Growing Yoga Teachers

How do I find my voice as a yoga teacher? How can I make a living at teaching yoga? This post RYT 200hr workshop series guides students to find the answers to these questions. 

Curriculum

Format:

This program is comprised of a 4 hour workshop approximately once per month, in two 5-month sequences. Each sequence can be taken in any order, and they complement each other, offering new material from the prior sequence. Workshops can also be taken individually, however students will gain the most by attending a whole sequence. Towards the end of the sequence, students will not be allowed to join in. Registration for all 5 workshops includes a one hour one-on-one session with either instructor, so that you can go deeper on material from class, or review if you miss a class.

I have learned to compare myself less with other yoga teachers, as I have realized that my way of approaching teaching yoga is unique to me.
— Kate C.

Typical Class Agenda:

  • Check-ins - what's happened since the last time we met; what impact did the last workshop have on your life (if any)
  • Dharma Talk - Review of the yama or niyama of the month; taught by Nicole or Maggie
  • Asana Practice -  integrated with yama or niyama of the month taught by Nicole or a previously identified student
  • (optional ) Teaching Feedback - only if asana was lead by a student
  • Teaching Yoga Lesson - see below for specific topics; taught by Nicole
  • Break
  • Yoga Business Lesson - see below for specific topics; taught by Maggie
  • Closing - Identify one thing you can take into the world and your teaching from this class
I think I have become a more confident and more strategic yoga teacher.
— program graduate

Yama Sequence Topics:

Subject to change; Next Yama Series Dates

  • Month 1: Ahimsa (non-violence)
    • Yoga:
      • Loving Kindness Meditation
      • Building confidence
      • Healthy boundary setting with self/students
    • Business:
      • Understanding your value
      • Healthy boundary setting with employers/clients
  • Month 2: Satya (truthfulness)
    • Yoga:
      • Practicing satya when teaching
    • Business:
      • Identifying your ideal student / target demographic
      • Converting your ideal student into your ideal client
  • Month 3: Asteya (non-stealing)
    • Yoga:
      • Maintaining your own practice
    • Business:
      • Developing a marketing message
      • Create an elevator speech
  • Month 4: Brahmacharya (moderation)
    • Yoga:
      • Sequencing
    • Business:
      • Understanding the breadth of your marketing efforts
      • Understanding your marketing as a pipeline
  • Month 5: Aparigraha (non-grasping)
    • Yoga:
      • Creating workshops
    • Business:
      • Developing a marketing plan
      • Setting marketing goals

Niyama Sequence Topics:

Subject to change; Next Niyama Series Dates

  • Month 1: Sauca (cleanliness)
    • Yoga:
      • Creating class themes
    • Business:
      • Organizational tools
      • Time saving techniques
      • Goal tracking
  • Month 2: Santosha (contentment)
    • Yoga:
      • Building confidence
    • Business:
      • Website development
  • Month 3: Tapas (work)
    • Yoga:
      • Dealing with challenging students
    • Business:
      • Business Plan, part 1
  • Month 4: Svadhyaya (self-study)
    • Yoga:
      • Practicing and learning adjustments
    • Business:
      • Business Plan, part 2
  • Month 5: Isvara pranidhana (surrender)
    • Yoga:
      • Maintaining community
    • Business:
      • Networking
      • Finding accountability
      • Creating systems of support
I think having the yamas and niyamas as pillars for discussion helped to reground me to the basics of yoga and also helped to enrich the classes I was teaching.
— program graduate

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