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100-hour Anusara Teacher Training in Sydney with Cassandra Missio

February 3, 2019 - May 19, 2019

‘Your work is your love made visible.’

– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


Earth and Sky Yoga Studio is offering a comprehensive 200–hour teacher

training program starting September 2018. Our teacher training draws on the

Anusara yoga method. Anusara is an elegant yet simple approach to hatha

yoga with a strong focus on alignment. Through our teacher training you will

learn clear, safe and applicable principles of alignment. Our course will

support your ability to teach to a wide variety of bodies, adapting your

classes to accommodate students of differing abilities and capabilities in a

safe way.

This is a part-time course and we encourage students from all yogic

backgrounds to apply.


To be a great teacher, we believe that it is essential to know what it is to be

a student first and foremost and learn how to teach from this place.

With this in mind, our teacher training takes place in two parts:

Immersions: a series of 8 weekend workshops. These immersions are an

opportunity to deepen your understanding of the philosophy, anatomy and

practice of yoga and will give you a solid working knowledge and strong

foundation of the basic principles and practice of Anusara yoga. In the

immersion we have the opportunity to form a kula (community of the heart)

to delve deeply into the key elements of the Anusara yoga teachings.

Working together you will feel how an open heart and inspired

biomechanics can open possibilities in your practice and in your life.

Teaching Practicum: this component of our training takes place over 15

consecutive Sundays starting in February 2019 and covers the practicum of

teaching techniques.

Upon completion of this course you will be eligible to register with Yoga

Alliance as a 200-hr yoga teacher which gives you eligibility for insurance

cover to teach – essential for all yoga teachers.

Graduates of our teacher training program are given priority when teaching

opportunities arise at Earth and Sky Yoga Studio.



It’s our belief that you cannot teach without an established personal

practice. Our immersions will help you develop and refine your own

practice. Learn also how to incorporate the practical tools from the yoga

tradition into your daily life.

The workshops cover:

54 hours of Anusara asana practice and discussion of methodology

30 hours of philosophy

9 hours of pranayama and meditation

6 hours of yoga anatomy

3 hours of group discussion/contemplation

After the immersion workshops students will be asked to complete an

empowerment review to ensure they have a working knowledge of the

main concepts and key teachings of alignment and philosophy covered.

Teaching Practicum

Part 1: Techniques, Training and Practice

– Active practice and parenthetical teaching of asana, pranayama,

meditation, mantra, mudras, and other yoga practices

– Succinct lectures and analytical explorations of principal concepts and


Part 2: Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: the path and

integrity of teaching yoga

– The seat of the teacher and preparing to teach

– Ethical Guidelines of a high integrity teacher

– Journaling and discourse about the tantric philosophy of Anusara yoga

and how it is applicable to our lives

Part 3: Teaching Methodology – Presentation, Discussion and Exploration of

the Essential Components of Teaching Anusara Yoga

– General teaching points and techniques

– Using themes, sequencing strategies and creating course curriculum

– Teaching meditation

– Adjustments and assisting

– Business of yoga

– Practicum: teaching exercises, practice teaching, feedback,

observation and assisting

– Anatomy and physiology


Cassandra first came to yoga in her early twenties whilst travelling. She knew after her first class that she had

stumbled upon a very powerful and potent

discipline that left her feeling grounded and clear. She has been teaching

yoga for over 15 years and began her training in 2002 by undertaking a

traditional teacher mentoring apprenticeship at The Art of Yoga in Summer

Hill. This supported the development of her daily yoga and meditation

practice, and gave her an opportunity to assist in class and on retreat.

Through her mentorship she developed the fundamental principles of her

teaching style.

She has continued to develop her practice and teaching skills studying on

numerous occasions with the founder of Anusara yoga, John Friend and

many of his senior teachers. She has studied regularly with meditation and

philosophy teacher Carlos Pomeda and Yoga Therapist Doug Kellar.

After many years of refining her teaching, Cassandra became a certified

Anusara teacher in 2009. She teaches a wide range of classes from

beginners to advanced as well as more specialised restorative and prenatal

classes. She has many dedicated students who have been attending her

classes for over 10 years. She has also established a busy private practice

and teaches many one-on-one yoga therapy sessions per week.

She is inspired to offer teacher training at Earth and Sky Yoga Studio as her

part in helping maintain high standards and integrity in the teaching of


In the Anusara tradition, Cassandra’s teaching style weaves precise biomechanical

alignment and heart centred philosophy with the intent to offer

an experience of freedom and lightness to the body and the heart!

For more than 20 years Shane has been committed to

a lifelong journey of discovering and understanding

the human condition through the lens of Chinese

medicine. Shane began his remedial massage practice

in 1996 and completed his Chinese medicine training in 2006. He has been

operating his own practice since that time. Shane brings his wealth of

experience, knowledge and passion of the human anatomy and physiology

to the ESYS teacher training. His lectures will introduce students to the basics

of functional anatomy and its application to asana and the biomechanic

alignment principles of Anusara yoga.

Christine’s passion for the study of Indian philosophic

traditions had its beginnings in Anusara yoga in 2001.

Although she had studied Western philosophy and

found it intellectually stimulating, it was only when she

discovered the refined and potent gifts of the Tantras,

and realised that the hatha yoga she had been practicing for years had its

roots in classical Tantric philosophy, that she was inspired to dive into both

the Tantric texts and the wider textual sources of yoga. When Christine met

former monk and now global teacher Carlos Pomeda in 2005 she knew she

had met her teacher. She has studied with Carlos at every opportunity since

then. His wise, generous and compassionate teaching has illuminated her

own teaching and given her the tools and direction to impart the wisdom of

these texts to others.

Charumati Samperi


Charumati has several decades experience as a

meditation teacher and has taught meditation in

schools and workplaces and facilitated weekend

retreats and workshops for families and children. She is a

regular mediation teacher at the Sydney Siddha Yoga

Ashram in Dulwich Hill. Charumati will share with us her

experience of meditation and its place in yoga




August 31–September 2

September 7–9

September 28–30

October 12–14

November 2–4

November 16–18

November 23–25

November 30–December 2


Friday evening 6–9pm // Saturday 1.30–5pm // Sunday 8.30am–3.30pm

Teaching Practicum

The teaching practicum will be held over

15 consecutive Sundays in early 2019.

(Please note we break for Easter on 21 April.)

February 3, 10, 17, 24

March 3, 10, 17, 24

April 7, 14, 28

May 5, 12, 19


8am – 4pm


Total course fee: $3,500

Early bird: $3,300 if paid by Friday 13 July

10% off for ESYS members and qualified yoga teachers:

Total course fee: $3,150

Early bird: $2,970 if paid by Friday 13 July


To secure your place a $500 non-refundable deposit is required.

Our teacher training intake is limited in number to ensure teachers can get

to know each student as an individual, working with them to enhance their

strengths and improve their weaknesses and allow for more one-on-one

attention as needed.

Payment Plan Options:

Please contact the studio to discuss payment plans if necessary.

Payment Policy:

Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


There will be some texts that students will need to purchase for the teacher

training. The list of required texts will be given to students on enrolment.


100% attendance is expected. But if for any unforeseen circumstances you

are unable to attend any part of the training, contact hours may be made

up at your cost at the trainer’s fee per hour.


Applicants must have been practising yoga for a minimum of 12 months

and will be considered on their application.


Teacher training will take place at Earth and Sky Yoga Studio in Marrickville.

Our beautiful studio is in the heart of Marrickville and easy to access by

public transport or car. Marrickville train station is within walking distance

and bus routes 418, 423, 425, 426 and M30 stop on Marrickville Road near

the studio.

The studio is located at 1/137 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW 2204.

Please note the studio is on the first floor with access by stairs.


To receive an application form, or for more information please contact

Cassandra at the studio:

Phone: 0413 303 484

Email cassandra@earthandskyyoga.com.au


Our teacher training is the only Anusara teacher training offered in Sydney.

At Earth and Sky Yoga Studio the practical element of teacher training is

incorporated into the program explicitly through the immersion workshops.

The biomechanic alignment principles of Anusara yoga (Universal Principles

of Alignment™) are clearly woven into the immersions giving you an

opportunity to apply these principles in your personal practice and support

your understanding of these principles for teaching purposes.

The structure of our teacher training program – the immersions followed by

the teaching practicum component – gives you the experience of a more

advanced practice first, along with the experience of extensive pranayama

and meditation and plenty of time for what you have learned to be


Through your experience with the immersions you start your training at the

receiving end of teaching. This will ground your teacher training in an

understanding of what it is to be a committed student. This format supports

you to develop and deepen your own personal practice and

understanding of yoga which will then inform the development of your own

teaching style.

The break between the two stages is also a vital element of our training

giving you pause to really connect with and process all that you have

learned in the immersions before taking those teachings and applying them

in a teacher training context. Bringing what you’ve learned and

experienced in stage one you will learn to teach from a place of



Anusara yoga teachers are committed to creating an uplifting and

empowering experience for every student in class. They inspire

lightheartedness and playfulness with a joyful creativity that is the nature of

the Anusara yoga practice.

A key element in an Anusara yoga class is a heart theme, a virtue. The

theme is skilfully woven through the breath and postural instructions of the

asana (poses) effectively creating the attitudinal expression of the poses

from the ‘inside out’. The heart quality cultivates the connection between

the physical yoga poses and the greater spiritual purposes of yogic


The Anusara yoga method is designed to serve students of any level of

experience, age, gender, race or religion. The Universal Principles of

Alignment™ are therapeutic and students with special therapeutic needs

may find relief and healing with Anusara yoga.

For more information on Anusara we encourage you to have a look at the

methodology here: https://www.anusarayoga.com/methodology/


‘I love Cassandra and love this studio. I practiced a bit with Cassandra

many years back and was lucky enough to do my Anusara immersion with

her which was amazing! If you live in the inner west of Sydney you should

definitely visit this studio. Thanks so much Cassandra!’

– Kelly Ryan, Director of Yoga Vidya, Wollongong


‘Cassandra is a remarkable teacher. She is fresh and fun at every class. How

does she do that? She takes her yoga practice, however, very seriously. Her

understanding of the postures, alignments and deeper purpose of yoga

within our lives, is very uplifting. I feel grateful to attend her classes and think

Sydney is lucky to have her.’

– Jacqueline


Earth and Sky Yoga Studio
1/137 Marrickville Road
Marrickville, NSW 2204 Australia
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0413 303 484