Transformational Vinyasa, and Level 1 Orthopedic Yoga Therapy
This training teaches students how to teach Orthopedic Yoga Flow classes.
The word “vinyasa” means to connect. A “ Vinyasa flow” class is one in which the poses are connected and move rhythmically from one to the next. This enables the joints to be bathed in synovial fluid, the internal, healing lubricant of the body. In this course, all levels of flow are taught so students will be able to teach in every situation, to all students. Students leave fully prepared to teach all levels of classes ranging from power style, sweaty and exhilarating classes, to gentle, slow therapeutic flows. The best part is, all students will graduate knowing how to support and protect their students, even those working with constraints or injuries. You will never have to say “If this pose doesn’t work for you, feel free to come into Child’s Pose.”; because you will have the knowledge to modify those postures for those students to make it safe for them.
- An ability to teach informed, safe and inspiring yoga classes ranging from slow, gently and therapeutic to fast, sweaty and exhilarating; to students of all levels and all degrees of experience, in person and online.
- The knowledge needed to keep every student in your classes safe, and always moving towards optimal balance and alignment even if they are working with a restriction or injury
- A deep understanding of the physical and energetic anatomies
- A functional perspective of the joints move, take stress and are to be aligned with regards to yoga; and the ability to feel in in their own bodies and see it in their students.
- The ability to 'body read' which will allow participants to look at their students and know what adjustments that student needs to make where, and why, to bring student into better alignment, out of pain and away from the risk of injury.
- The experience and knowledge to create a unique yoga practice that is right for you; as well as to know when and how to modify that practice as appropriate.
- An in-depth understanding of the often misunderstood 'Fascia' of the body, and how it relates to yoga and orthopedics.
- Experience of offering therapeutic hands-on assists in a safe and effective manner
- An amazing, growth filled and fun experience within an outstanding community of people.
- A life-changing, transformative educational experience that will benefit participants and the lives of the people around them.
300-Hour and 500-Hour Certification
Orthopedic Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapy for Brain Disorders
This certification is obtained by taking the 200-hour Orthopedic Yoga Teacher Training and the 100-hour Orthopedic Yoga Therapy for Brain Disorders.
Led in partnership with Neuro-Psychologist Dr. David Callahan, Addiction Specialist Dr. Kristen Anderson, and Trauma Specialist Elisha Fernandes Simpson, LMSW, this 100 hour Yoga Therapy certification is where yoga and neurology intersect. Learn to treat mood disorders such as depression and anxiety; degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and MS; substance abuse, PTSD, and TBIs. Combining yoga therapy and trauma sensitive education, with neurology and psychiatry this truly holistic training provides a full spectrum approach.
An additional 200-hour certificate may be matriculated in for a 500-hour teaching certificate.
These trainings are offered in conjunction with our partnership studios, as well as through live and recorded online sessions.
Michelle has spent thousands of happy hours teaching yoga classes and private sessions everywhere from hospitals to schools to Gillette Stadium. She has taught in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Medical School on Yoga for Brain Disorders. She was on staff at Spaulding Rehab Group working with orthopedic patients and has spoken at Grand Rounds hospitals on the "Applications of Yoga in Clinical Settings". For more than 10 years she ran summer camps to bring holistic healing to young women with anxiety and mood disorders.
Michelle was the owner of Sanctuary Studio in Massachusetts, the founder of Transformational Yoga, Ritual Vinyasa and Orthopedic Therapy. She is a Board Certified Structural Integrator having studied with the acclaimed Tom Myers of "Anatomy Trains" fame, as well as a Thai Massage practitioner, a Neurovascular Bodyworker and the author of the upcoming book "Orthopedic Yoga".
She has been teaching and studying the science behind yoga for almost 20 years. She now teaches internationally, bringing her unique style of yoga to students of all levels, ages, shapes and sizes. She has taught thousands of yoga students and believes it is a blessing to be able to bring people the gifts of a strong body, a quiet mind and a blissful spirit.
In 2020 Bianca founded drift + oak with the intention to share her love of yoga and wellness with the community. Bianca became a yoga teacher through Michelle Fleming of Sanctuary Studio in Plymouth, MA. She is a 200 Hr E-RYT and working towards her goal of becoming a certified Orthopedic Yoga Therapist. She is also a Wellness Coach, certified in Reiki, Yin, Pre-Natal and Children's Yoga.
Bianca is so grateful for the opportunity to now collaborate with Michelle and many other yogis from around the globe to bring this orthopedic yoga training to her studio in Medway, MA. Knowing what she gained from participating in this training six years ago, Bianca believes that she will be able to offer additional insight to anyone going through the program from the perspective of a student and teacher.
Day-to-day, Bianca's typical style of teaching is a very well-rounded Vinyasa practice incorporating both strong and powerful poses with restorative ones. Her main goal is to always keep her students safe and supported. You can be sure you will walk out of Bianca's class feeling challenged and refreshed.
Cyndi Adams is a mom of four, Advanced Reiki Healer, and owner and instructor of Twisted Spirit Yoga in Carver, MA.
Twenty years ago she took her first yoga class whilst pregnant with her second baby. She had a 5-month old at home. She remembers being so nervous walking in and levitating out after that class. When that feeling lasted for days, she knew that she had found something she needed.
Cyndi drifted in and out of her practice over the years and finally landed in 200hr teacher training. That time spent was so much more than learning how to teach others yoga. It was transformational and healing in every aspect of what makes Cyndi who she is.
Cyndi opened Twisted Spirit Yoga in 2015, and closed it in March 2020 (of course). She reopened the studio in October 2021 and opened her second studio in January 2022. She has been excited to see so many people actively seeking out new methods of self-care, and realizing the beauty of this practice.
Jodi's fitness journey began 15 years ago. It included intense weight training, cardio, and yoga. Yoga quickly became an integral part of her fitness and wellness journey as an important practice to balance weight training, improve mobility, and be mindful of the importance of mind and body health.
She earned her 200YT in 2018 with her yoga mentor and world-renowned yoga Michelle Fleming, whose instruction focuses not only on the mind and body practice but also on safety in physical postures. Jodi is also certified in Thai Massage Level 1 and Reiki II.
You will find Jodi's classes to be engaging, challenging, and appropriate for all levels as her poses are easily modified to accommodate all fitness levels. She believes that anyone can practice yoga, regardless of age and fitness level, and feels that yoga is beneficial for everyone. She teaches in a no-judgment space, loves to crack jokes (especially at her own expense), and encourages students to find new levels of possibilities in their practice.