The 4 Pillars of Freedom Yoga Teacher and Personal Development Program begins NOW!


Your team:


  • Program Developer & Main Presenter Roman Szpond
  • Dharma Discussion / Co-Presenter Lauren Star
  • Art of Assisting with Michael Kistoglou
  • Synthesis of Systems with Charles Michael Barone
  • Anatomy with Dr. Michelle Star

"I just wanted to take a moment to truly thank you for the experience you've provided thus far. Your assistance has guided me to a different place than what I expected...and I'm loving every moment of it." -Nicole (Graduate of The 4 Pillars of Freedom Teacher and Personal Development Program)



The Fall 2014 4 Pillars of Freedom Teacher Training


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September 19th-21st

September 26th-28th


October 10th-12th

October 24th-26th


November 7th-9th

November 21st-23rd


December 5th-7th

December 12th-14th





"No matter the age or gender or life experience - the need...the desire...the drive to connect is a powerful one. To connect to one another. To belong. To be unconditionally held and loved and be celebrated for no one other than who we are. To have a safe place in which to rest." click here to read more about a graduate's experience.


Prior to calling this event a 'teacher training', I wanted to call it a personal development program. I decided to go with 'teacher training' and need to bring some more clarity to what this training really is. The truth is, yes we will be learning how to put together a Real, Powerful, Yoga class and yes, you will understand at a very deep level the process you've fallen so deeply in love with, but the essence of this training is a spiritual, mental, physical, energetic and personal development of who we are.


Whatever you do in life, you bring YOU with you. You bring YOU with you to work, to your family and to your relationships. Although continuing to develop your specific skills in your industry is useful, continuing to develop personally will be vital, especially if you plan to be a yoga teacher. Below is what I call the 'leadership syntax' and will be taught in our 4 Pillars of Freedom training:

  • Leadership Begins with yourself. Be able to understand yourself through the practice of yoga at such a level that you can transform how you feel in any context. Be able to identify your emotional energy, understand how to transform it and take action to change it. The context, situation or environment that used to throw you off is now one of the most comfortable and no longer makes you want to 'fight or fly' from it.
  • Learn the appropriate skills, vocabulary, techniques and strategies to teach another person how to do what you've mastered.
  • Evolve into leading larger groups of students and eventually have the students you've lead now go on to lead others.


The good news about the above 'syntax' is you can abide at any of the levels that feel comfortable for you. What I mean by that is, any personal journey will always begin with developing an understanding of yourself. If leading others is not in your path then you have the free will to simply absorb the material for you! On the other hand, especially if you're going to take your yoga training to the next level, you will have the skills necessary to lead others.


According to Abraham Maslow, we all have the deep human need to grow and to contribute what we've discovered during our growth! Teaching yoga classes can be incredibly fulfilling and meet this need at a very deep level!

After launching our 4 Pillars of Freedom Training, a vast majority of participants expressed an overwhelming 'fear' around taking this very important step in their lives and enrolling in this program. I am proud of all who, in spite of this fear, choose to be courageous and enroll. Perhaps you're reading this again and feel that it is the time to join our group? If so, look forward to meeting you!


If you are reading this, you are very interested in enrolling in our 4 Pillars of Freedom Training and I honor that. If you're anything like most of us, fear will come up when we take a leap into the unknown. You're not alone! Fear is a part of life. During the EMOTION Pillar of your training you will learn not only about the emotion of fear but the wide pallet of emotions and specific skills to understand and manage this aspect of who we are.


Many years ago, my dear friend Sara taught me what fear really means. She said that fear was an acronym.


False Expectations Appearing Real


This acronym stuck with me and has made a huge impact on my perspective of fear. Honestly, how many times has the boogie man actually come out of the closet? How many times has the shadow in the corner actually come to life and strangle us? I hope your following the analogy. When we're honest with ourselves, how many times have our FEARS really been substantiated? WELL, it's because they are false expectations APPEARING real. Fear is a part of life and unless we're able to understand our fears, put them into perspective and actually use them to serve us, we'll continually be inhibited and controlled by them.


John Mayer sings, "Fears are our friends that are misunderstood," Dr. Freud stated that through his psycho-dynamic work one looses the "Fear of Fear."

In actuality, if you're simply fearful of the program it's because you have an expectation that is false and it's appearing so real that it's inhibiting you from taking action. I understand logistically this program may not be possible. I understand there is a monetary cost and will require your time. But if you're simply FEARFUL please take action and join us for the 4 Pillars of Freedom. We take the time to meet with you or speak on the phone with you to help you decide if this training is for you. Emails us directly to set up your free hour long one on one session or phone consultation.


All that's necessary is $500 non refundable deposit to ensure your spot, receive the reading list, questionnaire and be enrolled! Inner Strength is constantly looking for talented, inspirational teachers to be a part of our growing team. The 4 Pillars of Freedom Teacher Training will be an excellent opportunity for us to coach, hone and sculpt you if leading classes at Inner Strength Studios is a next step on your journey.

I look forward to having you enroll in our program.

With my palms together,



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During the training, the aspects of Tantra we will cover are:

-Sankhya Philosophy.
-Yoga Sutra.

-Hatha Yoga.





-Functional anatomy and Kinesiology.

-How to do asana safely.



-Deepening the posture.

-Back arcs, Laterals, twists, forward bends, inversions, arm balances, (essentially all the -categories of postures).


-Pranayama. (breath work)

-Sequencing and creative sequencing.

-Flow, pace and power and heat.

-How to use music effectively in your class.

-Business aspects.

-Yoga cross training.



-Using your practice to bring clarity to the liquid emotional body.

-Learn about where your center of gravity emotionally is.

-Discover that you have the power to create positive emotions and destroy negative ones.

-Intention, focus, passion and self discipline.



With the experience, love and support of your 4 Pillars to Freedom Teacher Training, your life will make a significant change! There is an old adage that says, "If not now then when?" I often times say in class, "Do it now! There is no promise for tomorrow but there is absolute certainty of this moment." If it's in your heart, follow it! Do it now.



Whether you're looking for personal development and growth and never want to teach a yoga class in your life or just to deepen your understanding of Yoga, this program is for you.  Perhaps you desire to enter into the yoga industry as a Certified Vinyasa 200 HR Yoga Alliance teacher. If so, this program is for you.  Maybe you've taken a teacher training before, but felt like something was missing. This program will help you integrate what you've learned into something much deeper, impactful and more meaningful.


Your investment in this program will:

  • Show you where confidence comes from
  • Connect you to like minded people
  • Deepen your yoga practice
  • Give you the skills necessary to excel in a competitive yoga industry
  • And much more. 

"The truth is, students these days are sophisticated and are well practiced.  In order to meet the needs of the ever evolving  practitioner you must stay on top of the cutting edge technology of the growing yoga industry.  For nearly two decades I've researched and studied this subject matter.  Let me bring you behind the curtain and show you exactly where the yoga industry came from, where it currently is and where it's going.  By enrolling in the 4 Pillars to Freedom Teacher Training  you will be inspired, educated and empowered to lead others into their greatness"  - Roman Szpond


Realize your potential, help others realize theirs...


More than a teacher training, this 200-hour Yoga Alliance development program will engage in expertly taught lessons designed and led by Inner Strength Studios' founder Roman Szpond and his Senior Teacher, Lauren Star.  With more than 25 years of combined teaching experience they will educate the participant on what they call the "Four Pillars".


 • Emotional and heartfelt intentionality on and off the mat

 • Aligning mind with body, body with earth and self with what lies beyond

 • Powerful and transformative sequencing, breath work, concentration and flow

 • Study of spiritual, traditional, and ancient scripture and wisdom


"Knowledge isn't power, applying your knowledge is where the power lies." - Roman Szpond


With an emphasis on utilization and application, chosen, qualified, graduates of the program will lead Inner Strength Studio's Community Classes while being mentored and coached by Roman and Lauren in order to sharpen and polish their teaching skills.  Community classes will be open to the public for a reduced rate. 


Below is a rough timeline.  We will allow for breaks, lunch, snacks throughout the trainings. 

Friday nights 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday's 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Sunday's 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


All that's necessary to receive our logistics, questionnaire and reading list confirmation email is a non-refundable deposit of $500.



Tuition information: Receive early bird pricing of $2,400 for registering on or before August 31st, Price after will be $2,700. Final tuition payment due by September 10th 2014.  All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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