I teach yoga because I know from many years experience that it can make everyone's life better, regardless of age or condition. Study, refine and deepen your own yoga practice along with other highly motivated yoga teacher training participants.
Learn the tools and skills needed for effectively and clearly teaching yoga to all levels of students and various student intentions and conditions.
Learn how to plan classes based on clear principles of sequencing within and between each family of asanas. Learn the art and science of giving hands–on adjustments and other forms of assistance, one of the essential tools in guiding students in their yoga practices. Develop an appreciation for different styles of yoga and different yoga teaching methodologies.
Learn to work with injuries, pregnancy and other specific or unique student needs in your yoga classes. Explore the received wisdom from ancient yoga traditions and develop a well-rounded knowledge of yoga philosophy, ethics, history and lifestyle practices. Learn about teaching in a variety of settings - yoga studios, gyms, businesses, schools, community centers, retreat centers and more - as well as the basics of opening a yoga studio. Gain extensive teaching experience through practice teaching, apprenticeships and mentoring. While yoga practice is the key to developing as a teacher, the Yoga Teacher Training & Certification Program methodically prepares you to teach with creativity, confidence, and competence. Over 1,300 yoga teachers have participated in my yoga teacher training workshops over the past 18 years. Fulfilled by completing the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification plus 300 hours of advanced yoga studies.
We deliver comprehensive two-year, part-time, yoga teacher training courses, leading to the Friends of Yoga Society's International Teaching Diploma.
The course will be taught in English by Lucy Bremner - an accredited Friends of Yoga Teacher Training Tutor - and will cover the whole range of yoga; physical, mental, ethical, philosophical and spiritual aspects. As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program. The most basic of yoga asanas, the forward bend or Uttanasana involves bending over and attempting to have your knees touch your forehead. How teachers choose to guide & support students varies greatly depending upon training, lineage, personal style, experience and complementary skills. Adjustments, sequences, teaching cues, pose variations, inspirational quotes, asana benefits, energetic effects, therapeutic uses, and more. Anatomy, Asana, Ayurveda, Bandhas, Injuries, Mantras, Meditation, Music, Philosophy, Poetry, Pranayama, Sequencing, Themes. A fundamental consideration is to clarify why one might assist a student with verbal cueing, physical adjustments or other teachings. Remove student from an unsafe position due to poor alignment, excessive forcing, or other factors that might lead to injury. The teacher’s assistant came over to me and pushed the base of my skull forward and down—hard—three times. There are perhaps more reasons *not* to provide hands-on adjustments than there are to provide them! Another reason not to adjust is that, for some types of teachings, there are simply other—and sometimes better—ways to communicate information to a student than through an adjustment. And of course, for some teachers and students, hands-on adjustments are central to their practice, a major component, or at least a welcome addition. Throughout this process of learning to see and relate to students, remember that you are teaching yoga, not trying to get people into poses.
Remembering the above point, the following are considerations gathered from numerous sources to help guide or refine assisting & adjusting. In order to safely adjust students, teachers need to know if any students are injured, pregnant or have other relevant conditions. Teachers are advised to only touch students when they have complete confidence in themselves, in seeing the student, and in adjusting the particular pose.
Many teachers begin adjusting just one pose, and then add another after their practice and experience has developed. Concentrate fully on seeing the student, despite potential distractions from teaching to full class.
As possible, soften & broaden gaze, endeavoring to see and feel student in a big picture way.
Observe student's breath & overall comfort including signs of tension, resistance or fear. Observe alignment in feet, calves, knees, hips, spine, collarbones, arms, shoulders, and head. When choosing to guide a student in better alignment or a deeper expression of a pose, consider refining your verbal cues or offering a different verbal teaching. Oftentimes, teaching to the whole class can be the easiest, least disruptive, and most effective way to respond to something seen among a few students. Options include giving new verbal instructions and cues or potentially adding an additional demonstration.
When there is a student who is at a different level from the rest of class or she isn't responding to previous instruction, then quickly note the elements in Preparing for Assists (above).
The experience and connection between teacher and student plus observation of the student's comfort in her body can help identify suitable teaching options. New teachers may also wish to be mindful of their intention and be sure to practice observing the student carefully. Physically, energy usually refers to the movement occurring in various systems of the body such as blood circulation and nerve impulses.

Energy of the mind refers to the way in which thoughts and awareness direct energy and movement, resulting in an action or other manifestation.
In yoga philosophy, prana is the name for the underlying life force energy and our energy anatomy is described through chakras (energy centers) and nadis (energy channels). Better alignment, stability, and flexibility remove obstacles to free physical energy flow.
Breath practices, sensory withdrawal, concentration & meditation tend to lead to a spacious perspective and a more positively focused direction for mental energy. So from this perspective, we might consider any assists we provide as "energetic" in the sense that there is no real separation between physical and energetic bodies. In addition, some people work specifically with energetic touch, also called healing or therapeutic touch. To work directly with energy, one is expected to be very aware of her own present state and that of the student. Experienced energy workers allow healing energy to come "through" them rather than "from" them. Typically, energy practitioners have their own learned and personal process for moving into a meditative awareness prior to providing intentional touch.
If you have recommendations we can share related to energetic touch, please tell us about them. I believe the question shouldn’t be ‘is this okay?’ I believe we should teach and be taught.  The question should be ‘can you go farther?’ If my teacher had asked me that, perhaps of my own volition I would’ve broken through my own barriers and moved my ribs back on my own. You may wish to provide verbal support, questioning or cueing as suits your intention, style and familiarity with the student. Members of Yoga Teacher Central have access to photos and directions for stabilizing a variety of specific adjustments.
Teachers are advised to dress professionally and avoid hanging hair, unkempt fingernails and dangling jewelry. Good touch is firm and confident without aggression, timidness or sensuality; use deliberate and non-sensual touch.
Exit the adjustment and the student's space as mindfully as entering it, releasing pressure gradually. In cases where student is balancing in some way, ending for a breath or two with minor contact can give her time to stabilize before exiting. Like most people this time of year, you have likely set some new goals for yourself, your team, or your organization. Jason Segel, from the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother, offers a shining example of how to turn a goal into reality through the art of announcement. We don’t all have a national stage for announcing our goals, and we don’t all have the goal to produce a Hollywood movie, but the lesson we can learn from Jason is that by putting it out there we greatly increase our chances of achieving our goals. During this unplanned two-minute conversation with this person I’d just met, I worked in my goal of teaching at the university level. By night he dabbles in executive coaching, blogging, and public speaking and is proud to serve on the management faculty at a major university.
The 5 Steps to Becoming THE LOCAL SUPERSTAR YOGA TEACHER  Step 1: Awaken to that you can help your students with Diet + Daily Habits The secret of this step is realizing that yoga has a code of daily habits and lifestyle design that is based in Ayurveda. To help your students with health evolution in the context of yoga you need to have some solid footing in these two areas of expertise.
Welcome to the Yoga Trinity Family to our newest graduating class of Certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructors!  Thanks to Jolly Frog for the space, all the Grads that assisted and shared their experience, and of course to all our new teachers who demonstrated great metta, wisdom, and courage throughout their training.
The past few months I have been celebrating my 10 year anniversary of facilitating yoga teacher training programs. With the sweet, earthy taste of carrots, this creamy soup has added protein and texture with butterbeans.
I am so excited to announce that Fitness Australia has approved our Vinyasa Flow Distance Education program for 15 CECs! Visit the SHOP to find heaps of free yoga podcasts, videos, and resources to stream and download free. With nealrly a quarter century of steady practice and a strong background in education, I choose to write books on teaching yoga and to train yoga teachers because I believe in intelligently and passionately sharing the practice. It helps us to expand our awareness and transform our lives in ways that make us happier, healthier and feeling more whole within ourselves and in our relationships with others in the world. The primary source of this transformative learning is one's personal practice, and it is in the practice of yoga that we gain the most insight into how best to share the practice with others. Rather than focusing narrowly on a single style or lineage, it is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to continuously evolve as a teacher based on your own evolution, interests, and intentions.
You are welcome to apply based on prior completion of another Yoga Alliance 200-Hour program.
But when we asked four top yoga teachers to tell us what they're really thinking behind that serene smile, they divulged a few pet peeves (as well as some secret tips for Zen seekers). If you're more than 10 minutes late, please consider skipping the class -- even if we welcome you in. Here we've gathered guidelines & approaches from numerous sources to support you in refining your approach. At best, an assist like this results in misalignment of the atlas, the flat bone supporting the skull, leaving you with a case of the dizzies for three weeks (this was me).
So while we provide some general guidelines here—and hundreds of photos of adjustments in the Member Tools on the site—we honor that as with everything else related to teaching, this is a big topic with no one right way.
In addition, in order for students to feel comfortable opting out of adjustments for any reason at all, giving them the option before class is a good strategy. Owing to the almost complete lack of touch in daily life, putting your hands on students—and feeling their receptivity in return—can be an intimidating process. Avoid focusing on other aspects of pose until you are sure the foundation is aligned, solid, balanced.

You may wish to minimize hands-on work with beginners, focusing primarily on alignment corrections for their safety. Noticing how student responds can be helpful and more clear is asking ahead of time which students wish to avoid hands-on adjustments. In addition to providing variations and more ways to teach and cue poses, another purpose of the site is to provide clear summaries of contraindications, cautions & alternatives for poses. When possible and appropriate, the benefits of moving to the student include being able to show her the pose more closely, provide touch if appropriate, and provide more discreet interaction. Sometimes teachers without such training and experience—but with particular sensitivity—may feel themselves in such a meditative state and find themselves drawn to a particular area. One excellent teacher we found is Jillian Pransky, who specializes in restorative teacher training.
Perhaps she could have asked ‘can I show you?’ and then placed her hands on me, which would truly be the essence of teaching: to show me how to get there myself. If so, determine whether you'll have the opportunity to do both sides and only begin if you can do so. Use extreme care with delicate areas, including the cervical spine, the lower back and the S.I. This can be the key to making the adjustment feel safe and for it to be efficient & effective. He went on to write and star in The Muppets (2011), a huge box office success and recipient of multiple awards, including an Oscar for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Man or Muppet). I ticked off a few of my credentials and asked if he had any advice on how to pursue something like this.  He offered a few tips and then at the end of the conversation he did something unexpected.
I had a big response to this LOCAL SUPERSTAR Workshop – which means this topic is striking a cord. I have experience as a local teacher, a yoga studio owner, a traveling teacher and an online teacher – so i get what is going on for most of you.
It’s intrinsic in Yoga Any good Yoga Teacher Training Program teaches the Ayurvedic Dina Charya. You need to hang with a teacher who is doing this and knows how to do it… and hang with a posse of peers that are doing the real work on themselves, and in their business.
As you clear out the patterns that stagnate your channels in body and mind, you create a clear inner space. Because yoga is a process for self-transformation, there is nothing to master, no end to what we can learn and no limit to how much we can grow and share.
We have chosen to use the words "assisting" and "adjusting" fairly broadly and interchangeably although in some sources, these words may be used only to refer to hands-on, physical (and sometimes energetic) guidance. Each situation is unique and so we do not advocate one way but rather bring together many expert teachings to support you. Some teachers have students place sticky notes or other indicators on their mat indicating their choice to have or not have adjustments. To assist well means, in essence, mastering the art of non-verbal communication—you are able to read the body and "respond" effectively. Check out member benefits or Join today to study the Variations, Hands On Photos, Cautions and more.
As part of this training, she provides excellent background and practice to help teachers develop observation & intuitive skills, and to provide energetic touch. Both options seem better than a passive yes or no, where I am tacitly asked to usurp my practice to what she thinks my practice should be, and where she then is forced to bear the responsibility of my practice herself. I think, "This being is precious," and so when I touch them physically or energetically, I touch them with the utmost respect and care. As teachers we’re having a common experience where we feel like we can work our careers differently and experience another level of community impact and personal prosperity. The difference with me is that I come from within our industry as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Teacher and I’ve doubled my revenues repeatedly over the past few years. If you don’t have a high end group coaching offer – you may have trouble financing your green drinks for the foreseeable future. Members have access to organized, extensive guidance on verbal and alignment cues plus clear photos and instructions for multiple physical adjustments.
Explore how you can share what you are seeing in a way that helps the student to see more easily and clearly and to feel his or her own body, breath, and practice.
As teachers and students we need to compromise with touch to enhance the experience so we both grow from it equally. – Brandy Reinke, Whole Life Yoga Blog April 29, 2013, Touch Me or Touch Me Not? You draw a very careful boundary around your energetic field, so as to neither project nor make yourself receptive to any sexual or sensual charge whatsoever.
I reached out to former MBA professors, former colleagues who also taught, friends who had teaching friends, and so on. If you don’ t have solid practical experience in habit change science -you probably won’t be that effective as a Yoga Health Coach.
You may have seen my Body Thrive Launch – it’s a simple program based on the 9 habits of Yoga Health Coaching.
Are you thinking about what you are going to do after class as you are pulling on their neck? How to refine your business strategy to free up your time and explode your positive contribution to your community.
Connect your touch with your thoughts and then allow the energy to flow through you to your student.

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