Yoga Teacher Training

with Suzanne Dunning


Begin a journey that will nourish your entire life; an exploration that will illuminate the deepest depths of your soul. This yoga training will immerse you in the fundamental and transformational art and science of  yoga which gives us tools for living and thriving.  It is a deep immersion into yogic methods aimed at balancing the body, while opening into deeper aspects of the heart.  This training aims to  guide you in exploring yogic philosophy, anatomy, psychology, and make it as applicable to our current lives as possible. This program focuses primarily on Vinyasa yoga but includes other styles- primarily Restorative, Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, and Yin Yoga.


The term "Vinyasa" is derived from the Sanskrit term nyasa, which means "to place," and the prefix vi, "in a special way"—as in the linking of one asana to the next. In the yoga world the most common understanding of Vinyasa is as a flowing sequence of specific asanas coordinated with the movements of the breath.  But Vinyasa also refers to the cyclic nature of life in general-  the natural expansion and contraction or creation and destruction of life.  Throughout the course we will learn to live the cycles of our life more whole-heartedly and with more grace.  We will explore what it means to do yoga today- in our present time, and how this differs from (and is consistent with) the models of Classical Yoga. 

Even though yoga is now predominantly practiced by women all over the globe it is still largely a practice that was created by men for male bodies and is taught in a very masculine way.  This training will allow you the space and the tools to embody your body (female or male), and to tap into your blood wisdom- the deep knowing within your cells.  Students will learn anatomy and applied physiology of how we breathe, how the spine moves, and how these elements combine to create asana.  We will read and learn the 8-fold path as presented in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali- not just intellectually, but also through chanting some of the Sutras by heart and questioning them and integrating them personally.   Students will learn the principles of Tantra and of Ayurveda and how to integrate its techniques into daily rhythms and rituals. The aim of all of the practices being freedom: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual FREEDOM.

This immersion is suitable for students interested in teaching as well as those looking to deepen their personal practice.

Beginning January 2019 and spread out gradually over nearly four months so that students have time to digest and absorb the material and integrate the practices into daily life, the program is divided into two parts- the Yoga Immersion, which will focus on the philosophy, psychology, anatomy, and techniques of yoga, as well as an additional and optional Teacher Training program that will be woven into the course. 

Yoga Immersion::

The course will begin with planting the seeds of our study and establishing the theoretical framework for the course.  Coursework combines didactic and experiential modes of learning woven together to give students time to kinesthetically and emotionally work with and absorb the material.   This training will steer away from the model of top-down authority figures and instead aims to empower you to be your own author (ity). To accomplish this, the training is woven with teachings on the sacred feminine and systems theory and will honor the cycle of this yoga journey within the cycles of the earth and solar system. The training will also incorporate The Work that Reconnects - Joanna Macy's model for transformation as a means of deepening students' experience in an emotional and personal way, as well as situating yoga within the current framework of our times.

Notes :: Students must be prepared for between eight and ten weekly hours of additional work outside of training time.  There will be practice assignments, meditations, writing exercises as well as several hours of required reading each week.  The required reading list will be provided to students after approval of application. Handouts will be given throughout the course to be compiled into a manual. Books (part of the required and optional reading) are at the cost of the student. Also note that there will be several prerequisite books to read before the course begins.

Attendance is mandatory for all days; should a student need to miss any sessions, s/he must obtain prior approval.  If more than 2 days or a weekend are missed, ability to graduate with this program may be precluded.

Teacher Training ::

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For students wishing to learn to teach yoga there will be an additional component of the training on Sunday afternoons as well as several additional hours of course work throughout the week.  This will focus on guiding you in teaching yoga in an authentic, inspired and sustainable way. Students will learn the principles of sequencing; crafting the ritualistic arc of a class, as well as more nuanced elements of teaching such as how to artfully weave essential oils, adjustments, and music into teaching.  The psychological elements of teaching yoga will be explored, and there will be extensive supervised teaching practicum with critique and discussion. Additionally, students will examine the business of teaching  yoga, and how to create a strong platform for your yoga business so that it will thrive.

This training will prepare you for the challenges of beginning to teach yoga and qualify you to handle those challenges with confidence and grace.


The training is from January through April 2019. It will meet every Friday as well as every other Saturday for the core curriculum of the immersion. We will meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings for practice. The additional option of the Teacher Training adds Sunday afternoons to the program.


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(This schedule is tentative and still in a working stage-prices and exact hours and dates will be set by the end of June.)

January 4th- April 12th

Fridays  8:00 -2:00 (with a half hour lunch)
Every other Saturday (approx) 1:00-7:00
 Practicum: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7- 8:45 AM


 Teacher Training : (optional)
Sundays 1:30-4:30

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Taught by Tosha Yoga founder Suzanne Dunning.  Suzanne aims to share her unique compilation of the rich teachings of yoga within a sacred and very applicable context.  

Suzanne started doing yoga as a child and started informally teaching when she was in high school. She then trained with Alice Joanou- a Vinyasa-krama teacher in the TKV Desikachar lineage and began teaching in Oakland while attending college. During this time she practiced and worked at Yoga Mandala- at the time- the only ordained Shivaite temple in the United States.  Before moving home to Arcata she completed a degree in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

She has been most deeply inspired by her teachers Lori Snyder, Leslie Kaminoff, Shiva Rea, Tiffany Cruikshank, and David Moreno, Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, and Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy.

She has had a devoted practice for her entire adult life and aims to never retire from teaching or practicing yoga.

The teacher training program is a unique journey towards self-recognition and empowerment using the tools of Vinyasa yoga. Its aim is to guide you in kindling your heart fire, finding your voice, and harnessing and surrendering to the powerful alchemy of breath.