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Bringing Heart and Mind Together | Online Immersion

May 26 - June 6


To open the heart-mind, we need a firm back and soft front. This module begins with the dynamic power of the coccyx and sacrum as the source for spinal motion. We do practices to mobilize and stabilize the lower back while strengthening the core musculature along the spine. We study the architecture of the pelvis and see how the pelvic diaphragm supports the respiratory diaphragm. Throughout the course we weave in strands of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Through meditation, we further develop the witness consciousness, seeing the way thoughts, hopes and fears arise against the backdrop of a spacious and boundless “mind essence”. We note the way stress, anxiety and the “busy brain” corrode the spirit. Through supported postures for the lungs and heart we prepare for pranayama practice. Through the guidance of social justice activist and guest yoga teacher Michelle Johnson, we investigate what it means to be a leader in today’s larger community, not only as a teacher of postural yoga, but as a student of social justice and facilitator of change. We emphasize self practice, self inquiry, meditative wisdom, and collective action to generate compassion and courage in order to create inclusive and healing spaces for our students.

Join Tias, Surya, Djuna, and special guest Michelle Johnson in this transformational journey!

Course of Study:

  • Opening the spine-pelvis connection
  • Build length and strength in the Iliopsoas muscle
  • Discover your own “breath print” and prepare for pranayama
  • Breathe without force but by opening to grace
  • Generate a capacity for both joy and pain in your heart
  • The serpent, the fish and the camel—postures to expand the heart-lung connection
  • Cultivate the internal lifts of mula and uddiyana bandhas
  • Qi gong practice–cultivating chi in the lower belly
  • The kidneys: the batteries of the body
  • Introduction to the chakras
  • The Yoga of Action: physical discipline, mindful reflection, and heart connection
  • Michelle Johnson: the intersection of social justice and yoga, external and internalized patterns of oppression, power and privilege, infusing your teachings with content centered on social justice, and responding to the current cultural and political challenges
  • Kindness and Non harming toward self and other
  • Practices to embody trust and belonging in an uncertain world
  • How to find truth in a time of many falsehoods
  • Shakti and sexual power in the yoga room and society
  • Creating safe spaces for all bodies through awareness of trauma, honoring gender identity, and ensuring consent
  • Yoga as antidote to a culture of greed

Daily Schedule:

May 26 – May 30, 2021 | 9:30am – 1:30pm Mountain Time daily

June 2 – 6, 2021 | 9:30am – 1:30pm Mountain Time daily

**This is the second module of our 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification Program and counts as 60 hours/CE credits through Yoga Alliance

**Live attendance is required for Yoga Alliance credit

*All daily live sessions will be recorded and available in the Curriculum should you be unable to attend live.

May 27th, 2021 – 4 Hour Event with Special Guest Instructor, Michelle Johnson:

Michelle is a social justice warrior, author, dismantling racism trainer, empath, yoga teacher and practitioner, and an intuitive healer. With over 20 years of experience leading dismantling racism work and working with clients as a licensed clinical social worker, Michelle has a deep understanding of how trauma impacts the mind, body, spirit, and heart. Her awareness of the world through her own experience as a Black woman allows her to know, first-hand, how privilege and power operate. 

Michelle holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has worked in several non-profits and served as an elected official and on many non-profit boards of directors. Michelle has led Dismantling Racism Trainings with large corporations, small non-profits, and community groups, including the ACLU-WA, Duke University, Google, This American Life, The Center for Equity and Inclusion, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church, Lululemon, and many others. She published Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World in 2017; her new book Finding Refuge: Heart Work for Healing Collective Grief comes out in July 2021 and is available for presale now. Michelle teaches workshops in yoga studios and community spaces nationwide. Visit her website to learn more about her work and the many events and trainings she offers each year.


May 26
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