This training offers two options of in person study.
Option 1: A one month intensive in Greece. You will complete the required portion of the in person lessons, as well as be monitored closely by the teachers. You will also have the opportunity to work on your teaching skills under guidance and mentor 200 hour level students.
Advanced Level Track 1: One month intensive, complete practicums and home study.
Intensive Training Hours: Week 1 Anatomy of the Joints and Teaching beginning level students/ chair/ mat/ restorative Week 2 Advanced Pranayama, Philosophy and Advanced Teaching Techniques Week 3 Designing workshops/ mentoring in 200YTT/ Whole life practitioner self study Week 4 Teaching Workshops/ mentoring Long distance hours:
Option 2: A two- week in person intensive in Greece. The remainder of the practicum work and home study is to be completed upon your return home.
Advanced Level Track 2: An in person two-week intensive to be completed in Greece. Then complete the rest of the training and practicums long distance.
Intensive Training Hours: Week 1 Anatomy of the Joints and Teaching beginning level students/ chair/ mat/ restorative Week 2 Philosophy and Advanced Teaching Techniques Long distance hours:
Biomedical Foundations - Increase your ability to teach asana safely, help clients with injury and give sophisticated cueing for asana. We will learn anatomy of the foot and ankle, knee, hips, pelvic floor, spine, rib cage, shoulders and neck.
How to make Yoga Asana, Meditation and Pranayama accessible to all - Hone your teaching methodology to include a variety of demographics. This section includes how to teach gentle yoga, chair yoga, wheelchair yoga, and restorative yoga.
Mind/Body Integration, Yoga Philosophy - The study of yoga philosophy gives yoga teachers a time tested foundation for understanding the mind. In this course we will develop the critical thinking skills to teach yoga techniques to help in the healing process of stress, depression, anxiety and trauma.
Advanced Teaching Methodology - Become a teacher’s teacher. Learn effective techniques and queuing to teach advanced poses, to give hands-on alignment and to prevent injury.
Week 3 & 4
Advanced Teacher Practices - This week includes designing/teaching workshops and working on yoga business skills. These two weeks will cover how to build yoga classes plans that include theming, mental processing, anatomical instruction and that encourage emotional strengths for all levels of yoga students. This will include sequencing, presentation skills, adapting classes, and interacting with students. Attendees will also have time to begin some of their home study courses and will have the opportunity to mentor 200 yoga teacher trainees.
6:30-7:00 Meditation and Pranayama
9:00-11:00 Breakfast and Break
11:00-13:00 Morning Session
15:30-19:00 Afternoon Session
20:00-21:00 Evening Session (as needed)
In order to gain certification of the 500 Level RYT training, you must be able to demonstrate the following skills and competencies:
• The ability to teach yoga modalities on at least two different levels. For example:
– Intro level and intermediate/advanced level Asana classes, and/or meditation and Pranayama.
– Intermediate level yoga classes and workshops.
• Creation of class plans, workshop outlines, and workshop handouts.
• An understanding of the history of yoga.
• An understanding of the anatomy of the joints and the major systems of the body.
• The ability to teach a safe asana practice based on awareness of anatomy and safe alignment principles.
• Teach classes, workshops and privates that include understanding of the Yamas and Niyamas.
• An understanding of how of work with students who have minor injuries, or with someone in recovery whose doctor has given them a release to exercise.
• An asana practice that maintains integrity of alignment.
• Knowledge of a variety of Pranayama's, and the ability to use them in a daily practice and teach them.
• The ability to lead meditation practices that are based in an understanding of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
• A basic understanding of yoga philosophy, and familiarity with its classical texts, including the Vedas, the Upanishads, Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita.
• Respect for the religions and philosophies of all their clients (provided that they are non-violent), and the ability to adapt yoga teaching as needed.
• The necessary social marketing and business skills to pursue desired career goals.
500 level yoga teachers must feel very comfortable with the following teaching competencies:
- Teaching breath and mindfulness:
- Teaching Asana:
- Teaching Relaxation:
- Advanced teaching skills
Completion of short written assignments to demonstrate understanding of material presented, written class, private and workshop plans to show understanding of teaching methodology, demonstration of techniques learned during the training, and participate in peer evaluations. Trainees will be expected to participate fully during the training, taking minimal time of for possible health issues, complete all assignments and participate in demonstrations. Trainees will be expected to conduction themselves professionally during the training, observing the Yamas and Niyamas in their daily interactions.
Schedule of training in Greece:
Arrival: June 30th, 2018
Departure: July 15th, 2018 (two week intensive) or July 28th (one month intensive)
Venue: Villa Arian, Kineta, Attiki, Greece
Investment per person:
All accommodation includes 2 meals per day.
* Track 1 (one month intensive)
Single room: 4,440 Euros
Shared double: 3,800 Euros
* Track 2 (two week intensive and online courses and mentoring)
Single room: 3,670 Euros
Shared double: 3,550 Euros
Payment Due Dates:
Other Expenses: Travel to and from the training site and books.
An activist in the global health revolution, Nancy is committed to practicing the best version of herself every day, and to using her talents to contribute to the uplifting of humankind. Nancy’s ongoing journey is to study and to teach how to integrate mindfulness into each of our platforms of self-care. She strives to practice loving-kindness as a means of forming deep connections and promoting personal transformation.
She is a C-IAYT, 500 E-RYT, and RCYT who teaches yoga classes, works with private clients, and conducts retreats, Yoga Teacher Trainings and Yoga Therapy Trainings in Greece, Navaho Nation, Dominican Republic, Detroit, New Jersey, Colorado, and Hawaii. She is the founder and director of Yoga Impact Institute, a residential and online yoga training school. Yoga Impact Institute is a 200-hour, 300-hour, and YACEP school registered with the Yoga Alliance. She directs Yoga Impact, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that focuses on sharing yoga with vulnerable populations – women and children in shelters, at-risk youth, senior citizens, war veterans, and prisoners, as well as the homeless. Nancy also mentors yoga therapists and yoga teachers in their work with these populations.
Her approach to teaching yoga is the product of 32 years of her own practice, her ownership of a successful yoga studio in Hawaii for 5 years, 9 years of training yoga teachers, 3 years of training yoga therapists and 20 years of teaching. She is truly a "yogi without borders." She is the director of Calm Steps to Vibrant Actions: Yoga, Spirituality, Trauma and Social Justice Summit. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Yoga Therapy Today, Boulder Magazine, and Natural Awakenings. Nancy has done yoga therapy presentations at the International Women’s Writing Guild, Global Ayurveda Conference, LLC, and Northern New Jersey Transitional Yoga Conference 2013.
Jonni-Lyn Friel has been teaching Yoga since 2006 and is a Jivamukti teacher. She has recently moved to Victoria,Canada from Athens ,Greece. In 2016 she founded Namaha Yoga School, a collective of teachers from around the world from different traditions who share the common belief that teaching Yoga is a path of Seva, or service. She first was exposed to Yoga as a small child in Canada through her first teachers, her parents, and joined in their practice by watching and following along. Yoga was always a self practice that took her through years of competitive swimming, University and backpacking around the world.
In 1999, she stepped into her first Yoga class and discovered the joys of having a teacher and being taught from another's experience and knowledge. In 2006 she completed her first teacher training in Athens, Greece. With a strong background in alignment and Anusara, she began to explore the world of Vinyasa and philosophy, chanting and the devotional aspects of yoga. She has started discovering the world of Ayurveda and is back in school to become an Ayurvedic Counsellor, a perfect addition to her yoga teaching knowledge.
A 500 hour RYT, she has taught numerous teacher trainings internationally, where her love is to share the Bhagavad Gita and to teach service and compassion as a way to happiness and self realization. Jonni-Lyn knows Yoga to be sacred, healing and powerful. This is how it has affected her life and spirit. Her greatest joy is to share her knowledge and pass on the teachings of her beloved teachers to others, in hope that it serves them in their lives.
Gogo Davanelou/ Nancy Candea/ Jonni-Lyn Friel
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