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Emerging Pathways - 250 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Marah Arcilla


Emerging Pathways


About the Training


This yoga teacher training, guided by Marah Arcilla and a group of masters in their related specialisations, is designed to bring together a group of students who will discover the offerings, value and importance they bring to class as a yoga teacher.


Students will:
  • Develop technique and understanding of yoga as a holistic practice
  • Cultivate knowledge and experience to practice safely and intelligently
  • Learn essential teaching skills that build student’s confidence and adaptability
  • Understand how to lead a group yoga class with clarity, honour, discipline and dedication
  • Gain practical teaching experience – assist a 60-min community class at Fivelements Habitat

Yoga is a lifelong practice that requires patience, integrity and commitment. Yoga teachers play an important role in shaping the quality of their classes that provides a sustainable, healthy and inclusive atmosphere for students to refine their practice. Emerging Pathways is suitable for responsible movers who express a healthy curiosity to learn, value and respect hard work and are able to think critically in a gracious way.

Course Outline



With a focus on developing technique and understanding of yoga as a holistic practice, students of the course will cultivate knowledge and experience to practice safely and intelligently. The training also covers essential teaching skills that will help students build confidence and adaptability and lead a yoga class with clarity. This includes group work and improvisation exercises to build students’ experience in adapting their teaching and understanding of yoga in various settings.

This training will provide a practical and experiential learning environment for students as they deepen their practice as teachers and individuals. Towards the end of the training, each student will gain further practical experience by teaching and assisting a 60-minute community class at Fivelements Habitat Hong Kong.

The philosophy of yoga is rooted in the practice of giving back. During the programme, students will also teach some community classes organised with a non profit to open yoga practices for those who may not be able to afford yoga classes.

Click Here To Apply

Emerging Pathways 2021 Yoga Teacher Training Questionnaire

You can also enquire at the Wellness Concierge or call 3106 2112


Emerging Pathways explores yoga as a holistic practice through:

Preparing the body

  • Asana practice
  • Biomechanics
  • Experiential Anatomy
  • Pranayama

Preparing the mind and heart

  • Meditation
  • Yoga history and philosophy
  • The science of Ayurveda
  • Ethics and lifestyle

Preparing to teach

Class planning and teaching skills, including theming, manual assistance and sequencing for
  • Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy and Restorative classes
  • Theming
  • Clear instructions and guidance
  • Alternatives, progressions and guiding assists
  • Sequencing for Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy and Restorative classes

Teaching applications

  • Room Management
  • Improvisation and adaptability training
  • Building relationships
  • Feedback exercises
  • Learning by doing and observation
  • Class building exercises
  • Leading and assisting 60-minute community classes

Course Modules & Schedule


Application Prerequisites


Emerging Pathways 2021 Yoga Teacher Training Questionnaire

Introduction to Meditation with Carlos Pomeda (2 hours) 29 May at 8:00am via Zoom
*recording also available for those who will decide to join the mentorship program after this date

Basic Anatomy: Joint Movements and Planes of Movement
*video studies supplied by Marah Arcilla and Donna Sutton

Module 1: 1 – 5 July 2021

Yoga philosophy, history of Yoga and meditation with Carlos Pomeda
7:00 – 9:00am: Online lectures Carlos Pomeda at the studio
9:00 – 9:15am: Break
9:15 – 11:15am: Morning Progressions with Marah Arcilla
11:15am –12:15pm: Lunch break
12:15 – 2:15pm Lectures with Marah Arcilla

Continuation with Carlos Pomeda at home
July 21 – 23 2021 (Wed to Fri): 7:00 – 9:00am
July 24 – 25 2021 (Sat to Sun): 8:00 – 10:00am

Module 2: 4 – 8 August 2021

Experiential Anatomy with Donna Sutton
7:00 – 9:00am: Morning Progressions with Marah Arcilla
9:00 – 10:00am: Break
10:00 – 12nn: Lectures with Marah Arcilla
12:00nn – 1:00pm: Lunch break
1:00 – 3:00pm: Lectures with Donna Sutton
3:00 – 3:15pm: Break
3:15 – 5:15pm: Lectures with Donna Sutton

Module 3: 1 – 5 September 2021

Introduction to Pranayama with Ananda Leone
7:00 – 9:00am: Morning Progressions with Marah Arcilla
9:00 – 10:00am: Break
10:00 – 12:00nn: Lectures with Marah Arcilla
12:00nn – 1:00pm: Lunch break
1:00 – 3:00pm: Online lectures with Ananda Leone at the studio

Online continuation with Ananda Leone at home
September 13 – 17 (Mon to Fri): 7:00 – 9:00pm HKT / 1:00pm – 3:00pm CEST

Module 4: 29 September – 3 October 2021

Yoga Therapy: Alternatives, Modifications and Guiding Assists with Marah Arcilla and Donna Sutton
7:00 – 9:00am: Practice with Marah Arcilla
9:00 – 10:00am: Break
10:00am – 12:00nn: Lectures with Marah Arcilla
12:00nn – 1:00pm: Lunch Break
1:00 – 3:00pm: Lectures with Donna Sutton
3:00 – 3:15pm: Break
3:15 – 5:15pm: Lectures with Donna Sutton

Module 5: 28 October – 1 November 2021

Introduction to Ayurveda with Reenita Malhotra Hora
7:00 – 9:00am: Online lectures with Reenita Malhotra Hora at the studio
9:00 – 9:15am: Break
9:15 – 11:15am: Morning Progressions with Marah Arcilla
11:15 – 12:15: Lunch break
12:15 – 2:15pm: Lectures with Marah Arcilla

Continuation with Reenita Malhotra Hora at home
November 10 – 12 2021 (Wed to Fri): 7:00 – 9:00am
November 13 –15 2021 (Sat to Sun): 8:00am – 1:00pm

Module 6: 1 – 5 December 2021

Honing Your Skills/ Finding your Voice with Marah Arcilla
7:00 – 9:00am: Morning Progressions with Marah Arcilla
9:00 – 10:00am: Break
10:00am – 12:00nn: Lectures with Marah Arcilla
12:00nn – 1:00pm: Lunch break
1:00 – 3:00pm: Teaching exercises with Marah Arcilla
3:00 – :315pm: Break
3:15 – 5:15pm: Teaching exercises with Marah Arcilla

Tuition

Venue: Fivelements Habitat & Online (Zoom)
Training Period: July – December 2021
Price: 
HK$33,888 (early bird price until May 31) | HK$38,888 (full price)
  • Morning progressions with Marah Arcilla (Please indicate module enrollment except module 4) HK$3888 per module
  • Module 4: Yoga Therapy with Marah Arcilla and Donna Sutton *the only full module available for drop in HK$7888.
  • Yoga history and philosophy with Carlos Pomeda (livestream with recorded sessions available) HK$1888.
  • Introduction to Ayurveda with Reenita Malhotra Hora HK$1888.
  • Introduction to Pranayama with Ananda Leone HK$1888.



About The Teachers


Marah Arcilla


With over 12 years of teaching experience, Marah Arcilla incorporates her knowledge and experience in yoga, dance, movement biomechanics and somatics in her everyday classes. Her teaching has also inspired and nurtured a community of passionate practitioners in Hong Kong and beyond that honour the discipline and dedication that Marah instils in her classes.

Having trained and worked as a professional dancer and movement practitioner, Marah’s teaching is inspired by the generous guidance of Carlos Pomeda, Ross Rayburn and Patrick Creelman. Her teaching experience also adapts from other movement disciplines, including anatomical studies, somatics and biomechanics.

After completing her teacher training in 2009, Marah dedicates her teaching to guide students deeper into their practice with clarity, purpose and intent. Rather than focusing on the physicality and showmanship of complex poses, her teaching is thoughtfully themed with planned progressions and fundamental anatomical knowledge.

With a deep passion and respect for the principles and philosophy of yoga, Marah’s yoga practice is rooted in humbleness, open-mindedness and integrity. Her classes demand students to move intelligently from one pose to the next with mental discipline so that the quality of the practice can have a positive influence on the practical elements of the students’ daily lives.

Marah also has a particular gift for fostering a sense of community and connection amongst her students. She extends her teaching and knowledge of yoga through Emerging Pathways and aims to build a yoga community that is inclusive for any bodies and sustainable for practitioners of all ages and abilities.

Carlos Pomeda


Originally from Madrid, Spain, Carlos has been steeped in all aspects of the yoga tradition during more than 40 years of practice and study. He spent 18 of those years as a monk of the Saraswati order, under the name Swami Gitananda, including 9 years of traditional training and practice in India.

During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy and immersed himself in the practice of yoga, becoming one of the senior monks of the tradition and teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with his academic background, which includes two Masters Degrees: one in Sanskrit, from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and another one, in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is currently working on a book on the topic of “Karma and the Journey of the Soul”, as well as an updated History of Yoga and a new translation of the Śivasūtra, an important Tantric text of the Kashmiri tradition .

Carlos currently lives in the US, and travels extensively around the world conducting a variety of retreats, courses, seminars, workshops and lectures on the Wisdom of Yoga and related subjects.
As a teacher, Carlos is renowned for the breadth of his knowledge and the clarity with which he conveys it. His great love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humor and his deep connection with his audiences give him the ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos is an enjoyable and transformative experience.

Donna Sutton


Donna Sutton is a New Zealand trained physiotherapist who qualified in 1995, holds a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) along with the title of “Sports Physiotherapist” from the Australian Physiotherapy Association. In addition she has a Diploma in Acupuncture through Hong Kong University SPACE, over 20 years of experience in both Clinical Pilates and Swiss Ball stability training.

Donna has always had a deep interest in human movement so combines the Functional Movement Systems (FMS) testing to identify dysfunctional movement patterns and asymmetries within the body and integrates a combination of movement and strength and conditioning concepts (Clinical Pilates, Yoga, TRX, Animal Flow), where appropriate, as adjunctive rehabilitation tools to aid patients and athletes in returning to their desired activities.
Donna spends her leisure time, when she's not travelling, between the gym, practicing the ukulele and travelling her yoga path. Her philosophy for decreasing injuries is to “listen to your body everyday and be satisfied with giving your best effort on that day. No two days are the same”.

Ananda Leone



Ananda Leone, born in 1963 to Italian parents, grew up between Brazil, Argentina and Canada and now lives in Germany, where, in 1990, he established Berlin's Academy for Yoga. A man of many disciplines, Ananda graduated in 1989 with a degree in Forest Engineering, danced Ballet with the Teatro Guaria Brazil, studied traditional Chinese medicine and trained as a naturopath and in psychotherapy before going to India to train with Swami Gitananda in Yoga and Yoga Therapy. The result of that trip was Ananda's initiation into the Yogacharya lineage. In 1995 Ananda graduated as a yoga teacher from BDY (the German professional association of Yoga teachers) in Dusseldorf. Ananda is the founder of the Yoga Akademie, Yoga Raum, Yoga Sky and the Institut für Yogapsychologie in Berlin and is the cofounder of the Yoga Akademie in Vienna. For more then 20 years Ananda has held teacher trainings in Germany, Austria, Italy,United kingdom and in Bali. Ananda teaches yoga, pranayama and meditation with a warm, hands on approach. His passion for pranayama brought him to Hong Kong in 2015 for the Asian Yoga Conference. Since 2016 he has been running his own Ashram in Germany.

Reenita Malhotra Hora



Reenita's background as an Ayurveda Clinician has led her to teach clinical and CME programs to health care practitioners at the University of California schools (SF, Davis), University of North Carolina's Global Medical Education Center, and Hong Kong University's Li Ka Shing School of Medicine. For many years she was an Ayurvedic consultant at California Pacific Center and has also been part of the teaching faculty at yoga teachers' training programs in Asia, Europe and the USA. She has provided corporate wellness and business coaching programs to a variety of Hong Kong-based companies, mostly banks such as HSBC and financial services companies - her workshops are based upon principles from the Vedas. She founded, built and subsequently sold Ayoma, an Ayurvedic self-care product line, and the Ayoma LifeSpa, a premier Ayurvedic wellness spa, and has provided Ayurvedic training and consulting services to top spa wellness retreats such as the Four Seasons, Champneys, the Canyon Ranch, and the Banyan Tree Spas. She has written four books about Ayurvedic Medicine published by Chronicle Books, Pan Macmillan India, Mandala Press and Harper Collins India.

Terms and Conditions


Refund Policy

A full refund will be given if cancellation notice is received in writing a minimum of 3-weeks prior to the start of the course; on or before 17 June 2021.*

A 50% refund will be given if cancellation notice is received in writing a minimum a of 7 days prior to the start of the course; from 18 to 24 June 2021.

No refund will be given for cancellations within 7 days of the start of the course; from 25 June 2021.

*There will be a 10% processing fee imposed on all refund.

If Fivelements Habitat initiates the cancellation of the course, a full refund will be provided and no processing fee will be applied. Fivelements Habitat reserves the right to reschedule the dates of the training without prior notice. The refund eligibility will be re-calculated from the new class dates.