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Advanced Studies & Teacher Training

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Yogasana Center is committed to helping its students find equilibrium in their lives through a meditative and disciplined physical practice of Yoga.

Our Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program is rooted in the Alexander Technique, and the Yoga of Donald Moyer, in the Iyengar lineage. It is a 500+ hour, two-year, comprehensive foundation. We intend to give future teachers the knowledge and skills necessary to explore and develop the yogic tradition of self-study and transformation.

Yogasana’s teacher training was key to my developing and sustaining a regular yoga practice, and truly changed my life.  The one on one attention we received from the teachers ensured we went deeply into our own bodies and discovered our own personalized practice, before shifting focus to how we could translate all we had discovered to others by teaching.  Witold and Kristen and all the teachers completely model what they teach – an integrated approach to learning and teaching and a deep respect for the traditions of yoga while also encouraging experimentation and fun.  I couldn’t recommend this program more!

-Julie Kline – class of 2009

 

Curriculum

Year One – Developing Your Own Practice

The first year of training focuses on establishing a foundation in the principles of the Alexander Technique, developing a home yoga practice and a general knowledge of all aspects of yoga. The first year of study is the basis for Year Two, but it can be taken alone as a way to deepen your understanding and experience of yoga. Courses include Fundamentals of Asana, Introduction to the Alexander Technique, Breathing Coordination and Pranayama, The Heritage of Yoga, The Art of Sequencing, and Anatomy.

Year Two – The Art of Teaching

Building on the knowledge and insights of Year One, the second year emphasizes basic teaching skills. Courses include Pedagogy, The Art of Teaching, Teaching Practicum, Adjustments, Body Reading, Yoga’s Eight-Limbed Path, Ethics, Professional Development, Women’s Yoga, Back Care, Therapeutics and Anatomy.

Faculty
Year One Overview
Year One Course Descriptions
Year Two Overview
Year Two Course Descriptions
Admission
Tuition

Faculty

Kristen Davis, Witold Fitz-Simon, Sarah Barnaby, and guest teachers: Deborah Wolk, Julie Brandwein, and Jeanne-Marie Derrick

Year One Overview: Developing Your Own Practice

Weekly Classes
Mondays, 6pm-8pm
Fundamentals of Asana, Breathing Coordination/Pranayama, and The Heritage of Yoga with Donald Moyer

1st term: September 14 – December 14, 2015
2nd term: January 4 – March 14, 2016
3rd term: April 4 – June 13, 2016 (no class Memorial Day)

Weekend Intensives

Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00-12:00 and 2:00–5:00

September 19 & 20– Introduction to Alexander Technique and Anatomy 1

October 24 & 25 – The Art of Sequencing and Anatomy 2

November 21 & 22– Anatomy 3 and Inversions

Januear 16 & 17 – Anatomy 4 and Restoratives

March 5 & 6 – Asana immersion: babybackbends and abdominals

May 21 & 22 – Asana immersion: backbends and arm balances

Ongoing Yoga Class

Participants are required to attend a weekly Level 2 or 3 class of their choice at Yogasana Center.

Home Practice

Year One students are required to practice 5 times per week on their own—once for 1 hour and four times for a half hour. Students will keep a practice journal and turn it in weekly to receive feedback from the teachers.

Art of Breathing Workshop
(date TBD)

The cost of this workshop is not included in the tuition, but it will be discounted for teacher trainees.

Evaluation

To be eligible for Year Two: The Art of Teaching, students must have successfully completed all of the courses, attended a weekly Level 2 or 3 class, and maintained a consistent home practice.

Year One Course
Descriptions

Fundamentals of Asana

Taught by Kristen Davis and Witold Fitz-Simon

Mondays, 6-8pm and two Intensive Weekends: March 5 & 6 and May 21 & 22

Within the weekly class and two intensive weekends, we will systematically work through all of the different types of asanas, from standing poses to forwardbends, backbends, twists, inversions, and restoratives. We will break down each pose, studying the anatomy and alignment, and exploring different modifications, verbal cues, and adjustments.

Introduction to the Alexander Technique

Taught by Kristen Davis and Witold Fitz-Simon

September 19 & 20

An introduction to the five principles of the Alexander Technique. This workshop will explore the importance of the head/neck/back relationship and the use of observation, inhibition and direction to identify and repattern habitual physical and mental behaviors. This is the foundation of our approach to asana and pranayama which we will explore and develop over the next two years.

Anatomy 1

Taught by Sarah Barnaby

September 19 & 20

In this first anatomy module, we will lay the foundation for an embodied exploration of anatomy, kinesiology and physiology. We’ll first explore what it is to be a living organism, including how our cells communicate and cooperate to form networks and maintain homeostasis. We’ll then focus in more detail on several key systems and structures: the organization and functionality of our nervous system; the physiology of connective tissue, including bone, the building blocks of our skeletal system; and our axial skeleton — the spine. These sessions will incorporate movement, lecture and discussion, and will draw upon Body-Mind Centering principles of embodied anatomy and developmental movement.

The Art of Sequencing

Taught by Kristen Davis and Witold Fitz-Simon

October 24 & 25

The key to an effective practice or class is intelligent sequencing. Optimal organization of poses can awaken the body and mind for deeper awareness and experience. This course teaches the principles of designing a practice or class. We will explore balancing the nervous system, working energetically or from a kinesiological perspective, how to prepare the joints and soft tissues for safe and supported practice of increasingly challenging poses, and how to consider the health and fitness of students.

Anatomy 2

Taught by Sarah Barnaby

October 24 & 25

In this anatomy module, we will explore basic concepts of anatomy and kinesiology that underlie the study of movement: dimensions, planes, spatial relationships and movement sequencing. We’ll also take a more focused look at selected systems and structures that support movement: our joints and muscles. These sessions will incorporate movement, lecture and discussion, and will draw upon Body-Mind Centering principles of embodied anatomy and developmental movement.

Anatomy 3

Taught by Sarah Barnaby

November 21 & 22

We will explore our appendicular skeleton, the part of ourself with which we interact with the world. We’ll take a tour through the bones, joints, movement possibilities and pathways of weight in our lower and upper limbs. We’ll also look at developmental movement, the patterns we travel through and integrate as we learn to roll, crawl and eventually walk. These sessions will incorporate movement, lecture and discussion, and will draw upon Body-Mind Centering principles of embodied anatomy and developmental movement.

Breathing Coordination & Pranayama

Taught by Kristen Davis

During Monday 6-8pm class: January 4 – February 1

This course concentrates on developing the breathing coordination through the work of F.M. Alexander, Carl Stough, and B.K.S. Iyengar. We will study the anatomy and mechanics of respiration, and practice simple restorative poses and breathing awareness exercises. Through these, we will deepen our awareness of how we habitually interfere with our natural breath mechanism and we will begin to practice ways of strengthening and redeveloping our bodies’ natural respiratory coordination.  From this foundation, we will focus on ujjayi and viloma pranayamas, exploring the use of language and imagery and different ways of propping and sequencing.

Anatomy 4

Taught by Sarah Barnaby

January 16 & 17

In this anatomy module, we will explore our internal anatomy and physiology, specifically our fluids, organs, neuroendocrine and respiratory systems. We’ll look at how our cells and organs communicate locally and globally in the ongoing dance of homeostasis. We’ll explore the movement qualities of our organs and fluids and what it means to initiate movement from these systems. We’ll also look at our breath, a primary cycle of our living process where our external and internal environments meet and our voluntary and autonomic nervous systems intersect. These sessions will incorporate movement, lecture and discussion, and will draw upon Body-Mind Centering principles of embodied anatomy and developmental movement.

The Heritage of Yoga

Developed by Donald Moyer and taught by Kristen Davis with recordings of Donald’s talks

During Monday 6-8pm class: April 4 – May 23, 2016

During this course, we will read selections from a different yogic text each week: Rig Veda; Upanishads; Bhagavad Gita; Buddha’s First Discourse; Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras; and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. A recorded talk by Donald Moyer will discuss how each work added new dimensions to the theory and practice of yoga and found quintessential expression in an archetypal figure. After listening to Donald’s talk, we will share our weekly writing assignments and consider how the seven faces of yoga (magician, priest, hermit, warrior, teacher, thinker, alchemist) are reflected in our individual practice and teaching styles.

“It was the method of inquiry that made Yogaana’s training such a deep transformation. Through a kind and careful repetition of noticing action in the body, noticing the consequences of the action, asking whether the action is serving the body (and thus the self) and then adjusting the body’s use accordingly, Kristen, Witold and the rest of the faculty taught us how to get in touch and unlock the body’s purest relationship to itself and to the world. That method of inquiry  – structured, rooted in curiosity, devoid of harsh judgement, intelligent – is so powerful that it has informed not only my yoga practice and laid the foundation of my teaching, but it has strengthened my personal and professional relationships, and ongoing work as an administrator of programs for abused and neglected children.”

-Katie Stoehr – class of 2012

Year Two Overview:
The Art of Teaching

Weekly Classes

Mondays, 6-8pm

The Art of Teaching, Teaching Practicum, Yoga’s Eight-Limbed Path, Ethics and Professional Development

1st term: March-June 2016 (dates to be determined)
2nd term: September – December, 2016 (dates to be determined)
3rd term: January – February, 2017 (dates to be determined)

Weekend Intensives

Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00-12:00 & 2:00-5:00 (dates TBA)

Pedagogy and Anatomy 5 (March 2016)

Body Reading and Adjustments (April/May 2016)

Women’s Yoga (June 2016)

Anatomy 6 and Back Care (September 2016)

Anatomy 7 and Therapeutics (October 2016)

Anatomy 8 and Therapeutics (November/December 2016)

Ongoing Yoga Classes

Participants are required to attend a weekly level 2 or 3 class of their choice at Yogasana Center, as well as assist in a Yogasana Level 1 class.

Home Practices

Year Two students are required to practice 5 times per week on their own—twice for 1 hour and three times for a half hour. Students will keep a practice journal and turn it in weekly to receive feedback from the teacher.

Yoga and Scoliosis Workshop, dates TBA

The cost of this workshop is not included in the tuition, but will be discounted for teacher trainees.

Evaluation

To be eligible for graduation, students must have successfully completed all course work, attended a weekly Level 2 or 3 class, assisted a weekly Level 1 class, and maintained a consistent home practice.

Year Two Course Descriptions

The Art of Teaching

Taught by Kristen Davis and Witold Fitz-Simon

Mondays, 6pm-8pm

These ongoing classes will break down how to teach yoga. We will cover the major teaching points of the different asanas, and how to concisely communicate and demonstrate those points. Included in these classes will be continued work with sequencing, adjusting, and different modifications to accommodate a range of students. Each week ample time will be given for the trainees to practice their developing teaching skills.

Pedagogy

Taught by Kristen Davis, Witold-Fitz-Simon

September 2016
(dates to be announced)

This intensive will lay out the teaching model developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, giving us a structure to practice and play with throughout year two. We will explore the art of demonstrating and the qualities of verbal instruction.

Anatomy 5

Taught by Sarah Barnaby

September 2016
(dates to be announced)

We will explore our neuromuscular system in further depth. We’ll look at the role our nervous system plays in how we sense ourselves and organize our movement, as well as the different ways that our muscles relate to each other to create movement. Within this context, we’ll consider the meaning and usefulness of such terms as stretch, strength and flexibility. These sessions will incorporate movement, lecture and discussion, and will draw upon Body-Mind Centering principles of embodied anatomy and developmental movement.

Body Reading

Taught by Witold Fitz-Simon

October 2016 (dates to be announced)

In this course we will deepen our understanding of anatomy as we apply it practically to reading the body. We will begin to educate and develop the eye by exploring several techniques of analysis and assessment. With a special investigation into the way the fascia—the body’s connective tissue—supports and structures movement, we will learn to assess poses and find ways in which to assist our students and ourselves.

Adjustments

Taught by Kristen Davis, Witold-Fitz-Simon

October 2016
(dates to be announced)

One of the most important skills of the yoga teacher, hands-on adjustments are a powerful tool to create new pathways of movement and understanding in the student. In this course you will learn how to give clear and safe adjustments in an approach that will nourish and support your students and yourself.

Women’s Yoga

Jeanne-Marie Derrick

November 2016 (dates to be announced)

In this Intensive we will look at the cycles and issues of women’s  health through yoga and cover the different therapeutic asanas for menstruation, fertility, pre and post-natal, as well as menopause. We will practice asanas both with and without props to better understand the how and why certain poses are ideal at different times. Establishing this fundamental understanding will give an intuitive guide for your yoga practice and the teaching of others.

Anatomy 6

Taught by Sarah Barnaby

January 2017
(dates to be announced)

In this module, we will take a deeper dive into the anatomy and kinesiology of the spine, including the anatomy of vertebrae and discs, and key ligaments and muscles. In this and the next two modules, we’ll begin applying our knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology to the analysis of asana. We’ll focus on spinal movement as we consider selected asana from such perspectives as pathways of weight and underlying developmental patterns. These sessions will incorporate movement, lecture and discussion, and will draw upon Body-Mind Centering principles of embodied anatomy and developmental movement.

Back Care

Taught by Deborah Wolk

January 2017 (dates to be announced)

We will examine the indications, contraindications, and different modifications for common spinal conditions such as sciatica, scoliosis, herniations, fusions, etc. While not intending to treat these conditions, we will cover the information necessary to safely accommodate students’ special needs.

Anatomy 7

Taught by Sarah Barnaby

February/March 2017
(dates to be announced)

In this module, we will take a deeper dive into the anatomy and kinesiology of the lower limb, including a closer look at the feet, knees and pelvic girdle. Like in the previous module, we’ll apply our knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology to the analysis of asana, focusing now on all of the elements from our feet to pelvic halves, and their connection to the spine. We’ll consider selected asana from such perspectives as joint actions, distal vs. proximal movement, pathways of weight, balanced joint space, organ and fluid support, and underlying developmental patterns. These sessions will incorporate movement, lecture and discussion, and will draw upon Body-Mind Centering principles of embodied anatomy and developmental movement.

Therapeutics

Taught by Julie Brandwein

February/March 2017 (dates to be announced)

This is a basic introduction to Yoga therapeutics. We will examine the indications, contraindications and different modifications for musculo-skeletal issues with hips, knees, ankles and feet, shoulders, elbows and wrists as well as common conditions such as high blood pressure and heart conditions. While not intending to treat these conditions, we will cover the information necessary to safely accommodate students’ special needs.

Anatomy 8

Taught by Sarah Barnaby

April/May 2017
(dates to be announced)

In this module, we will take a deeper dive into the anatomy and kinesiology of the upper limb, including the hands, forearms and the shoulder girdle. Like in the previous module, we’ll apply our knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology to the analysis of asana, focusing now on all of the elements from our hands to collar bones, and their connection to the spine. We’ll consider selected asana from such perspectives as joint actions, distal vs. proximal movement,pathways of weight, balanced joint space, organ and fluid support, and underlying developmental patterns. These sessions will incorporate movement, lecture and discussion, and will draw upon Body-Mind Centering principles of embodied anatomy and developmental movement.

Yoga’s Eight-Limbed Path

Taught by Witold Fitz-Simon & Kristen Davis

(dates to be announced)

An examination of the philosophical underpinnings of Yoga. We will investigate the eight-limbed path outlined in Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras and how it applies to a modern individual’s study of yoga and the self.

 Ethics and Professional Development

June 2017, dates to be announced (part of the Monday, 6-8 time-slot)

In this short course we will discuss the complexities of the teacher-student relationship and the issues of ethics and boundaries you may face as a yoga teacher. We will also cover the business side of being a yoga teacher: where to get a job, how to market yourself, and more.

Teaching Practicum

May and June 2017, dates TBA

This course will give each teacher trainee an opportunity to teach a small group class to Yogasana students, friends and family under the supervision of a Yogasana faculty member.

“As a teacher I was encouraged to find my own identity through teaching. To stay honest with who I am, and to use my own vocabulary to describe the asana as I see it. I highly recommend this training to anyone who wants to embody and own their yoga practice and their yoga teaching.”

-Sari Sitt – class of 2012

Admission

Prerequisites:

• Minimum of three years yoga experience

• Regular yoga practice at a Level 2 or above aptitude

• Ability to hold five-minute Sirsasana (headstand), unless physical issues prevent that

• Minimum of 10 classes at Yogasana Center

Please contact us if you have any questions about meeting these prerequisites.

To enroll in the full Two Year Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program, you must submit an application form .

Year One: Developing Your Own Practice courses are open to any students who meet the prerequisites. Payment must be made in full by the first class.

Tuition

The tuition for the full, two-year Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program is $6600 if the early payment is done for each year, payable in two annual installments, or $7200 if monthly payments of $360 (March-June and September-February) are made for both years.

Year One: Developing Your Own Practice

$3300* – early registration discount; must be paid by July 31, 2015

or

$3600* – installments of $360 due the first of each month (September-June)

Year One weekend intensives may be taken by any student who meets the prerequisites. The general cost is $250 per course.

Year Two: The Art of Teaching

$3300* – early registration discount; must be paid by July 31

or

$3600* – installments of $360 due on the first of each month (September-June)

Year Two is only open to students who have successfully completed all of the requirements of Year One: Developing Your Own Practice.

*Tuition does not include the cost of ongoing Level 2 or 3 classes, workshops, or textbooks.

Refunds

A pro-rated refund will be given for Year One: Developing Your Own Practice course if we receive notification of cancellation at least 24 hours before the second meeting of the class. Otherwise, fees are non-refundable.

To Apply

Please download a PDF of the application here, or pick up an application at the studio, or send email to info@yogasanacenter.com with a subject and message expressing your interest in applying.

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