Who is this course designed for?

This course is designed for anyone (minimum one year Yoga practice) who has a serious interest in exploring Partner Yoga. This includes, although is not limited to Yoga teachers, Couples or Body-centered Therapists, Bodyworkers, Midwives, couples desiring a home practice, as well as individual Yoga practitioners seeking to go deeper in thier practice. Partner Yoga is a highly creative art that can be applied in many ways. The course will empower you to share Partner Yoga with a specifically designed format and/or to creatively incorporate the ideas, skills and techniques into your particular modality.

Note: To learn more about Partner Yoga visit our FAQ’s.  Please refer to Curriculum page for a more comprehensive outline of training curriculum. 

Will I receive a certification from attending this course?

You will receive a ‘Certificate of Completion’ upon completing the hours and post-training requirements. Follow-up training requirements include designing and sharing a PBPY workshop in your community and submitting Self and Student Evaluations. (additional $25 fee for certificate)

Will I be able to use the training hours as continuing education credits?

Yes, Elysabeth has accreditation through the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500, Experienced- Registered Yoga Instructor.

What are the pre-requisites for taking the Level I training?

As Partner Yoga is new to all of us, Elysabeth invites a wide-range of experience into the training. It is best to have 1 year minimum Yoga practice and a general understanding of Yoga postures and philosophy. If you are new you Yoga, please email Elysabeth with your interest/experience. Required reading: ‘The Pleasures and Principles of Partner Yoga’ which can be purchased through this site.

‘Partner Yoga Touch’, iPhone/iPad app, is available through iTunes for $3.99  www.itunes.com/apps/partneryogatouch and is highly recommended.

There are also video downloads available for those without Apple technology.

What is the schedule for the Level I training?

The training schedule may vary depending upon the needs of the Studio and/or participants. You will receive a schedule upon registering for the class.

What is the difference between private trainings and studio trainings?

Studio trainings consists of groups of 8 – 30 people. The private/semi-private training is designed for those interested in a more intimate training environment. Some participants prefer to begin with the private training to build confidence before moving on to the group experience. Private trainings are available for one, two or three participants with varying fees.  Elysabeth is sometimes available to travel for additional travel and lodging costs.

What does the Level I and II Correspondence training consist of ?

This training is designed to support international participants to begin their study of the practice immediately and to provide the most focused, inclusive quality of training.  Upon registering for the course, participants receive an electronic version of the Level I Training Manual as well as an outline of recommended study to complete before arrival.

Why do you recommend participating in Level I  more than once?

As Principle-Based Partner Yoga™ is new for all of us, we recommend that students participate in Level I multiple times as new and different postures and practices are introduced with each training. Each training also has its own unique co-created theme and focus. It is an invaluable opportunity to immerse with others that are sincere and passionate about the practice, as shared group experience exponentially engages our personal growth.

Is it possible to enroll in the Level II component only?

Only those that have completed the Level I requirements and have received their ‘Certificate of Completion’ are eligible to take the Level II component of the training. The Level II portion of the training generally begins on Monday, following Level I and goes through the following Saturday.

Feedback from recent training participant:

  1. What was your overall experience in this training?

Overall, I was amazed at the depth of the training. I knew from previous Partner Yoga workshops that I would be able to physically dive deep into my body in a way that I would not if I were practicing alone. But the spiritual and psychological growth and expansion that occurred during that week was transformational.

2. What would you have liked to experience more of or less of?

I found the training to be very well balanced. In fact, at no point did I feel exhausted or burnt out on the material at all. I also appreciated the challenge posed to students to adopt a learning style that would support them to stay grounded and present in the here and now.

3. What did you find uncomfortable or unclear?

I’m sure that as I put the practice into action, there will be postures that present challenges in terms of safety and alignment cues. I appreciate that Elysabeth has made herself available as a resource when this comes up.

4. What did you most appreciate about the facilitator and/or the training experience?

Beyond the course material, the instruction was deeply intuitive and beautiful. It challenged me and helped me to grow in ways that were completely unanticipated when entering the training. Elysabeth’s intuitive spirit was invaluable to my experience.

5. Is there any thing you would like to add about your experience?

Please keep spreading this beautiful practice. I would be happy to help in any way I can from wherever I am in the world.

 

Experience with Partner Yoga Trainings

by Elysabeth Williamson

I would like to share some of my experience with Principle-Based Partner Yoga™ Trainings. I remember when I first received the inspiration and clarity to offer Teacher Trainings. It came after a 10 day Vipassana Retreat. These retreats are quite rigorous, and require courage to commit to 10 days of total silence, with about 10 hours of sitting meditation a day. When the retreat ended, everything felt so vivid and alive and I received a very clear insight that training others to share the practice was what would expand Partner Yoga in the world.
The first training which took place in August, 2009, was an incredible experience of joy and empowerment, for me, as well as for those attending. I had never before felt so free and clear to share myself and my passion for Partner Yoga. It was truly a life changing experience.
Now, almost seven years later, I have facilitated many Partner Yoga Trainings. Because every group creates its own dynamic, each training is unique and special in its own way. The one aspect that remains consistent is the experience of unconditional love that is generated within the group. It may not be there immediately, but it always presents itself. This is the power of conscious connection with others.
Almost everyone who is drawn to participate in a training feels some level of trepidation. The ironic part is that everyone thinks that they are the only one that feels this way. There is a intuitive sense when entering the domain of Partner Yoga, that it requires us to reveal our authentic selves. This is the good news, as we all want to live from a place of authenticity and vulnerability – the place where we fall in love with each other.
Through these practices, and a safe, sacred environment, we all very quickly see our sameness, versus our differences. We see how we all have the same thoughts, feelings and desire to connect, so we can relax and have fun. Partner Yoga brings us safely into the present moment, through a deeply felt embodied experience. We get to feel and honor our emotions, an important and often maligned aspect of our humanity. Sometimes, for no obvious reason, someone bursts into tears during a particular practice. When this happens, relief is felt throughout the group, knowing the tears are flowing for all of us. Energy, that may have been trapped for years is flowing once again.
The more I experience this space of unconditional love that arises over the course of a training, the more I come to trust love in every aspect of my life. Each of these training experiences are deeply etched in my soul and I know that this depth of trust and compassionate connection is possible for everyone, given the right circumstances.

with love and joy,

Elysabeth