“THE ART OF ADAPTATION” ADVANCED 300-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING IN SEATTLE

We are happy to be launching our next 300-Hour, Yoga Alliance approved, Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2021! Whether you are interested in pursuing certification or interested in personal enrichment, you will delve deeper into your own studies and practice of yoga AND expand your knowledge and skills around adapting yoga for chronic health conditions.  

Our program is offered in a convenient modular format to best accommodate your schedule.

IN THIS PROGRAM, YOU WILL:

  • Learn from highly experienced Seattle-based yoga therapists, teachers, medical experts and other specialists in related fields.
  • Delve into deeper spiritual aspects of yoga.
  • Go on a life-changing journey with a supportive and like-minded community of yoga practitioners and teachers.
  • Expand your skillset and knowledge as a teacher, if you decide to take that route!

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR THOSE WHO ARE:

  • Interested in receiving a 500-Hour Certification with Yoga Alliance
  • Interested to expand your knowledge and deepen your personal commitment to practice and a yogic lifestyle, but are not interested in certification.

OUR FACULTY

CHRISTY FISHER, Lead Facilitator

Christy is a 500-Hour certified Kripalu Yoga teacher; Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT) and a practitioner of yoga for over 25 years.  Christy also holds a long time interest in somatic awareness and has been fortunate to study with some of the most influential teachers in the field including Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Martha Myers, Martha Eddy and Peggy Hackney along with receiving certification from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (NYC). She has also studied the Franklin Method of Imagery and True Embodiment with Christa Rypins.

Christy enjoys teaching people of all ages and backgrounds, specializing in adapting practices to meet individual needs. Her approach is gentle yet deep and always includes an emphasis on acceptance and mindfulness. Along with directing Phinney Ridge Yoga, she has taught for the National MS Society Washington State Chapter, Cancer Lifeline, and the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Association.

“Christy continually amazes me with the wisdom of her teaching style. She empowers students to respect and listen to their bodies to guide them to connect to their own wisdom. Christy has a seemingly limitless and often subtle yoga vocabulary. In addition, she has a great sense of humor and a compassionate heart. I highly recommend studying with her.”

Lynne Conrad Marvet

Co-Director, Nalanda West Study and Meditation Center

LAURA YON, Lead Facilitator

Laura holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine, is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT) and an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. She is also a Licensed Massage Practitioner who has taught throughout the U.S. and internationally since 1992. Laura teaches hatha yoga in the viniyoga tradition and has immense gratitude for the knowledge she received and the time she spent with her teacher, Trish O’Rielly, who passed away in 2001. Laura has also been a student and practitioner of Buddhism for 25 years and integrates mindfulness into all of her teaching.By creating awareness in their bodies, breath, hearts and minds, Laura helps her students extend the effects of their practice well beyond their yoga mats. Combining her knowledge and experience, Laura is uniquely qualified to help people who have had an injury, chronic pain or a chronic illness.

“I find Laura’s classes to be a subtle and gentle way of improving my mental and physical well-being. It is a state of mind that often surprises me when I walk out of one of her classes. My body feels like it just has had an “interior” massage” and my mind seems more aware and responsive.”

JULIE HSU, Guest Yoga Instructor

JULIE has been practicing yoga since 2003 and completed a 200 hour teacher training in the Pranakriya tradition with Yoganand Michael Carroll in 2008. Julie’s desire to continue to learn from Yoganand led her to complete advanced 500 hour certification in 2011 and she has been teaching Pranakriya yoga for over 9 years. Recently, Julie completed a 300-hour training under Dr. David Frawley and became an Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant.

Julie is known in the Seattle community for her gifts at weaving ancient yogic teachings into her classes in accessible and deeply transformative ways

“Julie has broadened my understanding of meditation and opened my mind to the possibility of spirit. Every class is a surprise and a gift.”

Lisa A.

GUEST FACULTY

Dr. Karan Dawson, Ph.D. and Retired Professor of Pharmacy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Mind/Body Medicine Specialist

Allison Fine, Masters in Social Work, (LICSW) in Washington state (since 2012). Director and Founder of the Center for Chronic Illness, Seattle, WA and psychotherapist at Counseling for Inner Balance.

Becci Parsons, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® (Feldenkrais Guild of North America, 1991), and Dance Adjunct Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA.  Neuropathy Specialist

MaryAnne Church Trettenero, OTR/L Licensed Occupational Therapist and Lymphedema Specialist, Northwest Hospital, Seattle, WA

Mary Ellen Shands, RN, MN; Clinical Program Manager and Family Consultant at Cancer Lifeline, Seattle, WA

Janet Novinger, RYT 200, Director of the Wallingford Traumatic Brain Injury Yoga and Wellness Program, Seattle, WA, (Sponsored by Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Association).

THE MODULES:

(Click on each one to learn more!)

For those in the training pursuing 500-hour certification, participants will be required to complete all of the modules and 8 elective contact hours of their choice. Check with Christy to find out more about our wonderful elective offerings!

YOGA FOR EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

35 Contact Hours Over Two Weekends

Incorporating a holistic approach to emotional wellness as a process of nourishing body, mind and spirit, we will:

  • Learn about the powerful effects of asanas on emotional states and how to tailor practices based on individual needs.
  • Deepen understanding of the energetic qualities of breath and how it can support emotional balance.
  • Learn which practices to incorporate and which to avoid depending on emotional needs.
  • Explore the spiritual process of grief and loss
  • Experience gentle yet effective yogic practices to help release deep rooted patterns and limiting beliefs.
  • Realize the freedom inherent in your mind and heart.

FACULTY:   Christy Fisher, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT); Laura Yon, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)

 Yoga for Emotional Wellness

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HEALTHY AND MEANINGFUL AGING

35 Contact Hours OVER TWO WEEKENDS

In this immersion, learn from two highly experienced certified yoga therapists who have each worked with older populations for over 15 years.   In this training you will:

  • Gain knowledge about common conditions of aging including osteoporosis, arthritis and joint replacements and how to create safe and effective practices for bone strength and healthy joints.
  • Receive powerful tools of somatic awareness to support memory and balance.
  • Explore cutting edge research on the benefits of yoga on aging.
  • Expand skills to create safe and helpful practices for chronic back conditions.
  • Learn about the Endocrine System and how yoga can support you in navigating hormonal shifts that come with aging.
  • Participate in thoughtful discussions around the emotional and spiritual aspects of aging

FACULTY:   Christy Fisher, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT); Laura Yon, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)

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ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY: SOMATIC AWARENESS AND TRUE EMBODIMENT

40 CONTACT HOURS OVER 4 WEEKENDS

 

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FACULTY:   

Christy Fisher, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Certified Movement Analyst, (Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies) 

Christy Fisher is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), an Advanced Kripalu Yoga Teacher and has pursued a deep interest and studies in somatic awareness for over 27 years. She has been so fortunate to study with pioneers in the field including Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Martha Myers, Martha Eddy, and Peggy Hackney. She also holds a C.M.A. (Certification in Movement Analysis) from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (NYC 2-Year Program). In 2016, Christy also participated in a course with renown Kripalu anatomy teacher, Christa Rypins on the applications of the Franklin Method of Imagery on Yoga. You will experience some of what she has learned in our Fall Immersion above! 

 

“I can’t say enough good things about Christy Fisher’s teaching style…. Her approach to teaching is the embodiment of compassion, skillful articulation of movement (internal and external) and an understanding of how to facilitate her students in having their own experience….”   Maya V

“I have been studying yoga with Christy Fisher for 15 years and have absolutely no back pain! I feel better and stronger than I did 15 years ago.”  Patty Cannon


WEEKEND GENERAL INFORMATION

Day #1 of each weekend is open to anybody who is interested in going deeper into their own personal practice and expanding understanding and awareness of their own bodies. Focus will be on theory and applying it to enrich your yoga practice. Detailed handouts will be provided. Read below for information on how to register for an individual day.

Day #2 of each weekend is designed also for teachers or advanced practitioners. Emphasis will be placed on exploring methods of observation and assisting others towards greater balance and ease.

 

WEEKEND #1: THE SHOULDER GIRDLE: Tools for Injury Prevention and Recovery

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Often shoulder cuff injuries, arthritis and other conditions occur because of poor posture and/or movement patterns. Targeted exercises won’t help unless we can recognize the underlying cause and work from there.
During our time together we will:

  • Explore simple yet powerful dynamic alignment principles of the shoulder girdle and arm bones to reduce wear and tear.
  • Apply these principles to yoga asanas, allowing greater ease in practice. You may find that you can do things that you weren’t able to before!
  • Gain observational skills to recognize imbalances in others, including students or private clients.
  • Learn gentle and clear assists to guide your students towards balance and health.

 

 

WEEKEND #2: THE SACRUM AND PELVIS: Balancing Stability and Freedom

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Lower back pain and injury can occur when our bones are moving out of their natural alignment. These chronic habits over time can create wear and tear on muscles and degeneration of joints.
In this immersion you will:

  • Expand your understanding of the dynamic and complex interaction between the sacrum, pelvic halves and thigh bones, and how they can move in relationship for greater ease and efficiency.
  • Discover a deep sense of effortlessness that comes from moving WITH NATURE rather than against it!
  • Receive tools to help you let go of nagging lower back pain and sciatica.
  • Experience a transformative practice called “Constructive Rest” which allows for deep release of tension in the joints.
  • Learn key observational skills to recognize movement and postural patterns in others and gentle, clear assists to guide people towards balance.

 

WEEKEND #3: SOMATIC AWARENESS 

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The Developmental Movement Patterns are innate patterns embedded in our DNA that provide the foundation of all movement from in utero to where we are now. With Injury or illness these patterns can weaken, yet with awareness we can strengthen them and greatly improve our wellbeing! During this weekend we will:

  • Deepen understanding of the neuromuscular system and the Developmental Movement Patterns.
  • Learn how these patterns can support injury recovery, support neurological disorders such as MS and Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as other conditions effecting memory, balance and strength.
  • Explore ways of using language and gentle assists to guide students to experience these patterns in yoga practice.
  • Expand full body connectivity and gain a deeper connection to your SELF.

 

WEEKEND 4: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF BREATH AND THE DEEP CORE

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During this weekend we will incorporate creative imagery to:

  • Connect to the multi-dimensional movement of the diaphragm, helping to expand breath and support full body connectivity.
  • Enjoy a deeply restorative yoga practice where we will apply our awareness of the anatomy of breath for opening and relaxation.
  • Deepen awareness of the multi-layered core including its neuromuscular framework, fascia and organ system.
  • Explore a wonderful practice for Healthy Organ Suspension!
  • Discover the essential role of the Psoas for back health, injury prevention and recovery.

 

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YOGA FOR CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS

60 CONTACT HOURS OVER TWO DIFFERENT IMMERSIONS

With Certified Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT’s) Christy Fisher and Laura Yon as well as medical professionals in the field.  50 CEUs available for Yoga Teachers for both weekends

Learn from two Certified Yoga Therapists who each have over 15 years of experience teaching yoga for chronic health conditions as well as experts in the field.

 

WEEKEND ONE: YOGA FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS) AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI)

In this immersion we will approach our practice from a holistic perspective, where the goal is to nourish and support the body, mind, and spirit. We will:

  • Learn powerful mind/body methods for reducing stress and chronic pain
  • Explore helpful ways of working with anxiety and/or depression that often come from living with a chronic health condition such as MS or TBI.
  • Gain knowledge about physiology, treatments and current research on mind/body practices for MS and TBI.
  • Explore safe and fulfilling adaptive sequences to benefit the diverse needs of students using props such as chairs, walls, straps and bolsters.
  • Learn powerful tools of somatic awareness to support neuroplasticity and balance
  • Experience the healing benefits of Yoga Nidra.


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FACULTY FOR WEEKEND 1:
Christy Fisher, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (C.M.A)
Laura Yon, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and M.A. in Sports Medicine
Dr. Karan Dawson, Ph.D. and Retired Professor of Pharmacy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Mind/Body Medicine Specialist
Allison Fine, Masters in Social Work, (LICSW) in Washington state (since 2012). Director and Founder of the Center for Chronic Illness, Seattle, WA
Janet Novinger, RYT 200, Director of the Wallingford Traumatic Brain Injury Yoga and Wellness Program, Seattle, WA, (Sponsored by Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Association).

WEEKEND TWO: YOGA FOR CANCER

In this immersion we will approach our work as yoga teachers and practitioners with a goal to nourish the body, mind, and spirit. We will:

  • Gain knowledge about the diverse physiology of Cancer as well as treatments
  • Explore common long-term side effects of treatment including lymphedema, neuropathy, scar tissue, joint and back pain as well as fatigue
  • Learn how to adapt yoga safely and effectively for people living with Cancer or the effects of treatment
  • Deepen understanding of the emotional aspects of living with a diagnosis.
  • Understand the effects on loved ones and caregivers
  • Learn how to create and guide safe and beneficial yoga practices for common chronic back pain including Sciatica, and disc issues.

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FACULTY FOR WEEKEND 2:
Christy Fisher, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (C.M.A)
Laura Yon, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and M.A. in Sports Medicine
Meghan Wilkins, LMHCA Clinical Program Manager, Lifeline Supervisor, Cancer Lifeline, Seattle, WA
Becci Parsons, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® (Feldenkrais Guild of North America, 1991), and Adjunct Dance Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA. Neuropathy Specialist
MaryAnne Church Trettenero, OTR/L Licensed Occupational Therapist and Lymphedema Specialist, Northwest Hospital, Seattle, WA

 

We recommend taking these additional modules which are highly relevant:

Yoga for Healthy and Meaningful Aging

Yoga for Emotional Wellness

Anatomy and Physiology:  The Power of Somatic Awareness and the Franklin Method

Testimonials

“I have been studying yoga with Christy for 15 years and have no more back pain! I feel better and stronger than I did 15 years ago.” Patty C.

When I was not able to turn myself over and I was too weak to walk, Christy always found a way of guiding me and strengthening me physically and emotionally. She seems to have a special power and knowledge to help heal any level of our suffering. Meg C.

Laura, who has been my teacher since 2004, is a thoughtful and compassionate teacher with an extensive understanding of how the body works. While she is dedicated and serious, she nevertheless brings joy and lightheartedness to the class. She structures her classes to the individual needs of her students and gives options for students to modify poses so they can choose what feels best for their bodies.” -K.F

A Yoga Class in Seattle

 

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SPIRITUAL DEEPENING

30 Contact Hours

10 workshops over 1 year

“The evolution of consciousness is the movement toward universal care and concern.  All wisdom traditions guide us to our own inner growth and development. The role of a teacher isn’t to teach the student what he must do, but to help the student find the truth for themselves.”  Laura Yon

Over the course of the year, you will:

  • Learn timeless meditation techniques from different spiritual traditions
  • Create a deeply enriching meditation and spiritual practice for personal transformation
  • Experience the continuous support of a like-minded community or “sangha”.
  • Receive support and guidance as you develop your personal practice

Each workshop will incorporate time for discussion, sharing, and practice together.  Participants will be required to develop a personal meditation practice over the year-long immersion. 

 

Sitting Meditation

Laura is a master at offering therapeutic asana with gentle challenge and deeply gifted with guiding her students to a blissful state of inner quiet and union.”  -D.H.

 

Facilitator:  Laura Yon, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)

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UNEARTHING YOUR DHARMA

CONTACT HOURS:  30   NON CONTACT HOURS:  5-10

Over 2 weekends!

“Dharma” is often understood as an inner blueprint of your deepest authentic self, a path to your highest potential.  Yet often dharma feels obscure and out of reach.  How do you know if you are on “your right path”?

For thousands of years, yogic teachings have addressed this human dilemma and offered maps to deeper peace and clarity.

In this immersion we will incorporate yogic practices to:

  • Clear paths to our heart’s inner callings, through movement, stillness, sharing and personal quiet time/reflection.
  • Explore the ancient practice of “Samyama” to experience deep compassionate connection to one’s self, others, and nature.
  • Learn simple techniques to access inspiration from an infinite reserve.
  • Create gentle rituals to bring a sense of wonder and the sacred into every aspect of life.

Faculty:  Christy Fisher, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Laura Yon, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT).

Sitting Meditation

Christy is the most compassionate and informed yoga teacher I have ever known.—Maya V

Laura is a master at offering therapeutic asana with gentle challenge and deeply gifted with guiding her students to a blissful state of inner quiet and union.”  -D.H.

 

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TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHINGS OF YOGA

Often considered to be the height of wisdom of Vedic philosophy, The Upanishads are a set of beautifully written accounts of what it is like to truly look inward and see the Divine.  Its texts are among the most important in the history of Indian religions and culture and are still widely incorporated because they are so relevant to contemporary life.

Much of modern yoga has roots in the Upanishads including the model of the Koshas which provide the foundation for many of our other modules in this training.

Through discussion and practice, we will:

  • Delve into the rich historical context for this body of ancient wisdom
  • Explore 10 Upanishads which are often considered to be the most widely incorporated teachings.
  • Enrich your personal practice and your teaching by deepening understanding of these powerful transformational texts.

No prior experience with the Upanishads is necessary to attend this immersion.

Faculty:  Julie Hsu, E-RYT 500

 

 

Julie has broadened my understanding of meditation and opened my mind to the possibility of spirit. Every class is a surprise and a gift.”  —Lisa A.]

 

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BECOMING A TEACHER FOR DIVERSE POPULATIONS

HOURS: 30 10 CONTACT; 20 NON CONTACT

Yoga Teacher Training for Diverse PopulationsThis self-scheduled module is for those of you who are interested in gaining certification and in becoming a teacher for diverse populations.  For those of you who are not interested in teaching or becoming certified, we would love to offer you instead of this certification track, three 10-punch class cards for you to enjoy at Phinney Ridge Yoga throughout your year!”. You will also receive a 25 percent discount on up to three private sessions with a lead facilitator during the training year. This certification-track module will include:

  • Teaching three 1-hour classes to a small group in your community based on a topic(s) covered in our training.  Receive feedback from group and lead facilitator based on Phinney Ridge Yoga’s model of Conscious Communication.
  • Completing an ethics workshop with lead facilitator.
  • Attending 10 community classes with lead facilitator and turn in reflections based on guided questions.
  • Receive 25 percent discount on up to 3 private sessions with a lead facilitator. You can use these at any point during your 300 Hour training!
  • A graduation ceremony!

You will have 4 months from your last module to complete this session.  You can register for this module and begin parts of it at any point during the full YTT training.    (observing/attending classes; meeting with facilitator).

Faculty:  Christy Fisher, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Laura Yon, Certified Yoga therapist (C-IAYT).

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BENEFITS OF FULL REGISTRATION

  • Register for the full training and receive a deep discount over individual registrations
  • Guarantee your spot in each module! Space is limited.
  • Receive an invite to five special Sangha gatherings at our studio to connect and share with others who are going through the program too
  • Choose up to 3 elective courses of your choice!
  • Benefit from a smaller class size of under 30 students. Many teacher trainings programs have between 50 – 60 students in them!
  • We understand you may need to miss a module due to schedule issues. We will work with you to make up a maximum of 2 modules in the next training cohort.

To learn more about registering for individual modules, click on each module title (above).

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