These events are built around Yoga Alliance standards and offer RYTs Continuing Education credit. We are proud to offer these workshops as a direct service to members. We will also offer a monthly Master Class on topics that include yoga techniques, training, and practice, yoga humanities, professional essentials, and anatomy.
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with Dr. Catherine Cook-Cottone (IAYT) and Chelsea Roff (C-IAYT). The yoga tradition is chock full of tools and practices for students dealing with eating disorder challenges, but it’s not immediately clear which elements will help! This series introduces three leading experts in the field of yoga and eating disorder recovery and how to make your yoga classes a safe space that supports eating disorder prevention and recovery. Walk away with a menu of practical, evidence-based tools to help all students eat mindfully, cope with big emotions, and feel better in their bodies. Part 3 of this workshop features Dr. Catherine Cook-Cottone (IAYT).
with Kim Weeks (RYS 200, RYS 500, E-RYT 500, CEP) and Yoga Alliance's Director of Yoga Research Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa. This session explores the prevalence of yoga in society, what statistics and trends we see globally, and what types of practice appear to be the most popular. Presenters also importantly discuss the demographics of yoga not just in the United States but around the world: what constitutes the age ranges, genders, and race/ethnicities of those who practice.
with Dr. James Bae. This workshop offers an introduction to the practice and theory of Tibetan Yoga in contemporary discourse. Dr. James Bae discusses what Tibetan Yoga is, various traditional forms and methodologies, as well as some relationships to and differences from Hatha Yoga. In addition, participants explore issues relative to research, education, and healing in contemporary context; and Dr. James shares an interdisciplinary model which situates traditional goals within modern, scientific discourse.
with Daniel Simpson (E-RYT 200, YACEP). Unpack the importance of distinctions with Daniel Simpson, a tutor at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and author of The Truth of Yoga. In this workshop, he details how Patañjali’s yoga is not about union. Rather, its ultimate goal is detachment from matter. He also discusses how a dualistic system can also be helpful with worldly objectives, from making wise choices to building relationships.
with Matthew Sanford (E-RYT 500, YACEP) and Yoga Alliance’s Director of Standards Dr. Christa Kuberry (E-RYT 500).. Author and longtime yoga practitioner Matthew Sanford comes together with Yoga Alliance’s VP of Standards Dr. Christa Kuberry for a probing multi-part discussion about Chapter Two of the Bhagavad Gita and its possible applications in asana practice. Conversation topics range from setting the historical context for this ancient text to insights that might be drawn from Arjuna’s moral dilemma and Krishna’s responses to him, to how a contemporary practitioner might integrate such insights into their yoga practice. Each session includes a short yoga practice.
with Susanna Barkataki (E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, YACEP) and Kallie Schut (E-RYT 500) This four-part series explores key issues in our community and offers participants experience in powerful practices like yoga, conversation, breathing, and meditation. These practices help support us in mending our spirits as we act, transform, care, and support ourselves and others. Part 1 focuses on social justice.
with Dr. Sravana Borkataky-Varma (E-RYT 200). This robust three-part workshop series explores the meaning and relevance of the term Tantra, the types of authority and authenticity debates that shape the global-digital world of Śākta Tantra, and the relevance of additional terms such as Goddesses, Initiate, and Adept. Part 3 looks at authority, authenticity, and power dynamics in a global-digital Hindu Śākta Tantra world.
with yoga business coach Michael Jay It can be tempting to dive head-first into the largest yoga market you can find and see how things go. However, tackling a big market right away is not always a wise idea. Aiming too high too fast can cause you to stretch your resources thinly and become overwhelmed. On the other hand, getting your start in a smaller (or niche) market is almost always a solid yoga business plan. Targeting a smaller customer base will enable you to pivot your product faster, scale seamlessly, and create opportunity to engage with your users regularly. This workshop takes a closer look at the benefits of defining your niche market and guides you through the process with easy-to-understand steps.
with Prashant V. Joshi, M.A., M.Phil. (E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT) and Manju Joshi (E-RYT 500, YACEP) Many yoga practitioners and teachers shy away from mudras and mantras as esoteric or religious practices. In this workshop, we focus on the science and practical relevance of their use in bringing out the potential of your yoga practice and teaching. The five elements and seven chakras are fundamental to the science of yoga and Ayurveda, and here we explore how mudras and mantras can also create necessary balance for optimal functionality. Mudras and mantras—as sweet and simple as M&Ms!