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Illuminate your practice. Expand your skills.

Uplift women.

 

Women's Yin & Slow Flow Yoga. Buddhist Meditation.

Internal Family Systems. 

 

For teachers, aspiring teachers, and dedicated practitioners. 

 

An intimate, transformative, online intensive where you’ll become certified to teach yoga & meditation for women, while also deepening your practice and integrating the teachings into your daily life.

 

 

Online: October 2022 - January 2023

with Sara Avant Stover

 

 

No amount of willpower can drag you to meditate when you’re spinning out.

 

For the first three days of your cycle, you practice Häagen-Dazs-asana.

(Is that shameful … or enlightened?)

 

You love that flowy-glowy yoga bliss …

but it’s hard to reach amidst relentlessly heartbreaking headlines. 

 

And sometimes you wonder:

why should women do yoga like teenage-boy gymnasts, anyway?

 

Surely there’s a delectably feminine form of yoga & meditation out there, somewhere.

 

Less bending into pretzels … more transmuting the whole world into chocolate.

 

Less staring at walls … more belly-dancing through inner barriers.

 

A lustrous love affair with life that goes beyond sexy leggings and skin-deep namastés.

 

 "This was 1,000% better than the other online yoga certification that I took in the first half of 2021. 

This has been a profoundly meaningful journey for me into yoga, spirituality, and meditation for women."

 

Cynthia McGrath; Rockford IL

 

Stop doing (& teaching) yoga like a man.

What makes you a woman isn’t a nuisance to override through your practice.

Women’s hearts and cycles are the golden core of our embodied spirituality.

Soft is the new strong.

We need yoga practices that reunite us with our instinctive, embodied wisdom.

We must adapt our approach to spirituality to support our flowing moods, fluxing energy levels, hormonal cycles, and ups and downs of life.

To find peace within ourselves and our lives, we absolutely must stop overriding, controlling, perfecting, hustling, and hushing our bodies through our practice … and learn to rest in the ever-changing perfection of all that we are.

 

Yoga & meditation for women, by women.

 

The Patriarchy exists even the yoga world

 

Have you noticed? Upwards of 90% of yoga classes are all female.

 

And yet it’s astonishingly rare to find teachings on how women can enter spiritual practice in ways that support our feminine bodies, hearts, and souls.

 

Welcome to The Way of the Happy Woman®: Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training. A 200-Hour Yoga Alliance accredited school, based on the teachings from 20+ years of Sara’s work, including her bestselling book, The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life.

 

In this online training, we place sacred, embodied femininity back at the heart of yoga & meditation: in our personal practice and our teachings.

 

Because devotion is way sexier (and smarter) than rigid discipline.

 

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THE WAY OF THE HAPPY WOMAN®

honors and integrates four levels of being:

B O D Y 

  • Attend to female anatomy: physical and subtle
  • Build vitality and stamina in flow/yang yoga
  • Nurture stillness, surrender, and contemplation in yin yoga
  • Adapt practices for PMS, menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause

E M O T I O N S 

  • Infuse every mood with loving-kindness
  • End the “war within” by facing your inner critic and other shadow selves
  • Transmute challenging emotions into caring allies
  • Cultivate sisterhood on and off the mat

M I N D 

  • Practice focused, compassionate mindfulness
  • Create thoughtful sequencing and appropriate adjustments
  • Learn to lead others to work compassionately with the multiplicity of their minds. 
  • Study Ayurveda, Chinese meridian theory, and Internal Family Systems as they pertain to a woman’s life

S P I R I T 

  • Root into your inner ground of being and offer teachings from your deepest center
  • Cultivate and trust your feminine intuition
  • Embrace the core teachings of Buddhist philosophy 
  • Enjoy Dharma talks and spiritual themes woven throughout practice, and do the same in your teachings

 "This experience has been life-changing.

 

My personal home yoga practice has grown and tremendously improved.

 

I am now able to meditate regularly after years of trying, and my viewpoint on life has shifted from all of the knowledge and wisdom gained from this training."

 

Kathleen Browning; Denver, CO

Hello, beautiful.

 

I’m Sara Avant Stover, and I heard the call to teach yoga to women during my very first yoga class, 25 years ago. (It was awkward. Tough. I was far from graceful. But I was instantly hooked.)

 

After that, I dove head-first into rigorous yoga and meditation practices — and while they strengthened and opened my body and spirit, something wasn’t right.

 

I forced myself to do intense, athletic practices when I was on my cycle (and developed ovarian cysts and sporadic periods). I cultivated strength, flexibility, and focus, but turned a blind eye to my deeper wounds: low self-esteem, body dysmorphia and bulemia, co-dependency, and a host of other hidden traumas.

 

Only when I adopted a softer, more feminine and intuitive approach to yoga and meditation could I start to heal on a deeper level — and come home to a more feminine orientation to life.

 

Each year I discover new layers of healing. That’s why I can never teach the same training twice! My journey of self-discovery is life-long, and I will continue to share my insights along the way. 

 

Everyday I find new ways to honor my intuition so I can strengthen, heal, soften, and evolve. And while my practice draws from a wide variety of sources, it’s always uniquely suited to me. Non-linear, playful, sensual, badass, gengle, reverent, effective.

 

Along the way, I have travelled the world to study closely with some of the greatest spiritual teachers on the planet: Richard Freeman, Sofia Diaz, Sarah Powers, Miranda Macpherson, Jack Kornfield, Judith Hanson Lasater, Gary Kraftsow, and others. I have studied Kripalu, Ashtanga, Yin, Anusara, restorative, Iyengar, Viniyoga, and more. I assisted countless teacher trainings at Kripalu, learning how to create sacred retreat spaces. I learned women’s Ayurveda from Maya Tiwari and taught yoga to Shanti Mayi and her sangha in Rishikesh.

 

I’m also a Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) practitioner, assist IFS Level 1 trainings, and have also devoted myself to my own, deep psychological healing, Buddhist meditation, and women’s work for the past twenty years.

 

Eventually, I synthesized my own approach practice and began teaching it. I offered the world’s first women’s yoga teacher training, which I taught in Thailand, Hong Kong, Beijing, Dubai, the U.S., and Mexico.

 

And as my offerings expanded into The Way of the Happy Woman® retreats, yoga and meditation were always central to these experiences. Because the women’s yoga there was so unique, women would ask me afterward: where on earth can I get more of this yoga?? Yet I had nowhere to send them …

 

For the first time ever, I’m sharing this online, in the most accessible format yet. Over 4, 3-day weekends together, we’ll unpack the under-the-hood process and methodology of the yoga and meditation I’ve been so devoted to practicing and teaching for nearly 25 years. It’s different. It’s effective. It’s deeply enjoyable. And it will change your life.

 

To know my work is to know me. I can’t want to share this with you.

 

Love,

Sara 

 

Training Schedule

 

We’ll meet over Zoom for 4, 3-day weekends from roughly 8 am - 4 pm Pacific/ 11 am - 7 pm Eastern/ 3pm - 11 pm UTC each day.* 

Module 1: October 7-9, 2022

Module 2: November 11-13, 2022

Module 3: December 9-11, 2022

Module 4: January 20-22, 2023

 

We'll also meet for 4, 2-hour meetings in-between each live module.

During these meetings, we'll have Q & A with Sara, a discussion about one of the required texts, as well as some practice teaching or other experiential.  

Meeting 1: October 19, 2022; 12 - 2 pm MT

Meeting 2: November 30, 2022; 3 - 5 pm MT

Meeting 3: December 14, 2022; 3 - 5 pm MT

Meeting 4: January 11, 2023; 12 - 2 pm MT

 

* Participants are permitted to miss up to 3 training days (or 24 hours) and catch up with the recordings (whether or not you're getting certified). These days (and/or hours) will need to be pre-approved by Sara.

Each day will include a talk, guided yin and/or flow yoga sessions, seated & walking meditation practices, as well as interactive groups, discussion, and practice teaching time.

 

Study & Reading

 

There will be some asynchronous learning components in-between live modules.

These will include watching/practicing with pre-recorded videos, reading sections from the required texts, doing some practice teaching assignments, as well as a home yoga and meditation practice (anticipate about 5 hours a week of additional study, not including the time engaged in your home practice). There will also be quizzes and writing assignments at different points along the way. 

You'll receive a reading list with your acceptance into the training.

A digital training manual will be provided a few days before the training begins.

In order to receive the 200-hour certification for this course, you must attend all of the hours of the training (3 of those days, or 24 hours, can be done via the recordings if needed), complete the required assignments (including a final essay and practice teaching video) on time, and receive the instructor's approval.

If you don't want the 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification, you don't need to complete the homework assignments (but you will participate in the final practice teaching). You can let us know if your application whether or not you want the certification. 

 

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"This was more than just a yoga training, it was a deep dive into personal growth and professional development on numerous levels.

 

It is definitely worth the time and money, if you are looking to deepen your spiritual practice and widen your ability to hold space for other women as a yoga &/or meditation teacher."

 

Rajni Lerman; Hot Springs, S.D. 

Women’s Yin & Flow Yoga (Asana & Sequencing)

  • Explore flow (or “yang”) yoga postures to build stamina, strength, perseverance, fluidity, and steady grace.
  • Surrender into Yin postures to prepare the body for meditation, enliven joints, ligaments, and connective tissue, and cultivate receptivity, softness, patience, and letting go.
  • Learn to balance yin and flow styles: when to use each and how to weave them together
  • Partake in breathwork: ujjayi breath, pranayama, kumbhaka, nadi shodhana, and kapalabhati
  • Stimulate healing of organs and balance hormones through Chinese meridian theory and therapy (to support detox, stress, exhaustion, irregular menses, etc.)
  • Attend to female anatomy (physical and subtle): learn alignment, prompts, and adjustments for a woman’s physiology
  • Learn to tailor your practice and teaching for all of a woman’s lunar and life-cycles: how to teach for PMS, menses, pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause, and menopause.
  • Craft creative, engaging asana sequences, linking postures, breath work, intention, mindfulness, and more.

Emotional Maturity & Psychological Healing

  • Do the deep work needed to transform rigid discipline (or the “feast or famine” cycle) into healthy, discerning devotion
  • Cultivate the fluidity and steady grace that come from moving in synchronization with the breath
  • Abide in loving presence through unpleasant, pleasant, and neutral sensations and emotional, as well as situational, suffering
  • Strengthen equanimity, compassion, honesty, and peacefulness
  • Work with your patterns of perfectionism, judgment, criticism, doubt, self-sabotage, and more to become a stronger, more vulnerable teacher
  • Learn to draw insight from your own life and weave themes facing modern women into your classes (burnout, anxiety, depression, relationships, competitiveness, self-worth, body image issues, etc.)
  • Balance your energy output in the teacher/student relationship
  • Learn subtle and practical ways to inspire your students to express their highest potentials

Philosophical & Mental Training

  • Focus and deepen your awareness through mindfulness training, meditation, and visualization — with an emphasis on how to instruct others
  • Honor all parts of yourself through Internal Family Systems 
  • Learn women’s energy anatomy (chakras, nadis, bandhas) to support the subtle and etheric bodies
  • Learn Ayurvedic concepts and practices to help you and your students heal, balance, and harmonize with the seasons and one’s constitution
  • Integrate yogic and Chinese meridian theories in your teaching to support subtle body anatomy

Becoming a Healer & Creating Sacred Spaces

  • Practice meditation to sink into your intuition and integrate your experiences
  • Learn to create safe ritual spaces
  • Create sacred bookends to practices through intentions and dedications
  • Honor and cultivate your intuition through your practice
  • Regulate your nervous system and heal trauma stored in your body through your practice, and help other women do the same
  • Develop confidence, own your voice, and clarify your dharma (life purpose).

Is This Right for You?

 

This is an intimate, integrative teacher training and practice intensive. In the past, professors, midwives, coaches, psychotherapists, retirees, yoga teachers, corporate executives, astrologers, acupuncturists, and nutritionists from around the world, ranging in age from 25 to 70, have participated. 

While I strongly believe every woman can benefit from this training, it isn’t for every woman — and I’m not the teacher for every woman. (This is a beautiful thing to discern.)

The Way of the Happy Woman®: Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training will be wonderful for you if:

  • You have experience in yoga. This isn’t for beginners. If you have already completed a yoga teacher training, you will learn new things here and can accrue continuing education credits. If you're not sure if you have enough experience, we encourage you to register and fill out an application (if it seems you don't have enough experience, we'll let you know that.)

  • You have some experience with meditation — or are open to it. Many yoga teacher trainings skip the meditation component, but not this one. Mindfulness meditation will be our foundation.

  • You have read my books and are familiar with my work. You don’t need to have participated in a program with me before, but you are required to read my first book during the training: The Way of the Happy Woman.

  • You are open to vulnerable depth work. Shadow work, emotional maturity, and Internal Family Systems are essential to practicing and teaching this form of women’s yoga & meditation.

  • You feel called to work with women. This is a yoga & meditation teacher training by women, for women, with women. While you don’t need to want to exclusively teach women afterwards, it’s important that you find some value in women-centric, feminine practice, if only in your own life.

  • You're curious, creative & committed. Women of all different ages–from recent college graduates to grandmothers– attend these trainings. Maybe you're a coach, psychotherapist, nutritionist, teacher, executive, retiree, midwife, stay-at-home mom, artist, or something else. You will feel at home here! 

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"Positive, seamless, and nurturing. This training provided the perfect container to refresh my practice/teaching and inspire in a community of wonderful women during these intense times globally and domestically.

 

Sara weaves yoga and other traditions together in a way that is honoring, grounded and potent but also oriented towards the Feminine."

 

Reise Eiseman-Sanchez Tanner; Berkeley, CA 

About Sara Avant Stover

 

Sara Avant Stover is a bestselling author, teacher of feminine spirituality, yoga and meditation instructor, and Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) Practitioner.

After a cancer scare upon graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Columbia University’s all-women’s Barnard College, Sara moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand– where she lived and worked for a decade and went on to become a leading yoga instructor in Southeast Asia.

Sara created the world's first Women's Yoga Teacher Training over ten years ago and taught her first Yoga Alliance 200-hour training in 2006. Sara now leads retreats and workshops both internationally and online– including at centers like 1440 Multiversity, Kripalu, and Shambhala Mountain Center. For the past two decades, her work has uplifted the lives of tens of thousands of women worldwide. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, the Huffington Post, Newsweek, and Natural Health, and on ABC, NBC, and CBS and she lives in Boulder, CO.

Your Investment

 

Before the pandemic, tuition for the in-person version of training (which only offered 80 hours of Yoga Alliance accreditation) was between $3000-$4000, plus airfare and travel expenses. 

Because this is offered online for now, I’m able to share it at a much lower price point. 

 

FULL TUITION

 

 The full tuition for this 5-month training is $2,250.

* A limited number of need-based partial scholarships are available when you apply here. 

  

PAYMENT PLANS

 

There's a payment plan of $625/mo for 4 months.

 

Registration opens again on September 12

 

Our Early Registration period has ended, and Regular Registration opens again between September 12 -22.

If you'd like to enroll before then, please email us at [email protected]

 

Become your own Medicine Woman.

 

I don’t know best. Your inner wisdom does.
 
You’ll get more deeply in touch with your own, unique and sacred medicine through this integrative practice intensive.
 
So you confidently use your voice and share your gifts.
 
And inspire other women through your life and teaching.
 

What to Expect

 

  • Rekindle your passion, playfulness, creativity, joy, and love for meditation & yoga.
  • Develop a daily practice that best supports your body, lifestyle, and temperament.
  • Stop running roughshod over your feminine anatomy, heart, needs, and spirit … and learn to practice and teach yoga in a way that best supports women’s embodied awakening.
  • Transform those inner voices of criticism, judgment, perfectionism, and self-doubt into revitalizing allies along your path.
  • Find your voice as a teacher. (This only happens when you turn within and deepen your practice.)
  • Set clear, compassionate boundaries in your life, and with your students. Keep your heart open … while protecting your limits.
  • Discover how to inspire others even when you’re not a shiny-happy-perfect person, all the time. (This is actually a good thing!)
  • Bring more vibrancy, creativity, and depth to your teaching.
  • Manage your energy and learn how to teach when you’re spun out, exhausted, and running on fumes.
  • Experience a more feminine approach to meditation.
  • Learn to discern the best practice for you: when to push through resistance, when to ease up, and how to support other women in finding their own right balance.
  • Celebrate the relational, interpersonal aspects of waking up as a woman through kindred, supportive, non-catty sisterhood.
  • Drop deeply into your inner wisdom … and let it guide the way.
  • Strengthen your focus and confidence as a teacher.

 

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"Sara is a brilliant speaker and gifted yoga teacher. Her diverse background and extensive knowledge of Buddhism, yogic philosophy and principles, meditation, pranayama, Taoism, and Internal Family Systems really augment the experience of yoga teacher training.

 

Her approach is clearly based on decades of personal practice and development. She and her team have developed a wonderful alternative to in-person training that is no less enriching while still allowing for live, community connection."

 

Bethany Youngblood; Missoula, MT

Frequently Asked Questions

An unconventional teacher training and practice intensive… for rebellious & reverent women.

 

Don’t just learn new things. Unlearn patriarchal dogma and remember a radically different way: feminine, relational, intuitive. From the bottom up and the inside out.

I’ve taught and attended plenty of yoga teacher trainings and most are gorged with information yet starved for genuine insight.

But I want you to return to your life after each of our training weekends restored, refreshed, revitalized, and aflame.

That’s why The Way of the Happy Woman: Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training is completely different.

It’s intimate. It’s restorative. It’s meditative.

Together, we’ll open to everything women’s yoga and meditation can offer.

Through deep practice, community, and an integrated methodology.

For ourselves … for each other … and in service to the world.

 

Meet Our Training Assistant 

 

Zina Mercil is an LPC body-oriented psychotherapist, Director of Coaching at Mindful.org, long-time yoga student and teacher, meditator, speaker, trainer, consultant, and performer.

She's been studying with and assisting Sara for the past decade (and assisted the online version of this training in 2021 as well).

Being of service, as well as being part of women's communities, are two of her greatest passions. She looks forward to supporting all the women in this year's training! 

What Women Are Saying About Sara's  Trainings:

Wendi Rosenstock, U.S.A. 

"I have felt a real sense of inclusion from everyone in this program...I noticed myself looking forward to spending the weekends with everyone and learning as much as I could."

 

If you are going to do a 200-hour training, this program feels more intimate and specialized. 

I felt that I have gained so much more than just the broad strokes, and, thus, it is so so much more and so enriching.

I feel like the biggest change I have made is that I really have realized to follow my gut and my path wherever that may be.  It is always going to have challenges and obstacles but that doesn’t matter because it’s part of the journey and this program has taught me to never give up and keep moving through. Whatever is there I can navigate.

 

Bethany Youngblood, U.S.A. 

"Sara is a brilliant speaker and gifted yoga teacher. Her diverse background and extensive knowledge of Buddhism, yogic philosophy and principles, meditation, pranayama, Taoism, and Internal Family Systems really augment the experience of yoga teacher training.

Her approach is clearly based on decades of personal practice and development. She and her team have developed a wonderful alternative to in-person training that is no less enriching while still allowing for live, community connection.

 

Zina Mercil, U.S.A. 

"Nurturing and nourishing. This has reminded me of the unique gifts of learning in a women’s community." 

Something rare and special happens here in community. Collaboration, and self-honoring… and for teaching yoga too!

This is a heartfelt program offering a balance of direct skills, intuitive guidance, self-growth, and women’s community.

 

This is a rare and special combination that opens the door for deeper and more purposeful learning, courage, and support.

 

Paige Redman, U.S.A.

"This experience has been deeply nourishing, informative, and connecting. Sara's capacity to take these deep wisdom traditions and weave them together from the feminine perspective was exactly what I was looking for. So many layers coming together to allow for growth and expansion."

 

Sara is a lovely guide with so much personal experience and depth. Her expertise shines through her years of personal practice and transformation and is very relatable. 

I now feel a deeper sense of knowing and direction for my own spiritual path. The biggest change is my softening into the feminine spiritual path, as I, too, learned from the masculine perspective for many many years. It was like coming home to what I have known and felt all along. 

Kathleen Browning, U.S.A. 

"This experience has been life-changing. My personal home yoga practice has grown and tremendously improved, I am now able to meditate regularly after years of trying, and my viewpoint on life has shifted from all of the knowledge and wisdom gained from this training."

 

I felt like taking this training over zoom was seamless. I expected there to be technical issues and zoom fatigue. I did not experience that. I was impressed with how effectively the training was delivered over zoom.

 

Training with Sara was transformative for my personal growth. She is insightful, attentive, brilliant, and healing. I will carry this sacred experience with me forever. I am sure the teachings from Women's Yoga Teacher Training will continue to unfold in my practice. Sara is able to curate the perfect training container with her wisdom, curriculum, and leadership.

Reise Eiseman-Sanchez Tanner, U.S.A.

"Positive, seamless, and nurturing. This training provided the perfect container to refresh my practice/teaching and inspire in a community of wonderful women during these intense times globally and domestically."

 

Sara weaves yoga and other traditions together in a way that is honoring, grounded and potent but also oriented towards the Feminine.

It’s a wonderful introduction or refresher on the Feminine aspects of spiritual practice without being airy fairy. Provides a sound foundation in women’s yoga and meditation.

I also feel more patient, self-accepting, and confident in the skills, knowledge, and intention within.

 

Deb Dawson-Dunn, Canada

"Sara’s program offers a guide back to yourself along with expanding your knowledge, skills, and experience."

 

I have learned more about myself and have been able to let go of some beliefs and habits that are no longer useful for me.

Taking the time to explore your connection to your wisdom is the most valuable action you can take in your journey of personal and spiritual growth.

You will grow in ways you never expected and will be delightfully surprised at who you become as a result of working with Sara.

 

Bethany Youngblood, U.S.A.

"Having the support of the amazing community of women, some of whom share similar backgrounds and struggles, has been a balm to my soul."

 

Sara is a brilliant speaker and gifted yoga teacher. Her diverse background and extensive knowledge of Buddhism, yogic philosophy and principles, meditation, pranayama, Taoism, and Internal Family Systems really augment the experience of yoga teacher training.

Her approach is clearly based on decades of personal practice and development. She and her team have developed a wonderful alternative to in-person training that is no less enriching while still allowing for live, community connection.

 

You will be transformed, and you will gain a community of soul sisters to support you on your path. I learned to love, value, and listen to all parts of myself: the light and the dark.

 

Rajni Lerman, U.S.A.

"This was more than just a yoga training, it was a deep dive into personal growth and professional development on numerous levels."

 

I really appreciated the numerous tools offered throughout the training: readings, lectures, practices, group sharings, practice teachings etc... the variety of different tools offered helped me integrate the teachings more deeply.

It is definitely worth the time and money. If you are looking to deepen your spiritual practice and widen your ability to hold space for other women as a yoga &/or meditation teacher. 

Sara is a thoughtful, caring, and professional guide, creating a safe space for women to heal and grow.  I especially appreciated the wide variety of tools and experiences that were offered to touch on several styles of learning. All of it together helped me to integrate the teachings at a very deep level.

 

Ann Scheerer, U.S.A.

“If you want to deepen your inner knowing and grow into a more wise and sacred woman, join this supportive container.”

 

The focus on women, the divine feminine, and creating contemplative practices honoring the cycles of life gave new meaning to how I will live the rest of my life. All of the wisdom practices and teachings Sara chose to include in this course were excellent and helped me feel more deeply into my divine feminine inner wisdom.

I have learned to be more comfortable with being vulnerable, and putting myself out there in a group especially when it comes to expressing feelings.

I tend to get so in my head and worry about what other people think of me (fear of ridicule, judgment) that I self-sabotage. I struggle to communicate authentically from my heart.

Being with Sara, the lovely PAs, and other women has helped me feel more comfortable with being vulnerable and letting go of my fear of being laughed at or not taken seriously.

We all have a bright light to shine into the world, so take advantage of this one precious human life.

 

Cynthia McGrath, U.S.A.

"This was 1,000% better than the other online yoga certification that I took in the first half of 2021.

I have deepened my practice beyond my wildest dreams!! 

This has been a profoundly meaningful journey for me into yoga, spirituality, and meditation for women."

 

Sara creates a beautiful and sacred space for connecting to one’s body, heart, and mind and, most importantly, to the women in the group.

Her integrity in the online yoga teacher training space is second to none. 

There were many times that I felt extended beyond my comfort zone, and this was the safest place to be uncomfortable, held, and allowed to learn at my own pace. 

The women who are drawn to Sara’s teaching community are amazing, welcoming, and accepting, and the inclusion of the IFS component adds an essential element to one’s deeper spiritual and psychological growth.

 

 

Jenn Cormier, U.S.A.

"This Women's YTT is a deep dive into the wisdom of your inner self, woven with ancient teachings. A safe space to move with and be with exactly where you are on your path and in your life.  Accessible to women just starting to teach as well as experts in their field and seasoned yoga teachers to deepen their practice, facilitation capacity, and spiritual wisdom."

This course has been a grounding pad - a stake in the ground for me investing myself, dedicating myself back to my embodied personal spiritual practice.

I need to keep returning, keep deepening, for my own walk as well as to be able to hold the space for grief for the clients who now work with me. 

Not only did I receive this space/time to re-commit and be reinspired, I was able to take some threads and share them directly in my work (yin practice, some meditations/visualizations).

I remembered how much of what I teach is rooted in your teachings as I circled back to you Sara, AND was so grateful to watch your skillful and so well-planned layout of the weekends and facilitation. 

Erika Nillo, U.S.A.

"Rewarding!"

 

Networking with folks during and after has been a huge support to my life both in the training and in my own personal growth.

The tools and practices that have been incorporated into my life feel enriching. I have gone inward in new ways during this journey.

This personal growth has enriched my relationships with my family and I have gained in tremendous ways through this experience.

My personal voice has been more defined and for the first time in my life, I trust the inner wisdom that comes through me.

 

Jadi Engels, U.S.A.

"This experience, like all of the interactions I’ve had with Sara and her teachings, has been deep, rich, and full. It was also delivered seamlessly and with obvious great care and intention. It was very well balanced between learning the nuts and bolts of teaching a women’s yoga class and also deepening into one’s own personal and spiritual experience of femininity."

 

This program IS both a yoga training and a women’s spirituality training/experience. It is deep, thorough, and transformative.

It will not allow you to hide from any aspect of yourself, but in turn, will teach you how to hold loving space for yourself, and as an extension, others. It will ask you to step up as a leader, but not in an aggressive or pushy way. It will teach you asana, pranayama, meditation, and how to instruct each, but dives much deeper into embodiment, and how the physical and psychological experience of being are intricately intertwined.  

As context, I already have a 200 hr certification and have almost completed a 300 hr advanced TT coming into this training.

I have been teaching pretty regularly for the past 10 years in studios, private, and virtually.

What called me into this training was the opportunity to transform from the inside out, and let the way I teach and lead be an extension of that.

That softening, opening, and allowing are actually a deeply confronting practice in this society, and I feel, they must be integrated in order to teach classes that offer this. I appreciate the depth of understanding that was offered behind each practice - nothing was just “thrown in”. It all felt like it had great intention and was woven together masterfully.

I had become a bit “blah” in both my personal and professional practice of yoga and it feels like this lit a spark that I will continue to show up for.

Jill Taylor, U.S.A.

"I felt this program was very well organized and professional!"

 

I felt there was a nice space between the weekend trainings, giving us enough time to study, practice, and integrate!  

Being in a circle with other women, even in this format, is so beneficial and rewarding as it creates nice relationships, a supportive community, and ways to bond.

There's also a nice balance of yoga, Buddhist philosophy, and teaching of energy from both Chinese medicine (meridians) and India (prana), as well as specific ways to support women's cyclical nature. Very unique in the yoga industry!

 

Jennifer Racioppi, U.S.A. 

"This was a deep gift to my soul."

Sara brings forth years and years of dedicated and devoted practice that’s invaluable to the female practitioner. It’s a blend of rigor and joy. A not-to-be-missed experience!"

This experience has been incredibly rejuvenating and deeply expansive for my practice. I loved the emphasis on meditation. There are so many trainings out there and, in my experience, most of them downplay the meditation piece. So glad that was so strong here.

Now, I’m rewriting the script of how I practice, learning how to seduce my practice rather than force my practice. Thank you for making this program above the board available and FUN! 

Michelle Long, U.S.A.  

"This experience has been like coming home."

As someone who leads women’s yoga classes, I realized how alone I have felt in the yoga world. Finding a spiritual community doing yoga and practicing feminine spirituality made me realize I am not alone and gave me strength to keep getting louder about the work I do.

As a busy mom and business owner, I don’t get much silence or space to be quiet on my own. The built-in essential silence felt like heaven to me and helped me hear my true voice for the first time in a long time. I really got that I am my own authority. I don’t need a guru or a masculine lineage of yoga to deepen into myself. You have inspired me to keep getting louder about my work and to seek out more women’s yoga teachers/leaders in my community.

Mariana Morales, Mexico

"It has been a deep and beautiful journey into the depths of my mind and soul through yoga, silence, and stillness."

Thank you, Sara, for your loving support, and for the structure and the love and honesty you put into your work. Infinite gratitude for this training!

 

Hannah Reuter, Germany

"I would definitely do this again!"

This was a great experience to practice with so many beautiful women. I had many insights during my time here and appreciate the safe atmosphere of our sisterhood circle.

There is a good balance between time together and time on your own, for reflecting on your experiences. The teachings Sara is offering are super helpful and full of feminine wisdom. It helps you to calm down and connect to your inner voice and listen to your intuition. I didn’t know why I am here. I just followed my inner voice who was telling me to do this retreat. Now I know that I had to come here to find the life that I really want to life and find my voice as a woman in our society. Thank you for everything! I’m glad to be a part of this circle.

 

Kate Willink, U.S.A. 

"This teacher training provided a deepening into yoga practice and teaching in a lineage informed by women’s wisdom."

I walk away deeply changed in relationship to my path as a leader, as a yogini, and as a yoga teacher. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to learn, share, and grow in the company of wise and powerful women.

This is a deeply nourishing, recharging experience while also being rigorous and disciplined. You will stretch, grow, and bloom in ways you can’t even imagine. I dropped into my own feminine wisdom and a connection with the Divine Feminine in profoundly transformative ways. Deep gratitude for this enlivening, empowering, and stretching opportunity.

 

Brandy Martin, U.S.A.

"This is amazing and life-changing!"

If you have a desire to wake up to the life you were meant to live and need guidance on how to do that, this is for you. I love the mix of yoga and meditation– beautiful!

It has been rejuvenating, informative, and inspiring. I felt held in all ways emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I feel inspired and confident that weaving these practices in my life is not only personally, but professionally, is crucial for my spiritual growth. I feel more in touch with my power as a female.

 

Rebecca Wissman, Sweden

"It’s been a great reset to get to know myself on a deeper level."

I’m really charged up with lots of tools, techniques, and resources for living a more SHE-centered life. I got to know deeper parts of myself.

This is a way to discover hidden parts of yourself, to transform and deepen. It’s such a great way to start over. I’ve fallen in love with yoga again and have embraced my sensuality.

 

Julia Berryman, U.S.A.

"This has been a beautiful experience of not only deepening my yoga practice but feeling truly empowered to be creative in my yoga practice while tuning into my body/mind/emotion/spirit's needs."

I loved doing this retreat amongst such an amazing group of women. It was such a nurturing and inspiring environment to not only learn many of Sara’s insightful teachings but also to dive within. After this retreat, I feel refreshed and revitalized and also brimming with new tools and insights. While participating in Sara’s online programs is both educational and powerful, I must say that receiving Sara’s teachings in person, living out the practices throughout the week, and experiencing this community of women has helped me directly embody these teachings in my life.

 

Belinda Gross, Australia

"This experience has provided a structure for me to see myself more clearly."

I have compassion for myself and feel save to love and learn deeply about my needs. I find learning in circle to be doubly powerful. Often what I can’t quite articulate myself I hear spoken by another woman.

This is such a rich place of learning about our own feminine natures– our own particular and unique flavors– in the safety and holding of a women’s practice community. I have deepened my understanding of my needs. As a result of this, I’m taking myself and my practice seriously.

 

Mallory Griffiths, U.S.A.

"This was not only a teacher training but also an opportunity to dive deeply into myself."

I felt the exhale that I have been longing for and the permission to just be me.

I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training before, but with so many “rules.” I always felt intimidated that I would “mess up” while teaching others. I now feel more empowered to go out and serve simply as myself and support women to also trust herself/themselves. Sara creates a very nurturing environment and safe space to rest, but also truly integrates her teachings.I was able to shed some armor and relax back into myself. This training was a gentle nudge to push me to really embody my dreams and give me the confidence to teach in a more feminine way. The biggest result I’ve experienced is acceptance of myself and situations. My life is OK! Mostly a change of perception for me. I am who I am, and while I strove to grow and continue to evolve, I don’t need to change who I am at my core. My voice matters. I just need to use that voice and speak up for my SHE more. I am not a victim and what I have to offer the world is beautiful. 

Courtney Leestma, U.S.A.

"This experience is something I will remember for the rest of my life."

I’ve felt that this training has been a cocoon for deep, inner reflection and silence, and I’m emerging with new insights, compassion for myself, and a sense of community with my fellow sisters.

It really is a container for deep connection– with yourself and with other women. Sara and team have created a thoughtful and meaningful balance of silence and sharing, of alone time and communal time. It has been amazing! I thought everything was very thoughtfully and meaningfully prepared– the schedule, flow of the week, and content. The location is beautiful and really supported the entire experience!

 

Wendy Dowling, Holland

"This is a place to deeply connect with myself, to contact the truth and wisdom that live within me, and to gain the tools to work with my mind, body, heart, and soul."

For women, it is so essential to have the time to retreat, to connect with our bodies, our wisdom, and our feminine essence.

 

Kerri Neild, Canada

"This has been a deeply moving and powerful experience."

Sara provides a stable and grounded container, rich in wisdom that creates a feeling of safety while exploring deep inner “material.”

This program has taken all the guesswork out of home practice, giving a real, relatable structure, while honoring each woman’s intuition and ability to lead their own practice in a way that truly honors her body, heart, mind, and spirit.

 

Jobie Lay, U.S.A.

"This experience has been a respite from everyday life and a sacred container to foster growth and insight."

Challenging, edgy, and transformative, I feel inspired to take much better care of myself. Plus, my daily practice has been strengthened, stretched, and rekindled.

This is spiritual work that demands a community of women to hold and support you. Even the most seasoned of practitioners cannot do this work alone and expect the immense benefits of being in a community. This training has rekindled my love and excitement for this work. Working with my resistance (instead of fighting against it), has been the most transformative thing for me. Don’t assume that just because you’ve done something like this that it will all be the same. I receive something different every time I work with Sara.

 

Julia Forberg, U.S.A.

"It was just the right amount of challenge and stretching my edges, with lots of time for integration and contemplation."

I feel nurtured and supported. I have reconnected with what matters most to me, and have learned to truly listen to and honor myself. My life will never be the same again. Thank you, Sara. Your work has profoundly changed my life! I was an absolute YES to this program from the start….if you are too, just do it. Your resistance and fear will be lovingly held here.

 

Lisa Brown, Canada

"As a woman approaching menopause, this experience has been a profound initiation into true feminine power. It has been invaluable training as I head into the second half of my life!"

This program, in all aspects, was outstanding. I feel a re-connection to my own life force. I have a more inspired and vibrant image of what my life will be like. It caused me to challenge many of my own limiting beliefs about what it means to age.

 

Marisa Marolda, Switzerland

"If you have been longing to feel whole and home, and if you are ready to face and embrace your fears, this will do the trick!"

Sara has the wonderful gift to lead us– a group of women– through the tides, waves, and storms, but also the calm sees of our existence. All of these are stored in our own bodies.

 

Beth Gillespie, U.S.A. 

"This has been one of the most challenging experiences of recent years…and yet one of the most rewarding."

Sara provided a safe container to let go of old stories, go to the edge, dive deep, and discover my SHE. This retreat offered me the opportunity to completely disconnect from the day-to-day grind and from technology– an invaluable gift. Sara’s guidance the energy of the other women present was something I will never forget.

 

Roberta Dittoe, U.S.A.

"An amazing journey! To meet myself…in the company of sisterhood!"

It is an investment to enrich the soul, uplift the heart, and awaken the body, mind and spirit.

 

Francesca Cevero, U.S.A.

"You must do it! It is your sacred duty."

I am walking away with a sense of joy I didn’t think was possible. I LOVED all the sessions. The clarity, strength, and safety of the container Sara created and held for us cannot be described in words. It allowed me to dig deeply into the inner work that I didn’t even know needed to be done. This time has been a gift to myself and everyone else in my life.

 

Michelle Neyers, U.S.A.

"This was a true game-changer for me and exactly what I needed at this time in my life."

Every teaching was perfect and I felt fully supported the entire time.

 

Claire Edwards, Hong Kong

"Be prepared for the journey of your life!"

I have softened. I have become more playful. I am not going to take myself too seriously!

 

Jenny Kenlon, U.S.A.

"I can hear and feel myself, for the first time, as an adult."

Every part of me is awake and my heart is beating loudly…I am alive. I am here. I am alive!

 

Sylvia Chuah, Hong Kong

"I found my vulnerability and softness, which enable me to be more open and loving, yet also fun and light-hearted."

 

Sonja Carey, U.S.A.

"Transformative, empowering, clarifying, energizing, heart-opening…."

I feel this experience has helped me locate and access parts of myself (dark & light) that have been obscured or overlooked. I have brought them to the surface not, to be seen, felt, and healed.

 

Mandi Dean, U.S.A.

"Liberating for the spirit and nourishment for the soul!"

If there is any part of this retreat information that awakens the smallest bit of curiosity, listen to that voice and honor it. This has brought me a huge sense of satisfaction and joy. I’m letting go of what does not serve my SHE.

 

Brigitte Amsberg, U.S.A.

"This was exactly what I needed to take the next best steps in my inner and outer life." 

 

Faith Davis, U.S.A.

"This is the antidote to a common teacher training."

This has been deeply nourishing. A powerful reminder of how to be and to breathe new appreciation and acceptance into all parts of my life.

It’s more of a retreat than a teacher training. This is for you whether you need to spark your personal practice or want to share the power of an intuitive feminine practice with women in your community. I’ve been brought home to my true nature and received wisdom reminders of how to continue to find my way home.

 

Janet McCarthy, U.S.A.

"Eye-opening and insightful. Every woman owes it to herself to experience a retreat such as this. It is something I will encourage my daughter to attend."

This training gave me the opportunity to step out of my daily routine to take the time to honor just how far I have come. I now recognize how much I enjoy the support and love of like-minded women. The earlier in life that a woman gets these tools, the better equipped she is. Life happens.
It's how we respond to it that matters.

Melissa Eastwood, Australia

"If you hear the calling, even if it is a whisper– GO. Uplifting and transformational."

This training has re-ignited my passion to the deep wisdom and transformative power of yoga & meditation. It provided an amazing deep dive into the divine feminine. It has helped to provide the next step to my service.

 

Ready for a Recap? 

 

What:

The Way of the Happy Woman: Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training is an online, 200-hour Yoga Alliance accredited immersion for women led by Sara Avant Stover.

When:

The teacher training takes place over 4, 3-day weekends, from approximately 8 am - 4 pm Pacific/ 11 am - 7 pm Eastern/3 pm -11 pm UTC:

Module 1: October 7-9, 2022

Module 2: November 11-13, 2022

Module 3: December 9-11, 2022

Module 4: January 20-22, 2023

 

We'll also meet for 4, 2-hour meetings in-between each live module.

Meeting 1: October 19, 2022; 12 - 2 pm MT

Meeting 2: November 30, 2022; 3 - 5 pm MT

Meeting 3: December 14, 2022; 3 - 5 pm MT

Meeting 4: January 11, 2023; 12 - 2 pm MT

 

 Regular registration opens on September 12 and ends on September 22. 

 

Where:

The comfort of your own home, online via Zoom.

Who:

For women with yoga experience and an openness to meditation and inner work. For women interested in deepening their own practice of yoga and meditation, women’s work, and emotional maturity. For yoga teachers and women interested in working with women — or simply in better understanding themselves as women. For women interested in taking Sara's Level 2 Teacher Training in 2023. 

How much:

$2250, with a 4-part payment plan of $625/mo. 

* A limited number of need-based, partial scholarships are available when you apply here. 

Why:

Because your inner wisdom is whispering, singing, or shouting at you, YES. Because your practice needs a boost and deserves a deep dive. Because you are ready to empower and inspire other women.

 

Enroll

We can't wait to welcome you home.