Continued Yoga Education Timeline

This timeline is designed to give students, colleagues and interested parties insight into my credentials as a Yoga instructor. It specifically outlines courses and intensives completed over the years and the teachers I have been blessed to study under. It is meant to illustrate my knowledge base as well as continued dedication to practices falling under the term Yoga, specifically according to the resonant guidelines of Ashtanga's eight limbs, which encourage personal evolution.

Events

Ashtanga/Ayurveda Intensive, Kerala India

This was a month-long retreat that focused on the primary series, seated practice, sutra chanting and Ayurveda fundamentals, organized by Caroline Klebl. I would not term it an intensive teacher training so much as a good way to deepen my practice and become a more sincere Ashtanga practitioner.

Ayurveda/Anatomy Training, Samahita, Koh Samui, Thailand

Lead by Jessica Blanchard and Paul Dallaghan, this retreat immersed us in the language and logic of Ayurveda and was a great experience to deepen my asana and begin my pranayama practice. I also participated in my first full-range detox, involving dosha-neutral, whole foods, colonics, infrared sauna, lymph massages and herbs.

Weeklong Yoga Workshop with Richard Freeman, Istanbul, Turkey

This workshop provided an intimate look at Freeman's teaching as the group was relatively small. His storytelling, which wraps deep meaning around the tenants of Yogic practices, is second to non in its impact and lighthearted, even hilarious, delivery. Daily asana started with fundamentals that highlighted his experience with the Iyengar approach and worked us into more of a flowing Ashtanga sequence with a better sense of integration. A true honor and delight to attend this one!

Weekend Workshop with John Scott, Yama Yoga Studios, Doha, Qatar

This workshop focused on traditional Ashtanga lead primary series as well as the expansion of one's practice beyond just asana. Scott is a master of metaphor around the breath and the eight limbs being like spindles inside a wheel that hold the practice together and support it smoothly. Missing limbs=missing spokes in the wheel and can compromise one's journey. I recall him describing his mindfulness around breath even when entering rooms in his everyday life--how the practice has permeated moments well beyond those in a shala or private practice space. He is truly an accomplished and empowering treasure to study under.

Yoga Teacher Training with Paul Dallaghan

This teacher training is regarded as a frontrunner among Ashtanga-based prep for instructors. Comprehensive in terms of philosophy, sanskrit nomenclature, practice of Bhakti and Karma Yoga as well as mantra and Pranayama, this immersion shifted my teaching and practice into the professional zone.

Advanced Teacher Training Course with Dave and Cheryl Oliver

This course introduced me to the second series and deepened my understanding of philosophy and vinyasa methodology (Dave's specialty) as well as basic Sanskrit writing and pronunciation (Cheryl's specialty). Through this intensive, my asana practice grew and took deeper root as I gained further contextual understanding about the origins of these practices. Dave has since passed away and I feel truly blessed to have spent time with him. I plan to go study Sanskrit with Cheryl at some point because she is truly dedicated and gifted as a teacher on this subject. She truly lives her Yoga.

Weekend Workshop with John Scott, Yama Yoga Studios, Doha, Qatar

Scott's training echoed the one in the previous year and deepened our understanding of vinyasa especially. Honor and a gift to attend.

Continuing Education: Pranayama Intensive (Part 1) with Paul Dallaghan (Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand)

Paul worked with us for hours every day to deepen our understanding of pranayama practices passed down to him from Sri O.P. Tiwari, and a well-established lineage of advanced practitioners. In the mornings, we practiced Pranava Japa, mantra recitation, kriyas and preparatory exercises to correctly understand the anatomy of techniques that build on the link between the breath and nervous system to cultivate a sense of balance and centeredness within the practitioner over time. In part one, Paul gave lectures to introduce the vagus nerve and how it is stimulated through these techniques, and how this affects the overall nervous and digestive system.

Continuing Education: Pranayama Intensive (Part 2) with Paul Dallaghan (Samahita, Koh Samui, Thailand)

Paul worked with for us for hours every day to help us deepen our understanding of pranayama practices passed down to him from Sri O.P. Tiwari, and his teachers--a well-established lineage of advanced practitioners. In the mornings, we practiced pranava japa, mantra recitation, kriyas and preparatory exercises to correctly understand the anatomy of techniques that build on the link between the breath and nervous system to cultivate a sense of balance and centeredness within the practitioner over time. In part two, Paul gave lectures to frame the practice in our everyday lives and encourage consistency in application of the techniques. He continued to discuss the science of the breathing techniques and share insights he had gained during his PhD work at Emory University, Georgia, in this field.

Pranayama and Hatha Pradipika Intensive with Sri O.P. Tiwari (Samahita, Koh Samui, Thailand)

Continuing from Paul's course, we practiced pranayama techniques for several hours in the mornings--pranava japa, mantra, kriyas included--and attended lectures by Tiwari in the afternoons, wherein we would chant, listen to his expansion on the Hatha Pradipika, answer our questions and finish with breathing techniques. The experience deepened our practice and added another contextual dimension to our endeavors and teachings.

Three Jewels, Northern India, Jivamukti Retreat

This Jivamukti intensive gave a first-hand glimpse of a range of spiritual practices and yogic lineages. From Delhi, we traveled to Rishikesh to attend the International Yoga Festival, involving various lines of Yoga and evening Aarti ceremonies along the River Ganga. We met Radhanath Swami in some caves along the Ganga and had a discussion with him as well there. Our journey continued to Amritsar, where we explored and experienced the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) and Sikhism. We then moved on to Dharamsala, a base for the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhist refugees and explored the meditation center and volunteer activities there.

Continuing Education: Pranayama Intensive (Part 3) with Paul Dallaghan (Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand)

Paul worked with for us for hours every day to help us deepen our understanding of pranayama practices passed down to him from Sri O.P. Tiwari, and his teachers—a well-established lineage of advanced practitioners. In the mornings, we practiced pranava japa, mantra recitation, kriyas and preparatory exercises to correctly understand the anatomy of techniques that build on the link between the breath and nervous system to cultivate a sense of balance and centeredness within the practitioner over time. In part three, Paul gave lectures to deepen our understanding about the relationships among the parasympathetic nervous system, autonomic nervous system, digestive system and activity of the pelvic floor, vagus nerve and diaphragm/nostrils/breathing mechanisms. As a group we deepened our practices and clearly began to integrate the material over the past courses. He continued to discuss the science of the breathing techniques and share insights he had gained during his PhD work at Emory University, Georgia, in this field.

Work Study--2.5 Months, Onsite, Samahita Retreat

This tremendous opportunity offered me a chance to attend courses and live on site for a bit longer than two months while reviewing written material generated by leadership and the team. I was asked to share skills with the Samahita Retreat team in order to update content and empower members to write with more confidence and share experiences they have as teachers, students. I also worked with retreat guests to generate content ideas. My practice improved and dedication to philosophical tenants as well, through this live-in experience.

Continuing Education: Pranayama Intensive (Part 4) with Paul Dallaghan (Samahita, Koh Samui, Thailand)

Four+ hours of daily practice, including kriyas, breathwork, mantra (pranava japa included), asana study. Two hours per day of detailed discussion around technique, philosophical roots of practice and new findings based on Paul's PhD work at Emory University on the effects of breath on human physiology.