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Upcoming Courses & Workshops

Yoga in Paradise in Sayulita, Mexico with Kate Coughlin Next held on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Oct 22, 2016 - Sat Oct 29, 2016
“Yoga in Paradise Retreat”
October 22 -29, 2016
The Haramara Retreat Center
Sayulita, Mexico
The “Yoga in Paradise” Retreat promises to be a perfect week to begin the process of looking inward, and at renewing our deepest selves.
This retreat is offered as a gift to you. We invite you to renew, to relax, to refresh, and to remember what is – and what continues to be - important in your life.
Kate & Jim Coughlin are honored to be your hosts and yoga guides during this week.
Expect the most serene, romantic, peaceful, tropical resort on the Western Hemisphere at your disposal. Expect an ocean view and no interruptions or disturbances of “modern” life (i.e., television, radio, traffic, etc.). Expect exceptional vegetarian cuisine three times a day. Expect two yoga practices and one meditation practice each day in an open air setting. Expect peace, quiet and serenity as the norm. Expect the ocean air to fill your lungs with Pacific-charged prana. Expect first class service. Expect to relax with friends and fellow yogis. Expect to awaken the joy and bliss you’ve known was there all your life. Expect to feel overwhelmed with gratitude and thanks. Expect this and much more.
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300hr Advanced Studies 2016-2017

Here is schedule of the required and scheduled “contact” hours for the 300-hour program for 2016-2017.
Module I: Wednesday nights 80 – 90 hours
Module II: Saturdays 40 hours
Module III: Retreat 13 hours
Module IV: Assisting 40 hours
Module V: Non-contact 117 hours
Totals: 300 hours
Module I
Wednesday classes
7:30-9:30 p.m.
will start June 15 and will continue for one year
Module II
Saturday classes meet once a month for 6 months starting the 3rd week in June: (6/18/16), (7/16/16), (8/20/16), (9/17/16), (10/15/15), (11/19), (12/17/16)
12:30 – 2:30: Two-hour yoga class
3:00- 6:00: Three-hour workshop
The focus of the Saturday yoga class and workshop will cover a deepening of studies of Anatomy, advancing one’s practice and studies of Asana, the art of seeing and understanding bodies for practice in observations skills, Pranayama and Meditation.
Module III
Retreat at the beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha Retreat Center (Soquel, Ca)
October 14-16, 2016
Cost: $450.00
Module IV
The Assisting Program
This program consists of 40 hours of assisting Kate Coughlin in one of the regular scheduled classes at Downtown Yoga. This also includes follow up discussions and questions that arise from the practice.
Module V
The remaining hours are referred to as "non-contact" hours and are filled by attending workshops, journaling, recording your home practice hours, reading material, and by writing a thesis paper on a topic of your choice.
Cost of the Program
The total price of the program is $3225
*(The Retreat is not included in this price and is paid for separately)
Payment Options
-Discount price of $2995 if paid in full by May 15, 2016
-5 Installments $645 beginning June 1, 2016
The approved workshops include: Arun, Jason Crandell, selected teachers from the Yoga Journal Conference, Carrie Owerko, (any workshops held at Downtown Yoga, including the 200 hour program workshops, as we update these every year and frequently change the focus). You can also submit workshops from different places for approval. These and inspirations from the 5 modules will be the material that you can use to write your thesis paper.
The Thesis is an opportunity to pull all the information and experiences you have received in the past year and bring it together with the focus of your choice. You may present in the form of an extensive paper, an event, a new class, or a plan for a yoga project for this final part of the program.
Some good questions to pose at this point are
-How are my present yoga practices, meditations and breathing awareness practices bringing integration to my life?
-How so I think this program may assist in deepening my understanding of yoga?
-What is the area of most interest for me right now?
-Through research, reading and practicing, what area of yoga do I want to explore more fully? (Teaching, working with seniors or kids, developing workshops for working with props, yoga therapy, etc)
I will set up office times with each of you, to offer guidance and support during the time you are writing your thesis and or at the conclusion of the program.
We are open to offering some workshops this summer that can address any areas of study that you are interested in.
This will help you meet the required hours for the extra workshops and support you in your thesis:
-"Teaching to the beginning student"
-"Practice Adjustments"
-"Variations for Asanas"
-What other ideas would you like?
Warmest Regards,
Kate Coughlin
Director of Downtown Yoga

300hr Advanced Studies 2016-2017 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Wed Jun 15, 2016 - Thu Jun 15, 2017
300hr Advanced Studies 2016-2017 with Kate Coughlin Sat, Nov 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
300hr Advanced Studies 2016-2017 with Kate Coughlin Sat, Dec 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
OPEN YOGA – Pay What You Can with DTY Staff Next held on Sat, Oct 29, 2016 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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Yoga Therapy Ball Workshop with Marilyn Steppe Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

With Marilyn Steppe and Patricia Maruko
Yoga Ball Therapy is a self-care and self-treatment method using balls to help you identify and release areas in your body that are overused, underused, misused and abused.

In this workshop, you will learn self-massage techniques focusing on the neck, shoulder, upper back and hips to facilitate myofascial release; release tension, de-stress, roll away aches, pain, breathe easier, encourage a healing parasympathetic response, and break dysfunctional movement patterns.

Marilyn Steppe M.D, M.S. Yoga Instructor, Therapy Ball instructor
Patricia Maruko, Registered Dental Hygienist, Yoga Instructor, Therapy Ball instructor

How to prepare: Bring / borrow yoga mat, water bottle, tennis balls (therapy balls available for purchase). Wear comfortable stretchy clothing, i.e. yoga, running shorts, biking apparel, etc.
Requirements: Participants will need to be able to get up and down from the floor and also be injury free.

Saturday, October 29, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lotus studio on Main Street

$40 early-bird, day of workshop $45
Yoga therapy balls available for purchase, $15 a set You may bring tennis balls to use for the workshop.

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Prenatal Partners Yoga & Birth Companion Workshop with Nancy Larson Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Come together to this workshop where you will learn more than just yoga poses to share with your partner. You will learn practical hands-on skills to help support you through the physical and mental demands of childbirth. This class will address issues such as maximizing optimal fetal positioning, back labor, massage and acupressure and relaxation techniques. We will practice positions on a “birth ball” so if you have one, please bring one to class. (These are also known as exercise balls, physical therapy balls, etc.)
No yoga experience is necessary and this workshop is appropriate for all trimesters of pregnancy. Your instructor, Nancy Larson, holds the following credentials: B.S. in Human Development, ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Whole Birth® and YogaFit® yoga instructor, Certified HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, Doula, and MOM. Nancy is passionate about the miracle of pregnancy and birth and in helping women to trust in the innate wisdom of their bodies to bring their babies into the world.
Saturday, November 5th
1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Cost $65 in advance / $70 the day of
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Hips Workshop with Kate Coughlin Sat, Nov 12, 2016 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 12th, 2016
1:30pm - 6:00pm
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200hr Advanced Studies- Fall Session 2016

FALL SESSION – 09/10/16 – 01/5/17
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 (
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 10, 2016 and ends on January 5, 2017.
The SPRING session begins on February 11, 2017 and ends on June 8, 2017.
This will be our 12th year of the Advanced Studies Program at Downtown Yoga.
The FALL SESSION (16 weeks) begins on Saturday – September 10, 2016 and ends on Thursday – January 5, 2017.
(Saturdays & Sundays)
1:30PM – 6:00PM (includes ½ hour break)

September 10th & 11th
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 8th & 9th
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 12th & 13th
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 10th & 11th
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 13 – November 1, 2016

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 8, 2016 – January 3, 2017 (no class on 12/27/15) 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 15 – November 3, 2016
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 10, 2016 – January 5, 2017 (no class on 11/24/16, 12/29/16)
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.

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.
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 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 10, 2016. Minimum deposit is $300.00 due no later than July 31, 2016.
Early Tuition Discount – Tuition paid in full on or before July 10, 2016 there is a $150 discount - $1,350.00 Downtown Yoga accepts personal checks or cash for tuition payment.
Cancellation before August 10, 2016 - A full refund of all tuitions paid (less $100.00 administration fee) will be given if student cancels before August 10, 2016.
??Cancellation on or after August 10, 2016 - 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 10, 2016, you will receive a full refund of all tuitions paid (less a $100 administration fee).
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.
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200hr Advanced Studies - Fall Session - 2016 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Tue Sep 13, 2016 - Thu Jan 5, 2017
200hr Advanced Studies - Fall Session - 2016 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Nov 12, 2016 - Sun Nov 13, 2016
200hr Advanced Studies - Fall Session - 2016 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Dec 10, 2016 - Sun Dec 11, 2016
Shoulders Workshop with Kate Coughlin Sun, Nov 13, 2016 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 13th, 2016
1:30pm - 6:00pm
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Spirals and Twists: The Evolving-Revolving Pose with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Dec 10, 2016 - Sun Dec 11, 2016
Saturday Workshop
This afternoon is dedicated to experiencing and understanding revolved standing poses. We'll talk about the benefits of twists, practice a range of preparations, and explore key concepts like: using the breath to deepen the poses; the work of the external obliques; and working safely with the sacrum. Not appropriate for beginners.
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
1:30pm - 6:00pm
Sunday Workshop
Spirals are a unique and naturally forming structure in nature. Even our DNA is built upon protein chain that spirals. Twisting poses relieve tension in the spine and allows space to occur between spinal vertebrae. During this workshop we will "evolve and revolve" as we delve deeply into the magic and healing power of twists and spirals in many yoga poses including revolved triangle, half-lord of the fishes pose and others.  
Sunday, December 11, 2016
1:30pm - 6:00pm
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