Swan River Yoga Intensive Studies


Advanced Yoga Studies

March 21 - April 24, 2014

• Beginning just after Mardi Gras Carnival
• Thursday and Friday evenings 5:30 - 9:30pm
• 12 classes
• 4 hours per class (with personal sadhana included) 
• 8 hours per week
• 1 class each week will include a Challenging Level Asana Class

• $800
• $550 EXTRA EARLY SPECIAL BY November 6
• Payment plans are possible if approved by Michele

Studies will include:
• Learning, understanding, practicing, instructing & doing more advanced poses
• Assists & Adjustments refinement & practicum
• Teachings from the Bhagavad Gita
• Teachings from the Bhakti Sutras
• Teachings from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
• Sanskrit pronunciation, Mantra recitation & memorization of many classic bhajans and the Sutras (as instructed by Jayashree)
• Learn to write out Devanagari sentences
• Learn to play harmonium, Sargam Scale, South India Hand gestures

Required listening:
• Jayashree's Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Required Pre- Reading:
(to better join the open dharma discussions)
• Bhakti Sutras of Narada translated by William Mahoney or Swami Prabhupad
• Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran
• Yoga Sutras translated by Geshe
• The Journey Within by Radhanath Swami
• For the course: (Michele will purchase in India)
• Learn Sanskrit in 30 Days by National Integration Language Serie

Suggested Readings:
• Be Love Now by Ram Dass
• Yoga Assists by Sharon Gannon & David Life

Assignments DURING course:
• Practice teaching one another dharma, sequencing and assists with feedback
• Write 5 dharma talks (with the Swan dharma talk requirements) from the following books
1. Bhakti Sutras
2. Bhagavad Gita
3. Yoga Sutras
4. The Journey Within
5. Be Love Now
• Be able to share and lead 3 chants WELL in proper Sanskrit and with the harmonium.

Daily Challenge Regime & documented commitment:
• Making a puja offering & prayer each morning… be it a flower, incense, water, fruit to something beyond yourself
• Meditate 20 minutes per day (6 days per week) for entire training period
• Practice Sanskrit Mantra Recitation 20 minutes per day (6 days per week) for entire training period
• Practice asana 6 times per week. A suggested list of poses will be added on each day will be given to each student
• 3 day juice fast during training period, a suggested juice fast also given
• Write down 3 (going out of your way) acts of loving kindness in daily Seva
• If you are a teacher, Michele will be coming to your class and slowly, over time, offer you feedback on it

Contact: Michelle@swanriveryoga.com 

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6 Month 350 Hour Yoga Teacher Training



Swan River Yoga Teacher Training 2014
May 8 - November 20

Teacher Training will take place at the
Swan River Yoga Mid-City Mandir
2940 Canal St., Nola
With Director, Michele Baker

Lectures will be Thursday evenings 5:30 -9:30 pm

Serve you community in the highest. Delve more deeply into your practice and serving others. Learn the fundamentals of yoga, chanting, voice, meditation, philosophy, anatomy, asana alignment, yoga assists,
asana sequencing, ayurvedic medicine, esoteric anatomy,
breathing techniques, and community service or seva,
so that you honor your Inner teacher.

"The greatest freedom of all is being what you love." Swami Satchidananda.

Break It Down:

+ 130 hours of study with Michele Baker; Founder of Swan River Yoga.

About Michele: Certified Jivamukti Teacher, Anusara Inspired Yoga Teacher, Level III Reiki Master, Advanced Raja Yoga Teacher, Thai Massage Training, Bhagavad Gita Training, serving the gulf region, New Orleans, and internationally full time since 1998, with over 10,000 hours of teaching experience. Michele is the founder of all 3 Swan River Yoga locations in New Orleans, and the Director of the first Yoga Training Immersion in New Orleans. The topics with Michele include:

Being a communtiy member, Energetic clearing, Shat Karma Kriyas,
social ethics and relations, Subtle Anatomy, Chakras, Prana, Pranayama,Nadis, Granthis, Doshas, Koshas, Jnana, Nada, Raja, Meditation,Mantra, Mala, Japa, receive a mantra, Bhakti, Sanskrit,
Learning numerous chants, Karma Yoga, Sanskrit Asanas, history of Asana, Vinyasa Krama and the art of sequencing asana, Karma, Gunas, Ahimsa, Brief history of ancient texts of the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras,
and ancient sages, Philosophy of Karma, the margas, and classical,
advaita vedanta, and Tantra, Hindu Mythology of the deities,
Styles and Masters today in yoga, history of yoga, periods/schools of yoga, teaching beginners and advanced practioners safely, private sessions, Satsang, Diksha, setting up an altar, and Puja.

Hands on and in-class observations
 A large part of the benefits of this teacher training is the amount of hands on work that takes place with Michele Baker, which will be done weekly.

12 Hours of Asana Alignment with Jordan Bloom

12 hours of the Universal Principles of Alignment and Asana.
Verbal and hands on assists, eagle eye, Matrika, The 3 A's, taking your "seat", studentship, understanding of proper foundation up to the skull, focal points, and loops and spirals in all poses.


20 Hours of Yoganatomy with John DeMahy

RN, and Advanced Certified Rolfing Practitioner and Energy Healer for over 30 years.

Yoganatomy and Yoga To The Bone: Linking the basic systems of the body  to our asana practice. Clearly spotting and articulating healthy and dis-connected muscles arrangements in particular asanas. Studying the Nervous, Cardio Vascular, Lymphatic, Endrocine, Circulatory, Skeletal, & Muscular Systems as related to each asana, and injury response and prevention.

12 Hours of Asana Therapeutics with Kelly Haas

Certified Anusara Teacher and Touring Assistant to John Friend teaching 12 hours of Yoga Therapeautics and Hands on Assists.
Proper therapeutic alignment of the lower and upper bodies from core to periph


Keith Porteous, Co-owner of Swan River Yoga, Masters degree in Vocals and Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, Advanced 108 Certification teaching the art of vocalization and using our voice


The Art of Assists -

More info coming soon.


6 month course investment: $3,300.
Full payment, or payment of your $500 (non-refundable) deposit is available on-line now. 

We have an accessible payment plan so all students can apply!
The training may be paid in increments so that it is possible while you work and live your life. The first payment, after your deposit to hold your spot, will be due April 1, 2013. The payment period will end Oct 1 of $400 per month. Payments are accepted in the form of cash, check, credit or dbit card. All payments must be paid through, Gina Cacioppo, Michele's assistant.
(Email Gina@swanriveryoga.com for more information.)
Work-study options are available for class credits. Please email Gina for this as well.

All of the teachers in this course are of the highest integrity. This course is far above required standard 200 hour courses in it's high integrity curriculum. It has some of the Highest quality standards you will find in this region, and the teachings will be the real deal, revealing to you what yoga truly is.

***PLEASE NOTE: This course is geared towards all students that want to deepen their practice in great service of their community. You will get a certificate upon completion that will be honored anywhere you go. You may also apply for Yoga Alliance credentials with this training, as it qualifies to be accepted by YA. You will be ready to serve fully after this course, as you will experience a personal clearing from the inside and more integration of your understanding and community on the out. Some students say it is the cheapest form of therapy out there, as you will go deep into your own internal processing, which only heightens the frequency of those around you. Get ready to take a quantum leap in your evolution. This is the greatest thing you can do for all others, as yoga is not something you do. It is your life. Get ready.

Contact: Michelle@swanriveryoga.com to apply!



A steady asana practice for 2 years.
Current consistent yoga practice of at least 3 classes per week.
You must begin now to come to Michele's classes.
Daily meditation.
Payment of your deposit.
Sign the Swan River Yoga Code of Ethics form.

2009 Swan River Teachers

Course Requirements:

You must...

1. Come to your personal practice at Swan River Yoga 3 times per week. 2 classes MUST be with Michele. Create a calander with the title of the class and teachers name for your teacher to sign at the end of class. This must be turned into Michele monthly. You must also participate in your in-class observations for a duration of your apprenticeship once a week, taking notes, assisting, leading talks, chants, asana, meditation, pranayama, and proper sequencing.

2. After each in-class observation you will have a chat with Michele to discuss questions and receive an evaluation. Be sure to schedule time for this each week.

3.  Complete ALL homework assignments, including the list of books that must be read before you begin,  what must be completed for you to graduate, and weekly assignments on the topics we are covering.

4. Attend 1 group meeting per week that is 4 hours long, as well as specific workshops, movie showings, community classes, Satsangs, and group meditations that will be required.

5. Memorize David Life's back bending series c.d.

6. Complete a 3 day take home test  with 350 questions that must be 100%.

7. Create an approved transcribed class of your own that is in proper sequencing.

8. Turn in an APPROVED video of at least 3 people in your class.

9. Teach a peer your transcribed class that will be graded and reviewed by them and turned in.

10.  Pass an in-class test  of 50 questions on the last day of your course that must be 80% correctto pass.

There is a 6 week summer break
August 1 - September 7

This course requires a lot of you so that you serve your community in the Highest!
You will be ready after this course!

All Swan River Yoga classes include 4 elements and that you will be required to impliment:

1. Sound intention with a chant/mantra (Fire)
2. Mindfulness with a philosophical theme infused throughout the class  (Air)
3. Accessible grounding tools that provoke independence (Earth)
4. Flowing asana that has in-depth skillful alignment, revealing the physical and metaphysical (Water)


These required books must be read before Teacher Training begins.
A 3 page essay is required is required for each and is to be turned in at the first meeting.

1. Jivamukti Yoga: Practices For Liberating Body and Soul by Sharon Gannon and David Life

2. The Essential Yoga Sutra: Ancient Wisdom for Your Yoga by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally

3. The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami by Radhanath Swami

4. Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita by Ram Dass

5. Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika by B.K.S. Iyengar

Additional required books to have throughout the corse:

1. The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit (Please begin on this workbook now as it will be one of your first assignments to be turned in.)

2. Anusara Yoga Teacher Training Manual by John Friend

All books are available in The Blue Moon Boutique
within Swan River Yoga Mid-City Mandir.

All books are available in The Blue Moon Boutique
within Swan River Yoga Mid-City Mandi

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"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi