Soma Yoga Institute offers both residential intensives in Hawaii and Costa Rica and in weekend formats programs for commuters from New Hampshire and Vermont. Their programs highlight a focus on Therapeutic Yoga and Alignment Based Vinyasa Flow. All of their programs are registered through Yoga Alliance.
Participants receive 200 hours of instruction and practice. The asana (yoga pose) emphasis is on alignment-based flow and includes a variety of sequencing for various levels of potential students. Participants are exposed to frameworks, concepts and methodologies that inspire each trainee to adapt the practices, awaken their creativity and find their own authentic voice as a teacher. Graduates of this program are empowered to teach a variety of yoga class types, including: all levels flow, beginners, seniors, gentle, and restorative.
Soma Yoga Institute founder, Liz Heffernan, says, “This opportunity is really significant. Our programs aim to inspire our graduates to bring the healing practices of yoga out to diverse populations and touch the lives of individuals regardless of their fitness level, cultural orientation, age, health or circumstance. The health benefits of yoga are tremendous and the MYCAA grant will enable many, many people to be positively effected. ” Heffernan, is a Integrative Yoga Therapist and an E-RYT 500 with over 20 years experience in yoga and a holds variety of certifications in various styles of yoga. She has successfully created a business as a yoga instructor that is flexible and mobile, two things needed for a busy mother of two.
A recent graduate of the Hawaii intensive program shared about her experience:
This was a very transformative course for me. Not only do I have more confidence in myself but also I have the strength and the courage to set healthier boundaries in my personal life. I also feel I have come to a great space in my being to go out and teach others from a space of love, respect, nonjudgmental and lightness.
--Eryn Copeland, Maui, Hawaii
MyCAA is part of the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program that offers comprehensive counseling, information, tools and resources to support military spouse career exploration, education and training, employment readiness and career connections. Yoga teachers have a great deal of flexibility within geography and scheduling which is beneficial for spouses of active military.
Additionally, the certification provides valuable skills that benefit the spouse’s family:
• breath work and meditation are tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing
• the physical discipline teaches balance and clarity
• the wisdom of yoga and its philosophy provides insights into how to live with greater ease
• through the assignments, self-confidence in communicating effectively and efficiently is strengthened.
The entry level program to become a yoga teacher includes 200 hours of instructions that can be done over approximately six month with weekend classes or through a three week immersion program in retreat settings such as Hawaii or Costa Rica.
For more information on applying for the grant, please visit: www.somayogainstitute.com or contact Liz Heffernan at firstname.lastname@example.org.