Yoga is a path, practice and discipline of Wakefulness. We utilize the body to access the mind, heart and spirit, seeking to fully integrate all aspects of being. The efforts made on the yoga mat prove to fortify one’s ability to be wide awake in the world: fully present for the unfolding of your rare, precious and amazing life in real time.
This Foundational Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program is designed to fortify your own practice while giving you the tools necessary to skillfully and effectively teach powerful and inspiring vinyasa yoga classes. We study more than 50 Asana, approaching them through the lens of Alignment, Actions, Hands-on Adjustments, Transitions and Benefits. You begin teaching right from the beginning, first partnering with classmates, then teaching the teachers and each other individual poses and then sequences of poses. You get the experience of beginning a class, including teaching a kriya and an opening sequence that you personally craft. The program culminates with you teaching an 80-minute vinyasa yoga class of your own design three times: twice in clinics and once as your final. After each of these teaching experiences you will receive supportive and encouraging feedback that will also sharpen and refine your teaching skills and point you toward personal growth.
In addition to learning to teach poses, you will also study effective teaching methodologies, including: how to use language, vocal patterns, demonstrations, and appropriate touch to effectively communicate the material; cultivating sensitivity; discovering ways to engender trust and overcome resistance, and much more. You will learn the ins-and-outs of being a professional yoga teacher, including strategies for getting work, how to conduct private yoga sessions, and the nuances of corporate yoga. You will also learn how to adapt the practice to beginning students, and pregnant women in all-levels classes.
Beyond the physical components of Yoga Practice, you will also learn the history of yoga, and begin to study Sanskrit, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Physical and Subtle/Energetic Anatomy, Ayurveda and Meditation. There are books to read, responses to write, a journal to keep, and lots of classes to take. You will emerge from this transformational program empowered to teach yoga and, perhaps more importantly, centered within yourself. This program helps you connect with your own intuition and inner-knowing so you move through life with integrity, authenticity and greater confidence. Through the practice of yoga you begin to shed limiting beliefs, conscious and unconscious, about who you are and what is or is not possible. Through this program you discover the magic and mystery of being alive, connect with what you deem to be sacred, and learn to live with reverence and devotion. You will make life-long heart-connections with your classmates, and your life will be enormously enriched. In the not-too-distant future you may look back on your experience here and realize this training was the best thing you ever did for yourself, and find that it sincerely made all the difference.
Director: Corina Benner
Co-Director: Felicia Comisar
Anatomy: Nicole Rogers
Bhagavad Gita: Julie Pogaschefsky
Teaching to Beginners: Laura Edoff
Teaching to Pregnant Women in All-Levels Classes: Kate Howell
Energetic Anatomy and Chakras: Corey Sokoloff
Ayurveda: Julia Clarke
Meditation: Michael Carroll
Dates for the 2017 – 2018 program:
Tuesdays @ Wake Up Yoga Rittenhouse, 7:30 – 9:30pm: 9/19, 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/28, 12/12, 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20
Thursdays @ Wake Up Yoga South, 7:30 – 9:30pm: 11/9, 12/7, 2/8, 3/1, 4/5, 4/26
Saturdays @ Wake Up Yoga South, 10am – 5pm: 9/23, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/19
Sundays @ Wake Up Yoga South, 10am – 4pm: 9/24, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/18, 12/3, 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 4/15
Want to learn more? Attend a free info session!
Please RSVP to Alane if you plan to attend.
- Download the WUY TT Application [PDF]
- Submit your application to Corina in person or by email (email Alane for an application)
- Submit your $300 deposit
- Deposit will be returned to students who are not accepted into the program
- The deposit will be applied to the total tuition for those who are accepted into the program
- If you have not already done so, practice vinyasa yoga with Corina.
Corina teachers on Mondays at Fairmount, Tuesdays at Rittenhouse & Thursdays at South, 6pm – 7:15pm
* Includes unlimited yoga at Wake Up Yoga from September 19, 2017 – May 19, 2018
There is a $300 discount (bringing tuition to $2700) if tuition is paid in full by January 9, 2018. Payment plans are available. The standard plan involves the $300 deposit plus $300/month payments throughout the program. Other programs can be tailored to your personal budget.
If you’re interested in learning more about this training, please email Alane@wakeupyoga.com for more information.
The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron
Path Is the Goal by Chogyam Trumpa
From the Vedas to Vinyasa by Amy Vaughn
The Science of Breath by Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine
Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith
The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long
Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practices by Deborah Adele