Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training
500-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification Program
Are you craving a serious training in Yoga Therapy? You can have a one of a kind education with Asheville Yoga Center's world-renowned high quality staff: certified YA instructors, certified health care professionals (PT, RN, Ayurvedic doctors), field trips to Senior Centers, a cadaver lab, live walk-in clients and more.
So, don’t wait to challenge yourself and explore the possibilities of becoming the best yoga teacher you can be! By studying Therapeutic Yoga you immerse yourself in the wisdom of yoga as an authentic practice, a healing art, and a gift to your community. You will confidently develop various aspects of your teaching practice in a wide range of therapeutic applications to provide compassionate support and healing to your students. If you’ve ever felt challenged to help your students in adapting yoga postures to suit their needs, this course will provide you with a rich background and powerful tools for service.
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September 5, 2014
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• history, philosophy
• teachings from: Vedic and post Vedic periods, Samkhya, Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda
• Defining Yoga Therapy
• current legislation around Yoga Therapy
• Viniyoga tradition
• panca maya/panca kosha model
• subtle anatomy
• atma/ Brahma
• pañca maya (kosha)
• nature of the mind according to Patanjali
• subtle anatomy: chakra/nadi and kundalini
• ashrama (stages of life)
Yogic/Ayurvedic perspectives on health and disease
• agni (digestive fire and its contribution to health)
• prana vayu (movement of prana)
• prana (inward and forward breath)
• apana (out breath/ elimination)
• vyana (circulation/distribution)
• udana (speech, upward movement)
• samana (digestion)
• prana prakopa (disturbance of the vayu)
• surya/ chandra (sun/moon)
• brmhana/ langhana (expansion/contraction)
• vyuha model:
• heya (the symptoms)
• hetu (the causes)
• hana (the goal)
• upaya (the tools)
• Knowledge of categorizing illness including:
• Trajectory, intensity, onset and duration and their influence on the ease and difficulty of healing and management.
• Setting priorities e.g. shamana (pacification of symptoms - short term), shodhana- (purification/ strengthening-long term).
Anatomy and Physiology
Knowledge of the following and their relevance to the work of a Yoga therapist:
• Anatomy and physiology including all major body systems and their interrelationships
• Functional anatomy and kinesiology
• The brain and functional neuro-anatomy
Additional Biomedical Knowledge
• Familiarity with common medical terminology.
• Basic knowledge of commonly occurring patho-physiological conditions including symptoms, associated conditions, management, illness trajectories and contraindications.
• Basic pharmacology
• Familiarity with common surgical procedures and principles of pre and post surgical care as related to Yoga therapy.
• Using the yoga therapist as an adjunct to the PT and/or medical professional.
• Knowledge of how to reference current information of the above.
Yoga Psychology/mental health
• Familiarity with models of human development including developmental stages, lifecycles and personality.
• Basic knowledge of psychological concepts and terminology including mood, cognition, behavior, and personality as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist.
• Basic knowledge of commonly occurring mental health conditions, their symptoms and common approaches/interventions – from psychological distress to psychiatric conditions – and their relationship to Yoga therapy.
• Basic knowledge of how different familial, social, cultural, and religious backgrounds affect mental health.
Teaching and Therapeutic Skills
• In depth knowledge of and observed capacity for well-developed communication skills: listening, presence, directive and non-directive dialog.
• In depth knowledge of basic counseling methods and concepts
• Demonstration of the ability to recognize, adjust and adapt to specific client/student needs in the evolving therapeutic relationship.
• Demonstration of the ability to recognize and monitor transference, counter-transference and projection.
• Knowledge of the limits of the scope of practice of Yoga Therapy.
• Knowledge of how to assess the need for referral to professional counseling.
• understand how people learn movements, and certainly how to progress a personalized program.)
• In depth knowledge and the ability to use effective teaching methods, e.g.:
• Adaptation to unique styles of learning: visual, auditory, kinesthetic
• Implementation of effective teaching methods with regard to individual client/student needs
• Supportive and effective feedback
• effective listening skills
• Considerations for effective progression
• Coping with unique difficulties & successes
• In depth knowledge and the ability to transmit the value of self-awareness and self-responsibility throughout the therapeutic process.
• In depth knowledge and the ability to develop and adjust appropriate practice strategies with the client/student
• Knowledge of and ability to design, implement, and evaluate programs for therapeutic groups
• Management of group dynamics including:
• communication skills
• time management
• establishing priorities
• Facilitating the process/practice for individual participants and/or unique populations.
• Creating safe, empowering group experiences.
• Developing and Maintaining Therapeutic Relationships
• The ability to orient the student to the yoga therapy process
• The ability to foster trust by establishing an appropriate therapeutic environment through privacy, confidentiality and safety
• Demonstration of effective client/student-centered communication based upon a respect for and sensitivity to familial, cultural, social, ethnic, and religious factors.
• Demonstration of the ability to develop and utilize procedures for gathering and evaluating relevant objective and subjective information through:
• Taking a medical history.
• Lifestyle and psycho-social assessment, e.g., sleep, diet, social relationships, etc.
• Observation (darshana), e.g., alignment, movement patterns, tension, breath, etc.
• Touch (sparshana) e.g., pulse, palpation, feeling for heat, feeling for tension, etc.
• Interaction (prashna), e.g., styles of communication (eye contact, boundaries, openness in disclosure of personal information)
• Demonstrate the ability to elicit the goals and expectations of the client.
• Demonstrate the ability to assess the client's willingness, readiness and capacity to practice, including level of self-awareness.
• Demonstrate the ability to integrate information from the intake/evaluation and to develop a working idea or theory of the client's condition, limitations and possibilities.
• Undertake necessary research on client's condition(s)
• Determine which aspects of conditions/symptoms might be addressed through Yoga therapy
• Identify priorities and set both short and long term goals with the client/student.
• Demonstrate knowledge of pacification (shamana), purification, and strengthening
• Combine intake, evaluation and working theory to develop an appropriate strategy.
• Negotiate specific aspects of practice with client/student, e.g. content, time and duration of practice.
• Choose yoga tools and techniques.
• Sequence, adapt, modify, select and evolve yoga practices.
• Through instruction, demonstration, education and observation using multi-modal strategies (including auditory, visual, and kinesthetic)
• By applying select principles from learning theory to the client/student interaction (moving from simple to complex)
• By providing the client/student a means to remember and support their practice (auditory and visual tools)
• By providing supportive strategies for the client/student to actively participate in their practice.
• By witnessing and responding to client/student responses and reactions in the context of the session.
• Demonstrate the ability to gather feedback, re-assess and refine the practice, short-term and long-term goals and priorities.
• Demonstrate the ability to address new and changing conditions goals and priorities of the student/client and provide appropriate support.
• Demonstrate the ability to provide appropriate closure for the therapy sessions.
• In depth knowledge of Yoga practices and methods for self-inquiry
• In depth knowledge of generally accepted ethical principles including health care codes and Yoga's ethical principles including yama and niyama
• Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of generally accepted ethical principles and related concepts from the yoga tradition (i.e. yama and niyama) to professional interactions and relationships
• Knowledge of the scope of practice for Yoga Therapy
• Knowledge of the extent of one's own individual training, skills and experience in the field of Yoga Therapy and the importance of practicing within those parameters
• Legal, Regulatory and Business Issues Pertaining to Yoga Therapy
• Knowledge of the relevant local, state, and national laws and regulations impacting the work of a Yoga Therapist
• Knowledge of basic business practices relevant to the work of a Yoga Therapist including basic record keeping, planning, financial management
• Basic knowledge of other healthcare fields and their potential role in and relevance to the work of a Yoga therapist
• Knowledge of how to establish, maintain and utilize a referral network of peers and related health care practitioners and organizations
• Familiarity with how to develop and maintain on-going collaborative relationships
• Knowledge of the fundamental value of on-going personal practice, long-term mentorship and skill maintenance/ development through continuing education
• Knowledge of when and how to seek advice and support for case consultation, educational advancement, and personal practice
• Selfcare practices
Each Weekend Includes
* Integrating asana, pranayama, bandhas, chanting, meditation, inquiry, yoga nidra, energy, use of props & restoratives, for a wide range of therapeutic conditions.
* Asana, meditation, and pranayama practice, as taught by our faculty, as well as student teaching.
* Comprehensive teaching skills including student assessment, hands on assisting, sequencing, pacing, thematic approaches, creativity.
* Compassionate support, tools and challenges to empower you as a yoga student to grow in your own practice, improving your ability to bring yoga and healing to others.
* Intimate setting with limited enrollment to facilitate a safe environment for learning, practice, and mentorship..
* Experiential exercises for confidence in guiding group classes, workshops, series and individualized yoga therapy sessions.
* Business, liability, and ethical boundaries made easy and clear, with motivational tools to help set up a professional yoga therapist practice.
***To be eligible for the 500-hour certification you will need to have already obtained a Yoga Alliance Certification at the 200-hour level, (from the Asheville Yoga Center or elsewhere).
1. Certificate from a 200hr YA program (doesn't have to be from Asheville Yoga)
2. Own and watch several times: Anatomy for Yoga DVD by Paul Grilley
(can buy at pranamaya.com)
3. Know your bones! You should be able to name all the bones from this diagram by heart on the first day of the course.
4. Read Yoga as Medicine by Yoga Journal and Timothy McCall (one of our required reading texts). Then, write a one page paper: Pick 2 chapters between 8 - 27 from Yoga as Medicine, and write a chapter summary (1-2 paragraphs) and present 5 yoga poses a person with this condition could work on individually at home to ease any discomfort ,(cannot be same poses as presented in the chapter itself). Needs to be emailed to stephkeach@gmail before first day of program.
5. A current CPR certification Two year expiration on certification. Please bring your copy to be shown to instructor on the first day of class, (not earlier thanks).
- 500hr YA Certification (Yoga Alliance)
To receive certification eligibility from Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level, your 100% attendance in all 10 weekends with a final 4-day wrap up is required. There will be extensive homework in between each weekend, involving reading, student teaching, working with private clients, as well as writing papers. Students will also need to complete two additional 500hr modules (see below for options) to be eligible for the 500hr YA Certification through the Asheville Yoga Center.
TWO ADDITIONAL MODULES REQUIRED FOR COMPLETION AT THE 500HR LEVEL, (please choose only two from the list below - must be completed through Asheville Yoga Center, or with Director’s approval, and cannot be counted double credit for other programs) You must complete all scheduled hours within a workshop to receive elective credit. See below for the number of hours required for each elective. All of our 500-hour modules meet these requirements.
* Prenatal/Postnatal (14 hours)
* Restorative (15 hours)
* Seniors Yoga (25 hours)
* Ayurveda and Yoga (18 hours)
* Therapeutics and Yoga (24 hours)
* Anatomy and Yoga(15 hours)
* Yin Yoga (14 hours)
* Meditation and Yoga (15 hours)
- Dates and Times
Hours:Fridays: 5:30 - 9:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00 - 6:00pm
Sundays: 8:30am - 11:30am and 12:30 -3:30pm
1. November 15-17, 2013
November 15, 2013 Dates:
2. December 13-15, 2013
3. January 17 - 19, 2014
4. February 14 - 16, 2014
5. March 7 - 9, 2014
6. March 28 - 30, 2014
7. Elective Weekend: Please choose one; may not be substituted; included in tuition.
• Seniors Yoga Teacher Training 4/11 - 4/13
• Yoga Therapeutics with Gary Kraftsow 5/2- 5/4*
• Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga with Stephanie Keach 5/18 - 5/20*
• Yoga Therapetuics with Joe Taft 6/6
*NOTE:* The Therapeutic weekend with Gary Kraftsow and the Pre/Postnatal Yoga weekend with Stephanie Keach do not complete the required number of weekend hours for 500-hour Therapeutic certificate. Additional homework is assigned if you choose either of these options to bring you up to the correct number of hours. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
8. May 30 - June 1, 2014
9. June 27 - 29, 2014
10. July 11 - 13, 2014
11. July 31 - August 3: This is Thurs - Sun, and is mandatory. Each day averages 8am-6pm, covering our Final reviews and evaluations segment as well as field trips (possible later evening hours as well).
Make up weekend:
May 16 - 18: This weekend needs to remain available and open in your calendars in case one of the above weekends is cancelled due to weather only.
September 5, 2014 Dates:1. September 5 - 7, 2014
2. September 26 - 28, 2014
3. October 17 - 19, 2014
4. November 21 - 23, 2014
5. Elective Weekend: Please choose one; may not be substituted; price is included in tuition.
• Yoga and Breathing Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff 10/24 - 10/26
• Yoga and Mediation with Kimberley Puryear 10/31 - 11/ 2
• Yoga and the Chakras with Shala Worsley 11/ 7 -11/ 9
• Yoga and Cancer with Laura Kupperman 11/14 - 11/16
• Yoga for Trauma with Janelle Railey December 12/5 - 12/7
6. Dates tba for Jan, 2015
7. Dates tba for Feb, 2015
8. Dates tba for March, 2015
9. Dates tba for March, 2015
10. Dates tba for April, 2015
11. Will be four days, Thursday-Sunday either late April or early May 2015.
- What if I have to miss a weekend?
You are discouraged from missing any weekends as 100% attendance of all training dates is required for Yoga Alliance certification. Students missing a class for a bonafide emergency may be granted permission to attend a special makeup session upon AYC receipt of $200 payment for weekend studio rental fee plus instructors' hourly rates for private trainings ($75 - $100 per hour). If you miss more than one weekend, course completion will not be possible, and you will be encouraged to drop out and apply for a suspension or consider enrolling in a different training.
Do you have questions, comments or concerns? Please contact us.
- Required Readings
ELEVEN Required Books (not included in tuition price)
Approximate cost of all books is estimated around $240, or the estimated price individually below.
All books can be purchased in advance directly from the Asheville Yoga Center, onsite not online.
We no longer ship individual books unless emergent. (The exception being The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach) If you are interested in the entire book bundle, we can offer it at a discount. please email or call LIZ email@example.com or phone 828-254-0380.
1) The Yoga Handbook, An Inspirational Ref. for Teaching and Home Practice by Stephanie Keach, $35
2) Yoga as Medicine by Yoga Journal and Timothy McCall $21
3) Yoga for Arthritis by Loren Fishman MD $20
4) Trail Guide to the Body by Andrew Biel and Robin Dorn
5) Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub $17
6) Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice by Richard Miller (book and cd) $15
7) The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar $20
8) Back Care Basics, by Mary Pulling Shatz, $22
9) Pranayama, Beyond the Fundamentals by Richard Rosen (book and cd) $22
10) Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson $18
11) Yoga for Transformation by Gary Kraftsow $22
*Note: It is assumed you own a copy of the Bhagavad Gita. If not, please purchase and read.
Full Tuition price: $3900
You may pay the tuition in full at registration after filling out the application below.
OR you can pay a deposit of $500 with half your balance due by the start date, and the rest of your full balance paid off by our 5th weekend together.
Cancellation & Transfer Policy:
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.
Transfer Fee Policy:
• 45-days or more $50
• 45-15 days before start date $100
• less than 15-days $150
This is a non-refundable, one time fee to be deducted from the deposit payment in your MindBody Online account.
- 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.
Anna Ferguson first experienced yoga practice in 2000. In 2007, she completed her 200 hour teacher training with Asheville Yoga Center. She has studied with Doug Keller, Rod Stryker, Kaoverri Weber, Shala Worsley and Stephanie Keach. She has studied extensively the styles of vinyasa flow, power, yin and therapeutic yoga. She completed her 500 HR Therapeutic Teacher Training in 2013 with Kaoverri Weber of Subtle Yoga. She teaches public and private classes in the Western North Carolina and surrounding areas. Her main focus of study and practice is therapeutic yoga, with a focus on psycho-spiritual transformation through meditation and other reflection/mindfulness cognitive practices, teaching basic mantra and pranayama practice, therapeutic asana (nuero-muscular re-patterning through dynamic asana repetition), yin yoga and study of yogic texts. She also facilitates The Artist's Way several times a year with Mado Hesselink through their joint venture, The Artist's Way in Asheville. Learn more about Anna on her web site, VibrantHeartYoga.com.
Diane Saccone 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 just to 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, muscelo-skeletal injury, 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 teaches therapeutic stretch techniques and Yoga.
Through her studies of various massage modalities and yoga therapy, Gaia has continued to develop her understanding of the physical, spiritual, and energetic components of the bodily experience. She believes a person’s deepest learning comes from her or his own willingness and effort to be present with the immediate moment. Gaia is on her way to being a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, which is a therapeutic form of self-study using yoga poses, and sees clients in her office in West Asheville. She believes in your body's ability to hold and recall emotions and memories, and that awareness of your body brings inner and outer healing. Gaia's Gentle yoga class is an exploration of subtle energy in your body, therapeutic repetitive movement, and restorative poses.
Janelle Railey MA, LPC, RYT is a licensed psychotherapist, meditation instructor, experienced yoga teacher and childbirth educator. Her work is concerned with developing a present moment awareness to the body-mind connection. She has come to know that such awareness sets the stage for a direct and fresh experience with life – the prerequisites for meaningful change.
As a psychotherapist Janelle often helps her clients investigate the dialogue between their physical body and psychological landscape. She compassionately and skillfully assists others in bringing their awareness to the habits of the mind that arise as the physical body is moved and explored.
Janelle’s training and education is a twenty year endeavor including Contemplative Psychotherapy, advanced yoga teacher trainings, Buddhist meditation and philosophy, Authentic Movement, Jungian psychoanalysis, somatic education, doula training and childbirth education. For more about Janelle, please visit www.janellerailey.com.
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.
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.
Marion was introduced to the Rolf Method of Structural Integration and became a certified practitioner in 1996. She completed an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from A-B Tech College and a Certification for Yoga Instruction from the Asheville Yoga Center in 1999. Students will learn about the human body through her hands-on experiential teaching style.
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.
Dr. Robin Saraswati Markus
Dr. Robin Saraswati Markus is a holistic Chinese medicine gynecologist whose yoga practice began in 1998 in Southern California studying primarily within the Ashtanga yoga system with Tim Miller. She fell in love with yoga at first sun salutation when the poses started speaking to her through the energetic language of acupuncture. She completed her first teacher training with him in 2003, and soon after began integrating yoga with Chinese medicine in her medical practice. She has been spreading her love of Yoga for women ever since. Following the path of her main teachers, Ram Dass and Krishna Das, along with making an annual pilgrimage to India gives spiritual root to Saraswati’s life and teaching style. She is the founder of Nourishing Life (nourishinglife.com) Center for Integrative Medicine for Women, that weaves together Traditional Chinese medicine, Western medicine and Yoga into one healing cord. Her medical practice is in Asheville, she consults with patients over Skype and offers her teachings of Chinese medicine and yoga for women in weekly classes at Asheville Yoga Center’s Donation studio, through articles, DVD’s and workshops in the US and abroad.
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.
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.
Sierra Hollister has been sharing Kundalini Yoga in Asheville since 1995. Prior to that, Sierra was immersed in Kundalini at Ahimsa Ashram in Washington, DC. Certified in Kundalini, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Sat Nam Rasayan, Sierra has studied with many wonderful teachers over the years, including Yogi Bhajan, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Sarah Powers, David Swenson, Rajashri Choudhury, Chandra Om and Hari Das Kaur. In addition to teaching at Asheville Yoga Center, Sierra is on the teaching staff at Warren Wilson College and is the author of Foundations of Yoga: The Eight-Limbed Path. She is considered to be a teacher that “leads one to the amrit Anahata” or the nectar of the heart. She is deeply, profoundly grateful, each day, to share these sacred teachings.
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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