Date: November 2017 – October 2018 (specific dates will be posted by Aug 3, 2017)

Location: Embrace Yoga DC, Washington, DC

We are honored to have the following global instructors guide you on your journey:  Faith Hunter, Holly Meyers, Hari-kirtana das, Megan Davis, Yogi J. Miles, and April Puciata.

We are honored to have the following global instructors guide you on your journey:  Faith Hunter, Holly Meyers, Hari-kirtana das, Megan Davis, Yogi J. Miles, and April Puciata.

Faith has designed a Customized Spiritually Fly Advanced Program (300 hour) to assist 200-hour registered teachers in shaping their personal practice, and uncovering the elements of enhancing their teaching. The program is guided and mentored personally by Faith Hunter, along with a team of talented instructors. It is divided into 7 weekend modules over the course of a year, and specialized mentoring sessions that will cultivate a vibrant teaching approach inspired by the Spiritually Fly philosophy. You have the option of participating in the full program, or selecting a path that works best for you (1 or multiple modules). 

We offer payments plans 2-12 installments!


Training Dates ~ November 2017 - Sept 2018

Nov 10-12, 2017 - Spiritually Fly Master Sequencing ~ Faith Hunter

Dec 8-10, 2017 - Yoga Philosophy Course ~ Hari-kirtana das

Feb - 2-4, 2018 -  Chakra Healing: Body and Soul ~ Faith Hunter

March 23-25, 2018 - The Urban Yoga Den: Ancient Tools for Modern Living ~ Holly Meyers

May 18-20, 2018 -  Alchemy of Holding Space ~ Yogi J. Miles and Faith Hunter

July 6-8, 2018 - Applied Anatomy & Therapeutics ~ Megan Davis

Sept 14-16, 2018 - Hustle and Flow:  The Business of a Modern Healer ~ Faith Hunter & April Puciata


Seven Modules

  1. Spiritually Fly Master Sequencing ~ Faith Hunter: Teachers will learn innovative Vinyasa sequences, advanced Asanas, creative movement, Pranayamas, Kriyas, mudras, chanting, mantra, meditation and other techniques for creating a Spiritually Fly yoga class. Because sound vibration is a major element of a Spiritually Fly practice, Faith will illustrate how to craft a playlist that enhances your sequence, as well as how to incorporate mantras and chanting into Vinyasa classes. Throughout the weekend, experience the art of creative design, sequence building, fluid transitions, pace and breath, musical vibrations, all-levels teaching, and building toward advanced Asanas.
  2. Chakra Healing: Body and Soul ~ Faith Hunter: Discover the healing power of the Chakra System and its origins in India, Africa and other ancient cultures. Drawing from Faith’s online Chakra videos and meditation recordings, learn how to sequence Chakra-inspired classes and/or workshops utilizing Kundalini Kriyas, essential oils, crystals, chanting, mantra, meditation, Pranayama and Hatha-based Asana. Explore each Chakra in-depth, and take home a toolbox brimming with techniques to incorporate into your teaching practice.

  3. Alchemy of Holding Space ~ Yogi J. Miles and Faith Hunter: Part 1: Energy, Presence and Touch - Teaching yoga is more than calling out postures and creating sequences. As an instructor, your primary roll is to “hold space” for your students. This module focuses on developing a supportive and life-changing experience for yogis, while also enhancing your levels of keen awareness, observation, and timing, in order to effectively carry your students through a sacred journey of personal transformation. Learn how to understand, observe and perceive the body's subtle energy, directions of movement, clues of resistance, and internal blockages.  During the Advanced Hands-On Assisting component, learn the principles of Thai Massage, nonjudgmental alignment for every body type, and active attention to and reading of body language as ways to enhance and create your own physical adjustments. Also, experience how voice, tone, language and nonverbal communication creates a vibration within the space. Part 2: Threads of Folklore:  Deities, Myths & Tales - Meet goddesses, gods, and spiritual guides from ancient cultures across the globe. Explore how to utilize folkloric tales in your classes, develop powerful, story-based themes, and design sequences that support and tell the story. Create a bridge-based modern connection by infusing your own life experiences to cultivate an experience that brings the practice full circle.

  4. Yoga Philosophy Course ~ Hari-kirtana das: An Introduction to Vedic Yoga Philosophy - Includes an overview of the Vedic tradition from which yoga originates, essential concepts, terminology, and categories of knowledge in the Vedic tradition, a comparison of different schools of Vedanta, Vedic epistemology, hermeneutics, and cosmology, and practical applications of traditional yoga philosophy in the modern world. Yoga-sutras, Part 1: Conceptions of Identity in Yoga Philosophy - Covers the psychology of yoga in terms of spiritual identity and material mis-identity. Includes a detailed description of the three qualities of material nature, impressions on the mind, and the essential tension between modern western culture and traditional yoga philosophy. Yoga-sutras, Part 2: Yoga as a Moral Philosophy - Covers the values, ethical imperatives, and moral actions associated with living a yogic lifestyle as well as the relationship of morality to the acquisition of knowledge. Keys to Understanding the Bhagavad-gita - Includes a summary of the Mahabharata - the back-story of the Gita, the literary structure of the Gita, the five topics of the Gita, an overview of the four systems of yoga described in the Gita (karma-yoga, astanga-yoga, bhakti-yoga, and jnana-yoga), and the Gita's hierarchical conception of reality. Life Lessons from the Bhagavad-gita - Includes key verses and passages that offer specific insights into Arjuna’s moral dilemma, our own personal challenges, applying yogic values to social issues, how navigate relationships, and living a purpose-driven life. The Perfection of Yoga - Covers the central position of devotion in both the Yoga-sutras and the Bhagavad-gita, why devotion is the indispensable element for the success of any system of yoga, and how Bhakti-yoga incorporates and subsumes all of the other methods of yoga. Includes discussions on the definition and attributes of Isvara, the concept of Krishna, spiritual plurality and inclusion, and the intersection of yoga and religion.

  5. The Urban Yoga Den (Ancient Tools for Modern Living) ~ Holly Meyers:  How can we inspire our students to value yoga's ancient foundations? By modeling these deeply healing and transforming resources in our own practices and lives. Tapping into Holly's training and background with urban, at-risk and vulnerable communities - as well as her personal journey from trauma and addiction to healing and recovery - ignite your teaching intentions, your noble life purpose and your soulful service in the world. Step into The Urban Yoga Den, where classical yoga texts and tools take their rightful place in contemporary yoga classes...and, modern life. During this advanced studies weekend, teachers will practice physical yoga, study texts, and, engage in group discussion, self-inquiry, speed journaling and take-home explorations. Topics include: Patanjali's Eight Limbs: A Design for Living - Discover ways to make yoga philosophy accessible and practical for all students, from studio yogis to at-risk populations. Learn to express the Yoga Sutras in plain language. And, create your personal Yamas and Niyamas. Embodying Ideology - Design a contemporary Vinyasa yoga class whose sequence flows through the Eight Limbs. Safe Havens - Learn trauma-informed approaches to teaching vulnerable and sensitive students. Utilize Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga in order to prevent, respond to and heal from trauma and crisis. Connect and Serve - Design Dharma Talks that inspire students with personal stories of challenge and resilience. Understand the difference between the ideology of Karma, and, the practice of Karma Yoga. 

  6. Applied Anatomy & Therapeutics ~ Megan Davis: These sessions are designed to give yoga teachers a practical understanding of anatomy and functional movement with the goal of supporting individual students in a practice that is appropriate for their bodies.  Our focus will be the ways in which our dynamic, moving structure can be supported through variations and modifications to support balance between strength and flexibility.  We will also spend some time doing postural assessment to practice identifying patterns of dysfunction in the body that might be improved through particular asanas. 

  7. Hustle and Flow:  The Business of a Modern Healer ~ Faith Hunter & April Puciata: Cultivating a following online and in-person requires creativity, dedication and commitment. In an industry that is constantly shifting and changing, it is essential to set personal goals and build a recognizable brand that is authentic and personalized. Faith and April will share the REAL Deal…and BTW - it doesn’t happen overnight! Part 1: Branding and Media Presence - This workshop is designed to help you tell your story and share your passion online. Whether you are just starting out, or have already taken steps to promote your wellness business, this session will help you refine your brand and learn how to authentically share your offerings with your audience. Topics include: social media, media strategy, creating valuable content, follower engage and connection, personal branding, and video creation. Part 2: Yoga Retreat Planning and Marketing 101 - The many benefits of presenting retreats include: helping your students deepen their experience of yoga; global travel; and financial rewards. However, to effectively design, market, sell and lead a retreat requires innovative strategies, detailed planning and tight execution. In this discussion, learn: what details to consider and questions to ask yourself before thinking about destination; effective ways to choose a location; pros and cons of partnering with retreat planning companies or another yoga teacher; sensible prices, budgets and profit; how to create a unique experience; sales and marketing strategy; and how to build your retreat clientele.

Tuition

  • pay in full (early-bird) = $3800 before October 16, 2017

  • pay in full (after 11/4/17) = $4100

  • pay deposit plus balance = $500 (deposit) + $3600

  • payment plan = $500 deposit + 6 installments of $600 or 8 installments of $450

  • Faith's YTT Graduates: $3800

  • Register in the studio or contact Faith if you need an installment plan.

  • Make a deposit of $500 or full payment to reserve your spot by November 4. Deposits are non-refundable.  Additional payment plans available depending on circumstances. Email us at yoga@embracedc.com. 

  • Additional fees include cost of books only (approximately $55-$75)

  • Each per week at Embrace is included in the training.

Certification

Requirements for completion include: contact hours with ERYTs and other experts, assisting, observing, teaching community classes, mentoring session with Faith or other 500 RYT instructors, developing and refining your personal teaching style/voice, and taking daily/weekly/monthly classes and/or workshops with Faith and other 500RYTs. Additional contact hours, workshops, & homework are required. Each teacher will maintain a journal of activities and the YTT special mentoring project.

After completing our 300-hour Advanced Program you will receive a certificate making you eligible to register for national registration with the Yoga Alliance RYT 500.

More information

Contact Faith directly with specific questions in shaping your Advanced Program. If you wish to attend an individual module or the full program, click here to register.  If you are interested, please complete this online form. Faith really wants to get to know you better. You can also contact Faith at yoga@embracedc.com.