This program is designed for those who have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and are ready to reach new levels in their professional skills as a teacher.
This program explores ways to create embodied knowledge through Yoga & Somatics – growing kinesthetic connections and body based knowledge in your self and students, moving beyond performing asanas to creating satisfying classes that grow your choices and integration.
This training is organized into four distinct modules spread over 18 months. Each module is composed of weekend immersions and supervised practical application of the material in the form of teaching practicums and individual guidance sessions to support your growth. EMBODIYoga® offers the following areas of special focus:
Embody the Teachings of Yoga Through The Body Systems
Each module in this training explores a different body system to bring profound awareness and consciousness to every tissue of the body. Each body system has its own unique psychological and emotional states, expression of movement, voice, perception of the world, and communication style. They are a valuable tool in assessing your students, and will allow you to find whole-body integration, ease and fullness in your practice and teaching.
Understand How The Body Moves and Develops
Through the newfound awareness of the body systems and an understanding of the origins of movement, we have the tools to read, analyze, and assess movement. We gain a greater awareness of our student’s individual needs, and will learn somatic approaches to help them to open deeper layers of kinesthetic awareness through movement, touch, breath, and sequencing. You will learn how to build safe, integrated sequences and class plans that are developmentally appropriate.
The Musculoskeletal System:
The musculoskeletal system provides the framework and inherent structure of our bodily form. The connective tissue and ligaments provide tensile support. Together they articulate the alignment and balance of the body’s weight with the force of gravity. This allows for mobility, stability and clarity of form. In Module 1 you will learn postural alignment and sequencing through the bones and joints, creating easeful and integrated movement through the limbs and core.
The Dynamics of Breathing and Origins of Movement 1:
In Module 1 we will develop an understanding of cellular consciousness and how movement develops in the very beginning phases of life. This will lead to an embodied understanding of Pranayama from cellular and embryonic breathing to lung breathing, and new possibilities of integrating our limbs with our core.
Module 1 Dates: Sept 7-9, Oct 20-21, Nov 17-18, Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018.
Fridays 6-8; Saturday 12:30-6; Sundays 12:30-4.
The Organs have an important role in supporting movement and posture, giving fullness and aliveness from within to the musculoskeletal framework. In Module 2 you will learn to sense your own organs and how to initiate movement from them, alignment and sequencing through the organs, and ways to effect postural efficacy vital to eliminating strain and tension in our asana practice.
The endocrine glands offer new pathways of awareness and connection, bringing new somatic experience and meaning to your yoga. In Module 3 you will learn the location of the endocrine glands and their reflex points, alignment and sequencing through the glands, skeletal and glandular relationships and balance for any asana, and support for specific bones, joints and muscles.
The Dynamics of Breathing and Origins of Movement 2:
In Module 2 we will continue our embodiment of Pranayama and breath with the diaphragms. We will increase our understanding of movement development in utero with the Shushumna Nadi and the 3 layers of the body – front, middle, back. This module offers an embodied understanding of the nadis, mudras and bandhas, and new possibilities of integrating our central axis with the limbs.
Module 2 dates: Jan 18-20-, Feb 23-24, Mar 23-24, Apr 12-14, 2019 (Makeup: May 4-5)
The Developmental Patterns and Neurological Integration:
In Module 3 you will learn tools to build safe, integrated sequencing and class planning from a developmental perspective and the body systems. We will explore the inherent movement possibilities found in the asana families – vertical axis, upper body/lower body, lateral, cross body, rotation, and spirals – finding new options for whole body-mind-perceptual cohesiveness in yoga.
The Senses & Perceptions:
This module offers an embodied understanding of Pratyahara, meditation and restorative yoga practices.
Module 3 dates: Sept 13-15, Oct 19-20, Nov 30-Dec 1, Dec 14-15, 2019
The Nervous System & Movement Re-Patterning
In Module 4 you will learn new ways to integrate and bring balance to the nervous system through yoga, creating harmonious pathways of being, doing, organizing, and action. We will explore ways to create embodied knowledge – growing kinesthetic connections and body based knowledge in your students, through touch and movement, language and cueing, and asana choices. Moving beyond performing asanas to creating classes that re-pattern and grow your students choices and integration.
Module 4 dates: Jan 3-5, Feb 1-2, Mar 7-8, Apr 4-5, 2020 (Make-up May 2-3)