Yoga with Intention ~ A Yoga Alliance Registered Teaching School
Whether you have ever imagined of being a teacher, or you are simple drawn to the idea of diving deeper into a practice that you love, a yoga teacher training can open up doors for you in ways that you may have never expected.
This is a deeply comprehensive training program into the foundations of yoga; history, philosophy, anatomy, alignment, biomechanics and more. But most importantly, this is a journey into alignment with your Self, your truth, your path, your calling.
While you may decide not to teach at the end, this program goes far beyond a study of the basics. By the time you graduate, you will very much have the experience and knowledge to safely and skillfully guide students though a practice of yoga asana in a way that satisfies their bodies, hearts and minds. Even if that student you end up moving through life is simply you.
Thus far out of past YSK Yoga Teacher Trainings almost all of the graduates have gone on to teach yoga to the public as a primary or secondary career. They have uncovered something that they felt compared to share, in a world where life off the mat can be complex, and the practice of yoga itself can have mixed messages. This training is an inner alignment, and you just may find yourself unable to keep the path that led you there to yourself.
Yoga San Kalpa is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.
Until relatively recently, yoga was taught one-on-one. In this teacher training we try to honor the importance of individualized learning by keeping the groups small.
For those in the full 200hr program, there are ongoing modules on offer. You can attend when and where your schedule allows, as long as you complete all required modules within a 5 year time frame.
Additionally these modules can be taken by:
Anatomy & Biomechanics
Learn the foundations of anatomy and physiology. A&P is a vast subject, and can be overwhelming, In this course we hone in on the aspects most relevant to yoga practice so the content is manageable and engaging despite it's breadth. We apply each aspect of what is learned to poses, movement patterns, and common teaching scenarios to better inform your ability to safely and confidently guide any body through an effective yoga practice. You will learn all about key tissues: bones, muscles, joints, fascia. You will learn the essential muscles utilized in asana practice: their function and role, how to engage and release, and how to adapt poses around injury or concern. You will learn the principles of biomechanics and functional movement training so that you are not just instructing your students to move safely on the mat, but creating the kind of strength and integration that will support them moving well through the rest of their lives, off the mat. We know yoga can be applied as rehab, but what's truly empowering is to guide your students through yoga as prehab, preventing injury before it happens.
History & Philosophy
Modern day Yoga is the confluence of many different - and often conflicting - traditions and philosophies. How do we understand this melting pot of ideas, where even dates, origins, key texts and sources can vary? Different traditions and teacher will respond to fundamental questions in very different ways, to the extent that it can be very confusing to even answer "what is Yoga?" "where did it come from?" "why do we practice?"
After getting quite frustrated hearing so many different versions of "truth" in yoga training after yoga training, I went back to study the origins of Yoga from an academic perspective. Through courses with renown scholars at Mount Holyoke College, UMass Amherst, and Antioch University I have revamped the program of Yoga History and Philosophy to be an engaging and comprehensive overview of where this practice came from. We cover the key dates and texts from a variety of traditions and perspectives, sharing where and when certain philosophies developed,and the social conditions they arose from, so you have an understanding of context and influence. I am not pitching one belief system or another, though I share with you how I understand my own practice beyond academics. I invite you to explore the information and decide for yourself what resonates.
We will study the origins of the practice going back to the question of the IVC. We'll study through the Vedic period, the classical period of Yoga and Ayurveda, to the Puranic period, Renaissance, and into pre-modern and Modern Yoga. We will also explore Yoga in the West, how it has changed, the questions and challenges of Contemporary Yoga. Fully informed by history and context, we'll consider where we sit, poised as teachers at such a critical point in the timeline of Yoga, and how we may execute our influence accordingly.
Applied Teacher Training
For those that are pursuing the 200hr certification, we take all of this information that has contributed to modern day asana practice, from Hinduism to Buddhism, Anatomy, Physiology, Fitness Training, Exercise Science, Meditation, Psychology, Ayurveda and more and explore how this melds and meshes into the message we want to bring to our students. How to we teach poses? What language do we use,? Do we create a theme? How do we sequence skillfully and safely? How do we share more than the physical practice, IF we want to share more than the physical practice?
There is so much here that needs to be unwrapped, explored, and dug into in person, but this is the portion of the training that is the most transformative. Whatever you need to know about your life's work in the moment will show up loud and clear when you step in front of the class in the role of the teacher. And if you're lucky...it will never stop feeling as raw, exciting, and even nerve wracking as it does that first time. Though you will have all the tools you need to grow to be a skillful and beautiful teacher, may the experience of guiding others in Yoga always get your heart beating faster and cause butterflies in your stomach. That's a sign of Life happening through you. That's why we're here.
Enrollment options at the bottom of the page
200hr Teacher Training Opening Weekend - October 12th-14th, Northampton MA
Anatomy and Biomechanics 1 - October 19th-21st, Northampton MA (can be taken à la carte)
Anatomy and Biomechanics 2 - October 26th-28th, Northampton MA (can be taken à la carte)
200hr Teacher Training Opening Weekend - November 9th-11th, Martha's Vineyard
History and Philosophy 1 - November 30th-December 2nd, Northampton MA (can be taken à la carte)
History and Philosophy 2 - December 7th-9th, Northampton MA (can be taken à la carte)
Anatomy and Biomechanics 1 - January 4th-6th, Martha's Vineyard (can be taken à la carte)
Anatomy and Biomechanics 2 - January 11th-13th, Martha's Vineyard (can be taken à la carte)
Asana and Beyond Asana - January 14th-18th, Northampton MA (YSK 200hr TT students only)
More dates to be scheduled as we move closer to fall/winter
To enroll in 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Program, email Lora for an application and payment structure
To enroll in individual modules click here