Fri: 6h30 pm to 9h30 pm Sat: 12h30 pm to 6h30 pm Sun: 8h30 am to 5h30 pm
Please not that you must be able to attend ALL WEEK ENDS OF A MODULE before registration, thank you!
Module 1: September 8,9,10 + September 22,23,24 + October 13,14,15 – 2017
Module 2: October 27,28,29 + November 10,11,12 + November 24,25,26 – 2017
Module 3: December 1,2,3 – 2017 + January 12,13,14 + January 26,27,28 – 2018
Module 4: February 9,10,11 + March 23,24,25 +March 30,31 April 1 – 2018
The Wanderlust Teacher Training is 400-hours of required study, consisting of 100-hours of Pre-training, 200-hours of Modules and 100-hours of Post-training.
A 100-hour self-study course designed to unfold across 4 weeks leading into each Module (25 hours per pre-training). This section is filled with basic educational tools, videos, reference materials and self-administered tests. The goal is for every student to begin the in-person Modules with the same core knowledge.
• Why the Path of Yoga? Guided Self Study Exercises
• A Meditation Practice for Life with Rod Stryker
• Welcome to Speaking (and Thinking in Sanskrit) with Leslie Freyberg
• Inhabiting the Teacher Mind
• Pranayama Theory and Technique with Rod Stryker
• The History and Influence of Iyengar Yoga with Carrie Owerko
• Light on Yoga and Other Bibles of the Path
• Sanskrit Continued
• The History and Influence of Ashtanga Yoga with Jason Bowman
• Becoming the Chant with Erin Dudley and Jason Bowman
• Sanskrit Continued
• Intro to Teaching Practice
• Dharma and Purpose with Kerri Kelly, Suzanne Sterling & Hala Khouri
• Sanskrit Continued
• Teaching Practice Continued
• The Holistic Yogic Path
Step 2- Modules
Friday : 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Friday: 12:30pm – 6:30pm
Sunday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Module 1: Roots
• History of Yoga: 3hrs
• Sanskrit: 2hrs
• Pranayama: 4hrs
• Chandra and cat/cow: 4hrs
• Surya A: 5hrs
• Surya B: 5hrs
• Fundamentals of Teaching Vinyasa Style: 3hrs
• Applied Anatomy: 8hrs
• Adjustments: 5hrs
• Practice Teaching: 5hrs
• Ethics: 1hrs
• 8 limbs: 4hrs
Module 2: Structure/Scaffolding
• Anatomy and Physiology Part 1: 8hrs
• Adjustments: 5hrs
• Self Bodywork: 4hrs
• Sequence of Sound: 2hrs
• Standing poses: 5hrs
• Balancing poses: 4hrs
• Backbending: 4hrs
• Twists: 4hrs
• Sequencing & practice teaching: 5hrs
Module 3: Voice
• Anatomy and Physiology Part 2: 12hrs
• Hips/arm balancing: 4hrs
• Seated postures and fwd bends: 4hrs
• Bandhas/kriyas: 4hrs
• Sutras: 4hrs
• Mantra: 4hrs
• Murtis: 2hrs
• Koshas: 2hrs
• Sequencing & practice teaching: 9hrs
Module 4: True North
• Inversions: 4hrs
• Yin/Restorative: 3hrs
• Prenatal: 2hrs
• Biz of Yoga: 2hrs
• Vinyasa Rx: 9hrs
• Chakras: 4hrs
• Path of a Teacher: 4hrs
• Yoga Nidra: 2hrs
• Meditation: 3hrs
• Practice Teaching: 12hrs
Step 3- Post-training
Our post-training program features nine online courses taught by Wanderlust Scholars. You will have the opportunity to upload your own teaching video and receive feedback from your Mentors and fellow trainees. This program acts as a support network that allows you to test new sequences, share playlists, and engage in your charitable seva project.
Please note: there is no additional certificate for a seva project. They receive the 200-hour certificate only. You issue it once they have completed all 4 modules of TT. The seva project is an optional project they are completing to do additional work – it is NOT required for graduation from teacher training and they do not receive special qualifications for it. It is for their personal experience only.
What is seva?
Seva is defined as selfless service, and yet it very much has to do with the self. The practice of seva requires us to know ourselves and to take responsibility for our wounds and motivations so that we can serve with purpose and integrity.
Our Scholars are guest contributors to the teacher training program. They step in to lead specific portions of the training in which they are experts, and many of them have written chapters of the manual.
Schuyler is the co-creator of the Wanderlust festival, director of Kula Yoga Project Tribeca and co-director of a sister studio in Williamsburg. She has developed a signature style of Vinyasa yoga called Kula Flow, which integrates the breath-based flow of Ashtanga and the precision of Iyengar into a deep, sweaty and transformative mind/body experience. The opening of Kula Yoga Project in 2001 was her attempt to bring a little California vibe to the mean streets of NYC, and the studio is now a go-to in NYC for teachers of all traditions. With the festival, her two studios, and her three daughters, she is in deep need of her yoga practice; it healed her back two decades ago and now keeps her soul intact on a daily basis.
With nearly 20 years of a personal yoga practice and strong influences ranging from Ana Forrest and Anusara to Kundalini and 5 Rhythms dance, Aarona found her home within the playful and intelligent flow of Kula Yoga Project in NYC. Her classes infuse a range of movement disciplines grounded in a steady alignment-based Vinyasa style, encouraging students to be more in tune with the strength of their body, the brilliance of their breath, the spontaneous nature of well-being, and the intuitive power of feeling their senses. She is the founder/producer of ‘Yoga Soundscape’ – an experience that engulfs you in a live music and sound concert as you’re guided through an inspiring and thoughtfully orchestrated yoga practice. Within Yoga Soundscape, Aarona shares her love of and the powerful impact of music and sound on the body/mind/spirit connection. Find out more: www.yogasoundscape.com or www.yogaofnourishment.com.
“My highest intention is to help others connect with their unique purpose and effectively share their passions with the world through dedicated and compassionate self-service. Only when we serve ourselves first are we free to serve others and the world. Through this practice we bring all aspects of our life in line to serve our highest vision. ” ~Ashleigh
With a yoga teacher for a mother, Ashleigh began her dedicated exploration of yoga at an early age in pursuit of healing a spine condition from birth. Now, living free from pain, Ashleigh is dedicated to sharing the healing power of yoga. She is the Global Yoga Trainer for adidas, was honored to be the youngest Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor in the world and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. Ashleigh is a presenter at the Wanderlust Festival, regularly films online yoga classes with My Yoga Online and Grokker Inc., and has contributed to Mind Body Green, Latin Women’s Health and German Yoga Journal. Ashleigh studies the ancient healing science of Ayurveda and brings this valuable wisdom into her teaching both on and off the mat. Ashleigh strives to make the profound teachings of yoga appealing to as many people as possible and is known for her clear, concise and extremely accessible teaching style.
Inspired by mom’s Power Yoga influences, her first teachers included Bryan Kest and Baron Baptist. Ashleigh received her first 200-HR teaching certification at the Himalayan Institute with a strong influence from Rod Stryker’s ParaYoga®. Throughout 2008 Ashleigh traveled with and assisted John Friend, the founder of Anusara® Yoga, which empowered her exponential growth. After completing multiple Anusara Teacher and Therapeutic Trainings with John, Ashleigh now brings the knowledge of over 2,000 hours of global study to her teaching.
On the global circuit with adidas, Ashleigh works side by side with some of the top performance coaches in the world and regularly expands her knowledge of how to incorporate yoga into the mainstream world of athletics, health and fitness. Ashleigh’s strong focus on the therapeutic application of yoga has made her a much sought after asset in the performance world. She continues to work with members of the Chinese Olympic Team, FIFA and NBA athletes. Ashleigh regularly leads teacher trainings and large scale classes in Europe, Asia and South America.
Diverse global travel travel consistently reconfirms Ashleigh’s deep-seated belief that true transformation begins with dedicated self-inquiry and mindfulness in life’s most local situations.
Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and exploring the relationship between body, breath and mind for several years. She holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential and continues her studies with the Iyengar family by traveling to India on a regular basis, as well as by continuous and in-depth studies with her teacher, Patricia Walden.
Over the years she has performed in and co-choreographed many yoga demonstrations, including Live: Light on Life, performed at NYC’s City Center during BKS Iyengar’s Light on Life US National Book Tour in 2005.
Before studying yoga, Carrie worked as a Movement Analyst after having completed her studies at The Laban Institute in NYC. She studied theatre and dance in college and has spent years exploring human movement, meaning and communication.
Curiosity, openness, and affection are of the utmost importance in her approach to Iyengar Yoga, as is the integration of science, yoga philosophy, and the poetic imagination in the yoga practice. Most importantly, she loves to explore the relationship of discipline and playfulness and is a firm believer in the power of controlled folly.
“I started practicing yoga as a way to relieve the physical and psychological stresses accompanying a career in dance… and a generally adventurous life. After a life of dance study with yoga techniques and body mind centering in class I went looking for the source of this information. After two years of calling Jivamukti in NY for their schedule I finally went to class. Sharon Gannon opened my heart. I attended Teacher Training at the White Lotus Foundation with Ganga White and Tracey Rich in California and started following around source teachers, from Pattabhi Jois to Ana Forrest, passing through NYC. I studied anatomy with Irene Dowd and dove into kirtans with a passion. I taught my first yoga class in 1999 and my love of teaching has never wavered; I am still amazed at the limitless possibilities the practice reveals. The most influential shift in my teaching and practice came with a visit to Krishnamacharya’s yoga Mandarim in India. In class I love deep alignment work in a creative flow with a clear energetic objective. My primary goal as a teacher is to guide practitioners towards their own power. I live in deep gratitude to all the teachers, especially my ladies at Kula, who have done the same for me.” ~ Erin
Erin is a senior teacher at Kula Yoga Project. She was on faculty at Stony Brook University in New York for 5 years where she wrote and implemented the Somatic Yoga syllabus and taught Contemporary Dance, Dance Improvisation and Butoh. Within her practice you feel her love of movement, the influence of kinesthetic anatomy, the investigative philosophy of Irmgard Bartenieff, the quiet passion of Astanga Vinyasa and the rigorous intelligence of Iyengar Yoga. Her alignment cues and energetic directives create a nurturing space for the practitioner to fully engage in an objective investigation of their physical, mental and psychical condition.
Jason Bowman is a yoga teacher and writer in San Francisco. He has led many Yoga Alliance Certified teacher trainings as well as immersions, workshops, retreats and guest lecture series both internationally and around the country. His practice has been greatly influenced by Ashtanga Yoga as he’s learned it from Richard Freeman and Maty Ezraty and Vipassana Meditation as he’s learned it from SN Goekna.
Jason is well known for his ability to be thorough while maintaining a light-hearted sense of humor. His classes encourage a personal examination of the space between theory and direct experience and his love for the practice shines through in his ability to teach with a concrete yet creative voice.
Jillian’s highest priority is to teach from her practice and to offer what moves her – to create space in the body in order to expand the space in our lives. In addition to teaching and practicing a refined style of Vinyasa yoga called Kula Yoga flow for the past several years, Jillian’s studies have included years of Anusara yoga and therapeutics; and for the past 4 years, Iyengar Yoga and meditation. These influences have shaped Jillian’s teaching into a unique blend of detailed alignment cues coupled with original and creative sequencing. Jillian is sought out for her direct, clear, and creative approach to teaching as well as her keen knowledge of the body.
Ultimately, Jillian aims to create a class environment that is an eclectic blend of cerebralism, humor, and the synchronization of breath and movement – her students are called upon to use their minds, and then lose them, continuing that dance throughout.
Jyothi Chalam is a scholar of Vedanta, the philosophy of self realization. Jyothi teaches workshops on the Upanishads at ashrams, yoga studios and yoga conferences. Jyothi is also an accomplished musician of the South Indian Classical tradition. Her music is the culmination of both her philosophical meditations and deep spiritual devotion.
Kevin Courtney is recognized for his innovative and authentic teaching style, weaving classical Hatha yoga and contemporary Vinyasa sequences with the ancient art of Qi Gong, and Kundalini kriyas.
Inspired by his primary teacher Nikki Costello, and influenced by the teachings of Richard Freeman, Swami Satchidananda, & B.K.S. Iyengar, his goal is to foster an inspired learning environment so that students can explore for themselves the deeper meaning of the practice.
Kevin is also the founder of Nada Sadhana, a music project creating contemporary instrumental music for yoga and movement. Their first album, Volume I: The Brooklyn Sessions, became one of the most listened to albums in yoga studios across the country and is available on iTunes.
He teaches in New York City at the Kula Yoga Project and holds workshops, trainings and retreats around the globe.
Lara Kohn Thompson
Following a successful dance career of 20 years in her native France, Lara Kohn Thompson has been teaching Yoga for more than a decade. She is a certified Yoga teacher and trainer (R.Y.T 500 – R.P.Y.T), and a certified APOR practitioner (Approche Posturo – Respiratoire) with a focus on perinatal care and women’s health. Lara is a Prenatal Yoga teacher trainer for the Integral Yoga Institute, is on the teaching staff of Kula Yoga Project’s 200 hour teacher training program. She offers individualized physical care and training, Integrated Pelvic Floor Health sessions, and continuing education workshops for movement and birth professionals. Her practice integrates a profound understanding of anatomy through movement. In her teaching, she uses imagery, breath and postural work to access specific muscle groups. She incorporates this specific work into a holistic awareness and awakening of the body thereby enabling her students to gain confidence and strength.
Lauren Haythe became a certified Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) practitioner after studying under founder Tom Myers and James Earls in Oxford, England. She offers KMI focused on the Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians and reworks client posture and soft-tissue patterns through the Twelve Series. As a registered yoga teacher and avid practitioner, Lauren understands the importance of addressing how each client’s body functions within their individual practice. As part of her work, she designs a maintenance program for each client based upon her belief that proper anatomical alignment coupled with a yoga practice that caters to an individual’s postural alignment are critical when reeducating the body.
Leslie Dillingham Freyberg has been a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher since 1998.
Leslie’s yoga practice inspired her curiosity about the Sanskrit language, and in 1995 she embarked on the study of Sanskrit with the American Sanskrit Institute. Leslie continues her Sanskrit and Indic studies with Dr. Ram Karan Sharma at the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY, and with Dr. Edwin Bryant. She also studies Vedic chanting with Sonia Nelson, the founder of the Vedic Chant Center in Santa Fe, NM.
Leslie is a faculty member of the American Sanskrit Institute.
She also serves on the Teacher- Training faculty of Patricia Walden (BKS Iyengar Yoga Mala) in Boston, MA. She teaches regularly in New York at the Iyengar Yoga Institute, Yoga Union, Ishta Yoga, and Pure Yoga studios.
Leslie compiled a book of chantable verses in Sanskrit, including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Entitled “Sacred Chants”, this booklet is available for purchase either by contacting Leslie through her website or through IYNAUS (Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US, www.iynaus.org).
As a result of her love and knowledge of Sanskrit and her infectious sense of humor, Leslie has become one of the most sought after teachers of Sanskrit and chanting.
Liza Dousson has studied yoga, yoga philosophy, and meditation for more than 25 years and has been teaching for over a dozen of those years. YinYoga has been her main focus since 2008, perhaps as a result of the influence of a lengthy stint in India and Thailand between 2001-2007 and on the heels of a burn-it-at-every-end corporate life! As a Thai Yoga Therapy practitioner, Liza is also fascinated by the synergy between YinYoga and Thai Yoga Therapy, both with roots in the ancient medical/healing systems of India, China and Tibet. She offers YinYoga workshops coast-to-coast, which includes Wanderlust Yoga & Music Festival(s). For more info visit www.beseeknow.com or Liza Dousson on Facebook.
Manoj Chalam uses humor and personal anecdotes in his lectures and workshops to illuminate Hindu mythology. An Indian-born scientist with a PhD from Cornell University, Manoj helps individuals find their archetypes in Hindu Yogic deities and teaches the 4 ways to work with their archetype. He has also compiled a book on the symbolisms of Hindu and Buddhist deities. Manoj presents workshops on Hindu symbolisms and Tantra at yoga studios, ashrams, and universities.
Nikki Vilella is a senior teacher at NYC’s Kula Yoga Project, co-owner of Kula Williamsburg, and at the helm of Kula’s 200-hour teacher training program. She strives to include the perfect alchemy of precise physical instruction, intelligence, intention, and space into her classes. Her passion for sequencing, rhythm, and hands on adjustments are clear in her teaching. Admittedly a movement junkie, she also firmly believes that in the silence of “not doing,” in a place that does not harbor our habitual distractions, we can begin to know how we truly feel and begin to see things more clearly. It is the juxtaposition of these opposites that Nikki tries to blend seamlessly into her Kula Flow classes.
Rod Stryker is widely considered one of the West’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. He is founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Prosperity, Happiness and Freedom. He is a student of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait Ph.D., in the ancient Tantric tradition of Sri Vidya. He is one of only a few Americans transmitting an authentic, living tradition that has been practiced and handed down from teacher to student for literally thousands of years. Rod has taught for more than 30 years and leads trainings, workshops, and retreats worldwide.
Roman Torgovitsky, Ph.D is the founder of Soma System and is Harvard-educated epidemiologist and sleep scientist with extensive experience in bodywork and internal martial arts.
Roman’s fascination with bodywork started while he was working on his Ph.D. thesis in sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School. Due to intense emotional stress brought by his concurrent involvement in political activism, Roman started experiencing protracted bouts of insomnia. He tried many standard approaches to treating insomnia, but nothing was bringing relief.
His martial arts teacher has always emphasized Daoist inspired concept that stress tenses up body’s soft tissues – so Roman wondered – could it be that he needs to release muscle tension to undo the effects of stress on his body and thus improve his sleep? Being a researcher, Roman went back to medical literature trying to understand if there is any research in medical literature that could explain this phenomenon and what methods exist to release that tension. After long search he in fact found corroborating evidence in recent pain research literature that presented so-called central sensitization hypothesis. Having scientific understanding of why muscle tension could be implicated in insomnia, Roman started searching for clinician that worked with muscle tension. He found a practitioner and several months of intense treatment (6-15 hours of deep tissue bodywork per week) brought substantial muscle tension release, improvement in sleep as well as Roman’s martial arts and athletic practices.
While the effect of full body muscle tension release was startling, it was unnatural for Roman to consistently rely on the practitioner and to spend up to 15 hours per week lying passively on the massage table. His experience created a passion and raised a question: Is it possible to blend passive methods of bodywork with active methods of martial arts practice and mindfulness to create comprehensive and active practice of self-bodywork that people could practice in group settings?
This led Roman to study various forms of bodywork and to develop Soma System tools. Today Soma System team includes interdisciplinary team that includes physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturist, personal/athletic trainers, professional dancer, yoga teacher, martial arts practitioners and sleep and epidemiological researchers. Interdisciplinary collaboration and promoting each team member’s personal development are the core values of Soma System.
Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe is the Yoga Spokesperson for Weight Watchers, most recently releasing the “Weight Watchers Yoga Starter Kit.” She began teaching in 1995, shortly after graduating with honors from New York University. She has completed the Yoga Works teacher training, a specialized Therapeutics program and is also certified by Erich Schiffmann in his Freeform Style. Sara is the instructor for the “Yoga for Dummies” series, the “Crunch Yoga” series as well as the collaboration with Russell Simmons “Yoga Live.” She had an extended run on Fit TV with “All Star Workouts” and on Exercise TV with “Yoga on the Edge.” Sara was a regular on Vh1′s “Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab” and has been featured on all the major news channels. She is highlighted in the acclaimed documentary “Titans of Yoga” and “Women of Bhakti.” Ivanhoe is one of the few teachers certified by the Green Yoga Association to teach Yoga and Ecology. In addition, Loyola Marymount University has awarded Sara a Certification in Yoga Philosophy. She is an MA candidate in LMU’s Inaugural Yoga Studies program and most recently has been appointed Student Senator of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.
Since 2002, Zachery Dacuk has maintained a successful bodywork practice informed by advanced trainings in multiple disciplines. With a particular focus on anatomy and physiology and alignment, Zachery’s practice blends elements of therapeutic massage, yoga, Shiatsu, Chua K’a (Mongolian deep tissue) and Structural Integration (KMI). Zach is a registered yoga teacher inspired by Anusara since 2003. In addition to his private practice, Zach has facilitated and taught continuing education courses for manual and movement therapists since 2004. Over the years, Zach has studied closely with renowned teachers: Tom Myers, Gil Hedley and Elena Brower. It is his intention to demystify the language of Anatomy & Physiology and offer to movement therapists in a useful and palatable manner.