200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

THE GREAT COMMISSION:
“Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I will be with you as you do this - day after day after day - right up to the end of age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

 Abundant Yoga School offers you something beyond just a simple certification as a yoga instructor. Our mission is to train, teach, & inspire, and then commission generous, compassionate servants of Jesus Christ who desire to use yoga as a vehicle for ministry. As a result, you will be part of The Great Commission by providing the Message and meaningful movement to the world through yoga.

Abundant Yoga School is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance.

Using the framework of classical yoga as a guideline, we weave together studies that improve our health: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In addition to an in-depth education in vinyasa, alignment, philosophy, and anatomy, Abundant Yoga’s Teacher Training Program offers guidance and training in Biblical Leadership Development and Soulful Reflection, taking your experience beyond a typical yoga teacher training program.

This 200-hour program flows over a six month period. The course content is divided into three main subjects: Science, Heart, and Artistry.  Circled in prayer and guided by the Holy Spirit, together they create a “whole” perspective on the practice.  Abundant Yoga School exists solely to commission generous, compassionate servants of Jesus Christ who desire to use the vehicle of yoga to minister.

Completion of the full program satisfies the requirements for the Yoga Alliance certification at the 200-hour level. The program is open to students who wish to deepen their practice, those who want to learn to teach yoga, and current teachers who are looking to expand their knowledge, as well as perhaps offer the Abundant Yoga method and/or complete continuing education requirements. Teachers who have already registered with Yoga Alliance will receive qualified hours toward continuing education.

Our next training will take place in January - June of 2018.
Please submit your application for consideration below.

Science

The classical techniques of yoga date back more than 5,000 years.  With Yoga’s migration to the west, a new wave of scientific interest in this ancient practice arose.  Throughout this course, we will bridge the gap between both the eastern and western methods, specifically shedding light on the point at which science and tradition meet.  In addition, we breakdown the anatomy of over 60 individual yoga poses, their variations, how to cue anatomically, how to modify using props and how to give safe and effective hands-on adjustments.

Topics include:

  • Anatomy (language and cues)
  • Biomechanics (anatomical alignment cues/terms & the human movement system)
  • Types of joints
  • Physiology of stretching
  • Yoga asana and the nervous system
  • Anatomy application in asana
  • Pranayama, Bandhas, and Energy Anatomy (Chakras)
  • Common Injuries (yoga as treatment, therapeutic guidelines, and prevention)

 

Heart

The word yoga means “to join or yoke together” – specifically bringing the mind, heart and body into one harmonious experience.  For much of the ancient times, a desire for personal health, long life, freedom and self-understanding gave birth to the practice we know today.  The entire system is built on 3 main structures:  movement, breathing and meditation.  We will utilize this system to explore how a regular practice cultivates a clear, bright mind, open heart and strong capable body.

Topics include:

  • What is yoga?  What is its history?  What do we {be}lieve?
  • Human development towards a spiritual life
  • The Branches of Classical Yoga - Eight Limbed Path, Sutras
  • Nutrition and lifestyle – Ayurveda
  • Meditation: Yoga and the Mind

Artistry

The art of teaching yoga flows from the skillful blending of both the science and the heart of the practice.  Learning to “see” the entire room, intentionally layer sequencing with theme, music, and peak poses, make on the fly adjustments to your sequence, give alignment cues and physical hands-on adjustments in the flow as well as be a part of the practice, rather than just teaching it, is what makes the difference between a good class and a great one.

Topics include:

  • The Abundant Yoga Method: Still. Gentle. Powerful.
  • Principles and ethics for yoga instructors
  • Leading class vs. teaching class
  • Assisting and adjusting
  • Mastering sequencing
  • Weaving the Word
  • Live practice
  • The business of yoga
CORE FACULTY +

Be Introduced

Keleah Anderson, E-RYT 200
Owner/Founder of Abundant Yoga Studio, Director of Abundant Yoga School

Mentors – Abundant Yoga Staff

OVERALL COURSE OBJECTIVES +

Be Focused  

  • Develop core teaching skills to include proper foundational alignment, proper language/cueing and hands-on adjustments/assists within the flow.
  • Develop the art of creating a purposeful sequenced class blending meaningful movement centered around a theme, music and/or peak pose.
  • Develop the skill of “seeing” the student and teaching from these observations – including verbal cues to enhance the experience be it asana alignment, depth of breath or awareness.
  • Develop the ability to lead – to include integration of the science and the heart/philosophy of yoga that leads to mastering the artistry of multi-dimensional sequencing, class planning, and messaging.
  • Develop the ability to teach from your authentic self – finding freedom over fear, generosity over greed, compassion over comparison, and service over selfishness.  
REQUIREMENTS, ATTENDANCE, & POLICIES +

Be Present  

  • To meet Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a 200-hour Registration, attendance at all modules is mandatory.
  • Prior to acceptance into the program, each applicant will be required to complete an in-person interview and attend a class taught by Keleah (exceptions can be made for out of town students)
  • Attendance at all modules is mandatory.  Credit will not be given for partial attendance.  Missed modules can be made up during the next program session.
  • A certificate will be issued once all requirements have been met: successful completion of all modules in their entirety, successful completion of all assignments, and full payment received.
  • Program fees include all program modules and the following during the course of the program:
    • 15% discount on retail purchases
    • 15% discount on all workshops and events during the course of training
    • Free classes at the studio during the program
TUITION PRICING & PAYMENT +

Be Prepared

Tuition cost for the Abundant Yoga School Teacher Training Program is $3,000.
Upon acceptance into the program, we accept payment three ways:

1. $3,000 paid in full on date of enrollment

2. Two Installments

  • $300 *non-refundable* deposit paid on date of enrollment
  • Remaining balance of $2,700 paid on or before first module start date

3. Variable Installments (*$300 additional fee*)
**A debit or credit card is required to be held on file to be used to make payments on the installment dates**

  • $300 *non-refundable* deposit paid on date of enrollment
  • Remaining balance of $3,000 paid in set installments at one month intervals from date of enrollment

For questions or more information: frontdesk@abundantyoga.com.

TRAINING WEEKENDS +

Be Present

  • Module 1: HEART - 2018: TBD
  • Module 2: SCIENCE - 2018: TBD
  • Module 3: ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY - 2018: TBD
  • Module 4: ARTISTRY: Assisting & Sequencing - 2018: TBD
  • Module 5: ARTISTRY: Specialized Methods & Series - 2018: TBD
  • Module 6: IMMERSION - 2018: TBD

Approximate times may be Fridays 6 - 10PM, Saturdays 7AM - 9PM, and Sundays 7AM - 9PM

SUGGESTED COURSE READING +

Be Inspired

Suggested Reading List:
(The required reading list that corresponds with each session will be assigned upon acceptance in the program.)

  • The Holy Bible (daily)
  • Wild Goose Chase, Mark Batterson
  • The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
  • The 5 Love Languages, Gary Chapman
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys Volume I, Ray Long, MD, FRCSC
  • The Heart of Yoga, TKV Desikachar
  • Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Hatha Yoga Illustrated, Martin Kirk/Brooke Boon
  • Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual, David Swenson
  • Power Yoga: The Total Strength and Flexibility Workout, Beryl Bender Birch
  • Back Care Basics, Mary Pullig Schatz and B.K.S. Iyengar
  • The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse, Steven R. Tracy
  • Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in Our Busy Lives, Wayne Muller
  • Prayer of Heart and Body: Meditation and Yoga as Christian Spiritual Practice, Rev. Thomas Ryan and Elizabeth Pascal
  • Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation, Ruth Haley Barton
  • Extra Love: The Art of Hands-On Assists, Volume I, Jill Abelson
  • Extra Love: The Art of Hands-On Assists, Volume II, Jill Abelson
  • The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale