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Training Description

Synergy Yoga is delighted to invite you to our Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, which takes place on the stunning island of Kauai, Hawaii from October 8th – 22nd, 2022. The training will be led by Synergy co-drectors Francisco Morales-Bermudez and Salim Rollins with additional workshops led by Tumu Naleialoha and Broderick Rodell. Through the training participants will receive a 200 hour certification through Yoga Alliance. The training will prepare students to confidently teach vinyasa yoga; cover the fundamentals of yoga history and philosophy; explore applied anatomy and physiology through the practice of Thai Massage; create a space for personal growth; and experience principals of traditional Hawaaiian culture.

Vinyasa or “Flow” yoga is generally defined by a fluid sequence of movements connected by intentional and syncopated breathwork. Our approach is to encourage each participant to discover their own teaching style within the framework of our curriculum. We will explore various modalities and topics including:

  • Vinyasa and classical hatha yoga
  • Partner Yoga
  • Thai Massage
  • Pranayama
  • Yoga Philosophy – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • History of Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Developing your yoga/wellness business
  • Marketing and branding
  • Self care for yoga teachers

Kauai Hot Yoga

Kauai Hot Yoga (KHY) in Lihue is the island’s central source for yoga classes, hot yoga, sound healing, workshops, trainings, and hot yoga retreats.  The studio is conveniently located at 3-3122 Kuhio Highway in the Lihue Annex, just south of Kapaa and north of Poipu and Koloa, in the heart of Kauai. KHY offers 26&2 Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga), Hot Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, Sound Bath,  Baptiste Power Yoga, Slow Flow, Intermediate Hot Yoga, and Advanced Hot Yoga classes (84 Asanas). KHY was voted Kauai‘s number one yoga studio by the Garden Island newspaper in 2021. The studio is outfitted with comfortable changing rooms and showers so students can bathe once training sessions are done. The studio also has a boutique with a range of wellness products. Free alkaline kangen water is offered to all students, so bring your refillable bottle. We look forward to receiving you at Kauai Hot Yoga!

Participants will receive:

    • A Synergy Vinyasa Yoga manual
    • An applied anatomy and physiology manual
    • Pre-training reading and curricular assignments
    • Two weeks of in-person training
    • Post-training practicum and reporting
    • A Synergy T-Shirt

Not included:

    • Housing. If you need information about housing options, please contact Hot Yoga Kauai studio owner, Garland Hume at garlandhume@gmail.com 
    • Plane Tickets

Requirements

    • Students will purchase the publications from the book list prior to the training
    • It is advised that students read the assigned books prior to the in-person training
    • A yoga mat or mats are available for purchase at Hot Yoga Kauai.
    • A water bottle

Calendar

July – September: Pre-training reading 

Thurs. Sept 8th: Pre-Training video chat

October 8th – 22nd: In-person training at Hot Yoga Kauai

October – December: Practicum & post training assignments

Daily Schedule

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Price $3,000

An initial deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space. 

If you’re interested in doing a payment plan, please contact Kauai Hot Yoga studio owner, Garland Hume at garlandhume@gmail.com 

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Francisco Morales-Bermudez, is a healing artist from the coast of Peru. The ocean and mountains of his home country remain profound sources of inspiration for Francisco. Over the years, Francisco has studied with several master healers and martial artists in various regions including South America; Asia; Africa; Europe and New Zealand. For years, Francisco studied with the renowned yoga teacher, Dharma Mittra, assisting with trainings and workshops. Dharma’s philosophy of creativity; grace; and yoga as a tool for spiritual development has deeply influenced Francisco’s pedagogy. Francisco’s exploration of healing arts led him to the practice of Thai massage and its principal of metta (love and kindness).Under the guidance of master teacher, Kam Thye Chow, Francisco mastered the art of Thai massage. During his teacher’s passing, Francisco was chosen to carry the practice forward in the form of teacher training. In the early 2000’s, Francisco and a group of yogis and circus artists formed the practice which came to be known as Acro Yoga. Francisco’s exploration of the convergence of Thai massage, yoga, and anatomy and physiology greatly influenced the techniques that are used in the practice today. As the founder and Co-Director of Synergy Yoga, Francisco shares his teaching with international audiences through teacher training, retreats and wellness festivals throughout the world.

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Salim Rollins has dedicated his professional life to empowering communities through wellness and cultural arts programs.  He’s the Co-director of Synergy Yoga, a registered Yoga Alliance school that offers international yoga teacher training; retreats; Thai massage certification; and online wellness programs. He has maintained a dedicated yoga practice since 2000 and studied with several master teachers throughout India and the U.S.  including Jhon Tamayo (New York), Ullas Kumar (Kerala, India), and Sudhesh Chandra (Mysore, India). Salim has curated numerous wellness festivals and retreats including Synergy Journeys Peru; Feel Good In Zanzibar; Nairobeing: The Wellness Experience; the Divine Feminine, Sacred Masculine series in Kenya; and Yoga on Dub among others. For four years he taught at the Lamu Yoga Festival and held ongoing classes at Acacia Studios in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2005 Salim conducted extensive research on yoga philosophy through a series of filmed interviews with scholars, yogis and saddhus in various regions of India. In addition to his work with Synergy, Salim is a Contra-Mestre of the Afro-Brazilian martial art, Capoeira Angola, an art form that he has been practicing since 1995. For more than twenty years, Salim has managed and taught youth empowerment programming. 

He is the founder and director of Kibera Rising – a community program that uses Capoeira Angola, breakdance, and an empowerment program for teen girls to impart critical life skills and expanded choices to youth in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Salim’s focus as a facilitator, centers on community upliftment; self-accountability; liberation from pain; cultivating an intuitive practice that enables students to find the source of their healing within; and ultimately conscious reconnection with the divine self. Salim deeply values his mission of sharing healing practices and curating wellness spaces with communities throughout the world.

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Broderick Rodell PhD ND CYT, is an educator whose passion and calling is to aid others in the art of practicing a life well lived. He sees his role as guide to those interested in acquiring the knowledge, skills and practices that will enable them to develop the characteristics that are conducive to self-realization, wellbeing and flourishing. A holistic approach to yoga that embraces a broad spectrum of truth claims from past to present over various traditions and disciplines is his means. Capoeira, a Brazilian dance/martial art, is also one of his teaching instruments for developing character and building community.

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Tumu is regarded as the elder of the Big Island of Hawai’i who maintains the stories, language, dances and tradition. Tumu Naleialoha, in the Island of Hawai’i she is regarded as the holder of the stories and traditions, the source the community goes to for answers in their traditions. She is the Kumu Hula, the master hula and the kahu, keeper of the traditions.⁠

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Kauai Hot Yoga owner and director, Garland Hume, has over 14 years (since 2007) of experience teaching and practicing yoga.  She currently teaches 26&2, Yin Yoga, Sound Healing, Intermediate, and Advanced Yoga.  She graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2007.  She owned and directed two yoga studios in Richmond, Virginia for over 7 years before relocating to Kauai in 2016.  Her yoga studios in Richmond were voted “Richmond’s Best Yoga Studio” each year she was in operation.  She was also awarded “Best Yoga Instructor” in the Richmond area.  In 2021 Kauai Hot Yoga was awarded “Best Yoga Studio” on Kauai by the Garden Island Newspaper. Garland has worked with students of all different body types, ages, injuries, and yoga experience.  She has a background as an athlete and coach and makes her yoga classes fun while helping her students improve.  She was Board President of USA Yoga from 2017-2020, a yoga non-profit that promotes health, mindfulness, and fitness through the practice of yoga and sport.  Garland is deeply passionate about yoga, sound healing, and mediation and loves sharing yoga with the Kaua’i community and beyond!