Yoga is commonly known in the US as a form of exercise that includes some relaxing side effects. There are yoga studios everywhere with different hooks for pulling in students – hot yoga, goat yoga, even rage yoga (yes that’s a thing now). Some yoga classes might be very physical (like ashtanga yoga) or physically form specific (like Iyengar yoga).  Other classes may focus on physical restoration or work with a specific group, like prenatal yoga. While the physical exercises of yoga (or asana) are a part of the yoga tradition, there is much more to the practice. Traditional yoga is based on changing the mind more than the body. In this way, reducing suffering and increasing one’s capacity for joy is the fundamental goal of yoga practice.

Traditional Yoga

Traditional yoga philosophy from Patajali’s Yoga Sutra describes yoga as the process of eliminating the mind’s habit patterns (samskara) and connecting to one’s true self. In the Yoga Sutra, a method of personal evolution includes movement, breath (pranayama), and meditation.  Deep yoga practice includes awareness of all these elements – the body, breath and mind. One of my teachers is fond of saying that you do not have a hamstring without a liver and an attitude. So, the practice of yoga is to acknowledge and incorporate body, breath and mind for the goal of reducing suffering and increasing capacity for joy. 
One of my teachers is fond of saying that you do not have a hamstring without a liver and an attitude.
So when I say yoga, I mean the full spectrum of movement, breath, mind, sound, and ritual that best serves you. No matter the entry that you make into yoga, the goal is to increase your ability to pay attention and reduce distractions. 

2019 Yoga Teacher Training

If this perspective of yoga sounds interesting to you, check out the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program I will be leading starting in August 2019. The 200-hour training is a foundations program. This training is built upon the Viniyoga tradition of appropriate application of yoga tools to meet the needs of the practitioner. We will build a foundation of understanding from the therapeutic perspective, where practice of movement (asana), breathing (pranayama), meditation, sound (chanting), and conscious habit patterns are all customized to meet the skills and intention of the practitioner. With this foundation, you will be able to teach yoga to diverse groups (i.e.: gentle yoga, yoga for athletes, for specific age groups, etc.).  Upon completion of this program you will be able to:
  • Know the “why” behind the components of yoga practice
  • Design and teach integrated yoga sequences
  • Understand the roots of yoga philosophy through Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.
You will be given tools to deepen your personal practice of yoga in addition gaining experience preparing you to teach yoga to others. This program is approved by Yoga Alliance. The 200-hour training will meet for 10 weekends: 
  • August 10-11, 2019: Intro to Viniyoga
  • September 14-15, 2019: Physical & Energetic Anatomy  
  • October 12-13, 2019: Asana, Principles of Movement
  • November 9-10, 2019: Pranayama & Physiology 
  • December 14-15, 2019: Meditation & Psychology 
  • January 11-12, 2020: Principles of Sequencing 
  • February 8-9, 2020: Art of Observation
  • March 14-15, 2020: Ethics & Business of Yoga 
  • April 11-12, 2020: Creating Personal Practice 
In addition to the weekend class meetings, there will be homework requirements to meet the 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification standards. Texts used in this training will include The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book by Solloway, Yoga for Wellness by Kraftsow and The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga by Long.  Cost of the program will be:
  • $2800 for full payment before 5/31/19
  • $3000 for full payment between 5/31/19-7/31/19
  • $1050 for segmented payment (Due on 7/31/19, 8/31/19 & 9/30/19) 
  • $50 application fee due by 7/4/19
INTERESTED? Email or call (317) 344-9840 for more information. PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION TRACK: Interested in a deeper study of yoga, but not in a full 200-hour certification? Join the training on the second Saturday of each month between August 2019 and April 2020 to explore the components of yoga. You can attend one ($160/ Saturday) or all Saturday trainings ($1500), receiving study materials and participating in group study. Saturday trainings are also approved at continuing education credits through the Yoga Alliance. 

Kim Allen’s certifications include the 500hour yoga teacher training and 500-hour yoga therapist through the American Viniyoga Institute. She also has a doctorate in health education, is a certified health/wellness coach, ACSM personal trainer, and licensed massage therapist.  

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