The desire to teach yoga often comes from a place of love and appreciation of the benefits of the practice in body and mind. This training gives you the tools of knowledge and leadership in order to lead students to an experience of all of the benefits of this ancient system of practices has to offer.
When people first come to a practice of yoga, they usually think of the physical practice of poses, for that reason the first emphasis of this training is teaching safe and therapeutic breathing and body movement, which naturally creates healthy posture. In order to facilitate this we will study anatomy and kinesiology (the study of movement) in very approachable ways. Those with no previous experience will be able to understand the structure of the muscles, and bones to understand how they make movement possible.
Learning to recognize patterns of movement, this course is designed for those who want to teach group classes and also for those who want to continue their education towards Yoga therapy. We will see that what we commonly think is inflexibility is often a dysfunctional pattern of movement learned over time, rather than tight muscles. We will cover common precautions and contraindications of yoga poses as well as joint disorders such as arthritis, scoliosis, hip and knee replacements and shoulder dysfunction.
Continuing on from the first 50 hours, you’ll learn the importance of personal practice as well as beginning to learn how to teach through speaking and demonstrating. At the same time we will explore the barriers to communication and how to move past them in order to become more effective in relating to your students and beyond. Understanding and sharing our own limitations in body and mind helps us cultivate compassion and understanding for the wide variety of experiences that can be had by yoga students. Always keeping the perspective of the student in mind, we consistently become better leaders.
We will focus on the study of meditation, pranayama, philosophy through the Yoga Sutras and other literature. This course will include special lectures from Ginger Schechter MD, Deacon Carpenter, a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, James Chapman, a Neuromuscular therapist, João Paulo Pereira, a highly experienced yoga teacher and others to equip you with a wide array of tools and perspectives to be an effective teacher.
Please join us on this journey deeper into sharing the love of yoga!
Shane Davis, Director of Studies & Yoga Therapist: In the ten years before finding yoga, Shane was an anatomy buff (elbow deep in cadavers), a student of classical piano and a hiking fiend. When he came to yoga he immediately loved the fusion of physical discipline with spiritualpractice, but withlittle knowledge of technique and a high degree of tension in his body, Shane tore pelvic muscles, spending a year in arduous recovery. Through psychosomatic therapy, he unraveled deep webs of emotions that caused so much physical tightness, and healed the wounds of body and mind . After recovery, he serendipitously found teachers that would root him in the foundations of asana, one being Shy Sayar. Finding grounding strength in fundamentals, he learned asana can also be a therapeutic modality in itself. Shane has ventured out into the world of Acrobatic yoga, a practice that requires trust and faith in self and others as a way of deepening connection and relationship. Shane teaches Vinyasa, Hatha and Acrobatic yoga as well as teaching in the music and medical fields. He also practices a form of gentle acupressure, similar to what he received during his own recovery.
Yoga ONE 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training