45-HOUR AERIAL YOGA RETREAT
AND TEACHER TRAINING

JULY 22 - JULY 26 | 20 TRAINING SPOTS AVAILABLE

Early bird pricing until June 29th.

Over five days, you will develop a thorough understanding of why Aerial Yoga can help so many people.

This training has a strong focus on myofascial release work, anatomical alignment of the body, along with how to improve your unique body mechanics, build strength and find balance. Along with practice, you will learn how to safely teach, and how to create sequences for all levels of practitioners. In this course, you will learn standing poses, restorative and rebalancing poses, and lots of fun inversions!

45 hours total. Yoga Alliance (YA) certified. 

You will have 42.5 hours in-studio with two YA certified Teacher Trainers with and additional 2.5 hours allocated for homework, self-study, and class planning. Total training time is 45 hours. 

Aerial Yoga is a playful and restorative practice suitable for every body size, shape, and ability. 

Instead of performing yoga poses on a mat, Aerial Yoga utilizes a silk hammock that is suspended from the ceiling to perform those same movements. The purpose of the hammock is to provide support through your yoga flow, while also improving flexibility and range of motion. While Aerial Yoga is varied and can combine hundreds of poses and variations, many Aerial Yoga poses only require you to take one body part such as your foot or leg off the ground. Aerial Yoga has been shown to alleviate joint compression and promote circulation while also increasing full-body strength. As it is a low-impact exercise, Aerial Yoga is an excellent option for individuals looking for a full-body workout without worrying about excessive pressure on joints and ligaments.

Your Teacher Trainers

Emily & Lindsey, will also bring in their expertise in breath coaching and nervous system work to provide in-depth, knowledge-based training.

LINDSEY WILLIAMS

Lindsey has been working in the field of health and wellness for over 25 years. In 1998, she completed her first degree with an Honours in Kinesiology through the University of Victoria where she worked and volunteered in the human performance lab. Following her degree, she went on to work with athletes in a coaching and training capacity through the National Coaching Institute while completing her Level 4 NCCP certification in Strength and Conditioning. Lindsey has a true passion for human potential in terms of athletics, but as importantly simply by showing up as our best self every day.

Lindsey weaves her background in movement and yoga studies into how she views the body and into how she works with her clients. Recognizing that how we fuel our body, from the foods we eat, to how we breathe plays a major role in our health, Lindsey completed training in holistic nutrition and is recently certified as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Breath Coach.

Experience working with various clients on health and healing journeys, as well as on her own healing journey, inspired Lindsey to complete her studies in Osteopathic Manual Therapy. This unique modality requires thorough knowledge of anatomy and the interrelationships with the body. She is now into the final few courses as part of a 4.5-year program through the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Vancouver.

Movement complements physical healing; nutrition and lifestyle practices impact internal health. It is within the combination of all 3 pillars of movement, nutrition, and osteopathy that Lindsey feels the greatest potential for complete health resides. She is inspired by the mountains and rivers that brought her to the Canadian Rockies to move, play, and live in alignment with her natural surroundings. An educator at heart, Lindsey is keen to help you discover whole systems connections and to be by your side on your healing journey.

EMILY GIONIS

Emily has been a Registered Massage Therapist in Banff since 2014. She is a Breath Coach, Reiki Practitioner and lifelong student of Yoga and Wellness. Emily is a Certified Yoga Instructor at Banff Yoga Practice, which she co-owns with Hayley Molina, along with Banff Wellness Practice. With an enthusiastic curiosity about the connection between body and mind, Emily has a deep connection to healing and believes we can take full control of how we show up in this world.

Her objective is to find balance within her own physical and mental strength, while developing therapeutic methods that will allow her to help others on their paths of healing.

Attention to detail with each client is thoughtful, specific, and unique. Emily nurtures through guidance and expands her knowledge of body and mind through her own participation in training, workshops, and daily practices.   

Emily loves to sing and play guitar, has a dedicated meditation, yoga and movement practice, and loves to be outside in nature.  Whether peaking mountains, walking her dog Bob, or jumping into lakes and oceans, she is eager to explore. Emily is originally from Essex, England but spent much of her childhood in Greece and most of her 20’s travelling the world. In Greece she guided and organized multiple Wellness Retreats alongside her partner Chef Ryan De Alwis and Co-Founder of both Banff Yoga Practice and Banff Wellness Practice, Hayley Molina.
“Lead with your heart and you will always be ok”.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

8am-6pm each day with a 90-minute lunch break and small ten-minute breaks mid-morning and late afternoon. Please ensure you are set up and ready to start on time.
We will have up to 20 training spots available. No prerequisites are required for training. This is not just for yoga teachers; This training can be treated like a retreat and all levels of ability are welcome.
To teach aerial yoga at Edgemont Athletic, we require a 200-hour YTT certification recognized by Yoga Alliance (YA) and an Aerial Yoga Teacher Training certification. Anyone interested in teaching aerial that attends this training but does not yet have their YTT certification will have up to 2 years to complete their 200-hour YTT.

Wear form-fitting clothing, including a fitted shirt that ideally covers the underarms to prevent chafing.

Please do not wear jewelry, watches, fragrances, or body lotion, as these may be dangerous to you and damage the silks.

If you suffer from heart disease, extremely high or low blood pressure, vertigo, glaucoma, are pregnant or are recovering from surgery, your doctor may recommend you choose another type of yoga practice.

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