200 Hour Teacher Training, Yoga Alliance Registered
Find your path and experience personal transformation. Whether you want to deepen your yoga practice or learn to teach and guide others on a journey to self-discovery. You will have a rare opportunity to dive deep into your own practice, gain insight into yourself, and experience profound transformational wisdom. Our Yoga Alliance-Approved Certification Program offers education from mentors and scholars who are at the top of their field, many of which hold Masters Degrees or Higher in their craft.
This program is a locally run and locally delivered. This means your faculty will be locally available to coach and guide you throughout your teacher training as well as after you graduate. We are dedicated to our teacher trainee’s education. We believe that every teacher trainee should have the opportunity to receive a deeply rich, hands on education. Therefore, we limit our class size. Space is limited, register early to ensure your space.
You will learn:
- Proper alignment in yoga poses, including how to offer verbal and safe “hands-on” adjustments
- Class sequencing and how to teach safely to all body types
- How to use props to enhance a yoga practice. Restorative Yoga
- Yoga Philosophy that will be applied on and off your mat
- Anatomy from Anatomy Professors who are also yogis.
- Meditation Practices
- Pranayama (Breathing) Practices
- Marketing your classes
- More about your personal practice. 30 classes at OPY is included in your tuition and is a required part of the training
- Guided Hands on teaching experience
Program Description: Training Topics will be broken into 5 modules that will be integrated into each weekend.
Module 1- Techniques, Training and Practice:
Through lecture, practice, homework and classwork, trainees will learn how asana & pranayama work to prepare the body for meditation. We will map proper alignment for each of the major yoga poses for each category of asanas: standing poses, forward bends, back bends, twists and inversions. This program will teach how to connect poses together for a fluid class. Specific focus will be given to restorative yoga. Trainees must attend a minimum of 30 yoga classes outside of the module training weekends. These classes must be taught buy an approved 200 hr or higher teacher. At least 10 must be restorative yoga classes.
Module 2- Teaching Methodologies:
Through lecture, homework and classwork trainees will explore teaching styles and develop a teaching style that works for them. Through reflection and self-discovery, trainees will identify and develop their personal teaching philosophies, mission and vision statements. Trainees will evaluate different communication and how to incorporate vocabulary and descriptive phrases into their teaching to enhance effective communication with students. The business of yoga will be taught by an MBA professional yogi.
Module 3- Anatomy & Physiology:
Students will learn from anatomy Professors how to identify bones, muscles and
organs of the human body. The trainee will learn the benefits of poses as it relates to muscles, ligaments and bones. When students with somatic aliments come to class, the teacher trainee will know how to safely modify a pose and/or develop a sequence to aid in relieving aliment. The chakra system will be integrated into this section of study so students can examine energy movement as it relates to anatomy of the body.
Module 4- Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics for Yoga Teachers:
The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts, including the Yoga Sutras. Yoga lifestyles with the concepts of non-violence (ahimsa) and the concepts of dharma and karma. Ethics and yogic lifestyles will be explored.
Teacher Trainees will receive hands-on experience with teaching yoga through observation of teaching, assisting and then leading classes.
Required Books: ( To be purchased by student. Amazon carries them all.)
Yoga The Iyengar Way by Silva, Mira & Shyam Mehta
The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee w/ Nina Zolotow
Relax & Renew: A Restful Yoga for Stressful Times by Judith Lasater
Light on Life by: BKS Iyengar
The Path of the Yoga Sutras by Nicolai Bachman
Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga: The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long, MD
Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga: The Key Poses of Yoga by Ray Long, MD (optional)
Leavenworth Branch Schedule: Pay in full by December 25, 2018 and save $300! $2400 afterwards. Payment plans available, see Wendy & Robb for more information. Once accepted, a $500 non-refundable/non-transferrable deposit is required to hold your spot. Costs include Modules, 30 classes at Leavenworth Yoga or OPY, Outside costs for books (listed above).
Upon successful completion of the 5 modules, workshops, practicum and all the requirements, teacher trainees will receive a certificate of completion from Om Prana Yoga to qualify graduates to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hr level. There is no wait period to receive your certificate upon completion of all requirements.
2019 Training Schedule: (Leavenworth Branch)
Held at Leavenworth Yoga
Feb 1, 2, 3
March 1, 2, 3
April 5, 6, 7
May 3, 4, 5
May 31, June 2, 3
Fridays: 6:15- 9:15 pm
Saturdays: 10 – 6 pm
Sundays: 9 – 4 pm
For those accepted into the course, full refund minus a $500 processing fee will be given until two weeks before your first module. After first module there will be no refunds.
To apply please answer the following questions and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Why do you practice yoga?
2. What is your background and experience with yoga? Please include workshops, retreats and trainings. How many years have you been practicing?
3. Why do you want to take the OPY 200 hr advanced training? What do you hope to receive from it? What are your expectations and goals?
4. What styles of yoga do you personally feel most drawn towards and why?
5. Describe your asana and pranayama practice. What is your inversion and backbend practice like?
6. Have you ever studied or practiced meditation?
7. What is your educational and professional background outside of yoga?
8. Please describe the most challenging moment you’ve experienced as a yoga student in the past 12 months. What did you learn from this experience?
9. Please briefly describe any training you have had in the fields of anatomy or physiology.
10. Please describe any special medical concerns you have. Are you currently taking any medications? Please tell us about any past injuries and /or surgeries.
Meet our Faculty!
Wendy, co-owner of Om Prana Yoga & Consultants is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), 500 Hr RYT,E-200 hr RYT with an MBA in Strategic Leadership and a Masters in Counseling. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Dallas Yoga Center. Wendy was initiated into the Himalayan Institute tradition and has since graduated their Advanced Teaching Certificate after extensive study with Rolf Sovik, Sandra Anderson and Shari Friedrichsen. Wendy has had the honor to study and traveled with master teachers Anodea Judith and Francios Raoult. She is a certified Relax & Renew, level 1 Trainer with Judith Hanson Lasater. Wendy is the lead trainer for the teacher training program. She brings her passion for yoga, pranayama and healing in a safe way to her students. Outside the studio, she loves to spend time with her Australian Kelpie rescue dog, Can Can.
Kristin & Barth Wright are both Associate Professors, Department of Anatomy, at UMKC and Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences respectively. Besides teaching anatomy to medical and graduate students, they also work in the rainforests of Guyana, Suriname and Brazil, as well as Vietnam studying monkeys. These Parkville residents have been practicing yoga and have been active members of Om Prana Yoga since we opened. Barth brings his passion for Zen Buddhism to our center and volunteers his time teaching community meditation. They have an amazing 6 year old son, 2 Bulldogs & 2 Siamese cats. Both of these amazing people will be teaching our anatomy program. Barth will be leading meditation.
Robb, co-owner of Om Prana Yoga & Consultants holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership. Robb began studying meditation at the Shambhala Center in Dallas. As an Eagle Scout, Robb has a passion for the outdoors. He has lead hikers and high adventure seekers and helped them prepare for their activities by teaching them stretching exercises to prepare their bodies for their treks. Robb will be teaching the Business of Yoga and leading meditation.
“After being in the natural wellness industry for over ten years as a wellness center owner, massage therapist, and educational program instructor, I knew when I started looking for a yoga teacher training program that I wanted the real deal. I couldn’t have found a better group of teachers in the Kansas City area than Wendy and her team. I would heavily suggest anyone interested in learning to teach yoga classes look no further than this program and to sign up fast! I had casually been doing yoga for decades, but once I started taking classes with Wendy I knew I wanted to learn everything I could about it! After completing the teacher training program I now have such a better understanding for how to deepen my personal practice. Even if I never teach a yoga class this program was worth taking just for my personal growth.”-Ray S.
“I’m so glad that I did my yoga teacher training through Om Prana Yoga. Working with Wendy has made me confident that I can teach one heck of a yoga class now! Plus, her background with Restorative Yoga has given me something different to offer as a teacher that every new student loves when they come to one of my classes. There is so much more to yoga than I knew was out there! Going through the yoga teacher training program at Om Prana Yoga has helped me to not only develop a wonderful and deeper understand of my personal practice, but has also opened my eyes to a new world of ideas that will help me create a better quality of life.”- John F.