The Evolve Method®
Anchored in Tradition
When you are steeped in practice you cannot help but transmit something of meaning.
Based in experiential and conceptual learning, this course is designed to offer students a breadth of practices, techniques, and philosophical teachings allowing students to formulate a yoga that fits their life and needs.
Yoga is not one-size-fits all. This training is here for your evolution not to transmit dogmatic approaches to practice.
You will learn the history of yoga and various philosophical perspectives from various yoga traditions so you can formulate a yoga that is right for you.
Students will practice breath techniques, kriyas, mantras, and mudras handed down for generations. Tried and true methods for more easeful, inspired, elevated living.
The Evolve Method™ focus on personal development and experiential teaching will help you to develop your authentic teaching voice.
In these uncertain times many are craving something more than fitness-based yoga. They're seeking practices to not only support their daily living but to guide them towards their Highest possibilities.
This program is designed to give you the tools to become so much more than an fitness instructor.
Asana done well has the potential to touch more than the body. In this training teachers will learn to use the guidance of Ayurveda and other maps of the self to guide their students in a way that touches beyond the body.
Students will learn to guide a wealth of practices including meditations, kriyas, pranayama, yoga asana classes, and more.
Students will be provided with scripts to supplement their learning as they find their comfort in their own voice.
We have learned a lot about how bodies function since the creation of modern asana in the early 19th century. In this training you will learn functional mobility practices for joint health as well as functional approaches to yoga asana.
You will learn to practice for longevity and to teach practices that mitigate injury and support your students on and off the mat. Teachers will explore bioflow anatomy and neuroscientific approaches to wellness and breath work, and more.
Theory + Education
You will enjoy year long access to live-streaming practices with Selena including The Non-Linear Movement Method® (a healing practice for the nervous system), Kinstretch® (joint mobility training), yoga asana, Wild Women's Circle®, and discounts on all workshops and trainings for 1 year post training completion.
Yoga is a spectrum of theory and practice and this training will offer in-depth experience in both.
This training is anchored in Sri Vidya Tantra, Katonah Yoga®, Functional Range Systems®, and Personal Development Coaching from the Integrative Health Institute.
You can only teach who you are. Students will participate in personal development coaching to face their fears, establish core values, a mission, values, and purpose, and to truly author their lives. Coaching is anchored in the modality of the Integrative Health Coach Institute and guided by Hali Love a therapist and founder of the method with her partner Dr. Rhoni Straub.
Who Should Take This Program?
We come to the path of teaching yoga because we are seekers. Often as we invest in our yoga there comes a point where we're no longer satisfied with staying on the surface of things, with only learning in the 60 or 90 minute asana class environment.
We crave depth to our practice. We want to know WHY we are engaging in certain techniques. We want to understand ourselves and the practice better.
We come to the path of teacher because we have been touched by something and we want to share that experience with others.
This program is an opportunity to nurture and explore your inner landscape, to connect with practices and teachings on a new level, and to develop yourself both personally and professionally.
Teachers will leave this program with years of material to explore in their personal practice and teaching.
Yoga practitioners of all skill levels, that are ready to deepen their connection with this work, whether you intend to teach or not are welcome.
You Will Learn
- The History of Yoga
- An introduction to the Philosophy of yoga. Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Introduction to the Gita, and more
- Functional Anatomy of Yoga
- The program will guide teachers through the seasons offering seasonal wellness practices anchored in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Katonah Yoga®
- Art of Intelligent Sequencing
- Art of Touch
- Teaching Methdology
- Teaching Pranayama (breathwork) + Meditation
- Study of yogic texts and their application to modern life
- Art of demonstration
- Skills and drills for joint health and advancing your asana
- Self-reflection, personal development
- Business of Yoga that is practical, pragmatic, and purposeful
- Esoteric maps of the body
- And more...
A Note From Selena...
I have been teaching movement for almost 20 years to individuals from all walks of life, different abilities, and different goals. I believe that movement, longevity, and the practices of yoga belong to everyone and I do not take a one-size fits all approach. My philosophy is that all bodies are good bodies and there is no "right" way to move or to show up.
This program is an invitation into inquiry rather than imposition. The non-dogmatic approach honors the wisdom and inherent genius in each of YOU and seeks to support you in shining your unique light.
I created this program because I believe that variability is key. If you only wrap yarn in one direction eventually the ball will unravel.
My mission is to help you build in tandem strength, flexibility, and mobility. To move beyond body-only practices and to develop skills for deep relaxation, better breathing, and tools for addressing your every-day life, relationships, and emotional agility.
The Evolve Method® is more than a movement system, it's a full-spectrum offering to help you better navigate every area of your life. It's time for a personal revolution. To love who you are and who you are becoming and everything in between.
Being able to offer your students seasonal wellness, Ayurveda-informed practices, and tried and true lineage practices to elevate your student's lives
Having clear, specific steps to take to grow your business, host workshops and retreats, and market your work effectively
Joining a global community to learn from, share expertise, and build connection
Developing a stellar home practice and teaching that supports your longevity, your movement, your training, and more
Having a personal toolkit of practices and personal development techniques to better navigate every area of your life
#1- Pick Your Package
We have a variety of packages to suit different student's needs. After selecting your room option at check out you can select your meal package or you may choose to simply run a tab at the on-site restaurant to have more control over your meals and food spending. This allows for flexibility for different dietary needs.
Option 1 Full Board
Full Board includes: Three vegetarian meals per day served at our on-site restaurant.
Option 2 Half-Board
Half Board includes: Breakfast + Lunch. Students are free to enjoy their evening meal at any number of local restaurants or may order off of the menu at our on-site restaurant.
Option 3 Breakfast Only
Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican breakfast. Perfect option for light eaters and those wishing to explore local fare.
Option 4 No Meal Plan
The most flexible option. Students without a meal plan may run a tab at the on-sight restaurant or may choose to eat offsite at local restaurants. Great for picky eaters, sparse eaters, those wishing for a higher protein diet, or just wanting a chance to explore the local cuisine!
#2- Community Forum
Access to a private online forum after you leave Costa Rica to stay connected with your peers, to ask questions, and receive guidance as you embark on your teaching career.
#3- Evolve Method Online Training Access
Enjoy year-long access post training to the full 200-Hour Online program for review and personal growth.
#4- Discounted Workshops + Free Classes
Enjoy FREE classes with Selena online for 6 months post training. Any online classes offered will be posted in your community forum! You will also receive a discount on all future trainings and retreats.
#5- Welcome Gift Bag
Each student will receive a gift bag including a personal development journal, a t-shirt, and other goodies.
#6- Printed + Digital Manual
Enjoy a printed manual to jot notes in and as well as a digital e-book for continued access.REGISTER NOW
What to expect...
A typical day...
- Morning beach walk and meditation followed by yoga asana practice
- A morning breakfast break
- After breakfast we will reconvene for our morning lecture topics will vary as your training progresses
- A long lunch break with time for homework assignments, an afternoon nap, a swim in the pool, or a walk to the beach
- An afternoon lecture or practice teaching
- Afternoon yoga nidra and/or breathwork practice
- Homework/lecture till dinner
- Evening meal break and rest
- Daily personal development work with Hali Love as primary guide and Selena as support
- A schedule allowing for a few 1/2 days to savor the local beach and to schedule activities
- Practice teaching on the beach and sunset swims
- Option to book on-site massage or private coaching to support your journey
- An on-site swimming pool
- A stunning beach walking distance from our venue
- A newly remodeled hotel and retreat center
Am I ready?
You have some familiarity with yoga asana and practice
The best candidates for teacher training have fundamental knowledge of yoga asana and some experience on the mat. All levels welcome.
You practice studentship
You're committed to personal and professional development and you're curious about yoga and going beyond the basics. You're driven to study and practice.
You want to offer more...
You're not satisfied with asana fitness classes and you want to bring more depth and enriching experiences to your students. You are seeking practices that reignite and sustain your passion for yoga and its wealth of knowledgeI'M IN!
LEARN. EVOLVE. ELEVATE.
Your personal Revolution is here...
Choose your room. Choose your meal plan.
Payment plans available for ultimate flexibility.
TRIPLE ROOM early bird paid in full by February 1st
payment plans Available
QUAD ROOM early bird pain in full by February 1st
payment plans available
PRIVATE ROOM early bird paid in full by February 1st
payment plans available
KING BED SUITE early bird paid in full by February 1st
payment plans available
TUITION ONLY early bird if paid in full by February 1st
payment plans available
CHOOSE YOUR MEAL PLAN
FULL BOARD three vegetarian meals per day
includes juices, coffee, tea
HALF BOARD two vegetarian meals per day
includes juices, coffee, tea
Breakfast Only students may dine on-site or off-
includes juices, coffee, tea
Savor the Pura Vida...
You'll enjoy a 21 night stay in the sleepy town of Playa Negra, Costa Rica at our newly remodeled facility.
The hotel is owned by our dear friends and is a staple in Negra, a sleepy surf town featuring the famous surf break spotted in Endless Summer 2.
Playa Negra is the perfect place to escape it all and take a deep dive into YOU and the practice. Minimal tourism, a quiet beach, and stunning wildlife make this a dream destination.
Those choosing a half board option can enjoy meals at local delights such as the Villa Deveena featured in the New York Times in 2019 and operated by Chef de Cuisine Patrick Jamon and his family.
You'll enjoy a special graduation celebratory dinner at the end of your stay.
Is this program Yoga Alliance accredited?
Are there post intensive requirements?
Is there homework?
Do I have to be advanced?
A few more details
Covid safety, travel insurance, and more...
Costa Rica requires you purchase and submit proof of a travel insurance policy that will cover any health emergencies. States have different requirements. I recommend WorldNomad. I have purchased several policies through this platform and had to make claims and have found them to be honorable.
To ensure the safety of all participants students are required to arrive with a negative rapid antigen covid test no older than 72 hours.
A mobile testing clinic is available upon your departure if your home country requires a negative test to return.
In the event of a training cancellation due to international travel restrictions students will have the options to transfer their funds to a future training.
Students are however responsible for purchasing travel insurance to cover their trip and training in the event of personal issues resulting in trip cancellation. In special conditions a student may transfer their tuition to a future or live stream training.
Meet Your Lead Instructor
Selena Garefino MPH, MA, ERYT, Personal Development Coach
I have been teaching movement for almost 15 years and training yoga teachers for 5 years.
A student for life, I named this work the Evolve Method because I am continually weaving new methods, new tools, and new ways of operating into my work and offerings.
To go somewhere you've never been before requires you do something you've never done before. This is evolution. It's the key to our elevation and our personal revolution.
I'm all about a movement and coaching practice that feels good, that ups your function and your longevity. I am after practices that are enlivening, enriching, and make way for you and your creative genius to shine over dogma every time.
I teach alignment as a guiding light rather than a rigidity to form, making space for all bodies and all ways of being.
I have thousands of hours of yoga training primarily under the tutelage of Dr. Douglas Brooks, Elena Brower, Noah Maze´, Nevine Michaan, Abbie Galvin, Melina Meza, and Yoga Rupa Rod Stryker.
I hold additional certifications in pilates, FRC, Kinstretch, Katonah Yoga, personal training, and Movement Flow. I am the recipient of a Masters of Public Health from Boston University, a Masters of Socio-Cultural Anthropology, a PhD Candidate, former Cornell Graduate Fellow, Fulbright Research Award Recipient, and presently completing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling.
Founder and Facilitator of The Love Method Coaching Program, Co-Founder of The Integrative Health Coach Institute and Creator of Multi Style Yoga International. Founder Playa Negra Yoga Centre and The Multi Barre Method. Partner of The Yoga Club Montreal, Co Founder of Playa Negra Yoga Institute and B Yoga Barre Studio San Jose. Creator of Virtual Prana Yoga Trainings and Retreats. Hali Love is a successful entrepreneur and dedicated mother, who thrives from putting her passions into action, walking her talk, and being in action.
In 2019, love graduated her Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy program, which she blends with her Subconscious Restructuring counselling, to offer enhanced healing experiences for her clients.
Hali is an Ayurvedic practitioner, 500 hour ERTY and Continuing Education Provider, and a present apprentice of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
She is an entrepreneur, dedicated mother, loyal friend, and caring coach. She is the founder of Playa Negra Yoga where you will enjoy your studies.
Is this for me?
Not everything requiring effort is worth having, but everything worth having requires effort. This training is for you if you are a dedicated student that is ready for expansion, elevation, and evolution. You're committed to your personal and professional growth and ready to offer your community practices that go deeper than physical prowess. You're craving lineage practices that touch your heart, your mind, your soul. You're not satisfied with the status quo in the modern yoga world and you are ready to dive deep. If you're still reading, consider this your cosmic "YES!"
We Evolve Together and Together We Start a Revolution.Let's Do This
Here's What Others Are Saying...
If you aren't ready to have your life changed, don't study with Selena. She has a rare gift of glimpsing her students' highest potential and constructing an environment to slowly draw it out. You will learn Anatomy and philosophy from soneone who is deeply passionated about them and it shows. You WILL be inspired. You WILL leave equipped with the tools and insight to transform your life. You will also learn, inside and out and in every direction, an intricate, many-faceted and carefully considered perspective of the yoga tradition from an insanely experienced student herself. The whole idea of Selena's trainings are to integrate and assimilate the method because when one embodies yoga from the inside out, the teaching takes care of itself. Selena doesn't just teach yoga, she lives yoga, and at the end of your training with her, you can too.
I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Selena, interned at multiple 200 hour trainings around the world, and completed my 300 hour in Costa Rica with Selena in 2018. I cannot say enough about these trainings. I wanted a yoga practice that challenged my intellect and my body, that supported my heartfelt desires and pushed me to live my fullest life. Selena's trainings go so far beyond poses. I learned to communicate better in my relationships, to be bold in my pursuits, and to go after my dreams. Selena is an inspiring teacher that truly sees her students and pushes them to flourish. The training is not easy. It's demanding. But the gift you receive from your efforts is so worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I'm still processing, integrating, and exploring everything I learned in my years as her student and intern and I wouldn't change anything about my journey. If you're unsure, take this as a huge "DO IT!"