Teacher Training

200-Hour Yoga Community Advanced Studies and Foundational Teacher Training Program 
August 2016-April 2017

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The Yoga Community's 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Advanced Studies and Foundational Teacher Training Program (YC TTP) invites you to delve into a deep study of the Eight-Fold Path of Raja Yoga and, in doing so, to uncover your truest self. 

Over the course of nine months, you will grow as a yoga student and teacher; our staff of Experienced-Registered Yoga Teachers (E-RYTs) and special guest Master Teachers will guide you as you discover your  inner wisdom. The program invites yoga students of all abilities to take their practice to the next level and provides a unique opportunity to everyone from committed beginners to working yoga teachers to ground themselves, their lifestyle and their practice in the principles of yoga. 

Our unique combination of self-study, readings, journaling, group discussions, asana practice and observation, and meditation instruction and practice is steeped in yogic philosophy and ethics. When you graduate from the YC TTP, not only will you be a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher, you will find yourself more confident, empowered and at ease. 

Come take this journey with us! 

What you can expect: 

To learn the fundamentals of yoga history, philosophy and ethics
To study the Eight Limbs of Yoga learn how to incorporate them into your daily life and teaching
To learn and practice a daily yoga routine
To find your voice as a teacher
To uncover and listen to your inner teacher and to quiet your inner critic
To be supported as your become an effective, powerful and ethical yoga teacher
To learn how to safely adjust students, verbally and physically
To learn yoga anatomy
To register with Yoga Alliance® as a teacher 

Outline of Curriculum and Breakdown of Hours 

Yoga Techniques: Training and Practice (100 hours)
-Yoga Nidra 

Yoga Philosophy and Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers (30 hours)
-Yoga history and philosophy
-Yoga Sutras
-The 8 Limbed Path

Teaching Methodology (25 hours)

-Developing your voice and teaching philosophy
-Verbal and physical adjustments
-Your role/responsibility as a yoga teacher
-Teaching etiquette 

Anatomy and Physiology (20 hours)
-Anatomical Terminology
-The 11 Systems of the Body

Practicum (10 hours)
-Practice Teaching
-Hearing and Giving Feedback 

Electives (15 hours)
-Prenatal Teaching Overview
-Teaching Yoga to Seniors Overview
-Sanskrit Names and Study
-The business of yoga and how to market yourself as a yoga teacher 

Our unique training schedule includes one weekend a month:
(Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-6pm). 

August 26-28
September 23-25
October 21-23
November 18-20
December 9-11
January 27-29
February 17-19
March 24-26 (Retreat Weekend)
April 21-23
*Dates subject to change. 

Tuition: $2,995 Early Bird Special: $2,795 before June 1st Payment plans available.

FAQs How long do I need to have been practicing yoga in order to enroll?

There is no minimum requirement in order to enroll in the Yoga Community's Teacher Training Program. What we do request is that you have a strong commitment to the principals and practice of yoga. Generally, the self-searching and questioning that would lead someone to a program like ours would happen over the course of at least a year of consistent practice, but it might happen as quickly as within a few months. 

I have a specific style of yoga I want to teach. What style of yoga does your program encompass?
The YC TTP is based in the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which constitute the basis of all lineages of yoga as we understand them. Our focus on philosophy, ethics, teaching fundamentals, meditation, and asana will create a strong foundation for you to ultimately teach any style of yoga. Our goal is to help you find your teaching voice and your own inner teacher, and as you cultivate your teaching abilities and interests over the course of our program and into the future, we will gladly support you in deeper study in a particular lineage or style. 

I'm not sure if I want to teach yoga. Is that okay?

Of course! We see the YC TTP as a first step into deeper self-study and into the universal study of yoga. This program will allow you to experience more freedom, ease, and safety in any future yoga class, but it will also help you develop a consistent home practice. However, it is important to remember that a significant portion of this program focuses on the elements, study and practice of teaching. Even if you have no intention of teaching yoga, you will be asked to participate in the teaching portion of the training…and who knows - with an open mind, your ideas about teaching might just change! 

Will I be able to teach at the Yoga Community after completing the YC TTP?
Like all yoga teachers who approach us wanting to teach at our studio, we will certainly consider you. The process of becoming a yoga teacher at any studio generally begins with subbing to gain experience and to expose people to your teaching style. If you so desired and we felt you were a good fit for our studio, we would start you on our sub list. Remember, once you graduate, you will be a Yoga Alliance certified teacher, and will be capable of teaching at any studio! 

What if I have to miss a day?
Please only enroll if you have looked at the dates and can work them all into your schedule. That said, if you must miss one day, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule within reason, helping you to make up missed class activities and homework and/or scheduling make-up days if necessary.
300-Hour Advanced Studies &Teacher Training: Master Your Practice
January-September, 2017 at Yoga Community

Download Application Here!

Ready to transform your yoga career and practice with a 500-Hour Certification in Advanced Studies and Teacher Training? If you already have a 200-Hour certification, we're here to take you to the next level of yoga and shape the yoga career of your heart's desire!

Yoga Community's creative 300-Hour Advanced Studies offers a broad overview of topics designed to help you find your purpose and hone your teaching skills. You will deepen your personal practice and knowledge of yoga as you take the next steps beyond the foundation of a 200-Hour certification.

Our unique in-depth curriculum spans nine months of learning and practicing in beautiful Sonoma, California. We will gather twice a month with master teachers from a variety of traditions and specializations. Included in our training will be a weekend residential retreat at Sonoma's Westerbeke Ranch with renown yoga scholar and writer Linda Johnsen. Yoga Community's 300-Hour study program. Explore a delightful depth of the tradition!

What you can expect:
  • A study of the subtle bodies such as prana, koshas, prana vayus, and marmas 
  • Finesse poses with a keen eye on alignment and adjustments 
  • To create and sequence classes 
  • Yoga and psychological trauma 
  • Yoga and psychology 
  • Steep in meditation and pranayama 
  • A foundation in ayurveda and tantra 
  • How to teach meditation and mantra 
  • To study and discuss yoga's ancient history and scriptures 
  • Karma and Dharma in daily life 
  • Tools to fulfill your purpose and personal evolution and to align with your true Self 
  • Learn the business of private yoga 
  • The support of mentorship 
  • Logging your required personal practice 
  • Required readings and book reports 
  • Practice teaching and feedback 
  • Independent study

  • The completion of any 200-Hour RYT yoga certification program 
  • Two years minimum of hatha yoga practice is required (one year of teaching experience is recommended) 
  • Complete and pass the Certification Exam at the end of the program
  • Two weekends a month, January-September 2017. Friday nights 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 
  • Residential retreat in Sonoma, March 24-26
January 6-8 Anatomy and Adjustments for Asana
Eka Ekong, E-RYT 500

January 20-22  Yoga for Psychological Trauma
Lisa Danylchuk, LMFT, E-RYT

February 3-5 The Art and Skill of Sequencing
Nikki Estrada, Teacher Trainer, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500

February 24-26 Ayurveda: The Art of Being. Part I
Vijaya Stern, Ayurvedic Naturopath, CMT

March 17-19 Ayurveda: The Art of Being. Part II
Vijaya Stern

March 24-26 Yoga and Samkhya
Retreat Weekend--Linda Johnsen, M.S.

April 7-9 Mantra, Meditation and Jappa
Stephanie Chee Barea, Certified ParaYoga E-RYT 500

April 28-30 Prana: Linking Breath and Consciousness
Barbra Brady, E-RYT 500, ParaYoga Level II Certified Teacher

May 5-7 Koshas: Journey from Self to Soul- Systems of the Body
Brenna Geehan, E-RYT 500, ParaYoga Level II Certified Teacher

May 19-21 The Four Desires: Finding your Dharma
Stephanie Chee Barea

June 2-4 Marmas and Alignment
Brenna Geehan

June 23-25 The Psychology of Yoga: Cultivating Radical Presence & Mindful Awareness on the Path of Self-Inquiry
Helaine Shehais, PhD, E-RYT 500, YACEP

July 7-9 Patanjali's Yoga Sutra: the Philosophical Backbone
Lakshmi Norwood, M.Ed., Certified Structural Yoga Therapist

July 21-23 The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Nikki Estrada

August 4-6 The Business of Private Yoga
Kate Connell Potts, E-RYT 200

August 18-20 Eka Ekong
Ayurveda in Yoga/Introduction to Tantra

September 8-10 Remover of Darkness: The Importance of the Teacher
Student Relationship
Lakshimi Norwood

September 15-17 Final weekend, Practicum
Barbra Brady 

Tuition:  $4495 or Early Bird $4195 if paid in full by 11/30/2016