Start Where You Are

By AOLRC
May 23, 2018


Overview

Daily Practices for Finding Inherent Wisdom

Often, we seek outside ourselves for a kind of verification – some kind of knowing or a sense of deep love – when these qualities are always already present within us. From this retreat you’ll take away skills to:

• Re-cognize the over-zealous chattering mind & find quiet
• Return to the body as home base
• Create yourself as THE safe place in which you live
• Breath & move minute to minute with ease and gratitude
• Operate from a sense of curiosity & wonder
• Accept & allow life to unfold – just as it is
• Reduce personal suffering

Join us to practice and learn simple skills for creating ease & awareness in your everyday experiences.

   

About the Teachers

Jeffrey Shoaf – E-RYT-500 YACEPC-IAYTLMBT, YogainstructorYogaEducator, Certified Yoga Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist.
Jeff has been an avid practitioner of yoga since his first class at Main Street Yoga in Illinois in August of 2002. His trainings from the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts include 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, 500 Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Certification. His teachers and mentors are Yoganand Michael Carroll from the Pranakriya Yoga School of Healing Arts, Marlysa Sullivan, of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies, and also includes extensive early influence from the work of Gary Kraftsow and Eric Schiffman. Additionally, he has practiced ayurveda therapies under the direction and assistance of Dr. Ashlesha Raut, a board certified physician of Ayurveda. Jeffrey is also a licensed massage therapist, practicing integrative bodywork, with a focus on myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy. He works with clients and students individually, integrating both bodywork and yoga therapy techniques to improve, integrate, and unite the body/mind connection. As of June, 2015, Jeffrey has relocated to his home state of North Carolina, where he teaches yoga classes, and practices bodywork and yoga therapy in Charlotte and trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists around the USA.

 

Mary Thia Powers began studying yoga and meditation in 1997, credentialing as a 200-hour yoga instructor in 2001 in the Astanga Tradition and as a 500-hour Professional Level Yoga Instructor in 2007 (E-RYT 500). She added Yoga Nidra and I-Rest certification (with Richard Miller, 2007); Restorative Yoga Certification (with Judith Lasater, 2009); Holotropic Breathwork Immersion (Stanislav Grof & Jack Kornfield, 2009); Yin Yoga teacher Training Immersion (Sarah Powers, 2010); and Blue Throat Yoga Immersion (Paul Ortega, 2011-13). She nearing completion of a yearlong Dhamma Study and Practice Program with Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte, NC. She has taught and continues to teach meditation and yoga in at various studios and corporate venues, including Yoga for Life/Centered Wellness in Charlotte, NC; Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, SC; The Crown Club in Charlotte NC; YMCA and YWCA in Charlotte, and The Cornwell Center in Charlotte. Mary recently co-facilitated a wellness retreat at Wild Hope Farm in Chester, SC, and continues to offer private yoga and meditation sessions. Since 1999, she has completed multiple silent retreats with Satya Narayan Goenka, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Bikkhu Bodhi, and Adya Shanti.

 

Schedule

Friday, August 24th

3:00 pm – Check-in
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm – AOLRC Orientation – MANDATORY FOR ALL GROUPS
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Program Session

Saturday, August 25th
7:00 am – 8:30 am – Yoga Pranayama/Meditation
8:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
10:00 am – 12:30 pm– Program Session
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm– Program Session
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Community Bonfire

Sunday, August 26th

7:00 am – 8:30 am – Yoga Pranayama/Meditation
8:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
10:00 am – 12:00 pm– Program Session
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch


Triad Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Certification Program

By AOLRC
May 18, 2018


Overview

For more than 17 years The Triad Yoga 200 Teacher Hour Certification Program has been dedicated to supporting yoga students along their paths to becoming yoga teachers. This program is designed to help you deepen your understanding and practice of Hatha Yoga whether you plan to teach or not. Triad Yoga’s intention is to guide participants on a path of self-transformation and help develop the kind of teacher who is excited and passionate about sharing the joy and many gifts of yoga.

 

As yoga grows in popularity, students and studios will require qualified teachers with professional training.   This comprehensive course of study is designed to help you systematically build knowledge and develop the skills that you need to be at the top of the yoga profession. The focus of this program is to produce confident teachers that understand how to teach safe and effective classes and at the same time adapt the practice for a student’s individual needs.

Triad Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Certification Program is a Yoga Alliance Registered School, which means that this program meets their required standards.  Upon your completion of the program, you can register with Yoga Alliance and establish yourself as a Registered Yoga Teacher, qualified to lead safe, instructional, and inspirational classes in your community.

The program curriculum guides you to be able to skillfully teach asana and pranayama, lead students in meditations, and understand anatomy of the physical and energetic bodies.

This in-depth program includes:

  • Alignment-based asana and pranayama
  • Applied anatomy
  • How to observe and understand students’ bodies
  • Principles of adjusting and modifying yoga postures
  • How to plan and sequence yoga classes
  • How to teach specialized classes such as restorative classes and classes for students with physical challenges
  • Foundations of yoga philosophy
  • Guidelines for the business of yoga
 

About the Teachers

Terry Brown, C-IAYT, CPYI, E-RYT 500, co-director of the Triad Yoga Institute, co-director of East Coast Yoga Therapy, has been a student of Yoga and meditation since 1984. Terry’s extensive journey in the study of Yoga has led him to study with a variety of teachers and traditions, however he now considers Aadil Palkhivala, founder of Purna Yoga, his main teacher and influence. Terry is a certified Purna Yoga Instructor and licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. He teaches alignment-based asana to enhance the connection of the energetic and physical bodies, thereby enhancing the yoga poses’ benefits and healing effects. Terry also combines his knowledge of the human anatomy and experience in working with physical limitations into his teaching.

 

Schedule

Arrival Day

12:00 pm – Check-in and lunch
1:00pm – 6:000pm Program Session
6:00pm – 7:30pm Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm – AOLRC Orientation – MANDATORY FOR ALL GROUPS
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Program Session

Daily Schedule
6:00 am – 7:30 am – Morning Session
7:30 am – 8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – 12:00 pm – Program Session
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Program Session
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – 9:00pm – Program Session

Departure Day

6:00 am – 7:30 am – Morning Session
7:30 am – 8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – 12:00 pm – Program Session
11:00 am – Check-out (luggage may be stored at reception)
12:00 pm – Lunch is included in your stay this day!


Radiant Child Yoga Training

By AOLRC
May 16, 2018

Sharing Yoga and Mindfulness With Children

 

Radiant Child® Yoga (RCY) is an innovative 30-hour training program designed for anyone interested in teaching children yoga and mindfulness. One of the first child yoga training programs worldwide, RCY provides self-empowering and self-regulating tools for ALL kids, including those with sensory challenges.
What you will learn:
• To create and deliver fun, effective lesson plans for children from tots to teens
• A wide variety of yoga poses to use on the mat and at the desk
• Mindfulness tools for quieting and focusing the mind
• Fun, creative yoga songs, stories, and games to encourage positivity
• Special yoga techniques for children with ADHD, Autism, anxiety, and trauma
• Cooperative communication and listening skills for effective teaching
• Yoga for your own wellbeing while working with children.

Radiant Child Yoga founder, Shakta Khalsa, is teaching this training. As both a life-long yoga practitioners and certified Montessori educator, she has over 40 years of experience with both children and yoga. She is a direct student of Kundalini yoga master, Yogi Bhajan. She has been named one of the top five Kundalini yoga teachers by Yoga Journal Magazine.

When students become part of the Radiant Child Yoga family by taking Radiant Child Yoga 1-3 foundational training, receive a certificate of completion at the training’s end. As well, they are forever supported through online social media Radiant Child Yoga groups, through the opportunity to list themselves as a teacher on our worldwide registry, and through free downloads of children’s yoga lesson plans. Additionally, the 30-hour certificate course may be applied to Radiant Child Yoga 95- and 200-hour certification trainings which are accredited through Yoga Alliance.

 

Participants will pay $130 material fee, payable at the training with cash or credit card. Materials include: 90-page manual, two yoga books, one DVD/mp4 video, one workbook, five CD/mp3 audios, all packaged in a Radiant Child Yoga cotton tote bag. Retail value: $225

 

About the teacher

Shakta Khalsa, ERYT-500 and IKYTA certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, is a leading expert on children and yoga, having worked with both since the mid-1970s. She is a parent, Montessori educator, and a yoga professional recognized by Yoga Journal magazine as one of the top five Kundalini Yoga teachers in the world. Shakta has authored several books: Fly Like a Butterfly: Yoga for Children, The Five Fingered Family, Kundalini Yoga, Keep It Simple Series (KISS) Guide to Yoga, Yoga for Women, and her latest book, The Yoga Way to Radiance: How to Follow your Inner Guidance and Nurture Children to do the Same. She has produced several albums and DVDs, with her Yoga in Motion DVD winning the Mom’s Choice Award.

Shakta is the Founder and Director of Radiant Child® Yoga, an internationally-known training program for teaching children yoga and working with/raising children consciously. Radiant Child Yoga offers two Yoga Alliance approved teacher training schools; 95-hour and 200-hour. Through Radiant Child Yoga, Shakta has trained over 10,000 students, and has trained several RCY trainers, bringing the total of trained RCY teachers to around 25,000 worldwide. In the children’s yoga community, Shakta is considered the “godmother” of the children’s yoga movement. She lives in Sterling VA.

 

Schedule

Arrival Day

3:00 pm – Check-in
6:00 pm – 7 pm – Dinner
7:05 pm – 7:20 pm – AOLRC Orientation – MANDATORY FOR ALL GROUPS
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Program Session

Daily Schedule
6:30 am – 8:00 am – Morning Practice
8:00 am – 8:45 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Program Session
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Program Session
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Free Time*
6 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – 8:15pm – Meditative Chant — Kirtan (optional)

Departure Day

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Morning Practice
8:00 am – 8:45 am – Breakfast
9:00 am -11:00 am – Program Session
11:00 am – Check-out (luggage may be stored at reception)
12:00 pm – Lunch is included in your stay this day!


Practices at sunrise at yoga retreat center.

Happiness Retreat

By AOLRC
May 16, 2018

Create Lasting Happiness

In today’s racing world, the mind has a tendency to get stuck either in the past or the future. But happiness is here and now. You miss the present moment when you are distracted, regretting yesterday or worried about tomorrow. Yet with practical, self-empowering tools using the breath, we can successfully counter the increasing demands of contemporary life.

During our signature Happiness Retreat, you will find out how to access the present moment and tap into your inner power and freedom — not just as a concept, but as a direct experience. This is the source of abiding happiness.

  • Reduced stress
  • Greater sense of happiness and enthusiasm
  • Less social anxiety
  • More ease in interpersonal relations

In the Happiness Retreat, you will learn to master practical techniques that can benefit you for the rest of your life. The centerpiece of the Art of Living Happiness Retreat is the Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique that uses precise natural rhythms to get you unstuck. You will also learn a form of this practice that you can continue at home for further growth.

Experiences: Helping You Thrive

Happiness Retreat

“I’m much more optimistic about my future. I feel that I’m not alone. I feel happier, more energetic and just better all around. I just feel fulfilled.”
– Valerie S.

“As for the Happiness retreat itself… Words cannot describe it. Literally. I arrived with 25 strangers and left with a deep love of each one of them in their own unique and special way. I was moved to tears, I laughed, I smiled, I worked, I relaxed more deeply than I thought humanly possible. If you are here reading this, then run (don’t walk) to the program nearest you and let the next beautiful chapter of your life begin.”
– FullPack, TripAdvisor.

“I’ve learned from the course to be happy exactly where I’m at at this point in time. I can feel the lightness and the shine in myself – just free and calm.
– Vera P.

“The breathing techniques that I learned, particularly the Kriya, I found very calming and very relaxing and something I hope to incorporate into my daily life.”
– John S.

These are just a few of the many transformative experiences that people have had in the program. The Happiness Retreat offers not just a comfortable weekend, but a chance for emotional release and inner peace. What you need is only a willingness to explore new things and an open mind.

A Retreat in the Mountains 

During your stay, you have time for personal R & R also. Whether you want to explore forest trails, enjoy a free pottery class, release stress with a spa therapy or bask in the fresh mountain air, the choice is yours.

Make Your Retreat Extra Special

Combine your retreat with authentic Ayurveda for rejuvenation on all levels, body, mind and spirit. The recommended Ayurveda treatment for this retreat is an Abhyanga massage (“Abby” for short), followed by a relaxing steam to further release stress.

Research

Sudarshan Kriya research

Independent research has shown Sudarshan Kriya, the key technique of the program, significantly:

  • Reduces levels of stress
  • Supports the immune system
  • Relieves anxiety and depression
  • Increased levels of antioxidant enzymes which protect us from many diseases and rapid aging. [6, 23, 27]

Read Additional Peer-Reviewed Results and References
Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older


Schedule

Session 1, Friday evening, 6:30-9pm: The Secret of the Breath
Session 2, Saturday morning, 7:30-8:30am: Morning Yoga
Session 3, Saturday morning, 9:30am-12:30pm: The Rhythms of Life
Session 4, Saturday evening, 5:15-6:15pm: Deepening Our Experience
Session 5, Sunday morning, 7:30-8:30am: Morning Yoga
Session 6, Sunday morning, 9:30am-1pm: New Start: Home Practice

Optional Saturday Activities:
Guided Nature Walk: 1:30-2:30pm or 3-4pm
Pottery Class: 2-3pm, 3-4pm or 4-5pm


Sri Sri Yoga Foundation Program

By AOLRC
May 12, 2018

Gentle Yoga to Reinvigorate Mind and Body

Sri Sri Yoga is a holistic way of energizing and integrating your mind, body and spirit.  This ancient knowledge made applicable for modern times can be easily added to your daily routine resulting in a lasting experience of your true inner power and overall well being.

The practice of yoga has been known for centuries to produce benefits in the areas of health, mental clarity and spiritual connection.  Sri Sri Yoga not only offers the benefits of traditional asanas (postures), but pranayamas (breathing techniques) and special meditations as well.

During the Sri Sri Yoga retreat that is taught in 10 hours spread over the weekend, certified teachers will train you to successfully practice these techniques at home so that every facet of your life will continue to improve. This retreat is ideal for all levels of yoga enthusiasts from absolute beginners to advanced practitioners.

 

  • Strengthens and revitalizes internal organs
  • Improves digestion, circulation and immunity
  • Reduces Stress and calms the mind
  • Better posture and body alignment

 

“I have knee problems but after the course my knee felt better and less stiff. The instructions were great both in knowledge and style. I love that I could incorporate these sequences of postures in my home practice.” – Emmett, Atlanta, GA

Sri Sri Yoga Foundation Program

By AOLRC
May 12, 2018

Gentle Yoga to Reinvigorate Mind and Body

Sri Sri Yoga is a holistic way of energizing and integrating your mind, body and spirit.  This ancient knowledge made applicable for modern times can be easily added to your daily routine resulting in a lasting experience of your true inner power and overall well being.

The practice of yoga has been known for centuries to produce benefits in the areas of health, mental clarity and spiritual connection.  Sri Sri Yoga not only offers the benefits of traditional asanas (postures), but pranayamas (breathing techniques) and special meditations as well.

During the Sri Sri Yoga retreat that is taught in 10 hours spread over the weekend, certified teachers will train you to successfully practice these techniques at home so that every facet of your life will continue to improve. This retreat is ideal for all levels of yoga enthusiasts from absolute beginners to advanced practitioners.

 

  • Strengthens and revitalizes internal organs
  • Improves digestion, circulation and immunity
  • Reduces Stress and calms the mind
  • Better posture and body alignment

 

“I have knee problems but after the course my knee felt better and less stiff. The instructions were great both in knowledge and style. I love that I could incorporate these sequences of postures in my home practice.” – Emmett, Atlanta, GA

Sri Sri Yoga Foundation Program

By AOLRC
May 12, 2018

Gentle Yoga to Reinvigorate Mind and Body

Sri Sri Yoga is a holistic way of energizing and integrating your mind, body and spirit.  This ancient knowledge made applicable for modern times can be easily added to your daily routine resulting in a lasting experience of your true inner power and overall well being.

The practice of yoga has been known for centuries to produce benefits in the areas of health, mental clarity and spiritual connection.  Sri Sri Yoga not only offers the benefits of traditional asanas (postures), but pranayamas (breathing techniques) and special meditations as well.

During the Sri Sri Yoga retreat that is taught in 10 hours spread over the weekend, certified teachers will train you to successfully practice these techniques at home so that every facet of your life will continue to improve. This retreat is ideal for all levels of yoga enthusiasts from absolute beginners to advanced practitioners.

 

  • Strengthens and revitalizes internal organs
  • Improves digestion, circulation and immunity
  • Reduces Stress and calms the mind
  • Better posture and body alignment

 

“I have knee problems but after the course my knee felt better and less stiff. The instructions were great both in knowledge and style. I love that I could incorporate these sequences of postures in my home practice.” – Emmett, Atlanta, GA

Sri Sri Yoga Foundation Program

By AOLRC
May 12, 2018

Gentle Yoga to Reinvigorate Mind and Body

Sri Sri Yoga is a holistic way of energizing and integrating your mind, body and spirit.  This ancient knowledge made applicable for modern times can be easily added to your daily routine resulting in a lasting experience of your true inner power and overall well being.

The practice of yoga has been known for centuries to produce benefits in the areas of health, mental clarity and spiritual connection.  Sri Sri Yoga not only offers the benefits of traditional asanas (postures), but pranayamas (breathing techniques) and special meditations as well.

During the Sri Sri Yoga retreat that is taught in 10 hours spread over the weekend, certified teachers will train you to successfully practice these techniques at home so that every facet of your life will continue to improve. This retreat is ideal for all levels of yoga enthusiasts from absolute beginners to advanced practitioners.

 

  • Strengthens and revitalizes internal organs
  • Improves digestion, circulation and immunity
  • Reduces Stress and calms the mind
  • Better posture and body alignment

 

“I have knee problems but after the course my knee felt better and less stiff. The instructions were great both in knowledge and style. I love that I could incorporate these sequences of postures in my home practice.” – Emmett, Atlanta, GA

Sri Sri Yoga Foundation Program

By AOLRC
May 12, 2018

Gentle Yoga to Reinvigorate Mind and Body

Sri Sri Yoga is a holistic way of energizing and integrating your mind, body and spirit.  This ancient knowledge made applicable for modern times can be easily added to your daily routine resulting in a lasting experience of your true inner power and overall well being.

The practice of yoga has been known for centuries to produce benefits in the areas of health, mental clarity and spiritual connection.  Sri Sri Yoga not only offers the benefits of traditional asanas (postures), but pranayamas (breathing techniques) and special meditations as well.

During the Sri Sri Yoga retreat that is taught in 10 hours spread over the weekend, certified teachers will train you to successfully practice these techniques at home so that every facet of your life will continue to improve. This retreat is ideal for all levels of yoga enthusiasts from absolute beginners to advanced practitioners.

 

  • Strengthens and revitalizes internal organs
  • Improves digestion, circulation and immunity
  • Reduces Stress and calms the mind
  • Better posture and body alignment

 

“I have knee problems but after the course my knee felt better and less stiff. The instructions were great both in knowledge and style. I love that I could incorporate these sequences of postures in my home practice.” – Emmett, Atlanta, GA

Sri Sri Yoga Foundation Program

By AOLRC
May 12, 2018

Gentle Yoga to Reinvigorate Mind and Body

Sri Sri Yoga is a holistic way of energizing and integrating your mind, body and spirit.  This ancient knowledge made applicable for modern times can be easily added to your daily routine resulting in a lasting experience of your true inner power and overall well being.

The practice of yoga has been known for centuries to produce benefits in the areas of health, mental clarity and spiritual connection.  Sri Sri Yoga not only offers the benefits of traditional asanas (postures), but pranayamas (breathing techniques) and special meditations as well.

During the Sri Sri Yoga retreat that is taught in 10 hours spread over the weekend, certified teachers will train you to successfully practice these techniques at home so that every facet of your life will continue to improve. This retreat is ideal for all levels of yoga enthusiasts from absolute beginners to advanced practitioners.

 

  • Strengthens and revitalizes internal organs
  • Improves digestion, circulation and immunity
  • Reduces Stress and calms the mind
  • Better posture and body alignment

 

“I have knee problems but after the course my knee felt better and less stiff. The instructions were great both in knowledge and style. I love that I could incorporate these sequences of postures in my home practice.” – Emmett, Atlanta, GA