Now practiced by millions across the globe, yoga has become ever more relevant in today's fast-paced modern world. In this training, we will thoroughly explore yoga’s current expression in modern western culture, examine why yoga remains relevant to so many, and consider where the practice is going as the century unfolds.
We will examine the history, philosophy, and technique of yoga, as well as hone our teaching skills in a welcoming, experimental, and forgiving environment. It is our hope that students of this training will walk away with the capacity to ignite their students' innate desire to rejoice, connect, and thrive in an ever-changing world.
Immersion 1: Posture, Breathing, and Stillness
July 31 - Aug. 4, 2017
Immersion 2: Alignment for Every Body
Immersion 3: The Science and Philosophy of Yoga
Immersion 4: The Subtle Body
May 9 - 13, 2018
$3250 per participant (monthly payment plan available)
$2950 Early Bird Tuition before May 31, 2017
$812.50 Individual Immersion Rate
$650.00 Individual Immersion- Workshop Only Rate*
PLEASE NOTE: Students pursuing their 200-hr YTT YA certification from Luma must complete all four modules within two years.
*Students wishing to delve more deeply into the yoga practice and tradition without pursuing teaching certification will be excused from the teaching practicum portions of the Immersions. No YA certification offered.
Our training will take you into the many facets of yoga, through these books (and more). Books can be purchased at Luma, or we encourage you to support your local, independent booksellers.
This training is open to all levels of students interested in deepening their practice and/or teaching yoga.
Yoga is not a fixed, stagnant system, a practice of absolute truths. It is a living, breathing, evolving entity from which we can learn about our selves, our relationships, our history, our world. And Valerie’s training is not about simply passing on these regurgitated “truths”. It is about inquiry, examination, discourse, and exploration of the holistic view of what we practice, Modern Postural Yoga. It is from a place of deep reverence for + love of the practice that Valerie introduces essential, yet revolutionary, concepts such as: what is your body doing in asana and what are the limits, why has modern postural yoga swept across the country, how can yoga be an agent for transformation, and, maybe most importantly, what is yoga anyway? As a teacher of public yoga classes, she has taught me to breathe, the importance of maintaining a strong yogic community, how to strengthen myself physically + mentally and how to connect to myself emotionally. As my mentor, she has introduced me to diverse perspectives + texts, engaged in countless provocative conversations and continues to encourage me to find my voice in it all.
I have been taking yoga classes for 30 yrs and have had the good fortune to have had some very good teachers. For the last five years, Valerie has been my teacher. What a gifted teacher. It is clear that she has extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology. She is very facile in articulating the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit in the practice of yoga. Her classes are a combination of physical challenge infused with joy and even though sequences of asanas are repeated she has the ability to enliven them anew. Throughout class breathing practice is the foundation for her teaching. She is an exceptional teacher who instills inspiration, wonder, and inquiry into yoga. I am very grateful to have her as my teacher.