300 hr. YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

I have been working on creating this training for the past 4 years, but truthfully it’s work has been in process for more then 23 years of study practice and deep integration of the Yoga tradition.

I finally feel ready to launch my first ever 300hr Yoga Teacher Training at:
Breathe Pilates and Yoga
43 North Greeley
Chappaqua, NY

****Please note I am currently rebuilding my website so the details will be shared on social media and through email contact.****

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?WEEKEND I ~ SEPTEMBER 21-23 | SHAKTI THE CREATION MYTH + ADVANCED SEQUENCING LEVEL 2/3 POSTURES + ASSISTS

WEEKEND II ~ OCTOBER 19-21 | VIBRATION (SPANDA) + USING PULSATION FOR FASCIA RELEASE

WEEKEND III ~ NOVEMBER 9-11 | SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM + TEACHING YOGA IN THE MODERN AGE + YOGA FOR STRESS + YOGA NIDRA

WEEKEND IV ~ DECEMBER 14-16 | INTENTION (SAMKALPA) + POWER VS. PASSIVITY IN PRACTICE

WEEKEND V ~ JANUARY 25-27 | ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY | FASCIA BRAIN + CHRONIC ILLNESS & INFLAMMATION

WEEKEND VI ~ FEBRUARY 22-24 | ACTION (KRIYA) – PRIME MOVERS OF THE CORE, UNDERSTANDING THE PSOAS + YOGA FOR HEALTHY BACKS!

WEEKEND VII ~ MARCH 22-24 | YOGA FOR AGING BODIES : OSTEOPOROSIS, ARTHRITIS, and more…

WEEKEND VIII~ APRIL 26-28 | COMPASSION (KARUNA) WORKING WITH TRAUMA + CHRONIC ILLNESS

WEEKEND IX ~ MAY 17-19 | COURAGE (SUDANI) WORKING WITH ARCHETYPES | CREATING DYNAMIC SYMMETRY AND USING STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY FOR HEALING + REALIGNING

WEEKEND X ~ JUNE 6-8 | GRADUATION | TEACHING ADVANCED SEQUENCING + SPECIALTY YOGA


GUEST TEACHERS: DR. ABIGAIL ELLSWORTH, MICHELLE NAYELLI, CHRISTOPHER TOMPKINS AND MORE….

INVESTMENT: $4500. /$750. DEPOSIT


My passion for treating victims of trauma began with my own experience.
In our community, we use the word empath as a marker of kindness, intuitiveness, sensitivity -it implies being spiritually attuned.

I didn’t know until recently that origins of empathic tendencies are rooted in childhood abuse and neglect.

I had little knowledge of the link between empaths or co-dependents and Cluster B Personality Disorders.

While I knew a lot about PTSD, I didn’t know about a much more difficult to treat form of PTSD called, CPTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

CPTSD, is defined as repeated trauma experienced in a situation in which the individual cannot escape and is dependent on the abuser and often includes -a double bind or catch 22 scenario.


I didn’t know that empaths, are often the escapees of abusive families, and without treatment and knowledge -are the most vulnerable for re-enacting familiar abuse cycles with teachers, students, friends, and romantic partners who have Cluster B Personality Disorders.


But now that I know – I see the dynamic playing out everywhere.


The good news is Yoga and meditation have been proven to help people recover from PTSD and CPTSD.

It happens by a process of reclaimation. Feeling the feels, and telling the truth about the abuse. Then aligning the world view closer to reality and facing the truth by telling the story and re-experiencing it as it actually was. This requires abandoning coping mechanisms that once served the individual; such as, magical thinking and neurotic naivety. Then the individual can learn to keep themselves safe.

In order to begin to do this the brain needs to heal. Simple cues like; grounding into the feet, and using deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the somatic sensory cortex and helps to enlarge the hippocampus. While meditation improves the neurological pathways between the limbic and the prefrontal cortex, which increases memory and helps to restore vital function and reduces the intensity of emotional flashbacks.

In my up coming 300 hr Yoga training, we will discuss in great detail how to use Yoga as a tool for recovery. How to use trauma sensitive language and concepts, to help our students heal and to help ourselves become more real and identify unhealthy systems.

We will explore why and how we get stuck and how to inspire others.
We will learn about self-love and self-care which is often linked to diet or beauty regimens, these surface concerns barely scratch the surface of what keeps us repeating patterns that are less than ideal.

Self-care isn’t a discipline but rather an outpouring of intrinsic, unwavering self-worth.

First the work and then the payouts naturally unfold.


NEW DATES & FEATURED WORKSHOPS FOR THE UPCOMING 200hr. TRAINING

Weekend 1 September 9-11: Adhikara-Step Into the Forest of Insight, the Philosophy and Practice of Yoga

Weekend 2 September 17-18: Anatomy & Physiology

Weekend 3 October 14-16: Ride the Wave of Consciousness

Weekend 4 November 5-6: The History & Origins of Yoga, Chakra Texts with Christopher Tompkins (this weekend is open to the public $150/per day. All Yoga teachers receive a 60% discount)

Weekend 5 November 19-20:Surrender False Identity and Step Into Your Highest
Friday December 4th Body Assessment and How to Apply it! 4 hrs. with Laurie Nemetz

Weekend 6 December 9-11: Embrace the Divine Within

Weekend 7 January 6-8: Sequencing & Therapeutics

Weekend 8 January 21-22: Crossing the Threshold; student teaching

TEACHER ENHANCEMENT WORKSHOPS
July 19th 10-5 pm, Yoga and Rock Climbing** with Colleen Lila and High Xposure in New Paltz, NY for details email Colleen at: colleenlilayoga@gmail.com
July 30th 2-4 pm, Get Your Sexy Back, Yoga and Menopause** with Ellen Patrick
September 18th 3-6 pm, The Shoulder Girdle: Anatomical Understanding of Arm Balances with Laurice Nemetz
September 25th 3-5 pm, Connecting the Dots with Brigit Moynahan
October 22nd 2:30-4:30 pm, assisting and Hands On Adjusts with Iris Cohen
October 23rd 2-6 pm, Pre-Natal for the Non-Pre-Natal Teacher with Kelly Devi
October 29th 2-5 pm, Living Your True Purpose** with Joyce Schroeder
October 30th DIWALI CELEBRATION!!
November 5-6 The History & Origins of Yoga, Chakra Texts with Christopher Tompkins
November 12th 2:30-4:30 pm, Props to Props: Supporting Your Practice with Props with Laurie Jordon
November 13th 3-5 pm, Precision lignment with Caroline Martinez-Zuber
November 18th 3-5 pm, Yoga Ball Tune Up** with Darcy Bowman
December 4th 3-6 pm, Body Assessment and How to Apply It with Laurice Nemetz
January 14th 2-4 pm, Workshop with Tao Porchon-Lynch
TBA, Intro To Yoga Therapy with Ellen Patrick
**These workshops are NOT included in The Teacher Training price, but can be attended at a discount for TT students,
Whether you want to become a teacher or just deepen you practice, teacher training is a beautiful way to transform your life to create more possibility. In teacher training you will not only learn how to teach Yoga, you will also explore your own unique inner landscape through meditation, breathwork and contemplation. In this training we will delve deeply into diet, lifestyle, ethics and what it means to become a community leader.

You will learn:
How to sequence and teach
How to assist and adjust
How to recognize and modify injuries and illness
Yoga anatomy and physiology
The history of Yoga with Christopher Tompkins
Yoga philosophy and meditation
Chanting and breathwork (pranayama)
Receive one-on-one mentoring to help set your focus and uncover and refine your teaching message
The business and ethics of Yoga (understanding common pitfalls, how to avoid politics and the diluting of Yoga by staying true to your authentic self)

Investment: $3,500
Financial Aid is available through Yoga Alliance, apply for Fall by AUGUST 5TH !!!!: yogaalliance.org

To learn more about this training, please call Colleen Breeckner (cell: 203-313-4281) or email colleenlilayoga@gmail.com



I left home at a young age. In fact my cousin recently reminded me that I began running away from home at a very young age. As a child I would fill a red bandana with my most precious items and fasten it to a stick over my shoulder like I had seen in the cartoons. I’d climb the ladder to my treefort staying until it got cold enough to force me back inside. Often my parents wouldn’t notice I was gone -or they pretended not notice as that was likely what they thought a good parent should do to not encourage the behavior. It didn’t work, I ran away because I felt unseen and unheard, so a pattern of extreme behavior to get attention was emerging. While in the treefort I’d imagine a world free from parents and rules and fighting. As an adolescent I began to see this pattern emerging in a larger, more global context. People who feel unseen and unheard will try to get their needs met in all manner of ways, some inflict injury to self, while others inflict pain on others. People screaming at each other to close the gap between them to feel heard. In a larger social context people create radical extremist groups to terrorize the oppressor. The old adage hurt people, hurt people comes to mind. A cycle of pain begetting more pain emerges. Our legal system punishes in punitive ways failing to excavate the root cause of the crime. Why is someone stealing? Why have they become violent?

The question then becomes do we know who our oppressor is? How can we know if we are responding to a perceived threat rather than a real threat? What measures can we take to tell the difference between real and perceived threats? What does this work look like on a personal and global scale?

When I left home the final time I joined a commune of young like minded folks. Many like me, escaping their own history and hoping to create something meaningful and radically different than what society was offering. We had our challenges, many of us had yet to process the emotional pain that we brought with us and with little skills to master this pain it was easy to bring that pain into the group dynamic and allow it to richochet off of one another. That said, we got a lot right. We created together, built families together, made music together, birthed our children at home together, we made clothing and built homes together. We ate meals together and fell apart and came back together many times. We learned a lot about ourselves and while many people our age were learning in college, we learned to live in community and off of the land.

I left Hawaii and the community setting a few months after my son was born. I had confidence at that time that I could bring the gifts that I had learned from the group back to my family of origin to heal the original wound from which I came. I felt it was holding me back from realizing my full potential. In the setting of community, I felt valued and honored and therefore rose to meet the challenges I faced. In the setting of the community there were ample opportunities to create and therefore I consumed less and felt more satisfied and whole. This all changed when I came home to Connecticut. When I returned I learned I was too young to be a mother (21) and that my unmarried status was shameful and embarrassing to the family and stigmatized me as an ‘unwanted woman’ in the culture regardless of the truth. I was expected to be dumb for having chosen to bear a child at a young age and was treated as such by almost everyone I encountered. Strangers offered to adopt my child from me, etc. While having created a whole community with friends I was thought to have no skill sets to offer. I felt under valued and unseen again, the original wound re-opened and I had to hold tight to the memory of my worth.


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