upcoming workshops and teacher training events

Yin Yoga for Self Compassion Series Sept 2020

Yin Yoga for Self- Compassion

a 5 Week Workshop Series

Wednesdays September 2- 30, 2020; 10:30 am- 11:45 am

Held in our Online Classroom at Westport Yoga KC

with Lisa Ash Drackert, Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist

Yin Yoga targets the connective tissue of the hips, spine and shoulders.  Yin postures are held for an extended period of time to allow connective tissue to hydrate, restore and heal.

Yin Yoga is based on the concept of Yin/Yang energy from Traditional Chinese Medicine. According to this theory, health is balance between these two energies, which are in constant flux and experiencing a continually cycling balance.

Each class in this Workshop Series will focus on balancing the energies of a specific TCM Meridian. We will also study the 3 pillars of Self-Compassion identified by Dr. Kristin Neff, co-founder of the Center for Self-Compassion, and learn how to incorporate metta (loving-kindness) meditation into our Yin Yoga practice to enhance our sense of self-care and self-worth.

This Workshop is taught Live at 10:30 am Central Standard Time; after each class you will be emailed the link to take the class on your own time.

Investment: $85
Enrollment is Closed.

Writing Your Truth Fall 2020

Writing Your Truth

Sunday September 27- Sunday November 8, 2020

with Julie Edge and Lisa Ash Drackert

Learn how to build and sustain a daily writing meditation practice in this exclusive 6-week course with Julie Edge, PhD, certified Life Coach and Lisa Ash Drackert, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist.

6 Week Daily Writing Course: September 27- November 8, 2020, including 4 Online Classes via Zoom 4:00-5:30 pm (CST)

  • Sunday September 27

  • Sunday October 11

  • Sunday October 25

  • Sunday November 8

What is “Writing Meditation?”

Writing meditation is a daily practice blending the art of writing with spiritual development.

Similar to journaling, writing meditation practice provides a safe place for emotional release and of ‘letting go’ of thoughts. However, different from journaling, writing meditation is not meant to capture the day’s activities or to solve a specific problem. It’s a free writing method that offers a way to observe thoughts and emotion in a judgement-free zone so you can draw closer to your own Truth.

Investment: $225

Each day, you’ll receive a daily text reminding you to take a moment to pause, breathe and tune in to gratitude. The text may link you to a guided breathing technique, a guided meditation or an inspirational article. The program culminates with a guided experience of Lisa’s Full Gratitude Meditation on Thanksgiving Day to share with your loved ones.

Your Enrollment includes a $2 donation to Rose Brooks Center. Learn More here: RoseBrooks.org

Text reminders will be send 6 am Central Standard Time, which means you can participate in this meditation program wherever you live!

Enrollment Closes on November 4, 2020.

Investment: $28


Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Modules

 Myofascial Release and Fascial Health

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Module

March 4- March 7, 2021 @ Westport Yoga KC 

Using evidence-based research on fascial health and connective tissues, learn how to safely and effectively incorporate Self Myofascial Release techniques into group classes as well as one-on-one with private therapeutic clients.

Self Myofascial Release is a healing technique that targets the connective tissue and the fascial system to decrease pain and discomfort, improve Range of Motion, restore joint mobility and build tissue integrity through hydration and healthy stress.

This training includes detailed discussion of fascial anatomy as well as how to locate and address common trigger points within muscle and fascial systems that are caused by poor posture, dehydration of tissues and overuse with improper alignment.

We will also learn how to teach pranayama exercises that induce the Relaxation Response in the nervous system and positively affect the health of our connective tissues.

Details: 30 hours (including contact and homework)

Provided Text: Myofascial Release and Fascial Health Training Manual by Lisa Ash Drackert

Provided: RAD Roller Recovery Rounds, RAD Roller (double), Snacks, Hot Tea, access to Audio Guided Pranayama Techniques + 15% off all Westport Yoga KC retail.

In this course, we will learn how to:

  • accurately explain the physiology of fascia and importance of fascial health
  • introduce students and clients to the benefits of Self Myofascial Release (S-MFR)
  • hydrate and heal connective tissue through the use of SMFR tools such as RAD Rounds, yoga blocks and yoga bolsters
  • effectively teach SMFR techniques within group class settings
  • identify common trigger points that cause referral pain and teach SMFR techniques to reduce discomfort with one-on-one clients
  • teach pranayama and systematic relaxation techniques that restore the nervous system functionality and positively affect the health of our connective tissues
  • structure 60-75 minute Vinyasa Flow Yoga Classes containing SMFR techniques

Schedule: Thursday March 4- Sunday March 7, 2021

Day 1: 9 am – 5 pm

Day 2: 9 am- 5 pm

Day 3: 10:30 am- 6 pm

Day 4: 9 am- 5 pm

Who should register:
This Advanced Yoga Teacher Training is designed for yoga teachers with 200+ hours of training and a minimum of one year teaching experience.

This course is also ideal for physical therapists, massage therapists looking to incorporate Self- Myofascial Release into their practice with one-on-one clients. Please note: Continuing Education Hours are only available for Yoga Teachers registered through Yoga Alliance.

Investment: $625

Please enroll at WestportYogaKansasCity.com

Enrollment opens January 15, 2021


Restore and Meditate Teacher Training at Westport Yoga KC

with Lisa Ash Drackert

Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist

November 18- 21, 2021

Our curriculum focuses on how to teach, with clarity, the contemplative yoga practices including Meditation, Restorative yoga and pranayama.

This Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Module is designed for yoga teachers who are deeply committed to the art of teaching yoga and want to learn to incorporate Meditation, Pranayama and Restorative Yoga practices into their classes.

The three-pronged approach of lecture, experiential learning and practicum teaching is ideal for yoga teachers to truly hone the art of teaching.

Our program will give you the base you need to begin teaching Meditation and Restorative Yoga with best teaching practices, sound educational theory and brain-based learning models. We will learn about how the brain responds to stress, how to guide your students into the Relaxation Response and how to build your confidence to teach meditation and mantra.

Schedule: 30 contact hours

  • Thursday November 18: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Friday November 19: 9 am- 5 pm
  • Saturday November 20: 10:30 am- 5 pm
  • Sunday November 21: 9 am- 5 pm
  • 2 additional Observation Hours of Restorative Yoga Classes

Provided Texts:

  • Moving Inward by Dr. R. Sovik
  • Restore and Meditate Teacher Training Manual by Lisa Ash Drackert
  • Restore and Meditate Lesson Plans

Also Included:

  • Complimentary Hot Tea
  • A take-home bottle of essential oils
  • Access to Audio Guided Meditation Files
  • 1 lavender eye pillow

We will learn how to teach:

  • 4+ body awareness techniques to balance the nervous system
  • 4 + pranayama techniques to prepare for meditation
  • the 5 basic steps of meditation as taught at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Studies
  • how to teach meditation to beginners
  • how to use yoga props to assist the physical body for meditation
  • appropriate modifications of common Restorative Yoga Poses
  • how to structure a 75 minute Restore and Meditate Classes for all levels

Enrollment opens September 1, 2021

Please enroll at WestportYogaKansasCity.com

Spinal Anatomy and Dysfunction Teacher Training at Westport Yoga KC

with Lisa Ash Drackert

Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist

Thursday September 23- Sunday September 26, 2022

Schedule: 30 contact hours

  • Day 1: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Day 2: 9 am- 5 pm
  • Day 3: 10:30 am- 5 pm
  • Day 4: 10:30 am- 5 pm
  • Lunch breaks provided

Provided Texts:

  • Spinal Anatomy and Dysfunction Teacher Training Manual by Lisa Ash Drackert

Also Included:

  • RADRoller Product: RAD Centre
  • 1 month of unlimited class attendance at Westport Yoga KC (in-person or online classroom)
  • 15% off Retail at Westport Yoga KC
  • Complimentary Hot Tea and Water
  • Access to Audio Guided Meditations

Core Curriculum Objectives

  • Learn the anatomy of the vertebrae and the biomechanics of the spine as a whole
  • Understand the spine’s functional range of motion and how to evaluate its movement patterns and dysfunctions with yoga students
  • Examine common injuries and dysfunction of the spine and how to address these from a therapeutic yoga lens
  • Explore yoga approaches to spinal imbalances within group classes and with personal one-on-one yoga clients
  • Understand the physiologic responses to pain and how yoga can help alleviate the pain response
  • Teach guided meditation and pranayama techniques that strengthen the connection between the central nervous system and the relaxation response

Enrollment Opens July 1, 2022

Please enroll at WestportYogaKansasCity.com