Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training – Victoria, B.C.

Beyond Teaching – A series of advanced yoga teacher trainings

You have completed your 200-hours and you are a yoga teacher! Now what? Your role as a yoga teacher is most likely bigger than you expected, right?

These series are for teachers of all yoga styles and experiences, who are looking to advance in their practice as well as manage unprecedented situations. Many of these series are also open to yoga and dance studio owners.

I am excited to share my experiences (some very common and others definitely extraordinary!) through a series of themes. They are designed to do any of them in any order you desire.

Advanced Asana Practice & Safe Modern Sequencing in Vinyasa and Hatha – 30 hours (5 days)

It is safe to say that many yoga classes today are not constructed or taught in a safe way. Many sequences and yoga poses were created a long time ago and/or with little bio-mechanical or physiological consideration. There are a lot of poses and series that do not fit our students’ needs and bodies today. And lots of methods are just out-dated. While traditionalists may resist change, life is all about changing and evolving and yoga is no different.  We are doing no favors to students by teaching them traditional yoga poses just because we were taught those poses. We must question how the poses affect most bodies and whether or not they are beneficial! Nothing is fixed in time. Many common yoga poses are not safe for the common person.

During this training, we will look at what makes a pose safe. Why are some poses dangerous for certain people yet safe for others? By the end of this course you will be able to teach a safe class with confidence.

We will examine several different sequences, practice safe classes together, and also construct our own and try them out as groups. This is a fun and rather physical training! Some of these practices will be recorded (MP3). Teachers will learn the modifications of poses so that they can accommodate all types of students. We might also experiment with hands-on adjustments, when to touch, how to touch, etc.

Each morning is dedicated to your personal yoga practice and I will lead a challenging and safe class. I know how hard it can be to practice with a group once you become a teacher. Being part of a group energy practice will vitalize you and also give you the opportunity to try some new poses with us! Afternoons will focus on breaking down poses, experimenting with different people in small groups, and creating and teaching fun and safe classes.

Advanced Practice & Honing Our Gifts – For teachers who want to be amaZing – We SEE you! – 30 hours (5 days)

« You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you. » – Maya Angelou

This course will focus on deepening your yoga practice on the mat, getting help and support in some more advanced poses in a safe way and also get you from being a good teacher to an AMAZING teacher. We will take listening, observing, and feeling to a new level through various exercises. We will get to experiment with our voices, our movements, our communciation styles. We will provide constructive feedback to each other. What gifts do the others see in you ? And what skills or characteristics can be improved?

Come join us for some fun and step outside of your comfort zone as well! We will engage in one-on-one exercises, loads of teaching, group exercises, energy-seeing, and more! Full participation is necessary to receive the full benefits. Get ready to leave this training with a lot of gifts!

The student-teacher relationship: Part A ~ Boundary-setting – Projections –Expectations – 12 hours (2 days)

« No one will listen to us, until we listen to ourselves. » – Marianne Williamson

During the mornings, we will have a fun and juicy practice while playing with some advanced poses to consciously identify our physical limits. Why? The way we respect our boundaries on the mat is good insight into how we set boundaries off the mat. Afternoons will focus on complex and difficult situations we have dealt with as studio owners or teachers. I will be sharing personal experiences and encourage the group to share theirs too.

What are some common expectations students have from you?

Do you find it hard to say no for fear of appearing mean, letting the person down, assume you are going to make them unhappy or that the person will no longer like you and/or talk poorly about you? You might be a “people pleaser”. As a people pleaser, saying no is very hard therefore, our boundaries appear unclear even if deep down we know we are allowing someone to cross one.

The student-teacher relationship: Part B ~ The Guru – Projections – Power & Abuse – 12 hours (2 days)

« The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they do not have any. » – Alice Walker

What happens when a student “gives away” their power and a teacher willingly takes it? What are the signs of emotional and/or physical abuse between a teacher and a student? As both students and teachers, we must discern between authentic power and egocentric-driven power in order to avoid abuse in the yoga world. The more empowered we feel and the more in-tune we are with our boundaries and our needs, the less we will become engaged in abusive situations.

Part B builds upon our discussions and exercises previously covered in Part A.  We will go much deeper, using our personal experiences as teachers and students to shed light on what happened and what we learned.

What are some common projections students have of their teachers?  What happens when a student perceives his/her teacher as all-knowing, perfect, or their savior?

What are the dangers of a student loving/hating you? As a student, have you ever put a teacher on a pedestal or thought they had all the answers and key to your happiness?

Note: For Yoga Studio Owners, teachers, and teachers-in-training. Part A is a pre-requisite

Remaining grounded when faced with the unexpected ( emergencies) – 12 hours (2 days)

You can be certain that if you teach a lot of hours and/or if you are a studio owner, you have already faced a situation that needed a quick response and action whether medical or emotional. How do we remain grounded and level-headed when something unexpected happens during class? In this training, we will share our experiences and how we handled them. We will discuss our responsibilities and the importance of procedures and protocols. (Not intended as a course in legal advice)

We will also talk about how to remain grounded so that rational decisions can be made. Our morning asana practice will thus focus on remaining present, clear-thinking, aware, and above all, grounded through active feet, strong core connection and self-awareness during difficult or new poses!

Note: For Yoga Studio Owners, teachers, and teachers-in-training

Using Triggers to Identify Our Needs and Emotions – The healing process – Feeling Whole  – 12 hours (2 days)

“Never waste a good trigger,” Ana Forrest, creatrix of Forrest Yoga.

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Many of us look to yoga as a way to calm (or even control! ) the mind. Some say if you can control your breath, you can even control your mind. However, if we suppress every “negative” or uncomfortable feeling, they just get bigger and scarier. In order to « control our mind », we must understand why we feel upset and accept our « negative » feelings without judging ourselves as being weak, unenlightened, too sensitive, or whatever you may tell yourself.

The more self-inquiry we do, the more easily we can identify recurring triggering situations in our lives so we can look at them from a less attached place. This training will focus on letting the chatter, the judgement, the anger, the fear, rise to the surface. We will dare to look at it because deep down it wants our attention. Looking and identifying these “shadow” parts of ourselves is key to feeling whole and complete. These ignored and rejected parts create fragments in ourselves and therefore we cannot feel whole. It is important to acknowledge that any situation or person that sets us off, has us feeling uncomfortable, hurt, etc. and is a sign that something deeper is lurking. An unmet need, an unhealed wound, a part of ourself we have possibly rejected…the reasons are limitless. With NVC-inspired techniques and tools + exercises that are Forrest Yoga-based, we will go into some unchartered waters that need to be navigated. Don’t worry, we will also focus on our bright, cheery, sunny, light-filled side too! And, we will see that we are fine and we are whole: the good, the bad, the pretty, the ugly, these are all just labels and perspectives. We can use these « dark » sides to our advantage. Everything can be used as a strength depending on the situation! Accepting all of ourself is key to feeling worthy, valuable, and loveable.

Typical day

9:30am-12:30pm: Morning ceremony, intention-setting/journaling, asana practice including advanced poses and some partner work

12:30-2:00pm: Lunch break

2:00pm-5:00pm: Theory, group work, exercises or presentations, feedback and sharing circle.