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Yoga Illumined - 200hr Teacher Training
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Yoga Illumined - 200hr Teacher Training  with Zoe + Sumukhi

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Apr 19th – Nov 16th
In this Yoga Illumination Series, Sumukhi (Kristina Lanuza) and Zoe Mantarakis will guide you into a deeper understanding of Yoga and its practices that enlighten and free the mind and the heart. You will learn the 8-limb system (Ashtanga) as taught by Patanjali – which includes guidelines for strengthening the physical body (Asana/Hatha Yoga) and Meditation to help you embody the most expanded state of enlightenment (Samadhi). You will also learn how to speak from your true Voice in every aspect of your life and as a Yoga Teacher.
Program Details
The Yoga Illumination Series includes a series of 9 Weekend Intensives which include Meditation, Hatha Yoga, Discussion and Yoga Teaching Practice. Students will be given Home Study Guide Books to guide them in their practice privately and with others.

2014 Yoga Illumined Schedule

April 19 and 20 (8:00-5:00, Saturday/ 8:00-3:00 Sunday)
Patanjali's 8-limbs of Yoga – Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi

May 3 and 4 (8:00-5:00, Saturday/ 8:00-3:00 Sunday)
Yoga Meditation – Build an "asana," a seat for meditation.

May 31 and June 1 (8:00-5:00, Saturday/ 8:00-3:00 Sunday))
Sanskrit and the Language of Yoga – Learn the basics of Sanskrit,and its power to open up your Voice and speech.

June 14 and 15 (8:00-5:00, Saturday/ 8:00-3:00 Sunday)
Yoga Nidra, Pranayama and Pratyahara – Explore the Yoga of Relaxation, Sleep and surrender. We will also dive into the Pranas, "Vayus" (Airs) in the body and how to work with them on and off the Yoga mat.

July 19 and 20 (8:00-5:00, Saturday/ 8:00-3:00 Sunday)
The Yoga of Money – How to work with the energies of money, abundance and power.

August 23 and 24 (8:00-5:00, Saturday/ 8:00-3:00 Sunday)
The Yoga of Health: Ayurveda – Integrate one of the oldest schools of Medicine and its prescriptions for health into your daily life.

September 27 and 28 (8:00-5:00, Saturday/ 8:00-3:00 Sunday)
Kriya Yoga – Understand the "nature, methods and means of transformation of individual 'I-AM' into the universal 'I-AM.'" – Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, translation of Chapter 2 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

October 25 and 26 (8:00-5:00, Saturday/ 8:00-3:00 Sunday)
Siddha Yoga – Explore the supernatural powers of Yoga, Chapter 3 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

November 15 and 16 (8:00-5:00, Saturday/ 8:00-3:00 Sunday)
Kaivalyam – "Self-analysis, Self-knowledge, Enlightenment and the Path of 'I-AM, '" Chapter 4 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
The Yoga of Voice – Hone your speaking, singing and silent Voice of the Witness.

Those who complete all nine weekends and 30 additional contact hours over the course of the program earn a Yoga Teaching Certificate of Completion at the 200-Hour level.

* Registered with Yoga Alliance

Sign up for all nine Yoga Illumined Weekends for $3000 by April 10, 2014 OR provide a non-refundable $500 deposit and pay $333.33 monthly (the last payment costing $333.34)- to register for the payment plan please contact Amy at amy@castlehillfitness.com. Drop-in rate is $350 per weekend (drop-ins do not qualify for full program certification). Some partial-scholarships are available ($1000 off the entire program, $2000 paid in full by April 10, 2014 OR provide a non-refundable $500 deposit and pay $222.22 monthly & final payment $222.24) for those who can display need and dedication to Yoga by providing an essay to yogafly@yahoo.com. Credit cards and checks are accepted. All funds will be collected by Castle Hill Fitness
Susannah Raulino said:
I looked at a lot of teacher trainings and decided to take this one for the alignment, knowledge of Anusara, and because of the mention of Patanjali in the description of the program. Sumukhi and Zoe really trust in yoga at its original source, the Sanskrit sutras, and our bodies, and present information about all the different varieties of asana practice available these days. They train their students to find that resonant source of yoga in themselves and encourage each student to teach in ways that ring true and feel right to them, and to find their own voice. It was definitely the right program for me. The Sanskrit and Sumukhi's chanting are absolutely transformational. And I feel very prepared by the practice, discussions and readings to teach safe, fun, well balanced classes. I can't imagine a better program. Both teacher's knowledge and experience is extensive. Highly recommend.
Stacey Gilmore said:
I graduated from the Yoga Illumined 2013 teacher training at Castle Hill Yoga, and I cannot say enough great things about it!!! There is so much depth to this training! I have learned more about all the pieces that make up yoga than I knew existed. Sumukhi and Zoe do a fantastic job of teaching and having each trainee explore just what yoga means to them and really find their own voice! Truly amazing!
Brian Henderson said:
What a great program! Anyone from a beginner yogi to an experienced yoga teacher can gain from this unique and wonderful teacher training. Challenging and fun.
Ginger Averritt said:
Yoga Illumined is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. Zoe & Sumukhi have much to offer, including expertise on alignment in asanas and an insight into yoga philosophy and real-world, practical applications of the Yoga Sutras. I highly recommend Yoga Illumined if you are seeking more spiritual depth and understanding in your yoga practice! The weekend sessions are a joy, and the homework and guidebooks are invaluable tools that I will refer back to for years to come. If you are considering a yoga teacher training, this one is a golden opportunity that is well worth the monetary investment and personal commitment.
Shelli Lopes-Barnes said:
I have made lifelong friends in Yoga Illumined and my life has forever changed. I highly recommend this gift for yourself. Zoe and Sumukhi have years of experience guiding students on a journey through yoga philosophy and Asanas. We dive into the beautiful deep waters of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and are supported lovingly into our own spiritual selves. Zoe and Sumukhi guide us with amazing detail through alignment and anatomy as we learn to tune into our selves, our breath, each asana and our own voice.
Cherylyn Murray said:
I highly recommend Yoga Illumined teacher training with Zoe and Sumukhi! You will delve into the spiritual aspect of Yoga as well as the physical. Zoe and Sumukhi have teaching styles that compliment one another perfectly! Yoga is an ongoing self examination process and Yoga Illumined has enriched that process for me beyond measure. OM Shanti Shanti Shanti
Kristin Sundberg said:
Yoga Illumined Teacher Training is an amazing opportunity to LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE with the practice of yoga. Sumukhi and Zoe guide you deeply inward and hold a beautiful container for reflection, realization and transformation. Whether you are planning to teach or not, this experience is rich and deliciously nourishing to your whole being. Somewhere in the midst of chanting sutras with Sumukhi and refining alignment with Zoe, your heart will be opened and softened, your will power strengthened and your curiosity and joy renewed.
Andrea Sykes said:
Kristina (Sumukhi) Lanuza and Zoe Mantarakis are two awesome Yoga instructors and trainers! I just started getting into Yoga in February 2012 and already I know an abundance of valuable information on Yoga and have acquired the knowledge needed in order to successfully teach myself Yoga as well as others. Highly recommend taking this teacher training!
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