Chakras On the Mat : Transformation East Meets West Weekend Workshop

Click Here for:  What is the Chakra System?

Full Weekend or by Session at Kaivalya Yoga 777 University Ave.    February 22nd – 24th, 2013  with Alex Pfeiffer & Sunday Evening guest teacher Keith Borden

This weekend will revolutionize how you see your body and your practice on the mat.  Go beyond the “body-mind connection” as an abstraction or generalization, and embody it to a dozen layers of your self!  This weekend will be a unique perspective on the Chakras as it will come largely from Alex’s personal experience working with the Chakras as a yoga teacher and bodyworker and will reference only those areas that he has confirmed with other such practitioners and / or psychological studies from developmental psychology.

Friday February 22nd

One Evening Session  

Session 1  :  The Chakra System as Potentiality and Development, 7 – 10pm

Alex gives an introduction to the Chakra System that will integrate modern psychology, western scientific research, and Human Anatomy into this ancient Tantric system.   Learn the keys of bridging east and west and begin to make more sense of consciousness, energy, and spirituality in their ground of everything it means to be human… the physical body.

Saturday February 23rd

3 Sessions

2  :  Mat Practice “Grounding & Pleasure” for Chakras 1 & 2,  9am – 11:30am

We continue to explore the body’s connection to human experience.  Have you ever felt “ungrounded” or that your were somehow becoming numb to life’s pleasures?   In this morning practice you will be guided through a restoration of your foundational existence using the principles you learned on Friday:  Grounding with openness to your primal capacities to experience pleasure.

3  :  Love, Empowerment, and the Authetic Self,  12:30 – 2:40pm

Alex presents the Chakra System in more detail as it concerns the development of living a connected life.  We will navigate some of the most significant paradoxes on this road such as how can Compassion co-exist when you’re angry?   … Is it co-dependence or authentic Compassion?   Love is a tricky path to follow without a map.

4  :   Mat Practice “Human Potential” for Chakras 3 & 4, 2:50 – 5pm

We pick up where we left off with a practice for the heart and ego.  Experience why these two ultimately need each other and amplify your raw energy to engage relationships, deep confidence, boundaries, direction, and empathy.

Sunday February 23rd

3 Sessions

5  :  Transpersonal Path : Starting Over to Embrace Your Full Humanity  9a – 11:30

Alex completes his presentation on the Chakra System by opening up the transpersonal levels of this system.  These Chakras are the foundation from which we discover our true identity moment-to-moment, and where we can make a pivot from our Unique Self to open radically to unqualifiable isness.

6  :  Mat Practice “Intuition & Creativity” for Chakras 5, 6, & 7, 11:45a – 2:15pm

Join us for the most unique and full yoga practice of the weekend.  Particularly for those who’ve been through the entire weekend, this practice will be the culmination where we are no longer in the domain of ‘body-mind connection’ but, instead, in the domain of ‘bodymind’.

7  :  Chakra Sequencing with guest instructor Keith Borden, 3:45 – 6:45pm

And now that we’ve traveled through the whole Chakra System, Keith takes us home by sharing how to sequence your home practice or (for teachers!) your class, in order to find that miraculous “more than the sum of its parts”  result that will make every practice connect to deeper layers of being.  There is more to our existence than our physical bodies of levers and pulleys.  You will have learned that there is a vast, multi-layered subtle body of which the physical is simply the most familiar and visible. With this in mind we can build an asana practice designed to go deeper than this outer costume as we discuss the body’s energy centers or chakras, and how to use them and positively affect them through the asana practice.

We look forward to you joining us for this very unique and insightful weekend!

Per Session Price:     $35  early bird  (by Feb 19), $45 after
Full Weekend Price:  $199 early bird  for all 7 Sessions!  (by Feb 19), $259 after

Catalog prices applicable for RYS200 Trainees.


Sign up at Kaivalya Front Desk, with Alex in person, or email:

Free Bonus for All Full Weekend Participants  “Adikara : Development of the Yogi”  Video Series  2hrs, $49 value.




Alex Pfeiffer has been exploring the chakra system through bodywork and yoga since being certified in both in 2004.  He has experienced its power first hand as a method of healing old wounds and as a source of energy from which to live life from a vibrant place.

Keith Borden has been the lead instructor with Laughing Lotus Yoga College, training yoga teachers since 2007.  We are honored to have him bring his expertise of sequencing using the Chakras to our training in downtown Madison!


This workshop, like every workshop we do has a 100% Money Back Guarantee   No questions asked and no disapproval or judgments   If you don’t believe this is worth every penny you paid, if it doesn’t rock your world, we’ll refund you all the way.  There’s no reason to miss!

What is the top thing you can do to make your Yoga Practice More than just a Workout?

Alex introduces the key distinction to get the mind and heart change you want by first talking about how his own practice started purely for physical reasons.  Later, he noticed yoga could go much deeper, and here’s what the first step on the deeper path entailed:

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*Video:pain v discomfort

This talk continues with reference to the human nervous system… 




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Integral Bodywork (Free Podcast and Upcoming Workshop)

Learn More: Podcast with Alex & Everett:
Click Here to Listen to the Integral Bodywork Podcast (20 min)

In this podcast:

  • What you’ll get in the workshop.  (Direct Experience of bodymind)
  • History of Integral Bodywork.  (and Everett’s Path)
  • How Integral Bodywork brought Alex his first Spiritual Realization.
  • A look at the orientation that “your body is your unconscious mind” as shown by Carl Jung and Eastern Philosophies.
The changes in you over the course of the weekend will be the best proof of the profound opening possible through Integral Bodywork®.

While this event is not formally related to the yoga teacher training program, in fact, I am not the organizer of it, it is something that anyone interested in yoga can have life changing benefit from. 


Learn and Experience from the Master – FEB 25 & 26 in Madison


 One of my Most Important Teachers:  After an over 4 year hiatus from Madison, my bodywork teacher Everett Ogawa — the founder of Integral Bodywork – is coming to town.


This is a very rare opportunity to step into a whole different level of experience. If you think yoga has been an aberration from your typical experience, this will prove to be yoga times fifty!    (or as Ken said, “Only Yoga time Ten”)
no bodywork experience necessary to take this workshop
Just come with an open mind for the experience.  My first experience of Oneness with the Universe came after my first Integral Bodywork encounter.  It has since helped me to heal bulging discs in my back as well as let go of past grudges and other traumas I’d been holding onto.  It has changed my life… and my New Year’s wish is that it have the opportunity to take your life to fascinating realms as well.  This is the real deal!
Introduction to Integral Bodywork

This introduction is available to anyone who wants to increase their mind-body awareness, know themselves more deeply, or live more fully – free from tension, stress, and anxiety.  Novices will find this weekend a tremendous step toward engaging their lives and work with new vigor and openness, as well as a gateway to deeper practice and life.  Those already practicing in some form of bodywork, meditation, martial arts, yoga or other mindfulness training will find a unique opportunity to deepen, open and accelerate their body’s response to these practices.  Because this work is built on the Eastern understanding of the mind and body as one, the effects can be far reaching. 

Plenty more (perhaps way more than you would care to know) information on this workshop and Integral Bodywork available at


An Introduction to Integral Bodywork®
Taught by Everett Ogawa
Everett Ogawa | 773.318.7877 |
Saturday, February 25, 2012 1:00-5:00pm Structural Stretch Sequence
Sunday, February 26, 2012 8:00am-4:30pm Introduction to the 10 Sessions
Tai Chi Center, 301 S. Bedford St., Madison, WI 53703
Cost: Structural Stretch Sequence $55 (Saturday afternoon class)
Introduction to the 10 Sessions $95 (Sunday all-day class)
Register for both classes for a discounted cost of $125
Integral Bodywork® is a transformational method of hands-on bodywork. It seeks to restore an individual’s structural integrity through release of the body’s matrix of connective tissue.


Registration Information Below.
If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to e-mail me or contact the organizers:  Elizabeth ( 608-288-1050) or Alex G ( 608-354-2585) with questions and to register.

7 Anatomy & Physiology Myths (Some Of Which, Even Your Yoga Teacher Likely Believes)

co-written by  Alex Pfeiffer & Katy Wallace

Since the day before you took your first yoga class, you have probably learned a lot more anatomy that you ever thought you would.  Whether it was the first time you realized that you knew what the yoga teacher was talking about when she mentioned your sacrum, or suddenly found that you felt better breathing a certain way from “oxygenating your blood” , you may have come to realize that Anatomy doesn’t have to be the boring subject it was in school.  It is, in fact, connected to our very vitality and happiness when its taught right.  And yoga has been that for all of us.  Learning about our bodies in ways that deeply affect our lives.  Although this writing is partially a promotional piece (at the end we’ll mention a workshop weekend), we think you’ll find the education you get from it extremely helpful in of itself.

Have you ever wondered about some of the things you hear around the yoga studio?  There are certainly things you hear that your bookworm friends would scoff at (of course they’ll never try yoga), and it is absolutely true that yoga revolutionizes how we can see the human body.  The mechanistic, partitioned view of the body we were given as “science” growing up was severely limited and yoga’s (as well as bodywork’s and natural medicine’s) more whole view actually helps us see much of the mythology we’ve been under here in the mainstream West.

But the culture of Yoga (starting from India), while remarkable and eye opening, is not without its myths either.  And some of the things from your yoga classes don’t hold up.  Alex argues that Yoga’s growing edge is not romanticizing by replacing one mixed paradigm for another (or what is often the case, taking the worst of each).  Its edge is integral – favoring truth over paradigm.  Katy argues that understanding your body is the first step to empowering your health because when you know how to use it, what you learn is yours forever.  Myths get in the way of your raw aliveness and vitality.


Myth 1  :  Stiffness, Aches, Pains, and getting shorter are a result of Aging.

If you’ve been practicing yoga very long, you’re not falling for this one.  How many times have you heard yoga being a “fountain of youth”?  … and then experienced it?  But Wait.  Older folks do get more stiff, aches, etc.  than younger folks.  Isn’t there some truth in this?


But it is not aging itself.  Aging just slows down your body’s ability to rejuvenate itself.  You can still rejuvenate when you’re older, but it will take a little longer.  The stiffness, aches, and pains typically associated with aging are usually the result of poor patterns in your structural tissues.  We all have patterns and the longer you’re alive, the stronger those patterns get.  The poor ones show up as aches and pains.  The really bad ones show up as bulging or ruptured vertebral discs.  While pill and surgery pushers of mainstream western medicine scoff at the idea that something like yoga can heal these problems, these problems are, in fact, a symptom of patterning.  (As is getting shorter the effect of gravity on a poorly patterned body over time)  Address the patterning and the symptom goes away.


Myth 2  :  Yoga Poses, Done Enough, Will Reverse Stiffness, Aches, and Pains.

Yoga poses are like the invitation.  They are not the party.  They are simply positions you put your body in.  Without connected, integrated, and expansive action that protects the joints, your yoga poses may only give you some new bad patterns (which given enough time, pop up as pain) to distract your current bad patterns for a while.  To truly reverse your body’s patterning and restore yourself to your vibrant blueprint, you must align.


Myth 3  :  Yoga Alignment is About Body Position

Your body, despite what it looks like in a textbook, is not a static entity.  True Alignment, that which drastically affects your core vitality, is not static either.  It is about balanced action.  If the action of every muscle fiber creates a myofascial network that fully integrates and expands, (active – tensegrity) then you are aligning.

Yup, like that weird thing in the video.



Myth 4  :  Yogic breathing increases oxygen in your bloodstream.

There are many health benefits from pranayam such as breath of fire and kapalbhati but if it increased oxygen in your bloodstream, you would die! Your body automatically, through homeostatic mechanisms, keeps the oxygen level in the bloodstream balanced. What yogic breathing offers is the increased availability of oxygen for uptake into the lungs and tissues which improves functioning in a number of body systems.

Your body is holistic like that.  Just how it likes to roll.


Myth 5  :  A raw vegan diet is the healthiest in the yogic tradition.

Many health issues improve from raw and vegan approaches to eating.  However,  without any animal products long term, an individual may become severely deficient in multiple areas including B12, iron, minerals and protein that can lead to reproductive, cognitive and digestive disorders.


Myth 6  :  One daily bowel movement is an indicator of a balanced elimination

in case you were eating at your keyboard


One typically needs to have 2-3 thorough bowel movements daily to avoid the build-up of toxins and residues in the digestive tract.  The Right Yoga offers many tools for regulating this self-cleansing mechanism.



Myth 7  :  Your Skeleton Mainly Holding You Up.  The rest of your Structural Anatomy is basically like a series of levers and pulleys.  

This is a primary Western Myth.  That our body is built like a building or a car, with interchangeable, separate parts working like a machine in mechanistic order.  In fact, your skeleton is not like the steel frame of a building that holds the rest of the pieces “up.”   It is more like the center pole of a tent or pillar on a suspension bridge.  It gives your soft tissues something to “push into” so that the soft tissues hold you up.   Yes.  The crazy yoga teacher (in the case of this part, Alex) is telling you that the idea you were given in grade school that your skeleton holds up your soft tissues is exactly backwards.                   Jon Burras Article



And this can drastically affect how you do your yoga.  As do all of these because when you are orienting to your own body based on a myth, it shows in your patterns, actions, and decisions.  So the next time you’re in a yoga pose, imagine, not that your bones stacking are holding you up, but that you are suspended up like a tent.  Seek out teachers who understand Anatomy because that is the source of quality yoga action.

It is the difference between having a yoga practice that is good for you and having one that is twice as good for you as the one you’re doing now.

Hopefully this article was helpful.  If you’re interested not only in diving deeper into these myths (and many more), but in finding out what it means to your yoga practice (and diet) and how some simple tweaks can help you create even more vitality, Katy and Alex will be co-hosting a yoga teacher training caliber Anatomy Weekend on Feb 17 – 19 at Kaivalya.  The workshop is open to everyone! (not just yoga teachers) and will feature years of experience and expertise packed into one weekend.  Alex with his multiple yoga and bodywork certifications will bring his expertise on structural anatomy, and team up with Katy Wallace’s remarkable expertise as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Doctor of Naturopathy.  Alex will cover structure and Katy everything else.

Information Here.  If you are interested, please join us.  The soonest this workshop will run again will be June of 2014.  Imagine the kind of impact could this knowledge have on your yoga practice (or teaching) in the course of 2.5 years?

See you on the mat…

Yoga Anatomy & Physiology Weekend with Katy Wallace & Alex Pfeiffer

This Weekend is for:

  • Those currently enrolled in Kaivalya’s Yoga Teacher Training Program.
  • Current Yoga Teachers who are looking to fulfill their Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Training Requirement (covers 16 of the 30 required hours) or ‘step up’ their Anatomy skills.
  • Anyone who wants a cutting edge understanding of human anatomy and physiology and (most importantly), how to apply it in on the yoga mat  (although it is not the primary focus of the weekend, application via diet will also be included in the instruction).
You Will
  • Have a deep understanding that will unravel the 7 Anatomy & Physiology Myths (Some Of Which, Even Your Yoga Teacher Likely Believes).  Read This Now, If you have not.  
  • Be able to execute the right breathing techniques to get yourself going or conversely, to help yourself relax and calm down.
  • Learn proper bone placement and how common yoga instructions such as “get your hips in one line” (triangle, warrior) or “push your shoulders down” actually create instability, strain, and tension.
  • Understand how both yoga and diet have the potential to promote or alleviate anxiety when the right combination of techniques are used.
  • Gain an understanding of how the human body is interconnected.  Not just that it is, but that some parts are more interconnected than others.
  • Practice meditation techniques that boost memory and reduce stress.
  • Learn to engage your muscles in harmony in poses with the right timing and the right way that hits the “reset button” on the negative patterns your body is holding.
  • Know the foods and yogic techniques that stimulate your body’s natural capacity for self-cleansing and detoxification.
  • Understand why the thyroid and adrenal glands are so important to stress recovery and how yoga and diet influence them.
  • Get a Practical Experience of All Learning.  A total of 6 hours of physical practice through the weekend!
  • A Yogic and Basic Human Understanding of the Following Body Systems:
      • Digestive System
      • Skeletal System
      • Endocrine System
      • Muscular System
      • Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
      • Myofascial System
      • Nervous System
      • Lymphatic and Skin Systems

Weekend Schedule

Friday, Feb 17,  7:30pm to 9:45pm :    Consciousness for Human Bodies, an Owner’s Manual  —   w/ Alex Pfeiffer

Saturday, Feb 18, 9am to 12:15pm:    Structural Anatomy in Practice w/ Alex Pfeiffer

Saturday, Feb 18, 1:50pm to 5pm:   Physiology for Yoga and Diet w/ Katy Wallace 

Saturday, Feb 19, 10am to 2:15pm:    Structural Anatomy in Practice & Teaching  w/ Alex Pfeiffer

Sunday, Feb 19, 4pm to 6:45pm:   Physiology for Yoga and Diet w/ Katy Wallace 





Katy Wallace is a traditional Naturopath and Registered Yoga Teacher. She teaches people to take control of their own health by eating better and utilizing natural remedies to support the healing process.

“I believe the body has the ability to heal and stay healthy if given the proper nutrition and care.   You’ll notice that all of the training I’ve chosen and the services I offer are rooted in that fundamental belief in our innate ability to be well.

I hold a Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) degree from Trinity College of Natural Health and have since completed over 200 hours of continuing education in the area of holistic nutrition. I also hold a Master’s degree from the Institute for Environmental Studies at the UW–Madison and a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Environmental Sciences from Carleton College in Minnesota.

Because meditation and yoga practices contribute to keeping body systems balanced, I became certified in Kundalini yoga, completed over 200 hours in Yoga Alliance-approved teacher training, and am now recognized as a registered yoga teacher.

In 2006 I founded Human Nature, LLC, offering nutrition, naturopathy, and yoga services in Madison, Wisconsin.



Alex Pfeiffer is Teacher Training director at the Kaivalya Yoga Teacher Training.  Since yoga & bodywork certification in 2004, Alex has gained a reputation as one of Madison’s most reliable experts in bio-mechanics and usage of yoga for therapeutic healing.  With a total of 5 yoga & bodywork certifications, his teaching focuses heavily on understandable alignment, breath, action, & attitude for full human detoxification: physically, mentally, & emotionally. The result is a class to push your spiritual edge from struggle to ease; from intensity to peace; and from madness to clarity. “Life is a wild ride” he says, “you never know what’s just around the corner. All we can do is discover the parts of ourselves we never knew were there – and then: Blossom.”

Alex designs training weekends that synthesize cutting edge understanding of the human body with its correlate of action and meaning in the world. He brings together a team of some of the best teachers in Wisconsin to distill yoga’s creative core for teachers to be. “Whether we study yoga as a science or an art,” he says, “it all flows from a creative core. And when our energy flows from that core to all domains… we are unstoppable, happy, and free.”



Kaivalya Yoga Teacher Training Credit:   $279  /  weekend
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit:  $179 / weekend
General Public:  $179 / weekend

Ala Carte available but full weekend recommended.  To sign up, contact Alex at  

Sign up ahead of time and get free yoga anatomy & alignment videos! 


FAQ 1: What Style is this Yoga Teacher Training?

This training does not teach a particular style.  It will show examples of various styles and bring in teachers of various styles, but it does not center on one style. It centers on the ingredients that make up all styles.

This training will certify you and qualify you to teach a solid public yoga class that is grounded in the Foundations of all styles of yoga.

The training is Foundational and Integral.  The training drills down to the foundations of yoga and allows you to use your own creative potential to adapt it to your style (perhaps even one that’s uniquely you).  Here is the analogy I’d use:

A Yoga Class is a finished product.  As a student, you see the end result of many other pieces that are behind the scenes.  Its like going to a restaurant.  You get the final plate of food, but have not seen what has gone into creating that wonderful plate of food in front of you.  More accurately, if you’ve never done extended yoga training before, its more like you’ve never prepared or cooked food and have never been to a supermarket — as if you’ve only ever been in a restaurant and seen the final product.  Regardless of your background, your job as a yoga teacher to put that plate together behind the scenes so your students have something delicious and healthy to absorb.

Most yoga trainings will teach you to make a single type of food or plate.  These are called “styles”.  Some styles are like mashed potatoes and gravy, others are like a good curry, others are even a whole cuisine… like Mexican.  You will be trained to make a single dish.  You will be trained to make it quite well.  You will learn a recipe.

This is nice. And it is the right path for some, but in my opinion the growing edge of yoga is like that in food and everything else.  Creative.

It honors the lineage, but does not get stuck in it.

I want to teach you how to cook.  Creatively. Not to remake the same dish that’s been made 100000 times exactly the same by 1000 other people.  Rather than repeating something in lock step, I’d like you to be able to understand fundamental ‘flavors’ and ‘textures’ of the ‘food’, so that you know how ‘taste’ works and from there prepare your own food.  I want you to understand cooking and then rely on your own creative potential.  There are a few reasons for this:

1)  It gives you the potential to do your yoga and teach your yoga in a way that really works for you.

2)  Even if you really like and enjoy a particular style or two of yoga (flow, yin, hot, alignment, etc.), in my opinion, you will understand it better and teach it better by understanding how it fits together with everything else.  For example, by understanding flavors, even if your favorite food is mashed potatoes, you can probably give your mashed potatoes a very slight, unique little spice that still works as mashed potatoes.  This training is about fostering that sort of creativity whether you decide to train your teaching towards a particular style or not.

3)  Once you’ve been teaching for a year or few, if you trained in one style, you have no where to go, but start over — just as if you trained to learn to make only mashed potatoes, you might have to start over to learn to make Mexican food.  Where as, if you learn how texture, taste, and presentation fit together with food, you may not know exactly what to do right away, BUT you will have the ability to taste something new and say “Hmmm, I taste some cilantro…..   heirloom tomato sauce….”  you will have the tools to use your own creative potential to go after it.

In the training itself, I teach (1) the fundamentals and (2) how to apply the fundamentals.  (1) I teach the same every time.  (2)  I teach based on who is in the training weekend.  So (2) will be different for every single training class and is part of why there will be an interview before you enroll — the interview helps me understand your style experience is so that I can show the fundamentals in a way that will immediately fit and be understandable.

In other words, the training is tailor fit to you and others in the training.  The goal is to integrate fundamentals that will give you the ability to fully use every bit of your creative potential instead of a “paint-by-numbers” approach.

In the end this is what consciousness is about…. creative potential… not dogma or paint by numbers.   By bet is on your inteligence and creative capacity.

Lets Cook.

Why Over Cardio-ing Your Whole Asana Practice Will Always Leave You Stuck

Don’t get me wrong here.  Fast Moving Asana Practices such as varying Power Yogas can be a great cardio workout and also build a warrior type discipline & confidence since when you’re moving fast, there is often not time to align the pose perfectly, you must align quickly to get the most of each pose.  It is great for warmup in any class and even good for peaking right before a slowdown.  I use fast moving asana for these reasons in many, many of my own classes. I am not anti-cardio.

Fast Moving Asana (with holds of 10 seconds or less) is great at working muscle.

But Yoga, even from a pure physical point of view, can work more.   “Like What?” you might ask, “Muscle stretch, Muscle engage, muscle align… sounds good to me.”   Yes, that is good, but there is the issue of the fuzz.

Specifically, your fuzz….


Holding poses for 10 seconds does little to completely melt the fuzz.  That fuzz grows every night of your life.  If it didn’t, your knuckles would drag on the ground by your 18th birthday.   To clean out the fuzz like Gil’s hand in the video, you’ll often need a sustained stretch of at least 15 – 20 seconds, and for the really tough spots (2 weeks, 1 months, or years of fuzz) longer.

Many times a good 30 second pose for each major part of the body will do the trick, but to clear out the thick fuzz that’s turned to chunks of white tissue, it takes sustained holds of 1 minute, 2 minutes… of 5 minutes.

There’s are entire styles of yoga dedicated to these long, slow holds:  Yin, Kripalu, and Restorative to name a few.  The philosophy goes like this:  The more stable the tissue the longer the hold and the lower the amount of pressure needs to be.  Imagine trying to change your teeth.  (Very thick/stable tissue: bone mounted in bone).  You would not try to pull each tooth real hard for 10 seconds.  You would end up pulling all your teeth out!   To change your teeth, you would apply for less pressure over a longer period of time (braces)… and to work into the fuzz that has turned to slabs of fascia, gentler poses for sustained periods of time.


Reason of the Buddha…. Nature of Subjectivity

This is Sam Harris speaking to a conference of atheists.  Sam Harris is a neuro-scientist generally regarded as one of the “New Atheists” along with Chris Hitchens and Richard Dawkins who often speak out against religion.  Here, Sam speaks some uncomfortable truths for some in his own movement to the benefit of honoring spiritual experience.

This is one of the videos I have all my teacher trainees watch before their opening weekend.  Part of our yoga practice especially as teachers (but even overall for dedicated practitioners) is to honor all paths, including atheism.  To say we honor all paths sounds nice, but it also helpful to contextualize how we honor all paths.  Yoga is not out to change anyone’s beliefs, just to provide tools to become more ourselves and more alive and more deeply ourselves.

This is the reason of the Buddha. Enjoy.

What is Yoga Practice?

Simple enough question, right?  How many times per week do we mention our “yoga practice”.   Here is how I address the question with new teacher trainees….

There are 3 pieces to this yoga teacher training:

1)  Deepening your own yoga practice.
2)  Learning to help others deepen their yoga practice (teaching)
3)  Applying yogic principles, particularly the deep resonance of your personal yoga practice, to your broader life in order to live truer to yourself.

That is the training in a nutshell.  If you imagine these 3 items in 3 intersecting circles (venn diagram), you’ll note the intersecting piece is that these all contain “yoga practice.”  Therefore this is how the training launches – everything in the training ties back to this moment… a moment of being fully human.





Free Teacher Training Q&A Sessions:
This Sunday May 22nd, 3pm at Kaivalya
This Tuesday, May 24th, at Perfect Knot, 9:10pm

More Links & info on this June’s fast approaching Yoga Teacher Training

The Launch of an Integrated Yoga

Expanding Possibilities through the Kaivalya / Studio Yoga Teacher Training.  Holon Yoga v0.2.

The Integrated Yoga Teacher Training Launched last December.  It has had great success and it is now time to welcome an entirely new group of Teacher Trainees into the fold starting this August 18th at the Yoga Teacher Training.  If you are looking for something rare in our world of yoga, you may wish to join us.  What I promise is a unique and on the edge of a brand new and emerging paradigm in yoga teacher certification.

This emerging paradigm is integral:  meaning it is comprehensive, inclusive, balanced, of holistic embrace and not leaving anything out.  At this very time, there is something of an “integral revolution” occurring around the world, as all the old and partial approaches are being questioned.  New and more integral responses are being explored as truths from the great wisdom traditions, modern science, and the rejection of dogma combine to create a new way of being in the world that primal without clinging to the past and that embraces science without losing one’s soul.


It is time for yoga to do the same.

Learn to see the “unseeable”


Ninety percent of the time the follow up question I’ve been getting about teacher training is… “What style is it going to be?”  This is a legitimate question, but also indicative of how we’ve been taught to think of yoga.  At present, certification comes in ‘styles’.  A teacher is trained in the methods, terminology, and sequencing that are distinctive of that style.  This is because many of these styles follow the paradigm of a business franchise.  The teacher is permitted to teach under that title of style so long as he or she sufficiently represents that style.  While this is a good way to maintain a consistency of ‘product,’ it has a downside.


This is not necessarily bad…unless they or their students could really use something from the other path.

Imagine that you have never learned to cook food.  As a matter of fact, you’ve never seen food preparation or what food looks like before it’s on a plate.  This is similar to world you step into when you decide to train to become a yoga teacher.  You have only experienced the finished product, but have not seen what goes into creating that work of 60 to 90 minute art.  Some styles will teach you to make mashed potatoes.  Others will teach you to make lemon pepper cod.  There is a recipe you follow as teacher of that style – and the result is always the same.


I am proposing to teach you how to cook as a yoga teacher, so that you may creatively turn your teaching into an art form.  This is more risky because creating art (vs. following a paint-by-numbers) means you must be continually conscious and connected to our inner light or we’ll get a mess.  Therefore this training is not for the person who is looking for a rote-script-formula type of teaching.


And Adjust

It is for your inner artist.


It is for the part of you that loves humanity – and – gets frustrated by it.


It is for your inner science lover, who sees scientific truth, not as an end, but as a beginning because only in understanding reality can we make better art out of it.


It is for your free spirit.


It is for your spiritual self, but not your dogma.


This training will focus on the foundational polarities, energies, and wisdom common to all styles of yoga and then offer “special” modules later on to show how these foundations fit together in common yoga styles.  From this training, we will provide you with the foundations to:

  • Create your own authentic practice, aligned to your needs
  • to do the same for your students
  • Down the road – how to develop your own signature style of yoga
  • How to take any yoga class of any style with any teacher and always have an understanding of what is going on in the class.
  • How to do all of these things with intelligence, warmth, power, and charisma by being anchored in your own heart.
  • How to tap even stronger into your Intuition and Creative Freedom.

This training is definitely for anyone who:

  • wishes to become a yoga teacher
  • wishes to go deeper in his/her own yoga practice
  • who wants the foundational experience of a lifetime in integrating one’s life.  The physical with the spiritual.  Mind with Body.  Work and Play.  Being an individual with being a member of something bigger.


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