From a Tantric perspective, all women are embodiments of feminine power or Shakti. The 300-hour program uses Goddess archetypes to garner a deeper understanding of the sacred self, the teacher, Circle-Craft, and the global community. Learning in this program occurs through deep discussion, communal practices, some serious soul-work, and creative alchemy.
This program is sourced from the belief that the global community is being marked by increasing gender equity, human rights awareness, environmental consciousness, and social responsibility, with the role of yogins in these positive changes being absolutely paramount. This training is a journey of authentic, goddess-awakening, through which all students discover their unique soul-work, live their goddess-based archetypes, and cultivate authentic connection through feminine communication and co-creation.
- The Fire Book- Personal journal, space to record thoughts, dreams, musings, doodles, fantasies (meow), and, hell, anything. This is where the fires start.
- Fire-Place- Sacred (confidential, safe) space for yoga (self-transformation practice) as ritual
- Fire-Starters- Journaling questions, sharp-edged quotes and images, practice prompts
- Sparks- Creative work (writing, story-telling, intuitive painting, etc.)
- Wild-Fires- Communal practices of asana, pranayama, chanting, dancing, free movement, sense-driven experience
- Breaking and Sealing- We “break” open each module, usually through ritual (Fire-Place), at the start and we “seal” each module at the end, usually through practice (wild-fire)
Director’s Teaching Philosophy
The teacher training meetings are conducted as women’s circles as often as possible; this means we honor the principles of feminine communication, make use of a talking stick, and honor each sister-students’ perspective as sacred. We learn holistically, through yogic movement, emotion, creative work, ceremony, meditation, communal talk, stillness, and silence. The director believes that learning is most meaningful when it emerges from the circle of sisters in a non-hierarchical, open, and truth-based way.
Program Entry Requirements
This program is for BOTH graduates of a 200-hour program looking to graduate from an advanced program to obtain their RYT500 designation from Yoga Alliance as well as any woman who values yoga as an important part of her life pursuing the program for personal development purposes. You do not need to be actively teaching in order to enroll. Students pursue entry in this program for a variety of reasons, including a desire to deepen their personal yoga practice, join a community of fellow sister-teachers, dive into the deep waters of pathworking and journaling in order to move closer to her soul purpose, train to run a community women’s circle, enrich her teacher practice through creative infusions, discover the value of co-teaching, or forge relationships between asana, ceremony/ritual, and the divine feminine.
The 300-hour schedule is inspired by seasonal rhythms. There are twelve modules total (11 at 23 Hours and 1 at 12 hours = 265), grouped together with three modules per season. The modules can be taken out of order, and there is no obligation to complete the full program. However, if you are pursuing certification, the entire training, all four seasons, must be completed within the space of two years. Beginning January 2017, this program will be offered via immersion-style ONLY, with an seven-day intensive every season.
- Personal mythwork: Storytelling is an important method for sense-making and grounding our sacred work
- Council and Circles: Counseling each other is a key part of Vidya (clear-seeing) and enhances feminine communication skills
- Yoga as part of students’ sacred work: There is no one way to teach yoga. We begin with the student’s sacred work and frame their teaching practice/philosophy accordingly
- Communal Teaching: Team-teaching and working together for workshop/retreat design is a fundamental component of the program, as it is based on the principles of feminine communication and leadership
- Communal Creative Work and Mandala Making: We frequently paint/collage together to channel the prana-shakti energy, bolster third-eye balance, and generally take us out of our left-brain/logical thinking
- Project Portfolio: You will conclude each “Rasa” with a portfolio of projects for your use in your own sacred work; over the course of the entire program, these include plans for retreats, workshops, class series, individual classes, private classes, soul-dates, women’s circles, and festivals.
- Integration Plan: You will conclude each “Rasa” with a plan for integrating the knowledge learned into your “real life.” In many ways, this is the most important piece of the curriculum, as it is your channel for manifesting what you have learned.
- Synthesis: Each “Rasa” concludes with a synthesis, or final, cumulative assessment. I do collect these and keep them on file as evidence of your participation.
- Rasa Project: This is the final project for the 300-hour training, and it is not “due” until you are ready to graduate. This project focuses on you getting your sacred work out into the world and creating as many ripples as possible.
2018 Seasonal Rasas
Rasa of Resting in Darkness: Winter Immersion (2018)
January 13th-19th, 8am-6pm
Required Text: Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin
Module I: Shakti’s Rasa: Seeking the Divine Feminine in Yoga Practice
- Harvesting divine feminine energy and the Kundalini; Creative work for sacral awareness; Shiva-Shakti and Tantra
- Balancing the Mukti and Bukti; Stillness and the Dark Moon Phase
Module II: Hestia’s Rasa: Hearth-Holding and Yogic Space
- Retreat Design; Women’s Circle Crafting; the Yoga Teacher and accessibility
- Ethical practice and the sacred feminine; Altar Creation; Yoga as Ritual
Module III: Lakshmi’s Rasa: Claiming Abundance
- Feminine currency principles; the “Soul of Money” project; Manifesting Change
- Lakshmi’s Ritual; the Earth element and yoga for grounding; the Soul-Work project for sustainable teaching
- Authenticity and Wealth Creation, Reconciling Healer’s Work with Money
Rasa of Fertile Ground- Spring Immersion (2018)
April 21st- 27th, 8am-6pm
Required Texts: Aphrodite’s Daughters by Jamela Bonheim
Module I: Saraswati’s Rasa: Cultivating Creativity in Yoga Practice
- Creative Infusion, Personal Myth Work, Yoga Practice as Ritual, Women’s Circle Principles, Feminine Communication
- Bhava and Asana as Story, Incorporating Creative Work (Journaling, Painting, Claywork, etc.) into Yoga Practice, Integrating Yoga Practice into Women’s Circles for Social Change
Module II: Freya’s Rasa: Sacred Sexuality and Yoga for Women
- Sacral Chakra Dialogues, Yoga for Sacral Wholing, Womb Rituals, The Sacral Story
- Soul-Hearing, Bardic Circle, The Water Element, Balancing Kapha
Module III: Aphrodite’s Rasa: Honoring the Heart-Light
- Exploring the Sacral-Heart Connection, Women’s Council Work, Kriyas for the Sacral-Heart Bridge
- Holding the Sacral-Heart Council, Yoga and the Alchemical Goddess, Pathways to Dream Manifestation
Rasa of Fruition- Summer Immersion (2018)
June 16th-22nd, 8am-6pm
Required Text: Waking the Global Heart by Anodea Judith
Module I: Brigid’s Rasa: Inspiration and the Yogini’s Path
- Harvesting personal values for more authentic teaching, the Dream World practice, Personal Council work, Inspiring global change through yoga teaching
- The full moon (fruition) phase, Sringara Rasa, cycles of fullness, the Fire element and tapas
Module II: Sophia’s Rasa: Wisdom and the Eternal Student
- Women’s relationships, the Womanifesto
- Teaching for Change
Module III: Artemis’ Rasa: Claiming Selfhood in Teaching Practice
- Personal Council Project and one-on-one Councils with the Director
Rasa of the Abundant Harvest: Autumn Immersion
September 16th- 22nd, 8am-6pm
Required Text: Mysteries of the Dark Moon by Demetri
Module I: Kali’s Rasa: Fear-Releasing and Yoga Practice
- Personal wound-work, Asana for releasing the psoas (fear-muscle), Fear-release and self-designed ceremony, the Dark Goddess archetype and personal myth writing
- The waning moon phase of the cycle and Shanti Rasa, Yoga and surrender, Kali meditation, Sword Ritual, Sadhana for Kali
Module II: Lilith’s Rasa: Claiming Power and Yoga Practice
- Yoga, women, and solitude; Lilith’s Mala; Wound cycles
- Creating a Lilith circle; rage-releasing techniques, personal power sources, power ceremony
Module III: Cerridwyn’s Rasa: Waves of Lightness and Darkness in Yoga Practice
- Death and rebirth in yoga practice; raising awareness of women’s cycles
- Cauldron of Transformation meditation; Kriyas for Change; the Crone/Wise-Elder aspect of the goddess; Teaching multi-generational yoga classes for women
Tuition and Payments
Each “Rasa” is $725. A $350 deposit and your application holds your place until 6 weeks before the Rasa begins, with full tuition due at that time. Please be aware that tuition for the 300-hour program is increasing to $3,200, $800 per module, in 2019, but you will be “grandmothered” into the old pricing structure if you enroll before January 1st, 2019.
How to Register
Your deposit and application will hold your place until the total tuition is due. Download the application and registration packet here and upload your application/pay the deposit for the January Rasa of Resting in Darkness here. Please note that you only need to apply once (not once per “rasa”), and you will be notified if we have any questions. Danielle is always open to any questions and can be reached via email at Info@LivingMandalaYoga.Com. Email for complete registration packet.