Shelby (ERYT-500) and Amanda (ERYT-200) are so wildly excited to be offering this teacher training and immersion. There will be two tracks, one for anyone who wants to receive Yoga Alliance certification as a 200 hour teacher, and another for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of yoga and yoga practice. Both tracks include a retreat weekend.
You will learn SO much. Unlike most programs, we are offering 180 hours of instruction. (Many programs in Denver only give 85-100 hours of instruction with the balance spent in group exercise classes or self-study.) We are offering this training because there is a need in our community for this kind of training, focusing on keeping students safe and engaged in an all-levels class. In our opinion, 200 hours is really the very bare minimum of hours it takes to be able to teach, but as that is the current industry standard, we want to make sure you're getting the most out of your 200 hours.
Anatomy and Teaching Methodology:We're focusing this YTT on anatomy and teaching methodology, as we want every graduate to be ready to build and teach a safe and interesting 60 minute class to a mixed group of people (meaning different levels and abilities, with some common injuries). You'll learn basic anatomy in addition to the specific anatomy of at least 50 poses, basic biomechanics, modifications for injury, age and pregnancy, subtle anatomy, sequencing, adjustment theory and practice and how to explain all of these things to your students.
Each YTT certificate-track student will teach a minimum of 15 hour-long classes before graduation, in addition to other teaching practice.
We will discuss, at length, why yoga is causing more and more joint injuries, leading to more surgeries, and how to change common poses to make them both safe, more stable, and stronger.
Philosophy, History and Meditation: This is the heart of yoga. We will teach you all about the roots of yoga and the historical context, how those roots evolved, and what some of those evolutions look like today. We will help you establish your own meditation practice (or deepen your existing practice) through regular meditation practices and classes on a number of different meditation styles.
Business and Ethics: We'll go over everything you'll need to know to get started as a yoga teacher, from insurance to social media.
Retreat: Part of what makes YTT so special is that it is kind of intense, and it often creates close bonds between the participants. We will get out of the city for a weekend and retreat in nature (in a lovely home in the woods), to practice yoga and get to know each other better. We will delve deeper into living our yoga and how we can use it to heal our relationships and communities.
Mentorship: Each participant will have individual mentorship from Amanda or Shelby. That time can be spent in private asana or meditation instruction, coaching, refining teaching technique or however you need to spend it.
Subtle Anatomy: Pranayama (breathwork), energetic body anatomy, the basics of Auyrveda and more, along with the latest studies on when to use or avoid common breathing exercises.
Asana: You'll learn about many different styles, including Ashtanga, Sivananda, Forest, Anusara, Yin, Power, Restorative, etc. You will learn to teach Hatha and Flow, including different theories of sequencing and when and how to use them.
How much is it? The YTT 200 (teaching track) will be $2800 with options for a 12 month payment plan after a $500 deposit. This will include the course and unlimited membership to the studio for the duration of the program and the retreat.
The Yoga Immersion will be $1800 and will also include the retreat. There will be certain classes that won't apply to the Immersion (non-certification track) and Immersion students can opt in to some of the testing but won't be tested on teaching.
We are offering a discount to teachers who have already completed their YTT 200 but feel that this particular course could fill in some gaps. $2300 for RYT 200.
We also want to offer a partial work-trade/scholarship option for minorities. There are limited work trade/scholarship spaces available, so please be in touch if you are interested.
When: We do not have exact dates yet, but we will start in February 2019 and continue through October 2019. We will meet on Sundays from 8-3 with virtual classes (online) on Wednesdays from 6-9. We will not meet every week. In addition to these classes, there will be non-contact hours that each student can complete on their own time.
Prerequisites: If you're concerned that you are not far enough on your yoga journey to join this YTT, please talk to Amanda or Shelby. It is a common misconception that you have to have a very impressive yoga practice before you can teach, but we think there are other areas that are much more important. If you're interested, just ask, we'd love to help you figure it out.