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OPEN YOGA – Pay What You Can with DTY Staff Next held on Sat, Dec 3, 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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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, Dec 7, 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, Dec 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
200hr Advanced Studies- Fall Session 2016

FALL SESSION – 09/10/16 – 01/5/17
 
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 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.
 
WEEKEND SCHEDULE 
(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.

WEEKDAY SCHEDULE
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.

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 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 POLICY
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).
 
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: http://96bda424cfcc34d9dd1a-0a7f10f87519dba22d2dbc6233a731e5.r41.cf2.rackcdn.com/DowntownYoga/documents/FALL2016-2017_(1).pdf 


200hr Advanced Studies - Fall Session - 2016 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Tue, Dec 6, 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, Dec 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Dec 10, 2016 - Sun Dec 11, 2016
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
$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 11, 2016
1:30pm - 6:00pm
$50
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Partner's Yoga Workshop with Kate Coughlin Sat, Feb 11, 2017 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 Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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 - 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 (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 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.  
 
WEEKEND SCHEDULE
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.  
 
WEEKDAY SCHEDULE
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. 

ADDITIONAL CLASS SCHEUDLE  
 
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.  
 
ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION PROCESS  
 
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 & 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 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: http://96bda424cfcc34d9dd1a-0a7f10f87519dba22d2dbc6233a731e5.r41.cf2.rackcdn.com/DowntownYoga/documents/2017-SPRINGASP.pdf


200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session 2017 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Feb 11, 2017 - Sun Feb 12, 2017
200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session 2017 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Tue Feb 14, 2017 - Thu Jun 1, 2017