“The teacher is the first letter (of the alphabet); the student is the last letter. Knowledge is the meeting place, instruction is the link” – Taittriya Upanishad (3.1.1)
A 200hr Yoga Teacher Training is a powerful way of:
- Deepening your personal practice
- Experiencing yoga beyond asana as a path to greater self knowledge, healing, health and wellbeing
- Exploring and cultivating your unique teaching aptitudes and skills
- Learning to teach with authenticity and confidence
- Becoming a lifestyle ambassador and community builder
Our program is carefully designed to meet all Yoga Alliance requirements for you to be certified as a RYT 200 Yoga Teacher.
PART 1 (Part Time): July 5 – Sept 13 2022
PART 2 (Part Time): Sept 27 – Nov 15 2022
Teaching is an aspect of karma yoga – the yoga of service. A teacher training involves commitments in time and money as well as physical, mental and emotional energy. A teacher training should therefore not be entered into lightly. The focus of a teacher training is different to an immersion. An immersion allows you to delve deeply into your personal practice as it applies to you. A teacher training allows for a similar experience but a significant portion should focus on helping you cultivate the skills and confidence to share this practice with others, in service of others.
To optimize your investment you should take time to make sure a training is a good fit for you. Making the right choice will mean a training that is inspiring and elevating. A disappointing training wastes precious personal resources and is frustrating and disillusioning.
Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, but as it applies to others” -Krishnamacharya
These trainings are led by KARIN KUHN who has been teaching yoga FULL TIME since 2004 and who has run trainings on Maui since 2009. Karin is a dedicated Yogini who has a deep passion for, and understanding of ,how to teach yoga to all levels of students in a way that is safe, empowering and relevant to daily life. Highly experienced in owning and running studios in her country of birth, South Africa and on Maui she has a deep understanding of what it takes to become a successful professional yoga teacher.
“Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject. They possess “a capacity for connectedness” and are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, helping their students weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts — the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and will converge in the human self — supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives.” Extracted from “The Courage to Teach” by Parker J.Palmer
This training will meet and even exceed your required 200hr contact hours as prescribed by Yoga Alliance. Your Teacher Training is delivered in 2 parts.
PART 1 is designed to create a strong foundation for your personal practice. We will meet for asana practice 3x/week (Tues & Thursday evening and Saturday mornings). During these classes we will slow the practice down to go deeper into poses with greater attention to alignment and sequencing so as to develop healthy & sustainable practice habits that serve your unique body design and needs.
You will learn principles of sequencing and alignment of foundational poses across all family of poses – standing poses, standing balances, core work, level 1 back bends, level 1 & 2 (supported inversions) and seated hip opening poses. The use of props and how to regress poses will be explored so that you feel confident in teaching to beginner students in a class setting.
During the asana practice you will also learn the traditional practice of call and response of the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali. Our asana practice will begin to prepare the body and mind for pranayama and seated meditation.
Saturday’s will be a full day. Starting with asana practice and followed by Muscular Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics (skeleton & joints) to explore how the body moves safely in poses. You will gain a better understanding of how to take care of your own, and your students, bodies in class. After lunch we will finish our afternoon session with Teaching Methodology and explore the art and science of sequencing, pacing and instructing (verbal, demonstration and giving physical adjustments). These are key skills in learning to teach well.
PART 2 builds on the understanding, strength and mobility cultivated during Part 1 of the training.
You will meet 3x/week for live asana practice (Tues & Thursday evenings and Saturday morning). This part of the training will be more physically demanding. You will learn the traditional dynamic Sun Salutation series which forms the foundation of a more dynamic “flow” practice as well as more advanced variations that build core and upper body strength. You will explore how to regress and progress the sequence of poses so that you can confidently teach it in a mixed level class.
You will work towards Level 2 & 3 poses across the family of poses – More advanced Standing Balances, Core strength for transitions, arm balances, heating inversions (unsupported), deeper backbends, hip openers and seated forward bends. Accommodations will always be made for your unique body and any current or previous injuries to remain safe during the practice while enjoying the experience of new and interesting poses. Classes will include regular pranayama practices and chanting of sutra.
Saturday’s will once again be a full day. Starting with asana practice and then followed by Teaching Methodology looking at sequencing for more advanced practices. After lunch we will finish our afternoon session with discussions on Teaching Ethics, Developing your Teaching Style and Values and Professional Development including credentialing, ongoing education, Insurance, Professional Presentation, Marketing and Promotion.
ONLINE CLASSES: these will be delivered over both parts of the training in both a synchronous and asynchronous manner to meet the allowed 40hrs of content delivery as approved by by Yoga Alliance
Yoga History and Philosophy (weekly lectures totalling 17 hours) : The sutras chanted in class will be explored in greater depth during your asynchronous lectures which will be delivered online and supplemented by personal reflection and assignments. You will explore how they are applicable in your own life, personal practice and ways in which you could share them in a class setting. You will be required to submit a short assignment each week sharing your insights with the group via our private online community forum and to comment on each others assignments.
Physiology classes (5x 1hr asynchronous pre recorded): Digestive and excretory systems, Lymphatic, Respiratory, and CardioVascular and Endocrine systems will be explored and how they support health and the practice of yoga and pranayama. These classes will be “released” at appropriate intervals over the entire training. You will be required to complete a short quiz at the end of each lesson.
Energetic Anatomy (10.5hrs live synchronous): A Journey Through the Chakras. These classes will be held live over Zoom each Sunday morning during Part 2 of the training. Attendance is compulsory to meet your teacher training hours.
Introduction to Ayurveda as the Sister Science of Yoga (7 hrs delivered asynchronous): Yogic Lifestyle , Wellness rituals and practices, and Nutritional guidelines according to the seasons and doshas.
“Virtual Office Hours” – each Sunday morning Karin will be available live, on zoom for us to meet as a group to discuss questions, share ideas and insights and continue to support our learning environment. Attendance is optional but strongly encouraged as we can learn from each others challenges.
PART 3 – COMPLETION FOR GRADUATION CERTIFICATION
Observational Hours: In addition to both live in person classroom hours, synchronous and asynchronous online hours you will be required to attend and observe 5 public classes as taught by Karin. These can be arranged during Part 2 of your training. Observational hours provide an amazing opportunity to watch experienced teachers teach and develop within yourself the invaluable skill of observation, crucial to teaching well. Your insights from these sessions will deepen your understanding and application of what we explore in our methodology and anatomy classes.
Practicum Hours: You will be required to record yourself teaching 2x 75 minute classes to a small group of friends/fellow students. These recordings will be submitted for evaluation and followed up with a private 1:1 feedback mentorship session with Karin. These sessions will be conducted any time after Part 2 is completed, when you feel ready and confident in teaching. Your graduation certificate will be awarded thereafter.
Completion Ceremony: This will be held at the end of Part 2 of the training.
200hr TRAINING SCHEDULE:
2022 PART TIME SCHEDULE
PART 1: July 5 – Sept 15th 2022
Tuesday’s: 5.30pm (asana practice)
July 5th, 12th 19th, 26th and Aug 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and Sept 6th & 13th
Thursday’s 5.30 – 7.30pm (asana practice)
July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and Aug 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th and Sept 1st & 8th
Saturdays: 10.30am – 4.30pm (asana practice, Anatomy, Philosophy & Teaching Methodology)
July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and Aug 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and Sept 3rd & 10th
PART TIME SCHEDULE CONT.
PART 2 Sept 27th – Nov 13th 2022
Tuesday’s: 5.30 – 7.30pm (asana practice)
Sept 27th and Oct 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and Nov 1st, 8th & 15th
Thursday’s 5.30 – 7.30pm (asana practice)
Sept 29th and Oct 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th and Nov 3rd & 10th
Saturdays: 10.30am – 4.30pm (asana practice, Anatomy, Philosophy & Teaching Methodology, ethic & business of teaching Yoga)
Oct 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and Nov 5th & 12th
Is a Teacher Training right for you?
To ensure the best fit and to optimize the learning experience asks yourself these questions:
What are the teacher’s credentials? Is he/she well-trained and highly knowledgeable, especially in the key areas that you wish to study further?
Do you resonate with their style of teaching? Does it inspire and challenge you personally?
Could you see yourself authentically sharing this teacher’s method or something similar in your own way eventually (even if it feels impossible now)?
Do you resonate with his or her personality or have similar values?
Would this teacher have a healthy teacher/mentor-student relationship with you?
Does the size of the training feel right for you – do you like to study in smaller or larger groups?
Is there the right mix in the curriculum of personal asana, pranayama and meditation practice as well as philosophical studies and study of effective teaching methodology?
Have you practiced in this teacher’s style of yoga before?
DEPOSIT A $500 non refundable, non transferable deposit secures your space.
TOTAL PRICE $3000 (excl tax)
EARLY BIRD payment: $2697 (Excl tax) – pay in full by June 13th
Kama’aina Payment plan available for Part Time Training. Payable in 3 equal payments. Payments due: July 1st, Aug 1st & Sept 1st
$500 Deposit – non refundable, non transferable.
Once training starts – no refunds of any payments made, including scheduled payments as part of the payment plan.