Alchemy of Yoga
200 HR TEACHER TRAINING 2016
July 1st-21st | Santa Cruz, CA
Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training is wholeheartedly dedicated to the art of self-study through SELF-exploration.
Consider this the ultimate adventure! A Hero’s Journey that will both challenge and encourage you to embrace your potential and awaken your inner power. This training will transform your doubts and ignite your passion. Happiness becomes your natural alchemy once again.
Upon completion, you will be prepared to design and confidently lead intelligent alignment driven Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative classes, all with your own signature style. You will also have the skill to adapt to varied fitness and experience levels of your students.
You will graduate as a Happiness Ambassador ready to authentically and effectively inspire others!
Foundation – Initiation, Rooting into Self, Living in Possibility
Creation – Tapping into Your Potential
Physical Alchemy – Tapas, Discovering Your Optimal Performance, Finding Your
Mental Alchemy – Edification, Svadhyaya, Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness
ETHER + SPACE:
Spiritual Alchemy – Ishvara Pranidhana, Liberation, Transformation into the Infinite
What is Alchemy of Yoga?
Something magical and mystical happens when a group of high-intentioned individuals make the decision to gather together for two-hundred hours with the purpose of uplifting their lives and expanding consciousness into radical authenticity.
The result is something beyond words. It is, as best as I can explain it, the Alchemy of Yoga. The Yoga Sutras (Chapter 2, Verse 1) explains how the Alchemy of Yoga actually works:
“Tapas svadhaya ishvara pranidhana kriya yoga.”
This sutra is translated to explain that yoga helps us transform ourselves on three levels:
1. Physical Alchemy – Tapas
2. Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya
3. Spiritual Alchemy – Ishvara Pranidhana
1. Physical Alchemy – Tapas: To ignite the changes we want to make in our lives we must establish a solid foundation. Traveling through the elements we work our way through the first three chakras Mulhadara, Svadhisthana, and Manipura.
EARTH (Muladhara): To manifest our desires we must have strong roots within ourselves.
WATER (Svadhisthana): We tap into our limitless potential to create our dreams and desires.
FIRE (Manipura): We ignite the fire of our burning desires and dreams through action.
2. Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya: In yoga we study the self to learn about the self. Here the mental alchemy is through self-observation. By witnessing our thoughts we become aware of our mental patterns and the obstacles to our happiness. We journey through the heart chakra to align the love and wisdom from our hearts and communicate it out to the world, aligning our thoughts, words and actions with our truth.
AIR (Anahata): Our inner wisdom becomes available to us when we open up the heart and learn to surrender to love, letting go of what is no longer in alignment with our hearts.
3. Spiritual Alchemy – Ishvara Pranidhana: As we are doing and watching, we let go of the ego of judgment. We move beyond wanting life to be different and begin to feel the surrender and acceptance of the natural flow of the present moment. We understand that there is no reason to stop this flow for its natural current is to align with the current of grace that is everywhere outside us. Beauty becomes our way of life. Happiness becomes our natural alchemy once again.
ETHER (Vishudha): Communicating to the universe our wisdom learned from the heart with clarity and truth. To open the heart and surrender to love we must have a strong knowing of our truth.
(Ajna): We open up through the third eye in order to sink back as the observer of our being. As we do this, all negative thoughts and egoistic tendencies dissolve and we return back to stillness, happiness, and love. We surrender to the guidance of our inner wisdom and know that all the answers we seek lie within us.
(Sahasrara): The flow of grace all around us flows through us from an open crown chakra. We become the embodiment of the Divine, a unique expression of consciousness, dwelling in our natural alchemy of love and peace.
Options for Self-Study
Allowing space for individual growth, Alchemy of Yoga offers two paths of study:
Option 1 includes above aspects of self-study culminating in formal certification through Yoga Alliance with 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) status. Expectations of students following this immersion-based path include:
· Interest in studying all aspects of yoga: asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, history and theory, arising from a wish to deepen your practice and engage in self-study.
· Commitment to attending training sessions and completing additional contact hours including asana classes, observations, assistant teaching, and practice teaching.
· Participation in group activities and contribute to discussions.
· Completion of all homework and practicum requirements.
· Support other students.
Option 2 includes Immersion for serious students looking to deepen their practice and knowledge of yoga asana, meditation, philosophy, and spirit who do not wish to pursue teaching yoga. As a self-study student, differences in your experience include:
· You are not required to submit any homework although it is strongly advised that you complete the assigned readings in order to contribute to group discussions.
· You will not be required to complete the practicum requirements.
· You will not be graded or assessed in accordance with Yoga Alliance standards.
· You will not be awarded a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teaching Certificate upon completion, however you will be given a certificate of program completion as a reference for future studies or trainings.
Post-Training Mentorship: Alchemy of Yoga understands that a 200-Hour Teacher Training Program is both a deep-dive into yoga + self-study and simultaneously just the beginning. We are thrilled to offer ongoing resources and mentorship, including but not limited to:
· Planning a yoga career + business, how to best market yourself while maintaining strong ethical standards and life balance, and how to resolve ethical issues that arise from teaching yoga.