The Power of “I” 2015: Syllabus & Schedule:

Our 18 month Leadership and Teaching focused program is under Yoga Alliance Teacher Training. Full program has only 12 spots available. Dawn will introduce all of the latest leadership knowledge recently acquired in her PhD course work.

Observing: This module will explore the Yamas and Niyamas, not just from a studying point of view, but more importantly, a methods review. How should we use these principles in daily life? Are these principles I actually believe valid? If so, am I really using them? How do I embed them into my thoughts, actions, and visions?

Withdrawing: Pratyahara, or sense withdrawal, is a key module for learning to manage sense over stimulation in this fast information age. Discover the power of managing the input and how it can affect the quality of your experiences. Are you choosing what enters into your sensory experiences? Explore choices you perhaps did not even know you had. Leave your electronic media at home.

Concentrating: Dharana is a one of the later limbs of yoga for a reason. It is proceeded by the others as well for a reason. The practice of concentration can be explored in many ways. We will explore the multiple ways that concentration emerges and what conditions make it more available. What is concentration? How can we manage, exercise and use this human skill? Expect the use of art and play to be included.

Standing: Get rooted in your body by developing, understanding and practicing deep rootedness in your asana. The biggest, strongest muscles reside in the quadriceps and the hips, so learn to harness the power there, teach more strengthening and sequencing as well as understand the effects of modern day life on the legs.

Balancing: This series of asana is not just about body balance, proprioception and footwork, it is about remaining balanced in life despite the rough waters, strong winds and falling with the purpose of getting up again. Balance does not mean never falling. It means resilience in standing and balancing again. All balancing poses will be covered — how to teach them, what analogy might apply and how to do them for your level and knowledge.

Winding: The human spine is designed to wind and articulate, bringing with it the organs and tendons — ligaments that attach all our pieces together. Learn interesting and new poses that wring out the digestive system, bring suppleness to internal organs and release tensions hidden where we often do not see them — the guts. Learn the poses, how to do them, how to teach them and why they are so key to internal health. Why are our guts all wound up?

Inverting: Inverting yourself and taking a good hard look at your fear, strength, alignment and tenacity requires a playful curiosity. Inversion culminates all the other poses into a final leap of faith into the ‘under’ world. Learn some new inversions for yourself, how to teach progressions to new students and how to face and overcome your own and students’ resistance to this incredible series of poses.

Creating: This mid-point weekend is all about practicing teaching. We will be offering several free classes for the public over the weekend and you will, if you choose to take up the challenge, teach them.

Contemplation: How can I build and foster a meditation practice? What are the benefits of meditation? Why am I doing it? If I am a yoga teacher and I do not meditate, am I missing something in my practice, my teaching? What makes this limb so challenging? Are there other ways I can begin with this practice? This will be a full retreat weekend. No cellphones, co-facilitated by Dawn and Kat Boehm. Expect the use of imagination and art to be included. 

Studying the body: Lance and Dawn will take you through the entire anatomical body from a practical and useable standpoint. Learn the top injuries in yoga and why alignment is key to teaching. Latest scientific knowledge will be applied so you are managing, as best as you can, your students’ long term health and sustainable movement.

Researching yoga: Nand will take students through a weekend overview of the history of Yoga, Sanskrit, and the key historical texts that yoga, as we know it, is derived from, as well as Yoga’s sister science Ayurveda, and how yoga is now being represented in the West.

Touching: Touch is a key developmental question and as far as teaching yoga goes, a topic that is not usually covered as a standalone requirement. Learn the basis for touch in a teaching setting, how to use it, what it offers to the student and the neurology of le arning, growing and adjusting with touch sense. Take advantage of the latest research on this incredible sense.

Communicating: Communicating is a basic leadership and presentation skill. Learn how to better communicate through voice and word choices as well as the art of argumentation and discourse. Discover the ways you can use words to the betterment of all, and of course how we often see words used, alas, for the detriment. It is good to see the differences. Learn about words that give choice and space and words that lock people out.

Voicing: We will investigate and explore your voice, your pitch, and how to step into your strongest voice possibilities. Communicate more than words through a voice that sits into the being rather than floats around outside the speaker. Learn to speak in a way that engages and attracts a curious listener. Mantra will be covered here as well.

Leading: Leadership is one of the hardest art forms to teach. We will explore all the different ways you can find your own style of leadership, by first investigating the quality of self-leading. People do not usually follow a leader who cannot effectively lead his/her own way. Be that leader. This is not just a yoga specific course, but a life long leadership opportunity. We will use techniques that will dig into your barriers to standing tall and having no shame in being a leader.

Breathing: Pranayama is powerful medicine, an instant energizer and it awakens the nervous system. Measure your lung capacity, expand your rib cage and learn how to implement not only a regular practice but how to slip it into your teaching. resting/restoring: We will challenge your resting beliefs and see how much is just the right amount, method and type of rest you need. We will cover all the possible types of restorative yoga poses and review breath, sleep and nourishment. This is a holistic view of what restoration is and how you can use it. teaching: This final module will have you teaching in a public setting. We will once again organize a weekend of free yoga for the public in which you will be assessed and given feedback to the work you are doing. You will be asked to give a final hour-long presentation on a topic of your choice as part of the final requirements and there will also be an anatomy exam to be completed for certification. 

Resting/restoring: We will challenge your resting beliefs and see how much is just the right amount, method and type of rest you need. We will cover all the possible types of restorative yoga poses and review breath, sleep and nourishment. This is a holistic view of what restoration is and how you can use it.

Teaching: This final module will have you teaching in a public setting. We will once again organize a weekend of free yoga for the public in which you will be assessed and given feedback to the work you are doing. You will be asked to give a final hour-long presentation on a topic of your choice as part of the final requirements and there will also be an anatomy exam to be completed for certification.