IN OUR TRAININGS, YOU WILL…
Develop a deep entry point into svadyaya, or self study
Obtain understanding of anatomy, as it applies to the yoga practice
Gain a solid understanding of the business of yoga, how to successfully market oneself and succeed financially as a yoga teacher
Receive mentorship from our lead teachers throughout the duration of the program and beyond
Learn to sequence and teach a yoga class that is safe and effective
Learn to teach from a place of authentic voice and presence and to hold sacred space for others
Understand the foundations of yoga asana alignment
Study yogic philosophy and the yoga sutras and bhagavad gita
You will establish a foundation in alignment, assists, physical and subtle anatomy, yogic philosophy, history of yoga, sequencing, cueing and languaging, teaching methodology, Non-violent Communication, pranayama, and Ayurveda. If you do want to teach professionally, the program includes a business course where you can establish clear next steps to teaching out in the world. If you don't, those topics are still pertinent to other endeavors. Here is a bigger breakdown of some of the topics covered:
Alignment, assists, benefits/contraindications for all basic and intermediate poses in the following categories: seated poses, twists, side bends, forward bends, inversions, arm balances, back bends.
Yogic Philosophy: We will study the 8 limbs of yoga, the Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita, the history of yoga, subtle/energetic anatomy such as the Koshas and the Chakra system. You will learn some Vedanta such as the three Gunas, and about Purusha, Prakriti, Atman, Brahma in a way that is accessible and relatable. In the fall training you will additionally learn about the Hindu deities.
Non-violent Communication: a system developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, that we consider to be "meditation for your mouth". NVC is a form of communicating that allows one to have strong but compassionate boundaries, to identify one's own feelings and needs, so that in communication we can get right to the heart of the matter and connect with clarity. We believe this is important for all humans on the earth, but is especially pertinent to yoga teachers, as communication is a cornerstone of teaching.
Ayurveda: the sister science of yoga, we will learn self-care techniques, daily routines, and how to be in tune with your own nature and with nature itself so you can be more in the flow of life.
Anatomy/Physiology: You'll learn from one of the foremost educators on anatomy for yoga teaching about muscles, bones, body systems, and how to integrate that information into understanding the physical asana practice more fully and how to let this knowledge inform your teaching. You will also learn how gross anatomy and subtle anatomy collide in a scientific way.
Sequencing: Learn how to sequence for yoga asana classes of all levels from different perspectives in a safe, anatomically sound, intelligent way. You'll practice co-creating and creating your own sequences, and understand on a foundational level the rhyme and reason for placement of postures in a class sequence.
Cueing/languaging: How to communicate the yoga practice, how to use words to bring understanding in your classes and empower your students in an authentic way, how to give cues that are helpful and bring understanding of alignment and breath that maintain the flow of the experience for students.
Business of Yoga: how to be a marketable yoga teacher and how to navigate the industry so you can put your expression of yoga and who you are out there into the yoga world. Learn from professionals in different facets of the yoga industry who are successful in the field.
Meditation: Develop a personal meditation practice, how to guide meditation in your classes, the science behind meditation.
Yin Yoga: Four hour intro to this practice that includes slowing down, changing the shape of connective tissue, introspection, and balancing out the body. If this is a path you'd like to follow in your own teaching, our resident yin teacher is happy to point you in the direction after training.
Pranayama: Learn many different yogic breath practices and how to guide them in your classes.
Trauma-informed teaching techniques: Strategies to create a safe and welcoming environment for all who come through your doors, backed by brain science.