Yoga Electives

These elective yoga classes can be taken with a program or individually.

Yoga electives at SWIHA are designed to support those who wish to deepen their personal spiritual connection while mastering the principles and practice of yoga. Blending the highest intentions of Eastern & Western philosophy and practice, our life-changing and career-elevating programs guide students through a deep exploration of the roots, practice, and development of yoga as a path to self-realization.


Taught by Mary Bruce

YO 508 – Restorative Yoga (20 Hours)

This workshop weekend can be liken to a mini-retreat. Learn how to deeply relax and restore vital energy necessary to living a whole and balanced life. Research has shown that deep relaxation affects us on a genetic level and can have profound and lasting benefits. Deep relaxation boosts the immune system and relieves fatigue, anxiety and insomnia without the use of medication. Learn a series of asanas to facilitate deep relaxation through the use of yoga props including blankets, straps, pillows, eye bags, wedges, and block.

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Taught by KC Miller

YO 506 – Transformational Yoga Coaching (40 Hours)

This class is specially designed to teach you the step-by-step process of working one-on-one with people using yoga as a transformational tool. Within the practice of hatha yoga there is a hidden language of metaphors, symbolism and ancient wisdom, all of which can be considered ‘spiritually encoded.’ By tapping into the mystical messages of the asana, and learning the skill of artful, sensitive inquiry the body becomes a spiritual tuning rod for revelation and divine guidance. As part of the class we will journey to a nearby mountain to experience the resonance of nature and its ‘divinely destined’ messages. The second weekend includes the opportunity to breakthrough any wall you may experience in your life, metaphorically, by utilizing a large ‘yoga wall’ as part of your Transformational Yoga Coaching experience. The outcome of the two weekends is YOU will have the tools to expand what you offer as a yoga teacher and serve as a facilitator of healing to those called to work with you. Text: $26 This class is held at SWIHA; First Sunday of the class is held at Usery Mountain Regional Park at 7:30 am. The second Sunday afternoon will be held at Spirit of Yoga. These classes will be held at SWIHA.

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Taught by Gila Shire

YO 504 – Prenatal Yoga (20 Hours)

Prenatal yoga classes are more popular than ever. Come learn to teach full spectrum prenatal yoga classes with teaching skills in breath, relaxation, sound, contemplation and asana. Learn to adapt a regular yoga class to support prenatal needs and help prepare woman to face the physical demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. Learn to teach the breathing technique known as ujjayi which requires you to take in air slowly through your nose, filling your lungs, and exhale completely until your stomach compresses to help in the birthing process thus eliminating adrenalin, which slows the production of oxytocin, a hormone that makes labor progress. Discover insight into the spiritual process needed as a teacher to allow you to hold the space for pregnant students with grace and confidence.

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Taught by Earle Duskey or Duane Armitage

YO 522 – Yin Yoga: Teaching a Practice of Surrender (20 Hours)

A slow, methodical practice, Yin yoga allows the body to help itself heal by putting the tissues under a moderate level of stress, encouraging fluids in the muscles to safely regenerate into the tissue. This weekend-long Yin training will bring Taoist principles together into a practice that believes in the power of Yin and Yang. Poses are held anywhere from three to twelve minutes depending on certain conditions. Students in this course are taught alternative poses for various body types, with and without the use of props, to gain the tools needed from the very beginning. Sequencing is taught in order to facilitate the effect of the pose by the desire to get certain or all meridians flowing. Anatomy and physiology of tendons, fascia and ligaments will be addressed, and students will discover how the poses affect posture when muscles and tendons are shortened, lengthened, or tightened. Adjustments are also an integral part of this course to deepen or lessen a pose to gain maximum benefit.

Required book: Yin Yoga 10th Anniversary Edition): $16
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Taught by Duane Armitage

YO 128 – Yoga for PTSD (20 Hours)

In today’s society yoga teachers are finding that more and more veterans, first responders and trauma victims are reaching out and practicing yoga hoping to find relief, stability and an internal sense of balance. This training is designed to help define and recognize the difference in the behavior presented by those experiencing post event stress. Learn the basics of Critical Incident Stress Management and information regarding the symptoms and effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Acute Stress Disorder -vs- Chronic Stress Disorder will be discussed with an emphasis on understanding re-experience, avoidance and hyper vigilance. You will be provided with yoga class structures best suited for this special population, along with methods to assist victims of PTSD who appear in your open yoga class.

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YO 505 – Hatha Gong Certification (40 Hours)

This course is designed for students interested in teaching the practice of Hatha-Gong yoga as developed by Duane Armitage. During this 30 hr. training, students will become familiar with the gong, its history and various uses, as well as learning about different types of gongs, mallets, gong frames and how to use and care for their equipment. Training will be provided regarding gong strikes and strike patterns, the bij (seed) vibrations, the power of Om and location of the chakras on the gong. This course will involve hands on training using the gong for the experience of meditation and asana practice including the “sealing” of poses used in the Hatha-Gong practice. Upon completion of the course, successful graduates will be certified to teach Hatha-Gong Yoga.Text: $25 PRERQ – Applicants must be 200 hr. certified yoga instructors. Space is limited to 10 students. 100% ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE HATHA GONG CERTIFICATION.

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Taught by April Jaeger

AR 113 – Aromatherapy – Intro for Yoga Teachers (20 Hours)

Learn how to enhance any style of yoga or massage practice with essential oils. Basic history, production and safety is integrated into specialized yoga and hands on applications. You will learn how to create multiple products such as muscle balms, personal meditation roll-ons, mat sprays, yogi body wipes and much more. ***Bring a yoga mat and notebook. Supply Fee $75 (includes all projects and personal set of 10 pure organic premium grade essential oils) (AZ-CEU) NCBTMB

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Taught by Lisa Grunwald

EC 733 – Sacred Mudras & More – Transformational (8 Hours)

Mudra is a Sanskrit word that means “sealing in the energy”. Through the ages, specific energy techniques have evolved to help us access the power to heal and transform. The use of Mudra in the healing process is one way to create a more conscious body/mind connection. When practiced regularly, techniques that focus attention on balancing the flow of Prana (Life Energy) begin to prepare the way for transformation in ourselves and for others. This class is designed to introduce students to the art and tradition of Mudra as a form of investigating physical and mental focus and deeper spiritual awareness. Subjects covered include a basic understanding of how Prana flows, and its connection to the five elements, the chakras, and specific gestures of the hands (hasta mudras). Students will also work together in groups and pairs while learning these techniques, and have an opportunity to facilitate a partner, as well as create their own personal Sacred Mudra meditation practice.

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Taught by Cheryl Speen

RF 151 – Toe Reading I / Reflexology Assessment & Introduction to Dialogue (20 Hours)

It is well documented that everything that happens in your life, the story and the emotions, are stored as cellular memory. Toe Reading is based on the theory that the body holographically records the stories of our lives in the tissues of the toes. The position and shape of the toes say a lot about their owner and the energy in one’s body. Using active listening, powerful-soul-searching questions, along with deep-insight, practitioners help people create change in their lives by examining their ‘stories.’ A trained Toe Reader humbly listens to the client, quietly makes observations, feels the energy in the toes, makes inquiries and presents metaphoric connections. NCBTMB Text: $1. NO PRERQ This class will be held at SWIHA

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RF 162 – Toe Reading II / Soul Coaching (20 Hours)

Level II will concentrate on mastering facilitating dialogue in such a way as to help shift someone’s awareness of how they are, and how they can be, in the world by asking penetrating soul coaching questions. An introduction to where the chakra information is holographically stored within the toes and feet will be explored to further help refine the predictable sites of sacred life stories. A ‘Royal Reading’, complete with washing the of the feet and the use of blended essential oils is taught to help create trust, ritual, blessings and sacred space with your client to deepen the discoveries from the soul in a toe reading session. Come and unlock your ability to be a true Sole/Soul Coach with this powerful modality. Text: $12 – same text as in Level I. PRERQ RF 151 or RF 150-OL

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Taught by Kamini Desai

YO 401P$ – Yoga Nidra (20 Hours)

This theoretical and experiential foundation class is designed to introduce you to Yoga Nidra as a little known limb of the yogic arts. Literally translated as “yogic sleep,” yoga nidra enables practitioners to reach profoundly deep states of consciousness through a powerful series of interchangeable techniques performed lying down. Explore the original intent of yoga, the three states of consciousness and yoga nidra as a tool for accessing the fourth state. NCBTMB, 1 Weekend

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YO 402P$ – Yoga Nidra (20 Hours)

Explore studies on the proven effects of Yoga Nidra. Learn the secrets of each of the Yoga Nidra practices, their benefits, precautions and areas of proven efficacy from both the eastern and western perspective. You will learn how Yoga Nidra techniques can stand alone or add a deeper dimension to yoga classes, alternative health, medical, and therapeutic settings—both one-on-one and in a group. Using exclusive modularized Yoga Nidra cards learn the secrets of quickly and easily shaping your own Yoga Nidra sessions for students, clients, friends or family regardless of age or physical capability. P$ PRERQ 401

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YO 403P$ – Yoga Nidra (20 Hours)

Explore studies on the proven effects of Yoga Nidra. Learn the secrets of each of the Yoga Nidra practices, their benefits, precautions and areas of proven efficacy from both the eastern and western perspective. You will learn how Yoga Nidra techniques can stand alone or add a deeper dimension to yoga classes, alternative health, medical, and therapeutic settings—both one-on-one and in a group. Using exclusive modularized Yoga Nidra cards learn the secrets of quickly and easily shaping your own Yoga Nidra sessions for students, clients, friends or family regardless of age or physical capability. P$ PRERQ 402

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YO 404P$ – Yoga Nidra (20 Hours)

In this course we will survey some of the most powerful applications of Yoga Nidra in the realm of stress, health, habits and addictions, pain management and depression. You will learn about the latest research on relaxation training in these areas as well as learn how to create customized Yoga Nidra sessions for these populations. P$ PRERQ 403

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Taught by Monica Page Subia

YO 525: Yoga – Bhakti Immersion (20 Hours)

Bhakti yoga is considered the path of devotion and surrender to Spirit. Learn how to transform your practices into offerings to Spirit while connecting with the Divine through the tradition of kirtan—sustained devotional chanting. Techniques for storytelling, the incorporation of sacred music into classes, mantras and sequencing from the view of sacred stories will all be covered. Find your own authentic practice of devotion, a place for remembering and honoring the Divine inside of you and in others. Add this powerful dimension of practice to your classes in a way that makes sense to you and your students.

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