Teacher Training


Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind:
A 200 Hr Teacher Training/Transformational Intensive with Hala Khouri & Julian Walker

Spring 2014 Dates: Part 1 - Febuary 17 – March 4.  Part 2 - May 19 – 29.

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Do you want to learn how to a teach a technically safe yoga class, or are you an established teacher wanting to go deeper?
Either way, we will take your skill set to the next level. Join us!

Do you want to engage in an intensive training for your own personal benefit, but are unsure about wanting to teach?
Our program will be a powerful force in your life as well. Jump in!

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This training is born of a passionate 10 year friendship and teaching partnership between Julian Walker and  Hala Khouri. julian and hala laugh

It is the result of many long conversations about what an exciting, modern, truly integrated program might look like.

We asked ourselves how to really convey the deeper truths about inner work, genuine compassion, embodied aliveness, and the healing power of yoga, as we had learned them in our over 20 years each of study, practice, leading classes, retreats, workshops and training  teachers.

We each also have over a decade of experience working one-on-one:  Hala with her M.A. in counseling psychology and background in Somatic Experiencing, and Julian with a mind-body healing method called Open Sky Bodywork.

We asked ourselves: How do we bring together yoga, Buddhist meditation, psychology, anatomy, brain science and even ecstatic dance in an intelligent, soulful and contemporary way?

The Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind curriculum is our heartfelt and excited answer to this question!

It features:

* Julian’s in-depth functional anatomy course.
* Hala’s precise and safe instruction in technique and alignment.
* Specific tools for creating sacred space in ways that allow for healing, growth and transformation.
* Study and discussion of key texts on the integration of meditation and neuroscience, trauma and healing, Buddhism and psychology.
* A 10 Day Meditation Challenge carefully designed to gradually introduce you to the brain training skills of 5 meditation techniques.

To go with the trainingthere is also a book  on Amazon Kindle (and readable with the free app on any Mac and PC, iPad, or smartphone) that expresses our core philosophy.



Are you hungry to understand the relationships between anatomy, yoga postures and sequencing, and how to both prevent injuries and correct imbalances?

The Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind Teacher Training will reveal the underlying structural principles of the body, and encourage you to think creatively about effectively serving each student.

Do you want the up-to-the-minute information about yoga, meditation, the brain, nervous system and somatic psychology?

Ours is a philosophy infused with mind-body psychology and neuroscience. We use tools and knowledge from Somatic Experiencing, the chakras, and my unique approach to integral anatomy, as a modern way to explore yoga’s ancient message of growth, healing and transformation via inner work.

In this sanctuary for your own growth and learning, we hold a space for you to find your own voice —to be authentically present in your body and ignite the ability to share your gift with the world.

We emphasize the underlying philosophy as much as the nuts and bolts of technique and alignment. We prioritize the teacher’s personal journey of healing and integration as a platform from which to facilitate and support future students with genuine compassion and grounded insight.

Held at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement one block from the beach in Venice California, this program will provide an unforgettable and well-structured learning experience, and give you a group of peers (usually between 20 and 30) united in a bond of support, fun and shared growth.

Join  us for an extraordinary adventure!

exhale outsideDETAILS

Spring 2014 Dates: Part 1 – Febuary 17 – March 4, 2014 , Part 2 – May 19 – 29
Location:  Exhale, Venice 245 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 310.450.7676

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Email: yogijulian@earthlink.net with any questions.

Price: $2450 (both modules) | Materials: $50
Early Bird Price: $2150 if paid in full by January 17.
Deposit to hold your space: $250 as a portion of your total. (non-refundable/non-transferable)
Schedule: This is an intensive training in which we meet the Yoga Alliance requirement for a full 200 hours within 25 class days. Full and detailed schedule TBA based on Exhale availability – for now, the general schedule (subject to some changes) is Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon to 4:30 or 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 to 10:30 & 12 noon to 5 or 5:30 p.m.

** PLEASE NOTE: We are in the process of creating a new weekend version of the training for it’s next incarnation!