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2019 Taj Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training
Oct 11, 2019| $3,400
The Taj Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training is a comprehensive program of asana, pranayama, philosophy, and spiritual study. Our program integrates alignment-based asana technique with principles of foundational movement, and is accompanied by an in-depth study of key philosophical texts and pranayama practices. Our mission is to develop discerning teachers through an emphasis on personal practice, preparing graduates with the tools and understanding to teach yoga with confidence and clarity.
Michelle Befus: E-RYT 500, YACEP
For over 20 years, Michelle has studied movement, breath and balance; earlier as a professional ballet dancer and as a yoga teacher today. Her accessible, grounded classes integrate anatomical precision, thoughtful vinyasa transitions, breath awareness and intelligent sequencing. Michelle’s articulate, down-to-earth approach educates and inspires, offering techniques that facilitate healthy movement patterns and elevate mind-body awareness. Her primary teachers are Theresa Elliott and Kathryn Payne of Pacific Yoga, with whom she completed her 500 hour Advanced Studies Certification.
Kathleen Meehan Lorenzo: E-RYT 500, YACEP
Kathleen’s yoga teaching is rooted in her belief that anyone can do yoga and that all bodies are yoga bodies. She helps her students meet themselves where they are in the present moment and encourages them to employ safe movement and awareness. She also invites students to include a sense of physical and mental challenge in their practice. Kathleen’s focus on anatomy and alignment is motivated by her continued curiosity about the human body and how it works. She is fascinated by the inherent connection between the body and the mind and how the practice of yoga strengthens that connection. She continues to study with Theresa Elliott and is a graduate of the Pacific Yoga 500 hour Advanced Studies program.
Theresa Elliott: E-RYT 500, YACEP – Anatomy
Theresa is a nationally recognized practitioner and teacher of yoga who creates and teaches her own unique content through humorous, no-nonsense instruction, delivered in plain English. In class, she cultivates intellectual engagement and presence of mind through attention to the physical precision of yoga asana. “Why” and “what are we doing” are continual themes in class as students come to understand the rules of the body, and then the rules for breaking the rules. Theresa became a certified Iyengar teacher in 1990 and has been teaching teachers for over 20 years. Originally, The Yoga Tree Teacher Training (1996-2003) was created and taught by Theresa Elliott and Kathryn Payne. The program was renamed Pacific Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Studies in 2003 and moved to Taj Yoga in 2004, the studio founded by Theresa. Pacific Yoga offered both 200- and 500- hour programs until 2014, when the partners retired the training. Often called “The Harvard of Teacher Trainings,” Pacific Yoga included the full spiritual practice of yoga, trained hundreds of teachers, and had a deep impact on yoga in the Seattle area. http://theresaelliott.com/index.html
Dylan Noebels: E-RYT 500 – Philosophy
Dylan’s intent is to adapt the practice to the individual and make yoga accessible, safe and fun for all. He breaks yoga down into plain English so that you can gain a greater awareness of your body and mind through proper alignment – one pose at a time, one breath at a time.
Asana and Anatomy:
The foundation of our training includes a thorough study of the fundamental yoga postures, from the perspective of both the student and teacher. Understanding the principles of asana, in combination with individual details of each pose, facilitates clarity in verbal communication and physical demonstration. The study of the human body in asana is further explored in the anatomy section of the training.
-Technique of Alignment and Precision
-Anatomy and Physiology
-Adaptations of Poses
-Developing a Personal Practice
Pranayama and Meditation:
Observing the breath leads to new levels of awareness in body and mind. Various techniques are practiced to adjust the timing and effects of the breath. Each student learns to develop a practice suited to their individual needs, opening the doorway to states of mental clarity and meditation.
-Learning to Sit
-Location, Ratio and Kumbhaka
Yoga Philosophy and Self Study:
Philosophical texts form yoga’s spiritual foundation and are essential to understanding the roots of practice. Through study of traditional literature, we explore the lessons yoga has to offer in supporting us in our daily life.
-The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
-Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads
The Art of Teaching:
Teaching yoga is a craft unique to each individual. It requires a commitment to personal practice and a keen understanding of the human body and mind. A skilled teacher is attuned to the needs of the individual student, while creating a space of awareness for the group as a whole.
-Use of Voice, Body Language
-Hands on Adjustments
-Seeing and Understanding Bodies
-Classroom Management and Logistics
Marketing and Business:
There are many avenues for teaching. All share the need to understand state and city laws, as well as offering authentic communication and marketing in order to thrive as a yoga teacher.
-Securing a business license
-How to apply for teaching positions
-Social Media and Email Marketing
Students can miss up to 5 hours of the training without make-up. Beyond 5 hours, students must make up time missed within the corresponding category by attending additional classes and/or private sessions. All make-up classes are at an additional cost to the student, and must be approved by a Lead Trainer.
Open House Dates:
Sunday, September 8th at 11:00am
Monday, September 23rd at 7:30pm
Questions? Contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org