Acupressure and Self Healing
We will spend time each day learning the important acupressure points for deepening Yoga practice including the 8 Wind gates. Trainees will learn valuable skills for helping themselves and others through touch.
Advanced anatomy and Disease Processes
We will go in depth on anatomy topics relevant to a Yogi's practice. We will look at common disease processes from the western and eastern perspectives.
Advanced Asana variations, adjustments and inversions
These will be included in the Master sequence and will give trainees the skills to safely teach these postures to any level.
We will explore new techniques including breath retention practices and practices to awaken mental powers.
Asana and Sequencing
There will be a set sequence that acts as a backbone to the training's dissection and discussion of asanas. Similar to Rose Erin Vaughan's "Master class" that will offer modifications and variations for all levels. It is a sequence that can be modified to last 60-120 minutes.
Bhakti and Mantra
We will celebrate and rejoice daily with Singing mantras, dancing and drumming!
Intro to Tantra, Sexuality and Yoga
We will introduce and discuss the broad topic of Tantra and how we can move through all realms of life, including sexuality, as full-time Yogis.
Meridians and Meditation
Students will learn and embody knowledge of the 12 meridians and organs through lecture, asana, and a special Meridian-circuit meditation technique.
5 Spirits and the Shadow
We will introduce and explore the Taoist 5 "Spirits" or Aspects of the Mind and how they can help us incorporate what we might percieve as the "Shadow" or hidden self.
Teaching Private Lessons
We will spend significant time working on how to deisgn a sequence for an indivual students needs. This will include interviewing the student to find his/her goals and current condition, observing the student's posture and movement, and putting together an appropriate sequence of pranayama, asana, and acupressure points as needed. Through lecture, discussion, meditation and on the mat experience, we will explore how compassion can be cultivated through yoga practice. Relevant scientific research in compassion and metta meditation will be presented, alongside traditional philosophical texts from the yoga and meditation traditions. We will explore techniques for adapting yoga practice to embody self-compassion. Students will be able to practice and teach metta meditation, speak to its evidence-based and experiential benefits, and adapt asana practices to help student cultivate self-compassion.