with Sondra Loring & Special Guest Teachers
Yoga Teacher Training with Sondra Loring and special guest teachers is an extensive program and will consist of the deep study of asana, chanting, meditation and philosophy. As the main teacher, Sondra created this training to really be the yogic path, not just point to the path. Included in the training are an array of wonderful master teachers and guest speakers. We will explore the yogic scriptures (the Gita, Sutras), Anatomy, Karma, Mantra, Sanskrit, and other topics related to the vast and amazing life of yoga.
about the course
This training is unique: Eight weekends of immersion into the culture of yoga (500-hour training adds additional time). A training that combines a down-to-earth approach to the physical practice with an esoteric expansion of the spiritual quest. Leading the training is Sondra Loring, a deeply passionate, lively, and professional yoga teacher. She is committed to the yogic path and offers this program for you, the serious student.
We are offering a unique model by bringing students together that are working on their 200- or 500-hour training, as well as students interested in non-certified advanced yoga study, and have been impressed by the success of this approach. There will times when the groups work together and times when they work separately and richness shared benefits both.
Advanced Yoga Study (non-certified) is designed for people who want to have the rigor of a teacher training that includes group study, readings, philosophy, and guest teachers while allowing a greater financial and scheduling freedom. If you wish to deepen your yoga study without certification, you can commit to one or more of the immersion weekends, in which we will delve deeply into select topics pulled from the rich array of the yoga universe. It’s not necessary to do all weekends; you are encouraged to do just one, or more.
about the instructors
Sondra Loring fell in love with yoga while dancing professionally in New York City, and then felt impelled to travel to India to study Ashtanga yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It was a life-changing trip and she continued to study Ashtanga in NYC with Eddie Stern and also began her Iyengar yoga studies with Genevieve Kapuler. Now she studies regularly with senior Iyengar teacher Carrie Owerko. Sondra’s aim is to unite these two forms in her teaching with great respect.
When Sondra moved to the Hudson Valley, yoga was in its infancy! She first opened Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation in Hudson in 2003, and then Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck in 2005, with Jessie Montague. Sondra loves to teach students all aspects of yoga, included in the teacher training she co-directs here at Sadhana, and the one she directs solo at Satya. She has returned twice to India to study vedic chanting with M.A. Jayashree, yoga therapy at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, and to visit holy sites with Raghunath and Radhanath Swami. Sondra offers classes that emphasize a graceful flow of movement, a quality of devotion, and a place for people to come together in community.
testimonials from 2016 graduates
Sondra Loring’s Yoga Teacher Training is a moving feast of yoga knowledge and experience wrapped in a caring container called ‘Life Practice’. Covering asana practice, meditation, yogic philosophy and lore, Sanskrit, healthful living, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and all 8 limbs of Patanjali’s yoga, the course is a journey into the role of teacher and, at the same time, into the experience of deeper personal practice.
One weekend a month for nine months we feasted on a differing and delightful mix of yoga and meditation classes, practical working sessions, and workshops with guest teachers. The monthly schedule works well for busy lives and allows adequate interval time for absorption and integration of the teachings, as well as development and work at home. The course becomes a personal journey of discovery which I would highly recommend to all levels of yoga lovers, those who plan to become a yoga teacher and those who may not. Every age and body can benefit greatly from the experience of Life Practice training.” – Jim K.
“You will not find a more thorough and in-depth yoga teacher training program. I completed both my 200 hour and 500 hour at Sadhana. The teachers are extremely knowledgable and passionate about every aspect of the practice of yoga. Workshops are given by the most inspired and learned teachers. This program not only enhanced my teaching but also my personal practice. I highly recommend this Teacher Training program.” – Dwayne R.
“Through the unique, creative, and detailed curriculum, we were able to step into a safe place to deepen our own practice while developing an authentic style as we learned to teach. Participating in the Sadhana Teacher Training provided me with the tools to not only teach yoga but to continue to experience growth in all parts of my life.” – Mela S.
“Life Practice was physically rigorous, mentally intense, and emotionally challenging. I loved it. The essential ingredients of practice, study and reflection were uniquely combined by the artistry of master teacher, Sondra Loring, and embedded the Eight Limbs of Yoga in my life. The lessons I learned hold true and have broadened my perspective and deepened my introspection. Forever grateful, it is an honor to share what I have been taught.” – Dale H.