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Upcoming Courses & Workshops

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Foundations of a Restorative Yoga Practice with Kate Coughlin Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Module I-Discover the interplay of ancient wisdom and scientific knowledge behind the practice of Restorative Yoga. Learn about the elements that contribute to deepening relaxation including the basics of the nervous system, the importance of support, and the therapeutic benefits of letting go. This workshop will combine both lecture and hands on application of basic restorative postures, how to set them up properly to create comfort, as well as how to enter and exit safely.
 
This is the first of 3 modules that make up the Restorative Teaching Certification Program. Those that attend will have completed module 1 of the program but it can also be taken on it's own to contribute to your knowledge and understanding of creating a rich and nourishing restorative practice.
 
September 7, 2014
12:30pm - 3:30pm
$40
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Restorative Workshop with Elisa Mott Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Module II-Restorative Yoga is a healing practice of supportive and restorative poses, which are held for longer periods of time, in perfect comfort. In this 2 hour Restorative Yoga Workshop, students will be encouraged to find stillness, breathe deep, and let go. Students will feel the affects of this quiet and peaceful practice, as layers of tension and stress melt away and chronic pain and body discomforts ease. Students will leave this workshop feeling centered, calm, and refreshed.

This is the second of 3 modules that make up the Restorative Teaching Certification Program and necessary to complete the program but is designed to also be enjoyed by anyone seeking an enhanced restorative experience.
 
Sunday, September 7th
4pm-6pm
Cost: $25
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Kid's Yoga with Shawna Scizak Next held on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Mon Sep 8, 2014 - Mon Sep 29, 2014
Kid's Yoga is a unique class that offers children, ages 5 - 10, the opportunity to enjoy the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga in a non-competitive environment. The ancient principles of yoga are explored but adapted to meet the needs, level of understanding, and learning style of children.
 
Kids will learn yoga poses, breath awareness, and simple meditative and relaxation exercises through music, games, stories, play, and fun. Friendliness, teamwork, and kindness will be emphasized to develop a sense of community within the class and confidence for each child. Yoga can help children develop body awareness and learn the joy of movement as well as nourish the imagination, reduce anxiety, teach active relaxation, and plant the seeds for a practice that can develop in maturity as they do.
 
The following series meet on the specified Mondays from 4:30pm-5:15pm:
 
4-week Kid's Yoga: 8/4 - 8/25/14
Cost: $44
 
4-week Kid's Yoga: 9/8 - 9/29/2014
Cost: $44
 
5-week Kid's Yoga: 10/6 - 11/3/2014
Cost: $55
 
4-week Kid's Yoga: 11/17 - 12/15/2014
No Class 11/24
Cost: $44
 
Please Note:
New students welcome on the first class of a new series only.
Continuing students (who have already completed a full series) can attend class at any time and do not need to commit to a full series in order to participate.
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Fall Session - 2014 – Advanced Studies – 200hrs

Fall Session (16 weeks): September 13, 2014 - January 15, 2015. 

Downtown Yoga is a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training School. The Advanced Studies program has been specifically designed to exceed the 200-hour Teacher Training program standards for registration with the Yoga Alliance (https://www.yogaalliance.org/).

The total program, which includes both a Fall and a Spring sessions, comprises over 250 total hours of instruction in training, teaching methodology, yoga techniques, yogic philosophy and anatomy.

The FALL session begins September 13, 2014 and ends on January 15, 2015.

The SPRING session begins on February 7, 2015 and ends on June 4, 2015.

This will be our 10th year of the Advanced Studies Program at Downtown Yoga.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Saturdays & Sundays
1:30PM – 6:00PM (includes 1/2 hour break)

September 13th & 14th
Developing a Your Home Practice

Learn how to safely and appropriately structure and support a daily home yoga practice. This weekend focuses on how to create a space and design a program to make yoga an integral part of your daily life.

October 11th & 12th
The Yoga of Movement – Vinyasa (Saturday)
Breath Awareness Workshop (Sunday)

Saturday – focus is on movement from pose to pose and the true meaning of Vinyasa.
Sunday’s focus will be on Pranayama – the study of the energy through breath in one’s practice.

November 8th & 9th
Hips Workshop (Saturday)
Shoulders Workshop (Sunday)

The Hips and Shoulders are the support structures. Find release, freedom, support and greater range of motion and expression. This weekend will focus on poses to release binding in the hips and shoulders – and create a greater sense of ease and grace.

December 13th & 14th
Spirals and Twists – The evolving-revolving pose

Asanas (poses) utilize spirals and twisting to lengthen, extend and expand not only the body, but the mind as well. This weekend will focus on twisting poses and the spirals that exist within the body. Evolve and revolve.

WEEKDAY SCHEDULE
Tuesdays & Thursdays
7:15pm - 9:15pm

Tuesday – Session I (8 weeks)
September 16 – November 4, 2014
The Anatomy of Yoga – Part I

Learn Anatomy from a yogic perspective. The first 8-week session will focus on the spine, the entire torso and the shoulder girdle. Each class will include asana practice with a focus on the anatomical area discussed.

Tuesday – Session II (8 weeks)
November 11 – January 6, 2015 (no class on 12/23/14)
The Anatomy of Yoga – Part II

Learn Anatomy from a yogic perspective. The second 8-week session will continue on the human form extending to the arms & hands, the pelvic bowl, legs, and feet. Each class will include asana practice with a focus on the anatomical area discussed.

Thursday – Session I (8 weeks)
September 18 – November 6, 2013
Introduction to Standing Poses, Forward Folds and Inversions

Learn the foundations and principles behind the basic standing poses, forward folds and inversions including headstand (Sirsasana) and shoulderstand Sarvangasana).

Thursday – Session II (7 weeks)
November 13, – January 15, 2015 (no class on 11/27/14, 12/25/14, 1/1/15)
Introduction to Backbends, Twists and Restorative poses

Learn the foundations and principles behind backbends and twists. We will also cover restorative poses during this session.

ADDITIONAL CLASS SCHEDULE

Students who intend to complete the full course must take one other 1.5-hour class every week (24hours).

*Note: Class must be taught by the Director of Downtown Yoga

Total “Contact Hours” in the presence of Instructor = 126 hours

Students must complete a minimum of 100 hours of FALL session, and complete a minimum of 100 hours of SPRING session to be eligible for full course completion.

Learn more and apply here.



Fall Session - 2014 – Advanced Studies – 200hrs with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Sep 13, 2014 - Sun Sep 14, 2014
Fall Session - 2014 – Advanced Studies – 200hrs with Kate Coughlin Next held on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Sep 13, 2014 - Thu Jan 15, 2015
Fall Session - 2014 – Advanced Studies – 200hrs with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Oct 11, 2014 - Sun Oct 12, 2014
Fall Session - 2014 – Advanced Studies – 200hrs with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Nov 8, 2014 - Sun Nov 9, 2014
Developing Your Home Practice with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Sep 13, 2014 - Sun Sep 14, 2014
Learn how to safely and appropriately structure and support a daily home yoga practice. This weekend focuses on how to create a space and design a program to make yoga an integral part of your daily life.
You will leave with four (4) daily sequences as a beginning personalized yoga path to follow if you attend both Saturday and Sunday (2 daily sequences each day).
 

Saturday & Sunday
September 13th & 14th
1:30pm - 6:00pm
$50 each day/$100 both days

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300-Hour Advanced Studies

300-Hour Teacher Training Program
500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher

This is a yearlong training for students who have completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered program (200-hr RYT). Students who have graduated from Downtown Yoga’s 200-hour program automatically are qualified for this program. Graduates from other Registered Yoga Schools (RYS) will be considered by evaluation and interview. These two programs unite to qualify to register as a 500-RYT with Yoga Alliance.

CURRICULUM

Click here to read the curriculum in a PDF format

MODULE I - Practice Asana

Focusing on alignment, sequencing

Thursday evenings 7:15-9:15
April 17, 2014 through May 21, 2015

(No classes on 6/19/14, 10/23/14 & 10/30/14, 11/6/14, 11/27/14, 12/25/14, 1/1/15 & 4/23/15)

60 hours by Kate Coughlin, 40 hours by Jim Coughlin = 100 hours total

Price: $1,595.00

MODULE II - Anatomy and Kinesiology

Advanced Asana practice 1-3pm
Anatomy class 3:30-6:30pm (Kate other qualified faculty TBA)

April 19, May 17, June 28, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15

Every 3rd Saturday of the month (except June 28, which is the last Saturday of the month). Eight Saturdays total - 40 hours.

Price $695.00

MODULE III - Retreat at Land of Medicine Buddha – Soquel, CA

March 28,29 and 30 - OR - August 29, 30 & 31, 2014

Meditation and Mindful movement
Teachers: Kate Coughlin and Shauna Lay (March) or Teacher TBD (August)
(13 hours)

4 practice classes (2 hours each)
Morning meditation 2 classes (one hour)
3 hours meditation and philosophy class Saturday 1-4pm

Price - $435.00

MODULE IV - Assisting Program

Students will observe and assist a class with Kate for 20 weeks. Kate will provide one-on-one review & discussion totaling 10 hours (40 hours of assisting).

Price - $250.00

MODULE V - Non-Contact hours

Homework and approved workshops* (price separately - see below) will make up the remaining 150 hours. Homework will consist of creating a home practice curriculum, journaling, reading required books and essays. Kate will review all non-contact hours in one final two-hour session.

Price for Kate’s review of Non-contact hours: $250.00

Total price for all 5 MODULES (price separately: $3,225.00

DISCOUNT: If paid in full on or before March 28, 2014 $2,950.00

DEPOSITS:

Minimum deposit of $725.00 due on or before March 28, 2014

Balance due in five (5) monthly installments of $500 beginning on June 1, 2014
(Payment schedule is: 6/1, 7/1, 8/1, 9/1 & 10/1/14)

CANCELLATIONS:

Students who have paid in full ($2,950.00) may cancel at any time and all un-earned fees will be returned less $250.00 non-refundable deposit.

APPROVED WORKSHOPS:

Workshops offered by Downtown Yoga that may be used towards “Non-Contact” hours include:

2-day Iyengar Yoga Prop Clinic with Roberta McCarty Dell’Anno
July 26 & 27, 2014
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
(6 hours total)
Price: $80

Jason Crandell Workshop
September 27, 2014
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
(3 hours total)
Price: $50

H.S. Arun Workshop
TBD for 2014

Any other workshops outside of Downtown Yoga must be pre-approved by Kate Coughlin to qualify for eligibility for non-contact hours.

For further information or questions, please contact Kate Coughlin at: 925-819-9983 or email at asanakate@yahoo.com



Module I - Practice Asana with Kate Coughlin Next held on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Apr 19, 2014 - Thu May 21, 2015
Module II - Anatomy and Kinesiology with Kate Coughlin Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Module II - Anatomy and Kinesiology with Kate Coughlin Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Module II - Anatomy and Kinesiology with Kate Coughlin Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Jason Crandell Workshop with Jason Crandell Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Balance Your Hips, Free Your Spine, Cultivate your Core: A Practice and Training for Teachers and Students
 
Understanding the relationship between your pelvis, spine, core is the key to a long, healthy and satisfying practice.
 
This practice will demystify the complexity of these regions and provide you with an organized, accessible way to cultivate long, lasting balance in your hips, spine and core.
 
You’ll have a long, thorough practice that strengthens and stretches each muscle group of the pelvis and takes your spine through its entire range of movement. You’ll delve into a balanced array of hip-openers, standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, side-bends and core strengtheners.
 
This workshop will also include a discussion and slide-show that makes understanding the form and function of these regions incredibly simple and valuable.
 
Attendance is limited, so be sure to register in advance!
 
Saturday, September 27th
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Cost - $50
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Accepting Your Body's Wisdom with Elisa Mott Next held on Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Oct 4, 2014 - Sun Oct 5, 2014
Nutrition, Yoga and Body Image

Explore the latest nutritional & wellness information and experience the joy of body acceptance with health experts Elisa Mott and Jill Daniels.

In this cutting-edge workshop you will learn:

•How to enjoy food and honor your hunger
• How to eat and move intuitively
• The benefits of mindful eating
• Ways to break free from the cycle of emotional eating
• How to improve your relationship with your body and learn to love yourself!

What participants are saying:
“I learned to stop beating myself up after indulging…”
“I loved the feeling of community, knowing others go through the same struggles”
“I learned to dig deep, find out what I really need and giving that to myself instead of mindlessly eating”
 
Weekend Intensive: October 4-5, 2014 - 1:30pm-6pm
 
$135 Before September 21st
$150 Thereafter

Pre-registration is required.

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Kid's Yoga with Shawna Scizak Next held on Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Mon Oct 6, 2014 - Mon Nov 3, 2014
Kid's Yoga is a unique class that offers children, ages 5 - 10, the opportunity to enjoy the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga in a non-competitive environment. The ancient principles of yoga are explored but adapted to meet the needs, level of understanding, and learning style of children.
 
Kids will learn yoga poses, breath awareness, and simple meditative and relaxation exercises through music, games, stories, play, and fun. Friendliness, teamwork, and kindness will be emphasized to develop a sense of community within the class and confidence for each child. Yoga can help children develop body awareness and learn the joy of movement as well as nourish the imagination, reduce anxiety, teach active relaxation, and plant the seeds for a practice that can develop in maturity as they do.
 
The following series meet on the specified Mondays from 4:30pm-5:15pm:
 
4-week Kid's Yoga: 8/4 - 8/25/14
Cost: $44
 
4-week Kid's Yoga: 9/8 - 9/29/2014
Cost: $44
 
5-week Kid's Yoga: 10/6 - 11/3/2014
Cost: $55
 
4-week Kid's Yoga: 11/17 - 12/15/2014
No Class 11/24
Cost: $44
 
Please Note:
New students welcome on the first class of a new series only.
Continuing students (who have already completed a full series) can attend class at any time and do not need to commit to a full series in order to participate.
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The Yoga of Movement: Vinyasa with Jim Coughlin Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Synchronize breath and movement to find stillness in the poses. Learn Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) and variations. Recognize the importance and ease that comes with using the breath to move into and out of the poses.
 
Saturday, October 11
1:30pm - 6:00pm
$50
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The Yoga of Movement: Breath Awareness & Intro to Pranayama with Kate Coughlin Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The breath is always with us. The steady, even inflow and outflow of the breath is vital to calming the mind and healing the body. This workshop explores the subtlety of moving the breath with conscious awareness and purpose.
 
Sunday, October 12
1:30pm - 6:00pm
$50
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Exploring Mindfulness to Help Manage Anxiety with Dr. Lewis Jones Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Dr. Lewis Jones and learn more about the following:
  • What is anxiety? - Explore basic info on anxiety and how it impacts us
  • What is mindfulness? - Presenting the different concepts of mindfulness
  • How do I do it?
  • Mindfulness Tools and Mindful Meditation
  • How to develop and maintain a mindfulness practice that impacts anxiety

Saturday, October 18
1:30pm - 4pm
Cost: $40

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Hips Workshop with Kate Coughlin Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Hips include the pelvic bowl (sacrum and illiums) and the top of the leg bone (the head and neck of the femur). During this workshop we will explore how to gain flexibility, ease of movement and unlock tension through the use of an intelligent and sequentially structured practice.
Poses we will use to explore the hips will include pigeon pose, frog pose and bound-angle pose. Anyone with 1-year of practice or who has attended at least 10 beginner's classes may attend.
 
Saturday, November 8
1:30pm - 6:00pm
$50
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Shoulders Workshop with Kate Coughlin Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Shoulders bear the "Weight of the World." We "shoulder" responsibility. Many people have tight shoulders. During this workshop we will explore the unique anatomical design of the shoulder girdle which includes the shoulder blade (Scapula) the collar bone (the Clavicle) and the top of the arm bone (head of the Humerus). Poses we will use to unlock the mystery of the shoulders include eagle pose, cow-faced pose, downward dog pose and many more.  
 
Sunday, November 9
1:30pm - 6:00pm
$50
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Yoga for Back Care Certification- Part I with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sun Nov 9, 2014 - Sun Dec 21, 2014
Yoga for Back Care Certification- Part I
With Kate Coughlin and Shauna Lay

Part I of the Yoga for Back Care Certification is composed of 6 classes that map out the important principles of practicing safely in yoga class and finding good posture in our daily lives. We will explore these principles and then practice what we have discovered in our yoga class.

6-Week Series
Sundays, 6:30pm-8:00pm
November 9, 16 and 23 (No class Nov 30)
December 7, 14 and 21
Price: $120
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Strength & Grace Vinyasa Workshop with Elisa Mott Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A practice designed for experienced flow yoga practitioners, Strength and Grace Vinyasa Yoga will embody the Kripalu motto of “meditation in motion” as we explore prana response and find a balance between continuous movement and stillness. This vibrant workshop will provide a combination of alignment and choreographed, repetitive flow sequences to build strength in the body, create power in the breath, and flow from the heart. 
 
Sunday, November 16th
3pm-5pm
Cost: $30
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Kid's Yoga with Shawna Scizak Next held on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Mon Nov 17, 2014 - Mon Dec 15, 2014
Kid's Yoga is a unique class that offers children, ages 5 - 10, the opportunity to enjoy the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga in a non-competitive environment. The ancient principles of yoga are explored but adapted to meet the needs, level of understanding, and learning style of children.
 
Kids will learn yoga poses, breath awareness, and simple meditative and relaxation exercises through music, games, stories, play, and fun. Friendliness, teamwork, and kindness will be emphasized to develop a sense of community within the class and confidence for each child. Yoga can help children develop body awareness and learn the joy of movement as well as nourish the imagination, reduce anxiety, teach active relaxation, and plant the seeds for a practice that can develop in maturity as they do.
 
The following series meet on the specified Mondays from 4:30pm-5:15pm:
 
4-week Kid's Yoga: 8/4 - 8/25/14
Cost: $44
 
4-week Kid's Yoga: 9/8 - 9/29/2014
Cost: $44
 
5-week Kid's Yoga: 10/6 - 11/3/2014
Cost: $55
 
4-week Kid's Yoga: 11/17 - 12/15/2014
No Class 11/24
Cost: $44
 
Please Note:
New students welcome on the first class of a new series only.
Continuing students (who have already completed a full series) can attend class at any time and do not need to commit to a full series in order to participate.
Learn More