Are you ready to commence the journey of a lifetime and beyond?

Illumina’s 200 hour YA registered Vinyasa Yoga program will open every doorway in your heart to the living path of yoga and give you all the tools you need to successfully dive into the sacred calling of teaching.

During this 6 month livestreamed training you will:
  • Embody, Align, Enhance and Teach Asana from day 1.
  • Explore the origins of yoga & the ancient wisdom texts in a deeply personal way.
  • Enter the intricate beauty of the body systems, from both a physical & energetic perspective.
  • Enjoy the process of creating Full Spectrum classes that originate from the heart and are sequenced from a place of physical integrity & aligned with higher wisdom.
  • Envelop yourself in the life-changing practices of meditation &    pranayama.
  • Embrace the sacred archetypes at the heart of the yoga tradition.
  • Engage in useful conversations about the practicalities & intricacies of being a yoga teacher.

The Curriculum

Morning Embodiment Sadhana

Each Weekend Morning Sadhana will introduce and deepen topics covered throughout the training including alignment,both energetic and physical as well as basic principles of connective sequencing.

Adventures in Asana

In each session, a different category of asana (pose) will be broken down with the use of the training manual. Individual postures within each category will be embodied. We will discuss proper cues,correct alignment and cover foundational modifications/use of props for each posture. Key muscular actions will be discussed as well as how the posture relates to the energetic system.

Assists and Enhancements

This section will include a detailed breakdown of how to assist each of the postures covered within the context of the training. Students will learn how and when to safely adjust postures structurally and when to offer energetic enhancements. This section will also include a discussion and practice of how to see structure and energy as a teacher.

The Art of the Breath/Pranayama

Students will learn to embody the breath as a gateway between the physical and spiritual practice of yoga. Classical techniques of pranayama will be broken down in terms of technique and energetic effect and students will embody and reflect on each.

The Power of Sound Vibration/Mantra

Mantra will be defined and explained as a pathway to meditation and connection to divine source. Students will learn the correct pronunciation and meaning of some fundamental mantra and will have the oportunity to practice mantra both in a group setting and individually.

 The Inner Journey/ Meditation

In these sessions, students will learn about meditation and from a practical and esoteric standpoint. Different basic meditation techniques from a variety of traditions will be explored in theory and practice with an eye to understanding how these techniques may serve unique individuals in different ways.

Beginner’s Mind

This will be a specialized section dedicated to undertanding how to deeply modify postures,techniques and sequences for the absolute beginner with the awareness to common postural misalignments, challenges and misconceptions.

Illuminated Sequencing

This is Illumina’s primary philosophy and underlying focus. The art of proper vinyasa (placing in a special way) with strong intention in alignment with lifeforce and the natural rhythms of the universe.  Students will explore the philosophy of Vinyasa krama and learn to sequence in a variety of ways, from classical category, to peak pose, to illuminated cycle.

Pathways to Communication

As many individuals as there are, there are equally as many ways of learning.  In this section we will explore different learning styles (visual, kinetici, auditory etc.) and how to effectively teach to reach the broadest expanse of possibilities.  Positive and affirmative communication methods will also be explored

Private Yoga

An exploration of the differences between private sessions and public classes.  We will explore ways of crafting unique practices for the individual client.  Students will receive sample worksheets to help them understand  the needs of the individual and to design a personal program accordingly.

Essentials of Anatomy

Illumina students will receive a 2 day intensive immersion  in the beauty and complexity of the body and will explore the essential components for understanding and teaching from a safe modern biomechanic standpoint.Topics will include the 12 systems and structures of the body, the planes of the body and associated movement, the control systems (endocrine and nervous), compression vs. tension,anatomy of the breath, and basic pre-natal awareness. Practical application and fun embodiment exercises included.

The Anatomy of Energy

Students will study the landscape of the subtle body (the Chakras, Nadis and Koshas) and will explore the power of these systems in the healing of the whole human system and in bringing energetic depth to the creation of the class. We will also investigate how the energy systems relate to the physical.

Practical Application of Anatomy

Students will independently connect their anatomy learning (physical and subtle) to the physical postures with the worksheet asigned each asana within the manual. Students will also complete a take home anatomy exam and an on site subtle body exam.

The Origins of Yoga

Students will learn and discuss the origins, meaning and evolution of yoga through the years.  They will learn the contributions of Key figures in Yoga’s passage to the west such as Vivekananda,Krishnamacharya,Iyengar, Jois, Indra Devi and Desikachar.

Yoga Biz

Tools to guide the new teacher in the practical work of teaching.  Included will be legal requirements and the preparation of documents, branding and websites, pricing guidelines and the art of networking.

The Eight Limbed Path

As described in the Yoga Sutras will be discussed in depth as a key tool in accessing the depth and richness of the full practice of yoga.  Students will be required to journal on and speak about their personal relationship to each of the limbs.

The Creative Stream

Illumina believes that the creative stream of each individual is the pathway to universal truth.  This section will show students how to link their individual truth to the universal through theme, light-filled language, and all elements that affect the Bhavana or feeling state of the class.

The Bhagavad Gita

We will explore this classic and heroic text from the context of the archetype of the inner hero.  Students will be invited to read the text as metaphor.  We will also explore the different paths of yoga as outlined in the text. A written personal reflection will be required as well as a classroom presentation of themes that resonate within the heart of the student.

Ethics First/ Do No Harm

We will discuss the ethics of being a yoga teacher through the lense of the Yamas, in particular ahimsa (non-violence) in all the ways a teacher may interact with students.

Personal Embodiment

An invitation to create a dedicated at home practice to support the teacher in training and to anchor key concepts within the asana.

The Yoga Sutras

We will explore this foundational text of Ashtanga Yoga in a very personal way.  Each student will be required to read the text in advance and write 4 personal reflections, one on each pada.  We will discuss each pada as a whole. Students will be asked to present their thoughts on one sutra of choice and explain how they might access the wisdom of the Sutra in the context of class creation.

Teaching Skills

Students will have the opportunity to step up and guide their fellows through individual asanas, small flows and energetic exercises with feedback from the faculty.  They will also be required to practice teach independently at home and log those hours. This practice teaching will culminate in the practical exam where each student will teach a portion of a final class created by a small group of fellows. This final project will bring all of the elements together from physical, to subtle to the sequencing that holds it together.

Deities and Archetypes

In this section, we will dive into the many archetypes revealed by the pantheon of deities from the Hindu tradition which inform the yoga practice.  Particular attention will be given to how to relate each archetype/deity to the modern human condition and the context of class creation.

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

John Steinbeck


September 25th, 2021 – April 17th, 2022
Saturday & Sunday
Sept 25-26, October 23-24, November 20-21, December 18-19, January22-23, February 19-20, March 19-20, Graduation weekend April 16-17
Practicum 1x month weekday evening
Meditation Teleconference 1x month
Attend 26.5 Hours of Approved Yoga Classes + 10 Class Reflections
Attend 4 Workshops/ Rituals

“[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.

Rian Bodner

My goal as a teacher is to support integrity, fearlessness, and truth; all to serve your heart and your relationships. This dynamic work will enable you to better empathize with your hearts, laugh while facing adversity, and activate your dreams into reality.

Rian is a 500 hour ERYT yoga teacher, in Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga. Having trained with Guru Dharam/ Siri Sat, Sonic Yoga and Yogamaya, assisted Elena Brower, and strongly influenced by the methodology of Katonah Yoga (Abby Galvin). Rian’s teaching is “skilled, sensitive, and strong.” His work has also been called “impeccable, heartfelt, and accurate”.

What you can expect: You will learn how to direct your energy in the most potent way possible. Expect to explore your blindspots, and gain deeper awareness of how your mind operates and how the body responds. This yoga is the mastery of reverse engineering that process to elevate your mind and spirit.

Tanya Birl-Torres

Tanya Birl-Torres is a seeker of clarity and truth both on and off of the mat and sees yoga as an opportunity to open up to life, allowing it to flow freely as a direct connection to all that is. Tanya has been a student of yoga for over 15 years and as a trained dancer, has found her practice a source of grounding and embodiment throughout her decade long career as a Broadway performer. She is RYT-200 certified while currently completing her 500 hour certification under the direction of Johanna Bell and Illumina Yoga. As a teacher she leads her classes with curiosity, creating a space for students to unlock their potential of authentically stepping into who they are. With lightness and grace Tanya's intention is to land the principals of yoga in a way that rings true for each student on their journey. Tanya is the mother of four year old Noemi who teaches her everyday how to boldly stand in her dharma.

Hannah Gruber

I came to yoga and Ayurveda from a stressful, jam-packed life, with debiliiating allergies, asthma and digestive issues. Tired of medication, inhalers, doctors, caffeine and not enough sleep, I was willing to try anything.

I decided to stop believing the myth that feeling terrible was my fate. I didn’t want to walk around with a smile on my face while my body was in pain. I wanted to OWN my body and my health. I wanted to take care of myself.

I believe that great health is a holistic matter: when your body, mind or emotions are out of alignment, it throws the whole system off. However, the more you come into balance, the greater your magnetic potential, purpose, meaning, and love in life.

Susanna Harwood Rubin

Susanna Harwood Rubin is the author of Yoga 365:Daily Wisdom for Life On and Off the Mat. She is a yoga teacher, writer, and artist whose work is rooted in South Indian Philosophy and is passionate about sharing the empowering traditional practices of mudra, mantra, pranayama, and myth. Based in NYC, Susanna teaches throughout Europe and in India. She is the creator of Writing Your Practice and Devi Soul Yoga. She has been featured on HuffPostLive, MSNBC Today, Yoga Journal, Mantra Wellness, Marie-Claire France, and on numerous podcasts.

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.

Jackie Foley

Jackie first discovered yoga many years ago while standing on the precipice of a deep journey of healing and becoming. Yoga served as a dear companion and teacher during this time and quickly began to unfold beyond just a practice, but rather a way of living.
Jackie is a 500 Hour registered yoga teacher having received her certification through Sonic Yoga. She is also Reiki attuned at the first level. Jackie teaches from a profound connection with playfulness, surrender, unfolding, strength in vulnerability, and the sweetness of moving authentically.

Erin Moon

E RYT 500: Erin grew up in Canada, lived in New York City for over 12 years and now resides in Vancouver Canada. Her very first training and yoga home was with Sonic Yoga where she met fellow teachers Johanna and Lisa over a decade ago. She has been teaching/mentoring future yoga instructors with the Three Sisters Yoga 200hr and 300hr RYT programs (in both Portland OR and NYC) since 2009. She has hosted Therapeutics and Restorative Yoga weekends with Dana Slamp of PREMA Yoga in NYC. Erin is also a guest lecturer for the 800hr Therapeutics training with PREMA at PURE in NYC. Erin will be teaching "Anatomy for the injured Yogi" with Lila Vinyasa's 300hr this fall and also teaches anatomy with Feet Face Forward in Vancouver Canada. Erin is very excited to be helping to develop and launch their Yoga program for back/pain care in clinics in Botsawana, the Dominican Republic and Tanzania in the upcoming years. She has her Reiki 1, training in acupressure and her level one Thai Yoga Massage. Through her studies and as a survivor of deep trauma, Erin believes that Yoga is a journey toward healing, health, happiness, longevity, conscious existence and the bliss of now.

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


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