annie carpenter

annie carpenter

SmartFLOW Break It Down | Working with Beginners + All Level Classes


February 12 - 15, 2015


exhale Venice


$475 before January 20th, $575 after 


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One of the most essential skills a Yoga teacher has is the ability to break a pose down from its cohesive whole to its component parts, and teach the parts methodically so that each student can achieve an appropriate expression of that pose. Mastery in this skill brings with it the ability to teach the ubiquitous “All Levels Class” –which almost all classes are, no matter what they labeled!!

In this 4-day Intensive you will:
*Practice strong, All-levels-focused SmartFlow Asana classes
*Sense the inherent, essential components of poses quickly and clearly
*Master modifications and propping for different body types and levels
*Learn sequencing for optimum integration of component parts
*Develop skills for working with your students’ fears and egos
Beloved Beginners Expert Jamie Elmer will be joining us on Friday afternoon!

This Weekend Immersion provides 25 hours towards Annie’s 500 Hour SmartFLOW Teacher Training Certification.

Smart FLOW 200-Hour Training


July 2 - August 2


exhale Venice


Early Bird price: $2950; $3250 Full Price ($350 non-refundable deposit)


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This training includes:

-200 hr teacher training with Annie Carpenter

-SmartFlow Training manual

-One month unlimited-class membership

-10% off retail

-20% spa services at the Fairmont hotel in Santa Monica

-10% off special events at exhale

Part 1: July 2 - 13, 2015

ABHYASA – The Path of the Sadhana—Do your practice!

This first section establishes you in the roots and rituals of Yoga. Abhyasa means practice, or the effort towards aligning and re-aligning one’s attention to the present moment. We will employ the yogic practices of asana, pranayama (breathwork), chanting, and various methods of meditation as our elemental practice. You will gain a profound understanding of the foundational asanas as alignment tools for safe physical practice, and for yoking the mind to this moment. Asanas are presented as elemental, sustaining, deepening and as a means to return to center to illuminate the path of creative sequencing. In addition we will consider various ethical observances to inform and sustain our choices on our mats, with our students, and in daily life.

Part 2: July 23 - August 2, 2015

VAIRAGYA – The Path of Radical Acceptance—All is coming!

Vairagya is the ability to accept everything that arises with evenness and equanimity. It is the basis for the cultivation of community and the essence of every teacher who wishes to inspire her students. Vairagya reveals and celebrates the present moment in all its unpredictabilty and originality. As we delve deeper into the practices, we encounter everything on the spiritual path: strength and flexibility as well as weakness and pain; we find the greatest joy as well as fear and doubt. As spiritual aspirants and guides we gather and balance our energies and intentions to become the light embodied, beacons on this path.

SmartFLOW yoga celebrates the innate intelligence of juicy, flowing movement! This 200 hour Teacher Training offers you a strong foundation, yet remains in-depth with its emphasis on methodology not rote learning.

You will learn an evolved system of inquiry, awakening your practice and setting the stage for inspired and creative teaching. Asana, pranayama and meditation are our tools for transformation, rooted in the great traditions of yoga. A functional approach to anatomy informs your understanding of the essential movement principles; these principles are the ground for intelligent instructions and inventive sequencing. Movement principles are embedded in philosophical insight that drives the sequencing of the practice from within.

This training is for anyone who wants to take their practice to a new level: teachers, future teachers, and lovers of yoga.

SmartFLOW Advanced


August 20 - 30, 2015


exhale Venice


$1350 Early Bird; $1650 Full Price ($350 non-refundable deposit)


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Viveka is a beautiful sanskrit word that literally means discrimination. It describes an ongoing practice through which we discern the un-changing essence of life as distinguished from the impermanent, phenomenal nature of things. Through our yogic practices, we begin to discern the subtle effects each of our practices bring, and over time we determine that which furthers and maintains us –and our students -- on our spiritual paths.


•Daily advanced asana, pranayama and meditation practice

•taking the SmartFLOW Movement Principles deeper: exploring the edge where avoidance and denial present themselves

•understanding the body in a 3 dimensional way so that verbal cueing and hands on adjustments are truly effective, direct and meaningful

•evolving compassionate languaging and timing: evoking radical acceptance in the present moment

•pranayama practices:. observing how breathing patterns reveal unconscious mental patterns, and can help break them

•developing/evolving personal ritual and themes for self-practice and creative sequencing

•Integration of the 8 limbs of yoga in your teaching

•Dharana & Dhyana: paths to focus the mind (finding a meditation practice that you will stick to!)

•Special guest Jamie Elmer: working with beginners/modifications

•In-depth study of the Bhagavad Gita with John Casey, Phd

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