200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
to Dec 8

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

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Come join us October 14, 2017 from 6-8 p.m., for "Mingle at the Mansion" as the 2017 Dharma House Kula invites you to join us at the historic Muchnic Mansion to meet area yogis and yoga teachers, and learn more about our teacher training opportunities. Everyone is welcome! 

For more information, Click here. 

This 200 hour teacher training is based in Classical and Structural Yoga and is offered through the Dharma House School of Yoga. The training consists of monthly weekend modules (with the exception of the month of August) beginning in January ending in December. All students are encouraged to take the Ray Long, BandhaYoga Workshop that is offered through ReneeYoga for an additional fee. This training is the basis and foundation for those who want to continue on into the yoga therapy certification program offered by KC Yoga Therapy. Heather Rama, RYT500 and Christy Harris, E-RYT200 are the lead teachers of this course. 

The cost of this training is $2,400 and payment options are available. 

For more information and to download the application, click here. 

For contact with the lead teacher of this training, click here.

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Advanced Teacher Training 300 Hour Bridge Program
to Oct 20

Advanced Teacher Training 300 Hour Bridge Program

Admission Requirements:

The minimum admission requirement for our training program is a 200-hour teacher training from a Yoga Alliance registered school (RYS 200) or the equivalent. In addition to the 200-hour teacher training requirement, students must be able to document one year of teaching experience and one year of personal practice (which can be accomplished concurrently). There is a $250 application fee to be processed with your documents. To apply for this program click here. 

Program Completion Requirements: 

Once the first 300 hours of the Advanced training is complete, students may apply through Yoga Alliance for the 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) designation. Modules must be completed within 2.5 years to earn the IIYS Advanced Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Certificate.

300 Hour IIYS Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program Content:

ૐIntroduction to Yoga Philosophy

ૐIn-depth study of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra text

ૐĀsana practice

ૐIntroduction to the Great Yoga Wall

ૐThe Art & Science of Sequencing (Vinyasa Krama)

ૐPrinciples of Compensation and Adapting for the student

ૐSystems of Relaxation

ૐHuman Energy System

ૐPrāṇāyāma: Various techniques

ૐChanting and Mantra

ૐMantra Initiation and Japa Practice: Meditation transformed

ૐSacred Contracts - Inner transformation and Archetypal Insights

ૐCreation and development of an integrated personal practice

ૐTeaching Methodology and Ethics: group, private & specific class demographics

ૐCommunication and teaching skills

ૐApplication of yoga methodologies in different teaching contexts

ૐAyurveda: General Assessment, Dosha Assessment & Practices


Session 1: Yoga and Āsana - An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Movement

  • Introduction to Yoga Philosophy – the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali

  • Āsana and the development of your own personal practice

  • Yoga Anatomy, Movement & Fascia 

  • BandhaYoga Concepts and Methods with Dr. Ray Long

  • Ayurveda: The Ayurvedic Clock, the Dinacharyas, personal Dosha Assessment

Session 2: Prāṇāyāma and Chanting

  • Introduction to Prāṇāyāma

  • The Chakras: The Human Energy System

  • Bandhas and Kriyās

  • Āsana, drishti and the breath

  • Ethics for Yoga Teachers

  • Integrating Prāṇāyāma, Bandhas, Kriyās, Dinacharyas into your Personal Practice

  • Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy

Session 3: Meditation, Mantra Initiation and Japa Practice

  • Introduction to Meditation and Systematic Relaxation

  • Teaching Prāṇāyāma, Bandhas, Kriyās & the Dinacharyas

  • Samkhya Yoga Philosophy – the Map of the Mind

  • Integrating Chanting, Meditation, Japa and Sound into a Personal Practice

  • Understanding Concepts found in Ayurveda

Session 4: Tantra, Samkyha and the Chakras

  • Chakra Model, Self-Inquiry

  • Sacred Contracts & Archetypal Study

  • Teaching Sound and Meditation

  • Advanced Teaching Methods

  • The Business of Yoga

  • Yoga Philosophy – the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali

  • Integrating Tantra into your Personal Practice


The IIYS Advanced Program (300 hour) consists of the above four Sessions in a residential five-day format. Each session includes lectures, yoga practices focused on session content, teaching demonstrations, small group work, and guided independent study. We start early on a Wednesday morning and end Saturday at 8:00pm. Arrangements for arrival should be on the Tuesday before, returning the Sunday morning following the session. Sessions are spaced approximately three to six months apart to allow time for integration of the material through personal practice, home study assignments, and telephone calls with mentors. 


Mentoring and consultation are important aspects of the development of the this program. Each student develops an ongoing relationship with an experienced faculty mentor to guide their development in personal practice and skills. Mentoring includes homework review and consultation at each program session, plus telephone meetings between sessions. More extensive individual mentoring is available over the course of the program and on an ongoing basis after certification. Additional fees will apply.

Requirement for Certification - IIYS Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher 500 Level, Yoga Alliance RYT-500 eligible

  • Attend Sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the IIYS Advance Yoga Teacher Training Program and complete all assigned home study.

  • Complete a final project (develop, teach and evaluate a class series)

  • Complete 20 additional hours of study in human anatomy (two weekend modules with Dr. Ray Long not included in tuition).

  • Upon completion of the 300 hour program, you are eligible to enter the KC Yoga Ther@py Training Program.

2018 - 20 Tuition Payment Information and Registration

  • $850 per session
  • Cancellation policy: the tuition is returned minus a $250 administration fee. 
  • Payment Plans: if you are interested in a payment plan, please email here. 
  • Lodging & Meals: TBA

Session Dates: 

Session 1: June 6-10, 2018

Session 2: September 12-16, 2018

Session 3: April 10-14, 2019

Session 4: October dates TBA depending on Dr. Long's Schedule.

To apply for this program click here. 

To register for a session, click here. 

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Retreat for IIYS & KC Yoga Ther@py Teachers
to Nov 12

Retreat for IIYS & KC Yoga Ther@py Teachers

Yoga retreat with J. Renée DeTar, for KC Yoga Ther@py and IIYS teachers at the Himalayan Institute (the home of Yoga International) in the heart of the Poconos, to refine their inner work including, pranayama and meditation practices. Our days will include two yoga classes per day, program time, hiking time, one massage and quiet time. Please note that one massage per room is included in this package at PureRejuv. This retreat is required for all IIYS and KC Yoga Ther@py teachers, and to all graduates if they want to attend again, as the program is different every time. This is a truly restorative and rejuvenating experience in a very special place. For more information, click here. 

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David Williams - Ashtanga Yoga for the Rest of your Life
to Oct 22

David Williams - Ashtanga Yoga for the Rest of your Life

David Williams has been practicing yoga daily, without interruption, since 1971. In 1972, David met K. P. Manju , the son of K. Pattabhi Jois, and saw him demonstrate the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. This was at Dr. Swami Gitananda’s Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, South India, where David received his 6 month Yoga teachers training course certification.

In 1973, David began learning Ashtanga Yoga from K. Pattabhi Jois at his home in Mysore, India, and became the first non-Indian to be taught the complete Ashtanga Yoga system of asanas and pranayama directly from Jois. In 1974, David became one of the first non-Indians to be certified to teach the Ashtanga Yoga asanas and one of the very few people ever certified by Jois to teach the Ashtanga Yoga pranayama.

David introduced K. Pattabhi Jois and Manju to America and the western world when he, along with Nancy Gilgoff, organized and sponsored their first visit to Encinitas, California, in 1975.

David is responsible for teaching the Ashtanga Yoga system to many of today’s leading teachers and practitioners, including David Swenson, Doug Swenson, Danny Paradise, Cliff Barber, Batiste Marceau, Bryan Kest, Jonny Kest, Clifford Sweatte, Tracy Rich, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Kathy Cooper, and Andrew Eppler.

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Crystal Bowl Meditation
6:00 PM18:00

Crystal Bowl Meditation

Join us for a guided meditation led by renowned yogi and Wichita native J. Renee DeTar. Quartz crystal bowls will be used to intensify this experience. Their sound and vibration will resonate through our bodies. This ancient technique has the ability to deepen relaxation, balance energy with breath, and awaken chakras.

Bring everything you need to be comfortable laying on the floor for one hour....so comfortable clothing, blankets, a sleeping bag, bolsters, pillows....anything you needto be comfy as the Riordan Clinic does not provide any yoga props. You will see signs when you pull in showing you the direction of the dome we will be in. 

Fee: $20

To sign up and register, click here. 

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KCYT Certification Course, Part 1 of 4
to Sep 24

KCYT Certification Course, Part 1 of 4

This module is open to those who have been accepted into the KC Yoga Therapy Program. It includes the six following classes and and the KC Yoga Therapy Manual for Physical Examination that will be available for download once registration is processed: 

Class 1: Course overview & requirements; JFS practices concepts of agonist and antagonist; Yoga Sutras on asana; practice 24 SYT asanas. 
Class 2: YogaBreathing; Joint Freeing Series variations (standing); bodyreading, 4 body types, JFS and 24 asana practice and bodyreading self-assessment.
Class 3 : Sun Salutation; Recognizing progress, guidelines and the Big Picture (Koshas) Yoga Sutra concepts – Kriya Yoga , yama and niyama; applied anatomy & kinesiology - identify what you are feeling in poses; Experience of koshas with Yoga Nidra.
Class 4: YS concepts – Kriya Yoga , gunas, Ashtanga Yoga ; ROM reading with JFS; Observe an assessment & recommendations; Introduction to Ayurveda (constitution,doshas, langhana/brahmana)   Homework - do 24 poses and see if your experience aligns with kinesiology chart; Ayurveda books by Lad and Frawley.
Class 5: Isolation exercises for optimizing mobility and strength; anatomy of the spinal column; sacroiliac assessment and therapy; scoliosis assessment using scoliometer; Ayurvedic concepts – doshas, prakruti, vikruti.
Class 6: JFS for strength; ROM examination using goniometer; living anatomy &  kinesiology with SYT asanas; 4 students of the Yoga Sutras and major concepts - gunas, kriya yoga, Ashtanga. Homework – Ayurvedic self-assessment, practice goniometer use.

Books for this certification Four Part series: 

  • Structural Yoga Therapy, Mukunda Stiles
  • Structural Yoga Therapy Charts, Mukunda Stiles (will be provided)
  • Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization. David Frawley
  • Textbook of Ayurveda: Fundamental Principles, Dr. Vasant Lad
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, as interpreted by Mukunda Stiles
  • Measurement of Joint Motion: A Guide to Goniometry, Cynthia Norkin and Joyce White
  • Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, David R. Hawkins, MD. Ph.D

Prerequisites: YOU MUST BE ADMITTED INTO 500 HR OR YT PROGRAM IN 2017. If you have completed your 500 hour training, our next YT enrollment period will be in 2018. 

To register for the course, click here. 




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Off The Mat, Into the World Intensive with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling
to Sep 15

Off The Mat, Into the World Intensive with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling

For Yoga teachers, community leaders, activists and interested students

“Embark on a transformational journey of provocative self-inquiry, social justice education and creative exploration to uncover your deepest passion and motivation for service that leads to embodied, effective and conscious action.” 

The Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies and ReneeYoga welcomes Off the Mat, Into the World to Kansas City for their Core Training Intensive, "A Yoga, Purpose and Action Leadership Intensive,: which is a five day training workshop that combines the tools of yoga, meditation, self-investigation, voice and ritual with the practical tools of communication, organizing and collaborating to teach participants how to become more effective leaders and agents of change in the world.

This training is 5 days, September 11-15, 2017, Monday-Friday, from 8:15 to 5pm daily.
Check in begins at 7:30am each day.

Host Venue:
Maya Yoga,  215 W. 18th St.Suite 200,  Kansas City MO 64108

During this core training workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the mind-body connection and how the body holds onto and reveals all its experiences
  • Explore how to work in environments of suffering and trauma in a healthy, just and sustainable way
  • Release limiting beliefs and step into unabashed expressions of purpose and joy
  • Liberate the power of your voice as a tool for empowerment and standing in solidarity with others
  • Connect deeply with the state of the world and discover your most effective path to service
  • Explore the difference between charity and social justice, and what it means to operate from a place of understanding interdependence and standing for equality
  • Activate your purpose, engage in collaboration and connect with your community

Intensive Price Tiers*

One of the ways Off The Mat stands for equality and access for all is by creating a pricing tier structure that invites participants to pay based on their income level. This way, people who can pay more “pay it forward” by supporting those who can’t. Please consider what is truly sustainable for you, and choose a price that feels in integrity. Registration for this event is open now. 

$1350 Supporter (support other leaders as well as yourself)
$1050 Sustainer (pays for you)
$750 Community (discounted fee)

To register, click here.

*An important part of justice is access. OTM stands for leveraging privilege to support others. If you can afford to pay any amount above the discounted fee, please consider doing so. This allows OTM to continue to scale the prices of their intensives so that everyone is included.

Learn more about Off The Mat & Into The World hereOTM can offer a limited number of scholarships. Apply only if you have sincere financial need. We are committed to cultivating a diversity of voices and life experiences in our training and making them accessible to all income levels. Applicants will be notified of acceptance 2 weeks after the due date below.

Travel and Lodging Arrangements: 

Book flights into Kansas City International Airport (MCI). Arriving Sunday, September 10, 2017 and leaving after 6:00 pm on Friday, Sept 15 or early Saturday, September 16, 2017. Please use the Kansas City Downtown parameter on Priceline or any VRBO/AirBnB using downtown Kansas City. 




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BandhaYoga Workshop with Ray Long M.D.
to Oct 23

BandhaYoga Workshop with Ray Long M.D.

  • Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown (map)
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Author of the BandhaYoga Anatomy books, Ray Long, MD FRSCS is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of BandhaYoga.  Ray graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School with post-graduate training at Cornell University, McGill University, the University of Montreal and Florida Orthopedic Institute. He has studied yoga for over twenty years, training extensively with BKS Iyengar and other leading yoga masters. This will be an interactive workshop, so wear yoga attire. The syllabus will include review of muscle awakening and body clairvoyance, form and function of the skeleton and of the major joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons, but also introduce techniques for yoga therapeutics.

This is a TWO (2) day event with an optional class on Friday evening at 7:00pm at the KC Yoga Center in City Market.

Friday, October 21  7:00pm - 9:00pm Asana Class using Dr. Long's cues. Free to all registered participants. 

Saturday, October 22    9:00am - 4:00 pm with break for lunch

9:00 am - Lunch break : The class will begin with Qi Gong breathing, with an explanation of breathing mechanics. Then we will cover fundamentals of joint and muscle biomechanics and physiology. We will introduce specific stretching techniques, including PNF, loaded stretching and variations of static stretching. We will cover principles of safe movement as applied to asana and practical application of pose analysis. We will also cover the muscles of the core (core exercises will be included in each session).

There will be work on the biomechanics of breathing and seated meditation. We will cover muscle activation for the accessory muscles of breathing and several types of abdominal breathing. The morning session will close with pose analysis for the standing asanas, focusing on the core muscles and practical application in the psoas awakening series of poses.

LunchBreak – 4:00 pm : The afternoon will begin with Qi Gong. This session will continue further deepening of the fundamentals of joint mechanics and physiology, with an emphasis on the pelvis and sacroiliac joint. We will also examine the shoulder joint and rotator cuff. 

We will close by pose analysis for the backbends and twists, applying this knowledge to design a class leading to Urdvha danurasana and counter poses. The various stretching techniques such as PNF will be applied to this class.

Sunday, October 23       9:00am - 4:00 pm with break for lunch

9:00 am - LunchBreak : The morning will begin with Qi Gong and Pranayama.The session will review the fundamentals and include a question and answer session. Following this, we will examine the knee joint in detail. The morning will close with analysis of the hip opening poses, focusing specifically on Lotus. We will design a class that will enable practitioners to work toward Lotus and Hanumanasana (full splits) in their daily practice.

LunchBreak – 4:00 pm : The afternoon will begin with seated meditation. The session will cover arm balances and inversions, focusing on Bakasana, full arm balance, Sarvangasana and Sirsasana. We will cover cervical spine anatomy and biomechanics and its relationship to the core, as well as benefits, cautions and contraindications. Class will close with a series of shoulder and chest opening poses designed to lead to Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) and Sirsasana (headstand).

To register for this event, click here.

Effective August 27, 2016 this event will be held on the top floor of the Crowne Plaza in downtown, Kansas City, Missouri. ROOMS ARE SOLD OUT AS OF OCTOBER 5, 2016. Priceline Express deals in downtown Kansas City will be close to the hotel. We will work with the front desk at the Crowne Plaza for a later check out time and/or the ability to leave your bags in a specific location until the workshop is over. 

All participants are invited to attend yoga class on Friday evening, with Renée DeTar, MA, E-RYT500 at KC Yoga Center - City Market, located at 104 E. 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106. SPACE IS LIMITED SO FIRST COME FIRST MAT DOWN. If you do not arrive in time City Market is a grand place to be on a Friday night. We will be practicing the asanas that will be presented in Dr. Long's workshop using his cues from 7-9:00pm. This class is free to all registered participants and will give you a sneak peak at using the yoga wall for therapeutics. Please bring iPhones/cameras as we will be moving through this material quickly with the reminder that photos are not allowed during the workshop.
Please click here to download release form. Bring completed form to the workshop with you or email to renee@reneeyoga.com. 


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Back Care & Spine Rejuvenation
to Sep 11

Back Care & Spine Rejuvenation

This first out of four Iyengar-influenced modules offered through the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies (IIYS) for advanced teachers during the 2016-2017 teacher training year. Participants will renew their knowledge of structure and function of the spine, explore common dysfunctions, injuries and the review the common surgical techniques found in traditional medicine including rehab. All participants will learn how to use the Iyengar wall (The Great Yoga Wall) as a therapeutic tool.  Techniques with traditional Iyengar props will also be demonstrated and taught without the wall that can be used in private sessions and in a classroom situation. You will learn how to assess movement and develop a yoga strategic plan for private clients, as well as students in the classroom.

This module will be taught at KC Yoga Center - City Market, beginning Friday evening, two sessions on Saturday, and one on Sunday morning. 

The tuition for this module is $250. To sign up for this module, click here. 

Prerequisites & Materials:

  • Admission into IIYS Yoga Teacher Training Advanced Certificates (300 or 500) or
  • A graduate from a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Registered School. 
  • Completion of a Ray Long, MD Bandha Yoga Anatomy Workshop in the last 3 years. 

Required Books:

  • Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar
  • Anatomy for Backbends & Twists, Ray Long, MD

To purchase any of the Ray Long Bandha Yoga books, please click here. 

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