Our retreat weekends are unique opportunities for students to come together and immerse in practice. Significant time will be spent developing rapport and engaging in a full range of practice: active and restorative asana with special emphasis on meditation and regulation. Periods of silence in nature will be offered and the awesome backdrop of wild Alaska will provide all the inspiration we need!
Students will have the opportunity to experience the effects of concentrated practice and will be expected to integrate insights into ongoing training. The immersion weekends include an exploration of learning styles and students will practice methods of self-reflection and communication. Art classes with guest teachers and gourmet meals help to round out the sensory palate.
Students will recognize and appreciate the value in diverse learning styles, develop sat sangha, common language, and objectives for practice. This is where a deep sense of connection to place, people and purpose begins!
June 8-10, 2018
The Brooks Range, Interior, Alaska
July 14-16, 2018
with Xochitl Foster, E-RYT200 and Margi Clifford, E-RYT500 and guest teachers
Techniques, training and practice of yoga foundations: posture, breath, balance, back/core care, restorative yoga and meditation. Students will learn these fundamental components of practice with special attention to transitions and sequencing. Alignment, understanding of variations of “normal” and indicators of distress are key components of this series and essential for a successful teacher.
Students will learn common asana, pranayama and meditation techniques through practice, learn teaching techniques through demonstration and reflection, and will have opportunities to practice advanced variations. Successful students will demonstrate their ability to execute postures in a way that reflects their ability to achieve a balance of ease and effort.
The Foundations of Yoga series includes opportunity for students to practice observing bodies, alignment, indicators of reactivity and/or receptivity in students. Successful students will be able to recognize structural variations in bodies that may effect students’ experience in practice. They will learn to offer adaptations and insights and encourage students to recognize postural habits.
Foundations is required for teacher trainees and will be offered two times in the course of the program, EITHER of series listed below will satisfy the requirement.
The series is offered:
Fridays: Sept-Dec, 9:30-1:30pm;
Sundays: Jan-April, 9-1pm
Anatomy and physiology applications for asana and pranayama. Class will include directions and planes of movement, structure and function of major bones, muscle groups and connective tissue. Discussion of major components of the skeletal, muscular, organ and nervous systems as they may influence students’ access and experience in practice. Students will be able to identify anatomical landmarks and reference them in teaching asana and pranayama.
Class 2- Anatomy and Physiology of the Spine and Thorax
Class 3- Anatomy and Physiology of the Foot, ankle, and knee
Class 4- Anatomy and Physiology of the Hips and Pelvis
Class 5- Anatomy and Physiology of the Shoulders and Upper extremities
Class 6- Integration of Anatomy and Physiology Concepts- stretch response, further discussion of tissue properties, identifying potential vulnerabilities of individuals in certain poses, risk for injury; previous anatomy classes recommended.
with Choron Ryan, MA, E-RYT
Applications of anatomy and physiology concepts in practice – applied to categories of asana: forward bends, backbends and twists in order to help facilitate students’ ability to achieve balance, strength and flexibility in each posture. Modifications and adaptations for special populations will be considered and practiced. Students will learn to incorporate knowledge of anatomy and physiology as developed in primary series to facilitate ease in practice. Knowledge of contraindications and modifications will be demonstrated by the successful student.
This course will be offered:
Saturdays, 10-1pm: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24/18
with Margi Clifford, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Yoga Therapist
Eligible for Continuing Education Units from Alaska Pacific University (APU) and Yoga Alliance
This course offers yoga for mental health concepts and application for yoga students and teachers. Students will learn foundations of emotional and mental health including structure and function of the nervous system as evidence in practice. They will develop language for addressing mental and emotional health concepts in practice from both a western and an eastern perspective. The course includes self-reflection exercises and other practices rooted in the niyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, and dharana. Its intent is to familiarize students with concepts related to mental and emotional health and how to incorporate into hatha practice.
Students will understand and be able to clearly articulate benefits of yoga and meditation. The will learn and practice teaching basic hatha techniques from a mental/ emotional health perspective. Students will also be able to modify techniques to accommodate client and group needs. Techniques and practice of the eight limbs of yoga: care of self and others, posture, breath, sense, concentration, meditation, and absorption, in relation to mental and emotional health processes will be offered as essential tools for teachers and other practitioners.
YMH I series
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
Monday series: 9:30-11:30 am, 9/18, 9/25, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11/17
Sunday series: 1-5 pm, 10/29, 11/19, 12/10/17
YMH II series
Growth mindset, The Relaxation Response
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
Wednesday series: 12-2 pm, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9/18
Monday series: 6-8:30 pm, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29/18
To obtain 2 Professional Development CEUs from APU you must complete 20 hours of training. Fill out this form for off-campus admission and registration:
with Margi Clifford, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Yoga Therapist
Eligible for CEUs from Alaska Pacific University (APU) and Yoga Alliance
This module covers ethics related to teaching yoga in a variety of settings, including roles and responsibilities, boundaries, scope of practice, touch, adjustment, professional development and leadership. It is part of Yoga Therapy CEU series in partnership with Alaska Pacific University. Non-contact hours include personal reflection and professional development exercises. The course objective is to introduce students to ethical principles of teaching, including the use of touch and adjustment.
Class 1- Qualities of a good teacher, attunement
Class 2- Roles and responsibilities, boundaries and scope of practice
Class 3- Learning styles, intuition and the senses
Class 4- Communication and feedback
These classes are offered:
Tuesdays: 9:30-11:30am, 9/12, 10/3, 11/7, 12/5/17
Sundays 2-5pm, 1/7, 1/21, 2/4/18
Class 5- Intro to adjustments
Class 6- Adjustments continued… trauma informed touch
Class 7- Adjustments continued
Class 8- Compassion fatigue and self care
Class 9- Leadership and professional development
These classes are offered:
Wednesdays: 12-2pm, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18
Mondays: 6:30-8:30pm, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30/18
To obtain CEUs you must fill out this APU Form for off-campus admission and registration:
with Margi Clifford, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor, E-RYT, Certified Yoga Therapist
Eligible for CEUs from Alaska Pacific University and Yoga Alliance.
This course offers the Panchamayakosha (Five Layered) model of human experience as a method for framing yoga practice and clinical application of yoga principles. Students will engage in examination and practice focused on experience in each of the five layers: body, mind, energy, ego and bliss.
Students will learn language for understanding and communicating with others around physical, energetic, mental, cultural and spiritual aspects of yoga practice. These may be incorporated into personal and professional practice and highlighted as themes for practicum and other classes.
This course is offered:
Wednesdays: 12-2:30pm, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4/17
Sundays: 10am-12:30pm, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28/18
To obtain CEUs from APU you must fill out this form for off-campus admission and registration:
Yoga adaptations for special populations including kids, prenatal and aging populations. Students will learn and apply adaptive techniques for diverse student populations.
Prenatal – Lonnie Chace, RYT 500
Saturdays: 2-5pm, 2/17-2/24/18
Yoga with Kids – Kristiann Maclean, RYT 500
Saturday, 3/24/18: 9-5pm
Yoga for Healthy Aging – Leigh Whitaker, RYT
Saturdays, 9-11am: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21/18
with Lynne Minton, E-RYT500 and Margi Clifford, E-RYT, RYT500
Inversion practice and teaching methodology with senior Iyengar teacher, Lynne Minton and head trainer, Margi Clifford. Trainers will share components of headstand, shoulder stand, handstand and elbow balance including structural and energetic alignment principles and will offer practice opportunities with variations to increase accessibility for all levels of practice.
These classes are offered:
with Lynne: Friday, 9/22/17, 9-12pm
with Margi: Mondays: 6-7:30pm, 10/23, 10/30, 12/4, 12/11/17, 10/1, 10/8/18
Sutra Study with Patty Bielawski, RYT 500
Overview of yoga philosophy as compiled and presented in the yoga sutras of Patanjali. Including practice and instruction on Sanskrit pronunciation and chanting.
An Introduction to the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and an Overview Of Pada (Book) 1 of the Yoga Sutra. Sutra classes need not be taken as a series though students who choose to take all of them will find they build on one another.
The Other Limbs of Yoga Part 1: Yama, Niyama, and Pratyahara.
The Other Limbs of Yoga Part 2: Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
3 class series: 9/28 (Intro), 10/12 (The Other Limbs Part 1), 11/2/17 (The Other Limbs Part 2),
2 class series: 3/29 (The Other Limbs Part 1), 4/26/18 (The Other Limbs Part 2);
2 class series: 3/30 (The Other Limbs Part 1), 4/27/18 (The Other Limbs Part 2)
Once you’ve completed your Foundations of Yoga and at least 10 hours of a Yoga Professional course you may register for your Practicum. You can do this through our Acuity scheduling program (https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=13572795&appointmentType=3170536). The cost to register for Practicum is $150. You must complete 5 total hours to meet this requirement – 1 hour assisting, 4 hours teaching. You may team teach. A lead teacher must be present in order for hours to qualify.
Chakra Workshop with Leigh Lubin: Align your practice from the inside out.
September 8-10, 2017
This workshop uses asana, discussion, visualization, and voice to explore the chakra system within our physical and energetic bodies. According to yogic philosophy, chakras are energetic centers in the body from which we interact with the world. Classes will progress through the seven chakras: grounding, creativity, power, compassion, communication, vision, and integration. This series aims to increase internal awareness and encourage alignment from the inside out. Students will broaden perspective of how they interact with the world. Students will delve into an overview of chakra theory and its relevance, including its alignment with the endocrine system and physical and emotional health. Students will develop their ability to sense their physical alignment through energetic internal cues.
The Bandhas and Sexual Health
with Nicholette Eley, E-RYT, RN and Rebecca Love, LPC, CST
Saturdays: 9-12:30pm, 5/5, 5/12/18
The Bandhas or “locks” of yoga are key to understanding vital energy. Experienced therapists will guide participants to a deeper understanding of vital energy: its generation, movement, depletion and restoration. Sexual health from a physical and emotional perspective will be explained and techniques for optimization will be shared. Essential for curious students, teachers and clinicians.
Pranayama I&II with Patty Bielawski, RYT500
Pranayama I: 10/16-20/17: 7-8am; 5/14-18/18: 7-8am
Pranayama II: 4/9-13/18: 7-8am; 8/6-10/18: 7-8am
Pranayama, the 4th limb of yoga, is the art of using breathing techniques to access the Life Energy that is Prana. These 5-day immersion classes include philosophy, anatomy, practice effects, alignment/posture for practice, and a led practice. The daily Pranayama practice provides students with the familiarity and skills to develop a regular home Pranayama practice based on daily needs and energy and available time. Upon completion, students will have a suite of Pranayama practices available for home practice. Home practice segments begin at 5 minute duration and increase from there. Pranayama I explores how we receive and experience Prana through each of the Kosas and the focus is one the Ujjayi and Viloma pranayama foundational to the more advanced practices taught in Pranayama II. Pranayama II includes an exploration of the 5 vital energies and the focus is on digital nostril breathing pranayamas practiced in a seated posture.
406 G Street Suite 212
Anchorage, AK 99501
Tel: (907) 227-YOGA