Bring Allison to your Studio

Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers and Vedic Enthusiasts:

 

I’m an E-RYT 500 teaching since 2005. In 2010 I formed the Veda Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and led nineteen Teacher Trainings through Heart of Yoga School in Carrboro, NC. In 2018 the physical space of Heart of Yoga School will close and I’ll continue focusing on teaching sincere practitioners as a YACEP provider, no longer bound exclusively to NC. Below is a very brief synopsis of what I can offer your community:

 

Teacher Trainings:

YTT: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

AYTT: 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

 

Workshops or additions to your already established Teacher Training:

 

The Puranas: Bhakti and Mythology through Stories and Chants – I can introduce the Indian Gods and Goddesses and/or focus on a specific deity. The stories I love to tell the most are stories from Srimad Bhagavatam, The Ramayana, Devi Bhagavatam, Narada’s Bhakti Sutras, and Planetary allegories from the Vedas.

 

Patanjali Yoga Sutras: How to Live and Die Well – Perhaps my favorite subject to teach as it was essentially my introduction to the question ‘what is yoga’ while moving through a debilitating back injury. It has served as a transformative touchstone that I revisit and study for a full month every year. The detail with which Patanjali explains the inner workings of the mind is, to my knowledge, unparalleled.

 

The Subtle Body: The Science of Hatha Yoga – How interesting that the West has confused yoga asana as a way to “get in shape” or “to exercise”. In actuality, it’s a purification and balancing practice most closely aligned with breath work that cleans the pathways that carry our thoughts and feelings. I love to say that to be a sincere yoga practitioner one does not need arms or legs; only breath. I primarily teach from Hatha Yoga Pradipika, but I do bring other experiential information from my own practice and the lessons I’ve learned from my teachers; Krishnamacharya (by way of Mark Whitwell and K. Sridhar) and Sivananda (by way of Prem Sadasivananda and K. Sridhar). I can focus on chakras, pranayama, bandhas, kriyas, mudras, ancient asanas, and more.

 

Bhagavad Gita: What’s My Dharma? – There’s no better text to study to answer the question of how do I balance being in and of the world while developing and nurturing a spiritual life? It takes courage, the heart of a warrior, and a willingness to surrender to something greater than the small self. The text is full of earthy practical wisdom and is so relatable to students of all levels and ages.

 

Intro to Indian Music – Want to learn the Indian Scale? And begin to dive into ancient wisdom around how sound vibration can transform negative emotions? We can use voices and/or instruments for this exploration.

 

Harmonium, Sanskrit, and Rhythm: The Basics of Indian Music – Another favorite of mine to teach! The neuroplasticity training that one can develop through practicing Indian music is truly sublime. We’ll learn a sanskrit chant or two, breaking each word down bit by bit and coming to understand exactly what we’re saying. Students will need to have their own harmonium, or be willing to come just to chant. We’ll learn to count rhythms aside from the regular 8 that transport you to previously unknown dimensions of feeling and mood.

 

Ritual Fire and Intentional Ceremonies – Contact me directly with your specific interests.

 

Astrology Fundamentals – Learn the basic building blocks of Jyotish, the Science of Light, by uncovering the meaning behind planets, signs, houses, and nakshatras. Vedic Astrology is an ancient system that reveals the subtle physics of what it is to be human and to be tugged on by the giant forces in orbit around our own planet. I was a skeptic for years who transitioned to a serious student because of the ongoing synchronistic experience of what the stars say and my experience of what is happening.

 

Astrology Current Events – This is really a satsang about current and upcoming astrological events.

 

Kirtan & Bhajans – I can chant for hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours… and tell lots of stories about India, about Deities, about my teachers. It’s a delight.