300-Hr Yoga Teacher Training

OCTOBER 2017 - JULY 2018


"Calling Yoga a physical practice is like saying a rainbow is only blue"

- Michael Hewett, Founder of Sarva Yoga Academy


THREE JEWELS and SARVA YOGA ACADEMY  join forces to create a training that braids physical practice with mind training, creativity, social ethics, emotion, energetics, and intellectual curiosity to address and exercise all expressions of a yogi's path. The training will provide deep instruction on yoga asana, a basis on cultivating shamata or single-pointed concentration, thorough understanding of the Lam Rim, or Steps on the Path to Enlightenment in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Students will build a firm foundation in alignment and anatomical structure. Practitioners will acquire new tools, sharpen them with precise skill, and re-enter the world as an embodiment of the bodhisattva ideal of love, wisdom and service. The premise of this training is that to teach, to share knowledge, is the very foundation of creating a practice for oneself and that going inward and going outward to serve inform one another inextricably.



  • Deepen and strengthen your personal practice 
  • Complete intensive study of asana and class sequencing
  • Build a firm background in ashtanga, iyengar and anusara methodology
  • Learn single-pointed meditation methods and teaching tools
  • Assimilate physical and subtle body anatomy with alignment principles
  • Receive instruction on core texts of Mahayana Buddhism
  • Understand neurophysiological applications of yoga and meditation
  • Learn trauma-sensitive models of bodywork
  • Utilize service and outreach as opportunities for spiritual growth
  • Read and understand classical yogic and Buddhist texts
  • Train in Three Jewels approach to yoga and service



  • Ancient Ayurvedic Assessments with Sarah Tomlinson
  • Pranayama with Lilia Mead
  • Kriyas with Carol Issa
  • How To Do Solitary Retreat
  • The Business of Yoga
  • Music (Nada Yoga)



Teachers will be credentialed for participation in special projects through Three Jewels including in-house teaching, community initiatives and international service. Three Jewels yoga teachers currently work with the Dept. of Homeless Services to provide yoga and meditation classes to youth and adults experiencing homelessness. Three Jewels teachers also work with the Dept. of Education and the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide teachers and students with tools for happiness through yoga and meditation. If teachers quality, they can also work in partnership with international projects: the 108 Lives Project in Nepal, the Chinese Become a Grand Master Program, and Lam Rim retreats.



Practice requirements, community involvement and home study will link the weekends together, giving students the opportunity to apply lessons to real life throughout the training. Students will be required to complete written homework and required reading of ancient and modern texts. Students will be provided with a training manual and there is supplemental readings that you will be responsible to purchase.  It is expected that students will maintain a regular asana practice and a daily meditation journal.

The training includes free admission to all Three Jewels yoga classes during the period of the training dates. 





 October 2017 to July 2018 over the course of 17 weekends.

Saturdays & Sundays | 10AM - 7PM

Opening Night: Friday Oct. 13th 6 - 9PM

The training will happen at Three Jewels.


11/4-5, 18-19

12/2-3, 16-17

1/13-14, 27-28


3/3-4, 17-18

4/14-15, 28-29

5/12-13, 26-27

6/9-10, 23-24




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.

Hector Marcel is the President of the Three Jewels. He has served as Senior Teacher for the Asian Classics Institute teaching buddhist philosophy for the past 6 years. At Three Jewels, Hector teaches a series of sutra courses that cover the breadth of a 25 year monastic education for monks and nuns completing a "Geshe" degree, and travels internationally to transmit these teachings. Hector is also social entrepreneur, public speaker and organizational change management specialist. After 15 years of experience leading successful cultural transformations in the public and private sectors in Australia, Hector now consults in New York City to a variety of international clients, integrating eastern philosophy into corporate culture. Hector is the  Senior VP of Learning and Change for John Foley Inc., delivering workshops and keynotes on High Performance designed to achieve excellence in teams and inspire individuals. He is also the founder and Director of the  108 Lives Project: a micro non-profit that cares for under-privileged communities in Nepal. 

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. 





    • $4250 Base rate price. For the Base Rate, the student must pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 and have their application submitted prior to 10/10. Full payment due before 10/13.
    • $4500 Payment Plan price (10 monthly payments of $450, with full payment due 7/2018)