Vajra Yoga Intensive Studies & Yoga Alliance 300 Hour Teacher Training: Module 2

December 09 - December 19, 2021

Michele Loew

Robert A.F. Thurman

Join us for this totally unique yoga teacher training, exploring the philosophical and experiential interface between Hatha Yoga and Indo-Tibetan Vajra Yoga traditions in the pristine hidden mountain valley of Menla—a Medicine Buddha land.This will be an intensive immersion designed for students and teachers of Indian and Tibetan yogas wishing to take their practice and teaching to a deeper level. A principal of the approach is to move the context of the yogas into the domain of the mahasiddhas—their trans-denominational Indic spiritual sciences (adhyatmavidya–nangi rigpa).This is a rare opportunity to study intimately and extensively, in the context of a yoga training, with Professor Emeritus, Padma Shri Robert “Tenzin” Thurman—Vajracharya in the lineage of H. H. the Dalai Lama, world renowned scholar & authority on Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Science, Indic spirituality, and world philosophy. He will elucidate the Buddha’s teachings and offer inner scientific, philosophical, and spiritual inspiration for our yoga practices.Michele Loew—in the Hatha yoga lineage of Krishnamacharya and Richard Freeman and also Kalachakra and Tibetan Trulkhor yoga practitioner—has trained thousands of yoga teachers in her long-established Yoga Alliance certification courses and will utilize the deep investigation of yoga from a classical lineage perspective to build an intelligent foundation that can be applied to any style of yoga. The yoga practices will be built mindfully and progressively from the ground up with deep attention to physical and subtle body alignment.This intensive-studies program is taught in three 10-day 100 hr. Immersions, and includes online study materials and reading of texts that students will be expected to study and read in preparation and in between modules for the course.  For Yoga Alliance Certification, extra online study and weekly practice sessions with the yoga teachers will be scheduled to attend live or watch in replay on our Teachable Platform throughout the 9 month course.


  • Daily practice of yoga asana (harmonizing Hatha, Vajrayana, Kalachakra, and Tibetan Trulkhor yogas), meditation, pranayama, chanting, instruction, contemplation, discussion, and yoga nidra will be offered to create a deeply transformational journey of self-discovery
  • MODULE 2:  Mahayana, The Great Vehicle.  The Creative Art of Re-envisioning Mind and Body Through a Spirit of Enlightenment.
    • Bhagavad Gita, Mahayana Studies, Compassion & Spirit of enlightenment.
    • Mantras
    • Pranayama
    • Yoga Asana: Mirroring Subtle Body Fluency
    • Back Bends, Hip Joint / Spine Twists/Restorative/ Yin/ Yoga Nidra
    • Tantric Trulkhor Yogas


  • 7 - 8 am Meditation
  • 8 - 10 am  Pranayama & Asana Practice (Hatha & Tibetan)
  • 10 - 10:30 am Breakfast
  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Lecture with Dr. Thurman
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm Free Time, Self Study
  • 4 - 6 pm Philosophy & Asana Techniques with Michele
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm Philosophy discussion with Dr. Thurman or  Yoga Nidra w/ Michele
*Please note that schedule is subject to change. 


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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