108-hr Selfless Service Swan School

108-hr Selfless Service Swan School


When?

Start time: Friday 5:30pm (05 January)
End time: Saturday 5:00pm (06 January)

Where?

Swan River Yoga Arabi Community Center
7011 Saint Claude Ave, 2nd Floor, # 213, Arabi

About

Selfless Service Swan School: Arabi
Highlighting Beginners & Diverse CommUnities

9 weeks / 18 classes / 108 hours

Jan 5-March 11 (1 week Mardi Gras rest)

Learn to optimally teach an expanded population in commUnity spirit.

About Seva Swan School:

Seva Swan School is designed for the purpose of providing an aspiring, caring being the ability to offer yoga as service to the commUnity so that yoga is accessible to all, beyond typical yoga studio settings. It will provide basic structure, quality, and direction for teaching and is the minimal training that we feel is needed to reach out to “others” sufficiently.

The main focus of Seva Swan School will be to address beginners in two phases: those completely new to yoga altogether and those with some exposure but wishing to learn more about it.

Since we also consider teaching yoga as Seva to have a greater likelihood of encountering diversity in economic status, age, lifestyle, religion, health, body ability, body size, culture, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender identification, Seva School will also specifically address more accessible forms of yoga that encompass all levels and abilities. This will include learning to teach Slow Flow, Slow Down Classes and Restorative Yoga Classes.

The last key component will be what we primarily teach at our Mothership studio in Mid-City, Swan River Yoga Mandir. It will be a “Seva Swan River Yoga Open Class,” which is a very general class with both alignment and flow and a small taste of the many ways in which yoga can be expressed through devotion, philosophical discussions, breathing exercises, various forms of meditation and what leads to meditation (Yoga Nidra) and actual physical poses themselves, both in basic structure and alignment for basic safety all the students you will serve.

This training will focus on:

In depth lectures of teaching beginners in 2 formats from the ground up
Teaching more accessible forms of yoga such Restorative Yoga, Slow Flow, Open level populations, special needs, ageless commUnities, all Body types, all backgrounds
Training in the most approachable calming exercises for diverse populations such as Yoga Nidra, simple breathing exercises, simple devotional prayers and philosophies
Extensive use of props such as bolsters, chairs, blocks, walls, straps
Extensive understanding of all modifications of many basic poses for all body types and for those that do not have access to props
In-depth observation, breakdown, mechanics, safety & accessibility of standing poses and forward folds, the most widely used poses in Beginners Classes
Universal principles of alignment that can be applied with clean simplicity to all poses from the foundation up
Introduction to the mechanics of backbends, twists
Discussing constructive language for trauma, all body types, ages, diverse populations and the population of the New Orleans area as to advocate inclusivity
Considering ethics in a commUnity setting as to establish trust and connection, free of hierarchy or appropriation
A balance of the physical with the spiritual in an introduction to chapter 2 of the Yoga Sutras
Hands on experience learning how to put classes together, sequencing with safety and appropriately to what the population is, with faculty and mentor feedback
Group discussions on what selfless service is and creative ways to be available to offer it to others

With a base of 108 hours of training, we ask that you agree that you will not charge others for any yoga classes that you offer as service. Seva’s reciprocity to you is that you learn to have no expectations for the fruit of your actions. Seva is also thought to assist us all in any temptation for being caught up in our own personal conflicts by instead assisting and connecting with others.

Seva is Sanskrit for “selfless service.” Swan River Arabi is run by a group of individuals committed to seva. Seva is providing service and asking nothing in return. It is a powerful path that involves the process of balancing one’s responsibilities while setting one’s intention. We practice seva through mindful service with consciousness.
Dates of Training:

Jan 5 - March 11 with a break for Mardi Gras Feb 8-9
Meetings 2 times per week: Friday evenings 5:30-9:30 pm, Saturday afternoons 1:00-5:00 pm

Swan River Yoga Arabi
7011 St. Claude Ave #213

Cost: $1008
Seva Scholarships and Purple Reign Scholarship available. Read more below.
Required Assignments during Training:

3 classes per week must be attended and signed off in the Swan River Yoga Arabi Community Center or the Swan River Yoga Mandir.

The 3 classes that will count each week are any of the following: Seva Swan River Yoga Open (Arabi), Swan River Yoga Open Level (Mandir), Total Slow Down, Restorative Yoga (sometimes labeled Sound Bath at Mandir), Pure Beginners Level 1, Ongoing Beginners Level 2, Every Body Yoga (Mandir)

One Seva Project must be created (selfless service to the commUnity) or attended of any means whatsoever. A 3 page paper on this, along with what Service/Seva/Karma Yoga is and means to you. It is suggested you follow the 5 Bindhus required in a Dharma Talk within this 3 page paper, which are the following:
Title
Repeat the Title 3 times
Tie in 1/2 personal story
Tie in 1/2 yogic teaching and philosophy with a Sanskrit word
State how this could be practiced on the mat

Required Text: Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health by BKS Iyengar

From your required text, choose a specific class type from your Seva Swan School Flight Manual training material (Seva Swan River Yoga (Arabi), Swan River Yoga Open Level (Mandir), Total Slow Down, Restorative Yoga, Pure Beginners Level 1, Ongoing Beginners Level 2. Write out a 1 hour sequence of a class with the specific transcriptions that class requires. Include word for word verbiage, modifications, props incorporated, anatomical theme aimed towards physical, mental and emotional benefits.

Oral Exam: Near the end of the training, you will be asked to lead part of your sequence in the Practicum Portion of the training and receive feedback from your teachers to pass.

Teach your entire transcribed class you created to a 1 designated peer and take a class from your peer, writing out a review and receiving feedback

You are encouraged & welcome to observe classes at Swan River Yoga Arabi as to watch how classes are taught at any point throughout the training.
In order to graduate:

All assignments turned in
Oral Exam approved
Miss no more than 2 classes
Be on time for all lectures
Sign a code of ethics, which also states that you will not charge money after the completion of this program

Graduation: March 11

Schedule of Training:

January 5-6

Module 1: January 5 Welcome, Requirements, Intentions. A “Seva Swan School Yoga Class”. Break down with emphasis on accessibility and focus on modifications, including modified warm ups and sequencing. Basic Marga overviews of Key Margas 1. Offering a Philosophical Theme 2. Offering 2 simple Devotional chants 3. Offering 1 simple Meditation 4. Offering 2 basic Breathing exercises 5. Offering a balanced physical yoga asana class sequence for a Seva population. Michelle

Module 2: January 6 Teaching A Restorative Yoga Class. The withdrawal of the senses. The physical benefits of slowing down. The use & specific purpose of props. Sequencing Restorative Yoga for theme, safety and as curative Therapy of such imbalances as digestion, lower back pain, hypertension, depression and menses or menopause. Michelle

Jan 12-13

Module 3: January 12 Teaching a Level 1 & Level 2 Beginner’s Class
Beginner Level 1:Understanding where a Beginner is at. Beginners environment. Beginners Eagle Eye. Beginners articulation and language. Safety, sequencing reasoning, template of do’s and don’ts. Props. Teaching an Ongoing Beginner Level 2 Class with further use of modifications, tools and depth. Laura

Module 4: January 13 Seva, Satsang & Case Studies. Learn the concept of selfless service from a yogic perspective. The mythic service Avatar in India, Hanuman. “Karma yoga” & letting go of expectations. “Satsang”, inspiring an uplifting community. Haiyan. (3 hours).

Storytelling by Seva from individuals that teach Yoga in Prisons Project, successfully run Juvenile Detention Yoga Programs, Street Wellness (1 hour) Florentina, Shelley & Steph.

Jan 19-20

Module 5: January 19 Teaching a “Total Slow Down” Class. Dharma, Ethics & River Guides.
Transcription guidelines & sequencing it safely. The neurological, physical and psychological benefits and accessibility of slowing down. “Good” stress and “unhealthy” stress & how this effects the mind/emotions/body.
Dharma: Establishing ethics as a pillar & shelter for diverse commUnties with integrity & trust in a teaching space. Michelle

Module 6: January 20 Lie Down, Take Your Seat. Stand On Your Own 1,2 or 4 Feet. Shavasana, Yoga Nidra, Asana & Tadasana.
Teaching others to surrender in Shavasana. physical benefits, Shavasana modifications; Every “body” lying down. The Yoga of deep body inquiry, Yoga Nidra. The neuro-pathways & brain waves for mental health. Accessible meditation. How to “sit” Asana/Seat. Mountain Pose. From the Foundation Up. Standing on ones 2 feet, the canvas for all Asanas. Michelle

Jan 26-27

Module 7: January 26 Asana Labs; Standing Poses for Every Body
Understanding the gross form, metaphysics and physical benefits & break down of key basic Standing Poses. Energetic effects. Eagle eye, clear articulation and verbal cues. Emphasis on modifications, accessibility, props, counter- indications/cautions, basic safety to Stand on ones 1, 2 or 4 feet. Thomas

Module 8: January 27 Asana Labs; Forward Folds For Every Body
Understanding the gross form, metaphysics and physical benefits & break down of key basic Standing Poses. Energetic effects. Eagle eye, clear articulation and verbal cues. Emphasis on modifications, accessibility & props, counter- indications/cautions, basic safety for forward folds. Laura

Feb 2-3

Module 9: February 2 Asana Labs; Backbends, Twists & Modified Inversions For Every Body
Understanding the gross form, metaphysics and physical benefits & break down of key basic Standing Poses. Energetic effects. Eagle eye, clear articulation and verbal cues. Emphasis on modifications, accessibility & props, counter- indications/cautions, basic safety for 2 prone backbends, 1 Bridge Pose, 1 Supine and 1 upright twist, 3 variations of Down Dog, L-Shape, & Modified Shoulder Stand. Laura and TQ

Module 10: February 3 The Universal Principles of Alignment 1 (please get Haas’ 3 part breakdown that makes sense after all that's been taught thus far sequentially. Please give her a lay out of all that happened prior)
Kelly Haas

Feb 8-9 Mardi Gras OFF

Feb 16-17

Module 11: February 16 The Universal Principles of Alignment 2 Kelly Haas

Module 12: February 17 The Universal Principles of Alignment 3 Kelly Haas

Feb 23-24

Module 13: February 23 Trauma Sensitivity Dharma. Restorative Yoga Class Practicum. You Lead! (Rachel 1 Hour) (Laura 3 Hour)

Feb 24 Module 14; Seva Swan River Open Practicum. Total Slow Down Practicum
(Thomas 4 hours)

March 2-3

March 2 Module 15 Every Body Dharma. Chair Yoga & Ageless Populations.
(Jacqui 1 hour) (Sabrina 3 hours)

March 3 Module 16 Beginner’s Yoga Levels 1 and 2 Practicum.
(Laura 4 Hours)

March 9-10

Module 17: March 9 The Yoga Language & CommUnity of Inclusivity.
Language has power that has been historically used to uplift, oppress, include, or exclude various populations. We will explore and identify how classroom/studio language could be marginalizing, exclusionary, or unintentionally harmful. A Swan River Seva class supports integration, diversity, non-dualism, non-binary, equity, courage and justice. In order to insure we are not complicit in racism, sexism, or division of any kind we will take a comprehensive look at other service programs that often unintentionally reinforce hierarchical structures and undermine the principles of seva. As we continue to grow together, we will explore creative ideas for yoga in classroom settings that upholds our Swan River Seva commitment to service, diversity and inclusivity. JackSun

Module 18: March 10 The 8 Limbs. Social Conduct and Self Control. Taking Your Seat; Final Oral Practicum Exam. Yoga Sutras; The 8 Limbs, Yamas and Niyamas. Keith Porteous (2 hours) Practicum Oral Final Exam: In this final symposium, you will be asked to put together everything you have been taught and lead portions of an entire classes and teachings as requested by Laura & the Seva Faculty. (2 hours)

March 11: Graduation
Seva School Scholarships

Total Tuition Cost for the program is $1008

In keeping with the mission of Swan River Yoga Arabi, it is our hope and highest intention that this training be accessible to all beings, regardless of financial status or ability to pay. We aimed to make the starting price point of this training one that is accessible and affordable and honors the time and efforts of the highly skilled teachers who will come to share their knowledge throughout the training.

We are offering flexible payment plans to everyone. This means signing an agreement of your personal payment plan paid off at a rate that is sustainable to you. We are asking those who can do it to pay $504 at the beginning of the training and $504 at the end, but you can work out a different plan that will be approved by Laura + Haiyan and you can pay the training off at a slower rate.

We are also offering 2 types of scholarship for the tuition.

Option 1: 20% off the training cost (a discount of $201.60, meaning you would owe $806.40)
Option 2: 40% off the training cost (a discount of $403.20, meaning you would owe $604.80)

While we do not place a limit on the amount of scholarships given out, we do ask that you consider the option of applying for a scholarship with deep care and thoughtful consideration. Since the beings who receive this scholarship will not be offering an exchange in the form of money, we ask that there a different kind of exchange in its place in the form of service to the community and the training. This keeps the energy exchange equal and allows the individuals who receive this scholarship to continue planting seeds of giving and receiving (for more on this, please read the essay by Keith Porteous below).

To apply for one of these scholarships, we ask that you do the following:

Submit a 2 page / 800-word essay on why you want to take the training, how it will benefit you and others, and your reflections on providing seva / selfless service for the community.
Honor the studio with either 15 or 30 hours of Seva time in 2018, depending on which scholarship you apply for. We will provide you with a description of roles at the studio that you may choose from in order to provide your Seva.

Due Date to apply: Dec 15, 2017

If the $604.80 is unaffordable to you, we will work something else out on an individual basis with you. We will not turn anyone away from the training who wants to do it, least of all for money. This will be handled on a case by case basis.

For a person of color we are also offering a full scholarship through our Purple Reign Program.
Purple Reign Scholarship

This is what it sounds like, when Swans fly...

Prince Nelson Rogers was a beacon of light for millions of people around the globe. His music defied genres, races, politics, and generations, and provided a soundtrack to the boundless universe he created. A 20th century anomaly, Prince embodied the androgynous, biracial, sexual and spiritual resplendence that subsumed the music and performances he gifted us. He represented the essence of freedom, love, resilience, creativity, and inclusivity, and, as we have learned in the wake of his unexpected passing, a humble and far-reaching commitment to diversity. In celebration of the life and legacy of Prince, his secret philanthropy, and his commitment to anti-racism, diversity, and a more equitable world, Swan River Yoga is offering a Purple Reign Scholarship to a Person of Color (POC) for the 2018 100-Hour Seva Teacher Training.

Due date of your submission to this scholarship: Dec 15, 2017

About Swan River:
Swan River Yoga is real yoga for a diverse community, celebrating high quality levels, styles and ways to practice yoga with integrity, from the physical poses, meditation, mantra singing, yoga philosophy, compassion, community service, diet, massage and more. Swan River came together just after Hurricane Katrina when Keith Porteous and Michelle Baker, co-owners of the studio, met in desire to merge the community in greater depth, healing and togetherness.

There are 4 pillars of Swan River that we uphold:
1. Community – A devotion to serve and gather the community in kindness and care for all beings
2. Integrity – Discipline to maintain high standards, clarity in all work and opportunities for personal evolution
3. Authenticity – Dedication to revealing the true teachings of yoga, both in tradition and our modern experience, as well as actually putting the teachings into practice with humility
4. Beauty – Celebration of the diverse, creative experience of each individual, yoga practice and lives, celebrating interconnected, life affirmed beauty

Swan School was born from the ashes of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It officially bloomed two years later in 2007. Each year, numerous beings from around the Gulf Region have attended and graduated in hopes of better serving their personal purpose, enriching their lives and serving their communities. Swan School was the very first yoga teacher training in New Orleans and one of the first in the region.

In our 9th year of offering yoga full time in the city of New Orleans, we are honored to be a part of numerous adults taking flight into their lives and serving their community.

In a city as diverse as New Orleans, the absence of POC in most yoga classes has created a presence that pushes us to want to do better. In order to achieve our objectives of unity, holiness, and wholeness, we need more diversity—not only represented by our students, but also by our staff and teachers. Part of the allied journey of privilege has inspired us to create this opportunity so that we can share and receive the fertile gifts of diverse experiences and backgrounds.

The medium by which you can apply: song, spoken word, video, poem, photography, artwork, essay, or any other creative expression.

How to submit the application: Submit either the attached form or your chosen mode of expression to Laura Hasenstein: laurah@swanriveryoga.com.

Submissions must address the following questions:
In honor of the purple one's life, what does "Unity in Diversity" mean to you?
How would you consider sharing this in your life if given the chance?
"Living creatures are nourished by food, and food is nourished by rain; rain itself is the water of life, which comes from selfless worship and service." - Bhagavad Gita, 3.14

Register here: http://www.swanriveryoga.com/events-and-workshops?mobile=false&options%5Bids%5D=3590&options%5Bsite_id%5D=7119

Appplication is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RRXLgjrmtSS0yr2JJQQUdhD9yFTuJjYTRnSFjvoEDtU/edit?ts=5941f225

**For first-timers to our studio:
Our studio is located on the second floor. Parking can be found behind the building, on the side across from Gerald's Donuts. A stairwell runs along this same side of the building. If you take this stairwell to enter, we are the 3rd door on the right side!



Upcoming events at Swan River Yoga Arabi Community Center

Chant and Restore

Chant and Restore

Friday 6:00pm (27 October)
Swan River Yoga Arabi Community Center, Arabi

Intro to Ayurveda: Discover Your Doshas

Intro to Ayurveda: Discover Your Doshas

Saturday 1:00pm (28 October)
Swan River Yoga Arabi Community Center, Arabi

Be Still and Know: Silent Retreat with Swami Shankarananda

Be Still and Know: Silent Retreat with Swami Shankarananda

Friday 4:00pm (10 November)
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Saturday 8:30am (04 November)
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Saturday 8:30am (09 December)
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