200 Hr Yoga Teacher Certification
* Payment plans are available. Please see the application for options.
Risner Fitness Center, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
September 2016 - December 2016
Thursdays 1800-2100/ Saturdays 0900-1800
Registration is closed. Class is FULL.
(hourly schedule will be a modified format from what is listed below)
Risner Fitness Center, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
January 2017 - March 2017
Registration is now OPEN. Applications are being accepted.
Please return a completed application to me by email. Please register early, space is limited.
Payment for this course is made through the Risner front desk upon acceptance. Please submit your paper application and schedule an interview before making your payment.
Part 1 - Deepen Your Practice: $900
(80 hrs of 200 hr program)
For those that want to explore the deeper concepts of yoga can participate in the first few weeks of the teacher training program. This portion of the program covers the basic concepts of yoga while jump starting your own personal yoga and meditation practice. Topics covered include yoga philosophy, concepts of energy in yoga, techniques in pranayama, yoga nidra (yogic sleep), mudra practice (hand gestures), and chanting. Participants for part 1 only, are not expected to purchase books or complete homework assignments. Teacher trainees will use this portion of the course as the foundation for concepts and techniques in teaching yoga that will be implemented in Part 2 of the course. *Teacher trainees that are completing the full course are expected to purchase books and complete homework.
Part 2 - Yoga Teacher Certification: $1400
(120 hrs of 200 hr program)
After completion of Part 1, students then begin to explore the more yoga on a deeper level that includesIn both portions of the course you will undergo 1-3 hours of yoga training along with 1-3 hours of lecture per day. This is a Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour certification program and students that receive a certificate from the program may register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200 upon completion.
Full Program Investment: $2300
Students will learn:
- History & Philosophy of Yoga
- Concepts of Energy in Yoga
- Techniques in Yoga Practice
- How to Develop Your Own Practice
- How to Practice Meditation
- Basic Pranayama
- Overview of Ayurveda (sister science of yoga)
- Mantra and Chanting
- Benefits/Contraindications of Poses
- Anatomy and Alignment
- Art of Oral Instruction
- How to Sequence a Vinyasa
- The Art of Adjustment
- Avoiding & Healing Injuries
- Modifications and Variations
- Pre-natal Yoga
- Business of Yoga
My Philosophy on Teaching Yoga
Yoga teacher training is a life changing program that gives you the tools of yoga to develop and evolve as an individual and to bring these concepts to your students as a teacher. This course has spiritual development built into the curriculum, while emphasizing healthy alignment, anatomy, proper sequencing, modifications, and therapeutic applications. The first half of this course will get you jump started on developing your own yoga and meditation practice which is the foundation of all good teachers. The second half of the course will prepare you to teach a class and give you the tools to navigate the business world of yoga. Students are taught how to teach a yoga class through verbal instruction with little demonstration. I believe that yoga instructors should have keen awareness on all participants in their class and be actively engaged on their well being throughout their practice. Teachers should be able to sequence poses and offer modifications on the fly based on the fitness, mood, and energy level of the students. This course will groom you to teach in this method.
Sample Schedule (modify for summer intensive 8am - 2pm)
The structure of a typical day in teacher training will look like this:
1) 9:00am - Group intake and discussion/questions
2) 15-30 minutes chanting, pranayama, and/or progressive relaxation
3) 9:30am - 1-3 hours of asana practice (includes lessons on building your own personal practice, mastering techniques, and education including: sanskrit terms, anatomy, proper alignment, muscle engagement, benefits, contraindications.)
4) 30-minute meditation
5) 12:00-1:00pm - packed lunch and group discussion or lecture
6) 1-3 hours of lecture and notes (first half of the course)
7) 1-3 hours of practical learning (includes teaching and practicing teaching techniques) This portion of the training occurs about half-way through the course and is what sets my training apart from others. Students spend as many hours allowable doing hands on adjustments, learning teaching techniques and teaching classmates.
Graduates will have developed a sound foundation of personal yoga practice. They are ready to hit the ground running and will already have several yoga classes under their belt before graduation. This program will give you the tools to structure and teach a yoga class and give you the business and marketing insight you need to get started.
Syllabus and Required Reading List
Students will be provided with a course syllabus on the first day of class. Students are responsible for obtaining the required reading list below. All books are available through Amazon and can be shipped to Okinawa. Homework is based on class lectures and some assigned reading from the books on the list. Books are primarily supplemental to the lectures. Expect 2-4 hours of written homework per week. The final exam is a take home exam and 1 week is given for completion. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.
Required Reading List for Study and Assignments:
- Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H. David Coulter
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
- The Yoga Teacher's Toolbox by Joseph and Lillian LePage
- Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
- Ayurveda The Science of Self Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad
- Light On The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - BKS Iyengar
Recommended Reading but Not Required:
- Pranayama - Beyond the Fundamentals by Richard Rosen
- The Bhagavad Gita and It's Message by Sri Aurobindo
- A New Earth by Eckart Tolle
- Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar
Associate Teachers for 2016
Rewa Giroux-Dumas, ERYT 200
(Okinawa, JA only)
Rewa has been working in the fitness industry for 18 years and has had the pleasure of working with a variety of people whose goals ranged from competitive sports to walking without a cane. She is a certified Personal Trainer as well.
She first came to yoga while healing from injury. She was able to find steadiness, strength and balance in her life and more compassion towards herself. She always incorporated mindful movement into her work as a trainer and enjoyed the opportunity to attend a yoga teacher training in Power Vinyasa Yoga in 2010. Rewa's teachings are inspired by teachers Steve Ross, Shiva Rae, Rod Stryker, Paul Grilly and Tayna Steward.
She plans to continue her yoga studies in Yoga Therapy and Para Yoga.
Rewa believes that by having a consistent personal practice, yoga is transformational in every aspect of life. She teaches a Vinyasa style class that links breath with movement. She also incorporates pranayama and meditation. Her passion as a teacher is to guide you through a practice in way that you can make it your own by encouraging you to be present, explore your edge, meet challenges and celebrate the stillness and “AHH HAA” moments.