An opportunity to experience a fun, challenging retreat for all experience levels Be inspired by Prajna's unique teaching style, featuring energizing, alignment-focused sequences, curated playlists, mantra meditation and harmonium lullabies
Yoga is a vast and profound subject with an ancient history, deep cultural roots, and practices that go far beyond the physical asanas. Whether you are interested in becoming a teacher, progressing in your practice, or simply deepening your understanding of yoga, this training offers a straightforward, practical and holistic study of Yoga that will give you a strong foundation for a lifetime of practice, ongoing studentship, and wise teaching.
• Sequencing principles • Alignment, adaptation and accessibility: making the practice fit the individual • Hatha Yoga Systems: classical, vinyasa/flow, ashtanga/power, yin/restorative • Anatomy, physiology and biomechanics • Hands-on assists and verbal cues: when, why and how • Pedagogy & teaching methodology • History of yoga • Decolonizing our practices and teachings • Sanskrit pronunciation & introduction to mantra • Philosophy of Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutra • Culture: yoga as indigenous wisdom tradition • Ethics & best practices • Pranayama, kriyas, chakras, & Ayurvedic principles • Meditation • Practice teaching
All YogaWise TT graduates will have the opportunity to further their studies and refine their teaching skills through our mentorship program.
Classes will take place most wednesday nights, and two weekends per month.
Wednesday Nights from 6-8pm: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26 7/3, 7/10, 7/17
Weekends (Sat. 12 - 5, Sun. 12 - 8) 3/9, 3/10, 3/16, 3/17 4/6, 4/7, 4/27, 4/28 5/4, 5/5, 5/18, 5/19 6/22, 6/23, 6/29, 6/30 7/6, 7/7, 7/13, 7/14, 7/20, 7/21
Early Bird: $2800 After Feb. 6: $3000
A limited number of partial scholarships are available for dedicated students who wish to take the training but need financial assistance. We are also happy to arrange payment plans when needed. Please contact Prajna at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
I’ve been practicing yoga for over 2 decades and teaching since 2002. Because I remain a dedicated student, my teaching is first and foremost inspired by my personal practice, with its roots in the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions. I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with many gifted teachers, both well-known and not so well-known. All of my teachers have influenced my work in some way, but I especially acknowledge Maty Ezraty, Judith Lasater, Chuck Miller, Jennifer Prugh, and Erika Abrahamian for profoundly influencing my life, my practice, and my work.
As a teacher and as a teacher trainer, my one aim is to assist students in moving forward in their practice. I believe that this begins with seeing students—seeing not only their unique bodies, but also their energy, their patterns, their hearts. I look at how people respond and react to the experiences that arise in each moment—how do they engage with intensity, with softness, with tension, or with stillness? I am looking at all these things, and looking to see where I can give assistance. I believe in long-term practice, in patience, in consistency, and taking the long view. Because that is my method, my classes aren’t intended to entertain, but rather to inform, to explore, and to practice. Along the way we may laugh, we may get creative, we may try crazy things, or we may go back to basics. What I teach on any given day depends largely on who shows up. I love this work with all my heart, and hope I get to do it for a very long time.
I am also a long time practitioner of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of the heart) and kirtan, a traditional chanting practice. It’s such a significant part of my life that I feel its worth mentioning. I believe that just like posture and breath, sound, too, is an incredible vehicle of transformation. Over the years I’ve had the good fortune to share this practice internationally, performing regularly with world music pioneer Jai Uttal, as well as with my own ensemble, Mukti, as a duet with yoga music producer Ben Leinbach, and with countless other kirtan artists. I sometimes incorporate this chanting practice into my classes, or I may sing during savasana. Yoga is a multidimensional practice with numerous techniques and traditions to help us heal, grow, and examine our relationship with what is. I strive to be true to the traditions of yoga, while embracing innovation and discovery.
I come from a background of Classical Indian Dancing with a Graduate Diploma in Bharatnatyam from Bhartiya Nritya Kala Mandir in Patna, India. I also possess a Bachelors in Chemistry (minor in Biology) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. I was fortunate to move to India when I was fourteen years old, and imbibe many traditional and beautiful practices, which molded my personality into the person that I am today.
After marriage I moved to California and threw myself into the corporate world, but found little fulfillment in the fields of BioInformatics and Pharmacy. My father passed away and I began searching for a deeper meaning to life. I found that fulfillment in yoga. I began practicing every day at Balance Yoga Center (my home studio) and watched my life transform. I am indebted to all of my teachers who had faith in me and encouraged me to complete a 200-hour Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training with Mark Stephens at Santa Cruz Yoga. I continued my education with trainings in Hot Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga , Yogic Philosophy, Inferno Hot Pilates and Heated Yoga Strength. Every teacher of mine imparted a unique gift to my teaching skills, however, my practice has always been my biggest teacher. The greatest guru you can ever have, lies deep down inside of you.
Yoga is not a career, but rather a way of life for me. Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not all about the asana. It is about that transformation that is going on inside of you. This is the philosophy that I like to give to my students. I often tell them, that all I want to see is dedication. It does not matter if your asana does not look like your neighbor’s asana, it might never look like that. Your asana is an expression of you, so love your own asana and keep practicing. The more you practice, the more your inner light will shine, and the more fulfillment you will find in life.
Kaiser Santa Clara, Pediatric Rehabilitation
Tom received his degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Health Science, Chicago Medical School in 1976. Over his 43 year career he has worked in Inpatient Rehab, School Based Therapy for kids with chronic disabilities, Home Based Therapy for Early Intervention, Private Practice, and Outpatient Rehab, all with infants, children and teenagers.
Over the years Tom has taught classes and provided individual training for therapists on chronic neurological and musculoskeletal problems in infants and children. Posture, alignment and biomechanics were strongly emphasized in those teaching activities.
He and his wife Roz have been married for 38 years and have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. Tom and Roz have been practicing yoga for 4 years after many years of martial arts training. The family enjoys outdoor activities and family vacations.
(Additional guest teachers TBA)
Mukti Kirtan Ensemble singing Mahishasuramardini Stotram (Andi Shankaracharya), with original Odissi choreography and performance by Revital Carroll
Prajna Vieira is the lead singer of the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble, and is also known for her work with world music pioneer Jai Uttal and other artists. She was introduced to kirtan and bhakti yoga as a child when her father returned from a spiritual journey to India and began taking her to a local satsang where the melodies and rhythms of kirtan and bhajan, and the timeless wisdom of Sanatana Dharma, stole her heart and set her on the spiritual path. She met her Sadguru Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) in 1998, began teaching yoga in 2000, and began singing kirtan publicly (outside of the temple) in 2008 when Mukti first came together. She has dedicated her life to studying, practicing and sharing traditional yoga practices and bhakti arts. Prajna lives in the SF Bay Area, where she teaches yoga asana, yogic philosophy, and kirtan vocal and harmonium. She also studies and performs Odissi Classical Indian Dance, and Harikatha (a traditional, devotional art of storytelling). She is committed to compassionate activism and social justice, and is accountable to the source traditions of yoga through the ongoing work of decolonizing her own practices and presentations.