Yoga Foundation will be offering a 500 hour Teacher Training Program in the teaching tradition of great yoga teacher T Krishnamacharya. This program is a 500 hour Yoga Alliance recognized program broken into two distinct programs: Part One, the 200 Hour Introduction to Teaching Yoga Program and Part Two, the 300 Hour Advanced Teaching Skills Program. Most graduates of the 200 Hour Program will continue onward to complete the 300 Hour Program, thereby completing one of the most in depth program of its kind in the US. The comprehensive curriculum designed by Krishnamacharya's son TKV Desikachar ensures that the theories and practices of authentic, appropriate, and transformative yoga will be learned and taught with integrity and depth of understanding. Topics include Yoga Philosophy, Classical Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation techniques, Course Planning, Modifications, Observation, Chanting, and Anatomy and Physiology.
The pivotal aspect of our program is mentorship and the teacher-student relationship. All students will be assigned a suitable mentor who will guide them, through a series of 25 mentor classes over the two-and-a-half year period, in their personal practice, through their individual queries, and in their development as a competent teacher.
Observation serves as a bridge between learning and teaching. Through 25 hours of observing Yoga Foundation-certified teachers, our students gain the advantage of experiencing how one tradition can be creatively applied, with discretion, by different teachers with the common goal of enhancing the well-being of many different populations. 25 hours of observed teaching, which happens later in the program, enables Teacher Training Students to feel comfortable transitioning to a teacher in a lineage with a reputation for integrity and a high quality of teaching.
The logic behind the two-and-a-half year period of the training program is that teachers of yoga should undergo transformation in order to help others as competent teachers in this lineage. As future teachers, you will have time and support to cultivate stability, peace of mind, and clarity through the process. The education is holistic - influencing all dimensions of our trainees through incorporating both tools of yoga and encouraging them to think out of their box. Graduates will feel confident to teach group classes to all types of students and one-on-one classes tailored to general physical/mental/emotional well-being.
Yoga's numerous tools reach us exactly where change is possible. Gradually, through the use of postures, breathing practices, visualization, chanting, self-reflection, gestures, and the cultivation of certain attitudes, the healing underpinnings of yoga are revealed. It is through the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya-widely recognized as the master teacher who opened the door of yoga to the world-that we can traverse a path to the heart of yoga, and our own inner sanctum.
The main teaching faculty is Danielle Tarantola, a long-term direct student of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and Kausthub Desikachar, as well as a certified Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist by Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation. She will be joined by other experienced colleagues, TBA.
The program will consist of 25 15-hour modules plus a monthly two hour WebEx class. The next program begins in September, 2013
"My experience as a student has been truly extraordinary. The HYF Teacher Trainers convey their genuine excitement about, and commitment to, yoga's purposes, the care and tending of the body and spirit. The staff has available at a moment's notice, to shepherd me through difficult parts of my training. I've benefited in both observable, and subconscious ways, from their expertise and kindness - my questions are always genuinely welcomed - and having teachers who accept my strengths and weaknesses has been paramount in my enjoyment of my study and learning. The hallmark of the yoga of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar - special care to the individual, as a whole person - has also affected the mood of the student community. We have become warmer and more understanding toward each other, because the Teacher Training staff has been an unfailing model of creative, dynamic and, yes, fun ways to work with the concepts of yoga and their practical applications, to help each of us achieve steadiness and comfort in our lives. This will help to make us better teachers, and better able to bring these goals to our students."
- Bill Wertheim