Atha Yoga Immersion +
 200 hr teacher training

September 2018 - February 2019 

 
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 7-9

The Backbone of Yoga: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yamas and Niyamas, History of Sun Salutations, and Intro to the Muscular Skeletal system

September 21-23

Classical Hatha Yoga and Satsang:  Steven Prestianni, Guest Instructor

October 5 - 7

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

October 18 - 21

Living Yoga Retreat in Gardiner, MT: Bhandas, Pranayama, Introduction to Ayurveda, Introduction to the Subtle Body, Meditation, 24 hours of silence

November 2 - 4

Go with your Gut: Anatomy of the Lower Torso, Twisting Asanas, Sequencing Seminar

November 16 - 18

 Turning Inward: Anatomy of the Pelvis, Forward Folds, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

November 30 - December 2

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

January 4 - 6

The Phases of the Body: Anatomy of the body through a lifetime with Angi McClure, Practices to support a body through life, Adapting for the bodies in the room

January 11 - 13

The Four Desires:  Tracee Stanley, Guest Instructor

February 1-3

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

February 15 - 17

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 · Thurs October 18 - Sun October 21 · 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 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 nicer person, and I continue to work toward encountering the Self through sharing the practice. 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.
 

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.
 

Liam Bowler, LMT, RYT-anatomy and physiology

I’m Liam Bowler, a licensed massage therapist, structural bodyworker, musician and rock climbing guide (among other things, of course). My background is largely as an educator, beginning in high school with teaching taekwondo to all ages (though the most memorable, for sure, was the 4-6 year old class). I’ve also spent many years taking people into the mountains and up rock faces as a wilderness educator (largely with Outward Bound, a really wonderful program). And it was largely injuries and the associated pain from taekwondo, climbing and shlepping around a too-heavy backpack that led me to wanting to, needing to, better understand bodies in general and my own in particular. Like … why does my knee hurt so bad when I’m only 24? In my search, I found manual therapy to be an amazing part of my healing, particularly for old shoulder and forearm injuries that had plagued me for years. I began to practice a bit with techniques that I’d experienced or read about, first on myself and friends, and finally officially going to school for massage therapy. It’s really cool to see how all my life experience has seemed to line up perfectly to bring me here, doing the work I’m doing. I rely hugely on the kinesthetic awareness I gained from the martial arts, and the touch sensitivity from rock climbing, in my practice every day.
 

Steven Prestianni-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.

 

 
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Investment

$2950 if paid in full by July 31 / $3200 regular rate

$500 non refundable deposit holds your space
 

What's included

+ 4 day Living Yoga retreat
(all meals, shared room lodging, and workshops included)
+ 9 training weekends

+ 2 hour private mentor session with Kendra

+ training manual

+certificate of completion

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