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Hart Lazer

150-hr Yoga Therapeutics Advanced Teacher Training

Session 1: 2017/2/24-3/5

Session 2: 2017/5/17-5/23

Session 3: 2017/12/1-12/10

  • About Hart Lazer
  • Advanced Teacher Training
  • Tuition

Hart Lazer is co-owner of United Yoga Montreal and internationally recognized as a teacher of yoga teachers. Systematic, profound, thorough, sensitive and challenging, he is a master at teaching the mechanics of asana, having studied closely with Iyengar teacher Ramanand Patel for many years and undertaken a serious study of Ashtanga yoga. Hart Lazer offers his students the experience gained from his unique life story, from boyhood in a Jewish rabbinical school through a career in counseling and over 25 years as a yoga teacher and practitioner. In recent years Hart has explored the effects of Buddhism, yoga and trauma on the body and has developed a multi-dimensional approach to working with human difficulties.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to get beyond your regular yoga teaching! This first ever comprehensive yoga therapeutics training offered in Taiwan covers beyond the physical, musculoskeletal therapy to include in-depth material that helps with healing the nervous system, organic system, mental and emotional layer of our being, as well as various disorders and illnesses.

During this 150-hour program*, which builds upon a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training, you will build a foundation in understanding and approaching asana, meditation and breath work in a healing way. You will also learn to effectively teach and help students that have special therapeutics needs.

* The 150 hours can be counted towards the 300-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Training Program with Hart Lazer.

Training Schedule

Session I: February 24 - March 5, 2017

  • Module 1: Upper back, Neck and Shoulders
  • Module 2: Lower Back and Hamstrings
  • Module 3: Hips, Groins and Knees

Session 2: May 17 - May 23, 2017

  • Module 4: Chronic pain, Anxiety and Depression
  • Module 5: Stress and Trauma
  • Module 6: Sexual Trauma

Session 3: December 1 -10, 2017

  • Module 7: Cancer
  • Module 8: Autoimmune diseases
  • Module 9: Asthma, Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Course Content

This course is conducted in module format. Most modules are interconnected and the later modules build upon the skills and knowledge learnt in the earlier modules.

Module 1: Upper back, Neck and Shoulders

A wonderful opportunity for yoga teachers to address upper back, neck and shoulder issues. We look at chronic neck and shoulder conditions related to everyday tension due to postural imbalance, as well as common injuries and chronic pain.

You will learn innovative adjustments as a vehicle to alleviating tension in the region of upper back, neck and shoulder. Using a variety of props and movement based somatic releasing techniques you will develop skills in releasing tension and resolving traumatic holding patterns in and around the upper back, neck and shoulders.

This module will look at some ways to reverse the effects of technology on our posture, address the health of the cervical spine in relation to the upper back and shoulders and help heal the effects of whiplash, frozen shoulder and other injuries.

Module 2: Lower Back and Hamstrings

Whether the lower back or hamstrings issue is a result of postural imbalance, repeated use occupational injury, stress, or traumatic event, this module will interest yoga teachers and practitioners who want to deepen their understanding of the anatomical relationship of the lower back and hamstrings. You will be given assessment tools to learn how to identify particular conditions associated with lower back pain and how to create relief to those particular conditions, including sciatica, herniated disk, and lumbar compression.

You will learn how to create initial release and ease of tension, how to modify and adapt classical yoga postures as needed, as well as receive in-depth instruction for a wide range of restful postures supported by props.

The focus will be on how to create effective relief from the symptoms of pain, and then look at how to develop a practice that releases tension and develops supportive strength for a healthy spine.

Module 3: Hips, Groins and Knees

As teachers and students of yoga, many of us aspire towards hip opening, a requirement for many yoga poses. Though in doing so, most of us only ever attain a superficial sensation of stretch and don't really notice much change. In this module we will look at the essential components of the hip joint and get a clear understanding of true hip opening. With improved hip health, we can learn to enjoy a greater range of movement and freedom in the yoga practice and activities of everyday life.

In this module you will also learn the anatomical relationship between the joint systems of the hips and knees and their connection to the groins. You will be given a skill set that will help you to modify poses and work appropriately for individuals recovering from knee and hip surgery.

You will also develop approaches that build support for these joints along side a variety of adaptations for knee and hip pain or restriction.

Module 4: Chronic pain, Anxiety and Depression

Many people struggle with either depression or anxiety. Both of these have become more and more prevalent in a society that tends to favor material wealth over emotional and spiritual well-being. The emotional reactions to this alienating experience may range from feelings of low mood or listlessness to always being wound up, “on”, or in some way unable to relax. In almost all cases, difficult emotions are held trapped in the body, manifesting as tension and chronic pain.

This module will introduce you to the basics of nervous system theory. it is also an excellent starting place for Module 5: Stress and Trauma. In this module you will learn the connection between these forms of emotional imbalance and the prevalence of chronic pain in those who struggle with either depression or anxiety. The mind-body connection will be looked at with meditation and breath awareness in order to develop a compassionate attitude to emotional distress and physical pain. This work is of great value to teachers and students who wish to create conditions for whole-person healing.

The material covered in Modules 1 - 3 will set the foundation for this module because of the common prevalence of chronic physical pain associate with anxiety and depression. The skill set acquired in Module 1-3 is useful for knowing how to work with a variety of pain conditions in order to help create initial relief on the physical level, to then be able to work at the emotional and psychological levels.

Module 5: Stress and Trauma

The ability to be present and in our bodies is deeply challenged by long-time chronic stress and trauma. Teachers and students of yoga will discover new ways to reclaim the body and become more present. You will be given approaches to asana and meditation practice designed to settle the nervous system.

You will learn how to read and assess the signs of nervous system distress and how to restore the nervous system to a healthy equilibrium. This has been shown to improve sleep, digestion, reproductive and respiratory function, as well as an over-all resilience needed to cope with the demands of life.

Module 6: Sexual Trauma

This module will build on the skills learnt in Module 5. Given that an estimated 2 out of every 4 people have in some way experienced sexual aggression at varying degrees, this is almost half of the population - and so it is important to learn how to create a non-threatening environment in the yoga class setting for everyone. You will learn to develop your instruction with particular sensitivity to language and learn the fundamentals of appropriate touch in physical adjustments. You will also be given techniques to help establish healthy boundaries, and create supportive, nurturing conditions for healing to happen.

Module 7: Cancer

The effects of cancer treatment are quite demanding on the body, in this module you will be given tools to help support the recovery process. While yoga is NOT meant to be practiced during certain stages of illness, once the disease is in recovery stage, yoga can be of great help to create nourishing circulation and deep rest. Yoga can also help with some of the effects of treatment such as nausea and fatigue. The meditation component of this course will teach you how to work with the reality of death and how to make peace with the process of death and dying, ultimately creating a compassionate attitude towards life.

Module 8. Autoimmune diseases

Module 5: Stress and Trauma will provide the foundation for this module. Studies have found that there is a close relationship between stress, trauma and the prevalence of auto- immunes diseases. The effects of stress on the nervous system has a direct impact on immunity, and the body's ability to fight allergens, MGOs, and environmental pollutants. You will learn about the aetiology of the disease process, as well as yoga poses that help boost a depleted immune system. Meditation instruction will be given help foster nervous system relaxation, love and kindness. The conditions that will be covered are: Allergies, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, and Ulcerative Colitis.

Module 9. Asthma, Snoring and Sleep Apnea

This module addresses asthma through yoga practice for long-term benefits by looking at yoga poses that reduce or eliminate the symptoms of asthma. You will learn to identify challenged breath patterns and how to create relief for improved respiratory function. Through a series of breath techniques, you will also be given the tools to improve snoring and sleep apnea, conditions that interrupt sleep. With improved breathing and sleep those struggling with Asthma, Snoring and Sleep Apnea often notice a more balanced appetite, and find that they are more alert and relaxed in the activities of day-to-day life.

Suggested Reading List

  • Wake Up to Your Life - Ken McLeod
  • Zen Heart - Ezra Beyda

Admission requirements

  • At least two years of yoga practice
  • Completed a recognized 200-hr yoga teacher-training program

Daily Schedule*

Session 1 8:00 - 11:00, 12:00 - 14:00
Session 2 8:00 - 12:00, 13:30 - 16:30
Session 3 8:00 - 11:00, 12:00 - 14:30

*Subject to change. Any changes will be notified well in advance. 

Concession for 2016 Hart TT students till 2016/11/24 Early-Bird Price Register till 2016/11/24 Pre-Training Price Register between 2016/11/25~2017/1/24 Regular Price
SPACE Members NT$90,000 NT$111,500 NT$121,500 NT$135,000
NON-SAPCE Members NT$97,000 NT$120,500 NT$130,500 NT$145,000
  • Event Location: SPACE YOGA Anho studio
  • Minimum number of registration to hold the course: 25 students
  • SPACE will video record and photograph the training for our records and promotion purposes
  • Students may sound record, take video or photos (no flash) for personal use as long as it is not distracting, but please do not post videos on public platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube, etc.)
  • Please email to teachertraining@withinspace.com if you are interested in the teacher training.

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