FROM JUNE 2018

YOGA TEACHER
Advanced Studies Seminar

A MONTHLY ONLINE SEMINAR FOR PRACTITIONERS, TEACHERS & KNOWLEDGE SEEKERS

Join an online community of Yoga Teachers and Practitioners in a monthly exploration of yoga philosophy, anatomy, research, therapeutics, and ethics.

The Yoga Teacher Advanced Studies Seminar is a response to the evolving need for quality continuing education programming in the yoga teaching community. 

The level of proficiency in philosophy, anatomy, ethics and therapeutics is minimal in those teachers who recently completed their 200 hour training, and even in those teachers who have been teaching for a number of years.

This seminar was designed both for teachers looking to keep the learning process alive and for those yoga practitioners who are just plain interested in the fascinating world of yoga philosophy, practice, research and scholarship.

Each month features a new talk with a different scholar or teacher. An interactive, live workshop is facilitated online and readings are offered to deepen the learning experience. All times listed are in EST (East Coast United States).

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"Depth Hypnosis: Perspectives on Trauma for Yoga Teachers"
ISA GUCCIARDI

July 19th, 2018 @ 7pm EST

Seminar Faculty

Sally Kempton, Tias Little, Andrea Jain, Christopher Hareesh Wallis, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Amy Matthews, Tom Myers, Isa Gucciardi, Felicia Tomasko, Swami Sarvapriyananda, Christopher Key Chapple, Helen Lavretsky

Talks Include...

TIAS LITTLE

"Gravity as Therapy: Why Savasana is the Most Important Pose" / JUNE 2018

Much of yoga as in life involves learning to let go. In a yoga practice, the “corpse” pose, often the very last position and its corollary, yoga nidra or the yogic sleep, require a profound letting go. This process involves not only physical relaxation but a kind of psychic relinquishing. We learn this by letting go in gravity and by allowing gravity to be our friend. In this talk Tias explores the art of “dropping in” and allowing the emotional and psychic layers of the body to dissolve. Tias discusses how savasana is a gateway to meditation and symbolically suggests the death of the identity making ego.

ISA GUCCIARDI

"Depth Hypnosis: Perspectives on Trauma for Yoga Teachers" / JULY 2018

Depth Hypnosis is a counseling process that combines Buddhism, shamanism, energy medicine, transpersonal psychology and hypnosis to address a wide range of symptoms that are related to trauma and other root causes. Central to Depth Hypnosis is the understanding of the nature of karma, the way that karmic patterns are developed energetically, and the way these patterns drive imbalance.

As you are working with yoga, you are also working with energy. Karmic patterns are energetic patterns. It is not uncommon for people’s karmic patterns to affect their engagement with the postures of yoga – and it is not uncommon for certain postures to evoke emotional and/or mental experience, including traumatic memories that may be related to karmic issues. This talk will offer yoga teachers a broader context in which to understand karma and offer tools drawn from Depth Hypnosis to help them in assisting students in working with traumatic experience that might arise in the yoga environment.  

HELEN LAVRETSKY

"The Brain and the Health Benefits of Yoga" / OCTOBER 2018

Dr Lavretsky will describe the results of her trials of Kirtan Kriya and Kundalini yoga practices in stressed dementia caregivers and in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. She will emphasize the underlying biological and brain neural mechanisms of response to treatment.

CHRISTOPHER KEY CHAPPLE

"Teaching the Yoga Sutra" / FEBRUARY 2019

The Yoga Sutra has been the "go-to" text for the study and practice of Yoga since the emergence of Yoga in its modern form more than a century ago. This talk will highlight key features of how to use this text in the context of a Yoga class. Particular attention will be given to its ethical content, its meditation instructions, its psychological insights, and its underlying freedom-affirming philosophy.

ANDREA JAIN

"Buying and Selling Yoga: Cultural Appropriation in the Global Industry" / APRIL 2019

The multi-billion-dollar global yoga industry is known for a consumer idiom that attempts to sell evocative commodities, images, or ideas appropriated from India, resulting in countless commodities. Analyzing appropriation and commodification in the yoga industry is complex. There are forms of appropriation that most people would not find objectionable, but there are many other cases that exploit or do violence to yoga traditions, for example, by perpetuating racial stereotypes or exploiting stereotypes for the sake of profit. To be sure, appropriation can sometimes harm the appropriated community, compromise its integrity, transform cultural objects themselves, or wrongly allow some to benefit to the financial detriment of others. Another way to articulate these concerns is to point out that the appropriation and commodification of yoga is situated within a history of colonialism and capitalist exploitation. Social inequalities, colonial histories, orientalism, and racism all shape our ways of understanding who uses yoga and why. Although many yoga practitioners might resist critical reflection on these matters, preferring instead to speak of yoga as if it is a static essence, transmission is far messier and usually does not take place between social equals.

Seminar Includes

Monthly Live Lectures
Video & Audio Recordings
Monthly Readings
Private Facebook Group
Organized Study Groups
Readings & Assignments
Annual Virtual Retreat
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits

Yoga Teacher Advanced Studies Seminar

A Monthly Online Seminar with an Esteemed Faculty of Teachers and Scholar-Practitioners

Presented by Embodied Philosophy

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NEXT: "Depth Hypnosis: Perspectives on Trauma for Yoga Teachers" with ISA GUCCIARDI

Depth Hypnosis is a counseling process that combines Buddhism, shamanism, energy medicine, transpersonal psychology and hypnosis to address a wide range of symptoms that are related to trauma and other root causes. Central to Depth Hypnosis is the understanding of the nature of karma, the way that karmic patterns are developed energetically, and the way these patterns drive imbalance.

As you are working with yoga, you are also working with energy. Karmic patterns are energetic patterns. It is not uncommon for people’s karmic patterns to affect their engagement with the postures of yoga – and it is not uncommon for certain postures to evoke emotional and/or mental experience, including traumatic memories that may be related to karmic issues. This talk will offer yoga teachers a broader context in which to understand karma and offer tools drawn from Depth Hypnosis to help them in assisting students in working with traumatic experience that might arise in the yoga environment.  

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