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Online Yoga Teacher Training

Equip yourself with the skills and confidence to teach Kundalini yoga online and in-person. This curriculum flows with ease into your life, right where you are at, with no imposition on your current commitments. This online yoga teacher training is a foundational training, and will allow you to first experience the potency and potential of these practices for yourself. You will be given time to integrate these practices in your own body prior to learning to teach, if that is your intention.

Meet the instructors

Daniela & Christopher
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Highlights

  • 200-hour online yoga teacher training
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Live classes every Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays
  • Online live sessions will be held over Zoom
  • Online sessions' timezone: Lansing, New York, USA - EST (GMT-5)
  • Flexible duration: You’ll have a full year from the start date to immerse in the teachings, complete your training, and submit your teaching video (all classrooms and office hours are recorded)
  • Office hours for connection and Q&A
  • ‘Cue Rehearsal’ - small groups practicing reading the pose cues to each other
  • One year access to all course materials, resources and yoga classes, including YTT videos, classroom replays, live and on-demand yoga, office hours, cue rehearsals, the Google Classroom, and private Facebook group.

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


36 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Program

Certifications

Students who complete their training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Pre-application requirements

This time of staying home and turning within has created higher tension and higher anxiety for many. This means that the need for skilled, competent, and trauma-informed yoga teachers in communities around the world has never been greater.

One of the things that is great about Kundalini is that it’s an accessible practice for all body types, ages, and experience levels. It’s also part of the mission at YFI to ensure that no one experiences barriers between themselves and yoga practice.

How the training works

YFI recommends you participate live as much possible, as this is the main area for live teaching, and watch the replay each week if you miss a session.

They also will hold many weekly ‘office hours’, on Zoom, where your specific questions can be discussed in a smaller group with your teachers.

  • Office hours for connection and Q&A will be finalized when you start. YFI highly recommends coming to some of these during your program
  • ‘Cue rehearsal’ are small groups practicing reading the pose cues to each others

It’s totally fine if you aren’t done with your self-study (non-contact hours) components by the end of the live classrooms as you have a full year to complete your testing and evaluation, with unlimited yoga classes, office hours, video replays, and group support the entire time.

With the program for a full year, you’ll have access to all course materials, resources and yoga classes, including YTT videos, classroom replays, live and on-demand yoga, office hours, cue rehearsals, the Google Classroom, and private Facebook group.

The training formats include

  • Video teachings and lessons in our online Google Classroom
  • Live Zoom sessions weekly on topics including: Teaching methodologies, mindfulness and meditation, pose and cue study, coaching and Q&A for your own inner work, practice teaching in breakout groups, and replays available for all of the weekly sessions
  • Access to all of the daily live, online yoga classes, and workshops during your training
  • The comprehensive learning and teaching manual as a download that you can print or keep on your computer
  • Online subscription for an entire year - with dozens of recorded classes on demand - more added every week
  • Four of the online self-paced courses, including ‘Meditation 101’, ‘Come Home to Your Body’, ‘QiGong’, and ‘Kundalini Yoga - Change your Energy, Change your Life’ to introduce you to other aspects of yoga
  • Private Facebook group online for this training, with daily Q&A, experiences, photos - about yoga and about your life journey

Timing of sessions or daily schedule (GMT-5)

The live classroom trainings will be held:

  • Tuesdays: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Yoga Humanities with Jeannie
  • Wednesdays: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Yoga of Awareness with Daniela

Saturdays:

  • 9 - 10:30 a.m. - Optional Kundalini yoga practice
  • 11 - 12:30 p.m. - Lecture (okay to eat lunch if you like during the session)
  • 12:30 - 2 p.m. - Kriya teaching practice with Jeannie

All classes are recorded so you can participate later that day or another day if you work during this time. Other weekly optional classes are to be announced and included in the tuition.

Course information

What you’ll learn to teach

  • In this training, Yoga Farm Ithaca teaches a modernized, trauma-informed, Kundalini yoga methodology. Kundalini yoga has many varying effects depending on what practices are done and how regularly one practices. Typically students reflect that they feel lighter in their bodies and clearer in their minds after a kundalini yoga practice
  • You’ll equip yourself to teach confidently, whether it’s in a room full of people, or individual, online or in person
  • And you’ll be a yoga teacher and teach yoga to people in your community, your family, the workplace, and anywhere in the world

What are the sources of these teachings?

In order to develop the curriculum in this program, lead educators looked at the western Kundalini texts and compared them to texts on Laya yoga, Naad yoga, Kriya yoga, and Tantra. They then developed a modern approach that commits to trauma informed language, cuing, and ethics.

This modern, feminine form methodology and curriculum is the distilled wisdom of years of experience, research, and training. The teachings date back to the 6th century and are backed up by modern science and anatomical knowledge.

The approach to the body in this program is also a combination of Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kundalini yoga predates Yogi Bhajan, and this history will be honored, taught, and discussed in the program. You will focus on Kriya yoga, Laya yoga, and Naad yoga from as early as 500 BC to the 7th century, as well as more recent derivations of the practices.

How is this training superior to many other online trainings?

  • Some other online training programs attempt to teach you using PDF’s and videos - Yoga Farm Ithaca can promise you that you will not become a skillful yoga teacher with only self-study components in your training
  • What will make you a good yoga teacher is the guidance of skillful teachers that you have access to throughout and beyond the training
  • It is very challenging to learn something without interaction and the ability to ask questions of expert guides - this program eliminates this challenge

Curriculum

Asana: Historical context - Two wings, four types, and eight limbs of yoga

Students will be given an opportunity to explore the eight limbs of yoga and how yoga asana is often the entry point into deeper yogic practices. Although you focus on asana in the West, there is so much more to yoga practice than the physical components.

Asana: Complete sequencing (asana, pranayama, meditation) to achieve particular effect safely / sequencing class

Students will be guided through the entire arc and flow of a Kundalini Warrior Class, including the movement practice, pranayama, savasana meditation, and seated chanting meditation with mudra. They will be guided weekly through this practice for the entire program and have an opportunity for Q&A about the practice at the end of class.

Vinyasa and Kriya yoga fusion

Students will practice the poses in the Kundalini Warrior Yoga set which includes practices from the Vinyasa and the Kundalini yoga tradition.

Anatomical and alignment principles plus contraindications

Using the Kundalini Warrior Yoga set students will be offered a variety of adaptations, alignment awareness and contraindications to poses as they practice yoga and are guided by the trainers. They will be guided through the practices and have time to share experiences at the end of practice.

Meditation: Meditation methods by lineage / Mantra meditation

Students will be guided through a series of mantra and meditation practices where the chant is broken down, pronunciation is practiced, transliteration is looked as as well as translation of words and intention. Students will learn Buddhist, Sheik, and English style mantras; including and not limited to Taras mantra, Sri Argala Strotam, the morning call or Adi mantra, Biij (seed) mantras, Mangala Charan mantra. In these classes that weave together lecture, practice, and personal reflection time students will understand the method of sound meditation and its rich history and efficacy.

Teaching meditation and mantra

Students will break into small groups and guide each other through the mantras and meditation scripts provided. They will give each other feedback, the trainers will observe the small group practices and give feedback as required.

Meditation: Chanting, mantras, and mudras / mantra and mudra workshop

Students will be guided through a workshop that breaks down mantras and their accompanying mudras. With an overall understanding and lecture of how mantra is a sound current and the mudra serves almost like a magic wand to direct the energy. Students will practice using both in the exploratory workshop.

Pranayama and subtle body: Ujjayi, Nadi Shodhana, Kapalabhati, among others

Students will be guided through; Ujjaii breath, Sitali Breath, Breath of Fire, Nadi Shodhana, and Kapalabhati with a concentrated amount of time understanding the difference in the techniques between Breath of Fire and Kapalabhati. Students will practice these pranayama guided by the lead trainer and reflect on how those practices affect their bodies. Additionally it will be discussed when the appropriate time during class is for guiding these practices.

Pranayama and subtle body: Historical context / historical context of breath practices

Students will hear the various lineages, and teachings around breath practices. Varying perspectives from different traditions and what the ultimate goal was of pranayama, a meditative state. You will then discuss how there are many benefits to pranayama practices and that this is often an area that new yoga teachers are the most shy about and it is important to move through that discomfort and offer these practices in class.

Pranayama and subtle body: Complete sequencing of pranayama safely, including alternatives and adaptations / a complete breath practice

Using lecture format and the guidance of the Enlightened Bodies Textbook and a closer look at the respiratory system and cardiovascular system students will begin to understand some modifications and adaptations to safer pranayama practices. Students will understand complete pranayama sequencing to include; setting an intention (purpose of practice), warming up to the breath practice, deeper practicing, connection, surrender and flow, calm and closing. They will understand why Kapalabhati and Breath of Fire are contraindicated for pregnancy and hypertension.

Pranayama and subtle body: Effects of pranayama on anatomy and subtle body / subtle anatomy and pranayama

Using lecture and the Essential Bodies Textbook students will be guided through understanding how pranayama affects the gross and subtle body. For example; as you inhale, the contracting diaphragm descends on the organs below, creating pressure. As a result, the thoracic cavity expands and the abdominal cavity contracts (again this is the basic explanation and exploration)

When you exhale, the diaphragm relaxes and releases upward as the ribcage relaxes inward, allowing for a counter-intuitive spaciousness in the abdomen (you then will break this down by trying it and feeling it in the body). This feeling of space in the abdomen can be difficult to feel in an individual with any restriction in natural free breathing.

During deep prolonged inhalation, a pressure is created stimulating several effects of the sympathetic nervous system the most notable of which are temporary increases in heart rate and blood pressure (which will help them understand some contraindications). Deep prolonged exhalation tends to activate the parasympathetic (which again has many effects) including a drop in both heart rate and blood pressure.

Pranayama and subtle body: Koshas, kleshas, chakras, nadis and prana vayus / the subtle body overview

Students will be guided through a lecture on the koshas, (including a 6 body version), kleshas, chakras, nadis and the prana vayus. They will use both their Essential Kundalini Text as well as their Enlightened Bodies Text to see these systems broken down in visuals. The lecture will build on how this Eastern view of the human body helps you to understand the many layered ways that yoga is beneficial to not only the gross anatomy but also the subtle anatomy and structure. Students will be given a "vocabulary list" to assist with spelling and pronunciation.

Business of yoga

  • Discover your niche for your teaching business - marketing, positioning, and fees
  • You’ll explore social media, corporate yoga, kids yoga, and more

How to teach yoga in online formats

  • Pros and cons of streaming services: Zoom, Facebook, Vimeo
  • Cameras, microphones, and lighting
  • How to teach well if no one is in the room with you

Practice teaching

  • With other students in the class (optional)
  • In the weekly Zoom cue rehearsals and breakout rooms
  • With friends or family

Instructors

Daniela Hess

Christopher Grant

Location

This teacher training is held online. Yoga Farm Ithaca is located in Lansing, New York, USA (GMT-5 / EST), and they will live-stream yoga classes via Zoom which you can participate in from the comfort of your home.

What's included

  • 200-hour yoga teacher training tuition
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Study hours, including reading manual and textbooks
  • Live Zoom classrooms (or replays)
  • Live office hours - free form conversations about the practices and teaching
  • Teaching videos in the learning platform
  • Online live or in-person yoga sessions (unlimited classes for an entire year)
  • Practice teaching with your fellow students online or a friend / family member in person
  • Access to all of Yoga Farm Ithaca's daily live, online yoga classes and workshops during your training
  • Online subscription for an entire year
  • Downloadable learning and teaching manual
  • Private Facebook group online for this training
  • Four of Yoga Farm Ithaca's online self-paced courses

What's not included

  • Accommodation
  • Food

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Availability

Arrival: Thursday January 20, 2022
Departure: Wednesday April 13, 2022

Flexible duration

Yoga Farm Ithaca will be delivering the course curriculum in 12 weeks. The course ends after those 12 weeks, and your own study and practice can continue after that. It's totally fine if you aren't complete with your self-study (non-contact hours) components by the end of the live classrooms you have up to 1 year to complete your testing and evaluation.

 

Special discount

Two friends joining are eligible to a special discount of 10%.

 

Refresher course option

If you have taken a YTT from another school and are a certified 200hr yoga teacher, or are a graduate of Yoga Farm Ithaca’s own Radiant Warrior 200-hour, you are welcome to join this as a refresher course (and for CEU credits) for 1/3 off the tuition of 989 USD (you will be asked to submit a copy your certificate).

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