200 Hour Yoga Alliance Recognized Program
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
A Foundational Program to root you firmly in the teachings, tools & joy of yoga.
January 19-May 21 2017, Sacramento
Why Choose One Flow Yoga for Teacher Training?
A 200 Hour Teacher Training is a Significant Investment of Time, Energy & Money. You should get a great education in return.
We focus on the What, Why and How of teaching.
What are you going to teach? At One Flow Yoga, "What" we teach is the philosophy of yoga which comes from the collective texts of yoga, such as the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Upanishads. We study, discuss and explore them in depth. "What" also pertains to yoga postures and sequencing so we spend considerable time on these topics.
How do you teach? It is one thing to have the content or knowledge and quite another to be able to share it in a way that people will understand and resonate with. We teach interpersonal skills that will make you more confident and a better communicator. Plenty of time is given to translate the knowledge you receive into action though practice. You learn by doing.
Why? "Why" is a search for meaning and purpose. This not only means the purpose of yoga and why it exists, but your bigger purpose as a person.
Questions to Ask of Any Teacher Training You are Considering
Yoga is very specific thing that comes from a body of texts collectively known as the yoga sastra.
Within yoga, there are many different schools of thought and each will have a slightly different take or viewpoint. Yet, all pass through the major texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita.
It's surprising how many programs and teachers do not read these because they form the basis of yoga philosophy.
Sequencing can be thought of as the way the class is put together. It is the structure that gives a class logic and focus. Thoughtful sequencing is soothing. It tells a story and makes sense in your body.
The opposite of that is randomness which feels like a bunch of postures thrown together. This is jarring to your nervous system.
The other option a lot of programs choose to offer is a script. You learn one class. This has the advantage of allowing a program to teach a lot of people quickly, but limits your understanding of how to build your own sequences later on.
Smaller programs allow for more personal attention.
Putting what you learn into practice happens through practice teaching. Like any skill, deliberate practice takes time.
To be able to lead a 200-hour teacher training, a lead teacher must have taught for a minimum of two years and 1000 hours, according to the Yoga Alliance. That is not a lot of time.
We suggest you look for teachers who:
- Have taught for at least 10 years
- Have over 3000 hours teaching experience
- Teach regular classes weekly
There are different phases to being a teacher. The first couple of years you are simply trying to learn your craft and put different concepts into practice.
Learning to teach is challenging. It takes courage to be able to stand in front of a group of others and lead. The best teacher training programs recognize this and work to create a safe and supportive environment.
You can get a sense of this by taking classes with the lead teachers. How are they in class? Are they kind and supportive or do they try to push you? How are the other people in the room? Can you imagine yourself going through challenging times with them?
Shorter programs may work better for your schedule but do not give you a lot of time to digest all of the content a rigorous program offers. Look for a program that gives you time to process and apply what is being taught.
Talk with, or take a class with, a recent graduate of the program you are considering. Notice how they are as a teacher. Do they sound confident and relaxed? What was their training experience like? Would they recommend the program and if so, why?
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