We practice and teach contemporary vinyasa yoga informed by traditional methods and philosophies. Our approach to vinyasa combines awareness of form and alignment with the art of intelligent and effective sequencing. As students, we embrace a spirit of continuous practice and study. As teachers, we speak to and support the whole student - body, mind, and spirit - encouraging mindfulness on and off of the mat.
Inclusivity, Respect, Practice, Community, Inquiry
Schedule for June - Roots
Thurs, May 30: Introductions & Lecture: History and Lineage of Contemporary Vinyasa Practice
For class: Read manual pages 3-5
Sat, June 2: Cultivating a self practice. Book club discussion: The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice
Thurs, June 7: Lecture: 8-Limbed Path.; Bhagavad-Gita; Book club discussion: Paths to God
For class: Read manual pages 6-8, 19-20
Sun, June 10: Sun Salutations
For class: Read manual pages 21-22
Thurs, June 14: Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
For class: Read manual pages 9-12
Sat, June 16: Ashtanga Intensive with Melanie Fawer of Ashtanga Yoga Room
Thurs, June 21: Lecture: Hindu Mythology & Sanskrit. Book club discussion: Ganesha Goes to Lunch.
For class: Read manual pages 13-18
Sun, June 23 & Sun June 24: Alignment-based Intensive with Geoffrey Roniger
Thurs, June 28: Pranayama & the Vayus
For class: Read manual pages 23-27 and Yoga Anatomy pages 1-21
Sat & Sun June 30 - July1: Off
Schedule for July - Integration
Thurs, July 5: Lecture: Asana & Alignment Overview
For class: Read manual pages 33-35; Yoga Anatomy 45-69
Sat, July 7: Anatomy & Alignment: Feet, Legs, Hips & Pelvis
For class: Read manual pages 36-37, Yoga Anatomy 71-75. Look through the rest of book throughout the training to see pose breakdowns.
Thurs, July 12: Lecture: Introduction to Vinyasa krama, the art of sequencing; Forward Folds: Benefits, Preparations, Key actions
For class: Read manual pages 56-58; 49
Sun, July 15: Anatomy & Alignment: Spine, Shoulders, Core & Bandhas
For class: Read manual pages 38-46
Thurs, July 19: Lecture: Transitions & Flows; Backbends: Benefits, Preparations, Key actions
For class: Read manual pages 71-72, & 50
Sat & Sun, July 21-22: Anatomy Intensive with Sarah C.
Thurs, June 28: Lecture: Subtle Body; Twists: Benefits, Preparations, Key actions
For class: Read manual pages 73-78; 51
Sat & Sun, July 28 - 29: Off
Schedule for August - Community
Thurs, Aug 2: Off
Sat, Aug 4 & 5: Off
Thurs, August 9, 6-10pm: Lecture: Buddhism & Mindfulness with Jackie S.; Book club discussion: When Things Fall Apart & The Wisdom of Insecurity
Sat, Aug 11, 10:30-6:30pm: Vinyasa Krama methodologies
For class: Read manual pages 59-60
Thurs, August 16, 6-10pm: Lecture: Trauma-informed teaching with Chelsea H.; Go over practicum hours
Sun, Aug 19, 10:30-6:30pm: Vinyasa Krama methodologies continued: Family of poses & Technique-based sequencing
For class: Read manual pages 59 & 63-65
Thurs, August 23, 6-10pm: Asana practice 6-7pm; Lecture: Inclusivity Training with Jackie S. 7-10pm
Sat, August 25, 10:30am-6:30pm: Inversions & arm balances
For class: Read manual pages 52-55
Sun, August 26, 10:30am-7pm: Reiki with Valerie M.; Hands-on adjustments
For class: Read manual pages 81-83
Thurs, August 30: Off
Schedule for September - Expression
Sat, September 1: Off
Thurs, September 6, 6-10pm: Lecture: Using Your Voice with Sarah Q.; Stepping into the Role of the Teacher & Verbal Cues
For class: Read manual pages 79-81
Sat, September 8, 10:30-6:30pm: Seeing Patterns of Alignment & Hands-on adjustments
For class: Read manual pages 81-83
Thurs, September 13, 6-10pm: Peer-led practice (Group 1 - Peak pose: hanumanasana); Alignment & Adjustments continued
Sun, September 16, 10:30-6:30pm: Subtle Body & Chakras; savasana therapeutics
For class: Read manual pages 73-74
Thurs, September 20, 6-10pm: Peer-led practice (Group 4 - Philosophical theme: sthira and sukha); Lecture: Business, ethics
For class: Read manual pages 87-88
Sat, September 22, 10:30am-6:30pm, & Sunday September 23, 10:30am-7pm: Teaching to students with specific needs: pre/post natal; hypermobility; hyperextension; absolute beginners, etc.; Hands-on adjustments continued
For class: Read manual pages 84-86
Thurs, September 27, 6-10pm: Peer-led practice (Group 3- Repeated action: scapular protraction); Questions and review
Sat, September 29 & Sunday September 30: Open hours for review and practicum; Final Exam
Sat, October 6: Graduation
Krishnamacharya silent film
BKS Iyengar teaching backbends
How to Build a Happier Brain
Sample home practice sequences from the Iyengar Institute of New York
Slides from Chelsea's Presentation
Books & Resources List
Thich Nhat Hanh (and Oprah!)
Ram Dass (and more Oprah!)
Weekly Reflections: Make sure to reach out to your mentor (Catherine for Geoffrey's Saturday group; Lindsey for the Sunday group) at least once per month and share some reflections you've had about anything we've covered in class, your readings, your self practice or group classes. This can be through email, a blog, a physical journal we look at during session, or a phone call. We will read them and respond!
Writing Assignments: Write 1 essay about each of the 4 required readings (Sutras, Yoga Anatomy, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Light on Yoga). These 4 essays can either be in the form of a more personal response to the book - what you found particularly interesting, challenging, inspiring, enlightening, relevant to a particular personal experience, etc. Since these books all cover pretty huge topics, that may mean you pick a specific detail, passage, chapter, etc. and respond to it. This would be similar to the approach you take with your weekly reflections, but specifically responding to the book.
Another option is to write a sort of extended "dharma talk." This is the opening to a yoga class, where the teacher lays out some concepts that s/he will put into practice and embody during the class. Imagine you are teaching a longer class, and have 5-10 minutes to really introduce some themes or ideas from the book and talk about how they relate to the practice. This can also include personal anecdotes, but should loop back around to how ideas from the book get embodied in the asana practice.
Keep these essays to around 2 pages - long enough to get into some ideas, but short enough to make sure you stay to the point and focused on 1 or 2 key concepts. In the second half of the training, you will have additional assignments related to developing class sequences and teaching practicum, so it's a good idea to get started on this sooner than later. You can email these to us as you finish them.
*Alternative to Writing Assignments: If you prefer to respond to the books verbally, you can also prepare a 10 minute chat about the book. You should still keep to the same guidelines as the the written assignments - please focus on 1 or 2 key concepts and be organized in your discussion, as if you were speaking to a room of yoga students. You can make a recording and send to us, or schedule a time to present to Lindsey or Catherine. But please note, if you do this in person, this is more of a presentation than a conversation.
Sanskrit Identification of Asanas: Please begin using your asana index to identify poses by their Sanskrit names. We will not be specifically covering Sanskrit in session again, but you should be able to identify familiar poses by their Sanskrit name (this will appear on the test as well!).
5 hours as lead teacher
5 hours participating in peer classes and giving feedback, observing public class, leading in session
Topics in this category include:
Practice teaching 5 classes as the lead instructor (2 classes must be with Lindsey or Catherine*) (5 hrs)
Attending a minimum of 3 peer classes and giving feedback (3hrs)
Observing others teaching (1 class Lindsey or Catherine) (1hr)
Leading sun salutations, pranayama, meditation, discussion in session, asking questions, etc. This is your overall participation (1 hr cumulative)
Studio classes you attend outside of the Teacher Training constitutes Non-Contact Hours (weekly reflections) (20+ hrs)
ALL must be completed by graduation, Oct 6th.
*Please include a brief guided meditation and/or pranayama during at least one of these classes with Lindsey or Catherine.