Emotional Literacy For Yogis

Enrollment is Currently Closes.

Join us next year for the 2018 cohort beginning fall.

Spans 2018/2019 School Year (2 Semesters)


Proficiency in asana instruction and inspirational talks are not the only skills of effective yoga teachers.

The great yoga teacher has a breadth of wisdom from inside their own skin that emanates because of its inherent truth. They are true to their word, honest and honor their personal experience while facilitating the varied experiences of their students. They provide as safe a space as possible for students at every level- physically, emotionally and psychologically. They honor their own boundaries and limitations. They keep diving, growing. But where do we begin? What is the ground of this capacity? What is the deep current that needs developing for all this to shine through?



This is the Jedi training you have been waiting for.

Enrollment is Now open until october 30th!

This course fills in gaps found in both our traditional learning systems, and believe it or not, a lot of traditional yoga teacher trainings. We tend to be largely illiterate in our somatic and emotional awareness. Yoga is one of our leading strides in rekindling that proficiency. Yet, I find many blind-spots within our studies and trainings in yoga that limits our ability to regain and re-member our inherent somatic and emotional intelligence.

After all, emotions and movement are inextricably linked. 

As a yoga practitioner you might come to the mat for any number of reasons. For healing, for health, for resolution, for trying something new, for a workout. Rarely are we fully aware of all that lies within us under the surface of our shapes and breath. When these feelings, and memories and thought patterns as well as even patterns emerge out of the deepening of practice you might be surprised, curious or even afraid. Some of you experience so much emergent information you did not feel safe to return to yoga. Some of you want and chase this experience, yet have few tools to actually integrate the intensity of what is elicited back into the fabric of your healthy resilient whole Self.

As a yoga teacher you might be finding you are now being called to be and do more in your role as a yoga teacher. You may be feeling the pull to offer classes that are more trauma aware and resiliency based. You may be finding that in these turbulent times more people are turning to you and the yoga practice for solace. How can you serve them with a full heart, stay within your role as teacher and offer something of value and healing?

Being well prepared to teach asana does not always mean being skilled in teaching the person practicing.

The edge is to go deeper and offer more as teachers but to do so without thinking we are therapists.

The edge is to navigate our own rough seas and return again and again to ourselves.

Building a literacy from the inside out on our Psychological, Social and Emotional development is truly needed for yoga to give us all it can offer. And of course, yoga helps cultivate these skills too. 

Learn to read inside your own skin.

Read your room better outside yourself .

In this course we will develop inner backbone, emotional bandwidth, psychological and conceptual understanding of human growth and development, as well as deeply satisfying interpersonal skills.  


Our Curriculum at a Glance:

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  • We follow a developmental arc through layers or "Bodies"; Conception, The Sensate Body, The Emotional Body, The Psychological Body, The Creativity Body, The Social Body, and The Soul Body.

  • Each of these seven Bodies or layers is organized into easy-to-digest units, each containing specific topics, concepts and related goals.

  • Each of the units follows the following format: weekly lectures and their subsequent recordings, asana classes, video tutorials, readings, journaling, exercise and feedback/discussion.

  • Topics covered in the breadth and depth of this course are:

    • Self Process, The Inner Life, Emotional Regulation in Sadhana,

    • The Emotional Body in Yoga, The Psyche in Yoga, Teaching to the Experience of Emotions,

    • Neuroscience and Yoga, Attachment Theory and Theories of Personality complimentary to yoga, Theories of Human Development from a variety of soulful disciplines, 

    • Developmentally Appropriate Teaching, Trauma Sensitivity,

    • Shadow Recognition, Interpersonal Relationship Skills, Community Building Skills, 

    • Psychotherapeutic Skills for Yoga Teachers, Scope of Practice and Ethics,

    • Authentic Learning and Teaching Styles.


You will learn

  • To connect with self and others emotionally and psychologically in a way that is authentic, vulnerable, strong and connected.

  • Practices to become more embodied, more present, more available.  

  • To cultivate a meaningful practice of Inner Life.

  • Tools for guiding students continually back into their own experience - rather than preaching what a “yoga experience” should be.

  • The neuroscience of learning and memory which will help you create classes that are more powerful.

  • Foundational trauma theory and how to assess shock and trauma (in yourself and others) so that you are more prepared to meet whoever enters your sphere.

  • A refined and useful approach to understanding the nervous system and Polyvagal Theory so that you can build classes that actually help the nervous system return to health.

  • A robust exploration of Attachment Theory so that you can create a container for your teaching that is unshakably strong as well as understand your own patterning and triggers (samskaras)

  • How to tolerate and accept the broad spectrum of individual expression in a yoga class as well as privates so you can stay better connected to your students and not get over-taken by strong emotions.

  • How to create themes that inspire through the students' personal experiences - rather than themes that subtly manipulate or push an agenda.

  • Foundational Shadow theory and how Shadow works inside you and in your classes so that you can track projections, clear transference relational dynamics and be more keen in your boundaries.

  • To compassionately face different aspects of your self that may be forgotten when teaching or studying yoga.

  • Effective communication to help you in the classroom, in the studio, with colleagues and ultimately your daily life. Skills that drop the drama and create connection.

  • Basic counseling skills to help you serve your students learning, growth and healing while simultaneously freeing you from being their therapist.

  • How to identify who is really in your room psychologically and emotionally so that you can teach in a developmentally appropriate manner that actually reaches the person in practice.

  • How to teach people not just poses.

  • A deeper sense of commitment and passion to your work. 

  • Emotional Intelligence.

  • Psychological Intelligence of Human Growth and Development. 

  • Social Intelligence

  • Soul-ful Expression


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  •  26 hour-long sessions with Livia presenting the material (these are all recorded!) From October-May

  • A live stream recording of each session, an audio download of each session and video download of each session.

  • Downloadable PowerPoints chock-full of information to be used as a working manual.

  • Two, 1-hour Somatic Mentoring sessions with Livia over the course of the year.

  • Video tutorials and resources to support the lecture material. 

  • Written Yoga Sequences for a variety of levels and skill sets to facilitate learning and integration of material and for your use as templates.

  • Audio and video asana classes of varying length and challenge to augment your practice, learning and integration of concepts.

  • Academic readings from somatic psychology, yoga, neuroscience, human growth and development and the creative arts.

  • Homework assignments for practical application and creative exploration.

  • Opportunity to share experiences and gain knowledge in a like-minded, warm, safe, community—even though we may be far apart.

  • Opportunities for bridge-building and soul-full networking.

  • Opportunities to build ongoing support for your outer work, inner work, and businesses.

  • Ongoing email support throughout the duration of the program.

  • Additional office hours/discussion hours sessions that will be recorded and downloadable as well. (the group as a whole will decide on when and how many of these there will be)

  • Permanent access to all materials and the ability to audit any subsequent year free of charge. 



  • LIVE meetings Tuesdays @ 11am MST

  • Meetings weekly from October 2017 - May 2018 with breaks:

    • October 17, 24, 31
    • November 7, 14, 28
    • December 5, 12, 19
    • January 16, 23, 30
    • February 6, 13, 20, 27
    • March 6, 13
    • April 3, 10, 17, 24
    • May 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Tuition: $1008

  • There are 2 trade opportunities left! (sorry, all scholarships are full).  This can be a trade of goods like homemade jewelry, children's clothes, or home goods, or services like bodywork if you are local.  Apply Here if you are interested in this trade!

  • Payment plans are available for greater accessibility. There is no extra cost to be on a plan. The plans are in the following installments billed monthly: 2, 4, 6, 10 and 12. Simply select the plan (below) that meets your needs.

  • Mentoring Sessions scheduled directly with Livia

  • Access to course content forever. You may audit the course again for free!

  • All sessions are recorded and the recordings available streaming and downloadable. If you cannot attend the Tuesday Lessons live you can still participate!

Enrollment is open Until October 30th! choose the payment plan that works best for you.


Please Note:

We take pride in doing a lot by hand, student by student. Please allow 48 hours for confirmation of your enrollment. A thorough welcome letter with all materials and access info is sent approximately 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Before enrolling in our program please read, respect and honor a few policies regarding refunds and entering the courses:

I ask that you enroll in our courses in an invested and committed manner. A great deal of time, energy, expertise and attention to students and detail goes into each course. I ask you extend the same to us and your classmates.  

You have permanent access to the program materials of your cohort. Therefore I ask you please do not request a refund because you have not had time to go through the course in the way you expected or you could not attend specific sessions. I believe in the importance of responsible adult education. I am confident in both the importance and application of this work in enhancing and changing your personal and professional life. 

No refunds. No Partial refunds for missed sessions. No partial refunds on payment plans. No exceptions. 

In the event of major power outages, internet snafus, acts of god, mercury retrograde or other unexpected circumstances the session effected will be rescheduled in a manner agreed upon by all students rather than a refund issued.