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2021 Grounded Wisdom Yoga Teacher Training at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers
October 8| $3800 – $3900
Discover your path to embodied living & teaching.
October 8th, 2021 – May 8th, 2022
The 8 Limbs Yoga Centers Grounded Wisdom Yoga Teacher Training meets one weekend a month from October through May. Spread your time, commitment, and studies over the course of eight months!
Our training is a great fit for both the aspiring teacher and the dedicated practitioner ready to learn more. Whatever level of commitment you choose, our Grounded Wisdom Training offers excellent opportunities to deepen your yogic knowledge and self-study in a supportive community.
“The 8 Limbs Yoga Centers’ 200-hour yoga teacher training is staffed by serious, life-long practitioners who not only know their stuff, but are skilled and gracious teachers. I received a well-rounded introduction to the yogic system that introduced me to things I was completely unfamiliar with, even as a longtime student and practitioner. The training gave a structured container for far-reaching self-reflection and study.” – Suparna Chhibber
Join us for a free Info Session.
Included in the Modular Training (Approximately 180 hours of study and practice):
Asana, Pranayama, and Restoratives (75 hours)
✓ Learn to practice and skillfully teach poses through greater understanding of anatomy, energetic actions and variations
✓ Learn healthy alignment for injury prevention and longevity
✓ Understand specific benefits of postures and pranayama for building a personal practice or for working with a wide range of students
✓ Practice modifications for injuries and/or various bodies and needs
✓ Learn contraindications for foundational poses
Anatomy and Physiology (30 hours)
✓ Explore foundational concepts and terminology for the entire body
✓ Learn the names of common bones and muscles to support popular asanas
✓ Experiential classes weaving anatomical concepts and principles into poses
✓ Understand pathology and contraindications to keep your students safe
✓ Body systems – learn what the organs of the body do and how they are affected by asanas
✓ Energetic anatomy – nervous system to bandhas and chakras
Art of Teaching/Teaching Practice and Sequencing (50 hours)
✓ Dive into the 8 Limbs Teaching Template to design a diverse range of classes from Intro Series, Basics, Vinyasa Flow, to Anatomical Themed classes
✓ Art of Teaching classes emphasize teaching, observation and assisting principles
✓ Monthly practice sessions teaching in small groups or one-on-one
✓ Create monthly sequences with Mentor feedback
✓ Learn and practice inclusive language to teach and create spaces of welcome for various bodies, identities, and groups
Philosophy, Ayurveda and Yogic Lifestyle (30 hours)
✓ Experience the Yoga sutras and learn how to bring them to life in your in practice, relations, and meditation practice
✓ Conversation on the Dharma (wisdom teachings) of the Sutras
✓ Introductory look at meditation and mindfulness. Students will focus on meditation posture, concentration techniques, body-based mindfulness practices and inquiry into the inner workings of the mind.
✓ Familiarize yourself with the many traditional paths of yoga
✓ Learn basic Sanskrit for common poses
✓ How to use the chakras for personal growth and in designing asana classes
✓ Use the 5 Elements in Ayurveda to understand your unique constitution and create healthy routines
Tools to Thrive as a Teacher (15 hours)
✓ Business of yoga class to explore the many ways to make a living as a teacher and how to set up realistic goals after graduating
✓ How to prepare for yoga auditions and apply for teaching positions
✓ Participate in engaging conversations in our Holding Inclusive Space class which explores unpacking unconscious bias, body positivity, accessibility in asana, inclusive language for teachers, and making agreements for and building a culture of unconditional welcome and belonging
✓ Conversations in ethics for teachers to understand the value of boundaries, policy and personal practice
8 Limbs Teacher Training Manual
4 30-minute one-on-one meetings with Mentor
2-3 hours per week reading and homework
8 Limbs Livestream Unlimited Membership October 1, 2021-May 15, 2022
Dates: October 8th, 2021 – May 8th, 2022
About the instructors: Chiara Guerrieri, Jenny Hayo, Melina Meza, Claudette Evans, RW Alves, Tracy Hodgman, Nancy Burtenshaw, and Douglas Ridings
Chiara Guerrieri began her studies of the body in Italy growing up as the daughter of a PE teacher and a basketball coach. In college she studied Physical Education and after moving to the US continued her formation attending massage school eventually teaching Anatomy and Physiology at the same after graduation.
A student of meditation since 1983, she began practicing yoga in 1985 following a car accident that brought her some physical challenges. Studying yoga showed her the role of the breath as a key to healing and living more fully in the body.
In the late 90ties she began teaching yoga and Anatomy and Physiology for yoga teacher trainings.
She loves to communicate her passion for understanding how the body moves and can move with care and consideration for its wellness.
Jenny Hayo, C-IAYT, ERYT-500 is a certified yoga therapist who has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. Her relationship with yoga has had many lives – originally studying the physical form through the Ashtanga and Iyengar systems, she gradually shifted into extensive study of the more subtle aspects of the eight limbed system including pranayama and meditation. First introduced to the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by her teacher Jo Leffingwell, she credits her sutra studies as one of the most significant shifts in her life. Since then, she has sought out practice lineages that center awareness as the primary purpose of practice. Jenny’s work with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Reginald Ray bridged the gap between the physical form and the meditative state leading her to a deep study of embodiment and the awakened state. She sees the body not as an object to be mastered, but as a vehicle for awakening. Jenny is known for the clarity of her instruction and her ability to meet students at any stage of their journey.
Melina Meza is a pioneer in the field of yoga, nutrition, and Ayurvedic Health, sharing her knowledge with yogis around the world for more than 20 years. Melina was the first teacher hired at 8 Limbs in 1996 and was co-director or director of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers for 16 years. She is the creator of Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga, a holistic practice that features lifestyle, diet, and yoga practices tailored to the rhythms of the four seasons to help people stay healthy as they age. Her passion for Nature, the five elements, beauty, and humor forge the foundation of her unique approach to well-being. Melina has self-published the book Seasonal Health and Wellness and a three-book series called The Art of Sequencing, is featured on popular video channels (YogaAnytime, YogaUOnline, and Gaia), co-leads Yoga for Healthy Aging trainings, and previously ran successful yoga retreats before the Covid pandemic.
Claudette Evans is a self-described yoga nerd, and has been studying for more than 20 years, and teaching for more than 12 years. Before coming to yoga, she shared her gifts as a performer, an athlete, a nonprofit arts administrator, and an event producer, co-founding a national conference on community service and citizenship.
Following a car accident in 2008, she began yoga teacher training to help heal her body, and was lucky enough to be mentored Catherine Munro, Denise Benitez, Elizabeth Rainey, Douglas Brooks, James Boag, and Dr. Katy Jane, among many others.
Claudette came to Sanskrit through of her love of chanting and philosophy. In 2010, she began her studies with the American Sanskrit Institute and eventually entered ASI’s Apprenticeship Program with Zoe Mai in 2013, completing her training in 2014. Claudette enjoys studying classic texts, including the Bhagavad Gītā and the Yoga Sūtra-s, and the grammar and philosophy found within. She continues to expand her knowledge of yoga through the study of Āsana, Sanskrit, Mantra, and Philosophy, and teaches Sanskrit and other offerings that help take curious and devoted yogins beyond the mat to further their practice via weekly classes, workshops, yoga teacher training programs, and retreats around the Pacific Northwest and around the world through her online offerings.
RW Alves (she/they), C-IAYT, SEP, E-RYT 500, is a social justice educator, certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner based in Seattle. She facilitates spaces for self-care and community-care for activists and teaches about body positivity, body liberation, inclusive languaging and teaching, trauma-informed yoga, nervous system resilience, accessible asana, justice, privilege, and spiritual practice. Her work in the world and in yoga is informed by her experience as a fat white queer femme with a lifelong involvement in social justice and activism.
RW serves as Faculty for Off the Mat, Into the World and The Yoga Service Conference, teaches trauma-informed yoga through a social justice lens with Collective Resilience (www.collectiveresilienceyoga.com), and is a co-founder and trainer for Bending Towards Justice (www.bendingtowardsjustice.org), which provides anti-oppression, equity, and social justice trainings for yoga teachers and practitioners around the country. She is a contributor to the Yoga Service Council’s forthcoming book on Best Practices in Yoga for Addiction and Recovery.
She is passionate about exploring and unearthing the interconnections and interweavings between social injustice, trauma, social justice, and resilience, and she believes deeply in the power of practice to ground, sustain, align, and inspire us in our important and world-changing work. She loves training teachers to make the healing and transformative power of yoga, somatics, embodiment, and spiritual practice more accessible and welcoming for a broader range of people and bodies. Learn more at rwalves.com
What to expect in Tracy’s classes: Tracy’s classes are laced with humor, anatomy references, therapeutic movement, self massage, and traditional yoga poses. She emphasizes breath, stability/sustainability, and down regulating the nervous system. All of Tracy’s classes start with a call for requests, from which she co-creates a class on the spot based on what she hears and sees in the room. The last Friday of every month in Phinney, the 9-10:15am class ends with a 30 minute Nidra. The last Thursday of every month in West Seattle, the 5:45-7pm class is restorative.
Main Influences/Styles/Traditions: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yoga Tune Up®, Viniyoga/therapeutic yoga.
What to expect in Nancy’s class: Nancy creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere and delivers a steady, grounded practice that is encouraging, supportive and challenging. She has an eye for detail and alignment and provides instructions that are stair stepped and inspired so that before you know it you’ll be pushing your growth edge and doing something you never thought was possible.
Main Influences/ Styles/ Traditions: Nancy is a licensed and Certified Anusara instructor. She is very grateful for the extensive training and mentors she has had in Anusara over the course of the last decade as well as many other influential teachers that have shaped her teaching including: Tiffany Wood, Karen Sprute-Francovich, Noah Maze, Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell, Jason Crandell, and Baron Baptiste. Nancy has also pursued specialized training in Prenatal, Restorative Yoga, and iRest Yoga Nidra level 1.
What to expect in Douglas’ classes: Douglas’s classes offer clear instruction and unusual challenging sequencing that cultivate mental focus and integrated strength without strain. Douglas emphasizes customizing a practice to suit individual needs and bodies. Some of Douglas’s classes include live music with Stephen Fandrich.
Main Influences/Styles/Traditions: Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Odissi, Butoh
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