New York City, NY
Vineyard Haven, MA
The 500-hour Advance Studies Program at Sonic Yoga is designed to nourish your personal practice and teaching skills. It provides 300 additional hours of study for YTT 200-hour certified students. The 300 hours consist of 270 hours of lectures and workshops organized into 3 modules and taught by the highly experienced and nurturing Sonic faculty. The remaining 30 hours are to be completed through personal studies that include reading and writing assignments, composing class sequences, and a dharma project of your own choosing.
Throughout the 3 modules you will dive deeper into traditional Yoga philosophy and psychology that will fertilize the soil and strengthen your roots into this foundation. Through practice and student teaching you will further your knowledge in Asana & Foundation (Anamaya Kosha), Flow & Subtle Body (Pranamaya Kosha), and Creativity & Meditation (Vijnayamaya Kosha) – which are the foundation of the 3 modules.
Annamaya Kosha: Anna means food. Annamaya Kosha relates to the physical aspects of the Yoga Sadhana (spiritual practice). In this module we will explore the 4th Limb of Yoga – Asana and related practices including: Advanced Anatomy, Advanced Asana, and Restorative Yoga & Hands on Assists.
Pranamaya Kosha: Prana means energy. It is the vital force that produces the subtle vibrations related to breath and the subtle energy body. Pranamaya Kosha relates to the breath and the power of Prana. In this module we will explore: Advanced Practices of Pranayama, Advanced Study of the Marma, Nadi & Chakra system, Advanced Sequencing for Flow, and Advanced Ayurveda + Hatha Yoga.
Vijnanamaya Kosha: Vijnana means knowing. Vijnanamaya Kosha is the sheath of intuitive wisdom that is underneath the processing, thinking aspect of mind. A major part of sadhana is gaining ever increasing access to this level of our being. In this module we will explore: Creativity & Theme for Sequencing, Meditation, Philosophy, Personal Sadhana, Study of Sanskrit, and Mantra + Chanting.
Each Required Module consists of:
4 Weekends, 18 Hours each:
Weekend Hours are:
Saturdays 8am – 12:30pm & 2pm-5:30pm, & 7pm-9pm + Sundays 8am-12:30pm & 2pm – 5:30pm.
Module One: Fall 2012 – Asana & Foundation (Anamaya Kosha)
Dates: 9/28-30, 10/26-28, 11/23-25, Dec. 14-16
1. Advanced Asana One
2. Advanced Asana Two
3. Anatomy – Richmond Dixon
4. Hands On Assists/Restorative
Module Two: Winter 2013 – Flow & Subtle Body (Pranamaya Kosha)
Dates: Jan 18-20, Feb. 1-3, Feb. 21-23, Mar. 22-24
1. Advanced Ayurveda
2. Advanced Subtle Body & Chakras & Teaching Pranayama
3. Hatha Yoga
4. Advanced Sequencing for Flow
Module Three: Spring 2013 – Creativity & Meditation (Vijnayamaya Kosha)
Dates: April 26-28, May 10-13, May 31-June 2, June 21 -23
1. Creativity & Theme for Sequencing
2. Teaching Meditation
3. Advanced Philosophy
4. Personal Sadhana, Sanskrit & Kirtan
Lauren began a serious study of Yoga with Sri Dharma Mittra in the early 1990′s. Since then she has studied with many of the great masters, but has been most profoundly influenced by the brilliance and spontaneity of Shiva Rea, the devotion of Dharma, the bhakti of Jai Uttal and Krishna Das, the unconditional love of Amma, and the radiance of Sri Swamini Mayatitananda. She is always in the current of studying Prana Flow with her friend and teacher Shiva Rea, who inspires her to live her life with spontaneity, to remain close to the source and to move deeply in tune with the pulse of the universe. Lauren is a devoted Yogini whose deep love of nature inspires her practice and her life. She humbly aspires to share the insights of her teachers and to encourage her students to celebrate life, with an open heart and mind. She shares her passion with her students on Yoga surf retreats, from Montauk to Morocco. When not practicing or teaching, she spends her free time enjoying life with her family, JJ, her partner and her baby girl Jaya Lynn. She can also be found communing with nature, riding waves and snow, developing her inner creativity, dancing, chanting, gardening, cooking, & playing djimbe in her home in the surfside village of Montauk, Long Island.
Johanna’s yoga journey started when she was a wee tot, dancing to express the things that had no words, writing to find the images that evoke… These loves carried her through years of training as a classical ballet dancer, a degree in theatre with an emphasis on literature and a successful career as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer in New York and on the road. Her dabbling into yoga turned serious when she discovered Sonic and the expressive joyful, forgiving energy of the space. She graduated from the 200-hour program under the guidance of Lauren Hanna and Jonathan Fields and soon realized that the teachings made sense of everything she ever believed in and brought all her separate pieces together. She’s never looked back…becoming teacher and manager of the 2nd Sonic Space in Westchester almost immediately…guiding that studio through it’s transition to Quest Yoga Arts, Joining The Sonic Training Faculty and ultimately stepping into her home base in NYC as Co-Director in 2009. In the midst of all that, she was blessed with a 500-hrour certificate under the guidance of the incomparable Sri Dharma Mittra and has continued to be inspired through the lineage of Shiva Rea and the wisdom of the Tantra. Johanna’s classes are sweaty soulful voyages into the heart of what it means to be human.
Always a dancer in body and mind, Tracy has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and has been teaching for over 10. She began her journey in college studying Kundalini Yoga. Her studying continued with Alan Finger and ISHTA Yoga where she received her first 500 hour certification through the Be Yoga School. Tracy met Shiva Rea in 2001 and became a devoted student and friend, eventually receiving her 500 hour Prana Flow certification. She began assisting Shiva in 2002. Tracy feels blessed everyday to be a part of such a dynamic and wonderful community in which she can liberate both herself, and her students in finding their infinite potential. She currently teaches at both her home studio in Westchester, NY and Sonic Yoga in New York city, where she teaches Prana Flow and is part of the teacher training program. She is also a mentor for Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow program.
Jeffrey also teaches at Columbia University, and instructs private clients. Registered as a 500 hour yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, he completed his teacher training at Sonic Yoga, NYC and Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global School of Living Yoga. Jeffrey also has a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently dances with Tiffany Mills Company in New York. Jeffrey teaches and is inspired by Prana Flow®, developed by Shiva Rea, which sources the prana or vital life force energy, to initiate flow and a state of unified consciousness. Jeffrey has assisted Shiva Rea at Kripalu, Yoga Journal Conference New York, and at Omega and has lead a monthly Yoga Trance Dance™ since 2009.
Plus Special Guest Teachers
“In the city there are so many studios now offering a full 200 and 500 hr training programs. But both during the training and before, there was a very welcoming sense of openness, innocence and encouragement led by the teachers and the overall vibe of the Studio. I can’t say that intrigued me elsewhere. The benefits and the gift I received from my time in the program exceeded my expectations and more than anything, I am feeling grateful that I have a sense of excitement and confidence about teaching at the present, and in the future. This, I attribute to cool, well versed, and approachable teaching. That and the many friendships and teacher-student relationships that organically developed remind me the studio is not a quick-certification, but a grounded, thorough, honest program. Whoo hoo!” - Christina C.
“I’ve been coming to Sonic since it opened and never imagined then that I’d become a teacher myself! Sonic has been my city sanctuary, my second home–an inclusive, nurturing, playful, loving community that has provided me with a grounding, heart-expanding, soul-stimulating, body-empowering, light-filled, calming, sacred place that has changed who I am for the better, forever.” - Keira N.
“Sonic is not just home to me. It’s my sanctuary. When I met Johanna for the first time, as I was signing up for my 300-hr teacher training, I instantly knew my heart had found a place to call home. Sonic is special not just because it offers the best yoga on the east coast, but because it’s run by women that are leading this studio from their heart. In both Johanna & Lauren, I have not just found teachers, but sisters & dear friends too. As for the other teachers at sonic, after having traveled the length & breadth of the New York city yoga studios, sonic has proven to be the only sacred space where every teacher is a friend & a true “river guide.” As a Sonic teacher trainee, the comradeship & affection that Sonic has fostered between the teacher trainee family is unparalleled. And as a teacher offering community classes at sonic, the devotion of the students & the support from the whole sonic family enriched my life in ways that has fueled my own passion for life ever more & the work I do.” - Tania K.