300-hour Module Details

BODY of LIGHT 300-hour Advanced Yoga Immersion & Teacher Training
Modules Open to the Public: Advanced Immersion and Guest Teachers
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Gina-9423Advanced Immersion with Gina Minyard
Mar 3rd – 5th, 2017

Shaivite Tantric Yoga Philosophy Through the Study of the Shiva Sutras
The Shiva Sutras is the root text of Tantric Shaivism, also known as Kashmir Shaivism. This re-emerging lineage and treasure text is the source of the teachings of embodied liberation, open-eyed mysticism, the householder path, and ultimately modern hatha yoga. We’ll contrast this text’s teachings with the more well known Yoga Sutras’ renunciatory and dualistic idealogy. More than philosophy, this is a text of your own deepest reality, and how to navigate the experience of bondage that leads to ultimate freedom. These understandings are meant to be experienced, and support to the modern yogi seeking spirituality and practices that expand and unfold the inner AND outer dimensions of life. This Advanced Immersion weekend is open to the public for all those looking for a deep dive into their Self, into Reality! Read more about the content of Advanced Immersion weekends…

Take this Advanced Immersion with Sarah Faircloth’s below for the TANTRIC YOGA IMMERSION event!

fix_0396-9981Advanced Immersion with Sarah Faircloth
Mar 31st -April 2nd, 2017

Shri Vidya Tantric Yoga Philosophy and Mythology in the Oral Tradition
Shri Vidya literally means Auspicious Wisdom. Through the lens of this goddess-centered yoga, we receive the world just as it offers itself. We contrast benign Lalita Tripurasundari (Shri) with the inimitable Kali. We will chant some of her thousand names  as delineated in the beautiful Sahasranama text. Srhi Vidya picks up the yoga tradition thread where Kashmir Shaivism leaves off. It’s the rich soil where concepts such as karma-lila, dharma-maya, and guru-kula come into their fullest meanings. We will also explore Rasa theory. These sublime teachings and practices refine our vision of what it means to be modern yoginis and yogis. What better time than this year to enter a goddess-oriented, receptive, generous and daily life-view! Read more about the content of Advanced Immersion weekends…

Take this Advanced Immersion with Gina Minyard’s above for the TANTRIC YOGA IMMERSION event!

About Sarah:
Sarah Faircloth, E-RYT 500, has shared her love of yoga for more than a decade. She is an avid yoga student and practitioner within a goddess-oriented Tantric tradition. She leads teacher trainings, workshops, retreats, and public classes to students of all levels. She is known for her playful, passionate and knowledgeable presentation. For more information, visit sarahfairclothyoga.com.

Headshot2015Guest Expert Weekend
with Marcy Braverman-Goldstein
May 19th-21st, 2017

Sanskrit Revolution
Ever wondered what your teacher is saying in Sanskrit?  Would you like to pronounce Sanskrit words confidently?  Do you know the deeper meanings of common terms such as “asana”?  This workshop will demystify pronunciations, spellings, and definitions of words that you hear, say, read, and sing.  You will learn fascinating things and walk away with a true appreciation for this sacred sound system. Understanding the language of yoga will enhance your practice and professionalize your teaching!  From new students to lead instructors, all are welcome. Session includes a study guide and audio file of our group’s call-and-response recitation of the letters.  RYTs earn CEUs.

Yoga History and Philosophies Through the Ages:  2500 B.C.E. – Today
What are the oldest poses and which ones were made up yesterday?  Was the Buddha a yogi? When did yoga reach the US?  Do the Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavadgita, and Kashmir Shaiva texts say the same things about yoga?  Join us to unpack it all. This workshop will answer these questions and more in a whirlwind tour of 5000 years.  You will gain a deeper understanding of what yoga was, what it is, and what it can be.  Fee includes a Timeline of relevant texts, people, and traditions.  RYTs earn CEUs.

About Marcy:
Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D. studied neuroscience and psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Rochester until a fascinating class about Indian traditions opened the door to more compelling ways to understand consciousness. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as a Religion and Women’s Studies double major, Marcy entered the Religious Studies doctoral program at University of California, Santa Barbara where she began her formal training in Sanskrit and was immediately riveted by its mellifluous sounds and intricate grammar. Her translation skills were refined during an immersive language study program with Dr. B.N. Pandit in New Delhi, India. In 2003 she completed her dissertation, an historical study of Sanskrit terms about possession, madness, and devotional experiences in Āyurvedic texts, Hindu poetry, and Tantric literature.

Marcy began teaching Sanskrit, and the history and philosophies of yoga in the 1990s. To design her courses, she draws from her training at UCSB and in India, and twenty years of yoga practice including a 100-hour Yoga Immersion.  Previously at Davidson College and currently at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she teaches courses such as “Yoga Through the Ages:  2500 B.C.E. – Today.” Since creating Sanskrit Revolution in 2012, she has taught at more than three dozen yoga studios, teacher training programs, yogafests, and conferences nationally.  Marcy’s passion and goal is to help people discover the fascinating linguistic foundation and history of yoga. sanskritrevolution.com

Central Park3Guest Expert Weekend with Ellen Saltonstall
June 9th -11th, 2017

For yoga teachers, massage therapists and all those interested in anatomy:

Learn from renowned author and movement specialist, Ellen Saltonstall.

  • Study anatomical structures of the body: basic joints and muscles, nerves and connective tissue.
  • Discuss particular anatomical challenges of common poses for beginner and advanced practitioners alike.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of individual body variations and how to adapt poses for a mixed-level group of students to practice safely and effectively.
  • Receive guidelines and preventative cautions for the most common yoga injuries.

Ellen Saltonstall (E-RYT 500) is a yoga instructor and body therapist based in New York with extensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods. She has been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for over 40 years. In addition to yoga, she developed and teaches Bodymind Ballwork, a method of self-massage using rubber balls. Ellen has authored three books: Yoga for Arthritis, 2008, and Yoga for Osteoporosis, 2010 with Dr. Loren Fishman, and her new book Anatomy & Yoga: A Guide for Teachers and Students, released in December 2016. She offers yoga therapy webinars through YogaOnlineU.com, and she teaches nationally and internationally with a specialty in anatomy and therapeutics. She describes her approach to bodywork and yoga as a combination of science and artistic expression.  Please visit her website at www.ellensaltonstall.com.

Elective Weekend Workshop with Christina Sell
July 29th -30th, 2017

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Central Park3Guest Expert Weekend with Ellen Saltonstall
Sept 15th -17th, 2017

With yoga classes growing in size and including students of all ages and levels of fitness, teachers benefit from basic knowledge of common conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, and joint replacements.  This weekend will provide essential information about these conditions, as well as contraindications and guidelines for a safe and supportive practice.

Ellen Saltonstall (E-RYT 500) is a yoga instructor and body therapist based in New York with extensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods. She has been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for over 40 years. In addition to yoga, she developed and teaches Bodymind Ballwork, a method of self-massage using rubber balls. Ellen has authored three books: Yoga for Arthritis, 2008, and Yoga for Osteoporosis, 2010 with Dr. Loren Fishman, and her new book Anatomy & Yoga: A Guide for Teachers and Students, released in December 2016. She offers yoga therapy webinars through YogaOnlineU.com, and she teaches nationally and internationally with a specialty in anatomy and therapeutics. She describes her approach to bodywork and yoga as a combination of science and artistic expression.  Please visit her website at www.ellensaltonstall.com.

Elective Weekend Workshop with Todd Norian
October 27th – 29th, 2017

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Guest Expert Weekend with Livia Cohen-Shapiro
Dec 1st -3rd, 2017

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Marc Portrait Aaron Young Semi-SmileGuest Expert Weekend
with Marc Holzman
Jan 12th -14th, 2018

Ayurveda for the Yoga Teacher

How do we live an optimal human life?
Ayurveda and Yoga are sister sciences that merge seamlessly to find answers to this age-old question. In this module, we will take an in-depth dive into the nuts and bolts of Ayurveda through its history, 3-dosha theory, the 24- hour Ayurveda clock, Daily and Seasonal Routines, Ayurveda Yoga Sequences, Prana, Spices for Healing, and much more.  Our intention is to bring the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda into our contemporary lives in a fun, practical, and relevant way. By upleveling your own self-care, you’ll foster a deeper connection with Life, your students, and your Self.

About Marc:
Avid truth seeker and playful risk-taker, Marc Holzman is passionate about refining the art of living and empowering his students to do the same.

As a certified Ayurveda practitioner with over 16 years of experience teaching Hatha Yoga and Meditation, Marc divides his time between Los Angeles and Paris.  Through large scale workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats, he teaches worldwide either live or via his many classes streamed on Yogaglo.com  His signature Ayurveda health coaching program, Evolutionary Habits, has been accelerating the wellness path of students since 2012. In 2007 Marc founded Guerilla Yogi – a donation-based class paradigm dedicated to building local yoga communities and insuring that students of all economic circumstances have access to yoga.

jessica boylston fagondeGuest Expert Workshop with
Jessica Boylston-Fagonde
February 2-4, 2018

Give Rise to Your Voice

During this weekend workshop, Jessica invites you to investigate your identity and mission as a yoga teacher—who are you and what is your unique offering for the benefit of your work, students, and community. Using simple concepts that make the complexity of who you are more revealing, she facilitates a riveting exploratory discussion that naturally evokes the senses, stirs the soul, and inspires a creative way to see your mission as a teacher more clearly.

With investigative exercises and group dialogue, you’ll:

  • Anchor yourself more confidently to your voice.
  • Give rise to your ideas and what you feel you’re ready to share with the world.
  • Learn tangible ways to support your career path as a teacher.
  • Connect to your unique gifts and find confidence in your yoga offering.
  • Define and align with your mission.

Bring a journal and a pen.

About Jessica
In Jessica Boylston-Fagonde’s work as an international facilitator and consultant, her mission is to help individuals and organizations give rise to their unique voices and empower their missions for positive social change. Jessica’s approach is informed by two decades of experience working in creative branding and marketing—and professional and personal development.

In her hometown of Charleston, SC, she’s the executive director and co-founder of Further Fund. Jessica has contributed to several movements and organizations:  She’s the executive producer of the documentary, Overalls and Aprons; co-founder of Gun Sense SC; co-founder of Gathering for Good; and lead organizer of Ideas Into Action. Her work has been featured in the book, Theme Weaver, and she was voted 50 Most Progressive of 2016 by Charlie Magazine.

Elective Weekend Workshop with Desiree Rumbaugh
February 23rd – 25th, 2018