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The Eye of the Teacher: 75hr Spring 2019 Advanced Teacher Training w/ Alex Auder

Tuition: $1, 750.  Early Bird Price (if put deposit down before Jan 1st 2019): $1, 650.   Upon acceptance a $500 deposit can be made here or thru VENMO

To inquire: email Alex ( with a brief bio, and reasons you would like to take the training. We will then do an interview over the phone. xo


3 long weekends (fri's thru sun's) once pr month:

MARCH 1-3:   Fri: 8:30am-5pm,  Sat: 9am-5pm,  Sun: 9am-4pm

APRIL 5-7: Fri: 9am-5pm,  Sat: 9am-5pm,  Sun: 9am-4pm

MAY 17-19: Fri: 9am-5pm,  Sat: 9am-5pm,  Sun: 9am-4pm

Guest teachers TBA

My Vedanta teacher, Shubhraji, with (some) of our Spring 2016 group

My Vedanta teacher, Shubhraji, with (some) of our Spring 2016 group

What is "developing the Eye of the Teacher"?
One of the differences between a new teacher and a very experienced teacher is that after years of observing bodies in movement, the experienced teacher begins to see patterns. There are some habitual actions that don’t serve us well and these are often exploited in the most common/repetitive vinyasa yoga sequences. For example, countless women who have practiced vinyasa yoga for more than a few years are discovering that they have minor to serious hip injuries (e.g. hip labrum tears or degeneration). There is even an injury that is often called "yoga butt" (upper hamstring tendon).  Generally, someone who is genetically flexible (and many adept yoga students fit into the "hyper-mobile" category) is attracted to yoga and praised for their genetic capabilities...and often those same "strengths" are exploited (the student is encouraged to consistently go to her end range of motion during every asana) and eventually they become weaknesses.  How can we spot this tendency in our lovely co-practiconers (otherwise know as students) and articulately guide them towards stability & equipoise, towards recognizing that a big sensation is not necessarily the best sensation, that once a movement can no longer be controlled it is considered unstable, and to encourage them, through fine instruction, to tune into the subtle world of internal expansion? On the flip side, how, in the very same class, can we hold the space for those with a more subtle range of motion, those who may fear movement, those who are older, and/or new to the work of embodiment, and/or those who are disabled? 

It’s a wicked skill to be able to encourage a student body to direct their breath tenderly & efficiently through the inner world and to preserve their joints by finding mobility through stability. After 20 years of teaching, Alex still finds it exciting to develop both pragmatic and poetic methods that improve our somatic skills. 

Who is this for?
*Those of you (with some exceptions) who have already completed a 200 hour TT.

*Those of you have completed a 500 hour TT.

*Those of you have been teaching for a long time, but desire a shift in perspective and are now interested in going beyond the dogma of “traditional” Hatha Yoga alignment.

*Those of you who want to evolve from leading a class to thoroughly instructing a class.

*Those of you interested in Vedanta and how it can be threaded into your group classes.

*Those of you who are longtime students and have suffered injuries and are perhaps a bit bitter about the broken promises of what a consistent yoga practice was meant to deliver.

*Those of you who want to dust the lens of your critical eye in order to more clearly look at the commodified world of yoga & spirituality in order to hone in on teaching with more integrity and authenticity.

*Those of you who are women and tried to do it all & ended up feeling very tired. 

*Those of you who are interested in functional movement, stability, ROM, Biomechanics, conditioning exercises, alignment, postural patterns, Somatics, & what it all has to do with teaching group yoga classes.

*Those of you who are open to constructive criticism, to new techniques, to sharing your teaching struggles with us, and to having progressive critical discussions about all of the topics listed above and below.

What you will work on:  

*Refining your language to serve the focus of the teaching

*Developing your voice to articulate its most genuine & creative state. 

*Learning and practice teaching sets of repeated sequences that develop and serve stability within your student body and target alleviating movement patterns that don't serve us well.

*Wise hands-on assists that adapt to all body types.

*Diagnosing postural patterns

*The fundamental dynamics of the three diaphragms (pelvic,respiratory, and Cervical-Thoracic) and how they contribute to core stability.  We will explore the relationship between mobility and stability and attempt to figure our what your individual movement needs are in order to deliver the results that you want.  First we have to figure out what we want from our movement practice.  And what does this all have to do with yoga?

*Gracefully weaving into your classes pragmatic Dharma and/or Vedantic Philosophy.        

*And, most importantly, developing "The Eye of the Teacher"  ...

"Anatomy in Action" Guest teachers, Nikki V (co-director of Kula Yoga) & Lauren Haythe (Anatomy)

"Anatomy in Action" Guest teachers, Nikki V (co-director of Kula Yoga) & Lauren Haythe (Anatomy)

Topics Include:
*Observing bodies, learning to categorize the patterns presented, and spotting and naming the most common issues in both advanced and beginner students.
*Teaching in the most efficient way to prevent these mistakes through clear and precise verbal instruction that targets these issues before they become an issue.
*Thorough, safe, clear, and efficient hands-on assists designed to clean these issues up and to communicate that which can not be communicated through words.
*Developing transitioning techniques to preserve our students bodies through the wear and tear of a consistent vinyasa yoga practice-- from stepping forward to lung to floating into a handstand.
*What does alignment mean?
*Why should we teach alignment and what kind of alignment should we teach?
* "Anatomy in Action” w/ guest teachers Nikki Vilella (co-director of Kula Yoga Project) & Lauren Haythe (pictured above).
*What does it mean to have integrity and authenticity? How do we find our place as teachers within the commodified world of yoga.
*What is Vedanta and how does it apply to Hatha Yoga?


Anatomy in Action workshop

Anatomy in Action workshop

To Register: Email Alex for details:  There is no written application. 

Tuition Details:

*payment plans are an option

*Upon registration, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required.

*Full tuition must be paid by FEB 15th,  no exceptions

Earlier Event: November 18
Special Guest Teacher: Mary Dana Abbott!
Later Event: April 20
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