Our 2023 300 Hour Teacher Training will run from January 8-June 30. Enrollment closes on January 6, 2023.
This 300 hour teacher training course uses a variety of class structures and teaching throughout the week to educate and apply course material. Students will meet with their designated mentor and small group once a week. These meetings will cover sections of the manual, posture review and adjustments, sequencing, group projects and special topics. Each group will work together throughout the duration of the training to create and complete a Karma Project to benefit the local community. Additionally, each student will complete a Final Project of their choice designed to advance your teaching and career path.
During the week all three mentor groups will meet together on Wednesday evenings for philosophy and practical study led by assorted faculty. These will occur on zoom or in person at our La Cienega Plaza (LCP) location. On Thursday evenings the entire group will meet to practice large group teaching with the lead mentors at the LCP studio. Each weekend from 12-4pm at the LCP studio the entire group will meet for assorted module topics taught by experts in the module field.
300 Hour Advanced Modules
In addition to your small group work with your mentor, advanced modules will be led by experts in each topic. These courses are designed to build on your learning from your 200HR program so that you have a firm grasp on the key elements of the yoga practice, philosophy and lifestyle.
Advanced Anatomy and Therapeutics
with Gwen Yaeger
This detailed course will begin with light review of 200-hour teacher training anatomy material and then move into in-depth study of fundamental areas of the body in application to a physical yoga practice. Topics include the hip/leg, axilla/scapula/rotator cuff, the pelvis/spine relationship, intra-abdominal pressure, Polyvagal Theory, and more. This knowledge will prepare students to dive into the fourth day of the course, an injury and special conditions study. The culmination of the first four days will be the final class, Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics. Yoga Therapeutics was popularized in the 20th century and tailor’s practices to the mental and physical health needs of the practitioners. This section of the course will include an overview of general therapeutics sequencing principals, therapeutics in group and private settings, assessing clients, using inclusive language, and more!
with Matt Phippen
Mobility can be described as the amount of active capacity one has available to them in any given joint articulation. To be mobile requires you to be strong in deeper ranges of motion. Many conflate the word mobility with flexibility, however these two terms are quite different in their meaning and application. Join Matt Phippen for a deep dive into all things mobility. We will break down what it means, how to leverage it, and find ways of applying it to our Yoga practice.
A Deep Dive into the Subtle Body
with Jeanne Heileman
This deep dive into the yogic subtle body will explore detailed and nuanced subjects and practices to educate and invigorate both teaching and personal practices. The yogic subtle body is our unseen energetic self which consists of various pathways, energetic channels and portals that link our physical selves to our energetic body. This course will move beyond basic subtle body knowledge and technique toward more advanced knowledge, practice and skills. Diving deep into the subtle body is a wonderful way to connect deeply to one’s inner world in an effort to seek balance from the inside out.
with Scott Hobbs
Building on the tools you learn from the anatomy, functional mobility and subtle body modules, this course delves into proper alignment and making adjustments for your students physical needs. You will learn how to account for injuries and conditions that may limit student’s ability to practice certain kinds of poses and how to help them achieve the energetic goals of the shape through the use of modifications, props, physical adjustments and more.
Join Scott Hobbs as he brings together his vast experience with Iyengar and other yoga forms to teach you the proper techniques to adjust alignment in a safe and effective way. Learn when to make an adjustment, how to appropriately use physical touch, the use of verbal cueing, and the ultimate alignment goals of core postures.
Vedic Diet and Lifestyle
with Ashwin Kumar
The Vedic sciences encompass universal laws and principles of wholesome living that work together to heal the body, mind and soul. When we consider the Vedas, the Ayurvedic diet is most familiar to modern yogis as a tool for achieving health and wellness in our bodies. But the power of the Vedic lifestyle extends far beyond food, to provide a path for finding balance, joy, and prosperity in every aspect of our physical, mental, and spiritual lives.
Join Dr Ashwin Kumar on this journey into self discovery as you learn the history and techniques for understanding your body, mind, and soul, and how to take care of your whole being. Topics will include Vastu, the flow of energy and use of space, the use of Tantra and Yoga to provide balance in your daily routine, understanding the mythology and application of Jyotish (Vedic astrology), understanding your unique mind/body constitution, and much more. You will come away from this series with practical tools and a personal care plan for bringing together the Vedic principals to create your unique daily routine for wellness, happiness, and prosperity.
Gifts from the Bhagavad Gita
with Jeanne Heileman
The Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as The Gita, is an epic scripture that is part of the Mahabharata. This beautifully written tale is part of some of the oldest yogic texts studied today. With themes that explore the nature of Self, higher powers, and the world. The Gita has roused numerous views and commentaries on many subjects including, duty, family, war and life purpose. This narrative text is rich with parables and wisdom that discuss questions debated by both ancient and contemporary cultures, and includes teaching on several branches of yoga including Karma, Bhakti, Jnana, and Raja yoga.
Immerse yourself in the study of this ancient text for a deeper understanding of the heart of yoga and it’s many philosophies.
The Yoga Sutras
with Edwin Bryant
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the classical ancient Indian treatise on the practice of Yoga. While Yoga conjures up images of bodily postures and stretches in popular western culture, this aspect of yoga, the asanas, is only the third limb of the eight limbs outlined in the Yoga Sutras — and, indeed, Patanjali pays only passing attention to this aspect of the system.
This series will focus on the second Pada, or chapter, of this ancient text. The second Pada centers around the practice of yoga including the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which outline the step by step methods for attaining this enlightened state. Attention will be paid to the pre-modern commentaries of the text, thus exposing students to the traditional understanding of the practice of classical Yoga and its goals.
Join Edwin Bryant for a much anticipated and rare in person lecture at our La Cienega Plaza studio for two back to back days of study. Two zoom lectures will be hosted after the in studio classes to wrap the series up.
with Sara Blowers and Laura King
Breath is the gateway to unlock the energetic pathways in our body. It can be used to heat, cool, nourish, release hormones, and much more. The Sutras describe pranayama as having certain characteristics such as the length and location of the inhalation, exhalation, retention, and position of the body; but like asana the practice, application and purpose of certain techniques were meant to be handed down from teacher to student.
In this series we will focus on many pranayama methods and sequences. We will explore how breath can be used on its own to control our mind and our energetic body and how to use breath combined with the asana practice.
In these clinics you will learn advanced teaching technics. Taught by Laetitia, Sara, and Laura who will bring in guest instructors for specialized instruction. Clinics include advanced postures where you will explore how to work with students to practice advanced arm balances, inversions, flying poses and more. The advanced sequencing clinic will build on the basic sequencing techniques learned in the 200HR program. This clinic will teach you to account for and incorporate therapeutics, functional mobility, subtle body, Vedic principles, and more to create more enriching classes. Finally the advanced use of props clinic, taught by Scott Hobbs, will help you to understand and incorporate the use of many different kinds of props to make your classes and sequencing more accessible to people of all skill levels and physical abilities.
Understanding Yoga Styles
Most of us have tried different kinds of yoga practices, or at least heard of them and been curious, so in this program we branch out beyond the familiar vinyasa practice, to gain a better knowledge and understanding of several of the different ways to practice yoga.
Each course includes an overview of the background, philosophy and purpose of the practice from a high level trainer within each tradition. This introduction is followed by a practice of that particular method giving you not only an academic understanding but also a physical understanding of the technique.
Practices include Sound Healing, Somatic Breath Work, Bhakti Yoga, Kirtan, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Yin.
Beyond The Classroom
As a 300HR instructor, you will have the skills and tools that allow you to develop programing beyond the classroom. This program offers you the opportunity to explore special interests and find your own path toward helping others grow and deepen their practice. These seminars are designed to help you learn practical tools to create and market programs that are economically beneficial to you and provide a positive, and meaningful impact on your students lives.
With Laetitia Guyot
Creating a successful workshop can be complicated. Of course the topic has to be enticing for the audience you hope to attract but thats only the beginning.
In this seminar you will learn how to choose your audience, content, location, promotional channels and more. From simple but fun inversion workshops at your primary studio to more personalized workshops that you create to promote to other studios, we will discuss all of the practical considerations as well as the many pitfalls to avoid along the way.
Teaching Private Clients
With Sara Blowers
Many instructors find teaching private clients to be both personally and financially rewarding. While, private clients can offer a nice source of income, there are some key things to understand about teaching one on one or in a small group setting.
Join Sara Blowers as she explores the many facets of finding and maintaining private clients. This seminar will include discussion on how to manage the interpersonal dynamics of a private client, how to set boundaries for your time, how and where to safely meet and assess a new client, how to set a fair expectation for payment and much more.
Developing Yoga Retreats
with Kevin Montgomery
Yoga retreats can be a great source of extra income for many instructors, but they can also lose a lot of money and end in disaster. This course builds on the 200HR level Business of Yoga, taking a look at the practical side of developing and leading yoga retreats.
This seminar will focus on the practical side of leading a retreat from pre retreat planning, managing content, vendors and participants during the retreat, and post retreat follow-up. You will get an introduction to topics like finding your audience, developing content, selecting a location, budgeting, legal and liability considerations and much more.
Leveraging your website and social media
with Laura King
Whether you are teaching full time in studios or wanting to branch out on your own, setting up and managing your social media is an important component of the modern yoga world.
In this seminar we will look at how to build and use your website to create the basis for your brand and teaching style. We will discuss leveraging social media to build traffic to your site and generate demand for your offerings, and much more. Your online presence can help ensure that your classes, workshops, retreats and other offerings are filled and profitable and we will discuss how to manage it in an ethical way.
What is my investment?
Tuition: $5,000.00; $4750 Member price
Textbooks: Approximately $107.00 on Amazon
The primary workbook is provided as part of your tuition, in addition these are required textbooks for study in this course.
Payment plans are available through PayPal and Affirm in the Shop section of the website; see product details for financing qualifications and guidelines
- 1 Mentor Meeting each week, 2-4 hrs, time and day are set by the mentor and group
- Wisdom Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm on zoom or 7:30-8:30pm at LCP
- Thursday Group Teach, evenings at LCP
- Scheduled Weekend Modules, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm at LCP
300 Hour Teacher Training Mentors
Upon signing up for the training, you may request to work with a specific lead mentor. These requests will be reviewed by the lead mentors and RDY management. Depending on group size and availability, it is not guaranteed that you will be assigned with your requested mentor. Team RDY will work with you on an individual basis if your lead mentor needs to be reassigned.
Originally from Iowa, Laura began her yoga journey in her home city, Ames, in 2006. Laura’s yoga practice began with physical curiosity, injury management, and a love for deep breaths. As the practice deepened, she found the mental clarity, spiritual, and emotional growth that grounded her into developing a life long love for yoga. After receiving a BFA from the University of Illinois, Laura moved to Los Angeles and began her yoga teacher trainings. She received her 200 hour certification from Yogaworks in 2014, and continued her teaching education to receive her 300 hours through Yogaworks in 2016. After teaching public and private classes around Los Angeles for 8 years, Laura found a home at Red Diamond Yoga. Laura teaches yoga to help each practitioner find balance from the inside out. She enjoys teaching bi-annual Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings and 200 and 300hr Trainings at Red Diamond. When not in the practice room, you can find Laura experimenting in the kitchen, day dreaming about plants, and cuddling with her puppy Kiwi.
Laetitia is a 500-Hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher, Fitness and Martial arts instructor. With a diverse athletic background, she has been teaching in the fitness industry for more than a decade. Her classes are challenging but empowering and always accessible to everyone. Laetitia enjoys mentoring her students to advance their practice and find personal growth through the 200 and 300hr trainings at Red Diamond Yoga.
When she is not working at the studio you can find her running a marathon or climbing walls somewhere!
Sara became devoted to yoga on a trip to India in 2008. The teachings of the Guru from Sri Ved Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh led her to a new level of peace she’d never known before. When she returned to the states she began practicing at Yoga to the People in San Francisco and did her first 200hr there. She taught for YTTP in New York and ended up training with Sri Dharma Mittra for her 500hr certification in 2012. Dharmas Life of a Yogi training deepened her understanding of and commitment to yoga. Since Dharma’s she’s done another 500 hours of certified training. Through it all the practice of yoga has continued to be a life raft in the sea of uncertainty and changing currents. A life raft of remembering that we are the soul, the witness. When she teaches, Sara aims to guide her students into a closer relationship with their bodies, breath, minds and ultimately the human birthright of deep inner peace.
Meet the Module Faculty
Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University, where his thesis culminated in his first book: The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture (Oxford University Press, 2001). He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published eight books, and authored a number of articles on the earliest origins of the Vedic culture, yoga philosophy, and the Krishna tradition. These include a Penguin World Classics translation of the story of Krishna’s incarnation, from its traditional source the Śrīmad Bhāgavata Purāṇa.
As a personal practitioner of bhakti yoga for over 45 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with appreciation towards traditional knowledge systems. His teaching method is to allow the ancient texts to speak in their own voice and through their own terms and categories. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches weekend workshops on the Yoga Sūtras, Bhagavad Gītā, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country.
Edwin’s translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context. Edwin’s most recent published work is a sequel to this by the same publisher entitled Bhakti Yoga: Tales and Teachings from the Bhāgavata Purāṇa (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017). This work, too, seeks to ground the practices of bhakti in the traditional Krishna-centered framework of the Vrindavan devotional traditions.
Jeanne Heileman. – MA, 500-ERYT, YACEP, Founder of Tantra Flow Yoga™, Jeanne brings together over 37 years of yoga study with over 26 years of teaching experience into a style of yoga blending asana, Ayurveda, meditation with the skill to positively effect a student’s energy. She specializes in discovering the needs of an individual and gently guiding a student to their own true essence. Jeanne teaches with sensitivity, generosity of spirit, and a lot of humor
A former ParaYoga Level II Certified Teacher for 8 years, and a senior faculty member of the YogaWorks Teacher Training School, she teaches in Los Angeles for Center for Yoga and online for YogaWorks, Yoga International, Den Meditation and her own Tantra Flow Yoga school. She is often traveling internationally teaching trainings, workshops and retreats. www.jeanneheileman.com
Dr. Ashwin is an Ayurvedic physician and consultant of applied Vedic sciences, Spiritual Teacher of Vedic Kriya and Hatha Yoga & Meditation, with over two decades of experience. He regularly consults domestically and internationally to individuals and their families, families of influence, business and civic leaders on understanding and achieving their personal and professional best as well as resolving their complex health and wellness challenges.
Ashwin specializes in women’s and family health, Nadi Pariksha or pulse diagnosis, and marma therapy (accupressure or energy points). Nadi Pariksha is an ancient Ayurvedic technique of diagnosis through the pulse. It can accurately diagnose bodily imbalances as well as the diseases and disorders. It is a non- invasive science that enables to reach the root cause of health issues and not just address the symptoms.
Marma therapy deeply affect the body, mind and spirit and facilitate the complete healing by tapping into prana (body’s vital life force) and infusing it into the body’s deficient or unbalanced area. It is also a therapeutic and diagnostic tool and can be used on yourself and others to relieve pain, stimulate immunity, detoxify, balance emotions, and enhance awareness and more.
Ashwin utilizes Ayurveda and Vedic sciences to enable each person to understand their personal purpose in life, restore their health and wellness, increase their wealth and self awareness. His approach is simple in that every individual has the divine right to attain happiness through the four aims of life: purpose, health, wealth, and awareness.
Ashwin utilizes Ayurveda and panchakarma as well as other Vedic sciences, including Ayurveda, Jyotish, Vastu (home/office subtle energy flow & design), Yoga, Pranayam, Marma (accupressure), Yoga therapy, and modern science principles that empowers the individual.
Ashwin is classically trained in Ayurveda and Vedic sciences in India and United States; and is third generation in his family lineage and his teachers in India are from one of the oldest families practicing ayurveda under the Guru-shisha, Guruparambara, (teacher/disciple), dating back several millenniums in India. In addition, he has studied both business and modern medicine.
With a variety of formal training, in many disciplines, Matt’s teaching pulls from numerous styles of Yoga, body work, and mobility.
Blending the old with the new, and combining tradition with modern movement science, Matt offers an intelligent and relevant style for students wanting to improve the way they move, and for teachers seeking insight and refinement in the way they teach.
Gwen Yeager-Stofko (E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP) (she, her) is a certified yoga therapist, Hatha yoga teacher, and teacher trainer.
Her style therapeutically explores the relationship between body, breath, and mind, blending classical yoga and functional movement — consideration for the way human bodies are designed to move. Gwen’s trainings in Yoga Tune Up®, Iyengar yoga, subtle body, and mat Pilates inspire her teaching.
Known for intelligent sequencing, clear instruction, warmth, and humor, Gwen teaches students who want to move well in their bodies for a lifetime. She draws diverse students to her private practice and group classes, where she nurtures and challenges them as individuals.
Based in the quirky foothills of Altadena, CA, Gwen hosts the Union Yoga + Wellness online yoga community and teaches group classes and private clients online and in person. She leads workshops and trainings locally and around the country. Gwen is the creator of Embodied Anatomy, Physiology and Movement for Yoga Teachers™ and other advanced yoga teacher trainings that focus on anatomy, mobility, yoga therapeutics, .and the deeper dimensions of yoga.
Gwen is a wife and the mother of 9-year-old twins who inspire, challenge, and teach her a lot about movement, balance, love, and the importance of self-care.