Empowered Yoga Teacher Training™

Posted on 11 Aug 2014 in Workshops | 1 comment

Yoga Teacher Training

Empowered Yoga Teacher Training ™

Yoga Alliance approved 200 Hour Certification Program
with Jamie Hanson

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About Jamie
My name is Jamie Hanson and I am an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) and a Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider (YACAP). I have been teaching yoga since 2009 and I hold a B.S. in psychology and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Social Studies Education. Each of these has influenced my teaching style. I have been a teacher in some form for most of my adult life—I love teaching and believe it is my dharma. The thing I am most passionate about is bridging yoga and social justice and this is why I am so excited to invite you to join me for this transformational teacher training.

My work experience includes many different areas of teaching and social service. During college I worked with at-risk youth in a group home setting and spent much of the day with the kids in the classroom and leading small groups to help support the kids’ social/emotional needs. My first career after graduation was as a Domestic Violence Advocate/Counselor on the west side of Chicago where I spent time supporting survivors of D.V. and also educating the community (Chicago P.D., welfare to work programs, etc.) about the issue of domestic violence. In 2004, I made the decision to return to school and studied to become a classroom teacher in the area of Social Studies. I spent 8 years as a classroom teacher in Minneapolis, Guatemala City, and Chicago. It was 2012 when I shifted to teaching yoga full time when I moved to California and I absolutely love what I get to do every day.

One of my biggest inspirations for how I teach (and live) is Off the Mat, Into the World and all of the people I have met through the organization.  In 2010 I became a leader for OTM and have attended several trainings and gatherings with the OTM community. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to India with OTM in 2012 after participated in the Seva Challenge and raised $23,000 to support organizations that work to rescue, rehabilitate, and empower survivors of sex trafficking. I believe that yoga is revolutionary practice and an amazing tool to become sustainable in any service that one chooses to do and that a consistent yoga practice leads to more empathy, compassion and a wider world perspective.

Jamie’s Credentials:
Since 2009 I have completed two 200 hour teacher trainings including Core Power Yoga in Chicago and Awakened Heart Embodied Mind with Hala Khouri and Julian Walker. I love learning and have trained in many areas including trauma sensitive yoga with Hala Khouri and the Street Yoga Teacher Training, vinyasa flow yoga with Seane Corn, prenatal yoga with Jessica Jennings of Ma Yoga® and I am a facilitator trainer for the Embody Love Movement®. I am currently completing a 300 hour teacher training with Be the Change Yoga in Irvine, California. I have taught at many different studios throughout south Orange County, but I also have experience teaching in more non-traditional settings such as schools, youth conferences, sports teams, and for adults with developmental disabilities.

In this unique vinyasa teacher training, students will be challenged to find their voice by exploring their own wounds and passions through deep self-inquiry. This training is designed to meet each student exactly where they are at, to challenge typical ways of thinking, to integrate social justice and inclusivity into the conversation and ultimately empower each student to teach from a place of knowledge, compassion and authenticity.  The Empowered Yoga Teacher Training focuses on a trauma sensitive approach.  Students will walk away from this training with the necessary foundations to begin teaching asana and further their journey into turning their passion and purpose into action.

This training will include:

  • Yoga Philosophy (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the 8 Limbed Path)
  • Fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga
  • Asana clinics and alignment principles
  • Yoga for injuries
  • Functional Anatomy for yoga teachers
  • Assists and Adjustments
  • Pranayama and Meditation
  • Seva
  • Yoga of Social Justice
  • Language of Inclusivity
  • Yoga for special populations
  • Trauma Informed approach to teaching yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Yoga and Body Image
  • The 7 major Chakras
  • Mantra
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Business of yoga
  • Ethics & Boundaries for yoga teachers
  • Practice Teaching & Practicum
  • Upon completion student’s will receive a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Book List will be made available upon registration

Location:  TBD (San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano area)


January-April, 2018 (Exact dates to be determined)

**Dates subject to change

$2,700/$2,499 if paid in full by January 4, 2018

$500 deposit will reserve your spot in the training. Limited space available.

**Payment plans available upon request (additional cost will apply)

***Two $500 scholarships available. To apply email Jamie at [email protected]

Cancellation Policy:
Students may cancel for a refund (less $500 admin cost) by January 4, 2018.  After January 4, 2018 no refunds will be made.

In the unlikely event that the training is cancelled due to low registration students will receive a FULL refund.  This training will run with a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 20.

Introducing the EYTT™ Mentorship Program for all graduates of the program. Learn more and register here

Register now to save your spot for the 2018 training. This training usually fills up fast!

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Special guest teachers:
Collaboration is important to me and therefore I have invited some amazing teachers who are experts in their area to share their knowledge with you!

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Elissa Strutton

Anatomy and Safe Assists with Elissa Strutton

Elissa is a certified Forrest Yoga and Integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher. She has been honored to assist Ana Forrest at workshops and events and is currently deepening her studies of anatomy and functional movement with Jill Miller. Elissa delights in sharing the gifts of yoga with others and is committed to providing a space that facilitates healing, self-discovery and personal growth. Her classes are challenging, yet accessible as she supports students of all levels with skillful adjustments and posture modifications. She encourages her students to connect deeply with the breath while practicing with mindfulness, honesty and integrity.

The Art of savasana with Stephanie Leger
Stephanie is a certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor and a certified yoga instructor through YogaWorks leading group and private classes in studios, corporate settings, private homes, addiction recovery groups and an abused women and children shelter. As a devoted yoga student and teacher, she is passionate about making yoga accessible for all. She will be teaching us how to cultivate an experience for our students that ushers them into deep stillness and quiet. There are an infinite number of approaches in delivering savasana so your students are relaxed yet aware and alert. Learn how to develop and craft your unique entry point for your students through several pranayamas, explore different focal points of relaxation and acquire a deeper understanding of the nervous system to tap into the healing benefits of savasana.


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Zabie Yamasaki

Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Zabie Yamasaki

Zabie received her BA in Psychology and Social Behavior and Education at UC Irvine and her MA in Higher Education Administration at The George Washington University. She completed yoga teacher training through Core Power Yoga in Costa Mesa, CA and attended a 40 hour workshop in trauma-sensitive yoga instruction at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She is a trauma-informed yoga instructor offering workshops specifically designed for healing trauma. Zabie is the Assistant Director at UCLA’s Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) Program and the founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga, an organization with a simple mission: empowering survivors to heal through yoga. She teaches trauma -informed yoga classes at Be the Change and the Center for Living Peace in Orange County, California.

Zabie has created a model therapeutic yoga program and curriculum being implemented throughout the U.S. at various universities and rape crisis centers including Stanford
University, UC Irvine, USC, Long Beach State, and Community Service Programs (CSP). Her work has been highlighted in the Huffington Post, OC Register, Pinterest, Elephant Journal, Breathe OC, and various online publications.


Sandhiya Ramaswamy

Ayurveda with Sandhiya Ramaswamy
Sandhiya is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) and a Panchakarma Specialist (PKS) from the California College of Ayurveda (CCA), a California state-approved college for the study of Ayurveda. She is a current faculty member atCCA and teaches at the Southern California campus located in Cerritos, CA.  She is also the Director of the SouthernCalifornia campus of CCA. Sandhiya is a professional member of the National AyurvedicMedical Association.

Born and having lived in India, she has had a lifelong and intimate connection withAyurvedic healing.  It is throughAyurveda that Sandhiya found relief for her chronic asthma, which led her to thecomplete study of this powerful system of medicine.


Laura Love

Chakra Meditation with Laura Love
Laura took her first yoga class at her local gym in 1997.  She took the occasional yoga class from time to time, but didn’t find herself consistently practicing until her second pregnancy. While pregnant she found Hatha yoga to be very calming to her mind and healing to her changing body. After her daughter was born she fell away from her practice a bit, only able to practice at home on the rare occasion that both of her children were napping. Kundalini Yoga DVDs were her savior.

In 2005 after some major life changes, Laura stepped back on her mat–this time for good. Practicing 5-6 times per week, she fell in love with Hot Yoga. In a time in her life that was chaotic & ever-changing, shefound peace & balance on her mat. Her teacher, Jason Wilkerson, noticed her devotion to her practice and asked her to train to become a teacher at his studio.She trained with Jason privately for 3 months, then began her journey as a teacher in 2006. Sincethen Laura has completed the Dayton Method 200 hour Teacher Training, YogaWorks Prenatal Teacher Training, and It’s Yoga Kids Teacher Training in San Francisco.

Currently, Laura teaches classes throughout Orange County. She also leads Wellness Programs & Yoga Retreats. Her goal is to share what she has learned so far on her yoga journey with her students, learn from her students, and move forward with them everyday.The practice of yoga has profoundly changed Laura’s life, in the way she sees the world and her connection to everything & everyone around her. Shefeels her purpose in this life is to share that light with others.


Dr. MaryAnne Harrington

Yoga for Injuries with Dr. MaryAnne Harrington
Dr. MaryAnne Harrington is a registered yoga instructor and Doctor of Chiropractic with a Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and a Masters in Nutrition and Human Performance.   She grew up in Mitchell, South Dakota, where she was very active in the community by playing volleyball, softball, and basketball along with being involved in camps, volunteer work and youth activities.  After graduation, she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied Biological Sciences.  After graduation, she moved to Saint Louis, MO to pursue her degree in Chiropractic.  Throughout her four years there, Dr. MaryAnne developed an amazing sense of fitness and health and realized her passion to help others towards their goals of total wellness.

Dr. MaryAnne graduated with honors, and moved to California permanently to begin her chiropractic practice here.  She teaches yoga and spin classes at YAS Fitness Centers in Costa Mesa.  Her goal for her patients is to empower them to take control of their health, and live at their highest level of function.


Leanne Whitney

Yoga Sutras with Leanne Whitney
Leanne Whitney, M.A., PhD, RYT is a brilliant, radiant soul who will be bringing us her expertise on the Yoga Sutras. This is such an important aspect of learning about the evolution of yoga and I am thrilled that she has agreed to come down from LA share her knowledge with us.

Some words from Leanne:

“Although some perceive this moment on our planet as a crisis; I believe an amazing opportunity is before us. My lived body of knowledge recognizes that we are living in one of the most auspicious and profound times of human evolution. The possibility before us is the transformation of how we perceive our world and our place in it. It is a transformation from a separatist point of view, to one that recognizes that everything is interdependent and interconnected. In other words, the opportunity before us, as a collective, is to evolve from a dualistic to a non-dualistic way of perceiving the world. By perceiving nondualistically, harmony and joy will become the lived experience for many. Often people ask, “well, what does that transition look like?” or “how do I make the shift out of duality?”
“My work aims to bring you possibilities to explore as you negotiate and navigate a path of healing.”


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Anusha Wijeyakumar

Mythology of Asana with Anusha Wijeyakumar

Anusha Wijeyakumar (MA, Dip Mentoring, CPC, RYT) is the Director of Shanti Within, a Wellness organization that offers holistic bespoke Yoga, Meditation, Corporate Wellness and Mindfulness coaching packages to individuals and corporations. Anusha is a sought after teacher on Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Courses in the USA and leads Yoga Workshops internationally and around the USA. She teaches Vinyasa, Yin and Hatha yoga for all levels. Anusha is a motivational speaker, published spiritual writer and being Hindu, and a lifelong student of Hinduism and Buddhism she has a vast knowledge in both. Anusha is also knowledgeable in the areas of Meditation, Mantra, Pranayama and the Philosophy and Mythology associated with Yoga. Anusha has over 15 years of senior management experience working for Fortune 50 global corporations, not-for- profit charitable organizations & private companies in three continents. She holds a BA, MA, Diploma in Mentoring, Certified Professional Coach qualification, is a Registered Yoga Teacher/RYT with Yoga Alliance and a Meditation Practitioner. Anusha teaches yoga in a way that honors her students and her teaching style. Her teaching methodology is focused on alignment, breath and beginning the process of quieting the mind, and going within to discover lasting inner peace. Anusha is also a Brand Ambassador for Aura Cacia Essential Oils. More information on Anusha can be found by visitingwww.shantiwithin.com and www.facebook.com/shantiwithin


Shilah Sarkissian

Meditation and Pranayama with Shilah Sarkissian, E-RYT

Shilah brings a unique and diverse set of skills to the projects she works on. With a passion for heath and wellness as well as leadership experience in the hospitality and corporate work environment she is able to provide real world solutions to those leaders wanting to integrate health and wellness programs into the professional environment. She currently coaches individual wellness seekers and professionals in a work setting on stress reduction, stress management through yoga, meditation and conscious leadership seminars.

Shilah teaches public yoga and meditation classes at local studios and offer a full private practice using many different healing modalities. As a Co Creator of Yoga Trippin, she also leads national and international wellness events for wellness seekers everywhere.

Learn more about Shilah at Yoga Trippin


Diana Christinsen

Fundamentals of Ashtanga with Diana Christinsen

This workshop will be led by Diana Christinson, the founder and director of Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Dana Point, CA. Diana is one of an honored group of students who studied with and received certification to teach the first and second series of Ashtanga yoga by its founder Shri K Pattabhi Jois, and his grandson, Sharat Rangaswamy, at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

Diana lived in Asia for two years and began her yoga practice in Kyoto, Japan in 1987, which inspired her lifelong studies of Eastern Philosophy. She began teaching yoga in 1996, and in 1999, after practicing yoga for more than a decade, Diana took the first of 9 trips to India to study at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute. She founded Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala in 2005.

With a Master’s degree in Psychology, and an appreciation for Eastern philosophies and meditation, Diana’s approach is anchored by her passion to inspire students to use their yoga practice to keep their mind and body healthy. Teaching with an understanding and refinement informed by her anatomical knowledge and keen sense of touch, she is committed to the importance of the student-teacher connection and focuses on helping each student create a practice that is distinctive to the individual.


Claire Rocklage

Restorative Yoga and Posture Clinics with Claire Rocklage

Based out of San Clemente, California, Claire Rocklage teaches personalized yoga, focusing on alignment, strength, flexibility and breath.  She teaches restorative yoga and vinyasa yoga.  Claire earned her 200 hour yoga alliance certification through YogaWorks and continues to attend various workshops and trainings to expand her expertise.  She enjoys working with clients to develop a challenging and joyful practice that ignites fire in the heart through the connection of body, mind and spirit.  Claire is also a Reiki practitioner and intuitive healer.

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