Lesson #2: Yoga Leaders Innovate

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Four days at Sun Moon Yoga in Mankato with owner Mona Ceniceros as she shares her passion for getting yoga out of the box, or at least off the mat! Take class planning, sequencing, to the next level with innovative perspectives on Chair, Wall and Table Yoga modalities for strength-training, mindfulness and healing.


  1. Complete this online essay before arriving

  2. Bring a Yoga Professional Resume to training


Four days;
Thursday, Nov. 8th through Sunday Nov. 11th 

Past grads after Yoga on the Table- Sue DeBord; Mary Steinbeck; Robin Bourjaily, All from Iowa.

Past grads after Yoga on the Table- Sue DeBord; Mary Steinbeck; Robin Bourjaily, All from Iowa.

Thursday, November 8th

  • 9 am to Noon: “Innovative Techniques,” (PNF Stretching, closed vs. open chain conditioning); learn about yoga’s effects on fascia and lymphatic systems, energy meridians, reciprocal inhibition.

  • Noon to 1:30 pm: LUNCH

  • 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: “Yoga & Pelvic Floor Health”

  • 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Video and discussion; review and closure

Group dinner (optional); time TBA; at Olive’s, Hilton Garden Inn

Friday, November 9th

  • 9 am to noon: “Wall Conditioning and Flow” workshop

  • Noon to 1:00 pm: LUNCH

  • 1:00 pm to 2 pm: “Intention, Training Effect and Target Market”

  • 2:00 pm to 5 pm: Teams assigned, planning, running through both a 50 minute Sample Wall (Moon Studio), and Chair (Sun Studio) classes to implement with Beginning level teacher training in evening sessions

  • 5:00 pm to 7:00: BREAK – Dinner and rest

  • 7:30 pm to 8:20 pm: Team A: Chair (Sun Studio) and Team B: Wall (Moon Studio)

  • 8:30 pm to 9:20 pm: Team A: Wall (Moon Studio) and Team B: Chair (Sun Studio)

Saturday, November 10th

  • 8:30 am to 9:45 am: Vinyasa with Mona, 200/300hour participants and Sun Moon studio students

  • 10 am to 4:30 pm: Yoga on the Table training

  • 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Dinner BREAK (studio closed)

  • 7:00 pm to 9 pm: Processing with “Yoga and Writing,” workshop

Sunday, November 11th

  • 9:00 am to 10am: In gather and prep for Yoga on the Table (YOTT)

  • 10:00 am to 12:30 pm: YOTT with Beginning teacher training participants

  • 12:30 pm: Closure with 200hour students

  • Break (30 minutes)

  • 1:00 to 3:00 pm: Business Practices, Yoga Resumes, Review, Closure



Get motivated to innovate and inspired to lead change.  Leave with your head buzzing with creative energy and your heart wide open at the potential to offer a successful yoga experience to those unable to fit in the yoga class box.

PRESENTER:  Home court advantage for studio owner Mona Ceniceros! Along with her credentials she shares her beautiful studio of 18 years, fully stocked with chairs, bolsters, massage tables.

MONA’S NOTES:  This first big chunk of training will be the most demanding in terms of length of the entire program. Be prepared. It runs Thursday to Sunday. THREE nights away from home for out-of-town participants and two weekdays, which may require time off a job. From this point on, the weekends are shorter. This is where the rubber meets the road.  Are you in?

Yoga Alliance Standard:  Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP);  and Teaching Methodology (TM).