The Art of Teaching Vinyasa Yoga
200 Hour Teacher Training Program
The Art of Teaching Vinyasa Yoga is for students who want to deepen their practice, teachers who want to enhance their skills and students who are committed to becoming yoga teachers. Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to lead a well organized vinyasa class with the safety of students being their first concern.
Developing and Deepening Your Personal Practice
This weekend will include an overview of the eight limbs of yoga. Students will read and discuss this rich history and philosophy that provides a foundation for the entire yoga practice. Learn how to bring this philosophy into your life and practice. Understand the importance of developing a personal daily yoga practice. This session will include an introduction to Sanskrit terminology.
This weekend will also introduce trainees to the practices of meditation and mantra. Begin to explore different meditation practices that underline the foundation of yoga and your personal practice.
The Foundations of Asana I and Clear Communication
This weekend will cover standing poses, providing a hands-on approach to understanding human bodies and how they move. Precise anatomical alignment, transitions, modifications, variations, prop usage, verbal corrections, contra-indications and benefits will also be covered. Trainees will learn how to lead students safely in and out of postures and begin to cultivate the impportance of using clear communication when teaching and addressing students.
The Foundations of Asana II and Pranayama
Building on the work from the previous month, this weekend will focus on inversions, arm balances and backbends. Trainees will continue learning about energetics and how they come into play in these types of postures. Precise anatomical alignment, transitions, modifications, variations, prop usage, verbal corrections, contra-indications and benefits will also be covered. Trainees will learn how to lead students safely in and out of postures.
This weekend will also introduce trainees to the practice of Pranayama. Begin to explore different breath practices that underline the foundation of yoga and your personal practice.
Anatomy, Seated Postures and Twists
Begin to understand the basics of anatomy as it pertains to yoga. Learn how muscles function in certain poses and where weaknesses may lie.
Learn how to teach a variety of seated poses, forward bends and twists. Discuss the anatomy related to these postures as well as the importance of how they relate to the parasympathetic nervous system. Find out about the proper placement of such poses in the vinyasa flow as well as the art of adjusting students. Familiarize yourself with adjustments that will help students enjoy the full benefits of their practice.
Anatomy, Restorative Yoga and the Chakra system
Gain proficiency in Restorative yoga, an increasingly popular facet of yoga that can be taught as a stand-alone class or woven into any other style of class for a more comprehensive practice. Restorative poses use props and techniques that are designed to create balance in the body on every level and hence serve all students regardless of age, experience or interest in yoga. Knowledge on this level is integral to a teacher’s ability to work with students with injury, illness or disability and create a space for deep relaxation and healing. As a yoga teacher of any style or level, it is important that you are equipped with the knowledge of how to accommodate for differences in movement ability as well as individual needs due to specific health conditions. Learn about the 7 Chakras or energy wheels in the subtle body. This important information can be applied to your personal life as well as to your class sequencing later in the program.
Ayurveda, Prana Vayus and Pre/Post Natal Yoga
Explore the elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth. Discover how they present themselves in our lives. Learn how to keep life in balance for your particular constitution (Dosha). See how this knowledge can be applied in the classroom setting.
Over the course of this weekend, trainees will discuss prana's energetic highway system, the prana vayus. Learn how the vayus function and how they relate to the physical practice of yoga. Trainees will begin to sequence and teach short "flows" to the group.
Pregnancy and post-partum care are common cases that teachers see in the studio, and it is important to feel confident in leading these students through a safe and nurturing practice. In this module you will learn about female anatomy and how to support the changing prenatal body in movement and breathing. You will also cover fundamental ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ for Pre- and Post-Natal Yoga, and the differences between.
The Bhagavad Gita
Students will participate in a powerful in-depth discussion of The Bhagavad Gita and its connection to life philosophy.
Intelligent Sequencing and Class Composition
The topics discussed this weekend will teach you how to combine creativity and wisdom to deliver quality classes that aren’t repetitive or robotic, yet adhere to the principles of alignment and safety. Cover the foundations of sequencing and how to be attentive to the level and capacity of all students in a class. Examine the role of the teacher in the safety of a student and the longevity of their practice, as well as the importance of correct technique, pace and progression. Learn how to develop your own voice and style, even when applying your skills to traditional or set sequences. Trainees will develop a sequence on their own and practice teaching to the group.
The Yoga Sutras, Business/Ethics of Yoga and Test Prep
This weekend will teach students how to bring together the logistics, strategy and marketing of a business with the philosophy and art of teaching yoga. The yoga industry doesn’t need to be an environment of ‘struggling artists’ if you have the business know-how of how to get yourself out there in your preferred teaching capacity. You will discover how to make the transition from trainee to teacher as enjoyable and successful as possible. Discuss the ethics and responsibility involved in becoming a yoga teacher.
This section will also include a thorough discussion of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Learn why the Yoga Sutras is considered one of the most comprehensive documentations of the discipline of yoga.
Trainees will have the opportunity to clarify any lingering questions in preparation for the final exam.
We will meet one last time to take the written exam and to field questions about your class practicum.
Attendance at all sessions is mandatory for those students seeking certification.
WEEKEND SCHEDULE (20 contact hours)
- Fridays, 5:00pm-8:00pm
- Saturdays, 7:00 am-4:00 pm
- Sundays, 7:00 am-3:00pm
- All applications are due by December 1. Acceptances will be sent via email.
- A non-refundable deposit of $620 is due by December 15th to reserve your spot. There is a limited number of spaces available in order to allow for a more personalized experience. If you are unable to make your deposit by December 15, your spot may be given to someone on the wait list.
- $3,200 for applicants who sign up and pay the complete balance at the January session.
- $3,500 for applicants on the nine month payment plan which is $320 per session.
- All costs for the Certification Program are non-refundable.
Once the classroom work is finished, each student will be required to teach a one hour All Levels Class. These classes must be taught by December 15th. Upon completion of all requirements, each student will be presented with a certificate verifying completion of such requirements necessary to comply with Yoga Alliance standards. This certificate can then be copied and sent, with a fee, to Yoga Alliance to apply for official certification.
REQUIRED READING (subject to change)
1. Heart of Yoga by T. K. V. Desikachar
2. Illustrated Essentials of Muscoskeletal Anatomy Fifth Edition by Sieg and Adams
3. Yoga: Awakening the Inner Body by Donald Moyer
4. The Bhagavad Gita: A Walk Through for Westerners by Jack Hawley
5. Yoga and Ayureveda by David Frawley
6. Moving Inward: Journey to Meditation by Rolf Sovik
7. The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama by Richard Rosen
8. The Path of the Yoga Sutras: A Practical Guide to the Core of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
9. Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater
10. Chakra Yoga by Anodea Judith
HOURS OUTSIDE THE WEEKEND
1. Students will attend three asana classes each week at Midtown Yoga for the duration of the training. There is no additional charge.
2. Students will observe a beginner class as well as an all levels class.
3. Students will form small groups to practice teaching and to study.
4. All homework assignments must be completed before meeting on Friday.
5. Each trainee will teach at least 3 hours of volunteer yoga during the training period.