Yoga College of California
YOGA COLLEGE of CALIFORNIA: MISSION & STRUCTURE
(A Yoga Health Center Affiliate)
YCC’s Overarching Mission
The overarching mission of YCC is threefold: 1) to conduct world-class yoga/meditation teacher trainings that are Yoga Alliance (YA) approved, 2) to offer continuing education courses that are required for YA registered yoga teachers (RYTs) to renew their registration/s, and 3) to provide personal development courses to the general community.
For the purposes of organizational and curricular articulation, YCC is composed of three schools. These three schools are different and similar; each school has a unique mission and each school’s mission is closely interconnected with the mission of the other two schools. The three YCC schools are:
1) The School of Embodiment
2) The School of Enlightenment
3) The Integrative School* of Yoga/Meditation Studies and Practices
(*Note: The Integrative School of Yoga/Meditation Studies and Practices combines courses from the School of Embodiment and the School of Enlightenment since Yoga is a complete, unified, and integrated system of living holistically, with specific practices that develop body, mind, will, and spirit reciprocally.)
Brad Nitschneider, Program Director of the Yoga College of California
EdD, MA, MY, BA, E-RYT® 500, YACEP®
Brad has a doctorate (EdD) in educational leadership and management, a masters (MA) in counseling psychology (specializing in yoga as a treatment for mental health issues), and a BA in behavioral science (a blend of individual psychology and social anthropology). Brad has also earned certifications as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner, an Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness advisor, a Yoga Siromani and Yoga Acharya (Master of Yoga, MY, in the Sivananda yoga lineage), and a Feng Shui consultant.
Through Yoga Alliance, Brad is registered to provide yoga teacher trainings and continuing education courses (E-RYT® 500, YACEP®). He also holds a current California multiple subject teaching credential which qualifies him to teach any subject to students in pre-school to the adult level. For the past 35+ years, Brad has taught a wide variety of subjects and led workshops with students in the age range of 3 to 75 in California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Minnesota, Florida, and China (Beijing and Changchun). 哇塞 (wāsāi)! Brad led his first workshop in Big Sur, California in 1983 on the topic of spiritual self-discovery. Very groovy.
Brad began his yoga practice (Bikram) in 1979 and his meditation practice (Zen) in 1983. Brad has passionately practiced and taught over 20 different styles of meditation and yoga for over four decades in 40 different countries and all 50 states. His most recent integrative yoga/meditation practice is bringing sound healing meditation into his mindfulness classes and yin yoga classes.
Just for fun, Brad enjoys writing and presenting ideas playfully and formally. He has written five math books for children. His academic and scholarly writing has been published in professional journals and his poetry presented in university publications and spoken word poetry slams. He is also an award-winning essayist. Brad has appeared on television as a conflict resolution specialist, on HGTV for his gardening work, and was featured in an educational DVD about Tantric Yoga.