Yoga is a process for learning about ourselves and opening to our fullest potential. It helps us to expand our awareness and transform our lives in ways that make us happier, healthier and feeling more whole within ourselves and in our relationships with others in the world. Embracing these basic values is the starting point for becoming a good yoga teacher.
Participants in this program invariably experience a deep and lasting sense of personal transformation as all of the elements of yoga become clearer and better integrated as you explore every aspect of yoga in your personal practice. In contrast to teacher training programs that emphasize attainment, competition or mastery, in this program we look to explore, refine, deepen, expand and learn without end. The primary source of this transformative learning is one's personal practice, and it is in the practice of yoga that we gain the most insight into how best to share the practice with others. Because yoga is a process for self-transformation, there is nothing to master, no end to what we can learn and no limit to how much we can grow and share.
The training is led by Michelle Itzkowitz E-RYT 500. Yoga and meditation has been a part of Michelle’s life for over 15 years, and has been the saving grace through more than one challenging life experiences. She uses this knowledge and growth to inspire her students to keep pushing forward and to believe in the strength and beauty of every breath, and every moment of every day. Yoga inspires her to live each moment more mindfully and to cultivate happiness and joy with whomever she meets. Michelle is certified through many schools, including Yoga For Life, a Kripalu inspired program, Fluid Yoga with Kevan Gale and is also a student of Mark Stephens, one of Northern California’s most influential teachers. She lives life as a student first and is so deeply grateful for the loving wisdom her teachers have shared with her. Through the teacher training program, Michelle hopes to inspire and educate those on the path of yoga their
live their most authentic life and to share that with others.
Deepen your practice
Teacher training offers first and foremost an opportunity to explore your practice. You learn what resonates most with your physical self, and if it feels right, share your practice and discoveries with others.
Teacher training has a way of paving the path to your highest self. Yoga is a practice of finding union, and purpose is how you express that journey.
Learn what makes up your spiritual practice
Yoga is a spiritual practice. A teacher training will shed light on what speaks to your highest self.
Taking teacher training will offer a platform for deep transformation. Your body will grow stronger, your breath will become your treat friend, and your mind will receive the gifts of your practice. Yoga will offer insights into your best self, and you might offer that best self in service to others.
In yoga's foundational teaching, the yoga sutras, there is a list of positive duties. One is self-study, or Svadhyaya. Your yoga teacher training can be an amazing opportunity to learn yourself, your dreams, and your path.
Fall Weekend Format
January 26 -28
Friday 5 - 8
Saturday 9 - 5
Sunday 9 - 5
Friday 5 - 8
Saturday 9 - 5
Sunday 9 - 5
Michelle Itzkowitz, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Yoga and meditation have been a part of Michelle's life for over 15 years and have been her saving grace through many challenging life experiences. She uses her knowledge and growth to inspire her students to continue pushing forward, and believe in the strength and beauty of every moment and every breath of every day. Yoga inspires Michelle to meet each moment with mindfulness and to cultivate happiness and joy with whomever she meets.
Michelle is certified through many schools including Yoga For Life, a Kripalu inspired program, and Fluid Yoga with Kevin Gale. She is also a student of Mark Stephens, one of Northern California's most influential teachers. She lives life as a student first and is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom her teachers have shared with her. Through the teacher training program, Michelle hopes to inspire and educate those on the path of yoga to live their most authentic lives.
Kirsten van der Bil, E-RYT 200, RPYT, YACEP
Kirsten's first introduction to yoga was finding a stack of old books and manuals. The writings of Amrit Desai, Paramahansa Yogananda, and Ram Das offered her a glimpse into a system of practice that she deeply recognized. Home practice and self study brought her to a 200 hour foundational training with Diane Kovanda and Kind Yoga School in 2011. Currently, Kirsten studies Embodyoga with developer Patty Townsend, and is working towards her 500 hour certification under Patty's Guidance. Kirsten recently completed a 90 hour prenatal teacher training with Corrine Andrews, owner of Yoga Center Amherst and developer of Birthing Mama, an online program for prenatal yoga and wellness.
Kirsten attended Spa Tech Institute of Massage Therapy and is a 650 hour Licensed Massage Therapist as of March 2017. Through therapeutic touch, Kirsten's greatest wish is to give a tangible form to the practice of yoga. By communicating subtly through touch and differentiating different layers of tissue, her clients gain an embodied sense of their own anatomy and alignment.