The Fluid Body: Prajna Teacher Training & In Depth Study
Nov
10
to Nov 15

The Fluid Body: Prajna Teacher Training & In Depth Study

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The Fluid Body

Prajna Yoga training with Djuna Mascall


about

I teach the work of Tias Little and my trainings are interchangeable with his 200hr teacher training in Santa Fe, NM. The program is for students who wish to teach yoga as well as for dedicated students to deepen their practice and further their understanding of yoga.
    The Prajna approach to the practice of yoga is classical, yet multidimensional. Rather than a prescription to teach a given system, this program is an invitation to cultivate a language of yoga that articulates the body in asana and pranayama and incorporates the study of poetry, sutras, myths, and chanting. We inspire students to discover new associations and tap their inner strength and unique gifts. Students are empowered to practice and teach from a place of creativity, adaptability, and imagination~ and ultimately “attain insight” or “prajna.”
200hr Certification Requirements (sessions do not need to be taken in order):
Session 1 | From the Ground Up
Session 2 | The Fluid Body
Session 3 | The Subtle Body
Mastering the Basics
Additional trainings and workshops to reach 200hrs.

THE FLUID BODY

October 8-13, 2018 ~ Sold out!
November 10-15, 2018 ~ Just 2 spots left!

This session is an in-depth study of the hands, arms and shoulders relative to the diaphragm and pranayama. We reflect on myths from the yoga tradition that relate to rivers, ocean and the fluid body.

The Fluid Body begins at the third chakra and the kidney/adrenal region.  We investigate the importance of hydration and fluidity within the body. This course is an in-depth study of the upper trunk including the sternum, shoulders, arms, diaphragm, brachial plexus, heart/lung and carpal tunnel.  We include mobilization techniques to free the ribs, spine, shoulders and hands in the SATYA training. Asana sequences emphasize arm balance preparations and shoulder openers. We teach back bends, inversions and arm balances. Much time is devoted to the shoulder girdle and practicing poses that serve to align the shoulders and reduce strain in the rotator cuff area. In addition, we continue our study of the Five Sheaths of connective tissue that spiral around the trunk and pass through the arms. We study the nadis, meridians (from Chinese Medicine), Ayurveda marma points and chakras that relate to the arms and upper trunk.

This week we introduce the foundation of pranayama practice, while introducing ways to sensitize the diaphragm, ribs and lung tissue. The primary theme for the week is water and the fluid systems of the body. We look at the fluid pulse (spanda) that animates the cosmic cycles of creation/destruction, particularly through the powerful metaphors of ocean and river. As we explore the cosmic themes of water and life, we detail the circulation of blood, lymph and cerebral-spinal fluid through the body. We  investigate the power of myth (from the mythology of Vishnu) and in particular the teachings on maya, or the illusory nature of the visible world. We read chapters from Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha while investigating the teachings on karma, inter-dependency and nonjudgmental awareness.

TUITION /
– EARLY BIRD rate: $875 with deposit of $250 paid three months prior to course start
– REGULAR rate: $975 if paid within three months of course start
∞ Deposit of $250 due at the time of registration, $100 is non-refundable
∞ Balance due one month prior to the course start.
+ Cost includes Prajna Yoga manual valued at $95

 
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Spirit Rock: Yoga & Dharma Teacher Training | January-May 2019
Jan
28
to May 19

Spirit Rock: Yoga & Dharma Teacher Training | January-May 2019

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Spirit Rock: Yoga & Dharma

A five month mindfulness intensive for aspiring or experienced yoga teachers

Only 25 spaces available–


program

  • A five-month training program for meditation and mindfulness practitioners and aspiring yoga teachers
  • Fulfills the requirements for the Yoga Alliance 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification
  • Special emphasis and training on the integration of meditation and mindfulness with movement
  • Program designed to support more easeful participation for non-local participants
  • Exciting new feature of both non-residential and residential retreat days of training!
  • Minimum of a two-year yoga and mindfulness practice required

 

about

This immersive training addresses body, mind and heart through the study of mindful asana, pranayama, anatomy, mindfulness meditation, and the wisdom teachings of Yoga and Buddhism. The foundation of the program is mindfulness meditation, and students will develop both their personal practice, as well as the ability to guide others.

The focus of the asana training is on increasing sensory awareness and allowing the body and breath to open and transform without seeking to achieve a particular pose or goal. We will explore asanas as vehicles for Insight and for fostering a kind and easeful relationship with the body.

We will increase mindfulness through asana training by the use of language, directing cues to the inner experience of the posture, breath, and what arises in the mind.

Through anatomy study we will strengthen understanding of the body’s structure and inner function for intelligent practice and skillful teaching.

We will engage with the Dharma through study of traditional texts, writings by Spirit Rock teachers, poetry, and story to bring the teachings to life. The Brahma Viharas, with a focus on metta, will be at the heart of our practices, providing refuge and support for kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others.

training objectives

  • You will learn the foundational asanas and how to teach them through practice experience, observation and study, and the use of variations, props and modifications.
  • You will learn how mindful yoga is distinct and involves creating a calm and spacious atmosphere in a class by using language and cueing to focus the mind, addressing the nervous system and deactivating the stress or competitive response. You will study the latest teachings in neuroscience and interoceptive awareness and how they apply to yoga and meditation practice.
  • You will strengthen your personal meditation practice and learn the foundational skills of teaching meditation in a yoga class.
  • You will learn to identify key bones, muscles and myofascial lines, as well as the organs and components of the nervous system.
  • You will have the opportunity to develop an integrated and embodied connection to the foundational teachings of the Dharma, including the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the Brahma Viharas, and the Five Hindrances, and the key sutras of Patanjali and the Ashtanga Yoga system.

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Practice for Women: Yoga in Support of the Feminine Physique and Physiology
Mar
15
to Mar 17

Practice for Women: Yoga in Support of the Feminine Physique and Physiology

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Linda Spackman began practicing yoga in 1984 and began teaching in 2000. Her classes include āsana, prāṇāyāma, Bhagavad Gītā, Yoga Sūtra and Vedic Chant. She teaches with Tias and Surya Little at Prajna Yoga, at the Vedic Chant Center and Yoga Source in Santa Fe, NM. Linda imparts her joy and underlying reverence for all aspects of yoga in every class. Her teaching style is accessible yet challenging for all levels of practice, from beginner to lifelong practitioner.

Linda is a long-time student of Sonia Nelson, with whom she regularly studies the Yoga Sūtras, Bhagavad Gītā, Vedic chant, prāṇāyāma and meditation. Sonia, a personal student of TKV Desikachar, is a rare teacher whose gift is imparting an understanding of both the tradition and depth of yoga, and how these teachings apply in everyday life.

Linda also treasures the opportunity to study with Patricia Walden, one of the most senior teachers of Iyengar yoga. Linda is continually inspired by Patricia's dynamic teaching and the devotion and refined elegance of her practice.

A long-time prenatal and postpartum teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist, Linda specializes in yoga for all phases of a woman’s life. 

In addition to public classes and intensives, Linda enjoys working one-on-one with students in private settings. With a keen eye for alignment and broad understanding of yoga practices, Linda supports students' progress step-by-step through structured self-practice.

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From the Ground Up: Prajna Teacher Training & In Depth Study
Oct
7
to Oct 12

From the Ground Up: Prajna Teacher Training & In Depth Study

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From the Ground Up

Prajna Yoga training with Djuna Mascall


about

I teach the work of Tias Little and my trainings are interchangeable with his 200hr teacher training in Santa Fe, NM. The program is for students who wish to teach yoga as well as for dedicated students to deepen their practice and further their understanding of yoga.
    The Prajna approach to the practice of yoga is classical, yet multidimensional. Rather than a prescription to teach a given system, this program is an invitation to cultivate a language of yoga that articulates the body in asana and pranayama and incorporates the study of poetry, sutras, myths, and chanting. We inspire students to discover new associations and tap their inner strength and unique gifts. Students are empowered to practice and teach from a place of creativity, adaptability, and imagination~ and ultimately “attain insight” or “prajna.”
200hr Certification Requirements (sessions do not need to be taken in order):
Session 1 | From the Ground Up
Session 2 | The Fluid Body
Session 3 | The Subtle Body
Mastering the Basics
Additional trainings and workshops to reach 200hrs.

From the Ground Up

October 7-12, 2019

This session explores the foundational teachings of the yoga practice with an emphasis on how the feet are “the foundation to the temple of the body”.

Session I explores the foundational teachings of the yoga practice.  We teach foundational asanas, mainly standing poses and introduce the therapeutic work of SATYA (Sensory Awareness for Yoga). We emphasize both “mobilization” and “stabilization” techniques to open the body. We study the body’s fascia by outlining Five Sheaths of connective tissue that extend the length of the body.  The Yoga Anatomy evolves from Tias 20 years of research in the body, not only in asana but from  Rolfing, cranial-sacral therapy, Feldenkrais and Chinese Medicine. The anatomical work is taught together with the Postural Study. We study the key anatomical structures that relate to the arches of the feet and detail how the feet are “the foundation to the temple of the body”. While developing an understanding of the bio-mechanical function of the feet and legs, we also study nadis, meridians (from Chinese Medicine), Ayurveda marma points and chakras. We emphasize the importance of the sacrum relative to the lower two chakras, muladhara and svadhisthana chakras. From the Ground Up undertakes an in-depth study of the ilio-psoas and its preeminent position in the body relative to mula and uddiyana bandha.

This course looks at the ways that traditionally, yoga involves training of the mind/heart.  We investigate the foundation of the three pillars that enable transformation on the path–the Buddha (Awakened Mind), Dharma (the Teachings) and Sangha (the Community). We read and interpret passages from the Buddhist tradition and include selected poetry to invoke the essence of the yoga path. We explore the Eightfold Path of the Buddhist teachings and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in combination with the Ashtanga Yoga system from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.We introduce the power of chanting and the power of vibration.

TUITION /
– EARLY BIRD rate: $875 with deposit of $250 paid three months prior to course start
– REGULAR rate: $975 if paid within three months of course start
∞ Deposit of $250 due at the time of registration, $100 is non-refundable
∞ Balance due one month prior to the course start.
+ Cost includes Prajna Yoga manual valued at $95

 
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The Subtle Body: Prajna Teacher Training & In Depth Study
Nov
13
to Nov 18

The Subtle Body: Prajna Teacher Training & In Depth Study

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The Subtle Body

Prajna Yoga training with Djuna Mascall


about

I teach the work of Tias Little and my trainings are interchangeable with his 200hr teacher training in Santa Fe, NM. The program is for students who wish to teach yoga as well as for dedicated students to deepen their practice and further their understanding of yoga.
    The Prajna approach to the practice of yoga is classical, yet multidimensional. Rather than a prescription to teach a given system, this program is an invitation to cultivate a language of yoga that articulates the body in asana and pranayama and incorporates the study of poetry, sutras, myths, and chanting. We inspire students to discover new associations and tap their inner strength and unique gifts. Students are empowered to practice and teach from a place of creativity, adaptability, and imagination~ and ultimately “attain insight” or “prajna.”
200hr Certification Requirements (sessions do not need to be taken in order):
Session 1 | From the Ground Up
Session 2 | The Fluid Body
Session 3 | The Subtle Body
Mastering the Basics
Additional trainings and workshops to reach 200hrs.

The Subtle Body

November 13-18, 2019

This session studies the neck, skull and brain and the importance of inverted postures and pratyhara as well as in-depth study of the emotional body and the effects of trauma on bodily tissues.

The Subtle Body course is an in-depth study of the neck and cranium along with the throat chakra and the chakras inside the skull. We review the bones of the cranium, cranial sutures, jaw and sensory organs. We detail the practice of jalandhara bandha and its effects on the throat chakra, and the thyroid gland. We study pratyahara (the softening of sensory  awareness), particularly in relation to the eyes, ears, mouth, and throat. We emphasize the importance of the organ of the tongue and introduce khechari mudra to release the upper palate and throat. We practice mobilization techniques to release strain in the neck and shoulder region. The asana practices emphasize the study of inversions including headstand, shoulder stand and plough.

One of the primary themes of The Subtle Body is the emotional body. Stemming from our anatomical study of the throat, skull, and brain, we study the central nervous system with its sympathetic and parasympathetic branches and the flight or fight response. We investigate the impact that trauma has on both mind and body, and we look at how anxiety and stress become embedded in the body’s soft tissues. In light of the effects that stress and trauma have on the body, we study the kleshas or afflictions from both the Patanjali Yoga Sutras and the Buddhist teaching. We compare the kleshas as enumerated in the ancient yoga texts to current theories of stress and emotional holding given in Western psychology and somatic practices.

TUITION /
– EARLY BIRD rate: $875 with deposit of $250 paid three months prior to course start
– REGULAR rate: $975 if paid within three months of course start
∞ Deposit of $250 due at the time of registration, $100 is non-refundable
∞ Balance due one month prior to the course start.
+ Cost includes Prajna Yoga manual valued at $95

 
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Prajna 200 Hour Switzerland / Teacher Training
Sep
12
to May 6

Prajna 200 Hour Switzerland / Teacher Training

Prajna 200 Hour: Switzerland

Prajna Yoga training with Djuna Mascall, Gisela Wilming, and Linda Spackman


about

Prajna Yoga offers the most in-depth, comprehensive and transformational yoga training programs available today. We start with the premise that a dedicated yoga practice involves not only physical discipline, but a combination of scientific rigor, profound contemplation, developed sensitivity and penetrating practice. Our aim is not to set up a yoga system that churns out students in a specific style or methodology of practice. In this sense our program is akin to models of higher education; for our aim is to educate not indoctrinate, and to that extent, we offer a rich and varied curricula that is appropriate for aspiring teachers or dedicated students who wish to deepen their practice as well as for seasoned teachers wishing to advance their studies.

program


September 11, 2017 | Evening Orientation
with Djuna Mascall and Gisela Wilming


September 12-17, 2017 | Session I: From The Ground Up
with Djuna Mascall
This session explores the foundational teachings of yoga with an emphasis on the feet as “the foundation to the temple of the body”. You will learn foundational asanas, mainly standing poses, and receive an introduction to the therapeutic work of SATYA (Sensory Awareness for Yoga). The emphasis will be on both “mobilization” and “stabilization” techniques to open the body. We study the bones, muscles, and fascia by outlining Five Sheaths model of yogic anatomy. “Living anatomy” is illuminated by the study of asana and through lecture and images. We learn the key anatomical structures that relate to the arches of the feet and detail how healthy feet are the root of ease throughout the body. While developing an understanding of the bio-mechanical function of the feet and legs, we also study nadis, Ayurveda marma points, and chakras. We emphasize the importance of the sacrum relative to the lower two chakras. From the Ground Up undertakes an in-depth study of the ilio-psoas and its preeminent position in the body relative to mula and uddiyana bandha.This course looks at the ways that traditionally, yoga involves training of the mind/heart. We investigate the foundation of the three pillars that enable transformation–the Buddha (Awakened Mind), Dharma (the Teachings) and Sangha (the Community). We read and interpret passages from the Buddhist tradition and include selected poetry to invoke the energy of the heart. We explore the Eightfold Path of the Buddhist teachings and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in combination with the Ashtanga Yoga system from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We introduce the power of chanting and the use of Sanskrit. (45 hours)


February 20-25, 2018 | Session 2: The Fluid Body
with Djuna Mascall
This session is an in-depth study of the hands, arms, and shoulders relative to the diaphragm and pranayama. We reflect on myths from the yoga tradition that relate to rivers, ocean and the fluid body.
     The Fluid Body begins at the third chakra and the kidney/adrenal region. We investigate the importance of hydration and fluidity within the body. This course is an in-depth study of the upper torso including the sternum, shoulders, arms, diaphragm, brachial plexus, heart/lung and carpal tunnel. We include mobilization techniques to free the ribs, spine, shoulders and hands in the SATYA training. Asana sequences emphasize arm balance preparations and shoulder openers for backbends and inversions. Much time is devoted to the shoulder girdle and practicing poses that serve to align the shoulders and reduce strain in the rotator cuff area. In addition, we continue our study of the Five Sheaths of connective tissue that spiral around the trunk and pass through the arms. We study the nadis, Ayurveda marma points, and chakras that relate to the arms and upper trunk.
    This week, we will introduce the foundation of pranayama practice, while introducing ways to sensitize the diaphragm, ribs and lung tissue. The primary theme for the week is water and the fluid systems of the body. We look at the fluid pulse (spanda) that animates the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, particularly through the powerful metaphors of ocean and river. As we explore the cosmic themes of water and life, we detail the circulation of blood, lymph and cerebral-spinal fluid through the body. We investigate the power of myth (from the mythology of Vishnu) and in particular the teachings on maya, or the illusory nature of the visible world. We read chapters from Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha while investigating the teachings on karma, inter-dependency and nonjudgmental awareness. (45 hours)


March 20-24, 2018 | Mastering the Basics
with Gisela Wilming
This module provides the essential teaching skills in order to teach a yoga class following the principles of Prajna Yoga. This mini-intensive guides, inspires, and motivates you to confidently and competently begin to teach yoga classes.The curriculum includes: defining and refining teaching skills, class planning and organization, directing students through effective use of voice, verbal instructions and demonstrations, observing students’ poses and common pitfalls that beginning teachers encounter. We provide individual feedback through group teaching exercises in order to help trainees hone their skills. (24 hours)


March 25, 2018 | Introduction to SATYA
with Gisela Wilming
One of the primary aims of Prajna Yoga is the heightening of perceptivity in the body-mind connection. The SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) experience encourages sensory awareness and inner listening. SATYA are movements that complement asana training. The exercises are non-weight bearing and involve techniques to reduce myo-fascial holding in the body. They are gentle techniques done on the floor and involve sliding, gliding and circular movements. The exercises help mobilize the joints, remove fatigue from the body, balance asymmetries and align the right and left sides of the body. The SATYA training, along with yoga postures, involves neural-muscular re-education. (8 hours)


April 23, 2018 | Fundamentals of Sequencing
with Gisela Wilming and Linda Spackman
To design a yoga sequence is an art. It requires skill in action to adjust a practice to the needs of the students. A sequence should be inspirational in the sense that students are taught new pathways of learning, sensing and discovering. It should give energy rather than taking it away.
The aim of Prajna Yoga is to teach poses not for the sake of the pose itself, but in order to enhance “knowing”, the sensing or embodied wisdom (‘Prajna’) that is a result of this inward journey. (8 hours)


April 24, 2018 | Women’s Health
with Gisela Wilming and Linda Spackman
In the yoga world, many students as well as teachers ignore the need to honor and adapt the practice for the rhythms and phases of women’s life cycles. This class is designed to inspire teachers and empower practitioners to explore how to adapt the practice and support women in all life phases. We will move through sequences of asanas in order to demonstrate beneficial actions and contraindications for menstruation, pregnancy, peri-menopause and menopause. (8 hours)


April 25, 2018 | The Language of Yoga
with Linda Spackman
For yoga teachers, a basic understanding of proper Sanskrit pronunciation is an important aspect of consistent and clear communication to students. Basic orientation to the Sanskrit alphabet, techniques of proper pronunciation and how to read transliteration will be presented through chant as well as printed material. Our focus will include chants from the yoga tradition and asana names. (8 hours)


April 26, 2018 | The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
with Linda Spackman
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali define the subject of yoga and describe in detail the purpose and potential effects of on-going practice. This rich and illuminative text is inspiring to students and teachers alike in its thorough compilation of the vast subject of yoga. (8 hours)


May 1-6, 2018 | Session 3: The Subtle Body
with Djuna Mascall
This session studies the neck, skull and brain and the importance of inverted postures and pratyhara as well as in-depth study of the emotional body and the effects of trauma on bodily tissues.The Subtle Body course is an in-depth study of the neck and cranium along with the throat chakra and the chakras inside the skull. We review the bones of the cranium, cranial sutures, jaw and sensory organs. We detail the practice of jalandhara bandha and its effects on the throat chakra, and the thyroid gland. We study pratyahara (the softening of sensory awareness), particularly in relation to the eyes, ears, mouth, and throat. We emphasize the importance of the organ of the tongue and introduce khechari mudra to release the upper palate and throat. We practice mobilization techniques to release strain in the neck and shoulder region. The asana practices emphasize the study of inversions including headstand, shoulder stand and plough.
     One of the primary themes of The Subtle Body is the emotional body. Stemming from our anatomical study of the throat, skull, and brain, we study the central nervous system with its sympathetic and parasympathetic branches and the flight or fight response. We investigate the impact that trauma has on both mind and body, and we look at how anxiety and stress become embedded in the body’s soft tissues. In light of the effects that stress and trauma have on the body, we study the kleshas or afflictions from both the Patanjali Yoga Sutras and the Buddhist teaching. We compare the kleshas as enumerated in the ancient yoga texts to current theories of stress and emotional holding given in Western psychology and somatic practices. (45 hours)


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