Now Enrolling!

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The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! The dates for our upcoming 200 and 300 hour Yoga Immersion Teacher Training Programs have been released! Check out the dates, below, and contact us to find out more information!

200 Hour Yoga Immersion:

October 13 and 14, 2018
November 10 and 11, 2018
December 1 and 2, 2018
January 5 and 6, 2019
February 2 and 3, 2019
March 9 and 10, 2019
April 6 and 7, 2019
May 4 and 5, 2019
June 1 and 2, 2019
July 6 and 7, 2019
August 10 and 11, 2019
September 7 and 8, 2019

300 Hour Advanced Yoga Immersion:

October 27 and 28, 2018
November 17 and 18, 2018
December 8 and 9, 2018
January 12 and 13, 2019
February 9 and 10, 2019
March 16 and 17, 2019
April 13 and 14, 2019
May 11 and 12, 2019
June 8 and 9, 2019
July 13 and 14, 2019
August 17 and 18, 2019
September 14 and 15, 2019
October 12 and 13, 2019
November 9 and 10, 2019
December 7 and 8, 2019
January 4 and 5, 2020
February 1 and 2, 2020
March 7 and 8, 2020

 

Join us for a workshop for teachers!

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Now Enrolling: The Breathing Body – Renew and Restore Through Breath and Stillness

Join us for a refreshing weekend designed to offer an experiential understanding of the science and art of breath and relaxation. Explore asana to open and release the body in preparation for coming home to the natural breath. From the freedom of this conscious flow, we’ll examine classical breath techniques and their applications, both on and off the mat. After opening the body, mind and spirit with these breath explorations, we’ll spend Sunday diving deep into stillness, tranquility and rest.

For both workshop days: $285

For one workshop day: $150

Saturday December 9

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Amanda McMaine, MS, E-RYT-500 YACEP, Lead Trainer

Description:  How would it be to breathe with real freedom? How do we incorporate pranayama into our teaching and our own self-care practices? How do we choose a specific breathing practice to manage energy, mood and emotion? Learn common dysfunctional breathing patterns and how to address them in ourselves and others. Practice asana to open and release the body to allow space for the natural breath. Learn to teach breathing practices from the most basic diaphragmatic breath to the classical pranayamas that have been passed down through the ages.    

Sunday December 10
9:00 a.m. to 10:30am
Poses for Balance: Refining our personal practice routine
Cara Sparkman, RYT500
Description:  How do we refine our personal practice routine to include poses that remove obscurations to the breath? Practice poses and breath work that bring awareness and release to common areas of holding in the body. Explore poses to balance the body in preparation for deep rest in a supportive community of practice.
               
11:00am – 5:00pm
Renew and Restore

Romi Kalova, C-IAYT
Description:  

How well do we support ourselves and others? How much can we surrender to that support, and to life? Delve into the practice of Restorative Yoga–a supported, conscious body-mind relaxation practice. Using props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks, and cushions, learn to create a safe environment to allow the body to relax and open, and the mind to become quiet and reflective. Explore modifications and learn to elicit and receive feedback to lead our students and ourselves toward the profound healing possible through deep rest.

Email theessenceofyogacenter@gmail.com to enroll today!

Now enrolling: A workshop for teachers!

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Join us for a weekend of embodied experience in skillful hip opening and of the unifying role of the psoas. Explore the ‘muscle of the soul’ and its environs, and learn techniques to release and strengthen this deep core muscle while stabilizing the SI joints and lumbar spine. Connecting with and learning to balance this core muscle can not only bring profound healing, but can also provide a powerful and grounding sense of embodiment at the deepest dimension of self. With this sense of embodiment as our guide, we will spend time in reflective discussion and experiential discovery of yoga history, philosophy, and meditation.

For both workshop days: $285
For one workshop day: $150

Saturday November 18
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Amanda McMaine, MS, E-RYT-500 YACEP, Lead Trainer
Description: What holds us back and how can we learn to recognize (through both proprioception and interoception) when our body is in a safe pose? What is the role of the psoas in stability and ease of movement? Discuss postural deviations and patterns of dysfunction. Learn how to recognize these patterns, and how to help guide ourselves and others toward balance. Understand the role of the iliopsoas in releasing deep holding, as we practice yoga poses that bring awareness to our own movement patterns and those of our students.

Sunday November 19
9:00 a.m. to 10:30am

Poses for Balance and Core Integrity: Refining our personal practice routine
Cara Sparkman, RYT500
Description: How do we refine our personal practice routine to include poses that strengthen and free the fluid inner body? Practice poses and breath work that bring awareness, integrity and balance to the deep core of the body in a safe and supportive yoga community of practice.

11:00am – 5:00pm

Sutras, Sastras and Self-Knowledge: A Meditative Inquiry
Matt Branstetter, MATS, LMT, CYT
Description: What are the spiritual and conceptual foundations of yoga practice? Spend time in meditative study and discussion of both classical and modern sources, including the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads, and the texts of Ramana Maharshi and Jiddu Krishnamurti. Through dialogue and practice, discover the central, core insights which have formed the rich ground of this ancient practice.

Email to find out more and register: theessenceofyogacenter@gmail.com

Or choose an option, below.

Both Workshop Days

$285.00

One Workshop Day

$150.00

Why do we practice?

Most of us come to yoga as a way to help ourselves–to relieve pain, to breathe, to feel the body moving, to still the mind. And it works! Evidence based research is beginning to catch up to what we feel in our bones: that yoga just flat-out works. Studies have shown that yoga does, in fact, relieve pain, that it improves the quality of the breath, that it enhances overall physical health, and that it helps relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. We feel more connected. More bright. More free.

So we go along doing yoga for ourselves, and then one day, we realize that the benefits of our yoga reach into our jobs and our relationships. We feel ourselves getting angry about so-and-so, and we pause. We take a step back. We make a different choice. We share our light.

And finally, one day, we reach the conclusion that when we get on our mat, we’re doing it for the world. The time we spend on that two by six piece of sticky mat creates ripples that reach out into our local, and even global community. We don’t always know how our down dog will affect someone else, but we know somehow it will. So when we begin to feel the dark divisiveness of the 24-hour news-cycle, we step onto our mats, we practice, and we SHINE.

Here at The Essence of Yoga Center, our vision is the ‘higher purpose’ of evolving the consciousness of the planet, one student at a time, starting with ourselves.  We want to set new standards for yoga practice and teacher training that combine modern, evidenced-based, scientific research and reflective methodologies with ancient philosophy, and mindful, spiritual practices. Interested in learning more about our 200 and 300 hour Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training Programs? Contact us!

Sneak peek!

We’ve been continuing to work hard to refine our offerings for our 200 and 300 hour Yoga Immersion Teacher Training Programs. Whether you’re already enrolled, or still thinking about enrolling, but looking for a bit more information, check out the coursework descriptions for the first weekend of the 200 hour Yoga Immersion Program!

Saturday October 21

9:00am-1:00pm & 3:30-6:00pm

Breath and Posture:  Growing into greater harmony

  • Amanda McMaine, MS, E-RYT 500 YACEP Lead Teacher

Description:  What is optimal posture and how does it affect our future? Learn a safe way to practice yoga through the study of anatomy and kinesiology and refinement of basic postural poses.  Understand how to create optimal alignment and axial extension in the spine to support a sense of balance in the musculoskeletal system and ease in the breath. Learn common postural patterns and therapeutic applications to encourage a sense of safety and fluidity in movement. Breath work will provide a sense of embodiment, body-mind awareness, and freedom from unconscious restrictions.  This class will also introduce sanskrit terminology for postural poses.

2:00pm-3:00pm

Yoga Anatomy:  Postural Skeleton—The Spine

  •  Mark Bisesi, MD, RYT 200

Description:  What is the anatomy of the spine that supports our posture? Learn normal boney structure—joints, ligaments, tendons—and function of the postural skeleton.

Sunday October 22

9:00- 10:30am

Postural Poses & Breath Work: Establishing a personal practice routine

  • Cara Sparkman, RYT 500

Description:  How do we begin a personal practice routine following the principles of alignment-based, therapeutically-oriented asana? Review, discuss and practice asanas and breath work that are the building blocks of better posture in a safe and supportive yoga community of practice.

11:00pm-12:00pm, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Yoga Anatomy:  Postural Muscles—Inner core unit & postural diaphragms 

  •  Mark Bisesi, MD, RYT 200

Description:  What are the postural muscles? Learn about the structure and function of the three postural diaphragms and the inner core unit which stabilize and support our postural poses and breathing. Understand the differences between the intrinsic stabilizer and the extrinsic mobilizer muscles of the core.

2:00-5:00pm

Establishing a Yoga Community of Practice (CoP):  Learning circle rituals & reflective self-inquiry

  • Tanja Bisesi PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP

Description:  What is a yoga Community of Practice (CoP)?  What are Learning Circles and reflective practices and how can they support personal transformation and growth within community?  Participate in a Learning Circle as we engage in reflective self-inquiry and establish a yoga (CoP) for ongoing personal and community learning and development.

 

(photo courtesy of Mandy Kiley, LMT, RYT 500)

Remembering…

It’s a beautiful crisp morning here in the jungle, by the ocean…and I am feeling more settled in some significant ways after 5 days here. Then there are ways that I feel quite unsettled in my mind, particularly while watching the news on my laptop each evening. I told myself that I would take a break from it, but it draws me, the actions of this new president…the frightening possibilities that threaten to separate us from the rest of the world and from each other. And then I remember…
I remember the unchanging presence that underlies this world of change, and I see that others are standing up, speaking out, from an awareness of this presence, whether consciously or not. This presence is the connecting force that draws us together when outer forces threaten to pull us apart, and one could give it many names…Love is the word that comes to mind at this time.
For 25 years I have been teaching a winter retreat in this lovely little village of Puerto Morelos, between the ocean and the jungle. Each year, I come early to prepare, to work out the many details of the workshop and to give myself time to open to the experience of creating space for, and guiding the group through a journey of self-inquiry and exploration in breath-inspired movement. Each year, I spend this time in contemplation of their needs, hopes, dreams, wishes, concerns, and anticipate a wonderful week for them as they decompress from their daily lives and open to all that this generous environment offers. This year, another feeling keeps creeping in…a sense of the anxiety and helplessness that they will be bringing…and my own sense of helplessness in being able to lift them out of that shadow state. And then I remember…
I remember what I have come to understand at a very deep level over my 40 years as a teacher, and continually remind the teacher trainees of to lessen their fears of teaching… the challenges that they face in feeling responsible for the students and their experience. I remind them to trust the practice, and that we as teachers are mere guides and facilitators of these ancient techniques that have been evolving through the years to meet the needs of our modern world. I remind them that our responsibility level is high, yes, but that the responsibility lies in our staying in the practice ourselves, to keep coming back to that unchanging presence that connects us all and reestablishing the balance between our outer and inner worlds in such a way that we can better serve our higher purpose. I remind myself, and them,that awareness is the key, practice is the tool, and Love is the answer. This is the Essence of Yoga.
Now…having remembered, I rest in the  knowledge that our week together will be a reminder for them, the students, of this awareness that the practice of yoga opens us to. And I am flooded with gratitude for the practice, for the opportunity to share the practice, and for life itself.
Namaste,
Amanda