Brisbane workshops @ Amber Tree Yoga
Dec
1
to Dec 3

Brisbane workshops @ Amber Tree Yoga

Join Nikki at Amber Tree Yoga this December for a set of skillfully deigned mentoring workshops that will help to re-inpsire, reassure and refresh your teaching journey. Come for one workshop or stay for the entire weekend.

Workshops $75 each or $350 for the entire weekend (5 workshops)

Friday 1 Dec

6-8.30pm Finding your authentic voice
Our voice is our most powerful tool in transmitting the truth of our heart.  Learn to share and communicate from your unique understanding rather than reciting cues or trying to emulate other teachers. Build ways to engage your students and build focus in beginners to really listen.  You will grow in confidence from this workshop to teach from your rich embodied experience.

Saturday 2 Dec

10.30am-1pm Firm Foundations
Anatomy of the feet ankles and legs, how we can work in our asana practice to create a more supportive and nourishing foundation and create great ease and efficiency further up the chain.

2.30-5pm Breath, Bandhas and Diaphragm
Discover the anatomy of breathing and the profound effect that it has on our entire system. There are staggeringly vast numbers of people in this country suffering from breathing related disorders; particularly when factoring in related maladies such as hypertension, back pain and depression. We look at how to address these complaints and empower each individual with self care pranayama practices

Sunday 3 Dec

9.30am-12  Art of assists
Delve deeper into the art and grace of safe, effective, mindful assists in the yoga studio. We will look at how to approach each student with clear intention and guidance to enhance their practice and awareness. Working in a supportive group setting each participant will have the opportunity to feel and perform assists and enhancements on each other and receive and give feedback. Be prepared to open your body, mind and heart and realise just how amazing a great assist can feel!

1.30-4pm Super Sequencing
Designed to give teachers clarity on how to craft meaningful well put together sequences for vinyasa, alignment and hatha classes.  We will look at anatomical focus, peak pose and energetic sequences that will help your students to grow and develop in their practice with you while maintaining flow of classes and creating an environment in inclusion.

BOOKINGS: http://www.ambertreeyoga.com.au/product/nikki-ralston/

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Chakra Balancing - with essential oils
Nov
25
4:00 PM16:00

Chakra Balancing - with essential oils

This is the closest thing to heaven.  You will be guided through a specific restorative practice, designed to balance the subtle energetic body while deeply nourishing your entire mind body system.
We use essential oils to enhance the experience.
Last time this workshop sold out so don't delay in booking.

*WARNING you will leave smelling divine and may be in an altered state of blis


$50   BOOK NOW

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Psoas release party!
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Psoas release party!

It's back by popular demand!  Drop deep into a somatic experience and reconnect with your life force. Part theory before we work through an embodied asana practice to release stored tension in this deepest muscle of the human body. Our fast paced modern lifestyle (which runs on the adrenaline of our sympathetic nervous system) chronically triggers and tightens the psoas – making it literally ready to run or fight. The psoas helps you to spring into action – or curl you up into a protective ball.... The psoas is far more than a core stabilising muscle; it is an organ of perception composed of bio-intelligent tissue and “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.”

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Workshops @ Reset - Gisborne
Oct
27
to Oct 29

Workshops @ Reset - Gisborne

Friday October 27th 6-8.30pm- Signature Flow

Seamlessly integrating The Ralston Method signature Strong, Centred and Aligned elements into a moving meditation deeply connecting to the rhythm of our breath to ride us through strong standing postures, arm balances, inversions, backbends, twists before we melt into
delicious seated folds. A strong yet enjoyable flow to get you out of the head, fully embodied and present to the moment. Come with an open heart and read to learn.

Saturday October 28th 9.30-12 - Break through your hippy myths

There is not one body exactly like yours on this planet, you are one of a kind baby. Together lets explore the myths you may be holding around the commonly misunderstood hip area. This strong, slow and steady practice will hone your awareness into your unique hip sockets and help to balance strength and flexibility so that you can expand into full possibility.

Saturday October 28th 1.30-4pm - An exploration to fuel the imagination

"There are some things that are real, that you can see, that you can observe, like the clouds, the sand, the sea. But for ideas to become real, they have to be played on your senses." Get ready to take a journey that will ignite the senses and inspire the imagination. You will be guided through blindfold asana, that will unleash your creativity and tighten present moment awareness, bringing us all to the centre of our being and into deep connection with each   other.

Sunday October 29th 10am-12.30pm - Redefine your response to stress

Stress is a part of our lives whether we like it or not, it's unavoidable. With the pace of our modern day lives faster than ever, we can struggle to keep up with demands and end up feeling overwhelmed, depleted and disconnected. Long term stress can lead to a whole host of nasty health problems and dissatisfaction with life. In this workshop Nikki asks the question "What would happen if we could start to make friends with stress and learn ways in which we can redefine our response, strengthen ourselves and fall back in love with our lives."  In this workshop we will explore what triggers our stress, what strengthens us and how to effectively release stored tension from the body and rebalance our nervous system through Asana, Meditation and Pranayama. Participants will need to bring a journal or something to write on.

BOOKINGS:  hello@reset.net.nz

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Heart chakra explosion- Teacher Development
Sep
10
12:00 PM12:00

Heart chakra explosion- Teacher Development

This session is just for the Teacher Development Program participants, we bring together everything that we has learnt so far, refine and shine our teaching skills and strengths. We look at the business of yoga, how to build and maintain a loyal following and how to 'make it' in what is now a competitive world.  In this session you will realise just how far you have come on this journey!!

 

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Free your heart and let life flow- Workshop
Sep
9
12:00 PM12:00

Free your heart and let life flow- Workshop

The backbend communicates one of the deepest, most beautiful expressions of an open heart and mind within the yoga practice. Backbends can bring unconscious thought patterns and fears to the surface. Because of their complexity, they can easily be misunderstood and poorly executed. In this workshop, we will discover how to achieve health and longevity for the spine through extension versus compression. Practicing basic backbends like upward facing dog and upward facing bow directs our pathway toward more advanced backbends like handstand/forearm balance, scorpion, and hollowback. Expect to open and strengthen your upper back, shoulders, side body, and thoracic and lumbar spine.

This class is for students with a regular practice and teachers of all levels.

$70

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Journey to the Psoas- Workshop
Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

Journey to the Psoas- Workshop

Drop deep into a somatic experience and reconnect with your life force. Work through an embodied asana practice to release stored tension in this deepest muscle of the human body. Our fast paced modern lifestyle (which runs on the adrenaline of our sympathetic nervous system) chronically triggers and tightens the psoas – making it literally ready to run or fight. The psoas helps you to spring into action – or curl you up into a protective ball.... The psoas is far more than a core stabilising muscle; it is an organ of perception composed of bio-intelligent tissue and “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.” Part anatomy lecture, pert somatic movement and deep release.

Open to students with a regular practice and all levels of teacher.

 

$70

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The Great 'Let go'
Aug
31
6:30 PM18:30

The Great 'Let go'

Learn how to use the ‘yoga tune up balls’ to ease pain and discomfort, improve posture and enhance performance. We use Yoga Tune Up therapy balls and myofascial release techniques to roll out and release muscles and the surrounding connective tissue in an effort to calm the nervous system, reduce tension, ease pain, increase mobility, and bring the body back into balance.

Lower body concentrates on releasing through the gluteus, TFL, hamstrings and low back.  Warning: you may feel snoozy and like marshmallow after.

Balls will be available for purchase so you can continue self care at home.

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The great 'let go'
Aug
24
6:30 PM18:30

The great 'let go'

The great ‘let go’ - Upper body

Learn how to use the ‘yoga tune up balls’ to ease pain and discomfort, improve posture and enhance performance.  We use Yoga Tune Up therapy balls and myofascial release techniques to roll out and release muscles and the surrounding connective tissue in an effort to calm the nervous system, reduce tension, ease pain, increase mobility, and bring the body back into balance.

We work sequentially releasing tension from the upper back, neck and shoulders.  targeting all those spots that get sore from computer work and giving you the tools to manage your tension at home.

Balls will be available for purchase so you can continue self care at home.

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Napier @ The Sanctuary with Yoga Vibes
Aug
18
to Aug 19

Napier @ The Sanctuary with Yoga Vibes

Friday 6-8:30pm | The Ralston Method Signature Flow

Seamlessly integrating The Ralston Method signature Strong, Centred, and Inverted elements into a moving meditation deeply connecting to the rhythm of our breath to ride us through strong standing postures, arm balances, inversions, backbends, twists before we melt into delicious seated folds. A strong yet enjoyable flow to get you out of the head, fully embodies and present to the moment. Come with an open heart and ready to learn. 

 

Saturday 9:30am-12pm | Journey To The Psoas

Drop deep into a somatic experience and reconnect with your life force. Work through and embodied asana practice to release stored tension in this deepest muscle of the human body. Our fast paced modern lifestyle (which runs on the adrenaline of our sympathetic nervous system) chronically triggers and tightens the psoas - making it literally ready to run or fight. The psoas helps you to spring into action - or curl you up into a protective ball... The psoas is far more than a core stabilising muscle; it is an organ of perception composed of bio-inteliigent tissue and "literally embodies our deepest urge of survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish".

 

Saturday 1:30pm-4pm | Heart Chakra Explosion

Having the courage to embrace our vulnerabilities and fears is one of the most powerful and liberating things we can ever do. This class invites you to break out of your misperceptions and shift into a fresh perspective. We will work on building confidence and strength in our shoulders, chest and abdominals through foundational postures like handstand and forearm balance. Floor and standing backbends will teach us the grace of opening our bodies by unlocking the upper back, chest and shoulders, as well as our quadriceps and hamstrings. These exercises strengthen our lower back and open the front of our body, allowing us to tackle more advanced inverted backbends like Scorpion and Hollowback postures.

 

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The art of assists- Teacher Development
Aug
6
12:00 PM12:00

The art of assists- Teacher Development

Delve deeper into the art and grace of safe, effective, mindful assists in the yoga studio.  WE will look at how to approach each student with clear intention and guidance to enhance their practice and awareness.  Working in a supportive group setting each participant will have the opportunity to feel and perform assists and enhancements on each other and receive and give feedback.  Be prepared to open your body, mind and heart and realise just how amazing a great assist can feel!

This is part of the 6 month Teacher Development program and can also be taken as a single session.

Single session $150

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 Shoulder harmony- Workshop
Aug
5
12:00 PM12:00

 Shoulder harmony- Workshop

The shoulder is like an orchestra, when it is in synch and being well conducted it can perform beautifully. But there are alot of moving parts that can break down and get out of sync. Coordinated muscle action is essential for movement and stability in the shoulders. We take a closer look at the anatomy of the complex shoulder joint to gain more understanding around key alignment points in the upper extremities, arms and hands to create a sustainable practice full of possibility in ourselves and students. 

Open to students with a regular practice and teachers of all levels.

$70

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Flip your perspective- Workshop
Aug
4
6:00 PM18:00

Flip your perspective- Workshop

Most yogis consider handstand, adho mukha vrksasana, an extremely difficult and advanced asana. Although it requires considerable strength, agility, and stamina, it can be just as elemental to your practice as plank or downward-facing dog. We will cover the fundamental alignment points of handstand through a study of the dynamic and interconnected movements of the yoga vinyasa, particularly down dog, plank, and chaturanga.  The next step in finding the balance point and alignment in your handstand practice.  We break down key principles for shifting out of our comfort zone and into the exhilaration and light point of balance “nothing brings me more into the present moment than the feeling of a straight up handstand” 

Open to all students with a regular practice and teachers of all levels.

$70

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The Yin side - Teacher Development
Jul
2
12:00 PM12:00

The Yin side - Teacher Development

In this session we look at the anatomy of the control tower of the nervous system and how the nervous system is affected during the practice of yoga.  We discover 'how' to teach restorative and Yin based poses effectively to rebalance and nourish the nervous system. We look at our own longevity as a yoga teacher and ways in which we can shine at our brightest without burning out.

This is part of the 6 month Development program or can be attended as a single session.

Single session $150

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Spine matters - Workshop
Jul
1
12:00 PM12:00

Spine matters - Workshop

The spine is our central core, in both the biomechanics and spiritual aspects of who we are.  Some say that the other all heath of a person can be directly correlated to the health of the spine.  We look at the anatomy, nervous system and subtle energy to free up our bodies for fluid movement and  nourishing support.

Open to teachers and students wishing to understand the anatomy of the body in deeper detail.

 

$70

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Awakening core intelligence - Master Class
Jun
30
6:00 PM18:00

Awakening core intelligence - Master Class

Dive deeper into the container of the core, you will learn to activate the intelligence of your core and harness its strength. This will open the channels between your upper and lower hemispheres and you will experience more fluid and balanced transitions and connection in life on and off the mat.  Each section will relate and build off one another to develop fiery core strength to ignite your yoga practice.

This is a great workshop for practitioners of all levels, but particularly useful to those wishing to advance their yoga practice flow with control and ease. 

Open to all level of student and teachers. Participants will need to bring a journal or something to write on.

$50

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Find your authentic voice- Teacher development
Jun
18
12:00 PM12:00

Find your authentic voice- Teacher development

Our voice is our most powerful tool in transmitting the truth of our heart.  Learn to share and communicate from your unique understanding rather than reciting cues or trying to emulate other teachers. Build ways to engage your students and build focus in beginners to really listen.  You will grow in confidence from this session to teach from your rich embodied
experience that  builds upon the first session of defining our strengths. 

Learn the path to transition from being a good teacher to a great teacher, one who has lasting impact on each student.  Open to all teachers willing to shift to the next level of teaching. 

Single session $150

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Breath, bandhas and diaphragm - Workshop
Jun
17
12:00 PM12:00

Breath, bandhas and diaphragm - Workshop

Discover the anatomy of breathing and the profound effect that it has on our entire system.  There are staggeringly vast numbers of people in this country suffering from breathing related disorders; particularly when factoring in related maladies such as hypertension, back pain and depression. We look at how to address these complaints and empower each individual with self care pranayama practices.

This workshop is open to students with a regular practice and teachers who want to deepen their understanding.

$70

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The subtle yet profound breath- Master Class
Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

The subtle yet profound breath- Master Class

Pranayama, the practice of ancient yogic breathing techniques, consciously controls the flow of breath, and thus enhances the flow of energy in the body. A regular, balanced pranayama practice increases prana (life energy), thereby inviting greater mental clarity, heightened healing potential and deeper self-understanding. Pranayama, like other yogic practices, is about being more fully alive and well, and is a particularly helpful in the preparation for meditation.

This workshop will provide instruction and practice of pranayama techniques that you can integrate into your current practice.  Master classes are designed for students with a regular practice and for teachers of all levels.

$50

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Retreat @ Sherwood Queenstown
Jun
2
to Jun 5

Retreat @ Sherwood Queenstown

Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of a Central Otago Winter. Shift your focus with Sherwood’s Winter Yoga Retreat by the inspirational Nikki Ralston.


Take a journey that will ignite the senses and inspire the imagination. An all-inclusive three-day program utilising yoga and mindful being to reconnect with self and nature.
Relax in the cosy alpine surrounds of Sherwood, enjoying nourishing soul-food, educational workshops, live music and an authentic and intimate retreat.
TIME
Queen’s Birthday Weekend:
Begins - Friday, 2nd of June, 3:00pm Ends - Monday, 5th of June, 10:00am


ACCOMODATION
Three nights’ stay at Sherwood in Waterfall and Lake Queen Studios
TRAVEL
All airport transfers & off-site transport included


PRACTICE
Six Ralston Retreat Classes
EXPERIENCE
Relaxing Body Massage (45min)
Sauna
Mindful Eating Workshop by Ainsley Thompson Meditation and walk in the nature
LUMA Festival of Light


EAT
Breakfast, lunch and dinner for each day included
* Please note alcoholic beverages are not included
COST
Private $1,775 (NZD) Twin/ Shared $1,495 (NZD)
To book or for more information please email experiences@sherwoodqueenstown.nz

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“There are some things that are real, that you can see, that you can observe, like the clouds, the sand, the sea. But for ideas to become real, they have to be played on your senses.

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Workshops @ Empower Studio, Wellington
May
12
to May 14

Workshops @ Empower Studio, Wellington

I can't wait to get down to Wellington and join the Empower crew for an awesome weekend of learning and growth.

Friday 12th May- 5.30-8pm

THE RALSTON METHOD SIGNATURE FLOW

Saturday 13th May 10.30am-1pm

EXPLORE YOUR ROOTS

2.30-5PM

FLIP YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Sunday 14th 9.30am-12pm

FREE YOUR HEART

1.30-4pm

REDEFINE YOUR RESPONSE TO STRESS

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Super sequencing- Teacher Development
May
7
12:00 PM12:00

Super sequencing- Teacher Development

Designed to give teachers clarity on how to craft meaningful well put together sequences for vinyasa, alignment and hatha classes.  We will look at anatomical focus, peak pose and energetic sequences that will help your students to grow and develop in their practice with you while maintaining flow of classes and creating an environment in inclusion.

Open to all teacher as a single session or part of the full 6 month mentor program

Single session $150

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Balancing the bowl - Workshop
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Balancing the bowl - Workshop

Understand the big ol' bowl of the pelvic anatomy in more  detail and discover form function and key concepts of this complex area of the body.  Learn how to create more ease and space in your own body and for teachers to be able to support students with clarity and understanding.  This workshop is part lecture, part asana.

Open to students interested in a deeper understanding and teachers of all levels.

$70

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Break through your hippy myths- Master class
May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Break through your hippy myths- Master class

There is not one body exactly like yours on this planet, you are one of a kind baby!  together lets explore the myths that you may be holding around the commonly misunderstood hip area.  This strong, slow, steady practice will hone your awareness into your unique hip sockets and help to balance strength and flexibility so that you can expand into full possibility.

Master classes are designed for students with a regular practice and for teachers of all levels.

Single session $50

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Wanderlust 108 Auckland
Apr
29
8:30 AM08:30

Wanderlust 108 Auckland

THE WORLD’S ONLY MINDFUL TRIATHLON
Wanderlust 108 brings together three mindful activities—running, yoga and meditation—in a festival atmosphere, in your favorite local park. Like life itself, our triathlon is all about the journey, not the final destination. The prize is inner peace and vibrant community—and that’s a big win.

Grab your tickets now as this event will SELL OUT

https://wanderlust.com/108-events/auckland/

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Own your strengths and sharpen your skills- Teacher development
Apr
9
12:00 PM12:00

Own your strengths and sharpen your skills- Teacher development

Together we work through a process to uncover your deepest strengths and reveal your personal mantra for teaching to the highest of your ability.  We dive deeper into any anatomy questions that have arisen from the previous two sessions and we sharpen your skill to be able to 'see' and read bodies, and confidently be able to assist and adjust students in the best way possible. Learn to sequence and teach foundational classes.

Open to all level of teacher you can join for one off sessions or sign up for the full 6 month development program to take your teaching to a whole new level!

Single session $150

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From the ground up- Workshop
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

From the ground up- Workshop

In this workshop we look at the fundamental functions of the feet and ankles and 'how' mapping our feet follows through in the alignment of our asana practice.  How to effectively use the legs as pillars of support, common leg injuries and limitations and how to integrate and work with this in our own practice or teaching. This workshop is part lecture on functional anatomy, part exploration of asana and part observation.  Open to all level of student wishing to deepen their understanding of their own body and all levels of teacher wanting to understand how to effectively be able to assist students more competently. 

$70  Book now

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Explore your roots - Masterclass
Apr
7
6:00 PM18:00

Explore your roots - Masterclass

A grounded yet strong class to connect to your roots and set a firm foundation for the rest of the weekend.  we will demystify some key alignment principles to help find effortless effort in out practice to create a solid based in which to build upon.  The focus is working with and understanding how the column of the legs and feet provide deep nourishment for our entire system.  Master classes are designed for students with a regular practice and for teachers of all levels.

$50    

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Wanderlust Taupo
Feb
2
to Feb 5

Wanderlust Taupo

Unplug from the ordinary. Adventure awaits.

Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo is a 4-day celebration of mindful living.

We bring together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists, and chefs for a transformational retreat in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural resorts.

Your experience may start on your mat, on a mountain trail, or on the dancefloor, but Wanderlust will get into your mind, body and soul. It may start in your ears, whether from the inspirational words of a speaker or the pulse-pounding beats of a musical artist. It may begin in your eyes, as you drink in the surrounding natural beauty or learn to align a challenging pose. It may start in your heart, as you make new friends or experience the joy of trying something you’ve never dared to do.

Regardless of what starts you on your path, Wanderlust is an experience that will leave you different than when you came — with new ideas, new friends, newly discovered abilities, and greater peace. Find your true north.

Featuring:  Ladyhawke, Rod Stryker, Elena Brower, Norman Jay MBE, Eoin Finn, Tiki Taane, DJ Drez, Ben Warren, Swami Govindananda, Briohny Smyth, Dice Iida-Klein, YogaSlackers, Nikki Ralston, ARLI, Elijah Ray, Megan May, Daniel Scott

 

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Teacher Immersion
Nov
11
to Nov 17

Teacher Immersion

This 50 hour immersion will be held at the beautiful Sherwood, Queenstown with stunning views over the lake, this will set the scene for deep contemplation and growth.
I am passionate about supporting, educating and inspiring yoga teachers in New Zealand, to deepen their knowledge and understanding. I believe this course will really help you cultivate your own unique skills and talents to not only grow yourself personally but build a business out of doing what you’re passionate about.  You will build your confidence, educate and nourish you both on and off the mat. Places are strictly limited to ensure individual attention and cohesive group environment.  

Over the course of 6 full days we will cover applied anatomy working from the foundation of the feet all the way through the body systematically. Asana and assisting workshops daily where we look in-depth at the topics covered and how we apply, see and affect change in students. Each day we cover an area of teacher development including sequencing, communication, business, marketing and strategy. 

Full course $1499 includes welcome dinner and closing dinner

Accomodation options available at the Sherwood

7nights Standard king $980 or One bed suite $1,176

To apply or receive more information and schedule please email theralstonmethod@gmail.com

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