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Embodyoga® Workshops
with Patty Townsend

Experience more fully the depth and power yoga practice has to offer. Explore new ways to support yourself and your students in deepening their own practice, building strength and dynamism safely, and navigating the personal healing process. Learn whole-body Anatomical Organizational Principles that will forever change how you experience yourself in relationship and in the world. Move from form to formless and back again, traversing the structure, energy, and space of all that you are. Learn to respect and honor every aspect of life and living. Join us for In-Depth Study, Workshops, and Special Classes. CEUS AVAILABLE FOR YOGA TEACHERS UPON REQUEST


WORKSHOPS•Patty Townsend•2019–2020

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Grace and Beauty in Back Bending

Times to be announced Mindful Yoga Center, Newington, CT

Graceful back bends are elegant, soft, and beautiful. Much more than a directional movement of the spine, back bending involves a laying bare of our hearts and an opening of our core. Back bends embody expansive movement outward from our personal limitations toward something greater and more compelling. It doesn’t matter how far the back bends. More important is the quality of the consciousness that is being expressed. Through Anatomy, Practice, Observation, and Inquiry you will Learn:

  • Critical principles for healthy and integrated back bending.

  • Specific and comprehensive tools for maintaining integration, comfort, and ease, no matter how flexible or inflexible you are.

  • How to assist yourself and your students in practice.

October 3–12, 2019
Tuscany Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat
With Patty Townsend and Paul Spector
More Information and Registration

Where We Stay: The retreat will be held at Ebbio an 800 year-old classic Tuscany farmhouse converted into a stylish yoga retreat. The ambience of Ebbio offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Ebbio is a magical place surrounded by an evergreen forest, nestled in the heart of an old volcano that was sacred to the Etruscans. Located in the breathtaking countryside of Tuscany, Italy, it is only 25 miles from Florence, eight miles from Siena, and a half-hour walk from Monteriggioni, a little medieval jewel. You will be captivated by the undulating hills swept with thriving vineyards, olive trees and enchanting evergreen forests. The amazing part of Ebbio is that it is still a working Tuscan Farm. 

Meditation and Yoga Workshop: We begin the day with meditation taught by Paul, followed by breakfast and then a yoga session taught by Patty Townsend. Before dinner, Paul leads another a second meditation session.

Daily Excursions: Each day offers another option for exploring one of the most remarkable areas of the world. We go the ancient cities of San Gimignano and Sienna. We hike to a Tuscan farm and winery for a scrumptious lunch and then luxuriate in natural hot springs. We explore small, unique towns each with their own unique charm.

For More Information please email paul@laughingheartyoga.org or call 413-2505226

Friday, November 1, 2019
To Be Announced
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Yoga Center Amherst, Amherst, MA

January 4 –11, 2020
Embodyoga® and Mindfulness Mexico Retreat
with Patty Townsend and Paul Spector
More Information and Registration

Xinalani offers an unparalleled retreat experience: authentic and magical, immersed in lush jungle surroundings with views of the emerald ocean. Sleep in beautiful eco-chic accommodations, enjoy delicious and healthy Mexican food, and practice yoga and meditation in world-class open-air and heated yoga studios. Join Patty townsend and Paul Spector in paradise for this week-long retreat, take a break from winter and nurture your wellbeing.
We begin each day with meditation taught by Paul, followed by breakfast and then a two-hour Embodyoga® session with Patty. Before dinner, Paul leads a second meditation session.

March 22–24, 2020 • at KRIPALU in Stockbridge MA • Sunday-Tuesday: 2 nights
EMBODYOGA® for Resilience and Strength •
with Patty Townsend

For all levels.

Learn how to use yoga to find the supportive power of your inner body. The body is naturally strong, resilient, and fluid. Practice simple yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditative movements to access greater comfort and integration.

Alignment in yoga comes from the inside out and is very specific to each individual. Join Patty Townsend for a program that teaches you to

  • Move fluidly and effortlessly

  • Experience a unified sense of body, mind, and spirit in movement

  • Find enjoyment, comfort, and ease.

A yoga teacher for more than 30 years, Patty is a uniquely expressive and dynamic instructor who focuses on breath- and awareness-centered teaching.



Mindful Yoga therapy•15-Hour & 100-hour certification programs for Yoga Teachers•developed by suzanne manafort

Developed by Suzanne Manafort, a Senior Embodyoga Teacher Trainer and registered Yoga Therapy Teacher Trainer, Mindful Yoga Therapy (MYT) is an empirically informed, clinically tested program comprised of five practices: Pranayama, Asana (postures connected with breath), Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Gratitude. Each practice is a tool veterans can use to cope with Post Traumatic Stress, and together, they form a comprehensive system–a toolbox–that will carry veterans into a life of strength and resilience.

Suzanne has crafted powerful programs to train experienced teachers in helping veterans and others who have faced severe trauma. With the help of Robin Gilmartin, an experienced psychoanalyst at the West Haven VA and the faculty and staff of the MYT Team, Suzanne developed Breathe In, Breathe Out, a meditation practice to help veterans while at the VA or at home. Suzanne and Robin also developed the MYT Practice Guide which has been distributed free to over 18,000 veterans. Suzanne and her faculty offer workshops all over the world.

MYT includes:
15-Hour Trauma Training
15-Hour Adaptive Training
100-Hour Certification Training
Mindful Yoga Therapy Free Resources

Mindful Yoga Therapy is Registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, IAYT.

teaching with awareness •Assisting Recovery from Eating Disorders •
Developed by Katherine tancredi

In this Embodyoga workshop for teachers Katherine explores how yoga, when mindfully taught, can be used effectively in the prevention, treatment, and recovery of eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image issues. 

This workshop provides an introduction to eating disorders and co-morbidities and how yoga, when mindfully taught, can be an essential part of bringing the body into treatment. Eating disorders are a fragmentation of self and a dissociation from the natural needs of the body. This Embodyoga approach focuses on creating a gentle process for helping those suffering from disordered eating to returning to a state of comfort with their own embodied forms.

More Information
Learn More About Katherine
Read Katherine’s Article on Embodyoga Blog

prenatal yoga teacher training and in-depth study program
•developed by corinne andrews

Corinne Andrews is a Senior Embodyoga Teacher Trainer and the Co-owner and Director of Yoga Center Amherst. Corinne is passionate about supporting women in the childbearing year. She has developed a powerful curriculum that incorporates the principles of Embodyoga with her many years of spiritual inquiry and practice, drawing upon the realities and rigors of personal experience in pregnancy, birth and raising children. This is a comprehensive and beautifully organized body of work.

The Birthing Mama® Prenatal and Wellness Program honors pregnancy and birth as a profound time of transformation for a woman, a rite of passage that will forever change her life. This transformation is happening daily – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  The ancient practices and wisdom of yoga deeply support women going through this life passage.

Through rich experiences and In-Depth Study, the 90-Hour Birthing Mama® Teacher Training will prepare you to teach public prenatal and postnatal yoga classes and to support a pregnant person when they show up to your public drop-in classes.

The training is divided into two levels.
Level 1: The first level of 45-hours constitutes the In-Depth Study Program.
Level 2: The second level continues with an additional 45-hours and completes the full 90-hour Certification Program.
Completion of the full 90-Hours provides you with Birthing Mama® Certification and documentation for registration with the Yoga Alliance.

More Information and to Schedule or Find a Birthing Mama® Training
Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness Online Program for Expectant Mothers


EMBODYOGA will Travel
to your Yoga Center!

Patty and Senior Embodyoga Teachers travel to introduce these principles and insights to yoga students and teachers all over the country. Invite us! 


workshop 1 • spinal anatomy for yoga—YOUR TENSEGRITOUS SPINE

Our spines provide an embodied sense of core. In Embodyoga® we maintain ease and suppleness in our spines, never allowing forces of movement to shear across it. Shearing forces are detrimental to our spine's structure and invite a fragmentary sense of self.

Tensegrity speaks to the weave of body tissues (fascia, bones, muscles, ligaments, etc.) that builds and supports our form. The tensegritous spine is a radical new look at how our spines actually work, and how to embody them for increased vitality and ease in movement. In this workshop we will explore a sense of unity and peace within, even in the largest expressions of yoga asana. Participants will learn to experience  their spines in a new and exciting way. 


  • Learn the basics of spinal anatomy applied to yoga practice.

  • Focus on the tensegritous supports of your spine.

  • Enjoy the sinuous grace of your spine in natural movement.

  • Feel the support of muscles and ligaments of the vertebral column.

  • Learn to differentiate core from peripheral body in movement.

workshop 2• Cellular awakening through breath, movement, and awareness

Each of us holds within the memory of being a single fluid-rich cell. Cellular Awakening is the practice of enlivening the consciousness within the body’s cells. The Self that knows no form or limits directly touches and knows the self within form through the medium of cellular awareness. Every cell in the body is awake, alive, and self-aware. Each cell is a microcosm of universal intelligence. When we delve inward, we simultaneously explore the universal and the personal, revealing their differentiation and their ultimate unity.


  • Explore Cellular Breathing and the fundamentals of pranayama.

  • Learn to initiate movement from the cells themselves.

  • Feel the support of cellular movement and consciousness expressing in yoga asana.

  • Feel the underpinnings of true fluidity in movement.

  • Experience directly the individual (microcosm) and universal (macrocosm) consciousness of our cells.

workshop 3 •DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT AND The Fluid Body in yoga 

In this workshop, participants will experience the evolutionary journey from single cell to an intricately articulated human organism. Individual inner wisdom guides our process and supports our knowing. Specific attention will be given to cellular awareness, cellular breathing, and the movement of the fluid body that underlies our vitality. We will also explore how our six limbs (head, tail, arms, and legs) radiate from and are organized around our navel.

The workshop will facilitate introspective investigation of these themes through movement and stillness, and will include:

  • Learning the developmental sequence of: vibration, cellular breathing, sponging, pulsation, navel radiation, soft spine, and mouthing

  • Expressing fluid patterns in asana, with particular emphasis on belly down, supine
    and standing postures for navel radiation

  • Experiencing the mouthing pattern to facilitate spiralic movement and the digestive tract’s support of the spine

  • Moving through asana and vinyasa through the fluid movement of navel radiation.

workshop 4 •GLANDular support in yoga — radiance and levity

Our glandular system suspends our spines from head-to-tail, providing bright spaciousness to our core. Tone and balance throughout the glandular system affects the structural integrity of the whole body through the fascial weave.

In Embodyoga®, as in Body-Mind-Centering®, we have found that each gland has a correlation with a different aspect of our skeletal system. Our skeletal system is part of the fascial matrix. Learning to feel glandular support through our fascia and bones gives our movements a brightness and levity that we don't often notice in our musculoskeletal system. We gain elasticity and supple tone through our connective tissue weave.

In this workshop, we will explore the blending of the glandular, musculoskeletal, and fascial systems, learning to recognize how they support and work in harmony with one another. We will explore how we can assist the glandular system to come into a more balanced state while bringing more comfort and coordination to all of our movements through this integrated matrix of support.

workshop 5 • Introduction to Embodyoga® — Whole-Body Integration and Alignment from the Inside Out

Embodyoga® integrates asana, pranayama and meditation into a deeply fulfilling movement practice.  An accessible and progressive system of discovery, it incorporates the structure of traditional Hatha Yoga, Tantric philosophy, and a revolutionary investigation into the inner workings of body and mind, as presented by the School for Body-Mind-Centering®. This workshop offers Embodyoga's® basic principles, as well as practices for balancing the nervous system and gaining an experience of true mind-body unity, including:

  • Utilizing Embodied Anatomy™ and Embodied Developmental Movement™ to directly experience the many layers of being, including cellular awareness, glands and chakras, and the body’s systems

  • Embodying the organs and glands in movement and in stillness

  • Embodying the diaphragms, bandhas, chakras and kosas (sheaths of consciousness) in asana

  • Fundamentals of breathing/pranayama

  • Healthy function and movement for bones, muscles, ligaments, and joints

workshop 6• toning and balancing the Nervous System

A healthy and resilient nervous system is one of the keys to opening the doorway to our inner world. In this workshop, we will explore Embodyoga® movement and breathing techniques for modulating our nervous system’s resilience and responsiveness. Using our yoga practices, we will learn to create more ease and comfort through the whole body-mind system.

Areas of focus will include:

  • Balancing sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems

  • Learning to releasing stress more effectively in yoga and life

  • Grounding of the sympathetic nervous system for clarity and bright awareness without agitating the body-mind.

  • Balancing the sensory and motor aspects of the peripheral nervous system

  • Exploring the enteric nervous system for a "gut" sense of comfort and ease

  • Specific techniques for releasing the Central Nervous System

workshop 7 • Embodying the Organs through Yoga

Our organs are deep reservoirs of individual and universal consciousness. They contain our dreams, emotions, personal stories, and collective memories. Our organs provide a spiralic support of our spine. They give us depth, volume, and humanity. Each organ expresses its own unique qualities: the heart is supple, resilient and generous; the liver is firm, decisive and resolute; and the kidneys are fluid and tranquil. Through our digestive tract we choose what we will—and will not—take in, absorb, and release. 

In this workshop, we will explore our individual organs as well as our organ-system as a whole. We will incorporate organ awareness into a whole-body yoga practice. Through sensing and feeling we will learn to initiate movement from the organ body, significantly softening our expression in asana and vinyasa.

  • Learn to sense and feel the qualities and life-force of individual organs

  • Learn to move from the organ body

  • Experience the deep ease and comfort that organs offer

  • Learn to incorporate organ support and awareness in all that you practice and teach

Workshop 8 • yoga for balancing the Sacroiliac Joints and the Pelvis

In this class participants will explore the intricacies of the pelvis through Embodied Anatomy™, asana, pranayama, and specific movement techniques. We will focus on how each pelvic half relates to its leg and foot; how it articulates with the spine at the sacroiliac joint, and with its partner pelvic half at the pubic symphysis. 

We will discover the under-recognized importance of mobility at the pubic disk. Appropriate movement at the pubis balances the need for stability in the sacroiliac joints, and leads to greater comfort and ease in asana practice and in our bodies throughout daily life. Our exploration will take us to the pelvic floor — the breathing, organ support of our core.

We will experience mulabandha from this deep and gentle awareness. Intimate knowledge and full embodiment of our pelvis encourages the experience of presence, safety, and connectedness in the Muladhara and Svadisthana chakras. 

Participants can expect to experience increased comfort, function and ease in the sacroiliac joint and the entire pelvic region. They will feel more grounded, alive and awake in body and mind. They will leave the workshop with new tools for maintaining healthy and fluid movement in the pelvis.

workshop 9 The koshas—earth, water, fire, air, space and consciousness in yoga

Interwoven sheaths of awareness and form, the koshas provide a clear map for embodying all layers of our personal and universal selves. They range from the most-subtle, to the most-dense and their intricate weave completes the whole cloth of our personhood. In this workshop, we will explore the embodiment of the koshas as the basis for experiencing directly, layer upon layer, of who we actually are.

Learn to practice and teach yoga through the window of qualities and elements contained in each kosha.

  • Anamaya Kosha: Earth — Stability and Structure·

  • Pranamaya Kosha: Water — Fluidity, Life-Force, and Emotional Body

  • Manomaya Kosha: Fire — Passion and Perseverance

  • Vijanamaya Kosha: Air — Love and Wisdom

  • Anandamaya Kosha: Space — Bliss, Profound Comfort and Joy

  • Chittamaya and Atmamaya Koshas: Individual and Universal Consciousness

Workshop 10 • Fascial Weave—Whole Body Integration in yoga practice

Fascia is the unifying matrix of connective tissue that integrates and forms the support of everything in the body. It is the very fabric of our form—an uninterrupted intelligent, viscous, and elastic tissue that surrounds and penetrates all body structures from head to toe.

Integrating movement through the entire fascial matrix is a key to relieving pressure in joints and muscles and brings light into all the body structures.

Using yoga as the form, we  explore the levity, gravity, and embodied-tensegrity that is the nature of this glorious fluid-body structure. We experience directly how this method of integrating movement through the entire body supports rehabilitative and therapeutic approaches in asana.