200-Hour Certification

Transformational Vinyasa, and Level 1 Orthopedic Yoga Therapy

Next in person and live online session begins October 20, 2021
6 month program, one class per week and one weekend per month 
At our partner studios, live online and by recording

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. 

All participants will graduate this course with: 
  • 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.  

Please be aware of the following Friday evening dates for the training:

  • November 19, 2021
  • January 21, 2022
  • February 11, 2022
  • March 4, 2022

Please be aware of the following weekend dates for the training:

  • October 23 - 24, 2021
  • November 20 - 21, 2021
  • December 4 - 5, 2021
  • January 22 - 23, 2022
  • February 12 - 13, 2022
  • March 5 - 6, 2022

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 Dr Nicole M. Absar, MD, Behavioral Neoropsychiatrist, 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.

Locations

These trainings are offered in conjunction with our partnership studios, as well as through live and recorded online sessions.

Westchester County, NY

Elisha Fernandes Simpson LMSW, ERYT, YACEP

Medway, MA

Bianca Fantoni of Drift + Oak Yoga Studio

Marion, MA

Meghan Kelly of Halo

St. Louis, MO

Michelle Fleming

Gulf Coast, FL

Jodi Rhem of Green Tree Goddess

Online

Michelle Fleming

Transformational Teachers

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Michelle Fleming

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. 

Elisha Fernandes Simpson

LMSW, ERYT, YACEP

Having the opportunity to transform her own trauma through the practice of yoga, Elisha truly believes in the healing power of trauma-conscious practices. Elisha is a Cape Verdean woman, licensed social worker, accomplished yoga instructor, and mindfulness trainer working at the intersection of trauma conscious yoga and social justice. 

As founder of the non-profit organization Crossover Yoga Project, she and her team have guided over 5000 trauma survivors reclaim their voices and find resilience. CYP meets survivors where they are at, in residential treatment facilities, homeless shelters, jails, and schools through a gender specific, trauma-responsive curriculum entitled I Believe in Me, weaving together trauma conscious yoga, mindfulness, and creative art expressions. 

Her personal yoga practice of over 20 years brings her the resilience she needs as a trauma survivor, and the inspiration and commitment to expand a sense of stability and radical love. 

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Bianca Fantoni 

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. 

Jodi Rehm  

 

 Kí (Jodi Rehm) has been an instructor of yoga since 2011 and her work has developed into a corrective movement therapy, called “The Body Code Method “. This work was developed through years of hands on manual therapy, breath facilitation training, and her in depth study of the human body as well as the deep comprehension of the psychological conditioning woven into ones connective tissue. She has dedicated her life to healing of self and others. Decoding how the spirit lives within the body and how when claiming or shall I say reclaiming of your physical body we claim our connection to source. She brings a level of playfulness and compassion that allows her students to trust, surrender and step into their personal freedoms, healing and joy.

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