Garth currently travels out of town several times a year to lead Shiva Yoga teacher training programs, teach weekend intensives, workshops, master classes, and present at yoga festivals & conferences.  The Shiva Yoga teacher training program is Yoga Alliance registered.  If you would like to collaborate with us and host a Shiva Yoga teacher training program, book Garth to come and lead a weekend intensive, workshops or master classes at your studio, or have him present at your festival or conference, please have a look at the offerings below and fill out the form that follows at the bottom of this page.  Please reach out to us with any questions to: mail@garthhewittyoga.com.  

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Weekend Intensive Programs:

The Weekend Intensive programs are our most popular bookings.  Garth has taught these weekend intensives all over the world.  The Weekend intensive gives students a chance to experience a number of different practices.      

9hr/11hr Intensive
Friday: 7-10pm - Philosophy discussion + Shiva Meditation® class
Saturday: 9-12pm/9-1pm or 2-5pm/2-6pm - Shiva Power® master class
Sunday: 9-12pm/9-1pm or 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop

12hr/14hr Intensive
Saturday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Saturday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Saturday: 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 1
Sunday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Sunday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Sunday 2-5pm/2-6 - Workshop 2

15hr/17hr Intensive
Friday:  7-10pm - Philosophy discussion + Shiva Meditation® class
Saturday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Saturday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Saturday: 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 1
Sunday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Sunday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Sunday 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 2

18hr/21hr Intensive
Friday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Friday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Friday: 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 1
Saturday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Saturday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Saturday: 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 2
Sunday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Sunday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Sunday 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 3

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Class Descriptions:

Shiva Power® master class (2-3hrs)
Setting intentions and practicing gratitude, students move through a challenging and balanced flow with an emphasis on concentration and surrendering into the fire, in order to achieve a state of balance, letting go of attachment to the ego, quieting the mind, and working towards Self-realization. This class will contain advanced variations as well as modifications for beginners and will conclude with an extended final rest and a seated meditation practice.  Advanced variations will be taught for intermediate and advanced students to practice, as well as variations suitable for beginners. 

Shiva Meditation® class: (1-1.5hr)
This class takes students on a journey into stillness.  The class begins with seated pranayama techniques.  Students use bandhas, mudras, and specific breathing techniques to work with energy and find balance.  Students are then led through a guided yoga nidra meditation practice, in order to let go of the outer world and the body, and turn inward.  This is followed by a seated concentration and meditation practice, designed to quiet the mind and deepen the connection to the true nature of the Self.   

Philosophy discussion + Shiva Meditation® class:  (3hrs)
This philosophy and meditation discussion will introduce students to yoga philosophy and meditation practices. Students will learn concepts from classical and traditional yoga philosophy and gain a better understanding of the philosophy that informs modern yoga and meditation practices. Students will also explore seated meditation postures, discuss different types of meditation, learn about concentration and meditation techniques, and the advanced meditation practice of Samadhi. This workshop culminates with a Shiva Meditation® practice. 

Shiva Yoga® Maha Sadhana:  (3-4hrs)
The Shiva Yoga® Maha Sadhana is a celebration of yoga which honors Sri Dharma Mittra and is a showcase of the "best of the best" that yoga has to offer and contains a sampling of teachings from Garth's Guru, Sri Dharma Mittra, and his other teachers.  Each Shiva Yoga® Maha Sadhana event consists of: a strong asana practice, pranayama, cleansing practices, meditation, guided yoga nidra meditation, spiritual discourse and philosophy discussion, as well as partner yoga and a special yoga demo and offering. 

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Workshop Menu:

Sun Salutations As a Practice of Gratitude:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will teach students the foundational yoga practice of doing sun salutations.  Students will first discuss the origins of the sun salutations in yoga and why sun salutations are so widely practiced by so many different systems and styles of yoga.  Students will discuss early practices of chanting during sun salutations and look at the differences between traditional and modern sun salutations.  Yogic breathing and Ujjayi breathing will be explored as well as the mudras and individual asanas involved in a sun salutation practice.  Students will practice healthy and safe ways to do common transitions like the vinyasa to low plank (chatturanga) & knees, chest, chin, (ashta namaskar), and work on advanced transitions like jumping into the low plank and jumping forward from Downward Dog.  Advanced variations will be taught for intermediate and advanced students to practice, as well as variations suitable for beginners.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Standing Warmup Poses:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will focus on breaking down the standing warmup poses.  Students will learn how to break down these poses and gain a better understanding of the alignment of each pose.  Students will learn why a good yoga class is sequenced a certain way and gain a better understanding of why different poses can be categorized together in a family.   This workshop will involve some anatomy exploration and give students a better understanding of basic anatomical terms.  The anatomical position will be examined, as well as the three planes of movement.  Students will learn techniques for breaking down poses that can be applied to every pose in their practice, not just the standing warmup poses.  With a deeper understanding of anatomy & alignment and how to break down each pose, students will gain a deeper understanding of the purpose of each pose.  Students will be able to apply the tools from this workshop to go deeper into the fire in their practice, create more space in their body, find the balance between strength and flexibility in each pose, learn their boundaries and limitations, and become more aware of areas in their body that are out of balance.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Standing Balance Poses: (3-4hrs)

This workshop will focus on breaking down the standing balance poses.  Students will learn how to break down these poses and gain a better understanding of the alignment of each pose.  Students will learn why a good yoga class is sequenced a certain way and gain a better understanding of why different poses can be categorized together in a family.   This workshop will involve some anatomy exploration and give students a better understanding of basic anatomical terms.  The anatomical position will be examined, as well as the three planes of movement.  Students will learn techniques for breaking down poses that can be applied to every pose in their practice, not just the standing balance poses.  With a deeper understanding of anatomy & alignment and how to break down each pose, students will gain a deeper understanding of the purpose of each pose.  Students will be able to apply the tools from this workshop to go deeper into the fire in their practice, create more space in their body, find the balance between strength and flexibility in each pose, learn their boundaries and limitations, and become more aware of areas in their body that are out of balance.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Arm Balances:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore a number of intermediate & advanced arm balance poses.  Breaking down these poses into their component parts, students will explore ways to deepen each pose, by working on different parts of the body individually, before bringing things together.  This workshop starts off with a brief philosophy discussion to help students understand the purpose of the arm balances in a yoga practice.  This is followed by an anatomy lesson and discussion to help students better understand the physiology of these challenging poses.  Students will learn about the muscles involved in their arm balances, the focus of different arm balances on the body, and get the chance to explore the actions and counter actions needed for a strong and stable arm balance practice.  Balancing on the arms is not just about brute strength!  Advanced variations and transitions from inversions and downward dog will be taught for intermediate and advanced students.  There will be modifications for beginners and preparation poses will be explored for those not ready to balance on their arms yet.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

A Strong Core:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore a number of different core exercises.  Students will learn about each of the core muscles, their function, and how they are used in different poses.  Students will learn how to stabilize their low back with core bracing techniques and how to engage the transverse abdominals.  Students will take a closer look at the muscles of respiration, as well as the muscles involved in the advanced yogic lock practices.  The workshop will conclude with a pranayama and meditation practice with an emphasis on using the yogic locks to work with energy.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice.  Students are encouraged to work at their own pace.  There will be modifications for beginners and advanced variations for intermediate and advanced students.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Hip Opening:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore the many postures that strengthen and stretch the muscles supporting movement and providing stability at the hip joint.  Students will explore the different muscles and look at the major muscle groups that make up the upper portion of the lower extremities and surround the pelvic girdle.  Students will learn what is holding them back from achieving a full range of motion in their hip joint.  They will gain a deeper understanding of why it may be harder for them to come into advanced seated postures like the lotus, or kneeling warrior.  They will learn how to work safely on advanced forward folds like the Tortoise and the Leg Behind the Head variations, and move more easily into bigger backbends like the Camel Pose and Full Pigeon Pose.  This workshop is especially helpful for students who find it challenging to sit for long periods of time in meditation, without experiencing pain in their body, and for students who want to prevent lower back pain and be generally more comfortable off of their mat as well.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their asana practice. 

Shoulder Opening:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore the many postures that strengthen and stretch the muscles supporting movement and providing stability at the shoulder joint.  Students will explore movement of the shoulder joint and look at the different muscles that support movement and provide stability in different planes.  Students will learn what is holding them back from achieving a full range of motion in their shoulder joint. They will gain a deeper understanding of why it may be hard for them to balance in inversions like the Head Balance,  Handstand, and the Shoulder Stand, and why it may be hard for them to come into advanced backbends like the Bow Pose, Camel Pose, Full Pigeon, Upward Bow and the Dancer Pose.  This workshop is especially helpful for students who find their backhanding practice challenging and who are experiencing a limited range of motion in their shoulder joint that may be leading to pain in their neck, or back, due to compensation for this limited range of motion.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their asana practice. 

Inversions 101: Head Balancing: (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore the head balance practice.  Students will learn why this is such an important practice in yoga.  The workshop starts off with a brief philosophy discussion to help students understand the purpose of the head balance and why it is considered by many systems and styles of yoga to be one of the most important poses and practices in yoga.  This is followed by an anatomy lesson and discussion, to help students better understand the physiology of the head balance.  Students will learn about the muscles involved in balancing on the head in a bound head balance pose and a tripod head balance pose, and learn how to explore these inversions and find balance safely and with confidence.  Balancing on the head is not just about brute strength!  Students will also learn the rabbit pose and rabbit pose variations.  Advanced bound head balance and tripod head balance variations will be taught for intermediate and advanced students.  There will be modifications for beginners and preparation poses will be explored for those not ready to balance on their head yet.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Inversions 102: The Shoulder Stand Sequence: (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore the shoulderstand sequence.  Students will learn why this is such an important practice in yoga.  The workshop starts off with a brief philosophy discussion to help students understand the purpose of the shoulderstand sequence and why it is considered by many systems and styles of yoga to be one of the most important practices in yoga.  This is followed by an anatomy lesson and discussion, to help students better understand the physiology of the shoulderstand, plow pose and the fish pose.  Students will learn about the muscles involved in balancing on the shoulsers, and learn how to explore this inversion and sequence safely and with confidence.  Advanced shoulderstand variations and transitions will be taught for intermediate and advanced students.  There will be modifications for beginners and preparation poses will be explored for those not ready to balance on their shoulders yet.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Handstands:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore the key actions and counter actions that allow us to stand upside down on our hands.  Students will learn how the body fights against itself in poses like the handstand.  We will explore how to activate the shoulder stabilizers in conjunction with the core muscles, and how these actions work against the extension and lengthening of the spine in a handstand practice.  Tips, tricks, preparation poses, and various exercises will be covered that will help students bring more awareness to areas of their body that they will need to use to achieve balance in this challenging pose.  Students will learn and practice different techniques for finding balance in the middle of the room and will be encouraged to “get off” the wall.  There will be ample time to practice and work on the full handstand and several variations.  There will also be advanced transitions for intermediate and advanced students, as well as variations suitable for beginners.  Some challenging and fun partner yoga exercises will help each student learn to trust, and gain confidence and courage.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Backbending:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore a number of beginner, intermediate, and advanced backbends.  Breaking down these poses into their component parts, students will explore ways to deepen each pose, by working on different parts of the body individually, before bringing things together.  This workshop starts off with a brief philosophy discussion to help students understand the purpose of backbending in a yoga practice.  This is followed by an anatomy lesson and discussion, to help students better understand the physiology of these challenging poses.  Students will learn about the muscles involved in their backbends, the focus of different backbends on the body, and get the chance to explore the actions and counter actions needed for a healthy backbending practice.  There will be emphasis placed on how to create space in backbends and how to practice deep backbends in a healthy and safe way.  Advanced variations will be taught for intermediate and advanced students to practice, as well as variations suitable for beginners.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Twisting:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore a number of beginner, intermediate, and advanced twisting poses.  Breaking down these poses into their component parts, students will explore ways to deepen each pose, by working on different parts of the body individually, before bringing things together.  This workshop starts off with a brief philosophy discussion to help students understand the purpose of twisting in a yoga practice.  This is followed by an anatomy lesson and discussion, to help students better understand the physiology of these challenging poses.  Students will learn about the muscles involved in their twisting poses, the focus of different twists on the body, and get the chance to explore the actions and counter actions needed for a healthy twisting practice.  Advanced variations will be taught for intermediate and advanced students to practice, as well as variations suitable for beginners.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Forward Folding:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore a number of beginner, intermediate, and advanced forward folds.  Breaking down these poses into their component parts, students will explore ways to deepen each pose, by working on different parts of the body individually, before bringing things together.  This workshop starts off with a brief philosophy discussion to help students understand the purpose of forward folding in a yoga practice.  This is followed by an anatomy lesson and discussion, to help students better understand the physiology of these challenging poses.  Students will learn about the muscles involved in their forward folds, the focus of different forward folds on the body, and get the chance to explore the actions and counter actions needed for a healthy forward folding practice.  There will be emphasis placed on how to forward fold safely and how to practice deep forward folds in a healthy and safe way.  Advanced variations will be taught for intermediate and advanced students to practice, as well as variations suitable for beginners.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Awakening the Kundalini with Mudra, Bandha and the Chakras:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore the Hatha Yoga practices of mudra and bandha.   Students will have the chance to practice a number of Hatha Yoga practices designed specifically to find perfect perfect balance in the body and energetic body, and help them awaken the Kundalini force, in order to move beyond their intellect and ego, and experience the Ultimate Reality.   Students will learn about Tantra philosophy and the chakras.  Students will practice the seed mantras.  Several common mudras will be focused on and broken down.  Students will discuss the symbolic meaning of each mudra, and there will be time to practice each mudra in order to experience its affect on the energetic body and the nervous system.  The 3 key bandhas will be examined and broken down.  Students will practice using these bandhas in specific asanas, during pranayama practices, and with breath holding techniques.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Hatha Yoga Cleansing: (3-4hrs)

This workshop will explore the Hatha Yoga cleansing techniques.  Students will learn about Tantra philosophy and Hatha Yoga philosophy.  Students will also discuss basic Ayurvedic teachings and the theory behind Ayurvedic medicine.  This workshop will explore the origin of the Hatha Yoga cleansing techniques, the theories behind cleansing in general, and how these practices fit in with other yoga practices.  Each cleansing technique will be broken down.  There will be time for students to practice many of the techniques.  Students will learn that many techniques have been widely adopted by current modern western culture and learn that some of the techniques are already a part of their daily life.  Students will learn which cleansing techniques have been updated, which practices are not recommended for students who are living the householder life and interacting with others in the world, and which cleansing practices may be dangerous and are not recommended at all.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Yogic Breathing & Pranayama: (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore different breathing preparation exercises, yogic breathing, and several pranayama techniques.  The workshop will begin with a philosophy discussion to help students better understand the role of pranayama in yoga and how pranayama practice fits into the bigger picture of yoga.  Students will look at the anatomy of breathing and the mechanics and physiology of what is happening in the body during respiration. Students will learn the purpose and technique of positions (mudras) of: the body, the hands, and the eyes, used often in pranayama and meditation practices and gain a better understanding of the yogic locks (bandhas), also used in conjunction with many pranayama and meditation practices.  Traditional seated pranayama practices will be explored and students will learn the purpose of each of these techniques.  There will be lots of time to practice and students will complete a full seated moon, sun, holding (chandra, surya, kumbaka) pranayama practice at the end of the workshop.  Pranayama practices will include: breath of fire, mind awakening breathing, victorious breathing, alternate nostril breathing, moon, sun, holding breathing, positive breathing, the cooling breath, the hissing breath and the crow's breath.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Sense Withdrawal - Setting Intentions & Yoga Nidra:  (3-4hrs)
Students will break down the traditional eight limbed path of Asthanga Yoga and specifically look at the fifth limb pratyahara, sense withdrawal.  Students will learn a number of pratyahara techniques and practices.  Yoga Nidra is considered a pratyahara practice and will be the main focus of this workshop.  Students will learn about the sequence of a yoga nidra class and learn the key components that make up the practice.  The importance of setting intensions in the Yoga Nidra practice will be discussed.  Students will use writing exercises, partner work, and group sharing, to help them learn the power of setting intentions and uncover the right intention for them to use in their practice.  Students will explore exercises that help them learn how to follow their true path, access their full potential, and move through their life with purpose and meaning.  There will be time for a  full 1hr Yoga Nidra practice so each person can experience the benefits of Yoga Nidra.  Students will come away from this workshop with a better understanding of the purpose of sense withdrawal practices, how these practices fit into the bigger picture of yoga, and the tools and knowledge to incorporate Yoga Nidra and setting intentions into their daily practice and into their lives.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Ashtanga Yoga - Yamas & Niyamas & The First 5 Limbs:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore in greater detail the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  Students will break down the traditional eight limbed path of Asthanga Yoga and specifically look at the first two limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, the yamas and the niyamas.  Students will learn how to practice yoga both on and off the mat and learn tools for moving through the world in a yogic way.  When meditation isn't successful it is often because a student isn't adhering to the moral and ethical principles laid out in the yoga sutras.  Practicing the yamas and niyamas can assist in the practice of asana, pranayama and meditation, on the mat, and can lead to a more balanced life off of the mat.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Ashtanga Yoga - Concentration, Meditation & Samadhi:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore the advanced practices of concentration, meditation, and Samadhi.  Students will explore in greater detail the first chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  Students will break down the traditional eight limbed path of Asthanga Yoga and specifically look at the last three limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi.  Students will learn about the different types of Samadhi.  There will be lots of time to practice different concentration techniques.  Students will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to practice meditation and with a number of tools that will allow them to develop and establish a daily meditation practice.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

Samkhya Philosophy:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore Samkhya Philosophy.  Samkhya is one of the oldest philosophies that comes from the Indus Valley region.  Classical Yoga and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are supported by Samkhya Philosophy.  Scholars have referred to Classical Yoga as the practice of Samkhya Philosophy.  Students will learn about Samkhya Philosophy and its main contributions.  Students will learn about the 3 Constituents of Nature and the 25 Principles.  This workshop will give students a deeper understanding of Samkhya Philosophy's theory of how the world was formed.  This deeper understanding will help students to understand the Classical Yoga practices of dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi, which reverses this process.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their practice. 

 

 
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