Frequently Asked Questions:
Is this yoga teacher training program approved by Yoga Alliance?
Yes, it is fully approved and credentialed through Yoga Alliance.
Can I take this yoga teacher training even if I do not want to teach yoga?
Absolutely! This course is perfect for individuals wanting to deepen and expand their own personal practice.
What "type" or "style" of yoga do you teach?
We are asked this question a lot.
"The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’."
Using the origin of the term "yoga" as an anchor, we intentionally craft opportunities for practitioners to have direct experience with Self through emBodiment practices designed to promote feelings of wholeness and liberation.
Our 200 hour yoga teacher training students come away from our radical and revolutionary program with a comprehensive tool box of inclusive language and accessible sequencing.
The emBodied Yoga School of New Mexico facilitation style can be applied to many styles of asana, or physical postures, which is one of the eight limbs of traditional yoga.
Yoga offerings that incorporate vinyasa (general term for linking movement with breath), restorative (gentle practice using props for support), and yin (longer holds to release and repair fascia) can easily be adapted to be more inclusive and accessible with our approach. Offerings can range from slow and gentle to fast-paced and vigorous. Settings can range from cool & dry to hot & humid, from beautiful outdoor settings to online studio settings. The options are limitless. Be inspired!
What is an experiential education retreat?*
Experiential: Involving or based on experience or observation.
Education: Information about a particular subject or subjects. An enlightening experience.
Retreat: A place or space to go to rest, meditate, and/or contemplate.
*Putting it all together, a working definition for our experiential education retreat is:
An intentionally curated space where course participants have both guided and self-directed opportunities to experience, observe, and contemplate content about various subjects related to yoga, Self, community, and collective conscience while retreating from the norm and engaging with emBodied experiences that promote healing, transformation, and liberation.
Visit our details page to learn more about dates and times.
Why Northern New Mexico?
The high deserts, mountains, hot springs, rivers, lakes, and canyons of northern New Mexico are stunning! Come study with us and create space before or after your weekend experiential education retreat to explore the area. Hiking, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, and relaxation abound!
How do I travel to and from emBodied Yoga School?
If you do not live within driving distance from Albuquerque, Sunport airport is a small and easy airport to travel in and out of, with easy access to rental cars, ride shares, and public transportation. The Source is located in Albuquerque proper and Shanti Community Retreat is located in Madrid, NM, an approximate 1-hour drive from the airport and 30-minutes from Santa Fe.
Where do I stay during the experiential education retreats?
Shanti Community, located in Madrid, NM, is an awe-inspiring property and offers converted busses, yurts, and bell tents for rent through Air BnB and HipCamp.
What is Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy?
On their website, they describe their methodology as follows:
"Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a holistic healing art. Using age old yogic and modern therapeutic approaches to deepen awareness and presence, we are able to help others accept themselves more fully. Out of this acceptance they are more easily moved to embrace the opportunity for change, growth and enhanced well-being in body, mind, emotions and spirit."
What is Kundalini?
On one of their official websites, students of Kundalini describe the practice as:
"Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is also known as the Yoga of Awareness; its focus is on self-awareness and delivering an experience of your highest consciousness. The technology of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is a science of the mind and body, to elevate the spirit, which has no boundaries, no discrimination. Therefore it is for everyone, universal and nondenominational."
What is Restorative Yoga?
One definition of restorative yoga, with which we most resonate, is as follows:
"In Restorative Yoga props are always used and soft is more often the way to practice. Restorative Yoga is perfect for people recovering from illness or injury as lots of props are offered and the poses are not super challenging.
Based on the teachings of the late B.K.S Iyengar, Restorative Yoga at its core is a practice of passive healing. It is intended to carry the student into a deep state of relaxation by completely supporting the body in propped-up asanas. These props equal release and therefore allow the practitioner to surrender completely. When practicing Restorative Yoga the physical sensations are minimal as the body finds space to gently surrender and soften into the support of the props."
What is Yin Yoga?
One definition of Yin Yoga, with which we most resinate, is as follows:
"In Yin Yoga props can be used or not it is up to the teacher and Yin Yoga is not necessarily soft as it can be quite challenging. Introduced by Paul Grilley in the late 1980s, Yin Yoga is based on the ancient, Taoist concepts of yin and yang, the opposite and complementary principles in nature. It works synergistically with the principles of traditional Chinese medicine to shift ‘Chi’ or 'Qi' through the body. In Hatha Yoga the Sanskrit word for 'Chi' is ‘Prana.’ The word 'Prana' in English means life force.
All Yoga works with life force, but Yin Yoga works with the bones, ligaments, joints and fascial network as well. Once in the asana, the practitioner is asked to stay in this stillness and breathe for two minutes and sometimes up to ten minutes. You will practice a lot less poses in the same amount of time as a more general yoga class."
What is Chakra Yoga?
Chakra Yoga is a term I (Bri) constructed as a way to describe a type of movement and vibration that promotes release, healing, and alignment of the body's energetic pathways, physical being, and emotional body. Although the existence of a "chakra" has not been scientifically proven in western medicine, our seven main energetic epicenters, or chakras, correspond to major nerve bundles and glandular systems that are found along, and in relation to, the spine in the human body.
There are colors, sounds, and corresponding emotional and physical functions associated with the nadis and meridian lines that run throughout our entire being. Proof of this can be found during traditional healing treatments, like acupuncture and cupping, as well as during other somatic modalities that work with our fascia (the connective tissue that runs along, throughout, and within our entire musculoskeletal system).
What type of meditation can I expect to learn and practice?
Considering the fact that pairing breath with awareness can be considered a meditation, you can expect to encounter meditation regularly throughout this yoga teacher training.
Other meditation styles we practice are rooted in the methods of Vipassana, as defined here:
"Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills.This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation.
Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
The scientific laws that operate one's thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace."
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is considered the science of yoga and has been tracked to over 6000 years ago. Here is an introduction to Ayurveda:
"The Sanskrit term Ayurveda translates to “knowledge of life,” and the principles of this ancient wisdom remind us that the entire web of life is intricately interwoven. With a unique emphasis on total wellness, the art and science of Ayurveda work to harmonize our internal and external worlds."
During our emBodied Yoga School of New Mexico 200-hour teacher training, you can expect to be exposed to Ayurvedic principals while being invited to explore and try out various practices to investigate how your body responds to this ancient science.
What is "playful creative expression?" Do I have to be artistic? What if I shy away from (or even "hate") art?!?
Fair question. Each student in our program is asked to bring an 8 x 10 or larger blank page spiral-bound art journal for notes, reflection, and self-expression. We also ask students to bring a box of crayons and some of other writing tools to take notes and create imagery to reflect on their emBodied experiences.
Imagery can be in the form of color, shapes, words, and more. Or less. You choose. You create from within.
Our experience has shown us this type of experiential education tool is not only effective for content retention, but inspiring, empowering, entertaining, and often liberating.
What is an equitable sliding scale and why are you using one?
A sliding scale helps to create accessibility for people from variable financial walks of life.
We all have different financial means and resources. In an effort to break down barriers to access while cultivating a sustainable and financially business model, we are offering our yoga teaching trainings on an equitable sliding scale.
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