Swallowtail Yoga Teacher Training

Swallowtail Yoga Teacher Training

an embodied practice
providing a deep understanding of yoga practice & teaching as well as
the experience & confidence to share what you know

No future trainings are planned at this time. Not accepting applications.

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The classes feel rich, personal, balanced and engaging.
I’m thrilled with this training.

Introduction and Philosophy

on the mat

Swallowtail Yoga emphasizes mindfulness, playfulness, breath, humor, and exploration — both psychophysical and spiritual.

Profoundly influenced by the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen & Body-Mind Centering®, Swallowtail Yoga offers an approach to yoga that is shaped by the subtle and deep practice of embodiment — the fullness of our cellular and tissue involvement.

We are part of the natural world. At its core, yoga invites us to the deeply felt experience of union. We are always in relationship — with the earth, the sky, ourselves and each other; yoga invites us to bring awareness to our experience. The Sanskrit root of the word yoga means union; at root, we are not separate; we are a part of each other.

Swallowtail Yoga is informed by principles of classical yoga, developmental movement, and the physical contents & energetic pathways of the body-mind. We focus on our internal experience, rather than our ability to complete an external form.

The training is based on several premises:

Yoga is a deeply felt experience. It does not matter what you can do. What matters is the attention that you bring to what you do. Every posture has a first step. As students, we deepen in our experience and practice of each asana. As teachers, we support others to do the same.

Prerequisites for teacher trainees:
Two years’ consistent practice of yoga, familiarity with commonly taught yoga asanas, stated desire to deepen her/his own practice

I am in the process of integrating the material into my practice and teaching.
I realize that I am on a life long journey of self-discovery.

Yoga Teacher Training

Fridays 6:00–9:00pm
Saturdays 1:00–4:00pm, 5:00–8:00pm
Sundays 12:00–5:00pm


In addition, a minimum of 50 classes, weekly if possible, with Elaine, at an additional cost. Please note that these classes are not included in SYTT tuition. Classes at her home and at Hobbs will be discounted.

One or two evening sessions in July/August also is required.

Schedule subject to change.

Structure Of The Program

Friday evenings are comprised of asana, pranayama, yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics. On Saturdays, the focus will be on your own personal practice — direct experience of integrated embodiment. We will learn the anatomy and breakdown the postures. On Sundays, we explore how the material can be shared with others. Practice teaching to peers & community gives you the opportunity to receive constructive feedback in a supportive setting and to gain confidence.

Primary Teacher

Elaine Wintman, E-500 RYT, is a long-time teacher and creative spirit. For many years a visual artist and writer, she has taught budget writing to artists for the City of Los Angeles as well as visual art to students from 3 to 93 (including five years with adolescents in the public schools). She has a way of making complex ideas under­standable and fun.

A practitioner since 1973, Elaine has been teaching yoga full time since 1994. She loves practicing and teaching in equal measure. Both are creative processes. Read more about her.

The more I teach, the more I have come to appreciate the training I received at Swallowtail Yoga.


The 250-hour training (184 contact hours) includes:


Elaine with students


Experiential Anatomy & Movement Principles



Yoga Philosophy And Lifestyle

Special Topics*

*Elaine and guest teachers will offer training in these and/or other topics, depending on the interests of the students.

Swallowtail Yoga Teacher Training is a comprehensive Yoga Alliance Registered Training School at the 200-hour level. This training offers you the opportunity to explore your personal yoga practice as well as to develop the skills to transmit what you know. Read more of what people have to say about it.

Questions? Email Elaine at elaine@elainewintman.com or call her at 781.367.1181