The SMY Immersion is for any student looking to delve more deeply into yoga. It is also the first portion of the SMY Teacher Training program–SMY Yoga Teacher Trainees complete the Immersion as part of their training.
If you know you want to do Teacher Training, head over to our YTT page–we start in April 2020. If what you really want is the Immersion and you’re not interested in YTT, read on!
About the SMY Immersion
Our next round starts April 24th, 2020.
Registration closes 4/17/2020.
Earlybird Discount expires 3/31/2020!
What’s an Immersion?
The SMY Yoga Immersion is 45-hour program designed to take you deeper into your yoga practice, exploring yoga history, philosophy, and anatomy in an intensive format that allows you to truly steep in the teachings. It is organized so that you can fit it into your busy schedule–the program consists of five weekends over four months. Registration closes 4/17/20–you must make payment (or in the case of payment plan, your first payment) by that date.
Note: We strongly suggest that anyone interested in the Immersion take several classes at SMY first, preferably at least one class with each member of the faculty, and introduce yourself to them as someone who’s interested in the immersion.
Who can participate?
People who love yoga and want to know more! As mentioned above, we strongly suggest that you take several classes at SMY first, preferably with faculty members. This is so that you get a good feel for our teaching. We suggest that you prepare by keeping a regular practice of one or two classes a week in the months leading up to the Immersion.
The Immersion is a part of the SMY Teacher Training Program, but it is open to the public–there’s no obligation to continue on to Teacher Training when you’re done.
What’s on the menu? (What are we gonna be doing?)
Sessions alternate between more up-tempo periods of asana practice and more contemplative periods of group discussion, meditation, and pranayama. We explore the following:
Asana: Refinement all the poses on SMY’s Basic Syllabus and fuller exploration of poses on the Intermediate Syllabus
Anatomy: Important bones, bony landmarks, and muscles; energetic anatomy like chakras and nadis
Biomechanics: Evolutionary foundations of biomechanical alignment, how to practice it in yoga poses and take it off your mat
Yoga History: Where does yoga come from? Who invented it? How did it evolve over time?
Yoga Philosophy: The major ideas that have evolved over the history of yoga and how they might apply to your life as a modern Hatha yogi.
What am I gonna get out of it?
You’ll leave the Immersion with:
- greater ease and delight in your body
- new insights into your place in the world, your relationships, and your life’s journey
- a fuller understanding of yoga’s history, philosophy, and diversity
- new friends who share your interests and support your growth
When is it happening?
Registration is now open! Check the sidebar for dates and hours.
What will the sessions be like?
A typical immersion session can look like the following:
15 minutes – centering and feel good stretches to arrive in the space
1 hour – lecture (about the above topics) with plenty of time for Q&A
2 hours – asana, pranayama, meditation and savasana
Lectures will generally be done by SMY Director Emma Magenta. Asana practices will be led by SMY staff teachers Emily Marsac, Kaelyn Siversky, and Varrita Siryon.
Can I do the Immersion now and decide later if I want to do Teacher Training?
Yes! In fact, that’s what many people do. Just bear in mind that if you decide later, you will not receive the Earlybird discount if/when you finally sign up for Teacher Training.
Emma Magenta has been helping people feel better in their bodies for nearly fifteen years. She’s studied human anatomy and biomechanics for over two decades. Her interest in the patterns of nature goes back even farther, to her childhood raising sheep on her dad’s farm in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Her mother was a physician and a feminist, and raised her to question conventional thinking about health. Emma studied Medical Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, and graduated from the Eastern School of Acupuncture in 2007.
Emma took her first yoga class in 1997 in New York City. It was a kundalini yoga class, and she still remembers how bewildering, challenging, and satisfying it was. A few years later, in 2001, she did a teacher training just to deepen her practice, and was surprised to find that teaching was just as challenging and delightful as practicing. She’s completed multiple certifications in alignment-based yoga with a variety of teachers.
After five years of spreading yoga all over Northern New Jersey, Emma founded a South Mountain Yoga studio in South Orange NJ. There she teaches several classes a week, facilitates Immersions and Yoga Teacher Trainings, and mentors a small, dedicated staff of teachers. Her very favorite part of her job is seeing the way that the yoga studio creates and strengthens bonds in the community. She is really proud to contribute to our world in this way.
Emma loves cooking, eating, walking, reading, travel. She is blessed with a funny husband and a crazy dog. Or is it the other way around? She can’t remember.
Emily teaches a fun, alignment based class built off of compassion and patience for the body and how it moves. She understands that yoga is not a one-size-fits all practice and encourages students to understand their bodies more – giving them the space to create their own experiences on the mat.
Emily completed her 500-hour training at YogaWorks NYC in 2016 under senior teacher Heather Seagraves. She studies different movement modalities, anatomy and strength training regularly.
Kaelyn has been practicing yoga for 10 years and her love for both the physical and philosophical practice has been a defining element in her life since she first sat in a yoga class. Kaelyn specializes in weaving proper alignment into steady flows with a focus on sequencing. Each class will be challenging, encouraging, and always playful. Yoga has created a space in Kaelyn’s life for courageousness, honesty, trust and love both on and off the mat. She received her yoga certification in 2012 from Yoga Mechanics. She has immense gratitude for all of the amazing teachers who have taught her along the way.
Varrita was teacher trained by Jennifer Yarro of Frog Lotus Yoga in Massachusetts. Her teaching style is respectful and nurturing, leading students to experience the balance of effort and ease. She encourages students to go beyond the asana and use the tools of yoga philosophy in everyday life.
Varrita studies Vedanta with Dr. Arjuna Matthew Van Auken. She continues to study Thai Massage with Jennifer Yarro and makes trips to Thailand regularly to study Thai massage with the masters of the tradition. Her skill as a bodyworker shapes her insight into how bodies move and function.
What do people say about the program?
~ Tiffany M
“If you love yoga and want to know everything you can about its origins and its place in Indian cultural and spiritual history, than you will love the immersion at SMY. Emma creates a very warm and welcoming group experience, and the right blend of didactic and experiential learning. You will be amazed at how much more grounded and confident you will feel in yogic practices and in your body. You will feel connected to a constellation of knowledge that will give you a real foundation in yoga and its history and present day manifestation.”
~ Lorraine C
~ Rachel B
Early Bird Rate:
|Paid in full by 3/31/20|
|Paid in full by 4/17/20|
|First payment by by 4/17/20
Audit: If you have already completed an Immersion at SMY, you are welcome to audit individual weekends for a greatly reduced rate. Please contact us to make arrangements.