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Sunset Yoga

October 13 and 14 from 10:30-5:00

This is a 12 Hour Certification: How to Safely and Effectively Teach to the Senior Population

Yoga is an ideal practice for the aging body and interest in yoga among seniors continues to rise. This opportunity will teach you how to safely and effectively teach to the senior population. Come and learn the 9 elements of this unique teaching framework created by Elizabeth Finnan C-IAYT, E-200 RYT/500RYT, AFAA. In Sunset Yoga Teacher Training, you will journey into the depths of experience and knowledge honed through years of study, practice and teaching by Elizabeth; and then refined into her 9-point curriculum. Her system of teaching includes everything you need to teach to seniors of all ages and abilities. You will learn in-depth knowledge of the aging process, practical tools for teaching, as well as the nuances of teaching to a senior population that will make you a more skilled and effective teacher. Sunset Yoga Teacher Training will empower you to address the specific needs of this ever-growing segment of our community. This training is geared toward yoga teachers, but is suitable for fitness instructors, healthcare professionals and anyone working with an older population. Yoga poses easily translate into personal training and group exercises. Additionally, general aging exercise guidelines are included in this training material.

Receive a Certificate of Completion and 12 CEUs from Yoga Alliance. CEUs with ACE, AFAA or NASM can be petitioned for independently. Should you have an unforeseen need to cancel your registration, a refund for the full amount less 10% will be made.

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Taught by Elizabeth Finnan of YogE Wisdom, a registered yoga therapist and instructor, who has been teaching professionally since 2009 and practicing for over 30 years. Join Elizabeth for this weekend intensive course that addresses this special population and elevate your teaching skills to better serve your senior students. • FB and Instagram YogEWisdom

Duration: 12 hours /12 CEUs: $215 / Early Bird $195 by September 30th — Sign up here! (We'll add you to the second day automatically.)

Techniques Lab: Debunking Alignment Myths

October 28th from 2:00-5:00 with Mary Richards

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Have you ever watched a student struggling on the mat and wanted more information about how to instruct them to greater ease and stability? Has a student shared with you that they have an injury or pain? Would you enjoy learning options and techniques to address situations like "Chaturanga shoulder," sciatica, or plantar fasciitis? Do you ever wonder whether you should offer hands-on assists or adjustments to students?

If you answered yes to any of the above, please join Mary Richards for an exploratory lab intensive in the studio. Together, we will seek clarity and understanding via discussion and applied practice. We will examine asana technicalities and experiment with teaching techniques including props, assists, and therapeutic modifications. We will discuss the ethics of touch including consent and communication, and will practice when, how and where to touch our students in asana with mutuality, efficacy and accuracy.

Let’s work together to develop clarity and skill with our hands — and feet — to help our students find comfort and ease on the mat! Bring your mat, questions, concerns and willingness to role-play.

Sign up here.  Duration: 3 hours / 3 CEU's: $50 / $42 Early Bird by Oct 14 

Winds of Change: Pranayama as a Practice

December 2nd from 2:00-5:00 with Mary Richards

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In various yogic systems of thought, it is a commonly held belief that we humans are allotted 10,000 breaths per day for 100 years. Did you know that the average person breathes 20,000 times per day? The overwhelming majority of a typical person's respiratory activity is short and shallow, which produces profound effects on numerous body functions. So, how do we create greater respiratory efficiency and improve actions like our digestion? In short, with Pranayama! The breathing exercises of yoga can help us engage the lungs more fully with less strain — and this is just the tip of iceberg. 

Join Mary Richards, e-RYT, CYT, for an afternoon dedicated to the most important of the body's "senses," the breath. This workshop will include a brief lecture about the respiratory system and offer participants the guided opportunity to practice several different pranayama techniques. There will be some active and passive pose practice as well, to prime the body for the breathing exercises. Dress comfortably and bring water.

Duration: 3 hours / 3 CEUs: $50 / $42 Early Bird by November 18th

About Mary Richards, M.S., C-IAYT, e-RYT500


Mary began practicing yoga in 1992, and teaching in 2002. For over 10 years, Mary studied primarily in the Iyengar tradition with additional study in other lineages. In 2002, she attended her first workshop with Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT. Mary felt an immediate resonance with Judith's work; she has studied regularly with her ever since. Mary assists Judith at various workshops around the United States and serves as her lead therapeutics and anatomy teaching assistant. Mary and Lizzie Lasater, M.Arch, yoga instructor and Judith’s daughter, also share a series on Lizzie’s YouTube channel entitled “Today’s Anatomy Question,” which features dialogue and demonstration of anatomical concepts and principles pertaining to asana. Mary, Judith and Lizzie are currently co-developing a digital movement literacy course, which will launch in December 2017.

Mary's teaching and practice are informed by her deep, abiding interest in and study of anatomy and kinesiology. Mary has completed credited coursework with labs in anatomy, physiology, cadaver dissection, kinesiology and biology. Additionally, she graduates on July 23, 2017, with a master's of science in yoga therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has also completed volunteer observation hours at physical therapy facilities specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine. Mary is passionate about sharing her experience in yoga therapeutics and other healing modalities to help others cope with -- and ideally, prevent -- injury to the joint segments of the body, especially the weight-bearing joints of the lower extremity.

Mary has been married for over 20 years. She and her husband have a son and daughter. They live in Alexandria, Va., where Mary teaches syllabus-based classes, sees clients privately, and trains body workers and yoga instructors.