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Dear Yogi,

We, the 300 hour teaching team of the Deep River School of Yoga, are honored that you have chosen to join us as you continue to deepen your practice and offering as a Yoga Teacher. We have before us an enormous opportunity to connect to the truth of who we are and to find the means to embody that truth. We will do this together, in a sacred space. Along the way, we will make great friends and laugh often. To prepare we would like you to embrace the following attitudes and actions:

1) Relax. We have a good amount of time to digest and experience these Yoga teachings. Yoga reminds us to take it all in over time. Having said that, we are, however, asking you to take some steps to create a foundation that we can build upon with the steps below.

2) Prepare yourself physically. Although this training is a journey beyond asana, it will also be a physical training and you will need to be at your physical best while considering your unique health needs. Practice getting enough sleep and taking in nourishing foods and water. Start now. We are aware that even in a 300hr training, participants are coming in with different levels of asana practice; that is a given. Please maintain your regular physical practice and balance it with rest and good foods.

3) Reading Assignment. We are bringing together the resources and lessons from two dynamic approaches to Yoga. We’d like to bring everyone onto the same page before we come together for our first month. These two books provide a lovely thread for what’s to come in our journey. If you have already read them, please re-familiarize yourself with them. Often we discover that as we have grown on our path as students, teachers, and guides, our understanding of a book and it's lessons shift.

To that aim, please explore: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (any copy you own and if you don’t own one, see the list below for options) and Fierce Medicine by Ana Forrest.

You do not need to purchase all of the required books at once. As we go, we will let you know which books will be next. The Good to Read list below is just that; if something there tickles your fancy…please feel free to read them…but know that they are not required for your training.

4) Reflection Assignment. Think about your story. How do you “present” to the world? How do you show up and share “this is me”? For our first weekend, please consider (and maybe even write down) the story of who you are, how you’ve come to select the path of yoga and mindfulness, and what messages, if any, you have been moved to share through your teaching.

Here are some parameters. You may only attribute one sentence to your ailment or struggle that put you on this path. You may not mention whether or not you have children or even if you are married or single. This story is about you and who you are as an untethered individual without limits. No pressure.

We look forward to the journey ahead with you!

Erica and the Training Team

Required textbooks

  • The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (translation and commentary) by Sri Swami Satchidananda OR

  • The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (translation and commentary by Chip Hartranft

  • Fierce Medicine by Ana Forrest

  • The Trail Guide to the Body, Revised 5th Edition (spiral bound large book), Andrew Biel

  • Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson

  • Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss

  • Energy Medicine by Donna Eden

  • Mindful Eating by Jane Chozen Bayes

Good Books to Read (but not required)

  • Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall, MD

  • The Yogi’s Roadmap by Bhavani Silvia Maki

  • Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation by Stephen Mitchell

  • Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison

  • How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach & Christie McNally

  • How to Teach People, Not Poses by Jay Fields

  • Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship by Donna Farhi

  • Yoga Body: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana by Judith Hanson Lasater

  • The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long, MD

Graduation! Woohoo!

Graduation! Woohoo!