Online Depth Training
There is nothing quite like intensive study of this practice. It ends up being intensive study of the self. We leave feeling more like ourselves.
While most of our practice over the years will be alone, at home, or in classes, every once in a while deeper study, community, and connection with a teacher infuse your heart.
This curricula has been uniquely designed to provide the depth and integrity students crave but often find lacking in studios and teacher training programs.
It surpasses Yoga Alliance’s standards for teacher training. It forgoes the ideal of teaching fitness based group classes. It focuses on the things ‘teacher trainings’ often gloss over: lineage, personal development, the psychology of the thing, the questions and mysteries of origins and history, and the complexity of practicing in divisive times. It goes to the heart. It goes to your heart. It messes around with the poetry struck by real science and anatomy meeting contemplative tradition.
We’ll meet online Mondays 7-9 CST for lecture and discussion, Wednesdays 7-8 pm CST for practice and methodology discussion. Your studies also include recordings of the weekly techniques sessions. The course runs from November 4- June 1, but you’ll have five more months to complete your individualized work. Expect to meet with Karin 1-on-1 12 times over the course of the year. Included in your tuition is access to The Art of Self Care and seasonal panchakarmas.
WHY SUCH A LONG TIME?
When you study with a teacher slowly over time, the study actually becomes a practice. Through this practice, you will learn to clearly identify the questions of dharma, Samskara, and agency as they come up in life. Each experience will give you fresh insight into determining how to respond (or not respond) and help you to see what is really true for you. Continued practice will give you confidence in your decision making and will gradually transform your life. And that is ultimately what yoga is about - the ability to create and maintain a truly meaningful life.
Learn From the Best
Much of my teaching sounds like a parroting of my own teachers, including Amy Matthews and Leslie Kaminoff. It would be impossible to think of my work as separate from what they’ve taught me. So I’m thrilled to be able to partner with them and give you a chance to learn from them directly. They are the leaders of their field - why not study with the best?
This isn’t your average yoga anatomy training.
Leslie and Amy have a combined 50+ years of experience teaching yoga teachers. They are world-renowned yoga educators and best selling authors of the text every YTT uses, Yoga Anatomy.
Leslie often cites the master teaching of his own teacher, TKV Desikachar, and the way he’d weave yogic philosophy into his work with bodies; it was like he was laying sutras on you, he says. I think Leslie does it too. He makes your brain pop and the most subtle, accessible movements change your entire understanding.
And the last time I studied with Amy, I rolled up off the floor and whispered ‘but that's poetry!’ to her teaching of embryology and developmental movements. She just smiled, as she does.
See for yourselves. Included in my training is 20+ hours of online lessons, movement experiments, and teaching principles with them, available for a year. We will draw these lessons out in our own explorations of movement, yoga philosophy, and practicum.
Schedule and Curricula
Mondays 7-9 pm CST
Wednesdays 7-8 pm CST
practice and teaching methodology
Lecture and Discussion schedule:
Term 1: Yoga Darshana
November 4 Introduction to Yogic Studies/What is ‘yoga’?
November 11 How old is Yoga (really)? Guest speaker: Carol Horton
November 18 Samskara, Savasana, and the teachings of Death
November 25 Patanjali’s Yoga
December 2 Bhakti, the Love Song of God, and the Yoga of Devotion Guest Speaker: Theo Wildcroft
December 9 Tantra and Mideval Hatha Yoga Guest Speaker: Erin Jade
December 16 Lineage and Yoga Teachers
December 23 The Consciousness Model: dualism and non dualism
(no class December 30)
January 6 Avidya in the Body
January 13 The neurobiology of Yoga
January 20 The rise of Modern Yoga and the Dangers of Practice
January 27 Recap: What is Yoga?
Term 2: Epics, Holy Books, and You
March 16 A study of Dharma: The Bhavagad Gita and ‘life purpose’
March 23 Awake in the World: Dharma and Moksha
March 30 Epics, texts, and human story
April 6 Yoga Karmasu kashashalam - skill in action
April 13 We are not saints: householders, karma, and the nature of the self
April 20 Hinduism, Yoga, Devotion
April 27 Vedanta and Basha - a history of commentary
May 4 Prakriti and Purusha
May 11 Sattvic Mindfulness
May 18 Playing with Knives: Dharma mega samadhi and the outcomes of practice
May 25 The Ramayana
June 1 The Yoga Sutras (these last two will probably become future courses on their own, but we’ll be referencing the YS throughout our studies and tie the season up with a recap).
Recommended Reading List
The following are required texts for training. Think of them as reference books, not something you need to read cover to cover. You are not expected to have read anything in preparation for training.
If, however, you're chomping at the bit and want to start your own personal study, I recommend Yoga and The Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope, Waking by Matthew Sanford, Yoga Beyond Belief by Ganga White, and/or Poser by Claire Dederer. They'll give you the flavor of intensive and an introduction to the field we'll be exploring.
Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
Anatomy Coloring Book, Kapit and Elsin
The Yamas and Niyamas, Deborah Adele
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Chip Hartranft
The Heart of Yoga, TKV Desikachar
Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Calais-Germain
Bhagavad Gita, Mitchell translation
Teaching Yoga, Donna Farhi
Is this course registered with Yoga Alliance?
Yes, but listen. This course aims to make the content of a world class training and depth studies program available at a distance. That means, in order to meet YA’s in person hour requirements, you and I will need to make a plan. We can do that.
$3200 or 12 monthly payments of $275
I’m not sure I want to teach/I am already certified/I just want to learn
Perfect. There are dime a dozen teacher training programs that ‘certify’ people to lead group fitness classes. Consider this course as something different. It’s like yoga grad school. It’s all the questions that really matter. It’s personal. It’s with master teachers. And it’s not about the certificate.
I am happy to talk about teaching as a career, mentor teachers along that path or midway through it, and/or provide CEUS. But this is a course of study that goes beyond standard teacher training.
Will I be qualified to teach after this course?
Yes. You’ll understand the principles so well you can teach any style of class in any context you desire.