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: September 14 - 15, 2019
CEC: 22 Hours (19 Contact, 3 Non-Contact)
Location: Annandale


Dates: March 6 - 8, 2020
CEC: 22 Hours (19 Contact, 3 Non-Contact)
Location: Mendota Heights


 
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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.

Wonderful course for newer yoga teachers and those looking for a course exclusive to assisting and adjusting. This was exactly the training I was hoping for and I'm so happy to have taken it.
~ Andrea


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

Optional but recommended:

  • Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting by Stephanie Pappas

Schedule

Green Lotus' Art of Assisting and Adjusting held at our Mendota Heights Center 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.

Green Lotus’ Art of Assisting and Adjusting held at our Annandale Center hours are as follows:

  • Saturday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m

  • Sunday: 8 a.m. - 4 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.


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 22 - 23, 2019
CEC: 13 Hours (13 Contact)
Location: Eden Prairie

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

This Green Lotus's Art of Assisting and Adjusting Level 2 training will be held at our Eden Prairie 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.

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: June 29 - 30, 2019
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.

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: Dates coming soon!
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.We will learn to use our knowledge of the chakra system to create purposeful yoga sequences that can be applied towards many styles of yoga including restorative, vinyasa, hatha, and yin. 

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Chakra Teacher Training Faculty

Required Books & Materials

  • Chakra Yoga by Anodea Judith

  • Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith

  • 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. - 6 p.m.

  • Sunday: 10 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.

Fees $300

Green Lotus alumni receive a 10% 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. 

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 22 - 24, 2019
CEC: 26 Hours (22 Contact, 4 Non-Contact)
Location: Lakeville

 
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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

This training will be held at our Lakeville 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.


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. 

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: June 25 - 26, 2019
CEC: 14 Contact Hours
Location: Mendota Heights


Dates: August 3 - 4, 2019
CEC: 14 Contact Hours
Location: Lazy I Ranch


 
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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

The weekday training at our Mendota Center hours are as follows:

  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The training held at Lazy I Ranch has optional lodging and meals available for an extra fee. Email Tracy for pricing and reservations. Hours are as follows:

  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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

 

Fee:  $280

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% 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. 

Mat Pilates & Barre Yoga Training

Mat Pilates & Barre Yoga Training

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


Dates: April 27, 2019
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 be held at the Mendota Heights Center. Hours are as follows: 

  • 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:  $180

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% 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 23 - 25, 2020
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 this book prior to the training:

  • Moving into Meditation: A 12-Week Mindfulness Program for Yoga Practitioners by Anne Cushman

  • Please bring a notepads 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.  

 
“Marcia has a great passion and understanding of the material.”
- Melissa O
 

Fee $400

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% 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 7 - 8,  2019
CEC: 18 Hours (16 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.


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. 

Pranayama Advanced Breath Practices

Pranayama: Advanced Breath Practices

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


Dates: November 8 - 10, 2019
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


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

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

  • Friday: 6 - 9 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.


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. 

Reiki Training

Reiki Training

Reiki Level 1, Level 2, and Master Trainings


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Rei: means universe, Ki: means 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 21, 2019
Schedule: Noon - 6 p.m.
Location: Eden Prairie
Fee: $75

Date: September 28, 2019
Schedule: Noon - 6 p.m.
Location: Lakeville
Fee: $75

Date: October 5, 2019
Schedule: Noon - 6 p.m.
Location: Mendota Heights
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 26, 2019
Schedule: Noon - 6 p.m.
Location: Lakeville
Fee: $150

In this intermediate level class, 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: April 20, 2019
Schedule: Noon - 6 p.m.
Location: Lakeville
Fee: $300

Dates: December 14, 2019
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

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

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

 

Dates: April 27 - 28, 2019
CEC: 20 Hours (18 Contact, 2 Non-Contact)
Location: Lakeville


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The Art of Healing by Letting Go

Restorative yoga is a practice of letting go, of healing the body and mind. Research shows that practicing restorative yoga can aid in combating stress and PTSD, sleeplessness and fatigue, "monkey mind", emotional issues such as grief, fear, and anxiety, and many other symptoms. It is the foundation of therapeutic yoga. Using props such as blankets, bolsters, chairs, and blocks, yoga poses are fully supported, allowing the body and mind to let go and heal. A restorative yoga class is a great option for people who have structural concerns, those new to yoga, or those recovering from injury or illness. With an abundance of modifications, restorative yoga allows every body to reach of state of active relaxation, bringing rest to body and mind, engendering peace and calm, and enhancing receptivity.

Expand Your Skills and Your State of Well-Being - and of Others, Too

Green Lotus's Restorative Training, based on the principles of Judith Lasater's Relax and Renew®, is designed for three audiences:

  • Yoga students wishing to expand and deepen their personal practice or become more familiar with this style physically and energetically and apply it to their personal lives

  • Yoga teachers seeking to teach restorative yoga and/or earn continuing education credits

With Green Lotus's training, you show up ready to learn. We provide all props - bolsters, blankets, blocks, straps, cushions, eye pillows, towels - so there is no need to pack and haul in your own. You also will experience the practice in your body to better understand the challenges and releases your students may experience. And our manual will support you for years to come.

Instructor Randi Henning is a Judith Lasater-certified Relax and Renew® trainer and has worked with hundreds of yoga students and teachers-in-training. With her you will explore restorative poses in-depth, with an abundance of modifications and adjustments.  You will learn to sequence a relaxing, meditative, and thoughtful class and to tailor a private session for a wide range of unique needs. You will gain tools to broaden your yoga repertoire, and you will learn to guide your students, and yourself, in the practice of letting go: restorative yoga. 

A Unique Restorative Yoga Point-of-View

Instructor Randi Henning is a Judith Lasater-certified Relax and Renew® trainer and has worked with hundreds of yoga students and teachers-in-training in group and private settings. She brings her unique point of view so you can learn:

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  • To teach restorative yoga in a group-class setting, which requires deft skills to meet so many needs

  • To quickly assess the students directly in front of you and determine how to ease them into relaxation and rest

  • To determine which props to use and why

  • To take care of yourself: Teaching a group class requires stamina, keen observation and listening skills, and compassion

  • To sequence classes for different issues from grief to tight hips

  • How to conduct an in-take session for a private client

  • How to use the in-take information to prepare and conduct an effective private restorative yoga session


Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Faculty

Required Texts and Materials

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

  • Relax and Renew by Judith Hanson Lasater

  • Please bring notebook or journal to capture observations, questions, and inspirations

Schedule

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

  • 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:  $360

Green Lotus alumni receive a 10% 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. 

Sanskrit: The Sacred Language of Yoga

Sanskrit: The Sacred Language of Yoga

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


Dates: May 4 - 5, 2019
CEC: 14 Hours (12 Contact, 2 Non-Contact)
Location: Lakeville

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The emergence and popularity of yoga in the West brings the need for knowledge of Sanskrit words for deeper practice. In this training, you will be introduced to the sounds of Sanskrit, one of the world's oldest languages.  It's unique power of expression and beauty reflect the great importance that sound and vibration had to the ancient sages. This training will have an emphasis on the words and phrases that will be most helpful for you as a yoga teacher, in finding your unique voice, while honoring the rich history of the sacred language of yoga, Sanskrit.  You will leave this training able to teach a class entirely in the language.

 
“This was functional foreign language training that would benefit all yoga teachers.”
- Liz H
 

Sanskrit Training Faculty

Schedule

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

  • Saturday: Noon - 6 p.m.

  • Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.

 

Fee $240

Green Lotus alumni receive a 10% 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. 

Teaching Yoga in the Workplace

Teaching Yoga in the Workplace

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


Dates: September 22 - 23, 2019
CEC: 19 Hours (17 Contact, 2 Non-Contact)
Location: Eden Prairie 

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This segment will show you techniques necessary to develop components of an effective yoga wellness program in the workplace. This hands-on session includes the business aspect of working in an off-site location, as well as creating sequences and individual plans for a variety of student abilities and environments including chair-based yoga and meditation.

With the increased focus on wellness in the corporate environment, the opportunity to bring yoga to non-yogis is better than ever. You will leave this training with a personal bio, the ability to write a proposal to market your plan, and several sequences for classes in office settings.


Teaching Yoga in the Workplace Training Faculty:

Required Materials

Students are strongly encouraged to bring:

  • Laptop computer or tablet

  • Microsoft Word or Pages

  • Camera or camera phone

Schedule 

This training will take place at our Eden Prairie Center.

  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 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 $340

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% 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. 

Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Yin Yoga Teacher Training

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


Dates: March 29 - 31, 2019
CEC: 20 Hours (16 Contact, 4 Non-Contact)
Location: Lakeville

 

Dates: November 1 - 3, 2019
CEC: 20 Hours (16 Contact, 4 Non-Contact)
Location: Eden Prairie


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Yin yoga is a quiet practice that focuses on creating space in the muscles, joints, and connective tissues while enhancing the mind-body connection. It encourages students to go deeply into each pose with all levels of their being.  Yin yoga also provides balance to more active yang yoga practices like power vinyasa and hatha and sports like running and aerobics. The body's well-being requires at least as much "muscle release" as "muscle engagement" for balance.  Yin yoga is an intensely deep form of yoga and requires specialized study to teach or to deepen your personal yin practice.

A Unique Approach to Yin Training

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Our 20-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Studies Program allows students to delve deeply into the practice during one intensive weekend.  You will:

  • Study through reading and engaging lecture

  • Participate in multiple practices so that the principles of yin yoga can be felt in your own body and mind

  • Learn anatomy, alignment, Chinese medicine, and philosophy from a yin perspective

  • Learn each yin pose in depth, with modifications, variations, and attention to alignment

  • Learn about energy meridians, the five elements, and acupressure points to enhance a yin practice

  • Have ample opportunities to practice teach in small groups, ask questions, and discuss

 

If you feel a strong need for balance in your practice, teaching, and life in general, yin is the way to go. I feel 100% ready to teach yin classes after this training and empowered to develop a personal yin practice too! Thank you Maureen for your brilliance and energy. Namaste!
~ Sara

 

Yin Yoga Training Faculty

Required Books and Materials

  • The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

  • Please bring a notebook or journal to capture notes, questions, and observations

Optional but recommended:

  • Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers

  • Yin Yoga: Principles & Practice by Paul Grilley

  • Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold

  • The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted J. Kaptchuk

  • Liberation: The Perfect Holistic Antidote to Stress, Depression, and Other Unhealthy States of Mind by Stephen Russell

Schedule

The March training will be held at our Lakeville Center and the November training at the Eden Prairie Center.  Hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 6 - 9 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 $320

Green Lotus alumni receive a 10% discount.

 

I really appreciated the broad context of the training - really connected the theories of Taoism and Chinese medicine to the yin yoga practice very well.
~ Denise, Acupuncturist & Yoga Teacher


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 if you cancel.  Cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice will not receive a refund. 

Yoga and Ayurveda: A Match Made in Heaven

Yoga and Ayurveda: A Match Made in Heaven

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


Dates: 2020 dates coming soon!
CEC: 26 Hours (22 Contact, 4 Non-Contact)
Location: Lakeville

One cannot study yoga deeply without eventually finding the path of the sister science: ayurveda, which can be translated as "life knowledge". 

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Participants will learn about doshas, gunas, marma points, mantra, panchakarma, herbalism and how to cultivate a balanced ayurvedic diet.  Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to apply the basic concepts of ayurveda to the classroom, determine an individual's constitution, and assess what style of yoga is most healing for each student according to their ayurvedic constitution, or dosha. 

This experiential training will include:

  • Ayurvedic pot luck

  • Ayurvedic recipes

  • Ayurvedic remedies

  • Ayurvedic guidance on relationships

  • Ayurvedic guidance on yoga to balance a student's constitution

This training is open to yoga teachers who have completed their 200-hour training.


Yoga and Ayurveda Training Faculty

Required Books and Materials

  • Yoga and Ayurveda: Self Healing and Self Realization by David Frawley

  • Ayurveda and Marma Therapy: Energy Points in Yogic Healing by David Frawley

  • Please bring a notebook or journal to capture questions, observations, and inspirations

Schedule

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

  • Friday: 5 - 9 p.m.

  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Sunday: 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 $440

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% 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 for Cancer Care

Yoga for Cancer Care

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


Dates: October 4 - 6, 2019
CEC: 18 Hours (16 Contact, 2 Non-Contact)
Location: Mendota Heights

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According to The National Cancer Institute, more than ten million Americans alive today have experienced and battled cancer. More than a million people are diagnosed each year. Several years ago, Green Lotus initiated a class specifically designed to address the special needs of people undergoing treatment for cancer and survivors - as well as for their caregivers. This training integrated special meditations, pranayama, and asanas that address the physical challenges resulting from the disease and its treatment, especially lymph distribution and the immune system, as well as offering relief for the mental and spiritual ones.   

Now, Green Lotus is offering, with the contribution of Carrie Macoskey, OTR/L, of the Fairview Rehabilitation Center, a 18-hour continuing education training for yoga teachers, nurses and other medical workers, and fitness trainers, among others. These credits meet the requirements of both Yoga Alliance and NETA.  Attendees will study anatomy, special meditation and breathing techniques, and visualization methods that address the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of cancer patients and survivors. We will learn and practice which poses address edema and lymph distribution, the impaired immune system, detoxify and improve blood circulation, stretch and relax surgical scars and radiated muscles, and joints that have stiffened as a result of treatment. We learn how to work with in-patient, out-patient, and studio setting to serve cancer patients on every step of their journdy. The coursework also explores the psychological impact experienced by patients and survivors - despair, fear, mood swings, and isolation. The system of yoga has proved to provide relief and restoration in documented research.   

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This training is designed for:

  • Medical professionals

  • Cancer patients and survivors

  • Friends and family of those affected by cancer

  • Fitness trainers

  • Yoga teachers

Maureen trained with Ziya Tarapore, teacher of Yoga for Cancer Care at Green Lotus for many years. Maureen also completed Yoga for the Cancer Patient training with Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center of New York. Maureen created and teaches this training and Carrie will deliver information about the lymph system and how it is affected by cancer. 


Yoga for Cancer Care Training Faculty

Required Books 

  • Yogic Management of Cancer by Dr. Swami Nirmalanada

  • Please bring a notebook or journal to capture notes, questions, and observations

Recommended Books That Support This Training

  • Warrior Pose by Bhava Ram

  • Lymphedema: A Breast Cancer Patient's Guide to Prevention and Healing by Jeannie Burt and Gwen White

Schedule

This training is being held at our Mendota Center.  Hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 6 - 9 p.m.

  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Sunday: 12 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.


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. 

Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

Yoga Nidra, also known as yoga deep sleep or sleepless sleep, is an ancient meditation technique known to affect the parts of the brain that permit deeper insight and that release the negative thoughts, emotions, feelings, and traumas inhibiting well-being and good health. Based on ancient yoga teachings, this training provides a fresh perspective to make this therapeutic technique accessible and effective for modern-day life.

Yoga Nidra works. Thanks to rigorous contemporary research at respected universities and government organizations, Yoga Nidra effectively is being used around the country in:

  • VA hospital and clinics (including in Minnesota)

  • schools

  • business

  • sleep clinics

  • recovery clinics

  • at-risk programs for children and teens

  • prisons

  • psychology practices around the country

  • and at Green Lotus where hundreds of people have benefited and are regulars at our Yoga Nidra workshops 

Learn how this technique affects the physical and emotional bodies at all levels and how to use it in dedicated practices or workshops ranging from 30 to 45 minutes, in private sessions, and in your classes in abbreviated form.  You also will participate in five Yoga Nidra group sessions during this weekend to feel it in its fullness. This training is open to certified yoga teachers (200-hour), nurses and other medical personnel, psychologists, school teachers, and mental-health counselors. Yoga teachers who complete the training will receive a certificate for 20 Yoga Alliance-approved continuing-education credits. (18 contact and two non-contact). $400. Discounts are available for graduates of the Green Lotus 240-Hour Teacher Training program.

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Yoga Sculpt Training

Yoga Sculpt Training

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


Dates: April 27, 2019
CEC: 10 Hours (8 Contact, 2 Non-Contact)
Location: YMCA - Forest Lake


Dates: October 12, 2019
CEC: 10 Hours (8 Contact, 2 Non-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 held at our Mendota Heights Center hours are as follows: 

  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Training held at the YMCA hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fee $160

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% 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: The Business Model

Yoga: The Business Model

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


Dates: June 1, 2019
CEC: 10 Hour (10 Contact)
Location: Lakeville

While not every teacher dreams of owning their own studio, it is helpful as a teacher to understand all that is involved in running such a business. In this training module participants will learn the basics needed for creating a business plan.

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Topics Include

  • Options for what type of legal entity to form

  • Creating a budget

  • Naming your business

  • Selecting real estate

  • Hiring teachers

  • Scheduling classes

  • Marketing your business

  • And everything in between

Students will identify goals for their future business, real or imagined, and walk away with a business plan outline and draft budget. A laptop computer or tablet with Word and spreadsheet software such as Numbers or Excel is extremely recommended because participants will be doing hands-on budget and plan development.  This training is only open to students currently enrolled in a Green Lotus 200-Hour program, or under a Green Lotus License Agreement.


Business of Yoga Faculty

Required Materials

Students are strongly encouraged to bring:

  • Laptop computer or tablet

  • Microsoft Word or Pages

  • Spreadsheet software such as Excel or Numbers

Schedule

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

  • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Fee $200

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% 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.