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Yoga for Back Care Certification- Part I with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sun Nov 9, 2014 - Sun Dec 21, 2014
Yoga for Back Care Certification- Part I
With Kate Coughlin and Shauna Lay

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.

6-Week Series
Sundays, 6:30pm-8:00pm
November 9, 16 and 23 (No class Nov 30)
December 7, 14 and 21
Price: $120
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Kid's Yoga with Judy Brennan Next held on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Mon Nov 17, 2014 - Mon Dec 15, 2014
Kid's Yoga is a unique class that offers children, ages 5 - 10, 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 4:30pm-5:15pm:
 
4-week Kid's Yoga: 11/17 - 12/15/2014
No Class 11/24
Cost: $44
 
Please Note:
New students welcome on the first class of a new series only.
Continuing students (who have already completed a full series) can attend class at any time and do not need to commit to a full series in order to participate.
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200hr Advanced Studies – Fall Session 2014-2015

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 14, 2015 and ends on June 4, 2015.

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)

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.

WEEKDAY SCHEDULE
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, 2014
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.

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Fall Session - 2014 – Advanced Studies – 200hrs with Kate Coughlin Next held on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Sep 13, 2014 - Thu Jan 15, 2015
Fall Session - 2014 – Advanced Studies – 200hrs with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Dec 13, 2014 - Sun Dec 14, 2014
300-Hour Advanced Studies

300-Hour Teacher Training Program
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.

CURRICULUM

Click here to read the curriculum in a PDF format

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

Price: $1,595.00

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.

Price $695.00

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)
(13 hours)

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

DEPOSITS:

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)

CANCELLATIONS:

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.

APPROVED WORKSHOPS:

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)
Price: $80

Jason Crandell Workshop
September 27, 2014
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
(3 hours total)
Price: $50

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 asanakate@yahoo.com



Module I - Practice Asana with Kate Coughlin Next held on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Apr 19, 2014 - Thu May 21, 2015
Restoring Mind, Body and Spirit for the Holidays - Restorative Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Kate Coughlin Next held on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri Dec 5, 2014 - Sun Dec 7, 2014
2-night/3-day Retreat
Friday, December 5 - Sunday, December 7, 2014
Land of Medicine Buddha Retreat Center – Santa Cruz, CA
with Kate Coughlin & Elisa Mott
 
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.

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.

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Spirals and Twists: The Evolving-Revolving Pose with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Dec 13, 2014 - Sun Dec 14, 2014
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 13
1:30pm - 6:00pm
$50
 
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 14
1:30pm - 6:00pm
$50
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Yoga for Back Care Certification- Part II

Yoga for Back Care Certification- Part II
With Kate Coughlin and Shauna Lay

This back care intensive for teachers and care givers is a 3 day workshop preparing those who want to incorporate these back care principles into their own yoga practice, teach to others in a yoga class, or add these to their own mode of holistic healing. Students will leave with a syllabus, daily practices and support for teaching back care principles in the future.

January 9 (Friday 5:30pm-8:00pm)
January 10 (Saturday 1:30pm-4:30pm)
January 11 (Sunday 1:30pm-4:30pm)
Price: $180


Yoga for Back Care Certification- Part II with Kate Coughlin Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Yoga for Back Care Certification- Part II with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Jan 10, 2015 - Sun Jan 11, 2015
Partner's Yoga Workshop with Kate Coughlin Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Come explore the playfulness and support that comes from practicing with a partner. This workshop is appropriate for all-levels of students. Bring a partner, wife, sister, brother or friend - or come by yourself and we will find you a partner. No previous experience in "partnering" necessary. We will explore how to support one another - and - how to make "complimentary" poses. Fun for all! Cost is $50.
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Exploring the Chakras with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sun Feb 15, 2015 - Mon Feb 16, 2015
This workshop will focus on the 7-main "Chakras" (energy centers) along the spine and central core of the body. We will find out about these amazing centers and how they affect us in daily life. When the centers are blocked or shut down, we are impaired in this area of our body/minds and this is reflected in our lives. We will practice getting in touch with and opening these centers towards a state of clarity, alignment and by using yoga poses sounding and visualization. Cost is $50.
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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 Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Feb 14, 2015 - Sun Feb 15, 2015
200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session - 2015 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Feb 14, 2015 - Thu Jun 4, 2015