Press Release: Balanced Rock launches Wild Yoga Teacher Training in Yosemite National Park

200-hour Yoga-Alliance Certified training incorporates nature and ecology into yoga

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Balanced Rock, a Yosemite-area non-profit, has created one of the most inspired yoga teacher trainings in the country with its Wild Yoga teacher training taught by Dennis Eagan E-RYT 500, founder of Wild Yoga Adventure Retreats. Unique aspects of this eight-weekend program include two weekends learning inside Yosemite National Park, three weekends practicing inside a yoga yurt at a destination known for its sustainable practices, and three weekends at Dragonfly Health & Wellness in Mariposa, California. The course began in September 2011 and will continue through April 2012.

Yosemite_weekend1Besides in-depth practice in teaching asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathwork), body alignments, teaching methodology, and traditional yoga philosophy, participants will explore the energies of the natural world as mirroring the processes of the human body. Participants will also be exposed to a wide range of sustainable practices including “leaving no trace” in the backcountry, using a composting toilet, and eating locally as well as energy and water conservation.

Yoga has its roots in a 5000-year old Indian philosophical tradition that has embraced the earth with masters practicing in nature. In our increasingly industrialized world, it is becoming harder to connect to the natural world. This course endeavors to reunite the energies of the earth with yoga. Balanced Rock Program Director and Yoga Teacher Training Participant, Heather Sullivan, says, “This yoga teacher training reminds us of the rhythms of the natural world and our interconnectedness with those natural cycles. Nature and yoga both unite mind, body and spirit and connect us with deeper truths about the energy that sustains each one of us. The ocean teaches us to breathe, alpines lakes allow for reflection and the moon reminds me to surrender to the tides.”

Balanced Rock’s mission is to inspire health and wellbeing through deep connection to nature and spirit. For more information or if interested in attending a future training, visit www.balancedrock.org, email info@balancedrock.org or call (209)379-9453. The 2012 schedule is now available online.

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