Teacher Training

We are excited to take it to a new level this year with our 300 hour Teacher Training! This training will be an in-depth study of Yoga and teaching methodology. Our program is designed to create competent, articulate, compassionate teachers who carry an authentic understanding of what yoga means, how it works, and how to teach it. The asana, or posture aspect of the training will include both the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Philosophy will be taught passionately and articulately by experienced yogis. Anatomy and Physiology will be taught masterfully by Bryce Delbridge, and explored in depth. This training will include 3 major aspects…

Teaching Methodology and the Art of Adjusting

The Philosophy and History of Yoga

Anatomy and Physiology/Healing Arts

 

Teaching Methodology

Our training will include a thorough understanding of the postures, Vinyasa counts, adjustments and modifications for each posture in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary and Intermediate Series. Teaching methodology is the first aim of the program. Trainees will be practicing yoga postures, mudras, and pranayama throughout the program so that the training actually takes place “in a state of yoga.” After some intiial introduction, we use a with a method we refer to as “chakra formation” in which each student calls out the postures, adjusts other students, and gets adjusted in every pose many times over the course of the training. This method gives aspiring teachers the hands-on practical experience that they need to teach fluidly, safely, and articulately in public classes. Each graduate will be capable of teaching both Primary and Intermediate postures smoothly and professionally in both is led classes and “Mysore” style classes. Trainees will learn how to adjust yoga postures, when to adjust the postures, and how to modify them for students who need to work gradually. Complete memorization of Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary and Intermediate sequences will be required for graduation.

 

Philosophy

This training will impart an authentic and historically accurate understanding of the theoretical foundations of yoga. It will include Skype lectures from prominent yoga teachers around the world, including Dr. MA Alwar and Dr. Gangadhar Bhat from the Maharaja’s Sanskrit College in Mysore India. This college is irrefutably the birthplace of all Vinyasa based yoga practices around the world. The philosophical aspects of yoga will be explained clearly by senior professors who have a life-long exposure to Indian philosophy and who are able to articulately express an ancient world view in a modern context. We will also take a close look at the history and philosophy of yoga from a western perspective with Dr. Mathew Clark from SOAS University in London. We will attempt to impart the most current views to date as to where yoga came from, and how it has evolved into its current state in the world, both as a physical and a spiritual discipline. We will study six classical texts about yoga, hold discussions about their meaning, and discuss them with both Indian and western teachers.

 

Anatomy/Physiology and Healing Arts

Knowledge of the Anatomy and Physiology of the body is essential for teaching the asanas in a safe and constructive way and plays a big roll in a teacher’s ability to assist students with postures. We will learn the major muscles of the body and establish a fundamental understanding of their function. Students will learn about the skeletal markers by which we can assess the symmetry of a student’s body and understand the imbalances that are present. The training will also include a study of the four positions of Traditional Thai Massage. Elements of Acro Yoga will be introduced as a means of creating traction and assisting with back bending. The Healing Arts are a life-long pursuit of never-ending discovery as we attempt to understand and articulate the imbalances in our own bodies so that we may help others with knowledge and compassion. Graduates of the program will have some tools to work with and an introduction into several styles of bodywork that are very useful to a yoga teacher. We believe a competent yoga teacher should be able to help their students when they are experiencing pain and difficulty in postures.

 

Who can attend this Training?

Students will need to interview in person or over Skype before being accepted into the program. If you already have a 200 hour training with Ashtanga Yoga Studio you will be accepted immediately. Students who have not completed previous teacher training may also attend, provided they have some experience with yoga, preferably with teaching, and a sincere desire to learn. At least two years of asana practice is recommended, as well as a previous exposure to classical yoga texts including the Patanjali Sutras and Bhagavad Gita.

*If you already have a 200 hour certification with the Yoga Alliance, you may add this 300 hour training to obtain your 500 hour RYT status with Yoga Alliance.

Required books:

Classical Samkhya by Gerald Larsen

The Yoga System of Patanjali by James Haughton Woods

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchitananda

The Living Gita by Swami Satchitananda

The Sri Bhashya of Ramanuja

Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Brian Akers

The Roots of Yoga by Sir James Malinson and Mark Singleton

The Concise Book of Muscles by Chris Jarmey

* these books are not included in the tuition and each student will be responsible for purchasing their own copies.

 

Graduation Requirements

 Required memorization

  1. Both Primary and Intermediate postures of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system must be memorized thoroughly, along with the Vinyasa counts to get in and out of the postures.
  2. The Yamas, Miyamas, and 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.
  3. The five Prana Vayus.
  4. The five Koshas.
  5. The seven Chakras and their attributes.

 

Writing Assignments

1.Summary essays on 5 books. Samkhya Karika, Patanjali Sutras, The Yoga System of Patanjali (these three books form a unit and there will be a single essay of all three)  Bhagavad Gita, Sri Bhashya of Ramanuja, and The Roots of Yoga by Malinson and Singleton.

2. A definition of yoga in your own words.

3. A personal yoga bio that can be used on websites etc.

 

Our teacher training programs have always been great fun with a lot of enthusiasm, humor and excellent group dynamics. This is a  rigorous program both physically and academically that is designed for students who have a sincere desire to learn yoga and share it in their communities. It will be an immersion in yoga designed to deepen your practice and understanding of yoga. In our view, no amount of training will make anyone a yoga teacher. We only become yoga teachers when we have taught others about yoga long enough and effectively enough that they begin to refer to us as their “teacher.” Only then can we perhaps consider ourselves to be yoga teachers. We are all students and we should never lose touch with that. Students with more experience in yoga may help other students with less experience. In so doing we enter a timeless process, and gain deeper insight into yoga, engaging in a very rewarding and enriching experience.

Yoga is a lifelong pursuit and needs time to grow. Good information, exposure, and steady practice can speed up the process.Yoga has had a very positive impact on countless lives and has become a household word all over the world. Interest is growing rapidly. Teaching Yoga is certainly an honorable and viable profession and the more people who are capable of sharing Yoga with others in a sincere, compassionate, and intelligent way, the better.

The training will be held every 3rd weekend starting October 7th 2017, from 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Dates:

Oct. 7-8, 2017

Oct. 28-29

Nov. 18-19

Dec.9-10

*Holiday Break*

Jan. 6-7 2018

Jan. 27-28

Feb.17-18

March 10-11

March 31-April 1

April 21-22

May 14-20 (Intensive and Graduation)

REGISTRATION:

To schedule an interview or inquire about our program, contact Andrew Eppler at 405-503-7779 or okiebaba@gmail.com
- It is best if you can attend a class with Andrew along with your interview.
 

Prices:

$3200 before Sept. 1st, 2017

$3500 after Sept. 1st, 2017

Payment plan: $500 down and $300 for 11 training weekends. The total cost is $3800 with the payment program.

*After being accepted and registering for the program all of Andrew’s regular public classes may be attended free of charge.

 

Our Teacher Training is licensed by Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools.