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Teachers

Satya Greenstone, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Satya Greenstone has been a student of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 1971. She has shared the teachings of Integral Yoga® in many diverse settings with students of all ages and backgrounds and combines a natural, practical, down-to-earth approach to Yoga with a gentle humor. Since 1999 she has been a primary teacher for the 200-hour and the Intermediate Yoga Teacher Training programs. While serving as teacher training coordinator, she helped to develop and teach the first Gentle Yoga Teacher Training program. She has also developed and teaches training programs in Restorative Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, and Yoga and Meditation for Children. In 2005, she received certification in Therapeutic Yoga and is currently certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Satya prefers to offer residential trainings and workshops because she feels that they offer students the closest possible experience to living a yogic life. She gently adapts the Yoga practices to individual needs and always finds a way to encourage and inspire her students who soon recognize that, for her, Yoga is an experience, not a subject for academic study. First and foremost she is a yogini, and her teaching is an extension of the experience gained from her Yoga practice. Satya exudes the joy and exemplifies the benefits that come from living the yogic lifestyle and she shares that joy and those benefits with her students.

Always thankful to her Guru Swami Satchidananda, Satya believes that he has created the perfect environment in which to practice Yoga and experience the peace of one’s true nature. It is that personal recognition of one’s true Self that she tries to facilitate in every program and every teacher training.

Teaching Yoga to Children

In 1978 Satya and her husband, Sadasivam Greenstone, started the Yogaville Vidyalayam–Temple of Learning, an elementary school for the ashram community children. Under the direct guidance of their Guru, Swami Satchidananda, they developed and implemented a full academic elementary curriculum based on the principles and teachings of Yoga. For 17 years they taught the children with loving dedication. While teaching at the Vidyalayam, Satya facilitated the publication of the book: Hatha Yoga for Kids by Kids and the DVD Yoga for Children with Swami Satchidananda.

In 1996 Satya and her husband moved to South India to live in the homeland of Swami Satchidananda and to direct the Integral Yoga Institute of Coimbatore. While serving in India, Satya taught Yoga on a daily basis in a wide variety of schools to students in grades K-12. One of the schools was Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, an international Ghandian Educational organization based on the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi.

Upon returning to Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, USA, Satya became the primary teacher for the Basic 200-hr Integral Yoga Teacher Training program. While serving as teacher training coordinator, she developed the teacher training program Teaching Yoga and Meditation to Children, which she and her husband have taught in USA and Europe. She is also a registered children’s Yoga teacher (RCYT) with Yoga Alliance.

 

Events with Satya Greenstone, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Yoga for Strong, Healthy Bones
July 16, 2020

Discover how Yoga asanas can help to build and maintain strong bones. A 10 year study by Dr. L. Fishman demonstrated an increase in bone mineral density and improved bone quality with regular practice of 12 Yoga poses. Yoga asanas also improve your balance, posture, strength, range of motion, and coordination, greatly reducing the risk of fracture. This workshop will include: Complete instruction and practice of Dr. Fishman’s 12 poses for bone strength and health Guided relaxation for assimilating the benefits of the poses Restorative Yoga practices for stress reduction Principles of yogic diet that support overall health and strength…

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Part 1: Foundations
August 2, 2020

For Yoga teachers Restorative Yoga is a simple, effective antidote to relieve stress, tension, and anxiety. Learn to teach this practice of placing the body into specific Yoga asana (postures) using the support of props such as bolsters, pillows, blocks, blankets, or chairs. These gentle asanas literally hold and maintain the position of the body as one releases mental and physical tension.  In this supported state, the asana can be held for a significantly longer period of time, which facilitates a state of deeper relaxation. This extended duration allows the innate intelligence of the body to reintegrate the system to…

Free All-Day Integral Yoga Hatha Workshop
August 27, 2020

Integral Yoga offers a balanced sequence of physical poses, breathing practices, deep relaxation, and meditation which may be adapted to your lifestyle. Experience the benefits of this complete Yoga practice, through the detailed, guided instructions of a senior teacher. Discover the advantages of combining asana practice with breath awareness, focus, and intermittent relaxation. Return home with the inspiration, tools, and confidence to incorporate Yoga into your daily life and enjoy the benefits of health and happiness. Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 3 contact hours. You can input your contact hours using your YA login information. Integral Yoga…

Adaptive Hatha Yoga Teacher Training
September 21, 2020

For Yoga teachers and health professionals Yoga is for every body, regardless of shape, size, or ability level. Join Satya Greenstone to learn how to make the sacred practice of Yoga accessible to all students of varying levels and abilities. This ten-day course teaches you to adapt the Integral Yoga practices to meet the needs of any individual. You will explore the essential benefits of each asana and determine how to best implement them without strain—regardless of your students’ physical, mental, or emotional conditions. This training explores: Adaptations of asanas (postures) Chair Yoga (helpful for students with limited mobility or space)…

Integral Yoga Hatha
October 16, 2020

Integral Yoga is a complete system of traditional Yoga taught by Swami Satchidananda. Integral Yoga Hatha offers a balanced sequence for daily practice which consists of physical poses, breathing practices, deep relaxation, and meditation. Experience the benefits of Integral Yoga through precise, guided instructions from a senior teacher, Satya who has over forty years of experience in Integral Yoga. Discover the advantages of combining your asana practice with breath awareness, one-pointedness, and intermittent relaxation. This workshop includes: Complete instruction in the asana sequence and breathing techniques Guided deep relaxation for reducing stress and to enable assimilation of the benefits of the…

200-hour Integral Yoga Teacher Training – Fall
October 25, 2020

Gain a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, a space for nurturing your own Yoga practice, and the skills necessary to become a knowledgeable Integral Yoga teacher. This comprehensive Yoga teacher certification is a month-long residential program consisting of over 200 class hours. You will learn to teach each portion of the Integral Yoga Level I class, including asanas (Yoga poses), deep relaxation, pranayama (breathing practices), chanting, and meditation. Additionally, you will explore: Classes about the benefits of a vegetarian diet Instruction in basic anatomy and physiology Chanting instruction—for personal practice and class settings Raja Yoga (the science of…

Relax into the Holidays with Restorative Yoga
December 11, 2020

During the holidays, we are often preoccupied with the season’s hustle and bustle. Experience deep relaxation and rejuvenation during a time period when it’s needed most. Restorative Yoga places your body in gentle, supported asanas (poses) with the use of props, allowing your mind to truly let go. Restorative Yoga is a simple, effective antidote to stress, tension, and anxiety. Recharge your batteries for the season with a body at rest and a calm mind, in order to experience the peace within. This workshop offers complete instruction in gentle restorative poses, as well as: Balanced sequences of Restorative Yoga Poses…

200-hour Integral Yoga Teacher Training – Summer
June 13, 2021

Gain a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, a space for nurturing your own Yoga practice, and the skills necessary to become a knowledgeable Integral Yoga teacher. This comprehensive Yoga teacher certification is a month-long residential program consisting of over 200 class hours. You will learn to teach each portion of the Integral Yoga Level I class, including asanas (Yoga poses), deep relaxation, pranayama (breathing practices), chanting, and meditation. Additionally, you will explore: Classes about the benefits of a vegetarian diet Instruction in basic anatomy and physiology Chanting instruction—for personal practice and class settings Raja Yoga (the science of…

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