Training Dates: August 1 -25, 2020
Expand your practice, teaching, and understanding in this intensive, advanced yoga teacher training program with Awakening Yoga Academy founders, Patrick Beach & Carling Harps.
Join us in Seattle, Washington at Commune Yoga for a month of training, learning, and community with the Awakening Yoga Family. Our 300 level program also includes guest lectures & offerings from local teachers which are announced prior to the start of training.
This advanced training program is limited to 20 participants and includes a 3 month mentorship program that is completed after the intensive month together in Seattle. This Mentorship will continue to facilitate the growth and learnings from our time together as you integrate them into your teaching and home community. Sessions will be completed either in person (if local to Seattle/PNW area) or via FaceTime/Skype sessions and our online Awakening Yoga Teaching Portal.
This program is designed for teachers and those interested in pursuing a serious teaching path. This is not a retreat, or a pay-to-certify program. Active participation and study is expected from all students. Don't get us wrong, we will have tons of fun and exploration along the way but we will be diving into the nitty gritty details that make this practice special and we expect you to be engaged, enthusiastic students. No specific level of asana (we promise you don't need to know how to handstand! Remember, poses are just part of the path) is required however, we do expect the following levels of commitment and experience from all participants:
- Minimum 3 years of dedicated practice
- Minimum of 1 year teaching experience
- Must have a prior 200 hour certification or comparable education* (Yoga Alliance not required, but previous education is)
*a previous 200 hour certification required to obtain the RYT500 designation from Yoga Alliance if that is something you are interested in
Early Bird Pricing Options end April 1, 2020
All amounts are due in monthly installments. Training must be paid in full 30 days prior to the start date.
Daily Practice :: We believe in helping all students build a ritualistic yoga practice. This intensive teacher training style allows us to focus on creating strong connected habits through yoga asana at the start of training each day. These practices will be based in the Awakening Yoga Solar, Lunar, and Restorative class styles. This is a chance to explore your practice in a way you have never done before. A thorough examination of the self through asana and movement.
Biomechanics, Anatomical Study & Asana Movement Patterning :: Every one of us has a unique body and often times we try to adjust our bodies fit the poses - instead of adjusting the poses to fit our bodies. In this training we will explore your own natural predispositions for movement to create an stronger understanding of the spectrum of opportunities and limitations your students show up to class with each day. You will learn to examine the alignment of yoga poses with a new keen eye trained to help facilitate strong, mobile, and integrated asana.
Sequencing Methodology :: There is always a method to the madness and we examine the morning's practice and detailed teaching methodology. Breaking down sequencing approaches and unique teaching styles necessary to cultivate trust and depth as a teacher. You will learn how to apply the founding principles of the Awakening Yoga practice into your own teaching in public, private, and workshop settings.
3 Month Teaching Mentorship :: Each student will be expected to teach and present throughout the course of this training as well as complete the 3 Month Mentorship program with Patrick & Carling. This extended mentorship is either completed in person or via our online Awakening Yoga education portal. Teaching is a hands on job that requires us to dive in with an open mind. There will be many opportunities to teach and share in both small and large groups to develop evolved teaching skills. Mentorship and feedback will be provided to help all students find unique presence and voice as a teacher.
Adjustments & Hands-on Assists :: As teachers, we have the opportunity to impact a students practice in many ways. Offering intelligent, consented hands-on adjustments is one way we can communicate with students and guide them towards their own strongest sense of body awareness and proprioception. With guidance from seasoned teachers, students learn the mental and physical requirements for in-depth adjustments appropriate for large group sessions as well as unique one-on-one adjustments fitting for private teaching sessions.
Philosophy and Subtle Body Practices :: we delve into the foundations of yoga studies, history, philosophy, sanskrit, pranayama, and kriya in both physical practice and discussion. Exploration throughout this program gives students the tools and knowledge to expand their practice and teaching with purpose and curiosity.
Meditation and Pranayama - The breath is the life-force of our practice but it is often forgotten, left behind for the complexity of each outward posture and transition. A deep awareness is brought back to breath control through many pranayama techniques creating an expansive and pointed practice experience. Linking the power of the breath and mind can open up new potential for inspiration and purpose. These breathing practices will be part of our daily pranayama meditation sessions and require intentional practice & guidance prior to sharing with others.
Inversion Training as a teacher and a student :: Taking your practice upside-down is a common piece of the Awakening Yoga system. We want to help you find balance in your own practice and learn proper techniques to share with your students. You will have the opportunity each day to find your way into variations of handstand, forearm balance, and headstand as well as the supplemental strength, flexibility, and coordination work to support these postures. Building these patterns through the Awakening Yoga style of ritual and awareness will help you create a sustainable home practice essential to keeping inversions in your practice for years to come.
Business of Yoga :: Learn the ins and out of the yoga business during open discussions where we share our experiences from the beginning teaching yoga out of the kitchen in our small apartment to sharing Awakening Yoga on a global scale. We offer detailed insight into studio operations, yoga & wellness retreats, teaching workshops, leading training programs, and how to find comfort in your individual place among it all. These sessions are designed to help you create offerings that will grow your own yoga-centric business in a unique way that creates a new sense of freedom in your life.
Yoga and the Internet :: Building your online presence requires more than just a cookie cutter strategy, in this training we share our personal experiences building a social presence on Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, Podcasting, and Blogging providing insight on how to find the path to authentic content creation that represents YOU. Creating an online presence is an important way to share your offerings as a teacher, expand your community, and to meet new students. It is possible to be more than just another generic instagram yoga photo account and we are here to help you find a way to express your own voice in an honest, insightful, enjoyable way.
2020 Guest Teacher (s) - To be announced in early 2020
Commune Yoga is our yoga studio located in the Wallingford neighborhood, just 5-10 minutes north of Downtown Seattle.
Sample Session hours are as follows (Specific times subject to change as necessary) This is a full time intensive program with 2 practices and 2 daily lecture & teaching sessions per day.
8:00am - 7:00pm