Whether you call it home or a dream destination, training on the Garden Isle of Kauai is a magical experience. You will experience practice in unique, and inspiring locations around the island, visit our local Hindu Monastary, and take in the magical and moving energy of Hawaii's oldest and most sacred island.
Yoga Alliance Certified Training
Students are eligible, after completion of our vinyasa focused programs, to apply for certification through Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200.
Our mission is to provide a serene, safe, and welcoming space where students are supported on the path of their yoga teaching journey, and self transformation. Our skilled teachers share the knowledge they have gained from study and practice to provide foundations for deep inquiry into the practices of yoga. We strive to ignite a spark of inspiration for exploration, welcoming, and sharing.
Students are encouraged to develop their own teaching style, and voice, allowing for a unique yoga experience every time. Through our own individual growth and with a strong sense of community, we open our hearts to the beauty that can be found in every day.
Transform your practice and your life. Whether you ever teach a yoga class or not, your life will never be the same after this experience. Our training provides an opportunity to go deep within yourself, to see yourself more fully, to accept yourself on a deeper level and love yourself more completely. You will gain the tools for creating a life of connection, confidence, and self-awareness.
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Extensive Program Dates 2018 - 2019
September 14, 15, 16 & 20
October 12, 13, 14 & 18
November 9, 10, 11 & 15
December 7, 8 ,9 & 13
January 11, 12, 13 & 17
February 8, 9, 10 & 14
March 8, 9, 10 & 14
April 12, 13, 14 & 18
May 10, 11, 12 & 17
Intensive Program Dates 2019
Extensive Program Class Times
*Hours the first weekend we meet may differ.
Intensive Program Class Times
Daily 8am - 9pm
*Schedule will vary based on student choices for group practice options and excursions; however, students should expect to attend lectures, study, practice 10 hours per day.
Includes: standing and balance postures, seated and twisting asana, forward and back bending poses, arm balancing, hip opening, inversions, and stabilizing postures, yin yoga, restorative yoga, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra, mudras, bandhas, and sun salutations. These hours are a mix between (1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and (2) guided practice of the techniques themselves.
Non-refundable $500 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program (via email confirmation), students are required to submit a non-refundable deposit within 3 days. Deposit applied to monthly payment plan reduces monthly payments to $344.44.
Your Lead Instructors
Lisa McGalliard is an ERYT-200, RYT 500, a Certified iRest® Teacher, a Doctoral Candidate at the Hindu University of America in Yoga Philosophy, and the owner of Kalaheo Yoga Studio in Kauai. Additionally, she has completed several programs specific to the needs of trauma survivors. She has been working in the military community for over 15 years as a contractor, and spent 3 years in the Middle East, including 2 in Afghanistan.
“I became a yoga and meditation teacher because I struggled with trauma related symptoms from a sexual assault– and yoga and iRest were critical to my healing process. I love being able to share these tools for self-healing and post traumatic growth with others who struggle with the aftermath of trauma.” Lisa is dedicated to helping anyone dealing with trauma related symptoms, but believes that everyone can benefit from the practice of yoga and meditation. She is also actively studying for her 800 hour certification as a Yoga Therapist though Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.
As a yoga instructor, Lisa focuses on sharing the therapeutic benefits of the practice in a variety of styles: yin, gentle, vinyasa, and yoga nidra. "I see the physical practice of yoga as a meditation in motion and encourage my students to bring awareness to the body, breath, and spirit. I design each class to be a well rounded journey through the koshas and to bring balance to the system as a whole."
Lisa’s additional training and education: BA Akron University, MA Georgetown University, Doctoral Candidate at The Hindu University of America, Veteran Yoga Project (Hawaii Area Manager), Warriors at Ease (Level Three-in progress), Warriors at Ease Military Sexual Trauma, Certified Yin Instructor 100 Hours with Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink, Yoga For Amputees (20 hours). Yoga Anatomy Principles with Leslie Kaminoff, Yoga Anatomy Practices with Leslie Kaminoff.
Courteney Martin is an E-RYT 200 working on completion of her RYT 500 with Jason Cradell. A former college athlete and high school psychology teacher, Courteney is originally from a small island in Rhode Island, where she started practicing yoga to balance her body from a lifetime of competitive sports injuries. She quickly realized that on her mat she ultimately found true peace & clarity of the mind and a healing balance of strength and flexibility, as well as a place where she could release the stress of a fast paced lifestyle.
Courteney completed her RYT 200 hour yoga training in 2013 in Rhode Island and since then has completed over 1,000 hours of teacher training in a blend of yoga styles including Vinyasa, Baptiste Power Yoga, Hatha, Kids Yoga, Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Yoga, and Pre-Natal Yoga. She is currently completing her 300 hour Advanced Yoga Training with Jason Crandell in San Francisco, which will complete in July of 2018.
Courteney teaches vinyasa-based classes with an emphasis on alignment, breath, and self- exploration. She leads students through a progression of dynamic sequences to stimulate energy and vitality throughout the body. While her classes may be challenging, Courteney strives to make them accessible to everyone and helps her students explore their own yoga experience to nurture growth and transformation on and off the mat.
My 200 Hour Training Experience
by Lisa McGalliard
As I went into teacher training, I really had no idea of the yoga teacher training discoveries I was about to make or the friendships I would forge. I thought I would simply learn how to help people into and out of poses, language for cuing, and tips for making adjustments. I had really never expected that teacher training would foster the level of personal growth that I experienced.
While we learned plenty about teaching, anatomy, asana, cuing, etc., the profound take away was far more than asana and much more about deep compassion born of self-love. Yes, there were exams and practical material that had to be learned, but this is not what inspires. It is merely what informs inspiration. Inspiration to go forth with everything you have. Inspiration to give everything you’ve got to your teaching and your students. Inspiration that comes from a deep wellspring of love accessed by self-discovery. That is what is found in an environment that is rich in acceptance, support, and encouragement.
There we were all put together. Each of us from all walks of life, so many different views of the world, but could safely and proudly discover and share ourselves. We were each, from our corners of the world, free to open our hearts, bear our souls, and spend some time in our own authenticity. Free to connect to our true selves and get to know the beauty and love that lies there. Free to question and answer and examine. And there we were, falling in love each day with everything we could possibly fit into 16 hours, never to see through the same eyes again.
Vedanta teaches us, ‘once you know something, it is impossible to un-know it’. It would be an absurd impossibility to expect to be anything but changed after the experience. What we learned there we could never unlearn: acceptance, respect, nurturing support, and most of all love.
Who will you discover?
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