August 2, 2020


Wild Rose Yoga



300h Ayurvedic Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training at Wild Rose Yoga

The goal of this program is to deepen the understanding of the greater purpose of asana and instruction while encouraging creative thinking from practitioners.

No previous experience in Ayurveda is necessary. This 300 Hour Yoga TTC is open to you if you have completed a 200h training and/or are a long term practitioner looking to deepen your practice and increase your comprehension of the traditional principles of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga – from the Ayurvedic perspective. This 300 hour training will use Ayurveda as a means to broaden your existing knowledge while uniquely building upon what you love so dearly from your previous experience and training.

We will provide you with all the skills you need to increase your knowledge, empower your practice, and refine your communication with Ayurveda and Classical Hatha Yoga as your foundation. From this place, you will be able to move and teach from a process that serves Prana and the maintenance of your health while connecting to the yukti that allows you to make decisions from deep understanding.

We are holding this training in the Sattvic Heart of Old City Chiang Mai Thailand; a place that is dedicated to the maintenance of Spiritual Practices and Traditional Systems. We are honored to hold this Accredited 300h Yoga Teacher Training within the venerated walls of this beloved city.

Some topics will be review from various 200h YTTs, but I think it is important to do so so that all students are on the same page.

Review :

  • The Vedas – what they are, how they relate to the practice of Yoga
  • 6 Methods of  Vedic Thought
  • 4 Schools of Yoga – what they are and how their separate goals lead to the same place
  • Samkhya
  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (8 Limbs, Vritti (Klistha and Aklishtha), Klesha, Knowledge and Perception)
  • Purusha Arthas
  • Surya Namaskars (4)
  • 6 Mobilities of the Spine/Rotations of Asana in Space/Joint Mobilities
  • Vinyasas on each plane (6)
  • Asanas as Families with shared alignment
  • Bandha – Mula, Uddhiyana, Jalanadhara, Shakti Cholani, Hasta Bandha, Pada Bandha, Binds in Asana, Contact of parts of body with each other
  • Pancha Vayu & Nadis
  • Pranayama – Types and Purpose (Bhrimhana/Langhana)
  • Sapta Kosha
  • Ayurveda – Samkhya, Maha Gunas, 20 Gunas, 5 Elements, 3 Doshas, 7 Dhatus, 10 Senses, Rtu Cikitsa
  • Western Anatomy – Joints, Eccentric/Concentric/Isomentric Mobilities
  • Use of Props

In-depth Exploration : 

  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika – how it pertains and instructs asana, memorization of 3-5 shlokas
    • All further study and analysis of Hatha Yoga will be based on this text
  • Goals of Asana – Sthiram/Sukham – how to achieve this via action, which leads to passive vision
  • Surya Namaskars (Classical, Surya A & B, Lunar Namaskar) – This will be Review
    • How to adjust the namaskars so as to give a preview to the body of what is to come in the sequence
  • Physical Theming, Pranic Theming, Philosophical Theming can all be introduced as needed for the class
  • Joints as Bandha – how to utilize straight/bend/locked joints to create energetic direction/charge/adjust pressure of asana/Blocked Flow-Free Flow
    • Simplifying/Amplifying asana using joint mobilities
  • Ha/Tha Sequencing – Tha in Ha asana/sequence Ha in Tha asana/sequence
  • Sequencing according to Pancha Vayu utilizing locks
  • Karma of Asana – Zero Sum Principle 
  • Asana as Mudra – Relating back to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika – How sthiram and sukham appear from Zero Sum Principle and how the 8 Limbs progress from here
    • As the physicality of the asana neutralizes, the prana flows evenly and without effort as directed by bandha, the as an becomes a Mudra – a place for consciousness to live to experience a particular karma 
  • Development of personal practice
  • Pranayama – How to mix and adjust to create energetic effect at the beginning of class, amidst sequences, at the end. How same pranayama type can be utilized differently at different moments in class.
    • Kumbhaka – purpose of Pranayama 
    • How to get Prana from Ida/Pingala to balance so it can enter Shushumna
    • Kundalini Shakti Prana circulating through an asana (when it is mudra)
    • Rhythm of breath delineating rhythm of movement in and between asanas 
      • Moving on breath, pausing in kumbhaka, moving on kumbhaka etc 
      • Counting breath in asana practice
      • Using Bandha/Kumbhaka/Inhale/Exhale to achieve different effects in asana, to make “flying”/inverting easier
    • Review of Ujjayi – what it is and how to know if it is not there
    • Signs of correct and incorrect flow of prana in a student/in self
  • Sequencing according to Kosha – How to move through all 7 Koshas in one class setting
  • Chakra/Bindu/Marma – Direction of prana through a Chakra.
  • How this process moves Prana through the Shushumna to create the experience of Kundalini Shakti (Tantra)
  • Ayurveda
    • Sub Dosha
    • Agni (13 Agnis)
    • Samanya & Vishesha (Likesness and Opposition) 
    • Karma Vidana of Substances (Rasa, Guna, Virya, Vipaka, Prabhava, Karma, Roga)
    • Sequencing according to Time/Place/Circumstance considering Samanya & Vishesha
  • Sequencing : 
    • Sequencing for 101 class – how to teach a beginner module using complex themes 
    • Sequencing for Advanced class – how to use themes to steer minds away from peak posture “ownership”
    • Teaching a multi-level class simultaneously (4 classes in one)
    • How to adjust while teaching
      • Adjustment methodologies
      • Demoing/Practicing with Students/Teaching from the front of the room/Teaching from the back of the room/Consideration of Personal Space
    • Utilization of Silence while teaching 
  • Mantra – memorization of Mantra to use in class (aloud or silent)
    • Freeing the Singing Voice
    • Sanskrit pronunciation & Rhythm of Sutras
  • Meditation & Mindfulness
  • Non-Violent Communication, Inclusive (really non-exclusive languaging)
  • Trauma-Informed Training
  • Business of Yoga – International understanding, Cultural sensitivity, Awareness and logistics of teaching abroad, Yoga as business, Ethics of dana (money/time)
  • Creating space, setting tone, authentic voice
  • Sharing circle
  • Independent Study – Homework, Regular Sequence Creation
  • Memorization of Sanskrit

Why this training ?

  • This training is thoughtful, clear, and inspiring. It is based off 20 years of faithful study and practice.
  • Our classes will be appropriately built to serve the students in the room, the time of day and year, and will be inspiring, creative, scientifically supported, and safe.

Cost :

Early- Early Bird Price Non- Residential: 2500 USD, May 1st 2020, payment in full

Early Bird Price Non- Residential: 2750 USD, June 30th 2020, Payment in Full 

Regular  Price Non- Residential : 3000 USD

About Your Teacher :

Sera, your lead teacher, has been a lifetime student and accomplished teacher of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Thai Body Work. Her knowledge of physical and subtle anatomy is grounded in present experience and every day inquiry. She specializes in bringing the subtle into the clear present and revealing the hidden art in the obvious. She has been teaching trainings internationally for over 6 years and has recently join the San Luis Obispo and Smiling Dog Family to grow her practice and share the gems of the practice. 

Student Experiences :

Sera’s incredible knowledge of Ayurvedic principles could be intimidating but she’s able to introduce and explain information in a refreshingly accessible way that made me just want to know more. I’ve also never had a yoga teacher who is so intentional in the way they structure classes and guide students to truly connect with their mind, body and soul – the way she led class made me think of my yoga practice in a completely different way. I’m sure I’ll be doing another workshop in the future!

-Alana, USA, from Ayurvedic Immersion in Chiang Mai Thailand

Sera is a highly knowledgeable Yoga & Ayurveda teacher. It is obvious that she is not only a dedicated and experienced practitioner, but this is her passion. Learning Ayurveda with Sera has opened new perspectives to the world of Yogasana. Beyond the knowledge of western anatomy or physiology, she uses distinct Ayurvedic principles and applies intelligent, logical sequencing in the physical yoga practice. Her clear instruction and varied options allow any level yoga practitioner to safely explore limits, while also experience and enjoy the benefits of balanced prana.

As a teacher-trainer, Sera’s approach is insightful and genuinely holistic. She explains high level concepts with easily relatable, everyday examples. In addition, diverse approaches to yoga are linked in a thoughtful, uniform manner. Her energy and dedication creates a nourishing space that is conducive to learning, encourages questions, and welcomes play and curiosity. As I continue to study with Sera, to learn Yoga with an Ayurvedic perspective, my practice deepens physically, mentally, and spiritually. With each meeting it is clear that her own practice has grown and that she has expanded her study from source information to share whole-heartedly with students and clients. I am sincerely grateful to receive Sera’s guidance.

– Tiffany Wan (Hong Kong), from Ayurvedic Immersion Chiang Mai Thaliand

Meeting Sera has been one beautiful Universal synchronicity. I chanced upon her Ayurvedic Yoga community class and found her teachings straightforward, grounded and extremely meditative. From that one class and Será’s wonderful guidance, I got over my fear of yoga (old Ashtanga injury 10 years back) and I found my way back to the mat and to my yoga asana practice. Words cannot truly express how grateful I am to Sera for changing my approach towards yoga.

Her focus on prana, vector mechanics and developing one’s own Inner Wisdom to experience a sattvic (balanced) practice every moment is completely life changing. I feel better educated and empowered to transform every asana practice into a meditative and potentially self-realized one. Most importantly, her blend of Ayurvedic Wisdom with Classical Yoga Theory has enabled me (and others in the class) to better understand our minds, bodies and spirit. For 14 days straight, I never once tore a muscle, over stretched myself or caused any hip/back injuries from over-extending myself.

Sera as a teacher is meticulous, warm, funny, patient and methodical in her approach. Her step-by-step Guidance and instructions enable even a novice like me, to truly grasp the intricacies and nuances of yoga and Ayurveda. I loved every moment of her class. In 10 days, I will take my 200 hour YTT – and I am so grateful that I got to learn with Sera before I do. She’s helped me create a stable and healthy alignment with a healthier approach towards my yoga practice. I believe studying with Sera will provide me a wonderful foundation for my upcoming YTT. 

14 days in Será’s Ayurvedic Yoga Immersion seemed to breeze by – and I believe, that, is a sign of a really great class.

– Calista Goh (Hong Kong), from Ayurvedic Immersion Chiang Mai

Yoga becomes more important as the world gets harder and has become an essential part of my life. It helps me answer the question, “who am I and who can I become in this moment?” Yoga has helped me cultivate a stronger mind, body, and purpose. I wanted to get my yoga teacher training so that I could offer this opportunity to the community. Sera’s classes are rooted in the ancient truths of yoga that build a strong foundation for any type of yoga practice. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from her and I’m excited that others will be able to share in this opportunity with this upcoming class.

– Heidi Harmon, Mayor of San Luis Obispo

The lessons you learn throughout this experience really transcend physical ability, they focus on giving you a solid foundation of knowledge that you will be able to apply to every asana, to almost all types of yoga, as well as to your life off the mat and out in the world. 

The program has had a profound positive impact on my life. Sera is brilliant, and she has invested so much into her own education as well as into the service of others. She can translate what might initially be a very intimidating body of knowledge into a framework of understanding that will change the way you perceive the world. Khristine’s amazing and insightful approach helps you to realize the limitations you may be setting on yourself, and how to cultivate compassion for yourself as well as for others. 

This is an opportunity to learn to live with intention and conscious action rather than constantly reacting to your environment, and to feel the transformative power that Ayurveda, Pranayama, Asana and a simple awareness of the 8 Limbed Path can afford. I feel confident creating sequences, making adjustments, learning to adapt and constantly evolving as my understanding and practice changes and grows.

There is always more to learn, to master, and I find that the longer I teach the more the lessons continue to sink in, to make sense in new and different ways. I left the program fairly confident as a teacher but with the humble awareness that my yoga path was only just beginning. It’s a beautiful journey to be on and I highly recommend setting any misgivings aside and diving in, the chance to develop your practice alone makes it worth every penny. 

– Jessica F

I was lucky enough to attend Sera’s 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2019. We are so lucky to have a yogi as knowledgeable and experienced as Sera here on the Central Coast! Sera is constantly adding to and expanding her knowledge and is happy to share all this knowledge with her students. Her enthusiasm is infectious and inspiring. It was a joy to come to class each day to see her cheerful face! I really enjoyed the fact that much of the material in the course is based on original texts and Sera’s helpful explanations and examples made the material accessible. Her hands-on teaching style helped me improve my personal practice and gave me the confidence to teach. This class is a tremendous growth experience!

– Betsy Turner

I took this training mostly to deepen my personal practice. It felt like the natural next step after being lucky enough to have Sera as a teacher after she moved to SLO. This TT ended up fulfilling this desire and so much more. Sera is an amazing teacher, and it’s obvious that all that she passed along to us comes from a place of deep understanding. I feel that I have come out of the training a more grounded, intelligent, and curious practitioner, and I feel like I have accomplished more than just learning the science of yoga — completing this (at times overwhelming) training has helped me become more comfortable in my skin as a human being. Perhaps I haven’t changed so much as actually met myself during this process. Anyway. I’m teaching now too! Never would have guessed that would happen 🤷

– Amber B.

I am very grateful to have taken my yoga teacher training with Sera Melini. She is a true teacher with a depth of knowledge in yogic philosophy, asana practice and Ayurveda. I especially love the philosophical depth she brought to us as students, she is incredibly articulate, thorough and heartfelt. This training helped me build a deeper connection to myself and has ignited a passion to study further. My life outside of the training has been forever changed with discipline and deeper consciousness in my self asana practice, my relationship to foods and lifestyle and my mindfulness in the world. I highly recommend Sera Melini, she is the real deal!

-Julia Levanne