This course is intended to deepen one’s understanding of the experiential, philosophical and practical application of yoga and meditation. It is intended for those with at least 2 years of practice or more, and is an essential part of a larger, 500 Yoga Alliance hours training in Insight Yoga.
This intensive will deepen one’s ability to teach both a receptive Yin style and an active flow or Yang style of yoga with an interest in promoting a conducive inner environment for meditation. Please come with a basic understanding of the practices, and a strong interest in committing to the further exploration of both yoga and meditation.
The physical discipline of Hatha yoga centers on the harmonious embodiment of postures. How we practice these postures (our state of mind) is as important as which asana we choose and how we orchestrate them. Join Sarah to explore and refine your understanding of how to bring these passive and active yogic shapes alive within you. Sarah will focus on the combination of inner (breath, energy channels and mind training) and outer (cohesion within the bones and muscles) alignment, as well as the use of touch to assist yoga practitioners in finding an integral aliveness within yoga postures. The main emphasis in the yang yoga section will be to discover how to use hands-on ‘adjustments’ to bring a greater awareness to the stable part of the pose, allowing the rest of the body to discover where there may be enhanced capacity for movement.
In this training we will explore:
Pranayama is the expansion of the life force through breath regulation. It is the profound practice of circulating and redistributing prana in both the physical and subtle body through various breathing and visualization practices.
The essence of a committed yoga practice is meditative focus and awareness. Developing and sustaining a formal meditation practice can be a continual source of insight, rejuvenation and compassion. Meditation practice begins with stabilizing our attention in a relaxed yet vivid way. This practice is called Shamatha. As one’s concentration develops, we can begin to inquire into the nature of our experience and our own minds. This is the practice of Vipassana, or clear seeing. As teachers, developing attentional balance and self inquiry not only amplifies our capacity to teach from our own experiential insights, but allows others to feel safe and inspired to deepen their own inner journey in our company. We will discuss and develop Buddhist Mindfulness meditation (Sati Patthana–The Four Foundations of Mindfulness), with an emphasis on how to share these practices with others.
The training will focus on the intersection between organ and meridian health through yin yoga, having an inner (yin) focus in your yang (active) yoga, and developing and teaching a mindfulness meditation practice both in yin yoga poses, and in a seated practice. Please come with a basic understanding of the practices (having read Sarah’s book Insight Yoga), and a strong interest in committing to a personal meditation practice, and the further exploration of the contemplative aspects of yoga.
To support the learning of mindfulness, there will be daily observation of silence from morning till noon and 2 days of full silence during the training.
As in ancient times, this is an intensive retreat to not only learn new methods, but to cultivate qualities of being. This is also an opportunity to take a journey away from one’s daily responsibilities, preoccupations and worldly events. With this in mind, we ask everyone to stay off their computers and phones while on retreat in order to genuinely connect with the material in a less distracted inner and outer environment. This will undoubtedly deepen everyone’s experience. We feel unplugging from technology in retreat life is essential and will ultimately be appreciated by everyone by the end of the retreat.
This course is an immersion into ideas and principles that require thought and reflection. To minimize distractions during the training, students are not allowed to bring family members into the resort, refrain from scheduling tourist activities, or making alternative room and board arrangements. For students who would like to explore Koh Samui for their holidays, please do so either before or after the training. You may email Apple at: firstname.lastname@example.org for extra night stay and extensions.
Students are required to read beforehand and bring with them the following textbooks:
Yin Yoga (CD) – Sarah Powers
Insight Yoga (DVD) – Sarah Powers
Earth: Balancing Yin Energy (DVD) – Sarah Powers
Heaven: Balancing Yang Energy (DVD) – Sarah Powers
Yin & Vinyasa Yoga (DVD) – Sarah Powers
Anatomy for Yoga (DVD) – Paul Grilley
Yin Yoga (DVD) – Paul Grilley
Upon achieving 100% attendance in this course and writing a 2-3 page assignment paper (after the training), participants will receive a 100-hour certificate of completion which can be used toward Insight Yoga certification and/or Yoga Alliance certification.
|After 2:00 pm||Check in|
|7.30 pm||Group Orientation|
28 Jan – 6 Feb
|7:00 am – 7:30 am||Meditation (with Ty or assistant)|
|7:30 am||Breakfast (Observation of silence)|
|9:00 am – 12:00 pm||Training|
|12:00 pm – 4:00 pm||Lunch and Short Break|
|4:00 pm – 7:00 pm||Training|
|8:00 pm||Evening meditation (with Ty or assistant)|
|Before 12:00 pm||Check-out of hotel (breakfast will be provided)|
Each day will include 2 hours on Yin Yoga, 2 hours on Yang Yoga, and 2 hours on Mindfulness Meditation