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the Insight Body advanced education for yoga teachers

  • Zürich Switzerland (map)

***please note we are in the process of making some modifications to this schedule and template in order to accommodate a wider range of possibilities for study. Please still feel free to reach out to me with questions while we are working on that.

the Insight Body: Advanced Education for Yoga Teachers

insight, n. the capacity to gain an accurate and deep understanding of someone or something.

body, n. the physical structure of a human; the main or central part; a collection; an organized group with a common purpose; a collective.

the Insight Body: neither your average teaching education nor your average faculty; a unique and cutting-edge model that broadens and clarifies the notion of what it is to offer yoga as a professional. Our mission is born of a desire to share innovation, intelligence, and integrity in all realms of movement science and yoga, thus planting the seeds of true insight for every participant.

the Insight Body education includes:

Exceptional Teaching Refinement

• Ample time for assessment and feedback on teaching technique, delivery and methodology for each participant. Expect to teach in front of the group often.
• Regular in-class assistance with lead faculty, including time given before each assisted class to learn and implement new hands-on techniques, body reading, and more.
• Opportunities to teach pre-organized and advertised public classes with the Insight Body Community project, as well as demonstrate and teach in-class with lead faculty.
• Guidance in developing personal voice and vision. Guidance and implementation of your own 1-2 hour workshop, which you will have an opportunity to lead publicly as part of the Insight Body Community project by the end of 2019/early 2020.

Movement & Body Mechanics: Beyond ‘Alignment’

• The how and why of enhancing/varying one’s ‘movement diet’ both within and beyond the framework of asana. We will explore other movement techniques, classes, etc.
• Basic physical training techniques, including understanding body mechanics, anatomy, and functional alignment as it relates to whole-body health.
• Alignment review and beyond. Understanding that ‘good’ alignment looks and feels different on different bodies.

The Yoga Teacher’s Toolbox

• Creative and clear use of a variety of tools and props (blocks, blankets, belts, bands, chairs, weight, and more), as well as how to incorporate similar concepts and techniques with limited tools. We will discuss uses both for public classes and therapeutic settings.
• The art of vinyasa, teaching with breath, and incorporating all of the above concepts into an intelligent and clear ‘flow’.
• Supportive techniques in myofascial release, breath-work/pranayama, kriya and meditation from the perspective of science-based evidence, functionality and regulation of nervous system.
• Discussion of consent, ethics, and power dynamics in the classroom. Consent cards will be used in every classroom.
• Discussion of philosophical concepts in the context of social engagement and community integrity.

The Faculty (find detailed bios below)

Each member of the Insight Body faculty has been carefully selected because of his or her contributions in the evolution of the world of yoga and movement. We are very proud to offer such a unique group of highly experienced, intelligent, and capable teachers; every one a pioneer in his or her own way. As an international collective, we aim to broaden and enlighten the vision of yoga educators and movers everywhere.

Lead Faculty:

Anya Porter - asana, sequencing, therapeutic approaches and applications, somatic approaches, body reading and biomechanics, joint mobility, vinyasa, kriya and pranayama/breath, voice and vision development, socially engaged yoga philosophy.

Maria Pountou - asana, sequencing, vinyasa, strength-based methods, myofascial release, joint mobility, anatomy, therapeutic approaches and applications, teaching yoga for athletes.

Guest Faculty:

Lindsay Ashmun - Groundcontrol signature method concepts, body mechanics and core-centered teaching plus creative and clear use of props both in both vinyasa-based and therapeutic instruction.

Jenny Aurthur - first-class teaching refinement (assessment and feedback on use of voice, demonstration, reading bodies and the room).

Giulia Pline - Banded Flow signature method concepts, functional anatomy, tensegrity and physiology plus resistance bands in both vinyasa-based and therapeutic instruction.

More guest faculty to be announced

This Advanced Education under the guidance of Anya Porter will be offered on a rotating basis throughout 2019 and 2020.

The Saturday morning sessions will be held at MI-YA yoga, Stockerstrasse 58, in 8002 Zurich (see


More TBD…
May, 24, 25, and 26, 2019: feat. Lindsay Ashmun
August 30, 31, and September 1, 2019: feat. Giulia Pline
September 13, 14, and 15, 2019

Class times:

Fridays from 9:00 am to 11:45 am, and from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm at AIRYOGA
Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 am at MI-YA, and from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm at AIRYOGA
Sundays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at AIRYOGA  

Program Requirements

You must have at least a 200-hour yoga certification to attend. It is also recommended but not required that you are currently teaching privately or publicly in some capacity. Once your completed application is received, you will be asked to take class and briefly meet with Anya. If this is not possible in person, an online session can be arranged.

Graduation Requirements

You are expected to attend and assist classes with lead faculty for the duration of the training. In addition, you will be asked to observe and attend other classes with teachers from a variety of modalities and lineages. Some reading is required, however most learning is experiential. Everyone will be required to teach the group. A final project includes the design and sharing (teaching) of your very own yoga workshop with feedback from lead faculty.


The fee for the entire 175-hour training is CHF 3’725.- Included is a comprehensive manual in English. Not included are costs for books.


For all questions on this training and to register, please contact Anya Porter via email to
Upon registration a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of CHF 500.- per person is due for payment.
Registration deadline is April 17, 2019.


AIRYOGA and the faculty will offer one scholarship with a 50% discount on the training fee for Karma work to any participant who is suited to this assignment and who cannot afford this training at full price. To apply for the scholarship please add your letter of motivation to your application request.

Further terms

• English will be the primary language spoken in this training, with opportunities for German translation.
• The course requires a minimum of 10 students to take place. Participation is limited to 18 students.

Biographies of the Faculty:

Anya Porter has been teaching movement since 1999 and yoga since 2005. She is well known for her innovative approach to teaching and her ability to mentor and coach other teachers. She holds valuable experience not just as a dancer and yoga educator, but as a recruiter and evaluator for hundreds of teachers during her role as Teacher Manager for Yogaworks in New York City. She has taught at some of the most prestigious studios in New York and Zürich, has designed and led her own trainings and immersions since 2011, and has had the opportunity to teach yoga and movement throughout the United States and Europe. As a lifelong student, she studies regularly with her mentors, Carrie Owerko and Gabriel Halpern and pursues education on a variety of other pertinent topics (joint mobility, biomechanics, pain science, to name a few). She has recently opened her own private studio, MI-YA, and is the founding creator of the Insight Body.

Maria Pountou attended her first teacher training in 2008 in New York City after graduating from a Fashion Studies program, and began teaching daily classes in 2010 in Zürich. Her strong vinyasa-based teachings aim to create a deeper connection to self, a better understanding of the physical body, and overall wellbeing for her students. Maria is known for her creative and challenging sequences emphasizing anatomical focal points, therapeutic work and clear alignment. Always a student, Maria is currently pursuing her second 500-hour course of study under Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine, and recently completed the Functional Range Conditioning specialist course.

Lindsay Ashmun is a master level Yoga and Pilates teacher and personal trainer based in NYC with over 20 years experience leading classes, workshops, retreats and specialized private instruction in the fitness industry. In the yoga world, Lindsay is considered a teacher’s teacher and mentor for those seeking continuing education and regular practice. Lindsay’s classes deliver a full body and dynamic practice illuminated with precise cuing, specific alignment and body mechanic focus woven into creative and intelligent sequences.  
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Jenny Aurthur began practicing yoga in 1993 in Los Angeles, where she found it to be an escape from the daily turmoil of working in toxic environments in Hollywood. She began teaching in 1998 in LA, and moved in 2004 to Manhattan, where she helped establish and build the Yogaworks studios and teacher training program from the ground up in the greater New York area. Two decades later, she remains one of Yogaworks most senior teacher trainers and public teachers and has taught yoga to thousands of students and conducted trainings all over world. Jenny has studied with some of the most incredible teachers working today - Maty Ezraty (founder of YogaWorks), Lisa Walford, Seane Corn, and Carrie Owerko. Jenny continues to teach classes and trainings in New York City and globally, and most importantly, is able to do what she loves everyday.

Giulia Pline holds a BFA in Dance with the Boston Conservatory, where she began practicing yoga as a supplement to her dance training. Over time and through various injuries, she pursued more extensive studies in the anatomy and physiology of the practice and shifted to teaching yoga full time. In this process, she discovered Threes Physiyoga, a method that merges physical therapy with yoga. Her group classes, workshops, and private lessons combine corrective exercise, functional mobility work, and knowledge from the physical therapy world with and around yoga and pranayama (breathing) practices. Working this way evolves and expands movement and breath vocabulary and sheds light on how we can create more efficiency and clarity in our individual mechanics, as well as rehabilitate and mitigate injuries and pains.

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