A Balanced Approach – Intensive Professional Yoga Certification Program
(250 Hour Basic Certification and 150 hour Advanced Apprenticeship Certification)
with the directors of Ashtanga Yoga Montreal – Allison Ulan, Jeanne Mudie, Jessica Goldberg and Eugene Poku.
Since 2002, Ashtanga Yoga Montreal has certified over 240 teachers through this intensive program accredited though The Yoga Alliance of North America. We are proud of how our graduates have become leaders in their chosen fields of expertise from restorative yoga teachers to body alignment specialists to meditation teachers. All of our teachers at AYM are graduates of our teacher training programs.
Join the directors of AYM for this in-depth professional training to study, practice and integrate the ancient techniques of Yoga in the Krishnamacharya traditions infused with contemporary techniques refining the world of Yoga. This training focuses Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga through the principles of Ayurveda to develop balance and steadiness in the yogi(ni). The principles covered are the Yogic 5 Element Anatomy, the 3 Dosha system, the 5 Vayu system, The Kosha System, Western Anatomy & Physiology, Vipassana Meditation and East/West Philosophy. In 2015, our guest teachers will be Joanna Abbot, alignment and kineisiology guru and Robin Golt, philosophy enthusiast.
In 2015, we are offering the course in a new format. The training will be divided into four sections to allow more time for participation, integration and discernment.
Part 1 – Abhyasa and Vairagya – Deepening One’s Personal Practice
Friday, May 22nd to Saturday, June 6th, 2015
In this two week section you will deepen your own personal understanding of yoga through yoga asana, pranayama and meditation. Plus investigation of the history and philosophy of the ancient yogis will be introduced. In-depth anatomy and physiology labs will support understanding of alignment and compassion. The principles in Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga will be focused through the lens of Ayurveda. (125 hour Training)
Fee: $1450 if paid by April 10th, 2015 – $1600 is paid after April 10th, 2015
Part 2 – Mudita, Karuna and Upekkha - Cultivating the Heart of a Teacher
Monday, June 8th to Saturday, June 20th, 2015
In the second two week section, the techniques of teaching will be studied, practised and refined. The methodology of teaching, the art of sequencing, the techniques of assisting and short term/long term lesson planning will be studied. There will be indepth study of philosophy through the ancient texts of The Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutras. More detailed work in Ayurveda will be undertaken to cultivate a teacher’s perspective of long term change for students. (125 hour Training)
Fee: $1450 if paid by April 17th, 2015 – $1600 is paid after April 17th, 2015
Daily Schedule in parts one and two are Mondays to Fridays from 7 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm. No classes on Sundays.
Part 3 – Sadhana-Guru – Integration
Completion of the 50 question Take home exam which needs to be completed and handed in by September 23, 2015. The exam is marked Pass or Fail. A passing mark is 75% with no obvious weaknesses in understanding the course material and the application of the material. When all three parts of the this course are completed, the trainee will be awarded a certification as a Hatha Yoga Instructor through Ashtanga Yoga Montreal. This training fullfills and excedes the standards of The Yoga Alliance of North America.
Part 4 – Sati – Taking the Seat of the Teacher
6 – 9 month Apprenticeship with one of the the directors of the course. This third part of the course is the apprenticeship section and is voluntary. The apprentice and teacher will work together and the student will attend and assist 20 classes. They will be guided through methods of observation, assessment, how to assist postures, how to plan classes, verbal skills, presentation skills and teach sections of the classes under the supervision of the guiding teacher. At the end of the apprenticeship, the student will teach 4 public classes. When the apprenticship material is completed sufficiently, the student will be awarded a 150 hour advanced training certificate.
Fee – $800 plus applicable taxes paid to the director the student apprentices with.
If you are interested in this next training, please read through this page of material and then download the application, fill it out and send it to us at Ashtanga Yoga Montreal (372 St. Catherine Street West, Suite 118, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 1A2) with a $300 deposit. We will be happy to review your application and see if your experience level suits our program. If your application is accepted, we will then deposit your cheque to secure and reserve your place in the training (deposit non-refundable).
Who is this training designed for?* This training is for the experienced yoga student who wants to deepen their personal yoga practice and understand yoga from it’s ancient origins. * This training will provide a strong base for the person who wants to teach yoga as a career. * This course is beneficial for current teachers of other forms of Yoga to understand the principles of Yoga from the Ayurvedic perspective and how to present to these techniques skillfully to customize yoga routines for whole being healing of a student. * It is highly recommended that to participate in this course, an interested student should have a minimum of 3 – 5 years of dedicated yoga study/practice already “under their yogic belt” and prospective trainees should be able to practice the primary series of Ashtanga yoga with confidence and ease within their abilities. All trainings at AYM are recognized and certified through The Yoga Alliance of North America.
The course is limited to 24 participants, so if interested, please register as soon as possible. Contact AYM by e-mail or phone us, 514-875-9642. We will be happy to answer any questions about this training or help you begin your application process. (Payment plans are available. Simply speak to the director of the course to make payment arrangements. One work-study position was available for the training. Speak to the director about this position.)Be Well and Be Yoga, Allison Ulan Director of A Balanced Approach and Training Programs at AYM
Course Curriculum:* The 5 element theory * The koshas * The 3 doshas principle * Theory and practice of Yoga (includes Asanas, Pranayamas, Kriyas, Bhandas and Chanting) pertaining to the 3 doshas and seasonal changes. * Anatomy and Physiology from the Western and Eastern Perspectives (Principles covered will be “grounded” femurs, extension/traction of spine, balanced body alignment for the individual, the dynamics of breathing, the dynamics of energy and progressive sequencing programs to intelligently support mind/body/spirit integration.) * Anatomical understanding of The 5 Vayu Theory. * Ayurveda 101 – Diet and Lifestyle from a Yoga Perspective. * Physical Education and Yoga – How Yoga’s ancient system supports developing various components of fitness. * Stress and Emotions – Yoga as a practical methodology in management of stress and increasing equanimity with emotional states. Yoga provides a system to skillfully learn ways to channel emotional energy towards greater creativity, better time management and increased productivity. * Vipassana Meditation - its various forms and benefits as tools for mental clarity. How the elements of meditation support developing the mind, memory, concentration, comprehension and positive discipline. * Yoga Philosophy – Concepts of Yoga Philosophy and its application in everyday life. * Study of the four paths of Yoga and the eight limb approach. * Texts to be studied will be The Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, plus excerpts from various classical texts on Yoga, Samkhya, Vedanta and buddhist teachings. * Yoga practices as prevention and cure for stress and stress related problems such as anxiety, depression, hypertension, migraines, fatigue, asthma and chronic pain. * Teaching Methodology – how to teach classes to educate, elucidate and inspire. * Assists and Adjustment Methodology for respect and safety of student and teacher.
Current 2014 A Balanced Approach Training
Friday, May 22nd to Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 -
~ Part 1 - One month long Intensive
Monday, June 23rd to Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
~ Part 2 – The take-home exam component of the intensive which needs to completed to receive certification. Trainees need to complete the exam by September 24th, 2014.
Monday, July 7th, 2014 to May 1st, 2015
~ Part 3 – The third part of the course is the apprenticeship section and is voluntary. The apprentice attends and assists classes at AYM over a 6 – 9 month period, completing 40 hours in class time (20 classes) and 75 hours study time under the mentorship of the teacher of their choice. In addition, the apprentice will teach 4 classes at AYM (Thursday afternoon community classes – 12 hours). In total, this apprenticeship is 150 hours. When it is completed, the trainee will awarded an advance certificate of completion. The third section of the course is a strong compliment to the month long intensive and exam because of the one-on-one work the student will have with their mentorship teacher. It is highly recommended for serious yoga students/teachers to be part of the apprenticeship training to refine their understanding of Yoga and their teaching skills.
Part 1 and Part 2 need to be completed to receive a basic 250 hour Yoga Teacher Certification through AYM. Part 3 is voluntary and is an advanced training.