The Ivy Yoga School (IYS) Program is in the Krishnamacharya Lineage: We draw on the traditions of Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Therapeutic Yoga.
Krishnamacharya was an Indian yoga teacher, a scholar and an ayurvedic healer. He is often referred to as the "Father of Modern Yoga".
Our In- depth study and teacher training at The Ivy Yoga School emphasizes the importance of staying close to tradition and the Parampara (lineage- from teacher to teacher). We recognize how popular yoga has become these days and endeavor to bring students and future teachers back to the roots of yoga practice and study.
Jennifer and Carroll Ann bring over 50+ years of study and practice to the course and look forward to sharing their love and devotion with interested students.
Students will come away from this training and study feeling confident in teaching asana with precise alignment cues, effective adjustments, and a working knowledge of physical anatomy.
Students will be introduced to the philosophy behind the practice; reading and discussing ancient texts that have stunning relevance to today. We will immerse ourselves in the study, practice and lifestyle of yoga in order to bring this experience into our lives. Our students will be equipped to serve the larger community as yoga teachers; the change they will experience in themselves can extend to their relationships, communities and world.
Other Topics to be covered:
Asana Study: All classes of asana and their corresponding energetic patterns will be explored in-depth. We will learn how to observe bodies moving as well as static and explore the underlying alignment principles pertaining to each class of asana.
Hands-On Teaching Methods: Developing the skill to observe and offer supportive hands-on assists to students in guided classes will be taught. The course will explore ways of observation and assistance, in which the teacher guides the student into deeper awareness and understanding of the asana, without applying force or causing harm.
Verbal Teaching Skills: It is essential for the teacher to communicate clearly and without distraction when guiding class. This course will help hone the skills needed to guide students through class with helpful verbal cues.
Pranayama and Meditation: Asana practice moves the practitioner inward towards self-observation. This course will teach basic and appropriate methods of pranayama and meditation along with their traditional benefits. Teaching students to understand, observe and control the breath is the first step towards meditative states of mind.
Sanskrit: Correct pronunciation of asana names, traditional mantra and classical sutra recitation is essential for teaching yoga in a classical and traditional system.
Anatomy: Understanding the basic anatomy in asana can help fine-tune our ability to observe various bodies in stillness and motion. Our anatomy study will bring attention not only to the strictly “physical” aspect of anatomy, but also to the anatomy of the “energy body” in yoga practice. Working with injury and posture modifications will also be explored.
Philosophy: Yoga asana should not be separated from the philosophical context from which they were born. The training course will continually dive deeper into the traditional teachings of Patanjali’s Classical Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita (Song of the Lord) and the Upanishadic texts. With each topic covered, reference to the philosophical context will be explored and discussed and how these philosophical themes are just as relevant for our lives today.
Ayurveda: a study of Ayurveda complements the understanding of the yogic lifestyle. From diet to “dosha”, to practices of seasonal cleansing, and daily routine, Ayurveda is the science of life that brings an individualized approach to the traditional method of yoga.
Friday Evenings: 6-9:00pm ( yogic meal provided )
Sundays: 8:00am- 4:00pm
Dates of Program 2019/2020 Program:
November 1-3 and 8-10
February 7-8 and 21-23
March 6-8 and 20-22
April 3-5 Graduation!
Application can be sent to Jennifer Elliott @ PO Box 263, Ivy VA 22945 along with $50 (non-refundable)
Cost for training is $2750 ($2500 if paid before 7/1/19)
Jennifer has been a student of yoga for over 40 years and a teacher for over 29. She is a dedicated Ashtanga practitioner but loves to explore other forms of practice, the physical and energetic alignment of the postures along with the breath, and how this can heal and transform our lives on a very basic level to a more profound one. She has participated and directed teacher training programs in Richmond and in Charlottesville since 2001. She is a dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga and has made 7 pilgrimages to Mysore India to study in this lineage. Jennifer's dedication and devotion to yoga is evident in the clarity of her teaching.
Carroll Ann has practiced yoga for 22 years and has over 1500 hours of teacher training. She has been a steady student of Jennifer Elliott at AYC since 2011. She teaches pre-natal yoga, Mysore-style Ashtanga and vinyasa. Since 2013, she has studied for 3-5 months a year at the KPJAYI under R. Saraswathi Jois, Sri Pattabhi Jois’s daughter. Carroll Ann assists Saraswathi in her shala and has worked with hundreds of students from all over the world comprising all levels of ability, experience and commitment. She has also studied extensively with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, and has assisted them in their advanced teacher training. Her main objective as a teacher is to help students have a positive, peaceful experience as they participate in the challenging practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
Dr. Ina Stephens is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UVA Medical Center. She practices general pediatrics at Northridge Pediatrics and with By Your Side Pediatrics, a home-based care pediatric practice, with a particular interest in children with special needs and medical complexities, and is a pediatric infectious diseases consultant for UVA Children’s Hospital and Bon Secours Children’s Hospital. Ina is the co-director of the Medical Yoga Initiative at UVA Medical Center and School of Nursing. Ina graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where she also completed her pediatric residency and served as chief resident. Ina is a registered yoga teacher (200RYT®) through Yoga Alliance.
Bridget discovered yoga in 1998 and has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 2001. Bridget loves studying other methods of yoga as well, and getting creative with her approach to teaching depending on the preferences and needs of her students. She is now focusing her training on Ayurveda and integrated wellness, and incorporates what she knows about promoting balance in mind and body into her yoga lessons. Bridget’s class focuses on building strength, alignment and breath control so that her students can explore the physical, emotional and spiritual gifts of yoga.
Gephel was born in exile in Northern India after his parents escaped from Tibet in 1959. He received his primary education at a Tibetan school in Dharamsala, India, and at the age of 13, he became a monk at Namgyal Monastery in India, the personal Monastery of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. There he studied the liturgy of meditation deities, and the Buddhist sciences, including epistemology, philosophy, ethics, and the tantric systems. He also trained in the traditional Tibetan sacred arts such as ritual music, sand mandala construction, and the making of tormas (butter sculptures.) In 1992, after completing the thirteen-year Namgyal Tantric College curriculum, he earned the degree of “Master of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra”. Ven. Gephel took his ordination vows from H.H. Dalai Lama.