The first and second modules focus on:

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  • Technical Training in Advanced Asana and strategies for advanced development. 
  • Advanced training in teaching itself: A systematic study of identifying differences in learning styles in students, developing a refined teaching dialogue by creating and sustaining themes and layers of meaning in classes.
  • Krama of teaching dialogue; teaching the 'way' rather than the 'what'
  • Purna Parivritta Surya Namaskar
  • Advanced Pratikriya: compensation in advanced settings, strategies to reduce wear and accumulation of force in specific joints
  • Creating torque in twisting variations inverted, laws of torque in shoulder girdle in headstand/handstand; creating torque in niralamba/unsupported movement
  • Learn sequences to teach: rolling forwards and backwards over head, tri-pod to lateral transitions to shoulders, advanced transitions from headstand to plank/chatturanga focused on deceleration
  • Sequences designed to strengthen neck, arms and shoulders for the forearm vinyasas; using posterior shoulder girdle as foundation for transitions.
  • Posture analysis: the spiral line in the human body; analysis of how common the postural form uses spirals for entry, stabilization and exit
  • Business of Yoga: Framework for planning workshops and intensives, marketing in social media, online resources, the changing face of marketing, how to charge, percentages, developing topics/descriptions and building/layering for full weekend offerings.



  • Establish relationship between classical yoga and ayurveda
  • Ayurvedic approach to asana practice: stillness, rhythm, integration, presence in the breath in regard to doshas, a) dosha location in the body, b)brahmana and langhana: the basic paradigm for sequencing the energetics of practice.
  • Dosha based assessment
  • The 20 attributes: how do they apply to practice
  • Special breath consideration: differing breath cues from the doshas.
  • Sequencing general classes towards specific dosha
  • How to speak to and arrange a posture from the perspective of teaching a vata, pitta, and/or kapha person
  • How to adjust based on vata, pitta and/or kapha



  • Dosha based assessment
  • Conducting verbal interview: physical based analysis; i.e., bone, skin, eye color, etc.
  • Observation and assessments for layering learning and development for privates; how to do a diagnostic to determine root of problem, identifying imbalances in the the breath body, examining respiratory sinus, a-rhythmia and chronic stress
  • Conducting a private session: identifying needs, body reading and physical level analysis, creating the plan.
  • Kosha model as a diagnostic tool
  • Kosha model as a basis for sequencing and language
  • Defining tri-dosha
  • Kriya Yoga and Ayurveda


Pranayama and Spiritual Training

Pranayama development:

  • a) samavritti and nirvritti - even and uneven breath ratios, b)sequences to develop inhale, sequences to develop exhale, c) pratiloma (against the grain), Ex: strategies moving into forward bend while retaining inhale, moving into backbend while retaining exhale
  • Spiritual training: The five elements, the gunas , differences between western ways of seeing and ancient easter ways of observation.
  • Taittiriya Upanishad and Pancha Kosha Model
  • Pranayama and Kosha: determining where prana is stuck
  • Intuitive practice: visualization and kosha
  • Devotional practice: contemplation, chanting and singing
  • Energy body of the Hatha Yogi: Nadis, Chakras, Ida/Pingala/Sushumna; heating, cooling & neutralizing
  • Sequencing asana/pranayama/meditation based on stimulating qualities of the nadis
  • Chakras and the five elements
  • The Vajra Deha: what is the adamantine body, practically speaking on the physical/mental/emotional levels
  • Mukti and Jivamukti
  • Svadyaya and Self Observation
  • How to reach an ancient text: the importance of myth


All of these do not apply if your training with us it at a studio.

  1. Arrive the night before each training's start date.  You will need to notify us if you are traveling the morning of the first day, and will need to be here by 8a.
  2. Do not GPS our address - write down our directions from our site.  It is very easy to find, but mapquest/GPS is not accurate in this area.
  3. Bring personal hygiene items, medications, epi-pens if needed (bee hives), outdoor shoes for hiking, etc., layered clothing, flip-flops/shower shoes, personal yoga gear, *journal.
  4. We provide linens, towels, shampoos, soap
  5. You will receive your manual when you arrive.
  6. Please notify us of any food allergies, and special requirements within reason. 
  7. Do not bring alcohol or any other substance.
  8. Do not bring pets.
  9. Do not worry.  You will be very supported while you're here.
  10. Open.  Be excited.