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130h Sadhana Continuing Education and Practice Series 2023

130h Sadhana Continuing Education and Practice Series

Sadhana is a Sanskrit term used to refer to a daily spiritual practice. Sadhana represents a disciplined surrendering of the ego, in which the practitioner uses tools such as asana, pranayama, and meditation regularly. The Sadhana Continuing Education and Practice Series are designed for advanced-level yoga students who have completed both the 200h and 300h Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training programs at Energie EnCorps.

The philosophy of the Sadhana program is to cultivate consistency and a learning space for our most advanced students. The group would consist of dedicated students committed to the idea of the sangha (community) that practices, shares, and learns together.

Discipline is the hardest part of staying on the path of yoga. This group is meant to keep the spirit and fire of yoga alive, to create a sense of community and accountability to one another. It is designed to help one another stay committed and to develop a personal sadhana (practice).

This is an ongoing continuous education program that students may participate in year after year. Topics may vary from year to year, but will always be layered upon the principles of Ashtanga Yoga. This is a recognized Yoga Alliance YACEP Continuous Education Program.

What is included in this program Continuing Education Program:

Advanced-level yoga workshops, clinics, and discussions building upon established principles of the Ashtanga Yoga tradition (primary and intermediate series).  Topics each day will always include asana alignment, adjustments, modifications, progressions, use of props, counter postures, and philosophy. All poses will be presented with accessible options for everyone.

The Pillars of the Practice:

  • Energetic lines of Yoga: Practicing and teaching based on the Asthanga principles of energetic pathways. Understanding how this philosophy makes the practice accessible to all.
  • Subtleties of Bandha: As the years go by, the understanding of bandha grows stronger. What does it mean to be connected? Where are the connections? Isometrics, antagonists and agonists to create locks in the body. Using the breath to strengthen and mobilize the deeper layers of bandha. How to move from the outer body to the inner body? How do you communicate these subtle instructions to a student and when is the student ready for this?
  • Pranayama and Meditation: Research and exploration of pranayama sequences and meditation methods from different traditions. Experiment with different methods to cultivate consistent practices for yourself and others.
 

Cultivating Balance:

  • Yin Yoga and Chinese Meridians: Dive deeper into the world of Yin Yoga. Group exploration of different classes with different teachers. Discussion and experimentation with postures to work therapeutically and to complement a dynamic asana practice. Develop a better understanding of myofascial release and how this can be attained through yoga and other therapies. Incorporation of Chinese Meridien philosophy into class themes and teaching dialogue.
  • Restorative Yoga: Research and exploration of restorative yoga practices. Playful discovery using props, sequencing, and themes. Experimentation to incorporate these teachings into our own personal practice or classes. Dive deep into the dialogue required for a restorative-style class.
  • Yoga Nidra: Group exploration of different classes with different teachers. Discussion and experimentation to incorporate these concepts into our classes.
  • The opportunity to enrich your practice and teaching through sharing with other dedicated yoga practitioners.
 
Teaching Refinement:
  • Hands-on adjustments:  On-going adjustments clinics and partner work to refine the practice of manual adjustments and bodywork.   Learn to work more closely with students, going deeper into postures with them. Incorporation of simple massage and therapeutic touch techniques to augment the student and teacher dynamic. 
  • Experience and Share Knowledge:  The process of understanding deepens when you have the chance to share your knowledge. We will have the opportunity to share our thoughts and learnings based on shared experiences. (i.e. workshops, books, online classes, presentations) Our discussions will help you to reshape your own practice or teachings. Opportunities will exist to be a guest teacher on YTT weekends, not included in the schedule below.
  • Teaching and receiving feedback:  Experiment with new teaching methods followed by peer feedback and self-reflection exercises. Offering teaching feedback to one another will be a critical part of this year’s program, enabling us to continue to grow. Teaching and assisting opportunities will exist on our weekends or monthly meetups, as well as through optional karma classes, subbing, and group works with newer YTT students.

Schedule:

Saturdays from 8 am - 4 pm. Each day would include a practice (8-10 am), followed by an in-person workshop and clinic (11-4 pm).

  • April 1: Meet the whole Sangha - all three groups (exception 7h30 - 16h30)
  • May 13: Energetic Lines of Yoga
  • July 15: Subtleties of Bandha
  • September 9: Pranayama Sequencing and Guided Meditation
  • November 3,4,5 (YogaHop! Discover Field Trip)
  • December 2: Yin Yoga and Chinese Meridians - all three groups (exception 7h30 - 16h30)
  • January 20: Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
  • February 11: Graduation Day (exception 7h30 - 16h30)
 

COVID update: The option of in-person with social distancing or hybrid classes may be necessary depending on official covid health guidelines. Plans for stability and continuity exist despite the possibility of covid restrictions. Procedural masks and personal disinfectants are required for any activities requiring physical contact.

1 Monthly Mindfulness Meetup: A virtual zoom check-in with the sangha. A way to keep us all connected and encourage one another. The schedule will alternate monthly between open discussions, planned activities, and discussions based on the topics listed above. A detailed list of topics shall be provided for each date.

Students will have the opportunity to lead and or present material if desired. A forum to learn from one another. A chance for questions and answers with your teacher.

Dates: Apr 11, May 9, Jun 6, July 4, Aug 8, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 7, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 6

Times: Tuesday, 8 pm - 9:00 pm

Commitment to the regular practice of 1-2 times per week. In order for this program to be a success, all participants must be committed to a regular Mysore and/or Ashtanga yoga practice.

Additional workshops and presentations (optional):  All Sadhana students are welcome to attend the presentations of our special guests who will speak to our YTT and Mentorship students. The schedule is yet to be finalized.

Teachers include Emilia Arenas and Patricia Amado (Miami Life Teachers), Jody Manley (Ashtanga Halifax), Bhaskar Goswami.

YogaHop! Discovery Field Trip: The cost of this excursion is not included in the tuition.  Location and duration will be a joint decision based on group interests and budgets.

Recommendations include:

Toronto, Ontario:  TO YogaHOP!
New York, NY: Big Apple YogaHOP!
Miami, Florida:  The Miami Life Center Experience
Cleveland, Ohio:  Great Lakes Ashtanga Experience

Itinerary planning, coordination with local studios, class reservations, and booking of travel, and accommodation will be managed by Energie EnCorps.  Administration fees have been included in the cost of the tuition.

Reading material: (Books not included in tuition)

  • The Art of Vinyasa, Chuck Miller and Mary Taylor
  • The Heart of Yoga, TKV Desikachar
  • The Yoga of Breath: A step-by-step guide to Pranayama, Richard Rosen
  • Yin Yoga, Sarah Clark

This program is for you if you:

  • Are committed, willing, and desiring to integrate yoga as a daily part of your life
  • Are willing to practice regularly with the sangha
  • Are willing to receive feedback
  • Are committed to attending all sessions


APPLICATION FORM: https://bit.ly/35maxkW 
CONTRACT FORM: https://bit.ly/3LmMlht 


Course Breakdown:

130 hours of YACEP Continuous Education Program Credits
90 contact hours and 40 non-contact hours

Cost: $1750 + tax

Special Offer: 40% off unlimited EnergiePASS membership at Energie EnCorps for all Teacher Trainees covering the 10-month duration of the course. This is highly recommended as regular practice is mandatory for this program.


Payment Options:


To reserve your spot for 2023, a $500 non-refundable deposit.

Early bird special: $1650 if paid in full before March 25, 2023, OR

Installment plan (via credit card or post-dated cheques)

  • 1st payment: $ 750 by April 1st, 2023
  • 2nd payment: $500 by June 1st, 2023
  • 3rd payment: $500 by August 1st, 2023
 

All payments are subject to GST and PST. No refunds will be provided. Missed hours can be made up in the following year's teacher training.

Certifications: At the end of the course, students that fulfill all the requirements will receive a 130-hour Certificate of Yoga Training which is recognized by Yoga Alliance.


REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To register online for the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL, click SIGN UP below. To register using the payment plan, please call the studio at (514) 505-9642 or come in person.

* Energie EnCorps is one of the very few yoga schools recognized by Revenue Québec as an educational institution. This allows you to deduct your yoga teacher training costs from your provincial income taxes as an educational expense.

Need more information? Please feel free to call the studio to sign up for a free information session or to book a private meeting with Rozel. (514) 505-9642.

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