Teacher Training

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Teacher Training

November to June
2017 - 2018
Seattle, Washington

A Yoga Teacher Training Dedicated to the Classical Teachings of Yoga, Yoga Philosophy & the Ancient Wisdom of Ayurveda.

Join us for our 6th annual Synergy Yoga Teacher Training Program. Our program is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level.

You will learn to teach Synergy's signature style: A flowing, devotional and classical form of Hatha Flow Yoga with an emphasis on yoga philosophy and Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science.

Our training will include: The practice and study of yoga asana, yoga philosophy, pranayama, meditation, anatomy/physiology, chanting, and hands-on adjustments, prenatal yoga, restorative yoga and professional development, as well as the art of teaching and sequencing. This program will offer you a solid foundation in classical yoga and will provide the skills necessary to pass on the ancient tradition in a safe and authentic way so that your teaching is accessible to everyone.

 

"Be prepared to immerse yourself in a supportive, nurturing and wonderful journey. Truly one of the best experiences I have had the privilege to do."
- Penny Evans UK

Our intention is to offer students an experience of real immersion. Being a part of an intentional community, studying and practicing together over a 8-month period will allow you to integrate the essence of the teachings in a very profound way; through your own direct experience and innermost understanding. This is what will lead you to teach authentically - from your own heart and wisdom.

Our first two Synergy Yoga Teacher Trainings were held in India, and were one-month residential trainings. We feel the residential aspect of a teacher training course is an invaluable experience - where you're fully immersed in a yogic lifestyle with your community - and we wanted this for our Seattle students as well. For this reason, a three-night retreat at the beautiful Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island is part of the Synergy Yoga TeacherTraining.

We request that you have two years of dedicated yoga practice and a sincere desire to deepen your knowledge and practice. We welcome practitioners that wish to teach in the future, and we also encourage students who may not want to teach but genuinely want to steep themselves in practice and study.

The training will be held at Om Culture (formerly Yogalife) at the Greenlake location. Full details of the schedule and costs are below.

 

Synergy Yoga School Teachers

            

 

          Tami Hafzalla, Co-Director

It is in the spirit of bhakti, (devotion) that Tami approaches her yoga practice & teaching. Since taking her first class in 1993 Yoga has served as her greatest anchor and guide.

  

Tami was born in Cairo Egypt to a Coptic Orthodox family. From a very young age she has been steeped in traditional spiritual practices. Influenced by her upbringing and inspired by her travels worldwide, Tami has been profoundly moved in witnessing the sweetness of bhakti; devotional acts that align the seeker’s heart to heart of God. There are so many ways to connect with the divine and experience oneness: In a colorful temple puja, in a grand mosque, praying in a luminous cathedral, through poetry, music, art, or quietly sitting in expansive nature. As Rumi shares: “Let the beauty you love be what you do, there are many ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

 

Yoga is the path in which Tami has nourished & enlivened her body, heart & mind. Her practice offers her space to connect to her subtle energy, peaceful sacred essence, ultimately to spirit and to love.

 

Tami has studied extensively with master teachers in India, Australia, Europe & the U.S. Her training includes: a residential 200 hour program with Integral Yoga in Melbourne Australia, Yoga Arts 1100 hour course in Byron Bay Australia, level 2 Advanced Teacher course with Pacific Yoga in Seattle, WA, Viniyoga Teacher Training with Gary Kraftsow & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Shiva Rea. Additionally, Tami has completed a Thai Massage program in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Ayurvedic courses in Mysore & Goa, India. Ayurvedic workshops with Vasant Lad and has graduated the Kerala Ayurveda Academy 500 hour Wellness Counselor Program. Tami holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. 

 

She began teaching in 2000, & draws most from her classical training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga and Ayurveda. Her artfully sequenced classes are at once strength building and nurturing. Tami shares insightful, relevant and practical tools from Yoga & Ayurveda for modern day living. She offers hands on adjustments that are skillful & intuitive. Tami creates a practice space that is soft & welcoming so that others are deeply nourished as they expand awareness & connect to the wisdom & light within.

 

 With gratitude & joy Tami shares the delights of yoga. She teaches weekly classes, workshops & routinely offers retreats in gorgeous settings throughout the world. For many years Tami was a faculty member of Samadhi & Yogalife’s Teacher trainings. Currently Tami teaches on the 8 Limbs summer intensive Teacher training course and is the co directer of Synergy Yoga’s teacher training. Additionally she teaches prenatal yoga, serves as a labor support doula and is an Ayurvedic wellness counselor. She continues to attend retreats & workshops regularly to deepen her practice & inspire her teaching. She feels blessed to be on this unending journey of renewal & transformation. 

 

Tami’s greatest teacher is her son Indi Kainoa. From him she has learned unconditional love, patience and the joy of being fully alive and awake in the present moment.

To learn more please visit:
 www.bhakti-flow.com

       Jodi Boone, Co-Director

Jodi feels that yoga is a precious gift and one of the greatest influences in her life. Initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits of becoming stronger and more flexible, she soon realized there was something even more profound than the effect it was having on her body. Yoga deeply touched her heart, spirit and mind. 

Practicing yoga led Jodi to seek teachers and teachings in many places, close to home in Seattle, as well as in many parts of the world. Yoga became her passion, in addition to the work she was doing with different nonprofit organizations as a grant writer.

Drawn to sharing yoga with others, Jodi began teaching in 2001.  Since, she has continued her studies by taking numerous teacher training courses, workshops and retreats. The path also led Jodi to become a certified pre-and postnatal instructor and labor support doula. She has also studied yoga's sister science, Ayurveda. Jodi offers trainings in Pre and Postnatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Foundations in Ayurveda annually in Osaka, Japan. Recently, Jodi spent six years in Goa, India where she co-directed a yoga retreat center and taught teacher trainings and community yoga classes.

With a background in Iyengar, Vinyasa and Ananda yoga, a devotional style of yoga based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, Jodi draws from these traditions to create a fluid and meditative practice.

She teaches to inspire others to experience yoga within all aspects of ourselves, creating a sense of wholeness among our hearts, bodies, minds and spirits. This sense of wholeness or oneness also dissolves our sense of separation from others. She encourages students to go inward; nourishing themselves, deepening their intuition and honoring the divine within.

Jodi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts and a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Leadership. Her yoga training includes completing the Ananda Yoga YTT, Seattle Holistic Center's Pre-and Postnatal YTT, Brahmani Yoga's Advanced YTT, Baron Baptiste's Level I and II Power Vinyasa YTT, as well as trainings with Seane Corn and Shiva Rae.  She has also completed the Silver Age YTT to teach yoga to seniors, as well as Judith Lasater's Relax and Renew ® Training. Additionally, Jodi has been a faculty member on the Brahmani Yoga YTT in India, Shakti Spirit YTT, in India and Bali. She is a current faculty member of Spirit Yoga's YTT in Japan and Be Luminous Yoga in Seattle, teaching modules in Prenatal Yoga, Ayurveda and Restorative Yoga.

Her Ayurveda training includes studying at the Ayurvedic Natural Health Center in India, completing Dr. Robert Svoboda's Ayurveda correspondence course through the Ayurveda Institute, Rasovai Massage School in India, a workshop with Dr. Vasant Lad and she is currently enrolled in the Ayurveda program at Kerala Academy. Jodi is also a massage therapist.


Jodi is grateful to the teachers who have inspired her most over the years: Gyandev McCord, Lisa Black, Baron Baptiste, Julie Martin, Emil Wendel, John Weddepohl, Katerina Wen and Judith Lasater.

To learn more please visit www.jodiboone.com

 

 

Synergy Yoga School Guest Faculty:

Steve (Sheev) Davis - Asana, Pranayama & Yogic Philosophy

The path of yoga began to open for me shortly after resigning my commission as a US Naval Intelligence Officer in 1990. Bitter and disenchanted with the US Global agenda under Regan and Bush, I began several years of travel, climbing expeditions, self-inquiry and fasting. Initial forays into meditation and asana were short lived until one fateful asana class with Kathleen Hunt in 1993. Suddenly, yoga became the focus of my life. It was as if I knew this was what I was supposed to do without knowing anything about it. The physical and mental changes I experienced over the next few years were profound and grealy impacted my work (design) and my relationships. I came to realize that everything I perceived was a reflection of my inner state, and that the most important thing I could do in this lifetime was to understand myself.

My greatest inspiration has always been the brilliance and beauty of Mother Nature. Samadhi Yoga Center began as a gift to my guru, Sri K P. Hunt, so that she could continue to teach the transformational science of yoga in a sacred space dedicated to spiritual awakening and self-knowledge. My style incorporates vinyasa and Kundalini with an emphasis on pranayama and meditation. I continue to study yoga, physics, neuropsychology and shamanism as a means for deepening my knowledge of the body, mind and spirit realms.

 

 

Dr. Dhaval Dhru, Ayurvedic Philosophy

 

Dr. Dhru is Chair of the Department of Ayurveda Sciences at Bastyr University. He is also a practitioner of Ayurveda Medicine and teaches yoga at Three Trees Yoga and Healing Arts in Federal Way. At Bastyr he teaches the following courses: Fundamentals of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Clinical Assessment, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and Medical Sanskrit. Dr. Dhru previously practiced as an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor in private practice, as well as with Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. He is the president of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and a faculty member of the Harmony Hill Retreat Center for Cancer Survivors.

 

 

Patti Hammerle - Yoga Philosophy & Ethics

Patti Hammerle has a degree in Comparative Religion and did several years of graduate work in Hindi, Sanskrit, and linguistics at the UW. She started traveling to India in the late 1980's and has been more than 20 times since. Trips have included stays at an ashram in Rishikesh, Hindi school in Uttaranchal, several times to the source of the ganges at Gaumukh, high altitude adventures in the Himalayas, the deserts and countryside of Rajasthan, and south to Mt. Arunachala, Radha Swami satsang in Delhi and Beas, and mantra and meditation practice in Varanasi.

She has taught Yoga Sutras and other sacred texts as part of Kathleen Hunt's teacher training program at Samadhi Yoga, as well as at Seattle Language Academy, Traveler's Tea House, and privately. Classes have included Sanskrit, Gita, mantra, nyasa, and Hindi. She is passionate about learning and teaching the wealth of wisdom from the ancient sources that continues to present itself anew with every study.

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Hunt - Mantra & Yogic Diet

Kathleen Hunt co-founded and co-director of Samadhi Yoga and the Samadhi Yoga Teacher Training Program. Her lifelong passion for dance and movement began with ballet lessons at age four. After graduating with a BA in Dance from the UW, she received numerous grants and commissions to produce various choreographic/performance art shows and pieces in collaboration with many excellent local Seattle musicians, visual and literary artists.

Kathleen’s practice and teaching have been influenced by her studies with Marie Svoboda, Dharma Mitra, Aadil Palkhivala and Sri K. Patabhi Jois. She attended the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training in upstate NY. She has also studied voice with Maestro David Kyle and Maria Mannisto. Kathleen began teaching dance and movement classes in 1983 and yoga in 1986, starting at Jivamukti Yoga Center in NYC. She then moved back to Seattle and started and ran the yoga program at Physical Culture Dance Center for 11 years. In 1995, she founded the ‘Samadhi Yoginis’ a dance troupe, and in 1998 started the Yoga Alliance certified Samadhi Yoga Teacher Training Program, which has trained 170 teachers. In 1999, Kathleen and her partner, Steve Davis, opened Samadhi Yoga Center on Capital Hill in Seattle.

 

 

Troy Lucero - Asana & Adjustments

Troy has dedicated the last 28 years to the practice and study of yoga. He has developed a multifaceted technique that allows a person of any age, size, and lifestyle to tap the full potential of what a yoga asana practice has to offer. His primary yoga influences are Tim Miller, Pattabhi Jois, and Richard Freeman.

Skilled at drawing out the natural intelligence inherent in each student, Troy has the unique ability to assess and understand each student’s body and yoga practice with humor and patience. His hands on teaching style is simultaneously vigorous and contemplative. Known for his insightful and deeply therapeutic adjustments, he offers in-depth knowledge combined with the grace and ease that comes with years of experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Trinklein- Anatomy & Physiology

 

Wayne Trinklein is a licensed massage therapist living in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the Cortiva Institute for Massage Therapy in 2010 with 750 hours training, then completed the 1000 hour training in 2012. Since 2014, he's taugt beginning and advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Kinesiology at Cortiva. He practices massage at Dreamclinic in the Greenlake area, specializing in Thai massage and Table Thai adaptations, a technique involving passive range of motion stretching and meditative compressions aimed towards increasing range of motion and relaxation for his clients. When he's not massaging clients or teaching anatomy, Wayne loves spending time with his greyhound Rambo, or going out to explore the vast wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

Graduate Testimonials

 

"Jodi and Tami are so gifted. They have created a teacher training that draws out the beautiful essence of each student. The training is comprehensive, balanced, nourishing and supportive. I am leaving feeling transformed, confident and ready to teach!"

"I could not have found better mentors for myself than Tami & Jodi. I am thankful to have found them. Their wisdom, beauty and genuine natures have lit this candle to move on and light others."

"This is where I was meant to be. I couldn't imagine having received my 200-hour training from any teacher other than Jodi & Tami. The warmth, compassion, wisdom, experience and joy they bring to their classes and teachings is truly inspiring. A life changing experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Tami & Jodi provide a space for students to be held; to explore the intersection of yoga and self and invite you to trust and look within. Tami and Jodi support you along the way with loving encouragement."

"I know I made the right decision coming to Synergy for my teacher training. I can't think of any way this experience could have been more profound. Jodi and Tami gently and knowledgeably led us all on the yogic path with their lives shining as a wonderful example of yogic lifestyle."

"Tami & Jodi offer a beautiful space for students to come to meet themselves, examine their beliefs and develop their loving practice of nourishing all that is beautiful and good in themselves. And by teaching in others they are facilitators and thus true way showers of yoga."

"I knew Teacher Training would change me and it has. The supportive safe environment that Tami & Jodi foster made the experience and resulting transformation that much more joyous and impactful Thank you for this offering. It has been a gift of a lifetime."

"Thank you, so gentle, Jodi and Tami offered me so much space to explore and grow. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you"

"Thank you Tami & Jodi. You are gorgeous beings and I am so grateful for you in my life"

"An awesome experience"

"I love Jodi and Tami. I am grateful for them and the experience. I will be forever changed."

"An extremely well rounded thoughtful program"

"Simply beautiful. Thank you"

"One of the best experiences of my life"

"When can I do it again? Please?"

 

Details of the Course

The cost of the Synergy Yoga Teacher Training is $4,200, when paid in full before the training begins. This includes the 3-night retreat at the Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island.

If you prefer a payment plan, the cost is $4,500. The payment schedule is as follows:

 

For training dates, please click here. In addition to these dates, each student will be required to observe 2 classes and assist 4 classes taught by Jodi or Tami at either at Om Culture / Yogalife Greenlake.

To download the application, please click here

To view or download the required reading list, please click here

If you have questions, please email us at info@synergyyogaschool.com

A non-refundable deposit of $500 will secure your place. Checks are payable to Tami Hafzalla and can be mailed to:

Tami Hafzalla

157 NW 73rd St
Seattle WA
98117