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Svadhyaya: Yoga of Self, Scripture and Spirit

Begins Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Northwest
with Karlie Lemos, E-RYT-500 and Ellen Stansell, Ph.D.

Svadhyaya (self-study) is a core element of classical yoga that is foundational to teaching authentically and confidently. This 90-hour course will explore the dynamic interrelationships of public self and spirit (or essence), truth and vulnerability, philosophy and practice, tradition and today. The goal is to develop each participant's unique style of working with these interrelationships. Our exploration will be experiential and supported by reading, discussion, and writing activities.
This course is open to all students who have completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program and are sincere about exploring yoga as a spiritual path. The course is divided into portions: the first runs from January through May, we take the summer off, and the second portion runs September through early December.
This 90-hour course (84 contact hours, 6 non-contact) is limited to sixteen students so that we can develop a safe, closed container and grow together as a spiritual community.

  • Develop your voice and utilize it to share your truth
  • Clarify your intentions as a teacher and leader
  • Grow your relationship with both your subtle body and physical body as a medium for asana
  • Identify what you have to offer as a yoga teacher that is personal and unique
  • Study selections from the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, and Tantric literature
  • Practice asana together in a space where it is safe to be yourself and explore spirituality through your practice
  • Design your own theme-based curriculum:
    • Learn method and framework for teaching theme-based classes
    • Develop vocabulary sets for cueing while teaching themes
  • Learn approaches to teaching yoga as a spiritual practice

Each meeting will be on Saturday from 10:30am - 3:00pm at Yoga Yoga Northwest with the exception of four weekends throughout the course that will meet both Saturdays & Sundays from 10:30am - 3:00pm

Saturday, January 5 & Sunday, January 6
Saturday, January 19
Saturday, February 2
Saturday, February 16
Saturday, March 9
Saturday, March 23
Saturday, April 6
Saturday, April 20
Saturday,  May 25 & Sunday, May 26
Saturday, September 7 & Sunday, September 8
Saturday, September 21
Saturday, October 5
Saturday, October 19
Saturday, November 2
Saturday, November 16
Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8

The Bhagavad Gita (any or multiple translations)
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, translated by Georg Feuerstein
Readings on Tantric Literature will be provided

Regular price: $1995
Early registration before November 4: $1795






Ellen B. Stansell, Ph.D. is a long-time spiritual practitioner, philosopher, and one of a small handful of scholars who specialize in the philosophy and literature of India’s yoga traditions. At University of Texas at Austin, she wrote a master’s thesis on the yoga teachings of the Upanishads and a doctoral dissertation on the karma yoga teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. After graduating in 2008, Ellen published academic papers on various topics of yoga philosophy, including Tantra. Ellen's work has been presented at the Parliament of World Religions and is cited in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ellen is passionate about sharing yoga philosophy and has worked with more than seven-hundred yoga teachers-in-training including many advanced-level trainees. Ellen's teaching style includes lucid, moving lectures, but emphasizes student-centered ("hands-on") learning approaches. Ellen is as at home with the fine points of yoga theory as she is with the bigger picture of how yoga philosophy has evolved over the centuries. Today's yoga teachers are creating the future of yoga; as they do, they face certain challenges. Ellen's goal is to inspire teachers to move forward in a way that is awake, aware, centered, and courageous.



Karlie discovered her yoga practice in 1998. In 2005 she completed her 200 hour Hatha teacher training through the lens of Iyengar Yoga with Yoga Yoga. Karlie went on to complete her 500 hour certification under the guidance of Christina Sell, after years spent immersed in Anusara Yoga. Karlie also draws from her background in Ashtanga Vinysasa, Yin and Restorative yoga and has furthered her education beyond the 500 hour mark in studies such as Sanskrit with her teacher Manorama D’avila based out of NYC.

Karlie focuses heavily on alignment and form and her classes are strong and challenging as well as balanced and well rounded. Karlie strives to provide a safe and lighthearted climate for students to arrive at their mat where they are today. She is inspired by the deep well of yoga philosophy teachings and hopes to inspire teachers and students to more deeply connect to these universal teachings.


If you are a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher and are interested in becoming a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher please contact Yoga Yoga Teacher Training, or (512) 326-2273, to learn how this course can apply! To receive your Advanced Training credit, you will register through Yoga Yoga Teacher Training, not through this web page.
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT)Apply these hours towards your CEU requirements.