Teacher Training

Sanctuary's 300-hour elective modules

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Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Program
Taught by: James Bailey, LAc,  Dipl OM, Dipl Ayu, ERYT500
150 hours

The Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program (AWC) is a non-clinical ayurveda wellness program that provides ayurvedic wellness assessment and management skills from the swasthavritta tradition for yoga teachers in training. The course can also be offered as Continued Education to certified yoga teachers, and to other healthcare practitioners interested in applying ayurveda in their practices.

The AWCP is unique in that it provides yoga teachers both skills in the classroom as well as a secondary revenue stream outside the classroom. Teachers can give more accurately informed advice, guided by the wisdom of yoga and ayurveda, and get paid for it. As we all know, resourceful teachers stand out above those less resourceful. Practitioners will be able to establish themselves in the community as Ayurvedic Wellness Counselors with all of the skills and capacities of any non-clinical Ayurvedic practitioner.

Skills taught include constitutional (prakriti) and conditional (vikriti) dosha assessment, pulse and tongue analysis, simple tissue analysis, ayurvedic nutritional therapy, cleanse management, functional herbology, oil therapies, lifestyle counseling, subtle therapies, ayurveda in asana practice, client rapport, ayurveda psychology, and business management.

Module 1: 60 hrs | Tues - Sun
Module 2: 60 hrs | Tues - Sun
Module 3: 30 hrs | At-home
Module 4: Study Abroad | 50 hrs | India 2-weeks (optional) 


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OM GROWN MAMA PRENATAL TEACHER TRAINING CERTIFICATION
Taught by: Jessalynn Hakanson
80 hours

Module 1 (35 hours) will address the following topics:

  • Perspectives on prenatal and postnatal yoga related to the classical teachings of yoga with an emphasis on the eight limbs, embracing the spiritual dimension of yoga as well as the physical discipline and pranayama practices
  • Human anatomy & physiology for the childbearing year
  • Energetic and physical alignment considerations for mamas in bloom specific to each trimester
  • Postures and techniques that encourage pelvic floor connection, capacity, and strength
  • Overview of potential benefits and outcomes through prenatal and postnatal yoga
  • Postures, breath work, and meditations that cultivate a nurturing source of strength and confidence while empowering the transformation in pregnancy and birth with grace



Module 2 (35 hours) will address the following topics:
  • Traditional yoga philosophy and the eight limbs applicable to lifestyle and well-being during the childbearing year
  • Observations in psychological and emotional changes during the childbearing year
  • Various methods, approaches, and models of care for the childbearing year
  • Practice and teaching methodology specific to each trimester of pregnancy and postpartum period
  • Various class formats for the beginning and/or advanced student during each trimester
  • Class options and workshop formats that could be offered during the childbearing year
  • Class formats and considerations for the “4th trimester”, postpartum, and om grown mama & baby bliss
  • The relevance of holding a supportive space for educated, empowered, and intuitive choices in pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood


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Meditation Immersion
Taught by: Danny Brewington
20 hours

In this module, students and teachers will take an extensive look at meditation, exploring the layers of the mind and consciousness itself. The course will add depth to a personal practice and demonstrate methods of incorporating it into the classroom. We’ll look at ways to stimulate brain waves and enter the deeper levels of meditation, using time-honored techniques from the masters and current developments in brain research, referencing the work of Dr. David Hawkins, Daniel Goleman, Rick Hanson, Anna Wise, and Alan Watts, to name a few. It’s a heavy subject, but we’ll have fun! Points of Focus for the weekend are:

  • Understanding the subtle dimensions of breath
  • Our senses and heightened states of awareness
  • Mantras, mudras, and other focusing tools
  • Mental and emotional blocks and how to work with them
  • Creating positive change, cultivating compassion, opening to more creativity, and healing the mind/body structure
  • Formless, subjective experience
  • Meditation and the world of quantum science


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Yin Yoga Intensive
Taught by: Liz Stewart, RYT 500
20 Hours

While the benefits of an active, dynamic yoga practice are many and considerable, especially to the muscular, "yang" tissues, Yin Yoga allows us to work deeply into the other half, the "yin" tissues of our joints and ligaments, the deep fascial networks, and even our bones. In this module, students and teachers will explore the following:

  • Yin Yoga principles and philosophy
  • Yin and the physical body
  • Yin and the energy body
  • Cultivating mindfulness in Yin Yoga
  • Yin yoga asanas, including modifications and the use of props
  • Considerations for sequencing
  • Teaching a safe and effective Yin class
  • Each day will include a 1-2 hour Yin practice
  • Opportunities for practice teaching


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Anjali Restorative Yoga Training
Taught by: Shannon Paige, ERYT 500, CYTP 10000+
54 Contact Hours
36 Non-contact Hours

Anjali Restorative Yoga, a well-respected style of nourishing, gentle yoga. Anjali Restorative Yoga is a rich practice of deep and meditative support, both physically and emotionally. The practitioner is held by bolsters, pillows and blankets for sustained periods of time in deeply rejuvenative postures. The hallmark of an Anjali Restorative Yoga practice is that the restorative spaces are held with incredible detail to ease, rich imagery, guided meditations, and restoring pranayama, or breathing practices.

Anjali Restorative Yoga has Four Programs that can be taken in any order.

MODULE 1 -- SIGNATURE "SPINAL SERIES" SEQUENCE
Our signature most recognized and adored series in Anjali Restorative Yoga, this sequence utilizes soft cushions, bolsters, and blankets to optimize support, alignment, and relaxation of the spine. The student is guided through nine specific poses, each drawing from the one before it and offering the embodied lesson to the next pose. As such, this is a therapeutic and pause-filled Vinyasa of the spine in its seven different directions of movement: extension, side-bend right, side bend twist, backbend, forward bend, twist right, twist left. The physical effect is a careful realignment of the spine into its most natural four curves and gently strengthening and stretching the muscles that support those four natural curves.

This Rich Signature Program Covers: 
  • Principles of Anjali Restorative Yoga, The Alchemy of Rest 
  • Anatomy of Restorative Yoga 
  • Anatomy of the Breath and Basic Restorative Breathing Practices 
  • Supported Spinal Sequence, Progression Alignment 
  • Nourishing Hands On Adjustments 
  • Guided Imagery and Meditation Progression, Part One 
  • Weaving Theme Through a Progression of Key Actions, Part One 
  • Principles of Teaching Anjali Professionally 
  • Observation and Supervised In-Class Assistance 

Required Reading and Resource:
  • Anjali Restorative Yoga, Level One Manual (Provided Electronically)
  • Supplemental Required Reading: Relax and Renew, Judith Lasater
  • Supplemental Required Workbook: Anjali SSS Sequencing Journal 


MODULE 2 -- CHAKRA SEQUENCE
The Subtle Body and Chakra System give us a great deal of access to conveying the depths of a meaningful restorative yoga practice. The style of Anjali Restorative, with its emphasis on connecting the physical awareness of rest to the mental and spiritual bodies thrives in the world of the subtle body. By leveraging the teachings, theories, techniques of subtle body and chakra practices, we gain the ability to bring specific and informative Chakra archetypes alive in a dedicated progression of supported postures, restorative shapes, vibrant imagery, powerful visualizations, stunning meditations, mantra, and pranayama / breathing practices. This rest directed practice, aligns each chakra to a posture and draws physical awareness and depth of relaxation from the lower body up the spine to the crown head. The effect is a rich sensory experience that leaves a poetic imprint on the mind, body and heart. 

This Integrative Program Explores:

  • Rich Roots Rising Sequence, Progression Alignment
  • Nourishing Hands On Adjustments
  • Anatomy of the Hips and Pelvis
  • Anatomy and Therapeutics of the Lower Back
  • Weaving Theme Through a Progression of Key Actions, Part Two
  • Evolutionary Restorative Teaching Techniques, Voice and Cadence
  • Evolving a Teaching Practice Professionally
  • Creating and Holding Workshop Space
  • Observation and In Class Session Assistance

Required Reading and Resource:
Anjali Restorative Yoga, Level Two Manual (Provided Electronically)
Supplemental Required Reading: Relax and Renew, Judith Lasater
Supplemental Required Reading: Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith
Supplemental Required Workbook: Anjali RRR Sequencing Journal



MODULE 3 -- TWIST AND BEND SEQUENCE
We lovingly call this the “healing sisters sequence” as it is aimed at the two complimentary, sister shapes of side bend and twist. These are two of the most profound shapes made along the spine. Their impact, separately and together, to the spinal bones and muscles alongside are impressive; however, it is their unique and sweeping influence of the breath body that we love so much! These shapes help create space and patterning for deeper, fuller, more consistent breaths. This greatly inspires one’s ability to positively influence the emotional body. By combining these shapes with transformative and soothing breathing practices and deeply inspirational guided meditations, this practice is dedicated to building emotional intelligence and easing emotional stress, anxiety and depression. 

This Innovative Program Explores:

  • A Therapeutic Twisting and Side bending, Progression
  • Nourishing Hands On Adjustments
  • Anatomy of the Spine and Breath
  • Anatomy and Therapeutics from the Lower Back to The Neck
  • Weaving Theme Through a Progression of Key Actions, Part Two
  • Evolutionary Restorative Teaching Techniques, Voice and Cadence
  • Evolving a Teaching Practice Professionally
  • Creating and Holding Workshop Space
  • Observation and In Class Session Assistance

Required Reading and Resource:
Anjali Restorative Yoga, Level Two Manual (Provided Electroncially)
Supplemental Required Reading: Relax and Renew, Judith Lasater
Supplemental Required Reading: Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith
Supplemental Required Workbook: Anjali TS Sequencing Journal



MODULE 4 -- CERTIFIED ANJALI PROVIDER TRAINING 

The Final Program that Completes an Anjali Restorative Yoga Teacher’s FULL Certification as an ATP, Anjali Therapeutic Yoga Provider is a weekend long program steeped in the specific therapeutic use of each restorative posture that could be aimed at a client’s particular pain or emotional state of being.

This program cannot be taken with out the three prior mentioned programs fulfilled. Clear awareness and confidence to create personalized Anjali Restorative Yoga Sessions with a Therapeutic Aim will allow one a deeply empowered space by which to meet clients in a one-on-one offering. We will use the elements, the Maha Bhutas, to help identify and resource the most haling set of postures, sequence, and breathing practices for an optimal effect of: progressive ease, rejuvenation, and relaxation. (30 CEU)

This Evolutionary Program Covers and Expands:

  • Postural Understanding of The Restorative Families of Asana
  • Creating Therapeutic Progression
  • Nourishing Hands On Adjustments
  • Advanced Anatomy for Anjali Restorative Yoga
  • Weaving Theme Through a Progression of Key Actions, Part Three
  • Evolutionary Restorative Teaching Techniques, Efficacy
  • Evolving a Teaching Practice Professionally
  • Creating and Holding Sva-Leadership Space
  • Check Out Sessions

Required Reading and Resource:
Anjali Restorative Yoga, Level Two Manual (Provided Electronically)
Supplemental Required Reading: Relax and Renew, Judith Lasater
Supplemental Required Reading: Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith
Supplemental Required Reading: Anatomy of the Spirit, A. Judith
Supplemental Required Workbook: Anjali Therapeutic Journal



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