Atha Yoga Immersion +
 200 hr teacher training

September 2019 - February 2020 

 
If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.
— Yogi Bhajan

Atha yoga anushasanam: Now begins the practice of yoga. These are the words of the first verse of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Ahtha Yoga Immersion aims to keep this "nowness" in mind at all times.  

Participants deepen their understanding of yoga through asana clinics, seminars, and lectures as well as books and journaling. Each weekend module has been thoughtfully crafted as a freestanding workshop, yet builds on the information shared in previous weekends.  The 5 month curriculum provides time to assimilate the teachings into daily life before going further. Think of it this way:  dip a toe into the water, then step the foot, then to the knee, and so on until you are floating effortlessly in the ocean. We find this gentle integration of information works best when seeking to not only learn the practices, but to embody them enough to share with others as a teacher. Practitioners are well served by direct experience before translating that information into a teaching. Within the translation from experience to sharing, they are supported as they find their own voice to contribute their unique perspective on the lessons of yoga.

Our teaching staff is a well balanced group of instructors who collectively offer a perfect balance between the traditional lineage of yoga and cutting edge understanding of the mind/body relationship. Some are quietly going about their work in the world, others have harnessed the best of modern technology to share their teaching to a broader student base. All of them are brilliant, kind, and truly engaging instructors dedicated to the wellbeing of their students.

 
 

 
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Overview

  • philosophy: (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali discussion throughout the training)

  • proper alignment in asana

  • Living Yoga retreat

  • pranayama

  • mantra

  • Four Desires training

  • subtle body

  • teaching methodology

  • classical hatha yoga

  • vinyasa yoga

  • common adaptation needs (injury/pregnancy/etc)

  • intelligent use of props

  • anatomy and physiology

  • ethics and trauma informed teaching

  • hands on assists

  • learning to read a body

 

Schedule

All training weekends will be Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

These weekend workshops are subject to a slight reorganization within the dates given.

September 6-8

The Backbone of Yoga: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yamas and Niyamas, History of Yoga, Intro to Sankhya Philosophy, and The Muscular Skeletal system

September 19-22

Living Yoga Retreat in Gardiner, MT: Meditation, 24 hours of silence, Classical Hatha Yoga and Satsang with Anadabhairava and Ananda Ashvatta

October 4-6

Get Grounded: Anatomy of the Foot and Leg, Standing Asanas, History of Sun Salutations, Developing a Home Practice, The Role of the Student

October 18 - 20

The Four Desires: with Tracee Stanley, guest instructor

November 1-3

Go with your Gut: Anatomy of the Lower Torso, Twisting Asanas, Yoga as a Revolution, Sequencing Seminar

November 15-17

Turning Inward: Anatomy of the Pelvis, Forward Folds, Restorative Yoga, Trauma Informed Training with Adrienne LeCoeur

November 22-24

Another Perspective: Inversions; Anatomy of the head, neck and shoulder; Yoga for Stress and Anxiety: The Nervous System in Yoga

January 3-5

The Phases of the Body: Anatomy of the Body Through a Lifetime, Practices to Support a Body Through Life, Adapting for the bodies in the room

January 17-19

Intensely Subtle: Anatomy of Respiration, Bhandas, Pranayama, Introduction to Ayurveda, The Subtle Body.

January 31-february 2

Vishuddhi, Dharma, and Satya: Your Voice as a Teacher; Holding Space: The Role of the Teacher; Practicum

February 7-9

Possibility for a make up weekend in the event we need to cancel a weekend earlier in the training (just for safety, hopefully unnecessary).

 
 
Photo courtesy of  Hummingbird Lodge

Photo courtesy of Hummingbird Lodge

hummingbird lodge

Nestled in the mountains of the beautiful Miller Creek Valley, The Hummingbird Lodge emits a peaceful and grounding energy from the moment you step on the property. The 30-foot heated Eco-Yurt is bordered by a mountain on one side and tall swaying grasses on the other. This serene space is located only 20 minutes from downtown Missoula. A nourishing space for us to learn and practice. 


Our view of the Yellowstone River from the accommodations in Gardiner, MT.

Our view of the Yellowstone River from the accommodations in Gardiner, MT.

Living yoga retreat
4 days · September 19-22 (Thurs-sun)· yellowstone National park

(open to Atha Yoga participants only)
Practice asana twice a day and delve deeply into pranayama and mantra. You will be introduced to Ayurveda, the science and medicinal component of yogic lifestyle, through plant based food prepared by New York chef Matt Brill. Spend 24 hours in silence, steeping in awareness. There will also be time for hiking, and a visit to Yellowstone for interested parties. This retreat is intended to help establish the community of Atha Immersion YTT, assimilate the teachings, and learn to bring your yoga from the mat into the rest of your life.

 

 
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Faculty

Kendra Potter, E-RYT 500-Lead Trainer

I began practicing yoga asana in 1999. My yoga practice has helped me navigate life from Missoula to Los Angeles to New York City, through my transition from single woman to wife and now mother. It helps me remember that eternal, unchanging Self. In 2014, I found myself elated to be back practicing in the mountains of Montana after a decade in cities.  My fascination with yoga began with the revelation that one can move while in prayer, and continues through the joyous exploration of Sthira Sukha, the balance between exertion and ease, and sankalpa (intention). Yoga has made me a kinder person, and I continue to work toward encountering the Self through sharing the practice. My own practice of yoga stretches far beyond the physical postures, and it is through this training that I aim to expand student teacher’s understanding of the depths of where their practice can take them. After facilitating several teacher trainings, including Greenhouse Holistic in NY and Anahata Yoga in Missoula, MT, I am elated to be offering my dream training. It is my deepest honor to bring my own teachers in to bless us with their knowledge, and include us in their lineage. Thank you for showing up. It is through teaching that I best learn. See my certifications and trainings here.
 

Tracee Stanley, E-RYT 500-  the four desires, guest instructor

I have been studying Yoga and Tantra since 1995. My introduction to yoga was through the practice of Kundalini Yoga where I was fortunate enough to practice with Yogi Bhajan on several of his visits to Yoga West in Los Angeles. Being in the presence of this great teacher gave me a glimpse into the true power of Yoga. Soon after I was introduced to the practice of Hatha yoga and became passionate about sharing how yoga had changed my life with anyone who would listen. At the time I was a high level executive in the film industry and my practice provided the balance, clarity and perspective that I needed to stay calm in the midst of chaos. After reading a translation of the Yoga Sutra's, I went on a quest for a teacher who could impart the deeper teachings and the promise of Yoga. It was then that I met my teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker and was initiated into the lineage of Sri Vidya.

Since 2001 the focus of my teaching has been empowerment, sankalpa (intention), self-mastery and healing. The teachings are sourced from my many years of practice with Yogarupa, study with Gary Kraftsow and my personal journey and study. As a ParaYoga® Level I Certified Teacher and a Certified Four Desires Trainer I utilize the unique practices of the  ParaYoga® and the Himalayan traditions to guide students towards the door of awakening to their true nature, creating positive momentum and accelerating the trajectory towards fulfilling their destiny for an empowered life that is full of purpose and joy. I enjoy sharing the profound practices of Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Self-Inquiry informed by wisely sequenced asana, mantra and kriya practices to create a fertile environment and safe container for transformation and growth. It is my greatest honor to be on the faculty of Esalen Institute and to teach at festivals like Wanderlust, Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle and Bali Spirit Festival. I love leading teacher trainings, retreats and holding space for you to remember your radiance and power!
 

Angi McLure, LMT-anatomy and physiology

Angi Purinton McClure is a Movement Coach and has been working with bodies for over 15 years. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Chinese Medicine and Qigong enthusiast, Certified Pilates, Qigong, and Fitness Instructor, Angi is out to help students make the investment of their life. Through her body longevity business called Body401k®, Angi has created classes and workshops to educate the masses on body awareness through Eastern and Western movement.
 

AnandaBhairava-classical hatha yoga, guest instructor

ANANDABHAIRAVA aka Steven Prestianni began studying under the guidance of Sadguru Sri Mahayogi Paramahamsa, founder of the Mahayogi Yoga Mission, in 1996 and has since taught at the Mahayogi Yoga Mission for 8 years; 6 years at the Kearny Correctional Facility with incarcerated women; 7 years for the Multiple Sclerosis Society with wheelchair bound, chair ability, and mat capable members; 6 years at the Earth School with primary school children; 5 year with AHRP for those mentally-handicapped, including training the staff at AHRP to work independent of his person; 14 years and running with a community class run by donation at the Sixth Street Community Center in the Lower East Side of New York City.

Adrienne lecoure-trauma informed training, guest instructor

I have been a spiritual seeker for as long as I can remember. As a child I was star struck, overwhelmed by the beauty and inherent magic in the world around me. I was hopeful, full of love and found joy in simplicity. This boundless joy slowly unraveled as I entered my teens and early twenties. Heartbreak and loss hardened my spirit and in time, the world became a dark place and fear permeated my being. I lost the vibrancy and wonder that I had once existed in. Most of us have had similar experiences of losing touch with that childlike wonder and limitless love. The last decade of my life has been a quest to reclaim the boundless joy I came into this world with.

I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Dharmsala, India with Chandra Yoga International. I completed my 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Mysore, India with Ayur-Yoga Eco Ashram. Both of these trainings were intensive month long immersions that emphasized classical Hatha practices and traditional yogic philosophy. Throughout my journey with yoga, I have continued to deepen my knowledge and understanding of the practice. My additional training includes a 3 week immersion at The Sivananda Ashram in Madurai, India, a 2 week Ashtanga Intensive with Ellen Johanson in Sri Lanka, 2 week Ashtanga intensive with Joanna Darlington in Montana, USA and extensive study and experience in trauma sensitive yoga. I have co-facilitated several 200 hour teacher trainings and have hosted various workshops and retreats throughout the world.  I have taught in the United States, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Greece, England, Spain and Israel.

I am truly honored to be able to share the gifts I have received on the mat with students around the world. My teaching experience has ranged from luxury retreats to refugee camps. My heart lies in the work I am doing out of the studio and in the trenches, bringing yoga to the sick, the elderly and those who have experienced trauma. I am deeply passionate about utilizing yoga as an instrument to empower marginalized communities and provide healing for physical and emotional wounds.

My classes have a strong emphasis on self empowerment, connecting movement with breath and the practice of ever-refining our postures. I believe that our physical practice of yoga is the corridor to the place within each of us that has never been wounded. It is the crucible that dissolves separation and opens us to the divinity in all things. I integrate pranayama and meditation into each practice. They can physically challenging, but delivered with a soft, flowing grace and choreographed to the melody of the breath.


jess mathiae-yoga for children, guest instructor

 

 
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Investment

$3,100 if paid in full by july 31 / $3600 regular rate

$500 non refundable deposit holds your space

Payment plans are available for payments of $310/weekend module for the duration of the training (in addition to the deposit)

There is some scholarship available for students requiring financial assistance.

What's included

+ 4 Day Living Yoga retreat
(all meals, shared room lodging, and workshops included)
+ all training weekends at Hummingbird Lodge

+2 world class guest instructor weekends

+ 2 hour private one on one mentor session with Kendra

+ printed AYITT training manual

+life long real time access to digital updates to manual

+certificate of completion

+option to register as a Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 

+discounts at several yoga studios in Missoula area for the duration of the training

+a newfound commitment to your Self