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.
Laura Jarrait | E-RYT 500 Anusara® Yoga Instructor
E-RYT 500, Certified BodyTalk(R) Practitioner, Akashic Records Consultant
Using the elegant method of Anusara® Yoga and the consciousness-based healing system of BodyTalk® as her main tools, Laura Jarrait helps people live more skillful and enjoyable lives. Laura started practicing Iyengar yoga in 1996 when she moved to New Orleans. Life changed for the better for her in many ways when she walked into her first Anusara yoga class during her evacuation from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Inspired by many hours spent steeped in the instruction of skilled teachers, her dedicated students, and the great teacher of life itself, Laura guides her yoga students and BodyTalk clients into a fun exploration of the amazing liveliness housed in body, mind, and spirit. Her yoga teaching includes sound alignment instruction that helps students build self-awareness and challenges them to safely explore their edges, as well as practical, inspirational, and sometimes humorous insights into living life fully. Laura has a bent towards the scientific and philosophical and loves to help people connect practically and physically to the powerful philosophical teachings that inform both Anusara Yoga and BodyTalk.
To learn more about Laura along with Alamkara Yoga visit her website alamkarayoga.com.
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
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.
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)
Meg Whitbread | Co-Founder The Yoga Loft (San Fran, CA)
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.