The Shala 200-hour Teacher Training
Bring resilience and peace into your home, workplace, neighborhood, and community.
October 2023-April 2024
Online and In Studio (Online only option)
Scholarships for BIPOC yogis
Yoga Alliance Certified
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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 also 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 so that each and every one finds their own way to bring resilience and peace into their homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities.
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.
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
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
- Prenatal and postpartum
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: Wednesday Evenings + 13 Weekends (dates subject to change)
Wednesdays (Buddhist Studies), 6:30-8pm
- A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot, and is due before the training begins.
- $3000 full payment before October 1, $3350 full payment after October 1. Payment plan available (with additional processing fee of $75).
- We offer 20% off of tuition as a work-study option for trainees who request financial assistance. Opportunities are limited.
- We offer a 30% scholarship for BIPOC trainees, in keeping with The Shala’s aspirations for a more racially diverse teaching body.
- Please note: Work-study and BIPOC scholarship cannot be combined.
- 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.”
“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.”