YOGA SHANTI GOLD: Inversion Modifications

Sometimes practicing inversions is not going to happen for a myriad of reasons. We believe that these are important poses and should not be skipped. But, how can you teach them safely in a public class? Also, many will just never feel safe being upside down with the weight on their arms. We will show modifications and alternative poses that will give you the essential effects of each basic inversion. There is an internal journey that these inversions and their replacements will open the door to. Never be left out again in a class that includes inversions!

Submitting any questions relating the topic above by midnight on Saturday, June 25th to with “Gold Question” in the subject line of the email.

YOGA SHANTI GOLD: Janu Sirsasana

Iyengar says that if you understand Janu Sirsasana (one-legged seated forward bend) that you will understand the essence of all of the forward bends.  What are the elements that make up this important pose? Where does it belong in sequences? We will break it down and make you fall even more in love with this crescent shaped, asymmetrical closed twist and forward bend.  Come and open up the treasure chest of Janu Sirsasana.

Participate in this discussion by submitting your questions relating to the topic above by midnight on Saturday, April 30th to with “Gold Question” in the subject line of the email.

YOGA SHANTI GOLD: Jalandhara Bandha

  1. What is Jalandhara Bandha?
  2. What is the architecture?
  3. What is the action?
  4. How do we prepare for it?
  5. Why bother?
These are some of the questions that will guide our inquiry into Jalandhara Banha. Join us for this upcoming Gold session where together we illuminate and experience the power and subtlety of the valve at the base of the throat.

Participate in this discussion by submitting your questions relating to the topic above by midnight on Saturday, March 19th to with “Gold Question” in the subject line of the email.

300Hr Advanced YTT: Online or In-Person

This program is OPEN for enrollment until August 20th, 2022 for online or in-person participation. Please “Register for Zoom Session” even if you intend to participate in some (or all) of the sessions in person. You must also complete the application form—you will find the link to this in your email receipt after you enroll and complete the tuition payment. Students who enroll by July 20th will have the cost of the listed required reading materials and the anatomy software covered, and receive a carefully-curated Yoga Shanti YTT gift box. Please contact us with any questions.

The Essence of Yoga: Ancient Wisdom for our Modern Times is a deep immersive experience that will move you beyond the fundamentals of yoga into the realm of subtlety and increased wonder. The program can be taken either entirely online, entirely in-person, or a combination of both! This advanced yoga teacher training gives you extensive access to Colleen, Rodney and the program Mentors. Individual attention and mentorship is a unique and supportive aspect of this training. The community that develops is significant, supportive, fun, and long-lasting! Colleen and Rodney will guide you in establishing and refining a strong foundation for a life-long study and teaching of yoga. The curriculum will include a deeper look into your daily home practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation. Your teaching skills including sequencing, alignment and seeing and understanding bodies will be honed. Anatomy, philosophy, and chanting are important components included in the curriculum. There will be special guest appearances from some of the most renowned yoga teachers of our time.

Read Graduate Testimonials Frequently Asked Questions

Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive a list of required and recommended readings and written assignments. You will have a one-on-one Zoom session to introduce you to our online platforms. This unique program will take place over the course of 3 months, beginning September 23rd, 2022 and ending January 22nd, 2023 (see the exact schedule of dates below). Most of the sessions take place over weekends. At least 80% of the program must be attended in real-time, but every session is recorded and available to watch on Replay for when missing a session or two is unavoidable—or for review in your own time. Replays are also available for 30 days after the program ends.


Our 300-Hour advanced teacher training covers the following topics:

  • Enhancing your own practice and understanding
  • How to confidently teach a class for the desired energetic outcome
  • Sequencing for emotions, advanced poses, the health of the spine and nervous system
  • The art of verbal instruction and demonstration
  • Pranayama and meditation
  • Experiential anatomy
  • Seeing and understanding bodies
  • Therapeutics
  • The relevancy of Eastern philosophy for the Western mind
  • Essential studies

Program Structure

The training begins with a 5-Day Intensive to dive deeply into our advanced studies, which is then followed by seven training weekends and ends with 3 days of final evaluations. Please note that students are required to participate live at least 80% of the time. (Please communicate with us beforehand if you anticipate missing more than 20% of the actual program dates.)

2022/23 Program Dates

  • Initial 5-Day Intensive:
    Friday, September 23rd – Tuesday, September 27th: 9:15am – 4:30pm (EST)
  • Weekly 1-hour Mentorship Calls:
    Tuesdays, with the option of 12:30pm or 7:00pm (EST)
  • 8 Weekend Sessions:
    October 7-9
    October 21-23
    November 4-6
    November 18-20
    December 2-4
    December 16-18
    January 6-9 (4 days)
    January 20-22 (Final evaluations)
  • Fridays: 6:00-8:00pm (EST)
    Saturdays: 9:15am-5:00pm (EST)
    Sundays: 9:15am-4:30pm (EST)
  • Additional Required Yoga Classes:
    Students are required to take one class every week with Colleen or Rodney during training. These classes can be taken live or on-demand any time within the same week.
    + Students must take 5 Beginner classes throughout the duration of training.
    + Students must complete 5 class observations throughout the duration of training.

Required Reading

  • When Love Comes to Light by Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor
  • Yoga FAQ by Richard Rosen
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Chip Hartranft
  • Yoga For Life by Colleen Saidman
  • Moving Toward Balance by Rodney Yee
  • The Muscles Premium application from the Visible Body anatomy series.

Recommended Reading

  • Yoga Body by Mark Singleton
  • Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Suzuki Roshi
  • The Book of Joy by Dalia Lama and Desmond Tutu
  • Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health by Iyengar

Required Props

  • A Yoga Mat
  • 2 Yoga Bricks (foam or cork)
  • 3 Blankets
  • 1 Yoga belt or strap
  • 1 Sandbag (fill with 5 lb fish tank pebbles)
  • A chair
  • A yoga bolster (the 3 blankets can substitute)

Technical Requirements

  • A reliable internet connection and computer/device with a camera and microphone.
  • The WhatsApp mobile application installed on your smartphone.
  • A location in your home that you can set up as a yoga practice space.
  • A setup so that instructors can review your practice virtually if you are practicing from home. Your space should be very well lit so that you are clearly visible on screen. It is important that instructors are able to see your full practice space.


This teacher training is designed for students who have already completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program. Serious practitioners looking to continue their personal studies in yoga are also welcome to apply. Admittance into the program is subject to approval on a case-by-case basis.


Tuition for this program is $3900 and includes a 25-class yoga pass for online or in-person classes with Yoga Shanti for the duration of training. Multiple monthly payment plans are available. Graduates of previous Yoga Shanti Teacher Trainings can participate in this training at a reduced tuition of $3300. (Please email for details.) Enrollment is limited to 64 students.

How to Enroll

We will be accepting enrollments until August 20th, 2022. Students who enroll by midnight on July 20th will receive the cost of the listed required reading materials covered, as well as the anatomy software application, and a carefully curated Yoga Shanti teacher trainee gift box. All students should please “Register for Zoom Session” on this registration page, even if they intend to participate in some (or all) of the sessions in person. You must also complete the application form — you will find the link to this form in your email receipt after you complete the tuition payment.

The Yoga Shanti Diversity Scholarship

Yoga Shanti is dedicated to making yoga accessible to as many people as possible and to increasing diversity in the yoga community. As part of our commitment to this endeavor, we have established The Yoga Shanti Diversity Scholarship to encourage and assist people from under-represented groups to join our training program. The scholarship application deadline for this training is midnight on July 31st, 2022. Please forward this information to anyone you feel may benefit from this opportunity.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Students may withdraw from the training up until end-of-day on July 31st, 2022 for any reason for a refund of any tuition paid, less a completely non-refundable $300 administrative deposit. After July 31st, 2022 no refunds will be given but the funds may be used towards another training should we schedule another 300-hr training within 18 months from the student’s original registration date. (Another 300-hour training occurring within this time-frame is not guaranteed.) Students who are on payment plans who withdraw from the program for any reason are required to complete their tuition payments on the original schedule in order to be eligible to participate in another training within 18 months. In the event that we do not schedule another training, the entire sum will be non-refundable. In the event that a student is refused continuation of the program at any time for any reason, there will be no refunds made and the student will also be charged any remaining tuition balance.

YOGA SHANTI GOLD: Peak Pose Sequencing (An Exploration for Teachers and Students)

1. How and why do you pick a peak pose?
2. What are you trying to learn from the peak pose?
3. What alignment points will set you up for accessibility to the peak pose and why?
4. What are the basic elements of the pose and which of those elements cause difficulty or lack of understanding?
5. What other poses are similar in shape and in action?
These are some of the questions that will guide our inquiry into “peak pose sequencing”. Join us as we play with different ways to break the yoga sequencing code by playing with the pieces of the asana puzzle. We will be architect, builder, interior designer, and occupant.

Participate in this discussion by submitting your questions relating to the topic above by midnight on Saturday, February 19th to with “Gold Question” in the subject line of the email.

YOGA SHANTI GOLD: What is Pranayama, the Fourth Limb of Ashtanga Yoga (the Eight-Limbed Path)? 

Can pranayama be translated as breath control? What is the relationship between pranayama and Sutra 1.2, “Yogash Chitta Vritti Nirodaha,” which translates to “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind”? Why is breath considered to be the bridge between the body and the mind and how do we work with it in asana practice? Should different pranayama practices be done at different times of the day or different times of our lives? How long and how often should one practice pranayama? These are some of the questions that will fuel our inquiry into Pranayama. We will do a practice that includes a few different types of breathwork and we will take the time to notice the effects of each one. You may think of it as a “breath sampler”. Join us for this experience and inquiry into one of the vital yoga practices. Your questions are encouraged.

Participate in this discussion by submitting your questions relating to the topic above by midnight on Saturday, January 15th to with “Gold Question” in the subject line of the email.

YOGA SHANTI GOLD: Ganesh, Bhujapidansana, Mayurasana, and Kapalabati Breath

Ganesh: The Remover of Obstacles. Bhujapidansana and mayurasana will serve as our asana obstacles in this session. We will use them as a way to understand how our perspective and attitude about these arm balances can get in the way of our play and experimentation.  Finding our path back to an open mind and our natural curiosity is our class topic for this Shanti Gold session. Kapalabati will be our breath focus to help clear the Nadis, providing an easy breath in the midst of challenge.

Participate in this discussion by submitting your questions by midnight on August 13th to with “Gold Question” in the subject line of the email.

YOGA SHANTI GOLD: Marichyasana 2, Viloma 2 and the Weaving of Opposites

The western chair has created physical, psychological and emotional blockages. Instead of squatting and sitting in cross-legged position, like for most of the history and evolution of the human body, we sit slouching in our good-intentioned, well-designed chairs. Separated from the ground with our legs dangling and our spines collapsing, the feelings of isolation and separation are inevitable. Working with Marichyasana 2 helps us to regain some of our innate connectivity. Join us for the investigation.

You will be led through an asana practice with a sequence leading you to the understanding of Marichyasana 2 (half squat, half lotus, forward bend and a bind). We will explore the energetics of Apana and Prana in both asana and pranayama. Viloma 2 (three part exhalation) will be taught as the perfect partner to this pose. Colleen and Rodney will discuss the weaving of opposites and answer questions. Participate in this discussion by submitting your questions by midnight on July 16th to with “Gold Question” in the subject line of the email.

YOGA SHANTI GOLD: Monthly on a Sunday!

Usually Every Third Sunday of the Month* you help select the topics for our Yoga Shanti Gold sessions; one philosophical pondering and a specific asana. Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee weave these into a 30-minute asana* practice followed by a 30-minute talk with Q & A session. Yoga Shanti Gold sessions take place over Zoom so that we can foster community with an up-close and personal vibe. Discourse will be generated by deeply harvested questions. Anyone can attend—there are no prerequisites besides a Beginner’s Mind and a desire to explore yoga and it’s core principles. Participants are not required to participate in the asana portion or discussions; sitting, observing, and listening are equally welcome!

*Occasionally Yoga Shanti Gold happens on a different Sunday of the month due to scheduling conflicts.

Tickets: $30
Livestream Pass Subscribers: FREE
Subscribers to any of our monthly Livestream passes get FREE access to our Gold session each month. An email will be sent to all Subscribers in the days leading up to the event (September 19th) with an Access Code to register for the event with a FREE ticket.
Important: You must be registered for this event even if you know you cannot attend in order to receive an email with a link to the Replay recording that will be sent out after the event.