• On the fence? Read this!

    A yogi develops contentment in a simple life without feeling deprived.

    Do you have an interest in furthering your yoga practice or earning your Yoga Alliance teaching certification? Regardless of your intention, when you dive deeper into self-inquiry and further develop your yoga practice…life tends to become more simple, perspective and priorities become clear, and contentment remains despite conditional circumstances.  Doesn’t that sound lovely? Find out for yourself! 


    How about reducing stress, ceasing to glorify “busy”, sharing authentic conversations or connecting to people in REAL life?

    Quite simply, I believe stress arises when we have TOO MANY things demanding our attention.  Often times, we are responsible for creating this state of “TOO MANY”, as we confuse our basic needs with our wants and bury our priorities in the resulting imbalance. This creates discord…discord brings discomfort, distress, discontentment and disease.  So when we slow down, set an intention to direct our focus to one thing at a time, the discord dissolves little by little.  On our mats we do this by taking inventory of sensation, breathing into sensation, and being present with sensation, practicing with intention and then repeatedly and patiently redirecting our attention back to this stream of consciousness again and again.  We explore a variety of practices to train ourselves to remain aware and present in a multitude of conditions and to discriminate  between when we should adapt and when we should remain steady. This discrimination and the courage to remain present then remains with us as we move about our daily lives…for instance, rather than swearing at, flipping off or physically attacking the person who almost rear-ended you on your way to work and letting the anger spill into the rest of your day; you feel your heartbeat spike and anger arise but you take a deep breath, let the anger dissipate into a state of alertness, express gratitude that you’re safe and avoided an accident, and go about your day with heightened awareness and gratitude.  This parallel between practice and life is something that we will discuss regularly in our training, and our various experiences will add a new depth of learning and empathy to our study of yoga and its related philosophies…it’s one of our 2015 group’s favorite components!

     Join the small group who has committed to the 2016 training, one composed of kind-hearted mindful individuals coming from all walks of life and a wide age range…amazing conditions in which to host a program such as this…I am very excited and I hope you are, too! If you have not submitted your registration,

    Worried about schedule, finances, physical ability  to participate or lack of recent practice? Don’t be!

    • Are you able to stand up, sit down, breathe and talk?  Congratulations, you are physically qualified to take the training!  =)
    • This is the ONLY long-term program available in Hawaii, oriented towards working residents and those with family obligations!  Most other 200-hour programs meet 10+ hours per week for 12 weeks or every day for 3-4 weeks.  All formats are valuable, but this is the only one where  the meetings are spread out over nine months, you have up to ONE year to finish all of the requirements laid out by Yoga Alliance AND even if you “graduate” before then, you are welcome to continue assistant teaching with me for as long as you want!  And if you aren’t interested in teaching, all you have to do is show up to as many group meetings and workshops as you desire!
    • If ability to pay is your only concern, please read my financial policy and remember, part of my mission through Shivatree Yoga is to keep yoga accessible!


    Email shivatreeyoga@gmail.com to commit to the training.

    Must have a minimum of four participants.


    Our first meeting, an informal potluck is on Friday, November 18th at 6:30pm.  Most likely at my mother-in-law’s in Kailua, but I will confirm closer to the actual date.

    Supplies Needed for Training:

    • Open mind
    • Yoga mat
    • “Yoga Anatomy” by Leslie Kaminoff
    • “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by Swami Satchidinanda
     There are NO coincidences.  If you are strongly drawn to something at a specific moment in time, LISTEN to your instincts and jump right in!  Have faith in your inner voice!  If you have even an OUNCE of curiosity, I encourage you to take a look!  Let me know if you have any other questions!
    In appreciation,

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