Teacher Training

 the Insight Body

advanced education for yoga teachers

the Insight Body: 100-hour Advanced Education for Yoga Teachers (Module 1)

insight, n. the capacity to gain an accurate and deep understanding of someone or something.

body, n. the physical structure of a human; the main or central part; a collection; an organized group with a common purpose; a collective.

the Insight Body: neither your average teaching education nor your average faculty; a unique and cutting-edge model that broadens and clarifies the notion of what it is to offer yoga as a professional. Our mission is born of a desire to share innovation, intelligence, and integrity in all realms of movement science and yoga, thus planting the seeds of true insight for every participant.

the Insight Body education includes:

Exceptional Teaching Refinement

• Ample time for assessment and feedback on teaching technique, delivery and methodology for each participant. Expect to teach in front of the group often.
• Regular in-class assistance with lead faculty, including time given before each assisted class to learn and implement new hands-on techniques, body reading, and more.

Movement & Body Mechanics: Beyond ‘Alignment’

• The how and why of enhancing/varying one’s ‘movement diet’ both within and beyond the framework of asana. We will explore other movement techniques, classes, etc.
• Basic physical training techniques, including understanding body mechanics, anatomy, and functional alignment as it relates to whole-body health.
• Alignment review and beyond. Understanding that ‘good’ alignment looks and feels different on different bodies.

The Yoga Teacher’s Toolbox

• Creative and clear use of a variety of tools and props (blocks, blankets, belts, bands, chairs, weight, and more), as well as how to incorporate similar concepts and techniques with limited tools. We will discuss uses both for public classes and private and therapeutic settings.
• Supportive techniques in myofascial release, breath-work/pranayama, kriya and meditation from the perspective of science-based evidence, functionality and regulation of nervous system.
• Discussion of consent, ethics, and power dynamics in the classroom. Consent cards will be used in every classroom.
• Discussion of philosophical concepts in the context of social engagement and community integrity.

The Faculty (find detailed bios below)
Each member of the Insight Body faculty has been carefully selected because of his or her contributions in the evolution of the world of yoga and movement. We are very proud to offer such a unique group of highly experienced, intelligent, and capable teachers; every one a pioneer in his or her own way. As an international collective, we aim to broaden and enlighten the vision of yoga educators and movers everywhere.

Anya Porter (Director)
Asana, sequencing, therapeutic approaches and applications, somatic approaches, body reading and biomechanics, joint mobility, vinyasa, kriya and pranayama/breath, voice and vision development, socially engaged yoga philosophy.

Megan Herdeg and Maria Pountou (Lead Faculty)
Asana, sequencing, vinyasa, strength-based methods, myofascial release, joint mobility, embodied anatomy, therapeutic approaches and applications.

Giulia Pline (Guest Faculty)
Banded Flow signature method concepts, functional anatomy, tensegrity and physiology plus resistance bands in both vinyasa-based and therapeutic instruction.

This 100-hour Advanced Education under the guidance of Anya Porter will be offered from September 13, 2019 through November 3, 2019 at AIRYOGA, Oberdorfstrasse 2, in 8001 Zurich.

The Saturday morning sessions will be held at MI-YA yoga, Stockerstrasse 58, in 8002 Zurich (see www.miya.yoga)


September 13, 14, and 15, 2019  
October 4, 5, and 6, 2019
October 18, 19, and 20, 2019
November 1, 2, and 3, 2019, feat. Giulia Pline

Class times:

Fridays from 8:45 am to 11:45 am, and from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm at AIRYOGA
Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 am at MI-YA, and from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm at AIRYOGA
Sundays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at AIRYOGA  

Program Requirements

You must have completed, at minimum, a 200-hour yoga training (or the equivalent in study and teaching) to attend. It is also recommended but not required that you are currently teaching privately or publicly in some capacity. If you are sincerely interested but not sure if you meet the requirements, please contact Anya.

Graduation Requirements

You are expected to attend and assist classes with lead faculty for 8 weeks during the training (you will have 12 weeks to complete this requirement). In addition, you will be asked to observe and attend other classes with teachers from a variety of modalities and lineages. Some reading is required, however most learning is experiential. Everyone will be required to teach the group.


The fee for the 100-hour module is CHF 1’950.- Included is a comprehensive manual in English. Not included are costs for books.


For all questions on this training and to register, please contact Anya Porter via email to ap@anyaporter.com
Upon registration a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of CHF 500.- per person is due for payment.
Registration deadline is August 15, 2019.


AIRYOGA and the faculty will offer one scholarship with a 50% discount on the training fee for Karma work to any participant who is suited to this assignment and who cannot afford this training at full price. To apply for the scholarship please add your letter of motivation to your application request.

Further terms

• English will be the primary language spoken in this training, with opportunities for German translation.
• The course requires a minimum of 10 students to take place. Participation is limited to 18 students.

Biographies of the Faculty:


Anya Porter

has been teaching movement since 1999 and yoga since 2005. She is well known for her innovative approach to teaching and her ability to mentor and coach other teachers. She holds valuable experience not just as a dancer and yoga educator, but as a recruiter and evaluator for hundreds of teachers during her role as Teacher Manager for Yogaworks in New York City. She has taught at some of the most prestigious studios in New York and Zürich, has designed and led her own trainings and immersions since 2011, and has had the opportunity to teach yoga and movement throughout the United States and Europe. As a lifelong student, she studies regularly with her mentors, Carrie Owerko and Gabriel Halpern and pursues education on a variety of other pertinent topics (joint mobility, biomechanics, pain science, to name a few). She has recently opened her own private studio, MI-YA, and is the founding creator of the Insight Body.

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Maria Pountou

attended her first teacher training in 2008 in New York City after graduating from a Fashion Studies program, and began teaching daily classes in 2010 in Zürich. Her strong vinyasa-based teachings aim to create a deeper connection to self, a better understanding of the physical body, and overall wellbeing for her students. Maria is known for her creative and challenging sequences emphasizing anatomical focal points, therapeutic work and clear alignment. Always a student, Maria is currently pursuing her second 500-hour course of study under Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine, and recently completed the Functional Range Conditioning specialist course.


Megan Herdeg

Her goal as a teacher is to provide uplifting, nourishing and educational classes to assist her students personal growth and transformation. As a licensed Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher and certified Yoga Tune Up® teacher her work is heavily influenced by her knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and yoga philosophy, and her primary focus is longevity in practice. Her passion and drive to understand the body comes from her own personal journey to a pain free life after suffering a severe spinal injury as a child. She received an associates degree in massage therapy in 2003 and began working with modalities such as deep tissue, lomi lomi, herbal poultice massage and Thai massage. In 2009 she received her first yoga teaching certificate and has been teaching both private and group classes ever since. In February 2018 she completed her certification to become a Yoga Tune Up® teacher and currently teaches YTU workshops and classes in and around Zürich, Switzerland.
Find more on Megan at www.meganherdeg.com


Giulia Pline

holds a BFA in Dance with the Boston Conservatory, where she began practicing yoga as a supplement to her dance training. Over time and through various injuries, she pursued more extensive studies in the anatomy and physiology of the practice and shifted to teaching yoga full time. In this process, she discovered Threes Physiyoga, a method that merges physical therapy with yoga. Her group classes, workshops, and private lessons combine corrective exercise, functional mobility work, and knowledge from the physical therapy world with and around yoga and pranayama (breathing) practices. Working this way evolves and expands movement and breath vocabulary and sheds light on how we can create more efficiency and clarity in our individual mechanics, as well as rehabilitate and mitigate injuries and pains. giuliapline.com