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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Naples Immersion March 9th; Fayetteville Immersion June 15th

For the coming Naples Immersion, please refer to the previous post below. The schedule will be much the same, perhaps with a little bit of flux in the days. Thanks to the trainees last session, I have created a visceral workshop experience that journeys students through the chakras.  This allows us to set the feeling of the energetics into the system so that we have more than an intellectual understanding of them. This training will run from the 9th of March to the 9th of April, which gives us a bit more time to dive into the subtle mechanics. I am hoping that this extra week will enable us to go even further. As always, if you have attended one of my trainings before and would like to hop on to experience or refresh, you are more than welcome.

The Fayetteville training is a true immersion lasting slightly longer than two weeks. The last group was so wonderful and supportive that I am very comfortable sticking to the original format. Lucky you! This enables Matthew and I to offer the first donation-based training program in the area.

There is no fixed price. This is a Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour program. We only ask that you donate as much as you think the program is worth. (Bearing in mind that we have to pay the rent, eat, care for kids, travel, etc). We also will require you to put in a few hours of service in the community, and in the house. These hours will count towards your certification if you wish to be certified; they will be a love offering if you are already certified. We also require that you make one $25 micro-loan to the individual of your choice at http://www.kiva.org. This money will be paid back to you, and you will get to see how one generous act can have ripples in a life, in a community, in the world.

We will accept as many students as we can, but your donation and your service must be fulfilled completely by the time training starts on June 13th. The schedule for the immersion is listed under the “Fayetteville” tab above, and registration papers are available under the “Registration” tab. There is also a donation button on that page that will allow you to use Paypal to complete your donation. You may choose to join us for one or more days, if you want Continuing Educations credits. You may choose to join us for the entire immersion. Please indicate on your registration papers which days you are attending and why. This is a very unique program in that we explore different traditions of yoga and we place a strong emphasis on learning how to think about the poses on many levels–physical, mental, energetic. You will come away with a better understanding of how yoga works as a spiritual science, and how it can help us all evolve towards higher being. You will also come away with a deep appreciation of asana far beyond any script, sequence or flow.

This is a unique opportunity and we are excited to see how it turns out. Please do not wait to register; I have a feeling that it is going to get full fast. If you have been thinking about undertaking a deeper study of the yoga sciences and learning to make your practice more meaningful, this is your chance. God bless. Sat nam and wahe guru!

 

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Naples Immersion Begins January 6th

Sat nam, one and all!

I’m trying something a little different this time, and opening it up a bit wider.

I will start a new 200 hour training in January 2015 that meets three times a week for the entire month. This go around,I have decided to try running two weeks of asana bootcamp, followed by a week of mental sciences–including pranayama–and winding up down the rabbit hole for a week. I’m thinking this will be a good test run to see how well y’all like being down in the rabbit hole, lol. It can get a little intense.

Before I get into that, just for the record, here is how the whole training looks:

Week One & Week Two: Asana bootcamp

Week one addresses all of the poses you probably think you know. Week two introduces less commonly know poses and the art of transitional poses. We will work physical and spiritual anatomy as we go through. Teaching mechanics of each pose will  be addressed, as will modifications and appropriate sequencing. This will be a physically rigorous experience.

Week three: Subtle sciences & the Science of the mind

In this week we will dip into Ashtang philosophy as well as explore the yogic sciences of mudra, mantra, bandha. We will practice and discuss basic and advanced pranayama. You will learn to integrate these practices into your teaching in order to create a complete yoga class. This week will  be  mentally demanding and energetically unique. Be prepared for the experience.

Week Four: Down the Rabbit Hole

Here we dive deep into the energetic mechanics of yoga and start to put the rubber to the road.  Discussions will get deeper, and the practices will get more intense. This is where we find out how and why yoga works on a psycho-spiritual level. Chakras, meridians, sen lines and other subtle mechanics will be woven together to provide you with a rudimentary energetic map of the physical/mental/spiritual body complex.  More than anything, this week will teach you about yourself, so that when you teach,you are REAL.

That’s 200 hours and what yoga alliance requires for certification (and a little more😉

In order to stay real myself, I have started taking on master level trainees. This means, to me, a certified yoga teacher who has reached that certain point when they want to go further. We all start as asana teachers, and asana practitioners. But I have found that as we go along the path of yoga, there reaches a point where you know that there is something else out there. I call that the rabbit hole. This is the place where you really start to viscerally work on the more subtle experiences, and feel a need clarify your practice and your teachings.

My master program is a space where we can get into the depth of it. We talk about how to take the practices you know, expand and enhance them for spiritual opening, and then put them to work. For you and your students. I don’t want to teach you how  to re-invent the wheel. If you are eligible for master training, then you don’t need me to.  What I do want to teach you are ways of looking at your wheel so that you get the very, very best use of it. Yoga is a tool and a tool box.  The science of the body complex is simply the most amazing tool we have to get closer to our source; Yoga is it.

Week four will be open to any master trainees who want to come on board. You’ll have to apply and be accepted into the program, but this would be a good place to feel out what we can do together. As always, training is a personal experience with me. So feel free to contact me if you want to see the vibe. Namaste!

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Fayetteville’s first donation Yoga Immersion starts in June

At the heart of yoga is one core value.

Seva. Service. Helping others with no expectation of reward.

I see this being lost as we become asana-obsessed, and I don’t see it reflected very often in the business practices we employ. Yoga teacher trainings have become a money making machine and competition is horribly stiff…sometimes cruel. The cost of a training is becoming prohibitive and this means that we could quite possibly be losing the next Krishnamacharya. Or walking away from the next Yogi Bhajan. Simply because they don’t have $2700-$3000 to get a rubber stamp certification. Certified teachers are starting to miss the opportunity to further their education because yoga workshops can cost upwards for $300-$500 a day. And yet we continue to barely pay them, and wonder why the practice is starting to revolve around asana only.

Perhaps if we stopped considering training a way to make money, we elder teachers could freely pass down the knowledge learned from years of practice and study. I understand that we all need to make a living–I’m no different. But as the practice starts to lose some of its deep, esoteric soul, I think that some of us need to step up and return to seva. It is our duty to see that the instructors coming out and the ones who have been in the trenches have an opportunity to dive into yoga’s ocean of knowledge and swim freely.

This is why Matthew and I have decided to run this coming summer immersion as a donation service to the community. There is no fixed price. This is a Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour program offered in 2 weeks. We only ask that you donate as much as you think the program is worth. (Bearing in mind that we have to pay the rent, eat, care for kids, travel, etc). We also will require you to put in a few hours of service in the community, and in the house. These hours will count towards your certification if you wish to be certified; they will be a love offering if you are already certified. We also require that you make one $25 micro-loan to the individual of your choice at http://www.kiva.org. This money will be paid back to you, and you will get to see how one generous act can have ripples in a life, in a community, in the world.

We will accept as many students as we can, but your donation and your service must be fulfilled completely by the time training starts on June 13th. The schedule for the immersion is listed under the “Fayetteville” tab above, and registration papers are available under the “Registration” tab. There is also a donation button on that page that will allow you to use Paypal to complete your donation. You may choose to join us for one or more days, if you want Continuing Educations credits. You may choose to join us for the entire immersion. Please indicate on your registration papers which days you are attending and why. This is a very unique program in that we explore different traditions of yoga and we place a strong emphasis on learning how to think about the poses on many levels–physical, mental, energetic. You will come away with a better understanding of how yoga works as a spiritual science, and how it can help us all evolve towards higher being. You will also come away with a deep appreciation of asana far beyond any script, sequence or flow.

This is a unique opportunity and we are excited to see how it turns out. Please do not wait to register; I have a feeling that it is going to get full fast. If you have been thinking about undertaking a deeper study of the yoga sciences and learning to make your practice more meaningful, this is your chance. God bless. Sat nam and wahe guru!

 

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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