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The mission of the 500-hour program is two-fold: to deepen our personal understanding of yoga, and develop the skills to teach yoga in one-on-one settings. The two goals are convergent, rather than divergent. The more deeply we understand the yoga, the more clearly we can see our students' paths unfold.
The training is offered in four 7-day intensives. Each intensive can be taken on its own. To receive 500-hour certification the intensives must be taken in order.
If applicants have not taken a 200-hour program with Alignment Yoga, they may be asked to take a 3-day bridge training in AY methods or a 1- day distance learning philosophy module as a prerequisite. Contact us for more information.
The Structural Perspective
January 2-8, 2016
Using the skills/knowledge of anatomy from the 200-hour program, we will develop a far more comprehensive and detailed understanding of how stress and strain is transmitted throughout the body. We will use this knowledge to better understand our own postural/structural pathologies, as well as developing tools to better assist our students in realizing their potential through yoga.
Breath and Function
July 30 - August 5, 2016
Building on our existing knowledge of respiration, we will develop a greater understanding of healthy breathing, identify common pathologies and develop strategies for our students to regain respiratory efficiency/vitality. This intensive will also include a significant exploration into the art of seeing. Seeing is an important skill in our personal yoga practice, our personal relationships and our teaching skills.
Organ Systems and Optimum Vitality
January 2-6, 2017
The organs allow us to convert the outside world into energies useful to our bodies, minds and spirits. Through assimilation and elimination, our health and vitality are integrally related to the function of our organs. Hatha Yoga offers time-tested techniques to tone, nourish and detoxify the organs. In this retreat, we?ll develop strategies applicable to the practitioner and their students.
The Art of Seeing
July 29 - August 4, 2017
A good teacher is a keen observer. Novice teachers will ask "How did you see that?" and often wonder how a master teacher observes the connections that lead to healing. In this retreat, you will learn the meridians of connective tissue that link the various parts of the body. By developing an understanding of fascia, the yoga therapist gains the tools that facilitate healing, rather than simply relieving symptoms.
Registration is closed for the 500-hour program that is currently in progress. Announcement of future programs may occur in 2017 or 2018.
Click "Submit application materials below to begin the application process. After that, you'll be directed to the the online payment page. Payment does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
A $500 deposit is due at the time you apply. The full course fee is $4000 if paid up front, or $1100 per module.
When I first started yoga with Scott Anderson a year ago, I was in
chronic body and joint pain. I had been unable to break thru the
cycle of activity, pain and injury. This had been going on for many
years, and was taking a toll. Now, I am living in a body that has the
strength and flexibility that I had decades ago, and with vastly
reduced body and joint pain. I am impressed with the knowledge Scott has of the body, as well as the mind-body connection, and how he was able to introduce exquisitely appropriate and consistently small
steps into my practice that built steadily upon each other to create where I am now. I am not only having the pleasure of a renewed body,
but the classes and teachings Scott has provided have helped to create a very necessary and steady platform for my inner development
as well. Scott's classes are a delight to partake in... they demand us to be all we can be, and yet remain lightened-up as we do it. Scott is also a role model for me of someone who sincerely practices
what they preach. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to
study with someone of this caliber.
-Tibi L, Madison