Emotional Literacy

Emotions and movement are inextricably linked. Move your body, stuff happens. We also come to our mats with a whole constellation of experiences. We need to understand how to foster spaces that support a healthy process of moving and integrating what arises through our yoga into fuel for our honest lives.

I believe that psychologically and emotionally literate yogis are the future of modern yoga.

This 9-month online course picks up where teacher training left off, to delve into the fertile world of the human psyche and how it intersects with the powerful practice of yoga. This accessible but deep exploration draws on my graduate studies and ongoing professional practice in somatic (body-based) psychology to distill the most useful and important information specifically for yoga teachers.

  • Learn how to skillfully work with what yoga stirs up inside

  • Deepen your practice through complimentary somatic techniques.

  • Become a more impactful teacher by knowing your patterns clearly.

Enrollment for 2018 is now closed.

Course Description:

What’s happening in your body right now?

What sensations do you notice?

What emotions are present?

For many people, even yoga students, questions like these can be quite challenging to answer. Our culture is mostly illiterate in somatic and emotional vocabulary. By that, I mean the way we can sense and describe what is happening in our body and the way we can identify and share what we feeling. Many of us are disconnected from our felt experience of being alive in a body. Many of us were taught that we either feel to much or too little. Many of us have little practice truly being with who we are as emotional and sensual beings. And this impacts our abilities to have meaningful relationships, forge healthy communities, be in direct relationship with our our Soul’s unique mission, and find resiliency throughout life.

Yoga has become a leading way of shifting this paradigm. Many people come to yoga to find a more desirable relationship with their body, or to ease emotional turmoil. Still many come initially for the physical practice and find there is way more than they expected! A whole world of sensory experience and emotionality live within these precious bodies of ours. And some people come and get injured, jaded or abused along the way. Reconciling these traumas must be part of our work on the path of healthy yoga practice.

It seems to me, that despite a sincere desire for yoga to help us heal and really live fully as feeling beings, most yoga classes simply cannot address the depth of what is arising for any given student. There are just so many pitfalls and potholes on the path. In fact, I find many of us as practitioners were never taught exactly how to be with what the yoga practice stirs up inside—how to tolerate ourselves in a loving way, and how to teach our students to do the same.

Is this class for me?

If you’ve found your way here, you are already deeply interested in these more nuanced aspects or practice and teaching. this course is for you if…

  • You are curious about how to teach the under-the-surface components of yoga. You can feel their inklings and tugs. And you are ready to make it more overt.

  • You are feeling the pull to offer classes that are more trauma-aware and resiliency based.

  • You are finding that in these turbulent times more people are turning to you and to yoga practice for solace.

  • You have had a particularly profound experience through yoga that you want to integrate more fully and use as a platform for teaching.

  • You are already seeing the blind-spots within our studies and trainings in yoga that limit our ability to re-member our inherent somatic and emotional intelligence.

If so, this immersion of Emotional Literacy is for You.

What makes this training so special?

In yoga teacher trainings, the focus is on learning the topic of yoga at hand. Meaning we focus on the teachings of yoga, ayurveda, biomechanics and philosophy. The time constraints of these trainings leaves less time for exploring the western psyche and how the teachings of yoga actually impact us.

Teachings skills are focused on teaching the poses and less on how to teach the people inside the poses.

Let me remind you that proficiency in asana instruction and inspirational talks are not the only skills of effective yoga teachers. Modern times call for teachers that are deeply embodied, holistic, and emotionally literate.

These are skills that can be learned. It is not magic, I promise. The first step is to become fully awake to your internal landscape. Honing your emotional intelligence from the inside. Tracking your sensations and feeling your feelings. Understanding what triggers you and why. Knowing why you repeat patterns of relationship and catching them before they run the show.

This class will show you how.

Emotional Literacy for Yogis is a web-based immersive course designed to offer you the support and tools you desire to blossom into a deeply engaged practitioner. We go to the places most teacher trainings can’t. We go into the field beyond asana, into the somatic field, into the relational field, to steady your practices in greater awareness, and benefit your skillful teaching.

You are invited to reclaim your inherent wisdom through this rich education in somatic, emotional, psychological, social and soul-listening literacy.

This immersion develops your inner backbone, emotional bandwidth, psychological and conceptual understanding of human growth and development, as well as deeply satisfying interpersonal skills.

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About the Curriculum:

We follow an arc through seven layers of development; Conception, The Sensate Body, The Emotional Body, The Psychological Body, The Creativity Body, The Social Body, and The Soul Body.

Each of these seven layers is organized into easy-to-digest units, each containing specific topics, concepts and related goals.

Each of the units follows the following format: weekly lectures and their subsequent recordings, asana classes, video tutorials, readings, journaling, exercise and feedback/discussion.

Topics covered in the breadth and depth of this course are:

Self Process, The Inner Life, Emotional Regulation in Sadhana,

The Emotional Body in Yoga, The Psyche in Yoga, Teaching to the Experience of Emotions,

Neuroscience and Yoga, Attachment Theory and Theories of Personality complimentary to yoga, Theories of Human Development from a variety of soulful disciplines, 

Developmentally Appropriate Teaching, Trauma Sensitivity,

Shadow Recognition, Interpersonal Relationship Skills, Community Building Skills, 

Psychotherapeutic Skills for Yoga Teachers, Scope of Practice and Ethics,

Authentic Learning and Teaching Styles.



30 Classes with Livia: These are hour-long sessions, where Livia presents critical pieces of curriculum and answers questions and holds discussions. These classes meet on Tuesdays 11am MST from October 16th 2018-June 25th 2019

Recordings: You will be given 3 recordings for each session. A live stream recording, an audio download, and video download. You may access these forever. 

Downloadable Emotional Literacy Manual.

Video Tutorials: In each module you will see brief how-to's and practices on specific topics to augment what is learned in lecture and in the slides, bringing the material to life! 

A library of written yoga sequences for a variety of levels and skill sets to facilitate learning and integration of material and for your use as templates.

Audio embodiment and asana classes for each module.

Video embodiment and asana classes for each module. 

Academic readings spanning the areas of somatic psychology, yoga, neuroscience, human growth and development and the creative arts.

Homework assignments for practical application and creative exploration.

Opportunity to share experiences and gain knowledge in a like-minded, warm, safe, community—even though we may be far apart.

Bridge-building and soul-full networking.

Opportunities to build ongoing support for your outer work, inner work, and businesses.

Ongoing email support throughout the duration of the program.

Discounted mentoring session rates with Livia, if you would like one-on-one support

Additional office hours/discussion hours sessions that will be recorded and downloadable as well. (the group as a whole will decide on when and how many of these there will be)

Permanent access to all materials and the ability to audit any subsequent year free of charge. 



LIVE meetings are on Tuesdays @ 11am MST (10am Pacific, 12pm Central,  1pm Eastern)

LIVE meetings dates from October 2018 - June 2019 are:

  • October 16, 23, 30

  • November 6, 13, 27

  • December 4, 11, 18

  • January 8, 15, 22, 29

  • February 5, 12, 26

  • March 5, 12, 19, 26

  • April 2, 23, 30

  • May 7, 14, 21, 28

  • June 4, 18, 25

Tuition: $1000

Payment plans (4 months or 12 months) are available for greater accessibility. There is no extra cost to be on a plan.

Mentoring Sessions with Livia are available a la carte at the discounted rate of $100 per hour.

Access to course content forever. You may audit the course again for free!

All sessions are recorded and the recordings available streaming and downloadable. If you cannot attend the Tuesday Lessons live you can still participate in a beautiful way! 


enrollment for 2018 is now closed

Please Note:

We take pride in doing lots of stuff by hand, student by student. Please allow 48 hours for confirmation of your enrollment. A thorough welcome letter with all materials and access info is sent approximately 2 weeks before the start of the course.


I ask that you enroll in our courses in an invested and committed manner. A great deal of time, energy, expertise and attention to students and detail goes into each course. I ask you extend the same to us and your classmates.  

You have permanent access to the program materials of your cohort. Therefore I ask you please do not request a refund because you have not had time to go through the course in the way you expected or you could not attend specific sessions. I believe in the importance of responsible adult education. I am confident in both the importance and application of this work in enhancing and changing your personal and professional life. 

No refunds. No Partial refunds for missed sessions. No partial refunds on payment plans. No exceptions. 

In the event of major power outages, internet snafus, acts of god, mercury retrograde or other unexpected circumstances the session effected will be rescheduled in a manner agreed upon by all students rather than a refund issued.