About the Course
The Diamond Heart Yoga 200 hour Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training introduces you to the multifaceted world of yoga principles and practice. This training is specifically designed to help curious, passionate students strengthen their practice, and to safely teach yoga to others. Teacher trainees will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey into an ancient practice that requires an exploration of how yoga works on mental, emotional, physical and energetic planes within the body. By the end of the training, teachers will be able to confidently teach a 60-90 minute beginning /intermediate yoga class including yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy. You will learn the keys to a yogic lifestyle through the teachings of the Yoga Sutras, and how to embody and embrace this wisdom and share this with your students.
This training emphasizes the core tenets of a 200 hour training, plus many added surprises based on my background and almost 20 years of teaching. You will learn about anatomical structure and postural movement; individual postures and their Sanskrit names; alignment and adjustments; injury assessment; meditation; breathing practices; sequencing and class structure; nutrition and lifestyle habits; and ethics and business principles to understand how teachers can be a source of inspiration to others in their communities.
As a Licensed Acupuncturist, I will also be teaching from my knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including the health benefits of acupuncture and herbs. We will explore Tai Chi Chuan, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, Yoga Sutras, and much more!
Benefits of this training:
- Teach a Hatha style class safely and with confidence
- Learn hands on adjustments and alignment techniques
- Injury assessment and management
- Yoga philosophy for life and how to teach this in class
- Learn to tailor classes for beginners and pregnant women
- Graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT 200.
Students will be staying as guests of the Yoga Farm in Punta Banco, Costa Rica. The Yoga Farm is a rustic yoga center and sustainable living project located on Costa Rica’s southernmost Pacific coast. Set amidst beautiful tropical rainforest, and overlooking open ocean, it is ideally located for those looking to reconnect with mind, body, and nature.
Included in the base price of the course are dorm accommodations for one and three healthy, primarily vegetarian meals each day. Special dietary needs can easily be accommodated upon request. The Yoga Farm is intentionally a very communal environment and students will be expected to help do a few hours of karma yoga each week. This usually involves meal prep, garden work, animal care, or transport. A little goes a long way!
Tuition & Registration
The course will run April 1st – 30th, 2017.
Entire course cost: $3400 USD (Deposit due at registration, balance by 30 days prior to start of course.)
Includes shared dorm room accommodation, three healthy vegetarian meals a day, and course materials. Travels costs are not included.
Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Please follow the link below, fill out the form, and make a $500 deposit in order to secure your place. Deposits are non-refundable, so please take some time in making your decision to attend. In the event you do need to cancel, you are welcome to put your deposit towards a future teacher training with us.
The course will run the entire calendar month of February or April, so please plan to arrive on the 1st and plan to depart the 1st of the following month. Travelling to and from Punta Banco generally takes two days for most people, so plan appropriately.
My parents taught me from a young age to move. Running, jumping, squatting, pushing, pulling, throwing, catching. I met my first yoga teacher almost 40 years ago in a cafe at a health food store. He was working in the kitchen making amazing food. I later found out he was a yoga teacher; his name was Doug Swenson. I studied informally with Doug for many years, and then received my 500 hour teacher training certification from him.
Since then, I have been able to study with many amazing teachers. All of them have made a lasting impression on the way I teach and live my life today. My main teachers besides Doug are Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally, Lama Sumati Marut, David Fishman, Brandy Davis, and Mira Shani, to name a few.
It was through these teachers that I finally found what I was looking for in my yoga practice. I had reached a tipping point in my practice that opened my heart and mind to dedicate all I could to study with these teachers. I had finally found home!
For the next 10 years I dedicated all my studies to what these teachers had to offer. As a result, my teaching and practice combine elements of Tibetan Heart Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita, Ashtavakra Gita, Upanishads.
I currently teach at Tahoe Yoga Shala (formerly Mountain Yoga) in South Lake Tahoe, California, and I blend a unique style of Tibetan Heart Yoga, Hatha, Anusara and Ashtanga into my teachings. Weaving in philosophy throughout a fun and energetic class, I aim to help students connect the philosophic wisdom with their asana practice. Bringing wisdom and movement together, to show how they are beautifully connected–not separate components.
My background includes a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes, acupuncture, herbology, nutrition, exercise therapy (Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong), and remedial therapy (massage, Tui Na). I have additionally completed Tibetan Buddhism courses and am continuing advanced courses at Diamond Mountain University.
I have worked to cultivate the unique ability to bring ancient teachings into a modern setting, to touch the human heart. I work to inspire students to practice with awareness and intention on the mat, and to use the teachings off the mat in everyday life situations. My goal when teaching is to converge compassion and wisdom, art and yoga.