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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

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Thai on the Table Training

with Michael Sitzer

March 18-19 — $180*
(*= with $50 early discount before 1/18/23)
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

This training prepares one with the skills necessary to offer a ‘Therapeutic Thai-Yoga Bodywork’ treatment on a massage table. This course focuses on how to release individual muscles as well as learning a flowing one hour sequence.  There is a strong emphasis on various Thai and Osteopathic techniques, including Positional Release, and Muscle Energy Techniques.  You will both learn how to use proper body dynamics and leverage to effortlessly apply pressure to sore muscles, energy lines & trigger points as well as learn how to bring your partner through a series of Thai Massage techniques & assisted Hatha Yoga stretches. This work is performed on a massage table with the client fully dressed. This training is geared for massage therapists and compliments other Thai massage courses as well as many other massage modalities.. After completing the course, all dedicated practitioners should be confidant to offer these new skills into their healing regimen.

The entire course is recorded and available to stream on your computer. Upon completion, you will be given free lifetime access to the full program online. This includes all the demo’s of the techniques as well as the lectures. This option also offers you the ability to earn an additional 6 ‘Home Study’ CE’s.

This Course is approved by NCBTMB for 12 hours of ‘Hand’s On’Continuing Education hours and an additional 6 hours of ‘Home Study’ CE’s.

Each day is 10:00am-5:00pm (with an hour lunch break around 1:00pm)
March 18: Prone & Supine Positions
March 19: Side-Lying Position

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…