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Upcoming Courses & Workshops

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The Path of the Yogi with Jim Coughlin Next held on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 7:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Tue Jun 20, 2017 - Tue Sep 19, 2017
The Path of the Yogi
A 13-week online course
 
"The daily practice of Yoga philosophy and principles in everyday life"
 
Yoga philosophy and principles are pragmatic, practical and provide the daily practitioner with clarity, peace of mind and a joyful way of living.
 
This 13-week online course is designed for students who wish to delve deeper into these principles and apply them in their daily lives.
 
Each session will be conducted online and "Live" using www.zoom.us (similar to Skype, FaceTime, etc).
 
Participants will need a stable Internet connection and any device (desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone) with a camera and microphone. All sessions will be recorded.This program encourages participation in discussions each week.
 
The course will include a reading list for participants with required reading each week (approx. 90 minutes/week), and simple daily practices (10-15 minutes each day).
 
Reading list includes but is not limited to: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita, various selections from Upanishads and Light on Yoga.
 
DAY:     Tuesday nights starting June 20 through    September 19 (no class on July 4th).
 
TIME:    6:00pm – 7:15 pm PST  (NOTE this is the correct time)
 
 
COST:    $120 for all 13 sessions.
 
TEACHER: Jim Coughlin
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OPEN YOGA – Pay What You Can with DTY Staff Next held on Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Apr 2, 2016 - Thu Apr 2, 2020
Looking for an affordable, beginner-friendly yoga class? Starting Saturday, April 2, 2016 Downtown Yoga is offering new “Pay What You Can” classes.
 
Held each week, they are led by a variety of talented teachers. ANYONE can do Yoga. ANYONE can benefit from Yoga. With our weekly “Pay What You Can” series, ANYONE can afford Yoga. These classes are great and the best part is your donations benefit a local charity. Come join us.
 
Join us! Wear comfortable clothes and arrive a few minutes early to get settled in. No need to sign-in and your donation is anonymous. Use the donation box near the studio door as you enter.
 
Note: The standard drop-in class price is $15. You pay what you can; $1 - $15 recommended.
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Land of Medicine Buddha Retreat with Kate Coughlin Next held on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri Sep 1, 2017 - Sun Sep 3, 2017
2-night/3-day Retreat
Friday, September 1 - Sunday, September 3, 2017
Land of Medicine Buddha Retreat Center – Santa Cruz, CA
with Kate & Jim Coughlin
 
Not to do any evil whatsoever - to cultivate virtue and everything adorable, and to fully purify one's mind - this is the teaching of The Lord Buddha.

Let the healing nature of the Santa Cruz Redwoods be the perfect backdrop to a weekend of yoga, meditation, delicious meals, and hiking. Anyone is welcome to come to this retreat. 

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
 
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).
 
Jim Coughlin - Jim teaches every morning at 6am at Downtown yoga.  He is also the Business Manager of the studio.  
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200hr Advanced Studies - Fall Session - 2017

FALL SESSION – 09/09/17 – 01/4/18
 
OVERVIEW
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 over 250 total hours of instruction in training, teaching methodology, yoga techniques, yogic philosophy and anatomy. 
 
The FALL session begins September 9, 2017 and ends on January 4, 2018.
 
The SPRING session begins on February 10, 2018 and ends on June 7, 2018.
 
This will be our 13th year of the Advanced Studies Program at Downtown Yoga.
 
The FALL SESSION (16 weeks) begins on Saturday – September 9, 2017 and ends on Thursday – January 4, 2018.
 
WEEKEND SCHEDULE 
(Saturdays & Sundays)
1:30PM – 6:00PM (includes ½ hour break)

September 9th & 10th
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 7th & 8th
Using Props to Support and Inform
The use of Props can support and inform the yoga practitioner in many ways. Props help access proper alignment and action in each pose. The Props actually become a "teacher" for the beginning, intermediate and advanced student. During these two days we will explore various uses of the 5 main props in the Iyengar Yoga Tradition - Blocks, Blankets, Bolsters, Belts and Chairs. Even poses easily accessed without props will be explored with various propping methods to insure that the practitioner feels and receives the full benefit of every pose.
 
November 11th & 12th
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 9th & 10th
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 12 – October 31, 2017
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 7, 2017 – January 2, 2018 (no class on 12/26/17)
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 14 – November 2, 2017
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 9, 2017 – January 4, 2018 (no class on 11/23/17)
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.
 
ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION PROCESS
Downtown Yoga’s Advanced Studies Program is offered to those students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Yoga – it’s philosophy, it’s principles and the practice.
 
Minimum eligibility is at least one-year of dedicated yoga practice, a completed application (see attached), and personal interview and approval by the Director of Downtown Yoga.
 
Downtown Yoga reserves sole right to accept or reject any application for the program.
 
TUITION & REGISTRATON
Tuition for the entire 16-week FALL 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 August 9, 2017. Minimum deposit is $300.00 due no later than July 31, 2017.
 
Early Tuition Discount – Tuition paid in full on or before July 9, 2017 there is a $150 discount - $1,350.00 Downtown Yoga accepts personal checks or cash for tuition payment.
 
CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation before August 9, 2017  - A full refund of all tuitions paid (less $100.00 administration fee) will be given if student cancels before August 9, 2017.
 
Cancellation on or after August 9, 2017 - A 50% refund of all tuitions paid will be refunded if we are unable to re-fill your attendance with another qualified student. are able to re-fill your space with another qualified student after August 9, 2017, you will receive a full refund of all tuitions paid (less a $100 administration fee).
 
PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Kate Coughlin – 500hr –ERYT - is the Director of Downtown Yoga. Kate received her B.S. degree in Dance from Evergreen State University in Washington in 1972. Kate spent much of the 70’s traveling between Hawaii, Alaska, Seattle and Europe. She completed her first “in-depth” yoga studies (320 hours) in Hawaii in 1974. Kate continued her practice in traditional yoga forms, and Vinyasa style as well as performed and taught modern dance in Seattle prior to moving to California in 1985.
 
In 1989, Kate developed the Yoga Program for the Athletics Department of Stanford University. She taught hundreds of students at Stanford from 1989 until spring of 2000 when she moved to Pleasanton, California with her husband and twin daughters. Kate founded Downtown Yoga in March of 2002. She is a graduate of Erich Schiffman’s Teacher Training program. Kate continues to develop her practice by taking pranayama and asana classes Donald Moyer at the Yoga Room in Berkeley, California.
 
Download PDF of program description with application HERE.


200hr Advanced Studies - Fall Session - 2017 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Sep 9, 2017 - Sun Sep 10, 2017
200hr Advanced Studies - Fall Session - 2017 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Tue Sep 12, 2017 - Thu Jan 4, 2018
200hr Advanced Studies - Fall Session - 2017 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Oct 7, 2017 - Sun Oct 8, 2017
Developing Your Home Practice with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Sep 9, 2017 - Sun Sep 10, 2017
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 9th & 10th, 2017
1:30pm - 6:00pm
$50 each day/$100 both days

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Using Props to Support and Inform with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Oct 7, 2017 - Sun Oct 8, 2017
The use of Props can support and inform the yoga practitioner in many ways. Props help access proper alignment and action in each pose. The Props actually become a "teacher" for the beginning, intermediate and advanced student. This two day workshop will explore various uses of the 5 main props in the Iyengar Yoga Tradition - Blocks, Blankets, Bolsters, Belts and Chairs. Even poses easily accessed without props will be explored with various propping methods to insure the practitioner feels and receives the full benefit of every pose.
 
October 7th & 8th, 2017
Sat & Sun, 1:30pm - 6:00pm
$50 each day/$98 both days
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