We, the 200 hour teaching team of the Deep River School of Yoga, are truly honored that you have chosen to join us on this very special journey. 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 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 time. Having said that, we are however asking you to take some steps to create a foundation that we can build upon.
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. Practice getting enough sleep and taking in nourishing foods and water. Start now. We are aware that even in a 200hr Training, participants are coming in with different levels of asana practice, that is a given. So please maintain your regular physical practice and balance it with rest and good foods.
3) Assignment: You will need to purchase and begin your reading in two books before our first weekend together.
Journey into Power and The Yoga Sutras (the Sutras are broken into 4 chapters, or “books” as we refer to them. Please only read book 1 and book 2 of the Sutras.) Try not too get bogged down in the Sutras. It can be a bit heady the first time around. I assure you that we will highlight some key areas during our first weekend together and we will revisit it again later in the training. So just read to be exposed and trust that we will ‘learn’ it together.
Please plan to purchase all of the books from the required reading list for the training eventually. You do not need to purchase them all at once. As we go, you will be told 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) Assignment: Look around your personal spaces (home, office, car, your own body, etc). Notice what objects have lingered or have continued to travel with you as you’ve moved through ages and stages of your life. Select up to three items that have meaning to you. Bring them with you for our first weekend.
We look forward to the journey ahead with you!
Erica and the Training Team
Journey into Power by Baron Baptiste
Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (translation and commentary) by Sri Swami Satchidananda
Yoga Adjustments: Philosophy, Principles & Techniques by Mark Stephens
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
The Chakra Balancing kit by Anodea Judith
Good Books to Read (but not required)
Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
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
Trail Guide to the Body (spiral bound) by Andrew Biel