Why Teach Yoga?
We practice yoga because it makes our lives better - healthier, happier, and more holistic. We teach yoga because we know it can make everyone's life better, regardless of age or condition. And we train yoga teachers because we believe in intelligently and passionately sharing the practice. If you share these values - that yoga makes life better, that yoga is for everybody, and that everyone deserves the best possible teacher - then we invite you to explore what we have to offer you. Like life itself, yoga is constantly evolving. By stepping onto the path of the teacher, you're opening to more fully participating in the creative evolution of this ancient practice that you know makes a world of difference in millions of people's lives. Keep breathing and become part of making that difference.
The Yoga Teacher Training & Certification Program is based in Santa Cruz, California. The program is offered in two formats: 1) a 21-day residential intensive program, and 2) a weekend program that you can completed in six months. Both formats provide a solid foundation in the art and science of teaching yoga, leading to 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification and 500-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification and registration with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200 and RYT 500). Over 1,200 teachers have participated in this transformational program yoga teacher certification program since 1998, gaining the knowledge and skills for a lifetime of teaching excellence based on refined practice and comprehensive training in all of the elements of teaching yoga.
Click on the 200 and 500-hour programs for curriculum details (in the sidebar to the right).
In this program you will:
- Study, refine and deepen your own yoga practice along with other highly motivated participants.
- Learn to really teach yoga - not a yoga brand or single style, but yoga.
- Gain a thorough and practical understanding of over 75 asanas, including their alignment principles, energetic actions, variations, modifications, contra-indications, risks and benefits.
- Learn practical functional anatomy - how the body is structured, held together, moves and stabilizes- in a way that makes practical sense in teaching real human beings.
- Learn the tools and skills needed for effectively and clearly teaching yoga to all levels of students and various student intentions and conditions.
- Learn how to plan classes based on clear principles of sequencing within and between each family of asanas.
- Learn the art and science of giving hands–on adjustments and other forms of assistance, one of the essential tools in guiding students.
- Develop an appreciation for different styles of yoga and different teaching methodologies.
- Learn to work with injuries, pregnancy and other specific or unique student needs.
- Explore the received wisdom from ancoent yoga traditions and develop well-rounded knowledge of yoga philosophy, ethics, history and lifestyle practices.
- Learn about teaching in a variety of settings - studios, gyms, businesses, schools, community centers, retreat centers andmore - as well as the basics of opening a yoga studio.
- Have a variety of opportunities to tailor your studies to your specific interests.
- Gain extensive teaching experience through practice teaching, apprenticeships and mentoring.
Personal Growth & Teaching Yoga
Yoga is a process for learning about ourselves and opening to our fullest potential. It helps us to expand our awareness and transform our lives in ways that make us happier, healthier and feeling more whole within ourselves and in our relationships with others in the world. Embracing these basic values is the starting point for becoming a good yoga teacher.
Participants in this program invariably experience a deep and lasting sense of personal transformation as all of the elements of yoga become clearer and better integrated as you explore every aspect of yoga in your personal practice. In contrast to teacher training programs that emphasize attainment, competition or mastery, in this program we look to explore, refine, deepen, expand and learn without end. The primary source of this transformative learning is one's personal practice, and it is in the practice of yoga that we gain the most insight into how best to share the practice with others. Because yoga is a process for self-transformation, there is nothing to master, no end to what we can learn and no limit to how much we can grow and share.
Developing Best Practices
While yoga practice is the key to developing as a teacher, the Yoga Teacher Training & In-Depth Studies Program methodically prepares you to teach with creativity, confidence, and competence. Rather than focusing narrowly on a single style or lineage, it is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to continuously evolve as a teacher based on your own evolution, interests, and intentions.
In contrast to quick immersion trainings and “mastery” programs, this program is designed to ensure that you develop and integrate a comprehensive foundation and set of skills into the fabric of your life so that you flourish as an informed practitioner and creative teacher of yoga for the rest of your life. This takes time, effort and commitment. Starting from wherever you are in your knowledge, skills and experience, this program will give you the opportunity to progressively develop into the best yoga teacher you can be.
Over 1,100 yoga teachers have participated in my yoga teacher training workshops over the past 17 years. They have gone on to teach in a variety of styles, including Vinyasa Flow, Anusara, Iyengar, Bikram, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Restorative & Therapeutic Yoga, Power Yoga, Yin, Pre/Post-Natal, Kids Yoga and others.
What color is your yoga parachute?! Come explore.
Winter 2014: Santa Cruz, California
- 7 consecutive weekends starting Jan. 11th
- 12:30-6:30 Saturdays & Sundays
Summer 2014: Santa Cruz, California
- 200-Hour Residential Intensive - Starts July 11, 2014
- 300/500-Hour Residential Intensive - Starts August 8, 2014
200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification Program
This path is fulfilled by completing the Phase I Foundational Course (100 hours), Phase II Completion Component (100 hours), and passing the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification Exam. The tuition fee is $2,500. Payment plan and early bird discounts available.
500-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification
Fulfilled by completing the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification plus 300 hours of advanced studies. Two years of yoga teaching experience required for admission. The tuition fee is $2,500. Payment plan and early bird discounts available.
In-Depth Studies Program 100–Hour Intensive
For serious students interested in deepening their practice and learning more about yoga. If this turns you onto teaching, you can transition directly into Phase II of the 200-hour program. The tuition fee is $1,500. Payment plan and early bird discounts available.