“Our destiny is to live out what we think, because unless we live what we know, we do not even know it. It is only by making our knowledge part of ourselves, through action, that we enter into the reality that is signified by our concepts.” ~Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
Where do you go after your first 200-hour Teacher Training Program? You may be weighing the options of continuing your education or jumping into a teaching career. Even for those with no teaching goals on the horizon, there is always a yearning to continue your exploration as a student of the vast field of yoga.
This 300-hour program is for all of the above as well as for those simply heeding the great call to go inside and listen rather than running away ever more quickly on the treadmill of life. It was created to help you dissolve the notion that what is outside of you is more valuable than what resides inside of you. It is a guided tour through the vast country of the Self designed to dispel the myth that self-care and self-awareness are an indulgence rather than an imperative. It is an opportunity to map your own experience. Based on the concept of fastening your own oxygen mask before assisting someone else with theirs, this 19-month program is structured for long explorations into yourself – your own being – so that you can assist others from your deepest source of wisdom.
The main purpose of this program is to integrate, or ‘make whole’, the information that you’ve accumulated from previous trainings into the organic arena of your embodied presence. Open to dedicated students of all lineages who have completed a 200-hour course that is recognized by Yoga Alliance, our Integrative Studies/Teacher Training Program will move you beyond the fundamentals of yoga into the realm of subtlety and increased wonder. Applicants must have an established home asana practice and be willing to commit to a daily pranayama practice. Our limited class size of 20 participants ensures that you will receive plenty of individualized support and attention throughout the program. With equal parts interactive lecture, internal exploration, and hands-on assists from teachers and fellow students, you will spend the year and a half transforming knowledge and information into bodily experience so that you become what you know.
Functional & Subtle Anatomy
Own Your Anatomy
Dynamic Patterns: Seeing and Understanding Bodies
Safe, Supportive, Effective Adjustments
Nadis, Chakras, and Koshas
A Comparison of the Classical & Hatha Yoga Traditions
The Relevance of Eastern philosophy for the Western mind
The Non-Philosophy of J. Krishnamurti
Specialty Instruction Modules
Freedom and Ease: Yoga and the Alexander Technique
Yoga and Ayurveda: Twin Sisters of Holistic Health
Feeling, Healing, and the Yogic Powers of Imagination
The Psychology of Yoga and Mindful Modern Living
Asana, Pranayama, Meditation
Understanding Alignment from the Inside-Out
The Art of Verbal Cues and Sequencing
Teaching Methodology: Advanced Prop Use for Modifications & Therapeutic Applications
Yoga As Medicine: Restorative Yoga and the Power of Breath
Nationally Renowned Faculty (click to expand bios)
Geoffrey Roniger | Founder Freret Street Yoga (New Orleans, LA)
Geoffrey Roniger is the founder of and primary teacher at Freret Street Yoga. Well-known in both the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater New Orleans Area for his clarity, sincerity, and creative use of imagery to guide his students, Geoffrey’s enthusiasm for yoga is undeniably contagious.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in European Studies in 1998, Geoffrey moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where he helped renovate a 19th century church into Europe’s largest yoga studio. Shortly after his return to the United States, he graduated from Piedmont Yoga Studio’s 18-month Advanced Studies Program, where he formally apprenticed with Richard Rosen and Rodney Yee.
From 2005 to 2010, Geoffrey was the on-site yoga teacher for Salesforce.com, Amyris Biotechnologies, Beverly Prior Architects, Juice Design, and Urban Revision. Through this experience he created Workplace Wellness, an effective and accessible program that uses modified yoga techniques to counteract the negative effects of sitting all day at a desk. Geoffrey’s private clientele has included several CEOs dealing with high levels of stress, professional athletes aiming to improve their overall efficiency, and health care professionals searching for a reliable method of self-care.
Geoffrey has served on the teacher training staff at The Yoga Loft in San Francisco since 2006, and he is currently conducting his own 6-month teacher training program at Freret Street Yoga. After volunteering for Urban Zen at both V Day and the Special Olympics, which successfully implemented therapeutic yoga techniques for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina and athletes with disabilities, he was appointed to their faculty for the Integrative Therapy Program in New York. Geoffrey has been featured in the Awakened Athletes, Masterclass, and Basics columns for Yoga Journal as well as in the Gaiam video, Yoga Now. He is an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and leads workshops and retreats around the United States.
Geoffrey’s main strength lies in his keen understanding of the essential qualities of each pose so that he is able to teach both modified and challenging versions of the physical practice to maximize its benefit. His deeper mission is to convey the key philosophical insights from the yoga tradition in a way that is relevant to our culture. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, three children, and faithful dog.
Richard Rosen | Co-Founder Piedmont Yoga (Oakland, CA) | Editor, Yoga Journal Magazine
Richard Rosen began his study of yoga in 1980, and trained for several years in the early 1980s at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. In 1987 co-founded the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California, where he still teaches today. He is President of the board of theYoga Dana Foundation(www.yogadanafoundation.org), which supports Northern California teachers bringing yoga to underserved communities.
Richard has written three books for Shambhala, The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama (2002), Pranayama: Beyond the Fundamentals (2006), and Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga (2012); he’s also recorded a 7-disc set of instructional CDs for Shambhala titled The Practice of Pranayama: An In-Depth Guide to the Yoga of Breath (2010). Richard lives in a cottage built in 1906 in beautiful Berkeley, California.
You can read Richard’s yoga text translations along with several other great yoga resources at richardrosenyoga.com
Cathie Caccia | E-RYT 500 Yoga Instructor & Licensed Shiatsu Massage Therapist
Cathie Caccia began her yogic studies in 1984 and was immediately captivated by the physical, energetic and philosophical aspects of the practice. Her most influential teachers include Rodney Yee, Rod Stryker, and Judith Lasater. She has extensive training in Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Shiatsu, Acupressure and Massage. At the insistence of her first teacher Cathie began teaching yoga in 1987.
Cathie’s classes combine her love of Yoga, Chinese energetics and Sanskrit chanting to support her students in accessing their most essential nature. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500, and teaches public and private classes, workshops and yoga teacher trainings. Cathie is a licensed massage therapist with over 1200 hours of training.
Learn more about Cathie and her practice at cathiecaccia.com
Jane House | Co-Founder The Yoga Loft (San Fran, CA)
Over the years, Jane has developed a teaching style that she calls ‘The Yoga of Embodiment.’ Her practice weaves the breath-based flow of Vinyasa Yoga with the alignment principals of Iyengar Yoga to yield a deep and intelligent, physically challenging mind/body experience. In Jane’s classes, age-old teachings are shared in an authentic voice that wraps the experience of asana with poetry, metaphor, humor, and storytelling. Students learn to release old habits and patterns in order to inhabit their bodies in warmer, more creative, and more spacious ways.
In the realm of Hatha Yoga, Jane is thankful to have been primarily influenced by master teachers Patricia Walden, Barbara Benagh, Rodney Yee, Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten, Tony Briggs, and Sofia Diaz.
Jane is co-founder of The Yoga Loft in San Francisco, where she spent 8 years serving and teaching among a thriving yoga community. Jane holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a B.A. in English Literature & Psychology from Georgetown University, and has completed a thesis titled “The Yoga of Embodiment.” She is a graduate of The Yoga Loft’s 500-hour Advanced Studies/Teacher Training program and is officially certified by Yoga Alliance.
Jane is currently teaching public classes and private sessions at Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health.
More information on Jane and The Yoga of Embodiment can be found at janehouseyoga.com
“Devoted to the life-affirming process of yoga, Jane’s teaching is a rich integration of the classical teachings and disciplines of Hatha Yoga with a more creative exploration of one’s relationship to Self. Jane’s extensive background in body-oriented therapy and classical Hatha Yoga merge to offer a holistic approach to practice that facilitates health and wholeness on all levels of being.” ~Angela Farmer, Master Teacher(Lesvos, Greece)
Leslie Howard | 500 RYT & Director & Faculty: Piedmont Yoga Teacher Training Program
Leslie is an Oakland-based yoga teacher who specializes in all things pelvic. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and internationally. Healing her own hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy and physiology of this vital bodily structure. She helped design two successful studies for UCSF on yoga for incontinence and yoga for pelvic pain. Her teaching is informed by over 3000 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers. She is featured in the documentary, “Yoga Woman” and offers online educational webinars and videos, including a “Yoga for the Male Pelvic Floor”.
In Leslie’s training module we will locate, stretch, strengthen and exercise the muscle groups of the pelvic floor, discuss mula bandha, abdominal health and how to utilize the pelvic floor in asana. The workshop will begin with anatomy, lecture and discussion, followed by subtle experiential movements to awaken your understanding of this often ignored area. A series of specific exercises and asanas for the pelvic floor will follow.
Learn more about Leslie & all of her amazing training at LeslieHowardYoga.com
Meg Whitbread | Co-Founder The Yoga Loft (San Fran, CA)
Meg views self-care as an increasingly necessary part of one’s life so that individuals can begin to feel not only in control of but also responsible for their health. She is interested in helping people understand their own habits and patterns as they consistently show up in breathing and movement. With this information, people can make changes based on their own feedback and experience.
Meg teaches anatomy from a functional and somatic perspective using yoga and other spiritual practices as the lens. Her classes are clinic-style–responsive to the group, organic and spontaneous–so that each person in the room gets the personalized information he or she needs.
Lisa Lutton | AmSAT-certified Alexander Technique® Instructor
Lisa has a reverence for the body and its inherent wisdom. Her personal and professional work is about stripping away the habits of body and mind that obscure who we really are, helping us recover more feeling, joy, and aliveness. Lisa is an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She considers the Technique a fundamental life skill and an intelligent and beautiful framework from which to view the body and human movement. She has presented Alexander Technique classes and workshops for the National Flute Association, Rutgers University, Mannes College of Music, Tulane University, American Center for the Alexander Technique, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, New Orleans Ballet Association, Berkshire Kripalu Community, and Berkshire Community College. She is former faculty at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.
Lisa is also a yoga teacher, Shake Your Soul® dance teacher, Reiki practitioner, and she offers heart-centered counseling called SomaSoul®. She lives in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling at Hartford Family Institute, where she studies body-centered Gestalt therapy.
Learn more about Lisa and the Alexander Technique at lisalutton.com
Dr. Jose Calderon-Abbo | LSU Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Dr. Calderón is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, with an additional certification in mind-body medicine.
He has been an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry with LSU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry for over 10 years; is Clinical Faculty with Tulane University’s Department of Psychiatry and Saybrook University in San Francisco where he teaches the mindfulness course. He is in private practice where he built the only fully integrative psychiatric practice in New Orleans. Dr. Calderón is a consultant to the Harvard University Program for Refugee Trauma and the Mexican Minister of Public Safety, and is national faculty for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C.
He is the founder of the Mindful Living Program©, the leading stress reduction and wellness program using mind-body skills in New Orleans, and co-founder and faculty with the Mind Body Center of Louisiana, a non-profit organization devoted to the dissemination of mind-body practices in healthcare. Dr. Calderon in currently doing research on the psychological and medical impact of exposure to violence related to organized crime in Mexico, and in mind-body medicine based relapse prevention for addictions. He is also trained in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment, available at his practice.
To read more about Dr. Calderon’s extensive experience, awards, & programs visit his website MindfulPsychiatry.com.
Deacon Carpenter | CAS & Founder of Yoga ONE
At the age of 16, chronic illness and obesity led Deacon to a fateful meeting with a local Ayurvedic doctor, which created a seismic shift in Deacon’s perception of food, health and physical balance. Heeding the advice of his doctor, Deacon modified his diet, started to practice yoga and shed over 140 pounds. To Deacon, Ayurveda and yoga together just made sense. Once he was educated and empowered to understand what was causing him to be sick, the steps to reclaiming his health were clear and simple.
Deacon’s momentum in Ayurvedic studies continued at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Although he always knew that he would become an Ayurvedic practitioner at some point in his lifetime, it was a 16-year career working in the trenches of New York City advertising agencies that gave him the wherewithal to strike out on his own. Working in the world of global advertising and branding, he was able to hone his communication skills, enabling him to convey the complex ideas and concepts of Ayurveda and Yoga in a very comprehensive manner.
In 2009, Deacon obtained his certification as an Ayurvedic health practitioner from the California College of Ayurveda. He moved from New York City in 2010 and has established his first practice in Northern California. Although specializing in gastrointestinal disorders, Deacon works with patients from every walk of life who have many unique health conditions. He believes an accessible approach to Ayurveda is key to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Deacon also teaches a practical approach to Ayurveda at Maharishi University of Management where he is a guest faculty member. He also works with Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf and Dr. Stuart Rothenberg in educating medical professionals through MAAA at the Pacific Pearl Center of Integrated Medical Center, in La Jolla and is the creator of VedaBars – the first whole food nutrition bars based on Ayurvedic principles of food being medicine.
To learn more about Deacon and Yoga ONE visit his website LoveYogaOne.com.