Ascension Alignment Based Aerial Yoga YTT -

Ascension Alignment Based Aerial Yoga YTT

July 23rd, 2013 by Kelsey

Ascension Yoga Teacher Training

DATE:  April 4 – 11, 2015

PRICE: $390 per student. This is a 50% reduction off the normal price of $790. 

***For regular Anamaya Retreat Packages for this week, please visit Yoga Retreats with Guest Teachers Rain, Kelly and Ted.***

Become an Ascension Yoga Teacher

Shanti School of Yoga is the National Teacher Training Center for Ascension Alignment Based Aerial Yoga and is proud to once again conduct this YTT on the beasutiful Anamaya yoga deck overlooking the ocean. This training earns 32 Hours of CEU’s through the Yoga Alliance.

Each day will consist of 2-3 hours of varied Ascension yoga classes including intro to the swing, yin, alignment, flow, strength, and restorative and 5-6 hours of lecture and practice of individual asanas. Each student will take and learn to teach the many types of classes that can sequenced using the swing. The course will cover an endless number of postures, as nearly all yoga postures can be performed aided and supported by the swing. The swing is a prop to aid in proper alignment so sequencing and teaching is varied and interesting. You will learn about the contraindications to using the swing, precautions to take in teaching, tips for private coaching, instructing beginner-intermediate–advanced students and how to utilize this amazing new prop to its full potential in order to reach more and more students with the benefits of yoga. All instruction is Iyengar-based using alignment as the foundation. All students will be assessed and issued certification upon successful completion of the program.

This training is very experiential and prepares you to come back to your studio fully equipped to add Ascension Yoga to your schedule and you will be prepared to teach 5-6 different types of classes. To hear what others are saying about this program check it out at

ASCENSION YOGA CLASSES   Ascension-Alignment Aerial Yoga Teacher Training

Why choose Ascension Yoga over Anti-gravity yoga or other Aerial Programs?

Ascension Yoga is alignment based and is accessible to all studios. There are no fees or franchising or licenses required to offer Ascension Yoga unlike Anti-Gravity Yoga, Unata Yoga and others offering teach training in the aerial realm.

How is Ascension Yoga different from other forms of Aerial Yoga like AntiGravity Yoga?

Aerial Yoga with silks is a form of yoga that is very challenging and leaves the average practitioner out. The average person can leave feeling defeated. Aerial yoga also is experienced by many as flashy, like a circus performance and is intimidating. Ascension yoga offers support and is appropriate for all fitness levels. Ascension utilizes the swing as a prop to support the student. With time, the average Ascension student will build strength and flexibility working up to more challenging strength based postures, but that is never where to begin.

Ascension Yoga At Anamaya Resort   Alignment based Aerial Yoga


Who Should Take This Course?

This workshop is ideal for experienced RYT 200 yoga teachers, physical therapists, or certified fitness professionals.

Your Instructors

Your instructors for the week will be Lesley, Kelly & Ted

Lesley Rain O’Dwyer



Rain has been practicing yoga for eight years. She became 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified in 2011 and 500 RYT certified in August of 2013. Rain is certified through Joyful Yoga and the Yoga Alliance. She studied under Jackie Chiodo learning the classical path of the 8 limbs of Patanijali’s yoga sutras. Rain teaches Hatha yoga infused with the spirit of Raja Yoga.

Since becoming certified as a teacher Rain fell in love with Ascension – Alignment based Aerial Yoga and has become a foremost authority in the US. Rain is a devout student of BKS Iyengar and meditation. She teaches teachers and studio owners the art of Ascension yoga at Shanti School of Yoga, across the US and internationally. Suspension yoga is an emerging trend in yoga and Rain has identified over 200 yoga postures that can be practiced supported by the swing.

Rain is a yoga teacher that teaches with spirit. Her focus is on supporting her students to learn the 8 limbs of yoga, the chakras, Ayurveda and the study of self. One of her biggest passions is offering free yoga every Sunday. Rain believes in giving back to the community. She also believes that everyone who has the desire to learn, should be able to practice yoga. Her mission is to support her students in the pursuit of individual peace, happiness and growth. She also teaches a variety of exercises and methodologies that support a positive yoga practice designed to create peace and personal well-being. Attend her classes to experience yoga nidra, chakra meditations, relaxation techniques, and a variety of manifestation and visualization approaches.

Kelly Stiglich



Kelly’s mission is to empower students to find their own way. She believes there is a point in our lives that we just feel like there must be more. Whether it is to be a different kind of parent, spouse, friend, or to find what our life purpose, our brilliance is. It is the restless sound of our soul trying to wake us up! Kelly discovered this gentle whisper on her yoga mat. She came to yoga for purely physical reasons. A leaner, better looking body, but what she got from yoga was so much more than physical. She discovered peace, joy, fear, anger, frustration, love, compassion, tolerance, and complete acceptance.

Kelly has also been a dance fitness instructor for over 25 years with certifications in Aqua Zumba, Zumba Gold as well as Basic 1 & 2 Zumba. She has choreographed routines for local award winning body builders and currently offers coaching for the body, mind, and spirit. Kelly believes that there isn’t a “master diet” that will allow the body to lose weight and become balanced. She can show you that every “body” is different and each craves balance through healthy food, exercise suited for you, and soul balancing.

Kelly is a 500 RYT and Ayurveda Specialist as well as a registered 200 RYT through the Yoga Alliance. She studied under Jackie Chiodo learning the classical path of Raja Yoga, which is based on the 8 limbs of Patanijali’s yoga sutras, Ayurveda, and Yin. Kelly brings a greater understanding of why different styles of yoga are so beneficial for everyone’s unique body. She teaches the 200 hour Teacher Training as well as the Ascension Alignment Based Yoga Teacher Certification . Kelly leads classes, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings at her studio, statewide, as well as internationally in Costa Rica, and Bali.

Ted Stiglich



Ted Stiglich is a gifted Reiki Master and Yoga Teacher. He is such a shining example of Karma Yoga and blesses our community with his teachings. Ted received his 200 hour yoga certification in Costa Rica at the beautiful Anamaya Resort in 2011. He is certified through Joyful Yoga and Yoga Alliance. Ted studied under Jackie Chiodo learning the classical path of Raja yoga, which is based on the 8 limbs of Patanijali’s yoga sutras, Ayurveda, and Yin. His influences have been Jackie Chiodo, Paul Grilley, Bikram Choudary, Kate Evans, and his wife Kelly Stiglich.

As a former body builder, Ted has really learned to tune into the messages his body is giving him. Practicing yoga has taught him compassion for his body and brought great healing. Ted is a Kapha so he finds great inner balance when practicing Vinyasa, Hot Yoga, and slow burn. He understands that each “body” is unique and the cooling practices such as Yin, gentle, restorative are vital for healing and creating flexibility.


By Kelsey

Kelsey, one of the founders and co-owner of Anamaya Resort, is also an actress, model, and mom, living in Toronto, Canada. More information about Kelsey and her projects can be found at