Hatha Yoga Core Courses

The 4 Core Courses are about the development and deepening of your own practice as well as enhancing your teaching methodology and classroom communication. The essence of the Core Courses is about establishing your ability to use your applied knowledge and experience to become a more effective teacher.
Advanced Asana
Anatomy and Sequencing for Injury Prevention
Pranayama and Meditation
The Art of Teaching


Advanced Asana

“Practice and all is coming.” -Sri Pattabhi Jois

Many yoga students and teachers are drawn to the practice because of the dramatic beauty of advanced asanas. However, moving to the next level of an asana practice is a developmental process that requires a precise and mindful approach. Through group teaching, observation and discussion, Advanced Asana will equip you with the specialized knowledge and specific skills you need to expand your own practice of advanced asanas and to keep your students safe as you lead them into a deeper experience of their own practice.

In this course, you will also learn:

  • A structural approach to advanced inversions (salamba sarvangasana, sirsasana, adho mukha vrksasana), arm balances (bakasana, pincha mayurasana, koundinyasana) backbends (urdhva dhanurasana), advanced seated postures (hanumanasana, padmasana)
  • Preparation and compensation strategies for advanced asanas
  • Contraindications, modifications and adaptations for advanced asanas
  • Teaching strategies and sequencing principles

Prerequisites: Completion of a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training course. (back to top)

Faculty:
Libby Cox, Lead Teacher)

Libby Cox, RYT 500, is an artist and dancer whose love for the human form and movement brought her to Hatha Yoga in 2000. She has been intimately involved in the Austin yoga community since 2003, serving as a studio administrator, yoga teacher and now a teacher trainer. At nearly 3,500 hours of classroom teaching experience, Libby draws from her training in Ashtanga, Anusara, Iyengar, vinyasa, restorative yoga, injury prevention, meditation, and specializes in yoga philosophy. This combination of studies has sustained Libby's long time love of connecting the exploration of body-mind and breath to invigorating, well informed creative movement. She appreciates the process of synthesizing many different teachings, considers herself a life long student, and encourages her students to do the same. Libby loves the support and inspiration that grows out of a yoga community, and seeks to share her love of yoga as a philosophy that nourishes the capacity for creativity and resilience on life's paths.Visit her webpage for more information: www.libbyyoga.com

Alice Duffy's serious study of yoga began when she entered Yoga Yoga Teacher Training in 2002 and became a registered yoga teacher a year later. She has training in Kundalini, Hatha, Anusara and Prenatal yoga, and has become an Anusara Inspired™ Yoga teacher. Alice is also registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 500 and an E-RPYT200.

Teaching and practicing yoga for many years has given Alice the knowledge needed to empower the lives of her students by using universal principles of alignment and heart centered awareness; she consistently takes her practice to a higher level and helps her students do the same.

Rachel Hector (Lead Teacher)
Rachel Hector began teaching yoga 10 years ago and is currently pursuing a doctorate in kinesiology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is certified at the 500 hour level and teaches Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga. Rachel teaches Ashtanga Yoga in a beginner-friendly format that is appropriate for all levels of Ashtanga students. She provides a safe environment where students can learn about the practice, their bodies, and how to prevent and heal injuries. Her recent observations in various physical therapy clinics and yoga studios in Boulder, Co., further solidified her desire to help students practice and teach safely and effectively with a focus on injury prevention and recovery.

2015 Schedule:
All classes meet at Yoga Yoga Northwest

Weekend 1: January 23, 24, 25, 2015
Weekend 2: February 13, 14, 15, 2015
Weekend 3: March 27, 28, 29, 2015

Fridays 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Course Length: 50 hours

Cost: $895

For questions or registration, please contact Natalie, our Teacher Training Admissions Counselor, at training@yogayoga.com or (512) 326-2273. (back to top)


Anatomy and Sequencing for Injury Prevention

"If anything is sacred,
the human body is sacred.“

-Walt Whitman

Protecting students from injury should be a yoga teacher’s primary concern. But when every student comes to class with their own unique set of abilities and challenges, creating an environment that is safe, yet provides an opportunity for experiential movement and growth for everyone, can be a complex matter. In Anatomy and Sequencing for Injury Prevention you will learn advanced anatomy and kinesiology principles, deepen your understanding of sequencing for injury prevention and refine your observational and languaging skills. This will give you the tools you need to serve a wide population of students in a variety of settings.

In this course, you will also:

  • Learn advanced anatomy and kinesiology relating to yoga asana
  • Develop a sense of responsibility for the safety of your students
  • Acquire specific skills in body movement awareness and injury prevention within the classroom and in personal practice
  • Expand your awareness of common yoga injuries related to each area of the body
  • Deepen your understanding of sequencing from a structural and kinesiological perspective
  • Hone your observational and body-reading skills to better meet students’ specific needs
  • Learn to apply guiding and assisting skills for injury prevention
  • Learn to modify for students with pre-existing conditions and previous injuries

Prerequisites:
Completion of a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training course.

Faculty:

Dr. Mark Uridel, DPT, ERYT-500 has 25 years of training and experience in yoga. He integrates his Physical Therapy expertise into his yoga classes to provide an educational, healing and transforming experience. Mark is a senior instructor for the Yoga Yoga Teacher Training Program. A member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Mark empowers his students to have wellness of mind, body and spirit. He describes yoga as a process of moving toward wholeness and encourages students to have acceptance, compassion and loving-kindness toward themselves and others. (back to top)

2014 - 2015 Dates
Fall Intensive Schedule

All classes meet at Yoga Yoga North
Weekend 1: December 12, 13, 14, 2014
Weekend 2: January 9, 10, 11, 2015
Fridays: 5pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 9am - 8pm

2015 Dates

Summer Schedule
All classes meet at Yoga Yoga Westlake
Weekend 1: May 15, 16, 17, 2015
Weekend 2: June 5, 6, 7, 2015
Weekend 3: June 26, 27, 28, 2015
Fridays: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 12pm - 6pm

Fall Schedule
All classes meet at Yoga Yoga Westlake
Weekend 1: October 16, 17, 18, 2015
Weekend 2: November 13, 14, 15, 2015
Weekend 3: December 11, 12, 13, 2015
Fridays: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 12pm - 6pm

Course Length: 50 hours

Cost: $895
To register, email or call (512) 326-2273

For questions or registration, please contact Natalie, our Teacher Training Admissions Counselor, at training@yogayoga.com or (512) 326-2273. (back to top)


Pranayama and Meditation

“Just this one little thing, the breath,
delivers all the wisdom in the world.” -Karen Maezen Miller

The timeless arts of pranayama and meditation are classically considered to be the culmination of asana practice. Teachers who want to offer these subtle teachings to their students need particular skills and a keen understanding rooted in their own experience.  In Pranayama & Meditation, you will be guided into a deeper exploration of your own pranayama and meditation practice, which will then serve as the fertile ground from which your teaching will grow.

In this course, you will also learn:

  • How to teach the basics of healthy breathing techniques to beginning students
  • The anatomy and physiology of pranayama and bandhas
  • How to teach the classical breath practices of yoga (agnisara, kapalabahti, bhastrika, nadi shodana, viloma ujjayi, anuloma ujjayi)
  • Breath function and adaptation in asana practice
  • How to use asana as preparation for pranayama practice
  • How to integrate bandhas, pranayama, visualization and meditation into a cohesive class sequence
  • Postures and breathing techniques for meditation
  • The role of mudras and mantra in meditation
  • The purpose of meditation according to classic yoga texts

Prerequisites: Completion of a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training course.

Faculty:
Chase Bossart
Chase Bossart is the Therapy and Education Director and Senior Yoga Therapist for the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco. He is a long time, private student of Mr. TKV Desikachar and is a Krishnamacharya HYF certified Yoga Teacher Trainer. Chase has an M.A. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, where he wrote his thesis on Patanjali's Yogasutra, and he is also a faculty member for the Loyola Marymount University's Yoga Therapy Rx Program.

Ana Pilar Cruz (Lead Teacher)
Ana Pilar has been practicing yoga since 1993. She received her first 200-hour certification from Yoga Yoga and her 500-hour Advanced Training from the American Viniyoga Institute under the guidance of Gary Kraftsow. Her practice and teaching are also influenced by her studies with Donna Farhi, Srivatsa Ramaswami, and Dr. Robert Svoboda. She is currently deepening her knowledge of Yoga Therapy and the healing science of Ayurveda.

Rachel Hector (Lead Teacher)
Rachel Hector began teaching yoga 10 years ago and is currently pursuing a doctorate in kinesiology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is certified at the 500 hour level and teaches Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga. Rachel teaches Ashtanga Yoga in a beginner-friendly format that is appropriate for all levels of Ashtanga students. She provides a safe environment where students can learn about the practice, their bodies, and how to prevent and heal injuries. Her recent observations in various physical therapy clinics and yoga studios in Boulder, Co., further solidified her desire to help students practice and teach safely and effectively with a focus on injury prevention and recovery. (back to top)

2014-2015 Dates

Fall Intensive Schedule
All classes meet at Yoga Yoga North
Weekend 1: October 24, 25, 26 (2014)
Weekend 2: January 16, 17, 18 (2015)

Fridays 5pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays 9am - 8pm

Summer 2015 Schedule
All classes meet at Yoga Yoga Northwest
Weekend 1: July 10, 11, 12
Weekend 2: July 24, 25, 26
Weekend 3: August 14, 15, 16

Fridays 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays 12pm - 6pm

Fall 2015 Schedule
All classes meet at Yoga Yoga Northwest
Weekend 1: October 30, 31, Nov 1
Weekend 2: November 20, 21, 22
Weekend 3: December 4, 5, 6

Fridays 5pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays 12pm - 6pm

Course Length: 50 hours

Cost: $895
To register, email or call (512) 326-2273

For questions or registration, please contact Natalie, our Teacher Training Admissions Counselor, at training@yogayoga.com or (512) 326-2273. (back to top)


The Art of Teaching

“Using speech as a spiritual practice is the act and art of bringing a deeper awareness to our words so they not only connect us with ourselves but also reflect what is truly alive in us. When we do this, we help create the kind of world we want to live in and leave to the future generations, because then our words promote life.”

- From What We Say Matters by Ike and Judith Lasater

One mark of a mature and accomplished yoga teacher is the ability to communicate authentically, from the heart, and with clarity of purpose. Skillful communication isn’t reflected only in how we use our words, but also in how we use our presence, our vision and our touch. An adept yoga teacher knows how to effectively use both verbal and non-verbal communication skills to translate the depth and beauty of the teachings of yoga into a class experience that feels safe, inclusive and comfortable for a wide range of people. In The Art of Teaching, you will explore and refine methods with which you can best serve your students. You will learn learn to truly see your students as they are, to meet them where they are and to relate to them consciously and ethically.

In this course, you will also:

  • Make an honest assessment of your own skills & challenges as a yoga teacher
  • Learn how to construct a yoga class thematically so that the whole experience is greater than sum of its parts
  • Learn how to weave all the aspects of a yoga practice (asanas, pranayama, meditation, philosophy and relaxation) into a class sequence
  • Discuss the ethics of touch and learn how to assist students effectively
  • Refine your language skills to be affirming, empowering, ethical and effective
  • Learn the do’s and don’ts of teaching in a variety of settings (corporate, gym,  yoga studio, church, school, etc)
  • Discuss ways to relate to students in inclusive & ethical ways
  • Learn how to apply non-violent communication in a yoga class setting
  • Learn how to observe students wholly and integratively by employing “beginner’s mind” and a number of new ways of seeing

Prerequisites: Completion of a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training course.

Faculty:

Chase Bossart
Chase Bossart is the Therapy and Education Director and Senior Yoga Therapist for the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco. He is a long time, private student of Mr. TKV Desikachar and is a Krishnamacharya HYF certified Yoga Teacher Trainer. Chase has an M.A. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, where he wrote his thesis on Patanjali's Yogasutra, and he is also a faculty member for the Loyola Marymount University's Yoga Therapy Rx Program.

Libby Cox, Lead Teacher)
Libby Cox, RYT 500, is an artist and dancer whose love for the human form and movement brought her to Hatha Yoga in 2000. She has been intimately involved in the Austin yoga community since 2003, serving as a studio administrator, yoga teacher and now a teacher trainer. At nearly 3,500 hours of classroom teaching experience, Libby draws from her training in Ashtanga, Anusara, Iyengar, vinyasa, restorative yoga, injury prevention, meditation, and specializes in yoga philosophy. This combination of studies has sustained Libby's long time love of connecting the exploration of body-mind and breath to invigorating, well informed creative movement. She appreciates the process of synthesizing many different teachings, considers herself a life long student, and encourages her students to do the same. Libby loves the support and inspiration that grows out of a yoga community, and seeks to share her love of yoga as a philosophy that nourishes the capacity for creativity and resilience on life's paths.Visit her webpage for more information: www.libbyyoga.com (back to top)

Ana Pilar Cruz (Lead Teacher)
Ana Pilar has been practicing yoga since 1993. She received her first 200-hour certification from Yoga Yoga and her 500-hour Advanced Training from the American Viniyoga Institute under the guidance of Gary Kraftsow. Her practice and teaching are also influenced by her studies with Donna Farhi, Srivatsa Ramaswami, and Dr. Robert Svoboda. She is currently deepening her knowledge of Yoga Therapy and the healing science of Ayurveda.

Rachel Hector (Lead Teacher)
Rachel Hector began teaching yoga 10 years ago and is currently pursuing a doctorate in kinesiology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is certified at the 500 hour level and teaches Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga. Rachel teaches Ashtanga Yoga in a beginner-friendly format that is appropriate for all levels of Ashtanga students. She provides a safe environment where students can learn about the practice, their bodies, and how to prevent and heal injuries. Her recent observations in various physical therapy clinics and yoga studios in Boulder, Co., further solidified her desire to help students practice and teach safely and effectively with a focus on injury prevention and recovery.

2015 Dates

Fall Schedule
Classes meet for 3 weekends at Yoga Yoga North

Weekend 1: September 11, 12, 13, 2015
Weekend 2: September 25, 26, 27
Weekend 3: October 23, 24, 25

Friday 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Course Length: 50 hours

Cost: $895

For questions or registration, please contact Natalie, our Teacher Training Admissions Counselor, at training@yogayoga.com or (512) 326-2273. (back to top)

 
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