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Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program

Forrest Yoga Guardian Teacher: Heidi Sormaz
Denise Hopkins, Forrest Yoga Guardian in Training

This program is open to individuals who have completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training Course.

This program includes two 4-day workshops, four bridge calls, and 9 months of ongoing support with certification and community interaction.

The 4-day workshops include morning practice (meditation, chanting and ceremony), instruction in hands-on assisting, sequencing, practice teaching and receiving teaching feedback, level 1 ceremony and process work.

Why the FY Mentorship Program?

* Continue to Develop Forrest Yoga Teaching Skill: Technical and Emotional
* Increase Hands-on Assisting Skills
* Maintain Community with other Forrest Yoga Teachers
* Structured Guidance and Support Through the Certification Process
* Fulfills Requirement for Forrest Yoga Level 3 Certification

Heidi Sormaz Forrest YogaGuardian Teacher: Heidi Sormaz, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, is the owner and director of Fresh Yoga studios in New Haven. She has studied Yoga for over 20 years and taught for 16. A Level 5 Certified Forrest Yoga teacher and Forrest Yoga Guardian Teacher, Heidi teaches the Forrest Yoga 200-HR and Advanced Teacher Trainings. She has taught at Esalan, Kirpalu and many other national venues. In 2008, Yoga Journal named Heidi one of their "Next Generation of Yoga Teachers." To read article click here! Ana chose Heidi Sormaz and Catherine Allen as the 1st Forrest Yoga Mentors to teach the Forrest Yoga Foundation and Advanced Teacher Trainings. In 2013, The Great Course selected Heidi to develop their 1st ever course on Yoga and Health.

Denise HopkinsDenise Hopkins, E-RYT 500, Forrest Yoga Guardian in Training began her yoga journey after working for 13 years in the NYC fashion industry. Yoga became her saving grace to the competitive nature of the business. After searching for a teacher training in the city, she decided to take the Forrest Yoga training based on gut instinct. It was life changing. She completed her training with founder Ana Forrest in 2005 and currently assists Ana nationally at workshops and teacher trainings. Through FY, Denise learned the skills she needed to let go of old behavior patterns which set her up for being “walked on”. She found an inner strength which birthed new confidence, passion, and lots of feeling. In 2010 Denise partnered up with Kate Lubensky to create Yoga for Breast Cancer, a DVD created to address the needs of breast cancer battlers and survivors. It was so well received that they recently produced two more DVD’s entitled Gentle Yoga for Cancer and Yoga for Heart Health. Denise draws from her strong sense of intuition and passion for hands-on healing. She has a knack for reading the energy of students and responding to what they need. Denise’s way of instructing is direct, clear, and inspiring. It is her desire that every student feels seen and understood. She also incorporates her work with Cranial Sacral Therapy into her hands-on assists and private sessions.

Location, Dates, Requirements

New Haven, CT
Venue is Fresh Yoga, Erector Square Location

2018 Round
April 12 - 15, 2018
September 13 - 16, 2018
Minimum number of participants required is 8

Pre-registration for the 2018 round is required by:
March 12th, 2018

Register now at the Fresh Yoga MINDBODY Store (click on "teacher training").


Registration Fees and Structure:
$1950 plus CT state tax
$1800 plus CT state tax if signed up prior to February 12th, 2018 (Cancellation prior to 2 weeks before the 1st workshop, you will be refunded less a $100 processing fee).
There are no refunds after a round has begun.
If the event is cancelled due to the minimum number of people not being met, you will be refunded in full.

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