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.

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.


Inspire Others.
Ready, Set, Go Time…

The Teacher Training that anyone can Do. (Even You!)

I discussed what is unique about the content of this training.  Now let me say what is unique in practical terms about this Teacher Training.

It is modular, not sequential.

You do not need to complete the training in one year.  You can do it in 2… or in 3 (or even 4 or 5).  This sort of flexibility is simply not available in any other program that I know of, but given my experience in teaching dance where I also have to create curricula that runs modularity, I’ve figured out how to do this and still give a good training.


It is harder to design the training by doing it this way, but I really wanted to offer something that’s not available elsewhere and something that can work for you if you’ve always wanted to do a teacher training but you could just never take 14 weekends off per year.  If you can, great.  You will get a fantastic training in one year!  But all that’s required is that you want to do a teacher training and we can make this work for you.


Therefore, you do not need to be available on all the dates listed below.  You can do the missed modules when they run later, but here are examples of how you could do this training.


Completing the Teacher Training in Under 1 Year Dates:  August 2011 – July 2012

August 19 – 21 (FK)
September 9 – 11 (K1)
October 14 – 16 (FS)
December 2 – 4 (S1)
Jan 13 – 15 (FN)                               2012
Jan 20 – 22 (S2)
Feb 17 – 19 (Anatomy)
Mar 2 – 4 (S3)
Mar 16 – 18 (N1)
Apr 6 – 8 (N2)
Apr 27 – 29 (N3)
June 8 – 10 (K2)
July 6 – 8 (K3)
July 13 – 15  (Living Yoga)

Completing the Teacher Training in 1.5 Years Recommended Dates: August 2011 – February 2013

August 18 – 21 (FK – Human Condition)
October 14 – 16  (FS – Science Of Yoga)
December 2 – 4 (S1 -  Sacred Geometry)
Feb 17 – 19  (E3 – Anatomy)                          2012
Mar 16 – 18  (N1 – Breath, Mudra, Banda)
Apr 27 – 29  (N3 – Flowing with Goddess)
May 18 – 20 (K1 – Yin & Yang)
June 8 – 10 (K2 – From the Heart)

July  13 – 15 (E4 – Living Yoga)
October  12 -14  (S2 – Limbs, Sutras)
November  2 – 4  (S3 – Vital Core)
Dec  7  -9  (E5 – Integration Intensive)
Jan 11 – 13 (E2 – Banda Alignment)       2013
February 1 – 3  (N2)


Completing the Teacher Training in 2 Years
Recommended Dates:  August  2011  -  June 2013
August 19 – 21 (FK- Human Condition)
October 14 – 16  (FS- Science Of Yoga)
December 2 – 4 (S1  -  Sacred Geometry)
January 13 – 15 (FN)
Feb 17-19   (E3 – Anatomy)                           2012
Mar  16 -18   (N1 – Breath, Mudra, Banda)
May 18  -20  (K1 – Yin & Yang)
July  13 – 15 (E4 – Living Yoga)
October  12 -14  (S2 – Limbs, Sutras)
November  2 – 4  (S3 – Vital Core)
Dec  7  -9  (E5 – Integration Intensive)
January 11 – 13 (E2 – Banda Alignment)  2013
February 22 – 24  (N3 – Flowing with Goddess)
May 31 – June 2  (K3 – Truth & Creativity)


… and so on, you can see all the possibilities in the teacher training catalog at http://www.madisonyogateachertraining.com/pdfs/TeacherTrainingCatalog%201.06.pdf

I can promise you that this is the most flexible, inclusive, holistic, and integrated high-quality yoga teacher training around.  You will not just understand anatomy as most trainings will do, but holistic anatomy, such as why the strength of your pinky toe has a HUGE IMPACT on your ability to get into arm balances – plus nutrition with a certified ND, I will be bringing in experts from all over Wisconsin and out of state.  You will not just understand Prana as most trainings do, but how Prana heals.  You will get practice and practical advice on developing your spiritual self and Intuition as we do not simply parrot Classical Yoga Philosophy (which is 20% of the lineage), but dig deep into the complete lineage and wealth of yoga to find a personal fit to your style.