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So, you’ve completed a 200 hour training and you know you’ve just dipped a hand into the vast ocean of wisdom contained within the yoga tradition.  You’re longing to dive deeper…into the teachings AND into the teaching!

Illumina’s Full Spectrum 300 hour Yoga Alliance certification will challenge you to a higher vibration of instruction and a richer embodiment of the practices. Using the chakras as a lens for the layers of teaching and the art of personal practice, you will learn to invoke the conversation between all the disparate aspects of the self in order to reveal the wholeness, the healing, the YOGA at the heart of every experience.

During this nine month training you will:
  • Initiate yourself in the sacred healing power of the chakras/subtle energy systems
  • Inhabit the landscape of anatomical form with more of an eye to therapeutics & the links between subtle & physical.
  • Immerse yourself in deeper awareness of Pre/Post Natal and Fertility within the context of Yoga.
  • Ignite an even more empowered asana practice & the ability to teach more complex poses & sequences.
  • Inspire your inner being with the Sacred archetypes of the Hindu Tradition & the art of Bhakti.
  • Invoke richer layers of vibration and inspiration within the art of sequencing a class.
  • Intensify your pranayama and meditation practice & increase your comfort in teaching these forms.
  • Illuminate the inherent wholeness of the Micro/Macrocosm through study of the Tantric text, Yoga Spandakarika & through the exploration of the nature of healing and Yoga as a Ministry.

The Curriculum

The Illumina Philosophy

This section will introduce the students to a more in-depth look at the full spectrum approach, using the chakras as a lens for teaching and healing. Introduction of key texts including “Eastern Body/Western Mind”.

Illuminated Sequencing 1

An exploration beyond the basics of sequencing into techniques that turn good vinyasa krama into soul resonating adventure. Students explore the next wave of cycle style sequencing, incorporating inspiration from the structure of vibrational & musical sources, spontaneous moving metaphor and conscious exploration of their own relationship to universal truths as a gateway. Templates and inspirational materials will be provided to help map the journey moving forward.

Illuminated Sequencing 2: Techniques

Practical application of the Illuminated Sequencing System including practice/sadhana, and the use of templates to create and teach heartfully crafted sequences.

As above, so below: Advanced Anatomy

Building on the foundations of anatomy established in the 200 hour program, students will dive deeper into the body systems from the standpoint of healing and therapeutics, also examining how the energetic maps of the body align with the physical. Experiential learning and practical application to the art of teaching will be a significant component of this module.

Advanced Anatomy Embodiment

Asana Practice in accordance with the principle alignment and healing concepts covered in this anatomy module.

Creation:Pre-Post Natal and Fertility

A more in-depth exploration of Pre and Post Natal concepts building on the basics received in the 200 hour program. Students will learn about the anatomical, hormonal, and muscular changes which occur normally in the pregnant body, and explore modifications and sequences that support these shifts. In addition, this module will address the psychological and emotional shifts that can occur pre-natal and post partum. Meditation and other practices to support conscious processing of the beautiful journey of fertilty/pregnancy, through birth and beyond, will be explored and embodied.

 The Fire of Practice: Advanced Asana

Building on the categories of asana covered in the 200 hour program, students will learn to embody, cue and align the advanced kramas within each category. Each asana will be explored from the standpoint of key actions and energetic effect.

The Fire of Practice: Sequencing for Advanced Asana/Advanced Assists and Restorative

Students will explore sequencing techniques for more complex asanas and pairs of asanas. More advanced techniques of enhancing including marma point work will be explored. A section will be dedicated to the use of props and wall for restorative asana.

Ayurveda Expanded

Students will explore more in depth Ayurveda as the Science of Life. In the words of Deepack Chopra “Ayurveda has a very basic, simple kind of approach, which is that we are part of the universe and the universe is intelligent and the human body is part of the cosmic body, and the human mind is part of the cosmic mind, and the atom and the universe are exactly the same thing, but with different form, and the more we are in touch with this deeper reality, from where everything comes, the more we will be able to heal ourselves and at the same time heal our planet.”

Bhakti:The Path of Love

Exploration of the path of devotion through kirtan and deeper study of the Hindu archetypes of the divine. Students will also receive a basic tutorial on how to play the harmonium.

Bhakti  Embodiment

Morning Sadhana with a focus on devotion towards a chosen aspect of the divine, and singing praises in the form of kirtan.

Illuminated Creativity: Sourcing Inspiration

In this module, we tap into the wealth of natural/spiritual inspiration available in the sacred vibrational sources of poetry, art, dance, numerology, geometry, metaphor and myth. We will play with receiving this inspiration, learning to spontaneously express it through the channel of our individual truths. The weekend will culminate as we direct the creativity and free expression back into the clear channel of the yoga experience and the art of sequencing a class.

 Creative Embodiment

Morning Sadhanas designed specifically to tap students into the creative flow and to explore sacred sourcing.

 The Unified Mind: Advanced Meditation and Pranayama

Students will dive deeper into their embodiment and discipline within meditation and pranayama practice. They will also learn to effectively choose techniques for their clients and learn to teach these transformative practices in a classroom setting.

Embodying the Unified Mind

Morning Sadhana designed to support the techniques being covered in this module.

The Divine Pulsation: Yoga Spandakarika and the path of wholeness

Students will dive into the concepts revealed by the sacred Tantric text, the Yoga Spandakarika. In addition to discussing the essentials of tantric philosophy, each student will share passages they find personally relevant and how they might source the text within a teaching context.

Embodying the Divine Pulsation

Morning Practices exploring the concepts of spanda and wholeness/healing.

The Ministry of Yoga

A discussion of the concept of ministry as the act of giving aid or service from a holistic spiritual perspective. Students explore how being a yoga teacher can evolve (in the words of Iyengar) into a “dedicated service to humanity”.

Embodying the Teaching: Practicum

Monthly practicums to embody and teach peers the concepts contained within the most recent module.

Full Spectrum Sadhana

Students will meet with Illumina Director to discuss and align their personal sadhana with a sequential journey through the Chakra System.

Illuminated Reading/Writing

Key texts for the course (including Eastern Body Western Mind, and The Yoga Spandakarika) will be read and reflected upon culminating in a paper or a class creation.

Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

John Steinbeck


Spring 2022 TBA
Fridays 5pm-9pm
Saturdays 10am-6pm
Sundays 11am-7pm
Two 3-Hour Teleconferences
One Monthly Practicum (TBA) + One Monthly Embodiment Sadhana (TBA)
36 Hours of Virtual Illumina Flow Yoga Classes

“[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”

Jim Henson

Teaching Faculty


Johanna Bell

Johanna is known as a teacher of teachers and an inspiration guru who mentors countless yoga instructors on their ever expanding journeys. She is a sequencing specialist devoted to the infinite creative and connective stream of each individual’s truth and is the founder of the Full Spectrum Sequencing Approach. Her classes incorporate poetry, moving metaphor and music in a rich orchestral way that guides the student on a soulful, sweaty journey into the heart of what it means to be human. As a counselor and healer, she is recognized for her ability to see the light, wholeness and infinite potential within everyone she meets.

Johanna’s yoga journey started when she was a wee tot, dancing to express the things that had no words, writing to find the images that evoke… These loves carried her through years of training as a classical ballet dancer, a degree in theatre with an emphasis on literature and a successful career as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer in New York and on the road. Her dabbling into yoga turned serious when she discovered Sonic and the expressive joyful, forgiving energy of the space. She graduated from the 200-hour program under the guidance of Lauren Hanna and Jonathan Fields and soon realized that the teachings made sense of everything she ever believed in and brought all her separate pieces together. She’s never looked back…becoming teacher and manager of the 2nd Sonic Space in Westchester almost immediately…guiding that studio through it’s transition to Quest Yoga Arts, Joining The Sonic Training Faculty and ultimately stepping into her home base in NYC as Co-Director in 2009, serving Sonic and all its training programs in that capacity until 2014. In the midst of all that, she was blessed with a 500-hour certificate under the guidance of the incomparable Sri Dharma Mittra and has continued to be inspired through the lineage of Shiva Rea, the wisdom of the Tantra, the Pneuma System and ancient Shamanic wisdom. She is a Reiki Healer and has studied under Guru Dharam Khalsa for her certificate in Kundalini Yoga Therapy. She is married to the most magical man and fellow Yogi, Jim Bell. They reside with their daughter Lucia in Carmel, NY.

Kathleen Savoy

Kathleen Savoy’s desire for expansion has truly been one unabashed discovery after another. Her search began early and brought her to New York City to explore the world of entertainment. While personal training at a New York Sports Club in So Ho, she took a class called yoga. It was there that she met savasana and found her new hOMe. After completing her 200 hour teacher training in New York at Sonic Yoga with the unparalleled guidance of Johanna Bell and Lauren Hanna, she moved to Maine. She later completed her 500 hour teacher training with Sonic Yoga and Shiva Rea.

Lisa Benner

An actor, mover and dedicated breather, the moment I was introduced to yoga, I knew it was for me. I came to yoga shortly after I discovered pilates, and found I was able to use both to correct and improve different physical issues, including chronic headaches. For a long while I practiced both, but yoga won my heart. I graduated from Sonic Yoga’s 200 hour Teacher Training program, Hathavidya’s 500 hour training, and am currently completing Hathavidya’s 1000 hour program. I am E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance as well as Pre-Natal, Sonic Yoga’s studio manager, and a director of 200 Teacher Training and Corporate Wellness programs for Hathavidya. Based in NYC, I teach at various locations and in teacher trainings around the US and abroad.

Maria Wagner

Yoga is an invitation to enter into deep and loving relationship with all parts of ourselves. Within me, yoga has ignited a dance between inner exploration and outward expression, and serves as a path to remembering the sacredness and interconnectedness of all things. I began practicing yoga in 2009 in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar with Melora Gregory. With a strong foundation in asana alignment, I discovered vinyasa flow and fell in love with the way that the practice embodies the rising and falling, always-changing nature of life. From then on, yoga became my path inward and outward toward self-acceptance, expression, empowerment, and the ability to connect with truth. As a graduate of Sonic Yoga's 200 hr and Illumina Yoga's 300 hr teacher trainings, both under the guidance of Johanna Bell, I am now honored to be on the teaching faculty of Illumina Yoga's trainings which have been so deeply transformational in my life. In my teaching I encourage all practitioners to trust their body's intuition and embrace their own individual experience. My classes are rooted in Tantric philosophy and hold the sentiment that the Divine can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Designed around a specific energetic theme, my classes weave together asana, dance-like moving metaphors and mudras, breath, mantra, mythology and archetypal energies, and music to explore the infinite wonder of nature and the depth of this human experience. Photo credit: Wohler & Co.

Krissy Shields

Krissy’s path to yoga was simple. She immersed herself in the practices after finally letting go of years of destructive behaviors. Yoga lifted her physically, mentally and spiritually to another playing field. The shift was gradual but holding poses strengthened her, breathing deeper and slower calmed her, and a daily practice built her confidence.

Heather Wacksman

Heather graduated with a Masters in Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 2003. She has been practicing physical therapy in a variety of settings across the country ever since. She began a regular yoga practice to balance the physical effects and demands of her many activities, but was unexpectedly blown away by the fact that there was so much intersection in the shapes and practices she encountered in a yoga class and the activities she prescribed and promoted as a physical therapist. Intellectually this was quite fascinating, but the physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual teachings of yoga are really what hooked her. She pursued yoga teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste and with a variety of teachers at Kripalu, and is a CYT-200. She continues to incorporate yoga into her PT practice, promoting holistic wellness and an integrated healthcare approach. She has a passion for anatomy and physiology, and loves teaching! She teaches national exam prep courses for physical therapy students across the nation, and enjoys teaching anatomy workshops for yoga studios and teacher trainings. She is honored to be a part of the Illumina Yoga community and share in spreading the light of this amazingly powerful and transformative practice.

You can’t direct the wind but you can adjust the sails.


Tuition | Application


$3950 Early Bird
$4320 Full

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