Prana Vinyasa Teacher Training 2015

"I am deeply grateful to Flow and especially to Jess Lazar and Greg Marzullo for bringing Prana Flow Teacher Training to DC., with the blessing and participation of Shiva Rea.  This exciting and challenging course not only teaches the forms of prana flow but transmits the living practice as a developing art form.  For anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the prana tradition, participate in growing a young practice, or widen their creative and spiritual yogic base, this is a wonderful opportunity." 


"The prana teacher training was truly beyond my wildest expectations. I almost can't imagine not having gone through it. Jess and Greg are great teachers, but as teachers' teachers they are exceptional. The incredible insight I've gotten into the art of teaching prana flow has given me a deep appreciation of the style that captured my heart, as well as the tools I need to share it with others. I couldn't recommend it strongly enough to those who are interested in yoga as not only a physical practice but also a spiritual and metaphysical journey."


"Jess and Greg did an excellent job of teaching the essence of what Shiva Rea is giving to the Yoga world. When Shiva came to DC to teach a module, I felt a seamless transition between them. Jess and Greg have embodied what Prana Flow means.  The module is very comprehensive and although there's much to learn, Jess and Greg imparted their vast knowledge of how to digest it all, one pose, one mantra, one puja at a time."


Join master teacher Shiva Rea and beloved DC teachers -- Jessica Lazar & Greg Marzullo, and many more -- for DC’s 300-hour Prana Vinyasa® teacher training program, hosted by Flow Yoga Center. This certification merges the great rivers of Tantra, Yoga, Ayurveda, Buddhist Philosophy and much more. The approach to learning is at once embodied, ecstatic, creative and synthesis-oriented, and is especially complementary to the self-motivated yoga practitioner who wants to integrate diverse life experience under the Great Tree of Yoga.

We aim to provide our teachers with a broad and deep base of Vinyasa Flow, by which they are empowered to live and teach Prana Vinyasa®. The entire program offers teachers over twenty sun salutations, as well as fifteen Prana Flow® series, that encompass the full range of yogic experience -- from meditation to advanced asanas -- as potent forms of activism and service. 

Our dynamic approach to the art of living and embodying yoga is supported by the 270 contact hours with our skilled and devoted faculty, and by heart- inspiring “Om Work" for your further contemplation. 

Your study of Prana Vinyasa® will be both practical and experiential, bringing you into the rhythm of your life as a householder and a teacher. We seek to guide practitioners toward balance and integration: of the ancient roots and modern methodology of Yoga with the teacher’s freedom to discover and express an evolutionary and liberated path of study and practice — with Shiva and all other teachers. 

Our program is open to yoga students with at least one year of active study in asana-based yoga practices. 

If you have any immediate questions please feel free to email


Summary Schedule 2015 (details below)

 January 21-25th: Embodying the Flow™: Introduction to Prana Vinyasa® ~ Energetic Vinyasa (with Jessica Lazar, assisted by Greg Marzullo) @ Flow Yoga Center

 February 18-22nd: Essential Tools for Teaching Vinyasa: Awakening the Mandala of Asanas™ (with Jessica Lazar, assisted by Greg Marzullo) @ Flow Yoga Center

 March 27-29th: Philosophy (with Greg Marzullo, assisted by Jessica Lazar) @ Flow Yoga Center

 April 29-May 3rd: Elemental Vinyasa™(with Shiva Rea) DC location TBD

 June 26-28th: Meditation and Yin Yoga (with Jessica Lazar) @ Flow Yoga Center

 July 24-26th: Anatomy and Advanced hands-on enhancements (with guest teacher, assisted by Jessica Lazar) @ Flow Yoga Center

 August 21-23rd:  Along The Teachers' Path:  Finding Your Voice, Part 1 (with Jessica Lazar & Greg Marzullo) @ Flow Yoga Center

 September 16th-20th Chakra Vinyasa™(with Shiva Rea) - DC location TBD

 November 6-8th: Along The Teachers' Path:  Finding The Seat of the Teacher, Part 2 (with Jessica Lazar & Greg Marzullo) @ Flow Yoga Center 

Application Form/ Enrollment Information & Payment Options

Application Form:  Please take a few minutes to fill out our Application Form. Click Here for Application Form... Once you've submitted the application, you can expect to hear from us with in 24hrs. After acceptance into the program, we will send you a link so that you can Enroll and take advantage of our early bird pricing

Early-Bird Enrollment... 

pay in full (total = $5,110.00): Enroll before 10/26/2014 and receive $250.00 off the full price for the TT.  A non-refundable payment for the full training is due at registration

payment plan (total = $5,360.00): Enroll before 10/26/2014 and receive $250.00 off the full price for the TT. A non-refundable deposit of 50% ($2,680.00) of the total is due at registration.  The remaining 50% will be debited in five monthly installments ($536.00). 

Full-Cost Enrollment - for enrollments on or after 10/26/2014...

pay in full (total = $5,360.00): A non-refundable payment for the full training is due at registration.

payment plan (total = $5,610.00): A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total ($2,805.00) is due at registration.  The remaining 50% will be debited in five monthly installments ($561.00 each).

A La Carte Enrollment (space-permitting):  Space-permitting, for students not enrolling in our full 200hr/ 300hr TT, a la carte enrollment for individual modules within the full TT are available (with a surcharge).

 Note: Once we receive your application, we will send you the link for enrollment and payment.  Additional payment plans available depending on circumstance, please contact with specific questions. 

Detailed Schedule 2015
(dates/times subject to change)

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 Prana Vinyasa 300hr TT: Embodying the Flow™(Introduction to Prana Vinyasa® ~ Energetic Vinyasa) (with Jessica Lazar, assisted by Greg Marzullo)

Dates: January 21st- 25th  (a 5-day intensive)
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  Wed 8:30-5pm, Thurs 9:30-5pm, Fri 9-5pm, Sat 2-10pm, Sun1:15pm-8:15pm-- 40hrs

Description: Deepen the way you breathe, move, teach and flow in the yoga of life.  Embodying the Flow immersion is for aspiring and seasoned teachers serving as an introduction to a holistic, energetic approach to teaching vinyasa as more than a technique or style of yoga, but a way of guiding the flow of our body, practice and life.  Based upon the teachings of Krishnamacharya's lineage, Tantra, Sacred Arts,  Ayurveda,  Bhakti and Somatics, Embodying the Flow™ models a synthesis approach integrating the roots and evolution of living yoga; which draws from Shiva’s 20 + years of teaching in the fertile soil of LA's yoga community and annual retreats to India. 

The purpose of this training is threefold:

  1. deepen your personal practice as a laboratory for exploring the creative potential of vinyasa
  2. provide tools for teaching vinyasa and enlivening the flow of your classes; and,
  3. focus on how to embody the flow of daily life with the rhythms of teaching

 Sadhana practices will be dedicated to in-depth practice, afternoons to the elements of teaching vinyasa yoga, and evenings to theory and discussion. 

Areas to be covered include:

  • Philosophical roots of vinyasa yoga and embodiment of Tantric Hatha Yoga
  • Learn to teach the bandhas and ten Sun Salutations (3 classical and six innovative namskars) to enliven your sadhana and life
  • Learn Surya Namaskar, Chandra Namaskar, Classical Namaskar, and four Dancing Warrior Sequences for teaching and self-practice.
  • Creating the sutra or “theme of the class” through movement meditations, underlying actions/movement patterns, krama (stages of asanas) and bhava (inner state)
  • Navigating flow-movement meditations, observation skills, hands-on adjustments, props, verbal cues, music, and other tools.
  • Mandala of Asanas, Family of Asanas, and Key Actions of Asanas
  • Apply Shiva’s wave sequencing methodology as a ritual arc for an embodied experience from music to sequencing
  • Energetic Alignment: understanding the primary movements of prana for a mandala of 108 asanas and how to create mini-vinyasa sequences
  • Understand, apply and teach sequencing principles: vinyasa krama, wave sequencing and 3-part vinyasa method
  • Apply Shiva’s 3-part vinyasa methodology to standing poses, backbends, arm balances, core abdominals, forward bends, and hip openers, twists and inversions.
  • Learn to create vinyasa combinations for both beginner, intermediate, and mixed-level students that are effective, creative, safe, and fun.
  • Cultivating the flow of prana through asana, pranayama, drishti, and bandhas
  • Principles and practice of creative and effective sequencing (beginning and intermediate flows)
  • Injury prevention and basic therapeutic guidelines
  • Ritual arc of class and structure:  opening, namaskar, waves, peak poses, counter-posing and closing.
  • Embodying the flow: living yoga with an understanding of your personal sadhana and sva dharma – service to the world
  • Understand how self-practice and teaching can serve the flow of daily life – living sadhana.

Recommended Viewing 
Shiva Rea, Yoga Shakti DVD (Sounds True). 
Recommended Reading
Download the following materials from our website:   Shiva’s Thesis,  Article on Yoga Injuries, Sanskrit Resource

For Further Reading:
“The Heart of Yoga:  Developing a Personal Practice” by TKV Desikachar
“Dynamic Yoga: The Ultimate Workout that Chills your Mind as It Charges Your Body” by Geofrey Devereux (Reference Book)
“Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy” by Georg Feuerstein

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Prana Vinyasa 300hr TT: Awakening the Mandala of Asanas™ (Essential Tools for Teaching Vinyasa) (with Jessica Lazar)
Dates: February 18th-22nd (a 5-day intensive)
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  Wed 8:30-5pm, Thurs 9:30-5pm, Fri 9-5pm, Sat 2-10pm, Sun1:15pm-8:15pm-- 40hrs

Description: Teaching vinyasa is an art that requires a teacher to develop related tools using their voice, hands-on assists, observation and energetic attunement to provide guidance to facilitate the state of flow. In this week-long immersion, you will learn the energetic alignment for core asanas within the Mandala of Asanas based upon an integrated understanding of the movements of prana, practical anatomy and how to open and strengthen the core structures of embodiment from head to toe, skin to subtle body.

  • Experience practical application of the Mandala of Asanas™ from a base of 108 asanas to develop and evolve your personal practice and class sequencing.
  • Learn to teach alignment in the flow through Prana Vinyasa™ movement patterns and Shiva’s three-part vinyasa™ methodology to sequence vinyasa combinations with skill, effectiveness, fluency, and creativity.
  • Learn to teach five primary alignment actions in any asana including foot patterns, spiral actions of the legs, position of the pelvis, and spinal alignment.
  • Understand how to teach and verbally cue the energetic alignment and flow actions of the core "blueprint" asana of the mandala of standing poses, backbends, arm balances, core abdominals, forward bends, hip openers, twists and inversions.
  • Develop Energetic Observation - ability to assess imbalances, blocks and leaks of energy to a person's body, mind and heartfire.
  • Experience hands-on assists as both adjustment and "enhancement" to the core movement of the asana.
  • Rejuvenate and activate your flow of yoga through daily energetic vinyasa practices and meditation.

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Prana Vinyasa 300hr TT: Philosophy (with Greg Marzullo, assisted by Jessica Lazar)
Dates: March 27-29th
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  Fri 9-5pm, Sat 2-10pm, Sun 1:30-5:30pm, 20hrs

Description: The liturgical language of Yoga is Sanskrit, and so to read the texts in their original form, we must familiarize ourselves with this ancient language.  In addition to rudimentary study of the Sanskrit alphabet, root- and keywords relevant to teaching yoga asana, we will turn to some of the lesser-known yogic texts, such as the Radiance Sutras, to deepen our knowledge of the foundations of practice.

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Prana Vinyasa 300hr TT: Elemental Vinyasa™(with Shiva Rea)
Dates: April 29th-May 3rd (a 5-day intensive)
Location: DC Location TBD
Total Contact Hours:  40 hours

Description: Our body is comprised of all of the elements which make up life - the food of the earth, the sacred water of our primarily fluid body, the metabolic and electrical fire of our cellular and neural network, the air which is the breath of life that nourishes every cell and the space which primarily pervades our body. 

Awakening the "elemental body" is the primary energetic map in Prana Vinyasa that forms the foundation for our wave sequencing of movement alchemy, our embodiment of nature and an integrated flow between our practice and life. 

Experience the “roots and evolution of vinyasa” as Shiva offers the Elemental Vinyasa pathway of the Prana Vinyasa Mandala. This system is a unique part of our teacher training which offers 5 Namaskars, 10 Sequences, and powerful online teaching tools for creative and effective sequencing of the flow of yoga and life. Shiva’s Samudra Global School of Yoga Teacher Trainings include online practice support (required for certification) year-long meditation and mentor feedback system.

In the Elemental Vinyasa module, you will learn:

  • Embody and Practice Teach Five Elemental Namaskars - Bhumi (earth) Namaskar, Jala (water) Namaskar, Agni (fire) Namaskar, Hridaya (air) Namaskar, Akash (space) Namaskar.
  • Integration of the "inner arts" including Tantric Based Meditation 
  • Practice and receive Ten Solar-Lunar Elemental complete Prana Vinyasa Sequences to explore and continue to embody through Samudra’s Online Pathways of Prana Vinyasa Program for certification.
  • Shiva’s Offering of Prana Vinyasa® Movement Alchemy™ I for sequencing elemental vinyasa including universal movement patterns within the map of prana and the elements.
  • Cultivating hands-on intelligence within the sequences, teaching inner and outer energetic alignment and personal embodiment of the sequences in practice and as a living flow. 
  • Understanding the Microcosm-Macrocosm of the Elemental Body within Yoga and cross-culturally and the importance of embodying nature in our current times of ecological changes.
  • Teacher Self-Care - Restoring the Elemental Body through Ayurvedic Dinacharya and Lifestyle (Daily and Seasonal) Rhythms for Living Flow. 

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Prana Vinyasa 300hr TT: Meditation and Yin Yoga (with Jessica Lazar)
Dates: June 26th -28th
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  Fri 9-5pm, Sat 2-10pm, Sun 1:30-5:30pm, 20hrs

Description: This module will highlight the importance of subtle-body opening as complement to more dynamic styles of sadhana. It will also introduce the core tenets of insight-meditation style Buddhist practice as an invaluable component to support the teacher's path, and also as a teaching tool for drawing within the student's gaze. 

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Prana Vinyasa 300hr TT: Anatomy & Advanced Hands-On Enhancements (with guest teacher, assisted by Jessica Lazar)
Dates:  July 24th-26th
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours: Fri 9-5pm, Sat 2-10pm, Sun 1:30-5:30pm,  20hrs

Description: You’ve learned the basic hands-on assists in your 200-hour training, but you still feel tentative about touching your students.  Not to mention, you’ve noticed it can be tough to get in, offer a hands-on enhancement, and get out in the short time we often have in vinyasa classes to dwell in a single shape.  In this module we will review basic anatomy, and then continue on to learn subtle and skillful ways of optimizing the practice for our students. 

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Prana Vinyasa 300hr TT: Along The Teachers' Path (Part 1) -  Finding Your Voice (with Jessica Lazar and Greg Marzullo)
Dates: August 21st-23rd
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  Fri 9-5pm, Sat 2-10pm, Sun 1:30-5:30pm, 20hrs 

Description: This offering comprises in-depth individual and group work to cultivate and support a strong and specific teacher's voice, including cueing, the inclusion of poetry and art into teaching, and the discovery of personal style and receptive audience in a saturated market.

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Prana Vinyasa 300hr TT: Chakra Vinyasa (with Shiva Rea)
Dates: September 16th-20th  (a 5-day intensive)
Location: DC location TBD
Total Contact Hours:  40hrs

Experience an integrative approach to the chakra system within vinyasa and the flow of life. Through this practical and inspirational exploration of the chakra system and yogic body, we will develop an transformative approach to the body mandala - the divine container of our interconnectedness within ourSelf, experiences, relationships and nature. This time will be devoted to traditional practices, innovative explorations, inward reflection, dynamic morning vinyasa sadhana and integrating specific and creative tools for transformative teaching and living of yoga.

Creative morning practices will give experiential grounding to the afternoon sessions, which will focus on:

  • Five essential elemental-chakra based vinyasa sequences that integrate an energetic approach to asana, pranayama, mudra, chanting and movement meditation.
  • Learning to teach four sun salutations or namaskars dedicated to the elements-chakras to integrate into your teaching.
  • Theory and application for awakening the yogic body of the marma (108 vital energy points in the body); the nadis (energy channels), the seven primary chakras; the five elements; and the movements of prana
  • Essential marma points for self-massage and activation during asana practice
  • Daily chakra meditation and nadi shodhana pranayama for integration into home practice.

Includes celebratory Yoga Trance Dance and Homa (Fire Ceremony).

Recommended reading Background reading can be found online at

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Prana Vinyasa 300hr TT:  Along The Teachers' Path (Part 2) - Finding The Seat of the Teacher (with Jessica Lazar and Greg Marzullo)
Dates: November 6th -8th
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  Fri 9-5pm, Sat 2-10pm, Sun 1:30-5:30pm, 20hrs

Description: In this second and final Teacher’s Path module, we will venture beyond the surface into the valuable terrain of compassionate and courageous feedback. Toward that end, our second practice-teaching lab will be aimed at giving each student helpful comments and notes from faculty and peers as to how cues, sequencing, style and vibration are being effectively conveyed. This module will conclude our TT year with the firm installation of confidence in the teacher's seat, clarity in the teacher's voice, and creativity in the teacher's art and craft.