Deepening (Level III) Teacher Training Intensive 2019/2020

Deepening (Level III) Teacher Training Intensive 2019/2020

Warm-Hearted Awareness in Yin Yoga

A 6-month intimate intensive for Yin Yoga teachers with Sarah Powers.

This program will accept only 24 women. 

We will gather together for 4 days, 4 hours a day in Sausalito, CA every other month.

The focus will include an integration of subtle body attunement, psychological inquiry with non-interpretive listening, and Buddhist heart/mind training and teaching.

Course Description:
Sarah Powers established this in-depth program for yoga teachers who are interested in developing and deepening their experience of and the capacity to teach the contemplative aspects of a body/mind practice. She is limiting it to only 24 women in order to provide everyone with a more personalized, supportive environment. Sarah will support you in expanding your knowledge of the Buddha Dharma and self inquiry, and how to share these teachings in a yin or restorative yoga class. The emphasis of this program will be geared toward strengthening not only your own physical and meditation practice through inner work and group processing, but also evolving your capacity to share these ancient teachings in an intimate, skillful way.

For these 6 weekends, each woman will contribute to cultivating a safe setting together. So many of us learn, study, reflect and teach on our own, with no support or feedback. Yet our process of maturing can be greatly accelerated when we participate in an intimate community that encourages our inner growth.  In this small supportive environment, each of you will feel patiently and kindly encouraged to blossom in your unique direction of transformation.

Each class will include practice time led by Sarah, personal inquiry in diads, learning to share with each other from reflective listening, and giving brief dharma talks on various chosen themes. This course will inspire you to find a renewed appreciation for how much change can occur within us when we dare to risk revealing ourselves, while also committing to meeting others with an open heart. During this intensive, you will each become more familiar with revealing your capacities, while at times exposing your anxieties and vulnerabilities. Individually and together as a group, we will empathically explore your heights and your depths, your strengths and your weaknesses.

Buddhist Topics that will be covered in the training include:
Month 1 – The Four Mind-Changings
Month 2 – The Four Noble Truths
Month 3 – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Month 4 – Working with Obstacles
Month 5 – The Four Immeasurables
Month 6 – The Six Paramitas

We ask that you complete or plan to complete the following trainings below in order for your application to be considered. Preference will be given to those who have a minimum of 500 hours of training or more.

  • Level I (now titled Primary Level) Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive – (60 – 100 hours/8 or 10-day)
  • Level II (now titled Secondary Level) Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive – (5-day/30 hours)
  • Yin Yoga/Anatomy Teacher Training with Paul Grilley — 25 hours
    • If unable to study with Paul, then completion of 25 hours with one of the approved teachers listed on the IYI Program Requirements page will also be accepted.
  • One or more 5-day silent retreat(s) (preferably with Sarah and Ty Powers)
    • Available Silent Retreats in 2019
      • Italy – May 2019 (Details & Registration Coming Soon)
      • New York – July 2019 (Details & Registration Coming Soon)
      • Italy – October 2019 (Details & Registration Coming Soon)
  • A 200-hour Yoga Training
  • Some psychological work: either in therapy or in one of the retreats listed under the Psycho-Spiritual Inquiry section on the IYI Program Requirements page.

Course Outline:
The first segment of class will be geared toward personal practice of meditation and yin yoga with a particular contemplation offered each month connected with the themes listed above.

The second segment of class we will break into diads and contemplate with each other out loud, developing our capacity to reveal our inner experience with others, while also deepening therapeutic listening and reflection.

The third segment of class will concentrate on a dharma theme of the day, while the final section of class will be devoted to breaking into groups of four. Each person will have the opportunity to share an 8-minute prepared dharma talk within your small group. Sarah will listen to different groups each month, giving feedback as she moves among you.

Each participant will have six mentoring sessions throughout the program – three with Sarah and three with Ty.  The cost of these sessions are included in your tuition. If you are already accepted into the Insight Yoga Institute and have an assigned mentor, these sessions will replace your regular scheduled sessions for the duration of this course.

Outside Coursework and Retreat Requirements:
Outside reading and short essays will be assigned throughout the training.

We also highly recommend that you go on a silent retreat with Sarah and Ty during or just after this course.

Location: Harmonia Wellness Center,
2200 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965

Thursdays through Sundays from 1:30 to 5:30pm
December 5-8, 2019
February 6-9, 2020
April 2-5, 2020
June 4-7, 2020
August 6-9, 2020
October 8-11, 2020

Tuition Cost:
USD $3,800 (inclusive of 6 mentoring sessions – 3 with Sarah and 3 with Ty)

Additional costs to consider that are not included in the Tuition Cost above:
Transportation/Accommodations/Meals costs for each of the trainings, and
Silent Retreat costs

If you are interested in applying for this intimate and unique training with Sarah, please click through the Link to Application below. You will be taken to a page to submit your name and the payment of the USD $25 application fee using a credit card. Upon successful payment, you will be taken to the application form for completion and submission.

Tripti Mahendra will receive your application, review with Sarah and then will communicate to you if you have been accepted or not to the program. Only 50 applications will be taken and only 24 will be accepted.


The application process is now open and the first acceptance letters will be sent by email beginning in early-November 2018.

To secure your place in the training, a deposit of USD $1,000 will be required at time of your agreement to the acceptance.

The balance of USD $2,800 will be due by early January 2019. You will receive the specific details of payment and the terms and conditions if you are accepted.

For questions not answered above, please contact Tripti:

Testimonials from previous Deepening (Level III) students:

“Sarah weaves winds of wisdom in this intimate six month training, which nurtures sangha, trains-up deep listening, cultivates sharing the Dharma and enhances personal practice and development…

“Sarah, through her own deep investigation, over many many years, brings to this training a generosity of sharing an impeccably honed road map of the Dharma, relevant to a contemporary practitioner, who wants to dive deep into the teachings of Buddhism…The wisest investment I’ve ever made….

“What a privilege it has been to journey to such depths. To be held and supported in such warmth, with the depth of knowledge and experience that Sarah teaches from. A new level of trust has revealed itself, a coming home…