200-Hour: The Living Lab.

200-Hour – The Living Lab. Experiencing the Body, Mind, and Heart of Yoga

Faculty: Basia Going, Janice Tokaryk, Natalie Holst

"We need more leaders that can hold space for people to be inspired. We need more teachers who are grounded and clear. We need to know who we are, what we really want, and how we can contribute to our community." ~ Basia Going

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This teacher training, LIVING LAB, is the unique opportunity for you to answer this calling and enrich your life and the lives of others with aliveness! You can learn how to get better at letting go of habitual patterns that our mind entertains and the body holds. Then, you can release what is stuck and allow the flow of clear thoughts and space. When you have more space, you can then listen deeply to feel vibrancy of each cell and each breath.

The practice of yoga is the practice of getting real! We will use our body, mind, and other tools to realize and come into the heart of who we really are.  Do not miss this chance to transform your practice, your teaching, and your life.  Learn to be a teacher by becoming a great student!

During the training course, there will be many opportunities to get to know the body. We will explore anatomy and movement patterns: those that invigorate our being and those that damage our health. While a cross-section of required knowledge such as pranayama, meditation, major yogic texts, philosophy and psychology of teaching is covered, our focus will be on making the theory real and relevant to our growth.

Substantial amount of the time will be spent on how to read bodies and skillfully assist students. You will have a strong base as a new teacher to assist and to problem solve. We will spend time on creating interesting sequences, keeping good pacing of a class, and motivating the students. Since teaching requires being ready for all abilities and body types, we will explore creative use of a variety of props and other yoga tools.

Be prepared to work diligently, but with lightness and a sense of humour.

  • Navigate life with skillful lightness
  • Learn how the body works and what you can do with it
  • Get some insight into your mind and how mind and body play together
  • Take a closer look at ways we communicate with others: ways that are effective
  • Analyze secrets of charismatic teachers - use it in a class, business or relationship

Most importantly, learn how NOT to take yourself too seriously

Main Topics

Asana

  • Fundamental alignment principles
  • Sun salutations (various styles)
  • Standing poses – symmetrical & asymmetrical (and variations)
  • Forward bends – prep, variations, intense
  • Hip/shoulder openers – beginners & intermediate
  • Back bending – beginners & intermediate
  • Arm balances and Inversions
  • Restoratives

Pranayama & Meditation

  • Breathing fully. Taking advantage of what the breath offers!
  • Being still and listening deeply

Philosophy

  • Traditional texts, primarily Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita
  • The process of yoga

Anatomy

Anatomy can be FUN! Yep, fun!

Useful, to the point, and very relevant to what you need to teach yoga.

  • Energetics of the Body
  • Nadis/Meridians – what they are, where they are, practical application in Asana
  • Chakras & how to work with them

Teaching

  • Principles of sequencing, pacing, holding space
  • Vinyasa – smooth linking of the poses (different ways to do it)
  • Skillful hands-on adjusting – when to, when not to, how much (adjusting complete beginners and experienced practitioners)
  • Verbal & visual cues
  • Sanskrit: Asana names & common terms
  • Psychology of teaching
  • Ethics in teaching and being a student
  • Getting ready to teach – Where do I start? Teaching opportunities, etc.

Yoga Therapy

  • Therapeutic application of yoga: common problem areas, alternative approaches, therapy for shoulders, neck, hips, back, working with a variety of tools and props, etc.

A Few Things to Note

If you wish to apply for the training, please send us an email, call, or drop by the studio. You will need to fill out an application form.

There will be an exam towards the end of the course (not to worry, you will be ready!)

Students will be required to observe and report on 4 classes (Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin & Therapy). Schedule to be agreed upon, to begin halfway through the course.

Students will be required to assist in 4 classes.

Students will receive assignments each weekend (to be completed for the following weekend)

Course fees include:

Required texts (Anatomy, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutra)

Course manual

20 class pass - must be used within the time of the course (regular group practice in a variety of classes is an essential part of learning and integration).

Audio files for Sanskrit pronunciations and more

Payment Options

$2800 plus HST - Early Bird discounts apply.