This 200 hour program will provide you with powerful tools for self-realization and give you the necessary skills to lead a class with confidence and authenticity. We want to make sure that our students understand and respect the long yoga tradition, but at the same time we aim to foster a broad view of yoga, one that is open to different schools of thought and modalities. Therefore, we have included as part of our faculty teachers who bring expertise from different somatic perspectives.
The yoga tradition is so vast that it would be impossible to cover it all in a whole lifetime, let alone in a mere 6 months. However, our ASTT program will supply you with a reliably strong foundation from which you will be able to expand your studies and sharpen your focus for the rest of your life. Open to dedicated students of all lineages, our limited class size of 20 participants ensures that you will receive plenty of individualized support and attention throughout this transformational process.
Asana, Pranayama, Meditation
The Art of Sequencing
Teaching Methodology: Use of Props & Variations
Therapeutic & Restorative Yoga
Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology
Key Muscles & Bones
Seeing & Understanding Bodies
Working with Injuries
Accommodating Special Needs
Safe & Effective Adjustments
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Bhagavad Gita
A Comparative Understanding of Yoga, Vedanta, Taoism, and Buddhism
Specialty Instruction Modules
Back Care Basics
Yoga for Pregnancy
Chakras & Koshas
The Business of Yoga
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
Meg Whitbread | Founder of Yoga Loft (San Francisco, CA) & Advanced Massage Therapist
Meg has been studying yoga, anatomy, meditation and different types of healing modalities and somatic movement for the last 15 years. She is interested in seeing how the ancient practices when studied both classically and in more modern iterations can affect the body, the mind, the nervous system…the whole being. While Meg’s path continues to weave and turn, the theme of being (yoga) over doing (yoga) carries on.
More recently, she began the study of a single pose called Mah Boundlotus(R). The pose is considered the most difficult and most restorative of yoga poses. As taught by Yogi Bhajan, this pose can be held for up to 31 minutes and it is in that state that the yoga happens. Meg is also studying Sat Nam Rasayan(R), an ancient healing art that brings the practitioner to a state of silence and containment. She hopes with enough practice to be able live and engage in the modern world and still hold both silence and containment.
Meg teaches from the perspective that the body is a participant in one’s transformation. She enjoys sharing her view on how we as human beings are physically designed to evolve spiritually. And how the experience of one’s self, one’s physical and energetic anatomy, can help bring any practice out of theory and into reality.
John DeMahy | Certified Advanced Rolfer® | Author of Joint Restrictions in Structural Integration
John deMahy RR.N., Certified Advanced Rolfer®, began his career in orthopedics and emergency nursing. He has had a robust Rolfing® practice in New Orleans. John is the author of Joint Restrictions in Structural Integration. This text presents his simple and effective algorithm for the assessment and treatment of joint restrictions in the lumbar spine and pelvis.
He is a graduate of the Rolf Institute (1985), the Louisiana State Nursing School (1978), and Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (2005). John taught Dance Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He continues to teach continuing education in manual therapies as well as anatomy and kinesiology at various yoga teacher trainings.
Keith Werhan | RYT-500 | Tulane Law Professor
Keith Werhan (RYT-500) was born and raised in New Orleans and is a long-time member of the Tulane law faculty. Keith has practiced at Freret Street Yoga since the studio’s earliest days. He received both his 200-hour and 300-hour teacher trainings at FSY. Keith has been a member of the teaching staff at FSY since 2014. He has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 2015.
Keith’s yoga practice is grounded in the alignment-based, hatha tradition for which FSY is well-known. His practice is informed by his study of Taoism and Buddhism, as well as his daily practice of mindfulness meditation. For him, yoga offers a unique opportunity to explore the union of mind and body, right effort, and balance.
Tamarin Hennebury | RYT 500 | Occupational Therapist
Tamarin aims to help her students develop strength, flexibility, and an awareness of the more subtle and intuitive aspects of yoga. She strives to do this by intelligent sequencing, clear instruction of physical alignment, including hands-on adjustments and an invitation to explore the yoga practice with curiosity and kindness.
When not teaching at Freret Street Yoga, she works as an occupational therapist at Touro Rehabilitation Center. There she provides treatment for cancer, autoimmune disorders and chronic pain using yoga and meditation techniques. She is also an orthopedic specialist in upper extremity injuries. Tamarin has completed three yoga teacher trainings; the most recent was the 300-hour Integrative Studies/Teacher Training Program at Freret Street Yoga. She has been teaching yoga since 2007.