Saturday | March 23rd | 9:30am-12:30am | $50 or $55 day of | $90 combo for both modules

Your student has been cleared for exercise following birth. But, what does this mean exactly?

Join us for the 2nd Module in our Pre / Postnatal Barre continuing education series as we delve deeper into what it means to be "postpartum". While we will discuss both vaginal and c-section recovery, a greater focus will be placed on the needs to the post operative student in this module. In 2016, the rate of cesarean delivery in Maine was 28.9%. This means that statistically, 1 in 3 postnatal students will be recovering from major abdominal surgery when they enter your class.

Our time together will include informative lecture, practical hands on exploration of barre exercises for the postnatal student, and a 45 minute "postnatal barre" class. An in depth handout reviewing our time together will be provided.

You will leave with an understanding of:

- The distinction between "being cleared to exercise" and "healed"
- A deeper understanding of the pelvic floor
- An appreciation for what muscles and areas of fascia are affected during a cesarean section
- Modifications and progressive exercises to offer your students no matter where they are at in their postnatal journey
- The mind-body connection and how and why this is relevant to your postnatal students

BARRE FOR HEALTHY AGING TRAINING: MODULE II with Jennifer gelfand & joy many

Saturday | March 23rd | 1:30pm-4:30pm | $50 or $55 day of | $90 combo for both modules

Jenn Gelfand, DPT, RYT and Joy Many, DPT, CYT are teaming up to offer a unique module on barre for healthy aging with a focus on balance and bone health. The complex systems that allow for balance will be reviewed, as well as an anatomical dive into feet and knees. Common conditions related to these body parts will be discussed. Drawing from their expertise as movement specialists in injury prevention and rehabilitation across the lifespan, they will cover physical limitations related to balance and fall prevention.

They will review conditions that may compromise wellness as we age, including osteoporosis, arthritis (Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis) and menopause. Participants will be empowered to create classes that will enhance function and quality of life for our movement students, with appropriate and intelligent modifications.





Saturday & Sunday | April 13th & 14th | $395

Are you a barre teacher and looking for continuing education? Or a yoga teacher with at least a year of teaching under your belt and wanting to add another modality of movement to your toolbox? A physical therapist, personal trainer, massage therapist, with a solid background of anatomy under your belt and curious about teaching barre?

Join Elizabeth April for a deep look into the foundational exercises in a barre class and a fresh look into sequencing. We will discuss more closely the hip, shoulder, and knee anatomy, will have ample practice teaching time, practice effective & hands-on adjustments, and have time to observe and assist public barre classes and so much more, including the art of verbal queuing and musicality.

We will meet on Saturday the13th from 8am-5pm and on Sunday from 9:30am-5pm. Outside of these scheduled times, you will be expected to complete observing, assisting, and practice teaching hours to finish the full 20 hours and receive your certification.

Preregistration required. Sign up below!




Saturdays | April 27th, May 4th & 11th | $210

Translating to “Inner teachings”, the Okuden degree brings us deeper both within the system of Reiki, and ourselves. Having had an initial experience of our True Nature in the Shoden/1st Degree, and resting firmly on the practices learned there, the Okuden Degree takes us on a journey from Divine Self into the Divinity of All. From Hara to Head to Heart, the 3 symbols and 3 mantras of the 2nd Degree are learned, each which holds a key to our own self-knowing and to our ability to hold wise resonance.

At this level, foundational practices of the Shoden degree are reviewed and worked with at greater depth. From this solid foundation of meditation and technique, the Okuden degree unfolds through mantra and symbol work, intuitive hands-on healing and the practice of “distance” healing. It is in this level of practice that we learn to dispel the illusion of distance, through sitting at heart center, bringing us into greater connection with our own hearts and to the singular pulse of all creation.

Upon completion of this degree, each student will earn certification as an Okuden Level/2nd Degree practitioner. This level of training is accessible to practitioners trained in the traditional Shoden degree, as well as practitioners from other Reiki lineages who wish to deepen their understanding of the origins of the teachings of the 2nd Degree.

Space is limited to 9 students. Payment plan is available, please email us at info@theportlandyogaproject.com for more information.



WITH ELIZABETH APRIL, jennifer gelfand, joy many & jackie gallo

Saturdays & Sundays | All sessions meet from 9:30am-6:30pm

September 7th & 8th | September 21st & 22nd | October 5th & 6th | October 19th & 20th | November 2nd

Early Bird $1050 (if paid in full by July 1st) | Full Price $1250 | Deposit $250 | Payment plans available

Love barre and interested in taking the leap into teaching? Looking for a training that brings you deeper than just choreography and set movement? We are excited to be offering a full 100-hour Barre Teacher Training beginning September 2019, which will provide exactly that plus more!

Join Elizabeth April, Jennifer Gelfand, Joy Many & Jackie Gallo in this one of a kind in-depth barre teacher training. You will receive a full 100 hours worth of anatomy, sequencing, movement lab, practice teaching, hands-on assists & we do not stop there. The training also includes one full weekend of how to work safely and efficiently with your Pre AND Post-Natal students and another full weekend of how to work safely and efficiently with students with injuries or limitations at ANY age.

You will leave this training with the skill set to teach an effective, fun and safe barre class to the general public and/or to specific demographics. When delivered mindfully and intelligently barre can not only be an amazing workout but it is a practice we can bring through life to protect and create integrity especially within joint stability throughout the entire body… This is our approach and this is why we believe that every hour of this training is necessary.

Spots are limited to ensure enough space and time for each trainee. Put your deposit down now to secure your spot. Reach out anytime with any questions at all… elizabeth@theportlandyogaproject.com

For more information on your trainers, continue reading…

Elizabeth April, Lead Trainer

yoga & barre teacher

Elizabeth, co-owner of The Portland Yoga Project, completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Santa Monica, CA through YogaWorks in 2008 and later finished her 300 hour training through Down Under Yoga School in Brookline, MA in 2015. She holds a 100-hour Barre Teacher Training certification from Barre & Soul in Melrose, MA, in 2014. Elizabeth has led several Barre Trainings throughout the last 3 years, as well as many barre based workshops.

Jenn Gelfand, Barre for Healthy Aging Trainer

yoga teacher, barre teacher & doctor of physical therapy.

Jenn’s yoga journey began over a decade ago when she took her first power Vinyasa class in 2007.  She completed her 200hr teacher certification with Leslee Clark of Well Heart Yoga School in Falmouth Maine in 2015 and Yoga Assistant Training with Sue Jones and Ray Mucci of Prana Power Yoga in Cambridge Massachusetts in 2011 and 2017.

A Doctor of Physical Therapy practicing locally in Portland with over 10 years of experience, Jenn is a specialist in orthopedics, women’s health and pelvic floor rehabilitation.

She received her barre teacher certification from Elizabeth April in 2018.

Joy Many, Barre for Healthy Aging Trainer

yoga teacher & doctor of physical therapy

Joy was introduced to the physical practice of yoga at a young age and studied for her yoga teacher certification in 2010 at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Mass.

She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in NY and has been blending the two disciplines ever since. She has post-doctoral experience within the fields of women's health, orthopedics, pediatrics, and geriatrics, and she enjoys working with people across the lifespan as they journey into wellbeing.

Jackie Gallo, Pre/Post Natal Barre Trainer

prenatal yoga teacher, doula, & barre teacher

Having worked in Women's Health since 2008, Jackie has served women throughout all stages of the perinatal journey - preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum.  Her experience in clinical trials research paired with her work in midwifery and holistic prenatal care allow her to integrate traditional wisdom with modern medicine in her teaching, providing students and clients with a well rounded experience drawing from a variety of disciplines.

In addition to her 200hr yoga teacher training, Jackie has completed 90 hours of advanced study in Prenatal and Postpartum specific yoga, Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Margo Rosingana, and is a trained Yoga for Recovery teacher through Y12SR. Outside of the yoga community, Jackie completed Doula training through DONA, a year long midwifery apprenticeship, is a certified Lactation Educator with over 90 hours of education through UC - San Diego, and is an ongoing student of Western Herbalism.

Jackie completed her Barre Teacher Certification with Elizabeth April in 2018.



Study in Restorative Yoga Through a Trauma-Informed Lens


Saturday & Sunday | September 21st & 22nd | 12pm-8pm | $400

“You do not have to be good./ You only have to let the soft animal of your body/

love what it loves.” ~ Mary Oliver

The art of undoing patterns of tension, gripping, and protective holding is at the heart of restorative yoga. At this particular moment in our collective history, creating the time and space for deeper listening is crucial for self-care and for leading a truly well-balanced yoga class.

This training is dedicated to exploring the benefits and transformative potential in restorative yoga for EVERY body, everyday. From the strategic use of props, to crafting genuine and customized support tailored to a diverse audience, we’ll tap into a quieter, nourishing practice. (You’ll also get plenty of time on the bolster for yourself!)

You’ll leave this training with a dynamic and mobile restorative toolbox, confidence in your intuition as a teacher and practitioner, and a quiet sense of grounding.

Who is this training for?

  • Yoga students interested in a deeper understanding of the power of restorative yoga, and how to integrate these techniques into your home practice

  • Yoga teachers who are interested in teaching restorative yoga

  • Yoga teachers who are interested in weaving restorative shapes into their non-restorative classes

You’ll leave with:

  • A clear understanding of how to skillfully incorporate restorative poses into your classes

  • Working with abundant AND limited props

  • Crafting an intuitive and soulful restorative yoga class for your students, and yourself

  • Understanding the power of basic hands-on assists

  • Thoughts on the wisdom of omitting hands-on assists

  • Knowledge of the variables that can create a trauma-informed restorative class

Join Nicole and Kate for a Trauma-Informed Restorative Yoga long weekend! Yoga Alliance CE’s available.