200 hour teacher training
The next 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training will take place September 2020 through May 2021.
The Laughing River Yoga 200 hr Teacher Training Program is designed to create inspiring leaders in our community through a process of personal exploration and evolution. We are excited to announce that our 200 hour training program now offers two tracks of exploration. The first track is for those who are interested in becoming certified yoga teachers. The second track is for those who are interested in deepening their personal practice and expanding their understanding of the history and philosophy of yoga but do not wish to teach. The main difference between the two tracks is that for those taking the second track, all homework assignments and final testing are optional. Those on the first track will receive a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification and those on the second track will receive a 200 hour Yoga Study certification.
Sofi and Emily have each been teaching yoga for over twenty years. They are excited to share with you the wisdom and skill cultivated through countless hours of dedicated practice and teaching. Their experience includes teaching groups, individuals, at risk youth, people with disabilities, workshops and retreats, touching the lives of thousands. Together they founded Laughing River Yoga in 2010 and the highly respected Laughing River Yoga Teacher Training Program shortly thereafter. 2020 marks the ninth year of this training which has produced teachers currently teaching in studios, schools, prisons, office settings, community centers, rehab centers and more.
We are excited to welcome back Candace Taylor E-RYT 500 and Malaika DosRemedios E-RYT 500 to the LRY Teacher Training faculty.
Taking the 200-hour YTT was life-changing, absolutely transformative... I took my gifts, my tools, my training into the world and have built a beautiful practice...
But until now, I had NO IDEA how prepared you made me for this gift of silence, this retreat, this self-quarantine until, well, it befell me...
You gave me the resources to linger in the moment. To be in the now. To slow way down. And to find the simple joys in each hour.
When I started the program, there was a small part of me that wondered, is this right for me? At my age? Will I be able to do it? The training challenged me and rewarded me in ways that I didn't expect. I would recommend the training to anyone, regardless of age or ability.
Nine months ago I was a totally different person from who I am now. I feel more whole, loving (and loved) today than I ever have before and I am so excited and able to share this transformative inspiration with others.
This training is geared towards aspiring teachers as well as serious practitioners who do not expect to teach but wish to deepen their understanding of all aspects of yoga. Our teacher training will encourage and support you in doing the work necessary to deepen your understanding of who you are. Come study what you love in a safe, supportive and dynamic environment.
Analytical training in how to teach and practice asana, pranayama, and meditation
How to instruct, observe, assist and demonstrate asana
How to teach basic Restorative Yoga
How to make yoga accessible and inclusive
Qualities of a yoga teacher
Anatomy and physiology
Anatomy of the breath
Anatomy of the energy body
Yoga history including an analysis of modern day yoga and how to stay true to its roots
Study of yogic texts and how they can be applied to your daily life
Exploration of Sanskrit chanting and mantra
Using a yogic lens to look at the root causes of oppression
Cultivating a home practice
Improve and understand your unique physical alignment
Using your voice as a tool for honest, heart felt communication
Journaling and Awareness exercises to help let go of limiting stories of self and step into your power
BUSINESS OF YOGA:
Getting into teaching
Marketing yourself as a yoga teacher
Becoming aware of the commodification of yoga
The nine-month program includes one 14-hour weekend training per month, unlimited drop in yoga classes at Laughing River Yoga, and four two-three hour Sunday intensives. In addition to the weekends, each participant in the training is required to take at least 35 drop-in classes or a combination of classes and Sunday intensives with Teacher Training staff for a total of 35 hours. If you miss one weekend you are still eligible for certification. If you miss two weekends you will need to make up one of them in order to be eligible for certification. If you miss more than two weekends we cannot guarantee certification.
The weekend session consists of:
Friday evening 7:15 - 9:15
Saturday 12 - 6
Sunday 10:15 - 3:45
The dates and topics (subject to change) for 2020/2021 are
Your Essence is Unconditional Love
Yoga Changes the World Through Transforming Individual Lives
We Believe in the Power of Yoga to Heal
February 13-14 (Saturday all day retreat, no Friday night session)
No One is Free until We are all Free
Apr 30-May 2
The dates and times of the Sunday Intensives are TBA.
This training is open to all students wishing to become yoga teachers as well as all sincere, serious students of yoga who want to take it to the next level. We recommend a daily home yoga practice of at least 20 minutes and at least one group class a week with a teacher of your choice for at least six months leading up to the training. This will set a strong foundation for the group, generate questions about practice, and inspire you to learn more.
Yoga: Discipline of Freedom, The Yoga Sutra Attributed to Patanjali by Barbara Stoler Miller
Living Love: The Yoga of Yama and Niyamas by Maetreyii Ma Nolan
Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundation and Techniques by Mark Stephens
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
Yoga Teacher’s Toolbox by Joseph and Lillian Le Page
Teacher Certification Track: Attendance at monthly sessions. Journal writing, reading/writing assignments, monthly small group meetings, class observation and assist, 35 classes or 35 hours of classes/workshops during the duration of the training (class fees included), home yoga and meditation practice. Final exam and final test teach.
Study Certification Track: Attendance at monthly sessions. Monthly small group meetings, 35 classes or 35 hours of classes/workshops during the duration of the training (class fees included), home yoga and meditation practice encouraged.
Cost is $2700.
Registration is now open.
To save your spot please mail, drop off, or pay online a $600 deposit to Laughing River Yoga, One Mill St. Suite 126, Burlington, VT 05401.
Balance due prior to the start of the training.
VSAC offers an advancement grant for this training. Please note that if you receive a grant from VSAC you will still need to register directly with us. Once you receive the grant, send us an email to let us know you would like to register for the training.
Laughing River also offers scholarships for the teacher training program. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship through us, fill out this form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more in person:
We will be hosting an informational meeting for those interested in the teacher training June 27 from 2-3. This meeting will also be broadcast via zoom. Register here to attend the informational meeting.
Unable to attend the meeting but want to learn more?
Reach out directly to email@example.com.
Inspired reading from our yoga library:
The Bhagavad Gita commentary by Swami Satchidananda or Eknath Easwaran
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda
The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V Desikachar
The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
All about Love by bell hooks
The Art and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Shiffman
Practices for Liberating Body and Soul: Jivamukti Yoga by Sharon Gannon and David Life
Yoga Assists by Sharon Gannon and David Life, Beyond Words by Sri Swami Satchidananda
From Vedas to Vinyasa by Amy Vaughn
Tantra Illuminated by Christopher Wallace
The Subtle Body by Tias Little
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
More than three months prior you receive your deposit minus a $75 processing fee. Three months prior you receive 50% of your deposit back. Two months prior you receive 25% of your deposit back. Less than one month prior there will be no return on your deposit. If you decide to withdraw from the training after it has begun your money will not be refunded.