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Advanced Training Modules

These week-long modules are a part of Dynamic Mindfulness Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. They are a profound immersion into advanced yoga studies and practice with teachers Tatjana Mesar, Diana Thielen, Valerie Harwitch and Vera Piechulla.

MODULE 1

Contemporary Lenses

Excellent teaching unfolds through dedicated and consistent practice. Innovation, experimentation, reflection, and introspection will enhance your understanding of Dynamic Mindfulness method.

Upon completion of this module, you will have an enriched understanding of the body and its functions, more confidence with alignment instruction and sequencing and critical understanding of the contemporary yoga world in all its different facets.

Topics include:

Movement Lab with Tatjana Mesar: Biomechanics competence and key patterns of movement.

  • Rolling & spiraling
  • Active mobility and strenght, working with body weight, and using simple props for pulling pattern
  • Human gait and crosslateral pattern
  • Crawling patterns
  • Changing levels
  • Free flow and mixing it up
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback

Theoretical Sessions with Tatjana Mesar

  • The Suchness of Body – Interoceptive versus proprioceptive awarness
  • Common assumptions about stretching seeing through the lenses of biomechanics.
  • How to address resistance to new paradigms of movement in classes.
  • Guiding Free Flow practice

Trauma Sensitive Topics with Valerie Harwitch

How to use permissive versus directive style of teaching and to cultivate trauma-sensitive language in classes. Use of props and space.

Inclusivity and Accesabilty Topics with Katharina Pewny

Persepctives on Modern Postural Yoga and Post – Lineage Yoga with Katharina Pewny

Advanced Anatomy and Biomechanics with Vera Piechulla offers an in-depth study of fascia as an interoceptive organ, deepen the understanding of tissue connectivity, and of how loading patterns track systemically through living structures to improve safety and sustainability of the practice. Click here for more details.

Weekend seminar

Mindful Assisting with Tatjana Mesar

In this weekend training, Tatjana will guide you through the latest topics and practices of hands-on assisting that are consent-based and trauma-sensitive. Click here for the detailed program.

Reading to complete before this module:

  • Jules Mitchell: The Science of Stretching, a Master Theses – read here
  • Robert Schleip, Ph.D. and Divo Gitta Müller: Training Principles for Fascial Connective Tissue – read here
  • Mark Singleton: Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice
  • Tatjana Mesar: Transcending tradition and finding a contemporary yoga that fits – read here
  • Tatjana Mesar: What is Buddhist Yoga? – read here
  • Matthew Remski: WAWADIA: Six Lenses for Studying MPY – read here

MODULE 2

Poetry of Body and Mind

You will explore different approaches to mind-body awareness and sensitivity to the energetic body through the study and practice of Dynamic Mindfulness core sequences: EARTH, WATER, FIRE and AIR.

You will learn how to develop communication skills and understand group dynamics to support your students learning processes. You will know how to navigate contemporary body pedagogics and body politic.  On top of that, we will explore how to nurture the business side of your teaching career while remaining anchored in your unique skills.

Upon finishing this module you will have a deeper understanding of Buddhist psychology and meditation and know how to apply it in both your personal life and in your teaching. You will know how to cultivate your yoga business with a sense of integrity, including a professional mindset, leadership skills and strong professional ethics.

Topics Include:

Meditation Sessions

Movement Lab: Dynamic Mindfulness core sequences: EARTH, WATER, FIRE and AIR.

Theoretical Sessions

  • From biomechanics toward a poetry of movemement
  • Energetic aspects of Dynamic Mindfulness
  • Group dynamics
  • Shadow work for yoga teachers: creating a safe space for yourself and your students.
  • Virya aspect in Dynamic Mindfulness yoga: strategy and planing as a dance of wellbeing and productivity.
  • Defining your niche as a teacher and reaching your ideal student
  • Contemporary Yogaland, its challenges and opportunities
  • Leadership skills for yoga teachers

Lectures on Buddhism

  • Three Dharma Seals
  • Buddhist psychology: 5 Skandhas, Consciousness and Karma
  • Perspectives on mindfulness – from Sattipatana Sutra to Harvard Medical School
  • Four Brahma Viharas: loving kindness, patience and sympathetic joy, and equanimity
  • Chan Buddhism

How do body politics play out in general yoga classes? with Diana Thielen

Weekend seminar:

Waves and Stillness’ Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Tatjana Mesar

Hectic contemporary lifestyle and meditative, peaceful stillness are often at the opposite range of experience. Drawing from biomechanics, bodywork and meditation, Tatjana has created a unique restorative yoga flow practice that supports arriving into stillness on all levels of our being: physical, mental, and emotional. Click here for the detailed schedule.

Reading to complete before this module:

  • Bo Forbes: Yoga for Emotional Balance
  • Thich Nhat Hanh: Understanding Our Mind
  • Individually selected literature from the Advanced Reading List