ANATOMY, ELECTIVES and REIKI

CEU credits offered

Anatomy 

with Dr. Tiffany Denny, PT, DPT, OCS, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT

Dr. Tiffany Denny loves to bring nerdy anatomy and movement science into the realm of teaching and practicing yoga in ways that are clear and practical. The Accessible Yoga Anatomy training provides a framework for your yoga practice and teaching that is grounded in knowledge of how the body works, and addresses the ways in which we can stay conscious of the fact that all bodies are structured and function differently. 

This training, which is for both teachers and those who do not teach yoga, offers clarity into a modern practice of intelligent asana and sequencing of yoga classes (or a home practice), but recognizes that yoga is an endeavor far beyond the physical. We will study the "Why does this work," and "How does this work" of breath, the nervous system, and how they interact with other major systems of the body. With a solid foundation of yoga's relationship with various body systems, we will dig into the mechanics and technique of movement and asana, through both lecture and experiential practice. 

General overview of the topics:

  • Systems Anatomy and Yoga (highlighting the Nervous System)  and Anatomy of Breath
    • Applications in Asana (self-soft tissue mobilization, restorative yoga, cross-brain exercise)
  • Bones, Joints, and Fascia
  • Muscle Performance 
  • General Mechanics (Trunk/Core/Posture, Sacrum/Pelvis/Lower Extremities, Neck and Upper Extremities)
    •   Applications in Asana (Standing poses, revolved poses and forward bends, arm balancing/inversions, side bends and backbends)
  •   Therapeutic Applications

Prenatal Yoga and the Energetics of Birthing

with Lauren Wessinger, RYT-500, Reiki Attuned 1&2, MBSR Certified and with Bridget Boland, Shamanic Energy Healer certified by The Four Winds, award-winning writer, Forrest Yoga teacher and RYT, birth and death coach

This unique training weekend is divided into two parts.

Part 1 with Lauren

How to teach prenatal yoga:

  • Appropriate postures
  • Assists
  • Injuries and contraindications
  • Teaching pregnant students in a regular class 
  • Teaching a prenatal class
  • Anatomy
  • Meditations
  • Pranayama

Part 2 with Bridget

Energetics for conception, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum:

Pregnancy and the energetic body 

  • The exchange of energy between mother and baby.
  • Maternal stress, emotions, and their effects on the developing child.
  • Energetic cords between mother and father, mother and child, father and child. 
  • Supportive energetic processes for pregnancy

Energetics for labor and delivery

  • Tools for inducing labor energetically, encouraging pre-term labor to cease, and managing energy and pain during labor
  • Visualizations for creating a peaceful and enjoyable birth time.
  • Decoupling and illumination in birth time.
  • Energetic tools for cesarean birth.

Energetics for postpartum 

  • Tools for clearing residual labor and delivery energy from mother and child.
  • Energetics practices to aid in recovery after cesarean birth, medicated birth, or birth trauma – episiotomy, tearing, etc.

Advanced Postures, Arm Balances, and Inversions

with Amber Shumake, E-RYT

While the end goal of yoga is not advanced postures, arm balances, and inversions, these thrilling asanas provide the intensity and challenge that many seek both on and off the mat. This 25-hour course is designed to offer yoga teachers the tools to understand how to practice and teach these postures effectively to students of all levels in both group and private class settings. It is appropriate for yoga teachers and practitioners with varying levels of proficiency in arm balances and inversions. Even if you cannot do the “final” expression of the posture, you can teach students how to practice in a way that is both empowering and safe. You will learn how to craft intelligent sequences to promote better advanced postures as well as assists and tricks to make these poses accessible to all students.


meditation and Pranayama

with Gabrielle Douglas, RYT-500 Yoga and Meditation, Reiki Attuned 1&2

Meditation is at the core of yoga and has now has decades of research behind its efficacy to calm, focus, and heal the mind and body. Practicing meditation regularly increases our ability to stay more present and in the moment. When we are present with ourselves and others, there is a quality to our experiences. The more often we practice bringing the mind/body/breath in unity, the more easily we adapt to all situations in life.  Meditation and breath are twin laws in yoga and go hand in hand. Pranayama is a vital part of any teacher’s toolbox as both teacher and practitioner.  Benefits of pranayama include everything from a calm parasympathetic nervous system to increased vitality and alertness. 

For those who are dealing with injuries (limited in their movements and cannot practice yoga) pranayama will help them to feel clear, relaxed, energized and in tune with themselves in the same way that yoga does. Learning various types of breath exercises can be greatly utilized in our daily lives, helping loved ones, and teaching in yoga or meditation classes. 

In this experiential 25 hour course, you will practice and explore various types of meditation, build muscle memory to increase meditation frequency, and create loving respect for this challenging practice of sitting. You will also learn, study and practice teach several different methods of pranayama to build your knowledge base. This course is for anyone looking to teach meditation and breath, build a home practice, or offer to family and friends. No previous meditation or pranayama experience required.


Trauma-Informed Yoga Training

with Amber Shumake, E-RYT, M.Ed., LPC-I, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

The goal of a trauma-informed yoga practice is to build resiliency and improved self-regulation in the nervous system. This 25-hour course presents a physiological framework for understanding trauma and how it manifests in the body and mind. It is appropriate for yoga teachers, clinicians, therapists, social workers, first responders, those who work in the medical fields and in the non-profit sector, as well as people seeking to utilize a trauma-informed yoga approach in their own lives. When trauma remains unresolved, it can create mental health issues as well as physical disease and relationship stress. This training is designed to offer tools from the field of trauma research, yoga, and mindfulness to manage and resolve symptoms of trauma. 


Restorative Yoga Training

with Lauren Wessinger, RYT-500, Reiki Attuned 1&2, MBSR Certified

Judith Lasater’s definition of restorative yoga is “the use of props to support the body in positions of comfort and ease to facilitate health and relaxation.” In this 25 hour training, you will learn the science behind why Restorative Yoga has such a strong healing effect on the body, and you’ll learn how the effects of stress change the chemistry of the human body.  You’ll leave with a large catalog of restorative postures, and have time to practice teach them to your peers. We’ll review how to use ample props to move students into postures that afford the highest comfort and ease, and how to manage injuries and discomfort.  A good Restorative Yoga instructor understands what it means to “hold space.” This,  along with other energetic components of the teaching, will be discussed. Lauren is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and will invite several techniques from this method into the training. The hours for this elective are slightly different than other electives:

Friday 5-9p

Saturday 12:30-8:30p

Sunday 11:30 – 6:30p


Yoga and Ayurveda

with Arpita Shah BS, MBA, AP, Owner and Founder of Om Yoga Journey, NAMA certified Ayurveda Practitioner, C-IAYT Certified Yoga therapist, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist (AYT-NAMA), E-RYT 500

Yoga and Ayurveda are the two sister sciences that compliment each other to bring balance and vitality to body, mind and spirit.  Ayurveda is the science of self-healing that offers purification and rejuvenation and Yoga is the science of self- realization, provides practices that enhance our subtle energy and calm the mind . Learn  Ayurvedic principles relative to Yoga practice to enhance and deepen your Yoga on and off the mat.

Weekend Overview:

  • History of Ayurveda and its approach to Medicine
  • Discover your own personal constitution (Dosha) and its properties
  • Learn how to integrate Ayurveda in your Yoga practice
  • Discover your inner power to heal
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition and food for yogis 
  • Concept of Agni and Ama
  • Concepts Prana, Tejas and Ojas
  • Ayurvedic yoga classes 
  • Learn Dinacharya, daily routines to support health and vitality
  • Create and adapt yoga classes following basic Ayurvedic principles

reiki 1 and 2 Attunement

with Kasey Bell, RYT and Reiki Master

Reiki is a non-invasive healing modality that restores balance between the physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental levels of all living beings. Reiki also deepens our connection to spirit and self by clearing blockages and opening us to the prana, or life energy, within and all around us. Reiki is a great tool that can be added to your self healing, your home, in personalized client sessions, and in holding group space.

In this weekend you will receive reiki level 1 + 2 attunements, a manual, and you will learn how to practice reiki on yourself and others. The weekend will be comprised of some lecture, guided meditations with time for journaling/reflection, and hands on practice. Dress comfortably, bring snacks, and a notepad.

Fri 6:00 - 9:00

Sat 1:00 - 7:00

Sun 11:30 - 4:30