Yoga Teacher Training
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200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and In-depth Yoga studies Program (ONLINE version available).
Mind Body Zone is proud to offer a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training / In-Depth Yoga Studies Program with the option and ability to take this training entirely online. Whether your intention is to deepen your personal practice or obtain the skills and knowledge to become an effective instructor, this program is diverse and non-denominational, covering all aspects of Hatha Yoga. Upon successful completion of the program, one is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). It includes:
• In-depth study of asana/yoga postures
• Styles of yoga
• Prenatal Yoga
Teaching Methods-35 hours
• Asana modification and use of props
• Demonstration and cueing principles
• Designing and sequencing a class
• Hands-on and verbal adjustments
• Business aspects of teaching yoga
• Students’ process of learning
• Yoga Therapy
• Public Speaking-communicating with your voice and body
• Teaching Beginners and Mixed level classes
• Partner Yoga
Anatomy & Physiology- 20 hours
• Respiration and Breath
• Joint Mobility
• Preventing Yoga injuries
• Working with student injuries
• Chi and Meridians
Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics-30 hours
• 8 Limbs of Yoga
• Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Yoga History
• Cultural Appropriation in Yoga
• Practice Teaching
• Assist senior teachers in his/her class
• Receive feedback from senior teachers
One weekend a month
(*Dates/Times subject to change)
- August 15-16, 2020
- September 19-20, 2020
- October 17-18, 2020
- November 14-15, 2020
- December 12-13, 2020
- January 9-10, 2021
- February 20-21, 2021
- March 20-21, 2021
- April 17-18, 2021
- May 15-16, 2021
In addition, 48 hours of Hatha Yoga practice are required. These dates and times will be determined by the trainees.
• A non-refundable application fee of $200 is due upon acceptance to the program.
• Early Bird tuition: $2,100 paid in full by June 13, 2020 (total $2,300)
• Regular tuition: $2,300 paid in full by August 15, 2020 (total $2,500)
• Payment schedule: $2,500 (total $2,700). Three $833 payments due 8/15/20, 11/14/20, and 2/20/21
• Tuition Refunds-10% service charge, no refunds after August 15, 2020.
Tuition does not cover the cost of a small number of books that are required reading or teaching practicum fees (if any) but does include all listed training sessions, handouts, and unlimited free yoga classes at Mind Body Zone during teacher training (value of $576).
Prerequisites for Application and Certification:
• Minimum of 2 years personal practice of Hatha Yoga or approval from Director of Teacher Training
• Commitment to continuing practice and spiritual growth
• Completed Teacher Training Application
• On-time payment of tuition and application fee
• Attendance of all Teacher Training Meetings
• Successful and on-time completion of assignments, quizzes, and exams
Lynn Cheng, L.Ac, Dipl. OM, E-RYT, Director of Yoga Teacher Training
Topics Taught: Techniques, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy, Practicum
Lynn began her love and study of yoga over 30 years ago and has been teaching since 1997. She is a senior teacher, teaching over 1000 classes each year, and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT). Serving as the Director of Teacher Training, she is also the primary faculty member of the program, teaching about half of the 200 hours. When she put together the curriculum for this teacher training, she asked herself “what do I wish I knew before I started teaching? What have I found to be most important?”. The end result? A program that emphasizes how to teach (and practice) yoga safely and confidently. While she has studied many different styles in her years of practice with senior teachers, she draws the most inspiration from the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Kripalu traditions. Her classes are eclectic, incorporating aspects from her teachers, intuition and personal study; each class is different and choreographed to beautiful music. Lynn’s teaching style emphasizes the importance of body alignment combined with the natural movement of the breath, inner awareness and the vision of the mind-body-spirit connection. Her hope for her students is to not only achieve their physical goals (strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, stress relief, etc.) through asana (postures) and pranayama (breath techniques) but to also come to know, understand and incorporate other aspects of yoga in their lives. She is also a California and Nationally licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. For more information about Lynn, visit www.yogailluminations.com or www.LC-HolisticHealing.com
Rev. Connie Habash, MA, LMFT
Topics Taught: Philosophy, Sanskrit, Yogic Lifestyle, Ethics
Connie has been teaching yoga since 1993. She has a passion for integrating the philosophical and psychological aspects of the yogic tradition into her classes. An avid student and teacher of introductory Sanskrit, she has studied with Dr. Sarasvati Mohan, Director of Sanskrit Academy, as well as Vyaas Houston of American Sanskrit Institute. Although inspired by many styles of yoga, she mainly draws upon the Iyengar style for alignment, the Vinyasa style for its flowing movement and emphasis on the breath, and yogic philosophy to apply the experience to our daily lives. Over the past 26 years, Connie has explored many spiritual traditions of the East and West, being especially influenced by yogic philosophy, earth-oriented practices, Hinduism, and Taoism. In 1998, she found her spiritual teacher Amma, also known as Ammachi or Mata Amritanandamayi, and felt she was finally home. Feeling the call to lead an open and inclusive spiritual community embracing all faiths, she received her certificate from East-West Seminary and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in March of 2012. You can find out more about her at her website, www.awakeningself.com.
Topics Taught: Techniques, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy
Linea has always had a passion for health and fitness; she began her journey into Yoga and Pilates after a skiing accident left her with very little use of her leg. Surgery and physical therapy left her feeling hopeless about her recovery; until she began taking Yoga and Pilates classes. After many months and countless classes, she regained full use of her leg and also found that her arthritic pain was no longer an issue. She began taking workshops and even more classes realizing that this was the path for her. She completed a certification through Yoga Fit and two different 200-hour yoga teacher training programs. She knows the importance of proper alignment and the difference it can make in one’s overall health. She creates classes that are motivating using breath and mindful movement. She encourages her students to challenge themselves and move through self-imposed limitations; creating a life of balance and without pain.
Setareh Moafi, L.Ac
Topics Taught: Chakras, Qi, Meridians, Yin/Yang Yoga
Setareh completed yoga teacher training certifications with It’s Yoga San Francisco and Erich Schiffmann and founded Yoga of Los Altos. She received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2007. Setareh interweaves the practices of Yoga and Chinese Medicine in a unique method. Her Yoga classes blend Yin, a series of long-held poses designed to increase flexibility and open the meridians, and Yang, a flow-based series that increases strength and endurance. Setareh focuses on restoring classical approaches to Chinese Medicine, and specializes in Sports Medicine, Women’s Health and Facial Rejuvenation at clinics in San Francisco and Santa Clara, CA. Visit www.setarehmoafi.com for more information.
Monica Hanson- RYT 200
Topic Taught: Yoga Therapy
Monica Hanson teaches group Yoga and Meditation classes and offers private, personalized instruction for beginning to advanced yoga practitioners and for people with health challenges. Her teaching weaves together influences from contemplative traditions and western mind-body science. Whether the practice is a vigorous vinyasa or restorative health, healing is cultivated through breathing, mindful movement, and meditation. Monica is a Certified and Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT) specializing in the therapeutic and personalized application of yoga to cultivate health and healing. She teaches Yoga and Meditation at Ohlone College Health Sciences to nursing and physical therapy students. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and on the Editorial Team for the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. Her specialized training includes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as taught by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Therapeutic Application of Yoga, Duke University Integrative Medicine Center.
Topic Taught: Meditation
While Paul was in his late twenties and working towards his Doctorate in Electronic Engineering, he would spend the quiet evenings in the laboratory by questioning and contemplating his current spiritual beliefs. After graduating he went to work as an Electronic Engineer in various High Tech companies. A few years ago he took four months off from his job in Silicon Valley to concentrate on finding himself. What he found was a lot more than he could have imagined; it was to change his life completely. As part of this Spiritual Quest, he took up Hatha Yoga and meditation. His Yoga instructor noticing an innate ability, suggested he learn to teach it – which he now does now regularly in San Jose. Also during this reflective four-month period, an awareness started to surface along with questions. He was introduced to Delphi University in Georgia where he discovered his latent intuitive and healing abilities. Since then he has gone on to use this gift to obtain a Doctorate in RoHun (a form of Spiritual Psychotherapy), and now runs his own meditation and healing practice and teaches Meditation and Self Awareness workshops. And many more instructors!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the entire training program held online?
Our well-being and safety are of utmost importance and we want to hold our teacher training program with that in mind. We will hold sessions in-person at the studio and will ensure that all safety precautions are taken (such as maintaining a safe distance between people at all times, disinfecting surfaces, pre-screening those that enter, etc). For those that are not comfortable attending the in-person sessions, it will be held simultaneously on Zoom and you can participate remotely. Therefore, this training can be done entirely online, should one choose to do so.
What is unique about Mind Body Zone’s program?
This program is very thorough, comprehensive and covers many different aspects and approaches to Hatha Yoga. It is a general yoga training program and we cover many different styles of yoga practiced today in the US (such as Iyengar, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, etc). Trainees will be exposed to these various styles and will come away with the program with a more diverse understanding of Hatha Yoga (rather than focus on one particular style and way of teaching). It is designed to help you become an effective and well-balanced teacher and to deepen your personal practice.
Our multiple sessions are spaced over 10 months; we offer a close teacher-student relationship with highly experienced teacher trainers, a supervised and ongoing study into all aspects of yoga including ethical, personal, physical, psychological and spiritual realms. This is one of the most affordable yoga teacher trainings in the Bay Area.
Our program is designed for people with busy schedules; we meet once a month and you determine when and where you would like to fulfill the requirements for practice and practicum. There is no deadline when these requirements must be completed; we ask and hope, however, that it be completed within a year of graduation. We offer unlimited free yoga classes during the training period.
Most of the material covered in any teacher training is new information-information not received in a typical yoga class or as in-depth. Our pacing is set that there is enough time between each session in order for you to digest, process and incorporate the material into your practice before the next session. The training is also progressive, what you learn in the current month will be more relevant in the following month and onwards.
Any Yoga Alliance approved program has the same requirements; 75 contact hours for Techniques, 15 contact hours for Teaching Methodology, 10 contact hours for Anatomy, 20 contact hours for Philosophy and 5 contact hours for Practicum. (Contact hours are training hours given by and in the presence of an experienced yoga teacher). The remaining 55 contact hours are distributed among the educational categories according to the school’s emphasis. We have placed more emphasis on Techniques and Teaching Methodology and additional hours in Anatomy and Practicum in order to best prepare one to become a yoga teacher.
What skills will I have after I complete this training?
With successful completion, a graduate will possess all the skills to become an efficient and effective teacher. He/She will have confidence in the ability to:
• know the different styles of Hatha Yoga, both on an intellectual level and through personal experience of practicing various styles
• have a strong understanding of asana/yoga postures: their functions, benefits, contraindications, modifications and purpose
• be familiar with different meditation and pranayama (breathing) techniques
• sequence a class for several styles/types of Yoga classes
• cue a class with thorough and clear verbal instruction
• modify a class for pregnancy, prior injuries and limitations
• know how to read bodies
• be proficient in applying hands-on and verbal adjustments of varying degrees of intensity and intention
• have a foundation in yoga philosophy and how to integrate it with a physical practice.
Why it’s important to choose the right training structure?
Yoga is learned by patient practice, dedication and experience. Knowledge is imparted directly from teacher to student. Large classes, high-profile seminars, yoga conferences, workshops with celebrity teachers, webinars, and distance learning are less than ideal formats for teacher training.
Beware of trainings that provide limited access to the trainers, those that condense many hours into a short time frame, ones that have heavy homework, online classes with less face-to-face instruction or a work at your own pace structure, and those that offer less than 200 contact training hours.
How do I know if I am ready?
If you have been studying yoga with a teacher for at least two years, we encourage you to apply. If you have less than 2 years of experience, contact Lynn (Director of Teacher Training) to discuss your eligibility. Keep in mind that your sincere desire to learn and explore is the most important factor.
I’m not interested in being a teacher. I just want to learn more about yoga. Can I apply?
Absolutely! This training will give you a depth of skill and knowledge without parallel. Many of these topics are not addressed in a typical yoga class or with as much detail. The training will give you a much better understanding of Yoga as a complete practice and this information will help grow your personal practice. Though you will practice and learn some teaching techniques during the course, yoga teaching need not be your ultimate goal in order for you to take full advantage of the training.
What is the difference between taking this program for personal development versus getting a certificate to teach yoga?
If your objective is to obtain a certificate of completion, you must complete all the assignments, pass the written final, take 48 Hatha Yoga classes at any facility of your choice and spend at least 10 hours outside of the monthly training sessions to work on the practicum part of the program. This is where the trainee mentors with an experienced teacher and observes and assists in his/her classes. In addition, the trainee must teach 5 hours where the mentor will observe and provide feedback.
If you are taking this program for your personal practice, you do not have to complete the requirements listed above (although it is highly suggested that you complete the assignments as it deepens your understanding and experience of the teachings).
I can not do advanced yoga postures; can I still enroll in the Teacher Training Program?
Proficiency in these postures does not correlate to being an effective yoga instructor and is not important for teaching yoga.
I have a prior commitment and can not make a training session, can I make-up the class?
Unfortunately, if you are unable to attend a training session, we do not offer a make up class, but will work with you individually to find a suitable way to ensure you receive and understand the information that was covered. If possible, we can change the dates of training if all participants agree on the revised date.
I can not make the whole tuition payment in full, does MBZ offer any payment schedules?
While the amount seems large when you look at it as one payment, it actually is quite reasonable and is one of the most affordable yoga teacher trainings in the Bay Area. If it is broken down to an hourly rate, the teacher training program actually costs less per hour than a drop-in class rate. As mentioned, the teacher training program offers much more than you would receive in a typical yoga class.
We offer a discounted rate (early bird) for those who pay in full and register early. For those who can not pay the tuition rate upfront, we offer a payment schedule of three $833 payments. If that payment schedule does not work for you, please contact us. We are happy to work out a payment schedule for you.
What qualities do you need to become a yoga teacher?
Being curious and enthusiastic about yoga is the first prerequisite. Qualities such as empathy, clarity, integrity, reliability, open-minded, determination and playfulness are hallmarks of a great teacher.
How will I go from where I am now to being a confident yoga teacher?
Our program is paced so you learn gradually in order to integrate the various practices and information. During our training sessions, we will break down and practice the elements of effective yoga teaching. By the time you complete the training, you will have the skills to teach a basic level yoga class.
What is Yoga Alliance?
Yoga Alliance is the only nationally recognized organization that registers both individual yoga teachers and yoga teacher training programs who have complied with minimum educational standards established by the organization. Its mission is to lead the yoga community, set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga. By completing this teacher training, one is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). An RYT® designation enhances your credibility as a yoga professional. Yoga Alliance RYT® designations are trusted symbols of knowledge, training and experience for employers and students.
“This program gave me the tools as well as the confidence to begin teaching immediately after training. One of my greatest compliments came from a seasoned yoga student who commented that I seem to have a lot of experience teaching yoga. This compliment really made me realize how well MBZYTT prepared me to teach in my own unique way.” – Shannon
“Teacher training has completely changed my life. I watched myself transform more in the last ten months than I had in 20 years in the Western mental health care system. My eyes and mind have been opened to more than I could have hoped for and it’s given me a renewed zest for life.” –F.R.
“I highly value the wide range of knowledge this teacher training has given me. It has really helped me define my own style as a teacher and thereby feel confident facing classrooms full of students. To anyone looking to prepare yourself to teach, or even just deepen your practice, this is a great program!” – Marci
“Learn from a myriad of master Yoga teachers who share their wealth of knowledge and experience not found in books or journals.” – Shannon
“This training is beneficial to ANYONE who practices yoga, at any level. Enroll in this course if simply want to know more about yoga, deepen your practice or if you want to teach. I received valuable knowledge, inspiration and an unforgettable experience!” – Su
“Meeting one weekend/month provided a perfectly balanced pace; we could absorb lots of information during class time, and then have time to reflect on it, incorporate it into our lives and our yoga practice, and then be excited again when the next weekend of training approached. Retention of the material was easier this way, and there was no feeling of burn-out or being rushed. A great program!” – Julie
“I have taught yoga for many years, and this program has broadened my teaching skills enormously and greatly enhanced my personal practice.” – Julie
“Mind Body Zone’s teacher training allowed me to explore the abundant facets of yoga at a steady and practical pace. The support and insight I received created a learning experience that deepened my personal practice and thoroughly prepared me to pursue this profession. Of all the trainings that could have fallen into my lap, I’m eternally grateful this one did.” – Laura
“extremely organized, well thought out and exposes you to the whole spectrum of yoga knowledge. The things I learned just continue to unfold every day with new and deeper meaning in my life.” – Molly
“The post-training support has also been so amazing and extends beyond the 10 months of training. I always know I can contact any of the faculty if I have an idea or question.” – Carole
“As a busy mother of two, I often wanted to complete a yoga teacher training program but never had the time. That was until I discovered MBZTT. The one weekend a month meetings allow you time to absorb and apply the information while at the same time manage other aspects of your life. It was an opportunity to explore and deepen your knowledge of yoga and an opportunity to explore and deepen your knowledge of self.” – Kristian
“This training introduced me to the heart of yoga and changed not only my career path, but the path of my life.” – Audrey
“An insightful 200-hour journey leading to positivity & light, an amazing life.” – Denise
“Awesome teachers and insightful sessions! I am so glad I explored the many faces of yoga!” –Irma
“a highly recommended, well-rounded agenda providing coverage of all aspects of yoga and related teachings. An excellent opportunity for personal and spiritual growth as well as teaching potential” – Don
“…best learning experience by blending lecture, hands-on, self-practice, instructor critiques, and lots of optional reading and practice opportunities.” – Caron
“A wonderful experience. The training is professional and the teachers have developed a lovely sense of community in our class.” – Kate
“Lynn is one of the most effective and down-to-earth teachers I have encountered.” – Jill
“The pace of the program gave us plenty of time to review important concepts and let them sink in. The mentorship and practicum portion further helped to solidify and confidently put all that we had learned into practice.”– Sweta
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Top 10 Reasons to Participate in MBZ’s Teacher Training and Yoga Studies Program
1. Improve your understanding of Yoga Asana (postures).
2. Explore the other 7 limbs of yoga, beyond the physical practice, that can be implemented into your daily life.
3. Get to know yourself better through observation, inquiry, mindfulness, meditation, and experimentation.
4. Challenge yourself and open your eyes to new possibilities and realities.
5. Engage in a shared group experience and develop a new community and network of people.
6. Transform mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually. This program will change your life.
7. Pledge to invest in your own well being.
8. Add meaning to your life’s work and make an impact on those around you.
9. Open the door to a satisfying, potentially new, career as a yoga instructor.
10. Have fun!