This program is broken down into modules. In order to receive your 300 hour certificate, all modules must be taken, though we do anticipate opening some of the individual modules to teachers who simply want CE credits for Yoga Alliance.
This training is a well rounded program that dives deeply into the physical and subtle bodies to leave you feeling prepared to lead yoga for all ages and stages of life.
Module 1 – Anatomy
September 28/29 and October 26/27, 2019 8:30am-12:00pm and 1:30-6pm
Dr. Ariele Foster, Yoga Teacher and Physical Therapist, will lead you through two full weekends of anatomy exploration for safe and effective asana. Using a combination of lecture and movement, Dr. Foster will lead workshops on:
- language and terminology of movement
- SI joints, pelvis, pelvic floor
- feet and ankles
- wrists and elbows
- fascia and myofascial release
Book (suggested but not required): “The Key Muscles of Yoga” by Ray Long along with any of his other books.
Module 2 – Yoga for Back Conditions
November 23/24, 2019 8am-6pm (lunch break 12-1)
Mandy Glitzer, C-IAYT and back care specialist, will lead this weekend workshop discussing how to accommodate students with back conditions in your yoga classes. Conditions covered will include: herniation, osteopenia/osteoporosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, and hyper-kyphosis/hyper-lordosis. We’ll cover the anatomy of these conditions, as well as asana modifications, suggestions and contraindications.
Module 3 – Asana Lab
January 4/5 and February 1/2, 2020 8am-6pm (lunch break 12-1)
This two weekend workshop will help you perfect your own posture alignment, as well as your students. We will practice body reading, as well as safe and effective adjustments.
Module 4 – Refining Your Words
February 22/23, 2020 8am-6pm (lunch break 12-1)
Led by Mandy Glitzer. One the first day of this weekend workshop, we’ll explore how to make every word count for clear and concise asana cuing. On the second day, we’ll learn to layer on “dual process” cues for embodied, introspective, self-inquiry. By using the physical experience of yoga as a portal, students enter the deeper realm of embodied self inquiry to gain insight and awareness that can be applied to their life. Overlaying the basic instruction with a guided student centered dialogue leads to deeper awareness of the connection between one’s physical experience and one’s life experience.
Module 5 – The Art of Sequencing
March 21/22, 2020 8am-6pm (lunch break 12-1)
Mandy Glitzer will lead this weekend long module. Gain greater confidence breaking away from prescriptive asana flows that you may have learned in your 200 hour training (though we know the WIM grads did not memorize asana flows!) Learn how to create your own authentic, safe and effective posture flows for each of the posture categories.
Module 6 – Yoga Nidra
April 25/26, 2020 8am-6pm (lunch break 12-1)
Yes Yoga Nidra is a great “yoga nap” where we rest deeply, but it is so much more. Mandy Glitzer will lead this weekend long module. Learn the science and background of yoga nidra, sleep states, and brain waves. Become familiar with the stages of yoga nidra and how movement and pranayama can lead to a deeper yoga nidra experience. We’ll explore the koshas, samskaras, and karma as they relate to Yoga Nidra. By the end of this weekend you will feel confident in your ability to create your own yoga nidra script to use at the end of a yoga class, or as a stand alone class.
Book (required): “Yoga Nida: The Art of Transformational Sleep” by Kamini Desai
Book (suggested but not required): “Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom” by B.K.S. Iyengar
Module 7 – Subtle Energy Body and the Chakras
May 16/17, 2020 8am-6pm (lunch break 12-1)
Mandy Glitzer will lead this weekend long module where we’ll explore each of the chakras in detail. Get to know each chakra: it’s location, color, attributes, and signs of imbalance. Learn how to create yoga classes focused on the chakras to help bring greater vitality to the whole body.
Module 8 – Advanced Meditation and Pranayama
June 6/7, 2020 8am-6pm (lunch break 12-1)
Jen Yost, E-RYT 500, will lead this weekend long module where you will explore advanced meditation and pranayama techniques. Learn key ways to develop a consistent meditation practice in your own life, and pull meditation into your group classes on a more consistent basis.
Module 9 – Working with Private Clients
July 18/19, 2020 8am-6pm (lunch break 12-1)
Mandy Glitzer will lead this weekend long workshop where you’ll explore how working with clients individually differs from leading group classes. We’ll discuss things like intake forms, intention setting, and client/student relationship for setting clear boundaries. We’ll also look at tools to aide proprioception (a student’s ability to understand where they are in space) and ways to use traction to find space in the hips and spine.
Module 10 – Yoga Philosphy
Friday evenings, 6-8pm 9/27, 10/25, 11/22, 1/3, 1/31, 2/21, 3/20, 4/24, 5/15, 6/5, 7/17, 8/14
This overarching module spans the length of the program. Picture it as a book club of sorts with monthly reading assignments, and then we’ll meet each month to discuss what we’ve read.
Books (required): “Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat” by Kelly DiNardo and “The Path of the Yoga Sutras” by Nicolai Bachman.
Module 11 – Practicum
August 15/16, 2020; September 12/13, 2020 or by appointment
Led by Mandy Glitzer. Your practicum will account for 46 hours of time. In order to receive certification, each trainee will need to lead 5 yoga classes, each with a different focus. Time will be scheduled in 2 our chunks – 1 hour to teach your class, and the 2nd hour to receive feedback from your fellow trainees and from Mandy.
The classes you lead will focus on each of the following:
1) An hour long class with sound anatomy principles, demonstrating that you understood the content taught by Dr. Ariele Foster.
2) An hour long class demonstrating your ability to teach a posture flow which maintains neutral spine, and that you are able to spot when students are in/out of neutral spine.
3) An hour long Yoga Nidra practice, from a script that you write yourself.
4) An hour long yoga practice, using no posture names and no posture demonstration. This is to provide you feedback on how clearly you are using your words during posture cuing.
5) An hour long yoga practice focused on one or more chakra/the subtle energy body.
The remaining 36 hours of your practicum time will be spent taking classes taught by your fellow trainees and providing feedback. Since each class results in two hours (1 for the class and 1 for feedback), this amounts to attending 18 classes taught by your peers.
We do have several weekends set aside at the end of the training, to play catch up on any classes that have not been taught. However we do ask that you schedule these classes in along the way and do not wait until the end.
It is possible to complete this program within one year, if you stay on top of your practicum!
Who can apply?
To be considered for our 300 hour YTT, you must be a graduate of a 200 hour program. If you’ve graduated from a 200 hour YTT run by another school, please email your completion certificate and the program syllabus to firstname.lastname@example.org. We reserve the right to turn away applicants if their 200 hour program did not cover sufficient information.
In addition to reading assignments, participants are required to maintain a daily home practice. The focus each month will change, based on what was discussed in the proceeding YTT weekend intensive. This home practice is imperative to your full integration and understanding of the information.
Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable, click here to pay)
Tuition: $3750 ($3500 early bird, if paid in full by 8/31/19) *Payment plans are available.
Books: Cost of required books is estimated to be less than $100.
Apply now. Full disclosure: This program is jam packed full of information and will require consistent daily action on your part. This is not a question of your physical ability. Practitioners of all physical levels are encouraged to apply. But, we do ask for genuine curiosity, openness, desire to learn, and willingness to both give and receive feedback. All program modules, daily self practice, homework, and practice teaching/observing components are required in order to receive certification. You should look at this as a year long program, and not a 10 weekend program. While we ask for consistent daily action, the length of time each day is not exorbitant. You can still complete this program while maintaining a full time job, and life with your family.