200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
What You Will Learn
The 200-hour training fully prepares you to teach yoga with confidence and inspiration that are rooted in competence and your own deepening practice. The comprehensive curriculum fully covers the fundamentals of yoga philosophy, teaching methods, specific techniques for working with a diverse array of students in all aspects of postural, breathing, and meditation practices, and myriad small matters that come into play in the art and science of teaching yoga. We begin with the question, “What is yoga?” We then fully explore the interwoven threads of a holistic and integrated practice and how best to share it with others.
Asana Technique & Teaching Methods: The most extensive part of the course, here you will learn in detail each of 75 basic yoga poses, including their functional anatomy, alignment principles, energetic actions, risks, benefits, preparatory asanas, counterposes, variations, modifications, hands-on adjustments, and use of props. This part of the course covers the major families of asanas: Sun Salutations, Standing Poses, Backbends, Forward Bends, Twists, Arm Balances, Inversions, Core Refinement, and Hip Openers.
Practical Yoga History & Philosophy: An overview of the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (not just the Eight Limbs but Patanjali’s philosophy of spiritual psychology), early Tantric texts that inform the earliest development of physical yoga (postural) practices, Hatha Yoga Pradipika (the earliest text on postural yoga), and contemporary yoga philosophy.
Practical Yoga Anatomy: A hands-on introduction to functional anatomy, bio-mechanics, and the kinesiology of movement as applied to seeing students in the practice and guiding them in a meaningful, safe, and effective way.
Planning & Sequencing Classes: The art and science of sequencing families of asanas and crafting entire classes, including for different levels of students, different intentions, seasons, styles and other considerations. Here we also cover pacing, duration, tempo, and vibe for different levels and intentions of classes.
Teaching Pranayama: Basic and intermediate pranayama techniques, including how, when, and whom to teach basic yoga breathing (ujayi pranayama) and more intermediate pranayama techniques (including kapalabhati, bastrika, sitali, viloma, kumbhaka, and nadi shodhana).
Subtle Energy & Anatomy: Awareness and activation of subtle energy, including how to cultivate bandhas and the relationship between pranayama, bandhas, and the elements of yogic anatomy, including koshas, chakras, nadis, vayus, gunas, and doshas.
Meditation Practices: In demystifying meditation, we explore how to bring meditation into yoga classes and everyday life in way that is simple, accessible, and sustainable. We explore several meditation techniques.
The Art of Seeing & Relating: An integral part of the course, here we learn to systematically observe, appreciate, and understand what is happening with different students in each of the 75 asanas, thereby developing the necessary skills for working individually with your students and giving appropriate verbal cues, hands-on adjustments, and use of props.
Demonstrating & Cuing: Here we focus on when, where, and how to most effectively demonstrate yoga poses while giving the clearest, most understandable verbal and hands-on guidance to students. Qualities of voice, including language, tone, and audibility, are given close attention.
Hands-On Adjustments: We go deeply into the full range of hands-on adjustments, an essemntial skill for all yoga teachers. It begins with an in-depth consideration of the principles of tactile cues, and then looks at specific techniques for guiding students in over 50 poses. Here you will work with one another to learn, practice, and refine your ability to guide students.
Teaching Pre/Post-Natal Yoga: Every public yoga teacher is a pre-natal yoga teacher if only because you will definitely have pregnant students in your yoga classes. Here we look closely at maternal anatomy and physiology, adaptation of the practice for each trimester of pregnancy, indications and contra-indications for various conditions, effective use props, emotional and psychological aspects of pre-natal experience, preparation for delivery, delivery, and post-partum reintegration through yoga.
Working with Student Injuries & Special Conditions: Students come to classes with a variety of conditions, including acute and chronic injuries, disease, and other conditions that need to be considered in guiding their practice. We will consider several of the most common conditions: joint issues (ankles, knees, hips, sacro-iliac, spinal, shoulders, elbows, wrists), scoliosis, osteopororis and students undergoing chemotherapy.
Making Yoga Meaningful: Why do you do yoga? What are the core values at the heart of your practice? How can you best be true to your values while holding space for othersand their values in your classes? How might you best create space in class and provide guidance to students in making their yoga experience more meaningfulin the fullness of their lives?
Class Observation: Buy observing experienced teachers in the act of leading live classes, you will further refine your insights into what different students are likely experiencing in their yoga practices, thereby expanding your own skills in leading classes.
Practice Teaching: From the very beginning of this course, you will work with other participants to teach classes, starting with working one-on-one and gradually developing the confidence and skill to lead larger and larger classes. Each practice teaching session includes extensive feedback and discussion of teaching techniques and methods.
Lifestyle & Ethics: How we live our larger lives off the mat, including personal yoga practice, nutrition, sleep, relations with family and friends, and being in community are essential aspects of deepening our yoga and sharing it with dignity and integrity.
The Profession & Business of Yoga: This covers the role of the teacher, getting yourself established as a professional yoga teacher, and being successful in teaching yoga as your source of livelihood.
Upon completion of the 200-hour training, you are eligible to take the Certification Exam. Students in the 9-month weekend program must not miss more than one weekend, and in the 21-day program not more than 3 days, to be eligible for certification (any missed hours must be made up). The overall course prepares you to successfully complete the certification exam.
Upon completion of the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification, you are qualifed to apply to Yoga Alliance for membership in its registry of yoga teachers as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200).
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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Format Options
Option #1: 21-Day Intensives
- Next Session Starts January 16, 2017
- Also 2 sessions in Summer 2017
- Complete all requirements in 21 days
Option #2: Weekends
- Next Session Starts August 26th, 2017
- Completion: 9 months
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- Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques, by Mark Stephens
- Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes, by Mark Stephens
- Yoga Adjustments: Philosophy, Principles, and Techniques, by Mark Stephens
- The Concise Book of Yoga Anatomy, by Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones
- The Heart of Yoga, by T.V.K. Desikachar
- Yoga Beyond Belief, by Ganga White
- Light on Yoga, by B.K.S. Iyengar
- Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Postural Practice, by Mark Singleton
- Yogini, by Janice Gates
- Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, by Stephen Cope
- Awakening Shakti, by Sally Kempton
- The Guru Papers, by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad
- Original Yoga, by Richard Rosen
- Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual, by David Swenson
- Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness, by Erich Schiffmann
- The Yoga Stura of Patanjali: A Biography, by David Gordon White
Tuition & Fees
Tuition for all programs is $2,750. The tuition fee covers all hours and instrucitonal resources (you are responsible for purchasing your books only). There are no other fees.
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