- Here is a list of the individual Trainings and descriptions
Experiential Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga
This course is divided into three weekends that can be taken in any order. Each weekend focuses on specific regions of the body to explore muscles, joints, fascia, the nervous system and their application to movement, yoga and working with common musculoskeletal conditions.
The weekends are:
- Focus on the Shoulder, Neck and Arms
- Focus on the Spine, Breath and Bandhas
- Focus on the Hips, Knees and Feet
Each weekend will incorporate observation, hands-on exercises and practice of asana to help you learn the location and function of the major structures of the body and how they relate to asana. You will also learn techniques to help you “read” your students body through their asana practice.
This course will teach you
- To understand the location and function of the key structures of the body and apply them to yoga practice
- How to become proficient at understanding and identifying imbalances in your students’ practice.
- A functional, integrated approach to evaluation through looking at movement and asana as well as specific muscle testing techniques.
- How certain imbalances may lead to pain and dysfunction
- Common stresses and injuries for each part of the body and how to apply asana therapeutically for specific injuries, as well as modifications (providing appropriate hands-on support and protection) to maximize the healing and strengthening that is possible from the practice of yoga.
- How do develop a personalized plan of care and personalized asana practice for your student based on the evaluation methods that will be taught.
After this course, you will be able to help students with musculoskeletal dysfunctions (for example: back pain, neck pain, arthritis, tendonitis) by finding their imbalances and helping them to find a yoga practice to restore balance as well as modify asanas as needed.
Exploring Meditation and Yoga Philosophy
This course is divided into two weekends and is dedicated to the exploration of key themes, philosophies and practices of meditation found within the yoga tradition.
We will delve into yoga philosophy through texts such the Upanishads, Samkhya Karika, Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Shiva Sutras and Spanda Karika. Through readings and discussion of these texts we will explore concepts such as the nature of the Self, the causes of suffering, the nature of the mind, prana, energy and how the path of yoga helps to end suffering and create transformation and healing.
Each day will incorporate various meditation practices that help us to embody and realize these philosophies within our lived experience
The weekends are:
- Understanding the nature of the Self and the nature of the mind.
- This weekend will focus on teachings and practices from the Upanishads, Samkhya Karika, Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. We will explore the cultivation of discriminitive awareness to understand the causes of suffering, obstacles to clear seeing and the nature of the Self and the mind. Through reading, discussion and practice we will explore our capacity for wisdom, joy, compassion and equanimity.
- Understanding Prana and the Tantric perspective
- This weekend will focus on teachings and practices from Tantra philosophy and will utilize texts such as the Bhavagad Gita, Shiva Sutras and Spanda Karika. We will explore the energetic systems of the body including the Chakras, Granthis and Prana Vayus. From the perspective of tantra we will explore how the energetic template of the body can be the source of suffering in the body and mind. We will look at how we can use the practices of yoga to not only understand and explore the energetic roots of suffering, but to heal, change and transform out of our habitual patterns that lead to suffering.
Each weekend will be a combination of discussion, journaling, practice of asana, pranayama and meditation. Meditations will be a variety of methods from sitting meditation, mantra, chanting, ritual, visualization, pranayama, introspective asana, yoga nidra, and inquiry.
Recommended texts: Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran, Bhagavad Gita by Barbara Stoler Miller, Yoga Sutras (any version). A manual will also be provided.
The Yoga Way: Toward Psychological Health and Emotional Well-being
From the experiences of our lives, we make stories about who we are. These manifest in how we hold our body, breathe, think, feel, and move in relationship to other and the environment. These stories have energy and create energy patterns, both healthy and unhealthy.
If we can recognize our stories, our patterns, our underlying energies, we can change them. When these change, our lives change. This course gives a concentrated overview of the human condition from ancient yogic and modern psychological perspectives. We review yogic concepts related to understanding the mind, including koshas, kleshas, samskaras, and the gunas.
We explore how these concepts fit together with western ideas of mind and how they may be useful in understanding and treating dysfunction. Students will learn Tantra Hatha yoga therapy methods for managing or assisting in healing psychological difficulties, including depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress responses.
The Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain
Tantra Hatha yoga gives us much in the way of philosophy and practices to help us understand chronic pain and suffering. Through the philosophy of Tantra we can teach our students to understand themselves and their condition from a new perspective and to create a new relationship with their body and mind.
Teaching our students this ancient philosophy can help them to find their way into a practice that can be both healing and transformative. Current findings in the field of pain science are showing how we can change our relationship with our body through the relationship with our mind and nervous system.
We will look into the current findings of pain science and treatment of chronic pain and integrate the practices and philosophy of tantra hatha yoga. You will learn practices of asana, pranayama and meditation that will be beneficial for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.
Yoga & Trauma: Healing with Tantra Hatha Yoga
This 20 hour module is for anyone interested in bringing yoga and mindfulness to at-risk populations: prisons, homeless shelters, veterans, hospitals, etc. You will learn:
* How trauma affects the mind and body.
* How to use Tantra Hatha Yoga to help heal the mind/body disconnect after trauma.
* How to work with clients to understand and heal from trauma through the practices of Tantra Hatha Yoga.
* What is a trauma informed yoga ? How is it different than a regular studio class.
* How to create and teach yoga classes to different populations and in different setting using modifications, and Tantra Hatha philosophy.
Seeds of Change: Tantra Hatha Yoga for Discovery & Transformation
- Yoga techniques serve as a powerful and tangible system for understanding energy in all layers of human experience (physical, mental, emotional, intuitive) and helping us to grow in the awareness of our patterns and our relationship to them. As a continuous and dynamic path of Self-discovery, yoga helps us realize that the way we treat ourselves and interact with the world will lead us to suffering and dis-ease or health and vibrancy.
- Combining teachings and techniques of yoga with empowerment coaching offers an insightful and tangible system for understanding the driving forces of behavior and integrating behavior change. With yoga as a foundation, compelling and insightful coaching-inquiry helps clients understand the mechanics of behavior and how to access change through yoga practices.
- This program uses philosophies from the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, and other yoga texts, various yoga techniques, and coaching dialogue techniques as agents for exploring behavior and change. Program is 20 contact hours plus an additional 10 hours of a take-home mentored practicum that is to be completed following the module. Students who successfully complete the module and the practicum are given 30 hours of credit and/or CEUs.
Pranayama’s Deeper Practices:Modern Applications in the Ancient Tradition of Tantric Hatha Yoga
Much of our experience of “yoga” in the west is (comparatively) a modern phenomenon, largely an adaptation of physical education exercises taught to school children in India during the last century. These practices, though greatly beneficial, often touch only briefly on pranayama, the gateway to meditation. Following the ancient texts of The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Gherenda Samhita, and the Shiva Samhita, the path of tantric hatha yoga was comprised of practices to both strengthen and polish the “vessel”, heighten energy, and allow one to merge ever more fully with all life had to offer. This merging with the rhythms and pulses of the universe was accessed with transformative techniques, including ritual, asana, intense pranayama practices, and bandhas.
In this 20 hour module you will:
- Explore the intricate details of the more advanced pranayamas, kriyas, and bandhas, through fascial anatomy, personal physiology and experience, as well as immersing into the history and purpose behind these ancient teachings
- Learn the appropriate therapeutic applications of pranayama for specific conditions to work with your students and clients on physical, mental, as well as emotional levels.
- Discover as yoginis and yogis living in the modern world how to apply effective and intelligent adaptations to the practices and therapies, as we consider both our own individual constitutions and those of our students, moving forward together on the cusp of this “technological revolution”.
- Create strategies to allow for sacred space within these powerful applications, ones that provide a consistent, disciplined environment for continual transformation
The He(art) of Hands-on Assisting (20 hours): Description coming soon
Myofasciae, Prana, and the Bandhas: Merging Anatomy and Spirit
In the introduction to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, under the sub-heading titled The real purpose of hatha yoga, there is the following reminder:
“Just to improve the physical health ( of a patient) is not enough. The mental health must also improve, the nature must change, the personality must change, the psychological and the psychic framework also has to change. You should not merely feel freedom from disease, but freedom from bondage and from the vagaries of the mind. Now, the time has come when teachers in every part of the world must understand and transmit the true nature of hatha yoga”.
Our bodies, minds, and spirits all represent form. As the Pradipika reminds us; these are not separate entities, but one form. All ‘systems’ must then, for optimal health, be communicating synchronistically, consistently, to function properly. As American Architect Louis Sullivan stated: form follows function, but to flip it around, function will inevitably, necessarily, be a byproduct of form as well…
Our myofascial network is our stand- alone matrix of channels and pathways in which all other of the body’s systems are suspended in, and rely upon,, a full representation of a micro-universe; the materials most anatomists have until recently discarded and/or ignored in dissection labs. One thing we need to remember first and foremost about fascia is that “It’s Alive”!
The objectives of this 20- hour module will be to:
- explore the anatomy, physiology, and function of connective tissue( fascia) as a way of understanding how its health is integral to the function of our other “life” systems, including, but not limited to, our physical, emotional, energetic, and “communicative” self.
- apply this knowledge experientially in our own yoga practice using asana, kriyas, pranayams, and bandhas to better support this flexible armor that creates the shape we’ve come to know.
- provide for us as teachers, therapists, and bodyworkers new ways of body-reading; coming to better understand and support our work with both students and clients.
Therapeutic Meditation Retreat: A Body Journey To Access Your Inner Wisdom and Truth
Yoga therapists, yoga teachers, psychotherapists, and serious yoga and meditation students are encouraged to attend this retreat to explore one’s own inner wisdom and truth using the skillful methods of Tantric Hatha Yoga, Meditation, and Psycho-Spiritual Inquiry. Through this cultivation of inner wisdom and truth, yoga therapists and teachers and psychotherapists can develop a strong physical and psychological container which is essential in helping others on their own healing journey.
Over the four days, participants will be practicing yoga daily including the deeper practices of integrating asana, pranayama, mudra to raise energy and cultivate greater aliveness and sensitivity to their own inner world as well as the more contemplative traditions of Yin and Restorative Yoga, sitting meditations, body journeys and psycho-spiritual inquiry to identify and work through emotional obstacles that can block inner wisdom and intuition.