Effort and Grace: An Alignment Based Teacher Training
Join certified Anusara® teacher Stacey Swerer and 90 Monkeys certified teacher Matt Dolezal for the Fall 2017 teacher training at Old Town Yoga in Fort Collins, CO. This intensive training is an invitation to both dedicated students and teachers of all ages that want to share their passion of yoga. This is an opportunity for practitioners that want to dive into the study of yoga for their own personal practice and for those that wish to become trained quality teachers through an alignment system.
In addition, this full spectrum training will enhance current certified teachers skills through the art of theming, sequencing, and a keen lens of observation with alignment based flow and movement. Learn how to appropriately and safety articulate postures through precise cuing, skillful technique, and a rich language of yoga. This invaluable educational process will deepen one’s understanding of the vast layers of yoga to cultivate knowledgeable teachers with vibrant bodies, sharp minds, and radiant hearts ready to share their authentic gifts to the world.
Subjects of Study:
- Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation
- Teaching Methodology
- The Art of Theming and Skillful Sequencing
- Alignment Refinement and Biomechanics
- Assists and Adjustments
- Subtle Body and Chakras
- Yoga Philosophy and History
- Hindu Mythology and Tantra
- Class Preparation
- The Business of Yoga
Stacey Swerer, Training Leader: From the moment Stacey took her first yoga class, she knew she had found something she had been seeking without even knowing that she was searching for anything at all. Something shifted inside her from that very first class and her life was changed forever. In fact, it was so profound that Stacey really didn’t know how to respond…she just felt different from within. She felt relaxed, satisfied, happy and inspired by being uplifted from asana. Never looking back, her love for yoga introduced her to many different styles and traditions with roots in Hatha, Ashtanga, and ultimately Anusara Yoga. Anusara showed her the benefits and results from an alignment based practice that focuses on the technique and skill of postures that are powerful and effective. More importantly was the guidance into the space of the heart, an inner attitude revealing wholeness, radiance and vitality. As a Certified Anusara ® Yoga teacher with advanced training, Stacey’s classes are taught from over 20 years of deep study and the refinements of her own personal practice. Students can expect a slower style vinyasa with thoughtfully planned sequences leading to peak poses through the play of yoga.
Matt was introduced to yoga after the diagnosis of sciatica in his mid 20’s stemming from the pressures of a fast paced lifestyle on the Chicago Board of Trade. Leaving that world of chaos behind and heading to Colorado he found the healing properties of a consistent asana practice under the Anusara® yoga tradition. With over 10 years of practice Matt has been intimately studying the processes of yoga and integrates postures, philosophy, mythology and meditation into a well-rounded practice. The poetic nature of his practice is inspired by the teachings of Douglas Brooks from Rajanaka tantra, one of the world’s leading scholars of goddess centered tantra. Matt’s love for the many layers of yoga fuels his passion for creative writing that enables him to express his utmost gratitude for the vast abundance in life to savor the gift of embodiment and love life to the fullest.
Jake Van Vonderen will be assisting with the Business of Yoga module of the training. Jake has been the owner/director of Old Town Yoga Studio since November 2005, is the co-creator of the Breathe Yoga Festival, the coordinator of the Yoga Tent at the Sustainable Living Fair and the co-creator, along with Michael Lloyd-Billington, of the online yoga philosophy website www.thelivingyogablog.com Jake has also worked for Hanuman & Wanderlust Festivals and has volunteered for many yoga events around the country. With this experience, and having worked with over 200 teachers as director of OTY, Jake has a unique perspective on what makes a great teacher and what budding teachers might do to gain more opportunities to serve others through yoga.
Graduates from this course will receive a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and will be eligible to register as an R.Y.T. (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance.
Old Town Yoga is committed to providing the best quality experience at the best price possible. The Super Early Bird price is $2400 if paid in full by August 15th, 2017. Your $500 non-refundable deposit holds your space but full payment must be made before the deadline to get the current Early Bird price.
Students will need to procure copies of the following books:
- Light On Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
- The Key Muscles of Yoga Vol. I Ray Long
- The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwarn
- The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
- Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith
- The Mirror of Yoga by Richard Freeman
- Classical Hinduism- by A.L. Basham
- Tantra Illuminated by Harish Wallace
- Meditation For The Love of it by Sally Kempton
The Fall 2017 Training Schedule meets Friday evenings 6-9pm and Saturday & Sunday 8am-6pm on the following dates: