“I wanted to be able to bring yoga to people living with chronic pain and illness, and physical limitations. Deborah helped to customize the teacher training program by bringing in an instructor with expertise in chair yoga; encouraged me to explore creative ways to modify poses; and allowed me to give one of my teachbacks as a chair yoga class. I...
Harmony Yoga & Wellness Center is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.
The dates for upcoming modules of our RYT 200-Hour Yoga Intensive and Teacher Training program are as follows:
Next Teacher Training – Module 2: August – November, 2016.
Next Yoga Intensive – Module 1 (prerequisite for Module 2): February 9th – March 1st, 2017. This Intensive will be held in India! Click here for more information about this exciting Retreat!
Harmony’s Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) Program is inspiring, balancing and heart-opening. It is an intensive 200-hour course that guides participants through Yogic philosophy and the principles of living with a focused mind free from suffering. This program facilitates the journey inward and helps to open you up to be your best self. Upon completion of this program it is our goal that you feel ready to succeed as a teacher and guide your own classes.
We started our most recent teacher training program with a new format, offering Module 1 as a Fall Intensive that focused on philosophy, posture alignment, 100 hours of practice, and four workshops (Mindfulness, Ayurveda, Yin & Winter Medicine). We had seven participants in this first module, which was an opportunity for each person to go deeper into their practice and get inspired by yoga, with the option of continuing on to teacher training in Module 2.
Module 2 began in January 2016 with three participants. This module focused on anatomy, postures, alignment and proper muscle engagement. Our YTTs hosted clinics and a 108 Sun Salutation event to practice teaching and raise money for a local charitable cause – the Cowichan Intercultural Society. They continued to study Yogic philosophies and mindfulness practices, while incorporating these principles into their daily lives. The final steps of their training consists of guiding three practicums each, which are offered by donation to the public.
We will continue to offer this format, with Harmony’s YTT program divided into two modules, giving you the option of taking one or both modules.
Upon successful completion of both modules of the program you will be qualified to register as a RYT 200®with Yoga Alliance. Our graduates teach a diverse range of yoga styles including Ashtanga, flow, gentle, yin, chair, and children’s yoga.
Our program follows the rich lineage of Krishnamacharya, rooted in teachings from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Our methodology combines the flow and power of Ashtanga with its focus on alignment and sequencing. To balance, you will learn Yin and Restorative styles as well as sequencing and ideas to create your own flow style.
Yoga philosophy will be woven into the curriculum, and weekend workshops will focus on modules of anatomy, pranayama, alignment, sequencing and speciality areas.
You will have the opportunity to learn from our experienced teachers in their area of speciality. A daily 2-hour practice will integrate the principles of teaching deeply into your body. We will focus on wellness, pranayama, and meditation to enhance your experience.
You will learn how to:
- teach safe and dynamic flow & Ashtanga classes
- teach Yin & Restorative classes
- apply anatomical understanding of the body to alignment in yoga asanas
- sequence creatively and safely
- recognize common misalignments & risks
- suggest modifications & variations of poses
- offer clear verbal and hands-on assistance
- develop an area of interest and specialty
- find your own unique teaching voice
- incorporate neuroscience research that supports a deep understanding of the interface between science and meditation in the path of transformation and greater health and well-being
You must commit to a schedule of 10-12 hours a week of practice and workshop time. To meet the criteria for course completion, a total of 100 supervised practice hours are required. This means attending morning Mysore classes and some evening and weekend yoga classes at our studio.
In consideration of students’ busy lives and work commitments, there is some flexibility to accommodate a meaningful, supportive experience that enhances well-being.