Fred Busch is one of the nation’s top Yoga Teacher Training instructors and is widely known for his system of healing with Yoga and guiding students to an individually applied practice.
Fred’s original Yoga Studio was called Miami Yogashala was founded as an Ashtanga Vinyasa School in 2001. After several years of teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Fred started noticing that there was no mechanism to heal certain injuries. As a result Fred began to advise certain students to refine their poses in ways that were more healing.
This development meant that Fred no longer was teaching traditional Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, so he changed the name of his classes to Power Yoga. Fred has trained over 500 teachers and Fred Busch Power Yoga is taught all over the world.
Traveling alone in Africa in 1998 Fred Busch was stricken with a blood parasite and nearly died at age 25. During his suffering and fear of death Fred had a clear vision about the gift that is health and visualized a prayer that if he were granted his health back he would not take it for granted again.
Fred’s resulting commitment to achieving and maintaining a health of body and mind lead him to practice 7 consecutive years of a very strict diet and become one of the country’s top experts on Nutrition and Intelligent Lifestyle. Fred is the author of “A Clear and Definite Path – Enlightenment and Health with Yoga and Holistic Living” and In 2003 Fred opened Food Without Fire, Miami’s first 100% Raw Vegan Restaurant. Fred is also the founder and director of the YogaNutrition™ Certification Program.
Fred is the author of “The Lower Back Bible – A Yoga Solution to a Pain Free You”. Fred is a pioneer in the Healing Arts and creator of Fred Busch Healing Sequences for Power Yoga™ a system of Yoga therapy and healing injuries and back pain with Yoga pose modifications.
Fred is also owner and director of programming for Salamadhi Ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Salamadhi Ranch is a 50-acre residential yoga retreat center dedicated to Yoga, Gourmet Vegan Food, hiking and meditation. Salamadhi Ranch also hosts Fred Busch Teacher Training Programs and retreats led by renowned Yoga Instructors.
Visit Amazon to purchase Fred Busch’s two authoritative books on Yoga.“A Clear and Definite Path– Enlightenment and Health with Yoga and Holistic Living,” is all about Yoga, Raw Food, Vegan Food and Enlightenment and “The Lower Back Bible” is Fred’s expert book on how to alleviate lower back pain caused by the two most common causes…herniated discs and sacra-iliac pain.
Fred was initiated into Devanagari (the language of the Gods), commonly known as Sanskrit, 12 years ago by his Sanskrit/Yoga Philosophy master Manorama. She is from the lineage of Brahmananda Sarasvati, founder of the Ananda Ashram in New York. Fred provides Sanskrit language instruction in his Teacher Trainings and offers private Sanskrit lessons to those who want to do Yoga asana with their tongue, to quote Manorama, his Sanskrit Teacher.
A humble student of Yoga, Fred Busch gives all credit to the following Yoga Masters as his direct Teachers: Sri Sri Dharma Mitra from the lineage of Yogi Gupta; Gary Kraftsow, a long time direct student of Sri T. Krisnamacharya; Tias Little, direct student BKS Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois; Duncan Wong, Martial Arts and Astanga Master and founder of YOGIC ARTS; Sri Sri Aadil Palkhivala, founder of Purna Yoga, from the lineage of Sri Aurobindo and long time student of BKS Iyengar; and Masters Rodney Yee and Shiva Rea.
Read below to discover part of Fred Busch’s Power Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum:
Introduction to Yoga and Yoga Philosophy “What is Yoga? What is Power Yoga? How do the different styles of Yoga relate to each other? What is the goal of Yoga? How does Meditation relate to Yoga? This workshop will begin to answer all of these questions and many more and we look into the historical background of Yoga and Tantra and then relate it to the present day movement of Yoga around the world.
Learning to Self Practice In learning to Self Practice, which is the most valuable skill in Yoga, it is important to know some fundamental principles which will keep you confident and doubt free, which happen to be the only obstacles to a consistent Self-Practice. This workshop will break down the Fred Busch Power Yoga Opening Sequence and Sun Salutations A and B, so as to create complete understanding of the sequence, the alignment, the point of gaze, and the correct breathing and attitude. With this workshop you will be empowered to begin your Self-Practice on days you don’t make it to the studio. Drsti, Pranayama, Meditation.
The 5 Koshas are an energetic understanding of a person visualized as layers or more or less density of energy. The body itself being the least subtle layer, and subsequent layers of prana, mind, wisdom, bliss form concentric circles around the Center of Your Being… the Atman. This discussion of the Koshas will focus on understanding how this vision of human anatomy is useful in today’s world.
The 4 Paths and the 8 Limbs of Yoga There are 4 Paths of Yoga classically known in India. This workshop will discuss the 4 Paths and how they differ and how they are similar. Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga are the 4 Paths of Yoga which will be discussed. From Raja Yoga comes the great Sage Patanjali, the greatest Yoga master of all time and the author of the Yoga Sutras. Inside the Yoga Sutras, between Books 2 and 3, is found the section on Ashtanga Yoga, the Eight Limb Path, and within it, Patanjali explains the scientific formula for enlightenment and bliss. This is a workshop dedicated to illuminating our intellects and preparing ourselves for Living Enlightenment.
Mastering Standing Poses in Self Practice The standing poses in Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, and other Hatha Yogas form the foundation for developing the strength and openness required to sit in meditation for long periods of time. The standing poses were developed much later in time and were created to build fitness, stability and good health. There are many benefits to standing poses, however the benefits are even greater when the Asana is performed perfectly. A good and aligned yoga pose creates powerful lines of energy in the body and the result is energetic flow that is both powerful and healing. This workshop will address the many alignment principle inherent in the standing poses of Power Yoga. We will discover here how many poses share the same alignment principles and learn to do visualize the ideal body and thus self correct yourself in Self-Practice.
Introduction to Yoga Anatomy – Learn the bones, the joints, and the Muscles! This introduction to Physical Anatomy is well suited to beginners in the subject as we take it from the very beginning with Directional Terms and basic vocabulary. From there we learn the bones, types of joints, and the names and locations of the most important muscles in the body. We relate this info to Yoga by incorporating yoga poses that use the various muscles and feeling and seeing inside our own bodies for the pathway of the various muscle groups.
The Famous Fred Busch Food Talk -Fasten your seat belts and hold on tight, because this is often the most powerful presentation of information you will ever witness. In the Yoga Teacher Training version of the food talk, Fred will take no prisoners as he presents his understanding of the subject of Food. Welcoming all questions and all challenges, this workshop includes scientific discussions of the role of Vitamins, Minerals, Protein, Essential Fatty Acids, Enzymes, Probiotics, Immune System, Energy levels, Detox. Fred will discuss how easy it is to be an unhealthy vegetarian and will explain the principles to eating with more intelligence and more respect for biological design.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali -The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are one of the most important of all Scriptures in the world. Written by Patanjali in a Sutra form, designed to be hidden out in the open, the Sutras are the accumulation of Yogic and Tantric wisdom that existed from the antiquities. Patanjali presented all of them in one single volume and in doing so did a service for Humanity that is divine. Each Yoga Sutra is ‘independently intelligent’ as Fred’s master explains, they each by themselves can deliver you from bondage into enlightenment, also known as Kaivalya, Nirvana, Bliss, Samadhi. In this workshop we will read all the Sutras with English translation and discuss many in full detail.
Fred Busch’s Healing Sequences for Power Yoga – Most injuries start small and get worse over time due to aggravation, something called not listening to your body. This is very common in Yoga because most teacher don’t understand how to let the body heal itself while still doing daily yoga. Most Yoga teachers suggest to either take a week off, or just keep going and push through it! The fact is that both of those approaches don’t work which is why people don’t easily heal themselves and injuries can become chronic and spread and implicate other muscles. This is not the only option! The Fred Busch Healing Sequences offer a means to continue your daily yoga practice, get stronger in your core, and become the most advanced Yogi of them all, all while healing yourself of whatever injury has been gifted to you.
Arm Balances and Intermediate Poses – In order to learn arm balances from the beginning it is necessary to understand which muscles are really responsible for creating the lift of the seeming ability to defy gravity. This lift generally comes from the core muscles and so this workshop targets and identifies the preparation poses required to master before arm balancing becomes easy. We will then practice the actual arm balances in a specific and detailed way to assure everyone know exactly how to enter the poses over time. Poses in this workshop will include: Forearm Stand, Handstand, Astavakrasana, Bhujapidasana, Peacock, Side Crow, Crow, Koundinyasana.
Learn about Human Energy Systems and the meaning of the words Prana, Chakras, Aura, Nadis and more. Discover why these systems are so important for your physical, mental and spiritual health and practice meditation techniques to regulate and charge your energy field.
Ready to learn as much as you can about Headstand, Shoulderstand, and Backbends? This is the workshop for you! We will start with a comprehensive safety discussion about Headstand and Shoulderstand with relation to the cervical spine and thoroughly cover the contra-indications for Inversions. Then we will take those who are ready to experience and realize which muscles groups are actually responsible for mastery of the inversions. We will practice and learn all the preparation poses and then get ready to MOVE OFF THE WALL, If you are ready, and the time has come for you, and your backbends are reasonable. We will learn about the 2 DIFFERENT HEADSTANDS and practice both and then discuss and learn the details for Shoulder stand. We will then address Spine and Back Bends and we will discuss how many students do backbends that are not very effective. In this detailed workshop on the nature of Back bending and front body opening, we will cover the many variation of backbends and why different versions are more suitable for different student types. Making sure your yoga practice is always serving you most effectively.
Yoga poses can be very dangerous if practiced by the wrong person. The wrong pose practiced by the wrong person can create injuries or other damage. Yoga teaching is a huge responsibility as you take another persons health and wellbeing into your hands. The other half of this workshop will discuss that are called Contra-Indications to Yoga Poses. These are conditions and situations that certain yoga poses are better avoided. We will cover the main diseases and conditions in a basic overview of what is contra-indicated in different scenarios. This information is mandatory for good and safe Yoga Instruction.
Learn what is Prana and its relationship to Pranayama. Many Pranayamas are described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Gerhand Samhita, sister scriptures from the middle ages. This workshop will cover almost all of the classical Pranayamas from the sacred scriptures. Each pranayama will be thoroughly explained and discussed, then demonstrated, then the class will experience. Ujayi, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Sithali, Kabalabhati (Breath of Fire), Bastrika (Bellows) are all practiced in this very comprehensive introduction to the basics of Pranayama and the benefits they can incorporate into your life.
Learning how to teach pregnant women safely is an invaluable skill. This workshop is outsourced to our resident Prenatal Yoga Master Michelle Fonte and is designed to prepare the teachers understand the safety considerations in Pregnancy yoga. This workshop will also provide a beginner’s pre-natal yoga set for those who are interested in teaching Pre-Natal Yoga. This is usually run as a certification program, but certification is at complete discretion of the teacher.
Restorative Yoga is one of the most advanced styles of Yoga to teach even though poses are all supported and relaxing and held for many minutes at a time. Restorative Yoga requires lots of information about the best ways to use props to create comfortable and sustainable poses for people to relax in. This workshop will cover the basics of theory about the healing benefits of Restorative Yoga and will then enjoy the experience of deep relaxation and renewal the comes from the healing and wonderful Restorative Yoga experience.
Yoga Nidra is a guided relaxation experience which is practiced laying on the ground in Shavasana. Yoga Nidra is always guided because it requires the relinquishing of the mind to the guide of the meditation. Yoga Nidra is the ultimate restorative yoga pose. It is not sleeping! It is beneficial and deeply restful and healing as the brain is induced into the brainwaves that are most restorative and healing, the delta waves. We will discuss Yoga Nidra and then experience a 45 Minute Yoga
What is the most effective way to explain a Yoga pose to somebody? What are the best and most precise words to use? What is the least effort in speaking that can yield the most refined speech? This workshop will address this and do so in the context of a workshop on leading students through creative flow variations. There are literally infinite number of directions that can be taken from nearly every pose. This workshop will teach you to think creatively and be able to build your own safe, intelligent, and satisfying Yoga Vinyasa Flows.
The art of teaching Private Yoga classes and very small groups is a skill that pays itself back a hundredfold. A Yoga teacher will generally make most of their money through teaching privately so the ability to be confident and resourceful in a home setting is required. Teaching 1 on 1 offers many opportunities and many challenges that group classes do not afford. This workshop will shed light on how to take advantage of the opportunities while avoiding any of the difficulties from the challenges so as to make your private clients very satisfied with their Yoga class and experience with you.
The Sanskrit Alphabet is a divinely realized continuum of sound waves that are harmonic to your Chakra system and resonant to the sound waves of the cosmos. The Sanskrit Alphabet is sacred and incredibly healing when pronounced correctly. This workshop will cover the basics to pronunciation of the 51 Letters of the Sanskrit Script of Devanagari. You will learn how to read elementary Sanskrit words and how to pronounce the names and words in the many sacred Sanskrit Mantras. We will cover the 5 Mouth Positions of Sanskrit and vowels and consonant sounds as well as the Anasvara and Visarga grammatical components. Make your chanting precise and feel the energetic difference in the sound waves vibrating within and around you.
This is a workshop designed to highlight the healing and illuminating effects of chanting
Mantras in Sanskrit. Sanskrit sounds are scientific and specific frequencies that are associated with your Chakras and help to balance and energize them. We will cover several of the most Sacred Mantras on Earth: Gayatri, Maha Mritunjaya, Sri Ram Jay Ram, and several others as we also discuss the universal nature of Spiritual Enlightenment and bliss. We will focus on correct sanskrit pronunciation using the 5 mouth positions and the power of visualization and intention.