One of the most prestigious and comprehensive 500 hour yoga teacher training programs in the United States. The diverse faculty, all experts in their fields, includes the director of the program, renowned teacher and author, Beryl Bender Birch, and Amy Webb, director of Sruti Yoga Center in Great Barrington. Studies include regular practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation, as well as specialized study in adaptive yoga, trauma informed yoga, yoga for special populations, lifestyle, social activism, nutrition, ayurveda, and wellness.
Birch has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 40 years, throughout the US and Europe, including retreats and workshops at renowned yoga centers such as the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge MA and Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY (where she has been on faculty since l984.) Beryl is the author of 4 books on yoga, which have collectively sold nearly 500,000 copies. She is the originator of “Power Yoga,” a modified version of astanga developed for tight athletes, and detailed in her first book, Power Yoga. She pioneered the introduction of yoga into the athletic community in the early 80’s and was one of the first American “yogis” to travel to India in l974. She spent 6 months with her teacher, Jain monk, Munishree Chitrabhanu, and traveled all over north India, including Bombay, Rishikesh, Hardwar, Manali, Chandigarh, Srinagar and Kashmir.
Amy Webb is the director and owner of the Sruti Yoga Center and has been teaching and practicing yoga since the early 90’s. She is a long time astanga and vipassana meditation practitioner, yoga student of Richard Freeman, and has been a dedicated student of indigenous Amazonian and Native American shamanic cultures throughout her life.
This program is a serious, in depth study of classical yoga, all eight limbs, and requires a commitment of one weekend per month for 10 months, plus a 7 day intensive at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY the end of June 2017. There is an application and interview process. Please research all programs in your area. If you are looking to simply gain information about asana and be able to run an “exercise sequence” of postures, this is probably not the program for you. If you seriously want to investigate the history, philosophy, psychology, transformative powers, and applicability of yoga therapy to today’s crazy lifestyles, as well as learn to teach asana exceptionally well, than this is worth investigating. Please call The Hard & the Soft Yoga Institute for more information at 413 269-6818.