January 12th - June 9th, 2019

If you have been on the path of yoga, and have a desire to deepen your knowledge or share this practice with others, we are offering a teacher training program in a series of weekend immersions to give you a sound foundation to grow from. Earn your 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification in 11 weekends, or a 100 Hour Immersion in 5 and 1/2.

We provide one of the best yoga teacher trainings in the Fredericksburg area with renowned guest teachers coming to share their knowledge with us. Lili Robins, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP, will be joined by Lauren Rogers, RYT 500 and the following guest teachers: Beloved Yoga’s Maryam Ovissi, E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, C-IAYT, YACEP and Jafar Alexander E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, YACEP; Mary Richards, E-RYT500, M.S., C-IAYT; Bobby Ducharme, E-RYT 500; Anne Petrov, E-RYT 500; Elizabeth Finnan, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, YACEP

This training will be divided into 2 segments of 100 hours each so students who are not interested in teaching yoga at this time will be able to attend the first half of this program to increase their understanding of Yoga. The guest workshops will be open to all interested yoga teachers for continuing education credits. 

Our 100 Hour Immersion will journey through the History and Evolution and Branches of Yoga, dive into the Philosophy of the 8 Limbed Path and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, explore experiential Yoga Anatomy, discover more about Asana/poses on a granular level with good foundation and alignment for the most safety and benefit, plus learn the foundations for teaching Yin, Chair, and other types of Yoga for varied populations. (Meeting weekends January 12th - March 23.)

The 200 Teacher Training includes the second 100 Hours and prepares students to become teachers with additional anatomy workshops, introduction to Ayurveda, discovery of the subtle body through Pranayama and the Chakras, and work with additional poses. Special focus will be given to Language and Cueing, Mirroring and Assisting, use of Props, and the Ethics and Business of Yoga. Additionally, students will receive one-on-one mentoring during the teacher prep time to give you the polish and confidence you need to share your knowledge with others in the seat of the teacher.

This program is certified by the Yoga Alliance and graduates receive their RYT200 Certification.

Fees

We have an affordable Yoga Teacher Certification paid in monthly installments:

Fees for 100 Immersion: $1,362.50 includes the $400 non-refundable deposit plus two payments of $350 and one payment of 262.50 from January 1 - March 1.

Fees for 200 Teacher Training: $2500 includes the $400 non-refundable deposit plus 6 monthly payments of $350 from Jan. 1 - June 1.

Included in the tuition: The non-refundable deposit gives each student a 25-Class Pass to be used during their training, a binder and text pages that are distributed each training weekend. (The 25 class pass expires after 7 months.)

Attendance: Students are expected to attend all training sessions though we allow one weekend missed with notice and gathering of notes and assignments from fellow students. The 20 class pass should be used in a variety of classes from Gentle to Vinyasa for a well rounded training.

"Thank you for all that you’ve taught me. The structure of the classes were organized and well thought out. The notebook handouts are something that I will review again and again. The exposure to different aspects of yoga and the wonderful workshops were valuable. I appreciate that the studio classes were open to YTT students and that the classes you taught often related to a YTT subject or idea. I have an appreciation for all of the time and energy you have lavished on us all." — Pat

Subjects and Texts

TEACHING METHODOLOGY: Techniques & Practicum

Students will . . .

•          understand the key aspects of spinal movement and alignment

•          understand the benefits, contraindications and customizations of asanas for varied populations

•          learn the art of safe, intelligent sequencing, and how to design a balanced class

•          learn the art of language, voice, and silence

•          learn how to teach to varied learning styles and to safely assist

•          learn about chanting, mantra and meditation and their physical and emotional benefits

•          learn pranayama and kriya practices: when, how, and why to use them

•           learn the foundations of Vinyasa, Yin, Chair, and Restorative Yoga

•           observe, assist, create lesson plans, and practice teaching Yoga

•           establish daily asana, meditation, and journaling practices

HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY & LINEAGES

Students will gain an understanding of . . .

•          the history, lineage and evolution of Yoga

•          Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Eight Limbs Path of Raja Yoga       

•          the Bhagavad Gita and branches and philosophy of Yoga

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

Students will gain an understanding of . . .

•          anatomy for yoga teachers

•          the systems of the body and the effect yoga has on them

•          Ayurveda for overall wellness

•          the subtle anatomy of the energy body through study of pranayama and the chakras

ETHICS & THE BUSINESS OF YOGA

Students will . . .

•          learn about the business of Yoga and how to differentiate and promote brand and style of teaching

•          understand the ethical guidelines and boundaries for yoga teachers including touch and assists

•          gain an understanding of teaching with trauma sensitivity for group classes

REQUIRED READING

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Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele

Bhagavad Gita by Stephen Mitchell

Yogabody, Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana by Judith Hanson Lasater

The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long

Pilgrimage through Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, by Maryam Ovissi and Jafar Alexander

Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad

RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL READING

Self-Awakening Yoga by Don Stapleton

The Schedule

Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00 – 5:00 on the following weekends with guest teachers noted:

Jan 12, 13 — 13th - with Maryam Ovissi + Jafar Alexander: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
Jan 26, 27
Feb 9, 10 — 10th - Mary Richards: Anatomical Geography: Mapping the Bony Landmarks
Feb 23, 24 — 24th - Pranayama + Restorative Yoga
March 9, 10 — 10th - Bobby Ducharme: Self-Awakening Yoga                                                                                March 23, 24 — Yin Yoga + Meditation / 24th - Mary Richards: Exploring the Axial Body; Mapping the Vertebral Column
April 6, 7 — 6th or 7th - Anne Petrov: Ayurveda: Theory and Practice
April 27, 28 — 27th - Maryam Ovissi: Bhagavad Gita / 28th - Elizabeth Finnan: Asana & the Chakras
May 4, 5 — 4th - 5th - Mary Richards: Butterflies in the Belly: Asana and the Inner Body
May 18-19 — Review - Team practice teaching
June 8, 9 — Student teachers teach!

Admission

This teacher training program is for experienced students who have a strong desire to deepen their knowledge and understanding of this practice. Applicants should have a regular yoga practice, and have a strong interest in learning more about this ancient philosophy, practice and process. We recommend at least 18 months of continuous, steady practice (sometimes more to become a strong candidate) of yoga before applying for teacher training. If you are ready to take this next step, please fill out our application online.

Graduation Requirements

• Keep a journal
• Practice at home and in the studio
• Take regular weekly classes at Art of Balance Yoga
• Observe 5 classes at local yoga studios and write brief summaries
• Complete readings and reflection papers
• Turn in all assignments and pay all fees
• Successfully teach one 75-minute karma class to guests of AoBY

Application

Please complete an application and we'll schedule a time for you to come to the studio for a class and interview. Upon acceptance the deposit is due. This deposit pays for the binder of all the lessons and poses and a 25 class pass.

Find application here