In 2017 Santa Cruz Yoga will be offering TWO amazing ways for you to grow your practice with Erika Abrahamian.

Tip of The Iceberg: A Beginner's Guide to Yoga


Vinyasa Yoga Intensive


Tip of The Iceberg: A Beginner's Guide to Yoga

Program Overview:
Interested in starting a yoga practice but don’t know where to begin? Been practicing for a while and would like a chance to dive deeper, and clarify a few concepts you have heard about in classes? Join Erika Abrahamian for a month long workshop series, as she lays the foundation to starting and growing your yoga practice in a step by step, progressive manner. Think of this series as the ABC’s of a flow-based practice: breath, alignment, modifications, and individualizing your practice in a group setting. In this workshop, you will get an overview of yoga philosophy and a brief modern history of the practice; you will learn common breathing techniques and other key elements in a vinyasa-based practice, and learn helpful alignment of basic postures and transitions. There will be ample time for discussion and questions, in a small group setting.

This workshop is appropriate for absolute beginners who are interested in starting a vinyasa-based practice.

What your students can expect to learn:
The workshop will empower the students who may otherwise feel intimidated in a yoga class, and will in turn, help their practice grow. By becoming more informed about the practice, the students will feel more invested in it and be more open to the transformation that awaits them with a regular yoga practice.

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Vinyasa Yoga Intensive

This is a 100-hr Vinyasa Student Training module that can be taken as a standalone course of study for dedicated students, or, as continuing education for current teachers looking to deepen their understanding of practice and methodology. The program will be based on the principles of vinyasa and modern postural practices that come from the Krishnamacharya lineage, and will span 6 months of intensive study with Santa Cruz Yoga teacher Erika Abrahamian.
The 100-hr module will include intensive sessions on methodology, anatomy and physiology, philosophy, assisting and adjustments, intelligent use of props and modifications, yoga psychology, meditation, pranayama, practice and technique. Inherent in the program is a solid foundation in asana practice, and a willingness to explore the non-physical aspects of Yoga. There will be explorations into the nature of practice as a creative act, and its implications for the whole person. The small group setting, semi-private sessions, personal writing assignments, and the one-on-one meetings will serve to highlight and cultivate the student-teacher relationship.


  • At least one year of consistent, flow-based practice
  • A practice that consists of at least 2 classes a week with Erika at Santa Cruz Yoga (96+ hrs of practice time)
  • One weekend a month, March-August (60 hrs)
  • Readings, monthly writings (20+ hrs)
  • Three one-on-one meetings with Erika (3 hrs)
  • Three semi-private practices, dates TBD (6 hrs)

Cost: $1700

No refunds after Feb 1st 2017.  


March 11-12
April 22-23
May 13 -14
June 10-11
July 15-16
August 12-13

Saturdays: 1:30-6:30
Sundays: 1:30-6:30

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Erika Abrhamian

Has been teaching at Santa Cruz Yoga since 2011. In that time she has also started and directed two successful Ashtanga programs in the area. She has studied with Richard Freeman, Chuck Miller, David Garrigues, and Mark Stephens. She sees the potential in modern asana practice as a holistic, therapeutic, and transformational modality, and teaches in a way that facilitates growth, independence, and play. In her intensives and her own practice, she explores the intersection of yoga, psychology, and buddhism.