200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica! Samantha Akers and Peggy Profant
Feb
12
to Feb 29

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica! Samantha Akers and Peggy Profant

Join Samantha and Peggy for this special retreat center 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training! Held at Zen Spirit, in Costa Rica, this intensive is a wonderful way to begin your adventures into teaching yoga or just deepening your knowledge of practice.

For more information and to register, visit Soma Yoga Institute HERE

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300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training: Cultivating Presence and Deepening Dharma with Therapeutics
Mar
5
to Jun 14

300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training: Cultivating Presence and Deepening Dharma with Therapeutics

New Dates and a compressed format. Runs March -June on Thursdays 5-8:30pm and Friday’s -Sunday 8-5pm. Please check Om Shala yoga for specific weekends.

Visit www.omshalayoga.com for more info and to register.

Info nights begin December 17th at 5:45.

Most weekends are open to the public!

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The Subtle Art & Science of Restorative Yoga & Trauma Resiliency
Oct
18
to Oct 20

The Subtle Art & Science of Restorative Yoga & Trauma Resiliency

Join Samantha for her signature Restorative Yoga teacher training. All are welcome, teachers and students alike. This is a wonderful weekend for anyone wanting to deepen their practice and knowledge of recruiting the breath and the body as a form of non-violent communication with self.

In this weekend, trainees learn to teach asana with support as well as with guided meditations for the breath and Metta Meditations, loving kindness. We also cover the basics of trauma, resourcing for those that have difficulty in either seated meditation and/or in Restorative Asana. We cover the use of weight vs no weight on the body as well as what might be happening in the nervous system, during a passive, fully supported posture. We create a container for safety and healing. In these busy times, give yourself and your students the gift of pure relaxation.

Trainees receive a manual and CEUs are available through Yoga Alliance.

Friday morning will begin at Samantha’s home. All other sessions are held at Om Shala Yoga.

To register, please visit Om Shala Yoga HERE

SPOTS ARE LIMITED

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Alignment, Anatomy And Fascia in Asana Exploration at One Down Dog LA
Oct
11
to Oct 13

Alignment, Anatomy And Fascia in Asana Exploration at One Down Dog LA

Fascia is all the rage. And thank goodness, as it might be named an organ! With the fascia being such an integral part of our bodies, should we not be weaving the knowledge we have about fascia, into our yoga practices, just as we do with the muscular system? Fascia behaves quite differently than muscle and in this eye opening weekend, you will learn how to incorporate and embody all parts of yourselves, into your yoga. We will explore through experiential and experimental (yes, experimental, as not all bodies are built quite the same) anatomy, the biomechanics and most recent science behind a stretch, interlacing these with the Myofascial lines, to formally invite your fascia, into asana.
Each day will have a lunch break. You do not need to be a yoga teacher, or even a current yoga student, to attend. Simply an interest in practice and exploration, is requested.

Friday 10/11:
9-5pm


Anatomy and fascial exploration of the Superficial Front Line (SFL), Superficial Back Line (SBL) and Deep Front Line (DFL). The superficial front and back lines of fascia are somewhat like the slices of bread, in a sandwich. They help hold all the good stuff in. The deep front line, our myofascial core and support system, may in fact be, the most valuable line in our bodies. I call this line “our heartwood” and like the heartwood wood of a tree, it must be strong and balanced, so that it can inform the rest of the body. However, most of us have never heard of the DFL core body. Our fabulous Psoas and Diaphragms are also part of the DFL! We can use the knowledge and experience of this line to heal back pain and front to back imbalances in posture as well. We grow the knowledge for the DFL and we can then become interested in balancing the front and back of the body, structurally. There is nothing more frustrating when one slice of bread is longer or shorter than the other slice, and all the good stuff falls out! But since we are not sandwiches, this manifests for us in often painful imbalances. I love body reading through the myofascial lines in order to gain a deeper sense of what might be able to be lengthened or strengthened for balance and homeostasis.

We will explore through movement, yoga, as well as some lecture on what the fascia and extra cellular matrix is, what we have discovered it does for us as well as the scientific truths about different types of stretching. Why stretching as a focus? Muscles love heat and fast movements. Fascia delights in long, slow stretching. And yes, we can’t leave out self massage and ball rolling! You will take away from this Friday, a connection to your front, back and deep core lines of fascia and be able to incorporate them into your personal practice as well as be able to sequence a class, with these lines as your interest and intention. With fascia as your new interest, you will discover why slow transitions in yoga are valuable, as the fascia behaves in a way that calls for a slow release. The weekend will include a blend of slow, active asana, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga and focus on fluid breathing.

Saturday 10/12
9-5pm


Anatomy and fascial exploration of the lateral, spiral and functional lines of fascia. If the SFL and the SBL are the bread of our body sandwich, the lateral lines are the lacing that holds them in place. If one side is longer or pulled shorter than the other, this affects the whole shape of the sandwich. We address the spiral lines through twist, winding where needed, unwinding where needed. Understanding the fascia in the spiral lines can assist us in working with Scoliosis.

We will revisit Friday’s practice as well as develop a practice through the lens of the lateral and spiral lines with side bending and SAFE twisting for the spine. We will touch upon the functional line as well, often called the “swimmers line”.

Sunday 10/13
10-5pm

Anatomy and fascial exploration of the arm lines. There are Superficial front and back as well as Deep front and back arm lines. In our society, it seems we have chronic upper back, shoulder and neck tension. We will address the alignments of the shoulder girdle, anatomy of the upper body and the arms lines. Often, numbness, tingling and pain in the arms, hands and fingers, stems from an imbalance in these lines. We will open and strengthen these lines of the body as well as go over rehabbing shoulder injury and pain, through therapeutic yoga. I find that many students are not quite ready for arm and shoulder balancing, especially inversions, because the shoulder girdle may be out of alignment and the muscles are tight and weak, unable to safely support the inversion. And how might we practice things like headstand, if we ourselves or our students have a “head forward” position and weakness in the deep front neck and chronic tension in the cervical spine? All of these mystical questions shall be addressed. It’s even possible you may re-think inversions in yoga. (The will be no teaching of inversions, only inversion preps such as Dolphin and supported shoulder stand)

We will open the lines through ball rolling (yum!) and yin yoga practices. Once the lines are opened, we can then begin to bring in strength and resiliency. This is a wonderful day for those with shoulder pain and/or interest in rehabbing injury to the rotator cuff. We will learn to sequence classes for the upper body as well as develop our eyes to spot students that could be better served in aligning their shoulders, neck and arms, prior to coming into inversions. The heart meridian also happens to run through the physical areas of the body and fascia, that will be exploring. For this reason, we will begin the morning with Metta mediation, loving kindness phrases, for the heart.

COST:
Single Day: $125 early bird/$150 after 10/1
Full Weekend: $300 early bird/$350 after 10/1

Register HERE

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Yin Yoga Teacher Training: Body Wise, Integrated Yin Yoga & Metta
Aug
30
to Sep 1

Yin Yoga Teacher Training: Body Wise, Integrated Yin Yoga & Metta

Join Samantha for her signature Yin Yoga teacher training. All are welcome, teachers and students wanting to deepen their knowledge and practice.

This training includes the science of stretch, biomechanics and teaching Yin to mobile and less mobile body types, in slightly different ways. Some of us need some engagement, even in our Yin practice, to keep the joints communicating the messages of safety, to the nervous system. Others of us, need more support in practice, in order for the nervous system to “let go” of tighter areas of fascia. This is unlike other Yin trainings you may find. Deepen your knowledge of how the body communicates as well as your knowledge of the fascia and the whole of the connective tissue system.

A manual will be provided and CEUs are offered to yoga teachers, through Yoga Alliance.

Friday morning will be conducted at Samantha’s home. All other meetings will be at Om Shala Yoga.

To register, please visit Om Shala Yoga HERE

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Apr
26
to Nov 10

300 Hour YTT: Therapeutic & Holistic Applications of Yoga

Join Samantha for her 300 hour TheraYoga Method YTT in Arcata! More info is to come. This training will take place April-June and August-November 2019. This training is also open to those not yoga teachers or not taking the full 300 hours. Individual weekends are $325 early bird/$350 after 3/30.

Topics to include: 

Experiential/Experimental Anatomy

Fascia in Asana Applications

Ayuryoga

Yin Yoga

Science of Stretch, Biomechanics and Alignment Principles Revisited

Ball Rolling

Anatomy of Breathing

Special Conditions & Populations

Trauma, Resiliency,  Neuroscience, Somatics and Movement

Metta and Vipassana study and practice.

One on One Stretch and Assisting

Hands on Adjustments 

Building up to level 2/3 with Liz Heffernan!

But wait... there will be more! Including revisiting foundations of practice. 

There will be an informational meeting January 30th, 6:15pm at Om Shala Yoga. If you make your deposit the evening of the open house, you will get and extra $100 off the early bird price!

Cost: $3250 early bird/3450 late bird

Please visit Om Shala here, to register or for more information.

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Mar
17
to Apr 2

200 Hour YTT in Costa Rica! With Sam and Peggy Profant

Join Sam and Peggy Profant in Costa Rica for this awesome 200 hour YTT in a beautiful retreat setting. Spring of 2019, Sam and Peggy will be teaching for Soma Yoga Institutes yoga and travel adventure! Learn to teach yoga, delve into alignment and therapeutic yoga techniques, create family and enjoy the beauty of black sand beaches. 

What students have to say about training with Peggy and Sam:

"I learned that releasing tension in the body allows me to let go of beliefs that are no longer serving me."

"It was very challenging in the beginning, but it felt amazing to commit to something, honor myself, and love myself. I learned so much about my body, how to ground myself and how to trust my intuition even when I am scared."

"I really enjoyed this training. I feel so much more confident in myself and my yoga knowledge. I feel strong and beautiful."

"I would most definitely recommend this training to others, whether thy want to teach or not."

"Thank you both, this pushed me far beyond the ways that I see the world and approach it" JJ

"The immersion and daily practice (of the Summer YTT) allows or a very natural growing process" DM

"The best thing I learned was to forgive and love myself and others" AD

"I'm so grateful to see myself transform! I'm excited to see how I will teach and maybe help people transform their lives in better ways. " AD

"I most enjoyed Sam and Peggy's teaching style, love and passion for yoga and clear communication." SM

"The alignments was very useful. The Yamas and Niyamasare something that I truly love and believe every being should read. I really appreciate the emphasis on anatomy as well" SM

"I got so much more out of this than I could have imagined was possible in 3 weeks"CW

For more information, click HERE

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Mar
7
to Mar 10

The Subtle Art & Science of Restorative Yoga level 1/2 at ODD, Los Angeles

"Join Samantha Akers C-IAYT, ERYT-500, CMT, for The Subtle Art & Science of Restorative Yoga 1/2. In this fun, eye opening and relaxing teacher trainings, Sam brings together her level one and level 2 programs in such a way that if you have already taken level one, you will learn much more as well as be able to refresh the teachings. If you have not taken level one, you will learn the basic foundations for a fully supported and mindful Restorative practice, as well as gain insight into integrating proper anatomy of breathing practices, working with trauma as well and infusing practice with Insight and Metta meditation tools. 


Trainees learn to sequence classes for anxiety and depression, to give students and clients specific “prescriptions” based on their individual needs as well as develop a keen eye to see what the body is in need of in the way of support, so that the practitioner can truly inhabit the body, heart and asana with a sense of safety and ease. Sam goes over special conditions as well, adjusting for students with spinal conditions and physical limitations, making sure that Every Body can enjoy and benefit from practice. Through specific breath work, meditations and often using weight on the body, those experiencing painful heart states also find benefit and deep healing, through practice. 


In her level two program, Cultivating Presence, Sam weaves in more Insight training, which is a necessary compliment to the Metta(loving kindness) practices of meditation.  Through cultivating Wisdom and Compassion, we begin to see the truth of how things are for us, for now. We can more fully relax as it is, using the longer held postures of Restorative yoga to bring about a sense of newfound safety and support. We also work with some really fun ways to use props in slightly more active ways that are fun to integrate into group classes and privates.

Training is appropriate for teachers as well as students that would like to deepen their practices of Restorative Yoga and Meditation. 

Thursday-Sunday training

A manual for levels 1/2 will be provided. Recommended reading: The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi

$475 early bird/$525 after Feb 28. 2019. 

Please register through One Down Dog HERE


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Jun
1
to Jun 21

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Intensive, Arcata CA

Join Samantha Akers and Peggy Profant for 200 hour YTT in beautiful Arcata, Ca! This three week intensive will be lead in a retreat format with trips to the beach and redwood forest. Hiking and adventure a plenty. This training will incorporate a blend of Anusara and Iyengar principles with focus on alignment and fascia. Please inquire at Om Shala Yoga or with Samantha for more information. 

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Apr
27
to Apr 29

The Subtle Art & Science of Restorative Yoga and Breathing Training

Join Samantha for Restorative Yoga and the Art and Science of Practice and Anatomy of Breathing. In this training you will learn how to fully support students in the experience of Restorative Yoga as well as develop you eye to see when more support would benefit the student. Also covered will be a short section on breathing and the anatomy of healthy breathing. A manual is included with training. 

Please visit Om Shala yoga for registration HERE

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Apr
19
to Apr 22

Yin Yoga Training: The Subtle Art and Science of Stretch

Join Samantha at One Down Dog in Los Angeles for Yin Yoga Training.

Learn to teach Yin Yoga and deepen your practice in this 4 day training with Samantha Akers. Yin Yoga is a meditative practice in which supported poses are held for a period of time, eliciting a deep sense of stretch and relaxation. In this training, you will learn how to support the body safely, the science of stretching and the myofascial system, as well Yin philosophy and meditation techniques to use throughout your classes. Trainees will learn the benefits of using Yin as a therapeutic application and be able to sequence based on not only the Chinese meridians and organ pairs, but also for the safety of the spine and health of the fascia.
Yin Yoga is not Restorative Yoga. This training will help trainees to see and feel the important differences between the practices. Yin poses must be entered into safely and with a deep understanding of what you are asking of students bodies, to find a beneficial and stable posture that promotes just the right amount of stretch. This training is a must for teachers that would like to teach in public and private classes and is beneficial to students who would simply like to deepen their practice.22 CEUs available. 

Times: 

Thursday 1-5pm

Friday 1-5pm

Saturday 10:30-5:30pm

Sunday 9:30-5:30pm

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Oct
26
to Oct 29

Yin Yoga Teacher Training: The Subtle Art & Science of Stretch

Learn to teach Yin Yoga and deepen your practice in this 4 day training with Samantha Akers. Yin Yoga is a meditative practice in which supported poses are held for a period of time, eliciting a deep sense of stretch and relaxation. In this training, you will learn how to support the body safely, the science of stretching and the myofascial system, as well Yin philosophy and meditation techniques for orbital breathing.

Yin Yoga is not Restorative Yoga. This training will help trainees to see and feel the important differences between the practices. Yin poses must be entered into safely and with a deep understanding of what you are asking of students bodies, to find a beneficial and stable posture that promotes just the right amount of stretch. This training is a must for teachers that would like to teach in public and private classes and is beneficial to students who would simply like to deepen their practice. 26 CEUs available.

A manual is included.

Required reading: Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers and The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Suggested Reading: Anatomy Trains, third edition by Tom Myers

Schedule: October 26-29

Thursday 5:00-8:30pm

Friday 1:00-6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday 10am – 5:00pm

Pricing: $475*

*$425 Early bird rate by September 15th

Register Here

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Oct
26
to Oct 29

Subtle Art & Science of Yin Yoga & Stretch

Join Samantha at Om Shala Yoga for Yin Yoga Training. This is open to all teachers AND students wanting to deepen their practice and knowledge.

Learn to teach Yin Yoga and deepen your practice in this 4 day training with Samantha Akers. Yin Yoga is a meditative practice in which supported poses are held for a period of time, eliciting a deep sense of stretch and relaxation. In this training, you will learn how to support the body safely, the science of stretching and the myofascial system, as well Yin philosophy and meditation techniques for orbital breathing.

Yin Yoga is not Restorative Yoga. This training will help trainees to see and feel the important differences between the practices. Yin poses must be entered into safely and with a deep understanding of what you are asking of students bodies, to find a beneficial and stable posture that promotes just the right amount of stretch. This training is a must for teachers that would like to teach in public and private classes and is beneficial to students who would simply like to deepen their practice. 26 CEUs available.

A manual is included.

Required reading: Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers and The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Suggested Reading: Anatomy Trains, third edition by Tom Myers

Schedule: October 26-29

Thursday 5:00-8:30pm

Friday 1:00-6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday 10am – 5:00pm

Pricing: $475*

*$425 Early bird rate by September 15th

To register, please click HERE

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Sep
26
to Oct 24

5 week On-Line Yoga Training: Sustainable Yoga for EveryBODY!

Join Samantha Akers and Liz Heffernan E-RYT500, C-IAYT, for this exciting NEW on-line teacher training! 20 hours of training over 5 weeks that will include workshop videos, lecture, live Q&A with Liz and Sam as well as training videos on how to incorporate the Anatomy Trains of Fascia into your practice and your teaching! Special Bonus video on safe yoga for the spine.

To Register or to Read more on this flagship program, click HERE

FIVE WEEK ONLINE TEACHER ENHANCEMENT
& YOGA S.A.F.E. CERTIFICATION PROGRAM


Learn a safe and conscious approach to teaching aging bodies,
njured students and pure beginners.

If you are a yoga teacher you want to help
our students in the best possible way.

  • We know that you would like to avoid injury in your classroom, provide effective modifications and address common musculoskeletal issues with confidence and tack.  
  • In this world of diversity we also know that meeting the needs of each individual comes with plenty of challenges. 
  • o you ever encounter situations in your teaching where you wished you just knew more?
  • Has a student ever approached you with a health condition or injury and left you unsure of which safe practices and modifications to suggest?  
  • Have you ever felt fear about injuring a student, especially when they don't seem quite ready for the pose series you are offering?
  • ould you like to become more proficient in your understanding of alignment and anatomy so you can assess and address common misalignments in your classroom more effectively?
Announcing a breakthrough program to help you THRIVE as a teacher!

Join this flagship program & 

  • Help your students avoid common yoga injuries & build safe, healthy alignment in their poses
  • Train your eye to assess common misalignments 
  • Empower your language to be clear, concise and radically effective
  • Learn modifications that help your students avoid pain and unhealthy discomfort
  • Learn yoga relevant anatomy and a fascial fitness approach that make a real impact in your students practice
  • Become more purposeful in how you teach yoga, keep your material fresh and original
  • Implement strategies for crafting accessible, safe sequences
  • Learn to help your students access poses with self-assurance and skill
  • Refine your language of alignment
  • Modify for common musculoskeletal issues in yoga safely and effectively
  • Learn clear alignment cues to keep your student safe and out of danger
  • Review the contraindications for the major poses.
  • Embrace the motto “do no harm, embrace (promote) wellbeing”
  • Increase your technical knowledge

Make a real impact in your students' practices & teach sustainable, safe alignment for a lifetime of wellbeing.

5 WEEKS - 20 HOURS OF STUDY
LIFETIME ACCESS - COMPLETE AT YOUR OWN PACE

Each week our lessons will include five parts:

  1. Bio-mechanically smart alignment principles: application, observation strategies and clear language to use as a teacher in your classes as well as a few assists and teaching techniques to use to help your students learn the alignment in their own bodies.
  2. Yoga relevant anatomy to include an exploration of common musculoskeletal issues and their corresponding contraindications and best practices for yoga (the dos & don'ts)
  3. In-depth yoga pose study of selected asana, including modifications for seniors, beginners, rounder bodies and limited mobility.
  4. A targeted therapeutically oriented yoga practice
  5. Teaching practices and tips to avoid harm and promote well-being


Week one

  • Standing poses
  • Alignment & anatomy of the feet and knees
  • Anatomy Trains based Asana practice exploring and recruiting the fascial "core"; the Deep Front Line
  • Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Collapsed arches, bunions, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, cartilage and ligament injuries of the knee, hyper-mobile bodies and knee hyperextension  

Week two, October 3

  • Hip openers & forward bends
  • Alignment & anatomy of the hips & lumbar spine (part one)
  • Exploration and Asana practice for the Superficial Back Line of Fascia
  • Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Lumbar disk issues including herniated, bulging, and ruptured disks, lumbar flexion syndrome, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and piriformis syndrome

Week three

  • Core stabilization & twists
  • Alignment & anatomy of the hips, core & lumbar spine (part two)
  • Safe Core Strengthening for all bodies, including those with conditions of the spine, utilizing the Deep Front Line.
  • Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Sacro-Illiac joint safety, excessive lordosis in the low back, scoliosis and spondylolisthsis

Week four

  • Backward bends
  • Alignment & anatomy of the upper back & shoulders 
  •  Exploration and Asana practice for the Superficial Front Line of fascia: exploring how the front line can affect low back discomfort in asana
  • Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Excessive kyphosis in the thoracic spine, rotator cuff injuries, and frozen shoulder

Week five

  • Poses that weight bear on the arms
  • Alignment & anatomy of the head & neck, elbows and wrists
  • Using Yoga Tune Up Balls for self-massage of the upper body. Exploration and asana practice for the myofascial arm lines
  • Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Chronic neck tension, text neck, cervical disk issues, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, elbow hyperextension and carpal tunnel
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Jul
14
to Jul 16

The Subtle Art & Science of Restorative Yoga at One Down Dog, Silverlake

Join the relaxation revolution! Restorative Yoga is a healing practice that brings the body, mind, and nervous system into balance. Learn to teach Restorative Yoga, guided by Samantha Akers (E-RYT 500), creator of the TheraYoga Method. Sam is passionate about the immensely powerful practice of Restorative Yoga, since it has been a major part of her own journey to health. These trainings are for teachers & students who are looking to deepen their knowledge of Restorative Yoga! Teachers receive a certificate of completion once all homework and assisting is completed, as well as 20 CEUs.

Restorative Yoga is a healing practice that brings the body, mind, and nervous system into balance. Learn to teach Restorative Yoga, guided by Samantha Akers (E-RYT 500. C-IAYT), founder of TheraYoga. Sam is passionate about the immensely powerful practice of Restorative Yoga, since it has been a major part of her own journey to health.

Level 1 of this training covers the main poses of Restorative Yoga, how to adapt them for a variety of students, how to use props, how to design a satisfying class, lead mindfulness meditation and more. Special attention is given to therapeutic applications of Restorative Yoga, and how the practice can benefit people with special needs, or simply relieve stress. The training also includes discussion of the three Ayurvedic Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) and how to build a Restorative and breath practice to best suit the needs of all three. You will also learn the basics of a mindful awareness practice to aid those with anxiety and trauma disorders, helping to keep students feeling more grounded, clear and balanced during their experience of Restorative Yoga and beyond. This training is designed to prepare current yoga teachers to teach Restorative classes in studios and other environments, and it is also open to students simply wanting to deepen their knowledge, and for those in allied professions (massage therapists, those in the mental health care field, etc.) interested in sharing this practice with clients. Students will receive a manual and a reading list.

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Jun
17
to Jul 8

Soma Yoga 200 Hour YTT with Sam, Liz Heffernan and Peggy Profant

Have you been wanting to take your Yoga Teacher training certification? Are you interested in alignment and therapeutic aspects of teaching?

Join Samantha, Liz Heffernan of Soma Yoga Institute and Peggy Profant for a retreat style intensive 200 hour YTT, in the Redwoods!

For more information contact Om Shala Yoga. If you have some time off this summer and would love to work with 3 fun, skilled, experienced and compassionate teachers, this intensive might be for you. This training is a Soma Yoga Institute training of which Samantha will be leading 80 of the 200 hours of education. There will be time to play at the beach and meditate in the Redwoods. Yummy! A wonderful way to build a yoga family and community for life.

 

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May
18
to May 21

The Subtle Art & Science of Restorative Yoga Training

Location: Om Shala Yoga, Arcata CA. Register Here

Dates: Please note this is a 4 day training: Thursday-Sunday, times TBD

Pricing: $450/$400 Early Bird

 

Join the relaxation revolution! Restorative Yoga is a healing practice that brings the body, mind, and nervous system into balance. Learn to teach Restorative Yoga, guided by Samantha Akers, E-RYT 500, CMT,  creator of the TheraYoga Method. Sam is passionate about the immensely powerful practice of Restorative Yoga, since it has been a major part of her own journey to health. These trainings are for teachers & students who are looking to deepen their knowledge of Restorative Yoga! Teachers receive a certificate of completion once all homework and assisting is completed.

Level 1 of this training covers the main poses of Restorative Yoga, how to adapt them for a variety of students, how to use props, how to design a satisfying class, and more. Special attention is given to therapeutic applications of Restorative Yoga, and how the practice can benefit people with special needs, or simply relieve stress. The training also includes discussion of the three Ayurvedic Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) and how to build a Restorative and breath practice to best suit the needs of all three. You will also learn the basics of a mindful awareness practice to aid those with anxiety and trauma disorders, helping to keep students feeling more grounded, clear and balanced during their experience of Restorative Yoga and beyond. Students will receive a manual and will be required to have The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi and Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater.

These trainings are designed to prepare current yoga teachers to teach Restorative classes in studios and other environments. These weekends are also open to students simply wanting to deepen their knowledge, and for those in allied professions (massage therapists, those in the mental health care field, etc.) as a vital part of their practice with clients. Join us and become part of the Relaxation Revolution in your community!

 

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Apr
27
to Apr 30

Advanced Skills YTT: The Role Fascia Plays in Asana

Location: Om Shala Yoga, Arcata CA

PRICE: $450/$400 early bird. Training Open to Yoga Teachers & Body Workers with a Strong Asana Practice.

Register through Om Shala here

Join Samantha Akers, E-RYT500, CMT, for this groundbreaking yoga teacher training in fascial anatomy. Based on the Anatomy Trains model by Tom Myers, this is the first time The Anatomy Trains have been blended, in detail, with Yoga Asana. With new research in the science of stretching, it is more important than ever that as yoga teachers, we are able to have an understanding of our fascial network, learning to read where restrictions live in our students and how those are holding our students back. We need more than just the same simple alignment cue for each student, viewing the body as muscle and bone. We can train our eyes to see what each body is in need of on a global level.  Generally where we think the restriction is, it isn't. The site of pain is not likely to be what is causing pain.  This groundbreaking way of viewing the body in asana, will keep teachers in the top of their field and keep students safer and happier in their practices.

 

What you will learn in this 4 day intensive:

  • How muscles really work

  • What happens in a stretch

  • Properties of fascia

  • Introduction to anatomy

  • “Anatomy Trains” lines of fascia: Superficial & deep front & back lines, lateral line and spiral line

  • Full body reading techniques

  • Applications in Asana

  • Hands on Practice

  • Sequences to help work with specific patterns/restrictions

     

    This will be full of eye opening lecture, demonstration and lots of fun hands on practice. Students must have their 200 hour yoga certification to attend or an MT with a strong asana practice.

    CEU credit with Yoga Alliance

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    Thursday-Saturday 9am-6pm

                                              Sunday  9am-5pm
  • Sunday group dinner to follow close of 5pm session

  • * Required reading : “Anatomy Trains” second edition by Tom Myers

     

                Samantha has been a student of Tom Myers, as a CMT, since 2009.  She leads this training with her extensive knowledge and experience as a Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher and CMT. Many insights you will gain come from her hands on work with Tom Myer and Todd Garcia through cadaver dissection of not only the entire body, but also specific work with the myofascial lines. This training also encompasses a blend of information from Russ Pfeiffer ( Structural Movement and Rolfing), Chrys Kub ( P.T.) and Robin Rothenberg ( Yoga Therapy).

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Mar
17
to Mar 19

All Things Alignment- 3 Day Intensive Immersion: One Down Dog Yoga Silver Lake

THERAPEUTIC FOUNDATION IN ASANA
with Samantha Akers ERYT 500, CMT

Learn skill sets designed to aid teachers in providing clarity in their instructions, to develop an eye as to where and when props can/should be used, as well as help correct students with structural alignment patterns that are causing imbalance. Students will be able to deepen their practice and be able to more effectively address their own pain and injuries through asana. These skills, as well as the new information about fascia and the science of stretching, are so important if we truly want our yoga to be our medicine and psychology, as the practice was intended to be.

This weekend will be full of laughter and explorations. Sam teaches in a way where questions and open dialogue are encouraged. Her presentation of material is clear and easy to understand whether you are a yoga teacher or a student, excited to deepen your practice.

Friday March 17th 1-6pm $100/$80 early bird
Therapeutic Foundations:
Using Tadasana and the Deep Front Fascial Line

  • Foot Foundations and importance of energetic lines of the body
  • Focus on Myofascial lines, particularly the Deep Front Line ( DFL) and it's relationship to the Bandhas
  • Body reading, developing the eye to adjust alignment for individual students
  • Most Common Alignment issues, beginning with the feet, that can lead to weak, deep core muscles

Saturday March 18th 11-6pm $150/$130 early bird
Upper Body Therapeutics:
Head, Neck , Shoulders and Arms, Breathing Body Included

  • Proper alignment and actions of the head, neck, shoulders and arms in weight bearing and non-weight bearing asana
  • Most common myofascial restrictions that hold students back and how to unwind these patterns to begin proper muscular actions.
  • Explore fascial “sliding” as a way to reduce numbness and tingling that can occur with conditions such as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
  • Use props to modify for special needs of the upper body
  • Learn to spot incorrect breathing patterns and how to skillfully help to correct these through opening all 3 diaphragms.

Sunday March 19th 11-6pm $150/$130 early bird
Lower Body Therapeutics:
Hips, Legs, Knees, Ankles, Feet, Psoas

  • Explore proper alignment in standing poses, standing balances, as well as while on the back is asana such as Supta Padangustasana. Beginning with students in supine positions is beneficial for the stability of the spine while offering and opportunity to open and align the hips without tightening the surrounding muscles groups that may be miss-firing.
  • Use props such as straps and blocks to gain alignment feedback in asana
  • Use asana to address the lengthening and strengthening of the Psoas muscle as was meant to be through yoga. Without proper alignment and the ability to cue students skillfully, most of the beneficial lengthening of the Psoas is missed.
  • Learn nerve glides to lengthen both the upper and lower fibers of the Psoas.
  • Address common lower body issues and injuries

 

FULL WEEKEND PRICING:
$400/$335 early bird. (March 1st 2017)

  • 17 hours of Yoga Alliance CEU's are given with this training weekend.
  • Students will receive a paper certificate for the full weekend or individual sessions.
  • Please plan to take lots of pictures.
  • Bring a note book for notes.

These sessions are open to teachers and students alike.

Location: One Down Dog, Silver Lake. Ca

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Jan
21
to Jan 22

Restorative Yoga Training Immersion

Join Samantha Akers for Restorative Yoga Immersion at Om Shala Yoga in Arcata!

Date: January 21st and 22nd, 2017.

Time: 1-5pm both days

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Trainees do not need to be yoga teachers. This training is appropriate for teachers and students, wanting to deepen their practice. Also fabulous for those professionals that would like to incorporate Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness practices into their current modalities.

Trainees will learn the basics of teaching and adjusting students in classes. Restorative back bends, twists, inversions, forward folds and grounding savasana will be taught. Also included will be the basics of mindfulness and fluid breathing practices. Trainees will leave with pictures of poses, contra-indications and some information on special conditions.

For those wanting to deepen their practice even more, Samantha will lead a 4 day intensive on the Subtle Art and Science of Restorative Yoga, at Om Shala, May 18-21st, 2017! This short immersion will be a great place to start!

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Mar
3
to Mar 6

The Subtle Art & Science of Restorative Yoga- Level One Training

Location: Spiral Path Yoga Center, La Crescenta, CA

Dates/Time: 
Thurs and Fri 6:30pm–9pm; Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 9am-4pm

$500 for training, manual and certificate of completion ($450 early bird pricing before Feb 3, 2016). Yoga Alliance CEU's available (27 hours)

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Join the relaxation revolution! Restorative Yoga is a healing practice that brings the body, mind, and nervous system into balance. Learn to teach Restorative Yoga, guided by Samantha Akers (formerly Joseph) (E-RYT 500), creator of the TheraYoga Method. Sam is passionate about the immensely powerful practice of Restorative Yoga, since it has been a major part of her own journey to health. These trainings are for teachers & students who are looking to deepen their knowledge of Restorative Yoga! Teachers receive a certificate of completion once all homework and assisting is completed.

Level 1 of this training covers the main poses of Restorative Yoga, how to adapt them for a variety of students, how to use props, how to design a satisfying class, and more. Special attention is given to therapeutic applications of Restorative Yoga, and how the practice can benefit people with special needs, or simply relieve stress. The training also includes discussion of the three Ayurvedic Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) and how to build a Restorative and breath practice to best suit the needs of all three. You will also learn the basics of a mindful awareness practice to aid those with anxiety and trauma disorders, helping to keep students feeling more grounded, clear and balanced during their experience of Restorative Yoga and beyond. Students will receive a manual and a reading list.

These trainings are designed to prepare current yoga teachers to teach Restorative classes in studios and other environments. These weekends are also open to students simply wanting to deepen their knowledge, and for those in allied professions (massage therapists, those in the mental health care field, etc.) as a vital part of their practice with clients.

Samantha is currently under the private direction of her teacher George Haas as well as being a student in his 11 month program, A Meaningful Life. She completed Community Trauma Resiliency training, through the Trauma Resource Institute, in August of 2014. Her Restorative practice has been influenced by her teachers Judith Lasater and Leeann Carey.

 

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