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Rick Hansen



Loyola Marymount University Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program

I am so honored to have been entrusted by my teacher, Dr. Christopher Chapple, to bring this program, which explores many of the major philosophical traditions of yoga, to Orange County.


Please see (or the LMU tab on this website) for more details on the program. It is possible to take the classes just for personal enrichment, or you may choose to complete the whole certificate program.


LMU Haṭha Pradīpikā Extension Course

March 1-April 5, 2017, 1-3 p.m.

Classes held at Be The Change Yoga in Irvine


Have you ever wondered about the origins of the yoga we practice today? What was the original intent of this ancient tradition, and what did the early practices look like?


In this Loyola Marymount University Yoga Philosophy Extension Class (held here in Irvine at Be The Change Yoga) we will be examining these topics as put forth by Swami Svatmarama in the 15th century. An important text for any teacher or serious student of yoga, the Haṭha Pradīpikā lays forth descriptions of early asana practices as well as means of manipulating energy throughout the body and describing esoteric meditative techniques such as nāda yoga.


The course can be taken for personal enrichment or can be taken for credit towards the Certificate Program. $195 (10 hours). Class dates are March 1, 15, 22, 29 and April 5.


Taught by Erika Burkhalter, MA Yoga Studies, MS Neuropsychology, YACEP (can be taken for continuing education credit).

Required text Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā by Swami Mutibodhananda (Bihar school).


Deeper than Asana Teacher Training

My dear friend, Rebecca Fink, will be leading a 200-hour (Yoga Alliance-certified) training again this spring, and I will be teaching the philosophy, vinyasa sequencing, and vinyasa building blocks segments of the program. We have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind 200-hour teacher training program.  Taking the best of what we know, we have crafted a unique program, rich with philosophical traditions, detailed information on anatomy, sequencing technique and adjustments, and Ayurveda fundamentals (taught by Kayla Freudenberg).  The next session begins January, 2017.  If you would like to be included, or to receive information on the program, please see Rebecca’s (lead trainer) website: or e-mail either of us.


India Retreat December 28th, 2016 - January 12, 2017


We will be undertaking another Indian Adventure this fall.  Our voyage will begin in Delhi, take us to the Golden temple in Amritsar, the holy Ganges in Varanasi, Sarnath (where Buddha gave his first lecture), the Taj Mahal, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Jaipur, the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, and will end with a backwaters overnight cruise in Kerala.  See the retreat page for details.


Vinyasa Building Blocks

February 18, 2017, 11:30-3:30, Sender One Climbing and Yoga

In this workshop, we will be working with some functional anatomical exercises to break down some of the transitions and poses (which don't often get discussed) that we do so often in vinyasa classes, such as chatarunga, using the legs and core effectively when transitioning from chataranga to up dog (and how to not flip-flop those feet!), and backbend basics in up dog. We will then translate some of these techniques to more advanced poses such as pincha myurasana and handstand, and a variety of backbends.


Sedona Yoga Festival 2017

March 9-12




Shakti Fest 2017

May 11-15

The grand gathering of yogis and kirtan artists

will converge once again in Joshua Tree, and I

am honored to be teaching again.


Yoga Works 300-hr Teacher Training

Fall 2017

Next fall, I will be mentoring once again (I have taken a break from this for a couple of years, but will be diving back in next fall) for the Professional Program.  If you are interested in mentoring with me, let me know.  I will be taking 8 students. This tends to fill up quickly.  I will also be teaching portions of the newly-designed program (details to come—change is afoot!).




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