The Structure, Power and Grace, 200-Hour Prasana Yoga Teacher Training, Prajna Yoga, Belmont, CA

The Structure, Power and Grace, 200-Hour Prasana Yoga Teacher Training, Prajna Yoga, Belmont, CA
Prajna Yoga and Healing Arts
1601 El Camino Real
Belmont, CA
May 3, 2014 - July 27, 2014
12:30 PM - 8:30 PM


This training happens on 11 weekends, May 3rd – July 27th, 12:00 – 8:30 Sunday, 12:00 – 8:30pm Saturday, except July 5th, 6th & 20th.

Structure, Power and Grace: A 200-Hour Prasana Yoga Teacher Training at Prajna Yoga
Lead Teacher: Eric Shaw

IMG_4356hangBIGSMILE-REV-1 Profoundly committed to the depths of the tradition, Eric has developed his skills and understanding through 27 years of Eastern practices and a decade of PhD-level studies in yoga history, philosophy and science. He brings an unparalleled wealth of skills to the Prajna Yoga community with one of the most innovative approaches to Teacher Training on the current yoga scene. Please see his bio and other material on his offerings throughout this site.  He has offered Teacher Trainings throughout the world and this will be his eighth. It is the first one devoted to Prasana Yoga; he is excited about what it will be.




This Yoga Teacher Training draws on in the knowledge of a some of the most prominent instructors in global yoga

You will not find a stronger base for launching your yoga career, enhancing your present teaching, or expanding your personal practice.  Our faculty will teach you the latest about self-practice, yoga as a vocation, and yoga as a phenomenon in world culture.  Get to know Sarana Miller, Pete Guinosso, Jenny Sauer-Klein. Yiwen Chang, Jane Austin, Harvey Deutch, and Gary Kissiah in this rich immersion into the living tradition.

Bios and Offerings Below

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Structure, Power and Grace Yoga Teacher Training:  Content


MYSF Opening 2013 Eric Teaching Asana Class       The Structure, Power and Grace, Prasana Yoga Teacher Training is a world-class opportunity to extend your understanding of yoga practice, the human body, and the yoga tradition. Our real-life curriculum is practical, diverse and in–depth.

       It is a strong base for launching a yoga career or for experienced yogis to enhance their teaching and personal practice. It teaches about yoga as a personal practice, as a vocation, and as a phenomenon in world history and philosophy.

       In addition to these things, you will learn the system of Prasana Yoga.

       Prasana Yoga is a system of Alignment in Movement with a powerful  understanding of how we move.  You will learn its concept of mind-body patterning. You will learn the major yoga poses, their traditional alignment cues, and standards for sequencing.  Prasana Yoga is a traditional hatha yoga (physical yoga) approach that teaches the foundational vinyasas and poses of mainstream yoga practice that are rooted in the styles of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga.  With this foundation, you will learn the principles of bodily structure and movement to design poses, yogic pose-sets and yoga choreography, to support and accelerate your practice and teaching goals.

       In the end, this practice uses ancient wisdom to create precise, beautiful, and potentially new asanas, while teaching sequencing that grants the benefit of true meditation in motion.

Structure, Power and Grace Yoga Teacher Training: Overview of Topics

In this yoga teacher training, you will be instructed in:

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Chanting
  • Class Design
  • The Effects of Bodily Levers and Orientation in Yoga Postures
  • Ethics and Legalities in Yoga
  • Forrest Yoga
  • Holistic Entrepreneurship
  • Instructional Language
  • Limits of Compression and Tension in Yoga Postures
  • Meditation
  • How to build a Personal Practice
  • Pose Alignment
  • Pose Sequencing
  • Pranayama
  • Prasana Yoga
  • Pre-Natal Yoga
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Teaching Skills
  • Yoga Culture
  • Yoga History
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Sanskrit Posture Names


Teaching Approach, Yoga Alliance Registration and Prospects for Further Study


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       This yoga teacher training doesn’t just plug you in a classroom for endless hours, assisting a lead instructor, it gives you direct face-time with Eric and our excellent guest teachers over the course of the curriculum doing hands-on practice-teaching with immediate personal feedback. You will teach among your peers in a supportive laboratory atmosphere where you are encouraged to take risks, experiment, and get help from Eric and while dialoging with a community of budding teachers you will come know and trust.

       You will richly complete this yoga teacher training within the actual 200-hour standard set by Yoga Alliance and within the 3 months allotted. You will not be expected to complete numerous, additional workshops, continually adding costs.

Picture1       You will receive free yoga classes at Prajna Yoga for the duration of the yoga teacher training.       

Upon successful completion of the Yoga Teacher Training program, you will be certified by the Prasana Yoga School permitting you to be a RYT-200 Teacher with Yoga Alliance.         

This 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered training may be seen as undergraduate study in today’s teacher education landscape. It is the first step to 500-hour and 1000-hour registration, should you choose to explore further levels of study.








Guest Teacher Programming

Our skilled guest teachers, many of them internationally-recognized, will add additional powerful instruction in: Pre-Natal Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Functional Anatomy, Forrest Yoga, The Ethics and Legalities of Yoga, Chanting, and Holistic Entrepreneurship   ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Jane Austin:  Yoga Jane Austin head shot 2.jpgin Pregnancy and Beyond

In this workshop we will show how to safely teach yoga for pregnancy and postpartum. We will understand the physiological changes in a woman’s body during this time, as well as the dos and don’ts of prenatal and postnatal yoga practice. Instruction on modifying asana for all stages of pregnancy and post-pregnancy as well appropriate pranayama practices will be discussed Sunday, July 13, 2:30 – 7:30pm Jane Austin is the founder and director of Mama Tree, a yoga school specializing in yoga for the childbearing year. She has trained hundreds of yoga teachers to work with expectant mothers and has worked as a yoga teacher, a midwife, doula (labor assistant) and childbirth educator for 20 years. Her infectious joy and broad skills have made her the go-to prenatal teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. 





yiwen changYiwen Chang: Ashtanga Yoga

Designed to challenge long held beliefs about one’s body, mind and  patience, Ashtanga Yoga is a practice rooted in breath, dristhi, bandhas and discipline. It is a strong dynamic yoga practice first taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. In this segment of the Teacher Training, an introduction of the Ashtanga Primary Series will be presented in lecture (2 hours) and directly experienced in physical practice (6.5 hours). Saturday, July 19, 12:30 – 8:30 Yiwen began her yoga practice 27 years ago and fell in love with Ashtanga Yoga 20 years ago. While Yiwen studied with many renowned yoga teachers from various traditions, her Ashtanga teacher, Tim Miller, remains to be her most beloved teacher and inspiration. After 14 years of teaching Ashtanga and hatha classes in SF Bay Area on the peninsula, Yiwen created Prajna Yoga & Healing Arts Center 2.5 years ago. She is very excited to host Eric Shaw’s San Francisco area Prasana Yoga Teacher Training!

Harvey DeutchHarvey Deutch:  The Anatomy of the Body, The Anatomy of Yoga

This teaching will give students a nuts-and-bolts foundation for understanding how bodies function generally and specifically in yoga practice. Students will learn the architecture of the skeleton and muscular anatomy. They will learn “What happens when the body starts to move” as they explore movement alignment and the scientific foundations for a sustainable practices. Students will learn how to guide students and themselves to maintain progress in yoga practice and avoid injury and overuse in all the “body things” humans do. Saturdays, May 24 and June 28, 4:30 – 8:30pm Harvey Deutch has been practicing the art of physical therapy for over 32 years. After graduating from the Physical Therapy program at the University of Vermont, he moved to California and practiced for six years in Los Angeles, never quite feeling home in Southern California, he moved to San Francisco in 1987 and directed a sports medicine center for six years. In 1994, Harvey began his own private practice and today has manifested the dream of mixing his physical therapy talents and yoga intuitions.  He the founder of Red Hawk Physical Therapy and one of yoga’s best-known and respected teachers of functional anatomy in San Francisco’s Yoga Teacher Trainings and others nationwide.

Pete Guinosso 5Pete Guinosso : The Art of Theming and Intention in a Yoga Class

Learn how to create a yoga practice that flows like a good novel: with a beginning, middle, and end that takes your students to new and different levels of awareness, In this workshop, we learn to brainstorm themes and choose intentions that feel rich and topical. You will learn to: • Utilize words, imagery, asanas, pranayamas and meditations that reflect your chosen intention. • Develop and “track” your theme throughout the entire class. • Learn how vocabulary, pacing, volume, and the inflection in your voice affect your students’ experience. Sunday, June 15, 12:30 -4:30pm Pete Guinosso, ERYT-500 graduated from the Forrest Yoga Teacher Training program in 2006, has taught at festivals, retreats, and conferences around the world. He is deeply committed to supporting teachers and students alike in finding and celebrating their truth and helping them walk in beauty. He is on staff as one of Yoga Tree’s teacher trainers, both the 200 and 500 hr TT, and has created his own 200 hour YA school called Lighting the Path, his own San Francisco area yoga teacher training.




Gary KissiahGary Kissiah: Legalities and Ethics in Yoga Teaching

In this workshop we will explore the key agreements among studios, teachers and students, strategies for protecting studios and teachers from liability, trademark, independent contractors and employees, and changes to the Yoga Alliance Code of Conduct. Sunday June 8, 4:30 – 7:30pm Gary Kissiah  has practiced corporate and business law for over twenty years. He has been a partner in a global law firm and a senior lawyer with Microsoft. Gary has a Certificate of Yoga Philosophy from San Francisco’s California Institute of Integral Studies and is a RYT 200. He published, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Illuminations Through Image in 2011 and teaches in yoga teacher trainings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.



Sarana Miller IIISarana Miller: Pranayama and Kirtan: Connecting with Breath

We will begin with pranayama, expanding the dimensions of breathing. Building on breath practice, we’ll explore some of the basics of kirtan. Kirtan is bhakti yoga, the yoga of heart and of devotion. Practice will close with a slow and deep asana practice, letting the heart connection of the pranayama and kirtan have a place to land in the body. Sunday, June 8, 12:30 – 4:30pm Sarana Miller’s playfulness and sense of joy infuse the precision and challenge of all her classes. She draws on many yoga styles, having studied with master teachers including Rodney Yee, Thomas Fortel, Ana Forrest, Insight Yoga founder Sarah Powers, and American kirtan master Jai Uttal. She’s also studied and taught with physical therapist Harvey Deutch Sarana is on the Faculty at Esalen and Wilbur Hot Springs. She has presented at conferences, modeled and served as a contributor to Yoga Journal Magazine. Along with teaching at her home studio and several San Francisco area studios, Sarana has been a staff teacher at Yoga Journal for nine years and is a regular teacher at the San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference. She teaches workshops throughout the year at Wilbur Hot Springs and Esalen, and in Mexico and Alaska.

Jenny sauer KleinJenny Sauer-Klein: The Yoga Teacher’s Tool Kit for a Thriving Business

Learn how to greatly improve the quality of life for those you serve while improving your own! As an empowered holistic entrepreneur, you will learn how to align your spiritual purpose with the real world demands of making a living doing what you love. In this transformational workshop, you will learn to:

  •     Discover your innate specialty, creating more clients & abundance
  •     Compose a kick ass bio that feels authentic and creates credibility
  •     Write engaging workshop descriptions
  •     Create a sustainable, tiered mix of products and services

Sunday, June 1, 12:30 – 3:30. Jenny Sauer-Klein is an internationally renowned teacher and group facilitator, as well as a creative coach for health and wellness pioneers. She is the founder of The Movement Blueprint, a strategic system designed to scale your unique method into a movement.  As the co-founder of AcroYoga, Jenny has successfully developed a thriving international brand, community and organization from scratch. This movement, now with hundreds of thousands of practitioners with its own teacher trainings on six continents, has been deemed a “global phenomenon” by Yoga Journal.

 Schedule and Location

Weekends May 3rd to July 27, 2014, (excepting July 4th weekend), Sundays, 12:30 – 8:30pm and Saturdays, 12:30 – 7:30pm.

Prajna Yoga and Healing Arts, 1601 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA.  650/264.9655.


Dive In  !!!

        This is the experience of a lifetime. For a yoga teacher training near San Francisco, this is as good as it gets.  You will form special bonds with your teachers and colleagues that will be touchstones for you throughout your career. This yoga teacher training will develop you from a keen student to a self-assured instructor in 3 months. You will empower yourself to follow a dynamic life path and create rewarding relationships along the way.

Last Yoga Teacher Training Open House, Sunday, April 13,  6 – 7:30pm, Prajna Yoga and Healing Arts, 1601 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA.  650/264.9655,

  • Refreshments!
  • Slideshow!
  • Review of what to Expect!
  • Meet potential fellow trainees!

We look forward to seeing you!


It is recommended that students have 2 years of focused asana practice before applying for this training.

 As you apply, please fill out the questionnaire, here.  It may be mailed to prasanayoga at gee mail dot com or 2420 Virginia, #104, Berkeley, CA 94709

Structure, Power and Grace Yoga Teacher Training Tuition

Full: $2630


$2130 Early Eagle by Jan 31, 2014

$500 off !!!!


$2380 Early Crow by Mar 19, 2014

$250 off !!!!


10% off Senior/Student

There is a $500 non-refundable registration fee, which is applied toward the full tuition price.

To work out an individual payment plan, please pay only the $300 registration fee, then write to prasanayoga at G mail dot com.

Full tuition under all plans is due by April 19.

  • This event may be taken as a first half module, May 3rd – June 8th for $1495

NOTE:   If Paypalling the amount, please pay as a “friend” or add the 3.9% processing fee.  Payments by check may be sent to: 2420 Virginia, #104, Berkeley, CA 94709


Two Video Scholarships

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Prajna will offer 50% off* the full price in 1 scholarships, and 25% off another, based on the 2 videos with highest hits.  Here’s how it works:

Create a compelling video that promotes the Structure, Power and Grace Prasana Yoga Teacher Training.  It can be serious, ironic, funny, informative, or outrageous, or all of these.  It should be 3 – 10 minutes, no more, no less. Videos must be posted no later than March 1st.

  • Interview TT teachers!
  • Take a video tour around the Prajna studio!
  • Express your passion for yoga and hopes for the training!
  • Be creative!

Post your vid on YouTube.  Promote it on your Facebook Page, on your website, in cards and letters home to Kansas—whatever! And the 2 students who gets the most YouTube hits win big.  Get it? Then go! And send Prajna links to your creation—and we will promote you and your video, too.  .

Scholarships award date: 4/11/2014. 

Assistant!  Eric is looking for a strong assistant (or two if the training is large) and would discount the training for anyone willing to help this way.  Please write to Eric to discuss this at the email above.


Students are allowed to miss 7 hours of instruction without make-up. Beyond this, make-up options will be worked out as needed, and will usually require taking authorized workshops to replace missed hours or scheduling one-on-one instruction time with TT teachers.

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