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4 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Courses

Do you need to top up your continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance?

To uphold your accreditation through Yoga Alliance, you must complete 75 hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education courses within three years of completing a yoga teacher training program. 

Keep reading to see the top four online yoga alliance continuing education courses available on the Practice with Clara Apps for all yoga teachers. 

For Yoga Teachers—

Why You Care About CE Credits 

Yoga teachers who register with Yoga Alliance must complete 75 hours of continuing education (CE) coursework within three years of their initial certification. 

Until December 31, 2023, yoga teachers can take their CE credits online to meet the allotted teaching requirements.

Read more details on what courses count towards your teaching credits here

A CE Accredited Course Will Help You: 

  • Sharpen your skills 
  • Inspire your themes 
  • Learn more about yoga philosophy
  • Advance peak yoga postures 
  • Assist your students 

Yoga Alliance extended the timeline until 2023 for yoga teachers to get their CE credits and certifications online.

Continuing education benefits you and your students by ensuring you stay up-to-date with current methodologies and techniques, stay inspired, and evolve your personal practice and instruction. 

A wealth of information is available in person and online, with opportunities to study with some of the best teachers worldwide!

10 Reasons to Keep Learning as a Yoga Teachers

  1. Refresh your studies.
  2. Sharpen your skills.
  3. Create inspired classes.
  4. Enhance your teaching. 
  5. Connect with the community.
  6. Gain awareness.
  7. Refine your offering. 
  8. Explore new themes.
  9. Expand your knowledge. 
  10. Have fun.
  11. Network with other yoga teachers.

Why Take an Online Yoga Course?

As yoga teachers, it is essential to keep learning and developing skills. The more you develop as a practitioner, the better you will be able to assist your students in understanding and embodiment of yoga poses and philosophy. 

The four online yoga courses on Practice with Clara embody the eight limbs of yoga to assist yoga teachers in growing their knowledge of the rich history the yoga practice offers. 

Advanced students and yoga teachers are invited to take one of the online yoga courses on Practice with Clara that include:

  • Peak yoga poses and wave theory sequencing 
  • Lectures on the vinyasa yoga sequences*
  • Yoga philosophy and mythology 
** Lectures are only available for purchase through the Play + Learn Bundle

4 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Courses 

Practice with Clara has four online yoga courses for teachers applying for CE credits with Yoga Alliance.

1.

Play with Purpose Playlist – 8 CE hours

The four classes in this playlist are 2-hours in length and capture Clara’s playful transitions and intentional themes with alignment cues and modifications for yogis of all levels.

Clara created the Play with Purpose classes for students to indulge in an experiential practice with all the components of a well-rounded vinyasa yoga class. Ample time to warm up the body, build heat and strength, stretch the muscles, and calm the nervous system through a longer cooling sequence and savasana. 

Benefits of Play with Purpose Coursework:

  • Express 2-hour vinyasa yoga classes with peak flows and postures. 
  • Explore classic vinyasa, Prana Flow, Prostration Namaskars, and Mandala sequencing styles. 
  • Cohesive themes that weave philosophy, prose, and myth through the class.
  • Modifications and cues for practitioners of all levels. 
  • Observe each class in verbal and written form to experience Wave Theory sequencing. 

Postures explored: 

  1. Ardha Chandra Chapasana (bound sugarcane pose) 
  2. Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana (bound side angle)
  3. Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel)
  4. Parsva Bhuja Dandasana (dragonfly)

2.

Play + Learn Yoga Bundle – 10 CE hours.

This Bundle includes the four classes from the Play with Purpose Playlist, PLUS four lectures with Clara breaking down each of these practices based on Wave Theory created by Shiva Rea.

The lectures include:

  1. Break down and name all the body parts that need to be opened and strengthened for the peak pose.
  2. Reasons behind which poses were chosen in the warm-up.
  3. Counter/neutralize the body during the class’s cooldown/lunar part.
  4. How to build out a theme.
  5. Breaking down the kramas/stages of the peak poses.
  6. Modifications to make the class accessible to all bodies.

Benefits of Play + Learn Coursework: 

  • In-depth review of postures and transitions. 
  • 20-40 minute verbal and visual analysis of the class sequence. 
  • A sensory exploration of a 2-hour yoga class with how the poses and prompts add to the Bhavana (mood). 

Themes explored:

  1. New beginnings – Ganesha – see the class
  2. Breath as the offering – connecting to the body’s sensations – see the class
  3. Ether – Ajna Chakra – see the class 
  4. Agni – spiritual fire and solar plexus – see the class

3.

Peak Pose Playlist – 41 CE hours

This playlist helps aspiring yogis and yoga teachers advance their practice and learn the foundational postures to reach a peak pose!

Preparing for the peak pose decreases the chance of injury and strain and teaches your body how to get into the peak pose through muscle memory since muscles perform better through repetition.

Repetition is how we learn, and the purpose of the practice is to create sustainable rituals that ground the body and mind.

Benefits of the Peak Pose Playlist:

  1. Strengthen muscles that aid the development of the peak pose.
  2. Lengthen the muscles that allow you to go deeper into the postures. 
  3. Learn modifications to get in and out of advanced asanas. 
  4. Counter poses to relieve the muscles strained by the peak postures. 
  5. Move through a week of classes to prepare your body and mind.

The Peak Pose Playlist offers 7-days of classes building toward advanced asanas, including:

Natarajasana – Dancers Pose

Natarajasana is also named for Shiva, the Lord of the Tandava, who finds bliss in destruction and transformation. This pose is a deep backbend and leg balancing posture that targets the core, legs, and shoulders. 

About the Natarajasana

Targets: Hamstrings, quadriceps, abdominals.  

Level: Intermediate/advanced.

Props: A strap to access the bind.

Benefits: Strengthens the legs and core muscles. Opens the muscles around the shoulders, chest, and front body. Stretches the psoas (hip flexors) that get tight from sitting for long periods. Develops balance and tenacity. 

Who Should Do It: Those seeking challenge and who want to build mental and physical strength.

Who Should Not Do It: Those with shoulder or hip sensitivity. Anyone with low back pain, SI instability, or leg injury. 

Svarga Dvidasanas – Bird of Paradise

Svarga Dvidasanas comes from Sanskrit Svarga = ‘Heavenly world’ and Dvija = ‘twice-born.’ The pose requires agility, focus, and strength. It is a leg balancing pose that asks a lot of the core and arm muscles to sustain. 

About Svarga Dvidasanas

Targets: Biceps, triceps, hamstrings, hips, quadriceps. 

Level: Advanced.

Props: A strap to access the bind.

Benefits: Improves focus (Drishti lens) and builds strength in the legs feet, ankles, and front. Lengthens the back of the leg and opens the front of the pelvis and groin muscles. 

Who Should Do It: Those seeking challenge and who want to build mental and physical strength.

Who Should Not Do It: Those with shoulder or hip sensitivity. Anyone with SI instability or injury. Anyone who is recovering from injury or those who have lower back pain. 

Adho Mukha Vrksasana – Handstand

Adho Mukha Vrksasana is an advanced yoga posture that requires strength in the upper torso and the core muscles to balance upside down. The toes reach for the sky and the hands anchor into the earth. A Drishti (focused gaze) will help stabilize and maintain the pose.

About Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Targets: Hands, arms, shoulders, chest, and core.

Level: Advanced.

Props: None.

Benefits: Improves balance, strengthens the arms and shoulders, engages the core, enhances focus and concentration, reverses blood supply which helps with purification, and relaxes the nervous system.

Who Should Do It: Those seeking challenge and who want to build mental and physical strength.

Who Should Not Do It: Those who are uncomfortable with inversions, wrist/arm injuries, or high blood pressure.

Urdhva Dhanurasana – Wheel Pose

Urdhva Dhanurasana is an advanced yoga posture that requires flexibility in the spine. A strong core and inner thighs will create stability in the low spine to come into this posture. An open chest (pectorals), hip flexors (psoas) and thighs (quads) will assist this pose.

Deep backends such as wheel stimulate the adrenals and release adrenaline in the body. Backbends are great for sparking energy and enthusiasm.

About Urdhva Dhanurasana

Targets: Abdomen, back, chest, front of the pelvis.

Level: Intermediate/advanced.

Props: Blocks for under the hands or feet.

Benefits: Opens and releases the front of the chest and shoulders. Strengthens and stresses the core, back, and inner thigh muscles. Stimulates adrenal glands, Elongates the throat.

Who Should Do It: Those seeking to express the front body and open the chest/shoulders, and those who want a

Who Should Not Do It: Those who suffer pain in the low back or mid-back and those with shoulder or wrist injury/sensitivity.

Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana – Revolved Halfmoon

Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana requires strength in the legs, core, and back. This pose opens the shoulders, chest, and upper back. A deep twist stimulates the abdomen and massages the inner organs to release toxins.

About Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana

Targets: Ankles, legs, core, upper back.

Level: Intermediate/advanced.

Props: Blocks for under the hand on the ground.

Benefits: Improves balance, builds strength in the core, back, and legs, and expresses the chest and spine.

Who Should Do It: Those seeking to build tapas (discipline) in body and mind.

Who Should Not Do It: Pregnant yogis. Do not turn the head if there are issues at the neck; avoid deep twists if there are abdominal issues.

Kurmasana – Turtle Pose

Kurmasana is an advanced yoga posture that requires flexibility in the inner thighs, hamstrings, back body, shoulders, and neck. This pose symbolizes connecting to one’s inner self with a deep forward fold by placing the hands under the thighs, and the forehead on the ground with the legs spread wide.

About Kurmasana

Targets: Hips, back body, shoulders.

Level: Intermediate/advanced.

Props: Blocks for under the forehead.

Benefits: Lengthens and releases the muscles on the back body, specifically, the lower back. An elongated spine encourages better blood circulation and strengthens the respiratory system as the diaphragm presses towards the ground.

Who Should Do It: Those seeking to express the back body and connect to a more grounded state of being.

Who Should Not Do It: Pregnant yogis, those with severe sciatic or injury at the lower back and hips should avoid this pose.

4.

Archetypes Collection – 16 CE hours

Take a yoga, meditation, or mantra class to explore the themes of each archetype and embody the energy the Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu Pantheon exhibit.

Explore each collection of classes PLUS 30-60 minute lectures on deities we’ve covered during Friday Night Assembly.

Lectures and themed yoga classes on:

Benefits of the Archetype Collection:

  1. Learn the mythology of the Hindu Deities.
  2. Embody the energy of the Gods and Goddesses of the Trimurti/Tridevi 
  3. Discover the powerful narratives that drive the human psyche. 
  4. Embrace Indian Philosophy and the rich history of the yoga practice.
  5. Observe how to weave mythological themes and stories into a yoga class.

How to Receive Your CE Certificate

To validate your hours to get a Yoga Alliance CE certification, do the following:
  1. Join Practice with Clara (new members get the first 7-days free).
  2. Watch your choice of the four courses on the apps.
  3. Complete watching the videos and answering any questions included in the write-up.
  4. After completing the course, email info[@]clararobertsoss[.]com with the same email you used to sign up for your account. 
Note: You must have an active Practice With Clara membership to apply for the CE credits unless you purchased the Play and Learn Bundle.
These credits are only eligible with YogaAlliance.org. You must be a teacher to apply for these credits.

Please include the following in your email:

  • Name of the course you completed and date of completion.
  • Email address and Full Name attached to your Practice With Clara membership.
  • Full Name that you would like to appear on your certificate.
Once we receive your email, we will verify your attendance. Upon verification, we will send you an email and certificate.

The number of CE credit hours may change in each course as we add to the Practice with Clara Apps collections. 

Advanced Yoga Postures
& Sequencing
for Teachers and Students

 
Discover how to sequence to peak yoga postures and flows in the 300 Hour Teacher Training Program with Clara.

This training is VIRTUAL and for aspiring teachers and advanced practitioners that are curious about the holistic science of vinyasa yoga. 

Training is accredited by Yoga Alliance.

The 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is broken up into 3 modules.
*You must have a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate to participate in the first two modules.*
The third module is OPEN to anyone who would like to explore the more esoteric aspects of the practice.

Module 1: Creation

Module 2: Sustaining

Module 3: Transforming

**We only take 12 people for the program/per module**
—for you to learn in an intimate setting

Seraphina Dawn

Seraphina has a BA in Literature from Simone Fraser University and participated in the Creative Writing Program at UC Berkeley. She is a Kundalini teacher, writer, and poet. She admires Clarice Lispector’s prose, Octavia Butler’s fiction, and Simone Weil's philosophy. Seraphina currently lives in Istanbul. 

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