We keep hearing people complain that their teacher trainings crammed in a load of theoretical knowledge but didn't give them much practice at actually teaching yoga.
WE'VE WORKED SUPER-HARD TO OFFER YOU A SOLUTION.
This teacher training is different: a technical and apprentice-style training with emphasis on anatomy and biomechanics. Much of your training will be hands-on, apprentice-style learning so that when you qualify, you already have teaching experience.
This teacher training might be for you if:
- You want to become a yoga teacher, either full-time or part-time, and you would like to be able to teach an easy to understand class with practical examples and minimal jargon (the kind of class Karen is known for)
- You like to know how things work and hate being asked to accept things because of tradition or because someone tells you it’s so.
- You want to be able to get real results for your students: greater strength, flexibility, ease, better body awareness
You’ll lay the groundwork by starting with an ace 34-hour anatomy training.
Next, you’ll explore how yoga as we know it evolved from similar systems in India, and also from burgeoning physical culture in Europe and the Americas. In our History & Philosophy training, we will look at how yoga influences our minds and delve into the philosophy behind the practice.
Then you will start learning the skills of teaching: observation, communication, adjustment, cueing, sequencing, and more. You won't just learn these skills in theory: you will practice them over and over during the course of your training year.
What you'll get from teacher training with us:
An understanding of the eight limbs of yoga and how they impact on your teaching and professional ethics
A familiarity with the biomechanics and contraindications of common yoga poses from all the groups: standing, sitting, kneeling,supine, prone, arm support, inversions
An ability to identify the major muscles and joint actions associated with yoga poses and see what they are doing in people’s bodies during asana
An understanding of how modern life affects people’s muscles, connective tissue and joints, and how this can limit the expression of classical asanas
An understanding of the biomechanics of breath and bandha, as well as the yogic anatomy of breath and bandha and how bandha differ from core activation
The ability to construct a well-balanced, safe, effective yoga class for a general audience and also to modify that class to populations with special needs e.g. bad backs, prenatal
The ability to clearly guide, by voice, visual and tactile cues, your students through the movements in a general class
The ability to offer safe, effect adjustments
An understanding of clear professional boundaries and ethics in order to provide a safe space for your students and yourself
- An understanding of how to manage your time & money, so you can start creating a career as a yoga teacher
How you'll learn:
This is a 200+ hour Yoga Alliance training, allowing you to teach anywhere in the world.
Trainees will meet for ten weekend workshops over the course of a year, with home study and assisting/supervised teaching hours in between.
It is a VERY interactive training so expect lots of group discussions, teaching practice, and interaction.
We chose to do it this way so that you are not tied down to every weekend, or every week for your training. If you can’t make a weekend, talk to us about make-up dates. If you can’t make multiple weekends, you might want to wait for our next training.
Coursework begins and enrolment closes Feb 2018.
Workshops happen one weekend a month over the course of a year, and the days run from 8am to 6pm in general.
Workshop 1: foundational ANATOMY and teaching skills
8am - 6pm Sat 16 and Sun 17 June 2018
We have teamed up with world-renowned Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, authors of the bestselling Yoga Anatomy to bring you your anatomy training. It is truly world-class - we believe it is in fact the best in the world. You can find out more at their website.
You’ll focus on learning about the concepts of sthiram (stability) and sukham (flexibility) and how they apply to human movement.
Then you will learn to OBSERVE individuals and groups, so you can start getting practice hours in right from the start.
After Workshop 1, and throughout the training, you will practice the skills of yoga teaching by working under supervision. Most people get their hours under supervision with Karen at the community classes we run concurrently to the training weekends, but some people also work with a mentor teacher they have a relationship with. Teaching yoga and doing yoga are two different skill sets and the more practice you get at teaching, the better you will be at it.
We think this is the most useful part of the course!
ANATOMY: HOW WE BEAR WEIGHT
TEACHING SKILLS: DEMONSTRATING AND USING VOICE
teaching a yoga class: THE BASICS OF SEQUENCING
8am - 6pm Sat 21 and Sun 22 July 2018
We believe it is essential to learn the practical skills of your profession: you are going to be a teacher, so you need to learn teaching skills like how to sequence and demonstrate poses effectively, how to use your voice to set the pace and mood of your class, and how to care for yourself so you don’t burn out.
We don’t give you a playbook of sequences, or teach you a particular style of yoga. Instead, we ask you to learn a system for sequencing poses that you can apply to any class you teach. It’s harder work in the beginning but it means that right from the start you will understand what you are teaching and why!
Workshop 3: HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY
8am - 6pm Sat 18 and Sun 19 August 2018
We will explore how yoga philosophy developed over the ages, with an emphasis on how it became the mostly physical yoga we know today. You will learn how the various schools of thought overlapped and influenced each other and will then delve into the Yoga Sutras to learn about the ethics associated with a yogic lifestyle, plus the ways we can work with our minds in yoga practice.
You will need to do some pre-work at home and some self-study after the workshop to complete this section.
WORKSHOP 4: THE BUSINESS OF YOGA (PART 1); ETHICS, YOGIC ANATOMY AND STANDING POSES
8am - 6pm Sat 15 and Sun 16 September 2018
You qualify as a yoga teacher. And then what?
This workshop will start preparing you with financial and marketing skills and ethical guidelines you will need to become a full time - or part-time yoga teacher.
Then we will move on to ASANA - the poses! Plus a short delve into the yogic anatomy of nadis, chakras and vayus.
Workshop 5: Pain and sensation, opening practices, standing poses and vinyasa
8am - 6pm Sat 13 and Sun 14 October 2018
This is an intense but fun weekend where you really get into the ‘meat’ of teaching yoga. You will need to put aside some time on Saturday after class to work out a sun salute to teach on Sunday, and you will also need to complete a worksheet for every asana we cover.
Again, instead of giving you a script to cue from and a picture of an ‘ideal’ pose, we ask you to consider the purpose you are teaching the pose for, the people to whom you are teaching, and what joint actions are happening. Knowing these things gives you the skill to tailor your classes to ANY population and keep them safe.
We also ask you to learn the difference between yoga poses done for aesthetic reasons and those done for functional reasons.
Workshop 6: STANDING, SEATED AND KNEELING POSES
8am - 6pm Sat 10 and Sun 11 November 2018
You will learn the names, benefits, biomechanics, contraindications and cueing for key standing, seated and kneeling poses in this workshop.
You are progressing towards awesome and now you can really start practicing your teaching skills now.
Try to get in as much practice as possible while we have a Summer break from our workshops!
WORKSHOP 7: TEACHING A YOGA CLASS: ARM SUPPORT and PRONE POSES
8am - 6pm Sat 9 and Sun 10 February 2019
At this workshop you will practice verbally cueing, visually demonstrating, and tactically and verbally adjusting people through the next segments of a well-structured yoga class: arm support and prone poses.
We will also cover arm support poses not already covered in the sun salutes section. As this is a basic teacher training, expect to learn the more basic arm support poses.
Each pose will be examined in detail so that you learn to sequence and counterpose it correctly, teach it safely, assess who might not be able to do the pose and what modifications to offer them.
Workshop 8: Teaching a yoga class: supine and inverted poses plus closing practices
8am - 6pm Sat 2 and Sun 3 March 2019
In this last segment of the ‘nuts and bolts’ part of the training, you will learn how to wind a class down, how to teach inversion and how to assess whether that’s actually a good idea, and how to give a kick-ass relaxation.
Workshop 9: Teaching a yoga class: prenatal yoga and modifications for special populations
8am - 6pm Sat 30 and Sun 31 March 2019
The bad news: just about everyone who will come to class will have some degree of need for pose modification. The good news: we will teach you how. Our main focus will be on prenatal yoga and the joint issues that most commonly affect modern humans: wrist and shoulder issues, bad backs, bad knees.
And now you will be ready to teach the whole class, beginning to end, with modifications if needed. Your mentor teach will supervise you, and you will need to log more teaching hours hours. You've got a few months to get your hours up - your exam is only in May!
Workshop 10: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER, FINDING YOUR TEACHING STYLE, BUSINESS OF YOGA PART 2
8am - 6pm Sat 27 and Sun 28 April 2019
Exam: teach a one-hour yoga class!
Sat 18 and Sun 19 May 2019
You will need to complete assignments along the way too, but as yoga is a practical profession, your main assessment will be on your ability to actually do the job. Don’t panic. You will have 30 hours of assisting and teaching behind you. Way more than most teachers have when they start teaching!
Why such a long training?
It takes time for new skills to integrate, and the best way to become a good yoga teacher is to teach a lot of yoga over an extended period of time. You might do the same hours in a two-month teacher training intensive, but the quality of your learning and retention will be different. It's like learning to ride a bike vs. cramming for an economics exam. Bet you can still ride that bike, but the economics is all gone.
We run community classes every training weekend + extra over the Summer to allow you to get your hours in. You will apprentice to one of our teacher training team, and by the end of your training, you will have over 40 hours of supervised observing, assisting, and teaching under your belt.
The training weekends take place at Dance, Be In It, 474 Neerim Road, Murrumbeena, VIC 3163, across the road from Murrumbeena Station, there is currently no parking at the station due to the level crossing removal, but there are parking around and in the side streets. Plus a few really great cafe's across the road too!
$4300 if booked and paid in full two months before the first workshop or $4500 if you pay in instalments.
A $1000 non-refundable deposit secures your place, and you can either pay the balance in full as above, or in ten monthly instalments of $350.
Full t's & c's will be given to you during your application process.
Karen Chow (lead teacher)
Karen has practiced yoga for more years than she cares to mention. Her teacher training has been primarily in the Krishnamacharya lineage. She comes from a family of successful entrepreneurs and is a trained economist. Her interests, apart from anatomy and biomechanics, are in helping people learn solid financial skills for business and for life.
Sophie Langley has the mind of a researcher, and she is very interested in the pedagogy of teaching, She's a master of voice and research. She will guide you through the use of voice as a teacher, and how to harness people's learning styles.
Fee Klauser is a mum and a prenatal yoga teacher, making her perfectly qualified to understand the needs and challenges of a pregnant body. She will teach you how to make your classes safe for pregnant students while still accommodating the rest of the group.