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Yin Yoga Teacher Training

with Kathy + Dennis Lang

August 5-7 — $385
Friday: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

This training is part of our 300RYT training, but is open to all students and teachers of all levels. This 15-hour training (Friday-Sunday) certifies teachers to offer Yin Yoga to their students. Topics covered include:
  • A historical perspective of Yin Yoga and its roots in Taoism
  • Yoga anatomy for a yin perspective
  • The Dualism of body and mind
  • Meridian Theory and the use of yin yoga for targeted results
  • Yin for athletes
  • Teaching guidelines and how to design a practice
  • Over a dozen Yin yoga sequences are provided as well as class theme suggestions
  • Upon completion, each student has the tools, practices and resources to lead yin yoga classes

Recommended pre-reading: The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark OR Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
Course will be 50% lecture and 50% practice

About the Instructors:
Kathy + Dennis bring a different perspective to yoga instruction by co-teaching… a blend of Yin and Yang energies. Their abundance of knowledge, practice, and experience draws from their studies and attendance of many national workshops across the country including training with Rodney Yee, David Life and Sharon Gannon, Shiva Rea, Sean Corn, Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, and others. Their style is influenced by the traditions of Kripalu, Kundalini, Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Yin and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Having traveled overseas extensively to over 40 countries, they have a broad view with much cultural exposure.

One cannot simply read and theorize; one must practice and take that practice inward to experience the multiple layers and terrain of ourself. As musicians, they have added the modalities of sound and vibration as a key experience and ingredient with meditative instrumentals of guitar, Sitar, crystal bowls, Native American flute, drums, and gong. They are teachers, but consider themselves more as guides or facilitators of an experience. They believe that yoga is about relationships; first, you with yourself, then you with the world and the divine. So with us, the practice is not a “work out”, but very much a “work-in”.

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The Safe Practice + Teaching of Advanced Asana

with Erica Rascon

August 12-14 — $350
Friday: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

In the yoga community, we know that “advanced” can be a tricky word. There is no hierarchy in postures and no postures are essential to an enlightened lifestyle. So, what are the benefits of an advanced asana module for you?

This workshop empowers students to build upon foundational postures for a multifaceted energetic, psychological and physical experience. Such postures simultaneously combine focus, strength, mobility, integration and perseverance. They encourage us to embrace structure and fluidity, strength and softness—and then set aside such polarities. Learning to embody complexities on the mat may translate to our ability to live full, complex lives with a greater sense of ease and balance.

Practices including pranayama, asana and meditation; lectures; workshopping postures and sequences; discussions; and journaling exercises. required reading on energetic body + asana or social justice + yoga. Details below.

Friday 6-9pm Introduction and Foundational Discussion
Saturday 9-3 pm: Backbending and Arm Balances
Sunday: 9-3pm: Forward Folds and Inversions

Required reading: Yoga of the Subtle Body by Tias Little
Counts for 17 CEUs with Yoga Alliance

About the Instructor:

Erica Rascon came to the yoga practice to forge a better connection to her body and to seek balance in her rapidly changing life. Today, she is a devoted student and passionate teacher, having competed her 200-hr and 300-hr yoga teacher trainings at Peachtree Yoga Center. She is also certified in perinatal yoga and the Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method.
Erica loves to help students discover freedom and total-being integration through their yoga practice. She encourages inner and outer exploration with creative transitions between postures, opportunities for intuitive movement, and challenging yet accessible sequences. Erica uses advanced asana and transitions as a tool for empowerment, self-discovery and healing.
When not teaching, Erica enjoys herbalism, writing and chasing her very energetic toddler.

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The Power and Purpose of Props

with Marnie Memmolo

August 26-28 — $300
Friday: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Clarify your intention and expand your versatility as a yoga teacher as you explore when, why and how to use props in your own practice and with your students. Explore over 50 poses using common props such as blocks, straps, blankets, chairs and the wall and with the following learning objectives:
  • Find sthira/sukham (steadiness and ease) and awaken areas of the body that lack consciousness
  • Refine key actions of the pose
  • Develop sequencing skills in progression and regression
  • Create weekly class progressions for advancing postures such as backbends, inversions and balance poses
  • Make your classes more accessible to a broader range of student levels
  • Work with injuries
  • Cultivate expansion
  • Increase interoception
Take your practice and your students to the next level while cultivating greater cultivate greater mobility, strength and flexibility in the mind and body.

Eligible for 15 CEUs with Yoga Alliance. This workshop is an elective in our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, but it is open to all levels of student and teacher.

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Meditation + Pranayama

September 9-11 — $350
Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Prana is life force, life energy. It is everywhere; within us and all around us. “Breath is king of mind.” -BKS Iyengar

Join us for a deep dive into various practices. This workshop is for the teacher or the advanced student that wants to cultivate a depth of knowledge beyond asana. Learn all about the anatomy and physiology of breath as well as advanced breath technique practices to up level your health, awareness and consciousness. We will use breath, mantra and more to dive deep into the practice of meditation. Understanding the power of these practices and their effect on the entire physical body and its energy systems.

Required books:

  • Light on Pranayama BKS Iyengar
  • Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zin
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Assisting + Adjusting Practicum

October 14-16 — $350
Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Assisting students in yoga postures can be transformational and literally life changing. The key is to understand exactly what aspect to assist as well as making adjustments based on core concepts of stability, ability and integration. As teachers, it is of the utmost importance to know when and when not to assist a student in a way that creates space for energy to flow into new spaces of mind, body and heart.

Required book: Yoga Assists: A Complete Visual and Inspirational Guide to Yoga Asana Assists

About the Instructor:
Student of life, teacher of light. Devoted to the exploration of what it means to be human and present, to every single day of your life. She harnesses the gifts of yoga, nutrition, mindfulness, culture, adventure, emotion and life experience, to illuminate both where we are (not where we perceive ourselves to be) and where we can be (without our self imposed limitations). This truth is what Akasha calls: your level best and she is committed to helping her clients identify, achieve, and maintain it.

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Thai Yoga Bodywork Training

with Michael Sitzer

October 22-23, 29-30 + November 19-20 — $495 for all 3 or $230 per weekend
$50 early discount before Aug. 22,2022
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

With a strong emphasis on proper body dynamics and how to use leverage, you will learn how to effortlessly apply pressure to sore muscles, energy lines & trigger points as well as learn how to bring your partner through a series of assisted yoga stretches to open, relax and rejuvenate your clients. The Therapeutic weekend will focus on the more creative and advanced Thai Massage techniques. In addition, you will learn how to apply PNF techniques into the stretches to target and release specific muscles with ease. We will look at how to treat various conditions such as sciatic pain, tight hamstrings, and low back pain. We will also learn techniques to easily release the Psoas, the QL and how to bring the hips into balance.
This training has been refined for over a decade to offer all students the ability to master these skills in a short amount of time. After completing the course, all dedicated practitioners should be able to offer a profoundly healing and delightful treatment.
Each day you will learn a new thirty minute routine focusing on a specific body area in a specific position, ultimately resulting in over three hours of techniques. Courses can be taken individually or you can sign up for the full training at a discount. This is a wonderful way to complement the massage or yoga that you are currently offering and provide yourself with a new skill and income stream. You will receive a detailed guidebook with pictures and descriptions to aid in your ongoing practice.
The entire course is recorded and available to stream on your computer. Upon completion, you will be given free online access to the entire training program. This includes talking demo’s of all the techniques that we cover as well as many of the lectures. The Online course offers you an additional 18 CE’s for no extra charge.
Previous massage and/or yoga studies are recommended but not required. This work is dynamic and does require some strength and dexterity. Please watch the video clip below to see if you can imagine yourself being able to perform such maneuvers. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

About the Instructor:

Michael began his studies of Thai Massage in 1998 with an intensive offered by Ananda Apfelbaum at the Omega Institute. He then journeyed to Thailand to meet her teacher, master Pichest Boonthume. Michael has returned to Thailand over ten times to further his practice and to lead several ‘Thai Massage Study Abroad Adventure Tours’. Michael has also worked closely with Kam Thye Chow for over 15 years.
After leaving Kripalu in 2010, Michael relocated to Asheville to teach ‘Clinical Massage’ at AB Tech College and began offering continuing education courses. Michael has developed a complete Thai Yoga Bodywork Certification Training as well as other CE courses which can be taken live or online via his Thai Yoga Bodywork Academy. Michael has taught his workshops at the prestigious Kripalu Yoga Center, as well as at various Yoga centers across the country and internationally. He is an approved continuing education (CE) provider, accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB # 451645-11). He also holds a N.C. massage license (#10273).
Michael is well known and respected for his heart centered approach to his treatments, his workshops and his life. Michael’s passion for therapeutic touch and inspirational teaching motivates him to continue to share this work around the world…

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Sacred Geometry

November 4-6 — $375
Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Each individual body is its own type of “grid” that aligns with the elemental forces that create our planet and beyond. When we understand our own personal geometry we can align with the geometrical requests of the yoga postures and allow this internal alignment to manifest on and off the mat. This is a workshop for the student/teacher that wants to deepen and enrich their practice by moving inward and discovering new aspects of their individual sculpted reality. “We are here to sing the body electric.”-WW

Illuminate your inner grid and your ability to shift, grow and manifest in this Divine earth plane is beyond imagination.

Required book:Yoga: The Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry

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Functional Movement + Anatomy

with Megan Kearney

November 11-13 — $350
Friday: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Anatomy and physiology is almost always oversimplified for learning purposes. While you may learn anatomy as a community of individual parts, it is really an interconnected web. Even the medical community until recently regarded the connective tissue as packing material or a road map to more important things like joints. But times are changing, thankfully, and as yoga and movement teachers, it’s vital that we understand how the body moves as a whole. 

In this training, we will dive into the latest cutting-edge research about connective tissue. Students will understand the deeper layers of anatomy to life in a way that’s both realistic and valuable for movement professionals. Students will participate in movement sessions that incorporate yoga and myofascial release, and help to integrate the lessons from lecture. 

Who benefits from this training? Anyone with a deep interest in movement, performance, or pain. It is best suited for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, movement, manual and physical therapists, fitness instructors or coaches, as well as any instructors or healthcare providers with an interest or specialty in movement or pain. 

The tools gained from this training? Students will acquire tools to support their work with clients be able provide them a practice that will give them a better overall sense of wellness, whether through pain management or regulation, stress relief or creating a better integrity in the body. 

About the Instructor:

Megan is an assistant professor at Emory University’s Oxford College, a 500 E-RYT, is Yoga Medicine Registered Therapeutic Specialist and YM 200 faculty member. She is currently working on her 1000 hour certification with Yoga Medicine. A certified Thai massage therapist, she has a Bachelor’s degree in the combined areas of Kinesiology, Journalism and Business. She holds additional training in iREST yoga nidra, animal locomotion and movement, mental health and traumatic brain injury resilience. 

Megan currently teaches for Yoga Medicine Online and Yoga International and travels teaching anatomy and physiology for studios and crossfit gyms, as well as other workshops including myofascial release therapy and orthopedics. 

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Myofascial Release Teacher Training

with Diane Malaspina

November 19-20 — $450
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM (1 hour lunch break)
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Self Myofascial Release is becoming a complement to yoga as it’s an effective tool for reducing pain and enhancing range of motion. This training will include a more in-depth study of connective tissue and fascial anatomy, function and dysfunction of the tissue, and the therapeutic application of SMFR techniques in a yoga setting. This is a whole body approach and also reinforces knowledge of anatomy and movement. SMFR tools and techniques will be covered as well as approaches to teaching private and group classes.

Myofascial release tools will be required for participation – recommended tools are Rad Roller Recovery Rounds and Rad Roller Centre. Homework assignment will be due for certification.

Counts for 16 CEUs with Yoga Alliance

About the Instructor:
Diane has been fascinated with the science of the mind and human behavior, growth, and development across the lifespan for over 20 years. Early in her career, she became frustrated with the limitations of traditional paradigms around mental illness and discovered the emerging field of growth-oriented psychology – the science and application of interventions that promote mental health and resilience. Around the same time she discovered yoga and its associated practices  – which she immediately realized were powerful vehicles for elevating wellbeing.

Diane delivers cutting edge wisdom with user-friendly approaches honed in her rich hands on experiences as an applied psychologist, university educator and veteran yoga teacher.  She blends neurobiology and psychological science with yoga and mindfulness practices that empowers individuals, families and organizations to heal, cope with stress, and transcend struggles to orient toward growth and possibility.

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Teaching Restorative Yoga

December 1-4 — $475
Thursday: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

So many times people think they need a cleanse however the truth of the matter is this: Most people are TIRED not toxic. They actually need to cleanse their mind and body from habitual stress. This workshop about Restorative yoga will help you define and create restful practices that are all about slowing down and opening your body through passive presence.  

Restorative yoga is a completely different experience than most other styles of yoga. Learn about what restorative yoga is and why it’s important to slow down and embrace the power of rest. Rest=Digest 

Let’s dive into the anatomy of slowing down to understand how the mind can be grounded and the spirit lifted by taking a little time to go inward.

Required book:Yoga Journal Presents Restorative Yoga for Life: A Relaxing Way to De-stress, Re-energize, and Find Balance

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Designing and Leading Transformative Workshops and Retreats

with Sheila Ewers

December 9-11 — $375
Friday: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Friday + Saturday @ Lift Yoga Johns Creek, Sunday @ retreat location TBD

Join Sheila Ewers, E-RYT500, founder of Johns Creek Yoga, Yoga Teacher Trainer at both the 200 and 500 level, and leader of both local and international retreats for a weekend intensive exploring foundational principles of crafting transformative programming.

One of the most powerful ways to deepen a yoga practice is through more immersive experiences than one can gain from daily classes. Workshops and Retreats give you the ability to take your students into more subtle aspects of consciousness and self and are a fulfilling and powerful way for you to share what you love.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Principles of effective multimodal teaching to appeal to kinesthetic, audio and visual learners
  • Ways to connect students to a communal experience and build sangha
  • Effective use of dyads and triads
  • How to create and energetic “arc” for longer programming
  • The business considerations for leading a retreat

This module is required for students participating in the RYS300 hour program, but is open to all. This module counts for 25 CEUs approved by Yoga Alliance. (23 contact, 2 non-contact)

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Ayurveda: Yoga’s Sister Science

January 13-15, 2023 — $475
Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Price includes two meals as part of the training.

The sister science of Yoga has so many amazing tools as well as gifts. Ayurveda is like the human handbook. When we take the time to understand the doshas and how energy moves in and within our energy bodies then we are able to begin to cultivate continual renewal in our body that allows us to reach our human potential in this lifetime. Take this workshop to do a deep dive into the practices and lifestyle that is Ayurveda. Learn how to offer Ayurvedic Marma Therapy in your classes as well as how to sequence for and celebrate the doshas. Yoga is for everyone and Ayurveda can be a lovely lighthouse to guide you home to your true nature. 

Required book:Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide

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Business of Yoga

February 3-5, 2023 — $350
Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

This workshop is for the person that wants to understand how to navigate the business end of the yoga industry while maintaining alignment with self and yogic practices. Understanding how to market your classes, liability insurance and waivers, create a client email list effortlessly, website creation and value, social media engagement, #hashtag usage, apply to studios, create and facilitate successful workshops and grow your yoga business to the next level.

Required book:The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga: The Yoga Professional’s Guide to a Fulfilling Career

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Yoga & Trauma: Healing with Tantra Hatha Yoga

with Holle Black

February 17-19, 2023 — $350
Friday: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Yoga has long been a system of philosophies and practices that has helped to heal the body-mind connection, improving homeostasis and the sense of well-being and ease. Scientific research is proving tangible benefits of these ancient practices, especially in the areas of trauma and PTSD. In fact, studies often show that yoga is a promising adjunct therapy to address the common physiological, emotional, and psychological issues associated with various trauma experiences.
This program provides the framework necessary for teaching yoga and mindfulness to at-risk and marginalized populations including prisons, homeless shelters, VAs, hospitals and other arenas where trauma is often a factor in or result of one’s current life situation.
Understanding the unique approach to yoga for trauma, participants can expect to learn how to help people better self-regulate and move into a space of greater self-efficacy. Participants of this program will learn:
  • Effects of trauma on the mind, body and nervous system
  • Uses of Tantra Hatha Yoga to help heal the mind/body disconnect following trauma
  • Practices of Tantra Hatha Yoga to help students and clients better understand and heal from trauma
  • How trauma informed yoga is different than a “regular” studio class (language/cueing, postures, pacing, philosophies)
  • How to create and teach trauma-based yoga classes to various populations and in different settings
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Meditation and Pranayama Immersion

with Sheila Ewers

TWO Options in 2023:
February 1-5, 2023
July 12-16, 2023: Currently on waitlist
$1,200-$1,650 depending on room choice
Noon Wednesday to Noon Sunday
Location: Elohee

This five day, four night immersion at Elohee in the North Georgia Mountains is required for those students enrolled in the Johns Creek Yoga RYS300 training, but is open to all. Join us to dive deeply into consciousness as you explore your own meditation and pranayama practice and learn new techniques and skills to create a life-long relationship with Prana (the sacred life-force/energy that we often access and experience through the breath). Enrich your personal practice and develop skills to teach others. Our hope is that this experience will launch a lifetime commitment to the more subtle, and often more powerful practices of yoga.

Cost includes food, lodging, tuition and manual for 5 days/4 nights (space is limited to 10 Participants):

  • Twin/ Shared Room: $1,200
  • Queen/ Private Room/Shared Bath: $1,400
  • Queen/Private Room/Private Bath: $1,650 
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Understanding The Bhagavad Gita

with Sheila Ewers

March 4-5, 2023 — $325
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

The Bhagavad Gita appears in the 6th Book of the Hindu Epic, Mahabharata. Written somewhere between the 5th and 2nd centuries B.C., the Gita has long been considered one of the most influential texts in the World. In a conversation between Prince Arjuna and his charioteer Krishna, universal themes such as the purpose of life, humankind’s relationship to divinity, the value of action vs. renunciation, and the timeless journey of the soul are explored in depth along with the  concepts of Karma, Dharma, Bhakti and Yoga.

The text has had international influence, informing the writing of American authors like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. Mahatma Ghandi turned to the Gita for consolation during his campaign for Indian Independence, and many other prominent politicians, philosophers, psychologists and leaders have lauded both its beauty and its message for centuries. For Yoga Practitioners world-wide, understanding the Gita has become an essential part of discovering the philosophical premise that underscores the practice.

  • Session 1 – Saturday 9am-1pm: Introduction, Background and Context
  • Session 2 – Saturday 2-6 pm: Understanding Dharma, Karma and How to realize the Nature of the True Self through Yoga
  • Session 3 – Sunday 9am-1pm:  Ishvara and Bhakti: What the Gita teaches about the Nature of God and the Worship of God
  • Session 4 – Sunday 2-6pm Gunas and Atman: What the Bhagavad Gita teaches about the Nature of the Universe.

**This training counts for 1 required module in the RYS300 Program and for 16 Continuing Education Hours with Yoga Alliance