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200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session 2015

Spring Session: February 14, 2015 - June 4, 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 (www.YogaAlliance.org).

The total program, which includes both a Fall and a Spring sessions, comprises 240 total hours of instruction in training, teaching methodology, yoga techniques, yogic philosophy and anatomy.

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)

February 14th & 15th
Saturday – Partner’s Yoga Practices
Sunday – Exploring the Chakras

Saturday’s focus will be on working with partners in supportive and complimentary poses. Use each other’s body weight and support as grounding and leverage. Sunday’s focus is on exploring the chakras – the wheels of energy within the body.

March 14th & 15th
The Art of Sequencing

This weekend will focus on the art and science of sequencing poses for maximum benefit – both energizing and restorative practices. Learn when to use specific poses as counter and complimentary poses in a practice

April 11th & 12th
Exploring the Core

Delve deep into the core of your body and the center of every aspect of your self to find balance, power and energy. This weekend workshop will focus on how to stabilize, strengthen and activate the center core in every pose. Special attention will be directed toward prevention of common injuries and imbalances as the result of an instable and unbalanced center.

May 16th, & 17th
Arms and Inversions

Handstands, Arm balances and inversions can be some of the most challenging poses and yet the most rewarding when practiced. These poses build confidence, strength, stamina and build concentration. This weekend will focus on making arm balance and inversions accessible even to the beginner.

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

Tuesday – Session I (8 weeks)
February 17th – April 7th, 2015
Philosophy, Ethics and Meditation

Learn the roots of yoga from selected texts; explore ethics and foundations of yogic principles. Practice asanas with yoga history in mind and heart, and then practice meditation for up to 30 minutes each class.

Tuesday – Session II (8 weeks)
April 14th – June 2nd, 2015
Sequencing, Adjustments and Pranayama

This class is critical for those intending to become yoga teachers. Learn various methods for offering both verbal and hands-on adjustments to enhance the effectiveness and ease of the pose. Explore breath awareness and basic Pranayama techniques and practices.

Thursday – Session I (8 weeks)
February 19th – April 9th, 2015
Teaching of Standing Poses, Forward Folds and Inversions

Learn how to teach the basic standing poses, forward folds and inversions including headstand (Sirsasana) and shoulderstand (Sarvangasana). Develop your inner teacher and the skills to teach others.

Thursday – Session II (8 weeks)
April 16th – June 4th, 2015
Teaching of Backbends, Twists and Restorative poses

Learn how to teach all 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 (24 hours)

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

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.

TUITION & REGISTRATION

Tuition for the entire 16-week SPRING Program is - $1,500.00. Tuition includes all classes on the schedule (including the one 1.5 hour class per week from the Director).

Entire tuition is due no later than January 17th, 2015. Minimum deposit is $300.00 due no later than January 1, 2015.

Early Tuition Discount: Tuition paid in full on or before December 31st, 2014 there is a $150 discount - $1,350.00. Downtown Yoga accepts personal checks or cash for tuition payment.

Click here to download the curriculum in a PDF format.



200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session - 2015 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Feb 14, 2015 - Thu Jun 4, 2015
Kid's Yoga with Judy Brennan Next held on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This enrollment runs from Mon Jun 1, 2015 - Mon Jun 22, 2015
Kid's Yoga is a unique class that offers children, grades K - 5, 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 4:00pm-4:45pm:
 
5-week Kid's Yoga:
April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
Cost: $55
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
June 1, 8, 15, 22
Cost: $44
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
June 29, July 6, 20, August 3
(No class July 13 or 27)
Cost: $44
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
August 10, 17, 24, 31
Cost: $44
 
Please Note:
New students are welcome on the first class of a new series only.
Class size maximum is 12 kids. Priority will be given to the first 12 students who purchase a series and then drop-ins will be allowed if space is available.
Please contact Kids Teacher Judy Brennan to inquire if space is available at 925-785-6652 or judybrennanlive@gmail.com.  
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Health & Wellness of the Pelvic Floor with Winter Brown Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you suffer from pain in your pelvis, hips, or lower back? Has the occasional sneeze, spontaneous laugh, jog, or sudden movement triggered a slight leak elsewhere? Is your mula bandha creating too much bandha so that you feel restricted or uncomfortable? Or, are you just curious about your pelvis, your pelvic floor, and what things like mula bandha or kegels are supposed to be doing?
 
A healthy pelvic floor creates more stability in your body, deepens your breath, and supports your internal organs. A healthy pelvic floor is flexible, neither too tight nor too weak, but the ways in which we stand, sit, and move can harden or continue to weaken our pelvic floor. Even our yoga practice can cause havoc with our pelvic floor if we haven’t listened to its specific needs. Luckily pelvic floor yoga therapy has proven to be effective in increasing health and stability.*
 
In this workshop you’ll gain some tools for better understanding and working with your pelvic floor. You’ll increase your understanding of the three layers of the pelvic floor muscles and how they work in concert with each other, your breath, and your abdominal muscles. You’ll also learn how to gauge whether your pelvic floor is too tight, too weak, or a combination of the two. You’ll leave the workshop with a clearer understanding of your particular pelvic floor and ways to keep it healthy.
 
*A recent UCSF study shows that targeted yoga therapy reduced incidences of incontinence by 70% in their participants over the course of six weeks.
 
Saturday, June 27, 2015
1:30pm - 4:00pm
$35
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Kid's Yoga with Judy Brennan Next held on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This enrollment runs from Mon Jun 29, 2015 - Mon Aug 3, 2015
Kid's Yoga is a unique class that offers children, grades K - 5, 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 4:00pm-4:45pm:
 
5-week Kid's Yoga:
April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
Cost: $55
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
June 1, 8, 15, 22
Cost: $44
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
June 29, July 6, 20, August 3
(No class July 13 or 27)
Cost: $44
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
August 10, 17, 24, 31
Cost: $44
 
Please Note:
New students are welcome on the first class of a new series only.
Class size maximum is 12 kids. Priority will be given to the first 12 students who purchase a series and then drop-ins will be allowed if space is available.
Please contact Kids Teacher Judy Brennan to inquire if space is available at 925-785-6652 or judybrennanlive@gmail.com.  
Learn More
Kid's Yoga with Judy Brennan Next held on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This enrollment runs from Mon Aug 10, 2015 - Mon Aug 31, 2015
Kid's Yoga is a unique class that offers children, grades K - 5, 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 4:00pm-4:45pm:
 
5-week Kid's Yoga:
April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
Cost: $55
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
June 1, 8, 15, 22
Cost: $44
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
June 29, July 6, 20, August 3
(No class July 13 or 27)
Cost: $44
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
August 10, 17, 24, 31
Cost: $44
 
Please Note:
New students are welcome on the first class of a new series only.
Class size maximum is 12 kids. Priority will be given to the first 12 students who purchase a series and then drop-ins will be allowed if space is available.
Please contact Kids Teacher Judy Brennan to inquire if space is available at 925-785-6652 or judybrennanlive@gmail.com.  
Learn More