You are invited on a sacred journey of self discovery, expansion, learning, and growth.
Through our eight weekends together, you will not only deepen your connection to your inner-guidance system, but you will also have the opportunity to cultivate a new and profound relationship with your physicality.
You will receive the tools to share this practice in a way that is unique, safe, and authentic to you and your body.
What lights you up about yoga, and how can we magnify that light?
How can you be a catalyst for others to connect to their own inner-guidance system?
How do we create greater UNITY, both within and in commUNITY?
How do we honor the roots of yoga and carry this wisdom as Americans?
Why Choose Root To Rise YTT?
This training is unique in that each immersive weekend centers thematically around a specific chakra. The energetic centers of the chakras are our blueprint for learning and experiencing. Through our eight weekends together, we will work our way from the Root to the Crown as we learn our energetic and physical anatomy, pranayama (breathwork), poses that center around the specific chakra, and so much more. The intention of this training is to assist you in planting a firm foundation through your daily sadhana (spiritual practice), and to awaken you to YOGA (aka union) in all aspects of life. When we begin to live our lives through the lens of yoga, everything shifts.
A note about the "style" of this training: The asana (posture) style of this training could be described as slow flow, rather than vinyasa. There is a heavy emphasis on the breath (pranayama) and linking movement with breath, but this is NOT a vinyasa training. Students will learn the traditional "sun salutation" form, but are encouraged to create sequences that focus primarily on breath, meditation, stillness, balancing the basic elements of physicality, and SLOWING DOWN. The emphasis of the asana aspect of this training is understanding how to balance the body/mind/breath, and making yoga accessible to ALL bodies.
We have an incredible staff of senior teachers who are so excited and passionate about sharing their yoga knowledge with YOU! Each teacher brings their own unique essence and beliefs about what yoga means. This creates a beautiful opportunity for you to explore many aspects and vibrations of yoga and decide how your yoga wants to be expressed in the world. It is our desire to help craft practitioners and teachers who are "mindful weavers" of breath, stillness, and movement. We bow deeply to the roots and traditions of yoga, while also exploring how we can honor and grow yoga mindfully within our American culture. We discuss and explore the difference between appropriation and appreciation of this powerful wisdom tradition.
Not only do we offer you the opportunity to dive deep into the many aspects that make up the yogic tradition, but you will also get to experience many out-of-the-box breakthrough exercises to connect you to yourself, your voice, and your power in a profound way. Whether you decide to teach or not, this experience will change the way you look at, and move through the world.
The intimacy of a small group (12 people max) is such a beautiful gift. By the end of the training, you will truly feel like you have a new soul family.
The training will include:
Anchoring In Your Sadhana For Transformation (daily spiritual practice)
Teaching Methodology: posture breakdowns, sequencing, languaging, etc.
Anatomy/ Kinesiology - including a visit to the Colorado Learning Center of Human Anatomy
Philosophy: The Eight Limbs of Yoga & Tantra
History of Yoga
Being Trauma Informed & Understanding The Nervous System
Yoga & Social Justice - Stepping off the Mat & Advocating for UNION
Intro to Ayurveda
Pranayama and Be Free Breathwork
Basic Prenatal and Yoga Postures for Disabilities
Expanding the WHAT IS of Yoga
The Business of Yoga
Experiences of multiple styles of yoga including: Yoga Nidra, Kundalini, Para Yoga, Yin, and Partner.
Anatomy & Kinesiology
...and much more
Master Class Teacher: Power of the Heart
Dr. Corrine Duel-Gentile
Anatomy Breakdown: The Energetics of the Spinal Column
Master Class Teacher
Understanding Trauma & Nervous System Regulation
The training will consist of 8 full weekend immersions
2023 Weekend Dates:
March 31-April 2
July 21-23 (testing)
The Be Free Healing Center
1006 Spring Creek lane
Ft Collins CO 80526
In addition to our eight weekends together, students will be asked to take a certain number of outside yoga classes throughout the training; to maintain a regular home practice; to write several papers; to keep up with required reading; and to complete both a written final and final teaching presentation.
In order to receive your 200hr certification, you must complete all required work and demonstrate your competence in your final exams.
Please contact Melanie if you are have any questions!
or text/call Melanie@ 970-286-4447
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL
"Root to Rise was one of the most transformative experiences of my life, thus far. Melanie has cultivated a container that deeply honors the philosophy, tradition and lineage of yoga in all its forms, while fluidly interweaving her own eclectic knowledge and magic. Her emphasis and devotion to inclusivity allowed for me to soften into the experience and delve into self-study with a knowing that I was safe and supported throughout that process. Melanie’s use of the chakra system as a guide helped me to peel back the layers of self and explore the beauty of yoga in a way that felt digestible, yet thorough.
The guest lecturers provided a broad range of information that evoked inspiration and gave me an idea of where I’d like to focus my energy as I continue to deepen my knowledge and practice of yoga. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to get to meet my inner teacher, and to have become more aware of the teacher in all. If you’re looking for a well rounded and deep introduction to yoga teaching, look no more.
Thank you Melanie for exceeding my expectations for what a YTT can be. I am so excited to nurture the seeds that have been planted in Root to Rise 2022!"
- KC Trujillo
"I raved about this class to my family and friends for the entire 5 months. I found so much learning, love, and expansion each weekend. Melanie has my great respect. She walks her talk. She is a teacher who is always learning and growing in her own understanding of yoga. She prioritizes the learning and honoring of yoga's roots and the 8 limbs of yoga. She is working hard to be inclusive and to honor the lineages and teachers that have come before us. She invites in speakers with a wide range of skills to expand our understanding. She structures and paces the classes beautifully. She has an incredible depth of knowledge and wide skill set! Melanie is a most remarkable YTT trainer. I feel sure that no one is more competent, compassionate, supportive, collaborative, humble, ethical and qualified for offering 200 hour YTT. This training has impacted my life to a degree that I never anticipated. Thank you Melanie. Much love and appreciation." - Kathy D
I loved Root to Rise. It was probably the best, fullest, most encouraging and deepest challenge to my person growth that I have experienced outside of marriage and parent/grandparenthood. It certainly provided the depth I was looking for to help me explore yoga in its fullest and most rooted expression. And there was so much more to discover and question and receive. I love how the training is centered around the chakras. Melanie has truly developed an amazing training. She is also personally very gifted as a teacher, in the physicality of yoga, the anatomy of the human body and in the realms of the spiritual. My hopes for my experience in yoga teacher training were met beyond my imaginings and then there was so much more to drink in. I am profoundly grateful to Melanie and Roots to Rise and all of the teachers that she brought into the mix." - Wendy L
The History of Root To Rise
2022 brings the 8th graduating class of Root to Rise!
Root To Rise was created in 2015 by Melanie Lighthouser and Sohalia (Nicole) Hussain. With over 20 years of combined yoga teaching experience, the two women set out to create a training that was unique and offered students the opportunity to dive deep within and (re)discover their inner teacher. In 2017 Sohalia moved away and Melanie decided to continue the Root to Rise tradition with the help of several incredible guest teachers.
To date, Root To Rise has certified 54 amazing beings to "go forth and share their light". We are so proud of each of these humans!