Advanced Yoga Therapy Workshop Schedule
(Part of the 300 hour and 800 hour Yoga Therapy Programs)


These workshops are open to:

  • Students registered in the 300 Hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Program (RYT-500)
  • Students registered in the 800 Hour Accredited Yoga Therapy Training Program (1000 hours)
  • Yoga teachers with an RYT-200 Certification who want to take an individual workshop
  • Yoga students who wish to audit the workshop to further their own practice.

 

Workshops count as continuing education credits (CEC) for the Yoga Alliance.

 

All workshops are held at the Ajna Yoga studio in the Oak Bay Village.
Workshop hours are Friday 5 – 9 PM, and Saturday and Sunday
9 AM – 5 PM.




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Training Payment

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Learning to Teach Yoga Therapy for the Hips and Shoulders


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Kahan

Date: May 26 –  28, 2017

Tuition: $320


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Ask any yoga class what they would like to focus on and there is always a request for hips, shoulders, or both.  The hips and shoulders are major intersections of the human body. They influence how we hold our body, how we move, and how we feel. Much of the pain in our body (e.g. back pain) can be traced to dysfunctional patterns in the hips and shoulders.

 

This workshop gives specific options and strategies to teach your students:

  1. How to design yoga classes for groups and one-on-one sessions.
  2. Specific injuries will show up in your classes (rotator cuff, frozen shoulder, Bursitis, Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome, Iliotibial Syndrome, Arthritis).
  3. The importance of balancing the mobility and stability of the hips and shoulders.
  4. How hip and shoulder issues relate to the psychology and energy of movement.

The weekend is an experiential, hands-on opportunity to explore new techniques to improve how your body feels and how to share these techniques in your teaching.



50+ and Chair Yoga


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Kahan

Date: June 2-4, 2017

Tuition: $320


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How can yoga build strength and flexibility for the growing 50+ population? What are the specific health concerns for yoga teachers to be aware of and how can postures and flow sequences be adapted? We look at how to sequence Hatha yoga on the mat and special sequencing for chair yoga. We examine specific health concerns such as arthritis, blood pressure, osteoporosis, and lung issues. Included in this component are asanas, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and mudras geared to the 50+ age group



The Business of Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Nicole Marcia and Agi Mallory

Date: June 9 – 11, 2017

Tuition: $320


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The field of Yoga Therapy is growing, evolving and becoming more widely recognized as an important part of holistic, complementary health care. Yoga Therapy training’s teach students how to be of service to their communities but rarely touch on how to navigate the world of business to ensure their own sustainability.

In this workshop participants will explore:

  1. The key aspects to consider when developing a business plan.
  2. Identifying and articulating your unique offerings as a Yoga Therapist.
  3. Successful marketing strategies.
  4. Tools for the effective day-to-day management of your business.
  5. How to establish yourself as a professional in the field of Yoga Therapy.
  6. Understanding credentialing
  7. Determining the most practical paths to gain experience and professional development.


This Is Your Brain On Yoga


Instructors: Larissa Szlavik & Krista Friesen

Date: June 16-18, 2017

Tuition: $400


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Explore the therapeutic potential of yoga in context of the inner workings of the nervous system. Medical research is just beginning to understand how yogic practices influence brain structure and function. This workshop touches on the basics of brain anatomy and physiology across various mental and physical states. This includes depression, anxiety, pain, and happiness. We learn different asana, pranayama, and meditation options that can be used in a therapeutic setting, both in group classes or private yoga therapy session.

 

This workshop includes 20 hours of distance education.



The Therapeutic Relationship


Instructor: Nicole Marcia

Date: Jun 23 – 25, 2017

Tuition: $320


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“A boundary is any limit I need to honor so I can love or work with you without resentment and with integrity.” —Dr, David Gruder

 

Yoga teacher training courses provide the essential foundations for conducting public classes but often leave graduates wanting to learn more about:

      • How to create clear, compassionate boundaries
      • Directive and non-directive dialogue
      • Embodies presence and listening skills
      • Effective, non-violent communication

 

Yoga teachers, yoga therapists and anyone in the helping professions need to be able to adjust to unique needs of their client or student while maintaining a safe therapeutic relationship that is empowering for everyone.

 

In this innovative workshop we will explore the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship and learn how to create a safe and welcoming space. We will examine ways to manage your relationship with your clients and students. You will gain a deeper understanding of where classical yoga psychology and modern pyscho-therapeutic theory meet to allow you to be of service to your clients and students while maintaining balance for yourself.



80-Hour Yoga Therapy Intensive


Date: July 8 – 27, 2017

Tuition: $1,600


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Interested in learning how to conduct a one-to-one Yoga therapy session? This intensive gives you the skills to do a postural assessment, create a intake form, what to look for during your intake, create a yoga therapy routine, and learn more about teaching to : athletes, heart disease, Fibromyalgia, cancer, stress-related conditions, Asthma, the in-depth anatomy of the whole body, the Vayus and Pranayama.

Curriculum includes:

  1. Applied anatomy for therapeutic yoga.
  2. Developing a holistic model for therapeutic yoga, incorporating:
    • Kinesiology
    • Vayus
    • Chakras
  3. Working with specific health concerns, including:
    • Muscular-skeletal injury
    • Athletes
    • Stress-related illness
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Asthma
    • Heart disease
    • Cancer
  4. Postural assessment.
  5. Asana modifications  & sequencing for different needs.
  6. Working with health professionals  – learning a common language.
  7. Therapeutic pranayama, mudra, & meditation.
  8. Creating a 6–week therapeutic program for groups.
  9. Practice teaching (to groups and to private clients one on one sessions).


The Vayus and Alignment


Instructors: Michelle Kahan & Jules Payne

Date: September 8-10, 2017

Tuition: $320


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This workshop will offer an exploration into the Inner & Outer Vayu practice and how to use the Vayus to deepen your awareness of postural alignment on and off the mat. The inner alignment of the Vayus can be used to release holdings in your body and for your clients. You will learn how to use the Vayus in pranayama to create emotional wellbeing for the body, mind and spirit. We will also apply the theory of the Vayus to private one-on-one’s.



Restorative Yoga


Instructors: Jules Payne & Jennifer Piercy

Date: September 22-24, 2017

Tuition: $320


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Restorative yoga is accessible to all students and has incredible healing effects because of the restful nature of the practice. In this workshop, you will learn a syllabus of restorative yoga postures, learn what poses to use and why, and how best to prop and support your students with varying mobility issues and injuries.



Yoga Therapy for Chronic Pain


Instructors: Krista Friesen

Date: September 29- October 1, 2017

Tuition: $320


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Chronic pain affects 1 in every 5 people in Canada and is one of the leading reasons that people seek out yoga. In this workshop, we will examine the mental, emotional, and physical contributors to the cycle of chronic pain, the role of yoga in pain management, and how to apply this information in a meaningful way with individual clients and groups.

You will walk away from this workshop with new skills such as:

  1. How do you help a person learn to move when everything hurts?
  2. How biomechanics and alignment intersect with chronic pain science.
  3. Understanding the autonomic nervous system, and neuroplasticity in pain.
  4. A brief overview of basic pain conditions.
  5. The connection between body awareness, emotional awareness, and pain.
  6. Sequencing for chronic pain yoga classes.
  7. The role of breathing and meditation in yoga therapy for pain.
  8. Exploring links between trauma, anxiety, depression, and pain.
  9. How to talk about pain with clients.
  10. A look at yoga philosophy and the Yoga Sutras in modern pain management.


The Business of Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Nicole Marcia and Agi Mallory

Date: October 6-8, 2017

Tuition: $320


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The field of Yoga Therapy is growing, evolving and becoming more widely recognized as an important part of holistic, complementary health care. Yoga Therapy training’s teach students how to be of service to their communities but rarely touch on how to navigate the world of business to ensure their own sustainability.

In this workshop participants will explore:

  1. The key aspects to consider when developing a business plan.
  2. Identifying and articulating your unique offerings as a Yoga Therapist.
  3. Successful marketing strategies.
  4. Tools for the effective day-to-day management of your business.
  5. How to establish yourself as a professional in the field of Yoga Therapy.
  6. Understanding credentialing
  7. Determining the most practical paths to gain experience and professional development.


Yoga Nidra Immersion


Instructors: Jennifer Piercy

Date: October 13-15, 2017

Tuition: $320


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This workshop will explore the art of practicing and guiding Yoga Nidra. Participants can expect an inspiring weekend with an experiential emphasis, delving deep into personal practice in a variety of ways, including 4 uniquely themed Yoga Nidra sessions, Restorative yoga poses, interactive group discussion, and vital rest/ sleep education.

Course material will also include:

  1. Understanding Yoga Nidra foundations, practice and therapeutic research/implications.
  2. Different Yoga Nidra models and perspectives.
  3. What is sleep? From both Western and Yogic views.
  4. Understand the relationship between Yoga Nidra, Sleep, Dreams, and Meditation.
  5. Learn about different stages of sleep and how they affect the bodymind.
  6. How to create a variety of Yoga Nidra scripts.
  7. Adapting Yoga Nidra sessions for environment, groups, and individuals.
  8. Language tools and vocal refinement for delivery of Yoga Nidra.


Yoga, Trauma, and Mental Health


Instructor: Nicole Marcia

Date: October 20-22, 2017

Tuition: $320


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How can yoga be applied therapeutically for individuals who have suffered trauma? Traumatic events may lead to isolation and feelings of helplessness. Traumatized individuals may develop addictions, mental illness, and a variety of dysfunctional coping strategies. Trauma sensitive yoga teaching skills to effectively and compassionately work with this population include specific asana sequences, pranayama, and grounding techniques.

 



Philosophy of Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Tracy Boyd & Tanya Roberts

Date: October 27-29, 2017

Tuition: $400


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How does yogic philosophy fit into Yoga Therapy? This course will examine teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition from the Vedic age to the present. We will explore the philosophy of yoga therapy based in the principle branches of yoga including Hatha, Raja, Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti Yoga. Through our study of the principle branches of yoga and foundational texts such as the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Samkya Karika, and the Yoga Sutras, we will learn how to integrate these teachings into our personal and professional practices.

 

 



50+ and Chair Yoga


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Kahan

Date: November 10-12, 2017

Tuition: $320


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How can yoga build strength and flexibility for the growing 50+ population? What are the specific health concerns for yoga teachers to be aware of and how can postures and flow sequences be adapted? We look at how to sequence Hatha yoga on the mat and special sequencing for chair yoga. We examine specific health concerns such as arthritis, blood pressure, osteoporosis, and lung issues. Included in this component are asanas, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and mudras geared to the 50+ age group



Yin Yoga


Instructor: Jennifer Raye

Date: December 1-3, 2017

Tuition: $320


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This workshop is an in-depth exploration of the energetic aspects of Yin Yoga, including the Meridian/Organ systems and the five elements as they relate to the practice. Teaching methods and class structure will be covered in depth as well as addressing common challenges in teaching Yin Yoga.

The workshop will explore through the practice of the postures, visual material, and discussion:

  1. An introduction to the Yin Yoga practice, theory and its benefits.
  2. A repertoire of Yin postures and approaches/modifications to these postures useful for all levels of ability.
  3. Analysis of the anatomy and restrictions in the body that one might encounter while practicing yoga.
  4. A demystification of some of the common beliefs students have about yoga, yoga alignment and physiology.
  5. What “tension”, “compression,” and “fuzz” are, what we can do about them, and why we need to.
  6. A complete Yin yoga practice (please wear comfortable clothing you can move in).


80-Hour Yoga Therapy Intensive


Date: January 6- 25, 2018

Tuition: $1,600


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Register


Interested in learning how to conduct a one-to-one Yoga therapy session? This intensive gives you the skills to do a postural assessment, create a intake form, what to look for during your intake, create a yoga therapy routine, and learn more about teaching to : athletes, heart disease, Fibromyalgia, cancer, stress-related conditions, Asthma, the in-depth anatomy of the whole body, the Vayus and Pranayama.

Curriculum includes:

  1. Applied anatomy for therapeutic yoga.
  2. Developing a holistic model for therapeutic yoga, incorporating:
    • Kinesiology
    • Vayus
    • Chakras
  3. Working with specific health concerns, including:
    • Muscular-skeletal injury
    • Athletes
    • Stress-related illness
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Asthma
    • Heart disease
    • Cancer
  4. Postural assessment.
  5. Asana modifications  & sequencing for different needs.
  6. Working with health professionals  – learning a common language.
  7. Therapeutic pranayama, mudra, & meditation.
  8. Creating a 6–week therapeutic program for groups.
  9. Practice teaching (to groups and to private clients one on one sessions).


The Therapeutic Relationship


Instructor: Nicole Marcia

Date: January 26-28, 2018

Tuition: $320


Click to register for this workshop.


Register


“A boundary is any limit I need to honor so I can love or work with you without resentment and with integrity.” —Dr, David Gruder

 

Yoga teacher training courses provide the essential foundations for conducting public classes but often leave graduates wanting to learn more about:

      • How to create clear, compassionate boundaries
      • Directive and non-directive dialogue
      • Embodies presence and listening skills
      • Effective, non-violent communication

 

Yoga teachers, yoga therapists and anyone in the helping professions need to be able to adjust to unique needs of their client or student while maintaining a safe therapeutic relationship that is empowering for everyone.

 

In this innovative workshop we will explore the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship and learn how to create a safe and welcoming space. We will examine ways to manage your relationship with your clients and students. You will gain a deeper understanding of where classical yoga psychology and modern pyscho-therapeutic theory meet to allow you to be of service to your clients and students while maintaining balance for yourself.



Yoga Therapy for Chronic Pain


Instructors: Krista Friesen

Date: February 2-4, 2018

Tuition: $320


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Register


Chronic pain affects 1 in every 5 people in Canada and is one of the leading reasons that people seek out yoga. In this workshop, we will examine the mental, emotional, and physical contributors to the cycle of chronic pain, the role of yoga in pain management, and how to apply this information in a meaningful way with individual clients and groups.

You will walk away from this workshop with new skills such as:

  1. How do you help a person learn to move when everything hurts?
  2. How biomechanics and alignment intersect with chronic pain science.
  3. Understanding the autonomic nervous system, and neuroplasticity in pain.
  4. A brief overview of basic pain conditions.
  5. The connection between body awareness, emotional awareness, and pain.
  6. Sequencing for chronic pain yoga classes.
  7. The role of breathing and meditation in yoga therapy for pain.
  8. Exploring links between trauma, anxiety, depression, and pain.
  9. How to talk about pain with clients.
  10. A look at yoga philosophy and the Yoga Sutras in modern pain management.


Yoga Nidra Immersion


Instructors: Jennifer Piercy

Date: February 9-11, 2018

Tuition: $320


Click to register for this workshop.


Register


This workshop will explore the art of practicing and guiding Yoga Nidra. Participants can expect an inspiring weekend with an experiential emphasis, delving deep into personal practice in a variety of ways, including 4 uniquely themed Yoga Nidra sessions, Restorative yoga poses, interactive group discussion, and vital rest/ sleep education.

Course material will also include:

  1. Understanding Yoga Nidra foundations, practice and therapeutic research/implications.
  2. Different Yoga Nidra models and perspectives.
  3. What is sleep? From both Western and Yogic views.
  4. Understand the relationship between Yoga Nidra, Sleep, Dreams, and Meditation.
  5. Learn about different stages of sleep and how they affect the bodymind.
  6. How to create a variety of Yoga Nidra scripts.
  7. Adapting Yoga Nidra sessions for environment, groups, and individuals.
  8. Language tools and vocal refinement for delivery of Yoga Nidra.


Restorative Yoga


Instructors: Jules Payne & Jennifer Piercy

Date: February 23-25, 2018

Tuition: $320


Click to register for this workshop.


Register


Restorative yoga is accessible to all students and has incredible healing effects because of the restful nature of the practice. In this workshop, you will learn a syllabus of restorative yoga postures, learn what poses to use and why, and how best to prop and support your students with varying mobility issues and injuries.



Exploring Yoga, Tensegrity, and Fascia


Instructors: Michelle Kahan & Brett Holland

Date: March 2-4, 2018

Tuition: $320


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This workshop gives you a better understanding of the Fascial layers of the body, while exploring with our inquiring minds to feel the movement and the connection of the body as a whole in asana and the Tensegrity repair series. The weekend is an experiential, hands-on opportunity to explore new techniques to improve your awareness of your body and how to share the Tensegrity Repair Series in your teaching.



Backcare Yoga


Instructors: Jules Payne & Melissa Krieger

Date: March 9-11, 2018

Tuition: $320


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Back pain is the most common health complaint in North America and one of the top reasons for missed work days. In this workshop, we learn about the anatomy of the spine, including the function of vertebrae and the major muscle groups that support the spine, such as the pelvic floor muscles. We will look at common back issues including sacroiliac joint pain, sciatica, scoliosis, osteoporosis, and muscle strain. The workshop centers on what poses help, which ones hurt, and how to sequence yoga classes for people with back issues.



Journey Through the Chakras



Instructors: Tanya Roberts & Michelle Kahan

Date: March 16-18, 2018

Tuition: $320


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Connect with the source of your own creativity and inner guidance while exploring the healing power of the chakras. Expect a fun and challenging weekend as we explore the intimacy of the yogic path that brings us all together.

Participants will be grounded in the body and breath in chakra asana classes that will provide a foundation for the journey through the chakras with:

  1. Movement.
  2. Mantra.
  3. Meditation.
  4. Partner & group work.
  5. Journaling.

Tanya and Michelle will lead you to a deeply interior journey in a supportive collective space.



Yoga, Trauma, and Mental Health


Instructor: Nicole Marcia

Date: March 23-25, 2018

Tuition: $320


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How can yoga be applied therapeutically for individuals who have suffered trauma? Traumatic events may lead to isolation and feelings of helplessness. Traumatized individuals may develop addictions, mental illness, and a variety of dysfunctional coping strategies. Trauma sensitive yoga teaching skills to effectively and compassionately work with this population include specific asana sequences, pranayama, and grounding techniques.

 



Mind In Motion Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Certification


Instructor: Jacqueline Quinless

Date: April 6-8, 2018

Tuition: $399


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The Mind in Motion Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training is a comprehensive, intensive and practical certification course thoughtfully designed from a holistic approach to enhance children’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. We will provide you with the tools to work with various aged groups of children and how to incorporate useful and fun activities that help them to learn yoga and mindfulness. Our Teacher Training (TT) is based in socialization theory, the principles of yoga therapy, sound movement, and the teachings of the Gross National Happiness Center in Bhutan. We provide hands-on learning, and for those who are interested an opportunity to either design curriculum or teach a class in our on-going children’s program at some point throughout the year. The course is for anyone who loves working with children and is interested in learning about the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for children. You do not need to be a yoga teacher to take the course.

In this course you will learn:

  1. Socialization theory and early childhood development.
  2. How to help children improve concentration and focus.
  3. The importance of empathy, kindness and compassion when working with children.
  4. How to empower children to calm their minds and self-regulate through breath awareness & mindfulness training.
  5. The importance of linking sound with breath and movement.
  6. Gain teaching experience and class management tips.
  7. Creating a yoga program for children with special needs.
  8. Lots of yoga poses and how to make yoga and mindfulness fun.

This is a stand-alone Yoga Teacher Training course, open to yoga teachers and those who have no experience teaching yoga.

 

Note: This workshop is not a module of the accredited 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Program.



Teaching to 50+ Students


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Kahan

Date: April 6-8, 2018

Tuition: $320


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How can yoga build strength and flexibility for the growing 50+ population? What are the specific health concerns for yoga teachers to be aware of and how can postures and flow sequences be adapted? We look at how to sequence Hatha yoga on the mat and special sequencing for chair yoga. We examine specific health concerns such as arthritis, blood pressure, osteoporosis, and lung issues. Included in this component are asanas, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and mudras geared to the 50+ age group



Basic Principles of Ayurveda: Universal Attributes and Doshic Theory


Instructor: Elham Ansari

Date: April 13-15, 2018

Tuition: $320


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In this workshop, you gain insight into Ayurveda’s simple and profound logic of physiology, pathology, and treatment.

  1. Learn Ayurvedic principles through the simple logic of attributes and Doshic theory.
    Learn the practical application of Ayurvedic principles to your personal practice, area of expertise, and for others.
  2. Understand how to balance your unique constitution and remedy simple imbalances.
  3. Begin to learn the simple Ayurvedic theory of digestion and nutrition therapeutics to understand your ideal diet along with ways of balancing and healing many ailments with diet therapy.
  4. Get to know and heal your metabolic fire—the core of your well being. Optimize your digestion and understand how to heal digestive issues and improve overall wellness


Yin Yoga


Instructor: Jennifer Raye

Date:April 20-22, 2018

Tuition: $320


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This workshop is an in-depth exploration of the energetic aspects of Yin Yoga, including the Meridian/Organ systems and the five elements as they relate to the practice. Teaching methods and class structure will be covered in depth as well as addressing common challenges in teaching Yin Yoga.

The workshop will explore through the practice of the postures, visual material, and discussion:

  1. An introduction to the Yin Yoga practice, theory and its benefits.
  2. A repertoire of Yin postures and approaches/modifications to these postures useful for all levels of ability.
  3. Analysis of the anatomy and restrictions in the body that one might encounter while practicing yoga.
  4. A demystification of some of the common beliefs students have about yoga, yoga alignment and physiology.
  5. What “tension”, “compression,” and “fuzz” are, what we can do about them, and why we need to.
  6. A complete Yin yoga practice (please wear comfortable clothing you can move in).


Principles of Ayurveda Part II: Practice and Application


Instructor: Elham Ansari

Date: April 27-29, 2018

Tuition: $350


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This course builds on the knowledge gained in the weekend workshop, ‘Principles of Ayurveda’. In this practical applications online course, we will delve more deeply into the theory of the seven tissues, prakrti/vikrti, the seven stages of disease and the subdoshas. We will examine further elements of the attributes and food therapy and Ayuryoga for yoga therapy.

 

Students will apply the Ayurvedic principles to themselves and practice clients and learn how to incorporate Ayurveda into their yoga therapy practice.

 

This workshop includes 10 hours of distance education.


Learning to Teach Yoga Therapy for the Hips and Shoulders


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Kahan

Date: May 4-6, 2018

Tuition: $320


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Ask any yoga class what they would like to focus on and there is always a request for hips, shoulders, or both.  The hips and shoulders are major intersections of the human body. They influence how we hold our body, how we move, and how we feel. Much of the pain in our body (e.g. back pain) can be traced to dysfunctional patterns in the hips and shoulders.

 

This workshop gives specific options and strategies to teach your students:

  1. How to design yoga classes for groups and one-on-one sessions.
  2. Specific injuries will show up in your classes (rotator cuff, frozen shoulder, Bursitis, Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome, Iliotibial Syndrome, Arthritis).
  3. The importance of balancing the mobility and stability of the hips and shoulders.
  4. How hip and shoulder issues relate to the psychology and energy of movement.

The weekend is an experiential, hands-on opportunity to explore new techniques to improve how your body feels and how to share these techniques in your teaching.



The Business of Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Nicole Marcia and Agi Mallory

Date: May 11-13, 2018

Tuition: $320


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Register


The field of Yoga Therapy is growing, evolving and becoming more widely recognized as an important part of holistic, complementary health care. Yoga Therapy training’s teach students how to be of service to their communities but rarely touch on how to navigate the world of business to ensure their own sustainability.

In this workshop participants will explore:

  1. The key aspects to consider when developing a business plan.
  2. Identifying and articulating your unique offerings as a Yoga Therapist.
  3. Successful marketing strategies.
  4. Tools for the effective day-to-day management of your business.
  5. How to establish yourself as a professional in the field of Yoga Therapy.
  6. Understanding credentialing
  7. Determining the most practical paths to gain experience and professional development.


This Is Your Brain On Yoga


Instructors: Larissa Szlavik & Krista Friesen

Date: May 18-20, 2018

Tuition: $400


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Explore the therapeutic potential of yoga in context of the inner workings of the nervous system. Medical research is just beginning to understand how yogic practices influence brain structure and function. This workshop touches on the basics of brain anatomy and physiology across various mental and physical states. This includes depression, anxiety, pain, and happiness. We learn different asana, pranayama, and meditation options that can be used in a therapeutic setting, both in group classes or private yoga therapy session.

 

This workshop includes 20 hours of distance education.



The Vayus and Alignment


Instructors: Michelle Kahan & Jules Payne

Date: May 25-27, 2018

Tuition: $320


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This workshop will offer an exploration into the Inner & Outer Vayu practice and how to use the Vayus to deepen your awareness of postural alignment on and off the mat. The inner alignment of the Vayus can be used to release holdings in your body and for your clients. You will learn how to use the Vayus in pranayama to create emotional wellbeing for the body, mind and spirit. We will also apply the theory of the Vayus to private one-on-one’s.



Philosophy of Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Tracy Boyd & Tanya Roberts

Date: June 1-3, 2018

Tuition: $400


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How does yogic philosophy fit into Yoga Therapy? This course will examine teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition from the Vedic age to the present. We will explore the philosophy of yoga therapy based in the principle branches of yoga including Hatha, Raja, Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti Yoga. Through our study of the principle branches of yoga and foundational texts such as the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Samkya Karika, and the Yoga Sutras, we will learn how to integrate these teachings into our personal and professional practices.

 

 



Sequencing for Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Kahan

Date: June 8-10, 2018

Tuition: $320


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Yoga therapy requires a unique set of tools. Yoga therapy sessions are sequenced very differently from group yoga classes. Yoga therapists need to be able to listen and understand verbal and non-verbal cues and language, and to be able to adapt sequencing to meet the individual needs of their clients. In this workshop, we will learn how to sequence private therapeutic yoga sessions, with a particular focus on listening and responding to the needs of our students. We will also discuss the principles of sequencing for small group therapeutic classes.



Pre and Post Natal Yoga


Instructors: Michelle Kahan & Annie Martinello

Date: June 15-18, 2018

Tuition: $320


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A thorough look at the changes in woman’s body during each trimester of pregnancy and how yoga poses, breathing techniques and meditation can be applied therapeutically. Learn poses and safety precautions for each trimester and how to offer support and adapt poses to suit the needs of the mother and growing baby. In the post- natal portion of the weekend, we will examine how yoga can be adapted to fit this new, busy time in a woman’s life. We will learn how to bring stability back into the pelvis, regaining internal strength and the fundamentals of teaching post natal to a new mom while releasing areas of tension.



Yoga, Psychology, and the Mind (A 60-Hour Intensive Module)


Instructors: Jules Payne, Michelle Kahan, Nicole Marcia, & Guest Instructors

Date: June 25- July 3, 2018 (Monday – Saturday, 9am-5pm)

Tuition: $1,000


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This course gives you an in -depth knowledge of western and yogic perspectives on mental health including common psychological conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar, psychosis, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. We also explore the connection between chronic pain and the mind. You learn western psychological treatments for mental health including Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Group Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Somatic Therapy. Yogic Theories of the five Kleshas, Dukha (suffering), and Daurmanasya (negative thinking) are applied through the tools of yoga therapy. Students apply their knowledge in practice teaching and presentation of case studies.



80-Hour Yoga Therapy Intensive


Date: July 16-26, 2018 (Monday -Saturday 9am-5pm)

Tuition: $1,600


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Interested in learning how to conduct a one-to-one Yoga therapy session? This intensive gives you the skills to do a postural assessment, create a intake form, what to look for during your intake, create a yoga therapy routine, and learn more about teaching to : athletes, heart disease, Fibromyalgia, cancer, stress-related conditions, Asthma, the in-depth anatomy of the whole body, the Vayus and Pranayama.

Curriculum includes:

  1. Applied anatomy for therapeutic yoga.
  2. Developing a holistic model for therapeutic yoga, incorporating:
    • Kinesiology
    • Vayus
    • Chakras
  3. Working with specific health concerns, including:
    • Muscular-skeletal injury
    • Athletes
    • Stress-related illness
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Asthma
    • Heart disease
    • Cancer
  4. Postural assessment.
  5. Asana modifications  & sequencing for different needs.
  6. Working with health professionals  – learning a common language.
  7. Therapeutic pranayama, mudra, & meditation.
  8. Creating a 6–week therapeutic program for groups.
  9. Practice teaching (to groups and to private clients one on one sessions).

T.B.A. Workshops



Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop for Healthcare Providers: Tools for Recovery & Mood Management


Instructor: Nicole Marcia

Date: TBA, 2017

Tuition: $256


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Healthcare providers & clinicians can use trauma informed yoga & mindfulness in their practices to support clients by teaching them body-based self-regulation techniques to connect to the present moment.  By supporting & enhancing the efficacy of other therapeutic interventions, yoga supports clients’ long term stability & well-being. In this highly interactive training, participants will explore the theory & application of yoga in therapeutic settings & the neuroscience behind the benefits of yoga for trauma survivors.