The World Needs More Heart-Centred Yoga Teachers
Finding Time for You – And Remembering Who We Truly are.
We can excel easier in our lives when our own spiritual, physical, and intellectual needs are fulfilled, and this is the practice of Yoga.
Within each of us, there is a well of energy that must be regularly replenished. When we act as if this well is bottomless, scheduling a long list of activities that fit like puzzle pieces into every minute of every day, it becomes depleted and we feel exhausted, disconnected, and weak. Refilling this well is a matter of finding time to focus on, nurture, and care for ourselves. We can only excel where our outer world affairs are concerned when our own spiritual, physical, and intellectual needs are fulfilled. The ancient practice of Yoga holds this teaching at the core.
But unfortunately, today’s society has moved so far away from this practice of unity, and recognizing the importance of this is far easier than finding a place for it in an active, multifaceted lifestyle, however. This is why today; we need more and more committed heart centred yoga teachers that can help guide their students into really integrating the teaching of yoga into every facet of their life. Not just the practice of asana on the mat, but the way to really embody the practice of yoga.
We are encouraged to try and achieve a functioning work-life balance, but many of us may still be neglecting the most important part of that equation: you.
Yoga prepares you for the next round of daily life, whether you are poised to immerse yourself in a professional project or chores around the home. It also affords you a unique opportunity to learn about yourself, your needs, and your tolerances in a concrete way. It truly is crucial to your well-being because it ensures that you are never left without the energy to give of yourself.
Yoga allows us to slow down and listen to our own natural rhythm. Remembering who we really are is the first step in awakening to our spiritual path and finding our deep authentic voice and purpose.
Are you excited about the prospect of helping your students find this? Because the world needs more hearted centred yoga teachers
Throughout the journey from birth to death, many people choose to question life, strive for improvement, seek out knowledge, and search for the divine. Simply put, this is the essence of spirituality. One’s spiritual practice can take on many forms because embracing the spiritual is a very personal pursuit. The quest for the divine, or oneness with the universe, always springs from within. It doesn’t matter where you find your spiritual path. We are all fundamentally spiritual beings and the essence of that lies in knowing one’s true self and finding peace that comes from within rather than the outside world. It is in remembering this that we awaken to our personal path.
The spiritual path springs forth from a daily routine that reaffirms our personal connection with a purpose or a way of life. Practicing compassion, gratitude, appreciation, forgiveness, generosity, meditation, and taking care of one’s wellbeing can all be a part of one’s spiritual life. This is the practice of Yoga. The way of living a yogic life.
Are you ready to help people to explore their personal spirituality?
Accepting the importance of spirituality can be a healthy decision because a spiritual practice includes habits that promote healthy living. Helping people to take the time to carefully determine the action, thought, and ritual that most speaks to their soul is immensely rewarding.
Helping them see the interconnectedness of all things. As they explore their “inner work,” in a safe supporting framework, helps them to walk their spiritual path and feel their oneness with the universe.
Yoga is about attaining to absolute Balance, piercing Clarity, and an inexhaustible Exuberance. With this, you are immensely fit for life.
We are living in a time of great change. Many thinkers and researchers agree that humanity and the planet Earth are evolving at a quickened pace and that this evolution will necessarily be severe and seemingly chaotic at times. It is natural for people to react with fear because these changes will doubtless bring some level of difficulty and loss to many of us. However, the practice of Yoga helps us to find the strength and motivation to negotiate these changing times. Giving us the strength to be capable and ready to rise to the challenges in which we find ourselves. It is helpful to reflect on our own lives and make any changes necessary to fully support humanity and the planet into a state of love. When we open our hearts in love instead of closing them in fear, we serve the divine process.
Is your purpose here at this time to help guide others from a place of connectedness and compassion?
In a world of over seven billion people, it’s easy to believe that the only way to initiate profound transformation is to take extreme action. Each of us, however, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world.
Our Mentoring Yoga Teacher Training is designed to help you hold the light for others. To give you the tools to guide the way for others to find direction, their purpose, their light.
Many people are afraid to step out into the world and make things happen, and so they hang back, dreaming and waiting and watching. As a heart-centered yoga teacher, you can help people move away from this fear-based stagnation and guide them to find the joy of living a yogic life. You can help them find healing and direction in every step on their path and know that each step is meaningful.
We know that we create our experience with our thoughts, and this is another way we need to make a conscious decision about how we want to experience life. It is up to us to do the work of making the connection because nobody can do it for us, though sometimes the universe may send us wake-up calls. As a heart centred yoga teacher, you can help people create a more consciously aware experience, and help them find a deeper connectedness with their environment by the life choices they make.
What to Learn More about Becoming a heart-centered Yoga Teacher?
So Who is this Yoga Teacher Training for?
This Yoga Teacher Training is the perfect option if you need the flexibility of study dates because I offer this option throughout the year, subject to availability. It is also excellent for students that thrive on a one-to-one basis and enjoy deeper personal contact. It is especially good for students that really want to go deep into their desire to fully live a yogic lifestyle and enhance themselves.
It enables me to work much closer with the student and their individual strengths and weaknesses. It is also for students who want to really live their yoga practice, and dive deep into the spiritual yogic teachings.
All of the modules must be satisfactorily completed before the certification is given, but there is more freedom to work at a slower pace if required.
Where is this Mentoring Yoga Teacher Training Held?
The online components can be started at any time. We also have virtual Zoom one-to-one sessions that are organised to suit your work and home commitments.
The 9-night intensive face-to-face retreat program is held in South West France near Ruffec in Charente, France. You will stay in a traditional stone Charente farmhouse house which is full of charm and character, as well as be comfortable.
Here there will be a maximum of 2 students, who will work closely with each other for practical work, and each student will have their own private room, where you have a quiet space to study, prepare and practice.
The online mentoring yoga modules can be started at any time, but all are needed to be completed prior to the Retreat because we take all the teachings into our physical practice and teaching.
The optional mentoring continues for 6 months after the intensive yoga retreat, with monthly Zoom calls and email contact, to guide you through the early stages of setting up your yoga business.
The face-to-face intensive yoga retreat in France is available throughout the year, subject to availability.
What you will study Online and with Virtual Guided Personalized Contact:
Time Scale: I recommend that you give yourself at least 8 weeks for the online modules, to get the most out of the training, but you can take much longer if you need. Each module has written assignments, which are marked, and personalized feedback is given. I also frequently ask additional expansion questions.
We have individual Zoom mentoring calls, where we discuss the subject matter and work together on a deeper level.
Required Reading: There are 5 required reading texts that need to be purchased and read prior to the Retreat. There are also 5 marked assignments on the required reading subject matter that need to be completed.
The following is a breakdown of the modules that you will study.
Anatomy and Physiology: 30 hours
A full and comprehensive course covering everything from connective tissue and muscular system to the anatomy of energetics with the breath and bandha, and how to bring this knowledge into your teaching. This in-depth module will set you apart from many Yoga Teachers as we bring this knowledge out of the Anatomy book into your teaching. We also cover the vitally important concept of the student’s individual skeletal differences, understanding when they are feeling tension and when they are feeling compression, and how we can adapt the posture to suit their individual bodies.
The History of Yoga and The Role of the Yoga Teacher in the West:
Here we cover the theories behind the roots of Yoga and Patanjali, how Yoga came to the West and what brings people to Yoga. We also look at the concept of working spiritually as part of a cooperative group and our ego driving modern society. We also discuss the impact of the Yoga Sutras on Yoga and its development and the connection with Yoga and religion. We will also look at the individual demands of teaching yoga in the West, such as the physical stresses on the body from a predominantly sedentary society due to hours spent seated.
Different Styles of Yoga and their impact on Modern Postural Yoga.
This course is based on Hatha Yoga, but you will also learn how to offer both Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Healing Yoga is a whole-body awareness Yoga Teacher Training and offers you the opportunity to work on the whole body, the connective tissue as well as the muscles. Yang style yoga works on strength whilst Yin style yoga works on the connective tissue and fascia…..to bring health and harmony back to the body we have to know how to connect with the whole body…..not just the muscles.
We also look deeper at the differences between the different styles available to us now and ask such questions as….
How would you explain to your students why there are so many different styles of yoga available?
Many students are confused by the different styles. Is it important that they understand the differences?
The Spiritual Teaching of the Eightfold path:
In this section, we start looking deeper at what the true meaning of Yoga is and the ‘Journey’ of Yoga. We look at our individual relationship with the practice of Yoga and how that has developed and how it can develop. We discover that the art of yoga is to re-connect the mind-body and spirit and learn how to teach this to our students, and how we show this in our practice. We dive into the concept of Enlightenment and the journey towards this.
The Yamas: One week of self-reflection and observation
Looking at how we can bring these teachings into our own practice and also how we can offer these teachings to our students in the class setting.
The Niyamas: One week of self-reflection and observation
Looking at our own commitment to our practice and how, as yoga teachers, we show up to the world. How we interact, how we react, and how we want to live our lives. Then once we have really and fully understood that our lives can reflect the deeper teachings of yoga, then we learn how to offer this to our students.
Psychology of Teaching and the Role of the Yoga Teacher:
The structure of this module is aimed to help you understand how to actually reach our students. Using vocabulary that is appropriate in each situation and encourages growth and self-awareness.
We also look deeply at how the ego of the teacher can affect our teaching and class environment.
RETREAT BASED MODULES:
Asanas : Sequencing and class structure.
Throughout this intensive course, we look in detail at the art of sequencing and how we target postures, themes, or energy through the sequence. We need to ensure that we appropriately sequence for the correct level of the student, and to enhance a healing and growth environment.
We learn how to create mindful sequences that seamlessly flow from posture to posture, supporting the concept of complete body awareness. We need to be mindful of language and expectations. We also need to offer variations to be all-inclusive.
In teaching yoga we must also create an environment, physically, emotionally and spiritually, to enable the student to become more self-aware of patterns and self-sabotaging thought processes.
Students start teaching from day one, building their confidence and skills in a safe supportive environment. Throughout this process, you are given a lot of support, feedback, and encouragement to give you the tools to become a great teacher. We also look at Yin Yoga, and how this differs from Restorative Yoga in a class environment.
Vinyasa Asana Awareness:
The structure of this module is aimed to help you understand how Vinyasa Yoga does not have the restriction of set prescribed asanas. The teacher can and should be creative, and find the heart of the asana, and from that point, learn to develop the skill of making the asana available to every level student.
Alignment and Adjustments: Working with Chronic Pain
Safe alignment is vital for the well-being of our students, so we look in detail at each individual asana and how we can adjust the asana for different levels of students. Looking at contraindications to create safe teaching practices. The reality of teaching yoga is that the majority of your students will have some degree of past or present injury history. Therefore, part of your training is designated to help you understand how injuries leading to chronic pain develops and how you can help your students both physically and mentally deal with their chronic pain whilst still enjoying the benefits of Yoga. It is estimated that up to 80 percent of the population will at some stage in their lives suffer from some form of chronic pain. These students need your help to bring back strength and flexibility. As the author of Breaking the Attachment to Pain, I will help you feel confident to deal with all student’s levels. We also look in detail at the importance of props in our practice. And how and when to safely use hands-on adjustments.
Here we cover different types of Pranayama that are suitable to include in a class setting. The science behind the practice and the benefits of developing breath awareness and control. We also give you the tools and confidence to teach it to your students.
Here we learn how to teach people to concentrate and then bring that concentration into the various types of meditation. You will learn how to teach meditation as part of a class or as separate workshops. We practice meditation daily to also develop our own practice and fully understand the science and benefits behind the role of regular meditation.
Pregnancy and Contra-Indications:
Yoga is for everyone, and illness, chronic pain, and pregnancy should not exclude people from gaining enormous benefits from the practice. Many Yoga Teacher Training courses do not cover this area and therefore leave new Yoga Teacher Teachers unprepared for the vastness of student’s demands and levels. This module will give you the skills to create a safe yoga teaching environment for all levels of students.
Developing a home practice
We all know that a regular consistent yoga home practice is where we see growth and results. But how do we stay committed and motivated and how to we encourage our students to develop a regular home practice.
We look at ways and techniques to keep our students focused to help them develop their individual practice.
Difference between Yin, Yang and Restorative Yoga
We look at the individual role that these different types of Yoga bring, and the need to create a complete holistic understanding of how the body works. Here we also look at the differences between chronic and acute pain and the role of the Yoga Teacher in regards to rehabilitation.
Yoga Nidra is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the student becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness is different from meditation, in which concentration on a single focus is required.
We look at the benefits and uses of yoga nidra in a class setting. We learn the set sequence and how we can adapt it to fit the theme and length of your class.
Optional 6 Month Mentoring Skype Calls and Email Contact
Professional Development and Marketing:
The structure of this final module will depend on the goals of the student and therefore tailored to them.
This is an intensive yoga teacher training course both online and retreat based in France, which is not suitable for beginners. You are required to have at least 2 years of yoga experience, and regular home practice. The online modules are intensive, and the student needs to be committed to self-development.
There are also required reading books that must be studied, and 5 marked assignments completed.
Please also note that this course is both theory and practical-based, with assignment and discussion work. This course is not suitable for students who are solely interested in developing their asana practice. There is a much deeper level of study that is required.
The aim of my retreats or Yoga Teacher Training is not just for you to complete your 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training, or attend an asana based retreat, but to feel inspired, nourished and passionate about Yoga, health, and teaching
For the retreat section, you will be based in rural Southwest France near my home. You will be spending your days at my home, working together, and your evenings and nights in your private, relaxing accommodation. Where you can complete your guided evening assignment work and class preparation study.
There are marked written assessments throughout the training, online quizzes, teaching practice, and a final teaching practical assessment.