BREATHE CONSCIOUSLY. ENHANCE YOUR LIFE.
BEGINNING MAY 5, 2022
A COMPREHENSIVE COURSE ON PRACTICING & TEACHING PRANAYAMA ROOTED IN HISTORY, TRADITION & MODERN SCIENCE
FOR YOGA STUDENTS & TEACHERS, TEACHER TRAINERS & HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
This 17-hour course offers a comprehensive, informed and accessible approach to practicing and teaching the transformational breathing techniques at the heart of yoga.
Ancient-to-modern pranayama techniques help us awaken and balance our energy, steady our emotions, clear our minds and support our overall health and wellbeing. Everyone can enjoy these benefits by doing a regular, sustained, and well-informed practice of these techniques.
INFO SESSION + GUIDED PRACTICE
I hosted an info session, which included a 25-minute guided pranayama practice, on April 10, 2022. If you would like to watch the replay of the session, please click the link below to learn more about the course and enjoy a guided practice.
This 17-hour course blends self-paced learning with live interaction and support.
► Convenient online training through video. Includes 9.5 hours of video lecture and practice, and 7.5 hours of live interaction. Study and practice when it makes sense for your schedule and learn it your own pace.
► Live interaction with Mark. We'll join together during the first thee weeks for live online interaction with Mark and the group. During this interactive portion of the course, we'll meet for three Live Group Sessions via Zoom. These sessions include an open Q&A and guided pranayama practices. Sessions will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend live. See Course Calendar below for specific dates.
► 6 months access. You can complete the course during the 3-week interactive portion or you can take up to 6 months. During this time you can move at your own pace and/or revisit the videos and practices as much as you like. You'll have until November 5, 2022 to access and complete the course.
► Yoga Alliance continuing education. This course qualifies for 17 hours of continuing education that you can register with the Yoga Alliance. Upon your successful completion of the course, you can request to receive a digital (PDF) certificate of completion.
WHO IS THIS TRAINING FOR?
This course is designed for yoga students and teachers, teacher trainers and health professionals who are interested in deepening their knowledge and skills for practicing and sharing pranayama practices. As an online offering, this course attracts a wide range of participants from all over the world who speak an array of languages and come from diverse backgrounds. Practicing and sharing together, participants come together to learn and grow in a global community of like-spirited people.
As a student, this course will provide a detailed understanding of pranayama practices and teach you how to incorporate the practices into your daily life.
As a yoga teacher/trainer or health professional, this course will give you an in-depth look at the origins of pranayama, the physiology of the respiratory system, the different styles of pranayama practices and how to best share those practices with others.
“I highly recommend taking any or all of Mark Stephens online training courses. I was skeptical about online learning, but have found it to be an amazing opportunity to train with Mark. His online training gives you the freedom to access the course from wherever you are and you can move at your own pace. This self-paced learning gives you time to absorb the information.
There are plenty of books, printable manuals and other resources. Mark responds to questions quickly and thoroughly. I love that you get to connect with Mark and your classmates via live zoom meetings, which are recorded in case you cannot attend. There is also a community forum to further connect with your classmates or Mark.
Mark is a world renowned yoga teacher trainer with over 30 years of experience. He writes many yoga books which I highly recommend. I am enrolled in Mark Stephens Asana Academy, Sequencing Course and am currently attending his 300 hour online teacher training. The course is amazing. I already feel more confident in my teaching. I feel better equipped to address each individual student and their needs. Also how to best sequence classes to guide individuals in an informed and sustainable way.”
—Libby McMullen, Felton, CA, RYT-200
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
BREATHE CONSCIOUSLY. ENHANCE YOUR LIFE.
Often described as "secret" practices dating back to the origins of yoga, this course demystifies the histories of pranayama and offers a safe and sustainable way to develop a pranayama practice in alignment with one's conditions and intentions in doing yoga.
This course begins with the idea of prana as expressed in the earliest periods of yoga's development, tracing the contours of pranayama theory and practice from ancient to modern times. We look closely at the traditional theories of subtle anatomy and energy, as well as scientific understandings of the anatomy and physiology of respiration. This foundation in history, philosophy and science then informs a set of specific preparatory practices for enhancing personal pranayama practices.
The heart of the course comes in the guided practices, including simple and refined breathing (puraka-rechaka-kumbhaka) and conscious techniques for deliberately cultivating energetic balance, including ujjayi, sama vrtti and visama vrtti, antara kumbhaka and bahya kumbhaka, kapalabhati, and six different types of nadi shodhana.
EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TRUST
With 30 years of consistent practice in a variety of yoga styles, deep study of yoga traditions and innovations, and an extensive background in educational theory and technique, Mark comes to these trainings prepared to guide you in the best ways in becoming the best yoga teacher you can be.
Mark's passion for yoga and for sharing it in powerful and meaningful ways is reflected in his four core yoga textbooks, which are available in many languages. These are the leading textbooks in many yoga teacher training programs around the world.
Expires April 12, 2022
$400.00 USDREGISTER TODAY!
HOW TO REGISTER
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Click the register button to the left, based on your preferred enrollment option, and make your payment.
After you complete enrollment, you'll receive a confirmation email containing additional details.
BENEFITS OF ONLINE LEARNING
Both in-person and online workshops and trainings come with their own strengths and weaknesses, and neither one is superior. My online workshops and trainings offer the same quality as my in-person offerings do, and even include some added benefits. When deciding what's a good fit for your development as a yoga teacher, consider your options and what will best suit your unique needs.
Not everyone can take time off work (or from other responsibilities) to advance their learning and deepen their studies. If you are juggling multiple commitments and responsibilities, the flexibility of online learning offers you an opportunity to study when it works best for your unique schedule. In lieu of taking time off work or missing family dinners, you can log-in and learn when it’s convenient for you, making it easier to balance all that you do and love in life.
+ SELF-PACED LEARNING
Unlike in-person workshops or trainings, online learning allows you to pause, rewind, re-watch and even slow the speed of video lectures and classes. This playback control helps to ensure you don’t miss any critical information being presented when you need to pause to take notes, do additional research or contemplate an idea. Those who don’t speak English as their native language especially find value in slowing down the video speed to help with translation. Plus, you can re-watch the videos repeatedly to make sure you fully understand the material before moving onto the next topic. This added control allows you to work through the material at your own pace and get the most out of your learning experience.
STUDY FROM ANYWHERE
+ GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Traveling for in-person workshops and trainings can present many challenges, including an added cost and time commitment, that prevent teachers from being able to study with Mark. Online learning means you can train with Mark from anywhere in the world, without the need to travel and from the convenience of your own home. Plus, online learning attracts a wide range from participants from all over the world which lends itself to a deeper, global perspective that enhances the learning experience during live group sessions on Zoom.
+ TIME FOR INTEGRATION
For most people, learning requires repetition, but in-person workshops and trainings are live which means you can’t “rewatch” the material or access it again. With online learning, you can watch the video lectures and classes as many times as you like during your time of access (generally 6 months or more). Not only does this improve your ability to understand the material, it also provides ample time for integration of the information; you have time to go out and apply the teachings, methods and theories in your classes and then revisit the material or ideas that didn’t make sense during application or that you didn’t fully grasp.