I feel very fortunate that I get to share what interests me. My teachings are an expression of what I learn and experience as I interweave different traditions, cultures and ways of organizing reality into a fresh tapestry born from my own perspective. I believe the most important aspect of teaching is the way the relational space is created. A relaxed learning environment where concepts can be received in both mind and body, and integrated in one's own time, offers a learning laboratory for the alchemy of pure understanding to take place. It is then that what is taught can be transformed into something new and unique to the learner.
Yoga Teacher Trainings
The teacher-trainings I offer combine experiential learning, didactic material, field dynamics and deep self-inquiry. Each training is unique as the energy of the students helps to inform and shape what arises. Yet the goal remains the same: transformational learning that is therapeutic, insightful and inspiring, and enhances the clarity of one's own purpose/dharma in this lifetime.
Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers: Embodying the Alchemy of Healing
Ayurveda is an ancient science, art and philosophy recognized as one of the most important healing practices in modern medicine. It offers blueprints for a healthy way of life through preventing illness and living in harmony with nature and her biorhythms. Ayurveda and Yoga are intimately related as both were born from the same philosophy – Samkhya. They were brought up together as sister-sciences in India and were always recognized as two systems that enrich one another; when practiced and taught together, they encourage greater movement toward self-realization.
What will I learn?
In this 100-hour module we will experience the multidimensional healing that arises when we weave Ayurvedic wisdom through our Yoga practice, rendering our teaching a form of moving medicine. Topics covered will include:
A deep dive into the five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. We will attune to our relationship with them and practice self-care rituals that correspond to the elements and their associated organs of perception
·An exploration into what happens when the elements coalesce and form the three psychophysiological forces (doshas), namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha. We will learn how to design and sequence yogic practices that address symptoms and imbalances in the doshas, focusing on dristi, language cues and appropriate modifications
·We will create our own dinacharya (daily self-care regimen) as we discover our prakruti (original nature) and vikruti (current state of health) according to Ayurveda’s unique assessment paradigm
·We will explore the alchemical power of prana through dosha-appropriate pranayama, bandhas, visualizations and meditations
·We will learn Aromatherapy protocols that anoint specific Ayurvedic marma points with essential oils to bring the doshas into balance
·As the course progresses we will journey through the seven dhatus – our layers of tissue that make up who we are – and discover how yoga asana can support and enhance the health of our lymph, blood, bones, digestion and immunity
·We will experience Sanskrit mantra as an intentional healing agent
·We will explore Ayurvedic nutrition, the power of agni (our metabolic fire), and how we can more robustly digest our life’s experiences to have the greatest impact in the world
What will I be able to do?
Upon graduation, you will have digested the fundamental healing principles of Ayurveda and have the embodied wisdom to offer personalized private sessions and dosha-specific classes, plus other classes inspired by Ayurvedic concepts. This program doesn’t certify to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner, yet you will be empowered to view yourself, your loved ones and students through Ayurveda’s unique lens and share from the deep reservoir of learned experience, adding distinctive value to your teachings.
This training is suitable for yoga teachers and practitioners interested in understanding Ayurvedic Medicine for themselves and others.
“It was so valuable to gain deeper understandings of Ayurveda - the doshas, gunas and elements and appropriate medicine for balancing health. There were many new insights, understandings and inspirations that I will sprinkle into my teaching, work and lifestyle. Thanks for sharing your lifetime of wisdom and experience, Alana!” A. Hunt, E-RYT 500 Yoga Studio Owner
“Alana is a masterful, graceful and wise teacher and healer. Every moment was juicy and rich! I value the deep exploration of the Ayurveda system within myself — a huge self-inquiry! I’m feeling it all so profoundly in the body. I didn’t know it could go so deep so quickly!” E. Mehiel, RYT 500 Yoga Teacher, Director Five Pillars Yoga, NYC
“Ayurveda was always mystifying to me. I can build a house but I was never sure how to fully care for my own home - my body. Alana’s unique teaching style made complicated concepts and philosophies simple to understand and now I feel ease in applying what I learned right away. I had read books and tried to study Ayurveda myself, but being with her made me feel like I got it in a full-body sense. Ayurveda is so beautiful. I’m grateful I now get to adhere to its lifestyle wisdom! Thank you!” A.J. Cortez, MA, E-RYT 500, Architect and Yoga Teacher
October 19-20, 2019 at Spice Health Studio for Destin Yoga Academy, Miramar Beach, Florida (please note this training is 10 hours, part of a 300-hour YTT) information on this training can be found here: http://www.melissashalongo.com/300-hr-advanced-teacher-training.html
April 19-May 1, 2020 at the beautiful Nexus Institute for Yoga and Wellness, Costa Rica (please note this training is 100 hours and can be used toward Nexus’ 300-hour advanced yoga teacher certification)
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: A Journey to the Heart of Metta-Morphosis
This comprehensive training focuses on understanding the multi-faceted world of trauma and it’s impact on our bodies, minds and souls. We will learn how to reframe trauma’s negative effects into opportunities to be wiser and more self-loving, yoking with the heart through mindful yoga practices. As we unpack the pranic implications of holding trauma in the body, we’ll discover that the unwinding and thawing of this ‘frozen potential’ allows greater possibilities for stability, self acceptance, healing and vitality to emerge.
Teachings will include:
Trauma’s neurological and physiological impacts
The signature symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS-D) and how to recognize it in ourselves and/or our students
Relieving traumatic stress from the vantage points of Yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Shamanic cosmology
Embryonic origins of the nervous system
Teachings on Yoga and the nervous system: sympathetic and parasympathetic pendulation; the vagus nerve and its crucial role in digestion and cultivating resilience; asana, pranayama and meditation practices that recalibrate the nervous system and release trauma granthis; bilateral practices that help integrate our experiences
Yoga Nidra – it’s quiet power and capacity for quantum leaps in consciousness
Pratyahara – fine-tuning the inner eye and inner ear for greater proprioceptive awareness and presencing
Aroma as a healing agent, plus specific protocols that anoint the body with essential oils for nervous system tonification and PTS-D relief
Creating and sustaining positive impressions in the mind through imagery and tapping techniques
Mantra, sounding and using our voice for healing
The empowering news emerging from the fields of neuroscience and psychoimmunology that confirm we are naturally wired for self-healing
Self-care practices to keep us well-boundaried, nourished and energized
Due to the intricate nature of this work, we will practice listening and feedback skills that fortify personal boundaries and cultivate a well-contained, loving presence for our students and ourselves.
What will I be able to do?
Upon completion of this course, you will be well-equipped with a ‘toolkit’ to offer private sessions and classes with greater sensitivity to trauma and yoga’s role in relieving its symptoms. You’ll have the confidence to help your students ‘come home’ to themselves in a way that fosters deeper embodiment, encourages self-listening, establishes safety and enlivens the muscle of trust.
This training is suitable for yoga teachers and practitioners interested in understanding trauma and how to relieve its symptoms naturally.
Alana’s depth of experience, impeccability and finesse as a teacher, her tremendous caring, resourcefulness and sincerity were all so valuable. I feel very confident because of the information Alana provided. She is a powerhouse woman – heart-centered in every sense. She embodies her practice. She has truly changed my life, and this course has given me the tools to heal that I had been searching and longing for—for a very long time.” P. Dillon, Ph.D. Trauma Therapist, RYT 200
"Alana created a safe space from the very beginning of the training and I felt supported to grow. Her ability to take her research and knowledge and ground them with the more spiritual aspects of yoga gave the program a strong core which made me feel comfortable. Every part of my experience was essential. This training provided the motivation to create change from within and share that with our communities. Now, I really feel inspired to teach! Alana's authenticity, sense of humor and constant source of positive energy and strength were most appreciated. The love, care and details put into this program were apparent and held enormous value." J. Kane, Social Work Graduate Student
"I thought I already knew a lot (about teaching and trauma), yet it turns out I didn’t know some very important concepts and practices. I have learned so much about trauma-sensitive yoga that will greatly enhance my teaching of veterans at the army base. I have many more tools to draw from now, and I feel I will be a much more effective teacher.” S. Grier, RYT 200
July 22-28, 2018 at St. Mary's College on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland (please note this training is 50 hours)
August 10-11, 2019 at Spice Health Studio for Destin Yoga Academy, Miramar Beach, Florida (please note this training is 10 hours, part of a 300-hour YTT) information on this training can be found here: http://www.melissashalongo.com/300-hr-advanced-teacher-training.html
May 19-28, 2019 at the beautiful Nexus Institute for Yoga and Wellness, Costa Rica (please note this training is 75 hours and can be used toward Nexus’ 300-hour advanced yoga teacher certification)
REGISTER HERE: https://www.nexusyoga.com/trauma-sensitive-yoga-training
June 7-16, 2020 at Nexus Institute for Yoga and Wellness, Costa Rica (please note this training is 75 hours and can be used toward Nexus’ 300-hour advanced yoga teacher certification)