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The Importance of Advanced Training for Yoga Teachers

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Importance of Advanced Training for Yoga Teachers

By Kim Valeri

Founder & CEO Yogaspirit® Studios


As a yoga teacher, your students will be looking to you to show them the way to natural health; how to be the “living remedy” and how to practice the art of yoga safely; how to implement a life of moderation, fulfillment and activism, to feel you can give of your generous spirit and attract those things that will support you without getting depleted or sacrificing yourself in the process.

We live in a time of uncertainty, easily provoked by fear and confusion in a state of separateness. We often worry about the future. Our stress is contributing to depression, addiction and anxiety like never before. It is empowering to be able to navigate in a stressful world and teach how this great art and science can support us during a time of great ascension, transformation and connection to what truly nourishes us and binds us to all people and our global humanity.

It is important to be able to turn our minds inward and learn to calm any restlessness by building a resilient spirit and connecting to our bodies and our hearts.  Yoga and Ayurveda balances naturally and it is important to know how these great sciences can be shared for prevention and complete wellness.

Seasoned mentors who have lived first-hand through obstacles that arise in the yoga teaching profession can be invaluable for 200 hour teachers. Especially if the mentor can guide you with student teaching, advanced asana, advanced philosophy, advanced anatomy, advanced meditation, spiritual awaking, studio ownership, teacher training program development, growing a practice of private clients and how to balance yoga and life on and off the mat!  Your life, livelihood, relationships, family, vision and destiny all express your natural state of wholeness. Karmas take on resolution as deep rooted seeds get dissolved and obstacles are freely removed.

Yogaspirit® Studios was one of the first waves of schools to be registered with the Yoga Alliance back in 2000 and is still certifying teachers today. I have watched teachers graduate from a variety of trainings. Some are excellent. Some are stronger than others. Many times students retake their 200 hour training feeling that although they got great personal growth experiences, they lacked feeling confident as a teacher. Some of them never got introduced to the Yamas and Niyamas or graduated feeling insufficient on how to work with beginner students sequencing safely formatted classes.

Yogaspirit® offers a progressive curriculum that builds upon methods woven throughout its 200, 300 and even 800 hour curriculum. Unique to our school, Yogaspirit® trains yoga professionals to work with the individual ayurvedic constitution and unique physical needs of a student. Professionals are trained to understand the nature of the student’s mind and state of consciousness according to Vedic teachings and how to work with various afflictions in the classroom and while working in a private sessions.

As a teacher it is helpful to have mentors who have walked the path of personal transformation and understand realization and liberation according to the vedic teachings.  The lamp of knowledge can then light the way for other individuals on their journey from a state of imbalance (roga) to a state of union (yoga) according to the Yogic teachings.

Are you currently a Yoga Teacher and would like to take your teaching to another level?

If you are currently a 200 hour Yoga Teacher you have been practicing for several years and most likely on a journey that has begun to change your body, your relationships and your life for the better. Maybe you are practicing pranayama and meditation regularly or still find that your restless mind has difficulty centering regularly on your own. You probably learned in your Teacher Training program that although you learned so much about yoga there is still much more to learn!

Yogaspirit’s 300 hour program has 30 advanced asanas, new assists and modifications as well as established methods of teaching that build upon a solid 200 hour foundation. In the event you took another teacher training this is still a great opportunity to learn how to advance your students beyond Yogaspirit’s 8 characteristics of the beginner body by teaching to the 9 attributes of the seasoned practitioner. You will discover the same poses you’ve been teaching to beginners but also be cued differently based on characteristics and attributes. You will begin to see the framework for therapeutic yoga applications especially when we take anatomy and biomechanics much deeper.

You will learn strategies for linking poses and creating workshops, better understand anatomy and body systems, teach meditation as well as how to grow your private yoga business.

How can Yogaspirit advanced trainings make a difference?

This course will also focus on your personal spiritual growth through learning the inner practices and understanding how spiritual energy is activated by your prana and consciousness. We will study the Sutras and explore how to naturally apply more Ayurveda into your life and practice.

You will gain experience with the mystical side of yoga and learn about the Siddhas and the esoteric teaching you only learn once you’ve established a firm inner practice of pranayama and meditation. The last two chapters of the Yoga Sutras will be a great focus as well as samyama and integration of the last three limbs of raja yoga. Shabda, Naadam and vibrational sound will provide a platform for alchemy and energetic transmission so habits and tendencies setting you back or sabotaging your life can get liberated.

You will acquire the flexible and strong qualities: Acceptance, being humble, practicing patience, being compassionate, forgiving, adaptable, cooperative, collaborative, as well as refined, restrained, discerning, resilient, steadfast and courageous speaking without fear from the heart.  Yogis know how to take yoga off the mat and into life and how to live in love and genuine joy.

What yogaspirit advanced training can do for you.  This is what you will get.

You will learn from Yoginis who have been practicing, staying educated and living their yoga for over 30 years! I have over 30 Years of experience living, teaching and leading in the business of Yoga and Ayurveda. In addition, my teaching is accessible and transformative. The curriculum is grounded in practical examples of what it is like to be a modern day spiritual householder while raising a blended family with a yogi husband and five children (spanning 6 generations). I have devoted my life to healing and training others to be part of the “living remedy” so needed at this time on the planet.  Elaine O’Rourke, E-RYT500, C-IAYT has a deep perspective and understanding of the many facets of yoga and has assisted me for many years at Yogaspirit. She is a Sound Healer, Yoga Therapist and EFT Coach Jennifer Yarro, E-RYT 500, joyously shares the practices of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Meridian Yoga, and Thai Yoga Massage. Founder of the Triple Gem School of Thai Massage and owner of Frog Lotus Yoga, she directs 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings in the US and worldwide, as well as serving as adjunct faculty for numerous programs teaching advanced skills in anatomy, assisting asana, and Thai Yoga Massage. Visit Jennifer at

Drawing inspiration from deep roots

Friday, August 07, 2015

Here at yogaspirit® Studios, we are grateful to honor our long standing roots in the tradition of authentic Ayurvedic & Yogic practices with our partner, Kerala Ayurveda Academy. Our philosophies trace back to Kerala, India, a region that has preserved the original Ayurvedic teachings.

Drawing upon this rich, deep heritage, we offer you the opportunity to grow, heal, learn, and experience the Yogic & Ayurvedic lifestyle practices through our educational programs, workshops, events and healing retreats.

We can experience these deep roots in our sister organization of AyurvedaGram that aims to deliver this ancient wisdom to modern Rogis and practitioners. One of the ways you can directly connect is through traveling with us this October to Bangalore on the Golden Triangle Tour. Learn more about this unique retreat here >>



Summer Carrot Pomegranate and Sprouts Salad

Thursday, August 06, 2015


Carrots - 2-3, grated
Whole moong sprouts - half a cup
Pomegranate arils - 3 Tbsp
Pepper crushed - 1/2 tsp
Olive oil - to drizzle
Lemon or lime juice - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste


Wash, trim ends of carrots, peel, and grate into a bowl.

Toss in the sprouts (see note below on how to make sprouts) along with the pomegranate arils into the bowl with carrots.

Crush pepper and squeeze lime/lemon over this and add salt to taste.

Drizzle some Olive oil (alternatively you could make a dressing of Olive oil, lime juice, salt and crushed pepper)
Mix lightly and garnish with chopped cilantro.



Season with mustard seeds and asafoetida in olive oil. Add to salad, garnish with a 1 tablespoon fresh grated coconut.

You could also make a salad of just split yellow moong lentils (half a cup soaked for two hours) and carrots. Garnish with some coconut and cilantro.

Substitute dates or raisins for pomegranate.

Grate some ginger in for a slightly different yet delicious taste.

Enjoy this salad by itself or as an accompaniment to rice, dal and rotis.



If you would like to make your own, follow this easy method:

Place whole green moong beans or lentils in a bowl and cover with enough water and leave overnight. The next morning drain the water and place the soaked moong beans in a colander and leave in a warm spot. The next day you will see cute tiny little tails popping from the moong beans. Your sprouts are ready!

I left my heart in India

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

by Lauren Rutigliano

In January, 2014, I traveled to Bangalore, India to experience the rejuvenating and healing energies of the deeply rooted heritage of Kerala Ayurveda, India, its peoples and its sister sciences of yoga and Ayurveda.

Through my participation in a Sacred India Retreat, I awoke to the beautiful existence of an inherent innocence, simplicity and contentment among the people.  There is something about the culture that conveys a deep sense of almost childlike innocence and joy.

To this day, when I talk about the experience, I can only think, How wonderful the people are in India!  They are so wonderful, in fact that when I was about to leave, I told Vinay that I was going to leave part of my heart in India, to which he responded, We will take good care of your heart until you return.

Now, that I am blessed to be planning my return to India, I have reconnected with Vinay who reports that my heart is well and in this beautiful, innocent manner reminisces to me, I remember how you looked like a beautiful goddess in your sari with your henna.

I am looking forward to my return, reconnecting with that piece of my heart they have been taking good care of since I last left a part of my heart in India, and the gift of sharing this experience with others attending the retreat.  As my healing journey has taken me deeper into my own nature, I reflect upon that deep sense of connection with Nature that I experienced waking up each morning at AyurvedaGram, feeling a part of the world around me.  Waking up to the roosters and the mosques’ calls to prayer, I felt connected.  I felt present and connected with the spirit of Divine Nature. 

I have come to see the journey to India as the opposing duality to the pace, rhythm and general tendencies of my life in American culture.  Perhaps my visit to India provided a necessary balance of yin to yang.  Prior to India, I had never felt so connected with Nature, and from that point of connection, I was able to connect with something even larger than Nature, that dwells inside of us. 


Seeing how connected to their Divine Nature the Indian people are, inspired a similar connection within me, a communion with something bigger than ourselves.  In stark contrast to an empty life of commercialism and hurried days, I felt a welcome participant in the colorful Indian culture, so full of intrinsic beauty, and that deep connection to their divine nature that flows with grace, gratitude and generosity. 

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Upcoming Sacred India Retreat Oct-Nov 2015

early bird available through July 31!



Keep the flame of lady liberty alive

Friday, July 03, 2015
yogaspirit® Studios & Kerala Ayurveda® Academy wish you a Happy Independence Day this 4th!

Freedom and Liberation have special meaning for yogis all over the world. Yogis know how to set themselves free from the destructive tendencies that sabotage a healthy and productive life. Through the use of discipline and increased will power, yogis transform poor habits, improving personal and social wellness.

Yogis know how to remain resilient even through adversity and conflict by using the wisdom of our ancient yoga and ayurveda traditions to reduce stress and soften harshness, all while staying open and receptive to intuitive understanding, vibrations of goodwill, compassion, and joy.

Here in New England {where I spend most of my time} I will be celebrating the American National Independence Day with my friends and neighbors, but in my heart I will be celebrating the spirit of this holiday with all of you everywhere.

I salute you, yogis and aspiring yogis this July 4th. Let us unite in celebration of those who have made the journey to find within themselves a true and lasting peace, thus finding the freedom capable of creating justice and goodwill for all.

Let's keep the flame of lady liberty burning bright!

Blessings, Kim

We made history together!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Anchoring the events of the day for HAHI on Yoga's First Annual International Yoga Day was a great honor! It was my pleasure to help weave together and facilitate the energetic intentions of the collective energy that built throughout the day. I'll cherish the celebration and remember the oneness and unity that we share not only as fellow yogis and Ayurvedic practitioners, but as children of the same Sun, united in oneness under a common desire to improve our health and to heal this planet by making the wisdom of our ancient fathers, the traditions of yoga and Ayurveda, relevant in today's world.
—Kim Valeri, CEO Kerala Ayurveda Academy & yogaspirit Studios

Last year, the United Nations declared June 21st to be International Day of Yoga. 177 nations celebrated International Yoga Day on June 21st. We made history together! 

We celebrated in a big way in Seattle, home to yogaspirit's WA base, the Kerala Ayuverda Academy Healing Sanctuary. Kim Valeri, CEO of yogaspirit and Kerala Ayurveda will be there to support this profound effort of spreading yoga awareness. Attendees learned from world-class teachers: Aadil Palkhivala, Lisa Black, Karen Guzak, Dawn Torres and many more about yoga, meditation, and healthy lifestyles. Festivities include Bollywood dancing, kirtan music, wellness booths, guided meditations and pranayama classes.

This free event was all possible thanks to HAHI (Health Awareness and Health Improvement), a local non-profit organization devoted to building awareness of healing and health benefits of yoga and ayurveda.

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Let's make miracles together

Tuesday, June 02, 2015
yogaspirit® Studios & Kerala Ayurveda® Academy welcome this special month of June with warmth, wishing Fathers a joyful Father's Day.

June 21st is also a historic moment for our community: it is the first International Day of Yoga as declared by the United Nations. It is also a moment in human growth to celebrate, for it marks a profound evolution in our consciousness.

Our world is brought into action by the dynamic masculine principle which leads and directs, and whose growth the feminine principle supports and nurtures. When unified and in harmony, these synergistic energies inform and blend with each other creating a yoga which can make great miracles happen! Conflicted, these energies fight for dominance, control and divide our world.

Unity Day day represents what yogis practice, which is to humble the ego out of conflicting power struggle and guide it to a place of new spiritual leadership - a place within that allows the blending of these synergistic energies to co-create a new world order. The healing and nurturing power that wants to support the people of this planet and raise our personal potential is accessible to each of us when we raise our human consciousness and align to our highest potential.

Let's move mountains together!

Blessings, Kim

Celebrating life through grace

Saturday, May 09, 2015
yogaspirit® Studios & Kerala Ayurveda® Academy wishes every Mothers' child a blessed upcoming Mother's Day.

All life is birthed through Mother. Mothers are builders and co-creators. Mothers are our first teachers, our early sustainers, and life long nourishers.

​It is an honor to serve future generations by standing in natural maternal divinity. As role models for all parents, Mothers can help to support the next born with spiritual leadership by example, demonstrating wisdom, insight, compassion and understanding.

Happy Mother's day to everyone as we celebrate our lives through her grace. Let's rise into our spiritual leadership and co-create together with clarity, compassion, strength and love.

With divine blessings, Kim

Happy New Year ~ 2015

Thursday, January 01, 2015
yogaspirit® Studios & Kerala Ayurveda® Academy would like to wish you and your families a very Happy New Year 2015!

While reflecting on the recent past, our one year anniversary in Fremont, CA was a great way to start the holiday season, celebrating our new accomplishments as our company prepares for continued growth and transformation. Our alumni gathering in Seattle provided a shared community vision for new beginnings in our Washington location as you will read about below. Whitman Wellness Center and Well Life Medical joined our Boston affiliates and meet our mission to integrate with other licensed professionals aligned with promoting Ayurveda and Yoga to the mainstream marketplace.

In the new year ahead, 2015 may prove to be the most exciting year yet for Yoga & Ayurveda. The growing popularity of Ayurveda in the US and dedicated promotion of Yoga & Ayurveda by the Indian government brings global awareness to the world's stage. Recent majority support from the United Nations marking June 21st as National Yoga Day also provides assuring hope of bringing harmony to our humanity. All of this reflects the promise of elevating human consciousness to bring our world into peace, balance, compassion, beauty and goodness.

Now is the time for teachers and healers to master their craft, know their roots and care deeply about serving those who seek out solutions for the many imbalances of our modern times. There is much to be grateful for and we appreciate your continued support as we fulfill our mission with you, together, in the spirit of divine blessings.

Happy Holidays & Namaste, Kim

Yoga and Ayurveda: Sister Sciences in a Family of Healing

Monday, September 08, 2014
I love the New England autumn - the air is fresh and crisp and the colors changing. The back to school rhythm is always a nice, grounding pace for families and the anticipation of a great fall season lies ahead.

The practice of Yoga has always been a "living Yoga" for me and following my heart has always been the guiding, grounding mantra. Over time, I have opened my heart, mind, body, soul and spirit to evolve in the direction of my higher purpose and dharma. To grow in my potential as a spiritual person, established in serving daily life and all the people who trust and rely on my love and support has been important to me.

By continuing to serve my mission as a teacher and healer, as well as being the guiding force leading the business of yogaspirit®, I find myself at a very new place. It is a timely place which arrives when emergence the therapeutic applications of Yoga and Ayurveda are trending in the medical fields and new opportunities abound.

yogaspirit® has always had a strong philosophy, based in collaboration and affiliation, and as its name implies, believes that uniting and supporting each other creates a greater unity and whole. Over the past two years, the relationship between Kerala Ayurveda and yogaspirit® has grown into a joint venture collaboration as one entity and I now join Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath, Academy Director in Fremont, CA, as the new CEO of both Kerala Ayurveda and yogaspirit®.

I believe that strengthening human consciousness and making each other the best we can be in mind, body and spirit helps to contribute to the larger sustainability of our planet's most precious resource... our humanity.

As the company grows globally to connect with our parent company in India, I invite you to share the journey and grow with us.

Many Blessings & Namaste, Kim