Come out and play!
Academy Green Park
Sunday, July 19th
5:00pm till 6:30pm (and beyond!)
$20 for the Slackline Workshop
By-donation AcroJam & Potluck Party to Follow
With Emphasis on Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Alignment and Philosophy
Open to anyone who is curious!
Many are drawn to a yoga teacher training program as a way of delving deeper into a personal practice. Others have their sights set on becoming a yoga teacher as soon as their certification is in hand. No matter your reason, be assured that teacher training will set you on a path from which you will never want to stray. If you are studious and consistent, subtle shifts in your perspective will begin to take place: daily stresses will no longer feel like insurmountable struggles but temporary life challenges from which you can emerge stronger and more compassionate. You will notice shifts in your physical body as you become leaner, stronger, and more resilient. The combined effect of physical movement, meditation practice, and scriptural study will mean a happier you, an illuminated you.
Our 200-hour registered teacher training program exceeds the requirements set by the Yoga Alliance. Our primary focus is on the teaching of Vinyasa Flow Yoga, but we draw from many yogic disciplines, including but not limited to Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. We offer a thorough and well-rounded yoga education — from our careful attention to anatomy and alignment to the study of yogic scriptures to the incorporation of a Seva (or selfless service) component. We see yoga as a holistic approach to life that benefits body, mind, spirit and community.
Deposit and application due seven days before first YTT meeting.
2015-2016 Dates for Teacher Training Intensive Weekends
Week 1 – October 16th, 17th, 18th
Week 2 – November 13th, 14th, 15th
Week 3 – December 11th, 12th, 13th
Week 4 – January 8th, 9th, 10th
Week 5 – February 5th, 6th, 7th
Week 6 – March 11th, 12th, 13th
Week 7 – April 8th, 9th, 10th
Our teaching philosophy approaches yoga as a holistic, many-layered lifestyle choice that incorporates breath work, meditation practice, scriptural study, asana practice, and selfless service. To this end, we seek to provide you a comprehensive study of yoga in all its facets.
Great teachers spend a lifetime honing their craft. We support your development as a teacher from day one — from vocal delivery to hands-on adjustments to creative sequencing. You will be given opportunities to practice teaching within the safety of our Satsang (group/community). You will give and receive feedback over the course of six months, refining your teacherly voice and developing the confidence you need to teach others safely and joyfully.
In addition to spending instructional time with The Yoga House’s lead trainers, you will attend workshops led by experts in various yoga sub-fields. The workshops for the 2015-2016 are still being finalized.
2015-2016 Workshop Presenters
Anne Robinson has over 20 years of teaching experience in the fields of dance and yoga. She performed and taught modern dance in Chicago and NYC for many years before becoming certified to teach yoga and meditation at the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. She has studied extensively with Shiva Rea and Yoga Works, prenatal yoga at Kripalu and advanced anatomy for yoga and yoga therapy with Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project. Her dance and movement training includes Horton, Laban, Body-Mind Centering and Ballet. Her personal practice continues with Shiva Rea, Iyengar, Horton and ballet technique classes and meditation on The Radiance Sutras and with Dr Joe Dispenza. Anne has had many wonderful teachers in life, dance and yoga and hopes to pass on their energy, love, grace and compassion.
Stephanie Rose Bifolco is a certified Anusara-inspired yoga teacher, and a yoga teacher trainer at Jai Ma School of Yoga in New Paltz. She has a Certificate of Completion from a 9-month Ayurveda Living Skills Course, and has trained in the philosophies of the Goddess-Centered Yoga Tradition, Nonviolent Communication, and Restorative Yoga. Stephanie loves to teach her students about yoga and why yoga poses matter. She passionately shares the rules to create a foundation for healthy living at home and at work. Her higher purpose is to educate groups of people so they can join arms together in a health (r)evolution!
Bobbie Marchand. Pursuing her love of dance, Bobbie moved from her native Toronto to NY in 2005. Though the transition of dancer to yoga teacher is a common one, it was an illness that tuned her in to the power of a daily, dedicated practice. Bobbie’s Vinyasa classes are creative, challenging and fun. Drawing on her dance background, the sequencing is expressive and fluid while encouraging alignment (and a healthy use of props!). Her yin/stretch/restorative classes are an invitation to pause, yield to the sense of support, turn inward and take the practice to a quiet, nourishing place away from the external stress of our busy lives. Endless gratitude to teachers Diana Lockett, Amanda Harding and Raghunath for their encouragement, support and loving guidance on this incredible journey.
From pose analysis to teaching methodology to discussion of the Sutras and other texts, we have a lot to cover in our limited time together, so we maximize our time as much as possible. Each instructional day will be broken into parts, including:
Asana Analysis – Time will be spent analyzing a pose or group of yoga poses: we will translate the pose’s Sanskrit name and mythological significance. We will demonstrate the pose, discussing its precise alignment points and its use of major muscles groups. We will talk about its benefits and, in some cases, its contraindications. Modifications, variations, and hands-on adjustments will be described in detail in order to prepare you to teach both beginner and advanced students.
Reading and Discussion – Each week you’ll be assigned readings from a variety of texts. Some weeks will emphasize alignment, others Ashtanga, still others yogic philosophy or a combination of these. Often we will ask you to complete a journal entry or brief assignment related to the readings you completed for homework.
Practicum – A hallmark of our yoga teacher training program is the time we give you to practice teaching and to receive feedback on your teaching. We will give you as many chances as we can to design and practice teaching your own yoga sequences. We create a comfortable environment for sharing critique and feedback. We believe it is important that you begin to develop a teaching voice that is your own.
Seva Project Update – Although it is common in the West to think of yoga as merely exercises performed for benefit of the body, in fact the physical component of yoga is just one small part of yoga. Seva, or selfless service, is an essential component of the yogic lifestyle. As such we give you the chance to conduct a Seva project, offering of yourself for the benefit of others.
With support and guidance, students will select a selfless-service project (e.g., volunteering on a regular basis at a hospital, shelter, or rehab center; designing a program that benefits the ill, infirm, or at-risk). In preparation for the paper/presentation, each trainee will meet with a lead trainer outside of class to discuss the research and findings. Students will propose a project, log progress, and follow up with the facility director for feedback. Finally, students will write a 1,200-word paper and present the information to the class on the weekend of 3/12-3/13.
Our required readings are essential acquisitions for your yoga library and will inform the great bulk of discussion and analysis throughout our teacher training.
Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual. David Swenson. 2007. (Spiral-bound)
Bhagavad Gita, Trans. Easwaran, Eknath. 2007.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Swami Satchidananda. 2012.
The Key Muscles of Yoga: Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga, Ray Long, MD, FRCSC. 2009.
Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar. 2005.
Yoga Anatomy: Your Illustrated Guide to Postures, Movements, and Breathing Techniques, Leslie Kaminoff. 2nd Edition. 2011.
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga, H. David Coulter. 2010.
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktibodhananda. 1998.
The Heart of Yoga, T.K.V. Desikachar. 1999.
Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition, Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna van der Kooij. 2010.
Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann. 1996.
$3,100 with timed payments or $2950 if paid in full 1 week before training begins
$500 due no later than October 9th along with application.
5 payments of $520 (a total of $3100) due the Friday night of each monthly training weekend, beginning November 14th.
Payments due: 11/13; 12/12; 1/8; 2/5; and 3/11.
The Teacher Training Program at The Yoga House was nothing short of a life-altering experience. Leigha and Jacqui form a uniquely knowledgeable and skilled pair, whose dedication to the practice and their students is unparalleled. The class offered in-depth asana analysis and anatomical instruction, supported fundamentally by an acute focus on spiritual and philosophical texts. I completed the program with not only the confidence to teach, but with an enhanced personal and spiritual practice that I could not have achieved without these two exemplary teachers. –Amy
I had high expectations for the Yoga House’s teacher training, but Leigha and Jacqui far exceeded them. The training prepared me to confidently jump right into teaching while helping me to much better understand and dive deeper into my personal practice. Whether you are looking to share your practice with others by way of teaching or hoping to develop a personal physical and spiritual practice, do yourself a favor and train with these two. –Corinna
The Yoga house 200-Hour Teacher Training Program is for anyone, at any level, that has a desire to deepen their yoga practice. Leigha and Jacqui take you on a journey through yoga philosophies and teach the muscular/skeletal connection between asanas. They freely share their knowledge and experience in a loving and playful training program that will not disappoint. Do not be afraid of the challenge, as you will enter as a student and then emerge as a transformed yoga teacher, embarking on a new beginning. I highly recommend jumping in, and you won’t regret it! –Kerri
To download the program application, click here: TYH YTT Application. (No commitment necessary, and you may attend the Introduction Day without filling out an application.)
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This summer, we’ve teamed up with the wonderful Mel Toth, yoga instructor and previous childhood educator, to bring a variety of classes to introduce yoga to your children from 2-5 years old. Scroll down to learn more about Yoga Story Time and Munchkin & Me, and register soon!
Adult Attendance Required
Join trained Ashtanga instructor, Jacqui Nash, for this traditional practice passed down to us by Sri Pattabhi Jois. We will be practicing the Primary Series (Yoga Chikitsa).
Who can practice Ashtanga Yoga?
Anyone! All levels of practitioners are welcome for this monthly class.
Although we’re offering the class only once a month, you might be surprised to find that even monthly exposure to the discipline of Ashtanga yoga can awaken and invigorate your regular yoga practice. Come explore the challenges of the body, but most importantly, the mind. Read more about the practice here.
Drop-in is $15 or use your class card.
Gentle Yoga is designed for anyone who would like to practice at a careful, soothing, conscientious pace. Students have reported feeler better, lighter, and younger after beginning a weekly gentle yoga regimen. Don’t let bodily limitations prevent you from enjoying the physical and emotional benefits of a yoga practice.
Mel’s yoga journey began in her living room over 13 years ago. An educator since 1998, Mel has taught 4th grade, co-authored a strategy book for teachers and served as a tutor and Director of Education for several NY learning centers. From her extensive background in education, Mel brings a solid understanding of how each student interprets information differently and may apply those misinterpretations to his or her body. As such, she strives to make her instruction clear and accessible for students of all levels of experience. Mel’s classes focus on the development of a solid foundation through the use of props, demonstration, description, and encouragement, while exploring basic principles of alignment, balance and relaxation. By encouraging her students to respect their physical limitations while exploring what is possible, Mel aims to help each individual learn how to serve the unique needs of their body. She is forever grateful to her first yoga teacher, Jill Gnassi, whose expert Iyengar instruction taught her how attending to small details could make a huge difference in her life, both on and off her mat.
Come practice to the live sounds of David Levy’s Native American Flutes. David describes his improvisational music is not a performance but a prayer and invites you to join him and Julie through poem: