Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training
Peace Retreat at Playa Negra
January 5 - 22, 2016
Aloha Yoga Shala has changed its name to
Soma Yoga Institute
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Liz Heffernan, MA, PYT-1000, E-RYT 500
Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) Primary Faculty Member
Liz is a certified IYT Therapist and an experienced yoga instructor of over 17 years. She brings a passion for therapeutics and extensive experience in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara (certified Anusara-Inspired™). Her vision is to inspire teachers to share the healing practices of yoga with those motivated to seek a path of self-discovery and self-care. Over the years many, many wonderful yoga teachers have inspired Liz’s path these include Integrative Yoga Therapy’s Joseph and Lillian Le Page; Anusara Yoga’s Jim & Ruthie Bernaert, Desiree Rumbaugh; Ashtanga Yoga’s Tim Miller, and yoga philosophers and scholars Douglas Brooks and Carlos Pomeda. Through a comprehensive application of bio-mechanical principles of alignment for deep therapeutic work, a strong focus on the breath and a heart expanding philosophy, she inspires her students toward greater degrees of freedom in body, mind and in spirit.
I loved the open, honest and clear approachable way Liz gives herself as a yogi, living what she leads in a beautiful embracing way. Liz opened a new chapter in my life. Her way of teaching let the yoga philosophy; alignment and practice come together into a lifestyle I cherish to embrace. ~ Joseph, Germany
Liz's deep knowledge of the sutras and other philosophical texts coupled with her personal exploration of this practice in daily life came across in her teachings in such a profound way that it will have far reaching, transformative effects in my life. - Gary, Hawaii
Liz your knowledge of yoga, your passion, the support and encouragement that you show your students, the enthusiasm and dedication with which you approached this training is truly inspirational. My understanding of yoga is so much deeper and more comprehensive. I also feel I have developed a much more compassionate acceptance of myself. This experience has allowed me to feel a deer sense of peacefulness and contentment with where I am right now in my life. - Molly, Hawaii
Serena Arora, B.Ed, E-RYT-500
Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) Primary Faculty Member, Ayurveda Therapist
Serena has passionately shared her knowledge and love of yoga, Ayurveda, and life through her classes, presentations, retreats and yoga teacher trainings over the past 13 years. She is a certified Professional Yoga Therapist and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher (Integrative Yoga Therapy), Wholistic Therapist (Wild Rose College of Natural Healing), Ashtanga Yoga Instructor (Yoga in Motion), Mind Body Specialist (Can-Fit-Pro), Group Fitness Specialist (AFLCA), Ayurveda & Panchakarma Therapist (Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic and Research Center in Jaipur, India) and trained extensively in India at the Sivananda and Iyengar ashrams. She attributes her well-rounded professional development to her inspiring teachers and mentors from around the world. With a significant amount of experience, Serena established THRIVE!...Naturally Yoga & Wellness, a unique lakeside yoga studio retreat in Alberta, in 200
"Serena's teaching techniques are so well put together from the Asana practice in the morning to the last lecture of the day...the learning and knowledge was EXPERIENCED. I feel so honoured to have experienced my IYT 200 hr training here!!! I would love for others to be able to share in Serena's unique teaching style!" - Shauna, Canada
"Phenomenal, life changing and deeply enriching educational experience. Transformative. I came here thinking I would learn a lot, but not necessarily be able to come out of training and teach yoga right away. I feel differently now, empowered and capable. Confident that I will have support from Serena, my peers, and the IYT community as I grow as a teacher. My life was deeply enriched, personally and professionally."
"There was an excellent balance and flow throughout the 3 week curriculum. It was abundantly clear that great effort was put into planning and that Serena is both a formally trained academic teacher and a seasoned yogi and spiritual leader. Amazing format - full, balanced days with unique themes made each day exciting.The format of the teaching practicum was very empowering. I loved coming to class every single day and am inspired to keep learning about yogic life as I return home to the 'real world'." - Anne, Chicago
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