East Meets West Yoga Center

Teacher Training

Max Strom’s 200 Hour Teacher Training & Empowerment Course

Yoga Alliance Approved

Module 1:   8/15/2014 – 8/23/2014  TIME: 11:30 am-8:00 pm

Inner Axis

 Health – Transformation -Empowerment

 200 hour Teacher Training and Empowerment Course with Max Strom & guest teacher, Jamie Elmer of Applied Anatomy for Yoga

The capacity for personal transformation is present in each of us, yet is often hidden beneath the surface, neglected by the demands and routine of our daily life. The Inner Axis training will teach you how to guide ordinary people through the experience of extraordinary transformation. This training with world-renowned teacher, speaker, and author Max Strom is designed to prepare you to teach his unique method of personal transformation, healing, and empowerment to people from all walks of life and levels of fitness. Whether or not your student has a stiff body or a rigid schedule, this course will help to ignite healing and transformation in your students and yourself. If you’re in a leadership position, or have the aim to become a teacher, or simply have the desire to enrich your knowledge and practice of Max Strom’s method, you will find this course inspiring, immediately useful and indispensable to your journey.

“It is my conviction that our exercise regime should be the embodying element of our highest ideal of life, or spirituality. Then it empowers you to achieve not only optimum health, but also happiness and meaning. Inner Axis, encompasses principles that integrate and harmonize the mind, emotions, and the body. It is a synthesis of Hatha Yoga and other disciplines, distilled for 19 years into a system of maximum impact.” ~ Max Strom


Segment One: August 15-23 2014

Segment Two: January 23-31 2015

Segment Three: April 10-17 2015

Times:  11:45 am – 8:00 pm  (includes 1 hour & 15 break for meal)

Course Description:

This program consists of three segments; two 9 day, and one 8 day segment, spaced over the period of 11 months. The training will be taught by Max Strom (20 days) and with Jamie Elmer teaching the Applied Anatomy portion of the training (6 days). This course will include some homework, including required reading and some exercises.

    The Three Pillars of Transformation: Mind, Body, Breath

    Breath-initiated movement; the prime mover

    Emotional Healing/ Internal Transformation

    Ethical Precepts for living and teaching

    Yoga posture alignment, strength, and stretching

    Qi Gong- listening and sensing

    Working with extremes: beginners, elders, and the hyper-flexible.

     You will learn four Inner Axis sequences
     Adjustments, techniques and common issues

    Skills for effective Universal Teaching and Leadership

    Enhancing your Communication Skills and Confidence

    Philosophy of Living

    Self-Study Focus and Meditation

    Earning one’s living as a teacher

    Applied Anatomy for Yoga, taught by Jamie Elmer

    Safety in the classroom, taught by Jamie Elmer



  1. Students wishing to enroll must have a passionate interest in Max Strom’s Method of personal transformation and a minimum of 2 years studying Hatha yoga. We reserve the right to decline your application if you do not meet these requirements. Please contact Dawn Curtis for more information if you are in doubt of meeting the criteria. dawn@eastmeetswestcenter.comYou must have practiced with Max before in a workshop or retreat or with his two DVDs regularly for two months prior to the commencement of the training.  (DVD’s are provided and part of the tuition.)
    You must have read both books by Max Strom “A Life Worth Breathing” and “There is No APP for Happiness” before participating in the training. (Books are provided and are part of the tuition.)

Enrollment Fee: 

Each module is priced at $1,333.00.   A $200.00 discount is applied to each module if paid at least 60 days in advance of the start date.    (For example:   Module 1:  $1,133.00 if paid by June 1, 2014)

Enrollment is limited and by permission only.

Payment plan is available with added 15% processing fee.

Your tuition covers teacher training handbook, all course handouts, 2 books by Max Strom, 2 DVD’s,  and all guest teacher fees. Class passes for yoga classes at the studio will be discounted to trainees at the rate of 10%.

Fee does not include travel, meals, or accommodations.


We do have references for two hotels within walking distance of the studio.

Hilton Garden Inn, Tysons Corner

8301 Boone Boulevard, Vienna, VA 22182

Phone: 703-760-9777

Homestead Suites Tysons Corner

8201 Old Courthouse Road

Vienna, VA 22182

To request an application for this program, contact Dawn Curtis, at dawn@eastmeetswestcenter.comeastmeetswestcenter.com/?teachertraining=200-hour-teacher-training-programs

About Max Strom:  

Max Strom is a teacher, speaker, author, and teacher trainer, and is known for profoundly inspiring and impacting the lives of his students for nearly two decades.  Many of you know him from his inspiring book, A Life Worth Breathing, which is now published in six languages, and his recent book, There is No APP for Happiness.  Max was the original founder and director of Sacred Movement Center for Yoga and Healing in Los Angeles, one of the most influential yoga centers in America. In 2006, the increasing demand for his work beyond Los Angeles caused him to take his message and method to 10 countries across the globe each year. His method includes a philosophy for real world living, self-enquiry, breath-work, yoga postures, and meditation. His teachings are a culmination of his life experience and decades of study and application.  As a result, Max Strom has become a new voice of personal transformation.  Among his recent speaking appearances were two TEDx events, and a keynote speech on ethics in business at a Fortune 500 Corporation. His articles and interviews have appeared in The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Utne Reader, Whole Living, Happinez (NL), Yoga Aktuell (DE), Yoga Journal (DE), Yoga Journal (USA), Yoga Journal (China), That’s Beijing, The Yoga Magazine (CH), YogaLife (UAE), and other printed, online media, and radio and television around the globe. As one of the most in-demand teachers of our time, Max has been the keynote speaker at the Inner Idea Conference, as well as many yoga conferences. He had co-led training, retreats, and workshops with the late yoga scholar, Georg Feuerstein, the head of the Sufi Order International, Pir Zia Inayat Khan, as well as yoga teachers, Shiva Rea, Eddie Modestini, Sarah Powers, Tias Little, and more.

You can see more of Max Strom’s work on his DVDs, Learn to Breathe, to heal yourself and your relationships, and Max Strom Yoga – Strength, Grace, Healing. Max is recognized by Yoga Alliance at their Advanced Teacher Level (ERYT 500), he has been leading teacher trainings since 1999.  www.maxstrom.com

About Jamie Elmer:

Jamie Elmer’s (E-RYT 500) life-long study of movement and the human body has taken her from dance, to Pilates, to yoga. Through ten years as a full-time yoga teacher, Jamie has grown her craft and developed a special style of teaching that focuses on safety, strength, and healing.  After teaching six years full-time at Exhale: Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA, Jamie now travels internationally to studios and retreat centers teaching workshops and Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings. She is known for development of the nationally renowned Applied Anatomy for Yoga which she has led within both Max Strom and Annie Carpenter’s trainings, and her signature workshop series; How to Teach Beginners. Jamie holds a BA from California Institute of the Arts, a Pilates Teacher Certification from Long Beach Dance Conditioning, a Yoga Teacher Certification with Max Strom, certification as a Walk Well Practitioner from Brourman Gait Therapy, and most recently a certification from Duke University in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors.  She has also completed yoga teacher trainings with Annie Carpenter, Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffmann, and Saul David Raye. www.jamieelmer.com