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Yoga Teacher Conf Logo 2022
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Class Descriptions

ELEVATE Your Yoga Career

TBD 2023  |  Denver, CO

These were our classes from our 2022 conference. This will give you a good idea of what you can expect in 2023!

Friday Classes

Leadership for Yoga Studios | Friday 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Where does “business owner” end and “leadership” begin? In this course we are going to cover how we as studio owners can become skillful and effective leaders for our sacred communities. This will cover what our own skillsets and strengths are, how we can foster the best in others, and perhaps most importantly…how we can deeply and skillfully care for ourselves.

Taught by: Rebecca Sebastian

 

Journey Through the Koshas | Friday 7:00 - 9:00 PM

The awareness of the Kosha layers or sheaths can become a road map. Navigating this map of your physical, breath, energy, mental and emotional wisdom leads to the experience of bliss.

This workshop will teach us how it feels to do yoga from the inside, through the process of aligning the mind-body connection. Yoga helps to bring all of these layers into harmony, understanding that each sheath is intricately interwoven with another.

Taught by: Shauna Hylenski

Embody Mantras though Chanting | Friday 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Our throat and our voice can harbor hidden traumas and Mantras can clear our Vishuddha chakra and connect us with each other as well the Universe. This is a “how to” lecture on using our voice through Mantra and incorporating chanting into your yoga class.

We will explore understanding what the Mantras mean, how to communicate meaning to the students, and embodying it to chant freely and without our ego agendas.

Recommended Props: Blankets & Layers and any musical instruments you wish!

Taught by: Lauren Bleck

*2 Yoga Alliance CEU’s

Intuitive Yoga Teaching | Friday 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Intuition is a key element in teaching yoga. It helps you tune in, connect with your students, and provide customized class design. Everyone is intuitive, but not everyone practices or trusts their intuition. Come play with your intuition so you can tune in and use it every time you teach. This is a wonderful way to connect with your intuition at the beginning of the conference. Be prepared to tune in and use these skills throughout the weekend.

Taught by: Sheri Fisher

Saturday Classes

the reBUILD series | Saturday 8:00 - 11:00AM

90 Days to Your Next Normal

This moment is the beginning of something new for the yoga industry, something next!  NOW is the time to stake your claim and create the yoga business you want and deserve.  By getting proactive, and leaning into the unknown, you can meet the moment, take control of your business and co-create your Next Normal.

The reBUILD series is designed to help you focus on what you can control through a 6 part series with practical + timely lessons, take home exercises, opportunities for feedback + mental health tips to help you harness how the world has changed and how you can maximize on it.  The LIVE program culminates in a 90 Day Thrive Plan.

Your Next Normal is waiting.

For yoga teachers reconstructing their businesses after a year of unprecedented change in the wake of Covid-19. Never before has our industry faced such dramatic shifts to the way we live, practice + teach yoga.  This defining moment is the true start of something new —- something NEXT!  The reBUILD is designed to take you through reSPONSE + reCOVERY and into THRIVE mode.

Taught by Ava Taylor

Yoga for Pelvic Health | Saturday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

If you are teaching yoga to people with a pelvis, this workshop is designed for you. We hear all kinds of things about core health and pelvic floor strength nowadays, but a lot of the information is conflicting or confusing.

This workshop will give you the foundational information needed to teach to anyone with a pelvic health issue (which is a lot of our students).

Recommended Props: Bolster. Strap, Block

Taught by: Shannon Crow

Class Sequencing and Planning | Saturday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

Learn how to easily plan and sequence a new and inspiring yoga class each week that will leave you excited to teach and your students excited to come back again and again! Find ways to bring in more than just the asana.

Bring your yoga mat because we’ll start the 3 hour workshop with a practice then break down the class. You’ll walk away with the sequence from the day’s class as well as one that you will create in groups!

Recommended Props: Two Yoga Blocks

Taught by: Crystal Gray

Our Body: Vibration of the Divine | Saturday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

This experience will be a combination of experiences and will be weighted with philosophy of the body’s vibration.

Join Hansa in experiencing the Vibration of the Divine in your body. We will begin externally and work to a deeper internal experience: chanting, chanting during an asana flow and exploring the alphabet of the body. Yes, within the body is the expansion of the Divine, internally placed on the petals of the cakra and externally as marma points. Explore the alphabet and how asana is the movement of vibration, harmonize our body leading to health and wellbeing in the body, mind and Spirit.

Taught by: Hansa Knox Johnson

Creating a Yoga Studio Experience Based on The 8 Limbs | Saturday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

Looking to create an experience and a place for growth for students and teachers at your yoga studio? We’ve been given the perfect guidelines for creating a nurturing space for students & teachers in the 8 Limb Path from the Yoga Sutras.

Taught by: Sigrid Strebe

 

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Practice | Saturday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

This workshop will involve interactive lecture and passage readings of the Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads along with interactive discussion on interpretation and practical application through sequencing activities, group teaching opportunities, and personal practice.

Students will contemplate the principles of yoga found in the ancient texts and how they live these principles in their daily life and walk away with a sequencing framework for integrating the principles of yoga into their classes with authenticity, practicality, accessibility, and appreciation of yoga’s roots.

Taught by: Ashley Zuberi

Skill in Action | Saturday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

Join Skill in Action Facilitators, Charlie Redd (she/her) and Lauren Kay Roberts (she/her), as they host this 3-hr workshop designed to deepen your awareness of the various identities you embody, cultural conditioning and its impact on you and others and how systems of power affect our well-being. In this workshop through asana, meditation and discussion you will explore how you can harness your individual power and our collective power to make social change. Through the practice of yoga and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in-service of our collective humanity. You will leave this workshop with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings. This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion.

Taught by: Charlie Redd & Lauren Kay Roberts

 

Yoga for Bendy People | Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Bendy people are everywhere in yoga! This workshop will introduce you to the world of Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders so you can understand what hypermobility is, and how it impacts yoga practice.

We will discuss the unique risks often presented to bendy yoga practitioners, and also unpack the amazing potential for yoga practice to be supportive and sustainable for those with hypermobility. You’ll leave with tools for optimizing yoga practice for your bendy students.

Taught by: Libby Hinsley

Yoga to Support Immunity | Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Through asana, pranayama and meditation be guided to explore key habitual patterns (how you move, breathe and navigate) and discover how their accumulation creates your daily experience which either supports your whole health or undermines it.

Learn the specific effects and benefits of curated yoga tools based on the book Yoga to Support Immunity and practice them to support your immune function as well as all longevity functions to create resilience and happiness. Leave with clarity on how to integrate practices, to do them independently while also feeling nourished and renewed.

Recommended Props: Block or Bolster

Taught by: Melanie Salvatore – August

How to Create an Online Course | Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 PM

In this workshop, you will get the brass tacks scoop on how to create a high quality online course that offers lasting value to your community. We’ll cover ideas, content and structure, instructional design skills, course platforms, technology, and more.

Come with an idea, and you’ll walk away with a practical roadmap for making your course a reality.

Taught by: Rachel Scott

 

Financial Fitness for Yoga Studio Owners | Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Are you wondering how much to charge for your classes? Are you operating a studio and need to understand your fixed and variable costs? Do you generally avoid financial conversations?

Join me as we explore healthy financial boundaries related to budgeting and expense management, saving, financial statements, profitability analysis, and tax strategies!

Taught by: Vicie Moran

 

Sound Soma | Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Experience a deeply nourishing Yoga of Sound (Nāda Yoga) & movement class. This practice seamlessly weaves together yoga āsana, functional & therapeutic movement, sonic meditation, guided Indian singing and chanting.
 
Be inspired by Sheela & Brent’s deep synthesis of yogic sound, musical magic & movement and discover how you might incorporate sound & music more deeply into your teaching. 

Taught by: Sheela Bringi and Brent Kuecker

 

Yoga Nidrā | Saturday 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Yoga Nidrā, often defined as “conscious sleep” or “sleep with a trace of awareness,” is a powerfully healing and transformative practice of deep relaxation. It resembles guided meditation, designed to bring the practitioner into states equivalent to sleep or on the verge of sleep while enabling them to remain conscious through the process.

In this liminal state, one can release long-standing tensions, conditioned behaviors, unhelpful habits, and self-limiting beliefs while finding an unshakable ground of peace within.

Recommended Props: Strap, Block, Bolsters, Yoga Blanket

Taught by: Jeremy Wolf

 

How to Teach Philosophy in an Asana Class | Saturday 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Learn simple strategies for weaving yoga philosophy into your asana classes – without sounding preachy, boring, or clueless.

Taught by: Mado Hesselink

 

Devotional Yoga - Connecting Yoga with Faith | Saturday 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Yoga is an integrative practice that helps us to achieve balance, promotes physical/spiritual health, and attain mental calmness. With numerous spiritual and physical benefits, what issues could there be with making this practice part of my daily routines? But still, I experience a recurring question from well-meaning individuals: Should Christians practice yoga?

In this workshop, we will explore popular religious beliefs around the world and their view on practicing yoga. We will also discuss the 8 limbs of yoga, spiritual disciplines that align with yoga and various religions, and flow through a Devotional Yoga practice.

Recommended Props: Journal

Taught by: Vicie Moran

 

Sacred Sanskrit for Yoga Practice and Teaching | Saturday 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Explore the sacred aspects of Sanskrit, the language of yoga .. with fun and delight!

From an Indian homeland master teacher, take home sample audio teaching links. Roots of mantra yogic theology. Precise pronunciation of Sanskrit syllabary sounds. Vedic chanting mode of reciting Gayatri mantra and shanti mantras. Sampling of Sanskrit yoga terminology. Chanting from Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita verses

Taught by: Sreedevi Bringi

 

The Bridge Between... | Saturday 4:00 - 6:00 PM

The space between teaching a group class and private sessions is where Yoga Therapy begins. Yoga was intended to be an individual practice – one-on-one. If you are ready to up-level private sessions with your clients, or if you have been intimidated to begin private sessions – this is for you. The human condition is really the basis of yoga therapy, Panca Maya Kosas, the layers of our humanness. You will leave with a better understanding of the Kosas, how they show up in your students and how to evaluate the next steps.

Recommended Props:

Taught by: Judy Weaver

 

Yoga Tools for Your Yoga Business | Saturday 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Running a yoga business is HARD! Luckily for you fellow yoga teacher, you have a major advantage – the tools of yoga!
 
Your yoga tools give you an edge over other entrepreneurs but only if you know how to use them for success!
 
Join Allison Rissel and learn how you can use your yoga practice to defeat imposter syndrome, believe in your dreams, overcome failure and gain success in your yoga business!

Taught by: Allison Rissel

 

Stand With Studios | Saturday 4:00 - 6:00PM

90 Days to Your Next Normal

This moment is the beginning of something new for the yoga industry, something next!  NOW is the time to stake your claim and create the yoga business you want and deserve.  By getting proactive, and leaning into the unknown, you can meet the moment, take control of your business and co-create your Next Normal.

The reBUILD series is designed to help you focus on what you can control through a 6 part series with practical + timely lessons, take home exercises, opportunities for feedback + mental health tips to help you harness how the world has changed and how you can maximize on it.  The LIVE program culminates in a 90 Day Thrive Plan.

Your Next Normal is waiting.

For yoga teachers reconstructing their businesses after a year of unprecedented change in the wake of Covid-19. Never before has our industry faced such dramatic shifts to the way we live, practice + teach yoga.  This defining moment is the true start of something new —- something NEXT!  The reBUILD is designed to take you through reSPONSE + reCOVERY and into THRIVE mode.

Taught by Ava Taylor

Balance wellbeing with Integral Postural Alignment Techniques, The IPATH Method | Saturday 4-6PM

Rethink back/body pain with the IPATH sequence, to restore balance, reliance and harmony which vastly improves the quality of life. In a resting state, we begin to explore the peripheral body, to the subtle body to learn why pain is our friend. This hands-off practice, allows the mind to “feel” the subtle layers which reveal the true self. As teachers, we want to understand and guide our students to be well and mindful, regardless of what they show up with. The five pose IPATH sequence helps reverse the effects of aging, with musculoskeletal, and alignment awareness to experience a sense of openness that embodies pain solutions.

Props Needed: 3 yoga blocks and a blanket

Taught by Denese Cavanaugh

Weapons & Boons | Saturday 4-6PM

This workshop will weave story, symbol and soma for your soul-discovery and empowerment. At the intersection of Yoga Mythology and Depth Psychology you will discover the profound wisdom of the Devi Mahatmya (The Supreme Goddess). Realize the power of Devi as she lives within you. Learn to wield her mystic tools for real-world transformation. 

Props Needed:

Taught by R.R. Shakti

Sunday Classes

Create Your Thriving Yoga Business | Sunday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

You’ve got the passion & the skills to teach but you’re ready to make it your career. Good news…you can do this! In this presentation you will get the roadmap to creating your thriving business. Even if the road is a little bumpy the path is clear!

Taught by: Amanda McKinney

Astrology for Yoga Teachers: Moon Phases | Sunday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

This workshop instructs Yoga Teachers about the meaning of the emotional and intuitive moon’s influence over the collective and personal Self. You will be taught the three main phases of the Moon: New, Full, and Eclipses and how to use them for class themes and sequencing through understanding the energy and archetypes of the 12 zodiac signs combined with asana, pranayama, mudra, and mantra.

Combining these will elevate the teacher and practitioner to a new dimension of self-awareness, empowerment, and energy mastery. It is especially impactful after taking the Friday Astrology for Yoga Teachers workshop on the Sun and understanding natal charts.

This workshop will include discussion and interaction. Each participant will receive 3 Yoga Alliance CEUs.

Recommended Props: Journal

Taught by: Sirena Dudgeon

Function Over Form; Re-evaluating the Yoga Shapes | Sunday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

The human body is great at adapting, but what are we adapting too, and is it functional? Yoga is an incredible practice with validity that has made it generations into the future. It works, but we need to find new function to form. Our lifestyle is no longer what it used to be and with current lifestyle practices we need to find a better way for yoga asana to work for us. Learn new ways to access yoga poses and develop better information on why you teach what you teach; one steeped in awareness and availability.

Recommended Props: Block

Taught by: Stephanie Strand

Yoga Pharmacopeia | Sunday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

We as teachers want to be in a position to provide the most appropriate and powerful techniques for all whom we have the privilege to serve. For many, yoga offers only a general response to specific conditions. Add to your teaching toolbox with techniques and protocols for everything from anxiety and overwhelm to fibromyalgia, respiratory challenges, thyroid issues, and many more. This class will begin with a 40 min. physical yoga practice followed by discussion interspersed with a sampling of various meditation/breathwork protocols.

Taught by: Ravi Singh

Inner Quest and Guide Sessions | Sunday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

During this interactive workshop we will begin exploring the offering of Inner Quest and Guide Sessions. These exercises use meditative journaling and the support of a facilitator to assist students in taking their yoga off the mat and into their lives. Using these techniques we create and provide a safe space for our students to process and turn inwards to listen to their own inner wisdom and guide.

Employing these practices for the purpose of self-awareness can be a potent way to access internal conversations and shed light on confusion and conflicting self-perceptions. To be clear, you are NOT a therapist in this scenario, you are simply holding space and a framework for your student or client to process and begin to listen to their inner wisdom. This is also an amazing addition to your business and teacher trainings.

Recommended Props: Bolster, Block

Taught by: Maggie Lightner

Move Through Yoga for Students with physical and intellectual disabilities and developmental delays | Sunday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

“Move Through Yoga for Students with Special Needs” is a workshop for the studio owner and teacher who would like to broaden their programming in order to meet the needs of everybody.

Participants will learn about Move Through Yoga, our organization’s model, and how we can provide turn key programming (training, and oversight included) to studio owners, and schools, to meet the accessible, adaptive yoga needs of diverse learners.

Recommended Props: 2 Blocks, Strap

Taught by: Stefanie Gross

 

Yoga Therapy Panel Discussion | Sunday 12:30 - 2:30 PM

What is the difference between teaching yoga and providing yoga therapy? Engage with some of the top yoga therapists in the country to learn how each therapist defines yoga therapy vs. yoga teaching and how they are working in their specialties. Come with your questions!

Led by: Hansa Knox Johnson

How To Create a Vinyasa Yoga Class | Sunday 12:30 - 2:30 PM

John Cottrell of MBODY Yoga in Salt Lake City is a 20-year veteran of teaching Power Vinyasa Yoga. He will teach you some tips and tricks on how to design and teach a meaningful flowing vinyasa-style yoga class.

Hosted by John Cottrell

Equity FOR Yoga: Decoloniality and Justice in Western Yoga Spaces | Sunday 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Yoga is a Moksha Sadhana, a path of liberation. However, the form that Yoga has taken in the West has a long history of extraction, dilution, repurposing and commodification which not only displaces the true nature of this ancient spiritual system but also inherently harms its indigenous roots and cultural stewards. Yoga is likely the most exploited, changed and commodified spiritual tradition in the world.

This deep work and conversation will take us beyond what has been discussed in vogue recently: that it is important to bring inclusion, social justice, and equity into the Yoga business model, studio environment and our mats; but we will see that there is a whole other side that is extremely important and largely missed: that we must do justice to Yoga and have equity for Yoga itself.

Join Ravi in this provocative workshop that will confront your assumptions and understandings of the Yoga tradition and help you to rediscover Yoga from its own lens, in which the resulting paradigm shifts will allow you to have a more authentic connection to Dharma, and a more genuine practice and offering from Yoga’s own perspective (drishti) and framework.

Content for this session may initiate feelings of discomfort and defensiveness as participants will be challenged to think of their role as a teacher critically. This is a courageous space for those who are not only willing to recognize the harm that is continually perpetuated against Yoga by colonialism, but desire to participate in changing its trajectory in our society.

Taught by: Ravi Jaishankar

Going Beyond the Dosha Quiz in Ayurveda | Sunday 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Ayurveda has grown in popularity alongside yoga for many years which means more people have a familiarity of the three doshas, vata, pitta, and kapha. But if we limit ourselves to only thinking about the characteristics of the three doshas and what the dosha quiz tells us, we miss out on the vastness and profound depth of the science of Ayurveda.

Join Farnosh Family (she/her) for a workshop exploring the depth of Ayurveda, a traditional form of medicine and a healing art. After a brief introduction to what the doshas are, we will discuss what the dosha quizzes leave out and how effective self-inquiry can be in exploring Ayurveda. And while Ayurveda is a science that predates modern times, we will see how fundamental principles in Ayurveda are proven within the framework of modern medicine as well. Come to this class for foundational knowledge and practical tools from Ayurveda you can use to support yourself as a yoga teacher and share with your students.

Taught by: Farnosh Family

Uplevel Your Online Yoga Teaching | Sunday 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Join online yoga expert and founder of the online yoga platform YogiApproved Classes, Ashton August as she guides you through a 2-hour interactive workshop on how to uplevel your online yoga teaching career. Learn the key tenets and best practices of teaching online from an expert in the field who’s been doing it for 7 years. Uncover a more impactful approach to cuing and guiding students in a virtual setting, learn the best techniques for lighting and setting up your film space, equipment do’s and don’ts, how to connect with your students through the screen, and much more. This class will also cover the intersection of yoga and business, and ways to empower your personal practice in order to fuel your teaching. Finally, you’ll put it all together with a movement practice to help you absorb all the information and also apply it on the mat. You’ll come away with new insights, fresh perspective, motivation and inspiration for your online teaching.

Taught by: Ashton August

Social Justice Pricing in Yoga | Sunday 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Join us for a discussion on Social Justice Pricing in Yoga. We’ll cover what social justice pricing is, why it matters, how to offer it to your students, and a brief overview of other features in Momence you might care about. Please bring your laptops, we’ll be covering how to get started with social justice pricing in class.

Taught by: Kiley Motley of Momence

Hands-On "Enhancements" | Sunday 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Beyond the typical hands-on adjustments in a typical yoga class, you will learn hands-on “enhancements” that will make the yoga practice particularly yummy for your students. You will also be taught how to keep your students and yourself safe as you perform these techniques.

Recommended Props: Strap

Taught by: Theresa Collins

The Five Vital Energies | Sunday 3:00 - 5:00 PM

The five primary seats of energy in the body, called vayus, hold the keys to accessing the deeper power of yoga asana and pranayama practices. This class will give you a foundational understanding of these invisible powers, how to manage them, and significantly influence the way you relate to your asana practice.

Recommended Props: Blanket

Taught by: Derik Eselius

Awaken Your Spirit | Sunday 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Join Sid and Liz for “Awaken your Spirit.” In this workshop you will start with a series of movements to ignite your spirits energy. Then get ready to take a journey through the Shaman’s Journey within. By moving your breath you will move through four layers to release old patterns and find freedom moving forward.

Recommended Props: Block, Blanket, Pillow

Taught by: Sid and Liz McNairy

Active Peace - Serving Humanity from a Sense of Devotion and Love | Sunday 3:00 - 5:00 PM

This workshop will will incorporate asana, pranayama, self-study, and conversation to explore how we can embody yogic practice and values in a world that is in desperate need of unconditional love, truth, peace, service, and justice. As teachers and practitioners, the concepts of sadhana (daily spiritual practice) and abhyasa (committed practice over time to achieve a tranquil state of mind) must become anchors for our lives rather than abstract concepts ignored and asana and platitudes are pursued.

Taught by: Reggie Hubbard

The Price

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