Assisting & Adjusting Level 1

The Art of Assisting & Adjusting Level 1

Yoga Alliance- and NETA-Approved Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: March 2 - 4, 2018
CEC: 22-Hours (19 Contact, 3 Non-Contact)
Location: Mendota Heights


Dates: August 3 - 5, 2018
CEC: 22-Hours (19 Contact, 3 Non-Contact)
Location: Hudson, Wisconsin


 
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How This Training Will Hone Your Skills

Offering assists and adjustments to yoga students is an art. It requires highly developed observation skills, awareness of body mechanics and movement, intimate familiarity of the poses, and strong communications skills. The goal is to assist and adjust so that students find their ultimate expression of poses  without becoming teacher-dependent. This carefully designed immersion into the art of assisting and adjusting, based on the observation of and work with thousands of students, will deepen your teaching skills to help your students to find an openness and mind/body connection that advances their practice. This training will differentiate you as a teacher.

We also offer an Assisting & Adjusting Level 2 Training

The Foundation of the Training Rests on Proper Alignment

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  • The understanding that more is less when it comes to safe hands-on adjustments
  • How to use the various forms of assisting and adjusting from verbal cues to directional signals to physical manipulation
  • The role of props as tools in adjusting and assisting
  • How to empower students to find personal levels of self-adjusting
  • Assisting safely without developing dependency
  • We will cover dozens of key foundational poses and their modifications in the following families of poses in this training:
  1. Sun salutations
  2. Standing poses
  3. Backbends
  4. Twists
  5. Forward folds
  6. Core connection
  7. Inversions
  8. Surrender to gravity

Hands-on Practice: Our 22-hour assisting and adjusting teacher training and advanced yoga studies is offered in an intensive weekend of total immersion. As with all its training offerings, the cornerstone of the Green Lotus approach is to study assisting and adjusting not only by reading and engaging lecture and discussion, but also by practicing the adjustments over and over again.

Boundaries and Ethics: Our training includes a segment on ethics and boundaries so we as teachers can better understand our roles and impact and also to develop awareness of the different emotions that can be observed in the classroom - such as anxiety - and how assisting and adjusting can affect those emotions and feelings.

Real Students as Models: Best of all, our students will be given the opportunity to practice assisting and adjusting not only with each other, but also with Green Lotus yoga students who have applied to be models and who will be present at certain times during the weekend. This will give registered teacher-trainers first-hand experience in learning assists and adjustments with actual yoga students representing a wide range of skills and needs.


Assisting & Adjusting Level 1 Teacher Training Faculty

Required Books & Materials

  • Students will be required to read portions of Journey into Power by Baron Baptiste
  • Please bring a notebook or journal to capture notes, questions, and observations
  • Other materials, including a handbook and schedule for the weekend, will be provided as well as pertinent industry news articles

Optional but recommended:

  • Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting by Stephanie Pappas

Schedule

Green Lotus' Art of Assisting and Adjusting is held at our Mendota Heights Center or at Inspiring Actions in Hudson, Wisconsin.  Hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

*No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

Fee $380

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-hour students receive a 15% discount.


Because our training sessions frequently develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two-weeks advance notice when you cancel.  Cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Assisting & Adjusting Level 2

The Art of Assisting and Adjusting Level 2

Yoga Alliance Advanced Studies and Continuing-Education
Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: March 9 - 10, 2018
CEC: 13-Hours (13 Contact)
Location: Lakeville

Building on the principles learned in Assisting and Adjusting Level 1, students will delve more
deeply into learning oral, breath, directional, and full hands-on adjustments in different and more advanced poses such as:

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  • Assisting in flow sequences
  • Standing poses: pyramid/revolved triangle, half moon, bird of paradise
  • Seated poses: hero/reclining hero
  • Arm balances: side plank with variations, baby grasshopper, flying pigeon, side crow, peacock
  • Inversions: forearm stand, straddle forward fold with scissor kick to tripod headstand
  • Backbends: wheel

Students will also learn how to modify and assist students with common injuries and weight and health issues within an all-level class. Teaching modified postures with chairs and at the wall for overweight or immobile clients will be covered.

Pre-requisite:  200-hour teacher training and The Art of Assisting and Adjusting Level 1. 


Art of Assisting and Adjusting Level 2 Faculty

Schedule

Green Lotus's Art of Assisting and Adjusting Level 2 is held at our Lakeville Center.  Hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 5 - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

*No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

Fee $260

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-hour students receive a 15% discount.

Because our training sessions tend to develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two-weeks notice.  Cancellations made with less than 48 hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Bhagavad Gita & the Yoga Sutras:

The Study of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras

Yoga Alliance Advanced Yoga Studies and Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: July 7 - 8, 2018
CEC: 16-Hours (12 Contact, 4 Non-Contact)
Location: Lakeville

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This training will delve into and digest two sacred texts, the Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We will explore the modern day application of these timeless masterpieces by reading them together and discussing how to bring the words to life.  Students will learn how to apply the concepts of the Gita and Sutras to the classroom by applying the concepts to the study of asana and the art of living yoga.


Bhagavad Gita & the Yoga Sutras Faculty

Required Books & Materials

Students will be required to read the following:

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • The Bhagavad Gita translated by Stephen Mitchell

Schedule

This training will take place at our Lakeville Center.  Hours are as follows: 

  • Saturday: noon - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: noon - 6 p.m.

*No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

Fee:  $240

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-hour students receive a 15% discount.

Because our training sessions tend to develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two-weeks notice.  Cancellations made with less than 48 hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Chakra Training

Chakra Training

Yoga Alliance 17-Hour Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: 2018 Dates TBA
CEC: 17-Hours (15 Contact, 2 Non-Contact)
Location: Mendota Heights

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We are beings made of energy.
This training will explore the energy underlying the physical body, the seven vital energy centers know as the chakras. Delve deeply into yogic chakra theory and learn how the chakras affect us individually and universally.
 
We will explore each of the seven chakras, including their properties and manifestations of imbalance. Through lecture and discussion, you will learn how the chakras manifest in our bodies, in our lives, even in world history.  We will explore and practice asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath practices), mudra (hand gestures), mantra (chanting), and meditation for each of the seven chakras with the intention of guiding prana ( life force) into a more balanced state, which allows us to come closer to true self-knowledge.

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Chakra Teacher Training Faculty

Required Books & Materials

  • Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith is required for yoga teachers taking the full chakra training
  • Please bring a notebook or journal to capture observations, ideas, and inspirations

Schedule

Green Lotus' Chakra Training held at our Mendota Heights center. Hours are as follows:

  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

Fees

  • Students - full weekend immersion: includes all of the sessions, except the last section on sequencing classes - $200
  • Yoga teachers - full weekend immersion 17-hour (15 contact & 2 non-contact): includes all of the sessions plus review and feedback of a class that you will create - $320

Because our training sessions frequently develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two-weeks advance notice when you cancel.  Cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice will not receive a refund. 

East Meets West Anatomy

East Meets West Asana Anatomy -
The Yin & Yang Of It

Yoga Alliance-Approved Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: February  9 - 11, 2018
CEC: 26-Hours (22 Contact, 4 Non-Contact)
Location: Mendota Heights

 
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This integrative training takes you on a unique journey deep within the physical and subtle aspects of the practice of teaching asana.  You will learn how to apply Western anatomy - muscles, bones, organs, and glands - to the poses and how to integrate that knowledge with the Eastern subtle aspects of chakras, koshas, marmas, and pressure points. Participants will graduate from this segment being able to teach a class with both Western and Eastern focal points and a fresh sense of integrative health. Yogis taking this segment will be able to apply  the concepts to the classroom and specific styles of hatha yoga from Yin to Hot Fusion.


East Meets West Anatomy Training Faculty

Required Books and Materials

Students will be required to read portions of the following:

  • Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Energetic Anatomy by Cyndi Dale
  • Yoga Anatomy, Second Edition by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

Schedule

Green Lotus' East Meets West Anatomy is held at our Mendota center.  Hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 5 - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

*No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

 

Fee $440

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-hour students receive a 15% discount.


Because our training sessions frequently develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two-weeks advance notice when you cancel.  Cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Yoga Sculpt Training

Yoga Sculpt Training

Yoga Alliance-Approved Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: November 11 - 12, 2017
CEC: 8-Hours (8 Contact)
Location: Mendota Heights

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As the popularity of yoga continues to grow, yoga sculpt has emerged as an appealing option for yogis looking for a physically challenging and highly athletic class. Yoga sculpt adds external resistance in the form of light weights. With a basic vinyasa-style sequence as the foundation, the use of weights builds strength and endurance while also working on flexibility and breath. Other elements incorporated into class include cardio, plyometrics, and proven strength-building moves like push-ups, bicep curls, squats, and jumping jacks. In keeping with the vinyasa tradition, we keep the breath flowing the entire class to increase heart rate while sculpting all the major muscle groups. Upbeat music is also an integral element to class in order to keep the tempo and energy levels up.

This training is ideal for certified yoga instructors who currently teach or are familiar with the basic vinyasa-style format. Adding yoga sculpt to your skill set will enhance your ability to serve your students and give you the opportunity to offer a challenging yet safe class that serves as a nice compliment to more traditional yoga formats.

What You Will Learn

  • Yoga sculpt sequencing and cues
  • Various options, alternatives, modifications, and techniques to make the class your own
  • Music selection and discussion on how to teach to the beat
  • Safety discussion on how to protect vulnerable joints such as shoulders, knees, hips, wrists, and ankles
  • The benefits of a yoga sculpt practice including strength, endurance, flexibility, and improved muscle tone

Yoga Sculpt Training Faculty

Required Books, Materials & Prerequisites

  • Read Journey Into Power by Baron Baptiste prior to training
  • Attended at least one yoga sculpt class prior to training
  • Be comfortable teaching in the vinyasa style
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training
  • Bring a notebook or journal to capture thoughts, notes, and questions

Schedule

Green Lotus's Yoga Sculpt Training will be held at our Mendota Heights Center. Hours are as follows: 

  • Saturday: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fee $160

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-hour students receive a 15% discount.

Because our training sessions frequently develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two-weeks advance notice when you cancel.  Cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice will not receive a refund. 

3-week Summer Immersion 200 Hour Teacher Training

3-Week Summer Immersion Program

Yoga Alliance-Certified 200-Hour
Yoga Teacher Training & Advanced Yoga Studies


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Green Lotus' three-week 240-hour Summer Immersion program provides transforming  opportunities for individuals to deepen their personal understanding and knowledge of yoga alongside those who are committed to teaching and leadership journeys. Together we create a dynamic, supportive community in which hard work, commitment, focus, and practice yield dramatic results physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Students completing the training will have earned credentials that meet and exceed the standards of both Yoga Alliance and NETA so that they may become certified with those organizations.

 

This course has been adapted from our successful nine-month program to accommodate people whose schedules demand immediate immersion and then quick re-entry, such as college students on summer break, parents who can find help with children only in finite, limited time blocks, employees who are able to use vacation days for bursts of time, and those individuals who understand that they learn most effectively by plunging themselves into a subject. 

Graduates of the 2015 Summer Immersion Program

Graduates of the 2015 Summer Immersion Program

Over the course of three intensive weeks-one each in June, July and August, Monday through Saturday-students will enter the fluid universe of yoga and will emerge ready to teach or to practice with more confidence and understanding.  Each day's training will be steeped in learning asana (poses) around which will be wrapped the foundational aspects of the yoga tradition:  philosophy, breath work, anatomy, meditation, the roles and boundaries of teachers and students, the energy (subtle body), and more.  Out-of-studio hours required include practicing twice a week, reading, written homework assignments, and teacher observations of up to an additional 50 hours over the course of the summer.

Dive into Green Lotus' Summer Immersion Program.  Immerse yourself in the stream and flow of yoga.  Emerge stronger, healthier, and ready. 

 

I truly believe Green Lotus's training changed the course of my life. I am so grateful for the people I met at Green Lotus during the training, the training itself, and the solid knowledge of yoga I now have. You are wonderful, amazing people - thank you!
~ Alicia H

 

2018 Schedule

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Monday - Saturday: 8am - 6pm

Week One - The Beginning Foundation & the Asanas
Annandale: June 11 - 16
Mendota Heights: June 18 - 23

Week Two - The Beginning Foundation & the Asanas
Annandale: July 9 - 14
Mendota Heights: July 16 - 21

Module Three - The Teacher
Annandale: August 6 - 10
Mendota Heights: August 13 - 18

 

Required Books and Materials

  • Yoga and the Quest for the True Self  by Stephen Cope
  • The Best Guide to Meditation by Victor N. Davich
  • Anatomy for Yoga by Paul Grilley (DVD)

Location

Our Summer Immersion program is held at our Mendota Heights location and at our Annandale location.      

Summer Immersion Pricing and Payment Options* **  

The complete series consists of one week per month for three months.  A $300 deposit is due with your application.

Complete Series Investment - $2900

Pay in full by April 30th and pay $2700 - a savings of $200!

This price includes:

  • Weeks One, Two, and Three
  • 20% discount on retail (during training sessions only, 10% on books)
  • 10% off Green Lotus continuing education credits (CEC) classes in the future

Automatic Monthly Payments: $300 deposit plus $866.67 per month, total: $2900. 
Automatic Monthly Payment Dates: June 1, July 1, and August 1. 

*The price does not include required books but does include program manual.
** Limited needs-based work scholarships may be available. For more information, contact Green Lotus at wellness@greenlotusyogactr.com and enter "Advanced Studies Scholarship" in the email subject line.  In addition, training may qualify for state-funded worker retraining programs - contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services or a state unemployment office for assistance.


If you have any additional questions regarding the training program, please contact Marcia or Merry Beth via email or at 952.373.0055

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Alliance-Certified 200-Hour Programs


Free Teacher Training Info Sessions

Eden Prairie: Saturday, October 14, 12 - 1 p.m.

Lakeville: Saturday, October 14, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Mendota Heights: Tuesday, October 17, 12 - 1 p.m.

Inspiring Actions in Hudson, WI: Wednesday, October 18, 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

Eden Prairie: Saturday, November 4, 10 - 11 a.m.


 

Here's what you may be asking: Why should I choose Green Lotus' teacher-training and advanced yoga-studies programs?

Here's our answer: Ask our graduates. You will find them teaching throughout Minnesota, this country, and in other parts of the globe - in schools, businesses, yoga centers, parks, hospitals and clinics, churches, homes, and at Green Lotus itself. And you will find them on their own mats, still exploring, still practicing, still curious. This is why students who search for the best places for yoga teacher-training programs in Minnesota and beyond select Green Lotus. 

Our accomplished graduates will tell you that the Green Lotus program is intimate, challenging, supportive, lively and fun, flexible, meaningful, and life-changing. They will talk of deep friendships woven among the other students, of goals met and exceeded, of support freely given and accepted, of being there for each other when life happens. They will speak of relationships with faculty members who give their support long after graduation ceremonies and celebrations.


Sign Up for a Life-Changing Event

Green Lotus adapts to your needs by offering life-friendly unique programs: a 3-week summer immersion program, a 6-month program, and multiple 9-month programs. All programs fulfill the requirements of the Yoga Alliance 200-hour RYT certification and are licensed by the State of Minnesota Higher Education Department and the State of Wisconsin Department of Higher Education. Each model allows each student to create a program that fits best with the commitments of his or her personal lifestyle. Same dynamic, deep content. Same dedicated, caring faculty. Same balance of rigor and encouragement.

 

I've been involved in physical fitness all my life.  Football, weight-lifting, running, Tae Kwon Do, and Kung Fu. A good friend suggested I try yoga. Fifteen minutes into the class I realized yoga was my calling. Within a week I found Green Lotus. I knew I was home. After two years of practice I decided to become an instructor.  Green Lotus's instructors are very professional and give you the one-on-one support to help you become a true yogi. My yoga journey at Green Lotus has fulfilled me physically, mentally, and spiritually.
~ Todd J.

 

Our Vision:

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  • Green Lotus acknowledges the student who wants to deepen her or his yoga practice for personal reasons, and the student whose ultimate goal lies in yoga-teacher certification. 
     
  • Green Lotus' teacher-training guarantees you personalized attention in a small-group setting where you will get to know the faculty well and form deep bonds with instructors and classmates alike. Each student is assigned one of the senior faculty members as a personal adviser to have a steady hand of support.
     
  • Green Lotus’ celebrated faculty includes Green Lotus instructors, healers, and visiting master teachers. 
     
  • Green Lotus’ curriculum includes study of anatomy, both physical and energetic, yoga philosophy, sequencing and transitions, principles of more than 100 poses, meditation, boundaries and ethics, and business practices. When you complete this program, you will be equipped to teach multiple styles of yoga to multiple levels of students.
     
  • Green Lotus is committed to the success of every student, encouraging self-reflection, self-inquiry, and self-discovery culminating in personal transformation. 

Created to each student's personal schedule, Green Lotus offers four life-affirming, convenient options. Upon completion of any of these programs, students will have completed 240 hours of study -- this includes 180 hours of in-classroom training (contact hours) and 60 hours of out-of-class study (non-contact hours). Click the links below for more details on each of these programs.

 

I truly believe Green Lotus's training changed the course of my life. I am so grateful for the people I met at Green Lotus during the training, the training itself, and the solid knowledge of yoga I now have. You are wonderful, amazing people - thank you!
~ Alicia H

 

200-Hour Teacher-Training Faculty

We look forward to taking the journey with you - download the brochure and print, complete, and email the Application Form to wellness@greenlotusyogactr.com to take that first life-changing step. 

6-month 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

6-Month, 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Alliance-Certified 200-Hour
Yoga Teacher Training & Advanced Yoga Studies


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Welcome to Green Lotus's 6-Month 200-Hour Teacher Training, created to accommodate more of our students' lifestyle needs. Based on feedback from graduates and incoming students, we carefully crafted our 6-Month program, which combines Tuesday evenings and weekends.  You will study three independent, complementary modules, fulfilling the requirements of the Yoga Alliance 200-Hour RYT certification.

The six-month program provides the same deep content and experiences as the nine-month and three-week Summer Immersion programs. From January through May students attend training on Tuesday nights in Eden Prairie to complete Module One. They also attend the weekends associated with a nine-month program in either Eden Prairie or Mendota Heights and then finish on weekends April through June, allowing them to complete Mods 2 and 3. Students may elect to take just Mod 1 on Tuesday evenings and finish the other two modules at a different time. You choose what serves your objective and when it best fits your busy schedule.

Green Lotus' teacher training guarantees that you will receive personalized attention in a small-group setting, where you will get to know the faculty well and form deep bonds with instructors and classmates alike.

 

Green Lotus Teacher Training Program offers much more than the mechanics of teaching yoga. It is very much about the business of living abundantly and mindfully. The content is rich, practical, and thorough. My own practice has grown deeper and I am excited about my abilities to share this wonderful information with others. The teachers were very encouraging and inspirational. I appreciate all the time and effort they put into helping us understand yoga as a whole, not just asana.
~ 2008 Graduate

 

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6-Month Training Modules

Module One - The Beginning Foundation

  • Basic evolution, history, and philosophy of yoga
  • Pranayama and the use of breath as a transformative tool
  • Yoga lifestyle
  • Art of meditation - developing deeper levels of awareness

Note: This module is available as a stand-alone course of study for $1,000.

Module Two- The Asanas

  • Knowledge of basic and advanced asanas (postures)
  • Basic human physical and energy-based anatomy and physiology
  • The asanas: alignment, healthy and safe movement patterns, benefits, contraindications
  • How to read bodies - physically and energetically
  • Verbal and physical adjustments

Module Three- The Teacher

  • Development of a safe and respectful community in your class
  • Teaching techniques and learning styles
  • Verbal and physical adjustments
  • Development and communication of a balanced and well-sequenced class that teaches and inspires
  • Ethics of the yoga teacher
  • The business of yoga
  • What does it mean to earn a living as a yoga teacher? Open your own studio? Invest in a studio? marketing tools and models to assist you?
  • Practice teaching
  • Apprenticeship - learn by watching and assisting certified teachers
  • Peer teaching - lots of teaching in a supportive environment
 
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2018 Schedule

Module One – The Beginning Foundation

Location: Eden Prairie Studio
Dates: Tuesday evenings, January 9 - May 8 (no class April 3)
Times: 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Module Two – The Asanas

Location: Eden Prairie Studio
Dates: January - March:  4th weekend of the month
Times: Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Module Three – The Teacher

Location: Eden Prairie Studio
Dates: April - June:  4th weekend of the month
Times: Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

Required Books and Materials

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  • Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
  • The Best Guide to Meditation by Victor N. Davich
  • Anatomy for Yoga by Paul Grilley (DVD) 

Pricing and Payment Options* **

A $300 deposit is required to save your spot in the training.

 

Complete Series Investment - $2900

Enroll early and save $200!
($2700 payment in full must be made one month before the program start date).
This price includes:

Modules One, Two & Three
20% discount on retail (10% books -during weekend training sessions only)
10% discount on continuing education credit (CEC) classes

Pay by Module - $300 deposit plus $866.67 per module, total: $2900
Automatic Monthly Payments - $300 deposit plus $433.33 per month, total: $2900

*The price does not include required books.
** Limited needs-based work scholarships are available. For more information, contact Green Lotus at wellness@greenlotusyogactr.com and enter "Advanced Studies Scholarship" in the email subject line.  In addition, training may qualify for state-funded worker retraining programs - contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services or a state unemployment office for assistance.

300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training

300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

In Your Own Time. One Module at a Time.

 
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When you earned your RYT 200-hour certification, you laid the groundwork for a life of learning and growth. As your body and mind absorbed all that you had experienced, the roots of your practice and your teaching deepened. New questions - and a longing to know more - arose. Green Lotus' school, certified by Yoga Alliance and licensed by the state of Minnesota and the state of Wisconsin, opens the door to fulfill that longing. 

Yoga goes far beyond the asanas to include the awakening of deeper levels of teacher insight as well as the attunement to subtler messages of the body's intelligence. Our modular-based program provides ultimate flexibility because it can be taken over a period of two years if necessary to allow time for your work and family obligations.  It rests on yoga's core principles and stands on the broad shoulders of the great masters of the past and the energetic, wise, and compassionate teachers of the present so that the creative teachers of the future - including you - can emerge. And because we recognize excellence, we will transfer in credits from a select list of national master teachers.

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RYT-200s who have certificates from Green Lotus for any of the modules listed below may, within 18 months of beginning the 300-hour training, apply to receive credit for those hours. Additional training with teachers outside of Green Lotus may be submitted for credit consideration. By taking this training, which consists of 300 hours, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance for your RYT-500 certification*. 

 
 

I've been involved in physical fitness all my life. Football, weight-lifting, running, tae kwon do, and kung fu. A good friend suggested I try yoga. Fifteen minutes into the class I realized yoga was my calling. Within a week I found Green Lotus. I knew I was home. After two years of practice I decided to become an instructor. Green Lotus's program is Yoga Alliance-certified, as are the instructors. It covers philosophy, asana, and the teaching of yoga. The instructors are very professional and give you the one-on-one support to help you become a true yogi. My yoga journey at the Green Lotus has fulfilled me physically, mentally, and spiritually. I highly recommend Green Lotus's teacher training course. Namaste.
~ 2012 Graduate

 

List of Modules

Trainings are held at one of our Minnesota Centers in Lakeville, Mendota Heights, and Eden Prairie. Qualifying Green Lotus programs are also offered at Inspiring Actions in Hudson, Wisconsin. 

 

I highly recommend this training. I was a certified yoga Instructor and wanted to get my RYT-200 certification. I was a bit hesitant with the length of training at first, but it allowed me the time to digest all the knowledge I received. This training is like no other I have taken. The depth of knowledge of is unbelievable. I really like the fact that the class size is limited to only 10 people. This allowed sufficient one-on-one training. The people I met in training I consider to be life-long friends. I feel we are all on our own journey. My path led me to Green Lotus Healing and Yoga center, and I am very grateful for that. This is the best teacher training I have ever taking.
~ Graduate

 

Financial Information

This program is designed in modules to offer students flexibility in scheduling as well as payment plans. A $250 application fee is required at time of application. Upon acceptance into the program an additional $500 deposit is due. This non-refundable deposit will be applied to the cost of your final module(s).

Enrolling in the 300-hour program entitles you to a 15% discount on the trainings. Payment for training modules is due 30 days prior to module training date.

Total cost of modules with discount is $4,500

 

9-month 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

9-Month Yoga Teacher Training Program

Yoga Alliance-Certified 200-Hour
Yoga Teacher Training & Advanced Yoga Studies


Free Teacher Training Info Session in Hudson, WI - Thursday, August 24, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. 


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This program, in the form of three independent, complementary study modules, fulfills the requirements of the Yoga Alliance 200-Hour RYT certification and allows students to complete their training at their own pace. This approach enhances student learning by dividing teacher training into distinct and manageable sections and allowing each student to create a program that fits best with the commitments of their personal lifestyle.

Green Lotus acknowledges both students whose motivation is to further their personal study and deepen their yoga practice, and the student whose ultimate goal lies in yoga teacher certification. It is for this reason that Green Lotus has developed training options for both advanced yoga studies and the yoga teacher program. Take one, two, or all three modules - you choose what serves your objective and when it best fits your busy schedule.

Green Lotus' teacher training guarantees that you will receive personalized attention in a small-group setting where you will get to know the faculty well and form deep bonds with instructors and classmates alike. Our faculty includes both Green Lotus and visiting teachers and also integrates the knowledge of experienced healers who practice at our facility and elsewhere. Our curriculum includes study of anatomy, yoga philosophy and history, ethics, and business practices. When you complete this program, you will be equipped to teach multiple styles of yoga to multiple levels of students.

 

I've been involved in physical fitness all my life.  Football, weight-lifting, running, Tae Kwon Do, and Kung Fu. A good friend suggested I try yoga. Fifteen minutes into the class I realized yoga was my calling. Within a week I found Green Lotus. I knew I was home. After two years of practice I decided to become an instructor.  Green Lotus's instructors are very professional and give you the one-on-one support to help you become a true yogi. My yoga journey at Green Lotus has fulfilled me physically, mentally, and spiritually.
~ Todd J.

 

Created to fit each student's personal schedule, Green Lotus offers convenient, modular teacher training and advanced yoga study options:

  • Students motivated to deepen their personal study and practice may register for one, two, or three modules
  • Students seeking to meet the requirements for Yoga Alliance 200-Hour RYT Certification will complete the full series of three modules
  • Students may choose when they wish to attend individual modules - Modules One and Two can be taken in reverse order however Module Two is a required prerequisite to Module Three.

Upon completion of all three modules, students will have completed 240 hours of study  - this includes 180 hours of in-classroom training (contact hours) and 60 hours of out-of-class study (non-contact hours).


9-Month Training Modules

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Module One - The Beginning Foundation

  • Basic evolution, history and philosophy of yoga
  • Pranayama and the use of breath as a transformative tool
  • Yoga lifestyle
  • Art of meditation - developing deeper levels of awareness

Module Two - The Asanas

  • Knowledge of basic and advanced asanas (postures)
  • Basic human physical and energy-based anatomy and physiology
  • The asanas: alignment, healthy and safe movement patterns, benefits, contraindications
  • How to read bodies - physically and energetically
  • Verbal and physical adjustments

Module Three - The Teacher

  • Development of a safe and respectful community in your class
  • Teaching techniques and learning styles
  • Verbal and physical adjustments
  • Development and communication of a balanced and well-sequenced class that teaches and inspires
  • Ethics of the yoga teacher
  • The business of yoga
  • What does it mean to earn a living as a yoga teacher? Open your own studio? Invest in a studio? marketing tools and models to assist you?
  • Practice teaching
  • Apprenticeship - learn by watching and assisting certified teachers
  • Peer teaching - lots of teaching in a supportive environment

Note: Module 2 is a pre-requisite for Module 3


2017-2018 Schedule

Location: Mendota Heights Studio
Dates: Third Weekend of the Month (September - November; January - June)
Times: Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Inspiring Actions, Hudson WI
Dates: Second Weekend of the Month (September - November; January - June)
Times: Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

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Required Books and Materials

  • Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
  • The Best Guide to Meditation by Victor N. Davich
  • Anatomy for Yoga by Paul Grilley (DVD)

 

Pricing and Payment Options* **

A $300 deposit is required to save your spot in the training.

 

Complete Series Investment - $2900

Enroll early and save $200!
($2700 payment in full must be made one month before the program start date).
This price includes:

Modules One, Two & Three
20% discount on retail (10% books -during weekend training sessions only)
10% discount on continuing education credit (CEC) classes

Pay by Module - $300 deposit plus $866.67 per module, total: $2900
Automatic Monthly Payments - $300 deposit plus $260 per month, total: $2900

*The price does not include required books.
** Limited needs-based work scholarships are available. For more information, contact Green Lotus at wellness@greenlotusyogactr.com and enter "Advanced Studies Scholarship" in the email subject line.  In addition, training may qualify for state-funded worker retraining programs - contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services or a state unemployment office for assistance.

 

If you have any additional questions regarding the training program, please contact Marcia or Merry Beth via email or at 952.373.0055

Hot Fusion Yoga Training

Hot Fusion Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Alliance- & NETA Approved Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: 2018 Dates Coming Soon!
CEC: 20-Hours (16 Contact, 4 Non-Contact)
Location: Mendota Heights

Hot Fusion Yoga Is a Powerful, Life-Changing Practice
Yoga is known to restore vitality, heal, and help prevent a range of common chronic aliments. Add heat to the environment, and along with the sweat, breath, and the development of a foundation in the asanas, you find the elixir of life within yourself.

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The Essence of Hot Fusion Yoga

Hot fusion yoga captures the essence of the traditional 26 poses of a hot yoga class.  The asanas are linked together by connective momentum, a flow that embodies power and strength and is shoulder-and-wrist friendly.  Set to a slow tempo, breath and postures are cued to a consistent rhythm throughout the class.  Heat aids the lengthening process, challenges the mind's focus, and  heightens the ability to transform through the experience of yoga.  When you combine the standard poses and flow with heat, you get one of the most dynamic, life-changing forms of physical and spiritual fitness. 

Green Lotus Has a Unique Approach to Hot Fusion Teacher Training.
Our hot fusion yoga teacher training allows students to delve deeply into the practice during one intensive weekend. The cornerstone of the Green Lotus approach is to study the practice not only by reading and through engaging lectures, but also by participating in multiple practices so the principles of anatomy and philosophy can be felt in students' own bodies and minds.  Teachers will learn how to narrate the progression of the postures and use active cues to communicate to their students how to move deeper in the posture. Students will also have ample opportunities to practice teaching in small groups or to the class as a whole.

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Hot Fusion Yoga Training at Green Lotus Is Designed Specifically for Two Audiences:

  • Yoga teachers who have completed RYT-200 training and are seeking to teach hot fusion yoga and/or to earn continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Upon successful completion of Green Lotus' Hot Fusion Yoga Training, teachers will be prepared to begin teaching hot fusion yoga. For teachers interested in advancing their training, this training applies to our 300-hour advanced teacher training program which can be done one module at a time, in your own time. 
  • Yoga students who want to advance and deepen their personal hot fusion yoga practice or become familiar with this particular style of yoga physically and energetically.
 

I've really enjoyed taking my practice to a much deeper level. I think the teachers are knowledgeable and capable. I enjoy having the opportunity to learn and grow with people from different backgrounds and experiences, but who have a love of yoga in common.
- 2010 Graduate

 

Hot Fusion Yoga Training Faculty

Required Books and Materials

  • Journey Into Power by Baron Baptiste
  • Hot Yoga by Marilyn Barnett
  • Please bring a notebook or journal to capture notes, questions, and observations.

Optional but Highly Recommended:

  • Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class by Bikram Choudhury
  • DVD from Paul Grilley: "Anatomy for Yoga"

Schedule

Hot Fusion Training will be held at our Mendota Center. Hours are as follows:   

  • Friday: 6 - 9 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 12 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

*No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

 

Fee:  $320

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-Hour students receive a 15% discount.


Because our training sessions tend to develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two-weeks notice.  Cancellations made with less than 48 hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Kids Yoga Teacher Training

Little Lotus Kids Yoga™ Teacher Training

Yoga Alliance- and NETA-Approved Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: September 23 - 24, 2017
CEC: 14 Contact Hours
Location: Hudson, Wisconsin 

Dates: February 24 - 25, 2018
CEC: 14 Contact Hours
Location: Eden Prairie

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Kids learn through play. Kids yoga classes are fun, inspirational, educational, and unique every time. Children teach us how to live as true yogis, in the moment, in the full expression of who we are. Teaching yoga to kids is very rewarding when we allow them to teach us the important lessons that many of us forget as adults. A great kids yoga class is taught by a teacher who can hold a safe space of learning and growth for the children, providing them with an environment where they can do what comes naturally to them as little yogis.  

If you work with kids, this training will give you the ability to relate the wisdom of yoga to the kids in your life at a fraction of the cost of other kids-yoga training programs. This training is for anyone who wants to see the kids in their lives reap the benefits of the ancient practice of yoga as well as for yoga teachers and experienced yoga students.  Yoga physically improves strength, flexibility, and coordination; mentally it improves concentration and focus, while also enhancing a sense of calm, and improving the ability to relax. What kids don't need that? This training is perfect for:

  • Daycare providers
  • School teachers
  • Gym teachers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Yoga teachers

Our kids yoga teacher training teaches age-appropriate yoga poses, games, language, and teaching techniques for kids ages three and up. This 14-hour Yoga Alliance- and NETA-approved training covers yoga history, philosophy, energetics, yoga postures, games, class planning, and sequencing.  Also covered are some pragmatic aspects of teaching yoga like how to integrate kids yoga into community ed. programs, elementary and preschool programs, classes at yoga studios, and other therapeutic settings.  Training materials for Kids Yoga include a teacher training manual with sample class plans.  These materials are included in the cost of the training and will be distributed on the first day of class.  There are no prerequisites for this training. 


Kids Yoga Teacher Training Faculty

Schedule

Little Lotus Kids Yoga Training held at our Mendota Center hours are as follows:

  • Saturday: 11 a.m.  -  6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Little Lotus Kids Yoga Training held at our Eden Prairie Center and in Hudson, Wisconsin at Inspiring Actions hours are as follows:

  • Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

 

Fee:  $280

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-Hour students receive a 15% discount.


Because our trainings tend to develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two weeks notice.  Cancellations made with less than 48 hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Mindfulness & Meditation

Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation

Yoga Alliance-Approved Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: October 27 - 29, 2017
CEC: 20-Hours (18 Contact, 2 Non-Contact)
Location: Mendota Heights

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Enter the World of No Separation & Vast Exploration

As yoga has evolved in the Western world, students and their teachers often separate the practice of meditation from that of asana: Now I am meditating. Now I am practicing poses. Frequently the experience becomes even more fragmented: Now I am engaged in pranayama. Now I am meditating. Now I am doing poses.  These separations inhibit students from mindfully feeling the full power and joy of absorption into each present moment. They interrupt entry into the vast awareness of an integrated practice which unifies body, mind, and spirit. They prevent the rising up, and the subsequent falling away, of physical sensations, thoughts, feelings, and emotions that make it possible for students to fully know themselves and to receive the full benefit of physical and emotional health and well-being.

 
“This training sings to my soul!”
- Lindee P
 

Mindfulness Is the Missing Ingredient

Yoga, as Anne Cushman, a pioneer in the melding of mindfulness meditation with the eight limb path of yoga, describes it, "is this state of intimate, untangled presence - and it's also the tools of body, breath, heart, and mind that we use to cultivate it." She goes on to write, "You can enrich your asana practice by seasoning it with mindfulness; you can enrich your meditation practice by grounding it in your body. Together, these practices can generate a quality of connected, intimate presence."

As you sprinkle and mix mindfulness generously into your asana practice, you enrich it. When you anchor your meditation practice in your body, it becomes richer. By integrating these practices, you can set yourself free from ingrained thinking and repetitive patterns not only of thoughts but also of actions that limit the flow of our lives. You can bring to the large world of yoga a fresh approach that attracts more students with this accessible and deeply personal experience.

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Shift the Focus of Your Teaching

Most yoga students are not able to spend weeks in explorative mediation and yoga retreats. Now you can bring this experience of a deeper inner journey to them in their local yoga and meditation centers and in their homes. How do teachers lead their students to integrate meditation into movement? What is the pathway from asana to the cushion and the cushion to asana? How do students meld the two? What is the role of pranyama, stillness, and movement in the skillful weaving together of all three? Participants will learn to mindfully teach students the intimate and integrated relationship between meditation and asana by:

  • Focusing on the how of the practice rather than the what of the practice
  • Feeling the practice of meditation and asana as embodied experiences
  • Becoming comfortable with leaving spaces for silence and authentic movement in the practice as they teach
 

Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Training Faculty

“This has been the piece I’ve been missing from my teaching. Wonderful words, magical imagery, and themes.”
- Judy J
 

Required Books & Materials

Students are required to read the following books prior to the training:

  • Moving into Meditation: A 12-Week Mindfulness Program for Yoga Practitioners by Anne Cushman
  • Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind by Frank Jude Boccio
  • Please bring a notebook or journal to capture notes, questions, and observations.

Schedule

All training sessions will be at our Mendota Heights center. Hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 6 - 9 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.  

Additional Course Requirements

These requirements can be completed at either Green Lotus Center.    

  • Two Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation classes with Marcia prior to training. For times and locations, please check our live schedule for this class.  
  • Students are required to teach one of Marcia's Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation classes within six months after the weekend training and will receive oral and written feedback about the class. 
 
“Marcia has a great passion and understanding of the material.”
- Melissa O
 

Fee $400

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-hour students receive a 15% discount.


Because our training sessions frequently develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two weeks' advance notice when you cancel.  Cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Mat Pilates & Barre Yoga Training

Mat Pilates & Barre Yoga Training

Yoga Alliance Certified Advanced Yoga Studies & Continuing Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: November 4, 2017
CEC: 9-Hour (9 Contact)
Location: Annandale


Dates: 2018 Dates Coming Soon!
CEC: 9-Hour (9 Contact)
Location: Mendota Heights


 
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Nearly 100 years ago, Joseph H. Pilates developed a unique and revolutionary approach to physical fitness. Used as a method for rehabilitating injured soldiers during World War I, this new form of exercise developed a strong and faithful following among the New York City dance community during the 1920s. Today, the Pilates method is widely accepted as an excellent core conditioning system, with a mind-body connection. Barre is a hot trend right now, with exercises focused on creating strong, lean muscles like those of classical ballet dancers. 

This training is ideal for yoga and group exercise instructors looking for new ways to add core conditioning to their classes, students wanting to delve more deeply into the benefits and proper alignment of mat Pilates exercises, and teachers wishing to teach a Mat Pilates or Barre Yoga class format. The training will be divided into two parts:

Pilates Mat Training 6 hours

  • Students will take a 60-minute  Pilates class
  • History and philosophy of Pilates mat work
  • Benefits, breathing, cueing, and modifications for approximately 20 mat exercises
  • Sequencing for a beginning level Mat Pilates class
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Barre Teacher Training 3 hours

  • Students will take a 60-minute Barre Yoga class
  • Philosophy and goals of the barre exercise routine
  • Benefits, cueing and modifications for approximately ten standing exercises
  • Sequence combining yoga, standing exercises at the barre, and mat Pilates for an energizing and strengthening class

Mat, Pilates & Barre Training Faculty

Required Books and Materials

  • Pilates, Second Edition by Rael Isacowitz (available used on Amazon)
  • Please bring a notebook or journal to capture notes, questions, and observations.

Schedule

This training will take place at our Mendota Heights Center and our Annandale Center.   Hours are as follows: 

  • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

 

Fee:  $180

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-hour students receive a 15% discount.


Because our trainings tend to develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two weeks notice.  Cancellations made with less than 48 hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Teen Yoga Training

Teen Yoga TeacherTraining

Yoga Alliance-Certified Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: March 4 - 5, 2017
CEC: 14-Hour (14 Contact)                                        
Location: Hudson, Wisconsin



Dates: October 7 - 8, 2017
CEC: 14-Hour (14 Contact)
Location: Eden Prairie

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Anagata is sanskrit for "belonging to the future". 

The teen years are a bridge between childhood and adulthood. The practice of yoga can help a teen cross this bridge with greater confidence, grace, and ease. While there are many yoga resources for kids and most adult classes are open to teens, there is a gap between the ages of 10 - 16 or so. Teenagers have outgrown the silliness of kids yoga and will be ready for the technical aspects of traditional yoga, but many will not be comfortable participating in a class that is geared toward adults. In Anagata Teen Yoga™ Teacher Training, we learn to teach the techniques of yoga and adapt our class structure to suit the unique needs of this age group.

Teacher trainees will learn to create a fun and un-intimidating class environment in which young students can learn and practice the fundamental poses and concepts of yoga and prepare themselves to confidently transition into an adult class. Adding Teen Yoga to your teaching credentials enables you to expand your teaching hours by filling off peak class hours with early afternoon classes or teaching on-site at schools or community centers. This training is recommended for 200- and 500-hour yoga teachers. 


Teen Yoga Training Faculty:

Recommended Reading

  • Why Do They Act That Way?  A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen by Dr. David Walsh, Ph.D.
  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, MD

No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

Schedule

This training will be held at our Eden Prairie Center and at  Inspiring Actions Yoga in Hudson, Wisconsin. Hours are as follows:

  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

 

Fee:  $280

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-hour students receive a 15% discount.


Because our training sessions frequently develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two-weeks advance notice when you cancel.  Cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Pranayama Advanced Breath Practices

Pranayama: Advanced Breath Practices

Yoga Alliance-Approved 20-Hour Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: May 4 - 6, 2018
CEC: 20-Hours (18 Contact, 2 Non-Contact)
Location: Lakeville

 
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Breath, the Great Teacher and the First Pose of Yoga

The study of pranayama, the breathing techniques unique and integral to yoga, is essential for teaching this ancient system of well-being to students of all ages and all levels. As yoga teachers, we place high value on these breath techniques, which improve the overall health and function of the body’s vital organs and every one of its 100 trillion cells. Led by Gwen Linden-Bruzek, a skilled and deeply committed teacher of pranayama, this 20-hour intensive study teaches the powerful healing ways of the breath, the first pose of yoga.

Green Lotus' weekend breath intensive offers a rare opportunity to enhance your skills in this new way: Not only will you learn and practice simple to complex techniques, but you also will gain insight into how to develop sequenced pranayama practices to offer to your students, patients, and clients. This point-of-view, to learn the individual breathing techniques and how to string them together in different sequences to offer group or individual sessions, will enhance your skills and help you to deliver well-being in more ways and settings.

The Breath of Life Is for Everyone

Breathing techniques calm the nervous system and the mind. They help tame anxiety and depression. They ease women through child-birth. They aid those who are actively dying and the friends and family offering support to the dying. They make it easier for us to practice asana – the poses of yoga – and other forms of exercise, from hiking to dance to golf to horseback-riding. And so much more.

Whether you teach yoga, are a psychotherapist, a fitness trainer, a midwife, a coach, minister, physician, nurse, or a physical therapist – or simply want to deepen your personal understanding and practice of yoga and the role of breath in it – you will benefit from this training. 

Master Breath Philosophies, Techniques, and Their Applications

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  • Diaphragmatic breath
  • Ujjai (victorious breath)
  • Kapalabhati (skull shining breath)
  • Bhastrika (bellows breath)
  • Nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breath)
  • Anuloma viloma (alternate nostril variation)
  • Surya (solar piercing)
  • Chandra bhedana (lunar piercing
  • Sitali/sitkari (cooling breath)
  • Kumbhaka (simple retention)
  • Learning to observe our breath through the physical body, five traditional senses, and qualities of breath
  • Placement in the yoga practice and benefits and contraindications of individual pranayama techniques
  • Bandhas (internal locks) and their relationship to pranayama
  • Pranayama practice (30-minutes) and how to sequence a pranayama practice so you can offer breath-only group classes and private sessions

Double-Bonus: Earn Continuing Education Credits and Credits Toward GL's 300-Hour Training

This training qualifies for 18 contact and two non-contact Yoga Alliance-approved hours. Students will receive a certificate for their appropriate track to file with their governing bodies. This training is required to complete Green Lotus’ 300-hour training. Those students enrolled in that program will be responsible for writing a 30-minute sequenced pranayama practice and to videotape the pranayama practice being taught to two or more students. If you aren’t already in the program, at any time and for a small fee you can transfer these credits when you apply for it and are accepted and have completed the videotaped assignment.


Pranayama Advanced Practices Faculty

Required Books and Materials

  • Please bring a notebook or journal to capture notes, questions, and observations.
  • There is no required text for this training, study materials will be provided.

Schedule

Green Lotus's Advanced Pranayama Training is held at our Lakeville Center.  Hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

*No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

 

Fee $360

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-hour students receive a 15% discount.


Because our training sessions frequently develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two weeks' advance notice when you cancel.  Cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Power Vinyasa Intensive

Power Vinyasa Intensive

Yoga Alliance-Approved Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training


Dates: September 9 - 10,  2017
CEC: 20-Hours (18 Contact, 2 Non-Contact)
Location: Mendota Heights

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Re-imagining How and Who You Teach

Students who see others flowing in a power vinyasa class often think: "I could never do that." They create roadblocks that inhibit them from stepping onto the mat and trusting that their bodies can - and want to - experience both dynamic flowing movement and long-held stationery poses. They stop themselves from walking across the threshold of a power vinyasa class and learning the techniques, modifications, and assists that allow each of them to practice power vinyasa in their unique ways. Teachers often do the same, thinking, "I could never teach that."

Rewire Your Mind, Transform Your Body

For yoga teachers and students alike, power vinyasa provides another path to evolve mentally and physically, to grow strong in mind and body. Whether students are beginners or advanced practitioners, led by a skillful power vinyasa teacher they can unleash hidden strength, find fluidity, nurture focus and clarity. In Baron Baptiste's sequence of 53 poses, linked by movement to breath, you will learn to help your students unleash their own perfect process. What is the "power" behind power vinyasa yoga? Where does the "fire" of the practice come from and how is it maintained with ease? How do you teach students of many levels? Based on the teachings of Baron Baptiste and other master teachers, students will learn the use of the dynamic ujjayi breath, alignment in moving and stationery poses, and how to confidently teach students power vinyasa with serenity and clear direction. 


Power Vinyasa Intensive Faculty

Required Texts & Materials

Only one text is required. Please purchase it and read it before the training session.

  • Journey into Power by Baron Baptiste
  • Bring a notebook or journal, plus a camera to take photos of certain poses if you wish.
  • Bring a towel, lunch for Saturday, and light snacks for Friday and Sunday. Fruit, nuts, snacks, tea, and water will be provided by Green Lotus.

Schedule

This training will be held at our Mendota Center. Hours are as follows:

  • Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.

 

Fee:  $360.

Green Lotus alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-Hour students receive a 15% discount.


Because our training sessions tend to develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two weeks' advance notice when you cancel.  Cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Reiki Training

Reiki Training

Reiki Level 1, Level 2, and Master Trainings


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Rei: means universe, Ki: life force energy

Reiki training is for anyone wanting a healthier, more balanced, and more connected life.  Reiki’s soothing and balancing energy can be useful with ourselves, our loved ones, and even our pets. It can be used to restore and nourish the body of every day life stressors.  It aids the body's natural ability to heal headaches, exhaustion, colds, sleeplessness, injuries, and other forms of “dis-ease”.  Reiki has no side-effects, no risks, and is always available to tap into. 

Anyone can learn to perform reiki and David Kaley's trainings at Green Lotus provide lots of time to practice and ask questions.  If you are new to reiki, you will leave the first level of training fully empowered to use reiki on yourself, your loved ones, and even your pets.  You will become a conduit for greater health, balance, and vitality for yourself and those around you.  

If you have had reiki training elsewhere, you can repeat your training level, or continue where you left off, just drop us a line to get started. 

I have been visiting David for Reiki for over 3 years. He is an incredibly gifted practitioner, extremely professional, knowledgeable, and flexible in scheduling appointments. David truly does have a mastery of Reiki. He is fully present during sessions and provides me with the best experience possible so that I may go back out into the world feeling a little lighter, more at peace, and calmer. It is the little things that David does that add to the experience, working with rune stones, crystals, or listening for 15 more minutes than the scheduled time. I wholeheartedly recommend David because spending time with him is an oasis of magic, peace, and tranquility.
~ s, Stone

Reiki Level 1 Training

Date: September 23, 2017
Schedule: Noon - 6 p.m.
Location: Lakeville
Fee: $75

In Reiki Level I you will learn the history of the powerful healing technique called reiki, where it derived from, about the lineage you will become part of, and the ethics of practicing reiki. You will also learn the first symbol and how and when to use it. Participants will receive a reiki session and be able to practice on others. You will learn everything you need to know to start using reiki right away to restore and nourish the body of everyday stressors and to aid the body's natural ability to heal headaches, exhaustion, colds, sleeplessness, injuries, and other forms of “dis-ease.” All are welcome. Wear loose comfortable clothing. Water, tea, and snacks will be provided. If you require anything other than that, feel free to bring it.

Reiki Level 2 Training

Date: October 28, 2017
Schedule: Noon - 6 p.m.
Location: Lakeville
Fee: $150

In this intermediate level, students will delve into the origin and meaning of the second and third symbols of reiki. Through a series of attunements -- the gaining of access to the reiki energy -- they will learn how to apply the symbols in person and long-distance, will incorporate the use of proxies and energy balls, and will practice reiki techniques integrating pendulums, crystals, singing bowls, aromatherapy, and rune stones. During the six-hour session, attendees will both give and receive reiki sessions. Wear comfortable loose clothing. Snacks, water, and tea will be provided, and students may bring additional refreshments if needed. Reiki Training Level 1 is a pre-requisite.

Master Reiki Training

Dates: December 9, 2017
Schedule: Noon - 6 p.m.
Location: Lakeville
Fee: $300

In the Master-level class you will learn the last of the healing symbols, their meaning, and how and when to use them. You will also learn how to give an attunement and practice giving attunements to fellow students. Other topics covered: how to prepare a room for practicing reiki, how to integrate all three levels of reiki into your practice as well as into your daily life. When you complete this Master class, you will be a reiki master, able to begin your own reiki practice if you choose. Dress comfortably. Water, tea and snacks are provided.


Reiki Training Faculty