Cultivate awareness in yourself first so that you can facilitate an experience of transformation for your students.
Format – Two 12-day residential intensives.
Awakening awareness inside
Teaching as a path to learning
Meditation in Asana
Yoga class as ceremony
Use of music to create sacred space
8 limbs of Yoga
“No one can say exactly what makes a yoga class great, but we might agree that it’s a combination of skilled asana sequencing and breathwork. Clear instructions. A pace that is comfortable for a wide range of levels, and a teacher who holds the space with sincerely and integrity. This last bit is crucial. Students need to feel safe to go inside themselves and inquire, have their own experience. Teachers can facilitate this process by being honest and taking time to connect with students, not just bark cues.” – from Poems for Yoga Class by Lee Gjelsvik
Yoga Teacher Training: Destination Within!
This 200 hour yoga teacher training will immerse you in the study and practice of yoga as well as give you the tools to lead others into the experience of yoga.
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga means “to join” or “unity.”
“to tie the strands of the mind together”
“to attain what was previously unattainable”
“acting in such a way that all of our attention is directed towards the activity in which we are engaged”
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO TEACH YOGA?
Teaching is not about saying spiritually inspirational or profound things in your classes. It’s not about appearing smart or yogi-like. It’s not even about leading your students through a well balanced physical practice, although if you’re a good teacher, all of those things will probably happen in your classes. Teaching yoga is about creating a sacred space in your classroom and in your heart in order to be able to facilitate the experience of “yoga” in your students. While ultimately this experience of yoga is unitive consciousness or dharana “meditative awareness,” for beginning students it may simply mean being aware of their body and breath while they practice asana, or yoga poses.
Teaching yoga also means being aware of your body and your students’ bodies in the most detailed way possible — first and foremost to keep them safe, and secondly to help them progress in the poses. In today’s modern world many people come to yoga to get a workout or to heal their body and these are good reasons to practice yoga. AND as yoga teachers we want to always be ready for that moment when awareness dawns and use guiding language (or know enough to leave them alone) to always hint that our self is not a mind, a body, and a heart, all separate. We are a mind-body-heart, a being from which you cannot separate each part.
As a teacher, always know that when you are helping a student get into a deeper backbend and open their heart, there is always an emotional/spiritual correlate happening at the same time.
You can view a list of suggested and required books here: Amazon Book List
What you will practice:
Sadhana (spiritual practice)
A vigorous and well-rounded, meditative yoga class daily
*Plus unlimited yoga at our studio for the duration of the program*
Pranayama to unite body and breath
Restorative yoga to invite peace
Meditation daily to tone the mind
Teaching and verbal skills
What you will learn & study:
How to teach a well-rounded, meditative yet vigorous yoga class
Flowing vinyasa style (primarily)
non vinyasa 0r long-holds style (secondarily)
Introduction to how to teach beginners and other special populations though Kramas (stages or levels)
How to sequence for safety and progress
How to design a class theme
Yoga class as ceremony
How to create sacred space
How to integrate spirituality & profound thoughts without sounding cheesy
Find your authentic voice and speak with it
How to develop and sustain a home practice
8 limbs of yoga
History of yoga
Anatomy & Physiology of the physical body
Energetic anatomy & chakras
Interactive Facebook Group!
Get exclusive access to our private Facebook group where you can interact with your fellow students and teachers between modules. Ask questions, share your experience, get support and build community
You can view a list of suggested books here: Amazon Book List – Please note this list will be updated by January with more accuracy for our curriculum.
What you will need for the first module:
- Paper and writing instrument
- audio recorder (optional for the first module but will be required later in the class)
- 1″ or bigger 3 ring binder
- divider tabs for binder
- Facebook account for interaction and discussion between modules
During the time between your attendance at part 1 and part 2 you will be required to practice teach, establish a home practice, keep a practice journal, and do some reading. Please plan to give daily attention to Yoga during your 7 month break.