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Joyfully dance your way to teacher certification in this one-and-only, immersion-style Let Your Yoga Dance® Teacher Training – or come just to experience ten glorious days of dance and delight!
Let Your Yoga Dance® (LYYD) is the first chakra-yoga-dance training of its kind. Using fabulous music from around the world, this transformational and compassionate program will teach you to lead dance (or just enjoy your own dance!) with confidence in a supportive, non-competitive environment.
Upon successful completion of the training, you will:
Come with an open mind and heart, and the dance will take care of the rest.
You can choose to join module one, module two or do both together one after the other. In the right column, please select the date options for which you would like to enroll.
Prior Reading: In preparation for the training please read “Expanding Joy: Let Your Yoga Dance, Embodying Positive Psychology” by Megha Nancy Buttenheim, CJO (Chief Joy Officer) and Founding Director of Let Your Yoga Dance® (available at letyouryogadance.com and amazon.com).
Beginners welcome. You do not need to be a yoga teacher or have any prior teaching experience. No dance or yoga experience is required, though both are helpful. If you enjoy moving to music, have a fair amount of energy, and are ready to experience the dance of your own creativity, you can do this training.
Registration at least one month prior to the start of the training is strongly encouraged, so that you may receive course materials ahead of time and prepare for this immersion-style training with ease. Join us!
For more information, please consult the FAQs section below. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Director, Jurian Hughes, at [email protected] and Assistant Director, Missy Brown, at [email protected].
Director Jurian Hughes, E-RYT 500, MFA, and Assistant Director Missy Brown, E-RYT, RCYT, invite you to join them for their Fall 2018 training at Art of Living Retreat Center, in Boone, NC, Sep 22 – Oct 2, 2018.
Director, Jurian Hughes, E-RYT 500, MFA, is a senior faculty member at Kripalu Center, in Stockbridge, MA, the U.S.’s largest yoga center. She is a Let Your Yoga Dance® Trainer, Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainer, co-founder of A Wild Life Sanctuary™, voice coach, mentor, and theatre performer, known for her passionate, playful, and inspiring teaching style. She leads programs and trainings at Kripalu and throughout the country that draw on her decades of experience as a committed practitioner and teacher of yoga, dance, movement, voice and theater arts. In all of her work, she aspires to help people connect to their spirit and to that which moves them deeply and brings them joy. The core of her practice is authenticity and full self-expression.
In 2005, Jurian took her first dance class at Kripalu with Megha Nancy Buttenheim, founder of Let Your Yoga Dance®. Jurian cried a lot, quit her job, moved her life from New York City to the Berkshires, and has never looked back. She is the creator of the video, Gentle Kripalu Yoga with Jurian Hughes and the audio CD, Deep and Delicious Yoga with Jurian Hughes. More
Assistant Director, Missy Brown E-RYT 500, E- RCYT has dedicated her life to supporting people of all ages open to their true potential. Her passion in empowering others is offered through classes as well as training programs that truly transform lives through play and joy. Using her skills of creativity and playfulness, she fosters experiences where mindfulness and body centered practices are explored with a sense of humor and open hearted authenticity. Missy is the president and founder of Deep Play for Kids, LLC. Her mission is that all people have the safe opportunity to discover, explore and embrace their true limitless self.
With her loving presence Missy has been teaching DPK in schools for 20 years. She is a teacher in the Pranotthan School of Yoga, a Creative Kids School of Yoga trainer, a Let Your Yoga Dance® instructor, and teaches at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. More
“To be honest, when I signed up to do the teacher training I had no idea how truly transformative LYYD would be. Looking back I can now see all the little — and large — ways you both encouraged us forward into finding comfort with our own voices and bodies. Neither are easy for me. But with your compassion and gentle guidance I felt myself moving daily through my own fear into a newer stronger me! The support I felt from both of you, and each and every one in our tribe, was tremendous and life changing.”
“My heart is full and open, and I’m ready to dance and share this incredible practice with others! The gifts you gave are many… so many I can’t even count them. I keep replaying them in my mind and each time my heart fills up again.”
“Just spent an incredible ten days at Let your Yoga Dance Teacher Training with Jurian Hughes and Missy Brown, the Dynamic Duo! Truly Transformational! Amazing instructors that gave so much of themselves and taught us so much. We all left the training with the skills, confidence and tons of resources to teach Let Your Yoga Dance with joy, love and compassion.”
What is Let Your Yoga Dance?
Let Your Yoga Dance (LYYD) is an amazing chakra fusion — a joy-filled, powerful dance combining yoga, the breath, and user-friendly dance moves with fabulous music from all around the world. It is a funky, sacred, inspirational dance of the multi-dimensional self, bringing tons of fun and healing to body, mind, spirit. Let Your Yoga Dance is for every single body and wonderful for all ages.
What actually happens in a Let Your Yoga Dance class?
Grace in motion happens. A chakra dance explosion happens. Seven energy centers provide the foundation for this dance of yoga. We dance the yoga of the wild and woolly, the sexy and silly, the deep and delicious. We wrap ourselves in our biggest embodied self while dancing beyond our dreams. We are held in the sacred arms of Mother Earth while simultaneously honoring her. We are shaken to our core by drums and the rhythms of the Earth. We dance our animal archetypes and our spirit prayers. We dance our energy, inviting it to flow upward from the base of our spine up through the crown of the head, and back down to the earth again. Result? A blissful body,a joyous heart, a steady and quiet mind.
What if I’ve never had any dance training?
That’s no problem. LYYD is about finding and releasing the dancer within. As a teacher in training you’ll receive loads of support to help you connect to the joy of dancing freely, with ease and confidence. Then you’ll learn how to help others do the same. Though there’s lots of methodology and tools to learn, it’s not about memorizing moves or turning your body into a pretzel or perfecting a particular way of moving technically. If you love dancing and have never taken a single dance class, you can do this training.
Do I need to be a yoga teacher to take this training?
No. It’s helpful to have a yoga practice, though even that is not a pre-requisite. If you don’t practice yoga regularly, start going to classes once or twice a week now. You don’t need to be able to do advanced postures, but it is helpful to be familiar with the foundational poses, to have some familiarity with yoga vocabulary, and to have some basic knowledge of yoga principles. There will be more teaching on this during the training. You will benefit from doing the recommended prior reading: Expanding Joy: Let Your Yoga Dance, Embodying Positive Psychology, by Megha Nancy Buttenheim, CJO (Chief Joy Officer) and Founding Director of Let Your Yoga Dance (available at letyouryogadance.com and amazon.com). Do the Takeaways in the book as you read along. We also recommend Megha’s Moontides CD, to familiarize yourself with the Moon Salutation, which you’ll learn during the training (also available at letyouryoagdance.com and amazon.com.)
How do I know if I’m fit enough to take this training?
The mission of LYYD is to spread joy and consciousness throughout the world by transmitting body health, brain health, heart health and soul health to ALL populations. At the core of the practice is accessibility to all. We will be dancing a lotduring the training, it’s true, but it won’t be consistently high-energy dancing. Plenty of it will be on the gentler, slower side. There will be periods of relaxing and of sitting in lecture, chanting or discussion. If you can take a brisk walk and climb a set of stairs without being winded you can do this training. To support yourself in preparation for the ten days, consider committing to a regular exercise regimen that includes 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular activity several times a week.
I’m not sure if I want to teach. Can I still take this training?
Of course! We’ll warn you, though, that lots of people have said that over the years, and they often change their mind! This is a certification training with required hours of attendance. To maintain the integrity of the training, we ask that all participants practice punctuality and attend all sessions even if they have no intention to teach.
I’ve never taken a Let Your Yoga Dance class.
That’s all right! Many successful graduates have been in the same situation. LYYD is often so life-changing that just one experience of it makes people sign up for the training! You will definitely benefit from doing the recommended prior reading: Expanding Joy: Let Your Yoga Dance, Embodying Positive Psychology, by Megha Nancy Buttenheim, CJO (Chief Joy Officer) and Founding Director of Let Your Yoga Dance (available at letyouryogadance.com and amazon.com). Do the Takeaways in the book as you read along. We also recommend Megha’s Moontides CD, to familiarize yourself with the Moon Salutation, which you’ll learn during the training (also available at letyouryoagdance.com and amazon.com.)
What will our days be like?
Some mornings (though not all) will begin with an hour of morning yoga. This will prepare your body and mind for the day, offer an opportunity to deepen your understanding of yoga postures, provide healthy and safe alignment principles, and increase your vocabulary of postures, breathing techniques and movements on which to build. Following breakfast, we will spend three hours in session – dancing, diving into the chakras through lecture, discussion, visualization and chanting, as well as delving into other pieces of LYYD methodology. A two-hour lunch break will be followed by another three-hour session, which will include review of what we did in the morning, more dance, opportunities to practice teaching, and time to integrate the lessons of the day. Dinner will sometimes be followed by a short evening session that will focus on less active pieces of LYYD, as well as chances to connect to others, and to put into practice what you’re learning. Some evenings will be free for you to practice or to unwind. We will always finish our days by 9:00 pm, so that you have plenty of time to rest for the following day. We’ll also take off two half days during the training, to give you a chance to “catch up” and to experience the gift of being in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in autumn!
I have an old injury (or some other physical limitation). Is this right for me?
The mission of LYYD is to spread joy and consciousness throughout the world by transmitting body health, brain health, heart health and soul health to ALL populations. At the core of the practice is accessibility to all. That said, we don’t want you to injure yourself further during the training. It’s certainly fine to spend a session or two dancing in a chair if need be, and you’re always welcome to dance at a lower intensity, but it’s not recommended that you do this training if dancing or being active is going to cause you pain or suffering.
I’ve never taught before. Will this be too overwhelming?
You do not need any teaching experience to take this training. You do not need to be a fan of public speaking or an extrovert. In our experience, the training itself cultivates a tremendous amount of self-confidence. There may be emotionally powerful moments for you as you conquer old demons that have kept you from taking a role “at the front of the room”, and we think you will be truly – and very pleasantly – surprised at what you find yourself capable of. Compassion for self and others is essential to the teachings of LYYD, and we think you’ll discover that it creates a very supportive learning environment.
What kind of music will be used?
All different kinds! Everything you can think of! We will use contemporary yoga music, old-school funk, African drums, Latin rhythms, instrumental music, music with words, music from the radio, folk songs and more.
Can I use my own music once I graduate?
Yes. During the training we’ll ask you to practice with the music we’ve chosen, but you’ll learn to hear a song and know what chakra it belongs to, regardless of what style it is. You’ll discover that all music can be heard through the lens of the chakras. Once you have a sense of the chakras and how to choose music to create the arc of a LYYD class, you can use any music you like.
What kind of support is offered after I’m certified?
The Let Your Yoga Dance Teachers Association is a phenomenal resource. Upon graduation you’ll receive a free trial membership. Once that expires, you can join the Association for a low annual fee, which gives you access to thousands of videos and other resources – playlists, suggestions for moves, choreography, marketing tools, and more. In addition, the LYYD family is a big and loving community, and you will be shocked to find how much emotional and very practical support is right at your fingertips.
Can I begin teaching when the training is over?
Yes, if you attend all sessions, are punctual, have a successful practice teach in which you demonstrate an understanding of LYYD methodology, and you have conducted yourself in a professional and ethical manner during the training, you will be a certified Let Your Yoga Dance instructor, ready to go out and begin teaching.
How is this different from Nia? Five Rhythms? Shake Your Soul? JourneyDance? Soul Motion, etc?
All of these dance practices could be categorized as Conscious Dance. They have in common a desire to connect the dancer to him or herself through movement. Each one does this in a different way. Let Your Yoga Dance uses the ancient yogic map of the chakras as its foundation. The arc of a LYYD class moves us through various qualities of movement associated with the elements, so we move with earth, water, fire, air, sound, light and ether, dancing to experience those qualities in us.
What do I wear?
Light, comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Layers are recommended. Many people enjoy dancing barefoot, but some prefer – or require – more foot, ankle or knee support. If that’s the case, consider the Bloch Boost Dance Sneaker, Bloch Pro Elastic Ballet Slipper, Capezio Show Stopper Jazz Dance Shoe, ToeSox Releve Half Toe Grip, or something similar. All are available at Amazon or dance suppliers. You may also find that a simple pair of lightweight sneakers works well.
Can I work while I’m there?
It’s not recommended. Though you will have access to Wi-Fi, the schedule is demanding. Most people enjoy disconnecting from work as much as possible during the training. It’s not realistic to expect that you’ll be able to be in constant contact with an employer or employees. You will certainly be able to check-in daily with the world, but you will not be able to maintain a regular work load.
Do cell phones work at Art of Living?
Yes, though signal can be spotty.
What should I bring?
Clothes for dance and yoga, including layers
Clothes for walking outside in inclement weather
Clothes for warm and cold weather
Comfortable walking or hiking shoes, as there are beautiful hiking trails available on site
Shoes or sandals that slip on and off easily
Detergent. Laundry machines are available on site.
A daypack or shoulder bag to carry personal items around campus
Refillable water bottle
Journal and pen
Flashlight for evening walks back to your room after session
Sunscreen and hat
Snacks. Art of Living is beautifully situated on top of a mountain; town is 15 minutes away by car. Food is vegetarian, and there is no alcohol on site. To respect the yogic principles being honored at Art of Living, it’s asked that you refrain from bringing meat or alcohol to the Center.
One month prior to the training you will be provided with music to download and bring with you. Bring your smartphone or MP3 player with that music already downloaded, and headphones.
If you wish to be connected to the world by Wi-Fi, bring your tablet, smartphone or laptop.
Yoga mats are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
All toiletries and medications
If sharing a room, you may want to bring ear plugs, eye mask, and a book light or headlamp.
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Director Jurian Hughes at [email protected] and Assistant Director Missy Brown at [email protected].
We hope you’ll join us for this unforgettable experience!
*Schedule subject to change
(DAY 1) SAT SEP 22
7:00 AOLRC Orientation
7:30 Welcome, Opening Session
(DAY 2) SUN SEP 23
9:00 Session (Chakra 1)
2:30 Session (Music Review/Chakra 2)
7:30 Session (The Art of Relaxation, Chakra 7)
(DAY 3) MON SEP 24
9:00 Session (Chakra 3)
2:30 Session (Music Review/Intro Practice Teach/Chakra 4)
(DAY 4) TUE SEP 25
9:00 Session (Chakra 5)
2:30 Session (Music Review/Chakra 5, 6)
7:30 Free – Practice Time
(DAY 5) WED SEP 26
9:00 Session (Chakra 6/Integration)
* schedule subject to change
2:30 Integration, TBA
7:30 Free – Practice Time
(DAY 6) THUR SEP 27
9:00 Session (Music Review/Integrate/Prep for PT)
2:30 Prep for PT
7:30 Free – Practice Time
(DAY 7) FRI SEP 28
9:00 PT 1
2:30 PT 2
7:30 Free – Practice Time
(DAY 8) SAT SEP 29
9:00 PT 3
2:30 PT 4
(DAY 9) SUN SEP 30
7:30 Teachers Association and Post-Graduation
(DAY 10) MON OCT 1
2:30 Session 6:00 Dinner
(DAY 11) TUE OCT 2
10:00 – 12:00 Check-out/Departures/Lunch