With Instructors

Amanda Montavon, E-RYT 500, M.A, CAP, YACEP

Lidija Poljacek-Umphenour, E-RYT 500, YACEP, RPYT

Cassandra Lidin, L.Ac. M.Ac. Dipl.Ac., CAP, RYT 200

January 10, 2020 - October 30, 2020

Course Overview

This 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training program is an advanced program designed for individuals who have already completed a 200 hour program OR who already have extensive experience practicing and/or teaching yoga. Along with studying the deeper aspects of Yoga (योग), this program will also explore foundations within Āyurveda (आयुवदेर् practice and teaching style.); teaching you to integrate subtle energetic anatomy into your yoga.

Experience the transformational power of Yoga and Āyurveda. Expect to grow professionally as you enhance your skills as a Yoga teacher and personally as you advance in your own practice and lifestyle routines. Together we will create a community dedicated to supporting each other as we undergo a deeply rich exploration of the practice and philosophy of Yoga.

Emphasis will be placed on:

• Yoga Philosophy

• Foundations of Āyurveda

• Yoga for Special Populations

• The Language of Yoga; Sanskrit

• Advanced Physical & Energetic Anatomy

• Advanced Principles of Alignment

• Artful Sequencing and Creative Expression

• Teaching Yoga to Every Body

• Intentional Living

• Yoga as a Transformational Practice

• Becoming a Transformational Teacher

• Nature Based Yoga

• Yoga Texts: (Vedas, Upaniṣads, Bhagavad-Gītā, Yoga Sūtras & Haṭhayoga Pradīpikā,)

This 300 hour yoga teacher training is credentialed through the Yoga Alliance and recognized as a 300 hour training designed to build upon and deepen the trainee’s understanding of the fundamental concepts of teaching yoga that are generally taught at the 200-hour level. It prepares its trainees to teach principles and techniques of yoga that are more advanced, more detailed, and/or more subtle, and the training enables them to teach with greater skill than could reasonably be expected of a RYT 200. The 300 hour teacher training will provide the student with skills in teaching that address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a mixed group setting. Students who successfully graduate from this program and are in compliance of YA requirements, including teaching 100 hours of yoga after registration as a RYT 200, will be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as a 500 RYT.

300 YTT Subject Categories

The Yoga Alliance requires hours in five specific categories:

1. Techniques, Training and Practice

This category will include āsanas, prāṇāyāma, anatomy, yoga philosophy, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. Analytical and guided practice in how to teach these concepts will be received.

2. Teaching Methodology

This category includes varies teaching styles, communication skills, group dynamics, time management, healthy boundaries, demonstration of yoga āsanas, observation of bodies, assisting

6 and adjusting and how to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations. Discussion of students learning process, qualities of a teacher and the business aspect of teaching yoga.

3. Anatomy and Physiology

This category focuses on human anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) as well as energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). It also includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).

4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teacher

This will entail the study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts such as The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, Haṭhayoga Pradīpikā, and the Bhagavad-Gītā. We will discuss applying the 8 limbs of yoga to everyday life, ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher/ student relationships and community, and understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others through yoga (Sevā).

5. Practicum

This will entail practice teaching, receiving and giving feedback, observing others teach, assist students while someone else is teaching. Each participant will be required to sign up to teach three one hour classes on Saturday or Sunday from 5:30-6:30pm and a 2-hour workshop on a Wednesday evening, Thursday evening or on the weekend (schedule TBD). Together these classes count towards 5 of the practicum hours in which the participant must be the primary instructor. In addition, you must attend 17 session of peer teaching classes and stay for a half hour feedback session. These sessions may include observing or assisting.

Academic Calendar

Each session is 3.5 or 4 hours in length. Most sessions will start with 45 minutes & end with 15 minutes of either an asana or meditation practice. Meditation practices will include both passive and active meditation techniques including, but not limited to: practicing silence, guided imagery, reading, chanting, Sanskrit calligraphy and Yantra meditations. For those sessions, participants will receive 1 hour towards the Techniques, Training and Practice category. The additional 2.5 or 3 hours of class time will then count towards each class’s specific category as listed in the syllabus.

Please note that most classes take place on one to two weekends a month with more time off in the summer. The weekend schedule will be Friday 5-8:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-5pm & Sunday 8:30am-5pm. Also there are Wednesday evening (5:30-8pm) classes on 2/6, 4/1, 9/11 & 10/7.

Admissions Policies and Regulations

Students must have completed the 200 RYT or have the equivalent in classroom experience as approved by the instructors. To qualify to become a 500 RYT after this training, you must submit 100 hours of teaching to YA after the date on your prior 200- hour certificate. If you do not submit the 100 hours AFTER the date on your 200-hour certificate, you will not be able to upgrade to RYT 500 after taking this300 hour program. It is expected that participants already possess fundamental knowledge on anatomy and kinesiology, alignment principles, the chakra system, teaching methodology, yoga history and philosophy. The application for admission is included in the back of the catalog.


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