Teacher Training for Nice People?

Teacher Training for Nice People?

Teacher Training for Nice People?

This year Brian and I had planned to skip teacher training and take a break for a while.  Over the past few months, students kept asking us when we would resume our program.  Knowing the students that were asking got us a bit more inspired.  After several pleas we decided to completely revamp our training.  One of the things we have been wanting to devote our time to is leading an in-depth study of yoga and ethics.  This is the heart of what we learned from Max- Asana (yoga poses) can only get you so far.  You must also maintain strong ethical discipline to begin to live your yoga.  In the last weeks inspiration truly struck!

We came up with our syllabus and the first 6 classes are dedicated to a study of ethics and how to live them beyond the yoga mat.  What better way to get to know students and then see if they are ready for the next layer of teacher training?  Brian and I wrote everything out and sent it to our student / friend who edits our work.  As a joke, she added the words “for Nice People” to the title.  Then throughout our document she sprinkled little tidbits referring back to the title.  I called her to thank her for her additions and told her we loved it.  Immediately she started laughing and saying, “You’re joking right?”  We were completely serious.

When we read her rewrites, they made sense.  Why not be clear about our intentions?  Leading teacher trainings is incredibly difficult.  It takes time, energy, time away from our family and a LOT of planning.  We strive to make our trainings highly personal and we revise for each new group of students based on their needs. Why not ask that this group of 20 be nice people?

So, in all seriousness…  Below are details for our next 200-hour Teacher Training.  Only apply if you are nice!

Our new teacher training is designed in three segments.  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 & Brian 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 immersion, each teacher will leave with a deeper understanding of yoga as a spiritual tradition and a way to transform the body, mind and heart.

Please email Liz if you are nice and interested in attending.  greenvilleyoga@bellsouth.net

Segment 1- Living the Five Virtues

Learn how to live a life worth 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 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, & humility.  The last weekend you will create a personal code of conduct in order to live your Yoga each day.  Weekends will include a 1 hour 45 minute practice and 1 hour 45 minute book talk & discussion. In this course, you will discover if you are meant to lead through teaching yoga.  Your actions & dedication will allow us to see if you are ready to proceed to segment 2.
• 6 Saturdays; 1:30-4:30pm
• dates as follows- 9/8, 10/6, 11/10, 12/8, 1/12
• $500 course only, $950 course and six months unlimited yoga


Segment 2- The Foundation

Discover breathwork, asana, and meditation as a way to change your life.  We will cover a range of foundational breathing practices, yoga poses and meditations.  You will learn alignment and modifications for each.  Skeletal and muscular anatomy will be taught within the context of each group of asanas.  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.
• 6 Saturdays & Sundays; 10:30am-4:30pm
• Begins March 2013
• $1000 course only, $1450 course and six months unlimited yoga

Segment 3- Become an Authentic 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 practice 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.  At the end of this course, you will be assigned a mentor to take your first three classes (in person or recorded).  They will give you feedback specific to what we learned in this segment and will encourage you grow to as a teacher.

This is an excellent way for current registered yoga teachers to refine their teaching skills.
• 2 Saturdays & Sundays; 10:30am-4:30pm
• Begins Fall 2013
• $350 course only, $500 course and two months of unlimited yoga

All courses eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance.


Elizabeth Delaney