Lotus Flow University

200 Hour Teacher Training FAQs

Our expert teaching team will guide you on your journey to uncover the meaning of yoga and transform your life. Through asana, self inquiry, group discussion and sutra study you will develop teaching skills that will enrich and inspire you for a lifetime.

50/300 Hour Advanced Training Intensives

200hr TT Summer Nola

(NOLA) May 19 - Aug 06

200hr TT Summer Nola

  • (NOLA) May 19 - Aug 06 Friday 6p-9p , Sat & Sun 8a-5p

The Lotus Flow TM style is globally loved for its fusion of asana, dharma, music & community. Get ready to feel this on a whole new level as we kick off our celebrated Lotus Flow 200hr Teacher Training in May at our Church of Yoga in New Orleans!

The same great curriculum that has graduated a high standard of passionate & inspired teachers is offered in   a new calendar format suitable for NOLA locals AND out-of-towners.

Enjoy diving into the world of Lotus Flow over 6 Intensive weekends; one of which is a live-in retreat at the Flowering Lotus Retreat Center in Mississippi!

You will be introduced to the timeless and sacred tools of Yoga that will Transform your practice and your life. Discover yogic treasures to connect with your highest self and uncover the teacher within.

Dates & Times:
Friday 6p-9p , Sat & Sun  8a-5p
May 19-21
June 2-4
June 23-25
July 7-9
July 13-16 RETREAT WEEKEND (Arrive Thursday evening, depart Sunday Afternoon)
Aug 4-6

Our Curriculum

  • Art of Lotus Flow Sequencing
  • Yoga Philosophy & Mantra
  • Asana and Pranayama
  • The Chakra System
  • Alignment and Anatomy
  • Intro to Sanskrit
  • Hands on Assists
  • Practice Teaching
  • Dynamic Community

Teaching Team

  • Dana Trixie Flynn

Requirements

A longing to inspire your practice and life.

Tuition

200HR TT July 9- Aug 4 NYC

(NYC) Jul 09 - Aug 04

200HR TT July 9- Aug 4 NYC

  • (NYC) Jul 09 - Aug 04 8am - 4pm M-F*

INFO Session: June 2, 2017 @ 7p:  Please RSVP.

Orientation Sunday July 9  2.30pm-4.30pm

Laughing Lotus Yoga Center has been an innovator in teacher training since 1999. Over the past fifteen years we have graduated over 2000 students. Many of our alumni have become some of the most respected teachers in the world.

Celebrated as a Teacher of teachers, Director Dana Flynn has designed a powerful program infused with creativity. Dana brings her passion and wisdom to every teacher training, sharing the principles of Lotus Flow.

Lotus’ expert teaching team will be your guide on this life-changing journey to uncover the meaning of yoga and transform your life. Through asana, self-inquiry, group discussion and sutra study you will develop teaching skills that enrich your personal practice and inspire you on your path toward spiritual progress.

Yoga is about relationships and our time together asks for your active participation in our community. You will be assigned a mentor and partnered up with another soul seeker for weekly reflections. Expect homework, personal projects, in-class presentations and karma yoga that reflect our explorations and uphold our celebrated reputation. You must be able to fulfill ALL of the above requirements to complete your certification and receive your diploma.

For more info see FAQ

Our Curriculum

  • Art of Lotus Flow Sequencing
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Asana
  • The Chakra System
  • Alignment and Anatomy
  • Intro to Sanskrit
  • Hands on Assists
  • Pranayama
  • Practice Teaching

Teaching Team

  • Dana Flynn
  • Alison Cramer
  • Sheri Celentano
  • Mary Dana Abbott
  • Kenny Frisby
  • Deb Langley
  • Lauren Magarelli
  • Jamie Skolnick
  • Felipe Gonzalez
  • Christine Chen
  • Victor Colletti

Requirements

A longing to inspire your practice and life!

Tuition

200hr TT FALL NYC

(NYC) Oct 06 - Dec 17

200hr TT FALL NYC

  • (NYC) Oct 06 - Dec 17 Fridays 6-9 PM, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS 2:30 - 7:30 P.M.

To learn more about our Fall Teacher Training, attend our Info Meeting August 25th at 7p.  Attend the 5:30 class ahead of time for FREE –  RSVP today!

Laughing Lotus Yoga Center has been an innovator in teacher training since 1999. Over the past fifteen years we have graduated over 2000 students. Many of our alumni have become some of the most respected teachers in the world.

Celebrated as a Teacher of teachers, Director Dana Flynn has designed a powerful program infused with creativity. Dana brings her passion and wisdom to every teacher training, sharing the principles of Lotus Flow.

Lotus’ expert teaching team will be your guide on this life-changing journey to uncover the meaning of yoga and transform your life. Through asana, self-inquiry, group discussion and sutra study you will develop teaching skills that enrich your personal practice and inspire you on your path toward spiritual progress.

Yoga is about relationships and our time together asks for your active participation in our community. You will be assigned a mentor and partnered up with another soul seeker for weekly reflections. Expect homework, personal projects, in-class presentations and karma yoga that reflect our explorations and uphold our celebrated reputation. You must be able to fulfill ALL of the above requirements to complete your certification and receive your diploma.

 

Our Curriculum

  • Art of Lotus Flow Sequencing
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Asana
  • The Chakra System
  • Alignment and Anatomy
  • Intro to Sanskrit
  • Hands on Assists
  • Pranayama
  • Practice Teaching

Teaching Team

  • Dana Flynn
  • Alison Cramer
  • Sheri Celentano
  • Mary Dana Abbott
  • Felipe Gonzalaz
  • Jamie Skolnick
  • Deb Langley
  • Kenny Frisby

Requirements

A longing to inspire your practice and life!

Tuition

Laughing Lotus Apprentice Program

Laughing Lotus Apprentice Program

Laughing Lotus offers a 3 month (12 Week) Program to graduates of our 200 & 300 Hour Yoga School Modules.

As a graduate, you are offered an intensive learning opportunity with the Laughing Lotus senior teacher. This is a space for you to immerse yourself in the Lotus Flow teaching style, under the guidance of an experienced Laughing Lotus teacher.

Graduates are invited to submit an application to be considered for acceptance. Considered applicants must have completed a 200 or 300Hr training program and a Hands On workshop (or 50hr module) with Laughing Lotus.

Apprentice Program Commitments

Initial Orientation Meeting

As a selected Apprentice, you are required to attend an initial Group Orientation with

Apprenticeship Director. During this session expectations and personal responsibilities of the Apprentice are made clear. There is time for Q&A.

Program Fee

Pay in Full = $490
12 Week Installments = $44/wk

*Program Fee includes class access at Laughing Lotus for the duration of the program ; a Lotus tee.
**Apprentices are given priority to attend and assist any external Laughing Lotus events that fall in their intake period. E.g. Bryant Park, Rooftop, Summer Solstice.

Our Curriculum

Teaching Team

  • Lotus Senior Teachers

Requirements

Open to graduates of our 200 & 300hr Yoga School Modules.

1. Apprentices are assigned to assist one (1) weekly class with their mentor.

-  You are required to arrive 20 minutes before class starts wearing proper attire (explained at orientation);
-  Help set up the room & greet students;
-  The Apprentice will be briefed on the class intention by their mentor, and provided anyinformation relevant to the Apprentices role as a class assistant.
-  Post-class the Apprentice & Mentor will debrief the class. This session is to be a 5 minutecheck-in. The purpose is to gauge the level of learning experience.
-  The Apprentice is responsible for attending all 12 classes. In the event of inability to attend,there will be a sub-procedure in place.

2. Each Apprentice is required to teach a Community Classes during their 12 Week Program. The Mentor will attend and provide a 30 minute coaching session post-class. Coaching will be documented and given to apprentice.

3. Each Apprentice participates in the scheduled monthly filmed class series. Minimum attendance is one class per monthly film series.

50/300 Hour Advanced Training Intensives FAQs

Our advanced trainings attract, challenge and cultivate independent thinkers with the longing to create meaningful lives. Laughing Lotus has created a unique path toward advanced certification with 50-hour intensives, offered in either 5-day or 4-weekend formats throughout the year. Fly solo with any one program, or combine six to create a customized 300-hour certification, allowing you to register at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance (see FAQ for program requirements).

200 Hour Teacher Training

Hands-On

(LA) Mar 12 - Mar 17

(NYC) Aug 13 - Aug 18

Hands-On

  • (LA) Mar 12 - Mar 17 Sun 1-6p; M-Thur 8a-6p; Fri 8a-12p

  • (NYC) Aug 13 - Aug 18 *SUN 5-9P; MON - FRI 8A - 5P

One of the most profound and accessible ways to develop confidence and skill as a teacher is through the study and practice of hands-on assists. Learn Mary Dana’s integrated approach based on anatomy, precise alignment, and reading bodies. Our mornings begin with a Lotus Flow practice that you will take turns assisting, followed by a few hours of breaking down the assists.  Our afternoons will be spent learning healing modalities from expert body workers, and more specific techniques for partnering, savanna and working with boundaries and intention. The cumulation of the week will give you the tools to connect more deeply with your students, fostering a practical understanding of asana and alignment for both them and you.

**LA trainings: Light on Lotus (Mar Vista) & YogaRaj (Santa Monica).  Timings – Sun 1-6p; M-Thur 8a-6p; Fri 8a-12p

**New York training will be held at our Chelsea Location. Timings are: *Sunday 5-9P  & Mon- Fri, 8A – 5P

Our Curriculum

  • Principles of Assists
  • Assists for Every Asanas
  • Intro Thai Yoga Massage
  • Intro to Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy & Acupressure
  • Modifying & Creating your own Assists

Teaching Team

  • Mary Dana Abbott, Director
  • Kate Duyn Cariaiti
  • Brandi Ryans

Requirements

A 200-hour certification

Tuition

YIN Flow & Essential Oils

(NYC) Mar 19 - Mar 24

YIN Flow & Essential Oils

  • (NYC) Mar 19 - Mar 24 *SUN 4-8p; MON - FRI 8a - 5p

Welcome to Yin Flow, our synthesis of deep release and signature Lotus Flow, heightened by healing essential oils, creating a uniquely balanced practice.  Each day begins with a Yin Flow practice, using essential oils to support the Yin poses, followed by a deconstruction of the sequence and oils.  Each afternoon will cover vital elements of the practice, including the history and theory behind Yin yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine Meridian theory, the methodology behind the use of essential oils, fascia theory, aromatherapy & the chakras, sequencing Yin Flow classes, and practice teaching.

Get ready to create your own Yin Flow sequences, incorporating delicious, nurturing essential oils to enhance all of your yoga classes.

 

Our Curriculum

  • Yin Yoga Theory & Asana
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Meridian Theory
  • Introduction to Fascia
  • Fundamentals of Essential Oils
  • Aromatherapy & Chakras
  • Yin Flow Sequencing

Teaching Team

  • Susan Derwin, Co-Director
  • Brandi Ryans, Co-Director
  • Dirk Bennewitz
  • Jamie Skolnick

Requirements

A 200-hour certification or permission from Directors

Tuition

FLY

(NYC) Mar 26 - Mar 31

FLY

  • (NYC) Mar 26 - Mar 31 *SUN 4-8P; MON - FRI 8A - 5P

FLY introduces advanced practitioners to bold asanas and fresh ideas that will encourage you to turn your world downside UP and take your inversions to new heights. Each day will begin with the study and practice of the physical elements of Lotus FLY. The afternoons will focus on playful partnering and interactive lectures designed to help you to teach your students how to approach their inversion practice in a creative and safe way. No matter where you are in your relationship with going upside down, our time together will transform your practice and give you the wings to FLY.

Our Curriculum

  • Lotus FLY Sequencing
  • Breath and Bandhas
  • Art of Teaching: The Alignment of Inversions
  • Stoke the Fire: Intro to Advanced Arm Balances
  • Injury Prevention: Mending on the Mat
  • Playful Partnering and Hands-on Lifts

Teaching Team

  • Sheri Celentano, Director
  • Kenny Frisby
  • Mary Dana Abbott
  • Victor Colletti
  • Christine Chen
  • Stefani Rose
  • Jess Ray

Requirements

A 200-hour certification or permission from Sheri, FLY Director

Tuition

Ayurveda for Women’s Health

(NYC) May 15 - May 21

Ayurveda for Women’s Health

  • (NYC) May 15 - May 21 MON - FRI 9A - 3P/ Sat 10a-1/Sun 2:30-4:30p

Ayurveda blesses us with ancient wisdom that asks us to take responsibility for our personal wellness and self-care. In this training, we focus on the Ayurvedic Principals for Asana, Pranayama, Mantra, Diet, Ayurvedic Cleansing Practices and Lifestyle choices to better guide our routines both daily (dinacharya) and seasonally (ritucharya). Along with both theory and practice of Lotus Flow by Dosha, this program also includes Ayurvedic cooking and powerful treatments for the face, eyes, body, hair and skin. Let this plunge into the World of Ayurveda inspire and empower you on your Path to a lifetime of Health and Happiness!

Weekend workshop with Dr. Claudia Welch (Sat 10a-1/Sun 2:30-4:30p) is incuded as a required part of the 50 hour Ayurveda for Women’s Health Certification.  For more info on Dr. Claudia Welch and the Women’s Health and Hormones Weekend Workshop click HERE

Our Curriculum

  • Lotus Flow Dosha Dancing
  • Ayurvedic Cooking and Cleansing Practices
  • Kundalini Kriyas by Dosha
  • Music, Sound and Healing Prayers
  • Pranayama and Meditation

Teaching Team

  • Alison Cramer, Director
  • Anastasia Nevin
  • Dana Slamp
  • Special Guest Dr. Claudia Welch

Requirements

Open to All!
Space is Limited so sign up in advance!

Tuition

Restorative Yoga Level 1

(NYC) Jun 02 - Jun 04

Restorative Yoga Level 1

  • (NYC) Jun 02 - Jun 04 Friday 5pm-9pm, Sat/Sun 8am-4:30pm Weekend

Restore and Renew your body temple with our 25 hour training devoted to Restorative Yoga Therapy.

Restorative Yoga is a quieting, supportive practice using well-placed blankets, bolsters, yoga straps, and chairs to safely guide the body and breath into relaxation and ease. It’s a yoga of un-doing the knots and non-doing. Rasa is a Sanskrit word that is defined as juice, flavor, or the essence of one’s heart in its pure state. This practice awakens the deepest layer which is the body of bliss!

Our deeply therapeutic intensive will equip yoga teachers of all traditions with a comprehensive understanding of a restorative practice, as well as give teachers the tools and knowledge to teach a primary series of all the basic restorative poses to group and private classes.

Awaken Peace and Joy with Restorative Yoga and learn the essential art of relaxation.

 

Our Curriculum

  • Fundamentals of Basic Props
  • Central nervous system and Subtle body
  • Philosophy and Applications of Restorative Yoga Asana
  • Basic Restorative Yoga Sequencing
  • Incorporating Restorative Asana in a Hatha or Vinyasa class
  • Pranayama and Meditation

Teaching Team

  • Jamie Lyn Skolnick

Requirements

200hr Certification OR healthcare professionals looking to incorporate a new healing modality/anyone with a deep interest in healing.

Tuition

Restorative Yoga Level 2

(NYC) Jun 09 - Jun 11

Restorative Yoga Level 2 (25hr)

  • (NYC) Jun 09 - Jun 11 Fri 5-9p; Sunday 8a-4:30p Weekend

Grow your knowledge and advance your teaching through the profound power of Restorative Yoga.  Build on the foundations from Level 1 with this specialized 25hr training and expand your repertoire of healing therapeutics.  We will explore advanced postures that benefit fatigue, chronic stress, and dis-ease, such as depression, anxiety, infertility and more.  Get expertly equipped with rejuvenating modalities, including aromatherapy and yoga nidra to deepen your practice.

Complete your Restorative Level 1 (25hr) and Advanced Restorative Level 2 (25hr) for 50hr Restorative Certification

Our Curriculum

  • Advanced Restorative Postures
  • Relaxation Response Theory and Application
  • Specialized Sequencing for Depression, Anxiety and More
  • Full Spectrum Modifications for Pregnancy
  • Therapeutic Touch Techniques with Minimal Props
  • Aromatherapy and Yoga Nidra

Teaching Team

  • Jamie Lyn Skolnick

Requirements

Restorative Yoga Level 1 (25 hrs) plus 200hr Certification/ Healthcare professionals looking to advance their healing practice

Tuition

Bridge to Lotus Flow™

(NYC) Jul 28 - Jul 30

(NOLA) Aug 11 - Aug 13

Bridge to Lotus Flow™

  • (NYC) Jul 28 - Jul 30 FRI 5-9; Sat & Sun 8-4:30p

  • (NOLA) Aug 11 - Aug 13 FRI 6-9; Sat & Sun 8-5p

This 25hr Lotus Flow™ Immersion is designed for Certified yoga teachers ready to dive deep into the unique Lotus Flow™ tool box for inspired teaching.  Lotus Flow™ threads powerful yogic philosophy through bold sequencing, devotional singing and ecstatic community connection.

Steeped in the lineage of innovation and transformation, we share timeless practices in a fresh and liberated way.   With this training you will learn the structure of Lotus Flow and how to sequence thoughtfully and creatively.
Transform your practice, ignite your teaching and connect more truly to the teacher within.
***Bridge to Lotus Flow TM 25hr is a prerequisite to the Lotus Flow Super Sequencing 50hr Program.
 

Our Curriculum

  • Lotus Flow Architecture
  • Chakras & Super Sequencing
  • Threading the Spiritual Theme
  • Practice Teaching (25 Hours includes required homework & assignments)

Teaching Team

  • Mary Dana Abbott (NYC)
  • Dana Trixie Flynn (NOLA)

Requirements

Minimum 200hr Certification from any registered 200hr School of Yoga

Super Sequencing

(NYC) Aug 06 - Aug 11

Super Sequencing

  • (NYC) Aug 06 - Aug 11 *Sun 5-9p; Mon - Fri 8a - 5p

This Intensive focuses on the architecture of Lotus Flow and the art of setting up the flow to set it free, allowing your personal expression of the asana to come through.  We start each day getting physical, exploring how the container of Lotus Flow allows for your creativity to shine. The afternoon lectures will cover a variety of topics including the use of music, movement and mantra in your classes. Discover how these tools can elevate and amplify your classes while allowing them to become a true reflection of your passion for yoga.  Electrify your practice and soul!

 

Our Curriculum

  • Asana Architecture: Design and Structure
  • Playful Namaskars & Deity Shapes
  • Lotus Flow Sequencing and The Chakras
  • The Momentum of Music in Your Classes
  • Vinyasa Krama: Transitions and Advanced Asana
  • Mantras, Mudras & Rhythm

Teaching Team

  • Mary Dana Abbott
  • Kenny Frisby
  • Alison Cramer
  • Sheri Celentano
  • Deb Langley

Requirements

• A 200-hour Certification from Laughing Lotus
or 25hr Bridge to Lotus Certification
• 1 year of teaching

Tuition

Chakras

(NYC) Aug 20 - Aug 25

Chakras

  • (NYC) Aug 20 - Aug 25 *SUN 5-9P; MON - FRI 8A - 5P

Dive deep into the Chakra System, the cosmic energy centers in the body that manifest physically, mentally and emotionally in our lives. Each chakra will be explored individually so that we can understand how to work with our imbalances as well our strengths. Investigate this timeless spiritual technology and how it becomes a powerful map for manifestation.

Get ready to create the balance, healing and happiness you desire, NOW!

Our Curriculum

  • Interactive & In-depth Lectures
  • Lotus Flow Chakra Sequencing through the Chakras
  • Guided journaling and exercises to release physical, mental & emotional blocks
  • Sonic healing through live music & other sacred sound frequencies
  • Kundalini Pranayamas & Kriyas

Teaching Team

  • Ali Cramer, Director
  • Sheri Celantano, Director
  • Nancy Elkes
  • Jamie Skolnick

Requirements

A 200-hour certification or permission from Director Ali Cramer or Sheri Celentano

Tuition

Bhakti

(NYC) Aug 27 - Sep 01

Bhakti

  • (NYC) Aug 27 - Sep 01 *SUN 5-9P; MON - FRI 8A - 5P

Chant until your heart explodes, learn the different ways to worship God and experience signature Lotus Flow through Bhakti, the Yoga of love and devotion. In the mornings, we will explore ecstatic movement, using asana to spiritualize the physical form. Our afternoons will be spent cultivating the Divine mood, or Bhav, through chanting mantras, learning basic Harmonium, studying myths as metaphor and falling in love with devotional poetry. By combining asana with sound, ritual, pranayama and guided meditation you will access your authentic voice and merge with the Divine.

Our Curriculum

  • Indepth Introduction to Bhakti Yoga
  • Raising the Vibration: Mantra, Chanting and Kirtan
  • Creating Daily Ritual and Sadhana
  • Basic Harmonium and Bhakti Poetry
  • Movement as Medicine
  • Deities: Storytelling, Myths and Movement

Teaching Team

  • Lauren Magarelli, Director
  • Dana Flynn
  • Felipe Gonzalez
  • Ilana Zaken
  • Betsy Davis
  • Alanna K
  • Lisa Ferraro

Requirements

A 200-hour certification, or a devoted yogi with a consistent practice of over 2 years

Tuition