Sequencing, Inversions, Anatomy, Assists, Creative Restorative, S&C

Looking for a way to take your practice & teaching to the next level? Prefer rigorous and rewarding trainings to events that feel more like retreats and leave you wondering if you learned anything new? Interested in joining a community of dedicated, passionate movement makers who are constantly striving for growth on and off the mat? We get it! Join Steph Góngora (@casa_colibri), Erin Kelly (@erinkellyart), and Bianca Scalisé (@bianca.scalise.yoga) for a 2 month, uniquely formatted 300HR (500 track) training that lets you work at your own pace each week, and then connect LIVE with the community each weekend!  

This training has been moved and molded from our in-person advanced trainings. Additional content has been added and curriculum formatted for on-demand weekday work and weekend touch-points. The 300HR, two month advanced intensive is overall the most in-depth training currently offered by the Authentic Movements team and is the perfect setting for those wishing to continue and expand upon their yoga journey, both from a teaching standpoint and a personal practice perspective. It is meant for those who already have a base 200HR from any school, Yoga Alliance Registered or not, and who want to continue the educational path to become 500HR teachers.

YOGA ALLIANCE DISCLAIMER – Authentic Movements is a 200/300 Registered School

Yoga Alliance (yogaalliance.org) is an optional registration system for teachers and schools that aims to uphold certain standards within the yoga community. Authentic Movements is a highly rated Yoga Alliance Registered school at the 200HR (base) & 300HR (advanced) level. Click HERE to check out our school page and read reviews. All previous Authentic Movements trainings (200&300) have been Yoga Alliance Registered.

In the past, Yoga Alliance did not allow 100% online trainings. Due to COVID-19, they have CURRENTLY  extended the online allowance through 2021. Since this training is taking place in April + May of 2021, that means that it CURRENTLY QUALIFIES FOR YOGA ALLIANCE REGISTRATION. If you currently have a 200HR from a registered school, and you complete this training + earn out certificate, you will have the optional opportunity to register as a 500HR instructor with Yoga Alliance.  

Don’t care about Yoga Alliance? That’s perfectly fine. We ask attendees to consider WHY they are pursuing continued education in the first place (for the content or letters after your name), and also to explore the myriad of mixed reviews concerning Yoga Alliance and their follow through and accountability on content and other matters. In a world saturated with quick start YTTs and weekend crash courses, Authentic Movements prides itself on over-delivering thorough, organized, and digestible content that you can put into use for personal practice and teaching. 

DATES

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Course Begins: April 1st, 2020
Course Ends (Practicum Class Submitted): June 1st, 2020
Required LIVE (Zoom) Saturdays: April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Optional LIVE (Zoom) Sundays: April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Outside of LIVE weekend work, participants will be granted access to pre-recorded weekly content, released on Sunday afternoons. This content will rotate between loaded weeks and light weeks. Loaded weeks will contain 3 vinyasa classes + sequence analysis, 3 restorative classes + sequence analysis, 3 lectures, a weekly strength & condition circuit, and associated homework. Light weeks will contain 2 vinyasa classes + sequence analysis, 2 restorative classes + sequence analysis, 2 lectures, a weekly strength & condition circuit, and associated homework. Attendees can practice and watch the lectures as desired throughout the week, but are expected to be “caught up” on all new content by Saturday mornings for the LIVE (Zoom) session. See below for full details. 

 

 PRICE

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LIMITED PRE-SALE PAID IN FULL: $1500 USD (credit card or Paypal)
LIMITED PRE-SALE PAYMENT PLAN: $1800 USD – $500 USD deposit, balance due by June 1st, 2020
LIMITED PRE-SALE AM200 ALUMS (in-person or Virtual) – $1000 USD – paid in full OR payment plan <3

Payment plans are flexible, and attendees can make payments of $50 or more (after deposit) whenever it is convenient for them. All deposits are non-refundable/non-transferable. If paying in full, $500 USD becomes the nonrefundable/nontransferable deposit. See below for full cancellation policy. Participants recognize that the training is not currently Yoga Alliance Registered. No refunds will be given if YA doesn’t extend registration allowance for online trainings to cover this event. If they DO, Authentic Movements reserves the right to INCREASE the price of the training from this limited pre-sale price for anyone who has not yet put down a paid in full or deposit option. Lock in your low rate now before slots fill and/or the price increases. 

 

CLAIM YOUR LIMITED PRE-SALE SLOT

This course is open to anyone who has already taken a 200HR program or is enrolled in a 200HR program that will finalize by April 1st. It does not matter if your 200HR school is Yoga Alliance Registered, If you do not meet these requirements, but still want to be considered for the course, please email us at [email protected] BEFORE purchasing.

Authentic Movements hopes to combine the best of both world’s for today’s busy teachers and movement explorers. Get the convenience and quality of pre-recorded, on-demand work during the workweek, and the community + connection of Live Zoom sessions on Saturdays. All with personalized feedback to help you succeed on your deep dive into creative sequencing, biomechanics, manual assists, and more. Receive weekly packages through our LearnDash platform and then join the community on Saturdays to apply the skills from the week prior. Sunday sessions include a Live 90 minute Vinyasa followed by a 90 minute optional Q&A session and “office hours.” Sunday sessions can be attended live or you can practice with the class recording during your work week. Keep scrolling for more details or email us at [email protected]

Saturday Live (Zoom) Schedule

10:00am – 1:00pm EDT: Introspection + Creative Vinyasa + Sequence Analysis
2:00pm – 5:00pm EDT: Lecture, Discussion, Hands-on Application
6:00pm – 8:00pm EDT: Creative Restorative + Sequence Analysis

Attendees are required to attend Saturday sessions live. While the occasional missed class or lecture can be made up via recording, if excessive Saturdays are missed, completion certificates cannot be granted. We apologize to our international students as we know these times may be a challenge for you. 

 

Weekday On-Demand Workload

Every Sunday, participants will be granted access to the following week’s workload of pre-recorded content, which can be done on-demand to prepare for the following Saturday’s live session. Spread it out as desired, but please watch the content & turn in the limited homework by the Saturday session. Weekday workloads will rotate back and forth between light & loaded weeks.

Light Week: 2x Vinyasa Flow + Introspection, 2x lecture, 2x Restorative, Low Prop S&C Circuit
Loaded Week: 3x Vinyasa Flow + Introspection, 3x lecture, 3x Restorative, Low Prop S&C Circuit

Practicum + Certificate

This is a training, not a retreat. While we are not requiring an application process, we trust that all those who purchase entrance will first consider if they meet the requirements:

  • Regular practice for at least 1 year
  • 200HR base training (registered or not) from any school
  • an interest in inversions (no need to be able to do them)

Certificates are earned, not bought, and Authentic Movements has no responsibility to present certificates to those who do not complete the program, all homework, and showcase an understanding of the skills taught through the final practicum. Practicum consists of a 90 minute workshop (details provided) that is live taught to other attendees. This class is recorded (Zoom), along with the corresponding feedback from attendees and sent to instructors for final feedback and any needed correction. 

Community Connection

Participants are welcome and encouraged to connect with each other on our Virtual Facebook Page and/or the forum on the website portal. We recognize that not everyone uses Facebook, so while entrance to the group is encouraged, you can also find partners to activities and connect with others utilizing the website platform itself. Partner activities are never required (except for practicum presentations), but are highly encouraged throughout the 2 month adventure. Upon completion, participants will be granted access to the alumni groups and mailing list for additional opportunities and alumni-only events. 

 

WHO IS THIS TRAINING FOR?

We welcome those currently teaching, interested in teaching, and practitioners simply looking to deepen their personal movement practice. Due to the intense physical demands, at least one year of yoga or a similar movement modality is recommended. While students are not required to practice advanced asana such as arm balances and inversions to attend this training, they can expect to leave with a more complete understanding of strength building progressions and how to incorporate unique and complex movements into an efficient yoga flow. We firmly encourage attendees to respect their physical limitations during these long two months together, but do require that all hours are attended, even if there is not physical participation.

Those who complete the program in its entirety and meet all requirements will receive a certificate from AM that dictates a 300HR Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. If attendees previously held a 200HR Certificate from any school (registered or un-registered), they can consider themselves a 500HR teacher. Not sure if you’re the right fit? Email us! [email protected]

CLAIM YOUR LIMITED PRE-SALE SLOT

This course is open to anyone who has already taken a 200HR program or is enrolled in a 200HR program that will finalize by April 1st. It does not matter if your 200HR school is Yoga Alliance Registered, If you do not meet these requirements, but still want to be considered for the course, please email us at [email protected] BEFORE purchasing.

Partial Scholarships Application

While Authentic Movements tries to keep prices affordable for all interested parties, we also offer need and diversity-based scholarships. If a scholarship would open up this opportunity to you, and you’re interested in learning more, please fill out our attached form with as much detail as possible.

What to Expect

Training Pillars & Further Details

Taught in Steph, Erin, and Bianca’s signature style, the Authentic Movements 300HR training will offer a safe community space to explore personal and professional growth, both on and off the mat. Expect high-level alignment breakdowns on hundreds of postures and intense focus on the transitions and space between asanas in order to cultivate a graceful strength for a fluid flow. This is much less about RIGHT vs WRONG, and much more about understanding the WHY behind the WAY.

A balance between flow and form, Authentic Movements asks us to first learn the nitty gritty details so that we can then break free and mold them to our own needs or the needs of our students.Training offerings will be packed with complex, but efficient and effective practices, sequencing breakdowns to analyze the creative vinyasa flow, demonstrative lectures to apply the information, and restorative or cross-training work to keep the body supple and strong. Our Strength and Conditioning coach will be providing low prop strength and conditioning circuits that vary by week to encourage stability, postural awareness, and bringing the weight room onto the yoga mat in creative ways for a more well-rounded practice. He may be available for limited, heavily discounted sessions and breath-work practices if individuals are looking to take their S&C work even further.

Whether you’re looking to deepen your personal practice or further expand your teaching toolbox, this training will give you a chance to develop and hone your personal creative language on the yoga mat.

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TRAINING FOCAL POINTS

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Explorations in Logical Creativity:

Sequencing is an art that can take so many forms on the mat. Attendees of the Authentic Movements Advanced 300HR Training will delve into creatively and effectively sequencing in a variety of methods and for a variety of purposes. Learn to build and teach highly intricate sequences that help students better prepare for peak postures, open up specific areas of the body, add more stability or mobility to their practice, and MORE. The focus at AM is never on the right or wrong way of doing things, but instead on the most efficient and effective method for a particular situation. Prepare to get a little weird, push the boundaries of modern yoga by incorporating outside modalities, do some self exploratory work to craft creative transitions, and then learn to cue the complex movements through pose mimics and modifications that make even the most challenging postures more accessible. 

In-depth Inversion Immersions:

In case it isn’t obvious, we love to get upside down. And so do lots of people including you or your students. Inversions can bring a great deal of joy to your practice, but also a lot of frustration if there isn’t a well-outlined path or immersive toolbox you can draw from. This two month-long intensive will dive deep into the playful art-form that is life upside down including many arm balances, headstands and variations, forearm stands and variations, handstands and variations, and pressing. Learn to teach, spot, modify, and sequence in a way that makes inverting about bringing out your inner child, strengthening proprioceptive qualities, and just building better balance overall. 

Applied Anatomy in Practice: 

Authentic Movements is all about the WHY behind the WAY. Or maybe it’s better to say “A” way, instead of “THE” way since we don’t really believe movement or yoga in general is a one-size-fits-all practice. A great deal of the WHY or the intent in a posture, alignment cue, or entire sequence boils down to understanding the basics of anatomy, biomechanics, postural tendencies, compensations, and more. Attendees of the 300HR Intensive receive access to the AM 15HR Anatomy and Sequencing course to ensure that no matter your background or previous trainings, you arrive with a solid foundation. Anatomy is sprinkled daily into the training through review segments and sequencing lectures, and near the midpoint, we are graced with a visiting expert for multiple lectures, movement sessions, and a Q/A to dive in even deeper and explore application of that knowledge in action and how it specifically relates to yoga sequencing.

Confidence in Manual Assists: 

Manual Assisting can take many forms, and it is our goal during the AM300 to showcase and practice many of these so that you can feel confident using your hands to assist students when needed. From talks about trauma and the responsibilities of touching to assisting beginners to advanced yogis, we’ve got you covered! Learn teacher-passive assists that encourage the students to find activation in their own bodies, deepening assists to safely help practitioners progress, inversion spots, feel-good assists, and MORE. While we 100% respect that manual assisting is not for everyone, and also respect your right to pass on any specific assist that does not feel or seem right for your body/practice/teaching, we do ask that you only consider this training if you’re interested in trying some of the manual assisting work since it is a large portion of the curriculum and an important player in the accumulation of your hours. Since the training is remote/on-line, having the occasional friend or family member you can practice with is important, especially during the second half of the training.

Re-working Restorative Yoga: 

Think restorative yoga is boring? Not sure of the difference between things like Yin & Slow-Flow? The AM300 hopes to re-work the idea of “restorative” yoga being limited to certain strict methods or tools. The same aspects of logical creativity, dynamic movement sequencing, and applied anatomy can utilized to craft a wide array of restorative style classes and workshops to meet the need of an ever-expanding audience. Join Bianca (and sometimes Steph + Erin) to delve into unique prop usage, myo-fascial release seminars, pranayama workshops, meditation clinics, and even peak pose restorative work to bring the spark back to your restorative practice and teaching. 

Strength & Conditioning on Your Mat: 

Authentic Movements is proud to offer a dedicated Strength and Conditioning coach for our 200 & 300HR trainings. Yoga is a wonderful movement and mindfulness practice, but we believe that incorporating some methods and practices from the lifting world can highly benefit the hyper-mobile crowd that tends to be drawn toward yoga. Our coach offers introduction to lifting circuits to help recruit pulling muscles and loaded leg strength, helps incorporate props into yoga classes for additional stability work, and leads lectures on position and breathing mechanics. He also offers limited, remote sessions for those looking to achieve a certain goal, re-frame an injury, or just explore what the world of strength can give you, both on and off the mat (heavily discounted, but additional charges may apply).

Additional Topics

Alignment Mechanics, Advanced Cueing, Props and Modifications, Introspective Practices (Journaling/Mantra/Pranayama/Mandala), Yoga Philosophy and Asana History, Myofascial & Meridian Work, Exploring Meditation Techniques, Breath Work Breakthroughs, Yoga for Athletes, Workshops/Retreat/Training/Festival Development, Integration of Other Movement Modalities, Business Development, Social Media Workshops, and MORE!

The course also includes

  • 600+ pg Course Book w/ Syllabus
  • FOUR workshop bundles on AuthenticMovements.com – Inversions Level 1/2, Arm Balance Level 1/2
  • 15HR Online Pre-work course to prep you for anatomy & sequencing

“Numerous friends and family told me that I would be different when I came back from my advanced teacher training, that my month in Costa Rica would change me. I remember nodding and smiling, agreeing that my training with Authentic Movements would heighten my knowledge as a teacher and strengthen my personal yoga journey. Little did I realize that my month at Flo completely shifted and changed who I was, in more ways than I could possibly share. I could write about how Steph, Erin, Bianca, Anthony, Doc. Jen, Mr. Kim, and Dr. Ben House filled my mind with more information than I thought possible, challenged me to examine what I believed in and why, and reminded me just how physically strong I truly am. I could write about the incredible flows that were led everyday that challenged my body and inspired my mind to teach with such creativity and healthy mobility. I could write about the friendships I made with women I continue to talk to everyday. Friends I feel excited to share my most wonderful news and safe enough to share my darkest thoughts. I could even share about the moments of quiet, personal reflection that allowed me to reset from the frantic pace of my life. These countless lessons do not hold a flame to the most important value this training instilled in me; respect. 

Respect for my voice, my body, and my knowledge. The importance of surrounding yourself with people who not only respect you but also respect themselves. This training not only gave me the confidence to speak up, but the importance of being heard when you do so. Authentic Movements Advanced Teacher Training is so much more than just 300 hours of lectures and flows. It is a movement in itself. A community that will hold you accountable to be the healthiest, strongest, and truest version of yourself, and this is due to the character and values of those who created it.” – SAM GOODMAN (April 2019)

Instructor Details

Meet the Lead Teachers & Team

LEAD TEACHER

Focus Topics: Sequencing, Anatomy, Inversions

Steph Gongora (@casa_colbiri) is a certified yoga and aerial teacher currently based in Uvita, Costa Rica & Marshall, NC. An athlete her whole life, Steph practiced gymnastics until high school, taught pole fitness during college (where she studied Biology and Chemistry), and has had a serious daily yoga practice for over a decade. Her teaching style combines precise breakdowns of form and anatomical cuing with a creative flow style, stressing unusual transitions and authentic movements practices.

She has developed a deep love and respect for inversions of all kinds, which is what promoted her to write her first two ebooks The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand & The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand Pressing. She later added Starting a Yoga Practice & Fully Body Backbends for those looking to deepen their personal asana exploration.

www.casa-colibri.com

LEAD TEACHER

Focus Topics: Sequencing, Philosophy, Inversions

Erin Kelly @erinkellyart is known for her personal grace and fluidity of movement in both practice and teaching, and can often be found upside down or cultivating creativity through unusual transitions. Her teaching style is refreshing and playful, while still incorporating precise cues and pose breakdowns to help students understand the movements of their bodies and the path to personal growth. Erin has studied under Megan Currie and has also spent many hours training with Tearson Bickmore, as well as received extended hours in Dharma and Rocket under a Yancy Schwartz mentorship.

A true artist by nature, Erin received a BFA in Oil Painting with a minor in Art History from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She is passionate about the idea that if we open our bodies up physically, we can tap into all sorts of creative, emotional, and psychological breakthroughs. Whether it’s with a paintbrush in hand or just through body movement, Erin is continuously creating her own form of art and expression and believes we all have this freedom of expression.

 www.erinkellyart.com

LEAD TEACHER

Focus Topics: Sequencing, Manual Assists, Re-Working Restorative

Bianca Scalise (@bianca.scalise.yoga) has a heart on fire to share the healing and soul enriching practices of Yoga and meditation as well as make a positive impact in the world. Bianca is the creator of Amor en Acción, a Yoga and Seva project that combines self love & selfless service into week long Yoga retreats/ Humanitarian Trips. On our trips we collaborate with non- profits to positively impact communities in need in the areas of education, child nutrition, women’s empowerment and wildlife care. Join our next Amor en Acción trip here.

Bianca studies Yoga and mediation all over the world. She recently completed a 500 hour certification program with Dylan Werner, with whom she also toured internationally to assist intensives and workshops. She is currently pursuing an additional 500 hour program with Yoga Medicine. Dynamic and tantric Meditations are sprinkled into her classes as well as her love for anatomy and understanding the body.   www.biancascalise.com

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Anthony Difiglio (@anthonydifiglio)has been working intimately with people for 10 years- integrating perspectives across the domains of performance, health, and healing. His humility to the human organism keeps him constantly learning and adapting to better guide others through their internal and educational experiences. Anthony’s work is thoughtful and thorough, an intuitive effort to restore and deepen the connections of the body and mind through awareness, connection and genuine care. Alongside his post-graduate education and specialized work in exercise and physiology, his array of experiences broadens the lens of how we see learning and life.

Anthony regularly works with the Authentic Movements team for all 200 and 300HR trainings, as well as some advanced teaching modules.  His amalgamation of knowledge, along with his attentive listening skills and experience coaching all types of movement artists, athletes, and individuals with injuries make him an invaluable asset to these intensive events. Anthony lectures on breathing mechanics, postural awareness, variability in movement/life, and also leads  circuit sessions to help incorporate some leg load, pulling, and solid exhales into the world of yoga. In addition, he works with the lead teachers to creatively incorporate props and position into morning and evening sequences and also assists with overuse injuries during the training itself. 

Nutrition + “Goal” Setting

Ben House PhD, CISSN (@drbenhouse) has worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Nutritionist since 2006. He is currently lifting, teaching, and researching after finishing his PhD and a multi-year metabolic health study within the Nutritional Sciences Department at UT-Austin. dr. House has numerous publications in peer reviewed scientific journals such as The International Journal of Obesity, has presented his work at multiple international conferences, and his passion is researching, writing, and teaching. Ben offers multiple lectures throughout the 300HR training starting with the “Case for Muscle” and how yogis may need to incorporate some additional modalities if they want to keep doing yoga for the long haul with minimal risk factors. He also offers lectures on general nutrition, and goal setting/habit establishment. 

www.broresearch.com

Zazen Meditation Teacher

Kim House or “Mr.Kim”has been an ordained Zen Buddhist Teacher since 2008.  When not leading meditation and guiding students with their mindfulness practice, he works as an information technology consultant specializing in helping non-profits.  Kim lives in Wisconsin in the warmer months with his wife Amy Haines.  In the winter months Kim is often at his son and daughter-in-law’s retreat center (floretreatcenter.org) in Uvita, Costa Rica.  Kim helps with meditation at the many yoga and wellness retreats held at Flō and elsewhere. <3

Guest Anatomy Expert

Authentic Movements believes in providing a well-rounded view of anatomy, both through the lead teachers and S&C coach, as well as a visiting expert. The selected individual is typically in the Physiotherapy field with experience in the yoga world or a similar modality so that they are able to successfully share and apply their wealth of knowledge with the attending teachers. This expert will be lecturing and leading  activities for 7 days during the middle of the training. The team at AM loves to work with a wide variety of anatomical experts to provide a deeper glimpse into the ever-changing and evolving world of applied anatomy and biomechanics. More info to be announce…. <3

Cancellation Policy & Legal Fun

We understand that life happens and things change. We will do our best to be flexible, however, the closer the cancellation is to the actual start date, the less likely it is that we will be able to fill your space. Deposits are considered $500 USD. If you pay in full, consider $500 of the payment to be your non-refundable/non-transferable deposit. 
Date of Cancellation Payments Made Deposit
6 months (180 days prior) to the start date Fully Refundable Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable
Between 120-180 days prior to the start date 50% Refundable Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable
Less than 120 days prior to the start date Non-Refundable Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable

***Once the program begins, there are no refunds of fees, no exceptions.***

Videography and Photo Release: There will be Photographs and video taken during training and used for promotional purposes. By signing up for this retreat, you are agreeing to allow any photographs taken of you to be used by Steph Gongora, Erin Kelly, Bianca Scalise, Casa Colibri,  and/or Authentic Movements.

CLAIM YOUR LIMITED PRE-SALE SLOT

This course is open to anyone who has already taken a 200HR program or is enrolled in a 200HR program that will finalize by April 1st. It does not matter if your 200HR school is Yoga Alliance Registered, If you do not meet these requirements, but still want to be considered for the course, please email us at [email protected] BEFORE purchasing.

Partial Scholarships Application

While Authentic Movements tries to keep prices affordable for all interested parties, we also offer need and diversity-based scholarships. If a scholarship would open up this opportunity to you, and you’re interested in learning more, please fill out our attached form with as much detail as possible.