500 hr Yoga Teacher Training

At the heart of the Yoga Impact (YI) 500 hr YTT is the knowledge and experience of director and yoga therapist Nancy Candea. This advanced training has been created by distilling 30 years of personal yoga practice and 20 years of teaching yoga. Nancy works as the director of Yoga Impact, a 501(c)(3) organisation dedicated to empowering vulnerable populations with Yoga skills. This has the benefit of adding a different and powerful dimension to her teaching by working with a variety of demographics and different populations. The training includes guest teacher Jonni-Lyn Friel, an advanced level Yoga and Pilates teacher whose knowledge and skills match her generous compassion. The YI 500 Level Yoga Teacher Training gives you the tools to work with a wider range of clientele and offers a deeper learning of working with advanced practices of asana, pranayama meditation and restorative Yoga. A strong foundation will also be taught in other Yoga modalities, including philosophy, biomedical foundations and teaching methodology for specialised classes and privates. This will include Yoga for stress, anxiety, depression and trauma. Through this training you will build the confidence and business skills to work with a wider range of people on a deeper level, as it allows you to specialise and find your niche in a crowded market. This month long intensive training will help to joyfully awaken you on your spiritual path, feel the support of your Yoga community and reach your full potential as a Yoga teacher, mobilising you to serve with a full heart.

The Yoga Impact 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training is 300 hours of curriculum taught in six courses: Biomedical Foundations, Yoga Practices, Mind/Body Integration, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy and The Business of Yoga.
Course 1: Biomedical Foundations
The course provides a practical understanding of the relationship that yoga has with physical anatomy, focusing on brain anatomy, pelvic anatomy, joint anatomy, all major systems of the body and biomechanics.

Learning Objectives:
• Understand basic human anatomy and physiology, including all major systems of the body and their interrelationships, as relevant to the work of an advanced yoga teacher.
• Understand basic concepts of biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga and the work of a yoga teacher.

Required Reading: Trail Guide To the Body by Andrew Biel
Course 2: Yoga Practices
This course teaches advanced practices to incorporate into yoga lifestyle practices and to utilize in teaching yoga.

• Learn to teach mindfulness in Asana, Pranayama and life.
• Learn to teach simple body scans.
• Learn to teach simple breathing practices and Pranayama's to calm the mind and engage the parasympathetic nervous system.
• Learn to teach simple yoga asana practices to address postural issues.
• Understand the role of postural alignment in emotional healing.
• Learn to guide clients in simple dietary concepts.
• Learn the use of simple teas and herbs that aid in digestion.
• Provide adaptive yoga, chair yoga, bed yoga
• Teaching advanced level asana and pranayama
• Injury prevention in yoga classes.
• Hands-on adjustments
• Creating guided meditations
• Learn therapeutic aspects of restorative yoga poses and how to adapt them
• Introduction to Ayurveda

Required Reading: Yoga Impact 500 hour Manual
Course 3: Mind/Body Integration
This course introduces the mind/body connection, and concepts of self-awareness and self-responsibility. It creates a firm foundation of therapeutic yoga modalities and lifestyle practices that enhance this awareness. We will focus on yoga modalities relating to the Koshas; how to utilise asana, pranayama, meditation, bhāvana, mantra and dietary concepts to facilitate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth for the yogi.

Learning Objectives:
• Understand the importance of taking care of the mind and how it relates to taking care of the body.
• Learn to help clients understand how their mind processes information, and help them let go of obstacles to finding focus.
• Understand how the mind is affected by the practice of the Purusārthas. • Understand yoga perspectives on the structure, states, functioning, and conditions of the mind as expressed by Patañjali.
• Understand the yoga perspective on distracted/disturbed conditions of mind and their expressions, by referencing Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita.
• Demonstrate the ability to articulate yoga philosophical understandings of the mind and include them in a therapeutic teaching relationship.
• Gain an understanding of some of the scientific research that has been done on the workings of the mind.

Required Reading: Yoga Impact 500 hour manual
Course 4: Teaching Methodology for Classes, Privates and Workshops and specialised populations
This course will teach the trainee how to build class plans for all levels of yoga students. This will include sequencing, presentation skills, theming, adapting classes, and interacting with students.
• Understand the commitment that a yoga teacher needs, to have to their own practice, in order to teach.
• Teaching advanced level asana, pranayama and meditation along with chanting and mudras
• Learn to design, implement and evaluate group programs focused on clients who are new to yoga and/or “deconditioned.” (A deconditioned client is one who is not able to do a pose like downward dog because of lack of muscle tone), and those working to practice advanced level yoga modalities.
• Learn to work with those how are challenged with stress, anxiety, depression and/or trauma
• Learn hands-on assists
• Plan group classes that improve well-being, rather than just lead clients through asanas and other yoga modalities.
• Learn how to teach to avoid common yoga injuries
• Learn to build one-on-one relationships within a group setting.
• Learn to address individual issues during class
• Learn to plan and implement workshops
• Learn to structure a private session
Course 5: Yoga Philosophy and Spirituality
This course introduces philosophical teachings of some the major writings handed down in yoga tradition. This course also fosters an understanding of the Sanskrit alphabet, proper Sanskrit pronunciation, and includes discussion of the history of yoga. Trainees will dive into the deeper understanding of how the practice of yoga modalities creates a path for spiritual growth.
• Study of Sanskrit
• In-depth study of Patanjali’s yoga sutras
• Understanding of the Vayus
• In-depth study of the Bhagavad Gita
• Familiarity with the Upanishads, Vedas and tantric studies
• In-depth Understanding of the Chakras

Required Reading: A copy of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Vedas, Upanishads
Course 6: The Yoga of Business
In this course well will set the foundation for a becoming a productive yoga professional and conduct a healthy yoga business.
• The ethics of a yoga professional based on the yamas and niyamas.
• Developing your business growth, network and marketing plans.
• Discover your niche and learn how to work in this specialised area.
• Heart centered marketing
• Alternative methods of income within your field.
• Learn how to avoid burnout.
500 Level Yoga Teacher Assessments:

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:

• Room readiness • Personal introduction • Lesson plan prep • Helping students to feel comfortable and settled
• Appropriate level of voice (loud, soft) • Tone and quality of voice (kind, motivating, relaxing) • Rate of speech (too fast, too slow, varied) • Looking students in the eye • Speaking with authority • Ending class on time • Modeling correct posture in poses
• Provides enough time to make breathing accessible • Encourages contemplation and mindfulness
• Verbally explain asana execution appropriate to the students ability • Offered safety cues • Reminded students to breath evenly • Encouraged students • Gave instructions based on what the students were doing in class
• Left time for counter poses and relaxation • Presented a guided meditation in Savasana • Created space for students to leave class in a relaxed, but alert state of mind.
• Offered a clear theme for class. • Taught a lesson rather than just guiding an exercise sequence. • Walked around class and gave verbal individualised cues for posture. • Confidently helped clients adapt poses. • Gave appropriate hands-on adjustments. • Taught meditation techniques. • Wove theme into whole class. • Modeled correct posture. • Ended class personally relaxed and centered.
Assessments will include:
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.
Registration, Investment and Dates
Schedule of training in Greece: July 2-July 29, 2017

Venue: Villa Averoff, Evia, Greece

Investment per person:
  • Superior triple room: 2.400 Euros
  • Simple triple room: 3.300 Euros
  • Superior double room: 2.550 Euros
  • Simple double room: 3.350 Euros
  • Superior single room: 3.200 Euros
  • Simple single room: 3.900 Euros
  • Quadruple room: 3.200 Euros
  • Please contact us for US dollar price

    Payment Due Dates:
  • An 800 Euros deposit is to reserve place in training.
  • By April 1, 2017 you must have paid 50% of the full tuition to hold your place.

  • Discounts:
  • Very Early bird discount 400 Euros if paid in full by March 1, 2017.
  • Early bird discount of 150 Euros if paid in full by April 1, 2017.
  • Greek National discount available - please contact us for more information.

  • Tuition includes:
  • Core training and online follow-up meetings
  • Yoga Impact 500h Training Manual
  • Accommodation and 2 meals per day

  • Other Expenses: Travel to training site and books. Although you are encouraged to develop a Yoga resource book library, you are welcome to borrow some of your required reading materials available at the training.
    Greece Faculty:
  • Nancy Candea, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

  • Jonni-Lyn Friel, RYT 500, RPYT

  • Prerequisites:
  • 200 hour YTT
  • A minimum of 50 hours of teaching Yoga and/or 1 year of teaching Yoga
  • Memorisation of the major bones and muscles from the anatomy vocabulary list. Supporting Materials: The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume I by Ray Long and Chris MacIvor
  • Faculty Bios
    Nancy Candea

    Nancy Candea has been practicing Yoga and meditation since 1986 and teaching since 1997. Her style of teaching reflects what she has learned from many senior-level teachers in the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara and Integral styles of Yoga, along with her study of Ayurveda. She is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapist, and registered with the Yoga Alliance as an experienced Yoga teacher at the 500hr level and as a children’s Yoga teacher. Nancy is the founder and director of Yoga Impact, a 200 hour and 500 hour registered Yoga school, and a former Training Director for Kula for Karma. Finally, she is the director of the International Yoga Therapy Institute, a 1000 Yoga yoga therapy education school.

    Through these not-for-profit organisations, Nancy has taught yoga and meditation in jails, shelters and cancer treatment centers, and brought yoga to the under-served: inmates, war veterans, the chronically ill, at-risk youth, the homeless, victims of abuse, those confined to wheelchairs and addicts. She is an Adjunct Professor of Yoga at the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey, teaching Yoga to young inner city women and Yoga for nurses, and teaches Yoga therapy in the Women’s Trauma Unit for the Veterans Administration.

    After owning a Yoga studio in Hawaii for five years, Nancy moved to Boulder, Colorado and taught Yoga to professional athletes. She currently directs her basic and advanced Yoga teacher trainings and Yoga therapist trainings in Greece, Metro-Detroit, Northern New Jersey and Boulder, Colorado and Hawaii. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Yoga Therapy Today, Boulder Magazine, and Natural Awakenings.

    Jonni-Lyn Friel

    Jonni-Lyn Friel has been teaching Yoga since 2006 and is a RYT-500, E-RYT 200 and RPYT Jivamukti teacher based in 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, completing a teacher training with her wonderful teacher Rusty Wells. In 2013 she completed the 300 hour Jivamukti Yoga teacher training in Costa Rica and found again new teachers in Sharon Gannon and David Life. Finally, she attended and completed a Prenatal Yoga 85h training course in London. Now a 500 hour RYT, she has taught numerous 200 hour trainings, 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.

    Contact information:

    Gogo Davanelou/ Nancy Candea/ Jonni-Lyn Friel
    Villa Averoff, Evia, Greece

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