Agni Moksha (fire of liberation) is a Yoga Alliance Registered 300 hour yoga teacher training program led by senior teachers Erica Taxin Bleznak, Julie Morse Pogachefsky, and Lori McAlister. Structured as a journey of self-study from the outside in, this advanced teacher training includes comprehensive Asana study, intelligent sequencing, a detailed and in-depth look at Pranayama, and personal self-inquiry work.

Guest teachers Brenda McMorrow and Yvette Om will lead a Bhakti Yoga weekend, including Mantra and harmonium instruction. Ben Fleischer, an acupuncturist who integrates his tools as a massage therapist, Reiki Healer, and Zero Balancer, will teach an “East meets West” approach to anatomy- combining his 15+ years of integrative practice.

September 21-23, 2018
Opening Ceremony Mini Retreat at Orenda Retreat Center in the Catskill Mountains of New York

October 19-21, 2018
Sequencology -The Art and Science of Intelligent Sequencing for the Annamaya Kosha

November 16-18, 2018
Tools and Techniques to Support Alignment and Depth in the Asana Practice

December 15-16, 2018
Advanced Hands-on Assists – When and How to Offer Support

January 18-20, 2019
Sequencology – The Art and Science of Intelligent Sequencing for the Pranamaya Kosha

February 23-24, 2019
East Meets West Yoga Anatomy with Guest Teacher Ben Fleisher, LAc, CZB

March 9-10, 2019
Pranayama & The Hatha Yoga Pradipika

April 12-14, 2019
Sequencology – The Art and Science of Creative Sequencing for the Manamaya Kosha

May 3-5, 2019
Examining the Psychology of Yoga with Attention to Trauma and Psychological Considerations

June 7-9, 2019
Discovering the teacher with “thru” self inquiry

September 13-15, 2019
The Bhakti Path of Yoga with Kirtan Artist and Yoga Philosophy Teachers Brenda McMorrow and Yvette Om

October 18-20, 2019
Yoga Sutras – The Meditations and The Magic

November 15-17, 2019
The Bhagavad Gita – A Road Map and Guiding Light for Your Practice

December 2019
Final Exams -Trainees will prepare and teach a 75 minute class.


Erica Taxin Bleznak (E-RYT 200, MSW) began her yoga practice in 1995 in the Ashtanga yoga tradition, after suffering an injury while training for a marathon. That injury, unbeknownst at the time, was a gift that led her to the path of Yoga. In 2005, Erica met her primary teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll and completed the Pranakriya Yoga Teacher Training. She has been teaching classes and private yoga for over 11 years, and is continually amazed at the transformative aspects of the Practice. Erica believes that with patience, awareness, breath, and sincerity each asana becomes an invitation to know who we truly are.

Erica is deeply grateful for her teachers who have always guided her back to herself-to find the answers within- and continue to support her on this incredible journey: Her primary teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll, Connie Beaudoin, Paul Hedderman and Adyashanti.

 Julie Pogachefsky (E-RYT 500) has been teaching yoga since 2001. Her first yoga teacher training was with Baron Baptiste. She received her 200 hour teaching certification from Corina Benner at Wake Up Yoga and her 300 hour Pranakriya teaching certification from Yoganand/Michael Carroll. Julie is also certified to teach Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga.

Julie has been studying the ancient yoga texts for over 15 years. She enjoys finding the every day usefulness within their sacred wisdom. Julie’s approach is to teach students yoga philosophy while actively engaging them in yoga postures, meditations, breath work and chanting. In her classes, Julie challenges your perceived physical and emotional limitations in order for you to find more space and freedom in all aspects of your life.

Lori McAlister (E-RYT 500, YACEP) has been teaching yoga since 2004, but her practice began almost a decade earlier in college where she studied modern dance and choreography. Her classes draw upon these 20 plus years of experience studying with everyone in New York City she could. Stand out teachers include Dharma Mitra, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Alan Finger, Cyndi Lee, Twee Merrigan, Coral Brown, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Kaustaub Desikachar, Schuyler Grant, Alex Auder, Nikki Villela, David Regellin, Allison West, Elena Brower and countless other vinyasa teacher colleagues. 

Having now taught all over the globe, Lori loves being a yoga educator. In 2012, Lori created Sequencology, a yoga teacher training that combines intelligent sequences along with subtle body support to effectively transport the practitioner into homeostasis. 

Lori’s classes focus on the power of breath, anatomical alignment, and subtle body energetic awareness. The combination of these elements can open a portal for self-healing by calming the central nervous system and resetting the rest and digest function.

Brenda McMorrow

Yvette Om

Ben Fleisher

Main Line Yoga Shala, Narberth, PA
Orenda Retreat Center in the Catskill Mountains of New York

Scholarship Deadline: May 5