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TRAUMA-SENSITIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING: JULY 22-28, 2018

50 credit hours towards Evolve Yoga + Wellness 1000-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Certification
50 Yoga Alliance CEUs

Due to the rise of distressing world events, trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have become international buzzwords. Growing evidence shows that the imprints of traumatic events remain lodged in the body and brain, and that somatic awareness practices are essential for complete trauma recovery. Modern findings in neuroscience support these notions and have paved the way for yoga and meditation to find their rightful place as bona fide adjunctive therapies in treating traumatic stress.

Inspired by the wisdom teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and the triumphant story of Ganesha, this training helps reframe the negative effects of trauma from victimhood and suffering into an opportunity to yoke with ourselves. As we unpack the pranic implications of holding trauma in the body, we will discover that the unwinding or thawing of this “frozen potential” allows greater possibilities for stability, healing and vitality to emerge.

This 50 hour module will include explorations in:

  • The neurological and physiological implications of trauma
  • Recognizing PTSD in our students
  • The embryonic origins of the nervous system, as well as western and Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system with a focus on the vagus nerve
  • Asana, pranayama and meditation techniques that recalibrate the nervous system
  • Appropriate language, asana and pranayama to sidestep triggering and re-living the trauma story
  • Somatic sensing exercises to help understand interoception, prana dynamics, discharge processes and regulation
  • Marma point therapy – anointing specific points on the body with aromatic botanical oils to remove prana granthis (energetic knots), and assist in proper energy flow
  • Authentic communication and active listening skills
  • Establishing a safe container for transformational shifts to occur
  • Self-care for yoga teachers – supporting ourselves with strong boundaries and a nourishing daily regimen

The training will offer tools for yoga teachers to help their students “come home” to themselves in a way that fosters self-listening, establishes safety, and enlivens the muscle of trust. Of particular emphasis is learning the use of appropriate language, which is seminal in engendering this embodiment process without re-traumatizing.
Together, we will be encouraged to find comfort in the unknown, befriend our own triggers, and practice listening and feedback skills to create a strong, loving presence for our students.

"I thought I already knew a lot (about teaching and trauma), yet it turns out I didn’t know some very important concepts and practices. I have learned so much about trauma-sensitive yoga that will greatly enhance my teaching of veterans at the army base. I have many more tools to draw from now, and I feel I will be a much more effective teacher.”  S. Grier, RYT 200

"Alana’s depth of experience, impeccability and finesse as a teacher, her tremendous caring, resourcefulness and sincerity were all so valuable. I feel very confident because of the information Alana provided. She is a powerhouse woman – heart-centered in every sense. She embodies her practice. She has truly changed my life, and this course has given me the tools to heal that I had been searching and longing for—for a very long time.”  P. Dillon, Ph.D. Trauma Therapist, RYT 200

Investment: $TBD - includes simple housing at St. Mary's College, 3 organic meals each day, all classes, manuals, materials.

Registration details coming soon...

AYURVEDA FOR YOGA TEACHERS: EMBODYING THE INQUIRY OF SELF-HEALING: JUNE 24-30, 2018

50 credit hours towards Evolve Yoga + Wellness 1000-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Certification
50 Yoga Alliance CEUs

Today Ayurveda is recognized as one of the most important practices in mind-body medicine. Yet it is more than merely a medical system aimed at the treatment of disease. Ayurveda forms the foundation for a healthy and natural way of living through preventing illness and developing one’s highest potential.

This comprehensive training introduces Ayurveda as a practice of self-inquiry and healing. It emphasizes viewing ourselves and our students through Ayurveda’s unique lens to add both depth and dimension to our yoga teaching.

Through the integration of Yoga and Ayurveda, we will learn to design sequencing templates for all three doshas (body-types) that accentuate proper pacing, drishti, asana modification and appropriate pranayama. Theses Ayurvedic Yoga principles will be woven into our own bodies as we practice; once embodied and assimilated, they can be taught seamlessly, adding distinctive value and appeal to all classes and private sessions. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Samkhya, Ayurveda's philosophical root
  • The importance of our relationship with the five elements in nature (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether) in cultivating inner alchemy
  • Dosha theory - the three psycho-physiological energies of Vata, Pitta and Kapha
  • Basic diagnostic skills according to the prakruti / vikruti paradigm
  • How to provide deeper instruction in the use of asana, pranayama and meditation for healing and balancing Vata, Pitta and Kapha
  • How to customize yoga classes and one-on-one sessions for dosha-specific therapeutic effects
  • Ayurvedic dinacharya (simple and effective daily rituals) to keep the doshas in balance
  • The seven dhatus (tissues) and Ayurvedic nutrition - literally explaining how we are what we eat
  • Marma therapy protocols for Vata,Pitta and Kapha with dosha-specific essential oils and blends
  • Mantras that promote health
  • How these basic Ayurvedic concepts relate to the health of ourselves and society

This is an amazing time to be a yoga teacher. Every day more people are awakening to the fact that they are inextricably woven into the fabric of the cosmos; that their bodies and minds are not separate; that a great Prana resides in themselves and all things. The Hudson Valley, lauded for its beauty and light, serves as an inspiring backdrop to delve into the fields of Yoga and Ayurveda and learn that when taught together, these two sisters can help us heal our world.


“It was so valuable to gain deeper understandings of Ayurveda - the doshas, gunas and elements and appropriate medicine for balancing health. There were many new insights, understandings and inspirations that I will sprinkle into my teaching, work and lifestyle. Thanks for sharing your lifetime of wisdom and experience Alana!”  A. Hunt, E-RYT 500 Yoga Studio Owner

“Alana is a masterful, graceful and wise teacher and healer. Every moment was juicy and rich! I value the deep exploration of the Ayurveda system within myself — a huge self-inquiry! I’m feeling it all so profoundly in the body. I didn’t know it could go so deep in just one week!”  E. Mehiel, RYT 500 Yoga Teacher and Health Coach

Investment: $TBD - which includes simple housing at St. Mary's College, 3 organic meals each day, all classes, manuals, materials.

Registration details coming soon...

Accommodation Information: The trainings are being held at St. Mary's College campus in southern Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay.