Advanced Training

Lift Yoga + Body Studio

Meditation and Pranayama Immersion

with Sheila Ewers

July 10-14, 2024
$1,200-$1,650 depending on room choice
Noon Wednesday to Noon Sunday
Location: Offsite, Location TBD

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 

About the Instructor:
Sheila Ewers is an ERYT 500 and YACEP teacher certified through Yoga Alliance. She trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and has been practicing and teaching for more than 20 years. In 2011, she created Blue Lotus Yoga, LLC which operated in two physical location in Johns Creek and Duluth, GA, Under Blue Lotus, she also launched a comprehensive online studio platform and developed Sweet Tea Yoga Festival in Alpharetta, GA. She is a published author and served as Yoga Editor for Natural Awakenings Atlanta Magazine from 2019 through 2021.
Today, Sheila owns and operates SEEK Yoga and Travel, a full service yoga platform designed to help students and seekers of all sorts develop tools for deepening consciousness, developing connection and living lives of joyful embodiment. Sheila holds additional certifications in Meditation, Yin Yoga, Thai Yoga, Bodywork, and Yoga Nidra and has trained with dozens of internationally known yoga and meditation teachers. She leads Yoga Teacher Training at both the 200 and 300-hour levels, hosts retreats and workshops both domestically and internationally and provides spiritual and professional coaching. As a former Professor of American literature, Sheila loves to explore the intersection between philosophy, poetry, religion, nature, and yoga and often brings that synthesis into her work. She continues to take advantage of every opportunity to train and learn and will forever consider herself a student of this ancient and beautiful practice.

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Yin Yoga Teacher Training

with Kathy + Dennis Lang

August 16-18, 2024 — $385, $350 early bird rate if registered by June 1, 2024
Friday: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 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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Vinyasa Intensive: History + Practice

September 6-8, 2024 — $350
Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

We dive into the history and practice of Vinyasa yoga. We revisit the roots of Ashtanga and dive into all the ways to teach this dynamic style. From funky flow to going slow you are sure to learn something new as well as get a great refresher on anatomy, the power of transformational sequencing, cueing and so much more!

Required book: Teaching Yoga: Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens

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Designing and Leading Transformative Workshops and Retreats

with Sheila Ewers

October 4-6, 2024 — $350
Friday: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

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 18 CEUs approved by Yoga Alliance. (16 contact, 2 non-contact)

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An Exploration of the Subtle Body and Chakra System

with Sheila Ewers

November 1-3, 2024 — $350
Friday: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Join Sheila Ewers for an in-depth exploration of the Subtle Body and Chakras – primordial centers of lifeforce (Prana) that exist within you.

Tantric Yogis believe that your body is pulsing with consciousness and energy that is particularly concentrated in 7 major centers called chakras. The word chakra translates literally to wheel or disc and indicates the swirling energy that aggregates around major nerve centers and organs in the body. These impact our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing and become repositories for our accumulated life experience.

In this weekend intensive, we will examine the architecture of each chakra’s anatomical structure, investigate the history of the chakra system as described in ancient texts, learn to listen to our own ancient wisdom with deeper consciousness, and discover tools to steward our pranic field with greater sensitivity.

During our time, we will explore:

– Experiential exercises to energize awareness and sharpen sensitivity.
– Tools to enliven the energy body and connect to each center of psyche and soul.
– Anatomy instruction about physical systems associated with each Chakra.
– Collaborative creation implementing your new understanding.

Required Text: The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Body by Cyndi Dale

No Experience Required: This workshop is offered as part of the Lift Yoga and Body 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training but is open to all.
Total CEUs: Contact: 20 hours/ non-Contact: 2 hours (homework assignment to be submitted after completion)

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Creative Theming and Sequencing

December 6-8, 2024 — $350
Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Artfully weaving a theme into asana classes can take them from ordinary to extraordinary, facilitating introspection, contemplation and transformation by encouraging “Svadhyaya.” Learn how to use language and sequencing skillfully to create full body, mind, and soul experiences in your classes.

Topics covered will include:

  • Advanced Sequencing
  • Sequencing for Peak Pose
  • Elements of Theme Based Classes
  • Theme Weaving and the Power of Language

Course will include practice, lecture, student teaching and collaboration. This training is part of our 300YTT, but is open to all. Eligible for 18 CEUs through Yoga Alliance
Required text: Nourishing the Teacher, 2nd Edition by Danny Arguetty

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Teaching Restorative Yoga

January 9-12, 2025 — $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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Yoga & Trauma: Healing with Tantra Hatha Yoga

with Holle Black

February 7-9, 2025 — $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