Insight Yoga 8-Day Teacher Training Intensive with Sarah Powers


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Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016 to Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016


Insight Yoga 8 Day Teacher Training Intensive with Sarah Powers – Non-Residential (60 YA and IYI hours)

Location: Sydney Park Pavilion, NSW, Australia
Dates: 23 - 30 Nov 2016
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm each day

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 two years of practice or more. It is recommended that you have attended a prior teacher training course if you intend to teach this material, but is not essential for those interested in simply cultivating their own practice.

This intensive will augment 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 the contemplative aspects of yoga.

This is a 60-hour Yoga Alliance training and attendance in the entire program is required. Those who are unable to attend all of the classes will be awarded the certificate based only on the hours attended. Please plan your time and travel accordingly in order to not miss any of the sessions. Each day will include two hours on Yin Yoga, two hours on Yang Yoga, and two hours on Mindfulness Meditation.

In this training we will explore:

  • Yin Yoga – how, why and when to practice this style safely and effectively
  • Organ health and Yoga practice (sequences for the kidneys, liver, etc.)
  • Balancing the Yin style with a Yang practice to support structural strength and stability
  • Proper physical alignment in active postures
  • The primary focus of ujjayi breath in asana: length, depth and direction
  • Mindfulness in asana
  • Sequencing of postures for various levels, from the beginner to the intermediate
  • How to assist those with injuries
  • The use of touch and hands-on adjustments
  • Skillful verbal communication
  • The teacher/student relationship
  • Committing to a personal practice


 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 teachings will be to discover how to use hands-on ‘adjustments’ to bring a greater awareness to the stability of the pose, allowing the rest of the body to discover where there may be enhanced capacity for movement.


  • Subtle body anatomy according to Yogic and Chinese philosophy
  • Meridian Theory and Chinese Medicine
  • Buddhist Psychology and emotional maturity


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.

Overview of Pranayama practices:

  • Kumbhaka (breath retention)
  • Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Kapalabhati (breath of fire)
  • Exploring Pranayama in Yin Yoga

Mindfulness Meditation

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.

Study and Reading

Acquiring an intellectual understanding of the rich diversity of Yoga and Buddhism inspires one’s dedication to the path of awakening; it also fosters a clear level of communication and discussion with others.

Students are required to read the books and view the DVD assigned for this training before they arrive. Readings from these books and viewing of the DVD are an integral part of the training so please order the materials upon registration of the course so you have ample time to read/view them before the training begins.

Outside reading prior to and during the course will be required to enrich one’s overall understanding. You will also be asked to write a 2-3 page paper on Yin yoga and Mindfulness meditation upon completion of the course for assessment.

A teacher-training manual with articles will be handed out on the first day of class. Everyone will also be required to bring Sarah’s book Insight Yoga to class, and to have viewed, at minimum, her DVD, Insight Yoga.

Required reading and viewing:

 Suggested listening and viewing:


About Sarah Powers

Sarah Powers began teaching in 1987. She is the co-founder of the Insight Yoga Institute with her husband Ty and author of Insight Yoga, which interweaves Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology into an integral practice to discover and enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of floor poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems with an alignment-based slow flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Qigong teachings. Sarah feels that enlivening the physical and pranic bodies, as well as learning to meet our psychological reactivity is paramount for preparing one to deepen and nourish insights into one’s essential nature–a natural state of awareness. She draws from her studies in Transpersonal Psychology, as well as her in-depth training in the Vipassana, Tantric and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism. Her main influences have been Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Bhante Gunaratana, Lama Pema Dorje, Stephen and Martine Batchelor and B. Alan Wallace


The training will be held at the Sydney Park Pavilion located in Alexandria, NSW, Sydney, from Wednesday 23th November 2016 until Wednesday 30th November 2016 (eight consecutive days). It will run for 6 hours each day, from 10.30am until 4.30pm each day. Each day will include 2 hours of yin yoga, 2 hours of yang (vinyasa) yoga, and 2 hours of meditation, with course content being made up of theory as well as practice. Please note: you will be required to bring your own yoga mat, props (bolsters, blankets, blocks etc.) and anything else you might like to work with. The training is non-residential. You may need to book accommodation if you live outside of the Sydney area.

Public Transport and Parking

Bus route 370 stops at Sydney Park Road, near Mitchell Road, Alexandria.
Bus route 308 stops at Mitchell Road, near Coulsen Street, Erskineville.
Bus route 422 stops at King Street, near Concord Street, St Peters.
Entry to the Sydney Park car park is at the intersection of Sydney Park Road and Mitchell Road.