MY Teacher Training

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Mindful Yoga 200HR Yoga Teacher Training
Pam Ronstadt, Co-Director and Shraddha Hilda Oropeza, Co-Director
Faculty: Michelle Marks, Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio, Tracy Gordon,  Jessica Byron and Tanja Burngardt-Price

March 22 – September 22nd (one weekend per month)
Friday, 6-9p, Saturdays 1-6p, Sundays 12:30-5:30p
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200-HR Program Overview/ Syllabus/ Texts
Your 200 hour teacher training at Mindful Yoga will provide you with more than 200 hours (180+ direct contact) of training in Yoga Techniques; Teaching Methodology; Anatomy and Physiology; Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics; all of which will be solidified by a Practicum. These categories are in accord with the standards set by the Yoga Alliance, and your training will qualify you to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance.

$2,400 if registered by 1/15, $2900 after 1/15.
$500 down payment reserves your spot at the early rate. *Down payment is non-refundable.
To register contact Shraddha at (520) 300-4378

Teacher training

Yoga Philosophy Lifestyle and Ethics, 35 contact hours, 15 non contact, 50 total.
The 8-limbs of yoga, The role of a yoga instructor, Principles of practice, Working with all bodies, The effects of Yoga on the body and mind, Overview of Aryuvedic Practices.

Learning Objectives
The topics covered will include the yoga sutras of Patajali, with an emphasis on the 8 limbs of yoga, the role of a yoga teacher, mindfulness in movement and meditation, the proven benefits of yoga on mind and body, working with all bodies and inclusive language when teaching. The history of yoga as well as the classic texts of yoga will also be covered. the student with be provided a deeper understanding of basic yogic philosophy as well as provide an outline as to the ethical way in which to teach and incorporate the teachings into the classroom as well as individuals lifestyle . Students will be required to submit 3 lead instructor approved essays. 15 non-contact hours will also include reading, meditation and chanting. A 2- hour session on the ethics of teaching, student/teacher relationship and business of yoga will be included

Anatomy and Physiology, 20 Contact Hours
Key Concepts Basic Anatomy of the Human Body Subtle Anatomy in Yoga and Eastern Philosophy The anatomy of Movement and Stillness Modifications for All Bodies

Learning Objectives 

The student will learn basic anatomy concepts of the physical and subtle body as well as modifications and contraindications for all students. We will cover the chakras and energy of the body. Each student will be given hands on guidance and will be expected to lead fellow students in postures and practices.

Teaching Methodology, 25 contact Hours 
Communication Skills- Verbal and Non-Verbal The Art of Listening and Intuitive Teaching. Working with PTSD and specialized populations Class Planning

Learning Objectives 

The student will learn how to effectively plan and guide a class, including working with specialized populations. Each student will be required to create 5 separate class plans and teach these plans under the lead instructors guidance to a larger population in a classroom setting.

Techniques and Practices of Yoga 90 contact hours, 25 non-contact hours, 115 total
Traditional Asanas, Various Styles of Yoga (including Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, and Restorative) ,The Practices of Pranayama, Meditation Basics,
Teaching Meditation and Pranayama, Sun and Moon Salutations, Pawanmuktasana Series 1 and 2

Learning Objectives 

The student will learn the various styles of asana and how they work in various styles of practice, including flow, gentle, hatha and restorative yoga. Special attention to the foundations of the Pawanmuktasana series as well as sun and moon salutations. Each student will be given detailed instruction in the anatomy of each pose, alignment cues, preparatory and post postures. Each student will have the opportunity to practice each posture and teach postures to fellow students. The student will learn the basic practices of meditation and pranayama and how to bring them into the classroom setting. Each student will be required to attend a minimum of 25 additional hours of classroom instruction.

Practice of Yoga, 10 contact, 10 non-contact, 20 total
The student will, with the assistance and guidance of the teacher, guide various level classes and styles

Learning Objectives 

Each student will be required to observe 5 hours of practice with the lead instructor and offer a minimum of 5 one hour sessions with the lead instructor present to observe. Within the classroom setting, each student will be offering class plans and teaching in 15 and 30 minute segments to their fellow trainees for a total of 5 hours. Additionally, students must teach a minimum of 5 hours of lead instructor approved classes that will serve as a karma offering- i.e. to the local girls and boys club or to a local group at a library.

Karma Yoga, 10 non contact hours 
Each student will identify a way on which they can serve the community based upon yogic principles

Learning Objectives 

Yoga is a way of service and it is done both on and off the mat. Each student will be required to offer 10 hours of community service, as approved by lead instructor i.e. Serve on a local neighborhood board, clean up at a local park, serve at a local soup kitchen.

Personalized Study, non contact
This portion of the program will rely on the teacher /student dynamic as each student will explore -under the teachers guidance-various physical and energetic philosophies and instruction per their individual goals and growth desires

Learning Objectives 

Our goal is to meet each students needs rather then mass produce teachers in a specific style. This is a respectful approach to the origins and traditions of yoga and the original student teacher relationships. Highly individual in nature, it will provide a deeper connection to the practice of yoga as a whole.

Texts required for the training :

Your Yoga, Your Body by Bernie Clark
The Path of the Yoga Sutras by Nicolai Bachman
More coming soon….

Suggested reading:
The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long MD
Mindfulness Yoga by Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio
The complete Book of Yin by Bernie Clark

Why the Mindful Yoga Teacher Training Program?
Mindful Yoga offers the time, topics and experience necessary to embark on an incredible journey into the heart of learning and deepening your practice and experience of yoga for those who wish to prepare themselves for the opportunity to teach or share their practice with others.

Experience: Pam Ronstadt  and Shraddha Hilda Oropeza have been teaching for over 15 years.

Topics: The class topics will provide a broad base of core experience to draw on in many different learning situations and may be integrated into your current job and personal life.

Time: The period of six months will allow you to absorb your experience with the integration and insight necessary to become an accomplished and confident yoga practitioner in any situation or setting.

Yoga Alliance Registered – Pending
Completion of the MIndful YogaTeacher Training program makes you eligible to become a nationally Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance in addition to your certification.