Insight Yoga Teacher Training – August 2017

Insight Yoga Teacher Training – August 2017

Yin / Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Intensive 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, but 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 an 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 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.

If you are interested in the Level III Warm-Hearted Awareness In Yin Yoga 6-month course (begins November 2017), you will need to complete both the Level I Insight Yoga 8- or 10-day Teacher Training and the Level II Mindfulness and Inner Practices in Yin Yoga. Please note that there are additional prerequisites and an application process for the Level III Teacher Training Intensive.

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

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.


  • 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)

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.

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:

Silent Retreat at Mandali in Lake Orta, Italy
Location: Mandali in Lake Orta, Italy
Dates: August 9-20, 2017

Check-in: August 9 between 2pm and 5pm
Check-out: August 20 after breakfast
We will have an evening session to begin the teacher training after dinner on August 9.

Note: The registration process for this Teacher Training will require you to complete a Teacher Training Questionnaire to assess your suitability for this course.  (Please Note: This questionnaire is not an Insight Yoga Institute application for 500-hour certification). It is also a way to make you aware of the topics included and the degree of personal responsibility and participation expected. You will be able to register for the course once you complete the questionnaire  The coordinator for this training will be in touch with you with any questions after reviewing your responses.

Any openings on Sold Out rooms below will be posted here, as we are not keeping a wait list.

Single (Village View) – US$ 3346 (Sold Out)
Single (Lake View) – US$ 3751 (Sold Out)
Premium Single (Lake View) – US$ 3949 (Sold Out)
Twin (Village View, 2 Single beds) – US$ 2537 (Sold Out)
Premium Twin (Lake View, 2 Single beds) – US$ 3346 (Sold Out)
(Women’s Only) Hermitage (Village View, 1 Bunk bed plus 1 Single bed) – US$ 2032 (Sold Out)
(Women’s Only) Shared (Lake View, 2 Bunk beds) – US$ 2032 (Sold Out)
Dharma – (Women’s Only) Shared (Lake View, 2 Bunk beds) – US$ 1015 (Sold Out)

The nearest airport is Milano Malpensa. Mandali will organise shared taxis for about 50 euros from Malpensa to Mandali. Round trip will end up being around 90-100 euros (transfer is about 1 hour and 15 mins.) It is also possible to take public transport, first from Malpensa to Galerate, then take the train to Verbania and then take a taxi from Omegna to Mandali. (Transfer from Omegna to Mandali is about 20 mins) There is parking space available on the Mandali grounds and right next door.

Questions about this Training?
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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.



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


  • 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 17.
  • 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 17 – August 9.
  • The Institute’s cancellation policy is firm.


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


  • 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.

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