Maui Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga University, July-August, 2014, come join us!
~..::* ALOHA & NAMASTÉ *::..~
E Komo Mai ~ You Are Invited…
To our 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Program & Retreat this Summer on Maui!
WHEN: July 18- August 8, 2014 (Single week retreat July 10-17th)
WHERE: A Beautiful Retreat Space on Maui
WHO: Anyone who wants to deepen into their yoga practice and self-understanding while enjoying the beauty and richness of Maui.We will offer Ayurvedic cleanses, pranayama and meditation, and healthy organic food. These programs are of special benefit to those who are seeking to become new yoga teachers, yet are open to anyone with a deep interest in yoga and their own evolution/involution. Our intention is always to open space for transformation to occur — a process that often takes us beyond the mat…
~ 200 Hour Certification through Yoga University, Registered with Yoga Alliance~
+ Continuing Education & Deepening for Yoga Teachers.
* Learn to Teach Vinyasa Flow Style *
* Kundalini Yoga, Partner Yoga, Flying Yoga, Thai Bodywork, Ecstatic Yoga Dance & Breathwork *
* Intro to the Yoga Swing & Receive a Free One
*Ayurvedic Consultations and Cleansing
* Daily Meditation, Kirtan & Satsang ~ Native Hawaiian Spiritual Wisdom Sharing *
* Healing & Detoxification, Connecting with Your Passion *
* Super-healthy Food Prepared On-site *
* Shamanic Yoga Healing Ceremony (optional) *
* Internet Marketing for Yoga *
* Epic Island Excursions *
* Special Guest Teachers *
* Learning & Teaching Yoga as a Way of Life, in a Well-Rounded, Non-Dogmatic, User-Friendly Way *
* Receive our online course offering package as part of the program, & discounts on future offerings *
COURSE SYLLABUS: http://yogauniversity108.com/2013/08/30/2152/
SINGLE WEEK RETREAT July 10th – 17th
RESERVE YOUR SPACE: $300
Early bird for April (If Paid in full by April 31st) ~ $980
Full Price: $1280 – includes meals, yoga, transportation & lodging in house
::Excursions include waterfall hikes, healing ceremonies, beach trips, and more!::
FULL YTT IMMERSION July 18th – Aug. 8th
$500 Deposit to Reserve Space (Can be applied to a future offering)
QUESTIONS? PLEASE CALL: (239) 592-0898
Full Price, 4 Weeks: $4880
Full Price, 3 Week Yoga TT: $4280
Early Bird for 4 Weeks All-Inclusive: $4280 (pay by April 31st)
Early Bird for 3 Week Yoga TT: $3880 (by April 31st)
Kama’aina Price for 4 Weeks (No lodging): $3440
Kama’aina Price for 3 Weeks (No lodging): $2980
Student & Financial Aid Price: $3440
All payments except deposit are 75% refundable up to 90 days prior to start date, 50% 21 days prior to start, or 100% could go toward a future offering.
For more pricing options & details, please call: (239) 592-0898
Refer a friend and receive $150, even if you don’t participate! Your friend receives $75 off.
* Special Discount for Students & Special Needs *
* We offer no money up front and no interest for 6 months with Paypal Financing (decent credit required) *
*** Please note ~ This program is open to all ~ even to those who do not necessarily want to teach yoga, but just explore it more deeply for personal growth and planetary healing. This training course is also ideal for yoga teachers who wish to delve into the deeper dimensions of yoga. In other words, not just yoga as a workout, but as a way of life. ***
Teachers & Special Guests Include
* Allowah Lani (Program Director) ~ Kundalini Yoga, Flying Yoga, Kirtan, Satsang, Shamanic Dance & Breathwork, etc. *
* Śri Yogi Zen ~ Gravity Master/Yoga Swinger, Yoga Detox Facilitator, Hot Stone Masseuse, Coco-Nut Jungle TarZen Supplier, etc. *
*Alexandra Carelli ~ Certified Ayurvedic Livestyle Counselor, Ayurvedic, Vegan & Gluten-free chef, RYT-200, Pranayama & Meditation* (please contact her for dietary specifications and questions: firstname.lastname@example.org)
* More Special Guest Teachers & Presenters, TBA
WE ENCOURAGE EARLY REGISTRATION AS SPACE IS LIMITED
For questions about the program, contact Allowah @ email@example.com
“It is an amazing space: great energy, absolutely gorgeous and a perfect place to do your training. I know, bc I just completed mine there Feel free to contact me, ask questions or see my photo albums for more information. I fully reccomend Allowah and his program. ♥” ~ Theresa Guinasso
“Allowah is a great teacher who lives yoga full heartedly. He is wise in the information he gives and makes everyone feel very welcome. He is also very patient and understanding of individual needs as well the group needs…[& About Livacious Live Food Catering:] Delicious Delicious and Amazingly Delicious! Taliyah and Diana make the best food I’ve ever had and it’s all filled with Loving & Light energy! Thank you! Namaste” ~ Robyn Filkins
****** “It was a strong experience…So many lessons I have learned to grow up, and now I just need to practice! Thank you so much for this amazing experience…I love you.” ~ Delphine, Miami, Florida
“Thank you for a wonderful learning experience with a great group of people. I feel that I have really grown through having had this experience. I learned a lot about yoga from this training.” ~ Meredith, Naples, Florida
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“You are being invited to enter the frequency of calm and silence, awakening the witness. Every action that is born from this presence is love in motion, and this frees up karma. Such movement acts on behalf of the common good. This is authentic altruism: it doesn’t hurt anyone and it serves everyone. It is based on the true desire to see the other happy.” ~ Sri Prem Baba
3~’ “Love, Serve, Remember” 3~’
ALOHA (HARMONY) MALUHIA (PEACE) LOKAHI (HARMONY)
REGISTER FOR THE RETREAT HERE
On the eve of the Venus Transit on June 5th, 2012, I first connected with my beloved. Neither of us even realized at that moment that the symbolism of the Venus Transit is that of the union of the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine, it just felt right. That night we sat and sang songs together, first and perhaps most prominent of which was Jason Mraz’s song “I Won’t Give Up On Us,” a song with various layers of meaning, as the song’s video shows (and with layers of meaning for us, as the song plays on the theme of the “night sky.”)
I didn’t know much about Jason Mraz at that point, yet I later discovered that he does yoga, kirtan, and has even written a song that was inspired by kirtan (“Everything is Sound”), off of his new album “Love is a Four-Letter Word.” I also recently learned that he split with his girlfriend, but they are still good friends, which of course is also interesting given the song…and yet the reality of relationships in this modern world is that they seem to be very fluid, and maybe that’s due to immaturity, and maybe that’s a good thing, who can truly say? In India, most marriages are arranged (based heavily on Jyotisha — Astrology), and the divorce rate is something like 10%. Perhaps that’s a more enlightened way of looking at love? Could it be that romantic love is an illusion that needs to be shattered, and just maybe there is Deep Wisdom that lies in wait beyond that illusion…?
In other words, maybe love really is a four-letter word?
As I was writing this and without knowing what I was writing about, my partner came over and spontaneously kissed me and gave me a back rub. Ahhhh…Well, I guess if pressed to the wall, I would like to go on believing in the illusion just a little longer. Enjoy the music…
IF YOU RESONATED WITH THIS POST, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO CHECK OUT WHAT WE OFFER, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING UPCOMING YOGA TEACHER TRAINING…
~ NAMASTE’ & ALOHA MAI ~
After 12/21/12, The QUEST Continues…
ONEssence Yoga Teacher Training Immersion
A 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Program
in Maui, Hawaii, Certification by Yoga University
A True Love & Mystic Immersions Retreat
21 days – January 9th-30th, 2013
* Partner Yoga, Flying Yoga & Thai Bodywork*
* Yoga Swing — Learn to Use & Receive a Free One *
* Learn Vinyasa Creative Flow Style *
* Vegan Living Food By LIVACIOUS *
* Kirtan and Satsang *
* Shamanic Healing Ceremony *
* Sacred Hawaiian Wisdom Sharing *
* Special Guest Teachers & Speakers *
* Yoga Business & Internet Marketing Guidance *
* Ticket to Mystic Island Festival Included *
* Island Excursions Included *
* Be at the Launch of Our First Online Course Program! *
* Learning & Teaching Yoga as a Way of LIFE *
Teachers & Special Guests include:
* Angel Meenakshi Honig ~ Integral Yoga, Yoga Anatomy, The Yoga Sutras, Flying Yoga
* Allowah Lani (Program Director) ~ Kundalini Yoga, Flying Yoga, Kirtan, Satsang, Ectatic Dance & Breathwork
* Taliyah ~ Partner Yoga, Playful Heart Dance, Live Food Nutrition, & Soul Connection Counsel
* More Special Guest Presenters, TBA
* LOCATION: A Beautiful Retreat Venue on Maui’s North Shore
“It is an amazing space: great energy, absolutely gorgeous and a perfect place to do your training. I know, bc I just completed mine there 🙂 Feel free to contact me, ask questions or see my photo albums for more information. I fully reccomend Allowah and his program. ♥” ~ Theresa Guinasso
“Allowah is a great teacher who lives yoga full heartedly. He is wise in the information he gives and makes everyone feel very welcome. He is also very patient and understanding of individual needs as well the group needs…[& About Livacious Live Food Catering:] Delicious Delicious and Amazingly Delicious! Taliyah and Diana make the best food I’ve ever had and it’s all filled with Loving & Light energy! Thank you! Namaste”
~ Robyn Filkins
“It was a strong experience…So many lessons I have learned to grow up, and now I just need to practice! Thank you so much for this amazing experience…I love you.” ~ Delphine, Miami, Florida
“Thank you for a wonderful learning experience with a great group of people. I feel that I have really grown through having had this experience. I learned a lot about yoga from this training.” ~ Meredith, Naples, Florida
$2800 FOR MAUI RESIDENTS –>INCLUDES EVERYTHING EXCEPT LODGING.
***DECEMBER 26th REGISTRATION CLOSES***
~ SPECIALS ~
***REFER A FRIEND AND RECEIVE $200, EVEN IF YOU DON’T PARTICIPATE! ***
***GREAT EARLY BIRD SPECIAL FOR FIRST 2 REGISTRANTS: $3300 ALL-INCLUSIVE***
***$3600 IF FULL PAYMENT IS MADE PRIOR TO DECEMBER 15th***
***FULL REFUND OFFERED IF CANCELLATION BY 2 WEEKS PRIOR. OTHERWISE 50% RETURNED, WITH THE OPTION OF THE REST GOING TO A FUTURE TRAINING OR RETREAT***
***WE ENCOURAGE SIGNING UP EARLY AS SPACE IS LIMITED. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY BIRD PRICES NOW! ***
* FINANCIAL AID & FINANCING MAY ALSO BE AVAILABLE, PLEASE INQUIRE *
* PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO ALL — EVEN TO THOSE WHO DON’T NECESSARILY WANT TO TEACH YOGA, BUT JUST WISH TO EXPLORE YOGA MORE DEEPLY FOR PERSONAL GROWTH & PLANETARY HEALING. THIS TRAINING COURSE IS ALSO IDEAL FOR YOGA TEACHERS WHO WISH TO DELVE INTO THE DEEPER DIMENSIONS OF YOGA. IN OTHER WORDS, NOT JUST YOGA AS A WORKOUT, BUT AS A LIFELONG HOLISTIC PRACTICE. *
Allowah & Taliyah (239) 592-0898
~ MAHALO NUI LOA ~ NAMASTE’ ~ 3~’ ALOHA SHEvAYA ~
The 5 Tibetans (or 5 Tibetan Rites) are a simple, structured way of squeezing more yoga into your busy schedule. We’ll be practicing these regularly on Maui, and you might just feel inspired to pass them on to your students. Here’s a video that Ali Gardella and I did of them when we were at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa in Nosara, Costa Rica last summer.
1) * Establish a Daily Practice. *
Rather than rigidly forcing yourself to carve out a huge block of time for practice, follow the principle, “A little bit each day goes a long way.” Yes, in general, it’s better to stay consistent with your yoga practice, even if that just means less each day, than to do it for awhile, stop, then come back, or use the “weekend warrior” approach. In the Yoga Sutras, we find: 1.14 When that practice is done for a long time, without a break, and with sincere devotion, then the practice becomes a firmly rooted, stable and solid foundation. (sah tu dirgha kala nairantaira satkara asevitah dridha bhumih). Remember also that yoga “practice” does not just mean what you do on the mat, but everything we do in life. Each moment we can be practicing mindfulness, conscious awareness of how the mind works, the attachments we have, and the choices we make. ***
2) * Keep going to class! *
Continue to attend as many different yoga classes as you can, exploring the wide variety of styles and teachers available. You might especially want to try a style of yoga that you have been a bit afraid of trying, for whatever reason. If you are not able to attend classes, there are many helpful videos available online. Websites you might want to explore for this: Myyoga.com. Myfreeyoga.com . DoYogaWithMe.com. Youtube. YogaJournal.com. And create your own videos! (see below)
3) * Keep Teaching! *
After your Yoga Teacher Training program, you might not feel ready quite yet to jump right in and start teaching people you’ve never met. So instead, I recommend teaching at least 2 classes per week to family and friends (more would be better, again, for consistency’s sake). Or even practice teaching in front of a mirror, or to your pet goldfish, but keep practicing! Also, study teachers who particularly inspire you, but always be yourself when you teach.
4) * Seek out other ways of staying motivated, inspired, and educated about yoga. *
For instance, there are Continuing Education opportunities for Yoga beyond just yoga classes, which include workshops, retreats, conferences, festivals, and other gatherings. You might even consider another Teacher Training in a style of yoga that you want to explore more deeply. Find someone in your area who is specificially offering Continuing Ed. for yoga. Perhaps befriend another local Yoga teacher and continue your learning together, or inspire your partner to explore yoga together with you.
5) * Study Yourself *
At least once a month, consider doing a video and/or photo shoot of yourself doing yoga and/or teaching yoga (a video shoot would be better, of course, because you can observe more). Self-study (or in Sanskrit, Swadhyaya, one of the 5 Niyamas of the Yoga Sutras), also involves being understanding your character better, and your place in the world. To learn more about yourself, you might delve more deeply into your astrology, take a personality test like the Enneagram, do “Shadow” work (ways in which we unconsciously sabotage ourselves), share satsang (open, honest communication) with a close friend, or read an insightful book. As for the latter, the various yoga scriptures are a good place to start, and these books include The Vedas, The Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Yoga Sutras; or read many of the fine books on yoga that have been published in the last century, such as “Autobiography of a Yogi” (Yogananda), “Light on Yoga” (Iyengar), “Yoga and Health” (Yesudian and Haich), “The Mirror of Yoga” (Richard Freeman), “Be Love Now” (Ram Dass), “Yoga Beyond Belief” (Ganga White), among many others. [Note: I will be posting a bibliography with a number of recommended titles in the near future.]
6) * Register with Yoga Alliance. *
I didn’t put this and the next recommendation (#7) sooner because these won’t be that essential for everyone to do, especially if you will not be teaching yoga at a yoga studio or fitness center. I have discussed this and #7 below in a previous blog post, which you can read HERE. .
You might also want to consider looking into other possibilities for registration. For example, there is an organization called “The International Yoga Federation” (http://www.internationalyogafederation.net/), that offers an international registration which is less expensive than Yoga Alliance. A friend recently told me about a group called Yoganomics (Yoganomics.net) which describes itself as “Indie Yoga” and questions the authority of Yoga Alliance. I don’t have much of a take on all of this as yet as I have not fully explored the issues. I am just presenting this to you as options to consider and to investigate further yourself.
7) * Consider getting yoga insurance. *
Yoga insurance can be a useful thing to have “just in case,” yet I also feel the best insurance is to practice “ahimsa” (non-harming) in everything we do as much as possible. As we become more loving beings (or rather, tap more into the love within ourselves), then we will not have to be fearful of others harming us. This idea is found in the Yoga Sutras (2.35): “As a Yogi becomes firmly grounded in non-injury (ahimsa), other people who come near will naturally lose any feelings of hostility.”
(ahimsa pratishthayam tat vaira-tyagah)
8) * Develop a personal yoga business plan for yourself. *
Yogi Berra once famously said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.” So plan things out, and the create concrete, doable action steps. As far as your plan goes, base it on your personal vision for your life, based on your greatest passions, inspirations, & dreams. And dream BIG, knowing that anything & everything is possible with time, patience, perseverance, & practice. As far as your actions steps go, you might want to create a website (WordPress is a great way to do it because it is cheap, user-friendly, and has great Search Engine Optimization), make business cards (Vistaprint is also cheap and effective), write a professional bio, make a portfolio of professional profile pictures, create an email clientele database & start a newsletter (I love Mailchimp), and/or even write your own complete business plan using an online website such as Biztree, Bplan, or Liveplan. There are also organizations out there these days geared specifically toward the financial stability of yoga professionals, such as Zen Business Bootcamp (Zenbusinessbootcamp.com). The truth is that being a new yoga teacher in today’s economy can be a challenge, yet life is abundant and there is no reason why you cannot reach financial independence through your teaching. All it takes is to live your passion, planning, and take those consistent action steps toward fulfilling your dreams, remembering that: “No one plans to fail. We fall to plan.”
9) * Network *
Network with other local yoga teachers, businesses, and also online. Attend local yoga and yoga-related events in your area such as kirtans, yoga studio parties and grand openings, movie nights, spiritual gatherings, etc. Or, host your own event! As far as online networking goes, Facebook is one of the best ways these days to network and market your yoga, especially by creating events and inviting friends to them. Beyond Facebook, there are a number of alternative social networking communities out there, too, such as Evolver (Evolver.net). You might also want to be listed on one or more of the many yoga listing sites out there, such as the Yoga Network (yoganetwork.org), Yoga Finder (yogafinder.com), and Yoga Directory (yogadirectory.com). Finally, consider reading the following Yoga Journal article on the subject of networking for yoga teachers.
10) * Practice random acts of (yoga) kindness. *
Finally, in all the business and “busy-ness” we are doing, let us not forget the deeper message and true Spirit of yoga, which is to find a place of contentment, freedom, pure love, compassion, and stillness. We are here not to be dependent or make others dependent on us, but to give them the tools so that they can free themselves and become more and more independent. This independence will come from releasing our attachments to things, one big one being our attachment to money and the monetary system as it is. So remind yourself of this by giving the great gift of yoga for free, whether it’s by offering a free class each week, teaching a friend or stranger yoga, raising awareness about yoga, or even just giving someone on the street a hug or making them smile. I recently attended a class where the teacher encouraged us all to make 10 people smile that day. I thought that was nice : )
* This piece is dedicated to all of our recent graduates in Maui, Florida, & Costa Rica. *
“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children:
One is roots, the other is wings.”
~ Hodding Carter
There’s a new a new yoga craze sweeping the nation: Acro-Yoga (which we call “Flying Yoga” — see below). Actually, this style of yoga has officially been around for 6 years already, since 2006 (click HERE for more), but it’s only in the last few years or so that it’s really taken off. Before that, it was known in yoga circles, but no one had yet made it into its own unique, identifiable, trademarked brand of yoga. In reality, it’s probably a pretty ancient practice, maybe as old as the circus (not to mention something that mommies and daddies do with their kids all the time!) In the world of yoga, it’s at least as old as the 1930s when the “godfather” of modern yoga, TVK Krishnamacharya, taught it to his students, who did public, circus-like yoga demonstrations to advertise the power of yoga to the world. Here’s a link to a Youtube video showing the master and his students practicing this form of yoga:
So why did it take so long for this type of yoga to catch on, one might wonder? It’s so fun, everyone seems to love it. Well, I would suggest it’s at least partly because there has been some lightening up and loosening of boundaries in the yoga world, and this is probably a good thing. It also seems that when something gets trademarked, branded, and made into a system, there’s much more of a chance of it really becoming an identifiable entity in its own right, a household term.
Before I go on, let me just say a little something about the name for this kind of yoga, and why I do not use the term “Acro-Yoga.”
Personally, I prefer the designation “Flying Yoga” not only because I have never officially been trained in “Acro,” but because it sounds too much like we’re doing circus tricks. This isn’t any put down of the founders of Acro, Jason Nemer and Jenny Klein. No, they are well grounded in the yoga tradition, and they also acknowledge that when we are doing any kind of yoga, it’s really the inner work being done — the qualities of courage, trust, perserverance, patience, listening, etc. — that are really the most important, not necessarily what we can do. On the other hand, when we see a pose artfully done, or a move gracefully executed, we generally give props because we know what it must have taken to get there (however many incarnations — in this lifetime, or ones before!)
I prefer the term “Flying Yoga” because we do really fly high when we do this kind of yoga, it’s so much fun, and even blissful (more below on this). On the other hand, perhaps the designation “Roots & Wings” would be even better, to highlight the fact that in order for one person to fly (the “Flyer”), the person who is assisting (the “Base”) must be really very well grounded to make it all possible! As it is with every “flight” we take in life — we won’t be airborne for long if we don’t have a stable foundation to support it!
My Flying Yoga Story
Although I have been practicing yoga for the past 19 years, admittedly it is really only in the last 5 that I have gotten into Flying Yoga. Early on, I found a great partner in crime, my friend Ali Gardella (who also assists with our Yoga Teacher Trainings). People see us now and are fairly amazed at what we can do, but little do they know that Ali had to take many a one for the team to get to where we are now. Yes, she ate sand numerous times on the beach here in Naples as we were learning how to do our flying stunts. Ali, a grandmother of 2 has been a super flying trooper, always ready to try new things and No one would ever suspect that she is a grandmother!
Ali also knows how fun it is! And yoga of all things should have at least a little fun to balance out the discipline!
So anyway, you can thank Ali when I take you without a hitch from “Folded Leaf” into the “Bat Pose,” or have you stand and balance on my hands, etc.
More recently, I have begun “flying” with another truly amazing yogini, Meenakshi Angel Honig, who has been practicing and teaching yoga for the past 4 decades, currently residing at the Spirit of Aloha on Maui. Angel is an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher with so much wisdom to share! It is a great honor for me to work together with her and we are really so blessed to have her joining us on the teaching staff of our yoga program at the Spirit of Aloha.
I would also like to highlight one intriguing element in our working together: The fact that Angel actually experiences Kundalini Shakti through practicing Flying Yoga, which is why she calls it “The Yoga of Bliss.” She feels it has to do with the energy being released by pressure of the Base’s feet against the sacrum. [This makes perfect sense to me. Yesterday at Earth Day I spoke with a woman who believes her recent spontaneous kundalini awakening was directly related to her hooping practice, specifically by the pressure of the hoop against her sacrum.]
Angel and I have already choreographed 2 Flying Yoga “peaces” (as Angel calls them), and I have posted the Youtube videos of these below. The first is a piece set to Josh Groban’s version of “You Raise Me Up,” which Angel chose as a perfect soundtrack for Flying Yoga. I think you’ll agree it’s not bad at all for our first month working together, and somewhat sporadically at that:
The second “peace” Angel and I co-created is a Flying Yoga tribute to Whitney Houston, using her incredibly beautiful song from The Bodyguard, “I Will Always Love You.”
And here are two other “peaces” that Angel and I have created more recently for your viewing pleasure:
I feel really good about the work that Angel and I have done together, mainly because for me it fulfills something that I have for a long time now wanted to do with my asana practice, which is to turn it into a work of art, expressing, as Rodney Yee has put it, the “Poetry of the Body.” And that is is just its outward expression, of course. Asana’s inward expression is greater awareness and self-knowledge, health, bliss, peace, freedom, and love of life. May it be so for us all!
For a nice piece on Jason & Jenny and Acro Yoga, click HERE: