Union Yoga Teacher Training 200hr
Yoga Alliance International Accredited
January 2020 - August 2020
With David Michel & Amie Evans
Our unique 200 hour Yoga Teacher training programme will provide you with the knowledge, technical understanding, and confidence to begin teaching yoga. The course is crafted with a mindful, intelligent and systematic approach to yoga, which promises to greatly advance and refine your personal practice.
The training is founded upon our infinite love of Yoga, and our goal is to facilitate top-tier education to those who are ready to expand their knowledge. We will dive deeply into the most critical elements of teaching. You will learn the most up-to-date posture techniques, in-depth functional anatomy and physiology, logical and effective sequencing tools, the most accurate and considerate teaching language, injury management and prevention both on and off the mat, and so much more.
There are many reasons to join a Yoga Teacher Training, all of equal value and importance. To become a certified Yoga Instructor, for qualified teachers to further develop their knowledge and skill, and as a means to deepen your practice and move deeper within ones self are just a few of the many.
Students who are new to yoga, as well as those who are highly experienced can enjoy the transformative benefits of this program. It is not in any way essential that you aspire to become a yoga teacher, it is essential that you have a dedicated and resolute commitment to the course. On completion of the training you will be fully qualified and certified as a Yoga Alliance Teacher.
Pranayama and Meditation
Pranayama refers to the practice of breath control, and the manipulation of our natural breathing rhythm. It comes in various forms which are driven by a quest to gain access to our energetic state. On the opening weekend of the course we will use the time and the space to explore the intricacy and healing power of Pranayama.
Meditation in its rawest form sets out to bring us into a state of being in the present. It is in this state of being that we may be able to experience a heightened sense of mental, physical and emotional awareness. Meditation will be used in our daily practice to set the intent for the day, and prepare the space for learning.
The Pranayama and Meditation intensives are a sanctuary where you can feel safe to open up, work through issues that may arise and go beyond current perceived limitations. In this section of the course, we will learn the tools required for self study and practice, as well as teaching breath control and meditation. We will cultivate an ability to use meditation to enhance our practice to new levels. We will also learn how these tools can be applied to our time spent off the mat, and how they can be appropriate and beneficial during day to life.
The Physical Practice
Each day will start and finish with a lead class. The morning practice will include a themed sequence of postures that will feed into the afternoons physical exploration. Each day will consist of a breakdown of a family of yoga asanas (postures). The layout of the day is cleverly designed to create an ease in both learning and memorising the function of the human body in relation to the design and function of the yoga posture. For example, a class revolving around lateral movements in the morning, will be followed by an afternoon breakdown of all of the relevant movements and postures within this category.
We will learn the purpose of each posture, and how and where the desired effects and benefits can be found. It is of key importance that all physical activity within a yoga practice is made appropriate for the individual. Therefore great emphasis will be placed on the ways in which postures can be modified and adjusted to serve the individual needs. This will be an absolutely integral part of the training. Through in depth assessment, we will develop the observational skills necessary to ensure students safety, and to guide students in the way that is relevant to their particular circumstance. Injuries and special requirements are addressed as part of this process.
The evening practice will be a 'style' of yoga. As part of the training students will be exposed to todays current diverse multiplicity of yoga styles. This will include Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Rocket Yoga, Kundalini, and more. The training does not favour or limit students to one theory, philosophy or sequence. Instead the incorporation of these unique and differing styles brings a far broader and more well rounded experience.
Becoming a Teacher
On each day there will be designated sessions of practice teaching. We will work from the course manual of over 200 pages, drawn from David & Amie's extensive experience of over 10 years. Participants begin practice teaching right from the first day. Trainees will hone their skills through a variety of exercises designed to help them to master the essential elements of teaching. These include but are not limited to:
Observing and Understanding physical structure, alignment and energy/activity
Teaching tools vs Learning styles
Physical adjustments, the safe and effective approach
Tools for verbal and non-verbal communication
Presence and engagement
Anatomy for Yoga
This 16 hour functional anatomy course is specifically designed for yoga teachers in which we will deliver anatomical information with an emphasis on sharpening our perceptual skills to better assess the needs of students in the yoga class environment. We will learn the essential basis of academic anatomy required for formulating movement sequences and scripting instruction. We will also apply this physically into our own practice so that the information evolves into functional exploration and discovery.
The art of assessment is a life-long process through which a yoga teacher gains mastery and depth as an instructor. Trainees will learn some of the short-cuts to assessment in a fun and highly informative weekend.
Designing and Leading Workshops
This section has been added to the course following a reflection on the absence of workshop training within many 200 hour yoga programs. Leading a yoga workshop serves a variety of purposes, including the opportunity to provide students with more extensive information than that available in a regular class. During this section we will dive into the elements involved all the way from creation to delivery. Looking at preparation, subject or theme, timing, space, and all other logistics, we will distinguish workshop from class, and become fully equipped to host workshops.
Being a Teacher
Being a Teacher of any kind is a role of great privilege. In this interactive section of the course we will discuss the role of the teacher within a class, as well as cultural perspective, historic progression, and the teachers role in modern society. As yoga teachers we have the opportunity to share, and to influence. The underlying energy is the selfless service to those who come to our classes. This section is towards the end of the training as a gateway into teaching post certification. We encourage the attitude of continued study, critical thinking, openness and willingness to venture towards broader perspectives, and the confidence to share through your own authentic teaching voice.
Yoga Philosophy and the 8 Limbs of Yoga
The Physical Body: Anatomy & Physiology, Breath & Exercise, The Nervous System
The Energetic Body: Prana, Nadis, Chakras, Bandhas, Mudras
Asana: Props & Adjustments, Modifications & Teaching Tools
Prescriptive Yoga: Pregnancy, Seniors and All Bodies
Ashtanga, Vinyasa & Yin Yoga; Class Planning; Structure
History, The Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit pronunciation
Ayurveda and the 3 Gunas
“Enrolling on this course has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. Apart from all us students getting along so well Amie and David are two of the most genuine & inspiring people to be learning from. Constantly challenging us to find a way into our own understanding, while keeping a non judgmental, compassionate & open minded approach. This course has reminded me that teaching & practising yoga will be a lifetime of learning, adapting & developing my knowledge & I’ve started in exactly the right place to begin my yoga journey.”
“David and Amie’s love of yoga is so palpable you can practically chew it! David and Amie have differing knowledge and experience which is beautifully complementary; they are both brilliant and knowledgeable teachers who share with generosity and answer any question (regardless of how daft!) with no judgement and great humour. The course materials are brilliantly written, with the perfect balance of yoga philosophy, technical information and a good dose of real world insight. I have had the privilege to meet some of the most wonderful people in my fellow students and that is one of the most rewarding things I'll take away with me; we continue to be a source of ongoing support for one another.”
“Can’t recommend this training high enough. I learned so much during my time with David my brain is still buzzing. My students now profit from the profound knowledge David was able to instal in me. I am forever grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity to be his student. David is very generous in his knowledge and he really cares about his students. It’s a first class course and I would do it all over again...”
Course Total = £2500
In order to reserve a place on the course you will need to fill out a registration form, and provide a non-refundable deposit of £500 which is part of the total amount. Spaces are limited so as to ensure the highest standard of training with maximum individual attention.
Options for payment of balance in instalments.
The course will run over one weekend per month, Saturday & Sunday 8:30am to 6pm.