Date / Time: March 3-5, 2023
Friday: 6:00 pm ET – 9:00 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am ET – 5:00 pm ET
Instructor: Dr. Nadya Pohran & Mark Andrawis, RMT, Rev. Lisa Schneider, RMT, CST-T
Location: Education Centre and online
For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!
A lot of people can think that emotions are things that happen in our brains. And, while it is true that the neural pathways in the brain are responsible for transmitting our emotions, emotions actually happen in, and to, our bodies.
Research is showing that emotions have beginnings, middles, and ends. This means that our bodies can get “stuck” in cycles of emotions. It’s when we get “stuck” in these emotional cycles (rather than allowing/enabling the emotion to work its way through our body) that we experience things like immense anxiety, intense sadness, or burnout—among other challenging emotional states.
Thus, a first objective of this course is to equip you with an understanding of how emotions work in and through the body, by highlighting some of the most up-to-date research on this topic from philosophers, therapists, and wellbeing practitioners.
But there’s also another takeaway: because emotions are experienced in and by our bodies, this also means that we can use our bodies to navigate our emotional states. Indeed, advice like “sit still and calm your mind”, “focus on peace” is not always helpful when we are addressing intense emotional states. Rather, we can use our bodies to bring about a state of deep peace and contentment (what Hindu texts describe as “samatva” or equanimity.) In fact, a wide variety of cultural and philosophical traditions, over centuries, have developed systems for regulating and processing emotional experiences using the body. While these systems/philosophies are not exactly “immediate fixes” or ready-made solutions, they can offer immense peace and solace, and are a complement to more-still forms of meditation, for individuals who are seeking to quiet their mind and deepen their meditative practice.
With this in mind, the second objective of this course is to introduce you to a selection of these traditions which have developed bodily practices to address emotional states. One example of this is the Jin Shin Jyutsu, which is a Japanese art form where you hold your body in gentle, every-day postures to bring about an emotional release.

Program Outline

Learning Objectives:
  1. Provide an overview of the up-to-date research on the topic of how emotions are not mental processes but also embodied experiences
  2. Introduce a selection of traditions which have developed bodily practices to address emotional states (e.g. Jin Shin Jyutsu, Tibetan Sound Healing, etc.).

Dates and Times

Friday, March 3, 2023, to Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • Friday: 6 pm ET to 9 pm ET
  • Saturday: 10 am ET to 5 pm ET
  • Sunday: 10 am ET to 5 pm ET
Breaks will be provided.


SAVE $45.00 by registering on or before December 31, 2022, for $450.00 per person.
$495.00 per person thereafter.
Fee includes the training, manual and certificate.

About your teachers

Nadya Pohran grew up in Ottawa and started meditating at a very young age—though she did not know it was called “meditating”, at the time. In 2008 she was introduced to a form of Christian contemplative meditation (St. Ignatius) and in 2010 she travelled to South East Asia to learn more about Buddhism. It was in India, in 2012, when studying Jainism (a religion renown for its emphasis on non-violence) that she began to dive more deeply into spiritual and contemplative practices. Her current spiritual practices draw deeply from a variety of religious traditions, and also spiritual traditions outside of religious institutions, such as a love for thought-provoking poetry and the wisdom of nature.

She eventually went on to pursue a PhD in religious studies at the University of Cambridge, during which she was fortunate enough to live in an ashram in India for about a year and speak with others about their spiritual practices. After finishing her PhD project on community and belonging, she spent several months in Rishikesh, where she became a certified Yoga Teacher and Sound Healer.

Nadya is grateful for her spiritual teachers who have introduced her to the many practices in which she partakes, and to the friends and community who challenge, encourage, and deepen her own commitment to living a spiritually-oriented life. Nadya is always excited and honoured when she can teach about spirituality, such as when she taught an undergraduate course called Introduction to Contemplative Well Being at the University of Ottawa. As an academic, Nadya has always prioritized pursuing research and teaching that resonate with her own way-of-being in the world.

Nadya and her partner live in Ottawa. They both love kayaking, cycling, adding to their wealth of house plants, and finding new interesting topics to learn about.

Mark Andrawis, RMT, R.Ac, was born in Egypt and moved to Kingston, Ontario at the age of 6, where he grew up most of his life. Since childhood, he has been drawn to mysticism, which was accepted and fostered according to the traditions of his religious upbringing in the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Mark has had an interest in health and alternative methods of healing since his teenage years. Going through his own personal battles with his health as a teen, he took matters into his own hands and learned about nutrition, herbal medicine, meditation, yoga, and energy healing as ways of improving his health. In 2012, Mark became a 3rd degree Reiki practitioner and received certification in Chakra Repair Therapy.

In 2014, Mark moved to Ottawa where he studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage Therapy at the International Academy of Applied Health. Along the way, he has completed 3 Levels of New Energy Consciousness training as taught by Steve and Wendy at their school, Awakening Angels in Cornwall, Ontario. Mark has also received Certification as a Tantric massage practitioner in 2020. Today, Mark is practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist, Registered Acupuncturist, Energy Medicine Practitioner, and Tantric massage practitioner.

Mark is currently furthering his studies in Traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Tantra, and pursuing his love of playing piano!


Lisa Schneider, born in Ottawa, spent the past 12.5 years in Vancouver, BC soaking up all that the west coast had to offer her spiritually and professionally before moving back to Ottawa in December 2021. She was raised mainly Roman Catholic with Lutheran influences. As a child, she felt the need to question everything, ultimately leading to her refusal of being confirmed in the Catholic Church. From that point, she went on an exploration for her own Truth, starting with studying Yoga, Paganism and then Buddhism.

Deeply spiritual (but not religious), Lisa found immense healing in ontological studies (the state of being) with a variety of teachers and disciplines, and in shamanic medicine, which led her certification as a Shamanic Coach and Practitioner (with the RBCS lineage in BC), where she has been given permission to use certain shamanic tools, in sacred trust, in her healing practice with others. After years of mystical seminary study, Lisa has also obtained the designation of associate minister with the Church of Divine Man (Berkeley, California), a non-denominational psychic Christian church. As a minister, she provides spiritual counselling and uses psychic meditation tools for spiritual awareness, guidance and healing. She is also a guest speaker at the Trauma Informed Practice Institute in BC’s level 2 workshop.

In her practice, Lisa offers services as a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified CranioSacral Therapist (including SomatoEmotional Release), Somatic Bodywork practitioner, and Spiritual Counsellor. She enjoys working with people healing from chronic pain, trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as other complex health conditions. Her true passion is helping people to discover their own Truth and innate healing ability. More often than not, that means helping people become more embodied.

When not practicing, Lisa can be found re-exploring Ottawa and its climate with her dog. She loves to laugh and indulges all things comedy as much as possible. She is also further pursuing studies in psychedelic medicine and its use for the treatment of trauma.


This course is open to general public. 6 months to 1 year of regular yoga practice is recommended for participation.
For 200 hour certified Yoga Teachers this course provides CEUs with Yoga Alliance.
This course is also part of our Yoga Alliance 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.
300 Hour Elective Module: 15 Hours