Buddha meets Bhakti in a joyous exploration of NOW!

Corina Benner has been training Yoga Teachers since 2002, locally, nationally and internationally. She brings academic rigor, intensity and humor to this work, and is committed to transmitting her understanding of this path with authenticity and integrity. Ultimately, through her teaching, Corina seeks to awaken each student’s inner teacher so s/he discovers how to safely and effectively teach inspiring yoga classes.

Foundational Teacher Training

13 June 2014, Comment are Off

Wake Up Yoga’s 250-hour Comprehensive Foundational Teacher Training Program: Enter the Sacred Fire and Transform Your Life!

Check here for dates for Wake Up Yoga’s Foundational Teacher Training!

If you’re interested in learning more about our program, please contact Alane or call the studio at 215-235-1228.

Taught by Corina Benner, and assisted by highly esteemed Wake Up Yoga teachers.

This program has been carefully designed to train you, step-by-step, to create safe, intelligent and inspiring vinyasa yoga classes, find and cultivate your own voice, explore in depth the craft of teaching yoga preparing you to skillfully navigate this role, while instilling in you an abiding reverence and respect for the practice of yoga.

We study 50 asana through the lens of alignment actions within the pose, hands-on adjustments, transitions into and out of the poses, and the benefits of each one. You begin teaching practice the first weekend! Each student practices ‘opening a class,’ ‘leading the OM,’ teaching a kriya, and teaching an opening vinyasa of their own design. As the training program develops, each student observes classes, offers ‘hands-on-adjustments’ to classmates and other students, and assists a teacher.

The program culminates in each student designing a comprehensive, 90-minute vinyasa yoga class, and then teaching that class 3 times before graduation, receiving feedback and encouragement at every turn. Rather than giving you a class plan and script to teach, we teach you how and why to make sequencing choices, and encourage you to find your own language to authentically transmit your understanding of yoga. To enhance the classroom learning, students are required to practice yoga 4 times a week (unlimited classes at Wake Up Yoga are included in tuition), keep a practice journal, and begin to cultivate a home practice.

During this training you will be introduced to the language of Sanskrit, including correct pronunciation and why that is important, and learn to write and eventually even read Devanagri script. We’ll apply the precision of Sanskrit sounds to a study of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, chanting the first 2 chapters of this text, and moving toward a deeper understanding of the path of yoga. You’ll learn ancient and powerful mantras, and be introduced to the Gods and Goddesses in the Hindu Pantheon so that you can relate to them as symbols of your own grace, goodness, and light.

We study Physical and Energetic Anatomy, Pranayama, Ayurveda, Meditation, and Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound. There are books to read, essays and responses to submit, and small group meetings for teaching practice and fostering friendship and community. Each of our TT students is matched up with a mentor who has been through the program and is currently teaching yoga. This relationship becomes another way to reinforce the learning, and provides additional support and encouragement for what can be a very challenging program. At the end of the training, you will have a solid foundation on which to build a lifelong relationship with the path and practice of yoga. You will have the confidence to teach, and the competence to do that well. You will feel yourself connected to a warm and vibrant cOMmUNITY, and you will be closer to knowing the Truth of who you really are. If you’re interested in learning more about this training, please email Corina@wakeupyoga.com for more information.

Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings

23 January 2014, Comment are Off

Yin Yoga Teacher Training Module I:
The Bones and The Breath – Anatomy and Physiology of Yin Yoga

Dive (Y)In! Yin Yoga already challenges you to sink deeper into your hips and spine than you believed was possible. In this training you will plunge deeper into the system, seeking to understand key concepts necessary to teach safe, effective and powerful Yin Yoga classes. This training will focus on the incredibly therapeutic benefits of yin yoga on the physical and energetic bodies (the Annamaya Kosha and the Pranamaya Kosha). We will investigate the foundational shapes of yin yoga, seeking to understand the method of this practice, and exploring appropriate ways of modifying poses to meet individual students’ needs. Included in the training are daily yin yoga practices, and opportunities to work in partners and small groups for practical experience applying the information. You will viscerally integrate the information so that, upon completion, you will feel confident teaching yin yoga and also fielding students’ questions with confidence and true clarity. Topics to be addressed:
* Theory of Yin/Yang/Tao and how these concepts are embedded in the practice, and are vastly illuminating in a quest for balance
* Tension and Compression, two of yoga’s primary stressors
* Anatomy & Physiology: Bones, Muscles, Fascia and Organs
* Anatomical Uniqueness and “Inside-Out Alignment”
* Nadis/Meridians, Breath Practices for Yin Yoga
* Teaching Methodologies, Contraindications, and tailoring the practice to different populations.

Yin Yoga Teacher Training Module II:
Exploring Subtle Terrain in Yin Yoga: Feelings, Beliefs and Transformation

Beyond its obvious and measurable physical benefits, Yin Yoga practice affects and influences deeper levels of being. Through tension and compression, the stretch and the squeeze in Yoga poses, we build energy and also dissipate energetic patterns of disharmony. Thoughts and feelings, which are often influenced by subconscious belief systems, contribute to those energetic patterns. Shining the light of consciousness on habitual patterns of perceiving and reacting to life empowers the practitioner to engage life directly in the moment. In this training we will explore the Manomaya Kosha (relating to the mental/emotional body) and Vijnanamaya Kosha (relating to the intuitive/wisdom body), seeking to understand how the organs and meridians correspond to thoughts and feelings, and how they interact within this dynamic, living system. We’ll also explore chakras, and the powerful realm of unconscious belief systems, learning to reality-test negative patterns and unleashing the possibility of liberation and transformation. Included in the training are daily yin yoga classes designed to take you deep into your somatic and intuitive wisdom, and opportunities to work in pairs and small groups to practically apply the lessons learned. This is a highly experiential training designed to help participants viscerally integrate information, inviting personal healing while cultivating the skills necessary to hold space for students’ transformational journeys. Included in the Training:
* Organs and Emotions, Patterns of Excess, Deficiency and Balance
* Meridians, Chakras, Life Issues and Associations
* A.A.F.F.R.: a formula for responding to emotional responses in yin yoga practice
* Breathing practices to invite the fullness of experience
* Safe, Sacred and Neutral: prerequisite for personal YINquiry

Upcoming Trainings:

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Some of the Past Yin Teacher Trainings

  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training Modules 1 and 2 at Integral Yoga Institute – New York, NY – July 18 – 24, 2016
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training at Breathe N Flow Yoga – Freeport, NY – March 4 – 6, 2016 
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training at Twisters – Ambler, PA –February 5-7, 2016
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training At Wake Up Yoga – Wake Up Yoga South,  Philadelphia, PA – January 15 – 17 2016
  • 15-hour Yin Yoga (Part II)  AT Yoga Goodness In Lynchburg, VA
    December 11 – 13
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training At Wainwright House – Rye, NY – November 6, 7, 8, 2015
  • Yin Yoga: Diving Deeper Teacher Training  At Integral Yoga Institute, New York, NY – October 16-18, 2015
  • 27 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training – Just Plain Yoga – Harrisburg, PA – October 9-11, 2015
  • 15 Hr Yoga TT Level I – Yoga Goodness Lynchburg, VA – September 11 – 13, 2015
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Corina Benner – Enlighten Yoga – Charlotte, NC – May 15-17, 2015
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Corina Benner
    Wake Up Yoga- Philadelphia – May 28-31, 2015
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Corina Benner
    Integral Yoga Institute -New York City
    July 23–26, 2015 – July 23–26
  • Breathe N Flow Yoga – Freeport, NY – February 27 – March 1, 2015
  • Integral Yoga Institute – New York City, NY – February 5-8, 2015
  • My Yoga Studio – Margate, NJ – January 22 – 25, 2015
  • Atma Bodha Yoga – Virginia Beach, VA – November 6-9. 2014