Prana Flow Yoga Summer Institute


Explore the roots and evolution of a flow-based practice and teacher training that integrates dance and art with the universal applications of yoga...


Deepen your personal practice, immerse in the Los Angeles community and embark on the teaching path in UCLA Summer Institute's Prana Flow®: Energetic Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, offered by the world-renowned UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Our month-long, 200-hour, Yoga Alliance approved, summer intensive will prepare you to teach Prana Flow® yoga created by Shiva Rea from a somatic perspective. Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn two units of UCLA credit and receive your Prana Flow® yoga certificate, allowing you to register with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level as a Registered Yoga Teacher. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, or professional, without serious injury and a regular yoga practice for at least two years, you are encouraged to apply.


For a taste of Prana Flow® yoga and the teacher training experience join program director, Carson Efird, for a Free Yoga Friday Class and Info Session from 12-1pm, in Glorya Kaufman Hall studio 1000 on the UCLA campus the following dates: January 17, February 7, March 7, April 11, May 2 & May 30, 2014. Email with questions.


Prana Flow® is an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga cultivated by Shiva Rea and the Global Vinyasa Collective of Teachers. Students of all levels are empowered to experience Prana - the universal source of breath, life-energy and conscious intelligence - as the navigating source of yoga practice and vital living. Practitioners learn classical and innovative approaches to Vinyasa yoga and the state of flow drawn from Krishnamacharya's teachings, Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Somatics and Shiva's teaching experience from the last twenty years.


Through this teacher training intensive you will serve your personal evolution as a student and teacher of yoga by:

  • Understanding the roots of Hatha yoga in the Krishnamacharya lineage from a Tantric perspective through sacred readings and physical embodiment
  • Observing the relationship between yourself, the microcosm, and the universal, the macrocosm
  • Bridging the gap between your yoga on the mat and in your life through seva, service, in action
  • Expanding the horizons of your body and mind by deepening your asana, pranayama and meditation practice from a holistic approach
  • Cultivating a personal connection to your Living Yoga Sadhana as the source of your transformational living and teaching
  • Teaching eleven traditional and evolutionary namaskars to serve the over arcing flow of your classes
  • Sequencing intelligent, full-spectrum Prana Flow® classes that naturally unfold through Wave Sequencing, Vinyasa krama, a peak asana, and bhava (feeling state)
  • Developing the ability to see energetic alignment within the embodiment of the asanas and the ability to serve your students through effective hands-on enhancements
  • Learning basic Sanskrit to honor the source of yoga in your languaging
  • Serving the maha Flow of life by unifying and integrating your personal evolution in all ways, gracefully embodying the essence of play, Lila
  • Immersing yourself in the historical and vibrant yoga culture of Los Angeles


Enrollment in the program is by instructor consent. At registration applicants will be asked to answer the following essay questions to determine if this is the appropriate program for you at this time:

  • What is your intention in applying to the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at UCLA Prana Flow Yoga Summer Institute? To dive deeper into your personal yoga practice? To teach? Both? Please elaborate.
  • What attracts you to Prana Flow®: Energetic Vinyasa created by Shiva Rea in particular?
  • Please describe your previous yoga experience up to the present (how you began, how long you have been practicing, where, with whom, what styles etc.).
  • Do you foresee any challenges in your life that might prevent you from fully participating in this intensive teacher training (schedule, injuries, health concerns, trauma etc.)? If so, how to you plan to accommodate this rigorous program into your life healthfully and holistically?
  • Who is your current yoga teacher? Please list her/his contact information as a reference.


Applicants will receive notification, if approved by the instructor, by April 24, 2014. Space is limited for this teacher training; therefore, applying by April 17, 2014 is highly recommended for priority consideration. If space remains, applications will continue to be accepted on a first-come, first serve basis until the training is filled. Please remember that even after you have been approved, official enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Registration is conveniently done online here. In order to guarantee a spot in the program, a valid payment of the non-refundable deposit ($400 for international students; $150 for all others) is required if registering prior to the May 1 payment deadline. After the payment deadline, a full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required for registration. Registration is not complete until the required payment is made. Those who are not prepared to pay can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account. If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

Already submitted the registration form but need to make a change or complete registration? You can easily retrieve your registration by clicking here. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Changes that can be updated or made using the retrieve form include:

  • Paying non-refundable deposit
  • Uploading required documents
  • Adding a second program
  • Switching programs
  • Dropping a current program


The UCLA Student Code of Conduct has been developed to maintain a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus community that engages students in order to foster their academic success, personal growth and responsible citizenship. Therefore you are expected to conduct yourself in a manner which demonstrates respect for yourself, your fellow Summer Sessions students, UCLA's faculty members, and members of the local community. Behavior governed by the UCLA Student Code of Conduct includes academic honesty, treatment of others, health and safety, use of resources, and use of alcohol and controlled substances. UCLA’s reputation for academic excellence and institutional integrity is among the most valued assets; as such, academic integrity is of paramount importance and UCLA does all within its power to maintain its standards.


During the summer, matriculated UCLA students and visiting students alike are members of our diverse and inclusive True Bruin community. For more information on the student code of conduct, please visit the Dean of Students' website.


JULY 11 - AUGUST 10 , 2014


FEBRUARY 1: Registration opens HERE

MARCH 2: FAFSA deadline for current UCLA students

APRIL 1: Financial Aid Application available for current UCLA students

APRIL 30: Financial Aid Application due for priority consideration, current UCLA students only

MAY 1: Payment deadline 

JUNE 1: Refund deadline

JULY 11: Program starts

AUGUST 10: Program ends