200 hr 

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Knoxville

The Blue Ridge Yoga  Teacher Training 

 

The Blue Ridge Yoga teacher training is a unique opportunity for sustained immersion in the ancient art-science of yoga which will lead you to a deeper awareness of yourself and your world. You will gain the ability to teach safe, effective yoga classes which offer students the experience of the tremendously expansive power of yoga. Whether you are an experienced or aspiring yoga teacher, a health professional, therapist or educator looking to integrate yoga into your work, or simply someone who is looking for a framework for personal growth, the Blue Ridge Yoga approach to training will provide you with a unique structure in which to experience the vast benefits of yoga.

Upcoming Training: Nov 4 2017 

 

$2,300 Early Bird Price ( must pay in full by Aug 31st)

$2,600 Full training investment (must apply before Oct 31st)

Price includes unlimited yoga for the duration of the program

register now to reserve your spot – $500 deposit

Weekend Dates

 

November 3-5
December 1-3
January 12-14
February 16-18
March 9-11
April 20-22
May 4-6
June 8-10
July 20-22
August  17-19
 

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, 6:00-8:30pm
Saturday, 8:00am-5:30pm
Sunday, 8:00am-4:30pm

Location
Blue Ridge Yoga

Classes: Includes Unlimited Yoga and Meditation Classes for the length of the training

DIVE INTO PROGRAM DETAILS

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What We'll Cover 

Weekend 1 – Nov 3-5

  • Intro to Program
  • How to breathe in Asanas
  • Yoga for Personal Transformation
  • Intro to Meditation

 

Weekend 2 – Dec 1-3

  • Intro to Sequencing
  • Teaching Forward Bends
  • History of Yoga

Weekend 3 – Jan 12-14

  •  Teaching Back Bends
  •  Intro to Mindfulness
  • Ethics of Teaching

Weekend 4 – Feb 16-18

  • Intro to Anatomy of Yoga
  • Intro to Ayurveda
  • Teaching Lateral Bends

Weekend 5 - March 9-11

  • Meditation Fine Tuning
  • Understanding Trauma informed yoga
  • Theme-ing Classes
  •  Teaching Restorative Yoga
  • Teaching Forward bends and Back bends

Weekend 6 - April 20-22

  • Subtle Anatomy
  • Introduction to Chakras, Nadiis and Marmas
  • Chakra informed practices
  • Business of Yoga

 

Weekend 7 – May 4-6

  • Teaching Twists and inversions
  • Yoga Sutras

Weekend 8 - June 8-10

  • Anatomy
  • Teaching Inversions
  • Teaching Balance Poses
  • Teaching Surya namaskar and vinyasa
  •  Intro to Yoga Therapeutics
  • Lower Back Care Class

Weekend 9 - July 20-22

  • Teaching chair classes
  • Teaching self-massage and acupressure
  • The Bhagavad Gita
  •  Subtle Art of Teaching

Weekend 10 - August 17-19

  •  Final project presentations
  • * Practicum presentations

Full Training Investment – $2,600

RESERVE YOUR SPOT – $500 DEPOSIT

 

Yoga is for everyone and anyone can benefit from it. You do not need to be an athlete or a dancer to do, enjoy or teach yoga. Yoga is a complete human potential technology integrating yoga postures and meditation with lifestyle suggestions and practices for emotional healing and spiritual expansion. Because it is a preventative practice which integrates spirituality and health, yoga has become widely practiced and utilized - the need for qualified instructors is expanding rapidly. 
 
Traditionally, revered yoga instructors were those who taught by example – their lives were an embodiment of the principles of yoga – wisdom, clarity, intuition, serenity, courage and a commitment to service. They often worked individually with students. They came from all walks of life and careers. 
The Blue Ridge Yoga Training Program offers you the opportunity to become this kind of teacher, formally or informally – to exemplify and to learn to share yoga with others from the deepest part of your being. The program will help you balance knowing and being, balance external and internal learning, and develop an explicit understanding of a learning process which you can use for the rest of your life. The world needs yoga teachers who possess a deep self-knowledge and radiate a commitment to service. During this program you will unveil the depths of your spirit in order to authentically hold and transmit this ancient wisdom tradition.

 

Registration with Yoga Alliance

This program fulfills the Yoga Alliance standards for becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200 hour level. This is the basic level of training required by Yoga Alliance and garners an RYT200 qualification. Many employers are now requiring yoga instructors to meet this standard.

Commitment
Please be sure that you can attend all sessions. Up to 35 missed hours (2 weekends) can be made up. We ask that you commit to a daily meditation and asana practice - the most important requirement of the program. There will also be reading and homework. It is important to consider the amount of time you have to dedicate to this program; the deeper the commitment the more you fully you will be able to embody the wisdom of yoga.

SAVE YOUR SPOT – $500 DEPOSIT

Requirements for Certification

These are the requirements which must be fulfilled in order to receive certification:

 

  1. A commitment to doing, growing and enjoying your daily practice over the course of the program (and beyond!).
  2. Participating in class discussions and workshops – your participation is essential. If you can attend, but cannot participate for any reason, please let your instructors know what’s going on.
  3. Practicum – you will be required to do a moderate amount of teaching during program hours. This will include mostly teaching to a small group (1 or 2 other students) and also to the whole class.
  4. Demonstrating a firm foundation in teaching asanas safely and an adequate understanding of the principles of alignment.
  5. Final Project – The final project is either teaching at least a 6 week series of Subtle Yoga inspired classes or writing a paper or PowerPoint. You will receive information about the final project the first weekend of the training.
  6. Yoga Class Evaluations – We require that you participate as a student in 18 classes over the course of the training.  We ask that you fill out and turn in evaluations on each class you attend. A form will be provided. All Yoga Class evaluations must be submitted electronically in one document. 
  7. Observing Evaluations – Towards the second half of the training, you will be asked to turn in forms detailing the teaching of: 5 Observed Classes; Forms will be provided.  
  8. Homework – Typically, there will be between 4-6 hours of reading assigned between each module.
  9. Reading List and Manual – Please see the reading list below. As part of your tuition, you will receive a Subtle Yoga Training and Personal Transformation Program manual. This manual is full of excellent information to which will help you practice and teach yoga for years to come. 
  10. Journals – Please document, through journaling, your practice and learning process. Journaling may be as simple as writing down which asanas you have done and how long you have meditated each day, but your journal may also be contextualized in philosophy or cross-referenced to other aspects of your life.  Journals are for your benefit only and will not be collected. 
  11. Ethics Statement – Please agree to and sign the ethics statement and the waivers (see below) and submit them with your application.
  12. Full Payment for the Training – See below.

Join Us for the Journey of a Lifetime!

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Other Aspects of the Program

Mentorship 

We offer an optional mentorship with the teacher training that includes class observations, Q &A with teachers following classes, monthly mentor meetings where students will get personal feedback on teaching as well as have the opportunity to ask more questions.   The mentorship is an additional cost of $250.

Seva Projects

In order to practice Karma yoga, a Seva project will be undertaken as part of our training. Past projects have included filling food boxes at food banks, cleaning apartments for the elderly, working at an animal shelter, Adopt-A-Highway cleaning, and community gardening projects. Working together on these projects is an important part of the yoga experience and of our group process and we generally have a period of time when we come back to the studio to process our experience. 

 

Group Process

The group process is an integral part of your Blue Ridge Yoga and Subtle Yoga Training  experience. You may hear things from members of the group that you disagree with. Please adopt an open-minded attitude, do not take anything personally, be aware of your own issues and limit yourself from projecting anything on to fellow students or your teachers. You will not be required to contribute anything during discussions that makes you feel uncomfortable. Also you should be aware that instructors discuss the yoga tradition – they do not expect you to adopt any beliefs or practices that you believe in some way contradict your belief systems. Your personal and emotional safety is of our utmost concern. Please try to support your fellow students in their growth experience. 

Bhakti Yoga

The knowledge base of this program is derived from many sources of the yoga tradition. It is not affiliated with any religion or religious set of beliefs. However, Bhakti or devotional yoga is an important element of this program. An increasing capacity to love all is essential to achieving “union”, which is the meaning of the word yoga. There will be some discussion around your personal relationship with a transpersonal Source (Spirit or Divine). Who or what that Source is, of course, is an entirely personal matter. We will practice meditation together and you will be instructed as to how to use a mantra – you will choose a mantra at your own discretion. Each weekend we practice kirtan, or devotional singing/chanting, and although your presence is required, your participation is entirely optional during this practice.

Equity 

Yoga is for everyone. In this program no restrictions will be made on the grounds of race, creed, color, occupation, religious or political affiliation, age, gender, and/or ability. We promote and uphold equal opportunity for all.

 

 

300 hr

 

Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training: Knoxville

The Blue Ridge Yoga and Subtle Yoga RYT300

 Our Next Training will start January 2019

 

Our Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training Program offers you the opportunity to learn how to facilitate a transformational process with your students/clients. This RYT300 training is an additional 300 hour training for those who want to understand how to work with groups or individuals with therapeutic needs. This training is for those who already completed their 200RYT.

Our research-driven curriculum will prepare you to:

  • Work therapeutically one-on-one, and in groups
  • Speak confidently to the medical community about yoga therapy and your unique skills
  • Help people therapeutically with structural conditions and mental health issues
  • Use a non-dogmatic approach to help people leverage their spiritual assets
  • Understand the research base for yoga therapy
  • Learn key Ayurvedic concepts and their potential for a therapeutic application

 

Please reach out to us with your interest, and we will personally update you on our next training!

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Outline of the Curriculum:

Weekend 1:

Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics  
Introduction to the tools of Subtle Yoga: breath-centric asana practice, sequencing, pranayama, meditation. We'll also commence an introduction to assessment & integrating yoga into public and specific-population health. This initial weekend will also cover Integrating Yoga into Health Care Systems, and Intro to research History of therapeutic yoga.

Weekend 2:

Mental Health + Chronic Diseases

 

  • Neurobiology of Yoga and Mental Health
  • Yogic perspective on depression and anxiety
  • Yoga for depression and anxiety + Research
  • Yoga and Integrated Care
  • Public health – heart disease, cancer considerations
  • Working in chairs

Weekend 3:

Structural Therapy 1

  • Assessment skills
  • Yoga practice for lower back, hip and leg issues 
  •  Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology
  • Hands on assessment skills

Weekend 4:  

Structural Therapy 2

  • Assessment skills 
  • Yogic approaches to neck, shoulder and upper back issues
  •  Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology
  • Hands on assessment skills

 

Weekend 5:

Mental Health + Chronic Diseases 2

  • Yogic perspective on Trauma
  • Neurobiology of yoga and trauma and addiction recovery
  • Substance use disorders and process addictions
  • Yoga practices for trauma and addiction recovery
  • Public health – obesity and diabetes considerations
  • Working in chairs
  • Yoga Nidra

Weekend 6:  

Subtle Body Therapeutics

  • Tantric Subtle Anatomy and Yoga psychology
  • Jungian mythic approach to the Chakra System
  • Diagnostics and practical application

Weekend 7:    

Ayurveda

  • Introduction to Sanskrit
  • The intersection of Ayurveda and Yoga therapeutics
  • Gunas, Doshas, Tattvas
  •  Diagnostics and practical application of the therapeutic relationship

Weekend 8:

Pranic Therapy
Pranavayus – function and yoga approaches; Pranic healing with asana, pranayama, bandha and meditation

 

Weekend 9:

Structural Therapy 3
Structural Therapy Refinement and Integration
Supervised clinic 1

Weekend 10:

Business of Yoga + Practicum

  • Supervised clinic 2
  • Project presentations
  • Case studies
  • Developing a Therapeutic yoga business
  • Strategies for integrating yoga therapy in health care

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Internship Opportunities:

2- 4 hours a month of yoga classes for a specific population of your choosing. This can range from a chair yoga class at your local senior home, or teaching yoga at an office setting. We want you to feel passionately about spreading yoga, and offering people the opportunity to benefit from this ancient knowledge.  You will be given a certification of completion at the end that you can use in applying to jobs when you finish.

 

 

FAQS

What does Yoga Mean?

Deriving from ancient Sanskrit – yoga comes from the word “yuj” – “to unite.” A yoga practice is used to unite or connect our body, breath, heart and mind. For whatever individual reason you come to practice yoga, we believe the core philosophy of yoga is learning to connect with our inner selves and live life with an intention. In the words of the Yoga Sutras, “Yoga is the ability to direct the mind without distraction or interruption.”

What are the benefits of practicing yoga & meditation?

 

  • Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Increase flexibility and strength
  • Aid in weight loss and toning
  • Alleviates high blood pressure (please consult a physician before beginning a course)
  • Increase focus and concentration
  • Improves balance and circulation
  • Develop techniques for calming and quieting the mind and body

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Why is there so much emphasis on the breath?

 

The purpose of yoga is to connect with ourselves and be present in the moment. To do so we must first train our minds by giving ourselves an intention or focus. By being aware of the breath, we are able to turn our minds away from external distraction and bring about clarity through turning our awareness inward.

When we lengthen the breath-cycle , both inhales and exhales – it allows our sympathetic nervous system to relax by introducing more oxygen into our blood streams. This nervous system – responsible for our “flight or fight” response – is always partially activated whenever we are awake. By oxygenating our blood and focusing on the breath, we are trying to stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system – responsible for “rest and digest” – and restore the body to homeostasis. Think of it this way – whenever our blood pressure is elevated due to stress or fear, our first inclination to calm ourselves is always to breathe, it’s our natural way of relaxing.

*Unless told otherwise, breathe through your nose. In through the nose; out through the nose.

How is Yoga Different than "working out"?

In regular sports and workout programs, we are trained to push ourselves and bodies to the limit in order to achieve results. The purpose of yoga is to silence the voices of negativity, “I’m not strong enough, fast enough, skinny enough,” into voices of acceptance. Beating ourselves up mentally is the antithesis of yoga practice – yoga seeks to help us transcend our challenges instead of being hindered by them. The principals and practice of yoga help us to learn about ourselves and our physical & mental attributes, then in turn, helps us to carry that compassion and awareness off our mat and into our daily lives.

 

Our goal in class is acceptance; who you are, where you are, and practicing more contentment with what is. We explore all the areas of our body and its connection to our mind. There is no winning, there is no losing, there is only mindfulness and the offering to yourself to be your best, rather than trying to be the best. There is such a difference between self-awareness and self-critique – contentment is the ability to acknowledge our self-judgments, be thankful for them, and then let them go.

Our two guiding principles to think about in your practice are sukha and sthira:

Sukha means lightness, ease & comfort.
Sthira means steadiness and alertness.

The search for both of these qualities within our practice, and in each shape is the key to contentment.

Want to learn more about the practice? Explore a workshop!

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I'm new to yoga, how do I get started?

At Blue Ridge Yoga, we recommend starting with our Blue Ridge Basics class for a solid introduction to the fundamentals of yoga, including basic poses and breath cycle. Our teachers and front desk staff are here to help you find the classes that are the best fit for you!! We can make recommendations based on your comfort and ability level. It is never too late to start your yoga practice!

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Can I do yoga if I'm injured?

Yoga can be a great aid for recovery but needs to be managed by a physician and addressed with caution – consult your physician before beginning any practice – Blue Ridge Yoga is not responsible or liable for injuries and you must sign a disclosure form before beginning practice within our community.

Why do we lay down at the end of class?

 

Every yoga class is brought to a close through “savasana” or “corpse pose.” Savasana provides us with the opportunity to practice ultimate surrender and process the benefits of your practice. It is not a “yoga nap,” nor a time to focus on your next meeting or analyze the events of the day; it is a time for you to be a rest with the body and the mind. We practice this pose to rejuvenate ourselves through the gift of non-doing – it’s very restful…even more than naps! ☺

What Does "Namaste" mean?

There are many different translations of Namaste, but we think of it as recognition of oneness, “I bow to the light in you, that is the same light in me.”

 

The Blue Ridge Yoga  RYT200 Teacher Training and Personal Transformation Program Details

Now that you've had an overview of our 200hr Teacher Training program, let's break down some of the program details before you fill out your application.

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Requirements for Certification

These are the requirements which must be fulfilled in order to receive certification:

 

  1. A commitment to doing, growing and enjoying your daily practiceover the course of the program (and beyond!).
  2. Participating in class discussions and workshops – your participation is essential. If you can attend, but cannot participate for any reason, please let your instructors know what’s going on.
  3. Practicum – you will be required to do a moderate amount of teaching during program hours. This will include mostly teaching to a small group (1 or 2 other students) and also to the whole class.
  4. Demonstrating a firm foundation in teaching asanas safely and an adequate understanding of the principles of alignment.
  5. Final Project – The final project is either teaching at least a 6 week series of Subtle Yoga inspired classes or writing a paper or PowerPoint. You will receive information about the final project the first weekend of the training.
  6. Yoga Class evaluations – We require that you participate as a student in 18 classes over the course of the training.  We ask that you fill out and turn in evaluations on each class you attend. A form will be provided. All Yoga Class evaluations must be submitted electronically in one document. .  
  7. Homework – Typically, there will be between 4-6 hours of reading assigned between each module.
  8. Reading List and Manual – Please see the reading list below. As part of your tuition, you will receive a Subtle Yoga Training and Personal Transformation Program manual. This manual is full of excellent information to which will help you practice and teach yoga for years to come. 
  9. Journals – Please document, through journaling, your practice and learning process. Journaling may be as simple as writing down which asanas you have done and how long you have meditated each day, but your journal may also be contextualized in philosophy or cross-referenced to other aspects of your life.  Journals are for your benefit only and will not be collected. 
  10. Ethics statement – Please agree to and sign the ethics statement and the waivers as part of our online application.
  11. Full Payment for the course – See below.

Make-up class policy

If you miss:

  • Between 0-8 hours: make up requirements are waived. You are permitted to miss up to 8 hours out of 180 contact hours from the entire course.
  • Between 9-18 hours: You must attend a 4 hour make-up class at the end of the program. Date and time to be announced. The fee is $40.
  • Between 19-35 (2 full weekends): You must attend two 4 hour make-up classes at the end of the program. Date and time to be announced. The fee is $80. 
  • More than 35 hours: You must re-take the entire training. Please note that you must pay the full tuition to retake the training.  

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General Class Information

Please Be On Time: Please arrive early for class so that we can start on time. This also applies to class breaks and lunch breaks. Arriving late significantly disrupts the group process. There is much to be learned and we need every minute!

Please Dress Appropriately: Wear clothing that moves easily, bring layers, be comfortable. We request both men and women dress modestly as this is part of the yoga tradition.

Let Us Know Your Concerns: If you have a recent injury or illness, please let us know about it. We want you to be comfortable and safe. If something is said in class by an instructor or other student that has caused you concern – we want to know. It is normal for there to be disagreement and various opinions. Please be committed to maintaining an open mind and clear, balanced communication – for your benefit and the benefit of the group.

Please Eat Light: It is difficult to concentrate with a heavy meal in your belly (let alone move into a yoga pose!) Please plan your meals with the understanding that movement activities are an important part of this training.

Feel Free to Bring Your Own Yoga Mat: We have props at the studios, but having your own mat is important in terms of physical and energetic hygiene.

Some Workshops Are Open to the Public: On some of the weekends there will be short (usually 3 hour) workshops which will be open for other students to join us. Feel free to invite people you think will be interested. A list of workshops is available at www.subtleyoga.com.

General Module Outline

 

Morning:

Monabrata (practice of silence) group kirtan and pranayama, meditation and asana practice
Short break for bathrooms and breakfast/snack
Lecture or Workshop

Lunch:

Typically from 12:30-1:45

Afternoon: 

Restorative Yoga
Philosophy, technique or anatomy workshop

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Blue Ridge Yoga’s Optional Mentorship Program

To get the most out of your training, Blue Ridge Yoga is offering an optional mentorship program. This program gives you the opportunity to build on what you learn in your training. During this mentorship, you will:

Schedule Two 1-on-1, In Class Private Lessons with your Mentor
(2 hours)

Prepare and teach a private session for a person of your choosing under the guidance of your mentor. This will be schedule towards the end of the program and will occur alongside your fellow mentees in a group setting at Blue Ridge Yoga.

Assist 1 of your Mentor’s Classes per week
(8 weeks)

  • Preparing props for students
  • Observing
  • Demonstrating poses
  • Gentle hands on adjustments

Design and submit 6 original asana sequences

Mentor will review the class you design and teach.

Monthly group sessions with Mentor
(minimum 6 hours) 

  • During these sessions, you will discuss current training, how teaching is going for you, any questions about the programs, etc.
  • You will be able to share your experiences/questions with your fellow peers and receive feedback from your peers and your mentor

Mentorship is available to all teacher trainees with an additional cost of $250.

Early Bird Pricing, through August 31 – $2,300

Full Training Investment (before October 31) – $2,600

Pricing includes an optional mentorship program and unlimited yoga classes at Blue Ridge Yoga during the time of your training to fully immerse yourself in yoga.

reserve your spot – $500 deposit

For acceptance in payment plan: Student must have an authorized credit card on file. Student must authorize Blue Ridge to debit the card for the monthly payment at the first of each month for the entire length of the payment plan. If there are any changes to the credit card on file, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Blue Ridge. Please inquire for payment plan information.