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Teacher Training Schedule

We consider our training format to be "just right" as Goldilocks would say and to allow normal householders to be able to participate. Those who are looking to become certified to teach will also be required to take 2 classes per week at the studio from October - March to meet our requirements. For more details, please attend our free info session in August to ask questions and get special pricing!

While I love all yoga growth opportunities, I have often found the intensive format to be too hot, too much, too fast. It is difficult to digest so much information so quickly and really integrate it into your body, practice, and teaching. Nevermind the travel expenses, possibility for injury, or the cost of taking off work.  We all love a yoga vacation but perhaps that should be different than embarking upon the teacher education path?  On the other hand, my first training was one Saturday a month for two years. It left me craving more at the end of each session. By hosting our training one weekend per month, I feel like we are able to learn slowly and steadily, keep up with normal householder life, and put what we learn to use.

We’ve split this training into separate weekend workshops so the casual and committed student alike can participate.  The sessions will take place every other weekend Oct - Dec & Jan - Mar with summers off and will begin again each fall.  We'll meet Saturday & Sundays @ 12-8pm.  There will be about 4-8 hours per month of homework and self-study.  Ideal candidates for the training will have been practicing yoga &/or been relatively active for at least one year, are open to exploration, have a playful attitude towards their yoga and self care, and are interested in learning more about yoga.  The asana / physical part of practice will be about 3-6 hours per daily session.  

PART 1 – October through December, 2016

We will meet on the following weekends:

October 8, 9 at 12:00-8:00 pm
October 22, 23 at 12:00-8:00 pm
November 5, 6 at 12:00-8:00 pm
November 19, 20 at 12:00-8:00 pm
December 3, 4 at 12:00-8:00 pm
December 17, 18 at 12:00-8:00 pm.

Total of 96 hours.In this part we will focus on anatomy of movement, asana, postural adjustments, injury prevention, leaning basic sequences and developing teaching skills. All handouts will be provided. You will spend all of your time with the lead instructor, Valentina Petrova.

PART 2 – January through March, 2017

January 7, 8 at 12:00 – 8:00 pm
January 21, 22 at 12:00 – 8:00 pm
February 4, 5 at 12:00 – 8:00 pm
February 18, 19 at 12:00 – 8:00 pm
March 4, 5 at 12:00 – 8:00 pm
March 18, 19 at 12:00 – 8:00 pm

Total of 96 hours.  Independent Study hours for both sections = 36 hours.
Total combined training hours = 230!!!

In this part we will continue to explore the above subjects, focus deeper on developing teaching skills, finding your voice as teachers, history and philosophy of yoga, and learning more about various styles and ways to practice. All handouts will be provided. You will spend time with the lead instructor, Valentina Petrova, but also have the pleasure of experiencing other Senior Smiling Dog instructors. You will practice teach more, and we’ll go over everything you need to now as a yoga teacher. We will also give you the opportunity to be evaluated and will be selecting future Smiling Dog team members  This is also the time to prepare for your final exam.

*Exact schedule for each weekend will be made available to all who enroll in the program as well as the books you’ll need to purchase for the training. Smiling Dog provides a Yoga Teacher Training manual to all enrolled free of charge.