Moksha Teacher Training & In-Depth Studies



Thank you for your interest in Moksha Yoga Center's 2011-12 Teacher Training & In-Depth Studies Program, hosted by Sunshine Yoga & Spa in Orland Park.  This program is one of the most respected in the region and the country.  This program is a foundation for the study of the ancient art and science of yoga rooted in its classical form. The fundamentals and key elements and techniques of asana, pranayama, and teaching skills will be explored. The program is designed to give you a wide variety of topics, class settings, and experiences. It involves classes with not only me, but also with a variety of local and national teachers. We are committed to giving you the best learning experience possible. We hope you will enjoy the program and find your life and practice transformed.


Daren Friesen is the founder and director of Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, the largest yoga studio in the Midwest with 3 locations, 40 teachers and thousands of students.  Daren has been an avid student of yoga since starting his practice in 1989 shortly after finishing college (USC) in Los Angeles.  Studying at YogaWorks, he was honored to study with so many great and inspiring teachers from all over.  Having moved to Chicago in 1995 due to a job transfer and not finding much of the vinyasa flow that he loved in L.A., he left his corporate life shortly thereafer to study yoga, practice, and travel.  Wanting to reach deeper into the roots of vinyasa, Daren traveled to India in 1998/1999 studying at the Astanga Yoga Research Institute (Laksmipuram) with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.  Now having traveled to India on 9 occasions and spending over 30 months in the country studying yoga, ayurveda, sanskrit, and sutras, Daren strives to impart the tristhana principles of vinyasa in a modern setting.

Kim Wilcox knows of yoga's power to change lives from personal experience. A difficult experience as a teenager sparked her spiritual journey and a long series of life's bumps and bruises eventually led her to yoga, to listen to her intuition, and to trust in the Universe's loving grace. Yoga has helped Kim to make a series of transformative decisions that have propelled her along a blissful and healing life path. She is therefore truly excited about yoga's potential to enhance the lives of her students. We need only to open our hearts and take the first step and the universe will recognize our honest effort and begin to give back to us in ways we never imagined.

Kim's asana training comes from a very broad range of international master yoga teachers who have all influenced her eclectic style -- a blend of longer holds in poses to let the breath do its healing magic, combined with a fun, flowing sequence. One of her early inspirational teaches was Ana Forrest, who taught her to be true to her authentic self and to follow her spirit without fear.

In 2002-03 Kim spent six months in Asia. She studied Thai Massage and meditation in Thailand.  Yoga asana, theory, philosophy and yoga therapy at both the Atman Vikasa in Mysore, India and the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India. Trekking through the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal, one of nature's most awe-inspiring miracles, also brought amazing insight to her life and to her teaching.  Most recently, the heart-opening beauty, and intelligent sequencing and alignment of Anusara Yoga have heavily influenced Kim's practice and teaching.

About the Course

Yoga History & Philosophy
Understanding Union, Relationships & Opposites
What is yoga? This ancient system of health and well-being, reveals a path to develop and expand our fullest potential in body, mind, and spirit. We will look at sources such as Indian culture, vedic history, and ancient manuscripts such as the yoga sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika which reveal the ancient classification of yoga. We will also study Patanjali eight-fold path known as ashtanga yoga forming the basis of classical yoga, known as yoga darshana.

Theory & Practice of Asana
Taking a Position of Steadiness and Comfort
The yoga sutras refer to asana as the integration of sthira (steadiness) and sukha (comfort). This important sutra will guide us as we look into the deeper aspects of asana, including alignment, adjustments, and variations. We will explore energetic techniques such as bandhas, dristi, kriyas, mudras, and chakras in order to expand our awareness and understanding of the subtle movement of prana through asana. Arranging our study of asana groups is in itself a unique sequence or vinyasa: sun salutations (surya namaskara), standing and balancing poses, abdominal strengtheners (hara), forward folds (paschimo) and backbends (purvo), twists (parivritta), inversions (viparita), and savasana.

Theory & Practice of Pranayama
Regulating The Current of Life-Force Energy
Conscious breathing requires sensitivity to properly direct life energy (prana), which makes all physical, mental, and spiritual life possible. It is the subtle thread that connects us with universal consciousness. Pranayama is a way of using the breath to receive, generate, distribute, and store this vital energy. We will explore Ujjayi (victory breath), nadi shodhanam (alternating nostril), kappalabhati (breath of fire), sitali (cooling breath), and viloma (against the grain).

Theory and Practice of Teaching
Conveying the Essence of Yoga
The art of teaching is a yoga in itself, requiring sensitivity, compassion, and practice. A teacher must encourage and inspire, being sensitive to the needs of both the individual and the group.

Experiential Learning
Finding Wisdom & Understanding Within
Understanding from within requires the student to not only expand inner awareness and trust of intuition, but also to gain practical experience in the art and science of yoga in a variety of situations and venues.

"I can't believe it’s almost over, it has already been an incredible journey for me.  You have taught me SO much and I have gained a much deeper appreciation, love and understanding of yoga.   You have somehow managed to take an incredible amount of information and made it simple to understand and easy to 'digest' - thank you.   The decision to leave my corporate job and enroll in this training is one of the best decisions I've ever made."  Shanti ~ Katie McKenna