इष्टम् ISHTAM

12 Month Teacher Training Mentorship

March 20, 2017- February 25, 2018

Be more than good. Be the best – Be Spectacular.

What does it mean to be the best –  a spectacular teacher!
What makes one teacher shine above the rest? Is it experience? Knowledge? A commitment to developing oneself through ones own practice? Or is it just being a spectacular student?

Of course the most willing student always becomes the best teacher. Willing to go that extra mile and do whatever it takes students like this always become the best, even great teachers.    

Are you interested in pursuing yoga teaching as a life path?

 

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Willing to be nurtured and supported in your personal yoga practice

 

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Willing to work with experienced teachers and immerse in a tradition that has a proven track record

 

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Longing for insight into traditional yoga and motivated to know more

 

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Motivated enough to enjoy home practice and online learning

 

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Able to assist a local teacher in your area as your mentor/guide

 

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Committed to developing a solid breathing and meditation practice

 

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Keen to know more about anatomy, physiology and Ayurveda and how to work one on one

 

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Desire the knowledge and experience to teach confidently

 

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Looking for a lifelong career that is meaningful to you and others

 

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Excited to be part of a wider community that offers ongoing support

If your answer is yes to all of the above

Then you are the perfect candidate for our upcoming इष्टम् ISHTAM 12 month teacher training mentorship

We’ve decided to offer this new mentorship because as long time practitioners we feel that working with teachers individually inspires them to develop their own practice which is as important as teaching them how to teach.

As a yoga teacher you can only teach what you know. Often after completing a teacher training and subsequently having to find work yoga teachers get so busy that their own practice suffers and often falls by the wayside.  As important as it is learning face to face, it’s also important to be able to assimilate and integrate what you have learned in training.

After an initial 10 day group immersion in stunning Byron Bay, Australia from March 20 -31, 2017, we will meet monthly in both group and personalised sessions via skype/google hangouts to continue our teacher training lectures, track your progress and see how your personal practice and teaching skills are going. The training will close with a 3- day graduation and assessment immersion from Feb 23-25, 2018.

As this is a highly personalised training we are accepting a minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 participants.

We are interested in creating a relationship with the people we train so they feel supported, nurtured and continue to be inspired.

Our teacher training is registered with Yoga Australia 350 hrs and Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 hr offering top quality instruction with senior level teachers.

 

 

 

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Testimonials

Absolutely, hands down, the best yoga training in Australia! Thank you for offering a unique experience which not only covers the technical aspects of yoga thoroughly, but also addresses the heart of bhakti and self knowledge. The training is comprehensive and challenging, yet nurturing and profoundly supportive and has the potential to be life-changing for those who are ready!

Lisa- Yoga Teacher

This is the best investment you can do for yourself. Leave your busy life for a few weeks and surround yourself with beautiful nature and lovely people, and really spend time with yourself. You will be surprised how much you will discover about yourself and how life is so simple. If you would like to know more than just asanas, this is the course for you.

Meg- Yoga Teacher

The decision to join the teacher training was one of the most life changing ones I’ve made so far.
Before the training: I was afraid to sing in public, I thought I could never have enough knowledge to be a teacher (ever), I often didn’t know what I was doing on this planet. One year later I’m singing on stage regularly, I teach yoga twice a week in a well known yoga school in Amsterdam, and most important: I know why I am here on this planet. To all who are still in doubt; this is not only a present to yourself, but also to the rest of the world.

Irene- Yoga Teacher

I learned so much about my own body and how to practice in a way that was supportive for me and how to help students find their unique way of working in poses to support their structure and constitution. The one month course helped build a new foundation for my practice, and lay the path for my teaching.

Jila- Yoga Teacher

This is a really complete training where you learn not only about teaching asana, but about true, real yoga, with none of the branded hype. You also learn about yourself. Rachel’s asana classes really focus on safe alignment which I love, and the knowledge she shares about mantra, yantra, tantra, ayurveda and philosophy is offered at a depth not generally encountered in a teacher training.

Riana- Yoga Teacher

The blend of bhakti, mantra, mudra, tantra, ayurveda, dynamic vinyasa and now self knowledge is a true gift that Rachel and John share with all in a beautifully sacred yet practical and safe way. You will be inspired by their passion and fall deeply in love with all they share and leave this training ready to share this gift.

Karen - Yoga Teacher

What is the ISHTA System?

The ISHTA system integrates the tools of hatha yoga, tantra and ayurveda to give you a physical practice that suits your constitution and meets the demands of every day life. It incorporates vinyasa flow, pranayama, kriya and laya yoga meditations with an in-depth understanding of anatomy, ayurveda and vedanta ( self knowledge).

The word ISHTA means – That worshipful one. That which is the most desirable. The most loved.

Whatever is most important and desirable in our lives, resonating so completely with you, it’s mere presence heralds the dropping of all sense of yourself as an individual, is called ISHTA

ISHTA is not about individuality. Having nothing to do with who we are as individuals, it is in the presence of the ISHTADEV, that all sense of individuality and separation drops away leaving you with your self.

The word ISHTA derives from the term ISHVARA PRANIDANA

ISHVARA is the term used to name the named in all forms. A collective noun everyone and everything is included in it. PRANIDANA means “to surrender”

As a Yoga teacher you want a program which is comprehensive, accelerates your practice and gives you the skills to teach confidently and safely. Our Training combines both 200 and 300 hr subjects in an intensive format to give you the skills and knowledge to share yoga in any capacity

Please contact us to register your interest we accept students on application only.

Download the application here.

Course Commitment

10 Day immersion March 20 – 31, 2017 in Byron Bay (100 contact hrs)

3 day immersion for final assessment  February 23 – 25, 2018 (30 contact hrs)

Available 1 day a month for a personal skype call  for 1 hr (12 contact hrs)

Available 1 day a month for a group webinar up to 2 hrs ( 20 contact hrs) on a topic

Available for live follow up sessions in the Self Knowledge component online 1 day per month 1.5 hrs (18 hrs)

Ability to complete a homework assignment after the group webinar to be handed in the following week (50 non-contact hrs)

The assisting component can be completed in the following ways ( 52 contact hours)

  1. A connection with an experienced yoga teacher in your area who you can assist regularly and who is willing to share their feedback on your progress with Rachel 
  2. Filming your own classes, sending them to Rachel  for discussion and feedback
  3. Assisting your teacher or Rachel and John on a retreat, workshop or event

Simple video equipment (can be ipad or phone) to film your practice-teach sessions as you progress through the course for evaluation and feedback (25 non-contact hrs)

Personal progress journal to be handed in at the end of the course (4 non-contact hrs)

Personal practice and class attendance in your local area ( 40 hrs)

What will your days look like?

Sample Schedule for 10 Day Immersion 

7.00  bhakti practice

7.30-9.00 pranayama, asana and meditation

9.00 – 9.30 breakfast break

9.30-11.15 self knowledge/upanishadic wisdom teachings

11.15-1.00 asana lab

1.00-1.30 lunch

1.30- 3.30  anatomy or ayurveda lecture

3.30-3.45 afternoon break

3.45-5.45  asana lab

5.45 -6.30 Ishta Mala practice

6.30-6.45  clean up time

The program runs for 10 days ( mon-fri) with a 2 day break in the middle of each 5 day week, 7:00 am – 6.45 pm. Each day includes a strong vinyasa practice combining Iyengar-based alignment with emphasis on the breath, pranayama, mantra, mudra, meditation, talks on Vedanta ( self knowledge) and lectures in ayurveda, anatomy, teaching practicums and more. On some of the days your practice will be the easy sequence, which by the end of the course will enable you to teach to beginner level students. This easy sequence has an emphasis on modifications and variations

The training has both an emphasis on teaching and the practice of yoga. Understanding your self and learning to balance your energy will be explored through daily lectures in vedanta ( self knowledge) and a home practice sequence called Ishta Mala, which fits to your individual needs and time constraints and balances all the doshas.

Students must be self-motivated, be able to manage their time well throughout the 14 day immersion

Please contact us to register your interest we accept students on application and personal interview only.

Download the application here

Course Outcomes and Curriculum

Physical Postural Practice
Students will have a solid understanding of the principles of the physical yoga practice

Topics during 10 day immersion:

How to teach beginners, you will learn a set sequence called ‘the easy sequence’

Alignment to the individual

Safe adjusting

The benefits, contraindications and modifications for the postures

How to adapt the practice to the students ayurvedic constitution

The overall benefits of yoga

An overview of the different styles of yoga and their pros and cons

Anatomy and physiology/injury management

Learn the Ishta Mala sequence for a daily personal practice

Self Knowledge
Using the classical manual called “ Tattva Bodha” by Adi Shankara, Students will gain a solid comprehension of yoga and assimilate the knowledge and wisdom of the Upanishads, the root of yoga.

Topics during 10 day immersion:

Advaita Vedanta

What is the difference between Self and Individuality

Who is this ‘I’

Definition of purpose

Getting to know terms: Atman/Brahman/Ishvara/Jiva

How the mind mechanism works

What is the meaning of Sat Chit Anandam

The Koshas and the Shariras

What is Maya

The three stages of happiness

What is happiness

Pranayama and Kriya Meditation: Asta Yoga of Agastya
Students will be given personal pranayama and Kriya meditation techniques in the tradition of the Tamil Siddhas which will expand in duration and intensity depending on comprehension and commitment. These practices will continue to develop during our one on one personalised sessions

Topics during our 10 day immersion:

How to sit comfortably for breathing and meditation

How to teach three basic pranayamas , including full complete breath, Ujayii and alternate nostril breathing to beginning level students

Online lecture topics:

The importance of breath

The health benefits of meditation

What is pranayama

What is meditation

Overview of the chakra system for the purpose of understanding your personal meditation practice

Ayurveda
Students will learn the basics of Ayurveda and be given lifestyle management guidelines according to their individual constitution to implement. Included in this subject is a personal consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner which will be followed up during our personalised sessions.

Topics during 10 day immersion:

What is Ayurveda

Understanding the elements

What are the doshas

The difference between your constitution and your current condition

What is the perfect practice for your type.

What is the perfect practice for each dosha (constitution) i.e. asana, pranayama and meditation

What are the Gunas?

The essentials of Mantra, Mudra and Yantra
Please note this is an online module:
Students will learn specific mantras for their personal practice, and more about the use of mudra and yantra as tools for focusing energy

Online lecture topics:

A brief outline of Tantra in the context of working with the tools of mantra, mudra and yantra

What is mantra, mudra and yantra

The use of ritual in daily life

What is Bhakti yoga

Practice of mantra, mudra and yantra

Other topics covered as online lectures

How to set up your practice teach sessions with family and friends (and when appropriate under the supervision of your personal mentor)

How to work one on one

The sutras

The ethics of teaching

The art of teaching

The basics of sequencing

Please contact us to register your interest we accept students on application and personal interview only.

Download the application here

Course Pre-requisites

The pre-requisite is two years of consistent asana practice in any style and a genuine desire and interest in teaching others, as well as a dedication to self discovery. A regular meditation practice is recommended but not compulsory.

On completion of this course, you will have a profound understanding of the principles of teaching yoga, however it is important to realise you may not necessarily be ready to teach. If you are already teaching or have experience in related fields this course will give you clear tools and techniques for teaching beginning students. If you are less experienced this course will help you develop the discipline for a meditation and asana practice and further your inquiry into the deeper levels of yoga. Being a yoga teacher is a vocation of the heart; your skills ripen from years of practice, persistence and inner transformation. Embarking on the journey to become a yoga teacher is an opportunity to understand your self and the nature of this word self and how to share that with others.

This course is both practical and theoretical. It requires strong focus and stamina. Some days you will be doing up to five hours of asana practice. We ask that you are self-motivated, punctual and know how to take care of yourself when under pressure. Practicing and learning yoga is a lifelong journey. Immersing yourself in an intensive course can be challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. The teachers will be available to guide you and offer support, but ultimately it is up to the individual to accept the exciting changes and challenges that yoga offers.

Please note : while onsite and participating in the course we ask that you keep your phones on airplane mode and only use them in an emergency.

This training is registered as a 200 hour Yoga Alliance course and a 350 hr Yoga Australia course.
Please contact us to register your interest we accept students on application and interview only.

Download the application here

Course Cost

What’s included:

10 day immersion (100 contact hours) 

3 day Immersion for final assessment (30 contact hours)  

Teacher Training Manual and Anatomy Manual

10-12 online group live lectures minimum 2 hrs  

10 one on one 1 hour sessions via skype to develop and refine your personal practice  

10 follow up Self Knowledge classes 

1 personal Ayurvedic consultation  

Your Investment for the 10 day immersion, online component and 3 day immersion $4,200 AUD which includes 1 ayurvedic consultation

Your investment for the 10 day immerson $3,800 AUD
(please note: you can choose not to do the online component which will give you 100 hrs of training towards a 200 YA registration the rest of which you could complete with us at a later date or with another training provider. People who want to deepen their  own asana practice and go through the upanishadic teachings of Tattva Bodha but are not interested in becoming teachers would choose this option.)

Accomodation, food and transport is your responsibility.

( Please note: You will need to purchase your own anatomy and ayurveda books for the course)

Information regarding our venue for the 10 Day Immersion

As our numbers are limited to 10 people we will beholding the course in a home studio somewhere in the Byron Shire in NSW, Australia.  Once you have been accepted to the program we can share more details about the venue, what to bring and more.

To apply for the Ishta System teacher training

Complete the questionnaire and return it via email  to:

rachel@rachelzinmanyoga.com

PO Box 1427 Byron Bay 2481 NSW Australia

Please include one reference from your Yoga teacher describing your strengths as a student, as well as the areas of your practice where you face challenges and one character reference from someone who knows your work ethic and personality. Please include a photo with your application

Upon initial review, we will contact you if we require any additional information.

Once your application has been thoroughly reviewed, we will contact you to arrange a personal skype interview. After that we will inform you in writing of your acceptance into the program: at this time, we require an $500 AUD non-refundable deposit with a completed registration form to guarantee your spot in the training.

(Please note, if you are not accepted into the program we will send our feedback so that you may possibly prepare for the next training program)

Payment for the program must be by February 28, 2017. Space is limited if you do not pay the full amount by February 28. 2017. You will lose your place in the program.

If you are applying to the program after the 3-week deadline, payment must be received in full within 7 days following your acceptance notification or at least 7 days before the course commences.

For general enquiries rachel@rachelzinmanyoga.com  or Ph: +61 432291918

Click here to download questionnaire and apply for the training

Your Teachers

Rachel Zinman - Principle teacher

Rachel has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and has taught for over 20. She did her first Yoga class at 17 but became more serious about yoga at the age of 19 after being told by a chiropractor that yoga and meditation would help her back problems. She began her studies in Sydney, Australia but later moved to Byron Bay where her training continued in the Iyengar and Ashtanga methods. One of her first teaching engagements was as the Head of Dance at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore, NSW.

While living in New York from 2000–2004 Rachel met and mentored with ISHTA yoga founder Alan Finger which led to teaching in his studios for four years. There she co-created and coordinated their teacher training program, becoming a senior facilitator and mentor.

Since her return to Australia in 2005, she has gone on to create and facilitate her own teacher trainings and workshops in Australia, India, Bali, Japan, New York and in many major cities in Europe.

Being passionate about Yoga and its many forms she practices bhakti and studies atma vidya (self knowledge) and incorporates the traditional teachings of the upanishads, yantra, mantra and mudra into her workshops and trainings with her partner and South African yoga and vedanta teacher John Weddepohl

Her classes are often described as a fluid mix of creative playful sequencing, meaningful insights and lighthearted fun

Rachel also co-created and produced a popular Australian Yoga Video series and a Kid’s Yoga Video. She is an award-winning musician for her album of chanting and devotional song, Sita Ram, and has since produced two more CDs with Nyck Jeanes as the band Subway Bhaktis. She now shares Kirtan nationally and Internationally with John, an accomplished musician and singer/songwriter:

She is a published poet in several anthologies including the Poetry of Yoga, which was published in 2011. She writes for Australian Yoga Journal. Australian Yoga Life, Mindbodygreen, Do You Yoga, Beyond Type 1, Insulin Nation, A Sweet Life, Rebelle society, and many more online magazines and most recently  has been published in a # 1 Best Seller.

Watch Rachel on Youtube here.

John Weddepohl - Self Knowledge

John started practicing yoga and teaching in 1969 when he opened his first yoga studio in downtown Johannesburg South Africa. After completing a successful career in music he travelled to India to join his teachers with whom he has lived and studied since. It is through the grace of his teachers that he has assimilated the knowledge and understanding of Upanishadic wisdom and Yoga.

Urged by his teachers to share this knowledge John teaches Atma Gnanam -Knowledge of the Self –  in the Advaita Vedanta tradition and lineage of Adi Shankara and Asta Yoga of Agustya in the yoga tradition of the Tamil Siddhas.

Since leaving India John has featured on the Bali Spirit and Berlin Yoga Festivals and as a guest on Teacher Trainings and workshops around Europe, India, Australia and Cape Town where students love his quick wit, sense of humour and down to earth practical approach.

Unusual to find a knower of vedanta – a Gnani – who is also a Siddha Yogi (accomplished in yoga), John together with his partner international yoga teacher Rachel Zinman conducts teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats around the world. As The Subway Bhaktas (previously Subway Bhaktis) they share their love of music in Kirtan often.

Feeling pop yoga complicates a simple process John teaches Ishta-MALA a gathering of yoga adaptable for everyday individual needs, abilities and time constraints.

‘Struggling to find meaning, love, and understanding in the world eventually we discover we are the meaning in everything. Long before you look for meaning or happiness, love and happiness have already found you.’

Because Johns initiation into knowledge has taken many different forms from traditional healers- sangomas – in Africa to sadhus living on ashrams in Bihar, Orissa, Nepal, Rishikesh and Tami Nadu his teaching reflects these different traditions.

Spending the majority of his time teaching abroad, John still sees Africa as home, where the connection between nature and the creation are still intact and unspoiled in many areas. John has a daughter Natasha and lives in Cape Town South Africa.

To find out more about John visit www.theyogaco.com join him on facebook at Urb@n Vedanta and Urb@n Yogi

Watch John on Youtube.

Lisa Fitzpatrick - Anatomy

Lisa is an experienced Yoga Teacher, Physiotherapist, Transformational Life Coach, Certified Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner, Workshop Facilitator, Writer and Mother.

Lisa trained in the Ishta System of Yoga with Rachel in 2007 after a personal crisis moved her to explore and benefit from the profound healing effects of yoga.

Since the training, she has enjoyed teaching Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga, Yoga Injury Prevention and Management and Women’s Health on numerous Yoga Teacher Trainings throughout Australia and Internationally. Lisa has a deep passion for sharing the profound effects of yoga on the mind-body interface.

She is the founder of Sacred Women’s Business, coaching women to find their unique life purpose and self-leadership style by following their intuition and deep body wisdom. Find out more at www.LisaFitzpatrick.com.au

She lives with her two sons in a beautiful sub-tropical paradise near Byron Bay.

 

Jacinta McEwen- Ayurveda

Jacinta McEwen ND is the eighth child of a family of ten. She was raised with practical common sense in the South-Australian bush. At the age of thirteen Jacinta found yoga and meditation and from that age spent years studying these ancient traditions in India. Jacinta was a “Brahma Kumari” (Raja Yoga Practitioner) for 4 years and in this time taught meditation and yoga as a raja yogi. She went to Auckland (New Zealand) in 1980 and founded a Raja Yoga center there, which she managed and directed for 2 years.

She studied Yoga in Poona with B.K.S Iyengar, and also spent time at the Shivananda Ashram in Rishikesh. In 1984 Jacinta did intensive yoga, pranayama and meditation training with Professor Bhim Dev (from Kurukshetra, India.)

She has been a yoga teacher for over twenty five years, mainly in Byron Bay teaching her own classes. Jacinta also taught yoga through Adult Education in Byron Shire from the years 1987 to1991, as well as teaching at local schools, including Ballina High school, Mullumbimby High school and Bilinudgil Primary school. She currently teaches yoga in her home-town of Mullumbimby.

Jacinta trained as a nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and then went on to become a Naturopath, Herbalist and Massage therapist. She then began studying Ayurvedic Medicine, initially completing a foundation training with Dr. Rajen Coopan( in 2000).

Jacinta subsequently went on to study Ayurveda with Dr. S Ajit and helped his organization (the ‘Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies’) to gain RTO or registered training organization approval in Australia. She has successfully  completed the approved Ayurvedic Consultant Certificate 4 qualification with AIAS. She has been practicing the healing arts for over twenty five years, working individually as well as facilitating workshops and training’s in Australia and overseas.

As a mother of four boys and Omma (GrandMa) of one she keeps a fresh outlook on life and is passionate about holistic lifestyle and education. After the home-birth of her eldest son Jacinta attended many births and trained as a lay midwife. She gained much experience during this time and specialises in mother and baby healthcare to this day. The ayurvedic womens health care broadens this greatly.

Jacinta currently practices out of her naturopathic and herbal dispensary business called Mullumbimby Herbals. www.mullumherbals.com. As well as Naturopathic Consultations, individualized yoga and bodywork, Jacinta also offers ayurvedic treatments such as shirodhara, nasya and ayurvedic lifestyle support. She also teaches ayurvedic workshops and experiential weekends and coordinates these trainings in Australia. Find out more about Jacinta at www.omhealing.com.au

 

Kanako Yajima - Co teacher

Through Classical Ballet, Kanako developed body awareness and the joy of using her body in expressive art, which led her to discover Yoga and Pilates. In order to cope with the hectic city life in Tokyo, she practiced yoga at home and attended classes and workshops with different teachers; however, it was when she first came to Byron bay that she has really started to dive in the depth of Yoga and meditation. Since then she’s received trainings in Solomon Yogalates and in the Ishta System with Rachel Zinman.

She has been studying 5 Element Form as part of apprenticeship with Peter Clifford for more than 5 years and is also qualified in teaching prenatal yoga. Kanako has worked internationally in many teacher trainings, retreats and workshops as both interpreter (for Japanese groups) and  as a teacher since 2007.

Thanks to her experience as a yoga translator/interpreter and her dedication to knowledge and growth, she has been immersed in various teachings including yoga philosophy, anatomy & physiology, pranayama and meditation. Currently based in Byron Bay, Australia, Kanako enjoys teaching small group classes and prenatal yoga when she is not teaching for trainings. She is grateful everyday for being a mother to her little daughter as it has been the most challenging yet beautiful and transformational yoga sadhana in life!  Fin out more about Kanako here www.kanashakti.com

Karen Wightman - Co teacher

Karen is an E-RYT 200 and a RCYT. Originally from the Uk she began her yogic journey in Thailand in 1995.  She studied independently for the first 4 years under the guidance and support of Emma Lloyd a BWY teacher.  Later she began to take classes in the Iyengar style of Yoga and spent three years studying with Justin Herald of the Iyengar Studio in Bangkok.

Karen has a creative background holding a Bachelor of Arts in 3 Dimensional Design and is both an Artist and Art teacher and Reiki Master, and has worked with Children for most of her adult life. Combining all of her passions, Karen began teaching Yoga to children of all ages over a decade ago and came to Australia in 2006 to train with Nicky Knoff in Cairns.

Shortly after graduating she was fortunate enough to meet Rachel Zinman and fell immediately in love with the practice of Bhakti Yoga that Rachel shares with such devotion, creativity and passion that the heart opens and blossoms.  Karen has spent many years studying with Rachel at every available opportunity and last year was finally able to fulfill her dream to complete her training.

Karen also continues to draw inspiration from studying with both Donna Farhi and Judith Lasater.  For Karen her expression of creativity is paramount in all she does and in her approach to teaching Yoga there is a sense of true compassion and humility, playfulness and deep joy in what she is able to facilitate for students of all ages.  Karen teaches both Adults and Children locally in the Byron Shire where she is based and internationally facilitates Teacher Training’s in Children’s Yoga in Japan. Fin out more about Karen here www.creativeyogis.com

ABOUT BYRON BAY

Cape Byron is Australia’s most easterly point, 153° 39´ east, located on the north coast of New South Wales. With its numerous beaches, unspoilt hinterland, and relaxed lifestyle, Byron Bay is a popular tourist destination. It is also a place where artists, musicians, dancers, writers, surfers, healers and of course yogis express their diversity and individuality. The town has all major facilities: a hospital, cinema, supermarket, health food stores and great restaurants, as well as a flourishing alternative health industry. If you live in town you won’t need to drive and can easily hire a bicycle if you need to get around.

The average summer temperature is 21C – 28C, and average winter temperature is 15C – 21C, There are also periods of heavy rainfall, especially in summer. The area has a total annual rainfall of 1734cm.

Byron Shire has a population of close to 30,000, while the town of Byron Bay has a population of about 9,000.

Byron Bay is located just off the Pacific Highway, 800kms north of Sydney, 175kms south of Brisbane. Airports are located in Balina (30mins south) or Coolangatta (60mins north) and buses and trains arrive regularly.

The following websites provide information about Byron Bay and the surrounding area:

www.byronbay.comwww.bayweb.com.auwww.echo.net.auwww.byronbaynow.com  | www.byronbay.org

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Please note, the $500 AUD deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable but may be applied toward the next scheduled training if you must postpone your commitment to the current program.

If you have not paid your balance in full within a week before the training begins, your place may be offered to someone on the waiting list and you will forfeit the deposit, unless you apply it to the next scheduled training.

If you withdraw from the course prior to the commencement of the course, the following refund policy applies to the balance of the course fee (not the deposit).

If you withdraw 28 days or more prior to course commencement – you will receive the course fee balance minus an administration fee of AUD $300.

If you withdraw 15 – 27 days prior to the course commencement, you will receive 75% of the course fee balance

If you withdraw 5 – 14 days prior to course commencement, you will receive 50% of the course balance.

If you withdraw 1-4 days prior to course commencement or withdraw after the course starts, you will receive no refund.

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