Maya Yoga has a long history of training teachers and helping students deepen their practice as Kansas City’s Ashtanga Yoga studio. Our traditional approach to teaching and training has earned us a reputation for fostering a spiritual practice. We strive to develop a union of the body, mind, and spirit in our students.
Yoga’s healing force is spreading throughout the world and as a result there will always be demand for good teachers. Yoga is a lifelong pursuit and needs time to grow. Immersive experiences like a teacher-training program can help stimulate and speed up the process. Furthermore, yoga teachers will tell you, teaching is simply another form of learning yoga, and it can be a very rewarding and educational experience. Many students participate in our training program as a way to deepen their own practice without the intent of ever teaching.
Our integrated teaching approach presents topics in context of the Primary Series because learning to teach yoga begins with an immersion into your own practice, which, as you will learn, is your best resource for teaching. Our focus is hands-on, practical knowledge that students need to get started. Hence, students learn anatomy and physiology, teaching methodologies, pranayama, philosophy, etc. within the framework of the Ashtanga postures. We emphasize discussion over lecture and doing rather than watching.
This in-depth Ashtanga curriculum for the Primary Series includes:
- Both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.).
- Training in asana, pranayama, chanting, mantra, bandhas, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques.
- Teaching principles of demonstration and instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, and the student’s process of learning.
- How to observe and understand your students’ bodies.
- Principles of adjusting and modifying postures.
- Differences in teaching an Intro to Ashtanga vs Led Primary class.
- How to teach and assist special students (i.e., prenatal, physically challenged, elderly, etc.) in an Ashtanga Intro or Led Primary class.
- Therapeutic uses of yoga.
- Fundamentals of Ayurveda.
- The history of yoga philosophy, its foundations, and how yoga philosophy can inspire your teaching.
- Ethical guidelines for teaching and lifestyle.
- Guidelines for the business of yoga.
- Nutrition for healthier living.
- Non-contact hours include home study, practice, classroom observations and assisting with the faculty, and teaching hours.
300 hour advanced yoga teacher training kansas city
To study ayurveda is to study how our mind, body, and spirit are interconnected to nature and the world around us. Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and focuses primarily on ayurvedic lifestyle practices that support health, balance, and self-transformation. Our unique four-unit Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification program incorporates a holistic understanding of the science of yoga as the foundation for the study of ayurveda.
David Williams has been practicing yoga daily, without interruption, since 1971. In 1972, David met K. P. Manju , the son of K. Pattabhi Jois, and saw him demonstrate the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. This was at Dr. Swami Gitananda’s Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, South India, where David received his 6 month Yoga teachers training course certification.
Off the Mat, Into the World 5 day Intensive.
Author of the BandhaYoga Anatomy books, Ray Long, MD FRSCS is returning to us in Kansas City. Dr. Long is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of BandhaYoga. Ray graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School with post-graduate training at Cornell University, McGill University, the University of Montreal and Florida Orthopedic Institute. He has studied yoga for over twenty years, training extensively with BKS Iyengar and other leading yoga masters.
Come and join us for a week-long retreat in Central Oregon with Jehingar Palkhivala, hosted by Bryan and Stacy Legere, The Great Yoga Wall; in Terrebonne, Oregon just north of Redmond, Oregon. Click here for the schedule for the week. Tuition is $995 with early bird discount by February 28, 2017. Full tuition is $1095. To register online, snail mail or have questions about the retreat, click here.
Our goal is to provide a program and community to help you prosper – in your practice, in your studies, and in your career as an Ashtanga yoga teacher. We have created this professional development program in order for you to have greater expertise into the science of yoga. Our Ashtanga teacher training is advanced not only because you dive deeper into asana, but because you go deeper into your path as a teacher.
Kansas City’s most experienced Ashtanga instructors Kim Johnson and Gwen Hull will mentor you. Your education will be punctuated by attending two workshops of internationally known Ashtanga master teachers — TBA and David Williams, along with Renée DeTar, MA, E-RYT500, who will contribute to the knowledge of therapeutics and Ayurveda.
Our 300-hour Ashtanga training will focus on the full Primary Series and integrate therapeutic adjustments that is beyond regular adjustments. This will include the use of Intermediate Series postures for therapeutic needs and injury recovery. Students with an advanced primary series practice may be invited to begin a personal Intermediate series practice.
For more information and to register for this training, click here!
Matthew Sanford is an expert in the process of transformation through the healing power of yoga. Paralyzed from the chest down at age 13 and beginning yoga at age twenty-five, Matthew knows firsthand the transformative effect that yoga can have on the mind-body relationship. He is an internationally recognized yoga teacher and a sought-after public speaker. He is the author of "Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence." Matthew has also emerged as a leading voice in the integrated health movement. He was awarded the 2010 Integrative Medicine Award from the California Pacific Medical Center's Institute of Health and Aging. Previous recipients include Dr. Deepok Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Matthew is a certified Iyengar teacher and is registered with Yoga Alliance. For more information about Matthew, please visit his site here.
Friday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Teacher Workshop/Teacher Training $80
Friday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Re-finding Your Body $50
Saturday, 9:30 - Noon Realization of Alignment & Precision $55
Saturday, 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Unity, Balance & The Subtle Body $55
Sunday, 10:00 - 12:30 pm - The Subtle Body, Back-bending & Unity $55
This weekend is recommended for all yoga students except absolute beginners. Adaptive yoga students welcome to any session. For registration and more information, please visit the Yoga Gallery website here.
Author of the BandhaYoga Anatomy books, Ray Long, MD FRSCS is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of Bandha Yoga. Ray graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School with post-graduate training at Cornell University, McGill University, the University of Montreal and Florida Orthopedic Institute. He has studied yoga for over twenty years, training extensively with BKS Iyengar and other leading yoga masters. This will be an interactive workshop, so wear yoga attire. The syllabus will include review of muscle awakening and body clairvoyance, form and function of the skeleton and of the major joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons, but also introduce techniques for yoga therapeutics.
Workshop dates: October 22-23, 2016
Friday: 7:00-9:00 pm class at KC Yoga Center - City Market for all Participants.
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00pm
The class will begin with Qi Gong breathing, with an explanation of breathing mechanics. Then we will cover fundamentals of joint and muscle biomechanics and physiology. We will introduce specific stretching techniques, including PNF, loaded stretching and variations of static stretching. We will cover principles of safe movement as applied to asana and practical application of pose analysis. We will also cover the muscles of the core (core exercises will be included in each session).
There will be work on the biomechanics of breathing and seated meditation. We will cover muscle activation for the accessory muscles of breathing and several types of abdominal breathing. The morning session will close with pose analysis for the standing asanas, focusing on the core muscles and practical application in the psoas awakening series of poses.
Saturday: Noon - 4:00pm
The afternoon will begin with Qi Gong. This session will continue further deepening of the fundamentals of joint mechanics and physiology, with an emphasis on the pelvis and sacroiliac joint. We will also examine the shoulder joint and rotator cuff.
We will close by pose analysis for the backbends and twists, applying this knowledge to design a class leading to Urdvha danurasana and counter poses. The various stretching techniques such as PNF will be applied to this class.
Sunday: 9:00 am - Noon
The morning will begin with Qi Gong and Pranayama. The session will review the fundamentals and include a question and answer session. Following this, we will examine the knee joint in detail. The morning will close with analysis of the hip opening poses, focusing specifically on Lotus. We will design a class that will enable practitioners to work toward Lotus and Hanumanasana (full splits) in their daily practice.
Sunday, Noon to 4:00 pm
The afternoon will begin with seated meditation. The session will cover arm balances and inversions, focusing on Bakasana, full arm balance, Sarvangasana and Sirsasana. We will cover cervical spine anatomy and biomechanics and its relationship to the core, as well as benefits, cautions and contraindications. Class will close with a series of shoulder and chest opening poses designed to lead to Sarvangasana and Sirsasana (shoulderstand and headstand).
This workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza, downtown Kansas City on the top floor.
Participants can obtain reduced lodging by identifying they are with the ReneeYoga group no later than Wednesday, September 21, 2016 via phone. 816-474-6664 ext. 7500.
To register for this workshop, click here.
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Friday, September 23rd, 2016
ASHTANGA YOGA: AN INTRODUCTION
Exploring the Fundamentals
This class is an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga. It is open to all levels of experience or lack there of. The building blocks of Ashtanga Yoga will be explored through the basic elements of Breath, Bandhas and Vinyasa. There will be a short discussion followed by an introductory flow through an abbreviated sequence from the First Series. The class will end with a guided deep relaxation.
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
ALL ABOARD THE ASHTANGA TRAIN
Yoga Chikitsa: A Fully Conducted Primary Series Class
This class is designed for those already familiar with the First Series of Ashtanga Yoga. It will be conducted like a train ride that will continue flowing along all of the way from the opening sun salutations to the closing sequence. There will be time at the end of the flow to enjoy a deep relaxation.
FLYING FLOATING AND HANDSTANDING
A Fun-filled exploration of Vinyasa and Arm-balances
One of the greatest challenges of the Ashtanga flow is the vinyasa. In this class David will break the vinyasa down into its components. He likes to refer to this as: “The Physics of Flight”. The class will also explore the elements of handstands and arm-balances. This will all be done through the avenue of partner work. There is always plenty of laughter and fun as well as a depth of information in this class. All levels may attend even if you have never done a handstand before. Alternatives are always given.
BREATH, BANDHAS AND PRANAYAMA
Exploring the Mantra of Ujjayi and the Mysteries of Energy Locks
In Sanskrit, Man means Mind and Tra means to Free or Deliver. Therefore the word Mantra means to Free the Mind. There are many mantras in yoga such as Om, Hare Krishna, Om Namo Shivaya and a plethora of others. In Ashtanga Yoga the mantra is the sound of our breath: Ujjayi. There is no other sound more universal than breath. It is not tied to language or culture and is “chanted” from the first moment of birth. This class will focus on the mantra of ujjayi within asana practice as well as during pranayama. In addition to breath work the class will also explore the invisible world of Bandhas. We well attempt to gain greater understanding of these subtle yet powerful tools through interactive discussion as well as a series of practical exercises.
Sunday, September 25th, 2016
NADI SHODANA / A GUIDED TOUR
An Introduction to the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga
Students should have a regular practice of the First Series in order to attend this class. There will be an introductory discussion of the dynamics inherent to the Second Series. David will then lead the class through a portion of First Series acting as a springboard into as much of the Second Series as seems appropriate. There will be a variety of options given for each posture in order to allow multiple approaches.
INVERSIONS, BACKBENDS AND SITTING WITH YOUR BREATH
Finding Stability When the World is Inverted and Returning Home to Breath
This class will turn your world upside/down in order to explore the dynamics of inverting the body through building a solid foundation from which to grow while also looking at the opposing forces at play in Inversions. Backbends will be redefined as front openings and sitting quietly will be explored as an active participation in self-exploration through developing a relationship with our lifelong companion, breath.
EIGHT LIMBS AND DAILY LIFE
How does this practice apply within the context of daily living?
Underlying the mysterious and complex philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras there is a truly profound simplicity that may be applied within the context of our daily lives. This class will discuss the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga and explore their applications within our day-to-day life. What is the use of Philosophy without real application? We may memorize quotations or stanzas from great writings but unless we can apply them within our life they are merely words spoken rather than knowledge realized.
This workshop will be held at Maya Yoga in Kansas City, MO.
To register for this workshop, click here.
Modules for Advanced Teachers Training Dates:
- Sept 9-11, 2016, Renée DeTar, MA, e-RYT500, C-IAYT, Module #1: Insights to Spine Rejuvenation
- Dec 2-4, 2016, Yoga Sutra Module with Jayme Sweere, MS, RYT500
- April 7-9, 2017, Renée DeTar, MA, e-RYT500, C-IAYT, Insights Module #2: Exploration of the Feet, Knees & Hips
- May 5-7, 2017, Renée DeTar, MA, e-RYT500, C-IAYT, Insights Module #3: Explorations of the Hands Elbows & Shoulders
- July 7-9, 2017 Renée DeTar, MA, e-RYT500, C-IAYT, Insights Module #4: Exploration of the Neck & Comprehensive Evaluations
Modules 1-4 will be offered at KC Yoga Center - City Market and the Yoga Sutra Module will be offered at Maya Yoga, both downtown Kansas City. Regular yoga classes are available for free or at a discount during all trainings.
Schedule for all Modules:
Friday, 6-9 pm, Saturday 9-noon and 2-5 pm, and Sunday 9-Noon, with the exception of the last module.
- Be admitted to the IIYS Teacher Training program at either the 300 or 500 level providing a certificate of completion for a 200 hour level program. If desiring to continue in the 1000 hour KCYTTP and not a graduate of the IIYS 200 hour with Dharma House Yoga or the KC Yoga Center 200 hour, one must complete the bridge program with KC Yoga Centers. For more information about the bridge program, contact Kelly Coln at Kelly@kcyogatherapy.com.
- Complete two IIYS Anatomy Modules with Ray Long, MD creator of the BandhaYoga books for yoga teachers and familiar with the key concepts as well as the anatomy. Note: Once admitted into an Advanced Training Certificate program, teachers must start at the beginning of the program and cannot "drop in."
Aadil Palkhivala is one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and is J. Renée DeTar's primary teacher. He began his asana studies with B.K.S. Iyengar at the age of 7 and received an Advanced Iyengar Teacher's Certificate at 22. He is the author of the book Fire of Love and devoted to Sri Aurobindo's Purna Yoga. Aadil is co-Director of the Alive and Shine Center in Bellevue, Washington and The College of Purna Yoga, an internationally acclaimed, advanced teacher training program with his wife, Savitri. He was a certified Shiatsu and Swedish therapist, and a Clinical Hypnotherapist. Aadil has studied holistic healing and Ayurveda extensively. He holds degrees in law, physics and mathematics, and co-hosted the Alive and Shine Radio Show.
This workshop will be held at the Yoga School of Therapeutics in Overland Park, Kansas. More information will be posted soon. Register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paula Tortolano is a regular to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in India, where years ago, BKS Iyengar assigned her teaching certification level to Intermediate Level III. She has assisted in medical classes under the personal guidance of BKS Iyengar and his daughter Geeta as well as studying with recognized senior teachers such as John Schumacher, Manouso Manos, Ramanand Patel and Patricia Walden. Paula teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Center in Boulder, Colorado, as well as regularly traveling to her native South America to conduct teacher training courses. Her high energy and magnetic personality have made Paula a beloved teacher. Jack Self, MA in Religious Studies, began his yoga path in 1998 while flipping pages of an Iyengar Yoga book with friends in a field camp equipment repair garage in Antartica. His deepening interest in yoga led him to travel and explore India, where his practice and study became deeply rooted. After living 6 months in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, Jack returned to the U.S. where his graduate school focus was on Eastern Religions. For the last several years, Jack has lived with Paula and two beautiful children creating a permaculture homestead in South Chile.
July 8, Friday, 3:30-5:00 pm - Yoga Darsana, Part 1 - This philosophy portion of the weekend will briefly explore some of the reasons that westerners are fundamentally challenged by the ancient eastern traditions of yoga. We will examine the historical development and influences of the various schools of yogic thought. Some focus will be placed upon the philosophical variations between Buddhism, Vedanta, and Samkhya. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali will receive the most discussion.
July 8, Friday, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm - Inverted Poses and Deep Savasana - Paula works her mastery of inversions, the essence of Iyengar yoga practice. This will be a delightful 90 minutes as we explore headstand and shoulderstand, as well as arm and elbow balance. Give yourself the opportunity to experience full recovery and profound absorption during Savasana like no other.
July 9, Saturday, 9:00 am-Noon - Exploring connections between Standing Poses and Seated Forward Bends - Asanas are all interrelated and sometimes certain parts of our bodies adjust smoothly, while others do not. We will explore how the standing poses are linked to the seated poses including the forward-bending poses. We will look at how to grasp the non-deliberate adjustments so we learn to make the intelligence and energy flow to those parts where it is missing.
July 9, Saturday, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm - Eastern Philosophy & Patanjali, Yoga Darsana, Part 2 - Jack will take us deeper into the complex understanding of Darsana. The goal of this philosophical discussion will be to bring some of the most important aspects of yoga into the practitioner's daily life both on and off the mat.
Early bird discount for the entire workshop is $250 if paid before June 23.
Individual sessions are available through the website. Be sure and read carefully as it is a bit confusing.
To register online visit : The Yoga School of Therapeutics
Jodi Blumstein has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for 17 years and sharing her knowledge of this amazing practice from the start. When she discovered the practice at the age of 24, Jodi had already established herself in Chicago as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. As soon as she stumbled upon Ashtanga Yoga, she naturally began to pass her discovery, like a treasure she had found, on to her clients and students.
In 1998, Jodi opened the doors of Priya Yoga, Chicago’s first Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga studio and for the next 7 years she hosted workshops with the worlds top Ashtanga teachers and travelled herself, around the world to continue her studies. She was fortunate to study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois, both in Lakshmipuram, Mysore, South India as well attending many of his US visits to NY, LA, Encinitas and San Francisco. She has spent countless hours under the guidance of Tim Miller and Dena Kingsberg, who have influenced her life and teaching the most, and she is grateful to have been exposed to virtually every senior Ashtanga yoga teacher on the planet.
This wide variety of influences has broadened Jodi’s understanding of this ancient practice. She is able to work with students of all levels, ages, and physical ability and to guide them towards establishing a consistent, daily practice to improve health on all levels. She encourages students to explore the unknown both on and off the mat and not to take anything too seriously. She has helped thousands of students begin their journey in this practice, and she holds the space for many communities to build thriving Ashtanga yoga programs. Jodi teaches regularly on YogaGlo.
Currently, Jodi is living in Los Angeles where she teaches the Mysore program for Yoga Works at the Center for Yoga near Hollywood. She is also the founder of Shanti Shala in Silver Lake, which is her home based Yoga Shala, and the director of Shanti Shala Events which regularly hosts workshops with the worlds BEST Ashtanga yoga teachers around the Los Angeles area. Jodi travels to teach weekend workshops and weeklong retreats around the US and abroad.
Workshop will be held at Maya Yoga. Details to be posted soon and registration will be available at www.mayayoga.com
Doug Keller’s background reflects a lifelong commitment to studying, imbibing and sharing the vast field of knowledge and practice known as yoga. After receiving degrees in philosophy from Georgetown and Fordham Universities in the United States, and teaching philosophy at college level for several years, Doug pursued his ‘post-graduate’ education in the practical experience of yoga at the Siddha meditation ashram, Gurudev Siddha Peeth, in India, for seven years, and spent a total of 14 years doing service, practicing, training in and teaching yoga in Siddha meditation ashrams worldwide.
He received intensive training in the Iyengar system in New York City, practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in India, and became one of the first certified Anusara yoga teachers, producing three highly respected books on asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy. His work has since taken him beyond the confines of the Anusara system.
Doug’s further expansion in learning is reflected in his latest and most in-depth work, ‘Yoga as Therapy’, which is one of the most comprehensive, innovative and useful treatments of the structural aspect of yoga therapy available. For a year he has also been a regular columnist for Yoga+ Magazine (formerly Yoga International, published by the Himalayan Institute), writing the ‘Asana Solutions’ column that addresses specific therapeutic problems. He is at the highest level of certification with Yoga Alliance, ERYT500, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Doug’s teaching is rooted in a vast and inclusive perspective of study and practice that honors the insights of the many streams of wisdom that flow into the river of yoga. He is a very regular visitor to The Life Centre, always drawing rave reviews for the usefulness and depth of the variety of topics he has covered over the years, and for his lightheartedness, humor and wisdom. He continues to travel and teach extensively in both the US and Europe, as well as at his home base near Washington D.C.
This workshop will be held at the Yoga School of Therapeutics in Overland Park, Kansas. More information will be posted soon. Register by contacting email@example.com.
David Garrigues is one of a few teachers certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the late world renowned yoga master Sri K Pattabhi Jois. In this in-depth weekend workshop we’ll investigate specific aspects of the Ashtanga Yoga practice in detail. David is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia and one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. As an Ashtanga Ambassador he bases his teachings on the idea that ‘Anyone can take practice.’ a core idea in the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois.
David’s mission is to help others flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga.
All Levels Welcome - THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT
This workshop is suitable for for anybody with an established Ashtanga Yoga practice, experience of at least the first half of the Primary Series and a motivation to learn.
Friday, Jan 15th6:00-8:00pm
Ashtanga Foundations I — The Five Allies in Surya Namaskara
We’ll look at the five root techniques that form the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga by carefully studying their application to the nine positions of Surya Namaskara.
Saturday, Jan 16th9:30am-Noon
Ashtanga Foundations II and III — Standing Sequence, Seated Postures and Dynamic Transitions of Primary Series
Explore how cultivating a combination of dynamism and stability in the standing postures provides you a perfect means of entrance into the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
Saturday, Jan 16th1:30-3:00pm
Precision, Purification and Pranayama
Learn to utilize breathing exercises, retention, and discussion to help you better centralize your awareness on breath during practice.
Sunday, Jan 17th9:30am-Noon
Intro to Second Series and Pranayama
This class will help you better understand how to make progress in the first section of Nadi Shodana or Ashtanga Yoga’s Intermediate Series.
Workshop will be held at Maya Yoga, 214 W. 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on wait list.