I thought I would share a few words about why I feel Mandorla trainings are dear to my heart. There are so many wonderful yoga schools, but each of us has something unique that we offer and that isn't always easy to see at first glance. So, what makes Mandorla special?
First off, our trainings are taught with incredible student to teacher ratios, about 6 to 8 students per teacher and that intimate support doesn't stop after graduation. We are a village of women. We believe in our community and we are always looking for ways to support one another, in not just our teaching but in our lives. We get together for meals and coffee and wine.
We are passionate about sharing the fusion of Thai Yoga Massage and Yoga with our students. The element of healing touch that we teach in our programs is a healing experience in and of itself that prepares you to become a profound teacher and healer. Our two main offerings, Embodiment Yoga Teacher Training and Thai Yoga Therapy Training are designed to support you first and foremost in your own healing journey. We do this by ensuring that we create an atmosphere that it is safe and non-intimidating. We keep our class sizes small and we make sure that we, your teachers, are accessible and approachable.
The 200 hour Embodiment Yoga Teacher Training is a personal journey of self reflection that supports you in establishing a personal yoga practice that will last you a lifetime. From this foundation, we share with you our tried and true techniques for offering inspired group yoga classes. This training goes more deeply into teaching you the specific yoga asana and how to properly explore and teach them and includes a thorough teaching on sequencing, modifications and hands on assisting for group classes.
The 200 & 300 hour Thai Yoga Therapy Training is reflective both emotionally and physically. Rooted in yoga therapy and Thai Yoga Massage, this offering prepares you to offer one on one yoga classes (private yoga classes) and Thai Yoga Massage sessions. In this program we share with you techniques for supporting emotional health with a focus on anxiety, depression and stress. Additionally, you learn to work with the physical body through the lens of yoga therapy by acquiring skills for releasing and re-patterning the myofascial meridians and musculature. This training goes more deeply into how to support an individual with tailored breath-work, energy work, restorative and yin yoga and massage.
We believe in the whole journey that yoga offers us and are intentional about leading you in a thorough exploration of all its tenets. Exploring meditation, reflective journaling, inspired dialogue, mantra (chanting), mudra, pranayama (breath-work), and asana (yoga postures) each of our programs is an opportunity to begin to know yourself on a deep level and an invitation to come home to yourself.
We believe that the mastery of yoga is not the mastery of a specific yoga posture or series of postures, but the mastery of your own body. It is the development of an intimate understanding of your physical, emotional and mental patterns and perceived limitations so that you might, through this understanding, uncover a life where you begin to live past these limitations.
As much as is possible, we make our programs available to anyone with a sincere desire to begin this journey. You do not have to have a previous background in yoga, nor do you have to register to take the entire training program. If you find yourself with financial limitations, we will do our best to work with you. We also endeavor to make our programs accessible scheduling wise. We offer a combination of week long immersions, weekend trainings, weekday and evening traingings and online courses, so that you can find the options that work for you.
It is important to us that students know they are receiving a quality training.
Stefani Wilton and Contributors
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