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MAY 5TH – JUNE 4TH, 2017
FRIDAYS | 6:00PM - 9:00PM
SATURDAYS | 9:00AM - 6:00PM
SUNDAYS | 9:00AM - 6:00PM


The popularity of yoga has been growing and is expected to increase within the next two decades around the world. The common use of yoga reaches a wide span of the population. Yoga teachers usually lack access to the information that would help them understand the specific needs of the participants in their classes.

This advanced training is for yoga teachers and other health professionals who are interested in learning techniques to teach at various levels and to reach special populations. This module is specifically designed to cover an enormous amount of the information through an online and in-class format that will include lectures, experiential classes, direct mentorship and access to professionals in the field. Through this program the participants will sharpen their observation skills, refine their ability to identify patterns, cultivate an understanding of when to apply specific techniques and will be provided with class structures to maximize the benefits of yoga for their students.


This training will evolve your breadth of the importance of yoga, provide you with a greater understanding of your students, strengthen your current teaching skills, refine your authentic voice and expand the potential of your career so that you can widen your yoga offerings to the communities who greatly need your expertise.

  • Introduction to the benefits of yoga
  • Physiology of yoga
  • Epidemiology: population health and wellness concerns
  • How to work with special populations through practical modules
  • An overview of education and behavior change theories. We will cover how to apply this information to your programs
  • Assessments techniques for yoga
  • Teaching methodology for working with specific populations
  • Periodization of yoga
  • Sequencing formats including useful progressions and regressions
  • Manual Assisting, use of props, imagery and cues
  • Teaching practicum and supportive skill assessment

Pure Yoga Member | $1350
Equinox Member | $1550
Non Member | $1650
Pure Yoga Grad | $1250
Pure Yoga or Equinox Employee | $1250
*Early Bird savings available. Save 10% if you register by March 10th, 2017

*A one-month all-access yoga membership to Pure Yoga is included.
Registration for this Teacher Training is not open online; for more information or to register, please email Angela Leigh 


LARA BENUSIS, MA, CES, YACEP, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, Has been a certified yoga teacher for 20 years, has taught over 25,000 hours and is an Ergonomic Assessment Specialist and Cancer Exercise Specialist. She holds a Masters Degree in Applied Physiology from Columbia University and is currently pursuing the next stage of that advanced degree focusing on research methods, health assessments and movement interventions for improving the health conditions in adult, pediatric patients and families. She was recruited in 2009 to join the clinical team at Memorial Sloan Kettering and was then appointed as the Manager of the Exercise and Yoga Programs at the Integrative Medical Service where she authored several yoga research protocols and developed their clinical yoga program. She has an extensive background in working as a yoga teacher for special populations and currently serves on the yoga team at Visions, Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in NYC. She teaches private yoga sessions for Pure Yoga NYC. She is on the International Board of Advisors for Studio Yoggy/ Lohas International, the largest wellness company in Japan where she has taught advanced teacher trainings annually since 2009.

KEISHA BOLDEN, E-RYT 200 Keisha has lead yoga classes and workshops for over a decade and is a social entrepreneur. She has taught yoga at Pure Yoga, Harlem Yoga Studio, Alvin Ailey, and was the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in NYC, 2011-2016 where she managed 170 monthly wellness programs, developed 45 community partnerships, and implemented 5 Evidence-Based health programs. In 2013 Keisha founded the Energy Harvest Project, a live music and yoga collaboration, based upon artistic sustainability and social responsibility. She has received advanced certifications in injury prevention, chronic diseases, working with older adults, and diabetes prevention and did her yoga training in India with Bhooma Chaitanya and Ted Ryan and studied with Sean Corn (Game Changers Conference), and Irini Res (NYC). She is currently pursuing her MS at USC (Marshall School of Business) Y&

NATALIA MEHLMAN PERTZELA Ph.D. , Scholar. Writer. Teacher. Activist. is a historian of contemporary American politics and culture and is currently writing a book on American fitness culture. She is the author of Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford 2015), co-host of Past Present Podcast, a frequent media guest expert, speaker at universities and conferences, and contributor to national and local media. Natalia is a co-founder of wellness education program Healthclass 2.0 and a premiere intenSati leader. She holds a B.A. from Columbia and a Master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford. She is based in New York City.

ROBERT ROSELUND, MD, JD, After completing his initial yoga teacher training with Cyndi Lee in 2008, Robert has been teaching yoga to both patients and caregivers in the hospital setting, as well as to other groups of people with varied abilities and needs. Coming into yoga from a background of over 2 decades in traditional healthcare, he is at ease working with yoga students faced with physical or emotional challenges, integrating western medical knowledge with yogic principles. His philosophy is that as a teacher, his role is to enable the student to educate themselves about their own bodies’ capabilities and limitations; that the stepwise increase of awareness happens from within.

After further education in Yoga Therapy at Kripalu and additional training in Ashtanga yoga and in yoga for traumatized individuals, Robert is presently teaching yoga to HIV and other patients at St Luke’s Hospital, and to at-risk Harlem youth as well as members of the NYPD at Three and a Half Acres Yoga, a non-profit organization associated with Land Yoga, whose purpose is to provide a safe space where wounds in the individual and within the community can begin to heal.

MATTHEW STULTS-KOLEHMAINEN, PhD Matthew is a clinical exercise physiologist at Yale New Haven Hospital and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Applied Physiology at Teachers College – Columbia University. His graduate training at the University of Wisconsin (M.S.) and at the University of Texas (Ph.D.) was in exercise physiology and exercise psychology. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in exercise gerontology and was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale Medical School and Teachers College, Columbia University. He served on the faculty of Northern Illinois University for 3 years in Preventative and Rehabilitative Exercise Science. He has authored over two dozen academic articles, which have been cited hundreds of times. His work focuses on fitness, exercise and stress though he currently specializes in bariatric surgery, weight loss and the role of exercise. He currently enjoys Crossfit training, Spartan obstacle racing, resistance training, yoga and trail running. In 2016 he swam across Long Island Sound to raise money for cancer at St. Vincent’s Hospital (Conn)

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