Yoga Alliance Hours: 40 Approximate
Yoga for Autism Teacher Training was designed to provide the essential yogic techniques/teachings needed to instruct individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
Co-founders, Sharanya Manner and Margabandhu Martarano, lead students through background knowledge on topics from nutrition to energy work. In addition, a series of pranayama (breathing techniques), asana (yogic postures) and chanting practices are covered to help begin healing the autistic community.
Samadhi Spectrum was created in conjunction with Ashrams for Autism, a charitable foundation striving to create yoga programs and facilities where individuals with autism can live, work, play and contribute to their community. We extend our program to yoga teachers and other professionals, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists and special needs teachers.
• Teaching from the heart
• What is autism? What to expect? (Instructed by an ABA specialist)
• What the autistic population needs from the teacher
• Personal practice
• Chakras, meridians, koshas specific to ASDs
• Asana specific to ASDs
• Chanting specific to ASDs
• Pranayama specific to ASDs
• Yoga Nidra/Reiki
• Anatomy specific to ASDs (Instructed by Danielle Ayer Ph.D., Physical Therapy)
• Nutrition, diet and digestive issues that effect ASDs (Instructed by Margabandhu Martarano)
This course will leave trainees with the knowledge and expertise to confidently teach the autistic population. Currently, Ashrams for Autism has programs in which Spectrum Teachers (i.e. individuals having completed Samadhi Spectrum Trainings) are in the community (e.g. schools and other facilities) instructing classes. In addition, Ashrams provides continuing support for those interested in creating and teaching programs in their community.
About Ashrams for Autism
For centuries, yoga ashrams have been peaceful sanctuaries for many seeking spiritual enlightenment. Known for its healing atmosphere filled with uplifting music and light, an ashram is an ideal environment for those with autism. Our current programs and future facilities aim to bring the most beneficial qualities of the ashram to persons with autism. By utilizing yogic techniques and modern-day scientific advances, our programs seek to empower and guide each autistic individual towards peacefully achieving their highest potential. Ashrams for Autism’s ultimate goal is to build and create ashrams for individuals with ASDs where they can live, work and play in a safe, yet productive environment.
Sharanya Sharon Manner, E-RYT 500, is the creator and co-founder of Ashrams for Autism (501(c)3 charitable foundation) and the co-creator of Samadhi Spectrum. In addition, Sharanya is an E-500 hour RYT with over 1200 hours of approved training qualifications, with includes certifications, which includes certifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Ericksonian Hypnosis and Reiki. She is presently involved with the Kundalini Yoga Therapy Training and continues to study with Margabandhu on topics covering diet and nutrition.
Throughout her 35 years of yoga and meditation practice, Sharanya has followed the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda, Margabandhu Martarano, Swami Ramananda, (Director of IYI San Francisco), Swami Asokananda (Director of New York IYI) Nischala Joy Devi (Yoga of the Heart) Mukunda Styles (Structural Yoga Therapy) and many more. She credits her knowledge to these great masters and continues to receive their guidance and mentorship.
Sharanya fully embraces the ultimate goal of yoga, to quiet the mind and find the peace within, and strives to incorporate this in all of her trainings. Her dedication and commitment to this purpose has brought much success thus far with Samadhi Spectrum. She also continues to enhance her trainings by providing instructors with new developments in yogic techniques that benefit the autistic community.
Although busy with running teacher trainings and a charitable foundation, Sharanya still finds time to teach yoga classes and spend time with her husband, four children and grandson.
Margabandhu John Martarano, E-RYT 500, is the co-creator of Samadhi Spectrum and has served as the Director of the Fair Lawn, NJ Integral Yoga Institute for more than 35 years. He accepted the position at the request of Sri Swami Satchidananda, then founder of IYI. He is a Senior Certified Integral Yoga Instructor, proficient in all aspects of yoga, having received instruction and guidance directly from Gurudev. Margabandhu is also a Certified Massage Therapist, specializing in Acupressure and Reflexology and a Master Herbalist. In addition, he has received knowledge and studied with many noted experts including, Viktor Kulivinkas, Smoky Santillo and Dr. Ralph Dale.
Sharon feels honored and grateful to have Margabandhu as a friend, teacher and crucial component to Samadhi Spectrum. His extensive knowledge has served as a key ingredient in educating students on the aspects of yogic lifestyle, the importance of a vegetarian diet, the components of proper digestion, chakras, meridians and other healing features of yoga.
Ashrams For Autism’s Samadhi Spectrum Training far surpassed any expectations that I had prior to beginning. The holistic and mindful understanding of those on the Autistic Spectrum was both enlightening and informative. The variety of healing modalities addressed were all encompassing and included behavioral/emotional,nutritional, physical, energetic, and spiritual. The caliber of professionals who presented in these areas was outstanding! The experience of being able to bask in the compassion and dedication and positive energy of Sharon Manner and her staff is something I count as an additional blessing in my life. -Nancie Byrnes, MSW, RYT
I LOVED the training. It was so helpful and so interesting. I learned so many fun facts about the human body regarding breath and nutrition and the benefits of chanting and yoga poses. Since the time of the training, I have enjoyed teaching this population even more than before. It’s no longer a guessing game. I know why I’m doing what I’m doing and how it is helping my clients. Having this training has made my job so much more interesting and rewarding. Thank you ever so much for your wisdom, insights and generosity in sharing what you know Sharon, Nancy, Marabandhu, Danielle, Kim, Durga! -Stacey Pinke MS. RD. RCYT
So well prepared and so much information presented in a very hands on way. These experts gave us their knowledge in the most sincere way making us feel we were all one in the process of learning.. - Barbara Hansen
This training was highly professional and i strongly recommend for anyone who wishes to practice yoga with students on the spectrum. The teachers are all very knowledgable and experienced in working with this population. Their teachings and guidance have given me the confidence to successfully pursue this work. The students that I have worked with since this training are developing a love of yoga. Their teachers are very pleased with their progress and it is most rewarding. - Linda Colon
Samadhi Sun and Ashrams for Autism changed my life! When I got certified to teach yoga under Samadhi Sun, not only did I finally find my career, but I found my purpose. The founder, Sharon Manner, took me under her wing and after I got my 200 hours, introduced me to working with people on the spectrum. Getting certified to work with children and young adults with autism is the most rewarding and beautiful opportunity. I witness miracles everyday as I continue my path helping people on the spectrum through Ashrams for Autism. – Nina Kelsch
Really, words don’t do this justice for me. My brother is on the spectrum am the inspiration for my teaching this. WV is a huge hub for families with autism and it’s changed my life to bring this back to my home and share it with people around me. The training was packed with amazing info., qualified teachers that teach with love… I will definitely make the trip back to Nj just to see them. If you are on the fence, really just go and experience yourself! Worth every penny! – Brittany Stowasser