"Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, but as it applies to the other."
–T. Krisnamacharya

Sacred Sounds Yoga's Teacher Training is a Yoga Alliance–certified 200-hour teacher training program that offers training with some of NYC's most experienced, respected and well liked teachers. We have 50–plus years of experience collectively. The program offers an individualized approach wherein freedom of expression and the refinement of one's personal voice are encouraged. We hope to provide a nurturing and empowering experience that emphasizes the more subtle aspects of teaching inspired by traditional lineages.

Adrienne Burke – Asana, Methodology, Kriyas, Pre and Postnatal Yoga, Children's Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Teaching Privates
Jill Camera – Philosophy, Meditation, Pranayama, and Subtle Anatomy: Pancha Mayas (Koshas) and Chakras
Liz Mandarano – Anatomy for Asanas and Sequencing, Alignment, Public Speaking, and Ethics and Business
Joe Miller – Anatomy, Physiology, and Alignment

Spring 2015 Session (March 21st – June 28th)
Summer 2015 Session (July 18th – August 14th)
Fall 2015 Session (September 19th – February 21st)
Spring 2016 Session (March 12th – June 26th)

Asana Teaching Methodology & Techniques

Introduction to teaching yoga
What makes a good teacher and how to teach effectively
Public speaking: Voice, language and presence – how to find the best method for YOU!
Basic asana alignment
Breath in movement: Vinyasa and sun salutes
Actions of the spine
Art of sequencing for different student levels and class lengths
Necessary components to a well-rounded practice
How to teach private classes and corporate classes
How to use props
Teaching beginners
Advanced poses
Adjustments and corrections
Class themes and presentation
Meditation and pranayama
Pre and postnatal yoga
Restorative yoga
Children's yoga
The business and ethics of teaching yoga

Introduction to human anatomy
Forms of movements and planes
The skeleton
Body systems: Respiratory, circulatory, digestive, lymphatic and endocrine
Connective tissue and skelatal considerations for specific asanas
Anatomy of sequencing

Yoga Philosophy
What is yoga?
History and text overview: The Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika
History of modern postural practice
What is hatha yoga?
The subtle anatomy of hatha yoga: Pancha mayas and chakra system
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Chanting the Yoga Sutras
Pronunciation of yoga asana names
Basic ayurvedic principles

Adrienne Burke – Asana, Methodology, Kriyas, Pre and Postnatal Yoga, Children's Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Teaching Privates

Adrienne is a long time yoga practitioner, 25 years plus, and a teacher since 1994. She is known as a teacher's teacher, and with her graceful, yet unyielding, manner has participated in and led advanced training courses. She has certified hundreds of students who now teach throughout the United States and internationally.

For four years, Adrienne was the Director of Teaching Programs and Teacher Training at the Jivamukti school and was instrumental in developing their curriculum and promoting the school to become the established brand it is today. She has held strategic titles in marketing, sales, management and compliance. She has also directed Advanced Training Programs at Atmananda as has been a faculty member of Yoga Sutra's 200-Hour and Advanced Training Programs.

As one of a small group of senior teachers in the yoga community, she is able to perceive students abilities. She weaves together a class that is not only challenging, but spiritually satisfying. She has designed individual and group programs for specialized needs including, but not limited to, corporations, seniors, children, teens, prenatal, and students with anxiety disorders, headaches, insomnia, addiction, chronic conditions or illness.

Adrienne is often called upon as an expert, having been interviewed by major print and web publications including: The New York Times, Elle, Shape and Yoga Journal on topics including stress reduction, asana sequences, meditation, spirituality and best music for class.

Although with Jill Camera and Kristin Leal, Adrienne is the co-author of "The Yoga Fan," a complete, step-by-step, book featuring a yoga sequence that corresponds to the Chakra system. She is also the author of "The Body Art Book and Gift Set" and "Serenity with Mandalas: Color and Meditate your way to Inner Peace." Additionally, Adrienne had an acting appearance in the movie Someone Like You and is a contributor on www.iamplifi.com. In addition to her yoga accomplishments, Adrienne has a BS in finance and international business from New York University, and currently oversees all marketing and client communication functions for a financial advisory and asset management firm.

She comes from a successful background in helping small, mid-sized and large companies in the financial, technology, consumer goods, staffing and wellness industries successfully expand in product offerings revenue growth.

Adrienne believes that her spiritual practice must be lived daily and incorporated into all of her actions; to keep improving and refining as an individual, not only when she is on her yoga mat.

Jill Camera – Philosophy, Meditation, Pranayama, and Subtle Anatomy: Pancha Mayas (Koshas) and Chakras

Jill began teaching yoga in 2001. She is trained in vinyasa, alignment and classical philosophical methods via the Krishnamacharya lineage.

She completed her advanced certification with Adrienne Burke in 2003 and went on to assist Adrienne in her subsequent teacher trainings. Jill is the Director of Philosophy for Yoga Effects 200-Hour Teacher Training Program with fellow faculty member Liz Mandarano as well as for The Toms River Center for Health and Healing in New Jersey. She was also a faculty member of Yoga Sutra's 200-Hour and Advanced Training Programs, focusing on teaching Beginners and methodology. Jill also hosts several beginner student workshops throughout the year, and hopes to have made the ancient Vedic teachings modern and accessible to her students.

Jill has studied anatomy and alignment with Beth Biegler and currently studies Vedic Chanting and chanting the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Guta Hedewig. She regularly attends philosophy classes with Dr. Edwin Bryant and Christopher Hildebrandt. Besides Vinyasa classes, Jill also studies Iyengar with Carrie Owerko. Jill has attended workshops with Chase Bossart, as well as with his teacher, T.K.V. Desikachar, the son and student of Krishnamacharya.

In 2004 Jill co-authored the book "The Yoga Fan" with Adrienne and Kristin Leal.

Jill has always been a student of esoteric science, and maintained her interest and studies while working part-time as Operations Manager and Business Manager for Chanel and Stagelight Cosmetics respectively before retiring to teach yoga full-time.

Liz Mandarano– Anatomy for Asanas and Sequencing, Public Speaking, and Ethics and Business

Liz is the Owner and Director of Teacher Training of Yoga Effects' 200-Hour training program. She began yoga 13 years ago while a practicing attorney after observing in a colleague the practices' enormous benefits. Liz began her practice in the Hatha tradition and gradually segued into Ashtanga and then finally Vinyasa in 2003.

Liz has been teaching yoga since 2004 after receiving her certification from Atmananda and has certified over a hundred teachers who now teach across the country and internationally. She started Yoga Effects in 2005, and for five years operated its midtown-based studio and staff before shifting totally to teaching group classes and teacher training programs.

Liz has extensive training in anatomy. For eight years, Liz's legal practice consisted primarily of actions arising out of blunt trauma and respiratory diseases, with injuries ranging from quadriplegia to joint injuries. Among others, she had the great opportunity to work with some of New York's finest neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists on a daily basis to better understand human anatomy and healthy movement. She has also studied advanced anatomy for yoga with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews as well as Rachel Lynch John and Paula Tursi.

Relative to yoga, Liz enjoys exploring with her students the anatomical possibilities (e.g., ranges of motion and proportions) as to why certain asanas are more available or unavailable for different people–an approach inspired by anatomical compassion and understanding. On a sequencing level, Liz enjoys teaching safe (but vigorous!) sequencing methods for students to build to more advanced postures.

Liz also enjoys teaching Beginners, and has taught her methodology for almost seven years to thousands of people in person or via her DVD, Yoga Effects' 8 Part Beginners' Series. The DVD is a seven hour instructive on basic vinyasa asanas and flow with an hour of computer animated anatomical lessons. The DVD is used by entities such as the American Fitness Professionals and Associates in their fitness certification programs.

Liz is also currently continuing her yoga studies, focusing on yoga philosophy, the Yoga Sutras, Vedic chanting, meditation, and the TKV Desikachar lineage with Guta Hedewig.

A graduate of GeorgetownUniversity LawCenter, Liz started out as a prosecutor in Miami and transitioned into a civil litigation practice. She enjoys teaching her trainees public speaking techniques that encourage students to have a deeper experience in class. As a multiple business owner, Liz also enjoys exploring ways to try to create a financially sustainable yoga profession while still trying to maintain the integrity of yogic philosophy.

Liz is a legal contributor for the Huffington Post. Relative to yoga, she has appeared on CBS Saturday Morning News, New York's Daily News and Time Out New York. She has appeared as a legal commentator for Channel 11 WPIX and Fox News. In 2009, she was named by Road Trip Nation as one of the 50 most inspiring professionals.

Joe Miller – Anatomy, Physiology, and Alignment

Joe's passion is teaching how the body works. He currently teaches yoga classes in New York City, and anatomy and physiology for yogis and yoga teachers around the country and worldwide. He also writes extensively about yoga, anatomy, physiology and health on his blog and for popular websites and publications.

Joe discovered yoga in his mid-twenties. He had spent his teenage and college years living in a way that was cerebral and disembodied. Yoga re-awakened a lost sense of pleasure in movement and physicality. He practiced other physical disciplines–running, weight training, martial arts and more–but always returned to yoga.

In 2000, Joe completed his teacher training at New York City’s OM Yoga Center. He taught there for 12 years until OM’s closing, including ten years as a teacher trainer. A lifelong interest in biology and anatomy led him to study with anatomy teachers including Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews, Tom Myers and Gil Hedley, and eventually to a master’s degree in applied physiology from Columbia University.

Joe's practiced yoga with numerous teachers, including Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, and more recently, Glenn Black. He also studied Sanskrit for several years with Swami Prabuddhananda.

Prompted by Glenn Black’s insistence that asana alone is not enough to ensure robust health, Joe became interested in incorporating other types of movement, as well as nutrition and hands-on work, into his practice. He's a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner. The Feldenkrais method is a powerful system for re-learning integrated, pain-free movement. He offers both group Feldenkrais classes and one-on-one table sessions. He's also certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA.

Yoga helped to restore Joe's health and brought him to a place of greater embodiment and vitality. He loves sharing what he's learned with students, and helping aspiring teachers develop their knowledge and skills. Understanding the way your body works can profoundly affect your life, allowing you to move with greater awareness and freedom so that you can more clearly put your intentions into action.