Continuing Education

The most effective yoga teachers understand that learning is a lifelong endeavor. Continue bolstering your teaching skills by joining Coolidge Yoga experts for mentorships and trainings that will bring your teaching to the next level.

Foundations of Yin: Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Emily Peterson

yinposeThis yin yoga training will provide students with the tools and knowledge necessary to lead an effective yin class, while simultaneously deepening their own yoga practice. Students will walk away from this training having reached new depths of personal healing and awareness. This training will verse students in the fundamental concepts of yin—what it is, and how and why we do it. It will also demonstrate how yin can be used as a tool for trauma recovery by incorporating mindfulness and a trauma-sensitive environment to establish a safe container for emotional and somatic processing. 

Additionally, this training will include an overview of:
· the philosophy and practice of yin yoga
· physical, emotional, and mental benefits of the practice
· the meridians and Five Elements
· four yin sequences with options and modifications
· a look at why fascia and connective tissue are so important
· the intersection of yin, mindfulness, and the brain
· how yin can help with trauma and healing, as well as some simple tools for making yin classes trauma sensitive
· experiential understanding of holding space
· the importance of the pause in between shapes
· sequencing and messaging considerations, as well as practice creating both
· practice teaching

This training is suited for yoga teachers, as well as yogis who have practiced for at least a year and are interested in deepening their practice. Teachers will receive 26 CEUs.

Friday, September 21 - 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 22 - 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 23 - 11:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Monday, September 24 - 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $525 / $499 by August 15

All workshops are non-refundable.




New Emily 2Formerly a competitive athlete, Emily Peterson began practicing yoga more than fifteen years ago in an attempt to manage chronic pain from injuries. While yoga was instrumental to her physical healing, Emily also discovered the power of yoga for practicing mindful acceptance. Emily's practice helped her learn to tolerate emotional discomfort and to stop struggling to change the present moment, thus opening up space for healing. For Emily, yoga offers an important meditative practice and the experience of a safe connection to her body, which were transformative and led to personal healing from an eating disorder, depression, and trauma.


Acting upon a deep desire to share with others, Emily began training with David Magone and obtained a 500-hour certification in PranaVayu Yoga. She additionally completed a Yin/Yang/Mindfulness intensive teacher training with Sarah Powers, as well as becoming a Usui Reiki Master, studying under the guidance of master teacher, Heather Smidt. She has also studied biomechanics and therapeutics extensively with Santosh Karmacharya. Emily discovered Suzanne Jones and yogaHope in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, and became a licensed facilitator for TIMBo (Trauma Informed Mind Body program). Emily holds a B.A. in applied psychology from University of Illinois-Chicago, where she began studying Buddhism and mindfulness, which are central to her life and to yoga. She has studied extensively with Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University. One day soon she will write her thesis and earn a master’s degree in government.


Influenced by a tradition of somatic-based work, Emily believes in the bi-directional relationship between psychology and physiology—the mind influences the body and the body influences the mind. In truth, there is no way to separate the two, and when we think of them as two different, distinct entities, we create disharmony. Health is achieved when there is harmony between and respect for both the body and the mind. Emily practices and facilitates yoga with the belief that true well-being and wellness begin with understanding how our bodies have adapted and developed in response to our surroundings and relationships. In short, listening to the body and discerning its wisdom is where healing and peace lie.

Sequencing & Advanced Adjusting Immersion with Goldie Graham

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with Goldie Graham
Sequencing: Saturday, December 8 (11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Adjusting: Sunday, December 9 (11:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

Yoga teachers and practitioners alike! Join Goldie for her fool-proof sequencing immersion. Just like there's a specific order to the alphabet, so too is there an order in which your yoga sequences should be built. Within that order, there is plenty of room for creativity (or not).

Goldie will walk you through her sequencing process as a step-by-step process that works almost like an algorithm. Learn how she sequences and why she believes this way is the best way.

In this workshop you will learn:
-the rationale behind sequencing
-fundamental actions of asanas and counter-pose principles
-how to plan an intelligent class step-by-step
-Goldie’s "fool proof" sequencing method and how she creates every class
-function vs. form and how to decipher when one is more important than the other
-how to get creative without sacrificing safe sequencing
-how to increase skill and confidence in the classroom
-kinesthetic empathy as part of planning
-how to create playlists that support your plan
-observation skills for teaching and adjusting
-why to adjust
-intermediate and advanced adjustments
-basic understanding of common contraindications

Note: Yoga teachers will earn eight hours of continuing education credit for this workshop.

Cost: $300



All workshops are non-refundable.

_I2A0137An E-RYT, Goldie Graham received her 200hr certification in 2008 from Yoga Tree San Francisco under Janet Stone, Stephanie Snyder, Darren Main, and credits Les Leventhal as her first mentor. Having moved to San Diego in January 2015 from Boston where she taught at Back Bay Yoga Studio for 5 years, she now travels the globe teaching workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, and has been an instructor at various Wanderlust Festivals. Goldie is known for her creative, intelligent sequencing, while keeping precision and alignment paramount within a carefully crafted sequence. Through your experience in her classes, you’ll witness how Goldie highlights the importance of creating a soundtrack to accompany the rhythm of the physical flow. Goldie's classes are inspired by the style of Kula Yoga out of NYC, sprinkled with Iyengar Yoga and the discipline and innovation of David Regelin. Goldie has been featured in Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, Marie Claire, The Huffington Post and was among the list of the 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America.




Cultivate and Flourish: A Mentorship for Yoga Teachers

with Laura Ahrens and Tatyana Souza

tatiassistTeacher training really starts when it ends, and truly learning how to teach happens at the front of the classroom. Of course, YTT provides us with a skill set and toolbox for teaching, but that can be quite different from applying these things to real students in real classes. As yoga teachers, we learn so much out in the field, but it can be difficult to navigate without continued guidance and refinement of the skills learned in training. That’s where mentorship comes in …


Mentorship will include:

Advanced vinyasa sequencing

Universal alignment principles and a refined understanding of posture in theory and practice

Yoga philosophy, including a study of the limbs of yoga (yamas and niyamas) and how to live the practice and weave the philosophy into your teaching, practice, and daily life

Chakra centers and how to sequence for specific chakra balance

Seeing bodies, advanced assists, and modifications for all bodies, including advanced prop usage and modifications for common injuries

Effective cueing, refining your voice as a teacher, and using your voice as a vehicle

Monthly business checks-ins and support from your community to continue to grow your career (You'll be given homework and challenges between sessions.)

A unique aspect of our mentorship program will be a professional practicum. Unlike the practicum you passed to graduate from YTT, by the time you begin mentorship you will have logged some teaching hours, and feedback will land differently. After teaching a practicum, you will receive challenging yet encouraging feedback and suggestions for applying that information into your teaching.




Completion of 200-hour YTT

Attendance in two of Laura’s and two of Tatyana’s classes before commencement of the program; as well as three more of each of their classes over the duration of the mentorship

Teaching yoga for at least six months or have taught at least 10 group classes


Additional Benefits:

35 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education (CEU) credits

Personalized homework for growth as both a practitioner and teacher

Feedback to apply to your teaching moving forward



One Friday per month from 11:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Coolidge Corner Yoga

January 19 | February 16 | March 2 | March 16 | April 13 | May 4 | May 18

Self Investment:


Payment Plan (5 monthly payments of $150)


Laura Ahrens is most interested in teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information for themselves. In that spirit, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a teacher training school for those who want to learn to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body. Her classes and other offerings prioritize depth of breath, core centricity of action, and commitment to the inner work necessary for personal evolution.
 She holds a 200 hour certification in hatha vinyasa, 200 hour and advanced certifications in Forrest Yoga taught by Ana Forrest, and completed a year-long mentorship under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Sormaz. She holds a BFA from The University of the Arts, where she honed her use of story and song, which since ancient times have served as instruments of connection and community.  

A PhD and an E-RYT, Tatyana Souza left her career in the pharmaceutical industry to co-found Coolidge Corner Yoga in 2013 and Sadhana Yoga in 2016.  She believes that yoga is the catalyst for personal and global change and hopes to make an impact in her community and the world by creating a warm, sacred space where yoga students can move, connect, and cultivate much needed stillness and breath in their daily life.
 Tatyana's teaching is inspired by Maybelle Rowntree, Schyeler Grant, Elena Brower and Annie Carpenter. She is currently pursuing her 500-hour advanced yoga teacher training. She gracefully weaves together creative sequencing with well informed alignment cues to facilitate a fluid yet safe experience focusing both on strength and movement. She uses compassionate, intuitive, as well as, alignment-focused touch to allow students to feel supported, safe and sacred in their asana practice and in their bodies.  

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