LOCATION

Bonny Doon in Santa Cruz, CA

Two In Residence Sessions at
Sagrada Wellness Retreat Center,
near San Luis Obispo, CA

REGULAR WEEKEND CLASS SCHEDULE

Fridays: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturdays: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Sundays: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm


Dates and Times

Session 1: October 21 - 23
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am- 6:00pm
Location: Bonny Doon / Santa Cruz, CA
With Special Guest Teacher all weekend:  Mary Anne Bennick, for a rich an full experience of deepening our root connection to heart, Soul and Mind.  

Session 2: November 11 - 13
Friday 6:00 pm- 8:00pm / Saturday & Sunday  8:30 am -6:00 pm
Location: Bonny Doon / Santa Cruz, CA
With Special Guest Teacher: Marilyn Hymes, for Women's studies into the physical, mental and emotional aspects of body changes.

Session 3: December 9 - 11
Friday 6:00 pm- 8:00pm / Saturday & Sunday  8:30 am -6:00 pm
Location: Bonny Doon / Santa Cruz, CA
With Special Guest Teacher: Erika Abrahamian

Session 4: January 20 - 22
Friday 6:00 pm- 8:00pm / Saturday & Sunday  8:30 am -6:00 pm
Location: Bonny Doon / Santa Cruz, CA
With Special Guest Teachers: Erika Abrahamian and Jessica Kung Dreyfus and Stephan Dreyfus for a Sanskrit Immersion

Session 5: March 2 - 6   In Residence Immersion with Mary Anne Bennick returning
Begins Thursday at Noon/ Ends Monday at 4:00 pm
Location: Sagrada Wellness Retreat Center

Session 6: March 31 - April 2
Friday 6:00 pm- 8:00pm / Saturday & Sunday  8:30 am -6:00 pm
Location: Bonny Doon / Santa Cruz, CA
With Erika Abrahamian returning

Session 7: April 28 - 30
Friday 6:00 pm- 8:00pm / Saturday & Sunday  8:30 am -6:00 pm
Location: Bonny Doon / Santa Cruz, CA
With Special Guest Teachers for a very rich experience of Hindu mythology, diety talks and more: Manoj Chalam and Jyoti

Session 8: May 18-21  In Residence Immersion
Begins Thursday at Noon / Ends Sunday at 4:00 pm
Location: Sagrada Wellness Retreat Center*

Graduation: June 4th
Family, Friends and Lunch
Location: Bonny Doon / Santa Cruz, CA

*Sessions in Residence at Sagrada Wellness Retreat Center includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on full days and lunch and dinner on arrival and lunch on departure days. Costs for the In Residence Sessions are shown as separate from the Tuition and are passed from Divine Light Yoga directly to Sagrada Wellness Retreat Center. 


how the course unfolds

Each weekend, beginning in Residence, parts from each of the following broader topics will be integrated into an overreaching theme.  Rather than focusing on a single topic per weekend, such as Western Anatomy, we will weave experientially around themes such as Depth Psychology and the Sacred Feminine, Teaching to Specific Audiences, Addressing Everyday Aliments, 5 Element Yoga, Ayurveda for Today, Dieties and their face in Meditation, and Tantra in Today's Lifestyle, these pertinent components from each major topic group.  That way, every time we cover a specific theme, we address all the components of teaching to that, with each weekend being a complete unit within itself.  Experts in the fields of Ayurveda, Women’s Yogic issues, Hindu Philosophy and Dieties, Yogic Anatomy, Alignment and sequencing, Depth Psychology and Sanskrit will be teaching. Food is a major component with each meal being organized, prepared and eaten within a learning and sacred context.  Environment, seasons, the 5 senses and emotional psychology are integrated experientially for phenomenal learning and playing.  This is where we take our practice, teaching and living to a whole new level, one that meets us right where we are and allows us to express uniquely, sacredly, and compassionately without comparison, criticism or competition. 

 

Asana and Pranayama

To clearly demonstrate, integrate and develop a more in depth teaching platform, we will intensify our daily practice with an enriched Sadhana. Today’s fast paced lifestyle and technology overload consistently demand awareness around the needs of depleted, drained and stressed students. Creating and teaching from a place of balance, harmony and well being provide for a rejuvenating and sustainable practice. As today’s teachers, we need to be able to recognize this in our classrooms and understand how alignment and the use of therapeutics and props can make or break a practice. Change occurs at the speed of light and developing techniques to address and heal in the classroom requires acumen and poise. You will learn how to assimilate ancient teachings with modern wisdom to evolve your teaching skills. Breath is life, life is breath, and to understand the intricacies of working with the Life Force, Prana, we will thoroughly explore from the basic to the in depth levels of breathing.

 

Teaching and Practice will include

  • Daily asana practice and teaching
  • Identification and instruction for beginning, intermediate, advanced and all levels classes
  • Deeper cultivation of your personal teaching style, including deeper explorations into Vinyasa flow sequencing, alignment based, restorative, therapeutic and Yin practices
  • Full exploration and alignment delineation for all asana groupings as per the Foundational Level training
  • Advanced asana exploration and vinyasa krama styles
  • Advanced teaching techniques
  • Therapeutic yoga techniques with specific healing modalities for injury and trauma
  • Surya Namaskar A and B extended explorations with creative additions
  • Energetics of Assists: advanced techniques and use of props
  • Using Subtle body energy for advanced practices, including Bandhas, Pranayama and alternative practices
  • In depth exploration of Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Nadi Shodhana, Kundalini breath techniques, One Minute Breath and Brahmari.
  • Specific instruction on how to teach Pranayama per Doshic imbalance
  • How to strengthen, tone, recharge and restore with Pranayama
  • How to harmonize emotional, mental and spiritual conditions with Pranayama as well as conjuring altered states.
  • How to structure a class on Pranayama

 

Body Dynamics

The physical body contains a myriad of systems, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, nervous and cardiovascular. Within these systems, the subtle or energy body exists with its rarefied and intangible presence. With mind manifesting body, the study and understanding of how these systems integrate is critical. Preventing pain and injury or ahimsa, lies at the very root of these practices. Here we will explore in more depth the structure, system and nature of body dynamics.

 

Teaching and Practice will include

  • Learning to recognize habitual patterns to prevent injury and alleviate pain
  • Furthering the study of how mind manifests body through subtle energy channels and how to shift awareness to release long held beliefs, patterns and thus illness and dis-ease.
  • Further explorations into Ayurveda and its role in practice and lifestyle with herbs, body treatments, and food
  • Review and analysis of key muscles and their interplay with asana, bandhas, nadis, chakras and vayus
  • An esoteric walk into the world of cellular disharmony and the Organ Emotional link
  • Specific attention to vegetarianism and the impact of a non vegetarian diet
  • Nutrition and health: food choices, lifestyle choices
  • Sound healing and its ramifications
  • Exploring the science of Neuroplasticity of the Brain and its relationship to Sadhana
  • Philosophy, Ethics, Meditation, Mantra, and Mudra
  • Removing the divide between “doing yoga” and “living yoga” is as essential as it is to realize that meditation is not something we “do” as much as a way that we live. Often we may find in our initial foray into a spiritual path, that many precepts are directly contradictory to our current lifestyle. Bridging this gap and cultivating a more aware and gracious lifestyle without becoming dogmatic takes skill and humility. The ancient sacred yogic texts as well as some splendid modern works lend great insight into this art of creating, teaching and embodying a harmonious life. Tools for this include summoning fortitude, educing poise and potentiating humility.
  • Incorporating discussions and practices to assimilate ethics and philosophy along with reflective, mindful and inquiry based meditation practices using mantra, mudra and breath will synthesize Eastern minds with Western issues.

 

Philosophy, Ethics, Meditation, Mantra and Mudra

Removing the divide between “doing yoga” and “living yoga” is as essential as it is to realize that meditation is not something we “do” as much as a way that we live. Often we may find in our initial foray into a spiritual path, that many precepts are directly contradictory to our current lifestyle. Bridging this gap and cultivating a more aware and gracious lifestyle without becoming dogmatic takes skill and humility.  The ancient sacred yogic texts as well as some splendid modern works lend great insight into this art of creating, teaching and embodying a harmonious life. Tools for this include summoning fortitude, educing poise and potentiating humility. Incorporating discussions and practices to assimilate ethics and philosophy along with reflective, mindful and inquiry based meditation practices using mantra, mudra and breath will synthesize Eastern minds with Western issues.

 

Teaching and Practice will include

  • Visiting our relationship to the ancient sacred texts and their application to today’s lifestyle to create a sacred teaching platform
  • Elaboration on sacred texts such as the Gherandha and Shiva Samhitas, Yoga Spandakarika and other sacred works, including the Bhagavad Gita
  • Exploring in depth meditation techniques with extended times
  • Dieties and Meditation
  • Exploring Japa: the art and science of mantra chanting
  • Exploring Mudra: the benefits and results
  • Active practices to enhance practical ways of Service including conversations and activities on: Social activism, organizing and conducting Satsang and cultivating a giving and involved student body
  • How to recognize your Dharma and work with that
  • Conversations around: community responsibility, environmental concerns of the times, Perma-culture and living in the world but not being of it
  • Ego: how it shows up and how to create and live from a dynamic process and not goal oriented
  • Hidden agendas in and out of the classroom, witnessing the grounds for teaching from a place of need to giving
  • Learning to observe, assist, correct, enhance and demonstrate from a place of inspiration
  • Tuning into the Body’s wisdom with insight into body feedback, pain, injury, mental suffering, dogma driven practice, restricted belief systems, past memory, conflicting systems and authoritarian practices
  • Moving from prodding to elevation in your teaching methods
  • Cultivate in your teaching honesty, pure compassion and support
  • Classroom situations: inappropriate student/teacher relationships, vulnerability in the class, and how to handle unexpected classroom situations

 

Actualizing the Process

Invoking the pearls of wisdom from each learning moment takes critical thinking, often outside of the “box”. The entire foundation of the Divine Light Yoga teacher training is to instill within you a strong, inspiration driven Sadhana, without dogma or compulsion. The heartfelt intent is for you to develop and sustain a lifetime practice that carries you deeper and deeper into Self awareness. Using ancient and modern tools, teaching in a Sattvic environment, and allowing ample time for process, integration and joy, we know that with your heartfelt devotion, all that shows up is exactly what is meant to. Our intention is to further your ability to create, execute and deliver inspiring, personal and effective classes and learning experiences.

 

Teaching and Practice will include

  • Honing of your teaching skills with personally created sequences directed towards target audiences
  • Peer reviews to refine languaging, voice projection, classroom presence and energy focus to develop confidence and ease
  • Discussions and inquiry regarding our idealizations, visioning and dreams for teaching
  • Refining your teaching platform: orchestrating workshops, classes, retreats and trainings with themes and formats
  • Right livelihood: how to teach yoga ethically in a modern world
  • Seva: service, activism and community involvement
  • Marketing your self, branding, actuating your identity with grace and humility
  • Outside the Modules
  • Throughout the course, between the modules, you will be asked to continue your Sadhana, as this is the platform from which you will teach. Inspiring and sacred books will be recommended for reading and book reviews will be required. Personal Seva will also be a part of the program.

 

Graduation Requirements include

  • Attendance to 270 classroom hours or make up, including two 5 day in residence sessions.
  • Completion of three 40 Day, two 90 Day or one 120 day uninterrupted meditation with summarypaper written.
  • Complete Two Book reviews, reading is your choice, approved from reading list.
  • Within the entire teacher training period (8 months) you will serve in community or abroad as avolunteer either teaching in a special environment (prison, community center, center for children or the elderly, hospital, rehab, camp, etc.) or creating and manifesting an event that presents yoga and healthy lifestyle practices for the public. No less than 20 hands-on hours are required. Prior approval is needed before service begins and documentation of hours is required.
  • Continue to Participate, Assist, Teach and Observe Yoga classes, workshops and retreats.