1. What is a Yoga Teacher Enhancement Program and which type of student participates in this course?
The TEP is an exciting opportunity to bring together people who are already teaching yoga in and around Burlington. Yogis have known for ages that there is great power and potential in gathering with like-minded people in Satsang. Through community, continued guidance, and mentoring we aim to provide inspiration and tools that empower professional and personal growth and that will keep you learning and keep your teaching fresh. We will explore various areas of study, including: philosophically-themed classes, sequencing, teaching with props, how to lead a sanskrit chant, how to deliver a concise but powerful philosophical teaching, how to teach meditation and pranayama, and anatomy.
2. What makes the TEP different than a YTT? Is there a certification rewarded?
The Laughing River Yoga Teacher Enhancement Program is designed to meet the needs of those teachers who have already completed a 200 hour yoga training program. While there is no certification given for the TEP, it is a requirement for those who are participating in the LRY 300 Teacher Training Program.
3.If someone wants to take the LRY 300 hour and receive a YA certification, this TEP is pre-requisite, correct? Can you tell us a little bit about the big picture?
Along with the TEP, those participating in the 300 LRY program have the opportunity to accumulate the necessary hours through approved workshops and individual studies over a three year period. This format will give students the time and space to complete the program in a way that fits their individual needs and interests. VSAC grants are available for the 300 hr TT program.
3. Please tell us a little bit about yourselves, the TEP Faculty and what led you to create this program
Sofi -. I am a senior advanced Jivamukti Yoga Instructor and I have been teaching yoga for 20 years. My passion to teach stems from my deep love of philosophy, creativity, community and firm belief that the practices of yoga, both on and off the mat, can bring positive transformation on a personal, communal, and global level.
Julia– I am a 200-hr certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and 500-hr certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher. My teaching journey began in 2011, but my personal practice took root in 2003. When I started practicing asana more consistently, reading the cornerstone texts, and applying basic yoga philosophy and theory to my own life, a feeling of wholeness and deep connection began to blossom. My goal as a teacher is to ignite the same evolution within the hearts of those whom I meet along my path; to fertilize the seeds of love, truth, and oneness that already dwell within them.
4. Where do you envision TEP participants going next?
Wherever their hearts lead them with confidence and grace.
The Laughing River Teacher Enhancement Program is now offering two evening options to register for. Space is limited in both.
Friday nights (7:15-9:15 pm at LRY): 1/20, 2/17, 3/24, 4/28, 5/26, 6/16
Wednesday nights (6:45-8:45 pm at Prenatal Method): 1/18, 2/15, 3/22, 4/26, 5/24, 6/14
Both groups are also required to attend a weekend workshop with Sofi and Julia that will take place the Saturday and Sunday January 21 and 22. This workshop will cover: theming, chanting, intelligent sequencing, and assists. **All other info can be found here.