The Shala 200-hour Teacher Training

October 2021 – April 2022
Online and In Studio
Scholarships for BIPOC yogis
Yoga Alliance Certified
For more information email info@theshala.com

OVERVIEW

Now in its 11th year, The Shala’s 200-hour training is designed for students seeking a stronger connection with the profound Indian and Buddhist teachings our practices are rooted in, and in becoming skilled practitioners and teachers. (Individuals interested in deepening their connection with these traditions, without aspirations toward teaching, are absolutely welcome.)

Comprehensive and rigorous, The Shala Yoga offers vinyasa-style asana classes, many of which incorporate pranayama, mindfulness, meditation, chanting, yoga ethics, and philosophical study. We are committed to the principles of compassion and generosity, truth and justice, steadiness and ease; our program aims to develop these qualities in our trainees. 

COMMUNITY

Graduates of our program often share that one of the most rewarding aspects of this training is the opportunity to bond, collaborate, and build community with one another. We emphasize partner and small-group dialogue as a means of exploring yoga’s many facets from different perspectives and lived experiences, and of facilitating enduring friendships.

TRAINING

DEEPEN

Through experiential and interactive learning, our training dives deep into: 

  • Establishing a consistent asana and meditation practice
  • Developing a confident and authentic voice, adaptable for in-person, outdoor, and online spaces
  • Building an understanding of important philosophical concepts, and learning how to relay these concepts in accessible, relevant terms (i.e., through dharma talks)
  • Designing intelligent sequences
  • Delivering clear alignment instruction
  • Offering effective assists
  • Instructing to all levels
  • Studying, contemplating, and interpreting critical texts
  • Engaging in mutually supportive relationships with fellow trainees 
  • How to weave practice and its principles into daily life
  • Community-building and community outreach, including expanding access to diverse populations and environments 

ENGAGE

We engage with an array of therapeutic applications:

  • Ayurveda (nutrition, self-care routines, seasonal modifications, etc.)
  • Anatomically-informed approaches to working with injuries
  • Yoga therapy: theory and practice
  • Restorative
  • Prenatal and postpartum
  • Trauma-informed 

EXPAND

We understand yoga as an expansive, vital, and evolving tradition. Our workshops focus on:

  • Asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • Lineage, history, and philosophy
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Chanting and Sanskrit 
  • Ayurveda and yoga therapy
  • Trauma-informed technique
  • Yoga and Buddhism
  • Yoga and social justice
  • Yoga and ethics
  • The business of yoga

PRIMARY TEACHERS: Barbara Verrochi, Kristin Leigh, Shala Teachers & Guests

SCHEDULE 

Weekends as well as Wednesday or Tuesday evenings from October 27th to January 26th.

  • October 23-24
  • November 6-7
  • November 20-21
  • December 4-5
  • December 18-19
  • January 8-9 
  • January 22 – 23
  • February 5-6
  • February 20-21 
  • March 5-6
  • March 19-20
  • April 2-3
  • April 16-17

Hours:
Wednesdays or Tuesdays (Buddhist Studies), October 27 – January 26, 6:30-8pm
Saturdays, 8am-3:30pm
Sundays, 9am-4:30pm

TUITION 

  • A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.
  • Early Bird: $2500 full payment before September 15th.
  • $2700 after September 15th. 
  • Inquire about payment plan. We add on $75 for payment plan processing. 
  • Work study is available for reduced training prices.
  • We are offering partial scholarships for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students, in keeping with The Shala’s aspirations for a more racially diverse teaching body.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 25 asana classes at The Shala
  • 1 weekly meditation class at The Shala
  • In-class privates
  • Class observations
  • Anatomy and asana worksheets
  • Close reading of texts + book reports
  • Philosophy teachings & reflections (Dharma Talks)
  • Commit to daily meditation
  • Attend scheduled meetings (they will be recorded if you miss one)
  • Attend scheduled peer meetings for practice, study, and practice teaching
  • Complete all written homework and required reading

I really loved being part of The Shala YTT, I met the most wonderful and supportive group of yogis – teachers and fellow TTs alike. We are still in touch as we continue our journey. We learned so much about all aspects of yoga such as anatomy, sequencing, meditation, sutras, sanskrit, bhagavad gita, ayurveda, different styles of yoga, like restorative and prenatal and were really immersed in what it means to be a yoga teacher. I also appreciated that the common theme of the training was to find our own voice and style. We were guided so beautifully by all the teachers who shared their unique wisdom and experience. Now we can choose to dive even deeper into whatever area we are most drawn to on this great path. I am so grateful to Barbara and Kristin for creating this program in a safe and supportive space and feel lucky to have been a part of it.

Julia Reimer

 

The Shala YTT program has been a rich and wonderful experience all around. I was initially attracted to the training as a way to deepen my own practice and understanding of the many facets of yoga — including yoga history & philosophy, ayurveda, chanting, meditation, and so much more. But I quickly became fascinated by the tools and techniques one needs to become a teacher, such as sequencing, anatomy, an introduction to various styles of yoga, and rich and important conversations on cultivating diverse and inclusive yoga communities. Not only have I had the chance to travel much further on my yoga path than I’d imagined, but I also became acquainted with and connected to a supportive, talented, and compassionate group of teachers and fellow teacher trainees. The Shala YTT program is thoughtfully designed, expertly led, and open-heartedly encouraging. Barbara and Kristin have created a beautiful, welcoming, and accessible space for all who wish to pursue this path.

Shana Kimball