YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
ADVANCE YOUR PRACTICE, TEACHINGS + CAREER.
OFFERED BOTH ONLINE AND IN PERSON
The advanced yoga teacher training is designed for a previously registered 200-hour yoga teacher who is looking to bring their personal practice and offerings as a teacher to the next level. The course involves a deep study of Hatha Yoga and Karma Yoga on various advanced levels seeing yoga as more than asana and understanding how to allow the yoga’s sacred philosophy to live on in today’s modern society.
The coursework will foster an enhanced understanding and experience as compared to the content of the RYS 200 training. It goes above the understanding of foundational techniques, training and practice sessions. The enrollee should have a strong understanding on the 200-hour level concepts but also a great dedication to expand and advance in the field of yoga. This 300(plus)-hour journey is a diverse and advanced mix of analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques of yoga, while providing guided teachings and experiences for the enrollee’s own healing and growth as a human, and internship and mentorship practicums in which the enrollee provides an opportunity to embody and practice the concepts discussed in the conscious lecture portion of the training to diverse and specialized populations.
The advanced yoga teacher does not need to yet be able to complete or practice advanced yoga nor teach at the advanced level. The training is providing the foundation to be able to do this competently upon graduation.
The Bhagavad Gita: Includes dissecting and meditating on this powerful text, sharing its wisdom with others in an applicable way and using its teachings to practice and teach Karma Yoga and connect with the symbolic lessons of this epic text.
The Yoga Pradpika: Includes deep study of this text and applying its teachings to your practice and your offerings including advanced level asana, pranayama, mudra and meditation.
The Yoga Sutras: Includes vast comprasion of various translations of this work along with translating the text to your interpretation and applying its teachings to your every day life.
The Mythology of Yoga: Includes advanced understanding of various mythology provided in yoga to elevate the practice.
The Advanced History of Yoga: Includes understanding how and where yoga came from and how it has evolved including the history of the asanas while understanding how to preserve the teachings of yoga to invest in yoga's future.
Chanting: Includes learning various chants for your personal practice to expand your frequency and understanding ways to teach these chants to your students in an applicable way.
The Business of Yoga: Includes creating and maintaining monthly goals to build and sustain your current yoga career.
Mentorship + Internship: Weekly experiences at Yoga With Shawna to apply your teachings in a real life setting to help others.
The advanced yoga teacher training program is broken down into four parts: (1) coursework (2) internship experience (3) mentorship facilitation program (4) the business of yoga
Weekly Coursework: For this part of the certification program, you have the option to study in person in the studio in Imperial Beach, tune in live via zoom from anywhere in the world or study at your leisure watching the previously recorded classes each week in your own time. In these courses you will dive deep into yoga philosophy. Course study includes deep and advanced study of the sacred yoga texts (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Yoga Sutras + The Bhagavad Gita), advanced study of yoga mythology in relation to the asana and other yogic concepts, advanced understanding of yoga’s diverse history and understanding your part in yoga’s present to lead the ground for the future of yoga, chanting, advanced asana, breathwork and meditation.
The 6-Month Training meets twice a month for 6 months; the coursework schedule is as follows:
Friday, April 22, 6-9 PM PST
Saturday, April 23, 9-6 PM PST
Tuesday, May 10, 6-8 PM PST
Tuesday May 24, 6-8 PM PST (online only)
Friday, June 24, 6-9 PM PST
Saturday, June 26, 9-6 PM PST
Friday, July 15, 6-9 PM PST
Saturday, July 16, 9-6 PM PST
Friday, Aug. 5, 6-9 PM PST
Saturday, Aug. 6, 9-6 PM PST
Saturday, Sept 10, 9-6 PM
Sunday, Sept 11, 9-6 PM
Weekend Graduation Retreat in Joshua Tree, CA:
Friday, Oct 14-Sunday Oct 16
Internship Experience: You will intern at the Yoga With Shawna in studio (either in person or online) leading an advanced yoga class that you create and implement the studies and wisdom gathered in the training and demonstrate your understanding of it through teaching a class that provides an example of living the teachings. This class offering will occurk either online, in studio or outdoors at Yoga With Shawna and be offered free to Yoga With Shawna members or donation based or a set price to outside community. The donations collected will fund future 200-Hour student scholarships. This educational experience is a commitment of a 60 minute class every week and will be unique to you. It will start apps 3 weeks into the YTT program and end 3 weeks after our our last YTT in person course. The class can be presented in a yoga class or workshop style drawing from the material presented in class. The class will be completely designed by you and approved by YWS. This provides a real life opportunity to speak about the concepts you are learning and help your students embody them further advancing their practice. This class can be targeted to a diverse or specialized group of students as well.
Mentorship Facilitation Program: Part of being an advanced yoga teacher is being a leader. In this 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program you will be paired up with a 200-Hour (or less) relatively new yoga teacher and work as a mentor to them. You will help them with their questions and experiences they have as a novice teacher providing opportunity for them to learn and grow through your experience. Roles of this experience may include: taking their classes and providing feedback, helping them plan classes or facilitate in tasks needed to a run class in a successful yoga studio, teaching them concepts on how to live the yoga off the mat and be an example to the public, helping refine their knowledge of the asana, cueing, sequencing, adjusting and 200-hour level yoga philosophy and/or providing insight and inspiration to their career or role as a yoga teacher.
The Business of Yoga: During the training you will refine your yoga business plan, set monthly goals for yourself and your business and develop the tapas necessary to take your business to the level you intend. There will be a monthly projection plan along with a portion of the weekly courses dedicated to the business of yoga.