The Anatomy of The Self Yoga Teacher Training
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The Anatomy of The Self Yoga Teacher Training

Training Overview

The Anatomy of The Self is an advanced yoga teacher training module that can be taken as part of the 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training or as a way to deepen your understanding of yoga for your own personal practice.


Dates To Be Announced

This program begins in the evening of the program start date and ends in the evening of the program end date. Plan to depart from Pavones Yoga Center on the morning after the program's listed end date.


Indira Kate Kalmbach

Directed by Indira Kate Kalmbach

Founder, Director of Yoga Teacher Trainings, E-RYT 500

Program Requirements

For this program you will need:

  • Your favorite translation of The Bhagavad Gita; please read prior to arrival.
  • A photo of yourself from childhood.
  • A 200‐hour certification (either through Pavones Yoga Center or a different Yoga Alliance certified school) is required unless you are taking this course as a personal growth retreat.

Program Highlights

  • Twenty hours of in‐depth breakdown of anatomy for yoga.
  • How to help your students access more challenging yoga postures using facilitated stretching.
  • Understanding anatomy: muscles, bones, fascia and how they connect.
  • How to use and create a rope wall
  • Modifications for working with specific populations (scoliosis, knee injury, sciatica).
  • The importance of ritual in society and personal life for growth, healing, and transformation.
  • What is the Self? Eastern and Western perspectives

What to Expect

During our time together, we will study physical anatomy as it relates to safety and in-depth proper alignment in yoga poses. Together we will create graduated sequences that can help your students to stay inspired with the physical postural practice of yoga, and you’ll take home incredibly precise verbal cues that bring a yoga practice alive.

Since the time of our ancestors, fire has played a central role in transformational inner journeys and has been the centerpiece for groups coming together in ritual and ceremony. The seat of the self, known in the Japanese tradition as Hara, is the place out of which we develop our personality and ego and is associated with the fire element. A healthy ego is absolutely necessary for optimal living on the planet. In this program we’ll explore how to balance a healthy sense of self with the yogic concept of non-attachment to form and freedom from limitations.

Join us to study posture and breath practices that specifically stoke and build the fire element and build a healthy sense of self in relationship to the natural world. The Anatomy of The Self delves into the untamed dimensions of our human nature and encourages a shedding of layers of cultural conditioning in order for the most joyful and unconditioned aspects of the self to emerge.

All Pavones Yoga Center teacher trainings are offered in true residential retreat style. Accommodations, meals, yoga classes, and training sessions all take place onsite. On weekends and in the afternoons you will have ample time for exploring the tropical beach-jungle in which this course unfolds. The training combines various experiences in nature as a way to deepen our connection to the earth and inspire the sense of awe and natural curiosity that foster healthy learning. Whenever possible, our training experience follows the rhythms and cycles of nature, for example by celebrating new beginnings on the new moon and allowing time for meditative practices on the full moon. By being on nature's schedule you will find an increased ability to heal, transform and grow.

For ten days, we will immerse ourselves in twice daily physical asana practices, daily technique breakdown sessions, philosophy, pranayama, meditation, and experiential workshops. The active classes in the morning will awaken and inspire. Evening asana practices are restorative and therapeutic. This blend of yin and yang styles will give you a range of options for designing your own future yoga classes.

The yoga teacher training at Pavones Yoga Center is thorough and inspirational- nothing that happens isn't part of a lesson plan. You will experience a wonderful feeling of peaceful ease and relaxation from PYC and learn so very much!

– Lynn D.

Course Syllabus

Our mission in this training is to help people become inspired yoga teachers and practitioners who draw upon their own life experiences to share yoga with the world.

Gifted yoga teachers with decades of teaching experience guide our advanced yoga teacher training programs. PYC faculty teachers and guest speakers are real, authentic, unfiltered, and passionate; they give 100% of themselves to their teaching. At Pavones Yoga Center, our commitment to your growth and education as a yoga teacher is unparalleled.

Typical Schedule*

6:15 – 8:30 am Morning yoga practice
12:00 – 5:00 pm Midday session (technique/philosophy/theory)
6:45 – 9:00 pm
Evening sadhana or theory/philosophy 

*Please keep in mind, this schedule is written in sand, not stone. While the contents of the training remain consistent, slight variations to the program schedule may occur to flow with the particular energy of each program.

Pavones Yoga Center is a registered school at both the 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour levels. The hours of this program can be divided into the following categories with mandatory hours as listed (in compliance with standards set by Yoga Alliance).

If you are taking this course for Yoga Alliance certification you will need to attend all classes in order to comply with the number of contact hours required by Yoga Alliance.

Training Modules

Technique Training & Practice (30 hours)
  • Asana alignment principles according to different systems, Iyengar in particular.
  • How to use a rope wall, chairs, and other props to work with specific populations (scoliosis, sciatica, etc) to align for proper muscular strength and joint stability.
  • Daily morning sadhana with application of fundamental concepts from Bandha Yoga codex.
  • Pranayama and meditation technique and practice.
  • Verbal cues for awakening, co-activation of muscles, PNF, reciprocal inhibition from Bandha Yoga Codex (Ray Long, MD)
  • Graduated sequences working toward challenging or “advanced” postures (vishvamitrasana, eka pada koundiyanasana, etc)
  • Hands-on assists
Teaching Methodology (5 hours)
  • Creating safety in a classroom across different populations
  • How to balance authentic, unique teaching with clear instructions
  • How to build and use a rope wall. Proper height, distance etc.
Anatomy & Physiology (35 hours)
  • Joint structure and function, including concepts such as joint reaction forces, joint coupling and rhythm, joint stability and mobility, and pathological considerations.
  • Muscle and bone names, with palpation.
  • Anatomical planes of movement, directions and orientation.
  • Muscle physiology, including reflex arcs, PNF, optimal stretching.
  • Breathing mechanics and physiology.
  • Myofascial connections.
  • Pose analysis with application of Dr. Ray Long’s Bandha Yoga Codex.
  • How to use knowledge of biomechanics to develop and communicate your own effective cues for refining and deepening poses.
  • Injury prevention for yoga.
  • Therapeutic application of yoga for specific conditions.
Philosophy, Lifestyle, Ethics (10 hours)
  • Finding your dharma, creating ritual and ceremony, honoring life cycles.
  • Conscious living and mindfulness: simplicity, balance, awareness.
  • Carving out individual path while honoring societal needs.
  • Dealing with pain (emotional, psychological, spiritual, physical).
  • The business of yoga: how to market your skills, where to teach.
  • The ethics of student-teacher relationships: the Pavones Yoga Center code.
  • Yoga Alliance: how it works.
  • Building Community: Ongoing Training, Staying Inspired, Keeping In Touch.
Practicum (10 hours)
  • Practice teach in pairs and small groups (daily) using the specific verbal cues and alignment principles taught in this course.
  • Design and present your own workshop for a specific special population (you will choose your area of study when you register for the course).
  • Various experiences and activities in nature and contact with the natural world
  • Our connection to Nature as a source of healing
  • The impact of the environment on our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being
  • Using earth-based imagery and metaphor in a yoga class
  • Eco-Oriented Yoga: The philosophy and practice of Eco-oriented Yoga is unique to Pavones Yoga Center.
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Monkey in Tree
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Eco-Oriented Yoga

The course is carried out in the breath-taking open air Yoga Pavilion, perched above the town of Pavones with an expansive ocean view from three sides and a lush jungle to our backs. Overlooking the Pacific, our accommodations and retreat settings cannot be topped.

You will wake each morning with macaws soaring overhead, toucans singing in the nearby trees, or howler monkeys making their way through the jungle nearby. We have designed our package to include all expenses including vegetarian meals prepared by our chefs who have worked around the world for celebrity clientele.

This training is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in yoga inquiry. Our Pavones Yoga Center training is unique in that we limit our group size (to a maximum of 21 students) so that each student is able to fulfill her or his own personal goals for a yoga teacher training. This provides a deeply individualized learning experience.

We hold that the health and wellbeing of earth and humans are inextricably linked; environmental issues are a sign of faltering human psychology and spiritual maturity, and human psycho-emotional illness is in direct proportion to the sickness of the natural world. Our exploration into the field of Eco-psychology will directly address how a contemplative practice of yoga can shape and support an emerging sense of wholeness and deep personal wellbeing. Most fun of all, a portion of our training is dedicated to direct experiences with nature as a way to foster the natural "being in the present moment" awareness that is the 'aim' of yoga.

Tuition & Registration

Program Cost: $2,300 USD*

*Cost includes all expenses: shared (two per room) onsite lodging, all meals, all program costs.
Room upgrade options available on the registration form.

The Anatomy of The Self Yoga Teacher Training

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