300-hour Shala Advanced Teacher Training
Yoga Alliance Certified
You’ve successfully completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance-certified teacher training. You are excited to deepen your understanding and application of teaching yoga. You recognize that becoming a teacher means being a lifelong student and are ready to expand your studies in an intelligent, supportive, and meaningful way.
At the Shala, we value an ongoing commitment to education and development as practitioners and instructors. We believe strong teachers are rooted in a strong practice. Our 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training allows trainees to delve more fully into the physical, philosophical, and professional dimensions of living yoga. This training provides an in-depth, hands-on experience in multiple layers of practice: physical, somatic, intellectual, and spiritual.
The Shala’s 300-hour Advanced Training is held over the course of 15 weekend-long sessions at our vibrant Union Square studio.
The Shala honors a breath-centered, Ashtanga-based practice. The philosophy and methodology of the Ashtanga lineage is an integral aspect of this curriculum and will engage students with the subtler aspects of practice; this includes an emphasis on svadhyaya (the niyama of self-study), meditation, chanting, dharma, and the reading and interpreting of Patanjali’s Eight Limb Path. We will also be investigating asanas and sequencing more deeply through the lenses of anatomy and physiology, as well as musculoskeletal and energetic alignment.
Our training will focus on:
- The subtle aspects of touch in giving hands on adjustments
- Holding presence in the classroom as teacher and guide
- In-depth understanding of Patanjali’s Eight Limb Path
- Creating and articulating strong intelligent sequencing
- Developing rhythm and pacing while teaching
- A consistent meditation practice
- A deep connection to self practice and self study
One of the unique components of a Shala teacher training is its emphasis on the student-teacher relationship through mentorship. This provides an opportunity for trainees to investigate a particular topic of interest under the guidance of an experienced teacher.
All trainees conceive of, carry out, and present an individual research project on a subject of their choosing. Some past research projects have explored:
- memorization of the Yoga Sutras
- how yoga influences and impacts different systems of the body
- how yoga can be applied to social action
- yoga viewed in a historical context
When we gather for training sessions, we observe the importance of learning and growing alongside one another. This program provides trainees with meaningful opportunities to develop and explore the many facets of yoga within a supportive satsang.
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
- Clearly articulate how yogic principles (yamas and niyamas) can be meaningfully applied to the practice of teaching.
- Demonstrate a strong understanding of how to integrate knowledge of physiology and anatomy (gross and subtle) into the processes of sequencing, instructing, and a deepening understanding of hands on assisting.
- Recite from memory the first chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
- Lead and teach signature Shala sequences.
- Develop and refine general sequencing skills (designing towards a peak pose, anatomically- and philosophically-centered sequencing).
- Confidently assist a senior Shala teacher.
- Teach a full breath centered and well sequenced class.
Training Dates and Hours: 15 weekends April to November 2018 (July/August break)
Primary Teachers: Barbara Verrochi, Kristin Leigh, Maria Rubinate, Annie Piper, Maria Cutrona, and Julianna Takacs.
Required Texts: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin Bryant, The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran, Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg, Yoga Mala by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar, Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students by Guy Danahaye and Eddie Stern, How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind – Pema Chodron, Health, Healing and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya – T.K.V. Desikachar, Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
- $4100, $500 deposit by April 20.
- Inquire about payment plan. We add on $75 for payment plan processing. Total is $4175
- Yoga classes free during training dates (50% off during July and August)
- Work study is available for reduced training prices
- 30 classes at the Shala
- Class observations
- Anatomy and asana worksheets
- Close reading of texts
- Memorization of Yoga Sutras
- Dharma reports (dharma talks based on reading)
- Research presentation
- Meditation and journaling
To apply for the Shala’s 300-hour Advanced Training, inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the registration process.