March 17-April 4, 2019
Soma Yoga Institute
Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training
This program offers students in-depth skills to explore yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. The curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment based vinyasa flow, with a solid foundation in Hatha yoga. You will receive 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework.
The instruction will cover a wide range of therapeutic yoga techniques through: yoga postures, anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, and meditation. Students will explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali and the chakra system as frameworks for the application of yoga as a journey towards radiant health and well-being.
Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each trainee to adapt the practices and find their own authentic voice as a teacher. Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of therapeutic yoga and other class types.
Sam Akers, E-RYT 500, CMT, C-IAYT – Yoga Therapist
Samantha began practicing yoga in 2000, after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. She credits Restorative Yoga and meditation, to her healing. She began teaching yoga in 2002, after receiving her first certification in Hatha and Kundalini yoga. Later, she went on to graduate from her 500 hour program in 2009. Her interest in therapeutic style of Iyengar Yoga eventually led her to study therapeutics with Judith Lasater, Leeann Carey and Russ Pfeiffer. Sam is also a massage therapist. In 2009, she earned her certification from one of the only 1000 hour programs in Los Angeles.
Additionally, Sam has also studied meditation with Pema Chodron. Her current teachers are Shinzen Young and George Haas in Los Angeles. In 2014, she completed a training in Developing Meaningful Relationships through Meditation with George.
In 2012, she opened TheraYoga Studio in Los Angeles, bringing the TheraYoga Method (TM) to the community. Samantha sees over 50 private students a month, mixing modalities of yoga, meditation and bodywork.
Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500
Peggy is a certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, committed to a lifelong path of Yoga and taking its insightful teachings into all areas of her life. She first discovered the practice in 1980 and began teaching it to others in 1997. Ashtanga, Iyengar and Anusara are the schools in which have influenced her practice. She leads from her heart, teaching her classes with passion and incorporating meaningful yogic themes. Meanwhile, also keeping a keen attention to alignment. In addition to yoga, she finds her deepest joy and peace being in nature and with her family. Peggy founded and operated a premier yoga studio in Arcata, Om Shala Yoga, for 10 years. She has been leading workshops, retreats, and trainings since 2003.