800 hour yoga therapy education

Applications now open for next education starting March 2022

OVERVIEW

This is a unique and intensely transformative Yoga Therapy Education combining the 300 H Progressive Training and the 500 H Yoga Therapy Training. In this education we fusion yogic practices with meditation based therapy. Delivered in modules at Urban OM over 24 months and integrated with two residential retreats held at Baravara, Center for Personal Growth in Dalarna, Sweden. This education is highly experiential where most learning is by practice and by doing. Our faculty are selected and assembled because of their unique skills and expertise.

If you already know that you are curious and want to know more you can apply and book an interview slot, application is non-binding.

VISION

We envision a world where people are ‘being human again’. Where deep healing happens from meeting others with compassion. We believe yoga teachers can lead this transformation of ‘re-humanization’ when given the right yoga therapy training and tools.

URBAN OVERLOAD

More than ever we are suffering from ‘urban overload’ – being constantly bombarded by stimuli, toxins and demands on our attention and energy. This can fuel stress, even leading to the feelings of isolation and disconnection. We are fed with ideas of impossible perfection, that we should look, behave and be a certain way. We have an opportunity – one could say and obligation – to question and see through the illusion of all the shoulds and have-to’s, to move past the impossible ideas of perfection.

EMBODIMENT

We experience life through our body – our emotions, memories, traumas, and thoughts are all felt and held in the body. So it is quite logical that when you start connecting to the body, which happens naturally through the practice of yoga, you also begin accessing and addressing some of these experiences again.

Yoga then becomes a natural starting point for deeper healing. Urban OM’s Yoga Therapy Training embraces this natural opening and continues further by safely allowing emotional release and welcoming deep personal insight.

Urban OMs Yoga Therapy Education is based on 3 fundamental keys:

BEING IN THE BODY

The foundation is Being in the Body, which means to start befriending all the different aspects of being human. We believe that there is no real transformation unless you access both body and feeling. Being in the Body is an antidote to cure the modern phenomena of ‘disembodiment’ caused by urban overload. In our Yoga Therapy Training we emphasize cultivating sensitivity of both the physical as well as the subtle body by training stress reduction and interoceptive awareness. We’ll utilise evidence-based yogic practices which apply the therapeutic qualities of postures, breathing and relaxation, thus allowing the body-mind to strengthen and heal. These practices are inspired mainly from the Krishnamacharya yoga lineage with elements of Tantric and Kundalini Yoga and the bioenergtic methods of Alexander Lowen and Wilhelm Reich.

BEING REAL

Being Real then enables development of a sense of self nourishing the connection to truth that can cut through the illusion, dream and deception from the mind. Self-inquiry, or honest introspection, is an ancient practice found in every spiritual tradition. We’ll train our yoga therapists in aspects of humanistic and transpersonal psychology in order to offer trauma-informed counseling sessions and group structures.

BEING TOGETHER

Being Together is the final key. Our focus here is how to create safe spaces which merge body and mind, and to explore the magic of letting go into ‘something more’. Active and contemplative meditative practices inspired by the contemporary and ancient esoteric wisdom of Vedanta, Mantra and Osho will help participants transcend the fixation with individual self, ultimately cultivating a deeper sense of inner-connectedness.

HIGHLIGHTS

FACULTY

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ROBIN GUETH

Meet Robin the founding director of the Stress Management Center of Marin (SMC) in Larkspur (est.2000). She has been practicing for 40 years and teaching yoga therapy and stress management for over 20 years. Robin is both a teacher and a public speaker for Kaiser Permanente and was recently added to the hospital team working with Chronic Pain.

Robin develops programs and trains therapists to work in western healthcare environments: She trains teachers for the hospital setting at Kaiser, the Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area (brain injuries and stroke), with veteran’s programs and other special populations. Her therapist training program at SMC was the first in the Bay Area to achieve national accreditation and she was recently appointed to a national committee to help other programs achieve this standard.

From athletes to veteran’s research: Robin is in her 8th year assisting as stretching coach to a local football team. She has seen a reduction in injury severity and concussion in her tenure there. Also a researcher, Robin has researched techniques to improve respiratory strength and wellbeing in adults with Traumatic Brain Injury. She has just launched a study for veterans dealing with stress in Santa Rosa. She is also pioneering a new cell phone app with members of the Alameda Police Department that deals with fitness, diet, stress recovery and resiliency.

Website: smcmarin.com
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PARVATI PETRA KALLA

Meet Parvati. Certified physiotherapist and with experience of working with stress-related illness and long term pain. Her yoga therapy work also focuses on musculoskeletal related pains. Guides creative, therapeutic Hatha influenced yoga with a humble aspiration to inspire self acceptance, self love and true health. Loves seeing yogic empiricism meeting modern science.

Trainings: 1000+ hours of Yoga teacher trainings and studies Advaita Vedanta in the Swami Dayananda Saraswati lineage. Certified Yoga Therapist with IAYT.

Parvati also offers Yoga Therapy one-on-one sessions.

Visit sacredspine.se for bookings and more information.
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AGNI

Agni is trained in Reichian, Breath and Gestalt therapies as well as psychic massage, counselling, inner man/inner woman and various meditative therapies. She worked for many years in the Osho Multiversity in Pune, co-leading Tantra for Women Fresh Beginnings Part 2, Sexual Deconditioning, Mystic Rose and Pulsation Training. She now lives and works in Europe leading groups and giving individual sessions.
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NEO

Meet Neo amateur gardener, father of Bhumi Alaya & former teepee owner. Wannabe artist, ex businessman and current creative entrepreneur. Passionate to evoke and inspire people to live an authentic, creative and purposeful life. Loves chopping wood and making fires in the open air.

Founder of Urban OM. Trained as a Yoga Therapist (IAYT), Osho Therapist (Osho Risk Denmark), Yoga Teacher Trainer (E-RYT 500) and NLP Practitioner (London). Holds a Law degree (London) and studied business at Columbia Business School (NY) & IE Business School (Madrid) & THNK School for Creative Leadership (Amsterdam).
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STEPHANIE HEIDEMANN

Meet Stephanie who blends her unique background in healing and the arts into her modality of “Authentic Voicework.” Heidemann obtained a B.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy from Indiana University, and Certification in Massage Therapy from the Association of Research & Enlightenment. She studied classical voice technique with Brenda Boozer (NY Metropolitan Opera) and movement therapy with Fanchon Shur (Growth in Motion).

She sang with the award-winning a cappella world music group, “VIDA” (IMG-Artists), who received national attention (Billboard, Dirty Linen). Stephanie is a Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellow (artist-in-residence) and has recorded her own arrangements of early music (Sounds True, Inc.) and original music for 20 ears. Stephanie resides in the U.S.A. raising a most boisterous son.
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ISKAAN

Iskaan’s understanding of the body is influenced by his training and experience in Yoga, Neo Reichian Energy work, Rebalancing, Breath work and various Holistic massage techniques. The most important ingredients, though, are his own dedication to meditation and his love for the human body.

Being present with a person, so they can have the experience of a deep letting go through touch instead of focusing on the tension became the core quality and interest in Iskaan’s Bodywork.

Click here to book a session with Iskaan.
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ISA

Urban hippie. Baby mama. Therapist & group leader. Creator of LET GO and life long music mix maker. Picky coffee drinker. Wannabe writer. Image maker and space creator. Passionate about supporting people to step out of the personality and find the courage to be real.

Isa holds a degree in psychology from the University of Stockholm as well as a degree from Swedish Acadamy for Psychoterapist Education (SAPU). Part of creating Baravara and Urban OM. Leads groups at Baravara (baravara.se) and workshops at Urban OM as well as giving private sessions.
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TRISHUL

Meet Trishul. IAYT certified yoga therapist and yoga teacher, warmhearted yogini with a gentle touch and a sparkle of wisdom. Trishul’s practice spans over 30 years. Trishul is passionate about the tools yoga has to offer for daily life, especially Yoga Nidra. Trishul is on the faculty and mentors on The Urban OM Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training.

Trishul shares her speciality of how to use props and create a safe atmosphere as she is known for in her regular classes at Urban OM - Relax Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Mamma and Baby Yoga.

Hometown: Australia

Teacher Training: 1000 hours +, with speciality trainings in Prenatal, postnatal, Well Women Yoga Therapy.
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GISELLE MARI

Meet Giselle. Global yoga teacher with spunk, spirit, grit and depth.

Her light-hearted but comprehensive teaching style weaves yogic philosophy, Sanskrit, anatomy, skilful hands-on assists, funky eclectic music and an unabashed authenticity into her classes.

Cover of Yoga Journal & Yoga International Magazine as well as appearing in many of their articles. Featured in Kathryn Budig’s book “Women’s Health: The Big Book of Yoga” and Linda Sparrowe’s “Yoga at Home”and Stephanie Spence’s“Yoga Wisdom”. Written for Origin & Mantra Magazine and Yoga Journal and is a teacher on YogaGlo.

www.gisellemariyoga.com
(E-RYT500, YACEP & C-IAYT)
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SOPHIA GÖTH

Meet Sophia, Amar Dev Kaur. Medicine woman. Magic hands. Mul Mantra fan. Recreation garden landscaper. Horse admirer and High Mountain Summits lover. Vogue Cover Girl. 5th Element check in attendant. Holy mother of four. World traveler. Sharing Kundalini Yoga-Bliss. Hometown: Bromma, Sweden. Trainings: KRI Certified Practitioner of Kundalini Yoga 520 h, 21 stages of Meditation, Gong Therapy Training, Massage Therapist (2003), 1080MAP™, Movement Treatment specialist.
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ANNA GORDH HUMLESJÖ

Meet Anna. Dedicated human rights activist, believer in world peace in this life time, passionate zazen meditator and SUP yogi, Yogobe and saprema ambassador, dancer and vinyasa flow yogini, bachelor degree holder in Cognitive Neurocience and Psychological Coaching, contagious laugher, community spider, walk talker, peoples potential releaser.Teacher training: Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga 200 hrs, Prana Vinyasa® 200 hrs with Shiva Rea, Yoga Trance Dance® with Shiva Rea, Mindfulness & Philosophy with Michael Stone

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