200 & 300 Hour Teacher Training Course Overview 

Melissa is currently on the faculty of several teacher training programs across the United States.

She also runs her own Yoga school – Lotus in the Flame School of Yoga. 

 
 
 
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200 Hour Course Overview

Lotus in the Flame's 200 hour yoga teacher training course provides the highest level of creative and progressive Yoga education in the field today. The intention is not to teach one particular "style" of Yoga but to set each person on a path of embodying Yoga, and living it daily. Only in this way can we truly create a force of inspired change both in our own lives and in that of others. As many teacher training programs focus primarily on asana, this training program additionally teaches a full spectrum of traditional HaTha Yoga practices - integrating the philosophies of the main paths of Yoga, the Heart of Yoga - Bhakti, Raja, Karma, Jnana and Tantra. We will study traditional texts, as well as ground these philosophies within the physical ~ energetic body as they are expressed within the eight limbs of Yoga as outlined by Sri Patanjali. This is a comprehensive program in giving the students a very practical yet diverse exposure to the history, lineages and modern developments within the world of Yoga today.

 

Format

The format is structured in a way that provides flexibility for those students that are working professionals and cannot take a month, or more, off to study yoga intensively. This format is structured in a four part series with several months between modules. During the time between trainings you will have your own personal sadhana practice as well as structured assignments to fulfill your non-contact and practicum hours necessary for certification. In this way, the art and practice of living yoga in your everyday life becomes more integrated. Each of the four modules have a different focus and intention.

 

Application and Certification

Although it is suggested that you have a minimum of 2-3 years of Yoga practice in order to apply, we will review all applicants with sincere interest. There is a $54 application and processing fee, which once accepted into the program is applied to the entire tuition balance. In each module you will accrue approximately 40 hours, additionally 9-12 hours at each weekend intensive. The remaining hours are fulfilled with outside assignments. You must complete all four modules, a comprehensive final exam, and all projects outside of our meeting times to receive certification at the 200 hour level.

 

Cost

The total course fee is $3,000 early Registration, and $3,300 regular registration. Each module includes all coursework, the course manual, and all class time materials. You can arrange a payment plan with the school to spread out your payments over time - credit cards, checks and cash accepted.

 

Schedule

Currently no new programs are scheduled.

 

Faculty

Melissa Spamer, M.A., ERYT500, C.Ay, LMT

Lead faculty and director of Lotus in the Flame School of Yoga and Healing Arts. Melissa has been practicing Yoga for twenty three years. She completed her first certification to teach Yoga in 1997, and has been consistently teaching Yoga for eighteen years. She has completed more then six 200-500 hour teacher trainings since then. In 2005, Melissa completed a 500 hour teaching certification with the International Yoga College, specializing in Yoga and Conflict Transformation, under the guidance of Rama Jyoti Vernon. Her approach to Yoga is very organic and weaves together a rich tapestry of inspired teachings from such celebrated teachers as Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Shiva Rea, Kali Ray and the students of Desikachar. She feels incredibly blessed to be carrying the light of Yoga beside so many radiant beings in this great ocean of Awakening.

Melissa is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute, having completed more than 1200 hours of clinical study, and many more hours in private practice around the world. She has studied with Dr. Vasant Lad, Swamini Mayatitananda, Sonia Masocco, Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svobodha. Melissa offers Ayurvedic consultations, treatments and workshops. She integrates Ayurvedic principles into her teaching of Hatha Yoga. Melissa is a certified massage therapist and credits the majority of her knowledge of the energetic and physical body to more then sixteen years of hands on healing around the globe. She holds a graduate certificate in Holistic Health Care from Western Michigan University, with an emphasis in expressive arts therapy, and in 2013 was named alumni of the year. She has co-facilitated groups and retreats incorporating a full range of therapeutic processes to help unveil the truth of the soul’s yearning for engagement. She has recently completed her Master's degree in counseling psychology, with an emphasis in somatics and neurobiology, at Southwestern College.

Lead faculty and director of Lotus in the Flame School of Yoga and Healing Arts. Melissa has been practicing Yoga for twenty three years. She completed her first certification to teach Yoga in 1997, and has been consistently teaching Yoga for eighteen years. She has completed more then six 200-500 hour teacher trainings since then. In 2005, Melissa completed a 500 hour teaching certification with the International Yoga College, specializing in Yoga and Conflict Transformation, under the guidance of Rama Jyoti Vernon. Her approach to Yoga is very organic and weaves together a rich tapestry of inspired teachings from such celebrated teachers as Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Shiva Rea, Kali Ray and the students of Desikachar. She feels incredibly blessed to be carrying the light of Yoga beside so many radiant beings in this great ocean of Awakening.

Cynthia Hoss ERYT500, LMT, AYS

 

Cynthia holds certifcations in Advanced Kripalu Yoga, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy,Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist trained by the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. Cynthia has been studying and teaching yoga for over 15 years, and she co-founded and directed Awake and Aware, a Yoga and bodywork studio for ten years. Cynthia's teaching style and bodywork practices focus on taking you to your inner wisdom by opening the flow of energy to enhance health, vitality, and balance. Cynthia's intuition and strong multidisciplinary background in holistic health add a rich flavor to all of her offerings. 

 

Kristin Fiore, E-RYT 200

Kristin is the owner and managing director of Down Dog Yoga Center and is registered through Yoga Alliance at the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher level, distinguishing herself with significant teaching experience since completing her teacher certification in 2009.  Kristin trained at 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, AZ in a unique and intensive immersion program that combines a teacher training program and healing spiritual retreat with the study of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Vedic Astrology in an ashram inspired setting.  She returned to Sedona in 2010 to further her studies, reconnecting to her teachers and completing a month long Ayurvedic apprenticeship. 

Kristin's teaching is influenced by her many wonderful teachers including Sraddhasagar (Ruth Hartung), Melissa Spamer, Rama Joyti Vernon, Mitchel Bleier, Kirsten Lyon, and life itself.  She teaches a blend of styles including traditional hatha yoga and vinyasa flow, and is now exploring the Bowspring Practice. Kristin has also diversified her practice by studying Vipassana Meditation at the Dhamma Pakasa Center in Illinois and completing a 6 month Thai Massage Diploma Program with Paul Fowler of Blue Lotus Thai Healing Studies. Kristin continues to find joy and connection through her own practice and studies and is passionate about sharing yoga with others.  

Amy Spurlock, ERYT

Amy is co-director and owner of YogaSource in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Amy began studying Yoga Asana in 1995 in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga systems. She has taught workshops, individualized private classes and studio classes for 15 years. She has been an incredibly successful, mindful business owner in the field of Yoga. She is a co-director of the YogaSource Teacher Training programs leading classes in anatomy, sequencing, teaching methodology and therapeutic applications. She teaches students structural alignment and refinement in asana in order to increase the movement of energy through the physical body. Her classes are energizing and physically challenging with an inward focus.

 

Wendelin Scott, M.A.

Wendelin is co-director of both YogaSouce and the YogaSource Teacher Training. She views these roles as an honor and a privilege and is grateful to serve the Yogic path alongside the amazing community of co-directors, teachers, students and staff at YogaSource. Her Yogic studentship began in 1995 and has included multiple Teacher Trainings as well as ongoing mentorship with her beloved teachers, Kofi Busia, Shubhraji, Arunji, Paul Cabanis, and Tito La Rosa. She has been teaching Yoga for seventeen years in the ways in which she has been taught by her teachers - simply, directly and with joy. Her classes and instruction facilitate an integration of mind, body and spirit through well-rounded asana practice. She holds a Masters in Eastern Classics and Sanskrit from St. John’s College. She is currently exploring sound healing, the mystery and indigenous traditions of the world, and her garden.

300 Hour Teacher Training Course Overview

Join Melissa Spamer, and a renowned group of guest teachers, on a journey of a lifetime to deepen one's practice and understanding of what it means to live Yoga. This program will trace the roots of the Yoga tradition while revealing how it can transform our lives everyday.

The program will incorporate the ancient teachings of Yoga & Ayurveda with modern research on mindfulness, somatic psychology, and energetics. With the knowledge and experience of the faculty within this program, a broad spectrum of holistic approaches to Yoga & Ayurveda as a complete system of well-being, will be integrated throughout. Each of the faculty members has a circular view of transmitting teachings, rather than an hierarchical view. We are all teachers to each other and the best teachers are ever students of life. This program is therefore seeking participants who want to grow and stretch their own practice, as well as their understanding of self in relationship to the world, and ultimately, what it means to be a teacher of Yoga.

This program will encompass all aspects of Yogic Study:

  • Yoga Asana Practice – Anatomically & Energetically Focused

  • Breath Awareness and Meditation

  • Guided Imagery and Relaxation Techniques

  • Ayurveda - Multi-Dimensional Approach for Yoga Practitioners

  • Experiential Yoga Anatomy – Physical and Subtle

  • Yoga Philosophy – Ancient and Modern Texts

  • Ethics – Integrity, Self-Awareness, Language Skills

  • Practicum – Teaching Skills

  • Methodology - Sequencing, Alignment, Adjustments, Demonstration and Observation Skills

 

This school is licensed by the State of Michigan and registered with Yoga Alliance.

Schedule

The format of the program is five, 7-8 day intensive modules. Currently there are no new scheduled programs.

Location

Down Dog Yoga Center, 316 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 108, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007

The studio is conveniently located in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. The studio is a beautiful facility complete with yoga props, sitting areas, multi-stall bathrooms and showers. Massage therapy and an infrared sauna is also available by appointment. Hotel and home-stay lodging can be arranged for out of town students.

 

 

 

Faculty

Melissa Spamer, M.A., ERYT500, C.Ay, LMT

Lead faculty and director of Lotus in the Flame School of Yoga and Healing Arts. Melissa has been practicing Yoga for twenty three years. She completed her first certification to teach Yoga in 1997, and has been consistently teaching Yoga for eighteen years. She has completed more then six 200-500 hour teacher trainings since then. In 2005, Melissa completed a 500 hour teaching certification with the International Yoga College, specializing in Yoga and Conflict Transformation, under the guidance of Rama Jyoti Vernon. Her approach to Yoga is very organic and weaves together a rich tapestry of inspired teachings from such celebrated teachers as Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Shiva Rea, Kali Ray and the students of Desikachar. She feels incredibly blessed to be carrying the light of Yoga beside so many radiant beings in this great ocean of Awakening.

Melissa is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute, having completed more than 1200 hours of clinical study, and many more hours in private practice around the world. She has studied with Dr. Vasant Lad, Swamini Mayatitananda, Sonia Masocco, Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svobodha. Melissa offers Ayurvedic consultations, treatments and workshops. She integrates Ayurvedic principles into her teaching of Hatha Yoga. Melissa is a certified massage therapist and credits the majority of her knowledge of the energetic and physical body to more then sixteen years of hands on healing around the globe. She holds a graduate certificate in Holistic Health Care from Western Michigan University, with an emphasis in expressive arts therapy, and in 2013 was named alumni of the year. She has co-facilitated groups and retreats incorporating a full range of therapeutic processes to help unveil the truth of the soul’s yearning for engagement. She has recently completed her Master's degree in counseling psychology, with an emphasis in somatics and neurobiology, at Southwestern College.

Lead faculty and director of Lotus in the Flame School of Yoga and Healing Arts. Melissa has been practicing Yoga for twenty three years. She completed her first certification to teach Yoga in 1997, and has been consistently teaching Yoga for eighteen years. She has completed more then six 200-500 hour teacher trainings since then. In 2005, Melissa completed a 500 hour teaching certification with the International Yoga College, specializing in Yoga and Conflict Transformation, under the guidance of Rama Jyoti Vernon. Her approach to Yoga is very organic and weaves together a rich tapestry of inspired teachings from such celebrated teachers as Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Shiva Rea, Kali Ray and the students of Desikachar. She feels incredibly blessed to be carrying the light of Yoga beside so many radiant beings in this great ocean of Awakening.

Melissa is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute, having completed more than 1200 hours of clinical study, and many more hours in private practice around the world. She has studied with Dr. Vasant Lad, Swamini Mayatitananda, Sonia Masocco, Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svobodha. Melissa offers Ayurvedic consultations, treatments and workshops. She integrates Ayurvedic principles into her teaching of Hatha Yoga. Melissa is a certified massage therapist and credits the majority of her knowledge of the energetic and physical body to more then sixteen years of hands on healing around the globe. She holds a graduate certificate in Holistic Health Care from Western Michigan University, with an emphasis in expressive arts therapy, and in 2013 was named alumni of the year. She has co-facilitated groups and retreats incorporating a full range of therapeutic processes to help unveil the truth of the soul’s yearning for engagement. She has recently completed her Master's degree in counseling psychology, with an emphasis in somatics and neurobiology, at Southwestern College.

 

Rama Jyoti Vernon

It is with a grateful and humble heart that this program will host an intensive study with Rama Jyoti Vernon.

Rama Jyoti Vernon is a legend in the modern world of Yoga. She is considered one of America's first teachers of Yoga. She co-founded Yoga Journal in the early 1970s, as a newsletter that she typed at her kitchen table and sent to other yoga teachers because she felt there should be communication among them. Her vision led to the creation of the California Yoga Teachers’ Association and the newsletter expanded into a major magazine. Also, during this period, she introduced BKS Iyengar to the US. Rama has befriended and hosted innumerable saints, sages and teachers of Yoga creating workshops, conferences and trainings all over the world.

As part of her work in spreading the teachings of Yoga, and peace, Rama is the founded the Center for International Dialogue. The Center was founded in 1984, during the height of the Cold War era, to create a framework in which citizens of the US and USSR could overcome their stereotypes of one another by exploring their commonalities as well as differences through dialogue.

Rama Jyoti Vernon initiated dialogue programs for former Soviet Republics of Armenia, Azerbijan, Georgia, and the Ukraine that led to the first successful conflict resolution roundtable between the warring factions of Armenia and Azerbijan. Her successes in the USSR led to invitations for CID to expand the work to the Middle East, Ethiopia, Central America, Africa, and the US inner cities. In 1991, she was appointed to the US Ethiopian Steering Committee to draft the first democratic proposal for the future provisional government in Ethiopia.

In 1995, Rama Jyoti Vernon was an NGO delegate to the Fourth UN Conference on Women held in Beijing, China, where her focus was on future work with the Women of Africa. Educated at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Rama Jyoti Vernon is a writer, educator, lecturer in Asian philosophy and East-West Psychology which has inspired her unique approach to Conflict Resolution. She has co-designed a two-year Conflict Resolution and Peace Team training program.

She is considered to be a master teacher, and living legend in the tradition and history of Yoga, as it has evolved in the Western world.

 

Aditi Devi

Aditi Devi began the study and practice of South Asia Tantric traditions more than 24 years ago. As an initiated yogini, pujarini (ritualist, priestess), lineage holder, and authorized teacher, she has lived and practiced her sadhana with adepts in Nepal, India, and Tibet. Aditi Devi Ma’s practice, teaching, research and writing focus on the embodiment of the divine feminine in the Shakta Tantric traditions of India and Nepal. Along the way, and before turning fully to the path of the yogini, she earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Asian Studies, and was a Fulbright Scholar and college professor.

After several years of living in a remote contemplative community, Aditi has taken to the wandering life again, bringing her offerings to yoga retreats, teacher training courses, festivals, godowns, and wherever yoginis and yogins gather. She recently returned from pilgrimage in India where she followed the trail of fierce desire, visiting several remote Yogini Temples.

When not wandering, Aditi Devi Ma’s home is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, at in Boulder, Colorado.

 

Cynthia Hoss ERYT500, LMT, AYS

Cynthia holds certifcations in Advanced Kripalu Yoga, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy,Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist trained by the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. Cynthia has been studying and teaching yoga for over 15 years, and she co-founded and directed Awake and Aware, a Yoga and bodywork studio for ten years. Cynthia's teaching style and bodywork practices focus on taking you to your inner wisdom by opening the flow of energy to enhance health, vitality, and balance. Cynthia's intuition and strong multidisciplinary background in holistic health add a rich flavor to all of her offerings. 

 

Laura Antelmi

Laura has been a dedicated student of yoga for 24 years. She is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and studies with BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar. One of the most sought after Anatomy teachers for her enthusiastic and knowledgable teaching style, Laura teaches classes with clear instruction emphasizing the therapeutic aspects of yoga practice.Laura teaches students of all levels, and creates a refreshing and fun environment in which each student is encouraged to connect to their understanding of their bodies limits and ability.

Supporting her knowledge of asana Laura has spent the last 18 years immersed in anatomy education that Laura weaves into her classes. Laura's classes will challenge even the most advanced practitioner with practical insights from her years of study. Laura serves as an adjunct professor at Naropa University teaching anatomy, and supporting the growth of the Iyengar community by serving as an Iyengar Assessor, National Conference organizer and serving the IYNAUS Board for over 11 years as a volunteer. Laura has also taught at Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India and most recently presented at the Yoga Journal Conference in Moscow, Russia.Laura teaches from her experience and views yoga as a lifelong practice for her students She is committed to serve students with thesame awareness, generosity, and love she has been offered from a community of great teachers. She gratefully acknowledges thesupport received from BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar, as well as Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, Gabriella Giubilaro. Their words and actions continue to brighten her path of service.Laura specializes in teaching people how their yoga practice can help them heal from physical injury or chronic issues.

 

Amy Spurlock, ERYT 500

Amy is co-director and owner of YogaSource in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Amy began studying Yoga Asana in 1995 in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga systems. She has taught workshops, individualized private classes and studio classes for 15 years. She has been an incredibly successful, mindful business owner in the field of Yoga. She is a co-director of the YogaSource Teacher Training programs leading classes in anatomy, sequencing, teaching methodology and therapeutic applications. She teaches students structural alignment and refinement in asana in order to increase the movement of energy through the physical body. Her classes are energizing and physically challenging with an inward focus.

 

Wendelin Scott, M.A.

Wendelin is co-director of both YogaSouce and the YogaSource Teacher Training. She views these roles as an honor and a privilege and is grateful to serve the Yogic path alongside the amazing community of co-directors, teachers, students and staff at YogaSource. Her Yogic studentship began in 1995 and has included multiple Teacher Trainings as well as ongoing mentorship with her beloved teachers, Kofi Busia, Shubhraji, Arunji, Paul Cabanis, and Tito La Rosa. She has been teaching Yoga for seventeen years in the ways in which she has been taught by her teachers - simply, directly and with joy. Her classes and instruction facilitate an integration of mind, body and spirit through well-rounded asana practice. She holds a Masters in Eastern Classics and Sanskrit from St. John’s College. She is currently exploring sound healing, the mystery and indigenous traditions of the world, and her garden.

 

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