500 Hour Level Yoga Training Weekends

Location: BE HERE NOW 134 Elm St Cheshire, CT

3 options to attend 500 Hour Advanced Training: 1) 1 weekend a month 18 consecutive 2) by module fast track with up to 2 weekends a month 3) attended individual weekends at will. Schedule a call!

 

You Will Learn, Practice, Discuss & Teach...

Benefits of Yoga: Study of the Body Systems

July 20 & 21 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 2 * Course 4
This course will reveal the most recent research studies on our nervous, endocrine, digestive and musculo-skeletal systems and how yoga techniques positively affect their major functions as well as understanding the contra-indications. We will playful review the body systems through an experiential weekend of learning, teaching and exploring. Walk away from this weekend knowing more of the actual “why” yoga has these positive affects. Lara A. Ward, Lotus Gardens Yoga School Director, Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher of 25+ years will take you through the body with the focus on how yoga teachers will integrate this information into their teaching. Register before July 18th - no drop ins!

Benefits of Yoga: Body Systems

Yin & Meridians

August 17 & 18 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 2 * Course 5
Immerse into the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yin Yoga postures as we explore the sister of prana & nadis/chi & meridians. We will playful explore the meridian lines through our bodies, discuss the philosophy Meridian science for Yin Yoga, how Yin Yoga affects our soft tissue differently than traditional Hatha, and practice the postures of Yin Yoga. As yoga teachers, we will blend this knowledge to the art of sequencing and class design and inspiration to bring wonderful calm energizing Yin Yoga classes. Guided by Lara A. Ward, Lotus Gardens Yoga School Director, 20 year student of Karate, Massage Therapist and 25+ year Yoga Teacher will take you this amazing and vast subject focusing on integrated teaching yin yoga or yin blended classes. Register before Aug 15th - no drop ins!

Yin & Meridians

Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers

Sept 21 & 22 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 2 * Course 6
Immerse into the ancient practices of Ayurveda and Yoga. Ayurveda is the traditional medical science of modern day India. Embraced by today’s yoga community as the perfect blend to our path as yoga teachers passionate to help our clients to optimal health and well being. Rebecca Smith and Dayna Holi will guide you through the foundations of Ayurveda, exploration of our own constitution of the three doshas, how to keep ourselves in balance, and then share this ancient practice of health to our classes and clients.   Enjoy learning the properties of the doshas, their constitutions and how to sequence and teach effective yoga classes for them.  Registration closes Sept 19th - no drop ins!

Ayurveda for YTs

Roots & Foundations

Oct 12 & 13 * 10:30-7:00* Module 1 * Course 1
Why do some say yoga is 40,000 years, others 10,000, 5,000, 2500, 150 years old. What is the significance of ancient texts. We’ll return to the historical, philosophical and cultural foundations of yoga blended with the beauty of it’s rich artistry. Let’s delve into the timeline of yoga’s first known signs to the mass appeal and healing properties emotionally, physically and, for some, spiritually.

Roots & Foundations

Pre-Natal to Menopause

Oct 19 & 20 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 1
Yoga in the US is practiced by over 75% females. Taking a deeper look at the adaptive healthy life style with emphasis on the milestones of women's lives from child bearing years to menopause. Creating practices for the normal life cycles that at times may toss us off balance and how to gracefully (or not) transition through this changes. Explore the biological, emotional and spiritual health practices that have been passed yogini to yogini. Registration closes Oct 9th - no drop ins!

Pre-Natal to Menopause

Anatomy & Kinesiology: Lower Body

Nov 2 & 3 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 1 * Course 2
We will begin with reviewing the skeletal system taking your knowledge to of muscular attachments and their actions. Knowledge of how the lower body moves and functions in practice. This course will be a blend of lecture, experiential learning and teaching.

Anatomy & Kinesiology: Lower Body

Aging Gracefully: Seniors & Chair Yoga

Nov 16 & 17 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 2
Ah aging gracefully! We hear how yoga will age us with ease but as yoga teachers, understand what the health issues are student may enter the yoga room allows us to better understand how we may support them. Or you may wish to offer Chair Yoga sessions for those less ambulatory or balance challenged. For this program, we will review basic anatomy appropriate for this course, defining the common aging conditions such as Osteopenia, Osteoarthritis, joint replacements, Parkinson’s disease and what the current research is for helping our students.  We will also learn how to work within senior facilities to create programs designed to bring the greatest benefit to seniors. This course will be taught by Lotus Gardens Yoga School Co -Directors Lara A. Ward, officially a senior by AARP standards, and yoga teacher of seniors and non-ambulatory clients for over 20 years and Rebecca Smith Recreational Therapy Masters Degree candidate. Register before July 18th - no drop ins!

Seniors & Chair Yoga: Agining Gracefully

Anatomy & Kinesiology: Upper Body

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Dec 7 & 8 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 1 * Course 3
We will begin with reviewing the skeletal system taking your knowledge to of muscular attachments and their actions. Knowledge of how the lower body moves and functions in practice. This course will be a blend of lecture, experiential learning and teaching.

Anatomy & Kinesiology: Upper Body

Gender & Mental Health

Dec 14 & 15 * 10:30-7:00 :30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 3
Developing an inclusive Yoga Culture means more than placing a Namaste sign on the door. Offering yoga that helps students feel truly welcomed, respected, serene and balanced will be the focus of this weekend. Together we will take a reflective look at creating gender inclusive classes and yoga spaces that are truly open for all. This weekend will bring experts in the LGBTQX community to share their knowledge, help us, as yoga teachers, understand what truly inclusive language is, proper cuing and how to create a comfortable and welcoming space for all genders. Also a look at mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and addiction and how yoga has been proven to aid those who seek our teachings out. When our yoga yoga offerings meet client’s mental health needs, students continue to return class after class.  This weekend will be guided by Rebecca Smith. Registration required before Dec 14th - no drop ins. Permission required for those non registered for entire training.

Gender & Mental Health

Meditation & Energy

January 4 & 5, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 1 * Course 4

Meditation is the deepest aspect from which yoga comes from. Whether you have years old meditation practice, or just beginning to teach meditation, we will view how to create safe and comfortable environment for all levels of practice. Who should (or should not) practice at what level and why. How does prana influence our state of dharana & dhyana? When ready, we will prepare the entire being for stillness and the dhyana experience.
 

Meditation & Energy

Injuries & Teachers Workshops

January 18 & 19, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 4 * (permission required for those non registered for entire training)
The scope of a yoga teacher is not one of diagnosis, but we do have students often come to practice with problems. Whether sitting in hero or raising the arms in warrior 1, as professionals we want to offer appropriate alternatives. This weekend will focus on common injuries of athletes.

Injuries & Teachers Workshops

Business, Branding & Ethics

Feb 1 & 2, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 1 * Course 5
As an independent teacher, employee, studio owner or newly graduated YT, we all can use help navigating the world of developing, maintaining and growing our student base. This course will focus on the adventures of marketing, business and ethics and how you can create your own brand.

Business, Branding & Ethics

Teachers Workshops

Feb 15 & 16, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 5 * (permission required for those non registered for entire training)
A weekend of teaching, practicing and receiving informed experienced feedback to hone your personal practice and your professional level teaching.

Teachers Workshops

Art & Science of Sequencing

March 7 & 8, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 1 * Course 6
Teaching artful, safe and intelligently sequences involves blending refined cues, positive and clear language, creating proper muscular alignment and engagement, all while flowing with seamless transitions in thought, breath, and pose. As a yoga teacher, come prepared with your experience ready to take a fresh view of your classes. Leave refreshed and inspired ready to awaken your classes with revived direction to develop students resilience, strength, confidence and release in well developed practices. This weekend is skillfully taught by Lotus Gardens 500 hour Co-Director, Rebecca Smith, E-RYT 500.

Art & Science of Sequencing

Live and Love Your Teaching

March 21 & 28, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 6 * (permission required for those non registered for entire training)
We will explore mindful reflections and moving meditation practices during this course that includes our graduation event!

Live & Love Your Teaching

Developing Private Clients & Hands On Assists

April 4 & 5, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 2 * Course 1
Whether working with group classes or private clients in the studio or private home, we create a deeper connection through assists and greater success with understanding goals. This weekend will blend a close look at creating a healthier Private Client business in conjunction with offering Assists for individuals within a private session or group classes. To enhance your professional offerings, experienced teacher Rebecca Smith, while explore the three forms of alignment assists through touch and energy movement.  If you are a teacher who is comfortable with hands on assists or shy away, you will learn the theories of safe, effective and appropriate assists for clients. This weekend is designed to advance each teachers level of comfort with hands on assists, meeting each teachers current skill level and developing further.  Whether you are a flow, restorative or basic yoga teacher, we will help you deepen your offering of safe and effective adjustments. This weekend is skillfully taught by Lotus Gardens 500 hour Co-Director, Rebecca Smith, E-RYT 500.

Private Clients & Assists

Mindful Resilience For Trauma Recover: Veterans Yoga Project

May 2 & 3, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 2 * Course 2
Mindful Resilience for Recovery and Resilience is an evidence-informed, clinically-tested yoga program that was developed specifically for veterans recovering from posttraumatic stress and other psychological difficulties.  It is an evidence-informed, in that practices have been chosen and adapted based on clinical and neuro-scientific knowledge about posttraumatic stress and its treatment.  It is clinically-tested, in that it was developed based on feedback from hundreds of veterans and active-duty service members receiving treatment at residential and outpatient treatment programs.  Mindful Resilience has been successfully integrated into mental health and addiction treatment programs for veterans and active-duty military across the US and Canada.

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Restoration & Alignment

June 6 &7, 2020 * 10:30-7:00* Module 3 * Course 3
Seeing the alignment of clients in restorative poses is an art blended skillfully with the science of alignment. Learning the subtle positioning of supports while holding safe space allows each student to calmly center, enhance flexibility, open and relax away tensions. We will study the alignment and support options of 10 restorative postures, modifications, sequencing and of course enjoy teaching and practicing these deeply releasing poses. This weekend is taught by Lotus Gardens Yoga School Director, Lara A. Ward, LMT & E-RYT 500.

Restoration & Alignment

Contact us for details & dates July 2020 - March 2022

Benefits of Yoga: Study of the Body Systems

July 11 & 12, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 2 * Course 4
This course will reveal the most recent research studies on our nervous, endocrine, digestive and musculo-skeletal systems and how yoga techniques positively affect their major functions as well as understanding the contra-indications. We will playful review the body systems through an experiential weekend of learning, teaching and exploring. Walk away from this weekend knowing more of the actual “why” yoga has these positive affects. Lara A. Ward, Lotus Gardens Yoga School Director, Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher of 25+ years will take you through the body with the focus on how yoga teachers will integrate this information into their teaching.

Contact Us To Register for the Aug - March 2021 Modules/Courses

Yin & Meridian Flow Yoga

August 1 & 2, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 2 * Course 5

Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers

Sept 12 & 13, 2020 * 10:30-7:00* Module 2 * Course 6

Pre-Natal to Menopause

Oct 3 & 4, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 1

Aging Gracefully: Seniors & Chair Yoga

Nov 7 & 8, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 2

Gender & Mental Health

Dec 5 & 6, 2020 * 10:30-7:00 :30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 3

Injuries & Teachers Workshops

January 9 & 10, 2021 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 4

Teachers Workshops

Feb 6 & 7, 2021 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 5

Live and Love Your Teaching

March 6 & 7, 2021 * 10:30-7:00 * Module 3 * Course 6