“Teaching yoga is not about teaching yoga at all. It’s about knowing your passion, honoring your uniqueness, living your core values, sharing your perspective on what’s important, and then learning how to use your voice to share it. ”— Dana Damara
Yoga is not something you “do” but rather it is a way of living; it’s a lifestyle that weaves its way into your day-to-day. Yoga happens when you bring
your actions off the mat, into alignment with your soul’s longing and your deepest truths.
It’s not about mastering any pose, but rather it’s about digging into the depths of your truth, your heart, your soul, and your mission and then moving in that direction. When you wake up to this power of stillness and alignment in the body, mind, and soul, you gain access to your deepest truth.
Our intention as teachers is to share what we know, as we know it, always evolving and expanding. If you wait to be perfect or master the process, you are missing the entire point.
This training introduces you to a snippet of yogic history and philosophy via the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita. We explore the 8 Limb Path and dive into the Yamas and Niymas: guidelines for yogic living. We share these ancient texts from a place of deep respect and reverence for the practice while introducing ways to apply this knowledge in every day living.
Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and physiology is a valuable part of the 200hour training. It’s important to understand how the body works and how to keep your students safe. We explore all layers of the body from the mechanics of physical movement to the deepest layers of energy and the subtle body. You will learn the body mechanics of each posture, structural alignment, and how to support students in finding appropriate alignment in their own bodies. We introduce you to the benefits of each pose and how to support anyone experiencing contraindications like pregnancy or injury.
Asana and Pranayam
Every weekend offers an in depth look at essential asana and how to deliver them in a class setting. You will learn cueing techniques that satisfy all styles of learning: visual, auditory and kinesthetic, and offer tools to keep each student safe and supported in the pose.
Pranayam is the cornerstone of yoga as it delivers the space necessary in each moment to calm and clear the mind. As a society, our nervous systems are on high alert, all the time. The power of this breath is what sets yoga apart, it IS the healing salve. You will learn various techniques on how to deliver breath and movement for many audiences. You will have multiple opportunities to not only learn these techniques but to practice them in a classroom setting.
We will share different ways to support students in their postures, how to sequence a class, connect with your students, and create a welcoming and supportive environment. No two teachers are the same, so we are here to empower your deepest expression and foster confidence in your learning. We do this through practice and integration in the training and classroom structure. We want you to develop and recognize your own unique, authentic voice and will support your intuitive and intelligent learning throughout the process.
Business of Yoga
If you desire to teach yoga and share these teachings, we are here to support you every step of the way. We share all the info you need to get started as a yoga professional. Counting heads in a class is not sustainable – developing your passions as a leader in your community and creating a career around your passions is.
SEVA and Omwork
We are a firm believer in self-less service, or SEVA. Therefore, in order to receive your certificate from Dana Damara Evolution, we ask that you make sure you are practicing outside of our sessions. Not only that but there are multiple homework (Omwork) assignments that are required to keep you on target.
Additionally, you are required to take your practice outside our walls and share these teachings for 8 hours and serve a community that may not otherwise receive the benefit of yoga.
Practicum, Observations and Assisting
You are offered free yoga classes at our studio while you are enrolled in the training. Part of your training is to attend at least two classes per week with our trainers. Additionally, we ask that you observe at least 4 classes while enrolled in the training and once we work through the assisting portion of the training, we ask you to assist at least 6 classes with a lead trainer.
Dana Damara: Master Teacher and Healer. She began her yoga journey almost 20 years ago which has included working with prenatal women and new mothers, owning a successful yoga studio in the NW, writing and running Embody Truth Yoga School, creating Youth and Girls Elevate (a yoga program for middle and high school adolescents), facilitating Moon Circles, and leading workshops, trainings and retreats around the world. As a spiritual Ninja, walking this mystic path with practical shoes, Dana Damara is a mother, author, coach, teacher of teachers, speaker, and servant of the heart. She exudes a balance between the mystical realms and realities of motherhood. She also dabbles in crystal therapy, essential oils, Tarot and Astrology readings, and Reiki healing. She is AN ACTIVIST FOR WOMEN OF ALL AGES OFFERING PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT: feminine embodiment, self-love, sisterhood, sacred ceremony and ritual, AND A SAFE SPACE FOR EXPLORATION AND CURIOSITY. She is based in Southern California, and traverses the planet, offering her wealth of knowledge and breadth of wisdom through a deeply spiritual and physically rigorous vinyasa practice.
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Jonathan Richard is a dedicated yogic practitioner; well studied in asana, mantra, pranayama, and vedantic philosophy. He started his yoga journey in 2005, exploring meditation, energy work, and basic asana. He dedicated to a daily practice at the end of 2011, when he moved back to California. He started his first 200hr in 2012 through Lisette Hart’s Roots and Wings program; based on a mix of Ashtanga and Anusara. Then, in 2015, he completed his 500hr through Vinyasa Arts, left his day job behind (working for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine) and dedicated to teaching yoga full time.
He strives to bring his passion for yoga into every class. Jonathan firmly believes that yoga is accessible to everyone, no matter what age or physical capability. Whether through a strong vinyasa flow or a gentle restorative practice, Jonathan wants every one of his students to feel better leaving their practice than when they walked in; feeling free and open, both empowered and relaxed. ‘This practice is the best tool we have to know and heal ourselves. I am humbled daily to be able to facilitate this work in others.
$2,875 if paid in full by 5/15/19
$3,075 if paid in full by 8/01/19
$3,250 if paid in full after 8/01/19
15% Military, Senior, Full-Time Student Discount
Soul of Yoga Institute 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. Suite A70 Encinitas, CA 92024
The Soul Institute offers payment plans. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required. The balance, plus an 8% service fee, will be placed on your account. Monthly auto-payments will be drawn using a Visa or MasterCard. 200 hour training payment plans not to exceed 6 months.
Questions? Email Program Director, Dana Damara below.
MyCAA Funding gives eligible military spouses the opportunity to train for portable jobs in growing career fields, including becoming a Yoga Teacher. Soul of Yoga Institute is MYCAA approved. Click below for more information about MyCAA or email email@example.com.
I originally enrolled in this training because I was searching for something…I had no idea at the time. But as a workaholic, I wanted to explore the possibility of a work/life balance. My whole life has shifted from this training and I am experiencing boundaries in my life that keep me in touch with my Self. The training is one of the biggest gifts in my life and anyone who goes through the program is lucky to experience it.
I have been completely broken open. It’s been extremely challenging but more beautiful than anything. So very grateful.
The 200-hour training was amazing. The training with Dana is much more than just learning ‘how to teach yoga.’ Dana has an incredible gift for inspiring growth and change in the places in your life where you are most stagnant. I came into the 200-hour as a beginner yogi, and a type-A busy professional going through a period of transition. I found personal growth in all aspects of my life — physically, emotionally, academically, and spiritually.
If you are considering taking the training, I very much recommend making the leap (don’t worry about all of the things you think are obstacles). It is a big investment, but absolutely worth it. It changes you in the best way possible.