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A Sweet Retreat by Matrika (Marlene) Gast

Marlene Gast

Matrika (Marlene) Gast

As a yogi who teaches Svaroopa® yoga, I plan my retreat and training vacations. I do ruminate about spending time on the beach or in the mountains instead, and some years I am fortunate enough to have time for both. But if I must choose one or the other, I go for the yoga. And I have never ever regretted the choice of that gift for myself — and my students.

If you are still making summer plans, take a look at “Enliven & Advance: Level 2,” July 5-9. If you have completed YTT Level 2, this course refreshes your “current standing” date, plus you will receive so much more. Last year, I interviewed yogis who took “Enliven & Advance: Level 1.” They found this EYTS course to be a sweet retreat as well as a great way to refresh pose alignments and adjustments as well as learn new and exciting ATT variations.

Mary Carpenter said, “I was amazed again at the subtly of Svaroopa® yoga. Just a hint of support can give a huge release…experiencing layers and layers of depth in my own opening as well as gathering new information and experience with the poses.” When she registered for the course, Mary was looking forward to being a student, and her expectations were fulfilled, “We had a bunch of classes in which we could just be the student. As we were in one of these classes, I realized the pose could support me rather than me working in the pose. In the inner space that opened from not efforting, and releasing the desire to get any kind of effect, I experienced the pose as a kind of cocoon to nurture and support me…more like a spa treatment than a training class. The course was a great sweetness that provided a space of openness for the pose to grow inside you!”

Kathy Gardner said, “The first day, Vidyadevi asked, ‘Why are you here?’ and I answered, ‘To be fed.’ I felt like a dried-out sponge. Then the tailbone poses opened things up for me. Those poses were very freeing. Not only was there an awesome physical opening, but there was also the immersion in community. It was so nice to be a student again and to be with other Svaroopis.”

Joe Yezzi especially liked the “sense of Oneness.” He said, “We were all there for one reason — to deepen our openings, and experience such a high energy level.” Joe continued, “In terms of the actual teacher training, it helped me get back on track. Regarding drift, I found I wasn’t that far out, but neither was I as on target as I had thought with alignments. Yes, drift happens, and the course brought me home.” As we teachers have all experienced, through those deep openings, knowing arises. Joe said, “The course reinforced my knowing that I was meant to be a Svaroopa® yoga teacher. Svaroopa® yoga is powerful, very powerful – and so easy, so simple – just softening, less is more.”

level 2 poses 1In this training, you can look forward to being trained by Vidyadevi and Karobi. Jim Totin said, “It’s really a pleasure to take class from Vidyadevi. Whatever comes up, she knows how to answer and what to do; I am confident that she will have an answer for anything. This goes for Karobi, too…. And I am always in awe of Swamiji pulling all of this together; it’s unbelievable – I tell people this is a real gift from God. I can’t imagine life without it, and wouldn’t want to imagine where I would be without this yoga.”

How about you? Is it time for Continuing Ed? Or do you just want to treat yourself to the most splendid of vacations? How wonderful that you can do both in “Enliven & Advance: Level 2” from July 5 -9 at The Desmond. You will return home having given yourself just what you needed — refreshed on all levels, with more to give to your loved ones, to your students and to your own life as a yogi.

Can Continuing Ed Be Bliss by Marlene Gast

Marlene Gast

Marlene Gast

For me, meeting Continuing Ed standards has always turned out to be, not a chore, but a wonderful indulgence. I would say, in fact, Continuing Ed = Bliss.

As a studio owner living 2,000 miles from PA, I admit to never relishing the task of finding subs for my classes, coverage for the studio phone, and an affordable airline ticket to Pennsylvania. Yet once I have the “excuse” of taking a program to be in Current Standing, for serving as a Svaroopa® yoga teacher, I find that all of the potential obstacles resolve, and I am full of joy at the prospect of reviving skills and opening deeper in body and mind — and more.

It turns out that the “requirement” gives me the support I need to do what I deeply want to do: Take more training, recover from inevitable drift away from protocols, and receive for myself what I offer to students and clients — reliable opening of my spine, releasing layers of tension, immersing in the Bliss of Being. I am not alone in this experience.

Last month, during the legendary East Coast winter, Rob Gold flew from Maui to PA for Embodyment® Yoga Therapy, specifically to return to Current Standing.  Look for his full account of his increase in skill, as well as the “more” of yoga, in the SATYA! E-Letter coming to you next week. Rob was motivated by his expectation of receiving the “more” of yoga — and once again, he found the experience of a Svaroopa® yoga teacher training program to be life-changing.

So don’t delay!  Let Continuing Education standards serve you as your support in taking the step where you really want to go.  Register today for a course that qualifies for CE credits:

  1. ATT — any Advanced Teacher Training course focused on poses.
  2. YTT  — any Yoga Teacher Training course, including:

Foundations of Svaroopa® Yoga

YTT Levels 1, 2, 3 or 4

Experiential Anatomy

Embodyment® Yoga Therapy 

3. EYTS — any Enrich Your Teaching Skills course that includes poses, including:

Embodyment® Weekend

Enliven & Advance – Level 1

Enliven & Advance – Level 2

Deceptive Flexibility

Foundations Review

Intro to Teaching Gentle Yogis

4. TTT — Training as a Teacher Trainer courses and interning with pose reviews

5.Pose Clinics – Complete 4 full-day Pose Clinics within 2 years.  Pose Clinics are scheduled when Teacher Trainers have available dates, offering reviews of poses you have studied in levels of training you have already completed.  To invite a Teacher Trainer to offer a Pose Clinic in your area, email us at MYX@svaroopayoga.org.

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