200 hr Progressive Vinyasa Teacher Training
Take your practice to the next level and learn how to teach
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January - November 2024

This 200 hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training offers a solid foundation for students that wish to take their Vinyasa practice to the next level and learn how to teach with confidence and ease. It is taught one weekend per month for 11 months and can be taken in-person or online.

On this Yoga Teacher Training you can expect to

Develop your asana practice and apply the wisdom from your journey to guiding others.
Learn to teach Progressive vinyasa and creatively weave together vinyasa threads for all levels.
Develop your asana practice and your understanding of your body through anatomy and alignment studies.
Learn how to teach Vinyasa style Yoga and creatively weave together vinyasa threads for all levels
Develop your individual teaching voice, as an expression of your true self and learn how to share the gifts of yoga safely and confidently
Delve into the depths of subtle anatomy and energetics, pranayama and meditation.
Learn the basics of Ayurveda and the holistic aspects of the practice
 Learn about the business of yoga and develop your business and your niche and your brand

What You Will Learn

Progressive Vinyasa Style Yoga

Progressive Vinyasa is a style of vinyasa that is alignment- centered, flowing and subtley grounded in yoga energetics to maintain the holistic aspect of the practice. 

  • Alignment Focus – One of the things that defines Progressive Vinyasa is the alignment focus. The manual Align offers students a deep understanding of where modern biotensegrity-based anatomy meets modern yoga alignment. The alignment focus offers cues to maintain joint stability and deepen the practice in a safe, educated and informed way. 
  • Flow Focus – Progressive vinyasa, like all Vinyasa yoga works with ‘breath-centered movement’. Moving with the breath helps to regulate the nervous system and create a sense of well-being in the body and mind. Progressive Flows are also mindful of people’s need to flow and move and so this style of yoga is sensitive to pace and rhythm, relative to alignment delivery. 
  • Holistic, Energetic Focus – Progressive Flows also aim to integrate Hatha-based, subtle energetics into the asana in order to maintain the holistic aspect of the practice. While we may not refer to chakras in every second pose, we do use the yogic energetic roadmaps to maintain a grounded approach to practice and are mindful that we are teaching humans with stress levels and not just bodies trying to achieve the poses. 
  • Creative | Linear Focus Progressive Vinyasa is both linear and creative depending on level. Level one classes work with linear sequencing, to keep things simple and grounded, so that students can relax into the practice and benefit mentally and physically. However as students develop confidence, more progressive, creative approaches, like ladder and mandala flows may be incorporated into the flows.
  • Progressive Focus – One of the reasons, this style of Flow is called Progressive, is that is offers ‘progressions’ to poses. Even though we work towards developing some difficult poses like Inversions and Backbends, each student will be encouraged to work to their level, taking modifications as needed. 

Assessments

This section of the training is assessed at the end of the year. You will be guided to create a class using the Progressive Vinyasa sequencing paradigm and then teach a section of your class to the group. This ensures that that you not only leave the training with a cert, but also a class that you have created and taught, reflecting your own voice and intention.

Functional Yoga Anatomy & Alignment

The anatomy on the training offers students a way to deepen their relationship with their own bodies and to feel confident working with other people’s bodies in a safe way. Understanding anatomy will help all aspects of your yoga practice and teaching and will inspire students to trust you in relation to physical health. 

The anatomy on this training is a combination of biomechanics and biotensegrity. Biomechanics gives us information about individual muscle functions and how muscles support joint stability etc. Biotensegrtiy is fascial-based anatomy and explains how fascia connects everything in the body. From this fascial perspective, we can view the body holistically, as one whole unit connected and alive within the fascial matrix. 

The anatomy is assessed through monthly open-book homework quizzes on each anatomy section: fundamentals, standing poses, hips, core, backbends, twists and inversions. 


Pranayama, Nidra and Meditation

The pranayama and meditation is taught throughout this training. On the second half of the training when the physical anatomy is complete, we dive deeper into the energetics of these subjects. You will learn:

  • Meditations working with mindfulness principles and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Pranayama – breath practices to help recover the nervous system from stress, depression and trauma
  • The science of breathing 
  • Somatic Breathwork practices 
  • Yoga Nidra

There is no assessment on this module of the training. 


Teaching Skills

There are daily Teaching Methodology classes so that you will feel prepared for the classroom and feel fully equipped to deliver the work after you graduate. You will be taught a specific methodology with sequencing options and alignment principles that create structures to intelligently inform your classes, which also allow enough flexibility for you to develop your own individual teaching voice as an expression of your authentic self and your relationship with the practice.

In the Teaching Methodology classes, postures are explained biomechanically and in accordance with the Progressive Vinyasa Alignment Principles. This gives you a much deeper understanding of the postures, not just for your own body, but for bodies generally.  You will be paired up in small groups and teach each other poses to help you develop your teaching voice.  This is always a really fun part of the training, where trainees can develop their confidence as teachers.


Yoga Philosophy

The philosophy on our trainings is delivered in a non-dogmatic way, inviting group discussions where all beliefs and opinions are respected. We use class discussions, circles, artwork, chanting and meditation processes to explore the spiritual systems of Patanjali’s sutras, Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya and Tantra.  

We believe that these spiritual systems all offer a different perspective of the same truth and we hope that in our explorations, students can find tools to strengthen the mind, emotions and spirit, a spiritual rock to lean on in times of need, deeper insight to our true nature and a deeper sense of worth that lies inherent in our being. 

Carol Murphy is the primary philosophy teacher on this training and has studied philosophy at university (B.A, MPhil) in addition to exploring Indian spirituality. She believes that  it is a true blessing to be able to explore this work within a group and many students have said that this part of the training has been life-changing for them.

The Venue

This Yoga Teacher Training will be held in Yogamoves, which is the Green Lotus Yoga studio in Gort, Galway. The studio holds 28 people. It has an equipped  kitchen and separate toilet. It also has changing rooms for students to store their clothes etc. 

Gort is a small town at the edge of the Burren. There are great restaurants and cafes close by to eat in and there are lots of air bnbs and bnb options ranging from €25-€100 per night for students staying over night. for more details, please see accommodation on the “More Details” section below. 

Students can also do this training online and up to two weekends or 32 live hrs on playback recordings.

More Details

Jan 2024 – October 2024 

This Yoga Teacher Training consists of 11 x 2 day weekends plus 4 x 1 hr zoom calls

Dates

Jan – 20th-21st 
Feb – 17th-18th
March – 23rd-24th
 April – 20th-21st
May – 18th-19th
June – 15th-16th
July – 20th- 21st 
August 17th-18th
September – 21st-22nd
October – 19th-20th
November 16th-17th

The daily schedule is :

9.00-11.00 – Asana

11.00-11.20- Break

11.30-1.30 Theory Class (anatomy, philosophy, asana breakdown, etc)

1.30-2.20 Lunch

2.20 -4.00 Theory Class  (anatomy, philosophy, asana breakdown etc.)

4.30-6.00 Asana practice or Teaching Methodology (teaching in small groups, postural analysis etc)

  • “The Art of Teaching Yoga” – Yoga Teacher Training Manual 
  • “Progressive Vinyasa’ – Yoga Teacher Training –  Free Ebook 
  • From The Vedas to Vinyasa – Amy Vaughan

For students availing of the studio option, we recommend:

  • Woodley BNB – Georges Street, Gort. Cheap and cheerful and a stones throw from the studio. 
  • The Lady Gregory Hotel – About 10 mins walk form the studio. Comfortable and clean with spa. 
  • Any air bnbs in the close vaccinity. Kinvara is a lovely place to stay and is about 20 mins drive form Gort with more air BNB options usually. 

Is there any pre-requisites to entering this training ? 

We advise 2 years practice before embarking on a Yoga TTC. This is enough time to give students a firm foundation for the work involved on a TTC and also gives people a base to reach the level expected for graduation. Sometimes people achieve this foundation after a year or so of practice; there are always exceptions, but as a general, we recommend 2 years. If you are unsure if you have enough experience, please contact us at carol@greenlotusyoga.com

Do I have to be fit and strong to join the training?

No, many people work on developing strength and flexibility throughout the training. Many students also have injuries, repetitive stress or postural issues that they work with as they train. If you work to your limitations, prop and modify, then you will see progress as you train. 

How much do I have to practice mid month between weekends? 

Ideally you can find time to practice daily to really see progress, but this is not always an option and so we recommend that you practice at least 3 hrs per week minimum just to keep up. You can also sign up to the online platform www.greenlotusyogaonline.ie to help you develop your practice throughout the year; the classes on the platform are varied in duration and level and are created with the intention of supporting trainees throughout the year.

What style of yoga will I be trained to teach?

On this training we put a lot of focus on preparing trainees for the classroom. The style of yoga trainees are trained to teach is called Progressive Vinyasa. This is a style of vinyasa that is flowing, creative and intelligent. It is called “progressive” because it incorporates modern vinyasa approaches to progress students forward in their development using an intelligence in sequencing based on cutting edge knowledge of yoga anatomy and universal principles of alignment. As this style of yoga is flexible in nature, teachers also have the option of adapting their teachings to teach alignment-based Hatha yoga,  Flow yoga or Power yoga etc. 

Will I have the opportunity to teach on the training course?


Yes you will. There are daily Teaching Methodology classes. You will start teaching one person one pose. Then graduate to teaching small groups of 3. Then finally you will teach the whole class for your final assessment.

Is it ok to do teacher training just for self-development and to deepen my practice?

Yes it is. Lots of people have done this training as self development. Some have also started it for themselves and ended up teaching… Its completely up to you.

Is this training suitable if I am working through grief, trauma, anxiety and depression?

This is not a simple question to answer, but an important one. This particular training is asana focused, meaning when you sign up you are committing to developing your asana practice. The asana on this training is not geared towards healing trauma, grief etc. We recommend that if you want a yoga journey to support emotional healing and you are feeling very fragile, that you do the 200 hr Healing Yoga Fusion Foundation Training as opposed to this one. However, this is not to say that you cannot do this training if you are working with your mental and emotional health, if you have a foundation practice and feel that you have the inner strength to  develop your asana practice. Some people working with anxiety, depression etc. may find developing a stronger practice helpful and some people working with depression etc. may simply not be suited to a slower practice. Its up to you. Additionally, the yoga philosophy and spiritual studies, breath-work etc on this training can also very much support mental, emotional and spiritual health. And of course, even though this training is more pose centered that the Healing Fusion option, we still cover somatic practices to some degree. 

How is the course assessed?

Anatomy- There is 7 open book homework quizzes for anatomy. 
If you do not pass a quiz, then you just re-take it again, but most students pass the first time around. 

Philosophy- this subject is not assessed, but there may be exercises for off time study.

Asana – The asana focus on this training is to strengthen and develop your practice, modifying when necessary. There is no official assessment level. However to graduate you need to demonstrate that you understand the practice, can modify safely and have showed progress throughout the year. 

After graduation, teachers teach to the level they can practice comfortably. If a trainee’s personal practice needs a lot of work, upon graduation, we sometimes recommend that these teachers teach level 1 only for a year or so as they continue to develop their practice.

Teaching Methodology- Students prepare an hour long class and teach the class to the group on the last week of the training. We start preparation for this exercise on day one so students will be very prepared. We want trainees to leave not only with a cert, but also with the ability to prepare a class and the knowledge that they can teach it confidently and clearly

How many students are in the group ?

We take up to 25 on a training. Numbers are usually between 10-25 students. 

Is this training course registered or is this course qualified me to be a teacher?

This training is registered with Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance is the most recognised Yoga registration body world-wide. This certification will qualify you to teach Yoga anywhere in the world. 

Can I teach teens after this training ? 
In order to teach teens, a teacher should have completed a children’s teacher training course to teach groups of children under the age of 16.If however a child between the age of 12-16 wants to join an adult class, then they can so long as they are with a parent or guardian and have a written consent from from their parent or guardian. 
Anyone teaching groups of children (in the absence of a parent or guardian) should have CRB (or equivalent) document check and if they are members of YAP, they should send this to us, so we can keep this on their file.
Please note it is a condition of the policy that all records are kept for a minimum of 7 years after the client has reached the age of 18.
 

Do I need to bring my own yoga mat and props?

A lot of students like to bring their own props, but all props are also supplied in the studio. 

Fees and Booking

Fees

Staggered Payment: €2200. This can be broken down into a €400 deposit plus €180 for 10 weekends

One Time Payment : €1950 before Dec 1st 
You have the option of paying one payment up front or paying your deposit to secure your place and then paying the remaining fees before December 1st 2023 

Non-Refundable Deposit – €400

Whats included

  • Progressive Vinyasa Training manual in PDF
  • The Art of Teaching Yoga Training manual in PDF
  • Continued support and mentorship throughout the training

Booking Procedure

Please fill out the Online Application Form so that we can get to know you better before we meet. If you have questions please reach out to me via email.

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