DATES: Weekends only: Friday night through Sunday
LOCATION: The Well on Bowen, Bowen Island, B.C
Getting There & About The Well on Bowen Island:
The Well on Bowen is a healing sanctuary and yoga studio immersed in the majestic nature of beautiful B.C coast. The rejuvenating ocean air permeates the island – it is close to Vancouver but far away enough to feel like you’re on vacation. The studio is located in vibrant Artisan Square, conveniently off the ferry and is surrounded by mountain views, art galleries, stylish boutiques and delicious cafés.
From Vancouver it’s a quick ferry ride, only twenty-minutes. We have chosen Bowen especially for those of you who crave a staycation vibe, may have families or other expenses that do not permit overseas travels to study. The Well is just 25km/15.5mi northwest of Vancouver, Bowen Island is easily accessible by water taxi from downtown’s Granville Island, or by ferry from Horseshoe Bay, only a scenic twenty-minute ride away. Shopping and dining await a short stroll from the ferry in Snug Cove. Peruse local boutiques for artwork, jewelry and fair-trade goods; enjoy delicious Mediterranean and West Coast food in Village Square, Artisan Square, and the Marina on the Pier.
ACCOMMODATION & CARPOOLING: As we get closer to the dates, it might be cost effective to reach out to others in the program to share accommodation/carpool. Many will be commuting daily but helpful if you’re wanting to stay the weekends, here are some helpful links: www.tourismbowenisland.com or www.airbnb.ca or www.vrbo.ca
ABOUT THE 200HR PROGRAM:
This course is designed for students who are looking to immerse in yoga for personal growth or teach yoga. The desire to teach is not a pre-requisite to take this course, however, to uphold the integrity of this experience we will approach this program with the mindset as though we are training all of you to be the best teachers out there. It is the school’s mission statement to teach you with integrity, tradition and modernity in fusion with your personality and offerings. Of course – to have fun as well! However, expect hard work in between play.
The morning asana practice will be 2.5-3 hours in length, we begin with the foundation and build. The style is strong hatha (think slow vinyasa with longer holds, alignment and a sprinkling of flow practices. Julia is a “breath-centric” teacher, meaning class with her will always begin and end with some form of pranayama and meditation. Crystal will be infusing her love for mantra, chanting and storytelling within her classes.
Daily asana clinic of around 100 foundational postures, basic cueing and pedagogy
Daily practice teaching of “bare bones” – massaging your “teachers voice” beginning with the basics and then building
Learn the Sanskrit names of all postures
Traditional practices of mantra, chanting and its history
We will also look briefly at an overview of yoga history to give you context where we come from
We will read and discuss the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Anatomy of the Spirit (one of the first books in N.A to pioneer discussion of chakra anatomy).
We will read the Bhagavad Gita and understand why it is a classic discourse in yoga
We will read The Anatomy of the Spirit – and better understand the qualities of the chakras
We will review vinyasa karma – the art of basic sequencing for a vinyasa class
Study what is pranayama, types of pranayama practices and Kundalini (this relates to the above).
Why meditate? Mantras, chanting and more
There will be other pre-requisite readings: TBA
Material for the course:
Please purchase the Complete Anatomy App (3D Anatomy) – This can be made available on both your phone AND laptop through iTunes. It is an incredibly helpful visual tool for understanding the human body.
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, BKS Iyengar
Crystal Rainbow Borelli will be co-teaching this training with me – our first training together! Crystal is pretty darn special to me as we share a ten-year friendship and teachership relationship! Crystal was one of the first trainees to ever in enrol in my 200hr program. Since then she has studied extensively all over the world, mainly in India with Vishva and has a deep love for traditional practices notoriously known for belting out mantra and hanging out with Wade Morrisette talking shop. Crystal hails from Lasqueti Island – hippyville – and was brought up by yogis, ’tis in her lineage. She’s deeply dedicated to the practice, a beloved Vancouver teacher and a shining star.
The pricing is $3500 CDN plus GST. *Accommodation, food and travel are seperate
INFO FOR INTERESTED TEACHERS: The style you will be taught to teach is a strong Hatha/Vinyasa/Power flow practice but as you will learn, yoga is yoga is yoga. The teaching begins once the course is over and it is up to you to persevere and commit years on the mat to be a solid, new teacher. It takes time and patience. All education is good education – and if it is your calling…you will know. If it is not your calling, this course will gift you inner-tools that never expire.
This course will be unique in what is needed to support you in your development in becoming a strong and knowledgeable yoga teacher. Sequencing, theming, Mantra, Mythology & hands on assists are all things we can cover together over a 6 session program.
1st week, Goals & Interests, setting schedule
2nd week, refining skills, take class, home work
3rd week, check in, observe class, go over home work
4th week, I take your class, refining skills, home work
5th week, check in, observe class, refine skills, questions & home work
6th week, I take your class, go over all home work, refining skills & next steps
This course can be as productive as you would like it, as much as you put into it is how much more I can offer you. This will be an ongoing relationship with continuous support as you need it with questions come up on your teaching career.
*If you are looking for Spiritual guidance and would like to work through the lens of Yoga, I can mentor you this way as well. The layout will be unique and designed specifically for you.
Cost is $395
Payable by PayPal, e-transfer, cheque or cash
*This can be broken down to 3 sessions, and half the cost, depending on how much is actually needed, often you are more powerful than you think you are and don't need as much coaching.
This Vinyasa Immersion is designed for students and teachers alike who would like to learn more about vinyasa as a style of practice and class. This course is perfect for yoga teachers who have taken a 200 or even a 300 hr teacher training, but feel they would like to explore theming and sequencing further.
The course covers the structure of alignment in a vinyasa class, and how to sequence within that structure. The course will cover different ways to theme, including: theming with Mantra, Myth and the Yoga Sutras. The immersion will also include the incorporation of pranayama and how to teach it safely. The immersion will cover the history of Vinyasa, the Vayu's and how the flow of Prana is relevant to the movement of the body in the practice. There will be daily discussions, work-shopping of poses, practice teaching, and homework.
Mythic Mantra Immersion
Mythic Mantra is a program I designed for the dedicated student who wanted to learn the deeper teachings that are so richly infused in our daily yoga classes. To bring forth this ancient practice into a daily home practice.
This course was designed for the teacher who wants to bring the story of the Mythology of yoga with the songs of old to their practice and classes, to build confidence in their voice and share with others the traditions beyond the physical.
In this course you will be presented with a Mythic Mantra manual of all the mantras covered, description of the mantra in English and Sanskrit, images of the Gods and Goddesses discussed throughout the course with oral story telling. Mudras to work with the Mantras, a Rudraksha Mala from India to take home. You will also have access to the recordings of all the mantras.
*There is physical asana practice, chanting with a harmonium and time for discussion, Q&A as well as lots of time to get over any fears of leading a group through song.
This program is registered with Yoga Alliance as a YACEP you can use the hours towards your 200hr & 300hr Certifications
The Sanskrit word Chakra translates to wheel or disk, which refers to energy centres in the human body.
Learn how the 7 Chakras work and feel in your body. Explore the health benefits of Chakras through physical Asana (postures) Pranayama (breathing techniques) & Mantra (vibrational sound.) Expect yoga and movement.
The first session will begin with a study of how the whole subtle body system works together, explaining the Nadis (rivers of energy,) the Granthis (energetic knots,) the Chakras (wheels of energy,) Kundalini (coiled energy)and how they are connected to the Gods & Goddesses of Yoga and our body. This will be finished off with a unique practice of pranayama, mantra, asana and meditation to help stimulate and balance the energy within the body, while infusing affirmations to create harmony.
The second session is a brief review of the Chakras, more focus on learning when the Chakras are unbalanced and balanced and how to regulate them. This session will be heavily focused on being in the experience of balancing of the Chakras by visualization, Mantra, Pranayama, asana and guided meditation practices