Do you want to take your yoga practice to the next level? Would you like to become a registered yoga teacher? Onsen for All Yoga School is enrolling students for its winter/spring session. The 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Immersion at Onsen for All offers students the opportunity to grow as a yoga practitioner while receiving the training required to become a Registered Yoga Teacher.

Topics covered include Yoga Philosophy & Lifestyle, Asana Practice & Teaching, Physical & Energetic Anatomy, Teaching Methodology, Business & Ethics for Yoga Teachers, Meditation & Breath Awareness, Applications of Yoga in the Modern World, and Introductions to Teaching Private Yoga, Prenatal Yoga & Yoga for Seniors. Onsen’s program meets the strict criteria for accreditation with the Yoga Alliance — the international organization that recognizes excellence in yoga instruction worldwide.

The program will be led by Brian Critchley and Denyse Thedinga, Onsen for All’s Yoga School directors. Critchley, who is also a massage therapist at Onsen, is a graduate of Princeton University. He has previously led the marketing department at McCarter Theater and published New Jersey Namaste News, a local yoga lifestyle publication. He is also an experienced licensed massage therapist with more than eight years in the field, and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) with more than 1,500 hours of yoga teaching experience.

“I’ve been strongly influenced by Anusara, Iyengar, and Kundalini yoga styles as presented by my teachers Tarra Madore and Donna Davidge,” says Critchley.

Thedinga, who is also a massage therapist and general manager at Onsen, is also an ERYT with more than 1,500 hours of teaching experience. Her style has been strongly influenced by the teachings of Tarra Madore and Seane Corne. She enjoys teaching rigorous vinyasa style, gentle restorative yoga, and everything in between.

The training is limited to only six to eight students per session in order to offer trainees an intimate setting in which to learn, ask questions, and make the personal adjustments necessary for a deeper yoga practice. Recent graduates have joined the staff of Onsen’s growing yoga studio and are also teaching at Princeton Healthcare System, Heart to Hearts Women’s Health Center, Center for Relaxation & Healing in Plainsboro, and at other local studios.

The winter/spring session will begin in January once the minimum enrollment of six students is reached and will run for five months. Classes meet two evenings per week from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and one full weekend per month. Students are also required to assistant teach under the supervision of the lead teachers for five hours during the program.

Interested candidates should E-mail Denyse Thedinga at to schedule an information interview and free introductory class or with any questions about the training program.

Onsen for All opened in October, 2009, in the renovated Jedediah Higgins House, just north of Kingston. It offers the opportunity to enjoy integrated health and wellness modalities including massage, Reiki, skin care, yoga, meditation, and nutrition education with some of the area’s most talented and respected practitioners. The spa also makes available its namesake Japanese “onsen” experience in the outdoor Zen Garden that features four cedar-lined hot soaking tubs and a wood-burning sauna.

Onsen For All, 4451 Route 27 at Raymond Road, Princeton. 609-924-4800. See display ad page 14.

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