Midland Yoga Works Teacher Training

Overview 

Midland Yoga Works Teacher Training is a 200 hour course that offers a unique opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of teaching yoga.  It provides dedicated yoga students an intensive 8 months of study and practice of yoga asanas, pranayama, anatomy and yogic philosophy.

The program is designed for students who aim to explore the full spectrum of Yoga, as well as for those who feel a call to become, or explore becoming, a Yoga teacher.  

Participants can expect to come away with more acutely honed ability to see and understand the body and its movement patterns as well as a greater precision in language, and confidence in verbalizing what you see.

Our thorough and inspiring training is lead by guest presenters and teachers from Dallas, Austin, and Santa Fe, and assisted by Cyndi Simpson, E-500 RYT and other teachers and staff at Midland Yoga Works. Our training is a safe, alignment based study of asanas that encourage process-based learning.

This Midland Yoga Works is a deep immersion into asana exploration and training and includes unlimited studio yoga classes with core faculty.

 Midland Yoga Works Teacher Training meets and exceeds the 200-hour requirements put forth by Yoga Alliance the national standard in Yoga education.

Program Curriculum 

In accordance with Yoga Alliance standards of education for the two hundred hour level of training, the following areas of study are covered in depth throughout the program. There will be all variety of learning environments from lectures and discussions, to hands on anatomy instruction, to practice teaching labs and consistent group Yoga practices. 

In order to receive your graduation certificate you will have to meet the following criteria:

·                Attendance and full participation in all required courses from September through May

·                Completion of all homework assignments, writing projects and required reading

·                3 Class Observations at an approved yoga studio and lead a full-length 1 hr. class

·                Demonstrate an embodied and integrated knowledge from the coursework

·                Pass a cumulative written exam and practical teaching exam

·                Attend a minimum of 30 yoga classes taught by core faculty at Midland Yoga Works

Yoga Practice & Techniques

Asana

The primary learning objectives of the in depth asana study will include:

·       Alignment: Demonstrating the technical understanding of the correct alignment of each asana, usage of props, and appropriate modifications.

·       Actions: Demonstrate an understanding of the correct actions of the asana for optimal benefit.

·       Awareness: Tending to one's inner awareness while practicing the specific techniques. 

Pranayama

Each student will have a foundation of understanding basic breathing patterns in themselves and others. Additionally, one will be able to properly practice, demonstrate and instruct the techniques of ujjayi, nadi shodhana, viloma and bhramari. 

Meditation

Each student will be able to instruct basic seated guided meditation and supine savasana techniques. These are important techniques for opening and closing Yoga practices and classes, as well as enriching one's own practice. 

Experiential Anatomy

Our experiential anatomy classes are a major component of the two hundred hour training. We feel it is vital for a Yoga teacher to have a solid foundation in human anatomy and physiology as it is related to the actions and alignment of asana, for safe practice and teaching. 

Philosophy & Ethics

The primary focus of the philosophy component of this program is Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Each student will read the Yoga sutras, understand the eight limbs of Yoga as outlined by Patanjali and apply studies of the Yamas (ethical precepts) and Niyamas (personal attributes) to their own life. Further texts that will be included are the Tree of Yoga, Yoga, A GEM for Women, Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras.  Additional lectures on the origins, history and lineages of Yoga will be included. The ethics of practicing and teaching Yoga will be woven throughout the program, as well as specific courses and personal assignments to enrich one's own capacity for self-reflection and personal transformation will be included.

 

Teaching Methodology

The primary focus of our program is in teaching methodology. You will have multiple opportunities to practice teaching various asanas.  When you complete our program we wish for you to feel confident with your accumulated skills and applied knowledge to enter the field of teaching Yoga.

We aim to provide concise, logical and practical methods of teaching for a variety of populations and diverse student bodies.

The Yoga Methods Included:

·                Communication Skills & The Language of Yoga

·                Group Dynamics & The Student's Process of Learning

·                Time Management, Priorities and Appropriate Sequencing

·                Boundaries and  Individual Needs

·                Demonstration, Observation, Assisting, and Adjustments

·                Exploring Teaching Styles & The Qualities Of Teacher

·                The Business Aspects of Teaching Yoga

 

Practicum and Mentorship

Practicum hours will include:

·                Practice teaching with support and feedback from fellow participants and instructors

·                Public class observation with follow-up writing assignments