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200 hour Yoga teacher training

YogaWorks Vinyasa Flow (Level 1)

YogaWorks is credited by many as laying the foundation for yoga in the United States. Respected yoga teachers including Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Annie Carpenter, Alexandra Crow, Saul David Raye, Max Strom, Bryon Kest, Erich Schiffman, and Kathryn Budig have all trained with Yoga Works.

The dynamic and conscious practice of asana is the cornerstone of the YogaWorks’ method. It is a beautiful blend of Ashtanga, Iyengar, and the teachings of Desikachar, coupled with a unique approach to sequencing that is specifically designed to meet the needs of the average yoga student.

The foundational (200-hour) program is ideal for serious students of yoga and aspiring teachers. It is recognized by Yoga Alliance and comprises three areas of study: The Theory and Practice of Yoga, Yoga Philosophy and The Art of Teaching. Students who complete the 200-hour teacher-training program will :

  • Deepen their practice and understanding of yoga asana
  • Know how to structure and create a cohesive, well-rounded class
  • Acquire an understanding of yoga philosophy
  • Build relationships with highly experienced yoga teachers
  • Have the confidence and tools to begin teaching yoga
  • Be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level
  • The Theory and Practice of Yoga

The curriculum will include a comprehensive study of the foundations, techniques, and mechanics of fundamental yoga postures with an emphasis on deepening the student’s personal practice and recognizing and honoring it as the source for inspiration and creative teaching.

Topics include:

  • Intensive asana study
  • Beginning anatomy and physiology
  • Introduction to meditation
  • Principles of pranayama
  • Understanding restorative yoga
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Overview of subtle body/chakra system

Yoga Philosophy

Over 2,000 years ago, the sage Patanjali described the process of Yogic movement toward higher consciousness and peace in his treatise, “The Yoga Sutras.” His teachings are a living, practical model that, once understood, can be applied to all aspects of daily life. We will take an interesting, in-depth look at the sutras as they apply to the struggles in our lives off the mat. The residential format is unique in that we are given infinite opportunities to apply these philosophical underpinnings to our whole experience. This will transform not only your asana practice, but also your life practice, and provide tools of how to truly engage in the world.

The Art of Teaching
The art of teaching is a form of yoga in itself requiring sensitivity, compassion and practice. A teacher must encourage and inspire, and be sensitive to both the needs of individuals and those of the group. The practical and subtle aspects involved in teaching addressed in this course include:

  • How to be an effective teacher
  • Use of voice, body language, touch
  • The art and science of sequencing
  • Learning how to see and understand bodies
  • The purpose and use of props: in personal practice and class setting
  • Hands on adjustments
  • Practice teaching

Upon completion of the program, students will receive a diploma and Letter of Completion that they can use to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level and share with prospective employers. Completion of this program also qualifies students for admission into YogaWorks’ 300-hour Professional Program and opens the door to career opportunities at YogaWorks and YogaWorks’ worldwide network of partner studios.

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