* Special Notice: All modules are now being offered online due to the COVID-19 Situation.

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


These modules 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 and one year of practice and teaching who want to take an individual module
    • Any health care professional who wishes to take an individual module (certificates can only be given to people with a RYT-200 Certification)

Modules count as continuing education credits (CEC) for the Yoga Alliance and IAYT. When applying for the CEC credit with the Yoga Alliance, select the Instructor who led the module as the education provider. Any modules taken before you register in the programs will be credits counted toward the 300 or 800 hour Yoga Therapy Programs.

 

All modules are currently being delivered online due to the COVID-19 situation.
Weekend Module Hours are Friday 5 – 9 PM, and Saturday and Sunday
9 AM – 5 PM, PST.





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Yoga Therapy for the Wrists and Shoulders


Instructors: Michelle Schroeder & Lindsay Campa

Date: August 14-16, 2020 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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This module will address the anatomy of the shoulders and wrists, while exploring the balance of mobility and stability. We will learn how to keep these joint safe from injury and nourish them after injury has occurred. Learn how to work with specific injuries such as (rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, dislocation, carpal tunnel.) This is an experiential, hands-on opportunity to explore new techniques to improve how your body feels and how to share these techniques in your yoga therapy teaching.



Yoga, Trauma, and Mental Health


Instructor: Nicole Marcia

Date: Friday Sept 11, 5-9pm, Sunday Sept 13, 9am-5pm, Saturday Sept 19, 9am-5pm (PST)

Tuition: $350


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How can yoga be applied therapeutically for individuals who have experienced 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.



Yoga Therapy for Hips and Knees


Instructors: Jules Payne & Agi Mallory

Date: September 25-27, 2020 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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How can we support our yoga therapy clients with hip and knee issues? How does alignment from the feet influence the health of these joints? Learn the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the hips and knees and explore strategies that we as yoga therapists can use to educate our clients on the hips and knees. Learn about specific hip and knee issues such as bursitis, groin pull, hip replacement, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, Iliotibial syndrome, complete ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL Injuries/Tear/Repair, patellofemoral syndrome (Runner’s Knees), meniscal tear/repair, osteoarthritis and knee replacement.



Yoga Therapy in Pain Care


Instructors: Shelly Prosko

Date: October 2-4, 2020 (Friday 5-8pm, Sat & Sun 9am-12:30pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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An estimated 20-25% of North Americans and 1.5 billion people worldwide live with chronic pain and a growing number of health professionals are recommending yoga to their patients particularly since we now have research to support yoga is a potentially safe and effective approach for improving function, pain and quality of life for people with chronic pain. Yoga therapists are well positioned to contribute to a comprehensive pain care plan. However, misunderstandings about pain by the therapist can result in suboptimal outcomes for the person in pain, where the therapist might use language that unintentionally limits the potential for recovery and resilience or might avoid yoga practices that ultimately would improve tissue health, reduce inflammation, support self-efficacy, help restore more ease of movement, and help regain activities that the person enjoys and values in life.

This module includes a combination of lecture and experiential components, including participation in awareness, breathing, meditation and movement practices. Resources will be shared that will be valuable for the therapist to use for themselves and to share with the people in pain they serve.

This module is being delivered online.



Pre and Post Natal Yoga


Instructors: Annie Martinello

Date: October 16-18, 2020 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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This module is 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. *This workshop is part of the Advanced 300 Yoga Program but does not count towards Ajna;s 800 hour Yoga Therapist Program.



Tensegrity Level 2


Instructors: Michelle Schroeder

Date: October 23-25, 2020 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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This workshop will work on clarifying modifications and deepening the awareness of the Tensegrity Repair Series. There will be time for questions about any of the poses and the intermediate series. We will look at applying the concept of Tensegrity to the practice of asana in Bio Tensegrity.

Prerequisite is Level 1 Yoga Tensegrity and Fascia workshop.

This module is being delivered online.



Yin Yoga Therapy – Level 1


Instructor: Nyk Danu

Date: November 13-15, 2020 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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In this training we will learn the foundations of Yin Yoga and how to teach Yin Yoga in a Therapeutic setting. Students will leave with a broader understanding of Yin Yoga and how to create therapeutic class plans and effectively teach Yin Yoga to a wide range of students.

Topics covered:

  1. A brief history of Yin Yoga
  2. Yin-Yang Theory
  3. Anatomy, skeletal variations and how to modify poses for different bodies.
  4. What makes a pose Yin
  5. The Yin Yoga postural archetypes and variations
  6. How to practice Yin in a Therapeutic way
  7. Who shouldn’t practice Yin Yoga
  8. Hyper-mobility and Yin Yoga
  9. Yin Yoga and the nervous system
  10. How to create a whole body Yin Yoga class


Yin Yoga Therapy- Level 2


Instructor: Nyk Danu

Date: December 4-6, 2020 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $380


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In this module we explore Yin Yoga more deeply, including relevant anatomy, philosophy, and energetics of the practice.

In this Module you will learn:

  1. The significant role of fascia in Yin Yoga.
  2. Chinese Channel (meridian) Theory including: The relationship between Fascia and the channels; Anatomy, location and function of the 14 pathways; The 6 Yin Yang paired channels; Organs association with each channel; Mental and emotional qualities of each channel.
  3. Taoist 5 Element philosophy including: Yin Yang review; Season influences; Individual constitution; The Roles & Function of Qi; The role of Jing (essence); The spirit or ‘soul of each organ’; The mind in Yin Yoga.

**Please note: There is 10 hours of Distance learning. You must have previously taken Therapeutic Yin Yoga Level 1 with Nyk or have studied with directly with a Paul Grilley certified teacher to be eligible to register for this workshop



Restorative Yoga


Instructors: Jules Payne & Tanya Gita Roberts

Date: Jan 8-10, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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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 module, 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 the Wrists and Shoulders


Instructors: Michelle Schroeder & Lindsay Campa

Date: January 15-17, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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This module will address the anatomy of the shoulders and wrists, while exploring the balance of mobility and stability. We will learn how to keep these joint safe from injury and nourish them after injury has occurred. Learn how to work with specific injuries such as (rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, dislocation, carpal tunnel.) This is an experiential, hands-on opportunity to explore new techniques to improve how your body feels and how to share these techniques in your yoga therapy teaching.



Backcare Yoga


Instructors: Jules Payne & Regina Pfeifer

Date: January 22-24, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $385


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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 module, 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.

This module includes 10 hours of distance education.



Philosophy of Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Kaya Mindlin & Michelle Schroeder

Date: January 29-31 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $430


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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.

 

This module is being delivered online and includes 20 hours of distance education.



Yoga Therapy for Hips and Knees


Instructors: Jules Payne & Agi Mallory

Date: February 5-7 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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How can we support our yoga therapy clients with hip and knee issues? How does alignment from the feet influence the health of these joints? Learn the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the hips and knees and explore strategies that we as yoga therapists can use to educate our clients on the hips and knees. Learn about specific hip and knee issues such as bursitis, groin pull, hip replacement, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, Iliotibial syndrome, complete ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL Injuries/Tear/Repair, patellofemoral syndrome (Runner’s Knees), meniscal tear/repair, osteoarthritis and knee replacement.



Yoga, Trauma, and Mental Health


Instructor: Nicole Marcia

Date: February 19-21, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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How can yoga be applied therapeutically for individuals who have experienced 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.



Sequencing for Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Schroeder

Date: February 26-28, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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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 module, 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.



Yoga, Psychology, and the Mind Immersion


Instructors: Jules Payne, Gita Roberts, Nicole Marcia & Guest Instructors

Date: March 4-18, 2021 (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday evenings 5-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm PST)

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.



Pranayama for Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Jules Payne, Gita Roberts & Michelle Schroeder

Date: March 26-28, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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What pranayama techniques can be applied for our yoga therapy clients? In this experiential module, you will explore pranayama, nadis and the bhandas. We will also analyse yoga therapy research and examine which pranayama is best suited for individual client needs and why.



Exploring Yoga, Tensegrity, and Fascia


Instructors: Michelle Schroeder & Brett Holland

Date: April 9-11, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $385


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This module will give you a better understanding of the fascial layers of the body. Learn how the fascial system helps us to understand movement patterns and restrictions, how the body is connected and how specific movement and breath tools such as the Tensegrity Repair Series can help our yoga therapy clients.

This module includes 10 additional hours of distance education.



Meditation for Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Tanya Gita Roberts

Date: April 16-18, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $385


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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali provide instruction on the art of meditation, what constitutes a meditation practice and what happens when the mind becomes quiet. This course will examine relevant teachings, philosophy, neuroscience about meditation in yoga therapy. During our time together we will be exploring these teachings and tools and will learn how to integrate them into our yoga therapy practice.

 

This module is being delivered online and includes 10 hours of distance education.



The Vayus and Alignment


Instructors: Michelle Schroeder & Jules Payne

Date: April 23-25, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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This course will offer an exploration into the Inner Vayu practice and how to use the vayus to deepen your awareness of alignment of posture on and off the mat. The inner alignment of the vayus can to release holdings for yoga therapy clients. Students will learn how to use the vayus in pranayama to create emotional well-being for the body, mind and spirit. We will apply the theory of the vayus to individual and group yoga therapy sessions.



The Business of Yoga Therapy


Instructor: Agi Mallory

Date: April 30- May 2, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $385


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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 course 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 module includes 10 hours of distance education and is being delivered online.



Yoga Therapy for Healthy Aging & Chair Yoga


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Schroeder

Date: May 7-9, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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How can yoga therapy be adapted to meet the needs of our growing aging population? What are the specific health concerns for yoga therapists to be aware of? We look at how to sequence yoga therapy on the mat and special sequencing for chair yoga. We examine specific health concerns such as arthritis, heart issues, osteoporosis, hearing loss and dementia. Included in this component are asanas, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and mudras geared to the 50+ age group.

 



Yin Yoga Therapy – Level 1


Instructor: Nyk Danu

Date: May 14-16, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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In this training we will learn the foundations of Yin Yoga and how to teach Yin Yoga in a Therapeutic setting. Students will leave with a broader understanding of Yin Yoga and how to create therapeutic class plans and effectively teach Yin Yoga to a wide range of students.

Topics covered:

  1. A brief history of Yin Yoga
  2. Yin-Yang Theory
  3. Anatomy, skeletal variations and how to modify poses for different bodies.
  4. What makes a pose Yin
  5. The Yin Yoga postural archetypes and variations
  6. How to practice Yin in a Therapeutic way
  7. Who shouldn’t practice Yin Yoga
  8. Hyper-mobility and Yin Yoga
  9. Yin Yoga and the nervous system
  10. How to create a whole body Yin Yoga class


Therapeutic Inversions and Backbends


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Schroeder

Date: May 28-30, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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Inversions and back bends have therapeutic benefits when done properly and adapted for the individual. This module furthers your own understanding of your body in inversions and back bends. We also look at the many ways we can adapt inversions to make them accessible for all of our yoga therapy clients.

 



Journey Through the Chakras



Instructors: Tanya Gita Roberts & Michelle Schroeder

Date: June 4-6, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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In this module, students will learn how to integrate the chakras in their yoga therapy practice. Learn the philosophical principles of chakra theory and how to integrate it in your yoga therapy practice. Participants will be grounded in the body and breath in a journey through the chakras with:

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

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

 

 



Basic Principles of Ayurveda: Universal Attributes and Doshic Theory


Instructor: Elham Ansari

Date: June 11-13, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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In this module, 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


The Therapeutic Relationship


Instructor: Nicole Marcia

Date: June 18-20, 2021 (Fri 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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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

 

Private yoga therapy sessions require a unique set of skills. Yoga Therapists need to be able to adjust to unique needs of each client, and to be able to develop a relationship with their clients. In this module, you will learn listening, presence, directive and non-directive dialogue. We will also explore the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship and learn how to create a safe and welcoming space.

 



Yoga Therapy in Pain Care


Instructors: Shelly Prosko

Date: June 25-27, 2021 (Friday 5-8pm, Sat & Sun 9am-12:30pm PST)

Tuition: $350


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An estimated 20-25% of North Americans and 1.5 billion people worldwide live with chronic pain and a growing number of health professionals are recommending yoga to their patients particularly since we now have research to support yoga is a potentially safe and effective approach for improving function, pain and quality of life for people with chronic pain. Yoga therapists are well positioned to contribute to a comprehensive pain care plan. However, misunderstandings about pain by the therapist can result in suboptimal outcomes for the person in pain, where the therapist might use language that unintentionally limits the potential for recovery and resilience or might avoid yoga practices that ultimately would improve tissue health, reduce inflammation, support self-efficacy, help restore more ease of movement, and help regain activities that the person enjoys and values in life.

This module includes a combination of lecture and experiential components, including participation in awareness, breathing, meditation and movement practices. Resources will be shared that will be valuable for the therapist to use for themselves and to share with the people in pain they serve.

This module is being delivered online.



Yoga Therapy Immersion


Instructors: Jules Payne, Michelle Schroeder & Guest Instructors

Date: July 4-14, 2021

Tuition: $1,600


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In this immersion, you will learn how a holistic model for yoga therapy, incorporating kinesiology, vayus, chakras and panca maya theory. We will examine and analyse current yoga therapy research and learn how to work with specific health concerns, including muscular-skeletal injury, athletes, stress-related illness, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, asthma, heart disease and cancer. You will learn how to design and conduct private yoga therapy sessions, including how to do yoga therapy intakes, what to look for during your intake, and how to create a yoga therapy sequence unique to the needs of your client.

 



Ayurveda Part 2: Practical Applications of Ayurveda



Instructors: Elham Ansari

Date: TBC

Tuition: $350


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This workshop builds on the knowledge gained in the weekend module, ‘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.



Marketing with Heart – For Yoga Teachers


Instructors: Nyk Danu

Date: TBC

Tuition: $225


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You don’t need to love marketing, you just need to love Yoga. Marketing doesn’t have to be expensive, you don’t need to have paid ads or a marketing team. Marketing doesn’t need to be pushy, or feel slimy. It can be authentic, inspiring and up-lifting. What if marketing your yoga business could be respectful, kind, resonant, honest and even fun? What if you could just be yourself, and attract students who are a perfect fit for you?

You know you need a website, social media, etc. but are feeling a bit overwhelmed; you’re not sure how to start to market yourself as a Yoga teacher.

    What You’ll Learn In This Workshop:

  1. How to fill your classes, workshops and retreats
  2. Free or inexpensive ways to market your classes, workshops and events
  3. The smart ways to use social media instead of letting it use you
  4. The keys to effective website design that draws clients to you
  5. What is a niche (and why you need one)


Mindfulness and Yoga for Children


Instructors: Jacqueline Quinless

Date: TBC

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.Our Teacher Training (TT) is focused on school aged children aged 6-13 years and is based in socialization theory, the principles of yoga therapy, sound movement, and the teachings of the Gross National Happiness Center in Bhutan.

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 workshop module can be applied to Ajna’s Advanced 300 hour Therapeutic Training Program.
    * This workshop module cannot be applied to Ajna’s 800 hour Yoga Therapy Progra