Sadhana: Spiritual Practice, as the journey into a deeper wisdom of existence.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about yoga beyond the 60 minute class? Want to know how to nourish your physical body and your spiritual self ? Hear the call to reclaim a healthier, more fulfilled life, with greater purpose, passion and power?
Join us in this soulful journey of yoga and self reclamation, designed for the modern woman. Dive into the full spectrum of yoga, with an integrated exploration of asana, mantra, pranayama, philosophy, mudra, meditation, ayurveda and mythology; woven through with the soul shaping practices of the divine feminine.
Curate and create a sustainable and nourishing spiritual practice (sadhana), to guide, inspire and empower you throughout your life. Expect your body to thrive, and your soul to flourish.
This immersion is a stand alone course, the hours may be used toward Yoga Alliance accredited Continuing Education.
The Immersion Curriculum
We will meet one weekend a month, for six months, from November 2016 until April 2017. Weekend hours are as follows:
Saturday 7-9am, 11-2pm, 4-6pm
Sundays 8-10am, 12-4pm
November 4-6, 2016
Module 1| Sadhana & Bhavana: Practices of Liberation and Creation
Establish the seat of the practice and cultivate intention
Introduction to the history of classical yoga & Tantra
Learn to harness the power of the liberating and manifesting currents, for an integrated spiritual practice and empowered life
December 2-4, 2016
Module 2| Embracing the Body Temple: Experiential Anatomy with co-creatrix Lisa Milloy
Focus on form, foundation, precision, biomechanics of all basic asana. Asana Labs
Therapeutic applications of optimal alignment
Understand more about your anatomy to experience more freedom in your body
January 6-8, 2016
Module 3| Architecture of the Soul: Explore the Subtle Body with co-creatrix Christine Price Clark
Subtle body anatomy, initial overview of chakras & nadis
Koshas, 5 body sheaths
Vayus and the primary flows of energy
February 3-5, 2016
Module 4| Gateways to Spirit: Mudra, Mantra & Mythology with co-creatrix Clara Roberts-Oss
Mudras to support asana, meditation and fearless living
Intro to yoga mythology & the heroine's journey
Mythology of poses
March 3-5, 2016
Module 5| Nurture your Nature: Ayurveda & Kitchen Sadhana with co-creatrix Natalie Rousseau
Dinacharya, daily sequence for health and vitality
Ayurveda, Gunas, Doshas, and the 5 great elements
Prana, Tejas, Ojas
Learn your constitution (dohsa) and how to nourish your unique self
April 7-9, 2016
Module 6| Moon Magic: Honouring the Cycles of Life and Creativity with co-creatrix Lila Rasa Brown
Adapting your sadhana, sustainable self care
Learn the cycles of the moon how how they mirror your own creative rhythm
Lunaception: Attuning to the moon and flowing with nature
Introduction to Evolutionary Astrology as an empowering map to your soul trajectory
$1650, before September 1st. $1800 afterwards.
Payment plan available. We're pleased to offer a payment plan of $320/month, for 6 months. The first payment is due upon registration. The following payments will be due on the first of the month, from November 1rst through March 1st. Please note that the payment plan is only available for the full rate of $1800, and is not applicable to the early bird rate.
Please see our application form for payment plan information, or send us an email.
What graduates are saying...
Together, Chantal and Rebekka share over 25 years of experience as teachers and students of yoga.
Chantal is one of of the founders and co-owners of Bowen Island Yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over a decade, and has been teaching since 2005. In 2007, she graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Toronto, and has since taught yoga and healthy eating in Canada's top studios. She has facilitated and assisted numerous Anusara teacher training programs in San Francisco and Paris, completed in depth studies in pre-natal yoga and therapeutics, tantric philosophy and meditation. Chantal is currently on the faculty at the Vancouver School of Yoga, oversees the yoga and nutrition programs at the Orchard Recovery Centre, and is the studio director at Bowen Island Yoga. Learn more at chantalrussell.com
Rebekka is a Yoga Alliance Certified E-RYT 500 with a background in Iyengar, Vinyasa, Restorative, Anusara Yoga, & over 2000 hours of teacher training in these methods. Her lifelong study and exploration of tantric and buddhist philosophy, Ayurverda, holistic healing and therapeutic bio-mechanics, has led Rebekka to develop and teach yoga and yoga therapy programs worldwide. Guiding students to share the wisdom of yoga with clarity, joy, and exquisite precision has been her passion for over 15 years. With a focus on alignment and inspiration, Rebekka's classes, courses, retreats and workshops are heart warming, poetic journeys, inside and out. Learn more about Rebekka here.
It is with great passion and reverence for this path, that they invite you to immerse your self in the transformative practices of yoga.
Lisa Milloy is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in British Columbia, Canada, and now lives in Berlin, where she offers Holistic Bodywork treatments. She received her diploma in Massage Therapy, Therapeutic/Remedial Exercise, and Hydrotherapy from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and has thirteen years of experience in clinical practice. Lisa has worked in integrative health clinics alongside chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, and personal trainers, as well as in her own private practice.
Christine Price Clark began studying yoga in New York City in 2001 and is a former certified Anusara® yoga teacher. Christine’s classes are an artful blend of strong, rhythmic asana and purposeful, creative sequencing; all in a fiercely loving atmosphere. Her teaching reflects a deep embrace of the heart and a playful delight for the body.
Clara Roberts-Oss is a beloved teacher of Prana Vinyasa, who has recently moved back to the west coast after living and teaching in New York City, and leading retreats and teacher trainings around the world. Some of her most influential teachers include Shiva Rea, David Life & Sharon Gannon, Dana Flynn, and Paul Muller Ortega. For Clara, movement has always been sacred; she invites you to be playful in your practice, remembering that lightness is found in Spirit!
Natalie Rousseau has been teaching throughout British Columbia since 2002 and now specializes in mentoring, yogic lifestyle coaching, and teacher training. She is a faculty member at the Vancouver School of Yoga, and is known for her deep knowledge and skilful articulation in the realms of ayurveda, earth base spirituality, herbal medicine, whole food nutrition, mythology and the written word.
Lila Rasa Brown is known as a teachers’ teacher, and one of her greatest joys is to guide her students into a space of radical transformation, empowering them to truly embody their own potential as students and teachers of yoga. The practice of yoga, meditation, and evolutionary astrology have led her to what is clearly her calling – helping others to awaken their own authentic nature and find freedom in body, mind and spirit. Lila is the lead teacher and Creative Director at The Vancouver School of Yoga.
This 100 hour program is a stand alone course that may be used as continuing education hours for Yoga Alliance Registered teachers.
Who is this program for?
This immersion is for anyone wanting to learn more about yoga, and for those who want to create a practical and personalized spiritual practice, founded on the teachings of yoga. It is for beginning and experienced yoga practitioners wanting to deepen their practice; for those wanting to become yoga teachers, and for existing yoga teachers wanting to become students again, and stay inspired.
Who is it not for?
This is not for those who are fully realized and live in perpetual states of bliss. It is not suited for people who want to hold on to limiting beliefs and stay stuck in unhealthy patterns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to sign up for every session or can I drop in to certain weekends?
As this is a holistic and progressive program, it is required to take all 6 modules.
What if I have to miss a weekend? Do I still have to pay for it?
Since the program is is designed as an integrated course divided into 6 modules, the full payment is due upon registration or one month prior to the completion of the course, if you opt for our payment plan.
I don't have any yoga experience. Can I still participate?
Yes! This program is a great introduction into the philosophy, history, purpose and benefits of yoga. Its a great place to start if you're curious about creating your own spiritual practice, founded on the teachings of yoga. A wonderful foundation to a lifelong practice.
I have an old injury. Can this help me?
Through this program, you will learn correct anatomical movement, alignment principles and therapeutic applications that will help heal your physical body. You will also come to know the many other aspects of yoga (beyond postures and poses) that may even help get to the root of your suffering.
I've done teacher trainings before, can this program still benefit me?
The best teachers of yoga are also the best students. Our highly qualified team of teachers bring with them diverse skills and life experience that will enrich your understanding, and offer relevant and practical ways of living your yoga. Whether you are a burnt out yogi needing a little rejuvenation of your own, or simply seeking inspiration for your classes, this immersion is ideal for teachers wanting to be students again.
All hours go towards Continuing Education Training Hours with the Yoga Alliance.
How do I get to Bowen Island and where can I stay?
Bowen Island is a quick 20 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. It is accessible by public transit from downtown Vancouver, and takes about an hour from the city's centre. There is also a water taxi that departs daily from Granville Island and Coal Harbour.
We will also be offering "couch surfing", hosted by local Bowenian Yogis with a couch or guest bed to spare. Please email Chantal if you're interested in being hosted by a local yogi.
Lastly, we have scheduled the program in a such a way that it's possible to commute from Vancouver daily.
Please give it some thought and make space in your life to invest into this program fully. In the event that life circumstances prohibit you from continuing the program before it commences, you will receive a partial refund (minus the administrative costs). After the program begins, there are no refunds or cancellations.
Ready to immerse yourself, reclaim your radiance and embody who you truly are?
Space is limited to 15. This unique program will sell out quickly. Register before October 1st to ensure your spot at the early bird rate. Your brightest self is waiting.