Teacher Training & Yoga Immersion at YogaFish

The YogaFish Mindful Vinyasa Immersion and Teacher Training Program is an invitation to deepen your own experience of yoga, meditation and pranayama. Throughout this six-month training, you’ll increase your self-knowledge and cultivate compassion through meditation, while gaining greater knowledge of your body through yoga postures.  You’ll explore anatomy and alignment in a critical, hands-on way, deepening your own practice and learning techniques to share yoga with others in an accessible, inclusive manner. This training meets the requirements for a Yoga Alliance 200-hour training.

Come home to your true nature. Grounded in the Buddhist philosophy of basic goodness, our journey together will explore meditation techniques to calm the mind, open the heart, and awaken wisdom. Through reading, lecture, film and discussion, we’ll learn the living history of the Buddhist path for living mindfully in the world. Students will be asked to commit to a daily meditation practice for the duration of our training.

Discover the joy of mindful movement and breath. Throughout our six-month immersion, we’ll steep ourselves in the postures and movement of vinyasa yoga. Expect to think critically and creatively as we investigate practical anatomy and alignment through asana practice, hands-on homework assignments, reading, lecture, discussion, and clinic intensives. Beyond vinyasa, we’ll learn the principles of teaching pranayama, restorative, slow flow (for curvy populations) and yin yoga (with Jaye Bryan). Students will commit to a home asana practice in addition to studio practice time, and 1-2 hours of anatomy reading or homework per week.

Explore the rich history of the yoga tradition. The roots of yoga are wide and deep. Having understanding, appreciation and respect for the history and context of the practice are essential to any true study of yoga. During our immersion, we’ll gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts of yogic philosophy and its fascinating history through film, weekly reading assignments, discussion and contemplation. Our unique training will also highlight contemporary issues of yoga, including injuries, ethical conduct, cultural appropriation and social justice. Students can expect 1-2 hours of philosophy reading per week.

Connect with compassion and clarity. Students will learn how to create a safe, inclusive environment for practicing and teaching yoga. We’ll gain tools to work with special populations and learn to make our classes trauma-informed. We’ll cultivate clarity in communication, observe and analyze teaching styles, and uncover our hidden biases and unmet needs so that we can connect with others with greater honesty, authenticity and presence.  Students will be encouraged to create a network of self-care practices to support them as they move forward.

Give yourself the gift of presence. This immersion is an intense commitment– to yourself. To fully benefit from this time, we ask that you commit to a daily meditation and asana practice. Completing the weekly reading and homework assignments is essential to absorb the information and participate in our group discussions. You may be challenged by both the time commitment and the natural introspection that arises as we deepen our yoga practices of meditation, asana and pranayama. During this time, you will need to make this training and your own self-care a priority. Please consider the time that you have available and speak to your family about the commitment before making a decision to enroll in this training. If the time is right for you, and you are able to give yourself the gift of presence during this time, I believe that you will find the journey incredibly rewarding and transformative!

Curriculum:

  • An overview of yoga philosophy, with a special emphasis on Buddhism:
    • Readings from Georg Feurstein, Reggie Ray, Thich Nhat Hanh, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche,Tara Brach, and more
    • The Yoga Sutras & the Bhagavad Gita
  • The history, lineage and traditions of yoga through present-day
  • Contemporary issues and concerns of modern postural yoga
  • Mindful vinyasa movement, with a focus on alignment as inquiry
  • Modules on restorative yoga, lymphatic yoga, chair yoga (with Cathy Brooks), and yin yoga (with Jaye Bryan)
  • Ayurveda (with Amba Greene)
  • Meditation and pranayama techniques for your  personal practice, and teaching basic meditation and pranayama
  • Mindful, critical alignment and intelligent, useful anatomy information
  • Anatomy of the subtle body
  • Teaching yoga in an inclusive, accessible way
  • Intelligent sequencing & creative theming
  • Ethical and psychological considerations of the teacher/student relationship
  • Practice teaching in a safe and honest environment
 

Training begins January 8, 2018 and will run through June 16. We will meet at YogaFish on Saturdays from
  • Our journey starts here-- Saturdays 12-7 PM, Mondays 6-9 PM.
12-7, and Monday evenings from 6-9 (including the 6 PM vinyasa class with Laura). In addition, there will be one Sunday afternoon session as well as two or three Wednesday evening sessions. Exact dates will be available as we move closer to our start date.

Next Steps:

  • If you’re interested in joining us for this immersion, or if you would like more information, please email laura@yogafishstuart.com. You will receive an email response with more details on the program and an application.
  • Once we receive your completed application, we’ll be in touch to schedule an interview. This is an opportunity to ask more questions and to be sure this is the right program for you.
  • After your interview and upon acceptance into our program (with $500 deposit), you will receive a welcome letter with additional information such as directions, daily schedule, required texts, what to bring and other details. We hope you’re as excited as we are for the journey!

Tuition & Payment Information: Tuition: $2,300 if paid before December 15. $2,500 after.  Your $500 (non-refundable) deposit will confirm a space in the training program and is applied to the first payment. The following payment options are available:Option 1: Payment in full of $2,300 by December 15.
Option 2: Payment in full of $2,500 by Program Start Date (TBA)
Option 3: Two payments totaling $2,700 paid as follows: $1,400 by Program Start Date ; $1,300 by second due date (TBA)
Option 4: Four payments totaling $2,800 paid as follows: $1,000 by Program Start Date ; $800 by second due date (TBA); $500 by third due date (TBA); $500 by final due date (TBA).

Refund policy: If after the first weekend, you do not wish to continue the training, you will receive your payment back, minus the $500 deposit. After that, refunds are not available. Tuition includes a six month unlimited pass at YogaFish (an $825 value) but does not include textbooks and supplies.