Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School
Intuitive Vinyasa Flow 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Weekend Intensives at Divinitree // September 20th - December 15th 2019
To live in the moment is spirituality. To live in the movement is divinity // BKS Iyengar
What Is Intuitive Vinyasa Flow?
Intuitive Vinyasa Flow RYS is an evolutionary offering that embodies and celebrates the instinctual wisdom held within every cell of our being. It's a way of freeing the body from habitual movement and routine by tuning into our inner knowing, listening to the intuitive self vs. the intellect of the discursive mind. This allows us to tap into the cosmic, creative pulse and get in touch with the subtle energetic signals of the body in open, spontaneous flow. It means trusting and letting yourself be moved, uninhibited.
This way of moving and practicing honors the traditional approach to Hatha yoga from the Krishnamacharya lineage, by adjusting to what is and adapting to the current needs of the student. For Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, teaching was always intended to be experimental, not something static and certainly not a one size fits all approach. Yoga has always been culturally adaptive, innovative and influenced by physical and spiritual culture, this means we have the power and the freedom to play and adjust the practice to our current needs. Being a yogi and living your practice means honoring, evolving and connecting with everything that is, both on a micro and macro scale.
Rooted in tradition, Intuitive Vinyasa Flow weaves foundational techniques and philosophy with updated science and biomechanics, subtle body exploration and chakra activation, innovative mandala circular sequencing techniques, vibrational sound baths, meditation, self care and movement rituals so that this practice can continue to inspire, challenge, serve and evolve with the modern yogi.
What makes this program unique?
This program will teach you how to honor your edge, how to develop your own practice and to trust in your experience so you feel empowered to create. While most programs ask you to memorize their trademarked set sequences, Intuitive Vinyasa Flow teaches you how to teach from the heart and from your own unique experience in the flow. You'll learn Rachel's signature techniques for open flow sequencing and theming, so that, staying true to the Krishnamacharya lineage, you'll learn and teach from a place of self-inquiry and investigation, and know how to offer your own inspiring, accessible, soulful practices.
By constantly tuning in to what's needed, this method of teaching and learning means some days the practice will incorporate restorative, grounding breath work and extended deep relaxation with yoga nidra. Other days the practice will be reverential prostrations and moon salutations with mantra, taking it back to traditional movement meditations. And some days, it's dancing to Beyoncé in goddess pose, freeing the shakti and getting down. This is a practice of liberation, you choose which form that takes. Connect with what makes you come alive, learn to live and teach from that space.
While listening to the poetry of the body, the physical practice is always anchored with philosophy and an intimate understanding of the deeper layers of yoga, connecting us with the subtle, mental/emotional and spiritual layers of being.
Am I ready?
Just like our yoga practice, this training will ultimately be a journey into yourself. It's not an exaggeration to say this program will be life changing and a catalyst for your own continued inner and outer evolution, even beyond this training. You don't have to be an advanced yogi, know all the poses and all the crazy breathing practices, or already be devoted to a meditation practice. What you do need is the courage to peel back the layers of belief and disbelief, to suspend your doubts and what you think you know and let yourself be a student. If you're ready to surrender and immerse yourself into the many layers of this practice, receiving both its challenges and its gifts, to go through the muck so you can rise up again, you are ready for this journey.
And you know what? You won't be alone. This journey isn't just about you but about tribe, community, our greater connection with each other and ultimately, all beings everywhere. Our crew of senior teachers, as well as fellow students, will be there with you, stumbling, falling, brushing it off, getting back up and nailing it together.
Whether you're interested in becoming a yoga teacher or are ready to deepen your yoga practice, this training will guide you into a holistic understanding of this evolving practice of mind, body, spirit connection.
What should I expect?
Each weekend will be a progressive deep dive into the heart of yoga. This will be a full immersion into the holistic practice of yoga, from it's roots through philosophical and historical discussions, to Ayurvedic and subtle body workshops, how to activate and engage lines of energy, sound baths, chanting, ceremony, deep practices designed to take you out of your comfort and towards that open space of liberation. We'll spend each day exploring the full spectrum of what it means to be a yogi: dropping into self-study and inquiry, open dialogues about ethics and how to live your practice, anatomy and alignment labs so you intimately know how to embody the asanas and safely lead others.
The organizing backbone for the entire flow of the program will be based on the Tantric Chakra system: from foundational work and the roots of yoga to finding your voice, connecting with your intuition and finally the higher meditational vibrations of the crown chakra.
Teacher Training Dates:
Intuitive Vinyasa Flow YTT begins September 20th 2019 with weekend intensives through December 15th 2019:
9/20 - 9/22 (Friday - Sunday)
9/28 - 9/29 (Saturday - Sunday)
10/4-10/6 (Friday - Sunday)
10/19-10/20 (Saturday - Sunday)
11/2-11/3 (Saturday - Sunday)
11/16-11/17 (Saturday - Sunday)
11/23-11/24 (Saturday - Sunday)
12/6-12/8 (Friday - Sunday)
12/13-12/15 (Friday - Sunday)
Intuitive Vinyasa Flow Sequencing & Theming
Meditation & Yoga Nidra
Ayurveda & Yogic Lifestyle Practices
Mudra, Mantra & Chanting
Chakra & Subtle Body Anatomy
History & Evolution of Yoga
Philosophy & Ethics
Assists & Hands-on Adjustments
Alignment & Modifications
Anatomy & Physiology
Asana Labs & Practice Teaching
Outdoor Adventures in Santa Barbara, CA
Experiential Sound Bath Sessions
Business of Yoga & Building Your Brand
The Art of Holding Space
Early Bird special through July 26th $2,795
Payment plans are available, a $500 non-refundable deposit is needed to secure your spot and discounted pricing. An additional $150 payment plan fee will be added to the balance :
Early Bird pricing payment plan : 5 payments of $489 after deposit paid by 12/15/19
Regular price payment plan: 5 payments of $529 after deposit paid by 12/15/19
Due to the intimate nature of this training, space is limited.
For questions and to schedule a free 30 minute Q&A session with Rachel email email@example.com
Meet Our Team:
Rachel Wilkins E-RYT // YACEP Founder & Lead Trainer
For Rachel Wilkins E-RYT// YACEP yoga is an expression of the cosmic, creative pulse that connects us all. Her yoga classes are a soulful tapestry of creative movement, somatic awareness, spontaneous flow, thoughtful choreography, open meditation and transformative pranayama. Rachel’s evolutionary approach to yoga is inspired by seasonal energetic shifts, lunar cycles, the radiance of the sun, the steadiness of the mountains, the fluid churning of the waves, the cleansing flow of the wind and the wild dance of the heart flames.
She has and continues to study under living yoga masters: her initial 200 hr certification was completed in 2011 with Tracey Rich and Ganga White of the White Lotus Foundation, followed by advanced studies under their guidance. Shortly after, Rachel completed an intensive training in Thai Massage with Phoebe Diftler. She has been studying with Shiva Rea since 2014 and received her 500hrs under the Prana Vinyasa lineage. In the Spring of 2017 she co- led her first 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Divinitree Santa Barbara and continues to lead trainings, privates and small group classes, retreats and workshops locally and globally.
Dr Jacob Martin: Applied Anatomy & Physiology
Dr Jacob has been on the path to being a chiropractor since he was 11 years old. After graduating from Duke University, Dr. Jacob attended Palmer College of Chiropractic – West Campus in San Jose, California, graduating as a chiropractor in 2010. There, he elected to learn nine specialized adjusting techniques and advanced clinical nutritional training, providing him with specialized knowledge to better serve his patients. Dr. Jacob was the recipient of the prestigious Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award, the highest award given at graduation at Palmer College, awarded to one graduating student per class. He has served as the primary clinician in the highest volume chiropractic practice in Ventura County, California, and to date has delivered nearly 100,000 chiropractic adjustments. He is certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association in the Webster Technique for pregnant women, is a certified Reiki healer, and he is the founder and lead clinician of Inner Strength Chiropractic, a successful vitalistic chiropractic office in Santa Barbara specializing in prenatal and family care.
As a chiropractor, Dr. Jacob teaches that the nervous system is the mind’s connection to the world. When there is interference in the nervous system due to a spinal subluxation, integration within the body is decreased. Specific chiropractic adjustments remove nervous system interference and allow for optimal communication between the brain and body. This allows for the highest life expression and health for the body, mind, and spirit.
Mitsuko Conner Newlan: Meditation & Mantra
Mitsuko Conner Newlan is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. She has been teaching since 2011. The personal growth that she has experienced through her daily practice is what motivates and inspires her to share this amazing spiritual practice with others. The students in her class gain a deeper connection and awareness of themselves physically, spiritually and emotionally.
This multi-talented lady harnesses her hands-on and intuitive approach in class to guide the students into becoming aware of themselves personally and socially. She creates a layered musical environment with verbal guidance to support the student in building their personal awareness. Her classes have been described as cozy and womb-like as she creates ambiance by music and lighting control depending on the room that is being occupied. As per routine of any Kundalini Yoga Class, verbal instruction is given of the postures, eye position, breath work, mudra and/or mantra throughout the exercise.
Brandon Kaysen: Experiential Sound Healing
Brandon Kaysen is dedicated to raising awareness, inspiring passion, creating harmony and spreading love through his teachings and sonic-yoga experiences. His personal practice is grounded in the studies of yoga, zen, and environmental awareness. While Brandon has been exploring spirituality his entire life, he began studying and facilitating sacred sound meditations in 2012. Brandon’s mentor, Sotantar Suraj, inspired his journey into Kundalini Yoga and sacred sound during a vital time in his journey - exposing new pathways toward self-mastery. Brandon is a fellow traveler who is committed to growing a hear-centered sangha through sound.
While Brandon uses instruments old and young, the use of sound as a healing tool is not a new phenomenon. From the aboriginal people of Australia to Native American Indians and Ancient China, sound has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. As we recall this ancient wisdom, these sacred instruments bring ancestral knowledge into the present moment and help us develop a connection with the creative and sustaining life force of the universe.
Brianna Welke Turpin, E-RYT: Philosophy & Ethics
I believe that yoga is for everyone and that we all benefit from reconnecting with our breath, bodies and authentic sense of purpose and being in the world. My approach to yoga is "come as you are" this practice is meant to meet and transform you where you are at in your own physical, mental, and spiritual life.
I have been cultivating my own practice for nearly a decade and began my training as a yoga instructor at Samadhi Yoga Center in Seattle, Washington. I combine dynamic anatomical alignment with mindful mantra, spiritual awareness, and energetic function. My classes are both physically active and a deeper unification of the mind and body-- they'll help you get out of your head and into this moment! Aiming for balance, optimal health, peace of mind, and fun! I assist students through challenging, fun, interesting yoga classes with the belief that yoga is a unique experience for everyone!
I dabbled in yoga for years until I found myself all wound up in stress and worry that I HAD to do something. I went back to yoga. I remember a deep sense of letting go and unwinding in every moment. This profound shift inspired me to take a yoga teacher training to learn more, that changed everything. I can't wait to share it with you! Yoga is my bliss and sharing it is my dharma (purpose in life). I can't wait to share it with you!
Michelle Rousseau, E-RYT : Integrating Mindful Mobility & Strengthening Into Your Sadhana
Michelle Rousseau is a yoga teacher (RYT 500, E-RYT 200) and has a masters degree in somatic psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. In addition, she has an extensive background in Ayurveda and holistic healing practices. She teaches public, private, accessible, and corporate yoga using the experience and knowledge gained about the nature of body-mind connection from her undergraduate, graduate, and yogic studies.
With an emphasis on the therapeutic aspect of yoga, Michelle’s classes serve to cultivate balance, strength, and ease in the body, while also reducing stress and calming the mind. She also brings her education and training into the one-on-one / private setting and can tailor the practice to each person’s unique needs. She believes that yoga is for everybody, as long as they are willing to try, and breathe.
From the perspective of somatic psychology, Michelle continually seeks to deepen her understanding of our lived embodied experience of the world. This perspective understands the body and mind as one entity that works together to create individual experience. This perspective is useful in the therapeutic yoga setting because our bodies speak to us through our symptoms in the language of metaphor and image in attempts to communicate deeper imbalances. Taking time to slow down and feel into our bodies with the tools provided through yoga allow us to know ourselves on a deeper level and facilitate true mind-body-spirit healing.
Where: Divinitree Yoga Santa Barbara
We are honored to host our 200hr teacher training at Divinitree Yoga Santa Barbara. Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara just right off of State Street, Divinitree has found its home in a historical Spanish Revival building built in 1920. With two beautiful studio spaces, Divinitree offers a diverse range of classes each week from Vinyasa, Restorative, Kundalini, AcroYoga and more.
Divinitree is rooted in creating and nurturing community. Not just within our studio, but also within our city, our country, and our world.
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