After years of our students requesting, we are finally ready in body mind and heart, to offer you our first ever Yoga Teacher Training. Co-Directors, Nina and Audrey felt called to begin our first of 3 modules with The Classic 26 & 2, otherwise known as Bikram Yoga this Fall. We will then offer Vinyasa as the second module beginning January 5th, followed by Yin & Yoga Nidra as the third module in Spring.
We’ll study both the history of yoga and its many lineages and styles and yogic philosophy and how we might apply it to our daily lives. You’ll read and discuss the first yoga sutra in depth and the 8 limbs of yoga from the yoga sutras. You’ll choose a related topic of interest and develop an essay about it.
Required reading: THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI by Patanjali, The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele, LIGHT ON YOGA by B.K.S. Iyengar (revised edition preferred). Suggested reference books (not required): HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA (any version) and AMERICAN YOGA: THE PATHS AND PRACTICES OF AMERICA’S GREATEST YOGA MASTERS by Carrie Schneider (out of print, but can still be found), and THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI by Paramahansa Yogananda.
During the training, you’ll learn the Sanskrit names for the poses studied as well as the Sanskrit names for philosophical concepts such as “sukha & sthira” (effort & ease). Because you’ll learn a few words each session and we review the Sanskrit on a regular basis, you’ll be surprised how much Sanskrit you’re able to retain by the end of the training. We’ll explore interpretations of “namaste” how it’s used in Indian culture and how to use it naturally in a yoga class.
We’ll examine the language and definitions applicable to yoga teaching, getting very clear about the differences between trainings and workshops and between all of “leading,” “instructing,” and “teaching” and where all these intersect. We’ll explore your practice vs. your teaching and how these two aspects of your yoga will now each inform the other and how they are also not the same.
Each teacher training session includes a physical practice seeded with teaching topics. You’ll attend in-depth posture clinics designed for you to progress and further your own practice, while developing your perspective into that as a yoga teacher. You’ll be asked to observe a number of classes throughout the course of the training.
During the training we’ll go through all of the poses and discuss the alignment and form of each pose and how to teach it. We’ll discuss various to modification or simply how and why to back off of a posture for students with injuries or lack of flexibility or strength. We’ll empower you with techniques for how to offer up challenges to students who are ready for more.
Our training will have a comprehensive anatomy section led by special guest teacher Suzanne Hite. She’ll teach functional anatomy, so that you'll understand how to use it wisely in your teaching. During this session you’ll learn how to look at someone and better read their body and well as get to know your own body better.
You’ll be given the 26 & 2 60-minute sequence (created by your trainers) to use with cues for timing. You’ll be given a dialog with step by step instructions for how to move students in and out of postures with care and precision.
We’ll explore what yoga means to you and what’s inspired you to deepen your practice or even to teach. We’ll discuss both your physical voice and practice the authentic delivery of dialog. We’ll discuss the qualities of a yoga teacher, communication in a group setting, the student learning process, practice really seeing your students and making your teaching a service to them...and what to do in those moments when you’re not feeling that connection.
From the beginning of the training, you'll start practice teaching poses and sequences as you learn them. We'll slowly and intelligently add a more material until you have taught a full class. Throughout this process you are given a lot of support, constructive feedback, and encouragement in your teaching.
You’ll practice different pranayamas (breathing techniques) and learn how to teach them appropriately and effectively. We'll cover Pranayama Standing Deep Breathing, "breathing normal", 80/20 breathing, breathing in the sit up, and Kapalbhati Breathing.
As well as practicing a full class every day, you'll get plenty of personal assistance and help with your poses and encouraged to deepen your practice and to set and achieve goals within it.
Our meditative focus will be primarily on the “moving meditation” of a physical practice. We’ll get to the mind through the body.
Included will be a section on the many different ways one might use their teacher training and another on how to go about finding work as a yoga teacher and how to market yourself. There will be time during this session to ask questions.
Audrey’s been practicing yoga since the 1990’s and teaching yoga in four different styles for years. She’d practiced in various styles, but it took the hot room to show her that yoga was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Audrey considers teaching yoga to be an expression of her calling, which that all beings be self-realized. She strives to make all of her classes as rich as possible. She's passionate about teaching yoga in a way that is equally accessible and yet challenging to all levels from beginning through advanced simultaneously. Audrey’s first yoga teacher certification was with Bikram Choudhury in 2002. She remains passionate about this style of yoga. In 2004 and 2005 she completed vinyasa teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste (Level 1 & 2). During this time, she also completed 3 trainings with local teacher Lisa Black (again in the style of Baptiste), including the TAP program, which is dedicated to hands on adjustments. Thinking of her beloved nieces and nephews, Audrey completed the Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training in 2009 and a Next Generation Yoga training in 2015. Though teaching in very physical styles, she is also drawn to more passive practices such as yin yoga and yoga nidra. One consistent piece of feedback Audrey has always received is about the quality of her voice. Yoga Nidra put her voice to use in a new way. In 2009, she completed a local training with Laura DeFreitas in Richard Miller’s iRest method followed immediately by a teacher training with Richard Miller himself. Regarding yin yoga, Audrey is self-taught in the style of Paul Grilley having studied everything that he and his senior teachers have ever published.
She's been teaching yin since 2009. In 2011, she was asked to train her peers at Fusion Hot Yoga in the style of yin yoga. Over the years, Audrey’s mentored yoga students into yoga teachers and yoga teachers into better yoga teachers. She's honored to have been asked by Nina Granatir, owner of Be Yoga Burien to co-direct the studio’s teacher trainings. Learn more about Audrey.
Nina is the Director of Be Yoga Burien, which she founded in 2011. Nina is impassioned by yoga and the ways it connects to life off of the mat. She began practicing in 1993. She was immediately in love with the practice of yoga as it began to transform life on physical and emotional levels. She has studied many styles over the years, learning from various traditions such as Anusara, Bikram/Ghosh/Sanchez lineage, Yin, and Vinyasa/Baptiste Method.She completed her teacher training with Bikram Yoga Head Quarters in 2005, in 2013 with Tony Sanchez, with Baptise Institute in 2015, and received her Barre certification with Hot Body Barre in 2015.
In addition to her passion for teaching yoga and barre, one of Nina's greatest joys is to train and develop her teaching staff. She has mentored countless new and experienced yoga teachers over the years, and recognizes that in training and developing others, she too is transformed. Nina says, "Teaching yoga is the true gift of my life; it gives me the continuous opportunity to be a student." Learn more about Nina.