RYT 300 Hour Module Descriptions

Module Training dates: Module schedule, instructor and topic subject to change

Oct 7 - 9, 2016

Meredith HolcombEffortlessness: Creating a Safe Container led by Three Trees Faculty.

Includes Teaching Restorative Yoga; Pranayama; Mindfulness Movement and Meditation and Creating a Soul Collage plus an introduction to Advanced Asana.

Creating a safe Container: Part of what makes this training unique is its commitment to creating and maintaining a cohesive sense of community for the participants. Past graduates have found the safety, support, compassion and kindness of these groups to play a pivotal role in their ability to take risks and make mistakes which develops a capacity to grow and learn.

Soul Collage is a powerful tool that can help you identify your own dharma and give direction to your journey through the rest of the training.

Highlighting Mindfulness Training: Being present in our lives and responding to life’s challenges and joys in a way that is beneficial to the heart and body.
It is an evidence based approach for improving mental and physical health including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, immune function and stress. It has been shown to increase well being, improve concentration and mental clarity as well as self-control, objectivity, emotional intelligence and the ability to relate to others with kindness, acceptance and compassion. This training is largely based on the extensively studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMass Medical Center. It includes formal mindfulness practices such as body scan, walking meditation, sitting meditation with a particular emphasis on mindful yoga. It also incorporates informal practices like mindful eating, listening and speaking.

Mindfulness and its accompanying benefits are a learnable skill. That skill doesn’t develop by intellectual understanding alone or a quick immersion. It needs the foundation of a sustained practice which is why we dedicate time in every Faculty led week end to mindfulness training. Although yoga is inherently mindful our task and results oriented western culture has influenced the way it is sometimes taught. The language we use and the intention we have as teachers influences not only the degree of mindfulness in our classes but in our own lives as well.
18 months or more of consistent development in one’s capacity to be present and aware in an open, receptive and discerning way can transform one’s relationship to self, other and the world.

Because of the rapid rise in popularity and acceptance of mindfulness in the medical, psychological, and corporate communities as well as popular press we see an increasing demand for teachers of mindful yoga and meditation. Large organizations like Google, Intel, Aetna as well the US military and VA centers have adopted Mindfulness Based Interventions as a way to create and maintain resilience to stress while increasing creativity and productivity and reducing health costs. Developing one’s teaching ability to include mindful yoga and meditation instruction helps one be a more diverse and marketable instructor. Becoming more mindful oneself profoundly improves one’s ability to work one on one or in a group setting.

November 4 - 6, 2016

Meredith HolcombThe Art of Intuitive Adjustments I with Meredith Holcomb

The first weekend will open with a blissful yoga class on Friday evening where you will get to experience for yourself a consciously intended atmosphere of love and support and how holding an intention for this kind of atmosphere in a class environment easily prepares you to receive "Intuitive Adjustments".

We will cover the 3 Foundational Concepts of Intuitive Adjustments :
- Sacred Space
- Observing and Intuiting
- Enhancing and Adjusting.

Each of these concepts will be thoroughly practiced and discussed collectively as well as one-on-one. We will go through several short sequences designed to give you firsthand experience in developing the art of both giving and receiving. You will have time for feedback from one another, followed by immediate practice to implement what you have discovered.

We will also cover:
- the 5 Key Placement Points on the body
- how to gracefully enter and exit someone's personal space
- how to enhance the lines of energy in the body with your touch

 Jan 6-7, 2017  Meredith Holcomb

Cultivating Positive Habits: How do you meet yourself? Led by Three Trees Yoga Faculty

Includes an introduction to Gentle/Adaptive Yoga; the Application & Theory of the Chakras; the Foundation of Energetics for Holistic Healing; and Mindfulness Movement and Meditation

Highlighting Adaptive Yoga: One of the goals of our program is to train teachers how to adapt traditional yoga asana to support these challenges and to sequence group classes in such a way to empower students rather than reinforce their limitations. Learning these adaptations will give you confidence that you can meet the needs of all of your students without leaving anyone behind or aggravating existing injuries. Adaptive Yoga can be used effectively in both private and group classes.

By learning to teach adaptive yoga, you can expand your capacity to serve more students and reap the rewards of helping an under-served, but ever-increasing population of students: those with injuries, illnesses and physical limitations.

One of the texts we will use is Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body written by Mindy Eisenberg. This book was written for people with MS and other neuromuscular conditions but is a great tool for adapting for anyone. Yoga as an Adaptive Practice marries beautifully with the Mindfulness portion of our training since managing the mental aspect of physical limitations and illness is such a vital tool for healing.

February 3 - 5, 2017

Meredith HolcombThe Art of Intuitive Adjustments II with Meredith Holcomb

In the second weekend workshop, we will open with another blissful yoga class where each of you will practice implementing what you learned from the first workshop.  The class will be structured so there is ample time for both giving and receiving.
On Saturday and Sunday, we will expand our experience and inner knowledge of giving and receiving assists through short sequences of a broader variety of poses.  Suggestions for how to adjust your favorite or most challenging poses will be welcome. 

The variety of poses will include:
Standing, Seated Twists, Balancing, Forward folding, Backbends and Savasana

This weekend workshop will give you more confidence in your personal ability to implement empowering; loving hand's-on assists and the significance this kind of touch has for healing, well-being and expansion on multiple levels.

Mar 3 - 5, 2017     We Are What We Practice led by Three Trees Yoga Faculty

Includes Teaching Gentle/Adaptive Yoga; the Potency of Mantra; Experiencing the Energetics for Holistic Healing; and Mindfulness Movement and Meditation plus a continuation of the study of Advanced Asana.

April 7 - 9, 2017 

Melanie FarmerThe Goals of Life: Purusharthas & Your Jyotish Chart with Melanie Farmer

ARTHA – WORK AND MONEY Artha houses point to our work, reputation and career as well as the effort required to secure nourishment and economic prosperity. They can also indicate aspects of enslavement or where we do not feel free or at liberty. Artha follows Dharma as we realize that right income follows right purpose.
KAMA – HAPPINESS & DESIRE Understanding Kama as the desire for peace and contentment (Santosa- Sanskrit; ‘contentment’), prepares us for Moksha, true freedom and liberation.  In this class, we identify the three houses that help each participant understand the nature of desire, reward and happiness.
MOKSHA – PEACE & FREEDOM Liberation is not a posthumous state to be attained after death, but is a state to be attained right here, right now in this life. We identify the Moksha houses for each participant’s as well as a daily practice for freedom and liberation.
DHARMA – PURPOSE & POWER Three of the 12 houses in Vedic astrology, are called Dharma houses.  In this class, you’ll learn what the meaning of your personal Dharma houses and what they point toward as an indicator of life purpose and power. If we can know or at least come to some understanding of our dharma, it helps us from falling into states of misery or birth in a woeful existence. Once understood, Dharma are actions that we cultivate as knowledge and right practice, that knit together a harmonic fabric of reality within this phenomena called life.
DEITIES AND PERSONAL ARCHETYPES The zodiac is an expression of both the collective and personal archetype that helps to facilitate our social relationships as well as spiritual growth and awakening. You will explore and identify your Vedic deity and personal archetype as identified by the individual Vedic astrological chart.

May 5 - 7, 2017    Turning Towards the Shadow Side led by Three Trees Yoga Faculty

Includes Seated Postures in Gentle/Adaptive Yoga; Yoga and Pranayama for Depression & anxiety; Using Techniques of Traditional Ayurveda and Chinese practices for holistic healing as it applies to yoga; the Physiology of Stress; and Mindfulness Movement and Meditation

June 2 - 4, 2017 

Richelle RicardIntensive Study of the Spine: Physiology & Application with Richelle Ricard

Your spine is your Center, your Axis, your Core...the root of your stability in gravity. A strong yet supple spine is integral to practicing yoga without injury. We must learn to embrace the gift of its free-jointed movement without exploiting its weaknesses.
This class will focus on the engineering of the spinal column, it's range of motion and the safest way to move within it's parameters. You'll find that supporting the spine's weak spots will build superior strength and stamina for more dynamic opening over time. We'll discuss the structure and nature of the core system and bandhas and their integration into your asana practice. Lecture, asana, and hands-on adjustment will all be covered. 

"Richelle’s instructions, so carefully, precisely worded, guide us to become more aware of integrated movement and how adjustments or changes in stance or posture can make a difference in ease, strength and functional movement." says Cathy Geier in a recent article on Richelle in Seattle Yoga News.

July 7 - 9, 2017     Living like the lotus flower; blooming in the muddy waters led by Three Trees Yoga Faculty

Includes Standing Postures in Gentle/Adaptive Yoga; Understanding and Utilizing the Pranavayus; and Noticing places we are stuck through Mindfulness Movement and Meditation; Advanced Asana

Sept 8- 10, 2017  and Nov 3-5, 2017

Trauma Sensitive Yoga I with Morgan Vanderpool & Janice Sack-Ory

Approaches to Teaching Trauma Sensitive (Informed) Yoga

The use of yoga as both an asana based practice and a mindful meditation practice facilitates the healing capacities of embodied presence. In these two modules, the student will obtain an understanding of two unique empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatments currently being offered for either PTSD, complex trauma, or both. Through both dynamic dialogue and experiential learning, the student will gain a deeper appreciation for the use of the full spectrum of what yoga can offer to those living with the challenges of the after effects of trauma. The two weekend modules will integrate the teachings of Integrative Restoration (iRest) as developed by Richard Miller, Ph.D and the Trauma Justice Center’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga program as developed by Dave Emerson E-RYT.

The modules will address the following areas as related to the teaching of yoga from a trauma sensitive (informed) perspective:

Defining Trauma & Understanding its Impact of Trauma on the Inter & Intrapersonal Relationship
Trauma & Attachment Theory, & Neuroscientific Underpinnings of TC-TSY
Teaching Methodology, Breath Work, and Class Themes of TC-TSY
The Science of Mindfulness Meditation and Embodied Presence
The Non-dualistic teachings of Yoga as it Applies to Integrative Healing Post-Trauma
Trauma and its impact on the Whole: through exploration of the Koshas

In addition to the actual classroom time, readings will be assigned for each of the curriculums.

iRest is a research-based meditation, relaxation, and healing protocol. It was developed over 35 years by Richard Miller, Ph.D, clinical research psychologist and yogic scholar. iRest was adapted from the ancient teachings of Yoga Nidra, which were remodeled to reflect findings from modern neuroscience and western psychology. It is an educational practice of yoga that focuses on health and healing at all levels of your life: physical, psychological, and spiritual. It also is a secular program that respects all ages, cultures, religions and philosophical orientations. iRest teaches students self care tools that lead one to experience self-mastery, resilience, and well-being.

iRest is integrative as it addresses both psychological and physical issues, such as stress, trauma, insomnia, and pain in your body and mind. iRest is restorative because it helps you recover your inner resources of joy, peace, and well-being. This enables you to feel connected to yourself and to live with meaning and purpose.

iRest was endorsed in 2010 by the US Army Surgeon General and the Defense Centers for Excellence as a Level I Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). iRest is currently supporting active duty and veterans in 12 US military bases and 38 VA hospitals and facilities and over 50 non military programs supporting Veterans. iRest is also being utilized in human trafficking relief programs, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, in hospices, and in schools. iRest is bringing relief to those with chronic pain, chemical dependency, infertility, iRest is serving the wider population in yoga studios and community centers, in chemical dependency programs, and is being used in childbirth education programs and schools to support emotional intelligence and self-mastery. To find a greater sense of peace and well-being.

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, TSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience as well as Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on body-based yoga movement and breathing practices.

The focus of the TC-TSY module will be on why and how to modify yoga to make it more trauma-sensitive. The TC-TSY module will cover the impacts of trauma on the brain and the body, theoretical underpinnings of TC-TSY, teaching methodology and class themes of TC-TSY and breath work within a TC-TSY framework. Through out all the content there will be a large emphasis on how a yoga teacher can be more aware and attuned to the subjective and relational experience of trauma survivors in a yoga practice.

Janice Sack-Ory is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse-Midwife. Janice completed both her basic yoga teacher training and her Integrative Movement Therapy Certification at the Samarya Center for Integrative Movement Therapy in Seattle with Molly Kenny and Stephanie Sisson. In addition she holds Certifications in Insight/Yin Yoga from Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley and in Phoenix Rising Yoga and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through University of Massachusettes Medical School Center for Mindfulness. She further deepened her meditation practice by attending numerous vipassana retreats, especially with Dharma teacher, Heather Martin, and in training in Insight Dialogue as developed by Gregory Kramer. She is committed to the process of compassionate inquiry and listening to one’s inner wisdom as a means to self-discovery and to enhance the quality of one’s life.

Morgan Vanderpool is a Trauma Sensitive Yoga trainer and facilitator with the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline Massachusetts, where yoga has been used as an adjunct treatment for PTSD for over ten years with a variety of groups, from survivors of chronic childhood abuse and neglect, to teenagers, to war veterans. Morgan specifically has experience working with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, refugees, LGBTQ youth, female veterans, and foster youth. Examples of integrating trauma-sensitive yoga into all of these communities will be given.

Oct 6-8, 2017   The Spirit of Practice: Compassion & Lovingkindness led by Three Trees Yoga Faculty

Includes Pranayama; practice mindful communication; loving kindness meditation and heart practices; learning to listen and creating intake forms for private clients; as well as an intro to Sanskrit; Advanced Asana

Jan 5-7, 2018   Three Trees Faculty

Working One-On-One: Nourishing the Student led by Three Trees Yoga Faculty Includes Working with Private Clients; Developing Appropriate Practices for Private Clients; Private Practice Lab; and featuring a Private Practice Panel of Experts; as well as Integrating Mindfulness into your life

Richelle RicardFeb 2-4, 2018   Intensive study of the Hip: Physiology & Application with Richelle Ricard

Review the fundamental principles of physiology of the hip. Individual differences are the name of the game with the hips. Differences in the shape of the bones, the texture of our connective tissue, the pathways of our nerves, the status of our digestion and even the tension in our jaw contribute to the nature of our hips in life and in yoga practice.

“As the Yoga Engineer, I am offering you the knowledge I’ve gained over 20+ years of study and practice in sports medicine, massage therapy, energetics, and yoga. My goal is to empower you and your yoga practice through education and awareness. When you understand the mechanics of your physical body, you can hone your awareness and refine your movement. This process keeps your muscles and joints safe, and trains your mind for the deeper work of a unified yoga practice; to tame the ego and connect with your true Self."

"The entire class was valuable, fun, informative, enlightening and confirming!" Lori Ferry, RYT

March 2-4, 2018   Mindfulness led by Three Trees Faculty

Includes Adaptive Yoga Sequences; a full day Mindfulness retreat; the study of Yogic Sacred Texts: the Upanishads and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika; Advanced Asana

Richelle RicardApril 6-8, 2018   Intensive study of the Shoulder: Physiology & Application with Richelle Ricard

Review the basic structure of the shoulder; learn how the upper extremity serves your yoga practice and how you can use it most effectively with the least risk of injury

"Richelle’s instructions, so carefully, precisely worded, guide us to become more aware of integrated movement and how adjustments or changes in stance or posture can make a difference in ease, strength and functional movement." says Cathy Geier in a recent article on Richelle in Seattle Yoga News.

May 4-6, 2018   Equanimity and Joy led by Three Trees Faculty

Includes The Curriculum is Your Life: Did you sign up?; Pranayama review; How to brand or market yourself effectively; and featuring student presentations of Therapeutically Oriented Yoga Research Projects

June 1-3, 2018 ( first graduation weekend) Bhakti Yoga Unveiled with Rob & Melissa Lundsgaard

This module combines meditation, asana, live music and kirtan to reveal the deeper meaning and relevance of Bhakti Yoga, commonly called the Yoga of Devotion, or the Way of Love. You will explore the richness of Bhakti Yoga, including various forms of devotion, through the traditional methods of satsang, insightful storytelling, movement, mantra and kirtan, inviting you to release inhibitions and deepen your heart connection to spirit. In addition, we discuss practical examples of how to incorporate these methods into your own personal practice (Graduation weekend for those who have completed the program.)

July 13-15, 2018   The Intersection of Yoga and Health Care with Kristine Kaoverii Weber, founder of Subtle Yoga

1. Understand and explain the differences between fitness, wellness, and therapeutic yoga practices and how they can be integrated into the four domains of health care: treatment, prevention, aftercare/reclaiming and health promotion.
2. Understand and describe the ways in which yoga processes meet the needs of The Triple Aim (the health care improvement framework adopted by the ACA).
3. Develop strategies for connecting and collaborating with allied health professionals, individually and as teams.

Sept 8-9, 2018   Vedic Thai Assisted Yoga Training with Mukti (Modified 2 day 16 hour schedule)

Learn the fundamentals of traditional Vedic Thai Assisted Yoga in this training taught by Mukti, the founder of the Vedic Conservancy. Known in Thailand as Nuad Borarn, Vedic Thai Assisted Yoga is a form of bodywork utilized traditionally as a remedy to emotional stress and physical inertia. In this training, you’ll learn how to facilitate an hour and a half Thai Assisted Yoga session, during which you’ll blend flowing rhythmic compressions of the feet, knees, palms, elbows, forearms and fingers with yoga asana and pranayama breath practices. The result produces a balanced and harmonious integration of the body’s vital systems that can be used in private sessions with your yoga clients.


Typical Weekend schedule:
Friday: 5pm - 8:30pm  
Saturday 12pm - 6pm
Sunday 9:30am - 5:30pm


DhavalDhaval Dhru, MD Chair of Department of Ayurvedic Sciences in the School of Traditional World Medicines at Bastyr University; integral in creating the Ayurvedic Studies curriculum and certification program there. Licensed to practice medicine in Washington State 1978 to present; Ayurvedic Practitioner, Educator and Yoga Teacher at Three Trees Yoga since 2005.

suzySuzy Green E 500 RYT Co-founder of Three Trees Yoga; Co-director of Three Trees Yoga Teacher Training; Co-founder Work Welll NW.

JeniJeni Martinez E 200 RYT Co-founder of Three Trees Yoga; Co-director of Three Trees Yoga Teacher Training; Co-founder Work Welll NW.

DylanDylan Noebels E 500 RYT Graduate of Pacific Yoga Advanced  Teacher Training. Dylan uses yoga to gain a greater awareness of the body and mind. His teaching emphasizes proper alignment and clear intentions to realize our full potential one breath at a time. Yoga instructor at Three Trees Yoga since 2005.

RichelleRichelle Ricard, LMP: Founder, teacher and developer of physiology curriculum as The Yoga Engineer 2008-Present; LMP in the State of Washington since 2001; Owner of Unity Therapeutic Bodywork and Movement—clinical private massage practice 2001-Present.

KarenKaren Schwisow E 500 RYT Co-founder of Three Trees Yoga; Co-director of Three Trees Yoga Teacher Training; Co-founder Work Welll NW and qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher.

PattiPatricia Wetsch-Wolfrom, RN, LAC, Board Certified Integrative Nurse Coach; Oncology Nurse and Acupuncturist at CHI Franciscan for 29 years; Graduate of Northwest Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine; Ayurvedic Practitioner Studies at Bastyr; Balanced Living Ayurvedic Retreat leader at Harmony Hill Retreat Center; Graduate of Three Trees Yoga Teacher Training & In-depth Studies Program Jan., 2013; Life Style Coach; Yoga Practitioner since 2004.