Upcoming Teacher Training Level Classes (meet at East End Studio unless noted)
Saturday April 5 - June 14, 11:45-1:00 pm Teaching and Sequencing; 8 class series, $150.
Saturday April 26, 1:30-4:00 pm Shoulders & Arms, Yoga Anatomy $40.
Saturday May 10, Eye of the Tiger Yoga and Sound, 2:30-5:00 pm $30 (YE Members).
May 15-18, Gray Bear Retreat with Laura, counts for 14.5-20 hrs.
Saturday May 24, Subtle Anatomy I, Yoga Anatomy, 1:30-4:00 pm $40.
May 31-June 1 (St M), Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with David Garrigues, counts for 12 Hrs. $180
Saturday June 7, Dangers of Yoga Yoga Anatomy, 1:30-4:00 pm $40.
Saturday June 21, The Subtle Body Part I 500 Hr Level, Yoga Anatomy 1:30-4:00 pm $40.
June 28-29, Christina Sell, Live the Light of Yoga, counts for 10 Hrs. $175
Director of Teacher Training
I first heard of yoga when I was about five years old... there was a man in our church who practiced yoga and my mother told me he could stand on his head. Something about the word "yoga" made me want to do it, so I began practicing headstand. Later on, my mother showed me how to sit in Lotus Pose and meditate. When I was fifteen my mother found a magazine article about yoga and I learned a few more poses from that. Over the years I gradually learned more and more about yoga, sharing information with other yoga students I met. Yoga studios didn't exist back then, and it was very hard to find books or other information about yoga.
I took my first trip to India in 1986. In 1990 I had moved to Louisville and found Yoga East in the phone book. I began taking classes with Maja Trigg, Yoga East's founder and studied with her until she moved away in 1994. Maja had designated three of her students to take over Yoga East: Donna O'Bryan (now an owner of Yoga I.S.) and Linda Hodge, and me,
Meeting Maja opened up many doors for me: I began taking yoga workshops and studied Iyengar Yoga with Judi Rice, Rodney Yee, Arthur Kilmurray, Francois Raoult, John Friend and Ramanand Patel. I found Ashtanga Yoga in 1995 and studied with David Swenson, Larry Schultz and Tim Miller. Tim told me to go to Mysore, India to study with K. Pattabhi Jois, the Master of the Ashtanga Yoga system. In 1999 I was in Mysore, India with Mr. Jois for three months.
I studied with Mr. Jois every year until his death in 2009. In 2004, I received Mr. Jois's authorization to teach Ashtanga Yoga, and in 2009 I was given Authorization Level 2 from Sharath Jois, Mr. Jois's grandson and successor.
Ashtanga Yoga is my main practice, but my study with teachers in other styles helps to inform my practice and teaching. I also have a interest in Vedanta, Sanskrit, and Kashmir Shaivism and study with teachers in those traditions.
(Laura will leave for India June 24 to study with Sharath Jois June 28-August 28, 2014 and Ramanand Patel in Pennsylvania September 5-12. She will not be teaching from June 22 until September 22.)
Our Courses are registered with Yoga Alliance for both 200 Hour and 500 Hour certifications. Our Courses are for yoga students who want to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga and for experienced yoga students who want to share their love of yoga by teaching others. Fulfill your deepest dreams and highest aspirations by becoming a certified yoga teacher.
This is the beautiful and inspiring message on a photo of Mt. Kailash that is hanging at the Kentucky Street Studio. Mt. Kailash is a mountain in an isolated region in the Himalayas in Tibet. A sacred pilgrimage site for many religious traditions, it has also become a popular pilgrimage site for many people, including many Westerners who undertake the trek every year. Even in the modern age, trekking to Mt. Kailash is an difficult journey with many obstacles. We are drawn to such a journey because we sense that something great is waiting for us out there in the unknown... something that will take us beyond our current limited experience.
Yoga Teacher Training is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless and life-changing teachings and practices of yoga. Whether you intend to teach yoga, or whether you want to inspire your yoga practice and take it to the next level, we invite you to join us in the journey of a lifetime.
Yoga East is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Our teacher training programs are nationally-recognized, and are registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200 and 500 hour level.
Yoga East offers a traditional yoga education that includes detailed instruction in the technical aspects of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), mudras (gestures), bandhas (energy locks) and meditation; thorough preparation in teaching methodology; anatomy as it pertains to yoga practice; philosophy and metaphysics of yoga; and practice teaching under supervision.
Beginning January 2015, the 200 Hour Course is open to Yoga East Members who meet these prerequisites:
Feb 1 What Makes Postures Difficult?
Feb 8 Alignment and Anatomy
Feb 15 Anatomy of the Back
Apr 12 Anatomy of Hips and Knees
Apr 26 Anatomy of Shoulders and Arms
May 17 The Subtle Body Part I
June 7 Dangers of Yoga
Assisting in 8 Gentle or Beginning Hatha classes (will be set up starting February).
Supervised Teaching 8 classes at Yoga East, $400 supervision fee (will be set up starting March).
Always bring a notebook and pen to class.
You should have your own yoga mat.
It is helpful to have your own collection of props to use for home practice. We recommend having two blankets, two blocks, an 8' yoga strap with a D-ring buckle, a rectangular bolster, and a chair that is suitable for inversions and backbends.
Recommended Texts - no texts are required for class, but several books are recommended, particularly Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar; Yoga the Iyengar Way, Mira Mehta; Anatomy Coloring Book, 3rd Ed., and Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff. Yoga East Reading List (pdf file)
Books and props are available at Yoga East. A 20% discount is given to teacher trainees.
The 300/500 Hour Course is open to:
Phone Laura Spaulding for more information: 502-585-9642 (weekdays 9-5).
An Application is Not Required
Alumni of Yoga East's 200 Hour Program may audit classes in other 200 hour trainings.
Alumni of Yoga East's 300/500 Program may audit classes in other 300/500 hour trainings.