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Intensive Yoga Teacher Submersion 

Yoga Teacher Training & Lifestyle Submersion in Chelsea, Michigan at The Triple Crane Monestary

This course will run in an intensive format of 4, five-day sessions about 20-minutes from Ann Arbor, in Chelsea Michigan at the Triple Crane Buddhist Monastery. The course will conclude with a weekend retreat either at Tripple Crane Monastery or 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.  Students will spend one hour a day learning the art of postural alignment; a structural approach to asana.  There will be a minimum of one or two hours of 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 yogic group meals and service projects around the monastery.


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 demanding schedule, and curriculum goals.  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 the course will study an Ayurvedic approach to classical hatha yoga, western anatomy and ancient subtle body anatomy (as it applies to yogic practices and lifestyle choices).  There will be in-depth study of Vedantic and Yogic philosophy, including the study of the Yoga Sutras of Sage Patanjali and some of the Upanishads relevant to yoga practitioners in the modern age.


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.





The schedule is based on traditional ashram life.  This includes time for rest and personal reflection after lunch.  We strongly advise students to take the mid-afternoon time for napping and relaxing, not working and running errands.  Please clear your schedule for this intensive format to get the most out of the submersion experience. Clearing your schedule will allow you to have a more rejuvenating experience.


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

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast Seva (meal prep & clean up) relaxation 

8:30 - 9:30 Lecture Class (Philosophy, Anatomy, Yoga Lifestyle, Ethics)

9:30 - 9:45 Break

9:45 - 10:45 Posture, alignment and working with special needs (Training Methodology)  

10:45 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 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 - 3:00 Self reflection, relaxation time

3:00 - 4:00 - Philosophy, Anatomy, Yoga Lifestyle, Ethics

4:00 - 4:15 - Break

4:15 - 5:15 Posture and alignment (Training Methodology)


5:15 - 7:00 Meal prep, eat, clean

7:00 - 8:30 Yoga and Chanting (techniques, Training, and Practice)

8:30 - 9:00  Seva (clean up breakfast prep etc) 

9:30 pm Quite time





Intensive Weekend # 1


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

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

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


Intensive Weekend # 2


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

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

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


Intensive Weekend # 3


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 


Intensive Weekend # 4


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 


This will be a time for students to review all the material presented, test and share community before final graduation.  Additionally, students from previous years training come to participate in the community.  Teaching fees are included in tuition for this weekend.  Room and board fees are paid to either Song of the Morning Retreat Center directly.  See their website for details>   Or to Tripple Crane Monastery (see below for detials).



The full program cost is $2,400 (price does not reflect additional lodging/food costs)


  • Generous payment plans available.

  • $100 off (each) when you signup with a friend


* Payment made on credit/debit will receive a 3% extra charge.


Payment also DOES NOT include room and board for the Integration & Graduation weekend as the date it TBD. (see more below).

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Triple Crane Monastery

7665 Werkner Road 

Chelsea, MI 48118, USA


Students attending the course will be eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner together Thursday morning through Monday dinner.  Students are encouraged to share food with the group to experience a yogic diet.  This is not required.  Food will be gluten-free with dairy and non-diary options.  If you do choose to bring your own food no meat is allowed on the Buddhist Monastery grounds. Payments for food can be made at each weekend intensive for $125 ($500 total)


For students who would like to stay on site at Triple Crane Monastery simple accommodations are available.  This donation will go directly to the Monastery. Accommodations are $30 a night or $150 per intensive long weekend. It is recommended to stay on site but not required. If you live more then 30 minutes away we strongly suggest staying at the Monastery due to the intensive nature of the course schedule.  Practice begins at 5:30 am sharp and classes end around 9pm.  

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