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200 Hour Integrative Yoga Training

The training will meet the YA 200 hour standards and graduates of this training will be eligible to be registered with the Yoga Alliance as a basic 200-hour Teacher Training certification program (RYT-200)

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200 Hour Integrative Yoga Training

The training will meet the YA 200 hour standards and graduates of this training will be eligible to be registered with the Yoga Alliance as a basic 200-hour Teacher Training certification program (RYT-200)

Next Training: Winter 2017/2018

Contact Laura for training dates and details

The first dates of our next 10 month training will be announced soon. From there, monthly weekends will be scheduled by group consensus (with preference for the 2nd and 3rd weekends of each month) at the start of the training.

Training Details

This Brooklyn based 200 hour non-residential training meets one 20-hour weekend a month over the course of 10 months. The weekend intensive format is geared towards a working schedule, and the three weeks in between sessions promote integration of the material. Topics covered in the 10 month format will include the history of yoga, body awareness, ayurveda, yoga asana, pranayama, mudras, & chakras, stress management, meditation and teaching essentials. The remaining 20 hours of the 200 hour training will be comprised of monthly journal assignments, creating theme based individual and group classes, and assisting yoga class to increase skills and clinical judgement.

Through the study of anatomy, body mechanics and specific health conditions, the participants will learn the positioning and precautions required to adapt yoga to many orthopedic and neurological conditions such as knee and hip arthroscopy, spinal stenosis & spinal fusions, Parkinson’s, stroke and spinal cord injury among others. Chair yoga, including yoga in wheelchairs, will be explored as a methodology for working with individuals with movement limitations and acute & chronic pain.

The training also includes guest lectures with topics such as interpersonal somatics, philosophy and meditation, teaching essentials, yoga for cancer and breath centered yoga.

The yoga therapy components of our [courses/training] are based on our [non-YAR credential or other qualification], not derived from our status as a RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.

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Training Instructor

Taught by Laura Staton, a rehabilitation therapist and certified yoga instructor, (OTR/L, RYT E-200/500) the training will be geared towards developing an understanding of how to assess and structure a therapeutic approach towards students needs as well as in structuring group classes.

“For me, the teacher training of Integrative Yoga Therapy has illuminated additional levels of presenting yoga, such as through the Chakras, Koshas, and Doshas; and by introducing Mudra, Nidra and Pranayama variations. Laura Staton’s skilled experience of yoga asanas and knowledge of Occupational Therapy successfully assimilate these levels and skills into a blended ensemble of teaching variations and personal experiences.”

-Dalienne Majors, Brooklyn, NY

“An excellent program with new areas of yoga training that I was unaware of. It brought me to a deeper understanding of how yoga works in a therapeutic way.”

“This is an excellent program. I learned so much about yoga, not just asana but also about the breathing, meditation and the 8 Limbs of Yoga. The program overall is very comprehensive.”

“Laura was/is an amazing instructor. Her knowledge of the human body, how it works, and how yoga can be applied and practiced is such a gift. I feel honored to have had the chance to learn from the best!”

“Laura's training was very well though out and organized. Her presentation style was very engaging and interactive.”

“I'm nearing the end of my 200 hour teacher training with Laura, and I don't really have the words to express my gratitude towards Laura or the group of people in my cohort. I think that the people in my training group reflects the type of people Laura attracts, people who are professional, interested and compassionate, people looking to bring yoga to others as a tool for healing and enhanced well-being.”

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“For me, the teacher training of Integrative Yoga Therapy has illuminated additional levels of presenting yoga, such as through the Chakras, Koshas, and Doshas; and by introducing Mudra, Nidra and Pranayama variations. Laura Staton’s skilled experience of yoga asanas and knowledge of Occupational Therapy successfully assimilate these levels and skills into a blended ensemble of teaching variations and personal experiences.”

-Dalienne Majors, Brooklyn, NY

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Sample Weekend Schedule

Please note the start and end times on Saturday and Sunday. The time given to each topic may vary, depending on what is being studied. This syllabus is for the non-residential program offered through Lulu OT & Yoga and not for residential programs or other Integrative Yoga Therapy programs.

  • 8:30-10:00 Yoga Practice
  • 10:00-10:15 Break
  • 10:15-12:30 Anatomy (related to theme of the month)
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30-2:00 Yoga Nidra Practice (guided relaxation)
  • 2:00-2:15 Break
  • 2:15-4:00 Yoga History / Philosophy / Meditation
  • 4:00-4:15 Break
  • 4:15-6:00 Asana Focus and Class Organization (detailed study of poses and teaching)
  • 6:00-6:30 Wrap up and closing
  • 8:30-10:00 Yoga Practice
  • 10:00-10:15 Break
  • 10:15-12:30 Methodology (related to theme of the month)
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30-2:00 Yoga Nidra Practice (guided relaxation)
  • 2:00- 2:15 Break
  • 2:15-4:00 Conditions (neurological, orthopedic, therapeutic)
  • 4:15-6:00 Asana Focus and Practice Teaching
  • 6:00-6:30 Wrap up and closing

Topics & Lessons

Training will include various topics, ranging from philosophy and history, to conditions, Asana focus, and Methodology.

Included in the History and Philosophy section are the following:

  • The History and evolution of Yoga as it moved from India to the West
  • The 5 koshas (levels of our being)
  • The 8 fold path including the Yamas and Niyamas (the 10 disciplines of Yoga)
  • Dual and non-dualistic philosophies of Yoga
  • The 5 Kleshas (the obstacles to personal growth)
  • Business practices and ethics

In Asana Focus we will study:

  • The details of alignment for yoga postures
  • The difference between the form and the function of the poses
  • How to adapt/modify postures for particular needs
  • Sequencing
  • The benefits of the poses
  • Contraindications
  • English and Sanskrit names
  • Chair Yoga

In Conditions we will study:

  • Orthopedic: TKR, THR, OA, Low Back Pain
  • Neurological: Parkinson’s, Stroke, MS
  • Other: Cardiac and Diabetes, Spinal Cord Injury
  • Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga

Some of the topics covered in Methodology are:

  • Pranayama (Breathing Practices)
  • Meditation
  • Chakras
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Class Construction -content and organization (complete exploration of each element of a class including; opening, warm-ups, posture sequence, guided relaxation and closing)
  • Teaching Techniques-finding your authentic style
  • Use of Themes and Education to create meaningful classes
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Somatics

Guest Artists

Stacy Klein

Stacey Klein, is a licensed clinical social worker in practice for 20 years. She is in full-time private practice on the Upper West Side where she works with children adolescents, adults and couples. Stacey has worked at numerous mental health clinics around the city, most recently as an anxiety/ ocd specialist at Mount Sinai Medical Center where she was on staff for 11 years.

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Stacey works with body, mind and spirit. She offers a multidimensional approach integrating Somatic, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral, and Psychodynamic therapies with elements of Eastern and Western spiritual practice. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, phobias, OCD and mind- body integration.

Stacey leads experiential and somatic focused groups and workshops for the public on topics including how to find love and peace inside and teaches mental health professionals how to integrate cognitive behavioral therapy with a more body- focused approach. Her website is www.therapyinmanhattan.com

Ava Gerber

Ava Gerber is committed to living in awareness and using the breath to stay grounded and embodied as the magic of this beautiful life unfolds. Her fascination with multi-cultural religious ritual, ceremony, and expression has spanned the past two decades, and she sees moving the body as a way to connect to the here no and what needs to be moved through.

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Ava has studied African dance and the dance of the diaspora for the past three years, and is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher. She has also studied Tibetan Buddhism extensively, completing all 36 Asian Classics Institute courses, passing her Maroke, and is initiated as a Tantric Priestess. Ava hold an Ayurveda Certification with the Shivananda lineage and continues to explore plant medicine. She is an ordained Shamanic Minister and Certified Shamanic Breathwork facilitator. She also holds a level one Reiki empowerment. Ava has lead numerous yoga retreats, juice fasts, cleanses, and Shamanic Journeys. She utilizes food as medicine, essential oils, and meridian points to heal, balance, and live in lightness. She utilizes Shamanic Journey and Dream Tea Ceremony to bring the hidden self / shame-based self to the surface and integrate us back to the whole and blissful beings acting from heart, not habit.

 

Michael Gates

As a student of poetry, Michael Gates enjoyed heated arguments with other poets about the art of language, but began to recognize another art form he found more compelling: the art of living.

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Years later, after an introductory course on yoga, he realized that here was the living art form he’d been seeking. Every life is unique, so too is every yoga practice. In his experience, this is the therapeutic potential of yoga: to discover and honor the sacred individuality within every being. Healing begins after acceptance. Michael is a RYT teaching yoga at Jaya Yoga in Brooklyn and is also a certified Reiki practitioner.

 

Naghmeh Ahi

Naghmeh Ahi began studying yoga in 1999 with James Murphy and Kevin Gardiner. She continues to study and apprentice with James, her mentor and primary teacher. She has taught since 2002, having completed the teacher training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York, led by senior teacher Mary Dunn. She has studied with Geetaji Iyengar on several occasions, and returns to Pune, India every two years to study with the Iyengar family.

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Prior to teaching yoga, Naghmeh worked in several international organizations in France and the United States in research, production, and translation. She is fluent in French and in Farsi, her native language.

She was also a practitioner of M’Keka Do karate, a Japanese martial art form. She found its discipline similar to Iyengar Yoga, where involvement is total. Naghmeh has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, where her focus of study was the epic form. Naghmeh strives to bring to class a focused, attentive, and energetic environment where students can experience yoga safely and completely.

 

J. Brown

J. Brown has been developing techniques to teach people how to practice yoga in a deeper and more fulfilling way for more than fifteen years. He is also a well known writer, having been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Elephant Journal, and Yogadork.

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J Brown came to yoga by way of his mother’s death. Reconciling that loss, and wanting to be free from the crippling grief and disillusionment that came with it, fueled his passion for learning to make himself well.

First, he gravitated towards an Ashtanga, power vinyasa style. The intensity suited his struggling temperament. After sustaining several injuries, he explored an Iyengar based approach to learn better alignment. But he soon discovered that better alignment alone was not the answer. Despite having achieved proficiency in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar styles, studying with renowned teachers such as Alison West and Richard Freeman, J admits: ‘I still had chronic pain and was horribly disillusioned and unhappy.’ The next phase of his search would be in India.

In Rishikesh, J found a rare and special teacher in Swami P. Saraswati. He taught J that yoga practice was not a linear progression towards some unknown thing, but rather a process of learning how to take care of yourself. Back in NY, J stopped going to regular group classes and devoted himself to a self-practice, ultimately meeting his most influential teacher Mark Whitwell and finding his way to an entirely therapeutic orientation in the tradition of TKV Desikachar and T Krishnamacharya, the “teacher of teachers”.

In 2007, After more than a decade as a popular teacher at various schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn, J founded Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY. AYC was created to provide a home for yoga practice that adapts to individual needs.

 

Andrew Sugerman

Andrew teaches yoga according to the principles of TKV Desikachar as well as the Sanskrit recitation of the Yoga Sutras in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. In 2000 he began formal study of yoga with Gary Kraftsow, director of the American Viniyoga Institute in Hawaii. He went to India in 2000 to study under the tutelage of T.K.V. Desikachar and again in 2010 to study under the tutelage of Swami Veda Bharati.

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In 2002 Andrew began studying recitation, memorization, and meaning of the Yogasutra of Patanjali privately with Srivatsa Ramaswami of Chennai. He was on the teaching staff of the American Viniyoga Institute from 2002 until 2013. Andrew works privately with students teaching personalized mindfulness movement as well as workshops worldwide.