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2018 HereNowYoga 200-hour Teacher Training (Birmingham, AL)

In this  Yoga Alliance certified RYS 200 hour training, you're invited to immerse yourself in the foundational practices of yoga with lead teachers, Kim Drye and Becca Impello at Embody Practice Center in Birmingham, AL.  March-October 2018. 

Heavily focused on alignment and anatomy, the asana training in this program will ensure you learn to move well-- with purpose, intention and individualized progression.  Together we will explore the depths of yogic philosophy, meditation and pranayama to reveal the many therapeutic benefits of regular yoga practice.  By emphasizing safe alignment and pose modifications, this training will enable you to offer supportive and specific guidance to a wide variety of people. 

Kim is an experienced and knowledgeable alignment teacher from Asheville, NC, trained by teachers of the Iyengar lineage. Becca is a Birmingham native and a licensed physical therapist who has been teaching yoga and therapeutic applications of yoga practices since 2000.  This training will help you to cultivate awareness and compassion in order to enrich and enlighten all aspects of your life and gain the skills to teach others to do the same.   

Direct your journey, move well, live well.  Do it here, now.

Prerequisites:  A curiosity and desire to learn about the use of yoga practices in health and wellness. At least 6 months general yoga experience recommended.   Must be 18 years or older and able to commit fully to program dates and requirements. 

Location:  Embody Practice Center 3918 Montclair Rd. Suite #100 Birmingham, AL 35213

Dates:

Hours:  

The March Immersion is a 5 day retreat taking place at Cheaha State Park.  Participants are expected to arrive Thursday evening by 8pm, depart Monday morning by 10:00am.  

April - September Weekends: Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 8am-4pm

October Weekend, Practicum + Graduation: Fri 6-9pm, Sat/Sun/Mon 8am-6pm

Cost:

Total tuition: $2800, including $300  registration fee

An early registration discount of $300 if paid in full by January 15th. ($2200 in addition to registration fee) 

Or take advantage of the payment plan: 

  • 1st installment, $1000 due by Jan 15th 
  • 2nd installment,  $1000 due by March 15th 
  • 3rd installment,  $500 due by May 15th

*Required reading materials are not included in cost.  A thorough and well-developed teacher training manual WILL be included in cost.

**Accommodations beyond a shared occupancy room at the Mindfulness Meditation Retreat also not included.  Contact Cheaha State Park for individual lodging. 

Program Requirements:

Attendance at all training dates is mandatory.  Missed contact hours can be made up individually with a lead trainer at $60/hr.  In addition to the training dates, some non-contact hours will be required including observation of community classes/related events.  Details to be given about non contact hours at the start of the program

A regular yoga/meditation practice is expected.  Each student will maintain an individual practice journal. 

Reading and short written assignments, as well as specific mindfulness practices, will be assigned at the start of the program.  Each student will be expected to participate in group discussions and reflection during training weekends. 

Throughout the program, individual and group assessments will be used to assure comprehension and retention of alignment and anatomical principles. The practicum will include a short demonstration of acquired teaching skills and knowledge related to asana, pranayama, and meditation.  

Required Reading: 

  • "You Are Here" by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • "Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life" by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • "The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice" by T.K.V Desikachar
  • "Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation" by Stephen Mitchell
  • "Yoga the Iyengar Way" by Silva Mehta
  • "Anatomy and Asana: Preventing Yoga Injuries" by Susi Hatley

Curriculum:

  • Primary hatha yoga styles: alignment based and viniyoga
  • Anatomy & Kinesiology
  • Neuropsychology & Neuroplasticity
  • Yogic Philosophy including the 8 limbs of yoga & the yoga sutras
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Chair yoga
  • Yoga for Seniors
  • Therapeutic Benefits of yoga including the latest scientific research
  • Ethics of teaching yoga
  • Yoga for special conditions

Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

Registration fee of $300 is nonrefundable.  Withdrawal from the program before January 15th will result in a full refund of all tuition currently paid. Any withdrawal between January 15th and March 11th will be refunded only if the current spot can be filled (contingent upon a waitlist).  After the start of the program, March 11th, 2017, all tuition is nonrefundable. 

Scholarship Opportunity: 

We are pleased to announce the availability of the "Susan Kay Hollingshead Accessible Yoga Scholarship" to 2018 teacher trainee applicants.  This scholarship is a $1000 gift from the Hollingshead family, in honor of Susan Kay Hollingshead who was previously accepted to the 2016 program and passed away unexpectedly.  Susan was a regular private yoga student of Kim Drye's and attended her Friday morning classes at Villager Yoga.  Kim remembers Susan as a deeply poetic soul.  She is missed dearly.  You can learn more about Susan here. 

This refrain from the late Leonard Cohen was at the signature of Susan's emails: 

"Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That's how the light gets in."

We've added a final question to the application for applicants who feel that they have a strong aspiration to offer accessible yoga to a need-based population.  Please direct any questions about the scholarship application process to herenowyogatt@gmail.com. 

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