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YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
BUILD ON YOUR EXPERIENCE TO EXPAND & REFINE ALL THAT YOU BRING TO TEACHING YOGA
TRAIN WITH MARK STEPHENS
FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!
Mark Stephens is a world-class teacher trainer with over 20 years experience training teachers around the globe. Mark’s 300-Hour Advanced Online Yoga Teacher Training will fill the gaps in your knowledge and skills while empowering you to expand your repertoire of offerings in the yoga community.
INFO SESSION REPLAY
For anyone who could not attend the online Info Session, the replay video is available to watch.
This Info Session was hosted on December 10, 2021 on Zoom and addresses questions from "What makes Mark's training different than other trainings" to "what is the methodology of the entire course".
EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TRUST
With 30 years of consistent practice in a variety of yoga styles, deep study of yoga traditions and innovations, and an extensive background in educational theory and technique, Mark comes to these trainings prepared to guide you in the best ways in becoming the best yoga teacher you can be.
Mark's passion for yoga and for sharing it in powerful and meaningful ways is reflected in his four core yoga textbooks, which are available in many languages. These are the leading textbooks in many yoga teacher training programs around the world.
This 300-Hour Training covers all of the major topics in teaching yoga and fulfills 100% of Yoga Alliance curriculum standards. (Mark served on the Yoga Alliance Standards Committee for two years and thus knows the standards well).
► Convenient online training that includes pre-recorded video lectures, open discussions and guided home practices so you can study and practice when it makes sense for your schedule and learn it your own pace.
► A flexible format spaced out over 8 months, so you can easily fit the full training into your life. This flexible format also creates ample time and space for integration and application between each module. Plus, you'll have a full year (until February 20, 2022) to complete the training and receive your Certificate of Completion – Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.
► Live interaction & support from Mark. Every other week you'll have the opportunity to join Mark online for group discussions, Q&A sessions, and guided yoga practices to further support your learning and growth. Hosted on Tuesdays (9:00am-1:00pm PST). Sessions will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend live.
► An online community forum to engage with Mark and other like-minded trainees between live sessions for more individualized guidance and support.
► Advanced exploration and study of functional anatomy, yoga therapeutics, assisting/adjustments, sequencing, pranayama and more, so you can teach with more confidence and better assist students with injuries and special conditions.
► A printable anatomy manual that includes anatomical diagrams, asanas, a glossary of terms and ample space for note taking. Plus, time-saving worksheets and templates to help you plan, sequence and theme your yoga classes.
► An experience of personal transformation. In this training, you will not only further develop your teaching skills, but you will go deeper on inward journey of self-transformation.
► 300/500 Hour Certificate. With your successful completion of the course, you will receive a 300-hour Certificate that with your prior 200-hour certificate enables you to be a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYS 500) with Yoga Alliance.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Advanced Yoga Teacher Training is all about deepening and refining your skills and knowledge.
We fill the gaps left from prior trainings, build upon all you’ve learned and experienced thus far on the yoga path, and take it further in the directions you envision.
• Renew your passion and appreciation for yoga as a transformative practice.
• Further refine and deepen your own yoga practice along with other highly motivated and experienced teachers.
• Move far beyond the typical cookie-cutter approaches to teaching postural yoga through insightful and informed observation of diverse students in a wide array of asanas.
• Gain a more thorough and deeper practical understanding the major asanas, including their alignment principles, energetic actions, variations, modifications, contra-indications, risks and benefits.
• Expand your understanding of yoga anatomy – how the body is structured, held together, moves and stabilizes - in a way that makes practical sense in teaching real human beings.
• Refine how you integrate verbal, visual, and tactile cues to more effectively and clearly teach yoga to all levels of students and various student intentions and conditions.
• Learn how to plan classes based on clear principles of sequencing that are informed by knowledge of the interrelations of postures within and between each family of asanas as well and other facets of practice such as subtle energy, seasonal changes, and changes across the lifespan.
• Greatly refine your insights and skills in the art and science of giving hands–on adjustments and other forms of assistance, one of the essential tools in guiding students in their yoga practices.
• Learn to work with the injuries, pregnancy conditions, and other specific or unique student needs in your yoga classes that might not have been thoroughly addressed in your 200-hour training.
• Explore more deeply in the received wisdom from ancient yoga traditions to develop a more well-rounded knowledge of yoga philosophy, ethics, history and lifestyle practices.
• Develop specific plans for expanding your teaching in a variety of settings such as yoga studios, gyms, businesses, schools, community centers, retreat centers and more, the basics of opening a yoga studio, and how to create and expand opportunities for teaching yoga online.
• Gain extensive teaching experience through refined practice teaching and mentoring.
THIS HYBRID TRAINING BLENDS SELF-PACED STUDY WITH LIVE INTERACTION
6 MODULE FORMAT
The convenience of online learning means you can study when and where it makes sense for your schedule. This course blends the benefits of online instruction with live interaction with Mark and others in the training, thus ensuring you are fully supported in your leaning throughout.
This 300-hour training is divided into 6 modules. Each module is 50 hours and designed to be completed in 6 weeks, giving you ample time for exploring and integrating all your are learning on your personal schedule. You'll have a full year to access the training content and complete the program.
EACH MODULE CONSISTS OF:
► Pre-recorded Video Presentations/Lectures
► Three 4-hour Live Group Sessions on Zoom with Mark + Replays (Teaching Practicums, Discussions, Q&As, Practices, Kirtan, Meditation)
► Guided Home Practices
► Journaling Exercises
► Optional Interactive Practice Teaching Meetups with other Trainees
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CURRICULUM
We begin with the question, “What is yoga?” Then we fully dive into the interwoven threads of a holistic and integrated practice and how best to share it with others.
Asana Technique & Teaching Methods: The most extensive part of the course, here you will learn in detail how to teach each of over 75 basic yoga poses compassionately yet systematically, including their functional anatomy, alignment principles, energetic actions, risks, benefits, preparatory asanas, counterposes, variations, modifications, hands-on adjustments, and use of props. This part of the course covers the major families of asanas: Sun Salutations, Standing Poses, Backbends, Forward Bends, Twists, Arm Balances, Inversions, Core Refinement, and Hip Openers.
Practical Yoga History & Philosophy: A practical survey of yoga history and philosophy that distills the essential insights for teaching yoga. We look at the ancient-to-current threads of yoga and how they have developed and been intertwined over the ages, considering essentia lpassages from the Vedas, Upanishads, Gita, and Yoga Sutras as well as somatic theory and other 20th and 21st century sources that can inform how we practice and teach. We give close attention to ethics in teaching, including matters of emotional transference and projection, and how to ensure an emotionally and physically safe space for practicing and self-transformation.
Practical Yoga Anatomy: A hands-on introduction to functional anatomy, bio-mechanics, and the kinesiology of movement as applied to seeing students in the practice and guiding them in a meaningful, safe, and effective way. You will learn about the basic human skeletal structure; how different types of bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues optimally function in postural practices; the basics of human movement so you better understand transtions in and out of asanas; close study of the spine, hips, and shoulders as they relate to all seven families (and sub-families) as asanas.
Designing & Sequencing Classes: The art and science of sequencing families of asanas and crafting entire classes, including for different levels of students, different intentions, seasons, styles and other considerations. Here we also cover pacing, duration, tempo, and vibe for different levels and intentions of classes.
Teaching Pranayama: Basic and intermediate pranayama techniques, including how, when, and whom to teach basic yoga breathing (ujayi pranayama) and more intermediate pranayama techniques (including kapalabhati, bastrika, sitali, viloma, kumbhaka, and nadi shodhana).
Subtle Energy & Anatomy: Awareness and activation of subtle energy, including how to cultivate bandhas and the relationship between pranayama, bandhas, and the elements of yogic anatomy, including koshas, chakras, nadis, vayus, gunas, and doshas.
Meditation Practices: In demystifying meditation, we explore how to bring meditation into yoga classes and everyday life in way that is simple, accessible, and sustainable. We explore several meditation techniques.
The Art of Seeing & Relating: An integral part of the course, here we learn to systematically observe, appreciate, and understand what is happening with different students in each of the 75 asanas, thereby developing the necessary skills for working individually with your students and giving appropriate verbal cues, hands-on adjustments, and use of props.
Demonstrating & Cuing: Here we focus on when, where, and how to most effectively demonstrate yoga poses while giving the clearest, most understandable verbal and hands-on guidance to students. Qualities of voice, including language, tone, and audibility, are given close attention.
Hands-On Adjustments: We go deeply into the full range of hands-on adjustments, an essemntial skill for all yoga teachers. It begins with an in-depth consideration of the principles of tactile cues, and then looks at specific techniques for guiding students in over 50 poses. Here you will work with one another to learn, practice, and refine your ability to guide students.
Teaching Pre/Post-Natal Yoga: Every public yoga teacher is a pre-natal yoga teacher if only because you will definitely have pregnant students in your yoga classes. Here we look closely at maternal anatomy and physiology, adaptation of the practice for each trimester of pregnancy, indications and contra-indications for various conditions, effective use props, emotional and psychological aspects of pre-natal experience, preparation for delivery, delivery, and post-partum reintegration through yoga.
Working with Student Injuries & Special Conditions: Students come to classes with a variety of conditions, including acute and chronic injuries, disease, and other conditions that need to be considered in guiding their practice. We will consider several of the most common conditions: joint issues (ankles, knees, hips, sacro-iliac, spinal, shoulders, elbows, wrists), scoliosis, osteopororis and students undergoing chemotherapy.
Making Yoga Meaningful: Why do you do yoga? What are the core values at the heart of your practice? How can you best be true to your values while holding space for othersand their values in your classes? How might you best create space in class and provide guidance to students in making their yoga experience more meaningfulin the fullness of their lives?
Class Observation: Buy observing experienced teachers in the act of leading live classes, you will further refine your insights into what different students are likely experiencing in their yoga practices, thereby expanding your own skills in leading classes.
Practice Teaching: From the very beginning of this course, you will work with other participants to teach classes, starting with working one-on-one and gradually developing the confidence and skill to lead larger and larger classes. Each practice teaching session includes extensive feedback and discussion of teaching techniques and methods.
Lifestyle & Ethics: How we live our larger lives off the mat, including personal yoga practice, nutrition, sleep, relations with family and friends, and being in community are essential aspects of deepening our yoga and sharing it with dignity and integrity.
The Profession & Business of Yoga: This covers the role of the teacher, getting yourself established as a professional yoga teacher, and being successful in teaching yoga as your source of livelihood.
WHO IS THIS TRAINING FOR?
This training is designed for anyone who has completed a credible 200-hour training and wishes to dive far more deeply into learning and refining the skills for a lifetime of teaching yoga with spirit, intelligence, and creativity.
The +300/500 Advanced Yoga Teacher Training attracts a wide range of participants from a variety of backgrounds and diverse interests in life and yoga. Many are new to teaching while some are teacher trainers themselves, some still trying to find their path in the teaching world while others might own studios or run retreat centers. Working and sharing together, participants in the +300/500-hour program have at least one thing in common: the desire to keep learning and to develop into the most highly competence and confident teacher one can be.
“It was a wonderful experience attending Mark Stephens Advanced Teacher Training. Mark was a dedicated, passionate and smart teacher who motivated and inspired us all. I don't think we could of had a better teacher on this planet. His online resources, his textbooks and resource book promote and support that independent learning after you return home and try your best to apply the principles as a teacher. It was fantastic.”
“Mark is an exceptional teacher and a reference to me on my yoga path. He is very knowledgeable in so many areas of yoga, and I would like to highlight in particular: asana hands-on adjustments, alignment and sequencing, anatomy, pranayama and history, philosophy & ethics in teaching yoga. I super recommend this course with Mark and it has totally made a difference for me, both in my life and path as a teacher!”
Starts January 8, 2022
Starts January 8, 2022
HOW TO REGISTER
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