Insight Teacher Training

& Certification

SEPTEMBER 2021 – MAY 2022

Overview

This unique teacher training program offers students from around the world the opportunity to come together to share the healing power of practice. As we continue to navigate the changing landscape of connection, for a limited time, we have an online version of our 200 hour teacher training program for you to consider.

A diverse group of talented teachers, recognized experts in their fields, offer passion, dedication, curiosity, compassion, and decades of experience. With their encouragement and support, students will gain confidence, develop skill, and realize their potential. The program contains a mix of synchronous and asynchronous coursework, lots of personal practice, reflection, feedback, and time for integration. You can expect to gain strength and flexibility, confidence and clarity.

Successful trainees will be qualified to facilitate yoga practice in a variety of settings and with a wide range of students. They will enjoy a greater sense of satisfaction and serve as a model for others. The program may be applied to professional and/or personal goals.

Classes begin on Monday, September 13, 2021 and are to be completed by May 2022. Space is limited and will be offered via a rolling admission process. Serious students and allied professionals with a minimum of one year of practice under an established teacher are encouraged to apply.

Courses

COURSE DETAILS

Yoga for mental health concepts and application for yoga students and teachers will be explored in this course. Students will learn foundations of emotional and mental health including structure and function of the nervous system and current understandings from neuroscience and psychology. Students will develop language for addressing mental and emotional health concepts in practice from both a western and an eastern perspective. This course will increase students’ confidence in working with concepts related to mental and emotional health and knowledge about how to incorporate these concepts into practice. Students will understand and be able to clearly articulate benefits of yoga and meditation. They will learn and practice basic techniques from a mental/emotional health perspective. Students will learn to modify techniques to accommodate client and group needs. Students will understand through experience the physiological effects of categories of postures: backbends, forward bends and restorative postures and breathing techniques.

Topics include:
• The Nervous System: structure and function
• Growth mindset and The Relaxation Response
• Best self, Brahmaviharas and attunement
• Obstacles: the kleshas and antarayas
• Gunas – energies in nature
• Doshas – human constitution
• Vital energy: Prana Vayus
• Balance: Langhana and Brahmana
• Doshas, Gunas and seasonal cycles
• Women’s health and cycles
• Depression, anxiety and neuroprocessing variations in practice

TEACHER
Margi Clifford

DAY/TIME
FRI 2:30-4:30pm
SUN 10am-12pm

DATES
Sep 24, 26,
Oct 8, 15, 22, 29, 31, 2021

CEUs
YA, APU

COST
430

HRS
20

COURSE DETAILS

Anatomy and physiology applications for asana and pranayama. Including directions and planes of movement, structure and function of major bones, muscle groups and connective tissue. Learn major components of skeletal, muscular, organ and nervous systems as may influence students’ access and experience in practice. Students will be able to identify anatomical landmarks and reference them in teaching asana and pranayama. A study guide will be provided one week before each class based upon that week’s reading assignment in the required textbook, Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germaine. The study guide will be the basis for the class lecture, discussion and practical application of anatomical principles to yoga postures and kinesiology. Students will learn to apply the principles to their own practice and to translate them into observation and direction in the classroom.

TEACHER
Lynne Minton

DAY/TIME
MON 4:45-5:45pm

DATES
Sep 13, 20, 27,
Oct 4,11,18,
Nov15, 22, 29,
Dec 6,13, 20, 2021
Apr 4, 11, 18, 25,
May 2, 9, 2022

CEUs
YA

COST
385

HRS
18

COURSE DETAILS

Essential postures practice including contraindications, wakeup and warmup, alignment, energy and accessible options. Students will know components and rationale behind essential postures practice including how to modify to increase accessibility and optimize outcomes for all students.

TEACHER
Diane Ziegner

DAY/TIME
TUE 6-9pm (AKDT)

DATES
Sept 21,
Oct 5, 19,
Nov 2, 16, 2021

CEUs
YA

COST
325

HRS
15

COURSE DETAILS

Techniques, training, and practice in the fundamental components of postural practice (asana) with special attention to energetic alignment, transitions, and appropriate variations for all populations. Students will learn techniques and biomechanics of standing, seated, reclining, prone, and balancing poses in addition to surya/chandra namaskar and restorative yoga. Successful students will be able to demonstrate and describe postures that reflect a balance of ease and effort and to be able to recognize various indicators of distress in themselves and while observing others.

TEACHER
Kira Rafuse

DAY/TIME
SUN 1-3:30pm

DATES
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 2021

CEUs
YA

COST
220

HRS
10

COURSE DETAILS

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are the foundational philosophy of Samkhya Yoga. Each week the students will read from their chosen translation of the sutras (a list of suggested titles will be provided). When applicable, Sanskrit terms will be translated and discussed to provide deeper layers of understanding of Patanjali’s words. Discussion and practices will be based upon modern day application of this philosophy to our daily lives. Journaling is encouraged. One written assignment and some application of sutra to daily life will be included in each trimester.

TEACHER
Lynne Minton

DAY/TIME
MON 6-7pm

DATES
Sept 13, 20, 27,
Oct 4,11,18,
Nov 15, 22, 29
Dec 6,13, 20, 2021
Feb 21, 28
Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, 2022

CEUs
YA

COST
385

HRS
18

COURSE DETAILS

This course examines the importance of language and how teachers can use it to guide the class and students. The important skill of strategic and specific language that is trauma informed is essential to nourish our relationship with students. Students will also explore Āyurvedic Restorative Yoga in this course. Ayurveda is the science of life or the art of living. Learn how to teach considering the season, environment and balancing your student’s constitution. Restorative Yoga brings a deep sense of rest and regeneration. Finally, learn to adapt any Yoga classes to be accessible to all levels of students and practitioners including chair yoga and using props. The skills accessed in this class will develop a teacher’s ability to offer Yoga to everyone no matter their age, size, gender or ability in a mixed level class.

TEACHER
Kira Rafuse

DAY/TIME
SUN 1-3:30pm

DATES
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 2021

CEUs
YA

COST
220

HRS
10

COURSE DETAILS

Yoga adaptations for special populations. Learn and apply adaptive techniques for diverse student populations.

Teaching Yoga To Differently – Abled Students with Carolyn is designed to give a general review of the benefits, contraindications, and common adaptations of common groups of poses, and to explore creative ways to teach these poses.

In Trauma-Informed Yoga with Margi students will learn the mechanisms of trauma and how to recognize its effects. Physical, mental, and emotional indicators will be discussed and students will develop compassion in addition to learning strategies to support healing.


TRAUMA INFORMED TEACHER
Margi Clifford

DAY/TIME
FRI 2:30-5pm

DATES
Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, 2022

CEUs
YA

COST
260

12


TEACHING YOGA TO DIFFERENTLY – ABLED STUDENTS
Carolyn Hitzler

DAY/TIME
FRI 4-7pm
SAT 9am-noon, 1:30-4:30pm
SUN 9-noon

DATES
Nov 5-7, 2021

CEUs

COST
260

HRS
12

COURSE DETAILS

From horoscope signs, to Myers-Briggs, we’ve been taught that we’re either this “kind of person” or “that kind of person.” We have the Doshas of Ayurveda, the Enneagram, archetypes and spirit animals as evidence of humans’ long fascination with ways to explain and distinguish experience. In this course, students will learn about gene expression, nature v. nurture, and, methods for better understanding some aspects of personality and individual constitutions in order to facilitate effective treatments for healing and to help maintain good health lifelong. Several techniques will be presented, discussed for scientific validity, tested for efficacy when possible and offered for personal and professional applications.

TEACHER
Margi Clifford

DAY/TIME
TUE 6-7:30pm

DATES
Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, 2022

CEUs
YA

COST
200

HRS
9

COURSE DETAILS

This series of 4 classes teaches core concepts of Ayurveda that can help you heal and cultivate vibrant well-being. Through a combination of instruction and in-the-body experiences, you’ll come to understand yourself and the world around you in a deeper way, learning tools that will empower you to create more balance (especially in times of stress). The classes are designed to be practical so that you can apply what you learn in your own life right away. We’ll be using meditation, chanting, yoga & other tools to create a fuller experience of the teachings. This series is great for anyone interested in practical, holistic practices to cultivate wellness and vibrant health. Ayurveda and can be useful for those who experience health challenges or those looking to level-up their current well-being.

Some of the topics you’ll learn are:
* The connection between Ayurveda & Yoga
* The doshas & you
* Cultivating vital life energy
* Mind-body mental health
* Digestion, the nervous system & healthy eating
* Habits for cultivating balance & resilience

TEACHER
Heidi Weiland

DAY/TIME
TUE 6-7:30pm

DATES
Sept 14, 28,
Oct 12, 26, 2021

CEUs

COST
135

HRS
6

COURSE DETAILS

Find your authentic and confident voice and use it to guide others in practice. This course includes a welcome and instructor introduction, overview of workshop topics and objectives, and the importance of presentation. Students will also learn how to prepare for presentation and to use the “4C’s and the Big A “( Calm, Confident, Clear, Concise and Authentic) as guides. The course will cover presentation tips, tricks and considerations, especially for online teaching. There will be time for group process, presentation practice, and evaluation in addition to Q & A with the instructor. Students will be offered resources for ongoing support including tips and tricks sheet and tech checklist.

TEACHER
Marlie Hall

DAY/TIME

DATES

December 12, 2021 or January 9, 2022

CEUs

COST

75

HRS

6

COURSE DETAILS

This is an opportunity for students to come together and immerse in practice. Significant time with be spent developing rapport and engaging in a full range of practice including both active and restorative asana and with special emphasis on meditation and self-regulation. Students will have the opportunity to experience the effects of concentrated practice and will be expected to integrate insights into ongoing training. Develop sat sangha, common language and objectives for practice.

TEACHER
Margi Clifford

DAY/TIME
As per schedule,
ANC schedule TBD

DATES
Mexico: Nov 2021,
Anchorage: January 2022,
Italy: April 2022

CEUs
YA

COST
635

HRS
30

COURSE DETAILS

Practice teaching techniques of hatha yoga to cohort and community. Classroom management, understanding and accommodation of diverse populations and learning styles, principles of communication including demonstration and instruction and, ability to communicate and incorporate feedback and develop insight will be highlighted. Demonstrate competence in conveying objectives of practice and effective techniques for integration. Including but not limited to instruction, demonstration and modifications and with incorporation of eight limbs and 5 koshas.

TEACHER
Margi Clifford

DAY/TIME
TBD

DATES
Jan – March 2022

CEUs

COST
220

HRS
10

COURSE DETAILS

Fall and Spring courses offers students the opportunity to re-align with the rhythms of nature and integrate. The eight limbs of yoga are the framework for practice and on-demand content, including lessons and practice prompts, is made available weekly. An exclusive livestream practice session is offered weekly for participants to meet with each other and the teacher.

TEACHER
Margi Clifford

DAY/TIME
On Demand

DATES
Sept-Oct 2021 and/or
Mar-Apr 2022

CEUs
YA

COST
399

HRS
10

Teachers

Margi Clifford
Margi Clifford
MS: Master of Science, Counseling Psychology
LPC-S: Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
ERYT 500: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level
C-IAYT: Certified – International Association of Yoga Therapists
YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

Margi Clifford is a licensed professional counselor and yoga therapist who integrates yoga, insight meditation and psychotherapeutic techniques to promote well-being in individuals and communities. She founded Yoga for Mental Health in 2006 and has since offered training opportunities to students and professionals and, direct therapeutic care to individuals, groups and organizations. Lynne Minton from the Iyengar tradition has been her primary teacher and mentor since 2003. Margi offers consultation and training, retreats and classes in Alaska, online and abroad. You can learn more about her and her practice by following on Instagram: @yogamargi.

COURSES

Yoga for Mental Health
Essential Postures
What’s My Type
Special Populations: Trauma
Equinox Course
Yoga Immersion
Teaching Practicum

Lynne Minton
Lynne Minton
ERYT 500: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level
YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

Lynne Minton has been a student of yoga since 1975. She was certified to teach yoga by BKS Iyengar in 1984. Her primary teachers have been BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Judith Lasater, Donald Moyer and Fr. Joe Pererira. She learned precision and discipline from the Iyengars, humor, inspiration and depth from Judith and Donald, and compassion for all from Fr. Joe. In 1982 Lynne became a full time yoga instructor. She founded and became the director of Inner Dance Yoga Studio in Anchorage, Alaska for the next 26 years. From 1999-2010 Lynne developed and oversaw the Inner Dance Yoga Teacher Training Program from which over 150 graduates received their 200 hour RYT. Lynne loves to collaborate and continue to learn from other masters of their art. She believes that yoga is for everybody and is passionate about inspiring students to discover new abilities through the practice of all of the 8 limbs of yoga. Lynne particularly loves to incorporate the Yoga Sutras and functional anatomy into her classes. Her students consistently describe Lynne’s classes as inspiring, fun and deep. For an in-depth bio go to Lynne’s website: lynneminton.com

COURSES

Anatomy and Physiology
Foundations of Yoga: Philosophy

Leigh Lubin
Leigh Lubin
MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching
Alaska Teaching certificate in Science
ERYT 500: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level

Leigh Lubin is an exceptional teacher dedicated to exploring, practicing, and moving from the inner body. She has found that the inner expression of a yoga pose is the most powerful and effective path towards personal growth and a strong and healthy asana practice. Leigh has a special gift for teaching people how to access their subtle body and inner teacher through classes that create space, ease, stability, play, and appropriate challenges for all bodies. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching and is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT). Leigh has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and has been certified and actively teaching yoga since 2008. Leigh has well over 1000 hours of training in various forms of yoga including; Iyengar, Anusara, Flow, Hatha, Bhakti, and Embodiment Mediation. Additionally, Leigh is an Alaskan Certified Science Teacher. She brings this diverse background to her offerings to create authentic learning and lasting integration in her students.

COURSES

Foundations of Yoga: Posture

Diane Ziegner
Diane Ziegner
RYT 500: Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level
YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
C-IAYT: Certified – International Association of Yoga Therapists

Diane arrived in Talkeetna, Alaska in 1997 for a two week visit and never left. When she first came to town, the local yoga classes were being “taught” at the elementary school by a few old video tapes. That was when she decided the community could use a live teacher, and in 2001 she got a 200 hour certification from Lynne Minton in Anchorage. A few years later, she bought a 24 foot yurt and Studio Z Yoga got a permanent home. Diane says that her students have taught her more than she will ever teach them. One of the things she has learned is that yoga should be accessible and beneficial to students of all abilities, not just the young and athletic. Her approach to teaching yoga has changed over the years. It’s less about body alignment and more about balancing the heart, mind and body. It’s about creating a welcoming yoga community and giving something back to it and the world.

COURSES

Essential Postures

Heidi Weiland
Heidi Weiland
RYT 200: Registered Yoga Teacher 200 level
Ayurvedic Health Counselor
Certified Life Coach

Heidi is a holistic life coach. She use a mind-body-spirit approach to help women reconnect to confidence and joy, so that they can move forward in their lives with ease. She focuses on all kinds of problems from stress and exhaustion to relationship issues to chronic procrastination and self-sabotage. Her clients learn how to overcome self-doubt, overwhelm and anxiety and how to create empowerment for themselves. She’s studied many aspects of the healing arts and am a certified life coach from The Life Coach School, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and an RYT200 Insight Yoga teacher. She loves backcountry skiing in the mountains of Alaska and dabbling in creative activities of all kinds.

COURSES

Ayurveda

Carolyn Hitzler
Carolyn Hitzler
MS: Exercise Physiology, specialization in rehabilitation
Teaching certificates in Adapted Physical Education and Physical Education
RYT 500: Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level

Yoga For The Special Child, Relax and Renew, Yoga for Cancer Cardiac and Other Diseases, Opening Yoga to All- Adaptive Yoga, Accessible Yoga, Yoga for Back Pain, Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease, Yoga for larger bodies, Buddha Body, Yoga for Scoliosis, YCAT, Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer and Chronic Illness, Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga For Healthy Aging, Yoga wall straps and ropes, Yoga chair, Yoga ED Tools for teachers, Yoga Calm, Yoga for Amputees, Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis, Trauma Informed Yoga

Carolyn Hitzler, the owner/founder of YOGA MATters, is an educator, Exercise Physiologist, Adapted Physical Education Specialist, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Carolyn advocates for all students regardless of ability, size, physical limitation, or injury. Students who use a wheelchair, walker, or cane should be able to have a full personal yoga experience in the same studio as other individuals. Students who have pain or are recovering from injury should also have access to yoga classes. And students with larger bodies should also feel comfortable in a yoga class. Carolyn at YOGA MAtters is passionate about opening yoga to anyone who wants to experience its benefits. This means breaking down physical barriers and helping students recognize that if they want to experience yoga, there is a teacher willing to teach them. Carolyn’s classes are rooted in Hatha and Iyengar style yoga and are taught in-the-moment, tailored to the students that day. “Yoga reminds me how subtle and powerful movement and the breath can be. I enjoy teaching group classes as well as 1-on-1 private sessions.”

COURSES

Special Populations: Differently-Abled

Kira Rafuse
Kira Rafuse
ERYT 200: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 200 level
YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
RPYT: Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher

Kira Rafuse has been studying, practicing and teaching Yoga for 16 years. Kira first found yoga in college and was instantly hooked. She started saving right away to study yoga in India. During a year in India, Kira completed her Yoga Teacher Training Course at the Sivananda Kutir Ashram in the Himalayas in 2004. Kira attended the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque NM (06-07), where she studied under Dr. Vasant Lad and is now a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP). During her studies with Dr. Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute she was immersed in ancient language of Sanskrit and began her journey as a serious student of Sanskrit during this time. Kira continued her studies with an Ayurvedic internship under Dr. Sarita Shrestha at the Devi Ma rural hospital (09) in Nepal where she focused on pregnancy and postpartum. Most recently she has studied Sanskrit with Dr. Katy Jane as well as courses with The American Sanskrit Institute, and Sanskrit courses at Yogic Studies. Kira is originally from New Mexico and has lived in Anchorage Alaska most recently for the last 8 years.

COURSES

Foundations of Yoga: Language

Marlie Hall
Marlie Hall
BS: Bachelor of Science – Journalism
MBA: Master of Business Administration – Management

Marlie Hall is an award-winning Journalist and media personality. As a News Anchor, Reporter, TV Host and Voice Actor, she has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious media organizations. She covered history-making headlines as a correspondent for CBS News. She Co-anchored NBC’s Early Today show. And hosted her own show on the Food Network called “Recipe for Success”. Marlie is an avid world-traveler, a Brown Belt in Shotokan Karate and a proud Haitian-American. You can keep up with all of Marlie’s endeavors and adventures on all social media platforms at @marliehall.

COURSES

Voice, Presentation and Purpose

Teachers

Margi Clifford
Margi Clifford
MS: Master of Science, Counseling Psychology
LPC-S: Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
ERYT 500: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level
C-IAYT: Certified – International Association of Yoga Therapists
YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
Lynne Minton
Lynne Minton
ERYT 500: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level
YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
Leigh Lubin
Leigh Lubin
MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching
Alaska Teaching certificate in Science
ERYT 500: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level
Diane Ziegner
Diane Ziegner
RYT 500: Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level
YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
C-IAYT: Certified – International Association of Yoga Therapists

Margi Clifford is a licensed professional counselor and yoga therapist who integrates yoga, insight meditation and psychotherapeutic techniques to promote well-being in individuals and communities. She founded Yoga for Mental Health in 2006 and has since offered training opportunities to students and professionals and, direct therapeutic care to individuals, groups and organizations. Lynne Minton from the Iyengar tradition has been her primary teacher and mentor since 2003. Margi offers consultation and training, retreats and classes in Alaska, online and abroad. You can learn more about her and her practice by following on Instagram: @yogamargi.

COURSES

Yoga for Mental Health
Essential Postures
What’s My Type
Special Populations: Trauma
Equinox Course
Yoga Immersion
Teaching Practicum

Lynne Minton has been a student of yoga since 1975. She was certified to teach yoga by BKS Iyengar in 1984. Her primary teachers have been BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Judith Lasater, Donald Moyer and Fr. Joe Pererira. She learned precision and discipline from the Iyengars, humor, inspiration and depth from Judith and Donald, and compassion for all from Fr. Joe. In 1982 Lynne became a full time yoga instructor. She founded and became the director of Inner Dance Yoga Studio in Anchorage, Alaska for the next 26 years. From 1999-2010 Lynne developed and oversaw the Inner Dance Yoga Teacher Training Program from which over 150 graduates received their 200 hour RYT. Lynne loves to collaborate and continue to learn from other masters of their art. She believes that yoga is for everybody and is passionate about inspiring students to discover new abilities through the practice of all of the 8 limbs of yoga. Lynne particularly loves to incorporate the Yoga Sutras and functional anatomy into her classes. Her students consistently describe Lynne’s classes as inspiring, fun and deep. For an in-depth bio go to Lynne’s website: lynneminton.com

COURSES

Anatomy and Physiology
Foundations of Yoga: Philosophy

Leigh Lubin is an exceptional teacher dedicated to exploring, practicing, and moving from the inner body. She has found that the inner expression of a yoga pose is the most powerful and effective path towards personal growth and a strong and healthy asana practice. Leigh has a special gift for teaching people how to access their subtle body and inner teacher through classes that create space, ease, stability, play, and appropriate challenges for all bodies. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching and is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT). Leigh has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and has been certified and actively teaching yoga since 2008. Leigh has well over 1000 hours of training in various forms of yoga including; Iyengar, Anusara, Flow, Hatha, Bhakti, and Embodiment Mediation. Additionally, Leigh is an Alaskan Certified Science Teacher. She brings this diverse background to her offerings to create authentic learning and lasting integration in her students.

COURSES

Foundations of Yoga: Posture

Diane arrived in Talkeetna, Alaska in 1997 for a two week visit and never left. When she first came to town, the local yoga classes were being “taught” at the elementary school by a few old video tapes. That was when she decided the community could use a live teacher, and in 2001 she got a 200 hour certification from Lynne Minton in Anchorage. A few years later, she bought a 24 foot yurt and Studio Z Yoga got a permanent home. Diane says that her students have taught her more than she will ever teach them. One of the things she has learned is that yoga should be accessible and beneficial to students of all abilities, not just the young and athletic. Her approach to teaching yoga has changed over the years. It’s less about body alignment and more about balancing the heart, mind and body. It’s about creating a welcoming yoga community and giving something back to it and the world.

COURSES

Essential Postures

Heidi Weiland
Heidi Weiland
RYT 200: Registered Yoga Teacher 200 level
Ayurvedic Health Counselor
Certified Life Coach
Carolyn Hitzler
Carolyn Hitzler
MS: Exercise Physiology, specialization in rehabilitation
Teaching certificates in Adapted Physical Education and Physical Education
RYT 500: Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level
Kira Rafuse
Kira Rafuse
ERYT 200: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 200 level
YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
RPYT: Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Marlie Hall
Marlie Hall
BS: Bachelor of Science – Journalism
MBA: Master of Business Administration – Management

Heidi is a holistic life coach. She use a mind-body-spirit approach to help women reconnect to confidence and joy, so that they can move forward in their lives with ease. She focuses on all kinds of problems from stress and exhaustion to relationship issues to chronic procrastination and self-sabotage. Her clients learn how to overcome self-doubt, overwhelm and anxiety and how to create empowerment for themselves. She’s studied many aspects of the healing arts and am a certified life coach from The Life Coach School, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and an RYT200 Insight Yoga teacher. She loves backcountry skiing in the mountains of Alaska and dabbling in creative activities of all kinds.

COURSES

Ayurveda

Yoga For The Special Child, Relax and Renew, Yoga for Cancer Cardiac and Other Diseases, Opening Yoga to All- Adaptive Yoga, Accessible Yoga, Yoga for Back Pain, Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease, Yoga for larger bodies, Buddha Body, Yoga for Scoliosis, YCAT, Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer and Chronic Illness, Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga For Healthy Aging, Yoga wall straps and ropes, Yoga chair, Yoga ED Tools for teachers, Yoga Calm, Yoga for Amputees, Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis, Trauma Informed Yoga

Carolyn Hitzler, the owner/founder of YOGA MATters, is an educator, Exercise Physiologist, Adapted Physical Education Specialist, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Carolyn advocates for all students regardless of ability, size, physical limitation, or injury. Students who use a wheelchair, walker, or cane should be able to have a full personal yoga experience in the same studio as other individuals. Students who have pain or are recovering from injury should also have access to yoga classes. And students with larger bodies should also feel comfortable in a yoga class. Carolyn at YOGA MAtters is passionate about opening yoga to anyone who wants to experience its benefits. This means breaking down physical barriers and helping students recognize that if they want to experience yoga, there is a teacher willing to teach them. Carolyn’s classes are rooted in Hatha and Iyengar style yoga and are taught in-the-moment, tailored to the students that day. “Yoga reminds me how subtle and powerful movement and the breath can be. I enjoy teaching group classes as well as 1-on-1 private sessions.”

COURSES

Special Populations: Differently-Abled

Kira Rafuse has been studying, practicing and teaching Yoga for 16 years. Kira first found yoga in college and was instantly hooked. She started saving right away to study yoga in India. During a year in India, Kira completed her Yoga Teacher Training Course at the Sivananda Kutir Ashram in the Himalayas in 2004. Kira attended the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque NM (06-07), where she studied under Dr. Vasant Lad and is now a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP). During her studies with Dr. Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute she was immersed in ancient language of Sanskrit and began her journey as a serious student of Sanskrit during this time. Kira continued her studies with an Ayurvedic internship under Dr. Sarita Shrestha at the Devi Ma rural hospital (09) in Nepal where she focused on pregnancy and postpartum. Most recently she has studied Sanskrit with Dr. Katy Jane as well as courses with The American Sanskrit Institute, and Sanskrit courses at Yogic Studies. Kira is originally from New Mexico and has lived in Anchorage Alaska most recently for the last 8 years.

COURSES

Foundations of Yoga: Language

Marlie Hall is an award-winning Journalist and media personality. As a News Anchor, Reporter, TV Host and Voice Actor, she has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious media organizations. She covered history-making headlines as a correspondent for CBS News. She Co-anchored NBC’s Early Today show. And hosted her own show on the Food Network called “Recipe for Success”. Marlie is an avid world-traveler, a Brown Belt in Shotokan Karate and a proud Haitian-American. You can keep up with all of Marlie’s endeavors and adventures on all social media platforms at @marliehall.

COURSES

Voice, Presentation and Purpose

SHARE THE HEALING POWER OF YOGA

Investment

215 Hour Course Total
First 5 Acceptetd Applicants: $2800
Enroll by August 31st: $3200
Enroll by September 10: $3500

To Apply, Please Submit a $75 Application Fee along with Your Application Below

Testimonials

Life changing program. I would highly recommend if you are looking for a yoga teacher program that is transformative in all aspects of your life this is the program for you.

RD, Insight Teacher Training 2020

I highly recommend Yoga for Mental Health teacher training program.

JS, Insight Teacher Training 2020

Insight teacher training was a wonderful experience and provides a deep dive into the foundations of Yoga. Margi is a wonderful teacher.

GK, Insight Teacher Training 2020

Margi has the most enlightening presence and wisdom. It is a gift to learn from her.

GD, Insight Teacher Training 2020

Margi and friends of Yoga for Mental Health made my learning experience more than I had ever expected. I would highly recommend the Insight Teacher Training course.

ML, Insight Teacher Training 2020

It was a very intimate training, one that developed rapport with other classmates. We continue to meet together after the training has completed.

JS, Insight Teacher Training 2019

The instructors were excellent and with breath of experience was amazing. Thank you Margi for the excellent skills and abilities you have and taught us.

LH, Insight Teacher Training 2019

Margi’s program was caring and conscientious. I learned a lot and always felt welcomed and encouraged at classes. All the teachers put good effort into what they were teaching and seemed to want the best for their students. I’m very happy I completed the program.

AL, Insight Teacher Training 2019

Margi Clifford’s Yoga for Mental Health 200-hour YTT program was everything and more than I expected or could have dreamed it would be!

DG, Insight Teacher Training 2019

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