Learn a safe and conscious approach to teaching aging bodies, injured students and pure beginners.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION

Upon full completion of this program, you will receive 20 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits and a "Yoga S.A.F.E" Certification, an extra credential that will allow you to let studio owners and your community know that you have been trained in Sustainable & Safe Adaptations for EveryBODY.

We understand that meeting the needs of each individual comes with plenty of challenges. Avoid injury in your classroom, provide effective modifications and address common musculoskeletal issues with confidence and tack.

Meet The Needs of Diverse Challenges

Promote safety

Whether student approaches you with a health condition or injury, learn which safe practices and modifications to suggest, as well as how to guide students at each level to help them choose the best program for their needs and experience level.

teach with confidence

Deepen your knowledge of the human body and become more proficient in your understanding of alignment and anatomy so you can assess and address common misalignments in your classroom more effectively.

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• Help your students avoid common yoga injuries & build safe, healthy alignment in their poses
• Train your eye to assess common misalignments
• Empower your language to be clear, concise and radically effective
• Learn modifications that help your students avoid pain and unhealthy discomfort
• Learn yoga relevant anatomy and a fascial fitness approach that make a real impact in your students' practice
• Become more purposeful in how you teach yoga, keep your material fresh and original
• Implement strategies for crafting accessible, safe sequences
• Learn to help your students access poses with self-assurance and skill
• Refine your language of alignment
• Modify for common musculoskeletal issues in yoga safely and effectively
• Learn clear alignment cues to keep your student safe and out of danger
• Review the contraindications for the major poses
• Embrace the motto “do no harm, embrace (promote) well-being”
• Increase your technical knowledge

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Content will be delivered to you in clear, concise and practical lessons. The course will include video, slides, lectures, Q&A, discussion and homework actionable items for the direct application of the techniques into your group classes.

The structure of this course is designed for you to get the greatest benefit, apply what you are learning and work it into your busy schedule.

This course is self-paced so you can take as long as you like to view and practice the material. In fact, you will have a lifetime of access to the material so you can re-learn and deepen your understanding and application of the principles again and again. To get through the full curriculum, content and assignments expect to invest approximately 15 hours of you time, most students complete the program in 4-6 weeks. If you take longer to complete the certification aspects of this program, that's just fine, you actually have an entire year to complete the requirements and receive 15 CEs with Yoga Alliance.

"I loved the demonstration and hands-on interaction and the openness of the instructors to answer our questions and cater to real life examples. As a teacher, this program gave me the language and physical tools to more confidently assist my students in adjustments and feel confident in my instruction. I found the concept of always adjusting from the ground up essential and loved the reminders to assist firmly, using the palms with confidence."

- Sarah

Content will be delivered to you in clear, concise and practical lessons. The course will include video, slides, lectures, Q&A, discussion and homework actionable items for the direct application of the techniques into your group classes.

Designed With Your Busy Schedule In Mind

Studio Ready

The structure of this course is designed for you to get the greatest benefit, apply what you are learning and work it into your busy schedule. To get through the full curriculum, content and assignments expect to invest approximately 15 hours of you time, most students complete the program in 4-6 weeks. If you take longer to complete the certification aspects of this program, that's just fine, you actually have an entire year to complete the requirements and receive 15 CEs with Yoga Alliance.

learn at your own pace

You will have a lifetime of access to the material so you can re-learn and deepen your understanding and application of the principles again and again.

Lifetime Access

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Fit In World-Class Education When It Works For You

• Modifications and best practices for aging bodies, injured students and pure beginners.
• A therapeutically oriented, bio-mechanically smart approach to alignment. Techniques to address limited mobility & common musculoskeletal issues in group classes
• BONUS: Teaching Yoga to Seniors. Strategies, Tips and Sequences.

what's included

Content will be delivered to you in clear, concise and practical lessons. The course will include video, slides, lectures, Q&A, discussion and homework actionable items for the direct application of the techniques into your group classes. You will also have access to a private group forum for discussion and Q & A. The structure of this course is designed for you to get the greatest benefit, apply what you are learning and work it into your busy schedule. While this is a five-week course, it is also self-paced so you can take as long as you like to view and practice the material. In fact, you will have a lifetime of access to the material so you can re-learn and deepen your understanding and application of the principles again and again. To get through the full curriculum, content and assignments expect to invest approximately 4 hours of time per week for five weeks. If you take longer to complete the certification aspects of this program, that's just fine, you actually have an entire year to complete the requirements and receive 20 CEs with Yoga Alliance and the YogaS.A.F.E. certification.

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meet your instructors

Liz Heffernan

Samantha Akers began practicing yoga in 2000, after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. She credits Restorative Yoga and meditation, to her healing.

Samantha Akers

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E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, is a recognized international yoga teacher with over two decades of personal practice and 22 years of teaching. She trained extensively in the Hatha systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara and works as an Integrative Yoga Therapist.

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MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Liz currently directs and leads teacher training programs and workshops in worldwide locations, provides one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers, instructs daily classes, and offers private therapeutic sessions. Liz is known for her ability to bridge the gap between the ancient perspectives of yoga and contemporary daily life.

Her teaching weaves together philosophy, creative sequencing, clear alignment, mindful breathing, and compassionate self-inquiry to form a tapestry that reflects her heartfelt commitment to this transformative path. Find her complete bio here.

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Samantha Akers began practicing yoga in 2000, after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. She credits Restorative Yoga and meditation, to her healing. She began teaching yoga in 2002, receiving her first certification in Hatha and Kundalini with Karuna Yoga in Los Angeles. She went on to graduate from her 500 hour program in 2009. She became increasingly interested in the Therapeutic Style of Iyengar Yoga and studied Therapeutics with Judith Lasater, Leeann Carey and Russ Pfeiffer. Samantha is also a massage therapist, specializing in combining mindfulness with bodywork, earning her certification from one of the only 1000 hour programs in Los Angeles, in 2009.She sees over 50 private students a month, mixing modalities of yoga, meditation and bodywork. She began studying mediation with Pema Chodron in 2000. Her current teachers are Shinzen Young and George Haas at Against the Stream in LA. She just completed and 11 month training in Developing Meaningful Relationships through Meditation with George, in 2014. In 2012, she opened TheraYoga Studio in Los Angeles, bringing the TheraYoga Method (TM) to the community.

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5 WEEKS - 20 HOURS OF STUDY

Each week our lessons will include five parts:

• Bio-mechanically smart alignment principles: application, observation strategies and clear language to use as a teacher in your classes as well as a few assists and teaching techniques to use to help your students learn the alignment in their own bodies.
• Yoga relevant anatomy to include an exploration of common musculoskeletal issues and their corresponding contraindications and best practices for yoga (the dos & don'ts)
• In-depth yoga pose study of selected asana, including modifications for seniors, beginners, rounder bodies and limited mobility.
• A targeted therapeutically oriented yoga practice
• Teaching practices and tips to avoid harm and promote well-being

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Lifetime Access- Complete at Your Own Pace

week 1

• Standing poses
• Alignment & anatomy of the feet and knees
• Anatomy Trains based Asana practice exploring and recruiting the fascial "core"; the Deep Front Line
• Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Collapsed arches, bunions, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, cartilage and ligament injuries of the knee, hyper-mobile bodies and knee hyperextension

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week 2

• Hip openers & forward bends
• Alignment & anatomy of the hips & lumbar spine (part one)
• Exploration and Asana practice for the Superficial Back Line of Fascia
• Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Lumbar disk issues including herniated, bulging, and ruptured disks, lumbar flexion syndrome, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and piriformis syndrome

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Introductory Session

Introduction to the program, question and answer, introduction to the other participants in the program.

week 3

• Core stabilization & twists
• Alignment & anatomy of the hips, core & lumbar spine (part two)
• Safe Core Strengthening for all bodies, including those with conditions of the spine, utilizing the Deep Front Line.
• Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Sacro-Illiac joint safety, excessive lordosis in the low back, scoliosis and spondylolisthesis

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week 4

•Backward bends
•Alignment & anatomy of the upper back & shoulders
•Exploration and Asana practice for the Superficial Front Line of fascia: exploring how the front line can affect low back discomfort in asana
• Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Excessive kyphosis in the thoracic spine, rotator cuff injuries, and frozen shoulder

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week 5

•Poses that weight bear on the arms
• Alignment & anatomy of the head & neck, elbows and wrists
•Using Yoga Tune Up Balls for self-massage of the upper body. Exploration and asana practice for the myofascial arm lines
•Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Chronic neck tension, text neck, cervical disk issues, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, elbow hyperextension and carpal tunnel

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DO I HAVE TO BE A YOGA TEACHER TO BENEFIT FROM THIS COURSE?


Do I have to be teaching yoga currently to take this class?


Is this course eligible with Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Credits?


How much time is required per week to complete the course?


FAQs

Absolutely not. While the course is primarily geared towards yoga teachers, all students of yoga will benefit if they are interested in learning correct alignment in their poses, modifications and how to work with injury safely and effectively.

DO I HAVE TO BE A YOGA TEACHER TO BENEFIT FROM THIS COURSE?


Do I have to be teaching yoga currently to take this class?


Is this course eligible with Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Credits?


How much time is required per week to complete the course?


FAQs

No, you will still benefit greatly with the study of asana, alignment and modification. And, who knows the course may just re-inspire you to begin teaching again. If you are currently teaching yoga, you will be able to apply the lessons each week with focused direction and guidance to your classes.

DO I HAVE TO BE A YOGA TEACHER TO BENEFIT FROM THIS COURSE?


Do I have to be teaching yoga currently to take this class?


Is this course eligible with Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Credits?


How much time is required per week to complete the course?


FAQs

Yoga Alliance teachers are required to complete at least 30 hours of continuing education every three years to remain active. This online program counts as 20 Continuing Education (CE) units with Yoga Alliance. Attendees must complete the course in its entirety to be eligible for these credits. If the five-week pace of the course is not feasible, students will have one full year from the date of registering to meet the requirements

DO I HAVE TO BE A YOGA TEACHER TO BENEFIT FROM THIS COURSE?


Do I have to be teaching yoga currently to take this class?


Is this course eligible with Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Credits?


How much time is required per week to complete the course?


FAQs

The course is structured as an intensive. While the course provides approximately 4 to 5 hours of curriculum and assignments per week, students have the choice to keep pace with the course or work through the material in their own time.

"Peggy and Liz’s adjustment workshop was very well organized and they work great together. This course was a great reminder of what I learned in my 200 hour training. My biggest takeaway was how the adjustments we give stem from the universal alignment principles and are well received when given confidently and with consent."

-Dylan

"I loved this; the people in the group, the teachers, Kalani Oceanside Retreat and the useful and varied teachings.  I am grateful for the holistic approach to yoga, the philosophy, the meditation, hopefully, this will help me towards being with the best version of myself.  I also loved the chakra day.  I got to know things I thought I knew from a different perspective."

-Bodil

"This was an amazing experience. It was my second 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. I learned so much and feel like I have become a stronger teacher. I now feel more confident in my awareness of my body and therefore my understanding of how to teach others proper alignment. I feel the daily classes advanced my yoga practice and increased my confidence as a teacher. I loved the morning meditation, yoga philosophy, our dance parties, the restorative yoga, and the alignment lessons."

-Clayton

"I loved this yoga teacher training so much, it is quite possibly the biggest gift I’ve ever given myself, and the beautiful part is that by improving my confidence as a teacher and a spiritual seeker, I can radiate this gift to so many others.  Molly & Liz are exceptionally informed, inspired, and patient.  Their energies balance each other beautifully, Molly’s vivacious, pitta drive, combined with Liz’s sacred knowledge of yoga, created a dynamic and transformational experience for the student.     I loved the therapeutic focus and attention to alignment, artful sequencing, the study of the yoga sutras and pranayama.  It’s important for me to feel connected to a small and intentional community and because there was so much emphasis on creating a loving, supportive and nurturing environment throughout the program, I felt that with these teachers and this group. "

-Darcy

"I️ loved learning yoga with attention to alignment and balancing the muscle engagement with active extension. I️ was never taught this and it has brought an incredible amount of healing to my body.  I️ discovered that I️ had been practicing yoga with misalignments and actually creating self-harm pushing my body past its edge, overstretching and building patterns into my practice that were actually hurting me, much about my body. This is the best learning and healing I️ gained and I️ could not be more grateful as my body is feeling much more healthy and happy!  I️ also enjoyed the practice teaching experiences and receiving the opportunity to teach senior yoga.  I️ loved being able to gain the knowledge, practice, and skills to discover where my work lies. I️ have gained a greater self-confidence in clearly and authentically communicating with others and looking at all beings through eyes of compassion, choosing kindness as I️ take the seat of the teacher."

-Heidi

"This course was amazing. I absolutely loved the course and our group. The content was exactly what I wished to study and I am so blessed and grateful I came to Hawaii. Liz and Molly are both incredible teachers that blend beautifully together.  Their dynamics and diversity are amazing.  There was the perfect blend of asana, yoga nidra, meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy.  I loved the fact that we were thrown into the deep end and asked to practice teach from the first day.  I loved the way the postures were broken down, I did poses I couldn't do before and I now understand where the obstacles lie in poses I haven't achieved yet.  I also now understand alignment whereas beforehand I felt I wasn't doing the poses properly.  This program will change my life. It has given me the tools to confidently do a home practice every day and take home to Ireland the skills gained to incorporate with my clients."

-Jennifer

"This yoga teacher training was very comprehensive. Both instructors, Liz and Molly, are fonts of knowledge and wisdom. They have been doing this for a long time and it shows. They also took good care of us personally as well. They created a safe space in which to explore yoga’s deep transformational topics. On the physical level, I learned more about alignment which helped me even out muscle imbalances I have due to injuries. The anatomy was very interesting as it related to the alignment. I understood the philosophy of Yoga and the 8-limbs on a much deeper level and it leaves me wanting to pursue further study. The immersion format helped me further pursue my true Self which I will bring to my personal relationships. I’m not a better person, I’m just more me!"

-Genevieve

"I could write a whole book about what I loved about the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training at Kalani Oceanside Retreat, so here goes.  First off, I loved the setting, perfect for immersing us in the magic of yoga both off and on the mat. Kalani Retreat Center was so welcoming, so open, a place to just fully be yourself.   I loved the compassionate style of teaching offered by Molly and Liz and especially the process and pacing gave me so much confidence to teach! Liz and Molly are so knowledgeable about yoga and they live and breathe yoga.  They are patient, loving, kind, funny and encouraging.  I also loved how different and unique they are from one another, so authentic and real to their true natures and they made the perfect team! I admire them so much and hope to emulate these qualities as I go on and teach.

-Jill

"My heart feels blown open (like hanuman)! This 200 Hour yoga teacher training gave me the confidence to share my love of yoga, of breath and of mindfulness. I feel more confident with my ability to venture forth and share yoga with my friends, family, students, healthy aging groups, and absolutely everyone. I really enjoyed the morning silent and guided meditations, this time helped bring me to my sankalpa. I also really appreciated how the daily schedule was set up including our 1/2 day trips. These assisted in keeping us grounded. I absolutely reccomend this program!"

-Joy

We are so certain that you will love this training that we are offering you a two-week risk-free guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the material after the first two weeks of the course, we will refund 100% of your money - just email us by 14 days after the start of the program and complete an exit interview so we can learn how to improve our educational programs for the future.

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