800 hour yoga therapy education

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OVERVIEW

This is a unique and intensely transformative Yoga Therapy Training combining yogic pracices and 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 three 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

  • Gain new skills in counseling and how to deepen your way of working with students
  • Develop skills to lead transformational workshops
  • Undergo deep personal and professional development and experience group therapy at Baravara
  • Gain insight into the deeper aspects of yoga through somatic understanding
  • Learn how to support clients with emotional release in a trauma informed way
  • Support clients in reaching deep personal insights
  • Learn best-practice methods on how to create a relational field and set healthy boundaries with individuals and in groups
  • Understand and assess how to look at body types through the lense of bio-energtics, ayurveda and anatomy
  • Become attuned to your own authentic voice and learn how to trust your intuition when working with clients
  • Learn how to develop and deliver integrative yoga therapy programs for clients

PROGRAM OVERVIEW


MODULE 2: Breath & Bio Energetic with Agni & Iskaan 26-30 Aug
WHEN: AUG 26-30 2020
WHO: Agni & Iskaan

MODULE 5: BEING REAL
WHEN: SEP 9-13 2020
WHO: Isa Khalwati & Neo Moreton

MODULE 6: AYURVEDIC HEALTH
WHEN: OCT 21-25 2020
WHO: Volker Mehl

MODULE 4: EMBODIED ANATOMY
WHEN: NOV 18-22 2020
WHO: Giselle Mari

MODULE 8: EMBODIED ASANA & TOUCH METHODOLOGY
WHEN: DEC 2-6 2020
WHO: Michael James Wong


MODULE 9: MANTRA AS MEDICINE
WHEN: JAN 20-24 2021
WHO: Anandra George

MODULE 3: Breath & Bio Energetic part 2
WHEN: FEB 17-21  2021
WHO: Agni & Iskaan

MODULE 10: YOGA THERAPY PERSONALIZED PROGRAMS
WHEN: MAR 31-APR 4 2021
WHO: Robin Gueth

MODULE 11: COUNSELLING SKILLS
WHEN: APR 28 – MAY 2 2021
WHO: Talib Fisher & Isa Khalwati

MODULE 12: CLINIC
WHEN: MAY-OCT
Approx 10-12 h/month (Urban OM or other location of your choice)

GRADUATION
WHEN: 23 OCT 2021
WHO: Isa, Neo and Satyadev

FACULTY

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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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GISELLE MARI

Meet Giselle an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and E-RYT 500, introduced to yoga in the early 90’s, featured on yogaglo.com, Giselle offers tools to comfortably lead Jivamukti inspired Strong Flow Yoga classes, focusing on guiding asana and pranayama teaching techniques, teaching methodology, hands on assisting and practicum as well as the study and chanting of yogic scriptures.
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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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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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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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SATYADEV BARMAN

Meet Satyadev musician from Kolkata, India, raised in an environment of rich Indian spiritual tradition, Satyadev’s mission is to revive and spread awareness of the ancient Sanskrit mantras. Satyadev carries in his heart a deep understanding of the Vedic and Yogic traditions and through joyful satsangs & kirtans he shares the key to integrating the sacred mantras and Vedic teachings in everyday life.
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VOLKER MEHL

Meet Volker. One of the defining minds of the modern European Ayurveda scene and with nine books the most successful, european Ayurveda book author of recent years. Among other things, he won the Gourmand World Cook Book Award twice in a row in the category Best India Cookbook in Germany. The plan was actually another ... after graduating from high school, followed by a small excursion to the university in Mainz with the degree course Catholic Theology. After only one semester, but a semblance in Hebrew, he had the idea of ​​going another way professionally. An elementary key experience was the severe cancer of his father, which brought him into contact with integrative medicine for the first time since 1990, and his experiences continue to shape his work to this day.

Thus, in 2006, with his training as an Ayurvedic Health Consultant, he made his great passion his profession and here he has also found his personal destiny and can pursue his two great passions, cooking and dealing with people every day.

The search for new inspiration led him, among other things, to the three star kitchen of the Schwarzwaldstube, then still under the direction of legend Harald Wohlfahrt. You can experience his passion for cooking with Europe-wide cooking classes and workshops live.

However, not only foodies but also people with serious health problems benefit from his culinary skills and rich experience.

Volker teaches the Ayurveda module in our Yoga Therapy Training.
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ANANDRA GEORGE

Meet Anandra. A pioneer in the global yoga community, Anandra has aided in re-introducing the ancient practice of sound as a fundamental practice. She created the world’s first registered yoga teacher training based entirely on the transformational power of sound (including Sanskrit, mantra, Indian classical vocal meditation, and non-violent communication for everyday life). American by birth, Indian by soul, and global citizen by expression, she helps people to transform their limiting belief systems and to cultivate their most fulfilling contribution to the world.
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TALIB FISHER

MEET Talib. Relationship and trauma specialist, therapist and teacher since 1994. Global leader in the Path of Love. Healer of somatic and subtle bodies. Integrated understandings of Eastern and Western methodologies. Psychology graduate at university level. Avid Osho studier.

Hometown : USA
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MICHAEL JAMES WONG

Meet Michael an international yoga teacher, meditation guide and the co-founder of Sunday School Yoga. Born in New Zealand, raised on the beaches of Santa Monica, who now calls London home, his relationship with yoga and physical movement spans over the past two decades and throughout this journey Michael has been lucky enough to travel the world sharing his teaching to all those willing to listen. Always a student first, Michael continues to practice and teach with a powerful body, and open mind and a fearless heart.
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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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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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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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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.

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