Professional Yoga Teacher Training

Upcoming Modules for 2015


Tantra Hatha Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain & Common Medical Conditions

Teacher: Marlysa Sullivan
School: Center for Integrative Yoga Studies
April 24 – 26, 2015

Early bird is $325 if registered before March 24th, 2015
Preferred Program Hours: Friday 6 – 9:30 p.m. Sat – Sun 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Please Register HERE.

Marlysa2Tantra Hatha yoga gives us much in the way of philosophy and practices to help us understand chronic pain and suffering. Through the philosophy of Tantra we can teach our students to understand themselves and their condition from a new perspective and to create a new relationship with their body and mind.

Teaching our students this ancient philosophy can help them to find their way into a practice that can be both healing and transformative. Current findings in the field of pain science are showing how we can change our relationship with our body through the relationship with our mind and nervous system.

We will look into the current findings of pain science and treatment of chronic pain and integrate the practices and philosophy of tantra hatha yoga. You will learn practices of asana, pranayama and meditation that will be beneficial for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.



Yoganand Michael Carroll

The Universe inside the Body of the Yogi: A Journey into the Chakras, Granthis, and Nadis

Instructor: Yoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT 500, IAYT
School: Pranakriya Yoga

May 15 – 17, 2015
$400 plus $15 material fee
Early bird is $325 plus $15 material fee if registered before April 1, 2015
Register HERE
Preferred Program Hours: Friday 6 – 9:30 p.m. Sat – Sun 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Ancient texts of Hatha Yoga state that inside the body of the yogi are mountains, valleys, oceans, and rivers; the moon and stars move in that inner space.
When practice took ancient seekers deep inside, they encountered an amazing world beyond rational thought. They used symbols to map this inner journey and, over time, those symbols became the esoteric Chakras, Granthis, and Nadis of medieval Hatha Yoga.
Come and see what you find when you shine the light of Kriya, Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, and Mudra into your inner world and look closely through the eyes of meditation. Come and practice as the ancient yogis did, using Hatha Yoga rituals to remove the obstacles to inner experience.


The Yoga Way: Towards Psychological Health and Emotional Well being

June 19th-23rd

Teacher: Holle Black
Cost $500
Early Bird is $450 if registered before May 24th, 2015
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From the experiences of our lives, we make stories about who we are. These manifest in how we hold our body, breathe, think, feel, and move in relationship to other and the environment. These stories have energy and create energy patterns, both healthy and unhealthy.

If we can recognize our stories, our patterns, our underlying energies, we can change them. When these change, our lives change. This course gives a concentrated overview of the human condition from ancient yogic and modern psychological perspectives. We review yogic concepts related to understanding the mind, including koshas, kleshas, samskaras, and the gunas.

We explore how these concepts fit together with western ideas of mind and how they may be useful in understanding and treating dysfunction. Students will learn Tantra Hatha yoga therapy methods for managing or assisting in healing psychological difficulties, including depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress responses.


accessmentMusculoskeletal Assessment Training

DATE: July 24th-28th

Teacher:  Tra Kirkpatrick
School: Center for Integrative Yoga Studies
Cost:  $500
Register HERE

This course will deepen your understanding and knowledge of the function and location of the muscles and joints of the body. You will learn a functional, integrated approach to evaluation through looking at movement and asana as well as specific muscle testing techniques. You will learn techniques to help you “read” your students body through their asana practice. This course will give you a more functional understanding of what is going on in the body and how certain imbalances may lead to pain and dysfunction. The development of a personalized plan of care and personalized asana practice for your student based on this evaluation will be taught. After this course, you will be able to help students with musculoskeletal dysfunctions (for example: back pain, neck pain, arthritis, tendonitis) by finding their imbalances and helping them to find a yoga practice to restore balance as well as modify asanas as needed.

Tra Kirkpatrick, E-RYT 500 is a certified Pranakriya Yoga Therapist, Thai Bodyworker and teacher who has a private practice and teaches in Atlanta, GA. Led to the yoga mat nearly two decades ago after a spontaneous visit to a studio’s open house, she has spent the past 8 years sharing the practices of Kripalu and Pranakriya Yoga.  Tra’s 200-hour training is through Kripalu under the teachings of Yoganand Michael Carroll and 500-hour through Pranakriya with a focus on the therapeutic aspects of the practice. As a therapist, body/energy worker, and teacher, Tra’s approach to healing combines the love and compassions inherent within Thai philosophy with the tools and techniques of Pranakriya yoga to restore balance, increase vitality, and improve mental and emotional well-being.  Tra has also studied the healing modality of Thai Yoga with Saul David Raye and William Hufschmidt.  Tra is the Yoga Therapy Internship Director and Co-Director of the 500-hour Holding Space module. She has also been assisting the 200-hour yoga teacher training for the past several years.

Myofasciae, Prana, and the Bandhas: Merging Anatomy and Spirit

Date: September 25th-27th

Teacher: Jeff Shoaf
Early Bird $350 if registered by August 25th
Register HERE

In the introduction to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, under the sub-heading titled The real purpose of hatha yoga, there is the following reminder:
“Just to improve the physical health ( of a patient) is not enough. The mental health must also improve, the nature must change, the personality must change, the psychological and the psychic framework also has to change. You should not merely feel freedom from disease, but freedom from bondage and from the vagaries of the mind. Now, the time has come when teachers in every part of the world must understand and transmit the true nature of hatha yoga”.

Our bodies, minds, and spirits all represent form. As the Pradipika reminds us; these are not separate entities, but one form. All ‘systems’ must then, for optimal health, be communicating synchronistically, consistently, to function properly. As American Architect Louis Sullivan stated: form follows function, but to flip it around, function will inevitably, necessarily, be a byproduct of form as well…

Our myofascial network is our stand- alone matrix of channels and pathways in which all other of the body’s systems are suspended in, and rely upon,, a full representation of a micro-universe; the materials most anatomists have until recently discarded and/or ignored in dissection labs. One thing we need to remember first and foremost about fascia is that “It’s Alive”!

The objectives of this 20- hour module will be to:

  • explore the anatomy, physiology, and function of connective tissue( fascia) as a way of understanding how its health is integral to the function of our other “life” systems, including, but not limited to, our physical, emotional, energetic, and “communicative” self.
  • apply this knowledge experientially in our own yoga practice using asana, kriyas, pranayams, and bandhas to better support this flexible armor that creates the shape we’ve come to know.
  • provide for us as teachers, therapists, and bodyworkers new ways of body-reading; coming to better understand and support our work with both students and clients.


downdogsplitsBecome a Certified Yoga Teacher! 200 hr. RYT with Pranakriya Yoga

Teacher:  Jacci Reynolds
School: Pranakriya

Our next module is starting in February of 2015 and we have some spaces left!  We are thrilled to be able to offer our 3rd 200 hour RYT Yoga Teacher Training program through Pranakriya Yoga.  Pranakriya is one of the most highly respected Yoga Teacher Training schools in the country. It’s a deep program that is personally transformative as you experience this remarkable path of Tantric Hatha Yoga developed by Yoganand Michael Carroll.  Graduates of the 200 hour can go on to complete their 500 hour and their Yoga Therapy Teacher Training here at Main Street Yoga.

If you are local please come to the studio for some Pranakriya style classes and talk with our teachers about their experience.  If you are from out of town we would love to have you visit sometime.  Let me know and we can schedule a talk together.

Download the updated Application YTT 2015 MSY

Turn your application in ASAP even though the course starts in January of 2015.  Please know that our teacher must plan years in advance to offer these intensive program.  If you are on the fence don’t hesitate to call me with your questions and concerns.  Please read requirements and deadlines carefully.

The Pranakriya Yoga 200 hr. Teacher Training program is for yoga practitioners who have a love for yoga born out of practice. We help these practitioners develop the skills needed to share yoga with students as professional teachers.

Pranakriya Yoga is an approach to Hatha Yoga based on the Tantric teachings of Swami Kripalu, an ascetic monk who practiced yoga ten hours each day for over 30 years. Through his practices he gained a thorough understanding of all aspects of yoga. His teachings have been adapted for western students as Kripalu Yoga, developed by Amrit Desai; and as Pranakriya Yoga, developed by Yoganand Michael Carroll. The training takes place one weekend per month for 9 months.

Pranakriya Yoga is founded on the principle that all yoga practices were originally meant to do the following:

  • Cultivate inner awareness and sensitivity
  • Raise energy
  • Strengthen the body/mind container
  • Dissolve the sense of self into universal consciousness

When asana and pranayama are practiced with these intentions they become powerful tools for self-transformation.


Yoga Therapy Certification Program

The Pranakriya Yoga Therapy Certification program is designed for yoga practitioners, teachers and health care providers who want to specialize in yoga’s therapeutic aspects. The program provides an understanding of yoga’s healing methods seen in the light of modern medical and psychological therapies. This combination brings out the best of both. Details coming up soon!

The Pranakriya Yoga Therapy School is a charter member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and works closely with IAYT in developing standards for Yoga Therapy schools.

Marlysa is a professional physical therapist and Yoga instructor. Marlysa continues to research and develop new methods for integrating Yoga and physical therapy. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is pursuing further certification and study with Yoganand. Marlysa is the author of The Anatomy of Yoga, instructor of Advanced Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga for Pranakriya Yoga Teachers and collaborates with therapists across the country on the integration of Yoga in to therapy practices.

In the program you will develop the following skills:

  • Learn about diseases and dysfunction from a western model and from a Tantric Hatha yoga model.
  • Integrate the Tantra Hatha Yoga tools of asana, pranayama and meditation into the treatment of musculoskeletal, medical and psychological conditions.
  • Become a trained yoga therapist capable of working in private or group settings.
  • Learn to evaluate a person for musculoskeletal and psychological conditions and apply yoga techniques as treatment for a variety of medical conditions.
  • Develop care plans based on evaluations

This program is for yoga teachers, practitioners and health care providers and is intended to build upon the approach to Hatha Yoga taught in the Pranakriya 200 hour Basic Yoga Teacher Training program and Pranakriya 500 hour Professional Level Teacher Training program. Health Care practitioners with a yoga practice or background may enter the program.


If you cancel before the program starts, we will refund 75% of your payment. No refunds after a program has started.


“Wow! I feel so very blessed that Main Street Yoga is the MidWestern hub for the Pranakriya Yoga Therapy Program.The program founder, Yoganand Michael Carroll, is truly a world-class yoga teacher. His extensive knowledge of the yogic texts, traditions and practices is matched with a profound understanding of yoga’s medicinal benefits. Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, E-500, is the yoga therapy director. She is an accomplished physical therapist, yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She has a private practice in Atlanta, GA in addition to directing the Pranakriya Yoga Therapy Program. Marlysa and Yoganand have a gift for presenting potentially complex material into simple bite-sized portions. I found the program very practical, useful and personally satisfying. Being a student in the program is an opportunity for profound personal growth and development; to be challenged, to laugh, to cry, to form wonderful bonds of friendship and to enjoy the warm nurturing love of Deb and Jeff. The Pranakriya program is an internationally recognized program available right here in Bloomington! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take one or all of the classes.”  David Crenshaw PT, CPI, CYT, RYT

“Who would have known that a forty-eight year old guy walking into his first ever yoga class back in 2002 would now, eleven years later be holding the credentials of 200hr. Yoga teacher, 500hr. Yoga Therapy Certification, and soon to be 500hr. EYRT, all through the Pranakriya Yoga School of Healing Arts. These programs are without a doubt the very best around. I know this from experience, and also from the numerous comments we as Pranakriya teachers here at Main Street Yoga continue to receive from our devoted students. Yoganand Michael Carroll, Jacci Reynolds, and Marlysa Sullivan offer only top level training programs, and do it with more integrity, knowledge, skill, and love than is imaginable. I will close by saying I am so happy I walked into that first class. It changed my life!  Jeffrey Shoaf LMT, Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist