YOGA TEACHER TRAININGS
Our Mission: Our Yoga Teacher Trainings are designed to share our knowledge, understanding, and experience of yoga in all its depth, beauty and diversity; to teach and live with integrity and authenticity; and to inspire the next generation of yoga instructors towards a life of service. We achieve this in part by including only the most learned, sincere, and experienced teachers and practitioners on our team, and by keeping our trainings grounded in Satya (Truth).
Our Yoga Teacher Trainings: Balancing the practical, theoretical and experiential aspects of yoga, our 200-hour course is designed to provide students with a well-rounded, comprehensive training, giving you the tools, techniques, and confidence that allow you to begin teaching at a professional level.
Believing that the ability to ‘lead from the heart’ is inherent in everyone, we’ll have you begin ‘practice teaching’ right away, tuning you into your natural gifts from the start. You’ll first work in pairs and then in small groups—developing your style and poise—before moving on, towards the end of the training, to lead the entire class through a sequence of your own creation.
Our twice-daily asana classes (taught in the Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, and Yin Yoga traditions by veteran instructors) include both pranayama and meditation practice, and our ‘Posture Clinics’ provide greater insight into specific asanas by exploring and studying them in depth. Areas of focus include: proper alignment; anatomy, physiology and kinesiology; health benefits; symbolism; Sanskrit/common names; as well as modifications and variations.
DAILY TALKS AND DISCUSSION PERIODS MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS:
History of Yoga
Yoga: Styles, Systems, and Approaches
Ayurveda: The Science of Life
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (Classical/Raja Yoga)
Pranayama and Breathing: Methods and Effects
Meditation: Styles and Techniques
Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology
Sequencing (Vinyasa Krama)
Principles of Alignment and Injury Prevention
Bandhas and Mudras
Fasting, Cleansing, and Detox
Adjusting and The Dynamics of Touch
Yoga, Ethics, and Business
Workshops: Instructors whose expertise lies in specific areas of practice facilitate the sizeable ‘workshop’ portion of our course. Subjects such as Ayurveda, Pre- and Post-Natal Yoga, Sanskrit, Honoring the Divine Feminine, ‘Working with the Energetic Body’, and Advanced Yin Yoga are explored during these modules, which vary in length between one half-day and three days, depending on the subject.
Special Guests and Events: We invite practitioners and teachers of other natural health and wellness systems to share their knowledge, wisdom and experience with us, as we can incorporate many of these complementary healing practices into our yoga (which is in itself a healing art). Many of these practitioners are also available for private sessions, providing support, care and insight during your journey.
Often, we include ecstatic dance, chanting, kirtan, pujas, and homas (fire ceremonies) and other rituals to assist us in deepening our experience and to facilitate our personal transformation.
Our Philosophy: Woven throughout the core curriculum, the spiritual dimensions of the practice are by far the most important. It is our awakening to the symbolic nature of the cosmos, the patterns reflected in nature, and our essential unity with ‘all that is’ that allows us to truly shine as yogis and teachers.
As we attune to such universal truths on the mat, we are increasingly able to experience them in other dimensions of our lives as well. In learning to align with ‘the way of things’ through our yoga practice, we not only purify ourselves, we become more effective guides for others as they travel their own, unique karmic paths.
As all authentic wisdom traditions the world over lead to the same place, we will often refer to them—in addition to the more ‘classical’ yoga lineages and approaches—so as not to become fixated on one frame of reference.
In the end, it is all about love, freedom, and self-realization, not which teacher we follow or what path of awakening we choose. While we are your guides, doing all that we can to comfort you and help you grow, it is ultimately up to you to determine your own route ‘home’. We look forward to sharing some of that sacred journey with you.
Always reverent of the concept of ‘Lila’ (Sanskrit for the ‘divine play’ which creates the universe), we encourage the lighter side of the practice. Gratitude and delight blossom within us all as we gather to share, creating trainings that are deep, meaningful, transformational…and lots of fun!
Students are awarded a ‘Certificate of Achievement’ upon graduation; in addition to certifying you as a qualified instructor, this grants you the ability to register with the globally recognized Yoga Alliance USA as an ‘RYT-200′ (a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level).
We are committed to creating inclusive spaces in yoga where people of all beliefs, backgrounds and cultures are welcome. We recognize and celebrate the diversity that exists in this world and seek to ensure that all individuals have access to the transformational power of yoga.
While we adjust the schedule to fit the needs of the students and the facility, our daily schedule is usually structured as such:
|6:30AM – 9AM||ASANA, PRANAYAMA, MEDITATION|
|9AM – 10:30AM||BREAKFAST|
|10:30AM – 12:30PM||TALKS, LECTURES, AND DISCUSSIONS|
|12:30PM – 2 PM||LUNCH|
|2PM – 4.30PM||POSTURE CLINIC|
|4.30PM – 5PM||PRACTICE TEACHING|
|5PM – 6PM||ASANA, PRANAYAMA, MEDITATION|
Normally, we include some special evening sessions, and on occasion we include full days of silence and meditation in our program. Please note that Yoga Teacher Trainings schedules are subject to change without notice.
The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living – Stephen Cope
Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques– Mark Stephens
Note: “The Wisdom of Yoga” is required reading. The rest of the books are primarily meant to serve as reference material, both before and after the course. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with them prior to the training; do not feel obligated to read them in their entirety (though we highly recommend it!) For those traveling to our teacher trainings, there is no need to bring the books with you. That said, many of them are available on Kindle/as e-books. An exception is ‘The Wisdom of Yoga’, available in hard copy only.
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyanananda Saraswati (Bihar School of Yoga, published by Yoga Publications Trust)
Ayurveda, The Science of Self-Healing – Dr. Vasant Lad (Lotus Press)
Yoga Anatomy, 2nd Edition – Leslie Kaminoff
Autobiography of a Yogi (reprint of the original, 1946 edition) – Paramahansa Yogananda
Anatomy of Movement – Blandine Calais-Germain
Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana – Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.
Yoni Shakti: A Woman’s Guide to Power and Freedom Through Yoga and Tantra – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Ph.D.
Anything by Steven Cope, Michael Stone, Mark Stephens, Georg Feuerstein, Robert Svoboda, David Frawley,
and the Bihar School of Yoga (Published by Yoga Publications Trust).
All Yoga Teacher Trainings and Retreats are in English unless otherwise noted
|ARIN, SACRED VALLEY, PERU, SACH’A MUNAY RETREAT CENTER||AUGUST 7 – AUGUST 16, 2018 (100-HOUR ADVANCED MODULE)|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||APRIL 2 – APRIL 29, 2017|
|ARIN, SACRED VALLEY, PERU, SACH’A MUNAY RETREAT CENTER||JUNE 29 – JULY 9, 2017 (100-HOUR ADVANCED MODULE)|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||OCTOBER 1 – OCTOBER 28, 2017|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||APRIL 3 – APRIL 30, 2016|
|PISAQ, SACRED VALLEY, PERU, PAZ Y LUZ RETREAT CENTER||AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 24, 2016|
|ARIN, SACRED VALLEY, PERU, SACH’A MUNAY RETREAT CENTER||SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 8, 2016 (100-HOUR ADVANCED MODULE)|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 26, 2016|
|HAWAII ISLAND RETREAT, BIG ISLAND, HAWAII||MARCH 23 – APRIL 19, 2015 (JAPANESE SPEAKERS ONLY)|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||APRIL 5 – MAY 2, 2015|
|NELSON, CANADA, MOUNTAIN WATERS RETREATS||AUGUST 22 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 (100-HOUR ADVANCED MODULE)|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||NOVEMBER 8 – DECEMBER 5, 2015|
|>UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||MARCH 30-APRIL 26, 2014|
|NELSON, CANADA, MOUNTAIN WATERS RETREATS||JUNE 15 – JULY 10, 2014 (JAPANESE SPEAKERS ONLY)|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||NOVEMBER 9 – DECEMBER 6, 2014|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||FEBRUARY 24 – MARCH 21, 2013|
|NELSON, CANADA, MOUNTAIN WATERS RETREATS||AUGUST 4 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 (JAPANESE SPEAKERS ONLY)|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||NOVEMBER 17 – DECEMBER 15, 2013|
|UBUD, BALI, BAGUS JATI||NOVEMBER 24 – DECEMBER 20, 2013 (JAPANESE SPEAKERS ONLY)|
|PISAQ, SACRED VALLEY, PERU, AYAHUASCA-WASI RETREAT CENTRE||JANUARY 17- FEBRUARY 14, 2012|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||APRIL 8 – MAY 6, 2012|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||OCTOBER 1 – 28, 2012|
|UBUD, BALI, BAGUS JATI||NOVEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 1, 2012 (JAPANESE SPEAKERS ONLY)|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||APRIL 3 – MAY 1, 2011|
|KUCHING, MALAYSIA, PADMA YOGA STUDIO||MAY 6-15/SEPTEMBER 23RD-OCT 2ND, 2011|
|BIG ISLAND, HAWAII, KALANI OCEANSIDE RETREAT||AUGUST 1-25, 2011 (JAPANESE SPEAKERS ONLY)|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||OCTOBER 9 – NOVEMBER 6, 2011|
|UBUD, BALI , PURNATI||FEB 1 -28, 2010 (JAPANESE SPEAKERS ONLY)|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||APRIL 6 – MAY 2, 2010|
|UBUD, BALI, BAGUS JATI||JUNE 14 – JULY 11, 2010 (JAPANESE SPEAKERS ONLY)|
|UBUD, BALI, YOGA BARN||NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 19, 2010|
|NAGANO, JAPAN||SEPTEMBER 7-27, 2008|
|OKINAWA, JAPAN||OCTOBER 8-30, 2008|
|UBUD, BALI, MICHI RETREAT||FEBRUARY 1- 20, 2009|
|UBUD, BALI, MICHI RETREAT||APRIL 19- MAY 10, 2009|
|TOKYO, JAPAN||DECEMBER 27-JAN 12, 2009 (INCLUDING A 3 DAY INTENSIVE RETREAT)|
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