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Teacher Training & Lifestyle Submersion in Northern Michigan
at The Joy Center

This course will run in an intensive format of 4, five-day sessions 20-minutes from Marquette, in Ishpeming Michigan. The course will conclude with a weekend retreat at Song of The Morning Ranch in Vanderbilt, MI. 


There will be 9 hours of classes a day, including 5 hours of yoga asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation.  One to two hours a day students will learn posture analysis, and a structural approach to asana.  There will be a minimum of one to three lecture classes daily on the topics of Yogic and Ayurvedic philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga practitioners and teachers. Some days will involve student teaching. Students will also practice the art of seva/karma yoga (service done with detachment and love) through helping our head cook prepare vegetarian, organic, and ayurvedic group meals.


Students will be given time for personal relaxation and reflection.  However, this intensive format will be challenging and transformational. Please join us if you feel called to this kind of schedule, and in alignment with the goals of the curriculum.  This intensive experience will support and deepen your sadhana (spiritual yoga practice), an important step towards teaching yoga from a richly embodied place.


Students in this course will study an Ayurvedic approach to classical hatha yoga, Vedic and yogic philosophy (including the study of the Yoga Sutras of Sage Patanjali), and empower students with the knowledge of western anatomy and ancient subtle body anatomy as it applies to yogic practices and lifestyle choices.


Additionally, the goal of this training is to empower “Modern Mystics with Mission Hearts, To Love & Serve All” for the benefit of all humanity. See more about the mission of our center.



For more information on the course curriculum visit General Teacher Training page







5:30 am - 7:00 Yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation (Techniques, Training and Practice)

7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast Seva (meal prep & clean up) relaxation 

8:00 - 9:00 Lecture Class (Philosophy, Anatomy, Yoga Lifestyle, Ethics)

9:00 - 9:15 Break

9:15 - 10:15 Posture, alignment and working with special needs (Training Methodology)  

10:15 - 10: 30 Break

10:30 - 12:30 Yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation (techniques, Training and Practice)


12:30 - 1:30  Lunch prep and meal 

1:30 - 2:30  Seva (meal prep)

2:30 - 3:30 Self reflection, relaxation time

3:30 - 4:30 - Philosophy, Anatomy, Yoga Lifestyle, Ethics

4:30 - 4:45 - Break

4:45 - 5:45 Posture and alignment (Training Methodology)


5:45 - 7:30 Meal prep, eat, clean

7:30 - 9:00 Yoga and Chanting (techniques, Training, and Practice)

9:00 - 9:30  Seva (clean up breakfast prep etc) 

10:00 pm Quite time






March 29th-April 2nd (new date)


Section 1: Classical Hatha Yoga, Focus on Kapha Postures, and Pavanmuktāsana Series 1 

Section 2: Classical Hatha Yoga Focus on Pita Postures, and Pavanmuktāsana Series 1 

Section 3: Classical Hatha Yoga, Focus on Vata Postures, and Pavanmuktāsana Series 2 


July 5th-9th (same)


Section 4: Vinyasa Flows for Vata Dosha and Gentle Hatha Yoga, Pranayama for Vata, Pavanmuktāsana Series 2  

Section 5: Vinyasa Flows for Pita Dosha and Navel Work to Build Inner Fire, Pranayama to balance Pita Dosha 

Section  6: Vinyasa Flow for Kapha Dosha, Pranayama for Kapha, Intro to Advanced Inversions, Intro to Bhakti Yoga  


September 20th-24th (same)


Section 7: Vinyasa Standing pose inspired by Ashtanga System - Structural Integrity & the Art of Flowing Yoga 

Section 8: Vinyasa Seated forward folds and seated twist inspired by Ashtanga System  - Structural Integrity & the Art of Flowing Yoga  

Section 9: Vinyasa Sequencing Integration - Structural Integrity & the Art of Flowing Yoga 



January 10th-14th, 2019


Section 10: Integration Dosha Vinyasa and Ashtanga Short Form

Section 11: Gentle/Yin Yoga, Integrating Bhakti, and Mantra to your practice  

Section 12: Gentle/Yin Yoga Meditation the Art of Stillness - Group Communication Process and Bhakti Celebration


Closing Retreat: Integration & Graduation weekend at Song of The Morning Ranch


This will be a time for students to review all the material presented, test and share community before final graduation.  The date for Final Weekend to be Announced. Sometime late February - April 2019




$2100 Early bird discount 

$2300 After October 15th


Sign up with a friend a receive $100 off (each).

Payment plans available.  Can be set up at entrance interview with Trevor Chaitanya.


Payment DOES NOT include food. Food for the 4, five-day trainings at Joy Center will be a total of $450.  Food payment can be made at each training.  ($113)


Payment DOES NOT include room and board for the Integration & Graduation weekend at Song of The Morning Ranch in spring of 2019.





The Joy Center

1492 Southwood Dr.                                         
Ishpeming, MI 49849

Overnight accommodations are NOT INCLUDED for the classes at Joy Center.  Local students in the class may be able to offer sleeping accommodations.  Alternatively, you can book a hotel or Air BnB.  Please choose your accommodations with showering/bathing, and travel distance in mind. (We start early and end late).


Accommodations in Ishpeming:


Air Bnb >

Hotels  >

RV Campgrounds & Cabins >


Accommodations in Marquette:

Camping at Tourist Park>

Marquette Intensive

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