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. We are 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.

Please feel free to submit your application below for Winter/Spring 2019.

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 believe?
  • 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, E-RYT200, YACEP

Mentors – Abundant Yoga Staff

 

More About Keleah:

Keleah came to yoga through two passions – cheerleading and gymnastics. The rhythm and movement of yoga was a beautiful extension of her two greatest childhood loves that had led her to a career in health & fitness.   With an education background in physical therapy/anatomy and over 25 years of experience teaching and training, yoga quickly became another class she could offer to her clients.  It was not until a difficult struggle with postpartum depression following the birth of her first child that yoga became something completely different.  Keleah found movement that was sacred, union that was restful and postures that were powerful.  She found home - a place of being, not doing!

A lifetime of cheering included a collegiate cheer career at The University of Tennessee Knoxville from 1991-1994.  Keleah then began her yoga practice in 1999 and took her first teacher training in November of 2001.   She followed that with a 200-hour training in Ashtanga in 2004, along with two years in Austin, Texas extensively studying Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Anusara Yoga. In addition, she completed Holy Yoga teacher training in 2011.  Keleah’s passion today is to help develop and inspire yoga teachers to offer something abundantly beyond a physical yoga practice: to facilitate worship through message and movement.

After 18 years guiding students on the mat in a group setting, today Keleah sees her calling to Abundant Yoga School as her greatest commission and not unlike Jesus’ commandment from 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 Teacher Training is just what it says: abundant in yoga instruction, worship, God’s Word, discipleship, community, and fellowship. Each student is paired with a mentor to walk alongside them for the entire six-month journey, as well a monthly accountability partner with the intention of support “as iron sharpens iron”.  The current Abundant Yoga teaching staff serves as mentors and guest faculty during the training weekends.  They also come with a wealth of knowledge, including professional training and backgrounds in nursing, trauma sensitive, physical therapy, worship leaders, ordained pastors, Bible teachers, pre-post natal caregivers, early childhood development, and seniors.

Abundant Yoga School’s mission is to train, teach, and 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.

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 before start of training

2. $3,300 - paid in four installments:
  • $300 due upon registration
  • $1000 due before Mod. 1
  • $1000 due before Mod. 3
  • $1000 due before Mod. 5
3. $3300 - paid in six installments of $550 each, due before each Module
 

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

TRAINING WEEKENDS +

Be Present

  • Module 1: The Heart of Yoga - January 18-20
  • Module 2: The Science of Postures - February 15-17
  • Module 3: Anatomy & Physiology - March 8-10
  • Module 4: Adjusting & Assisting - April 5-7
  • Module 5: Sequencing & Messaging - May 3-5
  • Module 6: Teaching Immersion - May 31-June 2
  • Commission & Graduation - TBD

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

*Start times set; end times may vary; ALL dates required*

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 Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys Volume II, Ray Long, MD, FRCSC  
  • 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
  • Prayer of Heart and Body: Meditation and Yoga as Christian Spiritual Practice, Rev. Thomas Ryan and Elizabeth Pascal
  • 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