The Beyond Asana Teacher Training & Service Project to Haiti
Date: June 2015 ~ December 2015, with Maura Manzo & Brittany Policastro
Join Yoga Home co-founder, Maura Manzo, and Brittany Policastro, founder of Beyond Asana, for a teacher training unlike any of its kind. Now entering its fourth year, the Beyond Asana Teacher Training combines the curriculum of a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga training with an in-depth fundraising project with their partner non-profit organization, buildOn. This training is all about growth and transformation. From the way the asana is taught, to the deep personal growth exercises, to challenges around fundraising, to the life-altering experience of living with host families for a week and building a school in Haiti — each area is designed to help move you BEYOND what you know and into the unknowable truth only this deep work can reveal.
In addition to classroom hours, each student is challenged to fundraise $5,000 for this project and with these funds will travel to Haiti in February of 2016 to break ground on a school. Previous students have raised over $250,000 since inception in 2012 and that number continues to grow. From both their individual and collective experiences, Maura and Brittany have co-created a one-of-a-kind teacher training. They believe in the power of community both in our own back yard and across the globe. They believe that change really does come from within and it starts with us and work to foster yoga teachers that are well rounded in both the knowledge of alignment, the emotional and energy bodies and conscious activism. This is the first year the truing will be split between Philly and Conshohocken. We are thrilled to be expanding what it means to be in divine collaboration.
Maas Building Dates and Times
June 26-28, August 7-9, August 28-30, October 2-4, November 20-22, December 4-6
Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays & Sundays 9-5pm
Yoga Home Dates and Times
Five day Intensive: July 15-July 19 | Wednesday – Friday 9-5pm Saturday & Sunday- 11:30-6:30pm
Additional Dates: September 11-13, October 23-25, November 6-9 | Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11:30-630pm
Application Deposit: $400 (This is to be handed in with your application. This amount will be deducted from your balance and refunded if you are not accepted into the program)
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Early Bird Pricing: $2499 (must register by February 16)
Full Price: $2849
Payment Plan: $2999 (Payment plans will begin as soon as you sign up and last for 8 consecutive months minus the $400 deposit. Monthly payments will be $324.88 per month)
Scholarships Available ~ lack of funds doesn’t need to keep your from this training. Quarter and half scholarships are available.
A good deal of time is spent on the art and the science of moving and instructing students into each posture in a way that fosters deeper body awareness, safety and accountability. With this knowledge not only will you gain the tools to transform your practice, you will also be empowered to help others do the same. When students feel safe in their bodies, they are more likely to drop down into their hearts.
In addition to learning how to get into and hold each posture, you will learn how to safely and effectively adjust your students in a way that honors both their physical and energetic bodies, as well as your own. Connecting with people in this way is a great honor and responsibility. We will give you the tools and guidance you need to feel confident in your touch and intention.
We will take the asanas even deeper by going into the anatomy of the body and how the postures relate as a whole. This will give you a deeper understanding of the body, the yoga practice and how to keep yourself and your students safe and healthy.
Business of Yoga
We will spend time discussing the ins and outs of this very important component to becoming an effective teacher. You will learn clear, thorough and very useful and practical ways to get your voice out there, make what you are worth and share your own unique gifts with those that need it the most. We will also cover how to move through this business with integrity while staying true to your own authentic voice and needs.
Part of being a yoga teacher who really makes a difference is first knowing yourself and embracing all aspects with love, respect and compassion. We will spend time helping you travel deep inside to connect with your shadows, those limiting beliefs that are holding you back and an understanding of how your past can create a purposeful future. This is the stuff often overlooked but oh so important.
This component is a very special and vital part of the training. Each student will work to raise $5,000 for our partner non-profit, buildOn. With these funds we will travel to Haiti to break ground on a school. Each weekend we will check in and support your fundraising efforts through various discussions, applicable tools and exercises, as well as different manifestation practices. Expect a deep exploration of what it means to put your consciousness work into action.
We will spend time tapping into each Chakra and how to connect with and balance these specific energies. Cultivating Chakra awareness can influence every aspect of your life including: your relationships, your work, your creativity, the way you raise your children, they way you love, your relationship with money and your deeper vision of how you want your life to unfold. The Chakras rock!
We will dive into Yogic philosophy while often offering a modern spin to make it easier to apply to your current life. You will learn the origins of this practice and spend time exploring the Eight Limbs of Yoga and The Yoga Sutras in a way that is applicable to your every day life.
You will be required to purchase and read a list of books to help deepen and expand what we will be learning in the training. Check back to see a complete list.
Each weekend you will receive homework to help integrate what we cover during the weekend. Some homework will be required and some will be optional.
For a dedicated yoga teacher, a steady and committed practice is vital. You will be required to attend twenty additional open classes to be completed in the eight months of the training, 10 each with Maura & Brittany (may include workshops and retreats). Alternative options will be provided for those traveling out of the state to be a part of this training. Each student will receive a 10 class card to both Yoga Home and The Yoga Garden to fulfill this requirement.
Quizzes, Final Exam and Final Projects
During the training you will receive a few quizzes to help us see how the information is landing. Towards the end of the training you will receive a take home final exam as well as a few other final projects. All of this is to help you deepen and integrate what you have been learning over the past eight months.
Included in your tuition are two blocks, a blanket and a strap that you will with you every weekend to support your asana exploration.
BuildOn’s mission n is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. They empower urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. BuildOn’s Global School Construction Program provides rural communities in developing nations across the globe with access to education. They build schools with villages that have historically had no adequate school structure – where students are squeezed into dark and crumbling mud huts, or are taught under trees when the weather permits, or have to walk multiple miles to a neighboring village, or can’t attend school at all. They break ground on a new school every six days with the help of U.S. afterschool program members, donors and parents who have provided over 700,000 volunteer workdays to build schools for their children. Through a methodology that puts gender equality at the forefront and villagers in control, they provide not only schools, but also the knowledge and the power to change entire communities.
For the 2014 teacher training, students will be raising funds to build a school in Haiti. With the support and guidance of both Maura and Brittany, each participant will be challenged to raise $5,000 for the project and will have the duration of the teacher training to do so. Upon completion of the training our group will travel to Haiti to help break ground on the school we raised the funds for.
Each weekend we will spend time on your fundraising efforts, discussing your progress, answering any questions and supporting you in this process. We will create a steady foundation within the training to help keep your efforts sustainable and focused in order to achieve the goal of raising the $5,000. The experienced staff at buildOn will also provide support.
The money you raise goes ENTIRELY to this project. Approximately $3,000 will go directly to help build the school and the other $2,000 will pay for your flight and accommodations while in Haiti. Participants will be paired up and living with a host family for the duration of the 8-10 day stay. Every day there will be time to practice yoga, work in the village and process the experience. All meals and activities are included. The purpose of this trip is to allow you to connect with the product of your fundraising efforts, to experience life in a poverty stricken area and to be a part of creating sustainable education for the inhabitants of this land. As a result you will strengthen your interpersonal and communication skills, become engaged in a project that connects local and global communities and embark on a once and a lifetime travel experience.
About Maura & Brittany
Maura Manzo E-RYT200, Co-Founder Yoga Home, Senior Leader Off the Mat Into the World
Maura began to practice yoga to “learn to breathe” after a fire destroyed her home in 2006 and has been in love ever since. Maura finds endless inspiration and support from Seane Corn, Suzanne Sterling and Hala Khouri. Her classes are breath focused and challenging, encouraging a deepening of the physical and spiritual sides of the practice but also encouraging critical thinking about how to show up in the world more empowered, on purpose and alive. In 2006, Maura graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and quickly became a practicing health coach, helping others learn to eat, feel and live better. In 2010, following her yoga teacher training, she raised $20,000 for HIV/AIDS programs in South Africa as part of OTM’s Global Seva Challenge. She considers that project a defining moment in her life and in taking her practice to the next level, both as a student and as a teacher. In 2012, she co-created the Beyond Asana Yoga Teacher Training with Brittany Policastro, which combines asana, sacred activism, personal growth work and global travel. The unique combination of her expertise in health coaching, leadership training and yoga enables her to provide an inspiring and integrative approach to life. Her deep commitment to building community shows up in all that she offers. She is a widely followed and recognized teacher, having been invited to teach at Wanderlust Philly and Namas Day 2013 & 2014. She has been named one of Be Well Philly’s Top 5 Yogi’s to Watch and was featured in Origin Magazine’s focus on Philly Yogis. She is also a Lululemon Ambassador.
Brittany T Policastro ERYT-200, Founder Beyond Asana
Known as a Stevie Wonder-loving, truth-speaking change-maker who bagged law school to pursue a creative thirst, Brittany rarely follows the pack on or off the mat. She leads her students into the heart of the practice from the start of her classes. With over 10,000 hours and 11 years of experience, Brittany teaches from an inspired space of connected consciousness. Her technique is influenced by her 300 hours of training in Anusara, practice in Vinyasa, Kundalini, Restorative Yoga, and Osho Dynamic Meditation, work with Off the Mat Into the World, study of the Chakra system, a year of intense self exploration with her shamanic healer, extensive travel, and deep study in India. Inspired to create global awareness, Brittany has traveled to several countries to teach yoga to children, build schools, engage in service and connect with each culture. In 2010, Brittany founded Beyond Asana and co-created the Beyond Asana Yoga Teacher Training, which combines asana, sacred activism, personal growth work and global travel. Brittany has been published in Yoga Journal.com and Elephant Journal. Two of her poems can be found in The Poetry of Yoga: Volume One. She was also featured on the 10! Show for a segment on healthy backs and FYI on Channel 6 news to showcase her prenatal yoga classes. She has appeared in Origins and Mantra Magazine, taught at Wanderlust in the City and is currently an ambassador for Lululemon and Vita Coco Coconut Water.
To read more about how to know if this training is not for you, as well as what will not be offered in this training, click here. This link will also provide answers to frequently asked questions and offers you a chance to read testimonials from recent graduates.
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