Course Descriptions

Advanced Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (34 hours)

In this program you will take home new information and skills to enhance your teaching of prenatal yoga as well as walk away with the ability to lead Yoga-Born, a childbirth education program steeped in the yoga tradition.

The program will cover the following topics:

  • Trimester changes, choices & self-care
  • Medical care
  • Nutrition
  • Stages of labor
  • Physical and emotional aspects
  • Opening and pushing
  • Comfort during labor
  • Pain Coping Strategies
  • Hospital procedures and medication
  • Mother’s recovery
  • Breastfeeding
  • Bonding with baby
  • The Emotions of Pregnancy
  • The Dynamics of Group Learning
  • The Nuero-biology of Healthy Relationships
  • Pelvic Floor Anatomy/Labor/Childbirth
  • Understanding the Energetic Body in Relation to Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Subtle Body
  • Koshas
  • Chakras
  • Understanding the Gunas

This program provides 34 CE hours for the Yoga Alliance. To receive full credit from the Yoga Alliance and become a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, students must complete both levels of the Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, as well as the teaching/observation and reading requirements. In addition, once the 85 hours have been completed, participants must teach 30 hours of prenatal yoga. After all the work is completed, participant may submit paperwork to the Yoga Alliance.

Instructors: NIisa Morton, E-RYT 500 & RPYT and Abby Bordner, CD, CCBE, LE

Anatomy for Yoga Practitioners & Teachers (34 hours)

To practice yoga safely, we study human anatomy to better understand how to move, engage and position our muscles and bones. For many yoga students, however, anatomy is a daunting and confusing topic.  This course creates an experiential environment to study your own body and your own asana practice while learning the language of anatomy, applied to your own body.  We will review safe Range of Motion for all the body’s joints and name the major muscles that create those actions. We will also explore how we can train our eye to see more accurately the anatomy and movement patterns of others. All practices and activities in this program aim to help you experience, discuss and perhaps enhance your body’s abilities for safe and conscious movement. Lectures will be offered to describe how the nervous system and the body’s muscles and skeleton work together to create safe strengthening and lengthening for the muscles.

Instructor: William Hufschmidt, E-RYT 500

Asanas as Spiritual Doorways (34 hours)

In the ancient Tantric Hatha Yoga traditions, yogis developed and practiced asanas as part of a biologically based spiritual technology. They practiced specific breathing patterns, internal focal points, and visualizations, for the purpose of inducing spiritual experiences. They raised their biological energy (prana) to very high states, causing transformation in perception and experience of Self. Most ancient yoga texts, including the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, were based on these experiences of altered states of consciousness. In this program we will use Swami Kripalu’s approach to asana to explore lesser-known techniques that can be used to enrich the practice of yoga.

Instructor: Yoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT 500, IAYT

Deepening the Asana Experience (20 hours each)

Deepening our own practice of asana and making our classes richer and more satisfying for our students requires us to be on a continual journey into the inquiry and exploration of how the body moves. These five movement studies programs are designed to provide  knowledge, practice and experience on your journey as a practitioner and teacher. Each course will explore a variety of postures, sequences and themes for our Pranakriya classes. Benefits, potential stress points, modifications, variations, prop use, assisting, layers of meaning and energetics will be covered. Students will participate in individual practice and exploration, observation, and discussion.

Instructors: Krissy Dopson, RYT 500; Yoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT 500, IAYT, Jacci Gruninger, ERYT 500, RPYT

Asanas for Yoga Workout 1 (Postures: Balancing Half Moon, Balancing Stick, Bent Leg Tree, Crow/Side Crow, Eagle, Headstand, Lateral Inclined Angle, Straight Leg Runner’s Stretch/Sky Gazer, Toe Stand, Upward Facing Dog)
Asanas for Yoga Workout 2 (Postures: Dance/Bow Pulling, Flamingo, Folded Tree, Forward Split, Lateral Angle/Rotated Lateral Angle, Rotated Balancing Half Moon, Rotated Triangle, Standing Angle, Standing Head to Toe, Standing Split)
Asanas for Meditative Posture 1 (Postures: Camel, Gate/Half Circle, Head to Knee variations, Lotus/Bound Lotus, Pigeon Variations, Rabbit, Reclining Diamond, Seated Angle/Tortoise, Simple Twist, Wheel)
Asanas for Meditative Posture 2 (Postures: Angled Shoulderstand, Balancing Posterior Stretch, Bow/Bow variations, Fish variations, Inclined Plane, Locust, Seated Twist variations, Peacock, Side Boat, Up Boat)
Asanas for Gentle Yoga (Series of warm-ups, movements/asana and chair work to enhance a student’s ability to inquire and explore movement and sensation for greater body awareness)

Holding Space: Developing Skills for Presence and Touch (20 hours)
Healthy and effective touch has the power to encourage insight at all levels of experience and to cultivate deep presence.   As yoga teachers, we use touch to communicate with our clients/students, inviting them to feel into the present moment and all that it offers physically, emotionally, and energetically.
Holding space comes from an understanding of both the physical and energetic qualities of touch, as well as the powerful experiences that can result from our connection with one another.  As we become more fluent holding space for our own experiences, we gain skills and confidence to hold space for others.

Instructors: William Hufschmidt, E-RYT 500

Kids Yoga (95 hours)

Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts is pleased to offer Pranakriya Kids School of Yoga (PK Kids), a Yoga Alliance-approved 95-hour Children’s Yoga Training to provide teachers with the tools necessary to teach yoga to children ages Two-Teen.

The first two PK Kids weekend trainings provide the foundation for how to teach children’s yoga to a variety of age groups and abilities through asana practice and breath awareness particular to Pranakriya, songs, stories and games.

The third module provides anatomical knowledge important to understanding children’s growing bodies along with the developmental stages that impact their growth.

The fourth module focuses on how to integrate yogic philosophy and ethics into a children’s yoga class along with skills for special group settings such as classrooms, birthday parties, and scout meetings.

Each weekend training includes a practicum requirement and homework assignments which will prepare students for teaching and make them eligible to apply for the 95-hour certificate through Yoga Alliance.

Non 200-hour students are welcome to attend; however, Yoga Alliance requires a 200-hour yoga teaching certification in order to apply for a 95-hour RCYT designation.

All modules are 20 hours
  1. Module 1: PK Little Kids This 20-hour course teaches adult students how to combine postures, games, stories, and songs to help teach kids ages 2-8 asana and breath awareness, balance, flexibility, strength and focus. Yogis, parents and teachers learn skills to “plant the seed of yoga” in young yogis, guiding these children to embrace, develop, and connect with themselves: body, mind, and spirit.
  2. Module 2: PK Tween to Teen This 20-hour course teaches adult students how to combine postures, games, imagery, and chanting to help teach kids ages 9-12 & teens asana and breath awareness, balance, flexibility, strength and focus. Yogis, parents and teachers learn skills to encourage a connection with body, mind, and spirit through yoga.
  3. Module 3: PK Kids Growing a Body: Anatomy and Development from Two to Teen This 20-hour course will guide the yoga teacher through the anatomy and developmental stages the young body experiences from pre-school age through the teenage years. Students learn how muscles, bones, brains, and skills develop over time. Trainees practice and learn to cultivate safe and playful movement patterns for each stage of development. Students of the program understand the anatomy and development of growing children in order to safely guide them in movement, and are provided opportunities for self-growth and personal reflection.
  4. Module 4: Making Yoga Philosophy Accessible For Kids This 20-hour course builds upon PK Kids and PK Tweens to Teens and equips the yoga teacher with a variety of tools to explore and teach yoga philosophy and lifestyle in a kid-friendly manner. By learning age appropriate practice techniques, the adult student will know how to bring the essence of yoga to children of all ages.  Students are able to incorporate the underlying principles of yoga into a kids, tween, or teen yoga class. Through observation and interactive discussion, students can now look at ethical situations and offer appropriate responses for different age groups and various venues where children’s yoga might be taught.
Meditation: Theory & Teaching (34 hours)

In ancient times, yoga schools had a rich meditation practice that has been lost in many modern traditions. Some yoga schools today turn to Buddhism for meditation if they teach it at all. This program will explore the many stages and techniques of yoga meditation. We will start with the most ancient forms from which Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain meditation have sprung. After learning these techniques we will explore how they can be incorporated into a modern practice and taught to our students.

Instructor: Yoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT 500, IAYT

Musculoskeletal Assessment For Yoga Teachers (20 hours)

(Anatomy for Yoga Practitioners and Teachers is recommended prior to attending MA)

This course builds upon the material learned in Anatomy for Yoga Practitioners and Teachers with the intention of further developing a teacher’s observational and assessment skills to enhance their practice and work with students.  While the skills are best used in a one-on-one environment, the practitioner or teacher can benefit from a greater understanding of assessment techniques for use in a group setting.  Students will learn musculoskeletal assessment techniques by developing their knowledge of the concepts of:  mobility & flexibility, facilitated vs. inhibited,symmetry, range of motion, tone vs. atrophy, balance and perceived sources of pain.  Learning will take place through group observation and one-on-one assessments.  Basic yoga postures will set the observation platform.

Taught by Emily Gretz, MEd, ERYT-500 and Laura LIbertore Grayson, DPT, PT

Pranakriya Approach to Yin Yoga (20 hours)
Yin yoga might look or feel like deep stretching. In fact, it is a passive practice of loading the body’s fascia, or connective tissue, for a period of time with emphasis on joint health, to hydrate, lubricate and improve or maintain the body’s overall mobility and flexibility.
Named for the Chinese taichi symbol that illustrates complementary duality, the practice acknowledges that muscular yang-like yoga asanas are more fiery and superficial, while Yin is a cooling practice that offers much deeper access to the body, and perhaps to the deeper Self. As such, this training will offer a simple overview of Chinese meridian theory. It will help teachers understand the concepts of moving energy, even in stillness, and will relate to the nadis and koshas of tantric philosophy.
We will enhance our understanding of fascia’s role in the body, and experience the way connective tissue may invite connection to the subtle body or the psyche. As Yin becomes a meditative practice of non-resistance and mindful witnessing, we learn how to language for self-awareness, how to calm the nervous system, craft various Yin sequences, when to use counterposes, rebounds and props for safety. We also will explore what yin in not: active stretching or restorative yoga.
Instructor: Amanda Trevelino, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, YACEP
Pranakriya Vinyasa Flow--A Sustainable Practice (20 hours)
As teachers we strive to meet our students where they are, yet taking them back to where they crave to be – the inner peace that unites each one of us.  Vinyasa, done safely, can be that, and serves as a metaphor for our own life as we move from one experience to another. Just as life is in constant flux, as is the art of vinyasa, forever changing and never the same.
You will learn to: (1) Understand the sacred steps of Vinyasa by skillfully navigating a posture led by breath through space and time; (2) Develop the intuition to safely craft the in-between places of vinyasa, known as the transitions; (3) Sequence a flow that meets the needs and intentions of your students by understanding the biomechanics and energetic requirements of the asana ‘families’ and best placement for each asana; (4) Find language that creates and stimulates awareness on the mat to help in tangle ways off the mat; and (5) Plan a class that allows students to progress steadily and simply from one place to another.
Swami Kripalu says “It is worth remembering that there is one yoga and can only be one yoga.  True, aspirants are of different natures and resort to various doctrines and practices to progress along the path.  But one who completes the process of yoga understands its different paths and sees that the systematic practice of various disciplines leads to the same place.  In the end, all yogas lead to one great Yoga.” So why not have fun playing and crafting a sequence from your heart, delivered to your students confidently from your experience with love – ultimately taking them back to where they crave to be?
Instructor: Krissy Dopson Simon, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Pranayama: Theory & Teaching (34 hours)

Pranayama, the yogic science of breath control, is a powerful way for you and your students to raise energy and channel it into spiritual growth and life mastery. This program provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the techniques and philosophy of pranayama as taught in the Tantric Hatha Yoga traditions. Practicing under the guidance of an experienced teacher, you will learn a variety of pranayama techniques and a methodology for guiding and teaching the techniques. We will explore the possibilities for meditation in daily practices that explore pranayama and bandha mudra (locks) with asana. This course includes practice teach opportunities to increase your understanding to safely integrate these powerful breath practices into your personal yoga practice and the classes you may teach. 
Instructor: Yoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT 500, IAYT and William Hufschmidt, E-RYT 500

The Client Relationship: Cultivating Intuitive Presence, Boundaries & Ethics (20 hours)

This two and half day module will focus on working one on one and/or in small groups with clients/students in a safe, respectful and clearly defined way. We will explore techniques to expand inner awareness of both our own, as well as our students, physical, mental and energetic bodies using asana, pranayama and meditation. Participants will discover how these patterns affect both themselves and their individual clients so that each session is grounded and centered.

Guidance will be given in:
1) accessing personal inner wisdom
2) cultivating objective listening techniques
3) using these tools to navigate the best path toward optimal well being. Building trust in our skills and intuition will allow us to better discern and aid our students in finding and maintaining balance and overall wellness for themselves.

We will also look at some of the ethical issues facing Yoga Teachers who work one-on-one with clients and the importance of professional integrity and boundaries in this ever evolving world. The more fundamental business aspects of private yoga sessions eg. Soap notes and intake forms will also be covered.

Instructor:  Shelbi Miles, E-RYT 500, LMT

Teaching Restorative Yoga (20 hours)

Restorative yoga is a gentle inward form of yoga that invites participants to move towards greater balance, control and participation in their life. The participant’s body is placed in yoga postures that are supported with props. The mind is invited to slow down with the use of pranayama, visualization and mantra allowing the individual to turn inside. A restorative practice is a complement to any yoga practice or other form of exercise and perfect for almost any practitioner looking to experience a deeper state of relaxation and healing than Savasana or sleep. It is also a perfect practice for those recovering from injury or illness or anyone who experiences stress on a daily basis.

In this weekend restorative yoga training created from the Tantric Hatha Yoga Teachings, the work of Herbert Benson and Jon Kabat Zinn, participants will gain practical, hands-on experience and skills to work with a wide range of populations. The program will include posture practice, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudra, visualization, and use of props to create a safe/comfortable/healing environment. Participants will leave the training confident in their ability to understand the philosophy and science behind restorative yoga as well as self-assured in their aptitude to lead their students through a complete restorative yoga practice.

Instructors: Jacci Gruninger, E-RYT 500, RPYT and Shelbi Miles, E-RYT 500 LMT

Understanding the Bhagavad Gita (34 hours)

The Bhagavad Gita is a 2,000 year old Sanskrit text that offers profound insight into the deeper practices of yoga. As the seeker in the Gita metaphorically prepares for the battle of spiritual transformation, he asks his teacher a series of questions. In his answers the teacher explains the many challenges and stages of the yogic spiritual path. In this program we will explore themes from the Bhagavad Gita that are meaningful for us as modern yoga practitioners. We will use the Bhagavad Gita, by Winthrop Sargeant, as our text. Please purchase this book before your program begins or download the text here:  Bhagavad Gita.

Instructor: Yoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT 500, IAYT

Understanding the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (34 hours)

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is an ancient yogic text written in the 15th century. This text describes the original “spiritual technology” that was the purpose behind the asanas, pranayamas, and meditations that have evolved into the yoga practice we have today. Learn more about why yoga is the way it is, and enrich your practice by learning more about how it was intended to unfold. Pick up pieces that have been lost along the way. The translation of the the Hatha Yoga Pradipika that we will use in our program can be downloaded from the Pranakriya website resource page.

Instructor: Yoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT 500, IAYT
Instructor: William Hufschmidt, E-RYT 500

The Universe inside the Body of the Yogi: A Journey into the Chakras, Granthis, and Nadis (20 hours)

Ancient texts of Hatha Yoga state that inside the body of the yogi are mountains, valleys, oceans, and rivers; the moon and stars move in that inner space. When practice took ancient seekers deep inside, they encountered an amazing world beyond rational thought. They used symbols to map this inner journey and, over time, those symbols became the esoteric Chakras, Granthis, and Nadis of medieval Hatha Yoga.

Come and see what you find when you shine the light of Kriya, Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, and Mudra into your inner world and look closely through the eyes of meditation. Come and practice as the ancient yogis did, using Hatha Yoga rituals to remove the obstacles to inner experience.

Instructor: Yoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT 500, IAYT