Learn to Tap Into the Benefits of Yoga | 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai, February 24 – March 7, 2017



All yoga practices conducted on the mat are part of the branch of Hatha Yoga – a gentle, more deliberate form of practice engaging asanas (yoga postures) offering a tremendous range of benefits for any level of yoga student. At the end of the day, practicing yoga is a personalized, unique beautiful journey of self discovery.

At Kreg Weiss’s 100hr Hatha Teacher Training, you’ll be fully charged with the skills to align, modify, and receive the practice that is genuine and authentic to you and your clients in order to balance and accommodate specific needs related to other activities and lifestyle patterns – athletes, injury recovery, pre- and postnatal, seniors, postural imbalance like forward head posture, or ‘text neck,’ which is increasing in our modern society resulting in unflattering number of issues like back and neck pain, headaches, jaw problems. .

You will learn specific flows to facilitate better posture by reversing chronically protracted scapulae and muscle imbalances that keep many people trapped in a poor posture resulting in severe neck and sudden back spasms.


And while considered a less vigorous style of practice, Hatha Yoga embraces a Yang energy offering a satisfying warmth and physical engagement from standing / seated / arm balances to core-flows which will be covered at the training. From the yin side, you’ll integrate beautiful, cooling postures and breath work to support the parasympathetic engagement of the nervous system, thus helping flush out stress and create a healing practice for the mind and soul – immensely needed in today’s busy lifestyle!

This training is an EXCELLENT foundation for yogis who may be keen to enroll into a 200hr at a later stage and for active teachers from all backgrounds wishing to expand their clientele base.


TIMINGS: 9am – 5:30pm
HOSTED: Voyoga Studio
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Breath is the primary focus of every yoga practice – delivering benefits to the physical body, mental body, emotional body, and energetic body.

At our upcoming 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai, we will learn how to tap into the mechanics of our breathing during our yoga practice. On the physical level, we will consider how breath can encourage mobilization and freedom of the thoracic spine (ribcage region). We will visualize and feel how much connection to breathing through the rib cage you can actually do. We often place great attention to diaphragmatic (belly) breathing which has its importance however, we can also greatly benefit from learning and relearning proper, costal (ribcage) breathing technique and isolation [leaving enough breath, so the inhales can readily rise into the front, sides, and (very important) the back of the ribcage]. An important aspect to costal breathing is to be able to fully relax the neck as breath fills the ribs – if not, this is indicative of possible issues with breathing mechanics.

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When we attain a solid grasp of costal breathing techniques, not only do we support thoracic spinal mobilization, but we also acquire a greater capacity for yogic breathing during more strenuous and engaging postures that require contraction of the core. It is not possible (and often not advised) to do diaphragmatic breathing in postures like Chaturanga, Warrior 2, and Tree pose. The desired bandha (lock) around the abdomen impedes the diaphragm in these types of poses. But we still need to breathe and ideally with a full, controlled rhythm as if we were merely sitting in Sukhasana (easy pose). Through regular training of our costal breathing, the integrity of our overall breathing mechanics can flourish and expand the benefits of our practice including retaining healthy thoracic mobility and in turn, a more fluid practice.

This technique and so much more will be covered at our upcoming Dubai 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training on February 24 – March 7, 2017 by Senior Hatha Yoga Teacher, Anatomy Expert and Kinesiologist from Montreal, Kreg Weiss



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Hands and Wrists, Your Foundation for a Fluid Yoga Practice – By Kreg Weiss | 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai, Feb 24, 2017




While there are many different approaches to intensity and pacing in yoga practices, slowing down the physical elements and shifting poses towards an attitude of receiving and exploring (versus gains & aesthetics) establishes a very different and profound discipline on the mat. A sense of space, a sense of being true – yoga offers an opportunity to tap into a vast expanse of wellness benefits.

This process can readily start by assessing & understanding our bodies better, by taking in yoga cues as merely ‘suggestions’, and by settling into your unique places of resistance and space. It is common to view a lack of mobility in yoga with a negative tone (“I can’t reach my toes”, “I can’t bind around my knee” etc). Resistance is not our foe – it often keeps us stable and supported. Knowing our body structures and its limitations should be embraced with positivity and supported . We come to the mat purely to acquire benefits of our individual wellness – not to mimic the physical form. Through this intention, confidence flourishes.



Hasta bandha (hand energy lock) – sets the foundation for a fluid yoga practice | Kreg Weiss demonstrates.

Our hands are an essential rooting foundation in our yoga practice. Without proper engagement and energy distribution, injuries can readily develop. Applications like hasta bandha (hand energy lock) can greatly enhance the integrity and distribution of force loads throughout the hands and wrists.

Join Kreg Weiss, BHKin, Senior Hatha Yoga Presenter, Exercise Science Specialist and co-creator of the world’s leading platform My Yoga Online on a 12 day fascinating 100-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher’s Training in Dubai where you will cover key structures of rooting techniques that will inspire your practice along with excellent teaching cues + alignment that deliver greater intelligence, purpose and solid foundation.

You’ll dive into a 12 day journey of teaching fluid Hatha Yoga Flows designed for mixed levels including modifying for wrist and knee conditions, posture exploration (foundations/ corrections / modifications / assists), how to sequence corporate yoga classes, postural restoration, chair yoga practices, sequencing for athletes including functional core flows and much more!

This training is open to aspiring teachers, current teachers and passionate yogis. No minimal teaching or practice level required.

Foundation in Yoga Practice - Hatha Yoga by Kreg Weiss from Montreal to Dubai

Throwback to 2015 when Kreg Weiss introduced our participants with the opportunity to engage fundamental alignment principles while saturating the body and mind with breath and balanced energy. Within every posture, Kreg invited modifications to establish and honour our unique practice while also embracing the aspects of receptivity and exploration.


Kreg Weiss in Dubai – leading an outdoor Hatha Yoga Class, 2015

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Learn to Bridge Space and Stability in Yoga | 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai with Kreg Weiss, Feb 2017


100hr Integrative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Kreg Weiss in Dubai | February 24 – March 7, 2017



Yoga delivers a wealth of wellness benefits with increased flexibility being one of the more sought after effects. Much of the aesthetic-driven poses saturating social media posts demand significant degrees of range of motion. Alas, a common misconception has evolved that the more flexible one gets in yoga; the better and stretching is solution to alleviating aches and pains.

Thanks to integrated research and works from other fitness modalities, it is becoming increasingly important (for the sake of whole health and wellness), that a mobile body needs to also be stable. As well, proper tension balance across joint structures is fundamentally important in sustaining joint health and integrity.

An excessively mobile joint is an instable one. Stability evolves from the shape of bones, forms of cartilage within and around the joint, ligaments connecting bones as well as forming various types of ‘capsules’ around the joint, tendons (via muscles) crossing over the joints, and the interweaving layers and trains of fascia. Excessive flexibility can create laxity in the soft connective tissues leaving bone, cartilage, and other supportive soft tissues susceptible to injury.


Stretching isn’t always the answer. Most posture-related injuries and conditions are a result of chronic lifestyle and activity patterns that generate tension imbalances – muscles being short and tight on one side of a joint while opposing muscles are chronically elongated and inhibited. While stretching the overly tense regions may be beneficial, there is likely a more prudent need to engage opposing muscle groups to restore balance. Without this tension restoration (and changes to habitual patterns), the body will quickly settle back into dysfunction.

Let’s consider Downward Facing Dog and other classic forward bends that expand the hamstrings. It is becoming increasingly common to encounter people working through hamstring tendinosis – chronic tendon injury – at the sit bone attachment. One could mistakenly prescribe themselves more stretching in order to alleviate the symptoms and encourage recovery. However, a more effective and appropriate treatment (for most) is to significantly scale back the forward bending poses at the hip. Researchers are now concluding that the tendinosis often stems from compression-like injury to the tendons due to excessive stretching of the upper hamstrings. The shape of bone and the angle of drag of the tendon across the sit bones cause a compressive, cellular degeneration of the tendons leading to inflammation (to note: excessive sitting on the sit bones can add to this chronic injury). Resting from stretching the hamstrings and replacing those asanas with ones that add tension instead (i.e. hip extension exercises) is found to be a far more effective mode of recovery.

Just as the primary intention with yoga is to ‘unite’ and ‘create balance and harmony’, consider how the hatha elements (physical aspects) of your practice support that intention. Whole wellness is an interactive play of finding space and steadiness. Our joints bear significant loads throughout the day and while fluid range of motion is essential, that fluidity benefits from nurturing containment and a unified system of structural support. As we go deeper in the poses, allow a breath and moment to ask if this depth is truly serving the broader scope of benefits for us to be well and balanced.

Just as the primary intention with yoga is to ‘unite’ and ‘create balance and harmony’, we will consider how the hatha elements (physical aspects) of your practice support that intention throughout our Dubai 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training on February 24 – March 7, 2017. This 12 day training is open to anyone who has a passion in yoga & active teachers wishing to expand their clientele base and introduce the grounding style of Hatha Yoga into their classes


Testimonial Shared by Brittany Beltram | 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai with Kreg Weiss | Ph credit @yogalatesblissindubai

“I’ve often been told that yoga is for everyone. As an aspiring teacher who’s beginning her own journey, I wondered about the accuracy of that statement, and the depth of knowledge necessary to assimilate students into a practice that was safe and right for each of them. I found, and began following Kreg Weiss’ videos after I injured myself. I ached for practical advice about the biomechanics of my own body, relative to my yoga practice. Thanks to the positive buzz about workshops Noura has facilitated, once Kreg’s training was announced, I knew I had to be there. He did not disappoint.  He teaches with the same passion and vigor that initially captivated me in his videos. The information at first glance appears dense and complex, but he breaks down all facets of his seminar with meticulously crafted presentations that are chocked full of well-labeled diagrams, and his own personal notes to guide you through each discussion. 

He injects humor and humility into every aspect of his training program. It is like having coffee with a friend; the crazy good kind of friend, that overflows with so much love for what they do, that their passion pours through them whenever they talk about it…you can’t help but to follow their lead.

Kreg also made it a point to make himself available for discussions, individual guidance and post-seminar Q&A.  At some point in the training, we discussed meditation and finding that stillness in between everything that creates static in our lives. I find that idea applicable to what I’ve learned in his seminar. We covered many aspects ‘between’: the bones, spirituality and practicality, flows for mixed level abilities and posture levels conducive to different anatomical variations.

This course is beneficial for ALL yoga teachers. We preach within our community that yoga is in fact for everyone. In modern society, most have been conditioned differently, anatomically, by our ever-evolving social behavior, than those who initially practiced the ancient art. Kreg, taught me how I can better speak yoga to everyone, and for that I am thankful; my foundation in teaching feels solid and grounded”  Brittany Beltram, RYT-200, Graduate of 2013 with Kreg Weiss in Dubai, UAE

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How to Strengthen our Alignment Cues in Yoga For a Fluid Practice | 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training by Kreg Weiss in February 2017, Dubai


Dubai 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in February 2017 by Kreg Weiss



It is essential to build anything in life, first, from a steady and sound foundation. In the case of yoga, this foundation frequently is established from the functional points of contact with the earth (ie our hands, feet, pelvis etc). As we journey further into these poses, it can be easy to lose attention to those essential foundations. Even more common is for these foundations to dissipate and be sacrificed at the expense of aligning or increasing depth in the pose further up in the chain of joints.

It is standard in many teacher trainings to have a formatted series of ‘alignment’ cues that are applied in a generalized manner with assumptions that everyone aligns in the same fashion and, therefore, will benefit from those same cues. Besides lacking the appreciation that we are structurally different and require a vast array of options in which to align in the same pose, another key aspect often not addressed is the interconnectivity of the body. As Bernie Clarke describes in his book ‘Your Body, Your Yoga’, the vast interconnection of fascia and other tissues in essence makes us comprised of one bone, one muscle etc. The premise is that all of our tissues are united and, when we manipulate one joint, this aligning cascades throughout the entire body. To simply adjust and focus on a single joint (just because it is a standard way of doing a pose) and not take note of the relationship (cause and effect) it has through the rest of body is highly limiting both on the physical practice, but also on the more subtle practices within yoga.


A lack of attention to this interconnectivity can also be contraindicating (especially where we could do more harm than good when attempting to align a pose that appears to be potentially damaging). Example: a common misalignment in Warrior 2 pose is having the forward knee tracking inwards. The primary hazard is the unbalanced tension occurring from the four quadriceps that act on the knee cap (patella). The patella is essentially being ‘dragged’ into the lateral aspect of the femoral groove (a groove at the end of the thigh bone) by the outer quadriceps (vastus lateralis muscle). Over time, repeated drag in this manner can cause degradation of cartilage and cause inflammatory symptoms.

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Therefore, the cue is to move the knee back over the center of the ankle and restore better tension balance of the four quadriceps on the knee cap. Question is: why did the knee track inwards in the first place (FYI – there could be many reasons why)? What if the reason the knee was tracking inwards was because the medial (inner) arch of the forward foot was collapsed? This would pull the ankle into pronation. The kinetic chain effect could lead to the shin bones and knee being pulled in medially (inwards). Simply moving the knee laterally back over the ankle would likely NOT correct the foundation problems and misalignment stemming from the foot. And very likely, without correcting the fallen medial arch, the ankle would undergo even more distortion (more pronounced pronation) as the knee moves laterally. For the sake of aligning the knee, the ankle and foot could then suffer. If we, instead, started with adjusting the foundation of the foot and ankle, it could readily translate into a more functional and automatic realigning of the knee.


Everything is interconnected. As we attempt to adjust, we benefit to ask ourselves what is the whole relationship involved. As the adjustment occurs, we again ask ourselves what is the cascading effect that has occurred and did the whole body benefit from this action. And within all these alignment explorations, always circle back to the foundations of the pose. Are we starting off well and appropriate in our unique foundation and are they being properly sustained as we journey throughout the rest of the body?

As part of our functional yoga anatomy and sequencing explorations, the 100 Hr Integrative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in February by Senior Hatha Yoga Teacher, Anatomy expert & Kinesiologist Kreg Weiss from Canada, will apply these foundational and alignment principles and how to create multiple Hatha Yoga sequences with a solid and safe base to transition into a more fluid and injury-free flow.

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Rock Climber’s Essence of Receptivity and Yoga | Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai by Kreg Weiss, Feb 2017


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100hr Integrative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Kreg Weiss
February 24 – March 7, 2017
Dubai, UAE

“I was thinking yesterday of how experienced rock climbers (note: never actually done it myself) emulate how a yoga practice can be – highly saturated with a sense of mindful engagement and receptivity.  The skill and agility applied in rock climbing requires a delightful balance of knowing how to engage regions of the body that require stabilization and strength while, at the same time, being able to remain free, open, and receptive to move through large, complex movements.  Is this not what is required of us when moving on the mat?

My interpretation of receptivity on the mat is the evolving process of developing the awareness to engage the body while knowing how to soften at the same time.   Some of my common cues as a yoga teacher address the subtle gripping and bracing that occurs in stimulating poses.  Often I see people clenching their jaws, flaring the nostrils, or closing off the eyebrows – this is gripping.  Frequently, I observe toes grasping and clawing the earth in standing poses.  All unnecessary, unaware holding and ultimately poorly directed energy.

The opposite occurs frequently as well with a lack of necessary engagement  – I find this readily happens when students settle their attention on the immediate, ‘gross’ objectives of the postures.  While one region of the body experiences the primary engagement of the pose, other parts of the body become nonexistent.  Good example is seated half twist (bottom leg extended).  As the student twists and sends the gaze away from the body, the extended leg ankle becomes limp and unpurposeful – here is the opportunity to open the back lines of that extended leg by feeding through the heel (knee extension) and by working energy through the ankle and across the toes (ankle dorsiflexion and toe abduction).  Alas, often not the case and that leg remains a soft noodle.

Taking the idea of unnecessary gripping and bracing further, the ultimate aim of our practice is to create a stable, yet supple vessel for energy to move through and ignite the soul.  This flow of energy is greatly facilitated by our breath.  Wasteful gripping and hardening can restrict our breathing mechanics and capacity to draw in prana.  How often we do hear our yoga neighbors in class snorting and puffing away with their breath when trying reach past the toes in seated forward bends?  They would be better served to ease off, realign, reassess, and dissolve the drive towards the ‘challenge’ of the pose.  Nurturing intentions begin to flourish when the breath acts as the gauge that monitors quality over quantity.  Harmony over desire.

These elements of receptivity are essential for being exploratory and for having the ability to align into your unique physical and energetic practice.   Rigidity limits playfulness.  Lack of mindful engagement diminishes purpose and benefits.  Find that balance, like a rock climber, becoming one with the practice (with the mountain face) versus seeing it as a barrier and being rigid against it.  Become fully in tune in how to apply the fire element in certain parts while using the water element to remain receptive, supple, and flowing.” – Kreg Weiss, www.kregweiss.ca

Kreg Weiss Hatha Yoga Teacher Training

These aspects of receptivity will be a common thread woven into the upcoming 100 Hr Integrative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in February 2017

Join Kreg to learn how to effectively apply these principles of mindful engagement and to extract the most holistic benefits from your practice and teaching.

On this 12 day program, you will explore functional yoga, journey through in-depth applications of yoga postures and learn how to tie in all these principles to design multiple yoga classes for a variety of clientele and demographics. This training is an excellent foundation for practicing yogis who may be keen to enroll into a 200hr as the next transition and active teachers keen to solidify their knowledge in hatha yoga and expand their clientele base.

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