200-hr Teacher Training

Overview:

In this intensive training, we will explore key concepts in trauma resolution and apply them directly to our yoga practice. We will study fundamental features of trauma physiology and gain awareness of how culture, philosophy, the practice environment and student-teacher relationships influence the nervous system and perpetuate or alleviate trauma in ourselves and others. Most exciting of all, we will investigate how elements of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (such as bandha, mudra, pranayama, kriya, visualization and chanting) fit in alongside some of the most ground-breaking trauma theories available, potentially enhancing evidence-based yoga interventions for PTSD.

While trauma robs us of our capacity for joy, spontaneity, empowerment and connection, rehearsing these in our practice can serve as a potent daily reminder of our nearly unfathomable potential to live and to give. By inquiring deeply into neuroscience, psychology, yoga technology, our own personal circumstances and deepest intentions, we will begin or continue the never-ending journey of constructing a practice that truly serves us and our world. Please read my page What is TIAVY? and peruse my blog to learn more about my passion for this subject!

Teaching Faculty

JEN-MITSUKE PETERS holds a BA in Neuroscience & Behavior from Columbia University, an MA in Psychology/Neuroplasticity from Princeton University, an MA in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling from Naropa University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Depth Psychology focusing on Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has practiced with and assisted her principal Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teachers Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor for over 2100 hours in addition to training extensively in other yoga styles and meditation.  Her own personal experiences with emotional, sexual and spiritual abuse as well as chronic illness have awakened both her passion for healing and her deep trust in the transformative power of compassionate and mutually beneficial relationships.  She has been teaching yoga internationally since 2005 and is a registered psychotherapist and coach in private practice in Denver, CO. Full Bio

JIYU is a Social Engagement System Expert, and this branch of the nervous system has been found to be crucial for trauma healing and conducive to all-around well-being. An extremely old (non-shedding and hypoallergenic) soul, he has been teaching yoga since the tender age of 11 weeks and is working towards his Therapy Dog certification. Full Bio

Course Descriptions

We will workshop ASANA, PRANAYAMA, KRIYA & MEDITATION while maintaining a trauma-informed focus. Postures from the Ashtanga Vinyasa Series 1 and 2 will form the basis of our asana explorations, and we will approach them looking to see what they have to offer each practitioner, providing variations to accommodate everybody and looking closely at transitions while moving at our own individual pace and encouraging each other to be inquisitive about our experiences as opposed to achievement-oriented.

We will do 3 TIAVY SELF-PRACTICE classes similar in format to “Mysore-style” Ashtanga classes. Jen will be assisting and striving in every way to construct a consent-based environment where all individuals feel safe and inspired to do what will be most beneficial for them, as well as offering opportunities to inquire into individual interests.

We will also delve into SANSKRIT CHANTING, YOGA PHILOSOPHY & TRAUMA LITERATURE. A number of traditional chants will be practiced, and we will consider some classic yoga texts as well as relevant trauma literature, investigating how modern science can help us to set our priorities in practice. We will also discuss common interpretations of yogic scripture that may be triggering or less than life-affirming or fully applicable for trauma survivors. Included will be the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita, and the work of Stephen Porges, Bonnie Badenoch, Peter Levine, Pat Ogden, David Grand & more. We will discuss at length testimony from Karen Rain, Anneke Lucas, Jubilee Cooke and other victims of the abuse perpetrated by Pattabhi Jois and other teachers and discuss how we can prevent future violence.

Integral to the curriculum is GROUP DISCUSSION & SATSANG, incorporating concepts covered so far and looking at the myriad perspectives generated by fellow group members.

We will learn how to apply TRAUMA THEORIES IN PRACTICE & TEACHING and begin to try out our skills with our colleagues. We will briefly investigate hands-on assists and consider the contexts in which such techniques may be helpful as well as situations where touch can be highly inappropriate. We will discuss a variety of alternatives to touch and investigate our intentions behind every aspect of class composition. (Please note, an optional week-long adjustment clinic will follow this intensive for those looking to hone hands-on skills that this training will set up.)

We will delve into GROSS & SUBTLE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY, applying what we learn directly to our practice. These workshops will be based on the inspiring work of Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor as well as Simon Borg Olivier & Bianca Machliss.

We will also savor RESTORATIVES & THERAPEUTICS. We will use simple props, learn some basic preventative measures and therapeutic interventions for common injuries, and consider how our language and attitudes as teachers and students can drastically affect how we go about the practice and the results we obtain from it.

We will hold space for a 2-DAY MEDITATION RETREAT. This will involve about 6 hours of meditative practices per day, some seated and some involving walking or other moving meditations. We will look at the most recent literature that shows both the benefits and dangers of meditative practices in populations touched by trauma and seek to provide a positive experience for each participant.

Schedule & Commitment

Anticipated schedule for Weeks 1, 3 & 4
Anticipated schedule for Week 2 with Meditation Retreat

The month-long intensive (July 20 – August 14, 2020) will take place Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm with the addition of one Saturday following Week 2 for the meditation retreat. “Soulful Morning Sadhana” is a daily practice program I offer by subscription, not a part of this teacher training, but space permitting you are also welcome to enroll.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to become TIAVY-200 certified, your attendance and engaged participation at all events of the in-person training is mandatory. In cases of emergency, you may need to make up work in private study with me. IN ADDITION TO COMPLETING THE INTENSIVE, candidates for certification must read 3 books (in addition to the 6 required of all students) and write eight 3-page reports integrating the readings with their own experience, 3 due before the training as preparation and 5 due within 3 months following the close of the 4-week intensive. These reports must demonstrate thorough understanding of the material as well as original insights. Unsatisfactory work will be returned for revision. Reading for the pre-training assignments will be distributed by May 15th. The 5 post-training assignments (due November 15th) offer some flexibility in order to allow you to choose areas of particular interest to you. In other words, you are invited to take a 6-month journey to immerse yourself in this fascinating subject matter and allow it to percolate into your practice and everyday life. TIAVY-200 certified teachers offering TIAVY-inspired work may be listed on my website at my discretion.

Who should apply?

This training is best suited for curious Ashtanga Vinyasa practitioners and teachers OR for healing professionals who want to bring yoga into their practices in a serious way. We will be going into considerable detail and requiring some deep soul-searching. The amount of insight and support you can offer yourself, students and clients is proportional to the depth, regularity and sincerity of your well-established and well-rounded personal practice and surrounding relationships.

If you need some brushing up on Ashtanga Vinyasa, lessons with me (live or on Skype) or another qualified teacher prior to the training will be necessary. There are no requirements for strength, flexibility or acrobatics, but you do need to be familiar with the flowing nature of the practice, the layout of Surya Namaskar, Standing & Finishing Sequences, Primary & Intermediate Series, and the basics of breath and bandha work. As preparation, I highly recommend viewing and practicing repeatedly with the 3-DVD set by my teacher, Richard Freeman. This will give you a thorough basis on which to build during the training. I will also be offering 1-week immersions, 2nd Series & Hands-On Adjustments in February and Primary Series in April…

I am seeking a varied and complimentary group of people willing to share both their talents and vulnerabilities, a heart-centered group of folks with a sense of humor and growing appreciation of themselves and others not just for what they have done or can do, but first and foremost for who they are, both in an unlimited eternal sense as well as honoring how we are showing up at any given moment in time.

This training will take place at my home studio in Denver, CO. Throughout the training we will be interacting as a cohort (of 12 or fewer plus one 2-year-old puppy) and also breaking frequently into smaller groups or partners to encourage active assimilation of the material. You will be working mat-to-mat (literally, the space is not large) and interacting closely with me and your colleagues, which will allow for the formation of deep friendships. This will also give us all an opportunity to thoroughly irritate each other with our less-than-conscious habits! I therefore beseech those who apply to agree to uphold the highest standards of conduct and hygiene, and to be willing to constantly reassess your impact on self and other while incorporating constructive feedback.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the intensity of this training, you must be at a good place in dealing with your own trauma load. This training is not intended to treat your trauma, nor will participants be encouraged to work outside of their Scope of Practice in “treating” others.  Resolution of trauma may require a multifaceted approach and team of professionals.

Investment

The cost of the training is $3800. Books and accommodations in Denver are not included. Upon acceptance, a $350 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your spot. An early-bird discount of $300 will be applied if tuition is paid in full by January 1st. I am offering one $500 need-based work-study scholarship for 30 hours of cleaning and puppy assistance.

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Testimonial

“In a way, life had already shown me that to evolve means to give a true meaning to everything that touches us and everything that we touch.  When I went to study with Jen, I did not know exactly what I would find, besides a loving group and a welcoming Jen, but I learned a new way of looking at science-based Yoga, one that shows us that we can be different, question everything, transform, work through fear, leave the comfort zone, and learn to live with the others who are permanently shaping the way we act and relate.  With TIAVY, I assure you, Jen, I’ll try to make a difference every day and at every moment.  I will change, because we all deserve happiness!” — Rosana Santos, Serra da Cantareira, Brazil, TIAVY-200

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