Sunday 07/30/2023 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 07/31/2023 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 08/01/2023 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 08/02/2023 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 08/03/2023 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 08/04/2023 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 08/05/2023 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 08/06/2023 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
$1,400.00 Sarah Powers Insight Yoga Intensive
Essential teachings on Yin Yoga, Mindfulness and how to sequence Yang poses with Yin sequences
For teachers and dedicated practitioners.
This special, eight-day training with internationally respected senior teacher Sarah Powers is intended to deepen one’s understanding of the experiential, philosophical and practical application of yoga and meditation. It is intended for those with at least two years of practice or more, and will benefit anyone interested in cultivating their own practice and/or their teaching. This intensive will deepen one’s ability to teach/practice both a receptive Yin style and an active flow or Yang style of yoga combined with detailed instruction for the teaching and practice of Mindfulness Meditation.
Please come with a basic understanding of the practices (having read Sarah’s book Insight Yoga), and a strong interest in committing to the further exploration of both yoga and meditation.
PLEASE NOTE – THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT FLOW YOGA CENTER, 1508 14TH ST., NW, WASHINGTON, DC. See below for transportation and parking info.
In this Primary Level training we will explore:
-Yin Yoga: how, why and when to practice this style safely and effectively
- Organ health and Yoga practice (sequences for the kidneys, liver, etc.)
- Balancing the Yin style with a Yang practice to support structural strength and stability
- Proper physical alignment in active postures
- The primary focus of ujjayi breath in asana: length, depth and direction
- Mindfulness in asana
- Sequencing of postures for various levels, from beginner to intermediate student
- How to assist those with injuries
- The use of touch and hands-on adjustments
- Skillful verbal communication
- The teacher/student relationship
The physical discipline of hatha yoga centers on the harmonious embodiment of postures. How we practice these postures is as important as which asana we choose and how we orchestrate them. Increasing our repertoire of different ways to practice allows us to vary our sequences at different times in our life, continually keeping the practice appropriate as well as fresh and alive.
- Subtle body anatomy according to Yogic and Chinese philosophy
- Meridian theory and Chinese Medicine
- Buddhist Psychology and emotional maturity
Pranayama is the expansion of the life force through breath regulation. It is the profound practice of circulating and redistributing prana in both the physical and subtle body through various breathing and visualization practices.
Overview of Pranayama practices: Nine Clearing Rounds
The essence of a committed yoga practice is meditative focus and awareness. Developing and sustaining a formal meditation practice can be a continual source of insight, rejuvenation and compassion. It is a practice that can reveal and disempower our negative, fragmented aspects while potentially revealing our essential nature. Meditation can also deepen one’s awareness and acceptance of oneself and of the world, deepening one’s openness and wakefulness. We will discuss and practice Buddhist mindfulness meditation (Sati Patthana – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness), with an emphasis on how to share these practices with others.
Class will meet Sunday July 30 through Sunday Aug 6, 11:30a to 5:30p, including a 45-minute lunch break.
$1,400 early-bird price until January 31, 2023.
$1,550 beginning February 1, 2023.
This workshop will be held at Flow Yoga Center, 1508 14th St. NW, Washington, DC.
Flow is less than one block from the nearest bus stop (at 14th and P streets) and a half-mile walk from the metro rail stops at Dupont Circle (red line) and McPherson Square (orange line).
If you're driving, we encourage you to give yourself at least 15-20 minutes to find parking. There's limited street parking around the studios and a Colonial parking garage located on P St. between 14th and 15th streets.
Study and Reading
Acquiring an intellectual understanding of the rich diversity of Yoga and Buddhism inspires one’s dedication to the path of awakening; it also fosters a clear level of communication and discussion with others.
Students are required to read the books and view the videos assigned for this training before they arrive. Readings from these books and viewing of the videos are an integral part of the training so please order the materials upon registration of the course so you have ample time to read/view them before the training begins.
Outside reading prior to and during the course will be required to enrich one’s overall understanding.
If you seek a certificate, you will also be asked to write a 2-3 page essay on Yin yoga and Mindfulness meditation upon completion of the course for assessment.
A teacher-training manual will be handed out on the first day of class. Everyone will also be required to bring Sarah’s book Insight Yoga to class, and to have viewed, at minimum, her video, Insight Yoga.
Click here to learn more about Sarah Powers
Required reading and viewing:
- Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
- Insight Yoga (Video) by Sarah Powers
- Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice by Paul Grilley
- Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana
- Buddhism: A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith
Suggested listening and viewing:
- Yin Yoga (MP3) by Sarah Powers
- Earth: Balancing Yin Energy (Video) by Sarah Powers
- Heaven: Balancing Yang Energy (Video) by Sarah Powers
- Yin & Vinyasa Yoga (Video) by Sarah Powers
- Anatomy for Yoga (Video) by Paul Grilley
- Yin Yoga (Video) by Paul Grilley
Sarah Powers is the co-founder of the Insight Yoga Institute as well as the author of Insight Yoga and Lit from Within, which interweaves Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal psychology into an integrated practice to enliven the body, heart, and mind. Sarah began teaching Yoga in the mid 80’s and today her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of long held floor poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems while often engaging in inquiry practice, with an alignment-based slow flow, or yang movement practice. Sarah has completed all levels of the Internal Family Systems Therapy training and has been a student of spiritual psychology for over 35 years. She also draws from her in-depth training and long retreats in the Vipashyana, Tantric and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism.