July 17-Aug 13, 2016 | Tantric Alchemy Institute's Divine Wisdom 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

July 17-Aug 13, 2016 | Tantric Alchemy Institute's
Divine Wisdom 300 Hour
Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
with Deborah Garland, Marga Mahan, Dave Yoss, Naganath & Liz Lindh

In addition to deepening your understanding of asana, 
including proper alignment, adjustments, variations, 
therapeutic uses & class sequencing, 
you will expand your knowledge of sanskrit, pranayama,
mudra, bandha, mantra, meditation & ritual. 

On Tantric Alchemy Institute's Advanced 300hr YTT Students will also learn about the
Classic Yogic Sciences of Ayurveda (Indian medicine), Jyotisha (classical techniques of divination), Vaastu (spatial alignment) & Hasta Samudra (palmistry);
all of which greatly assist the expansion of consciousness and provide a new level of spiritual awareness and growth.

The Tantric Alchemy Institute Advanced Teacher Training
is by far one of the most unique, profound and transformative programs anywhere in the world.

The Tantric Alchemy Institute (TAI) provides a 300 hour Yoga Alliance certification upon completion of their classically scripted curriculum based around the ancient tantric paradigm once found in India.

TAI provides a compendium of tools as catalysts for human evolution by integrating wisdom found in the sciences of Samkhya philosophy; Hatha Yoga (asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, yantra, mantra), Ayurveda (the science of health), Vaastu (creating harmonious surroundings), Jyotisha (classical techniques of divination), and Hasta Samudrika (classical palmistry). By incorporating these ancient sciences into one's contemporary life, vibrant physical health, equanimous mental and emotional states, the refinement and expansion of consciousness, spiritual growth, and real empowerment will harmoniously unfold. When this knowledge is applied with focused will, altruistic intention, and sincere discipline; exponential results will be acquired.

Yoga is one of the six classic darshanas of India. The word darshana means both “point of view” and literally “to see”. All of the darshanas share the purpose of supporting the human endeavour to achieve that progress which leads to liberation. All of the darshanas are woven from the same basic fabric to explain the nature of the Universe. Samkhya and Yoga, two of the six, are very closely woven together, and Samkhya also provides the foundation for understanding Ayurveda, Jyotisha, and Vaastu. 

Study of Samkhya, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Hasta Samudrika, Vaastu, Jyotisha, Dhuni Puja and Viraja Homa will together provide a strong foundation for teachers in comprehending the concepts of classic Yoga Shastra which are so deeply intertwined within these sister subjects and rituals. These subjects will be integrated into the science of Hatha Yoga which will be explored through asana practice and posture clinics, the art of sequencing and specialized teaching methods, yoga nidra, yoga therapy, the detailed study of pranayama techniques and benefits, meditation, bandhas, mudras, mantra and chanting, western anatomy and anatomy of the energy body. This YTT will give students the fundamentals of the vidyas which in India are traditionally considered basic essentials for a qualified teacher in any of the classic subjects.

This training is for those who have already completed a 200 hour level training or by permission from the Director of the program. This advanced 300 hour teacher training will enhance the scope of knowledge for even the most ardent practitioners.

Email Liz Lindh at: info@thesanctuarycostarica.com to register or for more info.

Training Cost: $4900

Place your $500 deposit here to reserve your spot:


Remaining balance of $4400 (payment in full due by June 17)

Tuition includes 300 hour training, training manual, three organic gourmet vegetarian meals per day, unlimited self-serve organic, shade-grown Costa Rican coffee or an assortment of teas, high vibration super filtered mountain spring water for drinking and bathing, lodging in a luxury zen-modern jungle loft with a roommate, daily house-keeping, weekly laundry service, full access to The Sanctuary at Two Rivers 40 acre tropical eco-paradise nature preserve including swimming pool, waterfalls, rivers, gardens, organic fruit orchard, jungle hiking trails, hammocks, yoga pagoda, lounge and all applicable taxes. Payment does not include transportation to and from The Sanctuary, staff gratuity or required texts. All payments are non-refundable.

Mon-Fri Sample Schedule

6-9am        Morning Practice
9am           Organic, gourmet vegetarian breakfast
11:00-2pm Training Session
2pm           Organic, gourmet vegetarian lunch
4-7pm        Training Session
7pm           Organic, gourmet vegetarian dinner

The Course Curriculum:

Asana Analysis

For Each Asana in the Families of Hatha Vinyasa Flow - Understand the Principles of Structural Alignment; Important Physical and Energetic Actions of the Front, Back, Sides, Base, Upper Body and Asana as a Fully Integrated Structural and Energetic System; Related Asanas. Understand Anchor or Stabilizing Point Within the Pose. Describe Movement of Prana Within the Asana in Terms of the Pancha Vayus. Understand Primary Energetic Activation of Chakra and Primary Energetic Pranic Flow Along Major Nadi Pathway Within Each Asana. Describe Function of Each Asana in Terms as Related to Physical, Breath, and Mind (Anamaya Kosha, Pranamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha). Understand how to manipulate energetic effect of asana, i.e. brimhana, langhana, through integration of pranayama, bandha, mudra, drishti. Understand the Benefits and Contraindications of Each Asana.Understand Modifications and Adaptations for Each Asana While Maintaining Structural and Energetic Integrity.

Learning Objective

Analyze each asana in expanded repertoire. Additionally, understand and explain how each asana becomes more refined and "finely tuned" with consistent practice over time. Describe this evolutionary process.

Deep Exploration of the Bandhas

Understand the Purpose of Mula, Uddiyana, Jalandhara and Maha Bandhas in the Practice of Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. Practice and Master Correct Technique for each Bandha. Understand and Demonstrate Appropriate Usage of Bandhas in Specific Asanas, Pranayamas, Kriyas and Meditations. Understand Indications and Contraindications for Each Bandha. Understand Interrelationship of Bandhas and Granthis. 

Learning Objective

Explore the subtleties of each bandha through consistent personal practice and teaching. Develop mastery of and communicate timing of bandha engagement and release congruent with specific pranayama, asana and kriya sequences. Describe the effects of bandhas in relation to the physical body and subtle energy body using terminology of western anatomy, pancha koshas and nadis.

Pranayama Technique

Understand Foundations and Techniques of Pranayama Practice: Posture, Puraka, Rechaka, Antara Kumbacha, Bhyaya Kumbacha. Demonstrate Functional Understanding of Pranayama Techniques: Belly Breath, Ujjayi, Kalabhati, Bhastrika, Nadi Shodhona, Sitali, Sheetkari, Bramari, Sama Vritti, Viloma. Understand Function and Primary Energetic Activation of Each Pranayama: Primary Energetic Pranic Flow (Physical and Energetic Anatomy) for Each Pranayama. Understand the Benefits and Contraindications. Understand Common Breath Patterns and Holding Patterns. Understand Practical Health and Lifestyle Benefits for Each Pranayama.

Learning Objective

Understand that the effects of pranayama become realized with consistent practice over time. Develop a regular discipline of pranayama practice congruent with individual doshas and sadhana. Explore breath ratios as given in Bihar School curriculums and Kundalini pranayamas as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Explore established pranayama techniques such as "9 Tibetan Breaths", as well as more contempory practices such as "Breath of Love." Analyze the mechanical and energetic techniques associated with various pranayama techniques and describe the gross and subtle effects of each.

Pranayama Sequencing

Understand Basic Principles Required in Conscious, Gradual Progression of Pranayama Practice. Understand of Pranayama Sequence Structures to Achieve Desired Outcomes: i.e. Brimhana, Langhana, Rajasic, Sattvic, Tamasic.

Learning Objective

Create pranayama sequences appropriate for group class settings. Develop customized optimal pranayama sequence for individual students.

Dhuni Ritual: Mantra and Pranayama Sadhana

Students will experience classical Yogic ritual to expand their consciousness and deepen their awareness using a specific series of mantras, pranayama and bandhas. This ritual enhances intuition, insight and imagination while incinerating karmas and samskara.

Learning Objective

An ancient Tantric ritual from the Nath lineage incorporating mantra, pranayama, meditation, Vedic astrology and cross-cultural symbolism.

Meditation Practice

Meditation practice will be seated or a walking meditation. We will practice japa, trataka and listening to Nature sounds as techniques to focus the mind, harmonize mind and body, and allow students to experience the benefits of meditation first hand.

Learning Objective

To encourage students to develop their own daily practice and to become proficient at teaching.

The Viraja Homa

A “Homa” is a fire ceremony. The Viraja Homa is a meditative practice where there is no external “fire”, but instead the Yogi takes a meditative journey of transformation and reconstruction. It promotes good health and positive change, as well as preparing the Yogi for some of the deeper processes of meditation and raising Kundalini. There are more simple and more involved variations that are possible and each will be introduced so that the student has options for their own practice and for teaching this practice to different levels of students. The most complete variation will synthesize the concepts and practices that have been introduced in the study of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and the introduction to Svara.

Learning Objective

Be able to effectively practice and teach this powerful meditation

Gheranda Samhita

Gheranda Samhita is a slightly later text that is another famous treatise on Hatha Yoga. We will focus on the Dhyana Chapter of this text, which has a particularly elegant breakdown of the range of different types of meditation that we can employ in our practice. This breakdown is especially useful for the teacher, who may want to use variations on these practices as guided meditations in classes that they teach.

Learning Objective

Understand Gheranda’s divisions of the different types of Dhyana, or meditation and be able to apply these concepts to meditations the student can utilize in a Yoga class.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is one of the most famous texts on the practice of Hatha Yoga. It presents the modern student with many insights into the more timeless aspects of the practice of Hatha Yoga. First, we will read the basic advice that the text presents for those who wish to undertake a Hatha Yoga practice, including the qualities of the Yogi which lead to success in practice. We will then explore the Mudras, practices which work with both mind and body to unlock our inner energy and potential. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika also has an excellent section on meditations on the Nada, or inner sound, which will be reviewed and practiced.

Learning Objective

Understand Svatmarama’s advice for those undertaking Yoga practice, learn the theory and practice of the Hatha Yoga “Mudras”, and the practice of “Nada” or the inner sound.

Using Mudras

Students will be taught mudras outlined in the Bihar School curriculum (Hasta, Mana, Kaya, and Bandha Mudras) and those taught by Yogi Bhajan within Kundalini kriyas, pranayamas and meditations (Pranam, Buddha, Shuni, and Ravi Mudras; Bear Grip and Venus Lock). We will experience the practical and subtle effects of specific mudras upon the various states of awareness of consciousness.

Learning Objective

Students will understand the practical application of Mudra in Yoga Asana, Pranayama and Meditation and how to teach them.

The Fine Art of Intelligent Sequencing

Understand Vinyasa Wave Theory as Developed by Shiva Rea. Understand the Concept of a Peak Asana or Peak Wave Within the Flow of the Class Sequence. Understand the Creation of "Mini-Waves Within a Wave" Approach to Sequencing. Understand Rhythms, Pulsations, Progressions and Transitions for Related Asanas and Asana Families. Understand Various Themes or Sequencing Maps in Development of A Cohesive Flow Sequence Structure for the Yoga Class. Compare Sequencing Approaches of Shiva Rea and Erich Shiffmann. Explore Sequencing Approaches and Emphasis from Contemporary Vinyasa Master Teachers.

Learning Objective

Continue to expand repertoire of vinyasa sequences through personal practice and exploration, as well as from a variety of master instructors. Explore vinyasa theories, sequencing and practices of viniyoga, restorative yoga, yin, iyengar, bikram, astanga and anusara.

Samkhya Philosophy

Samkhya philosophy is one of the metaphysical backdrops of the practice of Yoga. The basic premises of this philosophy will be introduced as well as the cosmological principles that are enumerated in it. Then we will delve into how these principles fit into a Yoga practice and how they have been understood and presented in the Yoga Sutras themselves.

Learning Objective

Learn the basics premises and components of Samkhya philosophy and understand its application to the practice of Yoga.

Ayurveda for the Yoga Practitioner

This will be an introduction to the theories and practices of Ayurveda. Beginning with the fundamental concepts of Ayurveda, such as Doshas and Prakriti. It will move on to how we can use this knowledge to live our lives with more balance and insight into our own health. Daily practices for maintaining health and balance will be explained in detail. Ayurvedic Nutrition will also be discussed, how to use food as medicine to address individual concerns as well as general Ayurvedic tips for crafting healthy and delicious meals. Emphasis will be placed on how this knowledge and these practices can supplement and support the practice of Yoga.

Learning Objective

Understand basic concepts of Ayurveda and be able to put them into practice in their own lives as well as their Yoga classes. 


Understanding of Classical Sanskrit for a dedicated practitioner of Yoga is like a doctor of medicine studying Latin. Familiarity with this ancient language of the sages will enhance ones relationship with the wisdom held in classical texts, the significance of asana names and the deeper meaning of mantra.

Learning Objective

This class will review the basics of Sanskrit pronunciation. The practical concerns of pronouncing pose names, terms, and chants will be addressed as well as the deeper esoteric elegance and power of the Sanskrit language. Key vocabulary for Yoga practitioners and teachers will be presented and analyzed, so that the students will understand the mythical significance of these terms. Students will learn to properly recite some of the basic and widely used chants of Yoga.

Manas, Buddhi, Ahamkara and the Cittavrittis

The role of manas and its functions in ruling and organizing the senses will be presented, the role of Citta and the samskaras relationship to Citta will be placed in the context of Manas and Buddhi. The distinction between that which is knowing and willing and that which is subliminal or Samskara will be demonstrated. The 5 categories of Cittavrittis will be presented both from the Samkhya and the Yoga Sutras. The source of the mind, Ahamkara will be presented, and its attributes, functions and relationships to the Gunas will be outlined. The complete matrix of Inner Faculties will be presented in reference to their categorization as either Sattva, Raja or Tamas Guna. Yogasutras and other source references will be used to demonstrate the practical application of these Tattvas to the goal of Yoga, and to the tools used by Yoga to achieve the goal.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to name the constituent components of the Cittavrittis, and place them in correct relationship with Manas, Buddhi, and Ahamkara, and turn be able to identify appropriate technique and tools from the Yoga Sutras, Sivasvarodaya, and other classic materials to ensure optimal development of Manas and Ahamkara in the pursuit of Yoga. Anticipated techniques include pranayama, asana, tratak, and various meditation forms, including use of mantra, yantra, and general tantra. Students will understand the distribution of the external and internal faculties amongst the three gunas, and be able to apply these to assessment of both individual students (capacity, barriers, and potential) and to their own predominant strengths and weaknesses as teachers.

Vaastu: Tools, remedies and elegance

Vaastu makes use of colour, shape, light, and objects both manufactured and natural to address deficiencies in the local environment and support a fulsome experience of the Five Elements in the external environment. This section will present common tools available to create the best possible alignment – Yat Pinde Tat Brahmande – for healthy and graceful life.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to apply colour, shape, light, objects and place the same appropriately to remedy a deficiency or misalignment of Bhutas. Students will be able to discern when no remedy is adequate to address an issue. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to their own environment and teaching spaces.

Vaastu: The Bindu - Relationship of Energy and Mater

Vastu and Vaastu will be defined. Kriya, Jnana, and Maya – All manifestation has these three characteristics – the lesson will describe and provide multiple examples of the principles of motion/vibration, form and pattern, and variety/uniqueness. The relationship to the Purusha or Source of Samkhya and the evolutes of the Tattvas will be examined. The presentation will emphasize the keys to understanding that which is normally adrstha and how the application of Vastu Shastra can push out the boundaries of drstha for the one (s) experiencing the environment. We will use the physical environment of the facility, and multiple slides to illustrate the points. Review of the Panca Krtya, nature’s fivefold action will be provided. The great principle of Yat Pinde Tat Brahmande will be introduced with application to Yoga, the human body, and then to place and external environment. Exploration of the fundamental elements of Vaastu found in Yoga Asana will be demonstrated through Surya Namaskara.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to identify the correct relationship of the Jnanindriyas and Karmindriyas to various manifestations of Motion, Pattern and Uniqueness. Students will be able to make appropriate connections of these three principles to all of Samkhya’s evolutes, and to the various functions and states of the human body. Students will be able to use these tools to analyze Yogasana, Pranayama, Mudra, and Bandha.

Vaastu: As Above, So Below: The directions, orientations to site and life

The Stars, Sky and Earth: Navapada Chakra, numerical resonance, and how the Five great Elements are represented in our relationship to our physical spaces. An introduction to the rationale for basic compass, structural and spatial arrangements is presented. The inherent relationship between these ideal relationships and the experience of individuals will be explored through class based examples, presentation of cross-cultural archetypes regarding space, and further examination of the human as manifestation of the Five Great Elements in particular space. The class will explore the local environment to have direct experience of the impact of higher/lower, brighter/darker, dry/wet, empty/crowded and other qualities that affect any given site/room/structure.

Learning Objective

Students will comprehend the fundamentals of Vastu theory. Students will be able to orient themselves to both sky and compass with appreciation of the impact of the various directions and local peculiarities of any given site. Students will be able to analyze their own habitual teaching environments and personal spaces in applying these fundamentals.

Vaastu: Basic shapes – chakras, yantras and land, buildings, rooms, spaces within rooms

Using the compass directions, the Navapada chakra and the sky as the foundation, this section will explore the impact of various shapes of land, structures and rooms and their predictable effect on the mind and body of inhabitants. Multiple examples will be provided in the presentation, and students will generate their own examples from their own experience.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to appropriately identify characteristics and impact of triangular, square, various rectangular and circular shapes and apply these characteristics to spatial planning for various activities, including daily routines – bathing, meditation, cooking, eating, physical and work activity, rest and recreation, and sleep. Students will be able to identify and create appropriate correlates of shapes and land to the Pancamahabhutas and describe the expected result of well or poorly aligned shapes to any particular Bhuta. Students will create a plan for their own routine, and for teaching routines in various types of environments.

Jyotisha: Rasis, bhavas and the Lagna

The Janma Kundali is a map of the influences of the macrocosm on the microcosm (the individual), using the ageis of the Navagrahas – the nine planets – and their placement in constellations, and in relationship to one another. This section will present for students the basic attributes and significations of bhavas (houses), rasis (constellations), and the ascendant. The relationship of a Janma Kundali to the four Purusarthas – Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksa – will be emphasized. Rulerships of physical attributes and body parts and elements will be presented. Handouts will be provided by the instructor.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to correctly identify attributes of all houses and constellations with specific reference to the Purusarthas. Students will be able to identify characteristics of Rasis, in particular their association with certain body parts or components.

Jyotisha: Grahas, their influence and static analysis

The stars are the eternal and unchanging, the grahas are the change agents moving through the celestial map of our karma. This section will present the attributes and significations of the Navagrahas as applied to the individual. Emphasis will be placed on the Gunas and Doshas represented by each graha, making the links to Ayurveda and Samkhya clear. Students will be directed to that component of Hasta Samudrika which relates to the grahas. What constitutes strength/weakness, and good yogas/troublesome yogas for each of the planets will be part of the presentation.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to make appropriate connections between and amongst planetary significations, the constellations, and tie these to dominant physical and mental effects as outlined in Ayurveda. Students will be able to judge appropriate Yoga instruction for individuals.

Jyotisha: Timing – individual dashas and celestial orbits

One of the elegant components of the Jyotir Vidya, the knowledge of light, is the particular techniques which allow us to know when the influence of any given planet will be at it’s most jagrat (awake). This section will provide students with the means to understand and undertake basic analysis of the time systems of Jyotisha, with particular attention to Vimsottari Dasha.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to calculate Mahadashas and the sub-periods known as bhuktis, and to apply those calculations to any Janma Kundali. Students will be able to discern the impact of particular dashas at the most fundamental and important level. They will be able to plan teaching regimes for themselves and individual students based on the dasa-bhukti sequences unfolding, and in consideration of the impact of various of these on overall health/disease and strength/weakness of physical and mental capacity.

Hasta Samudrika: Major lines and markings of the Hands

The four major lines (Life, Fate, Head and Heart), and multiple minor lines will be presented, along with the tools to analyze relative strength, vulnerabilities, and other implications to a particular line. In addition to the four major lines, the lines that speak to health and vitality, as well as key markers for deviation from health, will be outlined. Students will practice identification of key markers from a large number of examples. Students will also learn how to time events on all major lines. Discussion on the situations in which lines appear, dissipate and disappear will be undertaken, with particular reference to those involving health and disease.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to identify the four major lines, at least 7 minor lines, and key markings that indicate strength and vulnerability. Students will understand the implications of types of line trajectory. Students will be able to correctly time events on major lines. Students will be able to integrate this knowledge into their own understanding of their personal yoga practice, as well as to their teaching methodologies.

Hasta Samudrika: 5 Mahabhutas in the hand - Structure and shape

Presentation will outline the presence of the 5 Mahabhutas in all hands, and provide the four broad categories of hand types: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Class will include taking a print of all participants palms, and comparison of key palm structural features to dominant Ayurvedic doshas as already identified.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to recognize Mahabhuta dominance as evidence supporting dominant dosha type. Students will be able to discern dominant and secondary influence of bhutas and doshas in hand types, and understand the likely implication of this for physical and mental stamina, and orientation to activity and learning. Students practice adapting their teaching styles to align with these characteristics.

Hasta Samudrika: Dominant Hand features and their implications

Finger length shape and phalanges, nail shape, colouring and special characteristics of various areas of the hand, skin density and pore size, orientation of fingers and thumbs to hand, hand and digit flexibility, and fingerprint feature types will be presented with application to dosha type, implications for health, and appropriate Yoga choices, learning styles and teaching methodology. Students will examine partners hands and present findings to the class.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to distinguish key features and will understand the implications of dominant features on the successful study and practice of various schools and components of Yoga by any individual student. Students will be able to identify key features that are common to extroverts, introverts, analytic and emotional learning styles, among others, and design appropriate teaching content and strategies to address these.

Health and stamina – Integration of the 5 Bhutas, Ayurveda, and Hasta Samudrika

This block is designed to be student driven and will respond to student priorities for clarification, further sources of information and tools, and other issues of interest. The presentation will describe an appropriate order for analysis of body/mind type, and students will use this template to practice such a sequence. If there is time, the students will present their work.

Learning Objective

Students will have an integrated understanding of how the Five Bhutas manifest in the hand, as an expression of the body/mind complex of an individual, and will be able to link this understanding to classic yoga treatises, especially the Gheranda Samhita. Students will be able to identify and describe evidence for dominant and secondary doshas using overall body features (from the Ayurveda Section) and hand characteristics. Students will be able to make correct asana and pranayama choices to address balancing of any of the six dosha combinations, and will be able to supplement this with appropriate lifestyle routine, diet and recreation choices to optimize the health and progress of their students.

Introduction to Svara Yoga

Svara Yoga is the Yoga of the breath or, more specifically, the Yoga of attending to how the breath flows in the nostrils. By noticing differences in these flows, we can learn to attune ourselves to our physiology and we can also learn how to use our Yoga practice to create shifts in these breath patterns.

Learning Objective

Understand the basic concepts of Svara Yoga and its application to the many limbs of Yoga.

Yogic Diet and Healthy Eating Practices

Students will gain true understanding of nourishment, ahimsa, food energetics and the importance of mindful eating from the perspectives of Yoga, western nutrition science, Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Our lunches and dinners will be an experience in eating as an art form and as a spiritual practice.

Learning Objective

I was taught in a Buddhist meditation program that if one can control their mouth, they can control their mind. This topic is a method for students to understand, experience and feel how food effects them on the levels of body, mind and spirit.


The concluding instructional block will use student led projects to plan teaching content, teaching environments and teaching style based on analysis of their own characteristics as analyzed through the lens of Ayurveda and Hasta Samudrika, and their own Janma Kundali. This will be applied to an hour long class that each student will teach which incorporates advanced topics covered like Ayurveda, Jytoisha and Vaastu. Class time will be used to prepare this project and students will break into pairs and small groups to practice teaching advanced concepts related to asana, pranayama, mudra, bandhas and sequencing will receive feedback on their delivery.

Learning Objective

Students will incorporate new found knowledge and integrate all topics covered in the training into their teachings.

Posture Clinic & Practice Teaching- students will be teaching Asana, Pranayama and Mantra chanting with partners and in groups, openly giving & receiving feedback.

Each student must create & teach a 30 minute class to be critiqued by instructors and peers.


Deborah Garland
Deborah Garland, MA, E-RYT 500, is passionate about helping people feel and look vibrantly healthy, happy and eternally radiant. She is a yoga instructor, author, ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and artist in Paradise Valley, AZ where she has taught pranayama and yoga for over 15 years. Her specialty is helping people make small, easy to manage adjustments on and off the mat to make positive shifts in physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Everyone she works with learns to apply classical and universal principles of yoga and ayurveda in everyday life.  She wants everyone to know about yogi breathing and it is her mission to make pranayama a household name. Toward that goal, she recently released her book, Supreme Breath, Yogi Breathing to Access Higher Life Force Energies, and plans to release Don’t Try to Meditate, Just Breathe in 2016. 

Her path in yoga, ayurveda and wellness has led her to seek out and learn from many contemporary, internationally known Master Teachers. Deborah has studied extensively with, and is eternally grateful to Shiva Rea, and to Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga (Satyananda Yoga). Her teaching style and methods are also influenced by Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), Dr. Robert Svoboda, Erich Schiffmann, Gurmukh Khalsa, Hari Jap, Bhavani Maki and Rama Jyoti Vernon.

When she is not writing or teaching, Deborah enjoys her my two teenage children, creating wood fired ceramics, traveling, gardening, cooking, designing, sewing, and simply breathing! 

Marga Jaynya Mahan

Marga Jaynya Mahan has been a student of classical Indian subjects for almost 25 years. She has deep roots in three main lineages: Nyingma/Kagyu Tibetan, Samkhya/ Jyotisha/ Vastu through the Vedic Vidya Institute, under the tutelage of renowned Jyotishi Hart de Fouw., and the Ayurvedic and Tantric teachings that come through Dr. Robert Svoboda and Dr. Vasant Lad. Margaret studies and practices Jyotisha, Palmistry and Vaastu, as well as Sanskrit, Samkhya, Vedanta and other subjects from her home in Canada. She recently was a student in an advanced three year program in Vedanta and Samskrta offered by Swami Dayananda at the Arshavidya Gurukulam facility outside of Coimbatore, India.

Marga's relevant certifications include Vedic Vidya Institute, 2001 - 2012 Certificates in Jyotisha Foundations, Intermediary, and Advanced, Sani Paribhasa, Prasna, Krsna Murthi Paddhati, Sri Pati, Foundational, Intermediate and Advanced Palmistry/Hasta Samudrika Sastra, Yantra, Tantra and Mantra, Samkhya, Vaastu Foundations, Intermediate and Advanced. She undertook private tutoring with Dr. Robert Svoboda over a five year period. Marga has delivered approximately 1000 instructional hours in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Austin, Houston, Reading, Philadelphia, Rochester, Amherst, Seattle, Portland, Kamloops, Hilo, Pahoa, Durango, Taos, and Durham. She has been teaching Vaastu since 2010, in Santa Fe, Vancouver, and Montreal. She has had a private consulting practice in the above subjects since 2000. In addition, Marga holds a Diploma in Adult Education, and has been a teacher at the College level in Business Development, Communications and Community Economic Development. She has been a senior executive officer at Douglas College in Vancouver, and a program manager at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and at Selkirk College. Marga has a Masters degree in Political Science and a post - baccalaureate diploma in Public Administration.

Dave Yoss
David Yoss is a graduate of both the Level 1 and 2 Ayurvedic Studies Program from the Ayurvedic Institute as well as their program in Pune, India. Enjoying the study of the different cultures of the world, he graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Anthropology. Currently David teaches both online and on-campus Ayurvedic Nutrition courses as well as Sanskrit at the Institute.  He also teaches Yoga and Meditation at Sani Yoga in Albuquerque, New Mexico and co-teaches their Teacher Training Program. David loves being able to share his own experience of Ayurveda and show people the amazing abilities of food and proper diet to heal. He is an avid student of Yoga, Tantra, Sanskrit, and Jyotish. 

Naganath is the Founder of the Tantric Alchemy Institute. An ardent yogi for the past 22 years, Naga has completed over 1000 hours of yoga teacher training with Shiva Rea (her Advanced Teacher Training Program), Rod Stryker, and teachers from the Bihar School of Yoga. In 2004, Naga studied Ayurveda at The Ayurvedic Academy held at Bastyr University in Washington and began extensive studies in Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) with the aid of his close friend and mentor in various occult sciences, Dr. Robert Svoboda. It was Naga's devotion and earnestness that propelled and guided him to find a strong karmic resonance in Ancient Tantra, eventually being initiated by Shri Kapilnath into the International Nath Order, a modern Nath Tantric sect established by Shri Gurudev Mahendranath with its roots in the Adi-Nath Sampradaya and Uttara Kaula Sampradayas of which Shri Mahendranath was holder of parampara and Guru. The Guru tradition and initiation of the International Nath Order includes wisdom teachings from Hindu, Soto Zen and Taoist sources plus practices rediscovered by the science and yoga of meditation, contemplation, mantra and ritual. After managing a well-respected yoga studio in Venice Beach, California, Naga recognized a void in the western yoga scene and was compelled to create a yoga school which incorporates the classic yogic sciences under one umbrella in order to honor and keep the torch of the ancient yogis alight as well as to aid and advance western yoga students in these classic wisdom sciences.

Liz Lindh
Liz Lindh is licensed and board certified Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a NCCAOM diplomate in Chinese Herbal Medicine, a holistic skincare therapist and natural beauty expert, and yoga teacher and teacher trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and a Masters of Oriental Medicine degree from the East West College of Natural Medicine. 

She is currently the director of The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, a unique eco-conscious yoga and wellness retreat and yoga teacher training certification center in Costa Rica. Here she created Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga and Wellness through which she offers Yoga Alliance approved Yoga Teacher Training certification programs and other wellness trainings throughout the year. Liz is Co-Founder of Jungle Alchemy, a lifestyle concept passionately created for Life Empowerment through travel, adventure, yoga, dance, fitness, exploration of the natural world and creative self expression.

Dr. Lindh has has treated Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning actors and directors, Grammy Award winning musicians, authors, dancers and artists of all sorts to inspire creativity, beauty and focus. She has worked with professional athletes in the field of sports medicine for injury treatment and prevention and enhanced performance. Her extensive experience in Integrative Medicine includes research and treatment of stroke patients at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, touring with a rock band as their private acupuncturist, presentations on complementary and alternative medicine at the University of Miami, the development and implementation of a therapeutic yoga, meditation and wellness program for cancer survivors through an international non-profit support group, the creation of a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training curriculum approved by the National Yoga Alliance, and the formulation of her own line of herbal elixirs and beauty products. Liz’s yoga sequences, retreats and wellness concepts have been featured by Yoga Journal, MindBodyGreen and The Chalkboard Mag. She has appeared on TV, radio and online as a yoga and wellness expert, recognized by MindBodyGreen as a leader in the field of wellness and received a Mercury Love Award as “Best Yoga Instructor 2013″. 

Liz has been exploring the path of yoga since the early 1990’s. Her dynamic vinyasa yoga classes are a fusion of fluid movement, flexibility, core strengthening and balance where you will find rhythm and awareness, breath and calm, ritual and rock & roll, integration of body, mind, heart and spirit. She teaches with the intention of spreading love, health and beauty. She continues to study yoga, movement, meditation and fitness across the globe with many great teachers.

Liz’s mission is to promote personal and global healing, to enhance the expansion of love, awareness and consciousness, and to support the wellbeing of all creatures.

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