of Kriya.
  • Consider how Kriya practices support the practices of Pranayama and
  • Meditation through holistic cleansing and purification.
  • Learn and experience various Kriya practices.

Supportive Reading List

  • The Science of Pranayama by Sri Swami Sivananda
  • Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Yoga Wisdom by Sri Dharma Mittra
  • Jivamukti Yoga by David Life and Sharon Gannon



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 is 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 deep hidden parts of ourselves, parts that we have kept locked way 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 everyday.

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 shoulderstand 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 the 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 non painful. 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 repsonse- 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.

asana, pranayama, restorative

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 like 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




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 teaching cues that support stability and growth in our yoga practice.


  • 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

300 Hour Track Options

Advanced Yogi Track
- 5 Core Modules
- Choice of Electives (min. 150 hours total) 

Advanced Wellness Track
- 5 Core Modules
- AWC Program 

Advanced Restorative Track
- 5 Core Modules
- Anjali Restorative Yoga
- Yin Yoga Intensive
- Pranayama Immersion
- Yoga for Special Needs