The Student Immersion Program

The Student Immersion Program

The Student Immersion Program

If you're ready to take your yoga practice to the next level, the Student Immersion may be the choice for you.  The Student Immersion will allow you to not only expand your physical practice, but also encourage you to take your yoga off the mat and more into your life.  You'll challenge your body as we break down and delve deeper into the yoga postures, and you'll challenge your mind with the study of yoga philosophy and meditation.

Taking this step in your yoga practice will re-ignite a passion for life and help you find a greater sense of calm and joy in all that you do.  As well, you'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals.  A typical Student Immersion meets for one or two days during a weekend and includes the practice of asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork) and meditation, as well as presentations and discussions focused on a theme or style of yoga.  Each Student Immersion is designed to educate, inspire and encourage you toward your best self through yoga.

Hatha Yoga: Find balance in your practice with Steve Retzlaff - September 20 & 21, 2014

Student Immersion in Hatha Yoga:  Find balance in your practice
with Steve Retzlaff
September 20 & 21, 2014

Here's your opportunity to grow and personalize your yoga practice.  In this two-day Student Immersion with Steve, you'll explore and reflect on yoga techniques to encourage balance in our ever-changing bodies and environments.  You'll be encouraged to find a practice that meets you where you are--recognizing thought and behavior patterns and utilizing your yoga practice to support change.  

Topics include:
-  Concept of Parinamavada, the understanding that constant change is an inherent part of nature
-  Idea of the Gunas, qualities of nature
-  Exploration of asanas (postures) from various yoga styles (vinyasa, yin, restorative) to balance energy
-  Pranayama (breathing techniques) to calm and energize, including Ujjayi, Kapalabhati, Sama Vritti, and Bahya Kumbhaka
-  Anatomy in yoga, including proportions and basic joint and limb movement (some partner work may be included)
-  Simple meditation techniques
Weekend agenda:
Saturday September 20
1:00pm-3:15pm  Welcome and guided yoga practice including pranayama (energizing and balancing practice)
3:15pm-4:15pm  Philosophy discussion
4:15pm-4:30pm  Meditation
4:30pm-5:00pm  Meal break
5:00pm-6:00pm  Group discussion and Q&A on Parinamavada and Gunas
6:00pm-7:00pm  "Yoga Lab"  (posture breakdown, modifications, and optional hands-on assists)
Sunday, September 21
9:00am-11:00am  Guided yoga practice including pranayama (restorative and balancing practice) 
11:00am-11:30am  Group discussion: "What's your dominant Guna?"
11:30pm-12:00pm Meal break
12:00pm-1:00pm  Yogic text regarding the Gunas and the duality of life
1:00pm-2:00pm  "Yoga Lab"  (posture breakdown with a focus on joint movement, group activity regarding proportions in practice) 
2:00pm-2:15pm  Guided meditation 
2:15pm-3:00pm  Group discussion:  "Guna triggers" 
There are no required readings for this immersion weekend.  You'll just want to bring your yoga mat (if you have one), notebook and pen, water bottle, and snacks/meals each day.  
Student Immersion in Hatha Yoga:  Find balance in your practice
with Steve Retzlaff
September 20 & 21, 2014
$190 if you register by September 2, 2014.

Saturday 1pm-7pm
Sunday 9am-3pm
(12 hours total)

Location for all Student Immersion weekends
Urban Breath Yoga - Dogtown
1220 Tamm Ave
St Louis, MO 63139

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Yoga Basics with Maddie Webb - October 18, 2014

maddie-thumbnailDive right into a yoga practice in the Yoga Basics Student Immersion. This one-day immersion will help those new to yoga build a strong practice from the ground up and will encourage those with experience to explore aspects of yoga not often included in a typical hourlong class. We'll have time to delve into the finer details of physical alignment, breathwork, meditation, and even introduce yoga history and philosophy. Build your confidence on (and off) the mat through this immersion.

Topics include:
- Introduction to the history of yoga and yoga philosophy
- Understanding fundamental yoga postures
- Proper physical alignment and modifications for postures
- Simple breathing techniques to calm and energize
- Basic meditation techniques

Yoga Basics Immersion breakdown of the day:
1-2pm Yoga basics practice
2-3pm Welcome/ Introductions/ Breathwork practice
3-4pm Intro to the history of yoga and yoga philosophy discussion
4-5:30pm Breakdown of yoga postures
5:30-6pm Meditation

There is no textbook or reading assignment for the Yoga Basics Immersion.   You'll just want to bring your yoga mat (if you have one), notebook and pen, water bottle and a light snack for the 5 hours program.

Yoga Basics Immersion
Saturday, October 18
with Maddie Webb 
$100 and includes a 30-day yoga pass.

Urban Breath Yoga - Dogtown
1220 Tamm Ave
St Louis, MO 63139

What students are saying about the Student Immersion

Below is what students have to say about the Student Immersion weekend:

"I enjoyed the weekend and learned a good amount about the history of yoga and a lot about alignment--inner and outer."

"Great intro to a teacher training environment."

"I am so grateful to have the opportunity to 'go deeper' with yoga with out having to commit to an expensive teacher training or retreat. This is PERFECT for me and a huge value to the community! I loved setting aside a whole weekend to focus on only this one thing. It was wonderful. I intend to attend as many of these as my resources allow."

"I LOVED was a great balance of activity with information along with being relaxing all in one...not easy to do!!!"

"There was nothing that stood out that I wanted to change. The program fit what I was looking for!"

"I value the opportunity to have participated in program, the fact that it exists. I have been practicing for about 5 years, so I love the idea of taking my practice to another level without needing to do a teacher training, since I'm not interested in that (yet...maybe someday!)."