August 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, and 18 and Saturday, October 5, 2013
Friday, August 9 through Monday, August 12
Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18
Saturday, October 5
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
($895 for active IYINY teachers)
Save $200 if you register by Tuesday, July 9
Deposit: $100 nonrefundable
Chair and Gentle Yoga
OPEN HOUSE Saturday, June 8 • 2–3 p.m. and Wednesday, July 10 • 7–8 p.m.
The Chair and Gentle Yoga Teacher Training provides a solid foundation for Yoga instructors to know how to adapt the basic Yoga asana for those students who may be limited in movement because of age, illness, disability, or injury. With the use of chairs, the wall, straps, bolsters, blankets, blocks, and gentle assists, you will learn how to modify traditional Yoga postures as well as create Yoga classes designed for specific populations, such as Alzheimer’s patients, stroke victims, multiple sclerosis sufferers, the visually impaired, and so on. This course prepares you to adapt the traditional Yoga class so that students of any age, shape, size, or condition may enjoy the Hatha Yoga experience safely and comfortably.
While the bulk of the course focuses on asana (postures), you will also learn how to deepen your students’ experience through meditation, pranayama, and Raja Yoga (Yogic philosophy). You will receive a rigorous review of anatomy and physiology as they relate to specific conditions. You will work hands-on with your fellow Yoga teachers in training as well as people living with the conditions mentioned above.
Your study will conclude with an in-depth exploration of one, specific physical condition as well as a teaching practicum. You will participate in your teaching practicum through assigned readings, practice teaching with a mentor, and attending various Chair and Gentle Yoga classes.
Upon graduation, you can expect to guide people living with physical limitations confidently and compassionately through a Hatha Yoga experience that is both safe and satisfying. This program prepares you to teach Hatha Yoga in a variety of settings, including Yoga studios, assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals.
We look forward to sharing this beautiful practice with you.
Hamsa Spagnola, RYT, T.R.M. and Achala Godino, RYT
The program is available to certified Yoga teachers (with a minimum 200 hours) of all traditions who have a minimum of six months’ experience teaching Yoga.
Yoga Alliance Hours
90 (including required classes, observation, research project, mentorship and homework)
Hamsa Spagnola, RYT, T.R.M., is Integral Yoga certified and has been teaching various styles of Yoga for more than 30 years with compassion and an open heart. She created and developed the Gentle/Chair Yoga Teacher Training program and manual for Integral Yoga Institute and teaches for the National MS Society in New York and New Jersey. Hamsa also teaches stress management and meditation and offers Reiki classes and private Reiki sessions throughout New York and New Jersey, in addition to being a traditional Reiki master and an interfaith minister of spiritual healing.
Achala Godino, RYT, is a certified Integral Yoga Level I, Gentle Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, and Raja Yoga instructor.
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200-Hour Level I
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Chair and Gentle Yoga
Yoga for Arthritis Level II Teacher Intensive
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Creative Yoga Therapy Level I Training
Yoga for Teens Training Intensive
Kidding Around Yoga
Yoga for the Special Child™
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“Participating in the TT program not only strengthened my own practice but also deepened my understanding of Yoga philosophy, taking my practice to a whole new level.”
Kamalika, Teacher Trainee