Courses

Ashtanga practitioners at Blue Sky Yoga in downtown Las Vegas.

Deepening Your Practice

 

This is a 100-hour course in yoga theory and practice. It includes:
-Self-Led ("Mysore Style") asana practices
-In-depth study of sun salutations, standing postures, the Ashtanga primary series and the closing postures
-Instruction and practice of Sanskrit mantras
-Pranayama instruction and practice
-Philosophy lecture series

-Talks on Valmiki's Ramayana

-Talks on Krishnamacharya's life and teachings
-Participation in Vedic fire ceremonies
Yoga students who participate in this intensive course will have the opportunity to delve more deeply in to the practices that they have already established and to receive guidance and instruction in other yoga techniques. There is much potential to benefit from 100 hours of immersion in yoga study and practice, fresh vegan meals, and a tranquil setting.

Prerequisite: Some instruction in yoga, preferably our 30-hour Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga course or the equivalent.

Upcoming Sessions:
June 2019: June 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30, 2019
Fridays 6-8 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 6 am-5 pm
Cost: $1250. Includes instruction, all course materials, and meals.
Maximum enrollment: 10 students.


Contact us for a course information packet that includes syllabus, schedule, and registration materials.

Marissa Lee Harris and Jeremy Drew practice Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana in Las Vegas, 2014-ish.

Basic Yoga Teaching

The "Basic Yoga Teaching" yoga intensive presents 100 hours of yoga practice and teaching methodology with Marissa Lee Harris and Jeremy Drew. It is open to students who have completed the Desert Yoga School "Deepening Your Practice" intensive. This course includes:

-Self-led asana practices

-Instructor-led asana practices

-Pranayama instruction and practice

-Practice of Sanskrit mantras

-Observation of group and individual asana classes

-Instruction on verbal and hands-on cueing

-Talks on instructional theory 

-Exercises in class planning

-Anatomy study

Yoga students who participate in this intensive will have the opportunity to engage in their established yoga practices with guidance and additional instruction. They will finish the course enabled to begin teaching yoga in an effective and responsible manner. Students who complete this intensive and who wish to receive a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from Desert Yoga School will be asked to complete a series of homework assignments.


Prerequisite: "Deepening Your Practice" 100-hour course


Upcoming Sessions: July 2019: July 5-7, 12-14,19-21 and 26-28, 2019.

Fridays 6-8 pm

Saturdays and Sundays 6 am-5 pm 

Cost: $1250. Includes instruction, all course materials, and meals. 

Maximum enrollment: 10 students. 


Contact us for a course information packet that includes syllabus, schedule, and registration materials. 

UNLV University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels! Healthy body, healthy mind.

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga

This 30-hour course provides students with an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga, based on the tradition of K. Pattabhi Jois and the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute of Mysore, India. Students who participate in this course will establish the foundation of a home yoga practice. They will learn to correctly execute a 30-minute self-led posture practice that has been adapted to suit their ability level.

This course is offered at University of Nevada Las Vegas as PEX 169 with Marissa.

Upcoming Sessions:
-2019 Summer Session #2 at UNLV, 6/10/2019-7/12/2019
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10-11 am

-2019 Fall Semester at UNLV, 8/26/2019-12/7/2019

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:30-9:20 am, 10:00-11:50 am, or 2:30-3:20 pm
Click here for Marissa's bio and schedule on the UNLV website

Jeremy assists Alex with Kapotasana, 2018.

Individualized Instruction

One-on-one yoga lessons with Jeremy or Marissa in our pleasant yoga room are available at the rate of $50/hour. 

Individual instruction can be of benefit to sincere yoga students of all levels of experience. 

We recommend that you schedule several 1-2 hour sessions over the course of a month, and then take 2-3 months to engage in practice and self-study.


Contact us to discuss your interests and needs so that we can customize a course of study for you.

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Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers

 

Ongoing mentoring helps yoga teachers expand their knowledge base, improve their skills and become more effective educators. Contact us and we’ll develop a personalized course of study for you that will also fulfill Yoga Alliance’s CEC requirements.

Desert Yoga School is registered with Yoga Alliance as a provider of 300-hour (Advanced) yoga teacher trainings. Dedicated, long-term Desert Yoga School students who already hold 200-hour (Basic) yoga teacher training certificates are encouraged to inquire about our Advanced Teacher Training Program, which is customized to each student and conducted as an ongoing mentorship over the course of no fewer than 36 months.

Contact us for more information.

Marissa Lee Harris teaching our Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga course in Las Vegas in 2012 or 2013.

Winter Posture/Asana Workshop Series

These mixed-level workshops are intended to provide yoga practitioners with the knowledge and techniques that will help them make progress with their postures. Small groups and two instructors allow for individualized attention. The material presented to each practitioner will be adjusted to match their ability, and students can expect to leave each workshop with a practice plan that will help them advance their postures to the next level.


Each of the 4.5-hour workshops includes:

-A well-rounded asana practice

-An hour of focused work on the workshop's specific topic

-One segment of a four-part talk on asana practice for stress relief

-A plant-based lunch featuring homegrown organic produce


Winter 2019-2020 Dates TBD

9 am-1:30 pm: Headstand

9 am-1:30 pm: Backbends

9 am-1:30 pm: Arm Balances

9 am-1:30 pm: Lotus & Other Seats


$35/each. Sign up for all four or pick and choose. 

Maximum enrollment of 10 students. 

Co-taught by Jeremy and Marissa.


Contact us for registration materials.