"Donna represents the pinnacle of what teaching can be. She is constantly evolving."
~ Janet Bhuyan, Michigan
"This training is phenomenal."
~ Mimi Kuo-Deemer
"I thoroughly enjoyed both Lisa and Neal’s teaching, it seemed like Donna had picked them to create a perfect team, an amazing balance of knowledge, experience, humor, enjoyment that catered for everyone’s needs and learning styles."
~ Anna Jakes
“The atmosphere throughout this training was infused with a spirit of preciousness, care and thoughtfulness: the depth and subtlety of Donna’s teaching is inspiring.”
~ Sophia Reinders, California
"This training is a healing, radical, forward thinking and ground breaking research laboratory into the future of Yoga."
~ Jocasta Crofts, Australia
"Donna was extremely generous with her time, knowledge and the sharing of her considerable experience. She gathered an equally experienced faculty and together they created a life transforming experience for me."
~ Lea Maher
"Superlative. Impeccable. Donna sets the high bar in Yoga Teacher Education, demonstrating the pedogogic mastery of imparting the Yogic tradition in its depth and creative evolution. It is a blessing and an honor to study with her."
~ M.A. Greenstein
"This training is a life changing experience. A "must have" for Yoga teachers."
~ Vivien McLean, Sydney, Australia
"The training brings a very deep connection with the body and breath and how to initiate and move into an asana on a very deep and profound level. Beautiful! I fully recommend this training on a personal level and to new and current teachers."
~ Judy Manning
"This Yoga Teacher Training is priceless!"
~ Lisa Fabry

Yoga Teacher Training

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The training fees include a certificate of completion and a 200 page training manual. Total 220 training hours.

Overview

The body organizes itself around patterns. In this unique training module, we investigate the development of human movement patterns from infancy to adulthood, learning to see and understand body structure and movement from this more comprehensive perspective. The training will progress sequentially through each stage of development. As we explore the physical organization of each pattern (as well as the psychological states that accompany them), we will look at the specific application of each pattern for teaching and practicing Yoga, as well as the problems that occur when specific patterns are poorly integrated.  Instead of overwhelming the student with a “check-list” of corrections and details, we can guide our students through the cohesive support of patterns that evoke whole body integration.

Participants can expect to come away with a more acutely honed ability to see and understand body structure and movement, a precise language to understand and verbalize what they see, and hands-on techniques and principles that will help them elicit healthy movement patterns in their students. Past participants have found that incorporating these principles into their instruction has helped their Yoga students develop a more dynamic and fluid practice, as well as greater stability, balance and increased range of motion without injury.

Over the course of the three modules participants will be given ‘template’ classes to build an 8-week beginning level Yoga course.  Template classes will demonstrate essential movement skills, postures and breathing practices that should be a part of any fundamental course as well as intelligent use of movement sequences so that material can be learned in a step-by-step fashion.

Module One:
Embodying the Early Human Developmental Movement Patterns

We can only teach what we have been able to embody and integrate within our own practice.  The focus, therefore of this first module is on the teacher’s own embodyment.

This Module focuses on:

~ Establishing a Consistent Personal Practice: Each morning begins with a personal practice time that is supervised by teaching assistants.  This is a time where trainees can get help with their personal practice as well as spend time integrating material from the class sessions.

~ Understanding the Pedagogic Model:  A pedagogic model or strategy for teaching is “inbetween the lines” of everything we do and say within our Yoga classes.   The model used for this training assesses each technique in terms of the independence it affords the student. We will look at cultivating a way of interacting that allows for a free flow of communication between student and teacher as equals, and the development of the student’s own inner reference system. As a result, the student learns to question information, analyze it in terms of his or her own experience and to formulate a way of practicing that reflects individual needs and goals.  Having a conscious pedagogic model allows us to formulate a clear and consistent approach to how we help our students.

~ Embodying the Early Patterns:  We will explore the first two prevertebrate movement patterns: Breathing (cellular respiration and external respiration) and Navel Radiation.  Included in this material will be classes on fluid and organ support systems for breathing, anatomy of breathing and Restorative Yoga principles and practice for facilitating deep relaxation.

~ Touching to Teach: Because touch is one of the most effective ways we can use to repattern movement, we will learn how to use touch to facilitate the student’s deeper access to their own bodily experience.

~ Teaching Practicums: The focus on these first teaching practicums will be incorporating the pedagogic model within instruction.  Teaching practicums are done in support groups of 5-6 trainees and facilitated by teaching assistants.

~ Integrating Breathing & Naval Radiation into Teaching: You will be given sample template classes to use in your teaching as well as a homework strategy and maintaining a practice log for review during Module Two.

Module Two:
Embodying and Teaching the Movement Patterns

This Module focuses on:

~ Completion of the Prevertebrate Patterns:  We complete our study of the two prevertebrate patterns that create a foundation for support and ease of movement throughout the spine as well as the body systems and structural supports for these patterns.

~ Embodying the Vertebrate Patterns:  We move into the musculoskeletal structure of the body, learning to see, feel and move from the support of the spinal patterns as well as integration of the limbs through the core of the body in the homologous, homolateral and the spiraling movements of the contralateral.

~  Study of the anatomy of the psoas complex, secondary core muscles and the sacroiliac joint and spine.  Thorough understanding of these central axis structures underlie safe and effective postural instruction.

~ Practicums and Movement Analysis sessions where we look at the application of the patterns to Yoga postures with strategies for repatterning movement, offering appropriate variations and therapeutic alternatives.

~ Structuring and Planning Classes in preparation for teaching practicums gives us an opportunity to deliver class material that builds cumulative understanding and anchors core concepts and themes.  You will be given specific teaching assignments to be shared in small practicum groups with other supportive peers.  Many participants have found this one of the most valuable parts of the training, as even very experienced teachers rarely receive peer review on their teaching.  Emphasis is placed on both giving and receiving constructive feedback in the spirit of supporting each other to become better teachers.

~ Smaller Elective Classes with faculty so that you can experience how the material can be delivered through the voice of other teachers.

~ Integrating the Vertebrate Patterns in Teaching:  You will receive additional template classes that complete your ‘8-week Beginner’s Series’ to use in your teaching as well as a homework strategy for review during Module Three.

Module Three:
The Art of Teaching

This module will focus on:

~ The Technique of teaching including breaking down core concepts, progressive skill building and learning to adapt class plans based on learning to observe, deduct and change plans to meet the moment-to-moment needs of a student or group.  We will also explore the dynamics of pacing and creating classes that balance cognitive material with somatic inquiry and structured asana practice.

~ Voice projection, modulation and expressiveness as well as adjusting the voice to elicit awareness of specific body systems.  Having a confident and clear voice can make or break a teacher’s ultimate success.

~ Further Anatomical study of the spine, with focus on common problems such as kyphosis, scoliosis and hyper and hypolordosis as well as practical strategies for helping to correct these conditions.  Depending on our adjunct faculty we will also offer sessions on other areas of the body such as the shoulder girdle and neck.

~ Learning to assess structural support for the patterns and how to target specific changes that need to occur for a pattern to be better integrated.

~ Smaller Elective Classes with faculty so that you can experience how the material can be delivered through the voice of other teachers.

~ Personal Development:  Uncovering and working with negative core beliefs that undermine confidence and ‘whole self’ teaching using iRest/Yoga Nidra principles and protocol as well as the some dyad process work.  As a part of these sessions we will also discuss ethics and the importance of self-care, healthy boundary setting and creating colleagial support networks.