Maybe you knew, from your first class, that you wanted to teach.
Maybe you’ve practiced for years, and now it’s finally your time to take the next step.
Maybe you never, ever wanted to teach! but a voice deep within you is whispering, “Could I…?”
People come to Yoga Teacher Training for all kinds of reasons. What we all have in common is a longing to know this incredible practice more intimately.
And Yoga Teacher Training is one of the fastest ways to gain a deeper, more intimate understanding of yoga. As our Teacher Trainees have reported, it just so happens that you also grow more confident in yourself as a leader, a public speaker, and a human being! One of our Trainees put it this way:
“I learned so much about myself in YTT at SMY, really important information which will inform my sense of self in other areas of my life. I learned not to be afraid of my own personal power. Years of training as a therapist and the required personal therapy did not illuminate this part of my personality in quite the same way that becoming a yoga teacher did. It has helped me feel more confident in my yoga, my teaching, and more importantly, how I inhabit my life everyday.”
Some of our participants come to YTT purely to grow their understanding of the physical practice. That will totally happen! But as this trainee shares, the physical practice leads to new insights in other areas as well.
“Before the program, I was typically attending medium level classes with the occasional advanced class. I was confident. But still lacked a lot of attention to detail. I had no grounding on the history of yoga. I just thought of it more along the lines of a physical activity, and less about it from a “mindfulness” perspective. All of that’s changed now. It’s been over a year since I took the course, and to this day, I am paying attention to the smallest details for most asana – the ribs, this finger, that forearm, the slight tilt of the pelvis, etc. I feel like my repertoire of asana is much greater now. It makes my home practice that much more enjoyable. And keeps it fresh because I have so many more asana to choose from. I meditate more often these days – and have now made that an integral part of my practice. I have a deeper appreciation now for where Yoga came from. And a deeper understanding of the history. A rich history. And now the Bhagavad Gita sits on my book shelf. I took a number of life lessons away from that as well! Highly recommended.”
In the SMY Yoga Teacher Training, you will grow your practice. You will grow as a person. And you will most definitely grow as a teacher and a leader!
“The Teacher Training was an experience that I will never forget. I was so nervous when I first started because even though teaching isn’t new to me, I had some doubt that I could lead a yoga class. Emma broke everything down, giving us a solid foundation to build upon. As she added layers to the class and gave all of the trainees many opportunities to practice teaching each other, everyone’s confidence grew. We all supported and encouraged each other throughout the months. By the time the program came to an end in June, I knew that I had the tools that I needed to teach yoga, and I’d already been hired to teach yoga at a dance studio. On top of all of that, the women that I trained with had become more than just classmates. We formed friendships that I hope will last a lifetime.”
Intrigued? Here are the deets:
Teacher Training Overview
South Mountain Yoga’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program is registered with Yoga Alliance, the largest national trade association for yoga teachers. This means that graduates of our TT are eligible to apply to Yoga Alliance for an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) designation. Yoga Alliance requires 200-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings to include 180 contact hours.
- SMY YTT total hours: 200
- 180 of those are “contact hours”–you’re in session with a trainer, during training weekends and Mentoring Sessions.
- Around 150 of the contact hours are with the Lead Trainer (far exceeding the Yoga Alliance requirement of 65 hours with the Lead Trainer)
- The remaining 20 hours are homework hours.
Wondering how to choose a Teacher Training Program? Check out Emma’s “admittedly-biased” guide to getting the Teacher Training Program you want.
In the SMY YTT, you’ll learn how to…
- Teach yoga: offer clear instructions and relatable spirituality, so that what you love is shared in a way that allows others to discover the joy of yoga
- Cultivate and occupy sacred space: Create an environment that is physically and energetically conducive to transformation, and learn how to navigate that environment in a way that supports your teaching
- Take the seat of the teacher: Cultivate confidence and authenticity in your teaching
- Plan sequences: Plan class sequences for a variety of levels and types of classes (including pre/post natal and restorative)
- Offer modifications: adjust your sequence for folks who want more or less intensity
- Instruct according to healthy biomechanical alignment principles: Learn the human evolutionary history that informs how we move, and techniques for how to honor our evolutionary inheritance in poses
- Set a context for your class: Conceive, develop and skillfully deliver themes that inspire your students
- Introduce pranayama and meditation: Round out your students’ experience
- See as a yoga teacher sees: observe common misalignments and triage what must be adjusted
- Make adjustments: Physical & verbal enhancements to poses
- Properly pronounce pose names: Understand the names of poses and what they reveal
- Understand yoga history: know the facts about yoga’s origins and share it with your classes in a way that is meaningful
- Gain literacy in yoga texts: know the key texts and philosophies in yoga history
- Take the next step: Get a job, know your rights as an employee
SMY’s 2020 YTT will be led by SMY Director Emma Magenta along with guest Teacher Trainer Heather Seagraves. Plus members of our teaching staff you may already know from weekly classes!
Here’s a short summary of the program requirements to receive your SMY teaching Certificate, and thus apply for RYT status from Yoga Alliance:
- Participate in 12 Training Weekends, dates and hours at right
- Participation in at least two public yoga classes per week
- Cultivate a home yoga practice
- Complete all homework and final exam
- Complete additional hours of Observation, Assisting, and Community Class teaching
To be announced.
See sidebar for dates and hours.
- Complete our Teacher Training Application online.Teacher Training Application
- We’ll reply back to you within 3 days.
- If you’re accepted to this cycle of YTT, you’ll come back to this page to set up your payment arrangement (see your options below).
Please submit an application before paying for your Teacher Training.
Early Bird Rate:
|Payment due by 3/15/20|
|Payment due by 4/17/20|
|First payment due 4/17/20
YTT Pricing for those who have already done Immersion
Have you done an Immersion at SMY in the last three years, and now it’s finally time for you to do Teacher Training? If so, pay below.
|Paid in full by 3/15/20|
|Paid in full by 4/17/20|
|First payment due 4/17/20