500hr Your Yoga Immersion Teacher Training
Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification with Advanced Studies
Take Your Teaching to the Next Level
This is an Intensive Yoga Alliance (YA) Registered 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification. Unlike all other 500-Hour programs, the entirety of this program is presented within a 4-week stretch. It is the fast track to 500-hour certification. For the first time ever, all of the modules or intensives of a typical 500-Hour training, have been intelligently and efficiently sequenced into one cohesive event.
This program is for graduates of 200-Hour programs, as well as serious students of yoga and even graduates of other 500-Hour programs, as this program offers a unique well-rounded approach to healing and wellness through yoga.
The benefits are innumerable. Our typical 500-Hour level students: find they are better prepared to handle many of the adverse situations that can arise in yoga class, are able to teach a wider cross section of students, become a deeper respected authority on all things yoga, and gain new insights about themselves and their practice.
To be eligible for 500-Hour Certification with YA you will need to have graduated from a 200-Hour school (doesn't have to be AYC) and already registered with YA. This program is an additional 300 hours on top of your 200 hours to make it to the 500-Hour YA level. This is the only place in the world where you can get a complete 500-Hour certification in such a short time period. Held at the new state-of-the-art green-built Asheville Yoga Center.
Schedule at a Glance: September 27 - November 3, 2013
**September 27 - 30: Yoga and Ayurveda with James Bailey
September 30 - October 4: Yin, Meditation and Hands on Assisting with Michael Johnson and Shala Worsley
**October 5 - 6: Anatomy and Therapeutics with Ryan Conrad
October 7: DAY OFF
October 8 - 10: Anatomy and Therapeutics with Joe Taft, Libby Hinsley, Diane Saccone, Stephanie Keach
October 11: Bhakti Vinyasa: Devotional Movement, Sequencing and Chanting with Michael
**October 11 - 13: Hatha Yoga Pradipika with Michael Johnson
October 14: DAY OFF
October 15 - 17: Slow Flow Vinyasa, Restorative, Ashtanga, Jivamukti Sequencing, Adjusting, Philosophy, Nutrition with Michael Johnson, Libby Hinsley and Stephanie Keach
October 18: Day Off until 5:30pm
**October 18 - 20: Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga with Stephanie Keach
October 21 - 24: Restorative Yoga, Pranayama, Assists with Stephanie Keach and Libby Hinsley
**October 25 - 27: Seniors Yoga with Libby Hinsley
October 28 - 31: Chakras, Vinyasa Flow and Hands on Assisting with Shala Worsley
**November 1 - 3: Yoga Anatomy and Therapeutics with Leslie Kaminoff
Wrap up and Graduation, 2-4pm with Stephanie Keach
(items with ** mean open to the general public as well - otherwise, closed sessions/no drop ins)
Detailed Dates and Full Schedule Details will be emailed upon acceptance.
- Pre-requisites before acceptance:
Pre-requisites before acceptance:
3. Complete a Yoga Alliance accredited 200hr Yoga certification program.
4. 100 hours of teaching experience (new 200hr grads please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
5. Established daily Yoga Practice (30 to 90 minutes, 5 to 6 days a week)- more details in acceptance letter
6. Willingness and ready heart and mind to complete all 500-hour Immersion requirements within given deadlines
- Dates and Full Schedule Details
September 27-29: Ayurveda and Yoga with Dr. James Bailey (** also open to the public, anticipating 45-60 total)
Learn how ayurveda and the doshas are present in the yoga room, how to work with students with different dosha types, both privately as well as in a group class environment. Asana class will end each session taught by special guest Shala Worsley.
Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 - 5:00pm (no need to come extra early, just easy check in at front desk)
Saturday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 - 5:00pm
Sunday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
then re-meeting only 500 Immersion group for our WELCOME/INFO meeting with Stephanie Keach: 1:00 - 3:00pm
September 30 - October 4: Yin and Meditation and Hands on Assisting with Michael Johnson and Shala Worsley
During these four days, you will immerse yourself into physical yin postures, yin theory, energetics of Qi (prana) and meridians, visualizations, student teaching, meditation techniques, history of yoga, and how to safely and effectively assist students in postures.
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
October 5-6: Yoga Therapeutics with Ryan Conrad (** also open to the public, anticipating 25-30 total)
Learn how to safely adapt any pose to the many conditions of aging, illness and disease in the Iyengar tradition.
Saturday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 - 5:00pm
Sunday, 8:00 am - 11:00 am, 12:00 - 3:00pm
October 7 MONDAY FULL DAY OFF
October 8 - 10: Anatomy and Therapeutics with Joe Taft, Libby Hinsley, Diane Saccone
During these three days, you will immerse yourself in anatomy, physiology, psychology, emotions, and energetics of yoga asana and yoga as therapy.
Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
October 11: Bhakti Vinyasa: Devotional movement, sequencing and chanting with Michael Johnson (** also open to the public, anticipating 5-10 additional)
Come embody the principles of Bhakti Vinyasa: pronounce and sing mantras for empowerment; sequence and teach flows that people can memorize and engage on their own; come experience Asana in Motion as devotion.
Friday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oct 11-13: Hatha Yoga Pradipika (** also open to the public, anticipating 15-20 additional)
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is one of the most widely known and authoritative texts on the practice of hatha yoga. As it goes into much more detail about the practice of asanas, pranayamas, mudras, bandhas and meditations than the Yoga Sutra, it is an essential and valuable resource for anyone practicing or teaching yoga. Rather than resisting the discoveries of modern science, in this workshop we welcome them, as they often validate what yogis have discovered through direct experience and inform us how to practice more effectively.
Friday 6:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00 - 12:00 pm (break) 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
October 14: MONDAY FULL DAY OFF
October 15 - 17: Slow Flow Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Jivamukti Sequencing, Adjusting, Philosophy, Nutrition with Michael Johnson and Libby Hinsley
These three days are a blend of slow flow to dynamic flow, and all the various traditions, endless sequences and creativity we can co-create together. We will discover ways to makes these practices educational, calming, centering, passionate, empowering, fun, and life affirming, continuing to practice our safe and effective hands-on assists.
Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
October 18 FRIDAY HALF DAY OFF UNTIL 5:30PM
October 18 - 20: Prenatal/Postnatal TT with Stephanie Keach (** also open to the public, anticipating 25 additional)
Come and expand your knowledge of the techniques, sequencing and anatomy of Prenatal yoga, helping to prevent the common discomforts of pregnancy while preparing the body for childbirth. Postpartum is also covered, with special emphasis on the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.
Friday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Sunday, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm (w/ short break)
October 21 - 24: Restorative and Pranayama with Stephanie Keach and Libby Hinsley
These four days are all about PROPS, relaxing and hands on loving :), as well as sequencing and therapeutic breathing techniques for all levels.
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
October 25-27: Seniors Yoga with Libby Hinsley (** also open to the public, anticipating 25 additional)
Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 - 6:00 pm
Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm and 2:00 - 6:30 pm
Sunday, 8:30 - 11:30 pm and 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Oct 28 - 31: Chakras and Vinyasa Flow and Hands on Assisting with Shala Worsley
These four days will be a blend of chakra vinyasa sequencing and creative flows, as well as practicing hands on assisting skills in Shala's live weekly (very crowded and popular) classes.
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nov 1 - 3: Leslie Kaminoff Yoga Anatomy and Breathing (** also open to the public, anticipating 60 total)
Utilizing a combination of printed material, hands-on exchange, practice and discussion, this workshop will convey a vastly deeper and richer appreciation of the process of respiration and the postural role of the diaphragm in exercise and movement.
Friday: 5:30 - 9:00pm
Saturday: 8:30 - 12:30 am, 2:30 - 6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00 - 11:00am
Nov 3 wrap up/graduation, 12:30 - 3:30pm with Stephanie Keach, (this means we will skip the sunday afternoon session with Leslie which will be redundant at this point).
Pay in full: $3400
Pay in installments: Deposit of $500. Your balance due is $2900. You are welcome to pay installments online here. (By October 12, 2012, we will charge the remaining balance to your account, unless other arrangements have been made.)
There is a $150 cancellation fee before the training begins. If you should decide to drop out after the program begins you forfeit the money for any attended training sessions. Refunds evaluated on an individual basis.
- Requirerments before Program Begins September 27, 2013
1. 100 documented teaching hours from pre-requisite above.
2. 25 hours Karma Yoga (this is deep Seva or service to those otherwise not able to afford yoga: women's shelters, homeless, those in recovery, etc.)
3. Required Reading (text books not included)
4. Written Essay
5. Daily Practice Journal - At the 500hr level, it is considered Advanced Learning, and we are assuming this includes a daily practice.
This program is identical to our 500hr Your Yoga YA Certification program. Our current Your Yoga program gives you five years to complete all the individual modules (Most of which are offered twice a year at Asheville Yoga Center). Due to many requests, we have put together this immersion with the exact same hours/details/instructors/curriculum. It will look a little different, as we accommodate different timing needs. Please note that each weekend is our usual 500hr Your Yoga Module and will most likely fill to 30-40 people, including you. Many of these weekend worskhops will sign up quickly so it serves you to REGISTER EARLY for this 500 hour immersion. In addition, weekend workshops CAN be taken at a later date, but we encourage you to get as much in as you can during the 30 days of training. The week Modules will be closed events designated only for 500 hour trainees. These more initimate settings, will be necessary to help navigate through the intensity of attending such an amazing and value-packed immersion.
- Requirements for completion of the 500hr YA Certificate due by December 31, 2013
1. an extra 500hr Advanced Training Module
2. Final Essay
3. Documented Teaching Hours
4. Karma Yoga Hours
5. CPR Certification
Any work submitted after that date will be subject to an administration fee of $100 (except module below)
Extra 500hr Advanced Training Module:
Upon completion of our 31 day Immersion, you will still be 16 training hours short. Therefore we are requiring you to complete one extra module (before or after is fine) that is part of our 500hr Your Yoga modules. Here is a brief list, more details online
at 500hr your yoga page. Stephanie Keach will go over this in more detail our first sunday together, 1:00 - 3:00pm
If you are unable to complete this module by Dec. 31, and have eveything else completed, you actually get a longer extension for this part: March 31, 2013.
UPCOMING TRAINING MODULES AT A GLANCE
* 2.5 Day Anatomy and Yoga
* 2.5 Day Restorative
* 2.5 Day Yin Yoga
* 2.5 Day(or longer) Yoga and Meditation (silent preferred)
* 3 Day Childrens Yoga
* 4 Day Therapeutics and Yoga
* 5 Day Vinyasa Yoga with Stephanie Keach (or comparable)
You must complete one written essay, 8 to 10 pages typed. The purpose of this assignment is to have you demonstrate your learning and growth as an individual and as a teacher during this segment of your yoga journey. Consider the 500-hour program a Master’s Degree in Yoga and this essay is your Thesis, which can be about your own process of becoming a yogi or an aspect of your yoga studies that really touches your heart. More details and requirements discussed our first Sunday info session 1:00 - 3:00pm. This paper is due with final completion of all assignments, November 11, or December 31, 2012.
Documented Teaching Hours:
100 hours of documented teaching (attached grid). These are paid sessions, public or private.
Please email the form(s) to Asheville Yoga Center, email@example.com once completed.
Karma Yoga Hours:
A component of our 500hr program is the opportunity to volunteer 25 hours of teaching yoga to underserved populations. These 25 hours are in addition to the 100 hours of required teaching above. Please consider this a deeper investment of your time and energy by enhancing others’ lives who may not otherwise have access to yoga. Simply teaching for free is not the purpose. Go out to the women’s shelters, centers for addiction, low-income community centers and give them the gift of yoga!(attached grid). Please email the form(s) to Asheville Yoga Center, firstname.lastname@example.org once completed.
Daily Practice Journal:
If you haven’t already, try beginning your daily practice now, as it will be easier when the course begins and the work-load increases. I recommend picking the same time to practice every day, as the body craves regularity. Practicing in the am or pm is entirely up to you; both have their own benefits. Try to stay on your mat 20-120 minutes and enjoy your practice! You might need some inspiration to get your started, there are many wonderful DVDs out there to help jump start your home practice: you alone on your mat.
You will be required to have a daily asana practice for only FIVE days a week during our Immersion together: October 12 - November 11. YA requires a grand total of 21 days of practice stretched out over these 31 days. You get two days off from your “daily practice” per week. Of these five days, only one of your “practices” can include participating in a yoga class, the other 4 days a week, just you and your mat. However, you do not have to participate in any group classes as part of your daily practice. For graduation, (this can also include your 6 week extension, not due until Dec 31) I will need to see an entire month of consistent practice, 5 days a week.
Please purchase some type of journal and review the enclosed handout about journal writing. Your journal may also be computer entered, but not emailed to steph - hand turn ins only. You are also required to have a daily meditation practice five of the seven days a week. More details discussed our first sunday together.
CPR Certification: An up to date CPR certification will be required upon completion of the program, please email a copy to email@example.com Free instruction around the Asheville area through Red Cross. Two year expiration on certification.
* Please note the intensive nature of the program and allow yourself as much time outside of class as possible to fulfill homework requirements and take some much needed down-time, ideally away from work or family obligations.
- Required Readings
When To Read?
Reading Requirements before program begins September 27, 2013:
(this will cover you until October 10)
1. The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach Buy Here
2. Read Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Dr. Robert Svoboda
**and strongly recommended: Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by Dr. David Frawley
3. Own and Watch Anatomy for Yoga DVD with Paul Grilley
4. Read Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
5. CHOOSE one: Read Yin Yoga by Paul Grilley or Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark or Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
6. Read Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
7. Read Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall
8. Read Easy Does It Yoga by Alice Christensen
(#6-8 is for Therapeutics, Anatomy and Seniors)
BUY ALL BOOKS: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-254-0380 and ask for LIZ.
Reading Requirements for Bhakti: October 11, Vinyasa October 14-17:
Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul by Sharon Gannon and David Life
Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by TKV Desikachar
Requirements for Hatha Yoga Pradipika, October 11 -13:
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami MuktiBodhananda
Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson
Requirements for Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga October 18 - 20:
1. CHOOSE one:
Step by Step, Yoga For Pregnancy by Wendy Teasdill
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh
Yoga for Pregnancy: Birth and Beyond by Francoise Barbira Freedman
Active Birth by Janet Balaskas
October 25-27: Seniors Yoga with Libby Hinsley: you already own:
Easy Does It Yoga by Alice Christensen
Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall
October 21 - 24: Restorative and Pranayama with Stephanie Keach and Libby Hinsley:
Judith Lasater: Relax and Renew
Thich Nhat Hanh: Miracle of Mindfulness
Reading Requirements for Chakra Vinyasa with Shala Oct 28 - 31:
Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith
**It is already assumed you own and have read any copy of Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita. These are standard 200hr teacher training requirements, but great to review, as many teachers will refer to them from time to time. Asheville Yoga Center recommends these versions:
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchinananda
Bhagavad Gita by Stephen Mitchell
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do I need to read all the books ahead of time?
No, in fact, sometimes the books seem more cohesive when read during the class instruction. Details are listed above.
What if I have an emergency and have to miss part of the program?
We do not accept credit for partial attendance. 100% attendance is mandatory. Fortunately, these modules all repeat themselves several times a year, therefore, we would have to withhold certification until full attendance is completed, or a make-up session, which is costly and sometimes difficult to schedule, although we will try our best. Make-up sessions cost $75/hr.
What if I have already taken some of the modules?
We can only accept transfer credit if the module was the exact same format with the exact same teacher here at the Asheville Yoga Center. Otherwise, sorry, no transfer credits.
What should I eat at lunch if we are coming back to practice yoga?
We understand you might need to snack all day long as well, and we recommend choosing light, easily digestible whole foods, and we also try not to do asana practice right after our lunch break. Amazing yummy, healthy, organic food all within walking distance.
What is the weather like?
Fall is usually very mild, and we are centrally located to almost all walking areas around Asheville, so dress accordingly.
What do I do when I have completed all the requirements?
Stephanie Keach will go over these details during your info session the first sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
- What people are saying
“I can never thank you enough not just for teaching me Yoga, but giving me hope through the practice to face this most difficult world.”
-J. Blume, Kannapolis, NC
I enjoyed the range of subjects covered and the way we tackled them, including other yoga instructors and their different styles. This kind of exposure probably wouldn't have occurred at other institutions”
- N. Conrad, Cornelius, NC
“Stephanie is a wise and wonderful teacher. She shares her vast knowledge of yoga and meditation in more than words, but in the mindfulness and compassion she imparts in every moment of interaction with her students.
- E. Lang, Spartanburg, SC
“I was in awe of the education I have received ....much deeper and more
technical than anything I gained from Medical courses taken in the past.. thank you...Yoga is now my passion, my Life.”
- S. Dulken, Fairview, NC
- Our Incredible Staff
Please note that this is not all the staff. We've not included in this list our guest instructors. We host some of the biggest names in the yoga world. Some of the gifted teachers that show up at our studio and contribute to our 500 hour studies program are. Bryan Kest, David Swenson, Rod Stryker, Shakta Kaur Khalsa, David Keil, Doug Keller, Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Weintraub, David Williams, Gary Kraftsow, Cora Wen, Scott Blossom and many others.
Stephanie Keach RYA500, has been teaching Yoga since 1988. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, she has studied with most of the top yoga teachers, including her favorites: Ana Forrest, Erich Schiffman, Rodney Yee, Rod Stryker and Bryan Kest. Her Zen -Buddhist background brings a meditative style to the class.
Stephanie, owner and operator of the Asheville Yoga Center has produced the Flow Yoga video series and The Yoga Handbook. She currently teaches classes, retreats, workshops and teacher trainings throughout the world. Stephanie resides in Asheville with her husband and three boys. Steph is so respected as a teacher because she is so down-to-earth, real and comfortable with herself. She is a master teacher, full of knowledge, experience and intuitive insight, well loved by many.
Stephanie specializes in over-seeing the program so that everyone's needs are more than met and hearts are opened wide.
Please note, from December 2013 on, Stephanie will not necessarily be teaching in the teacher trainings. She will continue to oversee programs and assist teaching staff in continuing the high standards set by her.
Joe Taft is a certified Anusara Yoga instructor who has dedicated himself to the practice of yoga since 1997. His teaching style is approachable, lighthearted, uplifting and transformational. Joe interweaves Anusara’s life-affirming and heartfelt approach into his classes through myth, storytelling, Tantric philosophy and the wisdom gathered through his own life’s journey. He has completed hundreds of training hours with John Friend, Sianna Sherman and other senior Anusara instructors. Joe has a keen awareness of body biomechanics and a long history as a devoted athlete. He is an inspiration to yoga teachers and students alike.
Shala has a deep yoga practice and teaching style that reflects over 12 years of study. She invites students to cultivate the exploration of the physical and spiritual realms. As a teacher, Shala offers a blend of the benefits of yoga in the alignment traditions of Iyengar, and flowing aspects of Ashtanga and Vinyasa, always including therapeutic yoga, yin yoga, meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy. She embodies a balanced sense of grace, delicate flow, and attention to detail - a direct result of her passion for practicing yoga in nature and our innate connection to the Earth and the Cosmos. She inspires the student to touch their own yogic soul, bringing asana practice to life from within. Shala currently lives in Asheville, NC, teaching at the Asheville Yoga Center and directing the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga. Shala will be teaching most of the training.
Ryan Conrad began exploring various facets of self awareness practices and meditation at an early age. Sixteen years ago he discovered the yogic path and quickly dove deeply into the study of asana, pranayama and yogic philosophy. Ryan has studied with teachers from several yogic lineages, and has focused the majority of his studies in the Iyengar method. Ryan has had the opportunity to study with many of the senior Iyengar instructors in the United States and abroad and has also studied with Mr. Iyengar himself. Ryan has been teaching yoga for over 8 years and is currently a 200 E-RYT. In 2010 Ryan completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at UNC Chapel Hill in order to expand his knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This training has allowed Ryan to be knowledgeable in teaching able bodied individuals as well as those with a diversity of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions by seamlessly blending Eastern and Western healing philosophies.
Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an Internationally recognized specialist with thirty years’ experience in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. He has led workshops for many of the leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in America.
Leslie currently practices in New York City and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He is the founder of the yoga blog, “e-Sutra,” and “The Breathing Project,” a New York City yoga studio dedicated to the teaching of individualized, breath-centered yoga. Leslie teaches The Breathing Project's unique year-long course in yoga anatomy, and is the co- author, with Amy Matthews, of the bestselling book, now in it’s second edition, “Yoga Anatomy” published by Human Kinetics.
James G Bailey, LAc, Dipl Ayu, E-RYT inspires an awakening to authenticity as the highest expression of faith in oneself on the path of yoga and healing. His workshops and yoga teacher trainings are eclectic and entertainingly evocative. He is a licensed practitioner of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine and has been teaching yoga philosophy and meditation worldwide for 30 years. He is sought out by yoga communities and schools for his vast knowledge in traditional eastern teachings and modalities and the ability to bridge them to modern day living and individual healing. He has lead retreats, workshops and teacher trainings in Europe, India, the Americas, and many renowned centers in the US. He maintains a private practice in Pacific Palisades between his travels. You'll find him at www.sevanti.com.
MT(ASCP), RYT 500 has been practicing and teaching Yoga as Therapy throughout the Mid Atlantic and Southern Appalachian states for several years. Diane has studied with many yoga masters including Rod Stryker, Seane Corne, Doug Keller, Stephanie Keach, Scott Blossom, and Gary Kraftstow justto name a few. Her concentration is directed on using Yoga as Therapy to improve the quality of life for her students as they recover from injuries inflicted by illness, injuries, or disease. She is the co-director of Asheville Yoga Center's 500 hr. Yoga Therapy Teacher Training, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Cancer Coach, and is the co - founder of Bosom Buddies, a Breast Cancer Support Group in Weaverville NC. Diane maintains a studio in Weaverville, NC where she therapeutic stretch techniques from farm houses to school houses throughout Buncombe and Madison Counties. Diane is available for individual consultations. For more information, please contact Diane at: email@example.com.
Since he can remember, Michael’s parents were his first and perfect Teachers in this life. In a way, everyone he meets continues to teach him perfectly by being examples of both how and how not to live. Among the many teachers who continue teach him, he has learned from Sri Swami Satchidananda, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Christie McNally, Lama Marut, Kimberley Theresa, and his beloved partner, Stephanie.
It is his honor, privilege and hope to return the kindness that so many people have bestowed upon him, by teaching the highest practices of Yoga to all levels of practitioners… responsibly, joyfully, and in a way that will help others achieve their goals in this life and beyond.
Libby Hinsley, PT, RYT 500, received her 200 and 500 hour yoga teaching certifications from the Asheville Yoga Center. She began her study of yoga in 1998 and has been teaching since 2005. She has taught in a variety of settings and for a wide variety of student populations. She values teachings from many traditions, including Vinyasa flow, mindfulness meditation, Yin, Iyengar, and Anusara. In 2008 she had the fortunate opportunity to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar. Since that time, she has focused her study on therapeutic yoga in the Viniyoga tradition. Libby believes that the magic of yoga lies in its most fundamental teachings, and begins with a deep awareness of breath. In her classes, she hopes to lead students inward to discover the perfection of body and spirit that is already, and always, present. She teaches weekly classes and components of the Asheville Yoga Center’s Teacher Training programs, and teaches yoga at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga. In 2011, she completed her training as a Physical Therapist at Western Carolina University, and currently works as a PT at Physical Therapy and Back Clinic of Leicester.
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Thank you. Thank you. I loved every minute of the program. It has challenged me, strengthened me and opened my heart! No complaints. I feel well-prepared, though I know I will never stop learning. –Live in Total Yoga Graduate
"Thank you and Peace. I've learned so much about myself during this course. I feel it has just been the beginning of a life's work. The seeds were planted long ago now the sun of Yoga has warmed them to sprout and grow. I loved all the reading. Every weekend was challenging and rewarding. I never felt as if my time was being wasted. All the instructors were patient kind and knowledgeable I love learning about and being exposed to so many different aspects of Yoga.–C. Eberhardt.
Thank you! all my teachers! You inspire me to always be present and true. I realize that the hard work will never end, I rejoice in the work and learning ahead.–Jackson Drew Whisnant
The most amazing thing I've ever done!!! (besides Burning Man!)–(on the Total Yoga Immersion) Meredith Nelson-Wray
Immersion with Stephanie was life changing!–Kim McMurray
"I love how you incorporate all aspects of Yoga into the training: History, philosophy, reading, pranayama, meditation, asana, self-exploration, chanting, play.. I also love how you bring in so many different teachers so we are exposed to many different and affective styles. Thank you for a great experience!"–Live in Total Yoga Graduate
These last months have been beyond my wildest dreams - Yoga has become my passion. My life! I was in awe of the education I have received..much deeper and more technical than anything I gained from medical coursed I have taken in the past. I am thankful for all the knowledge and compassion that has been passed on to me through such beautiful people and I am grateful and thankful for them all. This has been quite a humbling experience for me. Stephanie, thanks for your love, support, your gifts, your wonderful storytelling, sharing yourself with us and all your hard work!.–S. Dulken
Teacher training with Steph: Thirty bodies bathed in sweat. Windows completely steamed pull the shade on the outside world. "It's not the pose. It's the journey" has become my mantra.–Sky Bridges