Yoga Therapy Training with Elizabeth Rogers, MA, E-RYT 500
I am now accepting new patients for applied psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and I continue to offer individual yoga therapy and somatic psychotherapy sessions.? While I will no longer be offering yoga teacher training or yoga therapy training groups I will continue to work with individuals who wish to refine their teaching or therapy practices. These courses of study and inquiry are tailored to the particular needs and desires of the individual teacher/therapist and provide a means of engaging the practices of teaching and the therapeutic relationship simply not possible in group settings.
The following sessions of our ongoing Yoga Therapy Training are open to practitioners and teachers not enrolled in the full training. Sessions are $45 each and pre-registration is required. Please contact Elizabeth to register. Suggested readings, if applicable, will be provided upon registration.
Saturday March 29th 3:00-5:20 p.m. Alignment Foundations: The Ashtanga Standing Asanas. With Scott Schroeder.
The Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series introduces a powerful set of standing asanas that allow the practitioner to open the major joints and establish elasticity through the spine. Standing poses form the basis upon which all other asanas evolve and are most effective when working the fundamentals of skeletal alignment. They also allow you to manage structural imbalances and injury throughout your entire body.? Scott will work systematically through the foundational standing asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, Yoga Chikitsa, explicating precise alignment. This alternative approach to the traditional Ashtanga fluidity (?vinyasa?) is essential working knowledge for yoga teachers and for therapists who are developing therapeutic loops for specific applications. This workshop is part of both our 200 hour Teacher Training and our 450 hour Yoga Therapeutics Training.
Sunday March 30th 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.? The Subtle Processes of Hatha Yoga. With Elizabeth Rogers. In a gently flowing Ashtanga practice we will explore the dynamics of the second movement, or axis-formation. This movement, or series of movements, creates and opens the space that we refer to as the central channel, or sushumna nadi. The internalizing movements we refer to as ‘the second movement’ are the most challenging movements in practice and those we resist most strongly. We will explore the primary energies of prana and apana and their movements along this channel, how to initiate our outwardly directed movements and energies from this channel and how to keep these movements oriented to this central axis thus increasing the clarity, strength and precision of each movement. Practice at this level brings a profound focus and clarity that allows for an increasing awareness of the subtle processes of a Hatha Yoga practice on and off the mat. We will close with time for observations and questions.
Sunday 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.? Asana, Pranayama, Mantra and Mudra : Constructing Therapeutic Loops. With Elizabeth Rogers. We will explore the use of asana sequencing based on the structure of the primary and second series of the Ashtanga system as well as pranayana, mantra and mudra in constructing therapeutic loops for specific case profiles. The hope is that we will be able to use actual participants, but we will use theoretical case constructions if necessary. We will emphasize an understanding of the aims of our therapeutic work and beyond as well as the work of sustaining an awareness of the these aims in developing therapeutic loops.
The following sessions of our ongoing Yoga Therapy Training are open to practitioners and teachers not enrolled in the full training. Sessions are $45 each and pre-registration is required. Please contact Elizabeth to register. Suggested readings will be provided upon registration.
Saturday 3:00- 5:30 Surya Namaskara with Scott Schroeder — Scott will be breaking down the Surya Namaskara of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, emphasizing precision, structure and technique. This is the first in a series of workshops that will work systematically through the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, Yoga Chikitsa, with detailed instruction on the alignment of both mind and body. This is a necessary and valuable tool for any yoga practitioner, teacher or therapist. Scott has been a dedicated classical yoga practitioner for over 15 years and has been teaching mixed level classes in the greater Atlanta area for over 11 years. He has trained extensively in the tradition of BKS Iyengar and continues to study regularly with many of his most advanced pupils in the US and abroad.
Saturday 12:00 – 2:30? Philosophical Roots of Practice for Therapeutic Application — a careful reading of Freeman (The Mirror of Yoga) Chapters 1-4 with an eye and ear towards therapeutic application. This is a pre-requisite for any additional training in this program regarding the therapeutic relation. If you miss it and wish to attend future sessions you may make it up in an individual session.
Sunday 2:00 – 4:30? Physiology of Yoga-asana Practice:? The Nervous Systems. Understanding the nervous systems in the context of yoga-asana practice. We will conclude with a short-form asana practice, an example of a therapeutic loop constructed from the ashtanga primary and second series asana sequences, basic pranayama and mudra practice.
Sunday 5:00 – 7:30 History of Yoga Part 2, We will cover the history of the Vedas and the early Upanisads and then turn our attention to a closer look at the 16 limbs of Mantra Yoga and an introduction to the AUM . Please note that this session is a pre-requisite for future sessions on Mantra, Mudra, and Pranayama that will build on it, including a reading of the Mandukya Upanisad. Shankara said that this Upanisad, which explicates the significance of the AUM, contains the essence of them all. If you must miss it but wish to continue with future sessions related to this one you may make it up in individual sessions.
We will close with a concise Pranayama and Mantra practice.
Asana Technique Workshop with Scott Schroeder: Surya Namaskara, Saturday February 22nd 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
SCOTT SCHROEDER has been a dedicated classical yoga practitioner for over 15 years and has been teaching mixed level classes in the greater Atlanta area for over 11 years. He has trained extensively in the tradition of BKS Iyengar and continues to study regularly with many of his most advanced pupils in the US and abroad. Scott’s primary teacher is Kathleen Pringle at Stillwater Yoga.
We are pleased to announce that we will be opening selected sessions of our 450 Hour Yoga Therapy Training to students not currently enrolled in the program. For the current offerings, please make sure that you meet the following prerequisites and please contact us if you have any questions regarding this: 1 year of regular asana practice in an established yoga tradition (e.g., Ashtanga, Iyengar, Integral, Viniyoga, etc). Pre-registration is required! There are readings for Sessions I and II. References will be provided upon registration. Fee per session is $45.
For the weekend of February 1 and 2 the following sessions are open:
Session I, Saturday February 1, 12:00-2:30
- Suffering, Creativity, and Desire — The Essence of Yoga Therapy (including asana practice, moola bandha and the seat of emptiness in the body)
- Elements and Functions of yoga-asana practice in the Ashtanga Vinyasa system
?Session II, Saturday February 1, 3:00-5:30
- Historical Foundations of Yoga
- Integration of Yoga and Yoga Therapy into Contemporary Social Structures and Practice Settings
?Session IV, Sunday February 2, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
- Breaking Down Surya Namaskara A and B for Therapeutic Application (Ashtanga based)