CUEING, MANTRA + CHANT
October 5/6, 2019
9 am - 5 pm
Yogatown Stittsville · Ottawa

Words seek to convey so many subtle aspects of yoga: movement, spirit, and transformative concepts. We take a symbolic agreement (words and language) and through our choice of language, hope to support individual explorations of a communal experience.

Teaching yoga requires specificity, as words and their vibrations are powerful. Whether you want to convey movement clearly or experience the elevation of chant, this training is for you. Our weekend will include sessions with the following focus: 

  • Verbal cueing for movement and asana so you teach with clarity and confidence

  • Creating transformative, healing atmospheres with word choice, readings, and mantra

  • The qualities of vocal care and sound in preparation for chanting; and

  • Chanting and facilitating chanting in your personal practice and classes

This weekend includes four hours with Megan Marie Gates, sound practitioner, yoga teacher, and co-founder of Wild Heart Healing Arts Centre in Picton, Ontario.

This module is part of the 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training program.


Understanding Moving Bodies + Efficient, Accessible Yoga Sequencing
Thursday November 7 - Sunday November 10, 2019
9 am – 5 pm
Yogatown Stittsville · Ottawa

It’s said that we are 10 trillion cells that walk, we’re just not sure how. This training is continuing and critical education for yoga teachers. We’ll examine the physiology of movement – how we move, build and develop strength and range of movement, understand the opportunities and limits of stretching – and we’ll have some special resources to help illustrate what we’re learning about. The body is resilient and remarkable; this training focuses on information and techniques to inspire a low-fear yoga classroom.

After two days of focus on information of how it all comes together and how to see movement and understand moving bodies, we’ll apply our knowledge to building accessible, thorough yoga classes. Accessible can mean efficient and strong when approached thoughtfully. You will learn specific activities for your own wellbeing and your students, as well as learn how to develop yoga sequences that are well-rounded, logical, and get a lot done in a calm, steady manner.

Specific topics include…

· The physiology of movement: how is it we move and how do we cultivate change

· How range of movement develops and how we need to modify our approach to practice to maximize returns

· Our gifts and our gets: why some of us are bendy and/or strong, and what’s happened to us through lifestyle

· The inextricable interconnectedness of you: the nervous system, muscular anatomy and fascia

· Identifying the goals, opportunities and limitations of traditional posture practice

· A framework for developing a skillful, diverse practice

· Functional movement exercises and how to apply them for both general wellness practice and specifically desired outcomes

· Methods for low-fear classes that inspire students to cultivate their own movement-intuition

· Integrating new movement into familiar yoga content for confident integration to your classes

· Specific guidelines for developing your own sequences

You will have the opportunity to practice teach and integrate your learnings. Our first two days of learning will be more lecture-based, so they will open and close with short practices to help you integrate and care for your bodymind.

This course counts as two (2) modules of the 300 hour Intelligent Edge Yoga program.