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The Yang Immersion

The training is life-changing.  Here are the key elements: excellent teachers, passionate students, and a feeling of
inclusion and diversity throughout the studio.  
— Joanna Manqueros

Wondering if an Immersion is right for you?
Read our blog post: Eight Sure Signs it's Time for Teacher Training (or Immersion)


The Yang Immersion
(50 hr)

Learn functional alignment principles, build strength and dive deep into your physical practice.

• Standing poses • Sun Salutations • Backbends • Seated Poses • Balance Poses  • Inversions for All Bodies • Structural Anatomy  • Sanskrit 101

Three 3-week Sessions in 2018

2018 Spring Session: January 27-February 10 Saturdays and Sundays 9:30-6
2018 Summer Session:  July 9-14 Monday-Saturday 9:30-6
2018 Fall Session: September 8-23 Saturdays and Sundays 9:30-6



Yang Immersion Course Descriptions


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No one in my class looked like the yoga teachers you might see in a magazine, but the training helped each of us to cultivate
our practice and identify the particular gifts each of us had to offer to the yoga community. 
— David Donovan

cost and registration

The Yang Immersion is one of four Immersions offered at Square One three times a year. You can take one, two, three, or if you complete all four, you will have completed a 200-hr teaching training curriculum. We created the program in this way because many students wish to learn more than is offered in public classes or short workshops but do not wish to become yoga teachers.
For more information on the other three immersions, please visit our teaching training website.


One Module: $775

Two Modules: $1475 (Save $75)

Three Modules: $1975 (Save $350)

Four Modules: $2450 (save $650) Includes 200-Hour Teacher Training Certificate, 
which can be used to register as a Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. 

Modules may be taken in any order.

Flexible payment plans available.

Current teachers receive 50 hours of Continuing Education Units through Yoga Alliances for each immersion.



It was an amazing experience, a beginning still unfolding.

There are many trainings available in the Bay Area, for a range of cost with a range of experiences. I will continue to take trainings but will forever be grateful for the foundation I was given. I know that my teaching is colored by the lens of my training, and am grateful it makes me a more patient, open, adaptable teacher.

It was an amazing experience, a beginning still unfolding.
— Hope Amico

Spring Yang Immersion Faculty


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Mary Beth Ray (MB) has been exploring yoga as both a philosophy and physical practice since the early 1990s. Since 2006 her personal practice has been focused on the Ashtanga Vinyasa system in the Mysore style of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. She currently studies with local teacher Timothy Lynch and takes workshops and intensives with other senior Ashtanga teachers from around the world.      


Jennifer Meek, E-RYT, is a Yoga Therapist and dance artist who continually finds herself fascinated and inspired by the transformative potential of movement and mindfulness. Her passion for health and well-being shine through her teachings as she inspires students to practice in an authentic and mindful way, understanding that health and yoga are not 'one size fits all'.


Broderick Rodell forwent a professorial career in Chemical Engineering to study Naturopathic Medicine and yoga. In his workshops and classes, he incorporates knowledge gathered from the western sciences of psychology, physiology and anatomy to complement the rich Yoga science from India.


Yang Immersion Course Descriptions

Establishing a Home Practice

In this course we will explore the importance of establishing a regular yoga practice at home. Your personal practice is crucial for deepening your relationship with the various tools that yoga offers to support your wellbeing. It allows you to tailor your practice to your personal needs at any given moment on any given day. We will address some of the challenges that may arise while cultivating a personal practice, as well as offer you some helpful tips to assist you along the way. 



Sanskrit Basics for Yoga Practitioners

Learn the basics of Sanskrit in this practical and entertaining workshop for curious yoga practitioners and teachers in training. You will not be deciphering Devanagari calligraphy. You will learn the sounds of the Sanskrit language in a transliterated Roman alphabet so you can pronounce yoga pose names with confidence and chant at your next Kirtan with gusto. Find out the one key thing about Sanskrit you need to know as a yoga practitioner. Walk away with a basic understanding of this ancient language from a yoga perspective as well as new insights into the philosophy and mythology of yoga through its language.



Asana Deep Dive: Surya Namaskar

In this course, we will explore the components of practicing Surya Namaskar (sun Salutations) safely and effectively, setting the stage for all yoga postures. We will practice and learn several different variations on the traditional A and B, as well as variations that work well for all bodies and are safest for the shoulder joint.



Asana Deep Dive: Standing Poses

Learning to stand courageously and with commitment to what we hold true, is learning to stand in our dharma. We will take an in-depth look at these fundamental poses, incorporate them into a practice, dissect them, and deepen them over the course of the day.



Asana Deep Dive: Back Extension Poses

Breaking down the alignment details of backbends deepens our understanding of the spine and in so doing, creates the opportunity for a lifetime of safe and integrated heart opening. While building up to full wheel, we will explore and emphasize the importance of prone backbends in developing a well-rounded asana practice.



Asana Deep Dive: Seated Poses

In this course, we will explore the main seated asanas, as well as their anatomical function and energetic components. We will explore how to prepare for them and how to make them more effective and comfortable- a wonderful tool for people with hip tightness and lower back pain!



Asana Deep Dive: Balance Poses

Balance poses strengthen our focus, our muscles, and our ability to stay steady in challenging times. The true purpose of the body’s core is to hold our bodies balanced and upright in space. Via exploration of the core muscles, we will build through standing balances and move toward balancing on our hands.



Asana Deep Dive: Inversions

To turn ourselves upside down, and see the world from a different perspective, is a blissful part of the yogic experience. In this course, will explore sirsasana (headstand), salambasana sarvangasana (shoulderstand), pincha mayurasana (forearm balance), and adho mukha vriksasana (handstand). We will learn several variations of each, with and without support, to demystify these challenging poses and truly make them accessible for every body.



Anatomy & Physiology I: An Overview of Anatomy & Physiology

This course is designed to introduce you to the basic form (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the human body in relation to the practice of yoga. In essence, the aim of yoga is to maximize our experience of being fully human. The more informed we are about the body and its functions, the more we are able to make intelligent adjustments in our living to support this aim. You will learn about the many tissues that make up the body. Most importantly, you will learn that the human mind/body is a precious, complex and extraordinary vehicle of experience.



Anatomy & Physiology II: Yoga & the Musculoskeletal System

In this course, we will explore the form and functioning of our muscles and bones. Our ability to move through space and time is dependent upon the structure and actions of our muscles and bones. Bones provide structural integrity and the muscles activate our movements. A solid knowledge of how these tissues of the body work together will not only enhance your practice and teaching of yoga, it will provide you with a basis to practice safely, intelligently and effectively.



Anatomy & Physiology III: A Closer Look at Standing and Seated Poses

In this course, we will take an in depth look at the anatomy and physiology of standing and seated poses. We will review a number of major postures including forward and backward bends, twist and side bends in order to investigate the fundamental mechanics of a given pose. The mechanical actions produced by the orientation of a pose and its relationship to the muscles, bones, nerves, fascia (connective tissue) and the breath will be examined.



Anatomy & Physiology IV: A Closer Look at Kneeling & Arm Support Poses

In this course, we will take an in depth look at the anatomy and physiology of kneeling and arm support poses. We will review a number of major postures including forward and backward bends, twist and side bends in order to investigate the fundamental mechanics of a given pose. The mechanical actions produced by the orientation of a pose and its relationship to the muscles, bones, nerves, fascia (connective tissue) and the breath will be examined.


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