Advanced Studies Modules

Our Modules were created to give the teacher or experienced student a deeper understanding of Yoga asanas, philosophical teachings, anatomy as it relates to more advanced asanas and other aspects of yoga. We offer 3 modules a year in rotation in sequential order, taught primarily by Trace Sahaja Bonner, E-RYT 500, Kat Hendrix E-RYT 500 and Kate Hudson, 500hr.  Those taking the modules as part of the Advanced Studies Program must complete each module or equivalent study.  These programs do not need to be taken in any specific order.  
The hours for the weekends are usually: Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm (one hour lunch break) and Sunday 8:00am - 1:00pm (short morning break).
All Modules are $150 each.


Module 1 (2020 tba)

Samastitihi: The Art of Standing - This is a weekend of learning to stand. We will explore pada bandha, the consciousness of the feet, and includes standing asanas, their variations, alignment and structure and adjustments. As the body stands steady, we cultivate steadiness in the midst of the oscillations of the mind.
 •     Feet Consciousness, Standing Asanas, Sequencing, Hands-on Assist and Philosophy


Module 2 (2020 tba)

Dharma: Opening the Heart - Backbends open our heart and allow us to experience our true passion. This weekend is about backbend asanas their variations, alignment and structure and adjustments.  We will explore the sacrum as the root of our energy and how stabilizing it will allow us to open our heart with joy.
 • Sacrum & Spine Consciousness, Backbend Asanas, Sequencing, Hands-on Assist and Philosophy


Module 3: (2020 tba)

Kriya: The Art of Forward Bending - Sometimes we need to spend time breaking down a specfic genre of poses.  This weekend we examine forward bending postures, alignment and variations. We will also focus on physiology of the spine and the manipura chakra.  These physical aspects along with the study of Kriya Yoga & Upanishads give us the ability to cleanse the mind and allow us to bow humbly to our turest self.   
 •     Sacrum & Spine Consciousness, Forward Bend Asanas, Sequencing, Hands-on Assist, Kriyas and Upanishad study


Module 4: March 23 - 24, 2019

Taking Flight: The Art of Arm Balances and Inversions - Mastering the winds of the body, give us the ability to master flight and experience lightness. This weekend we look at not only the vayus (winds) but also shoulder consciousness, inversions and arm balances. We will learn variations,counterposes, adjustments and alignment techniques.  
 •     Shoulder and Wrist Consciousness, Inversions/Arm Balance Asanas, Sequencing, Hands-on Assist and Vayus (Prana, Apana, Udana, Samana and Vyana)


Module 5: July 13 - 14, 2019

Gunas: Finding Balance - The world we live in is ruled by and dictated by the gunas (Prakriti). In order to find peace within the constant shifting we must learn to find balance and eventually rise above the duality of the world.  This weekend we will explore the fundamental beginnings of Hatha as a balancing practice for the body.  We will also be looking at twisting asanas, their variations & learning sequencing of floors poses as well as foundational Ayurvedic principles, Prana and concepts of Gunas.
 • Twisting Asanas & Sequences, Hands-on Assist, and Digestion & Ayurvedic principles


Module 6: October 19 - 20, 2019

Vinyasa: To Place Consciously - Vinyasa has been thrown around to mean flow, but actually it translates as to move consciously or specifically. We see this from K. Pattabhi Jois as to why each move is followed with “vinyasa.” It illuminates the idea of like a rosary, our attention is brought back to the beginning where we start again…and again…and again. Each time we are given the opportunity to See, to be Aware of, what lies in the present moment. This weekend does explore asanas that relate to Hatha Vinyasa (Down Dog, Up Dog, Chaturanga and its variations), but also postures that heighten our sensitivity to the present moment.  We will also explore ideas and concepts of sequencing classes and putting together themes and inspiration within our classes. We also practice hands-on adjustments, meditation, pranayama and creating an environment for students and ourselves to reach deeper levels of body and soul.
• Creating themes & Sequences, Chanting & Music, Hands-on Assist, Pranayama and Philosophy