200 Hour Vajra Yoga School

September 09 - September 15, 2024

Michele Loew

Robert A.F. Thurman

This is a unique Yoga Alliance Certification program sponsored by Menla and Tibet House US that incorporates the classical yogic inner sciences from India and Tibet to give people the tools to have a better life and share them with others. Our program is designed to support self-discovery and growth, lasting joy and physical health and happiness. We focus on alignment-based Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Tibetan Healing Yoga, breathing practices, meditation and philosophy from the Buddha and the Yogis.Whether your goal is to teach yoga or deepen your practice, you will find the tools that light your path.All levels are welcome as Michele will teach foundational skills to support each of us to have a safe and empowered practice.Our kick-off retreat for this year's Yoga School will be at Menla September 9-15, 2024 w/ Michele Loew & Robert ThurmanFollowing the retreat immersion, we will meet for 7 weekends over zoom with Michele plus occasional philosophy Q&As with Bob.Continuing livestreams with Michele for philosophy and yoga will be held:
  • Fridays from 7-9pm Eastern: Philosophy & Meditation/Yoga Nidra
  • Saturdays 11am-1pm Eastern: Asana Technique & Practice
Week 1 (in-person retreat) September 9-15, 2024
  • Yoga asana, philosophy, meditation, pranayama yoga immersion with Michele Loew & Robert Thurman.
Week 2 (zoom livestream) - September 20, 21, 22
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Buddha's sutra teachings, standing poses and sun salutations, Tibetan healing yoga
Week 3 (zoom livestream) - September 27, 28, 29
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, forward folds, Tibetan healing yoga.
Week 4 (zoom livestream) - October 4, 5, 6
  • Bhagavad Gita & Shantideva; twists in Hatha & Tibetan yoga
Week 5 (zoom livestream) - October 11, 12, 13
  • Bhagavad Gita; Comparative teachings from Buddha; hip Oopeners; teaching practicum, Tibetan breathing practices
Week 6 (zoom livestream) - October 18, 19, 20
  • Backbends; Restorative yoga; Bhagavad Gita, Tibetan yogas teaching practicum.
Week 7 (zoom livestream) - October 25, 26, 27
  • Non-dual teachings in Indian philosophy; pranayama; core; beginning inversions; Tibetan yogas; teaching practicum, meditation.
Week 8 (zoom livestream) - November 1, 2, 3
  • Closing weekend, art of sequencing a flow-based class; pranayama, Yin, Tibetan healing yoga; restorative yoga, subtle body, taking seat of teacher.
The course will also include elective hour options to choose from in daily asana practices, philosophy homework, practice teaching, or November in-person Menla retreat.Register here for tuition and payment plans: clear-light-at-the-yoga-space.teachable.com/p/200-hr-vajra-yoga-school-2024
Our program is rooted in the teachings of the Buddha and the great yogis "Mahasiddhas" of India and Tibet. We teach alignment-based yoga from the lineage of Krishnamacharya, blending the Vinyasa flow, internal form, and intelligent progression found in the Ashtanga system, the precise alignment instructions and supported poses of the Iyengar system, and the modifications to the individual that Desikachar emphasized. Tibetan healing yoga, Nejang and the Tsalung Trulkhor Practices from Niguma and Naropa are introduced at the beginning level.We will focus on:
  • The Theory & Practice of Yoga (intensive asana, philosophy, pranayama and meditation study)
  • Therapeutic Applications (learn to teach alignment based yoga as you gain a strong understanding of anatomy & physiology as applied to yoga asana.
  • Art of Teaching (gain the confidence and tools to be an effective teacher using voice, body language, gentle assists, & the art of sequencing, as you practice teaching.
  • Yoga Philosophy, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita, Sutras of the Buddha, Mahayana Buddhism.
*Includes an unlimited studio class pass for zoom livestreams daily throughout the course with Michele and her staff of amazing teachers!Practice and take refuge in an amazing community of friends, yogis, and caring teachers, while gaining awareness, clarity, strength, flexibility, and a balanced state of being. Practice for building compassion and wisdom for self and for the sake of all. Establish a yoga practice that can sustain you in joy throughout all obstacles in the external world.All livestream sessions will be recorded and stored on our Teachable on-demand learning platform for 1 year for you to study and review. There will be instructional videos on the platform to support you in the learning of Anatomy & Physiology, Philosophy, & Asana Techniques. You have up to 1 year to finish all materials for graduation in a 200 hr. Yoga Alliance Certification.Register here for tuition and payment plans: clear-light-at-the-yoga-space.teachable.com/p/200-hr-vajra-yoga-school-2024


Michele Loew

Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher and the founder and director of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon.  She is known as a teacher’s teacher and is respected for her 200 Hr. & 500 Hr. Yoga Schools and her ability to combine Western knowledge of the body (anatomy & ph...

Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhis...



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