Upcoming Courses & Workshops
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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
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)
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.
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)
Jason Crandell Workshop
September 27, 2014
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
(3 hours total)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
1:30pm - 4:30pm
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
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”
Pre-registration is required.
1:30pm - 6:00pm
1:30pm - 6:00pm
- 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
1:30pm - 6:00pm
1:30pm - 6:00pm
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.
November 9, 16 and 23 (No class Nov 30)
December 7, 14 and 21
Friday, December 5 - Sunday, December 7, 2014
Land of Medicine Buddha Retreat Center – Santa Cruz, CA
with Kate Coughlin & Elisa Mott
Module III- Let the healing nature of the Santa Cruz Redwoods be the perfect backdrop to a restorative weekend of yoga, meditation, delicious meals, and hiking. This retreat serves as the third of three modules that make up the Restorative Teaching Certification Program and, while it is necessary to the completion of the program, enrollment in the program is not necessary to enjoying this enriching, revitalizing experience.
The Land of Medicine Buddha (LOMB) is an environmentally conscious meditation and retreat center located on 108 acres of coastal foothills. The center stands adjacent to 10,000 acres of redwood forest preserved by the State of California just south of Santa Cruz. LOMB is an active Buddhist community.
You may find out more by visiting Landofmedicinebuddha.org.
What you can expect on this retreat:
* Four (4) 90-minute yoga asana classes
*Two (2) morning silent meditation practices
*2-nights accommodations (double-occupancy)
*Six (6) lovingly prepared vegetarian meals
*Walking amidst incredibly tall redwoods
*Fabulous retreat attendees
*Lots of quiet time and stillness
*Peace of mind (optional at your choice)
*Time to find your Authentic Self
*Meditation class with Buddhist monks
COST: $465 – price includes everything!
Arrive Friday at 4:00 p.m. check-in
Depart Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (after lunch) check-out
Note: These hours apply towards the 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Studies training.
Your Retreat Leaders:
Kate Coughlin- Kate teaches yoga from the heart in the Iyengar and vinyasa tradition. Experience precision, detailed instruction, and individual attention with the joy of movement and self-discovery. Kate is the creator of Stanford University's Yoga program and a graduate of Erich Schiffmann's teacher's program. She has studied extensively with Donald Moyer in Berkeley. Kate is an Experience Registered 500 hour Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500).
Elisa Mott- Elisa discovered her passion for teaching and pedagogy as a dance minor in North Carolina. For Elisa, teaching yoga is truly a calling. While integrating various styles of yoga into her practice, she stays true to her training roots and fully embodies the Kripalu motto of “meditation in motion” in each of her classes. Elisa has Masters and Specialist degrees in mental health counselor, a certificate in Spirituality and Health and is a published author and national speaker on yoga, eating disorders, and wellness. Her educational background, compassion and belief in the transformative power of yoga allow her to lead a healing yet challenging class for all levels. In her class, you will be inspired to slow down, deepen, breathe and truly be present.Learn More
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