200 Hour Yoga Techer Training with Margaret Pitkin and Kali Brgant
October 2017 through May 2018 at Moonlit Studios in Hyde Park, VT
9 Weekends Saturday and Sunday 9-6
Tentative dates: Oct 21-22, Nov 4-5, Dec 9-10, Jan 13-14, Feb 10-11, March 10-11, March 31-April 1, April 14-15, May 3-6 (overnight at Sky Meadow Retreat), snow-date: March 24-25
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Fridays 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
- 9:00 Check-in, homework discussion and weekend topic introduction
- 9:30-10:30 Yoga practice
- 10:30-12:30 Workshop
- 12:30-1:00 Lunch
- 1:00-3:00 Workshop
- 3:00-6:00 Posture Clinic
Sunday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
- 9:00-10:30 Yoga practice
- 10:30-12:30 Workshop
- 12:30-1:00 Lunch
- 1:00-2:00 Meditation/Breathing
- 2:00-6:00 Workshop
The training fee is $3000, with scholarships and payment plans available. If you are a JSC student you may use financial aid to cover the cost of the training fee. Included in the fee is the training, certification, manual, and free weekly yoga classes with Kali and Margaret. Other things you will need to purchase: yoga mat and block, loose clothing for practice, required reading, and meals. You must attend all sessions to receive certification.
***$200 fee for payment plan
**$350 non-refundable deposit to secure spot
***VSAC Grant eligible up to $2500
**Must have 6 students registered to run training
Introductory Weekend (getting to know each other and yoga)
History and Philosophies of Yoga
Syllabus excerpt: "Through lecture, discussion, and contemplation we will explore yoga philosophy throughout history. This exploration will include student contemplation of the following questions: who am I / what does it mean to be human? what is yoga? what are my goals in life and in yoga? In addition we will discuss the following: stone-age shamanism and concepts of consciousness in shamanic cultures; the philosophy of sacrificial fires and the sacred as expounded in the prto-yoga of the Rig-Veda; the concept of meditation and the conception of the inner fire in the Upanishads; Jainism and the concept of karma; yoga in Buddhism; the yoga of action in the Bhagavad Gita (to be covered in more depth in March); classical Patanjala yoga including the yamas and niyamas, the eight limbs of classical yoga; the nob-dual tantra of north Indian Shivite lineages and tattva theory; the bhakti yoga of Vaishnava lineages; the non-dual tantra of the southern goddess lineages (including Rajanaka yoga). Throughout this potion of the course we will interweave the myth of the pine forest sages (Shiva’s Ananda Tandava)"
Teaching Tools (communication, language, sequencing etc.)
Human anatomy and Functional Movement Applications Syllabus except: "This potion of the course will begin with an exploration of the anatomy of key muscles, and joints, in particular: gastrocnemius, tibialis anterior, hamstrings (biceps femoris, semimembranosus, semitendinosus), quadriceps (rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis + vastus medialis obliquus, vastus intermedius), sartorius, adductors (adductor magnus, brevis and longus), gluteus medius, gluteus maximus, tensor fasciae latae and the illiotibial band, illiopsoas, rectus abdominous, obliquus internus and externus, erector spinae, quadratus lumborum, pectoralis major, latissimus dorsi, deltoid, biceps brachii, triceps brachii, wrist flexors and extensors, sternocleidomastoid, scalenes, upper lower and middle trapezius, rhomboideus major and minor, serratus anterior, the “rotator cuff” (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis), masseter, the metatarsophalangeal joint, proximal and distal interphalangeal joints of the feet, the talocrural joint, tibiofemoral joint, patellofemoral joint, acetabulofemoral joint, public symphysis, sacroiliac joint, intervertebral joints of the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine, sternoclavicular joint, acromioclavicular joint, glenohumeral joint, scapulothoracic “joint”, humeroulnar joint, radiocarpal joint, and temporomandibular joint. The biomechanical relationship between these muscles and the joints at which they create movement that is relevant to yoga practice will be discussed and explored through self-palpation, demonstration, and guided “feeling exercises” which will focus on building student awareness of various structural relationships within their own bodies. In addition, lecture, demonstration, and guided exploration will be used to explore common biomechanical faults (e.g. upper and lower “crossed syndrome”, excessive lumbar lordosis and kyphosis, etc.), how to see these faults as they may appear in different postures, and how to facilitate students’ ability to build strength and stability where they are weak or under supported and mobility where they are restricted in a way that is respectful and nurtures self-compassion.
Bhagavad Gita and the Art of Assisting
Syllabus excerpt: Through lecture and group discussion this block will include an exploration of the Bhagavad Gita and the yoga of action (including dharma, karma, etc.) and the foundations of safe, respectful, and kind yoga assists and manual adjustments. To be included: obtaining consent, creating safe space for students to say “no”, practicing sensitivity to student needs and knowing when not to assist, maintaining appropriate interpersonal boundaries, the risks and benefits of manually assisting students, the art of stable touch, practicing clear intention. Manual assists that will be demonstrated and practiced by students include: pressing the pelvis caudally in tadasana, uttanasana, balasana, adho mukha svanasana, parsvottanasana, shalabhasana, ustrasana, and box handstand; extending the thoracic spine and moving shoulders posteriorly in trikonasana, parsvakonasana, bhujangasana, urdhva mukha svanasana; pulling feet caudally in dhanurasana; retracting scapula in vasistasana and chaturanga Dandasana; externally rotating front thigh and lifting abdomen posteriorly in eka pada rajakapotsana (prep); facilitating thoracic extension and spinal rotation ardha Matsyendrasana; lifting hips superiorly in bakasana to assist entry into pose; guarding shoulders in bakasanato prevent forward fall; guarding/ assisting adho mukha vrksasana, sirsasana, pincha mayurasana and other inversions; external rotation of top thigh in parivrita supta padangusthasanaand other supine twists; pressing bottom thigh inferiorly while supporting top leg with head in supta padangusthasana; various savasana adjustments for facilitating comfort and relaxation.
Ayurveda and Yogic Lifesyle
Inner Wisdom (meditation and contemplative practices)
Putting it all Together: Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous and Endocrine Systems + the Subtle Body Syllabus except: This portion of the course will begin with an exploration, through discussion, contemplation, journaling and feeling exercises, of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous and endocrine systems, in particular: electrochemical messaging, chemical cascades, the location of key glands (pituitary, pineal, thyroid, thymus, adrenal glands, pancreas, and gonads), the function of the sympathetic and autonomic nervous systems and locations of key nerve plexuses, the basic layout of the motor pathway (corona radiata, internal capsule, pyramids, crossing of fibers, ventral horn etc.). This anatomy and physiology will be compared and contrasted with the traditional yogic anatomy of the nadis, chakras, and states of consciousness and parallels/differences will be discussed.
Final Weekend Retreat at Sky Meadow
(including practice teaching sessions and lectures/ discussion on the business side of yoga)
Outside requirements: Subject to change
- Take 1 yoga class/week (or 20 total)
- Assist 1 outside class
- Observe 2 outside classes (different instructors)
- 1-hour long teaching video to friends/family
- Home Practice
- Weekly journal
- Required Reading
This training is registered with the Yoga Alliance and graduates will become Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga teachers at the 200hr level.