300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
**COMING IN 2020! STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS.
Are You Ready To Take Your Practice To The Next Level?
Do You Feel The Need and Desire To Learn More Than Just The Basics?
Authentic Yoga Teacher Training at Our Sacred Space Yoga takes the yoga teacher or advanced yoga student to the next level and is suitable for both the existing teachers and serious practitioners who would like to deepen their knowledge and strengthen their practice.
A yoga teacher already Registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200 Hour level and wish to achieve 500 Hour Registration with Yoga Alliance, and the “RYT-500” designation?
A teacher already Registered with Yoga Alliance at any level who wishes to obtain Continuing Education Hours?
A yoga student, yoga teacher, therapist, counselor, health professional, or simply a serious practitioner interested in deepening your personal practice?
Then this course is for you!
Authentic Yoga Teacher Training at Our Sacred Space Yoga meets the needs of these diverse groups by offering the program in a family- and “real life-” friendly modular format.
Teachers already registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200 Hour level will attend all modules and complete a 30-hour Independent Study with personal support from at least one mentor-teacher.
Teachers wishing to obtain Continuing Education Hours and other interested students are welcome to pick-and-choose among the modules and the topics offered, and may attend as many as they wish.
Dates & Times
Students in the Training Program will receive an honest 300 classroom hours in twelve 25-hour modules over 16 months. Students will maintain their daily practice in addition to participating in the Training Program. With assistance & feedback from teachers and other participants, each student will complete an Independent Study in their personal area of interest. The capstone project for the Independent Study will be the creation of a workshop which students will present to the group at the end of the Training Program.
May, 2019 – August, 2020
Saturday 9am-6pm (30-min lunch)
Sunday 9am-6pm (30-min lunch)
Module 1. Ashtanga Vinyasa: the Foundation of Modern Vinyasa Practice
May 2-5, 2019
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois & R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India, is the historical basis of every practice we now call “power,” “flow,” and “vinyasa” yoga. Ashtanga was the first practice to link together movement and breath, and the first practice to incorporate what modern vinyasa teachers would call “intelligent sequencing” (the literal meaning of the Sanskrit word vinyasa is “to place in a special order.”) Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga has its philosophical basis in the eight (astau) limb (anga) path found in the Yoga Sutra-s, and so while from a distance, the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa appears to be simply a set sequence of postures, there is a world of deeper realms beneath the surface.
Experience primary series (offered with modifications)
Experience Mysore-style ashtanga practice
Explore what David Swenson calls “The Five Elements of Practice”
Learn Ashtanga history and philosophy
Learn and practice Sanskrit pose names
Learn the vande, the traditional opening mantra for ashtanga vinyasa
Module 2. Experiential Anatomy & Alignment
July 18-21, 2019
Yoga philosophy teaches us that we live in a world of impermanence, and this concept is manifest in our physical bodies. Our physical bodies are affected by heredity, life experience, and by use and abuse - by how we inhabit it. Humans share a common structure, but the way we inhabit that structure is very different. Building on the structural and functional anatomy information taught in most 200 Hour programs, we will begin to observe and apply safe and helpful alignment principals that will allow us to serve each student as an individual and truly “teach people, not poses.”
Overview and level-setting of basic structural and functional anatomy
Discussion and examples of how every human’s anatomy is unique
Practice observation skills - how to look at students as individuals and see their unique anatomy
What does “good” or “correct” alignment really mean?
Experience finding “good” alignment in our own bodies in a variety of poses
Why arbitrary alignment cues can do more harm than good, and how to change your language to better communicate with your students
Module 3. Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication: Intelligent Sequencing, Cueing, and Transitions
August 15-18, 2019
Great teachers have the ability to offer appropriate challenges and challenging classes to all levels of students, from the most basic beginners to the most advanced practitioner. How do they do it? NOT by falling into an overly-complicated sequencing trap where we throw in “everything but the kitchen sink,” but rather by focusing on and refining a very specific set of skills.
Simplifying dialogue and cueing for more effective guidance
Identifying common challenges for students found in vinyasa sequences and transitions
Ways to modify a sequence for all levels or beginners
Create a challenging class without getting complicated
Learn how to use the ashtanga sequence to inform your safe, effective and intelligent sequencing
Learn a variety of salutations you can use as the foundation to create your own “surya namaskara C”
Module 4. Healing with Your Hands: Adjustments, Assists and Compassionate Touch in Teaching Yoga
September 12-15, 2019
Whether you are a teacher looking for new information, or a student interested in “how the pose should feel” this weekend will open your eyes, open your mind, and open your body! Skillful, appropriate, and informed touch have the potential to transport students to a more conscious awareness and self-refinement in their yoga practice. But before we touch and speak we must first see and understand the unique qualities present in an individual student's practice.
Learn and practice postural observation skills
Learn and practice effective hands-on adjustments that address common misalignments in a wide variety of poses
Learn and practice “one touch” adjustments -- small touches with big impact
Learn and practice adjustments for standing, seated, and reclining poses, as well as backbends and inversions
Deepen confidence in the practice of giving and receiving between teachers and students
Module 5. Yin Yoga
October 10-13, 2019
Yin Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most influential styles of yoga in the world. A much-needed counterbalance to Vinyasa styles, Yin exercises our body and mind through longer, passive postures that apply gentle stress to our connective tissues via bodyweight and gravity. Yin anatomy combines Eastern and Western perspectives by highlighting the unique potential of our bodies.
Fundamental Yin Yoga postures, modifications, and sequences
Yin Anatomy: skeletal variations, proportions, and connective tissues
Energetic Anatomy: cakra-s and meridians
Integrating mindfulness and meditation into asana practice
How to integrate Yin postures into yang-style classes
Module 6. Restorative & Yoga Nidra
December 12-15, 2019
Restorative Yoga is a deeply healing practice that helps us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely. It is proven that deep relaxation benefits all the systems of the body, including: improving immune function, digestion, elimination, and fertility, as well as reducing high blood pressure, stress, muscle tension and general fatigue. We will also experience Yoga Nidra and learn its principles. Yoga Nidra is an accessible meditation practice that focuses on cultivating multiple levels of well-being with a variety of techniques somewhat similar to guided meditation. It can be done as a complete practice on its own or as an adjunct to a Restorative Yoga class.
The physiology of relaxation
The physical, mental and emotional aspects of Restorative Yoga
How to sequence and teach a class in Restorative Yoga
How to use Restorative poses with private clients and to deliciously close your Vinyasa classes (bringing the practice to our “Type A” students who can benefit the most!)
How to lead relaxation techniques, specialized breathing methods, guided imagery, mindfulness, and other mind-body techniques used in Yoga Nidra
This workshop is applicable for yoga teachers, therapists, counselors, health professionals, and everyone interested in guiding others to relax and heal.
Module 7. Jñānam: A Weekend Exploration of Sanskrit, Yoga History, Yoga Philosophy & Stories
January 16-19, 2020
Would you like to know why the warrior poses are named after a “very bad dude” named Vīrabhadra? Or what the purpose of life is, according to Patañjali? Or who is the ONLY female character to have a yoga pose named after her?
Jñānam means “knowledge” and this workshop will be a survey of the many types of “knowledge” in yoga! Subjects will range widely and touch on Sanskrit language, ancient and contemporary yoga history and philosophy, as well as the richness of the storytelling tradition and the importance of storytelling in teaching yoga.
108 Essential Sanskrit Terms for Yogis
Survey of ancient yoga history
Discussion of modern yoga history with emphasis on the Krishnamacarya (vinyasa) tradition
Survey of yoga philosophy, including vedic themes, the Bhagavad Gita & the Yoga Sutra-s
Stories! The stories behind the poses, the heroes of Rāmāyaṇa, and stories of yogic deities which ultimately help us understand ourselves and each other
Module 8. The Therapeutic Application of Yoga
February 20-23, 2020
This workshop is an exploration of yogic healing practices applicable for a general adult population. We will examine a variety of yogic practices, including: asana (poses), the use of props in asana, pranayama (breathing techniques), simple meditation techniques and more, that can be safely and effectively applied to help relieve back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, anxiety, and insomnia, as well as aid in stress reduction.
How to develop group classes focused on specific physical issues
How to assess individuals through listening, questioning, observing, and appropriate touch
Establishing appropriate goals
Identifying methods reduce or manage symptoms and improve function
Developing a practice intervention
Teaching how to practice that intervention
Module 9. Yogic Breathing
April 16-19, 2020
Pranayama, the formal practice of regulating the breath, lies at the heart of yoga. It has a mysterious power to soothe and revitalize a tired body, a flagging spirit, or a wild mind. The ancient sages taught that prana, the vital force circulating through us, can be cultivated and channeled through a panoply of breathing exercises. In the process, the mind is calmed, rejuvenated, and uplifted. Pranayama serves as an important bridge between the outward, active practices of yoga—like asana—and the internal, surrendering practices that lead us into deeper states of meditation.
Anatomy of breathing
Learn and learn how to teach a variety of pranayama
Experience pranayama with asana
Experience pranayama with meditation
Experience pranayama as chanting
Module 10. Vāc: Chanting, Mantra & the Yoga of the Voice
May 14-17, 2020
The Sanskrit word for voice or speech is vāc, and in the Vedic tradition, there is nothing more important. Cultures and people all around the world have used oral tradition to keep their most important teachings, traditions, and stories alive. In this workshop, we will discuss and explore many types of chanting related to yoga.
Beginning with Vedic chant, the oldest continually transmitted wisdom tradition on earth, we will use vedic chant principles to delve into the chanting of the yoga sutra-s, and then once we know the rules, we’ll break them as we explore bhakti styles of chanting.
Chanting can be a tremendous benefit to students who have suffered trauma, to students engaged in any healing process, to students interested in deepening their meditation or spiritual practice, and to anyone who can benefit from increased courage and fortitude, better breathing, better concentration and focus, and more balance in their bodies and their lives.
Experience Vedic chanting
Experience Yoga sutra chanting
Experience Bhakti chanting, including learning how to chant the Hanuman Chalisa
Learn the correct way to chant familiar mantra (Gayatri, saha navavatu, etc.)
How to develop a personal chant practice
How to incorporate chant in your asana classes
Module 11. Practical Meditation
July 16-19, 2020
Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly. So why don’t more people do it? In the West, many people think a daily meditation is “just one more thing on their to do list.” Reach out to your students with simple, practical meditation skills that will de-mystify the practice, demonstrate the tangible benefits and give the space for daily meditation to become a something students will want to do!
Learn, experience and learn to teach a variety of meditation techniques
Theories of meditation from the yoga sutra
Benefits of meditation
How to start a personal meditation practice
How to incorporate meditation in your asana class
Module 12. Capstone Presentations
August 13-16, 2020
Students in the 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program will deliver their capstone presentations. Friends and family can be invited to attend at no charge & individual presentations may be open to the pubic.
To receive the 300 Hour Certification and be eligible to achieve Yoga Alliance 500 Hour Registration students must already be Registered at the 200 Hour level and must attend all modules.*
Early Bird Paid In Full by March 7, 2019 = $3,750
Regular price = $4,000
Payment plan: $349/weekend + $100 non-refundable deposit
Modules are also open to the public (25 Yoga Alliance CEU’s per weekend) $449 per module
Note: Make-up hours are available and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.