31 Jul 250 hrs entry-level Teacher training course
Our program is an in-depth, transforming teacher training laid out in 3 residential weeks, over the span of 6 months.
It covers well beyond the 200 hrs requirements set by Yoga Alliance, since we believe that becoming a teacher capable of sharing yoga requires commitment, passion and energy (and definitely more than 200 hrs of study). Hence, our program is really a 6-months course of study. During the non-contact weeks, you will be tutored by the teachers, and you will have time to read, teach, and study at your own pace. Our physical practice is strongly grounded in the understanding of anatomy, hence during the 6 months you are required to watch and complete the quiz for a 20 hrs online course on Anatomy for Yoga. This provides a further deepening of the topics that we explore during the classes on Anatomy applied to yoga poses that we teach in the residential weeks.
As per Yoga Alliance requirements, the training covers the following categories:
- Techniques, Training and Practice
- Pranayama, asanas and kriyas
- Teaching Methodology
- Use of Cues and Verbal instructions
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle
The training covers also:
- Pranayama and Yogic meditation (pratyahara): theory and practice.
- Bhakti Yoga, through Vedic Chanting and chanting kirtan with harmonium.
- Functional anatomy. Drawing from the work of Paul Grilley, you will learn the most important 14 skeletal segments and 10 myofascial tissues that you need to be familiar with to create anatomically sound flow sequences and understand skeletal variations and their application to yoga poses.
- A through and comprehensive overview of the development of Indian philosophies, religions and spiritual practices. The lectures cover contemporary academic debates, and resources are shared widely, to empower the students to further continue to study on their own.
- Specialty classes on inversions, arm-balances and backbends.
- Building a solid structure for the students to anchor to for their own self-practice of asanas, pranayama and kriyas.
- Setting up a heart-centered business, marketing and social media use.
- How to embrace yoga as a discipline that does not only encompass the physical body, but that involves 8 limbs whose practice has the potential to change one’s life.
- How to offer variations and kramas when teaching mixed level classes.
- Introduction to the ethics and practical aspects of hands-on assists.
During the days between the first and second residential week the students have to submit short videos of themselves teaching simple sequences. They will receive feedbacks from the teacher for the videos they send, which is an invaluable tool of growth, since it helps tremendously the student to polish their cues, improve the energetic alignment expressed in the poses and their overall sequencing ability.
The students keep in touch between themselves through a private Facebook group which is a great platform to share, inform and grow our community.
By the second week of lectures all the sequencing material is covered and students are required to collect 20 hrs of teaching before the third residential week. We strongly encourage the students to teach family members, friends or for free at local community centers to get practical experience teaching diverse populations.
The students need to keep a journal of the sequences they teach and possibly film the classes so that they can watch them afterwards for feedbacks. Students are welcomed to share their teaching experiences in our private facebook group.
This training is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Ameriga, E-RYT500, MSc in Anthropology and Development (London School of Economics) and currently MA candidate in Yoga Studies (University of Venice), is an avid student of Eastern Philosophies and soteriological disciplines since a young age.
Feeling a strong attraction to Asian cultures, she pursued her first University Degree in Oriental Languages and Cultures, and was introduced to Asian philosophies during her undergraduate studies. She spent her early youth living and traveling across different East Asian countries and at the age of 25, while living in Burma, she begun to practice vipassana meditation A few years later she was introduced to physical yoga. It was love at first asana and since then she has studied with profoundly inspiring teachers and collected over 2000 hours of formal trainings. She can be found on the students’ mat during the winter months every year, when she devotes her time to sadhana and research.
Ameriga’s classes eclectically blend together her experiences with different styles of postural yoga: from the Ashtanga elements, in particular the fondness for individual attention and hands-on assist, to Prana Flow yoga as expressed in the connection of movement with the breath wave, to Yin Yoga and its functional understanding of yoga asanas as evolving body shapes that cannot be conceived as fixed “poses”.
She often sequences her flows in a mandala style, with emphasis on intentional movements, playfulness, breath work, somatic embodiment and compassionate adjustments.
The teachers that have influenced her movement practice are Shiva Rea (with whom she has completed over 300 hrs of training), Meghan Currie, Vinay Kumar (Pranavashya Yoga), and several Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teachers, starting with Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci, who inspired Ameriga to study Sanskrit, yoga philosophy and anatomy. Ameriga also visits the Ashtanga shalas of Nancy Gilgoff, Balu Tevar, and Lino Miele. She has also trained extensively in Yin Yoga with Jo Phee, studying also for advanced modules such as cadaver dissection.
Outside of the mat, Ameriga is very fond of the work of Soas’ Hatha Yoga Project and Chris Wallis, is an avid student of Tibetan buddhism and Sanskrit, and loves to play kirtan with her band, the Bhakti Sisters.
Who is this for?
- Passionate practitioners of Yoga who have been practicing for a minimum of 2 years and who wish to learn more about yoga history, philosophy, anatomy, and uncover the “myths” about yoga with a critical eye.
- Passionate practitioners of Yoga who want to share yoga as teachers.
- The level of yoga practice is not important in this training, however passion and commitment are crucial because the training is intense both physically and mentally.
How to apply?
If you are ready to start this new journey, email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply to our 250 hrs Teacher Training. You will receive an application form that we kindly ask you to resubmit timely, and a request to submit a 500,00 euros non-refundable deposit.
The training can be paid in 3 installments each week you come over, however please note that once you sign up and commit to it, the whole course will have to be paid even if for any reason you do not complete it. It is possible to take up to two years to complete the course.
It is highly recommended to practice with Ameriga before signing up for the training, so you know the lead teacher and her style, as well as have the opportunity to talk to her about your interests and why you want to pursue this training.
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