Yoga Teacher Training at Iyengar Hatha Yoga Retreat

The Yoga Stony Plain boutique is located in Chesapeake, Virginia. It is led by Amy Sandler and has been open for fourteen years. It is a one-stop shop for all things yoga. In its sixteen years of business the company has greatly expanded from its original offering to include classes, retreats, personal training, yoga apparel and even an event for local residents to come together and learn yoga together.

Amy and her husband, Jay, started the Yoga Stony Plain boutique as a place for people to learn and practice yoga. They knew that they wanted to offer quality yoga items for reasonable prices so that they could begin managing a small business. Over the years they have learned that they can always expand their offerings if they get the right team members. That’s why they are now able to not only offer classes but also do training on certain aspects of yoga.

Yoga Stony Plain offers two types of classes: A one-day “Learn to Yoga” class and a six-week “Yoga on a Budget” course. The one-day class is taught by certified instructors at the studios in conjunction with workshops and group teaching. During this course students will learn about anatomy and physiology, how to perform stretches and poses, how to make positive changes in attitude and lifestyle, how to locate a good yoga teacher, and how to keep on practicing yoga postures in order to maintain improvement. On the six-week course, students will learn yoga basics, how to create a budget and pay for instruction, how to keep on practicing postures, how to schedule teacher training and events, and how to integrate teacher training with self-paced online classes. (The Yoga Stony Plain website does not offer teacher training or information on online classes.)

For the resident who wants to be a part of an internationally acclaimed yoga community, but who lives in the heart of the eastern culture, I recommend checking out the Iyengar Hatha Yoga Retreat. Founded by the late Dr. Amaresh Das Bose, this hospitable and welcoming home-based yoga studio is situated on the outskirts of Iyengar, on Ucko Road, just west of the Golden Valley Highway in Silicon Valley. Visitors are greeted warmly when they arrive at the front door and are offered authentic Asian and Western inspired dishes such as miso soup, quiche, grilled meat and vegetables, salads, and desserts. Dr. Bose’s gentle but inspirational approach to teaching has made it a much-loved attraction for visitors from the world over. Classes alternate between an afternoon retreat followed by a series of yoga classes in the evenings. All levels of experience are welcome, and the retreats conclude with a welcome party for family and friends.

Yoga Stony Plain also offers an innovative community-focused boutique yoga studio serving up an eclectic mix of Eastern and Western influences. The goal of this amazing establishment is to bring you back to “the roots” of Yoga, while simultaneously offering modern twists on some of the basic techniques. Classes are offered at various times of the day and evening, and teachers are available to provide individualized instruction whenever you are ready. Guests are encouraged to bring their own yoga items – no bags, strollers or need to worry about doing postures in public. Private lessons can also be arranged, and each student is encouraged to bring a friend.

Both Yoga Stony Plain and the Iyengar Hatha Yoga Retreat offer full access to all of the amenities of the yoga master teachers’ studios, while at the same time allowing the occasional visitor to take advantage of the amazing bounties of outdoor natural beauty that is found here. Visitors are encouraged to use the numerous trails that traverse the property. Children will especially enjoy exploring the natural spring water features surrounding the property. Even those who enjoy mountain biking or hiking may find the challenging trails too challenging. Regardless of the level of fitness achieved by Yoga Stony Plain residents, the natural environment surrounding the retreat is one of the best in the world, and it is simply an incredible experience to be able to step inside of such a wondrous location!