Join Benjamin Sears and a team of experts for the acclaimed 200 Hour Sacred Geometry Teacher Training Intensive at Second Side Yoga in Dallas, Texas. Immerse in a proven, transformational program that will empower you to orient yourself on the mat, as a teacher, and in our ever-changing world – and be ready to teach effective classes right away. The Sacred Geometry bedrock of two proven sequences and a cohesive yet broad curriculum connects to a central paradigm of self-knowledge that will develop your practice and teaching long after the training is complete. Transcend any one style of yoga and learn how the practice can fit each body. Develop a personal practice and find your voice. When the system is sound, the challenge reflects potential. YOU are potential! Become a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher today.
BENJAMIN SEARS YOGA
Take your hunger to learn something more and turn it into nourishment. Turn it into something you can feel, like your own volume and all of your sides in every posture.
The Benjamin Sears Yoga Mission:
+ to provide you with a broad yet cohesive yoga education that empowers you to transcend brands of yoga and develop a personal practice that will stand the test of time and become a shoulder to lean upon through the peaks and valleys of life. More than learning the sequences, this means a way of seeing and understanding different practices and bodies under whatever circumstances you encounter them.
+ to prepare you to teach and practice 2 proven therapeutic vinyasa sequences right away. Having a scaffold to find your voice is indispensable.
+ to hold space for you to go deep inside yourself; you will immerse in both traditional and modern breath practices, journaling work, and develop new frameworks for self-reflection.
+ to hold space for you to connect with other soulful people. One of the best parts of training is making friends from all over the world and supporting each other.
+ to give you the tools to hold those spaces for yourself as a teacher and a student. See your strength and learn to use it. See your patterns and learn to transcend them.
+ to provide you with a universal paradigm for effective teaching. Communication is crucial. This training will lead to you find your own voice, your own way. Every painting starts with a canvas.
+ to inspire you to continue your research. You'll step out of this feeling strong and motivated.
+Take your hunger to learn something more and turn it into nourishment. Turn it into something you can feel, like your own volume and all of your sides in every posture.
+ to immerse yourself with great spirit in your training and take your role as a student seriously. The most effective teacher never stops learning.
+ to use your training to create new positive patterns
+ to believe in yourself
+ to refrain from drugs, alcohol, and legal stimulants (caffeine, etc.) throughout the duration of your training
WHAT TO EXPECT
Benjamin Sears Yoga Trainings are immersive experiences for personal transformation that will provide the skills to start teaching Yoga right away. Expect a comprehensive Yoga education with a fine balance between the traditional aspects of Yoga and the power of evolution and science. Learn two Sacred Geometry Vinyasa sequences with variations and modifications for ability and injury, as well as functional mobility, handstand protocols from total beginner to press handstand and in-depth breathwork and meditation training.
+ Asana (Yoga Postures)
Master the basics to develop a strong practice and guide others – "learn your dog, dude." Know what a shoulder is supposed to do in Chaturanga, why how fold your body affects your knee, and a thousand more such basics that every teacher needs to know. More than learning postures, you will learn how to connect concepts across a practice to maximize healing and minimize injury.
+ 2 Sacred Geometry Vinyasa sequences: both sequences are complete practices with extensive variation options for all levels and necessary down-levels: Polish the Past (Backbends) & Arc of the Future (Hips, Folds & Arm Balances)
+ Morning Sacred Geometry Asana Intensives
These are the heart of the training. In a small group setting we will use variable techniques to ensure that you understand and the concepts essential to therapeutic and invigorating practice. The sequences will be used as the framework for dissection and expansion of postures and principles, and while you're warm, we'll get you assisting each other.
+ Pranayama (Breathing Practices)
A personal Sadhana (practice) makes you powerful. Learn to go inside to come out stronger.
+ Dhyana (Meditation Practices)
+ Kriyas (Yogic Cleansing & Empowerment Practices)
+ Active Mobility : crucial for both long-term health and skill development. This aspect of the training is a combination of evolved flexibility and strength work plus Functional Range Conditioning.
+ Handstand Protocols From total beginner to press handstand; learn the steps to balancing confidently and how to keep others safe along the same path.
+ Teaching Methodology
Simple, effective and honest communication in your real voice. No theatre here, our teaching labs apply just enough pressure to make diamonds. You will be teaching in real time during the training.
How to go deep safely in practice and teaching (Vinyasa Krama), and how to tailor practices for specific needs and therapy.
+ Vocal tuning, Sound Healing, Vocal Meditation & Yoga Nidra with Jaya Ramaprasad, PhD
Jaya, a classically trained Indian musician and scholar, will lead a module new the middle of the raining. Rather than force spirituality, she combines classical Indian singing notes with body-mapping meditation to avail the therapeutic impact of chanting to all people. Students testify that practicing with Jaya produces both instant and consistent boosts to mood and reflective capacity. A truly complete practice represents an integration of body and mind, and working with Jaya to fully embody the power of one’s voice is an incredible boon for anyone who wishes to teach, or simply communicate more effectively and learn skills for self-calibration. Just as the Sacred Geometry Vinyasa practice empowers you to center yourself in space, vocal work with Jaya tunes your etheric self. Benjamin uses Jaya’s techniques as part of his regular practice, especially before teaching large groups.
+ Philosophy with Jaya Ramaprasad, PhD
Know the basics and how they resonate in today's world. This is a powerful aspect of this training in particular due to the collaboration between Benjamin Sears & Jaya Ramaprasad, PhD. Both are masters at taking complex metaphorical texts and relating them to life in a way that will actually serve your own process and that of your students-to-be.
+ Functional Anatomy
A two-fold process: the anatomy course you will study online before training and the hands-on work during the immersion.
Learn and practice transformative self-reflective writing - Raja Yoga for the modern yogi, or, as one of our students put it: "some powerful sh*%"
+ Yoga Business - Guidelines for Growth
+ 7:30-8:15am // Awakening : Pranayama & Meditation
+ 8:30-11am // In-Depth Asana Practice
+ 11:00am-1:00pm // Break
+ 1-4:30pm // Afternoon Education Modules
+ 5:00-6:30pm // Sacred Geometry Vinyasa Practice / Education Module
** At the midpoint of the training there will be one day of light curriculum, self-care practices, and celebration.
I believe that we learn by practice – whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. Practice counts. I’ve spent most of my life sweating, rolling, stretching, dancing - in some way simply connecting body and mind because this integration is where I feel empowered. I think I can help you feel this. When I discovered yoga in 2002, my practice became a therapeutic refuge from a lifetime of intense training and the injuries that inevitably come from a pursuit that puts performance first and wellness second. I still wouldn’t trade a minute of it. Inspired by the healing and self-reflection of yoga practice, I have found a way to teach dance and movement that is not only accessible to all kinds people but also delivers the same type of profound physical and spiritual therapy as yoga.
I bring the balance of precision and joy from my dance background into yoga and I reveal to my movement students how precise movements are the gateway to freedom. Everyone should be able to discover how practice reveals the unique beauty of the way his or her body moves and the joy of that freedom. I'm honored to teach at LUX – it's a magical place to improve your body's vocabulary.
JAYA RAMAPRASAD, PhD
Jaya is a classically trained Indian musician and singer with a Phd in Physics from Purdue. Jaya shares traditional wisdom and practices for modern application and will teach philosophy, Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), and chanting at Benjamin Sears Yoga TT. Rather than force spirituality, she combines classical Indian singing notes with body-mapping meditation to avail the therapeutic impact of chanting to all people. Students testify that practicing with Jaya produces both instant and consistent boosts to mood and reflective capacity. A truly complete practice represents an integration of body and mind, and working with Jaya to fully embody the power of one’s voice is an incredible boon for anyone who wishes to teach, or simply communicate more effectively and learn skills for self-calibration. Just as the Sacred Geometry Vinyasa practice empowers you to center yourself in space, vocal work with Jaya tunes your etheric self. Benjamin uses Jaya’s techniques as part of his regular practice, especially before teaching large groups.
Jaya has worked as a scientist at NASA Goddard and the University of Washington, as an analyst at Amazon, and a Data Scientist at Microsoft.
Her scientific research studies include a collaborative investigation with the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center on the impact of Yoga on Cancer. Her current interests are in Data Science, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. She is also passionate about studying the impacts of music on the developing brain, and sees this as a fascinating possibility in applying insights about 'Natural Learning' to AI. On top of these pursuits, Jaya teaches Indian music, vibrational healing, and Yoga Nidra to children and adults — she is a true renaissance woman and modern Yogi.
Benjamin and Jaya first met when Jaya attended a LUXYOGA retreat in the South of France and began their teaching collaboration in 2015. They very much enjoy learning from each other.
“I’m so inspired, my body feels great, I feel open & light. So many things have shifted. I so appreciate the way the course was put together, the support, the love, the compassion, the knowledge….. I’m blown away how much information I’ve received in two weeks. “ - Roxanne, Pasadena, CA
"I walked in naive, scared, and very uncertain, but hopeful to find something more. Not only did they [Ben & Tatiana] exceed all expectations... they’ve taken it to a deeper level to understand all of the different levels of yoga and all of the things that come with it. The people in this training became like Family. To Ben & Tati, it’s changed me and inspired me and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned." - Kristine, Calgary, Canada
"We came with no expectations….but it’s been amazing. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine we would learn this much, both on a physical and personal level. The way my yoga has developed during these few weeks is amazing, I never thought that could happen. Ben & Tatiana are both beautiful individuals and good role models. It’s been an incredibly healing experience". - Lina & Daniel, Sweden
"In 15 days, not only has my practice become rock solid, but I’m connected to the most profound sense of purpose. I knew there would be no bullshit and there would be a strong foundation but they have above and beyond delivered. I can’t speak highly enough about this experience. It’s been truly life changing. What they’ve given us is our own personal power, and that’s a limitless fountain" - Nilya, NYC
"I was nervous coming into this training and wasn't really sure what to expect. This was my very first YTT. I work in the healing arts, so am constantly surrounded by esoteric healers and have had many “healing” sessions and attended many "healing" retreats. Of my many years in the world of wellness, Ben & Tatiana are by far, without a doubt, the most profound healers I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing space with. Their ability to hold space for transformation and foster growth in each and every individual is incomparable. They are both awe inspiring. This has been a truly life changing two weeks and I can’t wait to share this gift that Ben & Tati have given us!" - Morgan, Miami, FL
"After my son was born, I felt like I gained a new emotion. After Ben's Teacher Training, I feel like an entirely new facet of feels has emerged..." - Michael Manalo, Huntington Beach, CA
The March 28 - April 12 Benjamin Sears Sacred Geometry Vinyasa YTT will be held at Second Side Yoga, a beautiful boutique Yoga studio in Dallas, TX. Being in Dallas is like living in a big small town. The sky is Texas beautiful and the vibe is small town friendly with the conveniences that a major city affords. Housing is fairly priced, the food options are endless, and it’s easy to find local and organic produce. Perhaps the biggest factor is that the people people are warm, and when you're in the midst of an immersion, it’s no small thing to experience kindness when grabbing groceries. Dallas already has a robust community of Benjamin Sears Yoga Graduates teaching Sacred Geometry Vinyasa, and their support will maximize the personal attention and support that you will receive.
This is a non-residential and non-catered training. Students are responsible for their own accommodation (lots of Airbnb choices in the neighborhood!) and food. Dallas is famous for having a vibrant food culture!
SECOND SIDE YOGA
4333 BELMONT AVENUE
DALLAS, TX 75204
How proficient in Yoga do I have to be?
This training is much about learning how to balance sustainability and intensity in a complete practice. Much of the work for some is, ironically, unlearning common mistakes that lead practitioners to practice postures without the details that make them both therapeutic and invigorating. This training will be physically and mentally challenging regardless of your level of experience. You need to show up ready to do to the work. We feel that one of the responsibilities of a teacher is a solid (not necessarily acrobatic) practice.
What should I expect?
Expect to emerge with a foundation that will support you in any physical endeavor, the tools for self-practice, the skills to begin teaching right away, and a community that will support you going forward. During the training, it is important that you sign on to the process by connecting with your fellow trainees, learning the material, and that you prioritize getting rest during your time off. Each day you will have one or two physical practices as well as meditation and breathing, teaching practice, and special modules on certain days.
Tell me about the Philosophy and Vocal modules with Jaya Ramaprasad, PhD
Jaya shares traditional wisdom and practices for modern application and will teach philosophy, Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), and chanting at Teacher Training. Rather than force spirituality, she combines classical Indian singing notes with body-mapping meditation to avail the therapeutic impact of chanting to all people. Students testify that practicing with Jaya produces both instant and consistent boosts to mood and reflective capacity. A truly complete practice represents an integration of body and mind, and working with Jaya to fully embody the power of one’s voice is an incredible boon for anyone who wishes to teach, or simply communicate more effectively and learn skills for self-calibration. Just as the Sacred Geometry Vinyasa practice empowers you to center yourself in space, vocal work with Jaya tunes your etheric self. Benjamin uses Jaya’s techniques as part of his regular practice, especially before teaching large groups.
Can you tell me more about the Handstand & Mobility modules?
Benjamin has seamlessly blended injury-preventing and awareness-developing mobility work like FRC with a Handstand practice that will lay out a clear and safe path to a free-standing handstand, or to the next handstand skill you’re looking for. Moreover, by doing this practice, you’ll learn to confidently guide others. The mobility piece is not to be overlooked. We believe that integrating scientifically-proven methods from broader movement culture is essential to the evolution of modern Yoga. This training as a whole is much more than a basic Yoga immersion: think of it as a complete system of body-mind maintenance and development that will serve you far beyond your yoga mat, and far beyond this year.
What about accommodations and food?
This is a non-residential and non-catered training. Students are responsible for their own accommodation (lots of Airbnb choices in the neighborhood!) and food. Dallas is famous for having a vibrant food culture!
What kind of certification will I receive?
You will receive a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification if you complete all coursework to the satisfaction of the faculty and submit to YA for your certification. We do not sell certificates, and if certified, you represent Benjamin Sears Yoga. We will make every effort to prepare you to teach and empower you with tools to continue your growth.
What’s the weather like?
Spring is the best time of year in Texas; clear skies and not too hot.
What do I need to bring?
Plenty of yoga clothes, your favorite yoga mat, a yoga block, a yoga strap, neti pot and salt. All of these items will be useful as you continue your personal practice after the training.
How many students will be in the training?
There will be a maximum of 30 students at the Dallas training. It is a special opportunity to study with master teachers in a small setting.
What is your refund policy?
We have a strict no refund policy. No refunds or credits will be issued for any reason.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes - payment can be made in full or in two installments. You will receive detailed instructions if you are accepted into the program.
- How do I apply?
Tuition Investment/ Pricing Breakdown:
$2950 pre-register by Jan 14, 2019| $3250 after (includes application fee)
Application fee (because you are serious about this, and we take your application seriously): $75; application fee is automatically reduced from tuition payment
All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
This is non-negotiable.
Check with your local tax advisor. In most jurisdictions, you can deduct professional yoga training as a business expense which results in a considerably lower course cost. If you need an official tax invoice, just ask. We’re happy to help!
Deposit (to save your place): Half of your tuition is due for the deposit. (as soon as you are accepted to the program, you will receive a link to pay your deposit)
*Deposit payments are reduced from your tuition bill
No Hidden Fees
Prices are all-inclusive. There are no hidden fees or extras before or after arrival.
Easy Payment Options
You can pay with any major credit card or via bank transfer.
All payments are non-refundable for any reason. Under no circumstance does payment ensure certification. All certifications are merit-based only. We do not sell certifications.
You can opt for a 2-payment option where your total fees are split into 2 payments made in the months leading up to the course (full payment due 1 month prior to course start date).
How much is it worth?
“How much is a good education worth?” How much do you gain by developing a practice that leaves you self-sufficient, able to do yoga anywhere? What is the value of self-knowledge and a drive that keeps you inspired to continue learning?
According to CNN, senior yoga teachers with 7 years of experience, earn an average of $62K/year, and yoga teaching is ranked as the #10 most desirable job in the United States. Many graduates are able to earn back their tuition in three-to-six months of teaching and then have a skill set that serves them for life.
7 Days of Sacred geometry vinyasa #7daysofsgv
7 Days of SGV:Day 1
Most of the inquiries I’ve received over the last year have been for more info about what I teach in person, so, over the next week I will share pieces of the Sacred Geometry Vinyasa practice that I’m perpetually developing.
What started as a Vinyasa paradigm for teacher training has become a broader, organically evolving system that utilizes diverse pieces to reinforce central concepts of self-knowledge where body and mind cannot be considered separately. Essentially everything I share on here is part of the practice, but for the next week the posts will take a more organized format. 7 days of Sacred Geometry Vinyasa starts today! ———————————————
SGV is all about choices of the conscious variety. The Vinyasa framework starts class with movements like in these videos — a section I’ve dubbed COAX — seated movements that have the two-fold purpose of inviting the body into the practice and clarifying fundamental concepts like the crucial distinctions between spinal flexion and extension, anterior and posterior pelvic tilt, and scapular control. With these movements, there is both an energetic impression and a technical one. I’m moving more quickly here than we would in class.
I find that most practitioners in public classes are doing the best they can with the understanding they have — which means that by no fault often postures are executed in a way that actually reinforces compensation patterns. Clarifying some basic tenets in the beginning of practice while also getting folks moving goes a long way towards making those same concepts impactful throughout the practice to help students get out of pattern and into potential. ——————————————
At our teacher trainings these concepts are supported by break-downs during integrative mobility, hand-balancing, FRC and meditation modules.
7 Days of SGV:Day 2
Bandha work, or simply — abdominals. Rather than throw around words that many students won’t be able to reference, SGV classes use accessible movements to establish common vocabulary that can later be used as shorthand. We move from the COAX section (yesterday’s post) into the CORE section, which reveals how to orient your pelvis and flex or extend your spine from your core and feet, as well as how to position your shoulders in common postures.
This part of classes enables us to use the Bandhas as what they are; words that express ideas that you can understand once you feel them yourself. Side benefit: nice abs! The SGV system takes inspiration from both Katonah Yoga and Functional Range Conditioning, which in very different ways place a premium on getting joints to operate cleanly knowing the surrounding muscles will fire properly if the focus is put on optimal rotation. Pictured here is one of many exercises we use to get the abs to fire in a way that supports the spine.
7 Days of SGV:Day 3
We use props and adjustments to give you a rise, as a scaffold to help you find your own angles, as a way to elevate your vision and take you out of compensation patterns — never as a way to sink back into the past.
Take a look at how @yoga_wire is right in the center of the posture with linear support for a balanced arc in her spine. Even her vision naturally goes right to the horizon because she has a block to press her thigh against, guidance from the back, and another boundary for her front knee. There are no bad tools, just poor utilization. —————————————
My gripe with much prop usage in yoga is that props get leaned upon and collapsed into instead of as an avenue towards insight and potential. If you simply lean on something, nothing changes, but if you use a boundary as a reference for how to push against an edge, space can be found in the center.
7 Days of SGV:Day 4
The why of binds and the power of contact.
Binds are part of what we do, but in the SGV system, circumferential boundaries are established to create central freedom. Too often in Yoga “getting the bind” or “catching” becomes the end goal instead of looking at how tying a good knot is really meant to give you support. In my view, a teacher should be able to direct students to get very similar effect from a posture with or without a full bind. —————————————
A few simple rules of thumb: if a bind is making you sink in one direction, go the other way! A bind is useless if the rest the posture degrades so make a choice that allows you to expand your center, even if it’s NOT binding. Bodies are different. It sounds simple: but push the things into the other things i.e. use the bind as a reference to press points of contact to against each other — don’t let your leg push your shoulder around and vice-versa. Keep the contact; many long-limbed folks are able to bind without therapeutic mechanics. Applying equal and opposite pressure goes a long way towards keeping you secure.
Photo 1 is a bound triangle variation. You can see how the bind is pushing me off the center of the posture and towards the camera. My work is to feel the direction my leg is trying to push my shoulder and resist that trajectory in order to keep my shoulder safe and facilitate a twist. Key here is that there is no gap between shoulder and knee or body and leg, as this clean fit makes sure that I’m not putting excessive pressure on my shoulder with protraction and external rotation. There’s a lot to say about the legs and feet here but I’ll save that for another time.
In Photo 2 @twirlyt1 uses an eagle bind in lunge backbend to lift her lungs: the upward trajectory of her elbows lifts the aspect of her spine right between her scapulae creating a beautiful, even arc of spinal extension.
7 Days of SGV:Day 5
Centering techniques versus linear posture-achievement goals. We look at advancing as becoming more fully embodied, which means learning to explore postures by spreading yourself equally over a grid rather compromising one piece to get what looks like a deeper posture. Life isn’t linear, and so when Yoga becomes about “getting into” a posture rather than knowing yourself, the potential for injury increases and awareness is compromised for a facade of achievement that often just indicates that someone kept working what was already there.
Photo 1 was taken in November with minimal warm-up and while my kicking leg isn’t nearly locked, the lateral, longitudinal, and vertical axes are all intact — and I’m wearing ironic jean shorts. Photo 2 is from 2009; at the time I’d lock out my top leg on what I thought was a good day, but you can see that the kicking leg side of the posture is leaking — and my shorts are terrible. Conclusion: practice to better understand your inner landscape and you develop better fashion sense.
7 Days of SGV:Day 6
Today’s theme = participation and progression rooted in conceptual consistency. Practice works better when it’s about learning to fit yourself rather than chasing postures. So much effort goes to waste with folks straining to “get” a posture instead of a teacher breaking the problem down into parts and addressing the issues that limit access. This is not to say that orienting yourself towards process over outcome won’t require work and develop patience, but think of it as the distinction between trying to run through a wall versus building a ladder.
This video shows an example progression we use to address the limiting factors for the very common but all to rarely broken down variations of Crow posture. It’s all the work without weight on my hands that gives me the origami folds that make the final expression a series of actions and counter-actions rather than a brute push that will only cause poor shoulder positioning and wrist pain over time. In a class dynamic, rather than have newer/weaker/tighter students waste energy just trying to do crow, my trainees are empowered with progression protocols that can be applied to address whatever is limiting expression of the posture.
7 Days of SGV:Day 7
The theme for our last day is transitions that educate and excite. If well thought out, creative transitions can both deepen understanding of the static postures and provide an element of playfulness. Too often, however, in modern Yoga mediocre choreography supplants therapeutic orientation; class gets flows but also sloppy. Everything I’ve curated into the SGV system stands upon a foundation of a functional why — sometimes the why also adds a little spice — yay, fun! Transitional movements that elucidate concepts are money. —————————————————
As an example, the rolling camels @twirlyt1and I show here refer to spinal waves that we teach elsewhere in our courses and help students integrate the awareness they’ve developed around both spinal segmentation and hip extension — which, along with finding an exact semi-circle based on one’s own proportions, is the method behind the fixed-firm to wheel transition.
Since today is the last day of #7daysofsgv, I’m giving you a two-fer: the soundtrack to this clip is my friend and teacher @jayaramaprasad , who will be teaching a non-religious vocal tuning and sound meditation module at the upcoming Dallas training this Spring. Essentially, she has culled a lifetime of study of traditional Indian music into a package that is applicable for people of all walks of life. Simply put, I sing notes with Jaya, I feel incredible, and my voice sounds more resonant. Try it for yourself: play this clip, and try to match her notes.