It is our hope that more people can learn about yoga and how to teach in a safe and effective manner. We offer a 200-hour Yoga Alliance training, as well as several workshops that meet Yoga Alliance requirements for continuing education.
Our approach to teacher training is different than most places. Maybe this is due to our dedicated study with one teacher, Max Strom, since 1999. We feel teacher trainings are highly personal in nature and you must study with the teachers and styles that inspire you. Our trainings are focused on breath-inspired vinyasa flow and personal ethics. We call this Mindful Flow. This is what has changed our lives and this is what we know. Our teacher training is a year-long study broken into three segments (listed below): ethics, self-study, anatomy, how to communicate clearly, and how to differentiate classes to meet students’ needs.
News for 2016 from Liz: Lately, I have noticed there are so many 200-hour teacher training programs available in the Upstate area that teach the basics and beginnings of teaching yoga. When teachers finish and begin teaching, that is when the real questions begin. Then you realize what you still need to know and where you wish to grow as a teacher. With this in mind, there will be offering more “advanced” trainings or continuing education courses. Beginning 2016, we have decided to offer a variety courses for teachers that already have attained their 200-hour registry that will deepen your knowledge of yoga and skill sets as teachers. Our hope is that these courses will set you apart as a quality teacher with a depth of knowledge.
For those of you interested in our 200-hour training, we will continue to offer segment 1 of our training, Living the 5 Virtues, each year as the beginning stages of our 200-hour training program. Specific dates and details are below.
Continuing Education Offerings
Jamie Elmer Weekend
June 2-4, 2017
Deepening your practice could mean many things to many people. In this workshop class, deepening your practice does not mean that you will push hard to the point of discomfort or injury. It does not mean that you’ll tie yourself in a pretzel shape – sometimes mistaken for a yoga pose. Instead, in Gettin’ Deep, you’ll learn more about how your body actually works and moves, so that you can achieve a balanced, strong and lengthened pose appropriate for you as an individual.
Each Gettin’ Deep class focuses on several joint and muscle actions, while working towards a peak pose. Whether you’ve been practicing for six months or sixty years, there is a place in this practice for you.
In Gettin’ Deep Class 3, we’ll be focusing on a peak pose that opens the front of the chest, strengthens the spine and is energizing.
Time: Saturday, 11-1pm
In Gettin’ Deep Class 4, we’ll be focusing on a peak pose that stretches the back body, strengthens the front body and is calming for the brain.
Time: Sunday, 11-1pm
It is not necessary to have attended any Gettin’ Deep class in the past to attend Parts 3 and 4. These practices do not need to be taken in order.
SEEING BODIES Part 3 and 4 – for teachers and teachers in training
Would you like to deepen your understanding of safe alignment and learn effective verbal cues?
As teachers we need to teach by choosing poses, sequences and verbal cues based on what we see the class or students need. First, we need to practice SEEING BODIES and learning what safe and helpful alignment is for each pose. Then, from what we see, we need specific verbal cues to help students to achieve the optimal pose for them as individuals.
In SEEING BODIES Part 3, we’ll focus on back bends with shoulder extension:
Bridge, camel and upward facing bow
Time: Saturday, 2-5pm
In SEEING BODIES Part 4, we’ll focus on forward bends: Standing forward fold, half way position, downward facing dog, wide legged forward fold and head to foot pose
Time: Sunday, 2-5pm
You do not need to have attended a SEEING BODIES workshop in the past to attend parts 3 and 4. These workshops do not need to be taken in order.
Energetic Anatomy: a Teacher Training with Dennis & Kathy Lang
October 20-22, 2017
Have you ever wondered about the “energetic body”? Have you ever wanted to know more about chakras? What in the world are they? How do they work? And how they impact our lives and practice? If you are a yoga teacher and would like to learn more in a very grounded way, you will not want to miss Kathy and Dennis Lang’s teacher training module on Energetic Anatomy and the Chakras.
• Discussion on energy types and manifestations
• A western medical perspective and applications
• Historical basis from ancient yogic texts and evolution
• Contrasting theories and views of energetic systems
• Energetic anatomy and conceptual models
• Psycho-physiological interrelationships
• Meridian theory, nadis, chakras, koshas and marma points
• Applications for everyday life
• Asana practices incorporating Kundalini and chakra vinyasa
• Multi-modal layered practices combining methods, e.g, visualization, pranayama and asana with the integration of sound and vibration
Duration: 12 – 15 hours; content: 50% lecture, 50% practice
More details including cost & time TBA
200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training
Live Your Yoga: 200-Hour Teacher Training for Nice People
2017 Session Details Below… A Mindful Flow & Meditation Training
Our teacher training is designed in three segments over the course of one year’s time. Take all three courses to complete the 200-hour Yoga Alliance training or take courses individually to enhance your knowledge of Yoga. If you wish to take Segment 2 or 3 and have not been part of our previous teacher trainings, please contact Liz for an interview. We will assess if the program is appropriate and a good complement to what you know and what you wish to teach. Through the completion of this course of study, each teacher will leave with a deeper understanding of yoga as a spiritual tradition and a way to transform the body, mind and heart.
Segment 1- Living the Five Virtues
Learn how to live a life full of meaning so your actions match your beliefs. This program is designed for students who want to immerse themselves in the principles and traditions of Yoga, and it is a perfect course for teachers-in-training who wish to set themselves apart as teachers of ethics as well as asana. Each weekend we will study one of the Five Causes as taught by Max Strom: gratitude, forgiveness, honesty, kindness, and humility. During the last weekend, you will create a personal code of conduct in order to live your Yoga each day. Weekends will include both a 1 hour 30 minute practice and 2 hour book talk and discussion. In this course, you will discover if you are meant to lead through teaching yoga.
Our teacher training is open to anyone interested in becoming a teacher. It is your effort and dedication in Segment 1 that allows us to see if you are ready to move into Segment 2. There is an application process to continue on to Segment 2 that is quite simple and will be given the last class of the Five Virtues. Dates for Segment 2 will be worked out during segment one with everyone’s schedules in mind.
If you are interested in attending, you can pay and register for the course here. If you wish to attend and do not want to pay in full, you can pay a fully refundable deposit of $50 in person or via US post office. Please enclose a note with your deposit for the Five Virtues that includes your email address and contact information:
Attn: Liz Delaney
10 W. Stone Ave
Greenville, SC 29609
dates: 6 Saturdays: tentative dates 3/11, 4/1, 4/22, 5/13, 6/10, 7/8
Cost: $250 (course only); $750 (course + unlimited yoga for six months 3/1 through 9/1)
Segment 2- The Foundation
Discover breath work, asana, and meditation as a way to change your life. We will cover a range of foundational breathing practices, yoga poses, and meditations taught by Liz. You will learn alignment and modifications for each. Skeletal and muscular anatomy will be taught within the context of each group of asanas by Mary Raven DeMarco, a massage therapist and yoga teacher. Upon completion of the course, you will understand the how and why of sequencing to ensure each student’s safety and become a mindful teacher. Course includes 10 hours of observation and practice teaching with your classmates outside of weekend class time.
Time: 6 weekends; Fridays 5:30-8:30 pm, Saturdays 10:30-6:30pm, Sundays 10:30-4:30pm
Cost: $1250 (course only), $1650 (course and yoga)
Segment 3- From Instructor to Teacher
This course is for those ready to become teachers who are leaders in the field of Yoga. Learn how to communicate clearly, teach in levels, and inspire your students. Time will be spent practicing teaching, and you will be given clear, constructive feedback. Learn key points about the business of yoga that will be essential for your success as a teacher. You will be required to have 10 hours of practice teaching outside of class during this segment.
This is an excellent way for current registered yoga teachers to refine their teaching skills.
Time: Three weekends; Fridays 5:30-8:30 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 12:30-5:30pm
Cost: $600 (course only)
All courses can be paid for up front or paid for monthly. Please contact Liz- firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.
All courses eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance.