Naples Yoga Study Dates Announced

The Aquarian School offers an interdisciplinary yoga training that explores the relationships between varying popular styles. In addition to traditional Hatha yoga philosophy, this school introduces the fundamentals of Kundalini yoga, and the mechanics of Thai Yoga, which help to enrich and deepen any yoga practice. We strongly emphasize the energetic structures of the body-mind-spirit complex and teach teachers how to handle awakenings–both their own and those of their future students. Popular as well as deeply traditional asanas are explored and we work with designing vinyasa sequences that are creative, safe and elevating. This program also delves deeply into pranayama and meditation.

Our teachings are a richly woven tapestry of yoga’s journey and we hope that our trainees continue to share and evolve them.

Naples dates for 2016

November 11, 12, 13 (Veteran’s day) 8:30-5:30
Introduction to classical yoga theory
The Yamas & Niyamas
Sivananda Hatha asana building blocks
13 traditional poses
Anatomy & Physiology through Thai touch
feet, legs and hips

December 3 & 4 8:30-5:30
Pranayama
Long Deep Breath, Stroke breathing, Alternate breathing
The five families of asana
Asana, introduction to Vinyasa sequencing
standing poses & backbends
Anatomy & physiology through Thai touch
hands, arms, chest and shoulders

Wednesday, December 28th 6:00-8:00
Partner yoga & Tantric Theory

January 14, 15, 16 (MLK) 8:30-5:30
Chakras, bodies and sheathes
Asana & Vinyasa continued
inversions, arm balancing and folds
Practical sequencing for all levels
The art of Cueing and Phrasing
Anatomy & Physiology through Thai touch
core, trunk and spine

Wednesday, January 25th 6:00-8:00
Teaching mechanics
reading the room, sequencing on the fly, changing direction mid-class

February 4 & 5 8:30-5:30
Anatomy review and testing
Modifications for Everything
Making Traditional Gentle
Restorative poses

February 25 & 26 8:30-5:30
Yin Yoga
theory, asana & integration
Practical ethics & The business of yoga
Peer teaching and review

March 11 & 12 8:30-5:30
Kundalini Yoga
theory, asana, pranayama & study
Peer teaching and review

March 25th 8:30-5:30
Peer teaching, testing & Final project due
Graduation and celebration

*while we expect all students to attend all modules, there is a small amount of flexibility allowed for unexpected circumstance. Missed time will need to be made up before graduation.

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Aquarian Yoga Goes Rogue

Sat nam, one and all!

It has been an exciting few months with big, Big, BIG changes. I finally made the decision to let go of my brick and mortar yoga studio after 11 long and beautiful years. It was a tough call, but ultimately, it was the right one. This impacts a few things, but also gives me a chance to do something that I really think the community needs.

As of September 1st, all Aquarian Trainings are done on an individual, personalized schedule. This means that I won’t be sitting in a studio one weekend a month with however many students humping over the same information time and again. Nor will I be promoting scheduled trainings. Flexibility is the key here. I have decided to take on one or two students at a stretch and custom tailor my trainings to each individual’s time, mind and body needs. This enables us to really apply the science and find a clear method for the trainee to transmit that science in the best fashion possible for them.

In keeping with the Aquarian Training mission, I am also continuing to work on a sliding scale. There are no fixed rates, but rather a general framework of expenses, time and resource that I am willing to negotiate so that anybody who wants to work with me may have the opportunity.

If this is something that intrigues you, or someone that you might know, please feel free to send me an email. I am happy to discuss. These trainings are currently only available in Naples, but I plan to return to Fayetteville each summer to continue that immersion tradition.

Namaste!

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A Unique Training with a Classical Bent

It seems that every time that you turn around, a new teacher training has popped up. Eleven years ago, when I decided to undertake the effort to become a yoga teacher, things were not so easy. Trainings were few and far between unless you lived in a big city, or wanted to travel to the remote countryside and live in a yurt for a month. Today, trainees are blessed to have many options to choose from. You can study from home, or at a local studio. You can travel to ashrams worldwide, or take epic adventures to remote location. You can learn in weekend modules or you can go hell-bent-for-leather and take an intensive. The variables are endless.

One thing that I have noticed, however, is that while you can order your training up any way you like, you are generally constricted by the teacher’s “style”. You can study “Baptiste Power Yoga”. You can immerse yourself in “Jivamukti” yoga. You can learn “Forrest Yoga”, or undergo the “Bikram Yoga” trainings. These are all wonderful teachers, and they all have specific styles. When I was trained, my teacher, too, had a specific style. And I was taught his sequence only. I was given about 30 poses to study and taught how to teach those poses in that order. Please don’t misunderstand, it is a good sequence. Most of them are! But it wasn’t until I got out into the world of teaching that I realized that those 30 poses weren’t going to cut it. They couldn’t address the needs of the wildly variable student base I was seeing. I needed a much wider knowledge base than what I was given.

It took some time to figure out how to assimilate all the information that I needed because I was still thinking in the old paradigm. Most of us are taught the poses one by one. We learn Warrior 2 and all of the anatomical nips and tucks that have to happen to perform a “correct” Warrior 2. Then we have to learn all the things Warrior 2 is good for. Then we have to learn all the reason people should avoid Warrior 2. Then we have to figure out how to modify Warrior 2. Then we might be taught where Warrior 2 belongs in a sequence and why. That’s a lot of information to remember for one pose. Just one. Now multiply all of that information by the roughly 600 yoga poses that are being taught today. No wonder most trainers only choose 30 or so and then leave you to your own devices.

But once I figured out how to break it down to the fundamentals, I realized that it isn’t the poses themselves you need to know in order to be a great teacher. It is the Fundamentals. If you know the heart of yoga (which ISN”T the asana…surprise!), you can assimilate any pose into your repertoire effortlessly. You can be a powerfully effective teacher.

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This understanding is what makes this training so different from the rest. We take three Traditional disciples and break them down into pieces. We teach you how to think about each piece so that when you are confronted with something new, you can break it down yourself, know what it is about and then re-assimiliate it into your teachings. We show you how the basic poses from these disciplines can be taught in different styles, and how the energetic signature of the pose can be written to fit into whatever type of class you need to teach. This makes you versatile. It makes you thoughtful. And it brings a different sort of awareness to your practice. Layer this with a deep understanding of the energetic bodies, chakras and nadis, and you have the potential to be a transformative yoga teacher.

That’s what we want. We want you to be a force in the world. We was you to be a source of inspiration to your students. We want you to invoke change in the way people practice. Not because you can do a super-awesome-groovy Flipped Dog flying away into Wheel and back to Chaturanga, but because you know why you would even choose to do these poses. You know what they do on every level. And you have made the commitment to take that into your life.

The world needs versatile, compassionate, creative, unique, thoughtful, intelligent healers. We know how to make you one. Are you ready to try?

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November 25, 2013 · 7:38 pm