“The true posture is the posture of the heart.”
- The Shiva Sutras

vinyasa teacher training

by Lea Kraemer with Sujata Ringawa and Dr. Marcel Ringawa


Our Teacher Training in NYC will begin December 16, 2011 and continue until August, 2012. The course is 200+ hours and rooted in a fundamental love for yoga practice. The training encompasses a total approach to yoga through contemplation (Self-investigation), asana (postures for health and wellness), pranayama (attunement to inner rhythm through the breath), and meditation (Self-knowledge).

A dedicated group for learning:
Practitioners ready to evolve, to learn, and to offer their mutual understanding in a unique group environment are encouraged to apply. Learn the skills to teach joyful, intelligent, and individualized Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga.

Polish your practice:
Become a professional yoga teacher through personal study, guidance and practicum teaching throughout the training course. Learn the facets of classical Yoga and Ayurveda while gaining the wisdom to teach Yoga with clarity and grace.

A deeper view of Vinyasa Yoga:
Vinyasa is a flow, the movement between actions. Vinyasa Yoga moves dynamically from asana to asana with constant attention to breath. In this, Yogis research the flow of life, that which appears, is sustained, and re-dissolves back into the universe (i.e. the human body). Learn to teach through inner and outer alignment with an emphasis on balance, power, fluidity and flexibility. An open heart allows the beauty of each asana to be experienced from within as well as from without. Regular Vinyasa practice frees the body of impurities like stiffness and tension and leaves the mind clear and relaxed. Through teaching yogic breath your students will come to know their minds more closely, and often realize a desire to know the Self more deeply.

A spiritually oriented approach
Yogic Lifestyle including but not limited to:
1. Diet, sleep, environment, relationships and inspiring daily personal practice.
2. History and philosophy of yoga in its relevancy to our own lives.
3. Postural alignment and asana's benefits to the physical, mental, and spiritual body.
4. Understanding vinyasa sequences for health, healing and vitality.
5. Hands-on postural enhancements from a light to strong touch and with recognition of the energy and breath of each student.
6. Constructing a vinyasa flow to motivate and challenge learning through greater Self-understanding.
7. Holistic anatomy from the bones and muscles to the whole human being.
8. Pranayama and Meditation for a blissful reality.

Course Requirements:
Homework is given each weekend. Teacher Trainees are required to take a minimum of two yoga classes/week. Classes will be suggested for teacher trainees at NYC Studios and with teachers who have trained with Lea Kraemer and through PRANA MANDIR Yoga. A written exam is given out two weeks prior to the last session and is due within 30 days. In keeping with PRANA MANDIR’s tradition, the trainees hold a One-day workshop/Physical exam on the last day of the course. All proceeds will be donated to a charity pre-selected by the teacher training group. Graduation is dependent upon satisfactory completion of all course requirements and will be determined on an individual basis.

PRANA MANDIR Teacher Training Faculty 2011/12:

Lea Kraemer

a former professional dancer and choreographer from NYC, founded PRANA MANDIR Yoga after teaching for nearly two decades. For the past six years, Lea has presented a highly regarded Vinyasa Teacher Training and Certification. Since 2000, she has offered higher education to teachers and advanced practitioners entitled, Agni: a Kundalini Yoga Intensive. Both courses are vibrant investigations into mind, body and spirit. In private sessions, Lea works with students to refine and shine through their practice and in Yoga therapy, she assists the healing process for people with chronic illness. Since 1990, she has practiced and taught Kundalini Yoga, a multi-faceted system encompassing all aspects of Yoga, introduced to the West by Yogi Bhajan. Lea’s studies have included Ashtanga Yoga with Sri Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and Tibetan Buddhism at the Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala, India. Her daily Meditation is in the tradition of her own Guru. As a teacher, Lea is passionate about offering alignment principles for the physical body as well as for the inner most self. Her classes are dynamic and flowing, encouraging each students' personal practice as a wise and joyful path to the Self. See more: www.pranamandir.com.




PRANA MANDIR Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training - Weekend Outline 2011/1

Satsangs: This series of Meditations and Kirtans moves from chants for creating good intention and beauty to practices for healing and softening Karma through a spiritually prosperous, loving life./

VYTT#1. Friday Evening 6:00 - 9:00pm December 16, 2011 Satsang & Indwelling Reality Meditation: Kirtan - silent meditation & relaxation -group intro - TT requirements & philosophy - Q &A.

VYTT#2. Saturday & Sunday December 17 & 18, 2011 from 9:00am - 6:00pm (One hour Lunch break) Seeking The Self Teaching concerns & ethics - introduction to the Yoga sutras - Yamas & Niyamas - Ahimsa – watching the human virtues, or “sattvic” qualities emerge through Sadhana, or personal spiritual practice.

*Note - First full weekend is composed of VYTT 1 & 2 (21 hours!)
The second weekend will be composed of VYTT #3 & 4 (19 hours) and so on.

VYTT#3. Friday Evening January 20, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:3 0pm with Dr. Marcel Ringawa Satsang & Object of Beauty Meditation: Staying centered - exploring the nature of true bliss - group check-in.

VYTT#4. Saturday & Sunday January 21 - 22 from 9:00am - 6:00pm with Dr. Marcel Ringawa Sacred Pilgrimage Into Yoga: History Sacred pilgramage; Vedic sacrifice; Upanishads, the inner treckers; Bhagavad Gita, the renouncers off to the forest; economics, politics and religion. Patanjali’s classical Yoga; Vedantas snake in the rope; Tantra and the reappearance of the Godess; Kashmir Shavism, finding it out there and in here; Kundalini Yoga’s serpent power; Hatha Yoga.

VYTT#5. Friday Evening February 17, 2012 from 6:30 - 8:30pm with Sujata Ringawa Satsang & Healing Meditation: The Gayatri Mantra - group chant - experience the real meaning of the words.

VYTT#6. Saturday & Sunday February 18 - 19, 2012 9am - 6pm with Sujata Ringawa Sujata Leading With The Inner Asana: Foundational principles of alignment in asana - how the parts of the body speaks to each other - maximize freedom to minimize injuries – keeping the heart space open - the 5 koshas.

VYTT#7. Friday Evening March 30, 2011 6:00 - 9:00pm with Lea Kraemer Satsang & Moon Meditation: Ambrosial meditation on the moon - group discussion of Yoga Benefit.

VYTT#8. Saturday & Sunday March 31 – April 1, 2011 9:00am – 6:00pm with Lea Kraemer Gayatri Mantra In Motion: Principles of healing - intention manifests through thought & action - Samyama : book III of Patanjali’s Sutras

VYTT#9. Saturday & Sunday April 22 & 22, 2011 9:00am - 6:00pm with Lea Kraemer Mastery of Asana Practice: Discipline & self reflection - look at the whole and total being of asanas - three levels of understanding posture - mastery of the mind-stuff - tattvas & vayus.

VYTT#10. Saturday & Sunday (May date TBA) 9:00am - 6:00pm with Lea Kraemer Mastery of Asana Practice Part II: Pose & counterpose - building sequences of postures with balanced qualities - Chakras & Tattvas -the art of using elements & qualities in Yoga classes - learn about the psychic and energetic components of postures.

VYTT#11. Friday Evening (June date TBA) 6:00pm - 9:00pm with Lea Kraemer Satsang & Prosperity Meditation: Chant to Lakshmi, Goddess of good fortune, beauty and success.

VYTT#12. Saturday & Sunday (June TBA) with Lea Kraemer or Sujata Ringawa Vinyasa Yoga for Health, Vitality & Healing: Building wellness - mastery of the senses & the vital energy of ojas - healing as memory in the body’s inner space - adjustments & enhancements - guidelines for teaching Vinyasa sequences - teaching methodology - variations for all levels.

VYTT#13. Friday Evening (July date TBA) 6:00 - 9:00pm with Lea Kraemer Satsang and Healing Meditation: Additional Satsang / a make up for any missed sessions.

VYTT#14. Saturday and Sunday (July TBA) 9:00am - 6:00pm with Lea Kraemer or Sujata Ringawa Spiritual and Holistic Anatomy: From the bones and muscles to the whole human being - function of the internal organs as well as their energetic and emotional components -"anatomy painting" class (Saturday) - koshas, chakras and nadis - how to strengthen the psyche and the aura (Sunday)

VYTT#15. Saturday and Sunday (August date TBA) 6:00pm - 9:00pm with Lea Kraemer Breath: A deeper look at the Pranic body, breath, mantra and balanced effort - Cosmic Prana - teaching methodology for Pranayama for individual balancing - how to begin and end class with breath work appropriate for all. Exam given out and is due within 30 days.

VYTT#16. Saturday and Sunday (August or September Date TBA) 6:00pm - 9:00pm Conferences, Meditation and Yoga Benefit Discussion and evaluation of the process - ideas for further study - commitment to Sadhana (Saturday). Physical exam/practicum - full day benefit with all proceeds going to a charity pre-chosen by the TT group - (Sunday)

Graduate Yogini’s Testimonial:
“As a group, I think we enjoyed a sister-connection. I think we demonstrated this by listening to each other, ultimately going beyond just being classmates in teacher training… I also felt like we reminded each other that we are not our job, our clothes, our partners, or even our families. We are who we are, and we were tapping into our true nature or essence.”

Please return application to pranamandir@pranamandir.com or call us at 212.803.5446
1. Name
2. Address / Email Address
3. Phone number(s)
4. Date & Place of birth.
Please answer the next questions in detail:
5. What is your education and occupation? How might this apply to your Yoga training?
6. Why did you begin to study Yoga? Where did you practice?
7. Where do you practice now? Please tell us a bit about how your Yoga and/or Meditation practice goes each week.
8. Have you changed from the practices of Yoga and conscious living? What aspects of your Sadhana (self practice) have been most helpful?
9. How can this Teacher Training support you to reach your goals and to live a more sattvic (evolutionary) lifestyle?

Cost - $3950 “Early Bird” Registration - $3400 from May 10, 2011 (Only 5 spaces available.)
Pre-registration - $3600 until November 20, 2011. All tuition must be paid in full by this date.

An application process is necessary to participate in this training and qualify towards certification.
Upon acceptance into the course a deposit of one third is required to hold your space.