Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship – Spring 2017

Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship – Spring 2017

Have you been contemplating how you might take your yoga off your personal mat and into the world? Ever wondered what it’s like to guide and inspire students on the yoga path but just didn’t have the funds to take the training? Well wonder no more…This week Yoga Alliance announced it’s Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship program for 2017.

The Yoga Alliance® Foundation is giving away 7 Aspiring Yoga Teacher scholarships of $2,000 each. Awards will be given to those who want to attend a yoga teacher training to become an RYT® 200 and meet the eligibility criteria outlined below.

Scholarship recipients must enroll in and complete a teacher training program at an RYS® 200 and register as an RYT 200 within 12 months of being notified of their award. Scholarship funds will be paid in USD by Yoga Alliance Foundation directly to the RYS 200 once the recipient completes training and registers with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200. Awards cannot be used to pay for training that has already started or has been completed.

Yoga Alliance Foundation strongly encourages candidates to apply who have a strong personal practice, are leaders in their community, and add to the diversity of the yoga teacher community. This includes those who have overcome socioeconomic or other personal obstacles, or who otherwise bring a diverse perspective or background.

To find out more and apply for the scholarship program, just click here.

Our Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) 200-HR program has been a standard of excellence in guiding individuals on a personal path or a teaching path. Our school offers the initial training right here in Colorado and if you decide to explore further training, our program extends to a 300 HR and 800 HR program, leading up to your Yoga Therapist Certification. Consider the path of leading others into the beautiful dharma of yoga. Click here to learn more about our program.

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Nancy Levenson is the Program Director of the local-based program.

New Yoga Teacher Training Class starts March 18 at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness

New Yoga Teacher Training Class starts March 18 at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness

There is so much depth to Yoga, it’s much more than just learning a few asanas/postures or how to breathe.  It’s a comprehensive lifestyle system of meeting each moment with bliss.  If you’ve ever considered deepening your exposure to yoga, offering the mind/body aspects to your existing clients, or felt an overwhelming desire to help others, we invite you to consider joining our new training starting,  March 18.

The 200hr Yoga Teacher Training  is for those who want to supplement their existing healing practice with yoga, or deepen their own personal practice. Along with offering Yoga with a focus on health and wellness to the general public, you will learn tools and techniques to teach Yoga-based wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary health care settings. The 200Hr Integrative Yoga Teacher Training is an  immersion program from the lineage of Joseph and Lillian Le Page and utilizes their training manual coupled with hands on expertise and wisdom from Nancy Levenson, an IYT Affiliate Program Director.

This program is open to anyone with a basic foundation in Yoga and is especially suitable for body-workers, health care, occupational, physical, family and clinical professionals, social workers, yoga instructors,  and anyone desiring to deepen their own personal health awareness and wellness.

The 200HR program is the foundation program and Integrative Yoga Therapy also offers a national 300HR and 800HR program that leads to a Yoga Therapist Certification. The advanced yoga therapy programs are detailed at Integrative Yoga Therapy

S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200 (2)The program is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour Teacher Training program and your instructor carries the highest certification in yoga therapy, a C-IAYT.

So step on the path, join our upcoming 200-HR class beginning March 18.  Send a request for more information via our contact form.

2017 DATES – Mar 18 through July 30.

The 200-HR program is based on 180 contact hours and 20 non-contact hours.  We run a weekend format designed for existing professionals, meeting Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00a-6:30pm.  The 180 contact hours usually meet every third weekend with a few exceptions and this class will have a four day offsite in New Mexico.  Scheduled dates (subject to change) are; Mar 18/19, Apr. 8/9, Apr 29/30, May 20/21, potential offsite in New Mexico – June 1-5, June 24/25, July 8/9, July 29/30.

 

200 HR Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training 2017 – Colorado – Open House

Open House
Saturday, September 10th – 10am-12noon, 2017

Open House NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness

Are you considering yoga training with a therapeutic focus or know someone interested? Then join us for our Program Spotlight to learn more about our 200HR program starting January 14, 2017.

This spotlight is all about you and answering questions you may have about teacher training, homework, outcomes, and more. Come to this informal session and Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.

This program is open to anyone with a basic foundation in yoga and is especially suitable for occupational therapists, physical therapists,yogis, health care professionals and other mind/body modalities seeking to enhance their overall practice.

Nancy Levenson, Program and Affiliate School Director for Integrative Yoga Therapy will be on-hand, along with other graduates of the program to offer insights and answers to all of your questions. This program is non-residential and runs every third weekend, beginning January 14th. It’s not too late to join us, just RSVP. Event held in our private studio in Highlands Ranch.

RSVP by September 8th, send a message through the contact page or call 303.725.1434

200HR Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training – 2015 Class Forming Now in Colorado

FIVE SPACES SECURED, FIVE SPACES LEFT.

Our 2015 Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness  has it’s first five spots filled. We welcome the diverse group already forming including a clinical therapist, a registered nurse, a yogini, a respiratory therapist, and a physical therapist. Come claim one of the remaining spaces. Program begins February 2015.

The 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with a Therapeutic Focus is for those who want to offer Yoga as a healing art or deepen their own personal practice.

As approaches to health continue to evolve, Yoga will become an increasingly important part of Wellness programs of the future because of its ability to promote health and healing at physical, emotional, and spiritual levels simultaneously. This unique Therapeutic Teacher Training program offers you the opportunity to become immersed in the tools and techniques to support your current business and  this growing industry.

For full details on our program and to obtain our syllabus visit  2015 Teacher Training.

NamasteWorks Yoga Integrative 200HR Teacher Training

2014 Yoga Teacher Training is Full, Register now for 2015

Thank you everyone who inquired to participate in NamasteWorks 200 HR Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with a Therapeutic Focus.  The class is full for 2014.  For those of you who desire to teach Yoga as a healing art or deepen your own personal practice, please consider joining our 2015 Class. Along with offering Yoga classes with a focus on health and healing to the general public, you will learn tools and techniques to teach Yoga-based wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary health care settings.

Yoga-Alliance-LogoThe IYT style of Yoga emphasizes making Yoga accessible to all regardless of age or level of health and wellness. It is a form of Yoga that acknowledges individual differences and encourages adapting and choosing Yoga tools and practices that meet the need of the individual. Because of this emphasis, we have found it to be perfect for body workers, health care professionals and all therapists. It is also open to people with a foundation in Yoga. Certified Yoga Teachers who wish to expand their teaching will also find it beneficial. Above all you need to have the desire to help people experience their fullest potential for health and wellbeing.

To be considered for the 2015 Class, please send an email via our contact form.  The 2014 class filled within thirty days of registration, so act now to secure your space in 2015.  Our affiliate school covers Denver, Colorado Springs, Highlands Ranch, Littleton and all Denver Metro Area and Mountain communities.

Yoga Training with aTherapeutic Focus

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and Integrative Yoga Therapy Open House

2014 Yoga Teacher Training with a Therapeutic Focus

Thursday evening, November 7, 2013, 6-7:30 pm

The 200HR Yoga Teacher Training with a Therapeutic Focus is for those who want to provide a holistic approach to healing for their clients or deepen their own personal practice.   Participants of the program have come from Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing and Clinical Psychology, all seeking to augment their existing skills with a broader approach to healing.  In this program, you will learn tools and techniques to support your existing skills and businesses acumen.  You will have the training to teach Yoga-based wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary health care settings.

Please join us for our Program Spotlight to learn more about our 200HR program starting January 11, 2014.

NamasteWorks Yoga TherapyThis spotlight is all about you and answering questions you may have about teacher training, homework, outcomes, and more.  Come to this informal session and Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.   This program is open to anyone with a basic foundation in yoga and is especially suitable for occupational therapists, physical therapists, health care professionals and other mind/body modalities seeking to enhance their overall practice.  Our 200HR program is based on a holistic approach to wellness, rooted in the ancient history of yoga and focused on healing at the physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual levels.  Our full syllabus is available for your review.

Nancy Levenson, Program Director and affiliate school for Integrative Yoga Therapy will be on-hand, along with other session presenters and graduates of the program to offer insights and answers to all of your questions.  This program is non-residential and runs one weekend per month for ten months.  It’s not too late to join us, just RSVP.  Event held in home studio of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness in Highlands Ranch.  Directions follow an RSVP.

RSVP by calling 303-725-1434 or filling out our contact form. For more information on the program, click on this link: http://namasteworksyoga.com/teacher-training

Yoga Teacher Training with a Therapeutic Focus

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and Integrative Yoga Therapy Open House

Thursday evening, November 7, 2013, 6-7:30 pm

As approaches to health continue to evolve, Yoga will become an increasingly important part of Wellness programs of the future because of its ability to promote health and healing at physical, emotional, and spiritual levels simultaneously. This unique Therapeutic Teacher Training program offers you the opportunity to become immersed in the tools and techniques to deepen your work with your current clients, and create new opportunities for your business or personal growth. Join us for our Program Spotlight on November 7  to learn more about our 200HR program starting January 11, 2014.

Pranayama trainingAThis spotlight is all about you and answering questions you may have about teacher training, homework, outcomes, and more.  Come to this informal session and Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.   This program is open to anyone with a basic foundation in yoga and is especially suitable for occupational therapists, physical therapists, health care professionals and other mind/body modalities seeking to enhance their overall practice.  Our 200HR program is based on a holistic approach to wellness, rooted in the ancient history of yoga and focused on healing at the physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual levels.  Our full syllabus is available for your review.

Nancy Levenson, Program Director and affiliate school for Integrative Yoga Therapy will be on-hand, along with other session presenters and graduates of the program to offer insights and answers to all of your questions.  This program is non-residential and runs one weekend per month for ten months.  It’s not too late to join us, just RSVP.  Event held in home studio of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness in Highlands Ranch.  Directions follow an RSVP.

RSVP by calling 303-725-1434 or filling out our contact form. For more information on the program, click on this link: http://namasteworksyoga.com/teacher-training

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and Integrative Yoga Therapy Open House

2014 Yoga Teacher Training with a Therapeutic Focus

Thursday evening, November 7, 2013, 6-7:30 pm

 

Are you considering yoga training with a therapeutic focus or know someone interested?  Then join us for our Program Spotlight to learn more about our 200HR program starting January 11, 2014.  

NamasteWorks Yoga GarudaThis spotlight is all about you and answering questions you may have about teacher training, homework, outcomes, and more.  Come to this informal session and Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.   This program is open to anyone with a basic foundation in yoga and is especially suitable for occupational therapists, physical therapists, health care professionals and other mind/body modalities seeking to enhance their overall practice.  Our 200HR program is based on a holistic approach to wellness, rooted in the ancient history of yoga and focused on healing at the physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual levels.  Our full syllabus is available for your review.

Nancy Levenson, Program Director and affiliate school for Integrative Yoga Therapy will be on-hand, along with other session presenters and graduates of the program to offer insights and answers to all of your questions.  This program is non-residential and runs one weekend per month for ten months.  It’s not too late to join us, just RSVP.  Event held in home studio of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness in Highlands Ranch.  Directions follow an RSVP.

RSVP by calling 303-725-1434 or filling out our contact form. For more information on the program, click on this link: http://namasteworksyoga.com/teacher-training

 

Patents and Lawsuits: The future of the Yoga Business?

by: Nancy Levenson

This past weekend our 2013 Teacher Training group spent our final weekend discussing the Business of Yoga.  We explored the statistics of this growing industry, having tripled from a $2.9B dollar industry in 2008 to a $10.3B dollar industry in 2012, as cited by a Yoga Journal Press Release.  We discussed in the growth in teachers, styles of yoga and growing your business.

More importantly, we focused on the impact of lawsuits and patents that have occurred during that same time period.  We explored the depth of how Yoga in the West has now become a “trademark” industry, with more patents, copyrights and trademarks being filed annually with the US Patent and Trademark office.

yogaglo_L_760_427What we did not explore was the selfish patents that were being filed to protect one entities right over another, in a field that is rapidly growing and in some cases losing its essence of yoga as a union, a yoking and a practice available to all.  So you can imagine that when I read the alarming story of Yoga International being sent a “cest and desist” order yesterday, I wondered if I had somehow manifested this to prove my point to my students. Yoga International is being told that another entity holds the patent on how a yoga video is technically produced.  What? 

As I read the details of this order and learned more throughout the day, I was appreciative of Yoga Alliance taking a stance.  Yoga Alliance in its own efforts to demonstrate value to each member of the organization — stood up to support Yoga International and each of us as stewards of yoga.  The association sent out a global email with a petition, asking each of us to take action.  As a proprietor myself, one fully engaged in using all methods of marketing and supplying access of yoga to everyone, I signed the petition and ask each of you to support this effort. 

One only needs to consider the consequences of such an action, if we all don’t voice our opinion.  What next, a patent that only one business can run a Free Yoga in the Park, or form clients in mandala circle or have clients only lay a certain way during savasana.  At some point this nonsense must stop.  Take action today, to provide our gifts to everyone and every business.

For more information see both the original article and the Yoga Alliance Petition:

Yoga International Article – http://yogainternational.com/article/view/patents-and-lawsuits-the-future-of-yoga

 

Yoga Alliance Petition – http://www.yogaalliance.org/ya/Articles/YogaGlo_09_25_13.aspx

We all know how to breathe, Don’t We?

by: Nancy Levenson

Breath begins and ends our journey of life.  And we all believe we already know how to breathe, so why should we learn new ways to breathe in yoga?  After all, breath is something that occurs naturally in our body.

On a daily basis we take an average of 20,000 breaths.  Prana (energy) and yama (the control of that energy) is what yoga pranayama is all about.  Breath awareness is the primary focus of our teaching at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and our 200HR Integrative Yoga Therapy teaching program.  When we become aware of our breath, we can help refine the optimal functioning of our lungs, ensuring the free flow of our prana.  In our yoga practice, every move we make is guided, not followed, by the breath.

In our western lifestyle, many of us have become chest breathers, the reverse of healthy and optimal breathing.  When we chest breath, we ask our organs and body to work harder, we use our prana less efficiently, we limit the amount of oxygen reaching our vital tissues, we can feel the fight/flight aspect of living in our sympathetic nervous system and create complications to our health.

You can do a simple check on yourself to determine if you are breathing in the chest or belly.

1.  Lay down in a supine position on the mat – we encourage Savasana, a relaxed yoga pose

2.  Place your left hand on your check and your right hand on the belly

3.  Draw the breath in threw the nose, and out the nose, breathing naturally and easy and notice which hand is rising first, the left or right

If you find that your left hand is raising and perhaps you notice your right not moving at all, you may well be breathing in a way that does not support your optimal health.  If you are a chest breather, you are most likely taking in almost 12,000 more breaths per day than normal.  While that may seem great, it actually is nothing more than a taxing of our vital respiratory system. Unfortunately, many instructors will guide you to follow them in pranayama practices that may be contraindicated for your health.  Pranayamas are sensitive to providing your body either a cooling, neutral or heating effect.  Just because an instructor says, “take Ujjayi Pranayama”, it may be the very breath, you should avoid.

 To learn more about pranayama or to obtain a full breath assessment, consider a one-on-one yoga therapy session.  Our goal is to guide you back to optimal breathing, which ultimately leads to optimal health.

To learn more about our Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training, contact us for a full syllabus.

Nancy Levenson is founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness which offers Yoga as a Healing Art to the Douglas County communities of Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Castle Rock, Castle Pines and other nearby communities.  Our service is one-on-one healing therapy, a RYS Registered Yoga Alliance School providing a 200HR Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training and Free group classes at Yoga in the Park, Highlands Ranch.