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Panca Bhuta YogA
250-hour Teacher Training and Yoga ImmersioN Exploring the Five Elements

"The dream team! This training will be the best investment you can make for your practice/teaching! Richard’s knowledge of alignment, pranayama, and yoga philosophy, combined with Mary’s sequencing, moving from the energetic body, and connection of yoga to the earth, will ground you with the means for lifelong yoga practice.  They both teach from a deep personal practice, with humor, humility, care for details of curriculum, and from the heart. You can’t get any better!!!" Patty Hirota-Cohen, Yoga Teacher - Graduate of Advanced Studies Program at Piedmont Yoga 2002, and Foundations Graduate at Yoga Mendocino 2004. More comments from students and colleagues at this link.  

Information Session about this program on July 22nd Sunday 6.30 - 8pm, 4250 Piedmont Avenue, 94611 Oakland. Please note this is the temporary home of You and the Mat and you are advised to pre-register.  All welcome.  More info here.

This session includes a yoga class with Richard and Mary - based on the elements!-for the first hour, followed by an overview of the program and question/answer time. If you are not able to attend this event, send us your questions now and listen to this:

Twelve minute chat between Richard and Mary about the program:

Panca Bhuta Yoga is a special opportunity to study with Richard Rosen and Mary Paffard. These two teachers have collaborated on trainings and yoga programs for over two decades and look forward to bringing a lively sangha of yoga practitioners together to evolve their own practice, share this practice with others and explore the art and science of yoga in a 21st century context. Between them, Mary and Richard have more than 60 years of teaching experience.

This unique Yoga Immersion and 250-Hour Training will be hosted at You and the Mat, in Oakland, CA  8/31/2018 – 3/3/2019.   

Mary and Richard invite you to join them for this 250-hour training based on yoga’s five traditional elements. Each will serve as a month-long focus, each contributing an essential quality to your practice on and off the mat: EARTH for stability, WATER for fluidity, FIRE for enthusiasm, AIR for lightness, and ETHER for spaciousness. 

This course can be taken to deepen your understanding of yoga. It will also give you the essential ingredients to be able to teach basic classes and graduates are eligible to apply for the Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher certification at the 200 hour level.  Experienced teachers may consider this course as a way of reviewing and revitalizing their teaching and their practice.

The course includes

  • Two four-day Intensives 8/31-9/3 2018 and January 1/4-7 2019
  • Seven weekends between 9/14 and 12/14: 3pm Fridays–5pm Sundays
  • 9/14-15; 9/28-30; 10/12-14; 10/26-28; 11/9-11; 11/30-12/1; 12/14-16
  • One final weekend review 3/1-3 2019

The core curriculum will be taught between 8/31/18 and 1/7/19. Requirements, which include assisting and observing and a mentorship program, can be completed between registration for the program and 3/1/19. 


  • $3400 for 200 course hours. Early Bird $3200 if paid in full by June 9, 2018.
  • Fifty hours of class/workshop attendance and mentorship with RR or MP and selected approved colleagues, completed between 6/9/18 and 3/1/19 are paid for separately and as arranged. See Outline and Mentorship Page for more mentorship info.  

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