The Red Diamond Yoga School courses and workshops will help you grow and develop new skills, deepen your existing practice and prepare you to share the practices of yoga, breath work, and meditation with others.
Whether you are looking for personal growth opportunities, continuing education credits or a full teaching certification, we have programs to meet your needs up to the 500 hour level and beyond.
You may choose to complete a full certification training all at once or by taking individual courses to combine for your final certification over time. In other words, we work to design courses that meet your needs and time schedule.
Teaching Certification Courses
200 Hour YA Certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
Are you ready to take your yoga practice to the next level? Have you always wanted to teach and share the yoga practice with others? Then our amazing 200 hour teacher training program is perfect for you.
In this program you will explore each of the 8 limbs of yoga including the ethical practice, movement, breath and meditation practices. You will learn from the very best faculty in anatomy and the subtle body, safe and effective sequencing, alignment and physical adjustments, and much more.
February 24th-May 19th
Early Bird Signup Ends February 15th
Leaders: Rob Philips & Kate Stone
September 9th-November 19th
Early Bird Sign Up Ends August 15th
Leaders: Sara Blowers & Erin Grossman
300 Hour YA Certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
Are you ready for a deep learning experience with an amazing faculty of experts in many aspects of yoga?
Our 300 hour program is perfect for anyone who has completed a 200 hour program and is ready to hone their skills to become an advanced teacher or practitioner. This program is designed to give you a wide range of knowledge on the physical, philosophical and historical aspects of yoga. With this knowledge and one on one attention from a dedicated mentor, you will advance your skills and specify a teaching path that aligns with your goals and interests.
All of the course work is taught at an advanced level by experts in the field. You will be working one on one and in small groups with your mentor, as well as the larger mentee team, for 6 months. You will complete this program with an advanced understanding of your practice, a deeper understanding of yourself, and powerful life long relationships with your fellow students and mentors.
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60 Hour YACEP Certified Yin Yoga Teacher Training
Learn the core principles of yin yoga, the science of stretching, sequencing and teaching classes, the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians, fundamentals of Tao and more!
From philosophy and subtle body to postures and physiology, immerse yourself in the cooling side of yoga on a search for physical and mental balance through yin yoga.
This 60 hour training offers the building blocks to a personal yin practice as well as teaching public classes and private clients.
Students will cover yin postures, breathing, and meditation techniques; light basic anatomy and injury management tools; as well as a special module led by Dearbhla Kelly, MA, exploring the basics of Taoist philosophy, which is the foundation of the yin practice. Learn to break down the postures physically and energetically, while linking intelligent and creative sequences for any setting.
200-hr Yoga Teacher Training, or basic posture and sequencing knowledge highly encouraged but not required. For those interested in claiming the full 60 hrYAECP, completion of a teaching practicum is required after the completion of the course. This will be scheduled on an individual basis.
Dates and Times:
March 2nd to April 6th 2024 at LCP (Note we will not have training the weekend of March 30th)
March 2nd to April 6th 2024 at LCP (Note we will not have training the weekend of March 30th)
Leader: Rob Phillips and Dearbhla Kelly MA
50 Hour Somatic Breathwork Facilitator Training
Breath is a powerful healing modality. When we learn to use different breath techniques we can release emotion, raise our vibrational energy, and hack into our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. From fight or flight to rest and digest, breath can take you to places where healing can be found.
This breath work training will focus on a somatic three part breathing technique. You will learn to hold a safe space for people to find release, hone your intuitive skills, and create a relaxed and healing environment for your students.
This class is designed for teachers who have a 200 training and have experience managing the classroom space for yoga or other healing modalities.
For those who don’t have teaching experience, we recommend that you start with the two day Holding Space course before attending a facilitator intensive.
Join Robert Bahedry for this 4 day facilitator intensive in the beautiful surroundings of the desert.
50HR YACEP with Practicum
Join Robert Bahedry for this 4 day facilitator intensive in the beautiful surroundings of Big Sur.
50HR YACEP with Practicum
Join Robert Bahedry for this 1 day beginning facilitator course for those just learning to hold space intuitively.
20HR YACEP available
50 Hour Sound Bath Facilitator Training
Schedule Coming Soon! If you are interested in Sound Bath Facilitator Training please submit the form below and we will keep you in the loop when our scheduled is finalized.
Advanced Yoga Anatomy and Therapeutics with Gwen Yeager
Yoga anatomy is a fundamental part of both teaching and practice. 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!
A completed 200hr YTT or anatomy training from a similar discipline is a prerequisite for this course. All five days of the class must be taken in succession together.
When: Yoga Anatomy, Injury and Special Conditions- Saturdays 1/14-2/4, 12-4 RDY La Cienega Plaza
When: Saturday 3/11, 12-4 RDY
Where: La Cienega Plaza
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.
Functional Mobility 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.
When: Sundays 3/26-4/9, 12-4pm
Where: RDY La Cienega Plaza
YACEP: 15 Hours
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.
Yoga Lifestyle Courses
The benefits of the yoga diet and lifestyle are many but we often overlook the impact our choices off of the mat may have on our practice. These courses are designed to deepen your understanding and practice on and off the mat to step into a more mindful and connected life.
Whats more, all of these courses are led by experienced faculty and qualify for YCEP credits.
Finding Your Balance in the Yamas and Niyamas with Kevin Montgomery
Have you ever had those moments where something just doesn’t feel right? Those times when you just feel a little bit off or out of sorts; maybe a little overwhelmed? It’s very difficult to be fully present in the moment when we feel internal or even external distractions.
We often reach a point where our actions, relationships, and thoughts are not in line with our truth and beliefs. We ask ourselves “how did I get here” but this imbalance happened slowly over time so there is no simple answer to find.
The work comes in realigning our thoughts and actions with our own sense of Truth. This will restore balance a more peaceful and joy filled life. A lifestyle that allows us to be fully present in every moment.
By doing the work in the Yamas and Niyamas, we find alignment and balance in our lives off the mat just as we do in our bodies on the mat. But this work is one of self examination and mindful action. The practice is ongoing, but it can have a very positive impact on every aspect of our lives each step of the way.
In this course we will focus on the Yimas and Niyamas in a practical way. As we read, journal, and share each week, we practice new skills in a fun and safe space. In fact one of the most powerful take aways is learning to step back and become a witness examining each aspect of our lives without judgement or fear. And most of all learning to be present in each moment as we journey though this amazing material together.
While this course is a part of the 200 HR program,.it’s valuable to anyone who is looking to deepen their practice and do the work of aligning your mind, body, and actions with your Truth.
So join us for a life changing journey toward self discovery and balance!
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.
This advanced course will be taught by Jeanne Heileman. Jeanne brings together over 37 years of yoga study with over 26 years of teaching experience. She specializes in discovering the needs of an individual and gently guiding a student to their own true essence.
200hr Yoga Teacher Training or at least one year of steady yoga practice is required for this course.
When: Sundays January 15th-February 5th, 2022 12-4pm
Where: Red Diamond Yoga La Cienega Plaza
YACEP Credits: 20
Living The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Pada Two 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.
When: March 4 & 5, 12-4pm at RDY La Cienega Plaza, plus 2 zoom lectures TDB
Edwin Bryant bio
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.
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. Join Jeanne Heileman for a four week course unearthing the many gifts from the Bhagavad Gita. Jeanne brings together over 37 years of yoga study with over 26 years of teaching experience. She specializes in discovering the needs of an individual and gently guiding a student to their own true essence.
No previous study is required, only a true curiosity and willingness to listen and learn.
When: January 11th-February 1st 2022 Wednesdays 6:30pm-8pm
YACEP Credits: 12
Introduction to the Meridians with Kateri Wang L.Ac.
Learn the basics of the the 12 main meridians based on traditional Chinese medical theory and explore a deeper layer of the self. The meridians are linked to contemporary yoga practices most often through yin yoga, but effect and reflect our physical and energetic balance on a daily basis on and off the mat. This course includes basic information on the 12 main meridians and practical applications such as pressure points and meditation to move Qi and release blockages. Learn the fundamental theories of Qi, meridian flow and circadian rhythms to gain an understanding of the effects of these energies on our physical and emotional well being. This introductory course is taught by Kateri Wang. Kateri is a licensed acupuncturist with over 15 years of experience. She specializes in ear acupuncture for disaster and trauma relief, addiction and mental health recoveries.
No previous experience or knowledge required.
The Wisdom of the Tao with Kevin Montgomery
Yin Yoga is based on the Chinese philosophy of Taoism. It is difficult to make sense of this practice without understanding it from the perspective of those origins.
In this 10-week class you will gain an understanding of this beautiful philosophy and world view with the aid of Winnie the Pooh. In one of the most accessible books I have read on this deep subject matter, we will explore the important life concepts of the Tao using Benjamin Hoff’s classic work The Tao of Pooh.
You will come away with a deeper understanding of the natural world and how living with the rhythms and laws of nature will bring contentment.
Why do we fight things we cannot change instead of accepting them and working with the flow instead of against the flow of the universe?
That is the human condition, and we will be learning how to find our path and find the peace and stillness that comes from gliding down the watercourse rather than paddling against the current.
Practicing Ayurveda: The Science of Living Well 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.
When: Saturdays February 11th-25 12pm-4pm
Where: RDY La Cienega Plaza
YACEP: 15 Hours
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.
Yoga Sequencing Intensives
These intensives are designed for certified yoga instructors who want to expand the types of classes they are able to offer. While these are not a substitute for the full teaching certification, everyone can use these programs to deepen their practice and understanding of alignment and sequencing.
Additionally, these courses may qualify for up to 30 hours of YACEP credit for instructors registered with Yoga Alliance.
Check back in the fall for the full calendar of sequence intensives for 2023.
Yoga Beyond the Classroom
If you yearn to plan and lead wellness travel experiences, or deepen your understanding of practical business concepts, then these courses offer a strong lineup to help you reach your goals. In addition we offer practical safety certification courses through the year to ensure you are always up to date. In short, these courses are designed to provide practical training and certifications to help you prepare for new challenges beyond the practice room.
CPR, AED and Basic First Aid with Dr. Rhonda
CPR, AED, and Basic First Aid
This certification is required to teach at RDY and for anyone leading our adventures. In this one day intensive you will learn adult and infant CPR, how to use an AED, and basic first aid for would treatment and triage.
You will receive your 2 year certification. These courses are great for anyone looking to certify or re-certify and are open to everyone, you do not need to be an instructor or guide for RDY to take this class.
Wilderness First Aid
Schedule coming soon!
Leading Yoga Adventures with Kevin Montgomery
Retreat Leader Training
This program is designed to give you the tools necessary to lead a successful retreat either as a primary guide or an assistant/instructor.
This course is for anyone who is planning to lead an RDY Adventure or any other retreat that is already planned and curated.
You will be set up for success in handling the many different situations that come up on retreats. You will be given tools and worksheets to help organize and keep activities on track throughout the retreat. You will also learn how to deal with the logistics of international group travel and handling group dynamics in various situations.
If you hope to package and sell your own retreats in the future, this course is a prerequisite to the full retreat planning courses.
Planning Successful Yoga Retreats
Planning a Successful Yoga Retreat
Do you dream to plan and lead your own domestic or international retreats? If so this course is right for you.
From developing the concept to curating the perfect location and activities, we will explore each facet of planning a successful retreat.
We will show you how to set up your retreat business, insurance, licensing requirements for selling travel, how to market your retreat, and of course how to execute a seamless experience for your guests.
Even if you plan to work with an established retreat travel company there are many things you will need to be aware of and pitfalls to avoid.
The Retreat Leader course is a prerequisite for this one. We encourage you to come with a retreat idea in mind that we can use as practical material to develop your first retreat in this course.
The Business of Yoga
Schedule Coming Soon!