Prana, Breath, Asana: The Energetics of Yoga 
with Marti Yura and Caroline Dunham 
Friday-Sunday, March 20-22 
A Mandatory Module of the Vista Yoga 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training 

Open to All Levels of Practice 

Friday, March 20, 2:30pm-8:30pm 
Saturday, March 21, 9:30am-6:00pm
Sunday, March 22, 9:30am-6:00pm


According to the Samkhya worldview philosophy, there are three attributes, or gunas, that have always been and continue to be present in all things and beings in the world.These three gunas are called: sattva (goodness, constructive, harmonious), rajas (passion, active, confused), and tamas (darkness, destructive, chaotic). The interplay of these gunas defines the character of someone or something, of nature and determines the progress of life and keep things in a constant state of flux, impacting us daily physically, mentally and psychically.

In the study and practice of yoga, we work with asana, pranayama and meditation techniques to balance these attributes, physically, mentally and spiritually, and seek to understand our relationship to theses qualities in the natural world.

In this workshop we’ll study:
•The Samkhya Theory and its environmental influence 
•The anatomical components of breath in relationship to the cardio-respiratory system
•The physiological and energetic properties of the yogic bandha  system of support
•The foundations of pranayama and explore the energetic qualities of pranayama relating to the gunas.
•Practice various pranayama techniques and learn when and how to skillfully teach them
•Explore yoga postures through the lens of the vayus tracking their subtle effects
•Learn the energetic qualities of yoga asana families and their appropriate use
•Practice asanas as tools to bring about a sense of balance in the various energetic bodies
For teachers, looking at the body of your students through the lens of energetic practice can bring insight to your teaching.
Learn to create sequences that compliment a desired energetic outcome that brings about a sense of harmony in the body, mind and spirit.
Investment – $350
Early Bird (Before March 1) – $325


Marti Yura

Marti’s journey has come full circle, from her first fitness studio in Charleston, SC in 1982, to the “birth” of Vista Yoga in Atlanta. Since 1979 her passion for physical and spiritual well-being has led her from teaching various forms of fitness, including personal training, to her discovery of Yoga in 1998.

Both dynamic and therapeutic, Marti’s classes are infused with a thorough understanding of the body, ancient wisdom, her nurturing spirit and a touch of humor.

She is a 500-hour ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. After studying with a wide variety of Yoga teachers, she has been studying extensively with Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2008, achieving her 500-hour certification with them.

She is also trained in Thai Yoga Massage therapy.

Caroline Dunham

Yoga found Caroline early in life as a self-care practice that weaved though her life in many varied forms. When she began her consistent daily practice shortly after graduating from Cornell University with a BS in Chemical Engineering, Caroline found a means to improve her physical and emotional well being. Now it is Caroline’s joy and privilege to help facilitate the yoga practice of others, with an emphasis on proper alignment, activation, and self-acceptance, as an important part of her continuously expanding yoga practice.

Caroline is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher and has completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Vista Yoga, studied with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga, attended yoga courses at University, and is an avid student of yoga asana, texts, and philosophy. In addition to teaching yoga, Caroline is currently the operations manager at Vista Yoga.