Phillip Askew Yoga
Teacher Training Module 1: Hands On Assists (30 hours)
With Phillip Askew + Ivy Kaminer

May 4 – 7, 2017
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Every Day

Learn the arts of body reading, yoga sequencing & hands-on manipulations in this comprehensive training series led by senior teacher, Phillip Askew.

Every body is unique. And yet, patterns emerge. Some patterns of posture & movement can be confining; and some can be liberating. Learn how to see & analyze postural patterns, both good & bad; as well as how to apply counter-patterns to achieve states of balance, equanimity & freedom in your own body & in the bodies of your students.

Good sequencing is a rare & fine art tragically misunderstood by so many in our time. Learn how to clarify your sequence structures so that they are safer, more effective & more accessible. Moreover, learn how to move between teaching styles & when to apply each one.

A tremendous amount of information can be conveyed through physical touch. Nothing helps a student “feel it” better than feeling it. And, stimulating this "muscle memory" is the easiest way to pattern out these fractal facial intelligence chains. Hands-on assists are an excellent way to move people. Come refine your skills in this intensive this 30 hour training we will explore techniques used to assist students in supine and kneeling postures. By learning how to assist bodies at rest, examine the poses are not affected by gravity (supine and kneeling), students are able to set a foundation for assists in any type of posture. We will discuss the ways in which the assistant will change based on the body that is receiving each assist. Each day we will start with asana and pranayama followed by a lecture and practicum.

Curriculum will include: 

-  A Brief History of Yoga East & West

-  Pranayama: 3-Part Breathing (Diaphragmatic, Intercostal, Posterior-Lateral); 8-Count Breath (4-Count Inhale/4-Count Exhale); Ujjayi; & Kumbaka

-  Sequencing: Chandra Namaskara

-  Assisting: Bodies at Rest (Supine, Prone & Sitting)

-  Meditation: Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi


Phillip Askew has been teaching Yoga in New York City since 2003. He leads workshops, teacher trainings & retreats nationwide & internationally. Phillip's group classes are a rhythmic & meditative flow of classic forms & techniques, reconstructed & re-presented according to contemporary kinesiological theories of movement & posture. Anchored in tradition & informed by modern Yoga dialogue, expect to find elements of Hatha, Kriya, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Dharma & Katonah Yogas woven into his narrative thread (& some Pilates, too). He delivers with a zest, verve & vitality that is utterly contagious.

Phillip's private lessons are hands-on from start to finish. Reading a body, he hones in quickly on imbalances and offers tangible, utterly "do-able" techniques for correction. His assists are gentle but firm. His knack for feeling into the bodies of others is uncanny & can be learned. Many of his assists are informed by Thai Yoga Massage, Shiatsu, Marma Point & Cranial-Sacral therapies, basic techniques from which are covered in his Teacher Training curriculum.

Ivy Kaminer has been teaching Vinyasa yoga private and group sessions in NYC since 2007. She tailors each session to support the goals and needs of the individual and uses techniques taught to her by her mentors Nevine Michaan and Phillip Askew. Her goal is to teach students how to measure their postures and create symmetry, poise, and balance. Ivy is certified in Steele Pilates, and has been studying with Teri Steele since 2009. She has found Steele Pilates to be a functional and beautiful compliment to a yoga practice, offering techniques that create structural integrity and balance in the body. Operating with the belief that all yoga is therapy, Ivy is interested in the ways in which the physical body affects the emotional body and vice versa.


The cost of the program is $750 paid in full by May 4, 2017. 


Sound Mo(ve)ments: Sound Bath Immersion 1 (17 hours)
With Sara Auster

June 16 – 18, 2017
Friday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Sat. & Sun., 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Learn the therapeutic application of sound and how it can be used as a tool for meditation, led by Sound Therapy Practitioner and meditation teacher, Sara Auster.

Sound can bring balance, relaxation and a sense of wholeness to the body and mind. The experience of a sound bath can be helpful for anyone who wants to connect to a moment of relaxation or access the benefits of meditation. It is an opportunity to explore what a meditative state is and how it feels.

Come discover how to incorporate and integrate sound into your existing practices. Learn how singing bowls, tuning forks* and vocal toning can positively effect physical and mental states. This Sound Mo(ve)ments Immersion is open to all levels of experience.

WEEKEND IMMERSION will include: 

-  Intro to Therapeutic Properties of Sound

-  Vocal Practices & Deep Listening

-  Singing Bowl Techniques

-  Presentation of Biosonics Tuning Forks

-  Hands on practice with instruments

*Biosonics Tuning Forks will be available for purchase


Sara Auster is a certified Sound Therapy Practitioner and meditation teacher based in New York City. She has been a driving force in bringing sound meditation and sound therapy to contemporary culture.

Using holistic approaches to healing with the transformative power of music and sound, Sara's carefully crafted personal instruction allows her students and clients to use sound as a tool to support, access, and cultivate deep relaxation.

Sara has been featured Billboard Magazine, The New York Times and Oprah Magazine, and she was recently named as one of "50 Innovators Shaping the Future of Wellness" by Sonima. Sara offers sound meditation in different formats including workshops, retreats, trainings, private sessions and large-scale events all over the world.


The cost of the program is $550, or $500 if registered before April 15th.