Prana Flow - Living Yoga
300-hr Teacher Training - 2013-2014

Jess Lazar, Shawn Parell & Greg MarzulloJoin master teacher Shiva Rea and beloved DC teachers -- Jessica Lazar, Shawn Parell, Greg Marzullo, and many more -- for DC’s 300-hour Prana Flow® 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 Flow® Yoga. 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 Flow® 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. Students must have a 200-hour certification from Yoga Alliance.

If you have any immediate questions please feel free to email PranaFlowDC@gmail.com.


Summary Schedule (details below)

  • October 20th, 2013: Welcoming Gathering (with Shiva Rea) - DC location TBD

  • November 20th-24th, 2013: Embodying the Flow™: Introduction to Prana Flow® ~ Energetic Vinyasa (with Jessica Lazar, assisted by Greg Marzullo) @ Flow Yoga Center

  • January 22nd-26th, 2014: Essential Tools for Teaching Vinyasa: Awakening the Mandala of Asanas™ (with Jessica Lazar, assisted by Greg Marzullo) @ Flow Yoga Center

  • February 21st-23rd, 2014: Sanskrit and Philosophy (with Guest Teacher, assisted by Jessica Lazar) @ Flow Yoga Center

  • April 30th-May 3rd, 2014: Chakra Vinyasa™(with Shiva Rea) - DC location TBD

  • June 27th-29th, 2014: Meditation and Yin Yoga (with Jessica Lazar) @ Flow Yoga Center

  • July 11th-13th, 2014: Anatomy and Advanced hands-on enhancements (with Guest Teacher, assisted by Jessica Lazar) @ Flow Yoga Center

  • August 15th-17th, 2014:  Along The Teachers' Path:  Finding Your Voice, Part 1 (with Jessica Lazar, assisted by Greg Marzullo) @ Flow Yoga Center

  • September 17th-20th, 2014: Fluid Power™(with Shiva Rea) - DC location TBD

  • October 24th-26th, 2014: Along The Teachers' Path:  Finding The Seat of the Teacher, Part 2 (with Jessica Lazar, assisted by Greg Marzullo) @ Flow Yoga Center

Application Form/ Enrollment Information & Payment Options 

  1. Application Form:  Please take a few minutes to fill out the 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! 

  2. Early-Bird Enrollment... 
    • pay in full (total = $4,608.00): Enroll before 9/15/2013 and receive $1,008.00 off the full price for the TT.  A non-refundable payment for the full training is due at registration.

    • payment plan (total = $5,112.00): Enroll before 9/15/2013 and receive $504.00 off the full price for the TT. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total ($2,556.00) is due at registration.  The remaining 50% will be debited in five monthly installments ($511.20 each) starting 10/15/2013.

  3. Full-Cost Enrollment - for enrollments on or after 9/15/2013...
    • pay in full (total = $5,616.00): A non-refundable payment for the full training is due at registration.

    • payment plan (total = $5,616.00): A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total ($2,808.00) is due at registration.  The remaining 50% will be debited in five monthly installments ($561.60 each) starting one month after you make your deposit.

  4. A La Carte Enrollment (space-permitting):  Space-permitting, for students not enrolling in our full 300-hr TT, a la carte enrollment for individual modules within the full TT (with a surcharge) will begin in 2014.

Note: Once we receive your application, we will send you the link for enrollment and payment. 


Detailed Schedule
(dates/times subject to change)

Prana Flow 300hr TT: Welcoming Gathering (with Shiva Rea)
Date: October 20th, 2013
Location: DC location TBD

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Prana Flow 300hr TT: Embodying the Flow™(Introduction to Prana Flow® ~ Energetic Vinyasa) (with Jessica Lazar, assisted by Greg Marzullo)
Dates: November 20th-November 24th, 2013 (a 5-day intensive)
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  40hrs

Times:
November 20th: 8:15am-5:15pm
November 21st: 8:15am-5:15pm
November 22nd: 8am-5:15pm
November 23rd: 12pm-8:45pm
November 24th: 1:30pm-8pm

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. to 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:  www.shivarea.com/teacher-training-tools   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 Flow 300hr TT: Awakening the Mandala of Asanas™ (Essential Tools for Teaching Vinyasa) (with Jessica Lazar)
Dates: January 22nd-26th, 2014 (a 5-day intensive)
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  40hrs

Times:
January 22nd: 8:15am-5:15pm
January 23rd: 8:15am-5:15pm
January 24th: 8am-5:15pm
January 25th: 12pm-8:45pm
January 26th: 1:30pm-8pm

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 Flow™ 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 Flow 300hr TT: Sanskrit and Philosophy (with guest teacher, assisted by Jessica Lazar)
Dates: February 21st-23rd
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  20hrs

Times:
Friday, February 21st: 12:45pm-9:45pm
Saturday, February 22nd: 12pm-8:45pm
Sunday, February 23rd: 1:30-6pm

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 Flow 300hr TT: Chakra Vinyasa™(with Shiva Rea)
Dates: April 30th-May 3rd, 2014 (a 5-day intensive)
Location: DC location TBD
Total Contact Hours:  40 hours

Description: 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 www.shivarea.com/teacher-training-tools

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Prana Flow 300hr TT: Meditation and Yin Yoga (with Jessica Lazar)
Dates: June 27th-29th, 2014
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  20hrs

Times:
Friday, June 27th: 12:45pm-9:45pm
Saturday, June 28th: 12pm-8:45pm
Sunday, June 29th: 1:30-6pm

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 Flow 300hr TT: Anatomy & Advanced Hands-On Enhancements (with guest teacher)
Dates:  July 11-13th, 2014
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  20hrs

Times:
Friday, July 11th: 12:45pm-9:45pm
Saturday, July 12th: 12pm-8:45pm
Sunday, July 13th: 1:30-6pm

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 Flow 300hr TT: Along The Teachers' Path (Part 1) -  Finding Your Voice (with Jessica Lazar, assisted by Greg Marzullo)
Dates: August 15th-17th, 2014
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  20hrs 

Times:
Friday, August 15th: 12:45pm-9:45pm
Saturday, August 16th: 12pm-8:45pm
Sunday, August 17th: 1:30-6pm

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 Flow 300hr TT: Fluid Power™ (with Shiva Rea)
Dates: September 17th-20th 2014 (a 5-day intensive)
Location: DC location TBD
Total Contact Hours:  40hrs

Description: Calling all those adventurers willing to dive into the flow and integrate a liberating, philosophically and physiologically grounded approach to fluid movement and flow into their practice and teaching.  Morning practices are fertile, creative explorations that catalyze afternoon and evening interactive practicums and discussions.

We will focus on:

  • Development of class openings and mini-vinyasas for beginning and mixed-level classes that cultivate wave motion and fluid body
  • Energy-based vinyasa flow sequences for developing your own effective and creative flows for teaching
  • Integration of mantra, pranayama, chanting and music to release the vibratory song of the body
  • Understanding of the fluid/pranic body for balancing and healing the stresses of life in the twenty-first century
  • Micro-meditations to stay connected to the flow while living yoga
  • Mandala Namaskar

Learn Shiva’s fluid, dynamic approaches to yoga, movement, and healing. Participate in the creative quantum intelligence that guides our evolution from within as a natural path to freedom.

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Prana Flow 300hr TT:  Along The Teachers' Path (Part 2) - Finding The Seat of the Teacher (with Jessica Lazar, assisted by Greg Marzullo)
Dates: October 24th-26th, 2014
Location: Flow Yoga Center
Total Contact Hours:  20hrs

Times:
Friday, October 24th: 12:45pm-9:45pm
Saturday, October 25th: 12pm-8:45pm
Sunday, October 26th: 1:30-6pm

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.