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Winter Yoga Studies Course with Petra Ledkovsky

January 12 - April 15

An in-depth exploration of yoga for dedicated practitioners

Led by Petra Ledkovsky, E-RYT 500
With contributions from senior Orleans Yoga teachers: Nina Petruzzo and Sara Moran

Are you looking to deepen your knowledge and understanding of yoga?

This winter, dive deep into the exploration of yoga in this immersion course covering the history, evolution, and contemporary application of yoga philosophy and methodology. We offer this course as a bridge for those seeking to move their yoga practice beyond weekly studio classes to something deeper, more personal, and more meaningful in their life.

This course also serves to give those who have completed a teacher training program the opportunity to refresh and enhance their knowledge and skills, study special topics in-depth, and take their teaching to the next level. The last session of our course is geared specifically towards yoga teachers.

A mentorship component may be added to course enrollment, giving you the opportunity to meet individually with Petra or Nina monthly during the course to work on areas of your teaching and practice that you wish to enhance and receive constructive feedback on your teaching. Mentorship includes four one-hour private meetings with your mentor and mentor attendance at one of your classes with follow-up feedback session.

  • Each weekend session is comprised of lecture, dharma, asana practice, meditation, and group discussion.
  • Optional reading and writing assignments offered in preparation for each session to enhance learning.
  • Warming and grounding vegan lunch and herbal teas included, making each weekend of study feel like a cozy retreat right at Orleans Yoga.
  • It is optimal to enroll in weekend sessions I-III or I-IV, however you may register for individual weekends per your schedule and interests.
  • One one-hour private session included in enrollment for students taking sessions I-III or I-IV.
  • Each weekend of study qualifies for 17 CE contact hours through the Yoga Alliance.

Session I – Foundations of Yoga
January 12th-14th

  • The History of Yoga and the 8 Limbed Path.
  • Yamas and Niyamas: the ethical practices of yoga.
  • Embodied Asana: basic anatomy and structure of postures and the Koshas (layers of body).

Session II – The Subtle Body and the Journey Inward
February 9th-11th

  • Pranayama: manipulation and control of the breath/life force.
  • Introduction to the Vayus.
  • Introduction to the Chakras.
  • Meditation practice: Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) – Dharana (concentration) – Dhyana (meditation) – Samadi (enlightenment).

Session III – Self-Practice
March 9th-11th

  • Basics of Ayurveda: living in balance with the elements and the seasons.
  • Yoga for emotional balance.
  • Yoga as a healing practice: working with our injuries and adapting to the ever-changing conditions of the body.
  • Develop a consistent, sustainable and evolving home practice.

Session IV – Teacher Enrichment Weekend
April 13th-15th

  • Anatomy essentials for yoga teachers.
  • Modifications and prop use for teaching to injuries and limitations.
  • Purposeful, safe, and effective hands-on adjustments.
  • Practices for motherhood: teaching pre/post natal yoga.
  • Yoga as a compliment to sport training: teaching yoga to athletes.
  • Up-level your teaching. Teaching with relevancy and connection through intelligent sequencing, class theming, hands on adjustments, and clear and direct language and cueing.
  • Peer review: practice teaching and supportive feedback circle.

Fridays 6-9 pm
Saturdays 8:30 am-5 pm (lunch 11:30-12:30)
Sundays 8:30 am-4 pm (lunch 11:30-12:30)
(17 CE contact hour credits through the Yoga Alliance)

$375 single weekend session
$900 weekend sessions I-III (before December 31st, $1,100 thereafter)
$1,100 weekend sessions I-IV (before December 31st, $1,390 thereafter)
$290 additional mentorship component