Continuing Education

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

Therapeutic Yoga Training: Treating Children With Trauma History

Are you a clinician looking for a training that specifically addresses trauma and therapeutic yoga for children? Whether you want to implement yoga with clients, into your curriculum, or develop a kids' trauma informed yoga therapy group, this weekend will provide an opportunity to learn tools and techniques to help introduce therapeutic yoga to kids who have a history of trauma. In this weekend-long training, learn how yoga can be used as a therapeutic tool, specifically for children. image for therapy kids png

•Learn techniques to increase a child’s understanding of how the mind and body work together.

•Enhance coping skills.

•Provide tools for self-regulating emotions.

•Teach children how to foster a positive relationship with themselves.

We will incorporate the latest research in the field and highlight the differences between adult and childhood trauma as we delve into brain development and developmental trauma. We will explore how to incorporate “safe touch” back into play. There will be significant opportunities to practice, design, and debrief on the skills and techniques you will be learning.

For those interested, a six-month mentorship program will be offered to continue the conversation, practice, and maintain connection with others doing this cutting-edge work.

Friday, October 27th: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 28th: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 29th: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Minimum of six months personal yoga practice and experience working with children in the field of psychology, social work, education, OT, or other related human service work. Experience teaching yoga is a plus, but not necessary.

NASW CEUs: This program has been approved for 13 Social Work Continuing Education hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 258CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College & Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number 72158.


Pricing: $400 by October 1st, $450 thereafter
(all workshops are non-refundable)

FullSizeRender-3_mediumthumb pngJoanne Lloyd is a yoga instructor specializing in teaching kids, as well as a social worker and psychotherapist in Brookline. She has taught yoga classes at Boston Children’s Museum, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Brookline Center, and in local family and corporate daycare centers in Boston and surrounding areas. Joanne’s yoga training includes the Radiant Child Yoga Program with Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Circus Yoga with Erin Maile O’Keefe, Yogakids, and additioinal training through Karma Kids Yoga in NYC.
Her yoga classes incorporate music, storytelling, and partner poses to enhance your child’s imagination while stretching their curious minds and bodies!

Designing Sequences & Transforming Adjustments
A Weekend Immersion with Goldie Graham

Whether you’re a new yoga teacher or a seasoned one, inspire your sequences and refine your adjustments with Goldie Graham. In her fool-proof sequencing immersion Goldie Graham will walk you through step by step, almost like an algorithm, how she sequences and why she believes this is the best way to learn for all learning styles. Just like there's an order to the alphabet, the same things applies to your sequences, whether you make them creative or not.

Saturday, November 11th, 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 12th, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Understanding the rationale behind sequencing
Learn fundamental actions of asanas/counterpose principles
How to plan an intelligent class step by step
Learn Goldie’s "fool proof" sequencing method and how she creates every class
Function vs. Form: how to decipher when one is more important than the other
Learn how to get creative without sacrificing safe sequencing
Review counterpose principles
Increase skill and confidence in the classroom
Understand kinesthetic empathy while planning
Creating playlists that lend to your plan
Improve observation skills when teaching/adjusting
Learn the reasons why to adjust
Learn how to give intermediate and advanced adjustments
Basic understanding of common contraindications

This training counts as 10 Continuing Education Units.

Cost: $300

(all workshops are non-refundable)

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GOLDIE GRAHAM is a traveling yoga instructor who leads workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats around the globe. She is a community leader, an innovator in creating unique events, and has been featured in Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, Shape magazine, and The Huffington Post.

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

November 17| December 15| January 19| February 16| March 16| April 13| 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.  

Stil Mind: A Guide to Teaching Meditation, Savasana, and Yoga Nidra for Teachers and Educators

with Betty Riaz

fashion2In this two-day workshop, participants will explore techniques for teaching deep relaxation through guided meditation, savasana, and the 5,000-year old practice of Yoga Nidra. This workshop will arm participants with easy techniques to restore, relax, and transform their students.

Friday, December 8 (7:30 – 9:30 p.m.)
Saturday, December 9 (11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

The weekend will include:

-Evening Spa Yoga class with Yoga Nidra

-Fluid Yoga class

-How to teach a simple guided meditation, including: 7 Pointed posture Vairocana; 4 steps to Meditation; teaching Samatha; teaching guided visualizations; practice teaching techniques.

-Savasana, its benefits and 4 steps to Savasana

-Nidra, its benefits and how to teach Yoga Nidra

Cost: $100 (includes the workshop and two yoga classes)
(all workshops are non refundable)


Recommended Reading (prior to the workshop):

Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati 


Betty Riaz
Betty believes in embracing life and all its imperfections as a catalyst for change. Since 2009, when she transformed from fashionista to “yogaista” and co-founded Stil Studio in greater Boston, Betty has been on a mission to change her perception of the world and help others reach their greatest potential inside and out. Her interest and trainings in Thai Massage Yoga assisting led to her create the super-luscious SPA class, as well as workshops and trainings to bring SPA love to yogis seeking a blissful experience both near and far.

Fluid Assisting Weekend: The Language of Touch with Betty Ritz

1440497362_11896341_1031988406813767_1522953959174581115_oThis weekend-long training is open to both yoga teachers and yoga students. It will provide teachers with new tools to grow their skill set, and allow students the opportunity to deepen their practice. As teachers, we influence the way our students experience their practice through the space we cultivate, the directives we articulate, and, finally, through the physical contact we make through assists and adjustments. The energy of touch is powerful. Understanding how to harness the wisdom of thoughtful touch can help bring more safety, clarity, and comfort to your students.

The Fluid Assisting weekend workshop will teach the difference between adjusting and assisting; how to approach hands-on work safely for the practitioner and adjuster alike; and help attendees understand how to non-verbally communicate with students. We’ll break down assists for various postures and examine the pressure, direction, and intention behind our contact. By exploring the subtleties of touch, we’ll consider how adjustments and assists can foster deeper, more meaningful connections, both with our students and with the practice itself. The weekend will include assists and adjustments for most standing yoga postures, as well as restorative assists.

Plan on partnering up and doing hands-on work!

Yoga teachers will earn 12 continuing education units for this workshop. Enroll HERE. 

This weekend intensive runs during the following hours:
Saturday, TBD (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Sunday, TBD (12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Early-bird: $250 
Thereafter: $275

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Betty Riaz
Betty believes in embracing life and all its imperfections as a catalyst for change. Since 2009, when she transformed from fashionista to “yogaista” and co-founded Stil Studio in greater Boston, Betty has been on a mission to change her perception of the world and help others reach their greatest potential inside and out.Her interest and trainings in Thai Massage Yoga assisting led to her create the super-luscious SPA class, as well as workshops and trainings to bring SPA love to yogis seeking a blissful experience both near and far.

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