What style of yoga is taught in the yoga teacher training program?
Hatha Yoga – gentle yoga – combined with Meditation and Ayurveda makes the program therapeutic. The intensity of a yoga practice can range from gentle to extremely strong. Our teachings align with Yoga Alliance’s explanation that “gentle yoga can be as dynamic as some of the more vibrant styles, yet is gentle on the body. Classes are often multi-level and do not assume prior yoga experience. They include breathing techniques, warm-ups and basic postures to increase mind-body connection, self-awareness and self-confidence.”
What is unique here is that emphasis is placed on a neurological approach for deeper changes. When an individual learns to focus on his visceral experience, what develops is greater self-control. Internal habitual tensions can be detected, reduced, and eliminated avoiding poor postural habits, and generally accepted aches and pains falsely attributed to aging.
In addition a graduate from this yoga teacher training program will be able to select and arrange yoga techniques in a way that the yoga classes fulfill a particular aim. For example, the teacher decides on “Calming the Mind with Movement” as the theme of the class. The teacher can choose an inspirational poem, mudra, pranayama, relaxation, meditation and affirmation; and decide how the class and series will flow. Ultimately, it is more about what the learner learns than what the teacher teaches.
Graduates also learn to select language and techniques that increase ease and well-being. Those facing physical and mental health challenges experience that this approach helps reduce symptoms, increase vitality and improve attitude.
What is unique about this program?
- Somatics: the brain muscle connection. Participants practice awareness of internal sensations for release of chronic muscular tensions and imbalances.
- Energetic: In a simulation exercise, participants experience a range of mental and physical energetic states – for e.g. from heaviness to clarity – and develop sensitivity to the uniqueness of individual experiences.
- Mind training: Move your Mood (MYM) with yoga. Move not only your body; learn to move your mood as well. Essential life skill; integral to yoga.
- Design-down curriculum: We ask teachers to clarify what they want learners to know, do, and understand. And how will they know the outcome was achieved. These answers guide the design of the curriculum and the instructor’s delivery. It increases engagement of both teacher and learner.
What’s the difference between the 200 hour basic training and the 300 hour advanced training?
The 200 basic training prepares the individual to formulate a yoga program for group classes by learning to structure each class in a holistic way, and build on previous classes to create a safe, effective series. Graduates develop an appreciation for the uniqueness of each individual while teaching the group, and is cognizant of varying language and movement patterns to address individual imbalances. Graduates are able to teach individual classes, and offer simple yoga meditation and Ayurvedic techniques as a way to improve health.
The 300 hour advanced yoga training examines the deeper causes of wellness and illness, explores the subtleties of proper and improper movement, breathing, and attitudes both while practicing yoga and meditation formally and in day-to-day living. Working one-on-one yoga teachers are able to intelligently select, adapt, and modify yoga postures, breathing, meditation, diet and other yoga and Ayurvedic techniques to address the whole person.
How much time is required for home study in the 200 hour program?
Some find 4 hours a month adequate. There are 3 parts to the home study: reading and answering at least 2 questions, journaling, practice and practice teaching.
Reading – How quickly you integrate the material and answer questions will depend on how familiar you are with the Eastern philosophy, sanskrit words, anatomy and physiology.
Journal – What prepares you to be an effective yoga teacher is your own personal experience, and journey of transformation as a student of yoga. Writing facilitates understanding and integration.
Practice – The foundation of yoga is practice, patience, persistence. As you begin to appreciate the value of a daily practice, creating practice time and/or integrating yoga into your life become part of your flow. In addition, practice teaching to family and friends during the training provides a great start on your teaching path.
The final project requires minimum of 10 hours.
I have just discovered yoga and got so much benefit that I want to share it with others. Am I qualified to take the training?
You must know the basics of yoga before you can train to be a teacher in the 200 hour program. We recommend 6 months yoga practice for the longer program, and one year for the fast track program. With just the minimum recommended time, in order to keep up you must commit to studying and practising consistently. One concern of some trainees is learning the names of the poses. While in training, you will learn the names of the poses and how to perform the pose correctly and with modifications.
Must I have a yoga teacher certificate or be a health or healing arts practitioner to take the advanced 300 hour yoga training?
People come to the training for a wide variety of reasons, for example – to enhance their personal and/or professional practice, to understand the link between science, biology and traditional practices, to be able to offer relief from physical or emotional pain.
This program is for yoga teachers to deepen their knowledge and experience with yoga and teaching yoga. You do not need a 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate to take this 300 hour program. If, however, you want to receive a 500 hour Yoga Alliance approved certificate, then you must have any 200 hour Yoga Alliance approved certificate. If you complete the foundation 200 hour yoga teacher training certification any time after you have completed our 300 hour program, we will issue you a 500 hour certificate recognized by Yoga Alliance.
The 300 hour program is offered in three 100-hour modules. A certificate is issued for each module. A 300 hour certificate recognized by Yoga Alliance is issued when the 3 modules are completed.