The Swedish Institute Yoga Teacher Training is a Yoga Alliance Registered program covering all of the requirements listed by Yoga Alliance for a 200 hour certification, with a tailored focus to address chronic pain and illness
For over 25 years Michael R. Gilbert, LMT has been practicing, teaching and reseaching many different styles of yoga and body/mind therapies, enabling clients to rid themselves of chronic pain. Michael is a Yoga Alliance Registered/RYT 500 instructor and has been running yoga teacher trainings in New York City for 20 years.
Courtney Bauer has been working as a healer and a yoga, pilates and meditation teacher for over 20 years. She is the founder of ANYA, a boutique fitness studio in Chelsea and the creator of the ANYA Method, a codified system of mind/body techniques designed to cultivate body awareness, motivate positive change and activate healing. Courtney has a background in Counseling Psychology and Neuromuscular Therapy, she is a Yoga Alliance Registered/RYT 500 instructor and has trained many certified Anya Method instructors.
Swedish Institute’s “Focus on Flexibility” CE program has been officially approved by NSCA and ACE to count towards CEUs for Personal Trainers, as well as NCBTMB and NY State CEUs for Massage Therapists.
These intensive workshops are a must for fitness professionals as well as massage therapists working with post-rehab clients or designing flexibility and corrective exercise programs to complement strength and cardiovascular training. Each workshop explores exercise biomechanics, motor control, kinetic chain, testing and stretching for injuries of the lower extremity, upper extremity, back and torso. You will gain hands-on practical experience with flexibility testing and assisted stretching techniques, and apply them to program design for post-rehab, pre-habilitation, and corrective exercise.
If you are committed to learning new techniques to achieve more effective sessions with your clients, these workshops are for you.
Don’t miss the early registration savings deadline which is April 15, 2017
On Monday February 1, 2017, Swedish Institute Continuing Ed celebrated our third group of newly-minted Yoga Instructors who successfully completed and graduated from the 4-month/200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program which began this past September of 2016.
This is the 3rd YTT program we have run since we launched the Swedish Institute 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2015.
The ceremony was hosted at our partner yoga studio, Studio Anya, and included a beautiful ceremony where the graduates were presented with traditional mala beads, and was followed by a reception with the students’ family and friends who had been invited to celebrate the culmination of their hard work and commitment over the past four months. These students are now able to take the final step to register their Certificate of Completion with Yoga Alliance®, and as such, be able to use the official “RYT-200®” to designate that they are a Yoga Alliance® certified and recognized instructor.
We congratulate our third group of Yoga Instructor Training graduates on this wonderful achievement and accomplishment, and eagerly look forward to seeing where they go from here!
On Friday September 16, 2016, Swedish Institute celebrated our 100th anniversary with a centennial event that drew close to 400 attendees, mostly alumni. We celebrated this milestone with an evening full of events, starting with a dedication ceremony to the Eckardt family and culminating with a wonderful 100th birthday party.
The evening began with a ceremony dedicating the fifth floor at 151 West 26th Street as “Eckardt Hall.” Paula Eckardt was honored in a room that was full to capacity, with an overwhelming outpouring of love and support, alongside her children and grandchildren and in front of countless colleagues and alumni who attested to the difference she and her family had made in their lives.
The evening also featured exhibits set up by each Academic Department that highlighted the discipline and attributes of each specific academic program: Advanced Personal Training, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Nursing, and Surgical Technologist. The event also included a student art exhibit and performances, speeches highlighting the history of the college and the contributions of the Eckardt family, and a beautiful Centennial Journal that laid out the history of Swedish Institute from its inception to today which was written and wonderfully put together by Lucy Liben.
The evening culminated in a fantastic party, complete with DJ and dancing, a step-and-repeat-photo station, raffle prizes, and gift bags which were given to all attendees.
Seeing and hearing alumni from 30 and 40 years saying how proud they are to be a part of this institution really drove home the difference that Swedish Institute has made in so many lives. Happy 100th birthday Swedish, and now on to the next 100 years!
For the second year in a row, Swedish Institute Continuing Education
was a co-sponsor of the Body Local Midsummer Rooftop Party, held on
Wednesday July 27th, which was attended by approximately 550 health and
wellness professionals in the tri-state area.
Body Local is an organization devoted to connecting NYC’s wellness and fitness community and practitioners, and the midsummer soiree is their signature annual event. Located at the rooftop of the Mercedes Club in midtown, this poolside event features a wellness pavilion, poolside DJ, and numerous businesses ranging from companies related to yoga, pilates and personal training to organic skin care, organic food and sustainable apparel. We were happy to be able to talk to so many people about what Swedish Institute has to offer, and by the end of the night, we were once again wiped out of our informational handouts and give-aways. We were also particularly happy to see such a nice amount of Swedish Institute alumni and even some of our current faculty and students at the event – who in turn seemed very excited and proud to see their school present.
It’s great to be a part of the Body Local community of people passionate about health & wellness and eager to support each other, and we look forward to continuing to partner with Body Local for more upcoming events this fall.
On Monday July 18th, Swedish Institute Continuing Education celebrated our second graduating class of students who successfully completed the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program which began in March.
The ceremony was hosted at our partner yoga studio, Studio Anya, and included a beautiful ceremony where the graduates were presented with traditional mala beads, and was fol-lowed by a reception with the students’ family and friends who had been invited to celebrate the culmination of their hard work and commitment over the past four months. These stu-dents are now able to take the final step to register their Certificate of Completion with Yoga Alliance®, and as such, be able to use the official “RYT-200®” to designate that they are a Yoga Alliance® certified and recognized instructor.
Some of the feedback from the students:
“…groundbreaking approach to the nervous system and making it the bridge between massage and yoga”
“…[taught me] how I could help a client one-on-one to reach the benefits of yoga, especially if physically, they are not fully versed in strength-style yoga. I felt such a difference in my own body practicing [these] yoga methods.”
“This program taught me how to incorporate the two disciplines of body-work and yoga to provide another way and a whole new level of assessing, as-sisting, treating and instructing my patients to combat their pains and ailments.”
“There is such potential for this joint venture, that ANYA and Swedish Institute have, in becoming life chang-ing for many prospective yoga teachers/ massage therapists. I would challenge everyone…to continue to
evolve with the constant changing ground that is the holistic arena, in which yoga and massage live in.”
We congratulate our second group of Yoga Instructor Training graduates on this wonderful achievement and accomplishment, and eagerly look forward to seeing where they go from here!
On April 6, Wednesday evening, long-standing Swedish Institute faculty member Geoff Dawe presented a special “Spa Talk” night designed for current students and recent graduates beginning their careers in the massage therapy field.
Geoff was former Principal Therapist at the world famous Peninsula Spa, as well as the Mandara Spa at the Wailea Beach Marriott Hotel and Resort in Maui. As Principal Therapist, he established policy and procedure for these five star, world class establishments. He also conducted interviews for potential therapists as well as practical hands on “auditions”.
Approximately 50 people filled the room and listened intently as Geoff walked through a step-by-step presentation discussing spa work for massage therapists. He began with an overview of the spa industry and the different types of spas, ranging from high-end hotel and resort spas to day spas to medical spas and club spas. He explained the differences in the client visiting a destination spa such as Canyon Ranch and the client going into an Xpress Spa at Laguardia, and the subsequent differences in the on-the-job expectations set by that spa’s management – and the importance, therefore, of “doing your homework” and identifying “the right spa for you”. He walked through how the interview process works and shared tips on everything from preparing a resume and the importance of presenting a professional demeanor, to what types of things to look out for and what types of questions to ask. He also went into an in-depth explanation of potential compensation packages available to therapists, including different pay scales, medical benefits and other considerations.
Geoff then invited two special Swedish alum to join him for an open Q&A. Courtney Yates, who has been working at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa for the past 4-1/2 years, and Rachel Beider, who only 5 months out of school started what has turned into a very successful private, both shared their experiences and answered back-to-back questions from a room full of enthusiastic and curious soon-to-be (or just-began-their-careers-as) licensed massage therapists. People didn’t seem in any rush to leave, and many lingered around afterwards to chat more with Geoff, Rachel and Courtney.
It was really terrific to see such excitement and energy in the group that filled the room, and a huge shout out to Geoff Dawe, in the words he loves to use: YOU ROCK!
For the past several months, Swedish CE has been working on partnerships with different spa groups to develop on-site education and training that is catered to the specific needs of the massage therapists on their staff, to ultimately better serve their clientele. And last week we executed two of these special programs with two very different spas: the first was at a very well-known resort and spa out in Montauk, and the other at a different type of well-known spa in the heart of midtown Manhattan.
Gurney’s Resort & Seawater Spa on the east end of Long Island and Bliss 49 on the east side of midtown each have a very different type of atmosphere and clientele. Think: beach resort guest vs. midtown exec with exactly 49 minutes to grab a quick massage during lunch (literally: the first listing on the Bliss 49 menu is “a 49 minute massage is for those that need to be in, ‘ahh’ and out within an hour”). So the planning of each training, and even the layout and execution, were vastly different. But the ultimate outcome was one and the same, which is exactly what had been my hope and objective when we first began the conceptualization and planning.
In the words of two participants, one from each event:
“The In- Spa classroom experience was exactly what we needed to bring our that much closer together as a team. Really looking forward to the next training in April!”
“This experience went far beyond my expectation. Can’t thank you enough for bringing this training out east to those of us who can’t easily get to Swedish itself for our continuing education needs. You guys rock!!!!”