Teacher Training


Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind

Yoga Teacher Training

with Hala Khouri & Julian Walker

***NEW 2015 Dates!


Call 310-450-7676 to Sign Up NOW!




The Training is scheduled over one three-day weekend a month for each of the first six months of 2015.2015 ahem group pic

January 9 – 11
February 20 – 22
March 20 – 22
April 24 – 26
May 8 – 10
June 19 – 21


Fridays 7 – 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Saturdays 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 12 – 5 p.m.
Sundays 12 – 5 p.m.



The Training happens at Exhale Sacred Movement in beautiful Venice Beach, California.

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The Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind (AHEM) Yoga Teacher Training is a Yoga Alliance approved 200 hr program which is unique in seven important ways:DSC_5546

1) Highly Effective Practice Teaching 

We pride ourselves on really training teachers to teach.

Many trainings will provide a lot of technical information and yoga practice time, but very little actual time teaching yoga and getting used to being in front of the room.

In our program you will practice yoga and learn technique, but you will also be prepared for 4 practicum sessions over your 200 hours in which you get to teach your peers while being observed and then get loving, personal feedback from your trainers on how to keep improving.

Each of the four practicums require that you study and prepare three sequences of poses, one of which is randomly assigned to you right before your turn.

Sound scary? Read on to find out why it won’t be…


2) Real Transformation Tools 

We emphasize pragmatic personal growth and provide you with highly effective tools to not only manage and master nervousness, fear or insecurity, but to understand these as opportunities for healing and empowerment in the safe and sacred container of the work we do together.

As an example of the tools we provide: In our practicum sessions, the trainee “on deck”  gets 5 minutes to practice “The Foundational Trinity” while the trainee before them is teaching. This is a simple yet powerful embodied meditation on getting grounded, focused and connected before meeting the challenge of teaching in front of the room.

After teaching, trainer feedback is offered in the spirit of compassionate and supportive constructive criticism, and trainees are given personalized homework to keep developing their  warmth, authenticity, mastery, and skill.


3) Find Your Tribe

For us it is of central importance to create a shared learning experience in which our group of trainees bond, support one-another, and feel loved, encouraged and accepted. We know that the teacher training process is not so much about the egos of the trainers as it is about the experience of the participants. We know we have succeeded when each trainee feels that they have found their tribe and enjoyed a sense of belonging that allows real growth and learning to unfold.


4) The Operating System

Our philosophy is that if we teach you how to think about and look at the human body, mind and heart in intelligent, compassionate and well-informed ways, you will be a better teacher than someone who has merely memorized information and tried to be a carbon copy of their trainer.

In that spirit, we provide a solid foundation in functional anatomy, safe and sound alignment technique, core and joint stabilization principles, and a basic understanding both of how to prevent and help heal common injuries and bio-mechanical imbalances.

We teach you how to think in the moment and meet people “where they are at,” so as to be an effective, kind and curious guide to your students.



5) Grounded Mind-Body Spiritual Psychology

Because we recognize the practice and teaching of yoga as being about mind-body integration, you will experience readings and discussion that give you a practical and grounded perspective on spirituality through the lens of Somatic Psychology, Neuroscience, and Buddhist meditation.

We teach the importance of self-awareness and personal growth as a teacher, as well as what it means to build a healthy yoga community around your teaching, hold space for your students in ways that allow for beneficial inner work, and what it means to really have a compassionate respect for the human experience as revealed on the yoga mat.

For example, you will take the journey through a 10 day process of practicing 5 specific meditation techniques that gradually increase from 5 to 20 minutes and train your brain for greater mental focus, compassion, body awareness, and intuitive insight.


6) Find Your Voice, Share Your Gifts

We believe that each teacher has a unique voice and gift to share, and support our trainees in finding their way toward fully empowered creative self-expression that rests on the foundation of solid information, sincere self-awareness and the humble willingness to keep learning for life.


7) A Map To Success & Future Support

We prepare you to enter your yoga career (if that is your intention) realistically, by sharing an inside glimpse of the business and offering you potential roadmaps for how to make a living and find your path.

Teaching big classes at a local studio usually takes a long time and more than a little luck to achieve, so we’ll teach you smart ways to create a portfolio of private and corporate classes and take the long view.

What’s more, after training you won’t just be left hanging! You will have free access to our Yoga Teacher Grad. School community, as well as the AHEM email newsletter with  articles and videos that support you starting your journey into teaching yoga. Also stay tuned for the 500 Hour completion course!


Teacher training is a huge decision.

It is a significant investment of time, energy and money. We believe ours is the best around, but it is not for everyone.

However, if you want a learning experience that combines the best of East and West, ancient and modern, spirituality, psychology and science, if you want to not only be 200hr certified (or add to any existing certifications) but to also become the yoga teacher and human being you most aspire to embody: to touch lives, to make a positive impact on our precious world —we would love to welcome you into the Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind adventure!

If you are still unsure if our training is a good fit for you, please check out these testimonial video clips by our graduates.

2013 Testimonial Video

2011 Testimonial Video

You can also contact Hala (hala@halakhouri.com) or Julian (yogijulian@earthlink.net) with any questions you may have.

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This training is born of a passionate 12 year friendship and teaching partnership between seasoned long-term senior teachers and leaders in the fieldJulian Walker E-RYT 500 and  Hala Khouri, M.A. E-RYT.
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It is the result of many long conversations about what an exciting, modern, truly integrated program might look like.

Both of us have taught classes for over 20 years, and had co-taught many workshops for teachers in LA and at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

With well 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 wanted to share how this had deeply influenced our yoga teaching.

We asked ourselves how go to the next level of sharing the deeper truths about inner work, genuine compassion, embodied aliveness, and the healing power of yoga, that we had learned  in our study, practice, leading classes, retreats, workshops and training  teachers.

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.
 Our shared perspective on teaching trauma-informed yoga.
* 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.

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

2015 Weekend Dates:  January 9 – 11, February 20 – 22, March 20 – 22, April 24 – 26, May 8 – 10, June 19 – 21.


Fridays 7 – 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Saturdays 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 12 – 5 p.m.
Sundays 12 – 5 p.m.

Price: $2675  | Materials: $50
Early Bird Price: $2375 if paid in full by November 30.
Deposit to hold your space: $250 as a portion of your total. (non-refundable/non-transferable)
Location:  Exhale, Venice 245 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 310.450.7676

Call 310-450-7676 to Sign Up NOW!

Email: yogijulian@earthlink.net or hala@halakhouri.com with any questions.