Advanced Yoga Therapy Training – 150 Hours

Advanced Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Dates:  July 12-26, 2014

Prices: Anamaya’s Base Rates PLUS $1095 (Early Bird Special $895 until Feb 15, 2014)

Instructors:  Paula Tursi, Steve Horney & T’ai Jamar Hanna

Specialize in Yoga Therapy

Beach Yoga - Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification in Costa Rica150-hour Advanced Yoga Training

Applies to 300 Advanced Yoga Training hours, registered through Yoga Alliance.

Set yourself apart in the ever-advancing field of Yoga Therapy

This is a unique and insightful course which integrates yoga, thai bodywork and physical therapy. Our collaborative approach addresses structural problems created by movement behaviors and habits. This course will teach you how to support the mind-body connection through adjustments, verbal cues, and exercises.

Please note that this course is designed for 200-RYT graduates. Meaning it is only for students that have successfully graduated from a 200 hour yoga training and interested in a serious and in depth study of the science of  Yoga and the anatomy of the human body. There will be no days off.

This course will take your teaching skills to the next level by:

  • Developing an inner lens to somatic movement
  • Identifying significant bones and muscles of the body
  • Recognizing and addressing common problems and misalignments
  • Designing structured sequences and workshops to heal and empower your students
  • Enhancing your hands-on adjustments with Thai techniques
  • Utilizing Thai yoga to increase circulation, decrease pain, and find mobility in the joints
  • Incorporating specific corrective strengthening exercises
  • Learning how to work with specific populations such as athletes, the elderly, and in corporate/private settings
  • Acquiring conversational knowledge of medical terminology

Your Instructors


Paula Tursi

Paula TursiPaula Tursi is the Founder and Director of Reflections Yoga and the internationally renowned Reflections Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has been working with alternative healing practices in New York City and internationally for over twenty years. Paula developed Reflections Yoga as a way to integrate what she found most inspiring in other practices with her own personal truth. She began her training at Integral Yoga, where she studied Hatha and restorative Yoga. She went on to work with esteemed teachers such as John Friend, Rodney Yee and Angela Farmer. She has also worked extensively with Leslie Kaminoff and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the art of yoga, breath work, anatomy, and movement awareness practices. She is certified at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance and is an affiliated Anusara teacher. Most of her current studies are in Body-Mind Centering® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

Paula’s work focuses on the alignment of mind and body, understanding that we move not only from our muscles and joints, but also from the support of our inner body. Movement or asana can start from the inner or outer body, however, movement initiated from the inner body can be an expression of the organs bringing awareness and health to the deeper systems of the body. Her teaching and insights are born of the ongoing study of anatomy and kinesiology with master teachers such as Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Irene Dowd, Tom Myers, and Gil Hedley for anatomical dissection.

Paula holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Education from Hunter College. She did her clinical post-graduate training at the Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Paula conducts biannual Teacher’s Trainings in New York City and Latin America, teaches workshops nationwide and in Europe. She teaches on going classes, holds corporate workshops and offers individual instruction in breath awareness, partner yoga and yoga for body ailments.

Steve Horney

Steve Horney Advanced YTT TeacherSteve Horney graduated from Quinnipiac University ‘s top-ranked accelerated Masters program and began his clinical practice in 2005. Since then, he’s prided himself on combining extensive physical therapy knowledge with his own experiences as an athlete to effectively treat his patients.

From the beginning, Steve has worked with a broad spectrum of patients ranging from weekend marathon runners to professional athletes and always keeps the focus on searching for the cause of the dysfunction instead of simply trying to reduce symptoms. Steve has recently been seen on CBS Newspath, is a leading contributor to world-wide physical therapy information hub, and served as an editor for “Running Without Injury,” a guide to avoiding injuries and increasing performance in the running population.

Steve specializes in the assessment and treatment of athletes with the ultimate goal of helping them become pain free and less susceptible to injury in the future. He works with each of his patients to help them understand the root cause of their pain, which in the spine often results from improper positioning while at rest – such as stressful body ergonomics at a workstation or poor sleeping postures and improper muscle imbalance in the extremities. Working with patients one-on-one, Steve provides personalized techniques to correct these problems, helping them to live beyond their injury.

In his professional life he has worked with some of the top physical therapists in the city and managed one of New York ‘s premiere physical therapy clinics. He has also completed the course work for a 2 year matriculating program from the University of St. Augustine, studying Manual Therapy with world-renowned Stanley Paris PT PhD. These courses in manual therapy, or the art of using your hands for healing, have given Steve a skill set and algorithm to solve any musculoskeletal problem in the body.

T’ai Jamar Hanna

T'ai Jamar HannaT’ai Jamar first learned intuitive touch via her parents, both Doctors of Oriental Medicine; she was 10, offering foot rubs and “tickling hair” something she imagined helped the head, by stroking and hovering over the head/hair. In essence, she found Reflexology and Reiki as part of her developing sense of touch.

In 2014, T’ai Jamar Hanna, LMT is “Licensed to touch” in NYS. Her touch is still intuitive and informed by the individual’s healing process. Her practice is personal and instinctual, based on a pursuit of systems and methods that value the harmony of each person and the capacity for each of us to heal ourselves.

In the last twelve years in NYC, she has been an agent, personal assistant, producer, and event coordinator. After 5 years in the fashion industry, she trained to become a 200-hour registered yoga teacher with Paula Tursi and Peter Kaaberol Kristensen of Reflections Yoga in 2006. It was then, she discovered the art of Thai Yoga Massage. Since 2006, she has obtained over 300 hours in advanced yoga therapy, 200 hours in advance Thai techniques, studying with David Lutt of Osteo Thai College, Nerve Touch Chaing Mai, Thai Massage Circus in Laos and the Thai Institute in Virginia, along with several other mind-body trainings including Yoga Tune Up, Anya, and Body Tuning. Concurrently, she obtained a Masters in Nonprofit Management at Milano, The New School, 2010. She completed the Eastern Massage Therapy program in 2013 at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

T’ai Jamar is a senior teacher with Reflections, Center for Conscious Living and the founder of Integral Healing Arts offering international and domestic workshops, trainings, and classes in yoga therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, and dynamic movement. Whether on a table, in the floor, in a classroom, or within her personal relationships, T’ai believes in the power of love and kindness.

A Message From The Instructors

A Sample Day:

  • 6:30 – 7:15am  Meditation
  • 7:15 – 7:30am  Fruit Break
  • 7:30 – 9:00am  Asana Practice
  • 9:00 – 10:15am  Breakfast Break
  • 10:15am – 12:15pm  Anatomy
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm Pathology
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm  Lunch Break
  • 3:15 – 3:30pm    Fruit Break
  • 3:30 – 5pm  Movement Principles
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm  Thai Massage
  • 7:00 – 8:00pm  Dinner
  • 8:00 – 9:00pm class as needed

More Class Information

Yoga class will be a slow flow mindful practice. The focus of the the classes will be  on alignment as well as taking a deeper look  into the possible cause of misalignment in your practice as well as your daily movements.

Required Book List

Please get these exact books. Condensed or abridged version will not be applicable.

  • The Key Muscles of Yoga  – Ray Long
  • Making Connections – Peggy Hackney
  • Dynamic Aligment Through Imagery-  Eric Franklin
  • The Illustrated Light on Yoga – BKS Iyengar
  • I Am That – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Encyclopedia of Thai Massage (Pierce Salguero and David Roylance)
  • Yoga Nidra (Swami Satyananda Saraswati)

Suggested Book List

  • Yoga Mat Companion 2-4 – Ray Long
  • Yoga The science of the soul – Osho
  • The Living Gita – Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • Anatomy Trains -Tom Myers
  • Sensing, Feeling and Action – Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen

 ***Important Information About Your Reservation***

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot and a minimum of 10 students is required for this advanced training to happen.  Therefore after the early bird price ends (Jan 15), we will contact all students who have signed up, to tell you if the training is confirmed, or not.  If confirmed, you can begin booking your flights, if not, your $500 will be refunded.
Students should also plan to arrive to Anamaya by Saturday morning as class will begin after lunch (1pm) on Saturday.  Thus, International and Domestic travel is crucial in booking your flights and transfers, etc. For further help and information please don’t hesitate to contact our Reservations Department at: [email protected]


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