THE YOGA STUDIES PROGRAM AT ENLIGHTEN YOGA
The Enlighten Yoga RYT 200 teacher training program provides students with a STRONG FOUNDATION in the science of yoga for anyone looking to enhance their knowledge of yoga and personal practice. We value the rich tradition of yoga and will discuss ways to merge this ancient practice with modern times. From day 1, you will have a chance to step onto your mat in a safe and supportive environment allowing you to gain confidence and feel empowered as you begin your journey toward becoming a teacher and forever a student with a love for this beautiful practice!!
The Program has been carefully designed to teach you how to build safe, intelligent and creative sequences for practitioners of all kinds. We will support and encourage each one of you to find your voice and unique style.
Topics of study include, but are not limited to: the history of yoga, sanskrit, yoga philosophy, systems and styles of yoga (including Prenatal, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga), the basics of Ayurveda, anatomy (both physical and subtle), assisting & adjusting, breathing techniques, the eight limb path, the science of sequencing, meditation techniques and introductions to ways to approach the variety of classes offered here at the studio, including, Long, Slow Deep and Yoga Basics. We will introduce you to some of the traditional texts of this practice, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Hatha Yoga Pradipika, to name a few.
Each session will be allotted for practical experience on your mat ~ discussing the postures; teaching and cueing the postures and their alignment; modifications for different practitioners; safe assisting and adjusting; yoga philosophy; anatomy; pranayama and mantra as it applies to the topic of the weekend.
Our goal is to plant seeds (bija) to help introduce this ancient practice so you can grow along with your own personal path in whatever direction this might take you.
THE ENLIGHTEN YOGA SCHOOL
Enlighten Yoga is a unique studio that strives to employ principles that effortlessly blend the physical with the spiritual, allowing students to pace their individual practice according to personal needs. Beginners and advanced students alike benefit from the program through challenging asana classes embedded with knowledge, devotion and universally understood spiritual principles. Modifications are offered for beginners and advanced practitioners are encouraged to shine in their practice without limitations.
Some readings and practical assignments are assigned throughout to support the curriculum of each lecture and practice. You are expected to complete work outside of the hours of weekend sessions in the areas of some required reading and assignments, asana practice at the studio, teaching, observing and assisting.
What sets our Program apart is both the format – meeting on Tuesday nights and then Saturday and Sunday, as well as the inclusion and support of a group of teachers who specialize in the topics which they will teach. Learning from more than one teacher offers you different ways of looking at topics and will provide you with more opportunity to develop your own voice.
While most teacher training programs are offered over a short period of 4 months, our weekend Program is offered over a slightly longer period of time (January 27 – October 13), not only providing students with access to the studio for this longer period, but giving students the chance to better digest the materials offered.
There will be a break in weekend meetings between June 12 and August 25. During this break, students will be expected to practice, observe and work on writing their class as part of the Program. This break will also allow students a chance to work with the materials offered to date and to work with their mentors.
TUITION FOR THE 200 HOUR YOGA STUDIES PROGRAM AT THE ENLIGHTEN YOGA SCHOOL (RYS)
- $3,000 for all nine weekends – $2,800 Early Bird Pricing (if paid in full by date specified).
- $300 non-refundable deposit should be included with your application. Remainder ($2,700) is due no later than the first day of the Program (unless Early Bird ($2,500) or on the payment plan).
- Optional Payment Plan for tuition:
- $300 non-refundable deposit, $3,000 divided into 3 payments of $1,000.
- Movie list will be sent to applicant upon approval of application (prior to the start of the program, students will watch 3 movies and write an essay on their take of the tradition of yoga and how tradition fits into modern times and the role of a yoga teacher).
- Reading list sent to applicant upon approval of application (students are responsible for obtaining their own required reading materials).
- Unlimited free yoga (9 months ~ $1,350 value) at Enlighten Yoga for those enrolled. Students will be asked to practice at the studio at least 3 times a week and to observe and assist other teachers in a variety of classes.
- Free personal session with one of the lead teachers is included, to be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time.
- Free use of studio space when it is open (reservation of studio use is required).
Program will meet on Tuesdays (or some Fridays) 5:30-9:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays 8:00 am -5:30 pm
Early bird pricing must be paid in full no later than December 1, 2016.
2018 dates TBD
Current 2017 Training dates are as follows (all weekends listed below as Saturday – Sunday include training on the Tuesday night prior to that weekend):
Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29**
Saturday, February 25 – Sunday, February 26
Saturday, April 1 – Sunday, April 2
Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30
Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21
Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, June 11
Friday, August 25 – Sunday, August 27**
Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24
Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15
Absences/hours missed will need to be made up with one of the teachers at an additional cost.
Students are expected to practice at least 3 times a week at the studio and to observe a specified number of classes, in addition to completing all assignments over the course of the Program.
ALTERNATIVE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM:
For some practitioners, when studying yoga, the intensive or weekend format is not feasible given life’s many demands. Now, for the first time ever in Charlotte, Enlighten Yoga will offer the first of its kind Yoga Teacher Trainings!!!!
Starting Wednesday, August 23, 2017, we will meet every Wednesday from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm for 30 weeks. There will be a two week break in training December 15 – January 3, 2017 and the last session of the training will be March 21, 2018.
In addition to these Wednesday meetings, one weekend will apply as hours toward the program:
Ayurveda Weekend Training, November 2017 (If a student is unable to attend the first Ayurveda weekend, a second one will be offered on April 2018). Dates to come.
Students studying in this daytime program are expected to fulfill the following requirements:
Attend all training sessions. If a student cannot attend a session for any reason, one of the three teachers can be available to make up the hours. Also note that the make up hours may be an additional charge – this is at the discretion of the teacher.
Practice a minimum of 3 times per week at the studio.
Observe a minimum of 10 classes over the course of the 30 week period.
Certain reading and other homework assignments will be given throughout the program.
Pricing is the same as the regular teacher training program.
Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this program.
*Both programs have a minimum of 8 people – otherwise program will be cancelled.
ABOUT SHARI GOLDSTEIN (E-RYT-500) AND AMANI MURRAY (E-RYT 500 & RPYT 200)
Shari GoldsteinRYT-500 & E-RYT 200
Shari (RYT-500, E-RYT-200) worked as a New York corporate lawyer, prior to which she worked in the ﬁtness industry for many years. She ﬁnally tried to soften her competitive mindset in 2002 when she came to yoga. Through yoga, Shari came to ﬁnd a sense of surrender and continued to practice right up until the birth of her second son in 2005, when she took a short hiatus from her asana practice to go back to the gym. Luckily, she found her way back to her mat when injuries began to plague her body and she was soon reminded of the true beauty and beneﬁts of a yoga practice. Shari had the distinct pleasure of completing her RYT-200 at Enlighten Yoga where she has continued her yoga studies over the years. In 2011, Shari became the owner of Enlighten Yoga (formerly known as YogaFlex) where she studied for a few years with Andrey Lappa (becoming Level II certiﬁed in Universal Yoga). Shari now has the good fortune to call Cora Wen her teacher and is part of Cora’s Yoga Bloom Lab Program. She has also participated in trainings with David Keil, Kino MacGregor, Peter Sterios, Rod Stryker, Richard Freeman, Llama Phuntsok, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sage Rountree and Corina Benner, among others. Online, Shari has been studying anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff. Having studied under the Universal Yoga System, Shari teaches an inventive style of Vinyasa yoga with a greater sense of physical and energetic anatomy and alignment that she has learned and continues to learn from Cora.
Shari has worked with many athletes during most of her teaching career and has developed a specialty in Performance Yoga for Athletes. She works with all ages and sports, from high school baseball players, to college lacrosse players, triathletes, college and professional basketball players and a number of college and progressional football players, to name a few. Shari offers a Performance Yoga for Athletes Teacher Training to teach other yoga teachers ways to teach safely and effectively to this population of practitioners.
Amani MurrayE-RYT 200, RYT 500, RPYT
(E-RYT 200, RYT 500, RPYT) A life long student of yoga, Amani completed her first teacher training in 2002 under the direction of Stephanie Keach, at the Asheville Yoga Center. In 2009 she completed a Prenatal Certification, and her passion for empowering women led her to create her very own certification. Her desire to learn more about yoga in all it's facets led her to complete her 500 RYT hours at the Asheville Yoga Center, specializing in the Classics Track. As her love for yoga continues to grow, she is currently working towards an Ayurveda training, which she will complete in 2015. Specializing in Hot Flow, Yin, Prenatal, and meditation, Amani has the unique ability to ignite, inspire, and uplift her students while maintaining the core teachings of the 8 Limbed path of yoga. Her classes are both challenging and light-hearted, holding space for students to breathe, move, and evolve
First Weekend: The Introduction to Yoga. Review the syllabus and discuss the movies ~ the importance of tradition and its role in modern times; the role of a teacher; overview of lineages; importance of certain texts (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita). Basic anatomy for functional movement and physiology for hips and shoulders. Asana will focus on vinyasas. Introduction of the breath and introduction to mantra.
Second Weekend: 8-Limb Path. Introduction of Patanjali’s 8-limb path, including the related sutras. Discussion of the elements. Focus will be on the pelvis. Introduction of the concept of active/passive postures. Asana will focus on standing postures.
Third Weekend: Ashtanga Vinyasa. Discussion of the Ashtanga Vinyasa System and the bandhas. Continue discussion on Patanjali’s sutras. Basic anatomy of the shoulder girdle. Asana will focus on seated postures and binding for shoulders and other shoulder postures.
Fourth Weekend: Yoga Sutras. Introduction of the vayus, gunas and understanding their importance and relevance to a yoga practice. Anatomy will discuss the spine and nervous system and asana will focus on backbending.
Fifth Weekend: Energetic Anatomy/Subtle Body. Discussion of energetic anatomy/the subtle body (nadis, marmas, mayakoshas and chakras); how these qualities are reflected in the postures and how postures can be sequenced to achieve certain energetic effects. Asana will focus on arm balances and inversions. Introduction to assisting and adjusting.
Sixth Weekend: Sequencing and Energetic/Subtle Energy Continued. Introduction to Prenatal. Immersion in the art of assisting and adjusting; understanding different body types; alignment as it relates to the individual. Introduction to Prenatal Yoga. Deeper study of pranayamas, mudras, bandhas and sequencing.
Seventh Weekend: Introduction to Ayurveda. Sequencing and Energetic Anatomy Continued. Introduction to Ayurveda, the “sister science” to yoga and how to create balance for the yoga practitioner based on one’s individual makeup. Continuation of sequencing as it relates to Ayurveda; patterns and movements/turns on the mat. Asana will focus on combination postures.
Eighth Weekend: Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga. Introduction to Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga – the importance of these styles and how they are relevant to today’s yoga. Continue work on sequencing concepts ~ mini sets and patterns/turns on the mat with a variety of vinyasas. Sequencing geared toward specific energies – ex. diagonal energy. Asana will focus on savasana and postures with a more passive/yin/restorative nature.
Ninth Weekend: Review; Ways to teach Specific Classes. Practical information geared toward sequencing classes like Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Kids, Yoga Basics, Deep Stretch (Long, Slow Deep) and mixed level. Discuss the business of yoga. Review the Program as a whole, answering questions and review for exam.
*Each weekend will offer yoga philosophy, study of postures, anatomy, pranayama technique, both teaching and practice and mantra as it applies to the weekend topic.