Teacher Training

Teaching the Eight Limbs of Yoga in a Traditional Style

“Live like you are going to die tomorrow, learn like your are going to live forever.”

– Swami Ramakrishna

TEACHER TRAINING:  ( 700 + hrs )

 Acceptance Criteria:

  • open to students of yoga for 3 + years who practice a minimum of 3 times per week  & have studied within our community consistently for a minimum of 6 months.
  • also open to students for personal Yoga development, who are not intending to become Yoga teachers.

Duration of Program:

  • 2 year program consisting of ( 4  x 4 month terms = 312 + hrs ) program
  • upon completion of 4 terms students must attend one month intensive on Cortes Island (160 + hrs )
  • it is not necessary to complete all 4 terms consecutively if practice is maintained however a minimum of one intensive is a requirement @ the end of completing 4 terms to become certified.

Requirements for Certification:

  • Attend month long intensive following completion of 4 terms (December 2013)
  • Attend minimum 2 classes per week during program
  • Attendance at Teacher Training Weekends and Sunday Studies
  • Pass written test at end of each term
  • Completion of 25 hours minimum of teaching
  • ( by the third term students must be organizing / teaching classes )

Program Details:

Each term consists of:

  1. 78 hours of classroom time
  2. Workshops  practicums
  3. A minimum of 2 classes per week ( minimum 130 hrs / year  )
  4. A home based practices totaling a minimum 4 practices per week
  5. Weekly reading & homework

Hours Break Down:

  • Each term  ::  78 hours ( 4 x 78 ) = 312
  • Class room each term  ::  54 hours ( 4 x 54 ) = 216 minimum
  • Practicum teaching  ::  25 hours minimum
  • Intensive  ::  160 hours
  • Minimum hours of training required for certification  :: 713 hours

Scheduling:

  • Term 1 ~ February – May 2012
  • Term 2 ~ August  – November 2012
  • Term 3 ~ February – May 2013
  • Term 4 ~ August – November 2013
  • Intensive December 2013

Term 4  ::  September – December 2013

Five weekends + one additional Sunday  (Saturday 9 – 6pm & Sunday 10 – 6pm)

  • September 21 & 22
  • October 5 & 6
  • October 10 & 20
  • November 2 & 3
  • November 16 & 17
  • November 15  (6 – 9pm)

Each term will include 3.5 hours of anatomy & physiology with Cheryl Gray

Term 3  ::  Reading Requirements

  1. * Light on Life ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  2. *Raja Yoga ~ Swami Vivekananda
  3. * Patanjali Yoga Sutras ~ Additional source to be chosen by student
  4. Teacher training manual
  5. *The Key Muscles of Yoga ~ Ray Long
  6. *Tree of Yoga ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  7. *Yoga  ~ Linda Sparrowe & David Martinez
  8. *How to be a Yogi ~ Swami Abedananda

* To be read prior to the beginning of term 3

Term 3  ::  Schedule

Saturday  ( 8 hours)

  • 9 – 11:30  asana workshop
  • 11:30 – 12  pranayama
  • 12 -12:30   notes
  • 12:30 – 1 lunch
  • 1:30 – 2  Q & A
  •  2 – 4 Sutra Study
  • 4 – 5 Chanting Practice
  • 4 – 6 Meditation

Sunday  ( 7 hours )

  • 10 – 12:30  asana workshop
  • 12:30 – 1   Pranayama
  • 1 – 1:30    notes
  • 1:30 – 2:30   lunch
  • 2:30 – 4   Sutra study
  • 4 – 5  Q & A  / alignment
  • 5 – 6  chanting with Manj

 Click here to view the teacher training / apprenticeship workshop schedule

Teacher training program investment

  • $500 / term + classes (Minimum 2 classes per week approx. $105/ month)
  • Approximately $5000 for 2 years of training including 160 hour intensive

Certification

There is no real governing body for certifying Yoga teachers, or Yoga teacher training programs anywhere in the world. Some Yoga schools offer various certifications such as “Yoga Alliance Certified”, but we do not. Our standards far surpass what is required from any certification body. Today’s certification for Yoga teachers serve primarily as a MARKETING tool, our program, however, is design to set the bar higher, and produce REAL YOGA TEACHERS. UPON COMPLETION, YOU WILL BE TEACHING YOGA!

Once Teaching Certificate is obtained… the journey of learning has only began.  Successful teachers continue studying and practicing with inspiring teachers on a consistent and continual basis, through regular weekly classes, yearly retreats and workshops with senior teachers.  This is the expectation for all graduates who wish to teach within their community.   If you are not inspired to learn and practice we feel it is unethical to charge money for teaching.  Being a teacher of Yoga is a huge responsibility, which requires dedication and discipline.

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