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Yoga, Mindfulness and Evolution – Fall

September 15 - September 21

Practicing and teaching with deeper intention

35-hour Advanced Teacher Training with certification in Yoga and Mindfulness 

  • Saturday, September 15, 1:30-5:00pm 
  • Sunday, September 16, 12pm-4:30pm 
  • Monday-Friday, September 17-21, 1pm-6pm 

At its heart, yoga is more than a physical practice; it is a practice of evolution and liberation. But to truly understand what this means, we must go beyond the physical postures and explore the subtler philosophical and spiritual tenants of this ancient tradition, while also investigating how these teachings relate to our modern lives.

The word “mindfulness” has become common in today’s yoga classrooms. But what does “mindfulness” really mean? How does it relate to our yoga practice? And how do we incorporate it, and other wisdom teachings, into the yoga classroom?

In this one-week immersion, you’ll learn: 

• how and why to practice different forms of meditation practice from both Yoga and Buddhist paths
• the four essential pillars of contemplative practice, including “mindfulness”
• how to start or enliven your own personal home meditation practice
• what “evolution” means in a spiritual context, and why it’s an important part of practice
• how to incorporate contemplative teachings into Vinyasa and Restorative classes
• how to weave philosophy that you love (ancient and modern) into your classes with ease and authenticity

This week-long teacher training will combine seated meditation, yoga asana, discussion, and some practice teaching. It is appropriate for teachers of all levels, and experienced yoga practitioners.

Note: The weekend portion of this training is open to all students. If you’re interested in signing up for the weekend only, please see the Heart of Meditation weekend workshop.

Tuition is $700, or $625 if you register by 9/1.

This course provides 35 hours for YGSF’s 300-Hour Program [35 Yoga Alliance® CEUs]. 
YGSF Members receive 10% off the regular price of this workshop. Alumni receive 15% off the regular price of this workshop. 


Karen Macklin, MA, MFA, E-RYT 500, has been practicing yoga and meditation for 18 years, and teaches in the Bay Area and beyond. She is primarily influenced by seated meditation practices from the Buddhist (Theravāda) tradition, and physical practices from contemporary yoga traditions, including Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, and Shadow Yoga.

She regularly sits silent Vipassanā meditation retreats, studies Nonviolent Communication, and has written extensively about yoga and Eastern philosophy for various publications. She teaches with an emphasis on developing internal awareness, deepening concentration, healing trauma, and promoting self-inquiry. www.karenmacklin.com

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