Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive Primary Level – August 2019

Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive Primary Level – August 2019

Essential teachings on Yin Yoga, Mindfulness and how to sequence Yang poses with Yin sequences with Sarah and Ty Powers
For Teachers and Dedicated Practitioners

Course Description
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. It will benefit most people to have taken a 200-500 hour yoga training program before coming to Sarah’s 10 day Primary Level. This is not essential for those interested in simply cultivating their own practice.

This intensive will deepen one’s ability to teach/practice 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 (having read Sarah’s book Insight Yoga), and a strong interest in committing to the further exploration of both yoga and meditation.

This is a 100-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 (pending the essay requirement outlined below) 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.

This course, Primary Level Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive is the prerequisite for the Secondary Level Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Inner pranic practices and further Mindfulness training with Yin Yoga sequences
 course.

Available Secondary Level Trainings in 2019

  • Esalen – Big Sur, California – November 3-8, 2019 (Details and Registration Coming Soon)

In this Primary Level 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

Asana
The physical discipline of hatha yoga centers on the harmonious embodiment of postures. How we practice these postures is as important as which asana we choose and how we orchestrate them. Increasing our repertoire of different ways to practice allows us to vary our sequences at different times in our life, continually keeping the practice appropriate as well as fresh and alive.

Philosophy

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

Pranayama
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)

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. It is a practice that can reveal and disempower our negative, fragmented aspects while potentially revealing our essential nature. Meditation can also deepen one’s awareness and acceptance of oneself and of the world, deepening one’s openness and wakefulness. We will discuss and practice Buddhist mindfulness meditation (Sati Patthana–The Four Foundations of Mindfulness), with an emphasis on how to share these practices with others.

Observation of Silence and Usage of Technological Devices
This is an intensive training with emphasis on Mindfulness in both theory and practice. To support the study and practice of meditation, there will be a daily observation of silence in the mornings, and again after the evening meditation session. There will also be one full day of social silence together outside the teaching setting.

As in ancient times, this retreat is not only a place to 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 of 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 benefit all the attendees. There will be an emergency contact we will provide for people to give loved ones.

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 prior to the certificate being issued.

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:

Insight Yoga Teacher Training Primary Level at Esalen in Big Sur - August 18-30, 2019
Location: Esalen in Big Sur, California
Dates: August 18-30, 2019

Check-in: August 18 after 2pm, dinner at 6pm, Esalen orientation at 7:30pm
Check-out: August 30 by 10am

Please Note: There will be ten full class days August 19-23 and 25-29. A class free day will be offered on August 24th so that students can enjoy Esalen fully.

Questions about this Retreat?
For course inquiries, please contact Tripti Mahendra at Tripti@SarahPowers.com.
If you have specific questions about Esalen, please contact them directly (https://www.esalen.org/form/contact-us).

A message from Ty Powers:

I would like to provide some perspective about our policies. While you may feel that these terms are unnecessarily strict, they have evolved over our years of offering teachings around the world.

When we plan retreats/trainings, we must sign contracts with retreat centers and pay for a required number of attendees well in advance of your registration/payment in order to secure the kinds of venues you, our students, appreciate.

When we are asked to transfer or refund within a 12-week period in advance of a retreat or training, these requests are very difficult to consider. With transfer and refund requests, as mentioned above, the funds have already been committed to the specific venue.

Many of you have told us that you see that we have a waitlist in place and it should be no issue to fill your spot. In our experience, we have found that it is very rare that another student can respond within the 12-week window, even if they had asked to be on a waitlist. For those of you who have attended a retreat/training, organizing this amount of time away from your work and home life, as you know, is not easily accomplished and takes time and preparation.

Because of these circumstances, we ask that you read our provisions carefully, and confirm your acceptance before proceeding to registration. Please note that it is important that you review and understand the terms for each workshop/retreat/training that you register for as these vary based on the various venues where we teach.

If you are concerned about having to cancel your attendance, then please consider protecting your investment by purchasing trip cancellation insurance coverage.

We want you to know that we are sympathetic to your life circumstances, but we cannot make exceptions to these policies. Please know we are extremely grateful for your ongoing interest and support.

Blessings,
Ty

PAYMENT:

  • Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.

TUITION CANCELLATION THROUGH INSIGHT YOGA INSTITUTE:

  • All cancellations must be made in writing to The Insight Yoga Institute.
  • In the event that you need to cancel, you must let us know 12 weeks in advance of the start of the retreat, by May 26th.
  • If you cancel up to 12 weeks before the retreat or teacher training, a 25% cancellation fee per person will be charged based on amount paid.
  • No refunds for cancellations within 12 weeks of this retreat, the period May 26 – August 18.
  • The Institute’s cancellation policy is firm.

ACCOMMODATION CANCELLATIONS THROUGH ESALEN:

  • Please note you will be booking your accommodations separately with Esalen and that the Esalen cancellation policies are different from ours.
  • Please ensure that you are aware of what their policies are and if you must cancel your place in this training, you will need to also cancel your accommodations with them separately.

TRANSFERS:

  • No transfers between retreats, trainings, and/or workshops.
  • No transfers of registrations between attendees.

REFUNDS:

  • No refunds will be made for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat.
  • All refunds will be processed within 2 weeks following a program.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Sarah Powers and The Insight Yoga Institute cannot be responsible or liable for any injury, loss or damage of property, or disruption of any program due to circumstances beyond the control of Sarah Powers and The Insight Yoga Institute.

RELEASE: I am aware that I may be included in photographs taken at any Sarah Powers or Insight Yoga Institute event that may be used on www.SarahPowers.com and associated social media websites.


ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS:

**If you continue and register for this retreat, you agree to the terms outlined above.

PROCESS FOR REQUESTING REGISTRATION:

Step 1: Please complete the information below.

Step 2: Please submit payment using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express only) below. We are not accepting payment via PayPal for this teaching.

  • The payment you are making is for the course tuition only, US $2,400.
  • This registration request is for a space within the training session itself. Accommodations can only be booked once the tuition is paid and you have received a confirmation email (more information below).
  • All requests will be handled in the order they are received.

Step 3: Upon successful completion of your payment, you will receive a receipt for your payment via email.

Step 4: You will receive an email from us within 48 hours confirming your space within this training.

  • If your space is confirmed for attendance, this email will also provide you with the specific information you will need to contact Esalen directly to reserve your accommodations for this training.
  • You will not be able to book your accommodations with Esalen until you have completed your course tuition payment through this page.
  • Your registration will NOT be complete until you have (a) made payment for your course tuition below AND (b) booked your accommodation through Esalen. 
  • These are the accommodation choices with Esalen:
    • Sleeping Bag $1025 (limited availability)
    • Bunkbed $1805 (limited availability)
    • Shared Standard $2710
    • Premium Single $5835
    • Point House Single $8585
  • Please Note: Cancellation provisions for tuition payments as noted above. The cancellation provisions for Esalen’s accommodations will be different, so please read both carefully so you are aware of each before registration.

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