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Cheryl Chaffee, ERYT-500, in Baddha Parsvakonasana

Ashaya Deepening

36 Hour Yoga Intensive

Spring 2020

You are ready to take your yoga practice deeper- deeper into understanding, deeper into the alignment technique, and deeper into your heart.

The Ashaya Deepening Intensives are an in-depth experience of Ashaya Yoga®. They aren’t about doing crazy poses, they are about deepening your connection to the therapeutic and heart-opening power of yoga. Through 3 weekends of focused study and practice, you will learn so much more about the “how” and the “why” of the poses and the philosophy than could possibly be accomplished in a 90 minute yoga class. You will advance your practice from wherever it is now, and expand your insight into the Ashaya philosophy of Kashmir Shaiva Tantra. This full 36 hour program requires a deep commitment to yourself. Drop-ins or partial registrations are not allowed.

 If you are considering becoming a yoga teacher, Deepening will give you a great foundation to build on in yoga teacher training. But this program itself is not about teaching. There is no focus on teaching at all, only on learning and understanding.


Ashaya Deepening Intensive Includes:

  • Several yoga asana practices each weekend. Classes will focus on detailed alignment and will include basic anatomy. You will learn the 4 Essentials of Ashaya Yoga and how to bring them into any pose or practice

  • Yoga philosophy discussions. We will go deep into the Mahabhutas (the Great Elements). We will also touch on foundational concepts from yoga philosophy that are both empowering and heart-opening.

  • Simple instructions for meditation & pranayama (yoga breathing)

  • Personal reflection & integration time

  • A supportive community of fellow explorers on the yogic path


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2020 Dates:

April 17-19, May 1-3, May 15-17


Fridays, 6-9 pm

Saturdays, 1-5 pm

Sundays, 12-5 pm

(there will be snack breaks on Saturday and Sunday.)



Full 36 hour Deepening Intensive: $550

Early Commitment Discount: $100 off- register by March 15


  • Ashaya Yoga®: Align your Body, Awaken your Heart Manual by Todd Norian, founder of Ashaya Yoga® – $30 value.
  • If you complete the full 36 hour Intensive, and wish to enroll in the 200 hour Ashaya Yoga Teacher Training in the next year, you will receive a $150 discount off the TT.
  • $10 drop-in classes with Cheryl Chaffee at Garden of the Heart Yoga from April 15 through May 15.

Your Instructor:

Cheryl Chaffee (ERYT-500, YACEP) became dedicated to yoga in 2003 when she moved to the Sarasota, FL area and began taking classes  at the Garden of the Heart Yoga Center. She began teaching in 2005, became a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher in 2010, and bought Garden of the Heart Yoga in 2011. Cheryl now studies with her teacher Todd Norian, the founder of Ashaya Yoga, and has hundreds of hours of advanced teacher training and mentorship directly with Todd. Cheryl is a Licensed Ashaya Yoga Teacher Trainer, and teaches the 200 hour Ashaya Awakening Teacher Training programs as well as weekly public classes in Sarasota, FL.

photo of CherylCheryl loves the depth and intensity of Ashaya Yoga. She feels that the purpose of yoga is not to do the most difficult asanas, but is to go deeper into the understanding of the Self through the body, and connect to the Heart. Ashaya Yoga invites students to look at the places where yoga (and life) is challenging, and encourages everyone to connect to their own authenticity. Cheryl teaches authentically from her heart in order to help her students bring about their own transformation.



Does this qualify for CEUs for Yoga Alliance and/or Ashaya Yoga®?

YES! Cheryl is a Yoga Alliance approved continuing education provider (YACEP) and an Ashaya Yoga® continuing education provider. You will qualify for 36 hours of CEUs in these weekends.

What is the practice level? Can I come if I am new to yoga?

The yoga practices will be specifically designed to meet the level of the group. Yogis of all levels are welcome in the Intensive, but it is suggested that you have practiced yoga for 6 months or longer. Many variations on poses will be offered – from basic to more advanced. The emphasis will be more on the alignment than on the outer form of the pose. Contact Cheryl if you have questions.


What are the payment arrangements?

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot. The early bird rate is $450 for payment in full by March 1, 2020. Full payment after March 1 is $550. Full payment is required by April 7, 2020

Payment is refundable (minus $100 deposit) until April 7, 2020.  No refunds will be given after April 7.


Can I pay in full right away instead of paying a deposit?

YES! definitely.  Use the registration link below.


What if I need to miss part of the Intensive, do you give a discount?

We will miss you if you aren’t with us! No discount is given for missed time in the Deepening Intensives.


I still have questions, can we talk?

Absolutely! Please send an email to start the conversation. Cheryl is happy to answer questions over email or more directly over the phone or in person.


Where do I sign up?

Sign up online with your $100 deposit or payment in full using this link