Asana Module

Asana is the third limb of yoga expressed through physical postures. Asana is the vantage, perspective, seat we shape shift through, mimicking the myriad forms of life (dog, cat, cow, tree...) to more deeply resonate & discover their wisdom. 

This module is designed for practitioners, teachers in training & seasoned teachers who wish to dive into the anatomy & alignment mechanics of the postures, offer effective variations, safely & creatively design sequences, confidently & correctly give assists & learn to push personal boundaries while simultaneously respecting where one is.

Pre-registration Required


  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Alignment principles
  • Fundamentals of postures: standing, forward & back bending, inversions, twists, seated, supine/prone, restorative
  • Differences in styles: Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Sarva
  • Pranayama
  • Props, modifications, and sequencing
  • The art of adjustments and energetic assists
  • Teaching absolute beginners and basics
  • Working with different kinds of learners (visual, verbal, tactile and resistant)

Hours & Cost (2 Options for Asana Module):

1. Asana: Anatomy, Alignment & Assists 60 hours | $700 tuition

2. Asana: Practice +  125 hours approx | $1900 tuition

includes all module sessions, unlimited yoga/dharma/meditation classes at Three Jewels for the duration of the training (Nov '17-Jun '18), selected guest lectures, practice & class observation requirements and final exams to test knowledge and comprehension. 

(You can think of this module as the "lite" Teacher Training for serious practitioners who cannot commit to the time and cost of the full 300hr training.)

Dates & Times:

Saturdays & Sundays from 3-5pm (15 weekends)

1st Session Saturday November 4


+ Guest Lectures and Final Exams for Practice + module trainees


Michael Hewett has taught yoga and dharma for over 20 years. At the request of his students, he founded Sarva Yoga Academy in 2010 to faithfully transmit the wisdom of Tibetan and Indian yogas. Michael has studied with Alan Finger of Istha Yoga, Cyndi Lee and David Nichtern at Kripalu, and Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga. He has studied Tibetan Buddhism in the lineage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for over 10 years with teachers Kimberley Theresa, Lama Marut, John Brady, Douglas Veenhof and Dr. Winston McCullough. Michael is also an accomplished composer, guitarist, recording artist and DJ. He tours & teaches internationally.


Gina de la Chesnaye has extensive experience in body-centered trauma work. She completed a 200-hr YTT with Allison West of Yoga Union and works with the Lineage Project teaching yoga and meditation to at-risk and incarcerated youth. Gina provides Care for Caregiver and PLAYSshop workshops internationally to healers and to people experiencing trauma. Gina is the Trauma Resource Director of the International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights, a Fellow of the Mind/Brain Center for War and Humanity at Stony Brook University and an alumna of the Harvard Global Mental Health Trauma & Recovery certificate program.  She also offers contemplative care classes to the Columbia School of Social Work and Stony Brook University as a visiting lecturer. Gina travels internationally to provide trauma and resiliency work with children in Nepal, Uganda and Kenya. Gina is a writer and photographer, and has been a competitive kick boxer for 17 years.


Allison Joy Phillips is the Director of Yoga at Three Jewels. She completed a 200-hr YTT with Sarva Yoga Academy, and a 108-hr Meditation Teacher Training at Three Jewels NYC. She has completed additional coursework studying ancient texts, yoga therapy, postural alignment, spinal health, Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga Nidra meditation and aromatherapy. She teaches corporate meditation and yoga in the financial services industry.