Intention | Integrity | Inspiration
A 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training
Over 21 days, we’ll explore teaching as an emanation of your own practice.
This training is designed for teachers certified at the 200-hour level (or beyond), who are seeking a sustainable way to be a student and teacher of yoga and for experienced students who want to explore more deeply the integration of yoga in all aspects of everyday life.
The training will be divided into three sections.
WEEK 1: INTENTION.
We’ll clarify our intentions, so that they can guide us on this yogic path, and explore kriya yoga (the yoga of action) as a way to carry those intentions into life and teaching. This section will be a chance to remember why you teach and to explore your core values and wisdom.
- Explore your own path (Svadharma)
- Dive into the four parts of Svadharma: artha, dharma, kama, moksha
- Articulate what it means to teach from your intention
- Discover teaching as an expression of practice and an expression of Kriya yoga (the yoga of action)
WEEK 2: INTEGRITY
We’ll explore core principles to help align your yoga practice and your life, so that what you offer in class emerges from how you move through the world. This section will explore the yamas and the niyamas (the first two limbs of yoga; or the ethical guidelines of yoga); and we’ll explore the 5 Elements as a bridge between our experience of our bodies and of the world. We’ll also dive into alignment as a principle to guide our lives as well as our asana and how we teach.
- Study the yamas (ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya, aparigraha) as ethical principles to guide your interactions in the world and what this means for how you teach
- Consider the niyamas (saucha, santosha, tapas, svadhyaya, ishvara pranidhana) as ethical guides for your relationship with yourself
- Investigate the five vayus (directions of energy) as a source to find our own alignment from a deeply sourced place; to share that, then, with great integrity in classes
- Work with the five elements as the foundation from which ethics, alignment, and the yoga of everyday life find expression.
WEEK 3: INSPIRATION
We’ll explore mantra, deities, and stories as sources for class themes. We’ll also explore intuitive approaches to sequencing, that help you go from script to a more spontaneous, playful approach.
- Explore mantra, deities and story to develop a class theme
- Explore sequencing as an intuitive practice. Build sequences that tell a story, going from script to improvisation.
In the last few days, we’ll bring it full circle, to revisit svadharma: your unique path or purpose in the context of the full path of teaching.
There will be about 2 months of follow-up homework, including daily sadhana (practice), and opportunities to apply your training to your teaching.
Tuition & Lodging
Tuition for this program is $4815 for a bunk bed and $6360 for a standard shared room. These costs include accommodations, meals, and the training. Only six bunk spots are available, so we recommend booking early for that option.
The training offers 300 hours of Yoga Alliance approved hours.
Registration for this immersion is directly through Esalen. Please note that because this is a 21-day course, registration with Esalen is a two-part process. Follow the online prompts, and include your preferred lodging options. You will not be charged at this stage. Esalen will call or email you to confirm registration, room availability and payment of a deposit (around $600).
The balance will be paid just prior to the training, in May 2018, which allows for some time to save. We can work with a few individuals to set-up payment plans, so email [email protected] directly if you need a longer payment window.