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LEVEL I – EVOLVE – CATSKILLS

Posted on August 29th, 2019


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With decades of teaching thousands of students, Leigh Evans has crafted a mindful, earth-focused Yoga Alliance Certified 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training that fuses both the body and the earths’ cycles, encompassing everything from anatomically based vinyasa yoga to ayurvedic wellness and women’s practices to support the whole self in a lifelong journey of self awareness.

Join us and begin your journey to a fully integrated life!  Embrace the opportunity for transformation with Level I – EVOLVE, the first of two immersions in the Yoga Sukhavati 200 Hour Teacher Training. This 100 hour training provides you with the time and techniques to deepen your yoga practice. Removed from daily distractions, living yoga daily, and honoring the sacredness of nature, find your place, your voice, and your emerging self.

Refine your asana skills in alignment based vinyasa practice, receive yogic wisdom from the study of ancient texts, and explore holistic self care practices to deepen your yoga practice and live a life of balance in harmony with nature and your highest self. In these 6 weekend training, immersed in the yoga practices and the peaceful countryside of the Catskills, be ready to transform as an individual, develop life long friendships, and live in a supportive community learning and growing together.

Level I – EVOLVE welcomes those students who are simply wanting to deepen their yoga practice, as well as those who would like to become teachers or for people who have taken a teacher training previously and would like to go deeper into studies that may have been not addressed and brush up on their teaching skills.

After completing Level I – EVOLVE, continue on your path with The Yoga Sukhavati: Level II – EMPOWER training. Designed to help you move through the obstacles that are limiting you, this ten day immersion helps you step into your full radiance and manifestation and provides you with the teaching skills and experience to confidently take the seat of the teacher with knowledge, grace, and compassion.

Spring Training 2020

April 4, 5
April 18, 19
April 25, 26
May 2, 3
June 6, 7

Hours

Sat & Sun. 9am-6:30pm

LOCATION

DOWNSTREAM RETREATS

Our retreat space in the Western Catskills is nestled in the valley of the Moresville mountain range, near historic Roxbury, New York. Dedicated to yoga, education, and wellness, Downstream Retreats is located on ten acres of meadows and woodland with many spots to socialize or quietly enjoy the natural beauty. For classes and gatherings, we have a spacious, two story converted barn and a restored 1850s farmhouse. Both sit alongside a rushing mountain stream that feeds into the nearby East Branch of the Delaware River. The Catskills are our backyard with nearby hiking trails, skiing, cycling, swimming and outdoor recreation available year round.

Requirements

Open to students who have been practicing yoga for a minimum of 2 years.

Level I – EVOLVE is a required course for the Yoga Sukhavati 200 hour Teacher Training. It counts as 100 hours towards your certificate. Upon completion of Level I, attend Level II – EMPOWER 100 Hour Immersion to complete your training and receive your Yoga Alliance Certification.


LEVEL II – EMPOWER – CATSKILLS

Posted on August 28th, 2019


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Whether you’re seeking a career change or the journey of self discovery, Yoga Teacher Training is a rite of passage for serious practitioners with a passion for life. Through her Yoga Sukhavati 200 Hour Teacher Training, Leigh Evans has brought hundreds of budding teachers and enthusiasts to the next level of their experience, and the transformations have been remarkable. Teaching teachers is Leigh’s gift to the world, and a gift you owe yourself if you’re ready to take the next step in your journey.

In this ten day immersion in the beauty and peace of the Catskills, dive deeply into the practice of teaching yoga while receiving ancient yogic wisdom and wellness practices. Building on the personal growth and yogic foundations of Level I – EVOLVE training, The Yoga Sukhavati: Level II – EMPOWER training with Leigh Evans will help you move through the blockages that are limiting your full manifestation in you life.

Helpful to everyone, regardless of whether or not you decide to teach, this process will give you the courage to honor your innermost longings, taste your essence, and set your feet on your path.  With Leigh’s guidance, polish your personal practice, find your voice as a teacher, and hone your teaching skills so that you can confidently take the seat of the teacher with grace and compassion.

Develop substantial skills and shine as a yoga teacher through investigation of alignment principles in foundational asanas, teaching practicums with personalized feedback, investigation of intelligent sequencing, the craft of vinyasa rhythm and pacing, and developing the techniques to teach safe and creative beginning and open level classes.

LOCATION

DOWNSTREAM RETREATS – CATSKILLS

Our retreat space in the Western Catskills is nestled in the valley of the Moresville mountain range, near historic Roxbury, New York. Dedicated to yoga, education, and wellness, Downstream Retreats is located on ten acres of meadows and woodland with many spots to socialize or quietly enjoy the natural beauty. For classes and gatherings, we have a spacious, two story converted barn and a restored 1850s farmhouse. Both sit alongside a rushing mountain stream that feeds into the nearby East Branch of the Delaware River. The Catskills are our backyard with nearby hiking trails, skiing, cycling, swimming and outdoor recreation available year round.

Requirements: Open to students who have completed Yoga Sukhavati Teacher Training, Level I – EVOLVE

Level II – EMPOWER is a required course for the Yoga Sukhavati 200 hour Teacher Training. It counts as 100 hours towards your Yoga Alliance Certification. 

Once you have successfully completed both Level I and Level II, you will receive your Yoga Sukhavati 200 Hour Teacher training certificate and be eligible to register as a yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-200).


cooling herbal teas

Posted on July 9th, 2019


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Usually in the Summer I love a good iced black tea. But all the ice teas in the store are now in plastic bottles. Since I’ve been really trying to be as plastic free as possible, I just can’t buy them anymore. It’s really frustrating! You might ask “Why don’t you just make it?” But it just never tastes the same….so thanks to the inspiration of Plastic Free July and the intense humidity, I’m compelled to make an herbal cooling tea that I will love. Oh and according to Ayurveda, caffeine is heating and aggravates pitta dosha, the fire element, which is definitely true for me….(see above)!

Last week I asked my Facebook  friends for suggestions of their favorite Summer refreshing cooling drinks. Wow! so many people had great suggestions! Some I know and others like, “watermelon, beet, lemon, and mint”, I had never tried before. It’s been fun experimenting with the plethora of cooling herbs that help us make it through this sweltering heat: mint, lavender, lemongrass, lemon verbena, hibiscus, rose petals, roasted barley, chamomile, nettles, comfrey, dandelion, fennel, jasmine, kukicha, lemon balm, passion flower & other Summer favs – lemon, lime, and cucumber.

According to Ayurveda, Summer is the season when Pitta Dosha , the fire element can become agitated. You might be noticing some of the signs of Pitta out of balance as the heat kicks up. Are you irritable, cranky, or impatient? Is your skin itchy? Do you have hives, heat rash or acne? Are you stressed out, feeling obsessive, or judgemental? We can effectively cool our system and stay hydrated with refreshing herbal teas so that we can fully enjoy the joyous expression of the Summer’s radiance!

I’ve been experimenting and love the pitta cooling mixture of  lemongrass, lemon verbena, and fresh mint tea with a touch of lemon and honey. It’s incredibly refreshing, and makes me feel very relaxed. In fact, I’m sipping on some right now! Lemon verbena soothes inflammation, aids digestion, and offers calming qualities which also makes it a great sleep aid for those suffering from insomnia. Lemongrass detoxifies the body, reduces inflammation, fevers, infections, and swelling, and offers the bitter flavor and mint, our favorite Summer cooling herb, offers the sweet flavor both which calm pitta dosha. Lemons detoxify pitta in balance, though due to their sour flavor may stimulate aggravated pitta. Honey is heating to pitta, so use it sparingly. Enjoy!

Today I went to pick up some hibiscus and rose petals at Flower Power in the East Village. I’ve been trying my best to be plastic free and they have an incredible selection of loose, organic herbs and spices. I brought my own refillable cotton bags with me, but they also have small paper bags. It’s #plasticfreejuly and small daily plastic free choices make a big difference in the landfill & the sea. AND small daily dosha balancing choices have a huge impact on our well being. So today I made the choice to purchase herbs for tea that would cool my system instead of agitate it and I chose to support a business that offers herbs without any plastic footprint. Every little bit helps us find balance within ourselves and the planet.

joyous heart!

Leigh