In this in-depth, eight-weekend yoga teacher training program, you’ll learn how to safely and effectively guide your students through a complete and balanced hatha yoga practice, all while profoundly deepening your personal understanding of both the physical and philosophical aspects of Yoga. Over the course of the training, you’ll learn the fundamentals of each pose, including muscular and systemic benefits, key anatomy and mechanics, and how to adapt each pose to a wide variety of needs. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of the role of physical practice within the greater Yoga tradition, while dramatically enhancing your own personal relationship to asana, pranayama, meditation, and the other central practices of the Yogic path.
The Physical Postures of Yoga:
- The Primary Asana: Function & Foundation — We’ll examine over fifty key poses covering all categories of movement, including standing, balancing, backward bends, forward bends, inversions, arm-balances, twists, and auxiliary poses. For each pose, we’ll discuss muscular and systemic benefits, how to cue/instruct, helping your students safely adapt each pose to their specific structures and needs, and how to determine when an alternative pose would be best.
- Sequencing, Guidance & Communication — You’ll learn a balanced, full-body sequence that will assure your students a solid foundation for their practice and a balanced practice each class, including how to maintain consistency while offering variety. You’ll also learn how to guide students in a manner that’s both safe and effective, allowing them to find the ideal form of each pose for their bodies while ensuring they stay healthy and well.
- Anatomy — You’ll learn the primary muscles, joints, and systems of the body as they relate to the unique perspective of asana, allowing you to provide safe and knowledgeable guidance.
- Personal Practice — You’ll have the chance to significantly deepen your personal relationship to asana, giving you a stronger foundation both as a teacher and as a practitioner.
- The Ethics of Teaching — We’ll explore some of the key principles that can help you better honor not only the energy of your students but also your own, greatly enhancing both their growth and yours.
Supporting Practices & Topics:
- Yoga Philosophy — You’ll learn the fundamental elements of the Yoga tradition, including how asana relates to the key principles and goals of Yoga, the primary branches, key aspects of Yoga psychology, the Yogic understanding of karma, and how Yoga relates to and differs from both Hinduism and Buddhism.
- Meditation & Pranayama — You’ll have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of and to practice two of the central practices of Yoga alongside asana: meditation, and breathwork. You’ll learn the place of both within the Yoga tradition as well as how to strengthen and develop your own relationship with each.
- The Business of Yoga — You’ll have the chance to learn from Old Town Yoga owner Jake VanVonderen as he shares his experience regarding the key elements for success as a yoga instructor, including what can help keep your offerings strong, whether you choose to teach at a studio, a fitness center, or privately.
Prerequisites: All backgrounds welcome, including those relatively new to yoga — Integral Yoga is a gentle style and is suitable for all backgrounds, both as practitioners and instructors.
Requirements: To receive certification of completion, participants must complete the following:
- Required Material: Students will need to acquire Integral Yoga Hatha and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, both by Swami Satchidananda
- Attendance: Participants are required to be present at all scheduled classes and lectures. In the event of missed sessions, participants are required to schedule make-up sessions and to cover any resulting instructor fees.
- Homework: All written homework, both for asana and philosophy, must be completed in a timely manner.
- Written Exam: All students must pass a final written exam, including the basics of asana and philosophy.
- Practicum: Participants must pass a final practice class in which they lead a group of fellow-teachers through a complete practice.
About Integral Yoga: Integral Yoga is a classic, gentle style of hatha yoga suitable for all backgrounds. In Integral Yoga, we practice one pose at a time, with focus on the mind-body connection. Each Integral Yoga class follows a basic sequence while also allowing room for variations, assuring that we take the body through its full, natural range of motion while also allowing for the exploration of alternative poses. The result is a balance of consistency for building depth and variety for finding our own unique approach. Throughout, Integral Yoga emphasizes the importance of understanding the physical and systemic benefits behind each pose, allowing us to tailor the form of each asana to meet our unique structure and needs. The result as is a gentle but powerful approach that is perfect for a wide range of abilities, fostering greater health, awareness, and peace….
About the Instructors:
Michael Lloyd-Billington, course leader, is a certified Integral Yoga Instructor, Levels I-III, with over 22 years’ experience as a teacher, including three years as Head of Yoga Teacher’s Training at Satchidananda Ashram. In addition to teaching yoga, Michael holds a degree in philosophy and comparative religion and has been teaching meditation and eastern thought for over 30 years, including ten years as philosophy instructors in the basic and advanced teacher’s trainings at Old Town Yoga Studio. If you have any questions about the course content, please feel free to contact Michael directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.412.4526
Andrea Bilderback will be leading the anatomy portion of the training and has been practicing yoga since 2002, and teaching since 2008. Andrea genuinely believes that curiosity is what makes life worth living; alignment, purpose and intelligent sequencing are of utmost importance in Andrea’s classes, though she lovingly encourages her students to embrace exploration, both on and off the mat. Andrea joined the Old Town Yoga team in 2011 and has since become a celebrated teacher in the Northern Colorado community. A prominent staple on the OTY schedule, Andrea has also been a featured teacher at Hanuman Festival in Boulder as well as The Sustainable Living Fair & Breathe Yoga Festival in Fort Collins.
Super Early Bird price is $2000 through May. Price goes up June 1st. A $500 deposit holds your space. Full payment must be made to receive the current Early Bird discount. Click here to register!
This training meets for 8 consecutive weekends, Friday evenings from 6-9pm, and Saturdays & Sundays from 8am to 5:30pm (with a 90 minute lunch break) from July 7th through August 27th.