Yoga Teacher Training
with the Yoga Center of Columbia's Yoga Teacher Training Programs
Yoga Teacher Training 200 (YTT 200)
The Yoga Teacher Training 200 program (YTT 200) at the Yoga Center of Columbia focuses on the fundamentals of yoga and teaching shared by all hatha yoga traditions. It aligns with root aspects of yoga, breath, meditation, intention, and service which give rise to the various schools and styles of yoga.
In this student-centered program, you will be encouraged to discover your evolutionary path through the study of yoga history, philosophy, culture, asana, pranayama, meditation, anatomy, physiology, modifications, and adjustments. Creativity and personal exploration will be encouraged as you deepen your practice and develop your teaching skills.
The year-long program will meet one weekend per month and will include homework and outside study. During the program, students will be mentored by senior teachers through apprenticeship. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, graduates will qualify to register with the Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers at the 200-hour level, RYT-200. The program also is appropriate for those who want to deepen their knowledge, understanding, and practice of yoga even if they are uncertain whether they want to teach hatha yoga.
I am a co-director of the Yoga Center of Columbia's Yoga Teacher Training 200 level program. Program and registration information for the 2023 program year expected to be available by late spring 2022. The 2023 program will be offered Hybrid (live in-studio and simultaneous Zoom streaming). Stay tuned!
Yoga Teacher Training 300 (YTT 300)
The Yoga Teacher Training 300 program at the Yoga Center of Columbia meets the revised requirements for a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 level (RYT-500). The course is comprehensive, professional, and yet convenient for busy lifestyles. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, you will be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level (RYT-500).
In addition to meeting Yoga Alliance curriculum requirements, the program will include: offering private yoga sessions, effective sequencing, developing yoga workshops, and specialized study in an area of interest to you. You will explore and experience different styles and approaches to asana practice, meditation, and the business of yoga.
I am an adjunct faculty member of The Yoga Center of Columbia’s Yoga Teacher Training 300 level program (for RYT-500 status). The program is offered every two years. Program and registration information for the 2023 program year are expected to be available by late summer 2022. The 2023 program will be offered Hybrid (live in-studio and simultaneous Zoom streaming). Stay tuned!
Y4A: Yoga for Amputees Teacher Training
Winter session: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, & Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23
Fall session: Oct. 12, 19, 26, & Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, & Dec 7
March 1-3, 2024. Hybrid. Part of YTT 300
Y4A: Yoga for Amputees, is an international yoga program that helps amputees reclaim their wholeness after limb loss using the healing art of yoga. Y4A: Yoga for Amputees was founded by below the knee (BK) amputee, Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, and Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 500, Marsha Therese Danzig. Tragically, Marsha passed away in January 2022.
Marsha left a vast body of work in the form of books, videos, online offerings, articles, and more, all designed to teach amputees yoga and meditation. She also trained yoga teachers to teach yoga to amputees. In building on the foundation she created and sustained, Y4A teacher Heather Thamer and I will be helping continue Marsha’s work by offering yoga teacher training events, hybrid and online, for yoga teachers interested in teaching to amputees. Please check back for more information.
At the end of this training you will:
Be able to differentiate types of amputation
Learn how to adapt yoga & breathing techniques for above knee, below knee, and upper extremity amputees
Learn what muscles groups are affected
Be able to demonstrate and teach warm-ups and asana to amputees
Gain tools to help amputees develop strong core muscles, essential for walking with a prosthesis, for balance, and for using crutches or a wheelchair.
Gain greater understanding of the psycho-emotional issues associated with amputation, and how yoga-based tools can help heal psycho-emotional wounds
Teach yoga & meditation techniques for phantom pain & associated pain due to limb loss
Help amputees “ step forward” into the rest of their lives, integrated, whole, healthy.
What you will learn in Y4A Training:
Observation skills for range of motion
How to safely adapt poses for above knee, below knee, and upper-extremity amputees by applying the Yoga for Amputees protocol
Basic physical, psychological, and emotional effects of amputation
Dealing with grief
Pain and trauma management through yoga
Meditative exercises to support amputees’ physical & mental healing
Training manual, listing on Y4A website as a certified Y4A teacher, CE’s for RYT’s.
Teaching Trauma -Sensitive Yoga in Prisons
Sunday, January 22, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Do you want to use your yoga training in new ways?
Consider becoming a volunteer teacher in area prisons and jails. Bringing yoga and mindfulness to incarcerated people is deeply rewarding. Here's the first step: learn about trauma-sensitive yoga at this workshop.
Many incarcerated people have a history of complex, interpersonal trauma which is at the root or action that leads to harm and self-harm. When we share yoga, mindfulness, and breathing practices with people who want to begin or deepen a yoga practice, we are sharing practices: that can foster healing. resilience. self-awareness. and
Trauma affects people on many levels - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. In this training, we will focus on the impact or trauma on the body and learn how to more effectively tailor yoga and meditation to men and women who are incarcerated in our prisons and jails.
We will explore how yoga poses and practices, guided meditation, breathwork, and myofascial release can be used to help those dealing with trauma to re-establish ownership of their bodies and minds, an essential step for healing.
This training will cover:
Resilience: what it is, the latest research regarding resilience, and how to cultivate it
How the neuro-myofascial web responds to trauma and how myofascial release techniques can assist in trauma recovery
Theoretical aspects of teaching yoga and related practices to those dealing with trauma with a focus on the types of trauma most often present in incarcerated individuals
Practical aspects of a prison yoga class: creating a class plan, using props, and paying attention to language and teaching cues
Real-world stories: what it’s really like to teach in a prison or jail