Skokie, IL March 2020 MBF Conference

We are so excited to return to Skokie for our 5th year in 2020!

Situated in Chicago’s North Shore area at the DoubleTree Hilton, our Midwest YogaFit MBF Conference gives you the opportunity to start your journey toward YogaFit certification with our Level One: Foundations training, wrap up your 200-hour RYT with Level Five: Unification, pick from an impressive array of electives toward your 300 RYT, or choose trainings from one of our Specialty Tracks (see specifics below).  

Specialty Tracks:   

YogaFit for Warriors: YPositive Psychology

Warrior Kids: Kids, Fit and Focused Kids, Yoga for ADD and the Autism Spectrum

Ayurveda: Advanced Ayurveda

YogaFit Therapy: Healthcare III, Biomedical Aspects of Yoga

Arrive at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - North Shore Conference Center in Skokie, IL and be welcomed with a warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie and an even warmer reception from our caring and attentive staff. This inviting hotel in Skokie, IL is ideally situated in the Chicago North Shore area. Appreciate the excellent location for access to wonderful shopping and lively nights in the Chicago North Shore. Minutes from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago, this Skokie, IL hotel is close to many attractions.

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Special note from the YogaFit team

Before making travel plans, please email mbf@yogafit.com to ensure the training you are registered for meets the minimum number of registered attendees.

Schedule

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Wed 03/11/2020

Thu 03/12/2020

Fri 03/13/2020

Sat 03/14/2020

Sun 03/15/2020

LEVEL ONE: Foundations 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
LEVEL ONE: Foundations

The first step on the path toward becoming a yoga teacher or simply deepening your practice, Level One provides the tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes grounded in proper alignment and the safety of exercise science. 

While there are no prerequisites for this course, we do require that all attendees read Beth Shaw's YogaFit prior to attending. This book explains the foundation of our entire teacher training program, and allows for better overall understanding of the material covered in our Level One Training. Please email edu@yogafit.com with any questions about Level One!.  We look forward to seeing you on the mat. 

Note: In order to receive a Certificate of Completion for Level One, you must also complete eight hours of practice teaching as a community service, in which you bring the gift of yoga, free of charge, to individuals who would not normally be exposed to yoga on a regular basis.

Upon completion of the Level One training and Community Service hours, click here for instructions regarding obtaining your certificate. 

You have one year from the date of your Level 1 Training to complete Community Service and apply for your Level 1 Certificate. We do understand that sometimes life events interfere with our plans. Please email certs@yogafit.com if you find that you may need an extension for completion.

Retrain: Please call Customer Service at 1-888-786-3111 to register for retrains of Level 1.  The retrain price is $199.

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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LEVEL FIVE: Unification 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
LEVEL FIVE: Unification

Level Five brings together all that you’ve learned in your YogaFit 200‐hour teacher training, and shifts the emphasis from external accomplishments to internal growth. Applying the powerful practice of staying in the present moment, an integral tenet of the essence of YogaFit, this two‐day intensive may be the end of your official teacher training, but it’s just the beginning of your journey inward toward true integration.

Note: All participants are required to complete the Brief Strengths Test, authentichappiness.org, print individual results, and bring these results to the training.

 

 

Training Time:

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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LEVEL FOUR: Tradition 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
LEVEL FOUR: Tradition

Level Four continues where Level Three left off, exploring more challenging practices and the preparation for each of them. But the real emphasis is on how to weave elements of yoga's ancient tradition into your practice, your life, and your teaching. This four‐day intensive introduces the Yoga Sutra, the Bhagavad Gita, and some of the more esoteric elements of yoga, like the chakras, mudras (hand gestures), and sound.

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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YogaFit Seniors 11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
YogaFit Seniors

This one‐day workshop offers ways to modify YogaFit classes to make them accessible to individuals over the age of 55, regardless of their fitness levels. You may take this workshop at any time that fits with your schedule, after completing Level One. 

Training Time:

Wed 03/1111:00 AM to 08:00 PM

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Advanced Ayurveda 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Advanced Ayurveda

Ayurveda I offered a strong overview of this ancient holistic self­care practice, often called the sister science of yoga. Ayurveda II provided an opportunity to enjoy practices that enhance your own well being. In this four-­day intensive, which employs a practical, hands-­on learning style, you’ll receive the tools you need to directly apply the theory and principles of Ayurveda to everyday life to better serve you, those you love, and those you coach.

Note: This course fulfills part of the requirements for the YogaFit 100-hour Ayurvedic Coaching Certificate.

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Thai Energy 1 11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Thai Energy 1

Thai yoga, a hands­-on therapeutic technique, combines acupressure, gentle rhythmic massage, deep stretching, and gentle twisting to create a deeply meditative healing experience. In this one­-day workshop, you’ll not only learn how to offer these techniques to your students and clients, but you’ll get to experience them yourself.

Training Time:

Wed 03/1111:00 AM to 08:00 PM

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Anatomy and Alignment II 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Anatomy and Alignment II

YogaFit's second interactive Anatomy & Alignment training dives deeper into the practice of hatha yoga through the lenses of Base of Support, Center of Gravity, Skeletal Anatomy, and the physiology of stretching. 

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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YogaFit HealthCare 3: Designing the Protocol (formerly YogaTherapy 3) 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
YogaFit HealthCare 3: Designing the Protocol (formerly YogaTherapy 3)

This two-­day workshop builds on Assessing the Physical Body and Examining the Subtle Body by discussing and demonstrating how to create a therapeutically ­oriented program for your clients based on modern applications of ancient tradition (yoga chikitsas) and current healthcare practices.  

YogaFit Healthcare I and II are strongly recommended prerequisites for this course. 

Training Time:

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Biomedical Aspects of Yoga 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Biomedical Aspects of Yoga

Dive deep into Western understanding of human anatomy and physiology in this four-day intensive workshop. Ideal for healthcare providers as well as yoga teachers and yoga therapists already familiar with the foundations of anatomy, physiology and the common terminology of modern healthcare.

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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The Art of Storytelling: The Therapeutic Narrative 11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
The Art of Storytelling: The Therapeutic Narrative

We all learn through stories, either listening to others or sharing our own. And the power of storytelling lies in the way it can help rewire the brain by bringing new images to life—of courage, hope, love and acceptance—to replace the old ones. In this one­-day workshop, discover the art of weaving stories through your teaching in a way that will support all your students, no matter what they’re going through, and enrich their classroom experience.

Click here for more information about our 2019 Warriors Retreat in Kentucky. 

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Wed 03/1111:00 AM to 08:00 PM

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Yoga for ADD and the Autism Spectrum 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Yoga for ADD and the Autism Spectrum

Learn how to incorporate yoga postures, mindful breathing techniques, and the latest integrative therapeutic techniques into your work with children and adults who are navigating the challenges of ADD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. This two-day intensive is ideal for yoga therapists, educators, parents, and health professionals.

 

Training Time:

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Yoga for Fit and Focused Kids 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Yoga for Fit and Focused Kids

Research has confirmed what yoga teachers already know: bringing yoga into the schools can reduce anxiety and stress, enhance focus and self-regulation, and promote compassion in young children and teenagers. This two-day intensive training will give you the tools you need to become part of this exciting, and burgeoning field of classroom yoga. 

 

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Positive Psychology 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Positive Psychology

Increase happiness levels for your clients, your students, and yourself, by integrating evidence­-based interventions into your classes, your therapy sessions, and your life. This two­-day intensive focuses on the core concepts of Positive Psychology and how these concepts complement and parallel the foundational concepts of yoga.  

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Yoga for Addiction and Recovery 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Yoga for Addiction and Recovery

Gain a deeper understanding of addiction and compulsive behavior in their many guises—drugs and alcohol, gambling, sex, overeating, shopping and exercise—through the yogic lens of “samskaras,” impressions or pathways carved into the mind by habitual behavior that make addictive patterns very difficult to break.

Click here for information about MyCAA

 

Training Time:

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Wed 03/11/2020

YogaFit Seniors

11:00 AM - 08:00 PM

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YogaFit Seniors

This one‐day workshop offers ways to modify YogaFit classes to make them accessible to individuals over the age of 55, regardless of their fitness levels. You may take this workshop at any time that fits with your schedule, after completing Level One. 

Training Time:

Wed 03/1111:00 AM to 08:00 PM

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Thai Energy 1

11:00 AM - 08:00 PM

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Thai Energy 1

Thai yoga, a hands­-on therapeutic technique, combines acupressure, gentle rhythmic massage, deep stretching, and gentle twisting to create a deeply meditative healing experience. In this one­-day workshop, you’ll not only learn how to offer these techniques to your students and clients, but you’ll get to experience them yourself.

Training Time:

Wed 03/1111:00 AM to 08:00 PM

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The Art of Storytelling: The Therapeutic Narrative

11:00 AM - 08:00 PM

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The Art of Storytelling: The Therapeutic Narrative

We all learn through stories, either listening to others or sharing our own. And the power of storytelling lies in the way it can help rewire the brain by bringing new images to life—of courage, hope, love and acceptance—to replace the old ones. In this one­-day workshop, discover the art of weaving stories through your teaching in a way that will support all your students, no matter what they’re going through, and enrich their classroom experience.

Click here for more information about our 2019 Warriors Retreat in Kentucky. 

Training Time:

Wed 03/1111:00 AM to 08:00 PM

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Thu 03/12/2020

LEVEL ONE: Foundations

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

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LEVEL ONE: Foundations

The first step on the path toward becoming a yoga teacher or simply deepening your practice, Level One provides the tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes grounded in proper alignment and the safety of exercise science. 

While there are no prerequisites for this course, we do require that all attendees read Beth Shaw's YogaFit prior to attending. This book explains the foundation of our entire teacher training program, and allows for better overall understanding of the material covered in our Level One Training. Please email edu@yogafit.com with any questions about Level One!.  We look forward to seeing you on the mat. 

Note: In order to receive a Certificate of Completion for Level One, you must also complete eight hours of practice teaching as a community service, in which you bring the gift of yoga, free of charge, to individuals who would not normally be exposed to yoga on a regular basis.

Upon completion of the Level One training and Community Service hours, click here for instructions regarding obtaining your certificate. 

You have one year from the date of your Level 1 Training to complete Community Service and apply for your Level 1 Certificate. We do understand that sometimes life events interfere with our plans. Please email certs@yogafit.com if you find that you may need an extension for completion.

Retrain: Please call Customer Service at 1-888-786-3111 to register for retrains of Level 1.  The retrain price is $199.

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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LEVEL FOUR: Tradition

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

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LEVEL FOUR: Tradition

Level Four continues where Level Three left off, exploring more challenging practices and the preparation for each of them. But the real emphasis is on how to weave elements of yoga's ancient tradition into your practice, your life, and your teaching. This four‐day intensive introduces the Yoga Sutra, the Bhagavad Gita, and some of the more esoteric elements of yoga, like the chakras, mudras (hand gestures), and sound.

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Advanced Ayurveda

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

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Advanced Ayurveda

Ayurveda I offered a strong overview of this ancient holistic self­care practice, often called the sister science of yoga. Ayurveda II provided an opportunity to enjoy practices that enhance your own well being. In this four-­day intensive, which employs a practical, hands-­on learning style, you’ll receive the tools you need to directly apply the theory and principles of Ayurveda to everyday life to better serve you, those you love, and those you coach.

Note: This course fulfills part of the requirements for the YogaFit 100-hour Ayurvedic Coaching Certificate.

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Anatomy and Alignment II

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

InfoAdd
Anatomy and Alignment II

YogaFit's second interactive Anatomy & Alignment training dives deeper into the practice of hatha yoga through the lenses of Base of Support, Center of Gravity, Skeletal Anatomy, and the physiology of stretching. 

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Add Training
Biomedical Aspects of Yoga

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

InfoAdd
Biomedical Aspects of Yoga

Dive deep into Western understanding of human anatomy and physiology in this four-day intensive workshop. Ideal for healthcare providers as well as yoga teachers and yoga therapists already familiar with the foundations of anatomy, physiology and the common terminology of modern healthcare.

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Add Training
Yoga for Fit and Focused Kids

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

InfoAdd
Yoga for Fit and Focused Kids

Research has confirmed what yoga teachers already know: bringing yoga into the schools can reduce anxiety and stress, enhance focus and self-regulation, and promote compassion in young children and teenagers. This two-day intensive training will give you the tools you need to become part of this exciting, and burgeoning field of classroom yoga. 

 

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Add Training
Positive Psychology

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

InfoAdd
Positive Psychology

Increase happiness levels for your clients, your students, and yourself, by integrating evidence­-based interventions into your classes, your therapy sessions, and your life. This two­-day intensive focuses on the core concepts of Positive Psychology and how these concepts complement and parallel the foundational concepts of yoga.  

Training Time:

Thu 03/1208:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Fri 03/1308:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Fri 03/13/2020

Sat 03/14/2020

LEVEL FIVE: Unification

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

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LEVEL FIVE: Unification

Level Five brings together all that you’ve learned in your YogaFit 200‐hour teacher training, and shifts the emphasis from external accomplishments to internal growth. Applying the powerful practice of staying in the present moment, an integral tenet of the essence of YogaFit, this two‐day intensive may be the end of your official teacher training, but it’s just the beginning of your journey inward toward true integration.

Note: All participants are required to complete the Brief Strengths Test, authentichappiness.org, print individual results, and bring these results to the training.

 

 

Training Time:

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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YogaFit HealthCare 3: Designing the Protocol (formerly YogaTherapy 3)

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

InfoAdd
YogaFit HealthCare 3: Designing the Protocol (formerly YogaTherapy 3)

This two-­day workshop builds on Assessing the Physical Body and Examining the Subtle Body by discussing and demonstrating how to create a therapeutically ­oriented program for your clients based on modern applications of ancient tradition (yoga chikitsas) and current healthcare practices.  

YogaFit Healthcare I and II are strongly recommended prerequisites for this course. 

Training Time:

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Add Training
Yoga for ADD and the Autism Spectrum

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

InfoAdd
Yoga for ADD and the Autism Spectrum

Learn how to incorporate yoga postures, mindful breathing techniques, and the latest integrative therapeutic techniques into your work with children and adults who are navigating the challenges of ADD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. This two-day intensive is ideal for yoga therapists, educators, parents, and health professionals.

 

Training Time:

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Add Training
Yoga for Addiction and Recovery

08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

InfoAdd
Yoga for Addiction and Recovery

Gain a deeper understanding of addiction and compulsive behavior in their many guises—drugs and alcohol, gambling, sex, overeating, shopping and exercise—through the yogic lens of “samskaras,” impressions or pathways carved into the mind by habitual behavior that make addictive patterns very difficult to break.

Click here for information about MyCAA

 

Training Time:

Sat 03/1408:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Sun 03/1508:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Sun 03/15/2020

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Location

DoubleTree Chicago

Address

9599 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL 60077

Room Rate

139

Parking

Complimentary (self-parking)

Hotel Phone

(847) 679-7000

Reservations

To book a room at this special conference rate, call 800-222-Tree and use code YOGAFIT MBF by February 18, 2020.

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The Wednesday trainings will run from 11 am to 8 pm; Trainings on Thursday through Sunday will run from 8 am to 6 pm. 

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What should I expect at a MBF Conference?

Mind Body Fitness Conferences are 5 days of trainings held in large cities all over the US and Canada.  Each day begins with a complimentary Master Class, led by one of our dynamic YogaFit Trainers.  Trainings run from 11 am to 8 pm on Wednesdays and 8 am to 6 pm Thursday through Sunday.  Save your energy, because the fun continues each evening with different educational sessions/lectures. In the past, these sessions have included Essential Oils, Thai Massage, Neuroscience and Yoga lecture series, Make a Mala workshops, Business workshops, and more.  Each conference offers a variety of trainings for those attendees just starting out on their RYT 200 path through trainings for our Yoga Therapy Program.  YogaFit highly recommends attending Level 4 at a conference so that you can fully immerse yourself in this life-changing 4 days of learning and experiencing. Our conferences offer an opportunity to interact with our YogaFit Trainers, as well as members of our corporate staff.  Last, but not least, we have a merchandise boutique open throughout each conference, where you can pick up the latest music, books, clothes, etc.  Don't wait...register for an MBF Conference today!