*Week One Intensive – Margi Clifford with Heidi Weiland
Yoga camp! This week-long course will support participants’ introduction to both theory and practice, classical yoga and modern applications. Posture, breathing and meditation practices for sharing with other people in preparation for RYT certification or other integration. We’ll get to know more about the demographics of yoga students and how to accommodate a wide range of conditions in practice. With catered Ayurvedic meals included, you’ll get to fully enjoy the nourishing effects of the practices yourself!
*Week Two Intensive – Margi with Heidi
Yoga camp take two! This week-long course will continue to support participants’ study of yoga in preparation for teaching. Posture, breathing and meditation practices for sharing with others with more advanced techniques and complex variations as well as additional tools for special populations. Again, with catered Ayurvedic meals and mindful eating instruction and practice included, you reap the benefits of what you continue to sow. Some student teachers may begin practicum teaching during this intensive.
**Yoga for Mental Health – Margi
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 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 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: back bends, forward bends and restorative postures and breathing techniques. These are largely used in acute situations for parasympathetic nervous system activation or, down regulating effects.Trauma related treatment will be addressed and interested students may gain CEUs for ethics training.
**Teaching Methods – Margi
Students will learn techniques for investigation and communication of mind, body and soul from yoga, counseling psychology, neuroscience and physiology. How to use props, integrate other expressive arts, practice and teach inversions, and, use effective anatomical and philosophical language to guide personal practice and build leadership capacity. For RYTs, teacher trainees and allied practitioners.
**What’s My Type?– Margi
From horoscope signs, to Myers-Briggs, you’re either this kind of person or you’re 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 their experience from that of another. 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.
Foundations of Teaching Yoga – Xochitl
Students will learn fundamental components of posture practice with special attention to transitions and variations for all populations. Techniques, training and practice: Sun and Moon sequences, standing postures, twists and variations, Restorative yoga for relaxation.Students will learn classical postures through practice and, teaching techniques through demonstration and discussion. Successful students will demonstrate postures in a way that reflects a balance of ease and effort. The Foundations of Teaching Yoga series includes opportunity for students to practice observing bodies, alignment, and indicators of distress. They will learn to offer modifications and adaptations and to encourage students to recognize their own postural foundations and habits.
Yoga for Childhood – Kristiann
Covering ages 6 weeks and up, this special focus class will give you tools and tips on how to connect with kids of all ages through yoga. We will discuss and explore yoga sequences for all states of childhood, including post-natal parent & baby yoga, yoga for wiggly preschoolers, for elementary school-age kids, and yoga to benefit the transitional years of tweens and teens. Yoga can help kids connect to their bodies and recognize their emotional states, build confidence,release stress, and can be used as a quieting technique for reflection and understanding. Yoga canbe especially beneficial to people with anxiety issues – and we shall focus on yoga poses to helpreduce anxiety in children and teens.
Yoga for Women/Prenatal Yoga – Kristiann
The female body undergoes many transitions throughout life, and yoga can help every step of the way. In this special focus class, we shall explore yoga approaches to help relieve many common physical discomforts of womanhood, including best poses for menstrual cramps, for enhancing fertility, during the incredible journey of pregnancy, and through the transition of menopause.With a specific focus on prenatal yoga, this class will demonstrate how to keep pregnant yoga students safe. We will learn which pose modifications are best for each of the three trimesters,which pranayama (breathwork) techniques are safest, and how to prop the pregnant body for maximum restorative benefits. Anatomy and physiology of hormonal changes throughout life, of the pregnant body, specific yoga pose adaptions, and techniques for relieving common physical discomforts shall be offered. Kristiann Maclean began teaching yoga in 2008 here in Anchorage, and credits her practice of prenatal yoga for keeping her sane and comfortable during her pregnancies, and as she journeys into menopause.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Molly
MBSR is a comprehensive and supportive program that introduces participants to mindfulness practice in the form of sitting meditation, body awareness and mindful movement. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, MBSR’s potential for reducing stress, increasing resilience, and improving health and well being is well documented through 30 years of clinical study and the experience of tens of thousands of students worldwide. People who have participated in MBSR classes have found relief from a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, insomnia and chronic disease. Participants learn to respond rather than react to the challenges of daily living, as well as how to integrate mindfulness into their lives.
Mindful Movement and Meditation – Stacia
Explore mindfulness meditation and mindful movement in this 4 class series. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing our attention to our present moment experiences, non-judgmentally and with a sense of friendliness and kindness. Four mindfulness practices will be introduced: the body scan meditation, awareness of breath, RAIN meditation, and loving-kindness meditation. Each class will include an introduction to mindfulness and a mindfulness meditation practice with an accompanying asana practice.
Apprenticeship – Faculty
Teacher trainees may complete required contact hours with a senior teacher from the Program’s faculty or, who is approved by the Program’s Director. Trainees may practice, observe, assist and/or lead practice that is currently offered by a senior/supervising teacher as is agreed upon with supervising teacher at the outset.
Teacher trainees may supplement contact hour requirements (125 total contact hours required) with up to 50 hours of workshops, classes, and/or private sessions offered by RYTs in their community. Program Director must approve course of study as teachers must meet minimum qualifications. You will be asked to bring your proposed schedule to your enrollment interview.
**The program includes opportunities for professional development and advanced study for students and allied professionals who are mature, inquisitive and dedicated. Continuing education credits may be available for Registered Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance and for licensed professionals through Alaska Pacific University.