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Metta Earth Institute 
334 Geary Road South
Lincoln, VT 05443

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Gillian Comstock 
Metta Earth Institute 

Ecology of Yoga, Yoga Teacher Training 

Deepen intimacy with ourselves and Earth

September 23 – October 1, 2016

9 days, 100 hour module

  • integrate deep ecology with yoga philosophy & practice
  • connect your yoga teaching to environmental issues
  • tap into your creative imagination to enrich your yoga teaching
  • enjoy the peak of Vermont’s autumn color in the mountains
  • revel in the beauty of a magnificent yoga sanctuary
  • learn about healthy, organic foods at an ecologically sustainable farm
  • recharge your passion for life and earth

Yoga is rooted in the understanding that everything is interconnected – earth, water, fire, air, space, soil, animals, plants, cosmos, and all beings. Through sensory awareness and embodied consciousness, yoga strengthens one’s ecological awareness and highlights the interdependent nature of the relationship humans have with the Earth.

This Ecology of Yoga YTT has significant components that deepen the practitioner’s awareness of this interconnection. Exploratory work with Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga– yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi – brings forth the ecological dimensions within each of these. When these yogic practices are experienced as integral with nature, they create enlivening pathways for healing our relationship with the planet.

This training also integrates the very vital work of Yogagaia, where our evolutionary story becomes a practice, sourcing the pivotal work of Thomas Berry, Brian Swimm, and other deep ecologists. Hasita Nadai is the originator of this practice, integrating her professions as a biologist and geologist through a long journey with yoga and deep ecology. Her zest as an 83 year old grand dame is contagious and instructive.

This yoga teacher training is for yoga teachers who would like to bring forth an ecological perspective to teaching. Through the exploration of principles and practices of yoga and ecopsychology, participants learn how to teach from a grounded and heart-centered place. This leadership is cultivated by attuning to the senses and the environment, tapping into creativity, and practicing presence.

This training is strengthened by core practices of yoga and meditation, farmstead living skills, leadership processes, the arts, and a multifaceted approach to activism. The rich medley of these realms is offered intentionally to provide an enhanced vibrancy to our daily living and to stimulate possibilities for social and cultural renewal.

The program takes place at Metta Earth Institute, where participants are immersed in communal living with the resident team who care for the farm, gardens, and retreat spaces. Many opportunities for learning about ecological sustainability and intentional community happen within this environment.


For more information on the Ecology of Yoga, YTT, please visit our website.

Register here for the Ecology of Yoga, Yoga Teacher Training at Metta Earth Institute!