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Upcoming Courses & Workshops

200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session - 2017

Spring Session: February 11, 2017 – June 1, 2017  
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 SPRING session begins February 11, 2017 and ends on June 1, 2017
This will be our 12th year of the Advanced Studies Program at Downtown Yoga.  
Saturdays & Sundays
1:30PM – 6:00PM (includes ½ hour break)  
February 11th & 12th, 2017
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 charkas – the wheels of energy within the body.  
March 11th & 12th, 2017
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 8th & 9th, 2017
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.  
Mar 20th & 21st, 2017
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.  
Tuesdays & Thursdays
7:15PM - 9:15PM  
Tuesdays – Session I (8 weeks)
February 14th - April 4th, 2017

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.  
Tuesdays – Session II (8 weeks)
April 11th – May 30th, 2017

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.  
Thursdays – Session I (8 weeks)
February 16th – April 6th, 2017

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 (7 weeks)
April 13th – June 1st, 2017
Teaching of Backbends, Twists and Restorative Poses   Learn how to teach all 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   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 – its 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 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 14th, 2017. Minimum deposit is $300.00 due no later than January 1, 2017.  
Early Tuition Discount: Tuition paid in full on or before December 31st, 2016 there is a $150 discount - 1,350. Downtown Yoga accepts personal checks or cash for tuition payment.  
Use this URL to download the curriculum in a PDF format:

200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session 2017 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Tue Feb 14, 2017 - Thu Jun 1, 2017
200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session 2017 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, May 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat May 20, 2017 - Sun May 21, 2017
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, Apr 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Wed Jun 15, 2016 - Thu Jun 15, 2017
OPEN YOGA – Pay What You Can with DTY Staff Next held on Sat, Apr 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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POP UP Meditation Class with Linda Lamson Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

"POP UP Meditation Class"
with Linda Lamson

Learn how to meditate from Downtown Yoga's most experience meditation teacher and leader.   No previous meditation experience necessary.  All are welcome.  Linda will offer several different techniques you can take away and practice on your own. 
Sunday - 4/30/17 from 7:15pm to 8:30pm in the LOTUS studio.  Enter through front door at 550 Main Street. 
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Arms & Inversions Workshop with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, May 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat May 20, 2017 - Sun May 21, 2017
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 balances and inversions accessible even to the beginner. Cost is $50 either Saturday or Sunday - or $98 for the weekend.
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