Yoga Teacher Training
We Train Whole Teachers
Circle Yoga Shala offers up to 1000 hours of yoga teacher training providing the necessary tools to meet you at the level(s) you wish to attain in becoming a teacher. From elegantly navigating general public classes to specialized groups, as well as one-on-one private training, and therapeutic settings, such as hospitals, clinics and VA, with grace, ease and clarity. Our programs are layered in learning and take in account the different styles of learning for individuals.
The philosophical basis for our teaching comes from 'East meets West': the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Pancha Maya Model, the Five Elements, the Kleshas, the Gunas, Ayurveda, and the Enneagram, as well as evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and bio-mechanics.
We've been training teachers since 2001 and have conducted over 7,200 hours of teacher training since that time in Arkansas, Missouri, Mexico and Ohio. As a result, we’ve had the privilege of developing teachers who are seen as the most competent in their markets, and have evolved a program that is equaled by none: there is a difference between training someone to be a teacher, and training someone to be an instructor. We train teachers.
Our 200 and 500 hour programs are recognized by the National Yoga Alliance. Our Yoga Therapy Program is under review by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) for full accreditation and certification.
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At the 200 hour level, we teach principles and methods that are grounded in somatic inquiry and not inherently limited to a style of practice. At the same time, we teach you what is foundational to all of the styles of yoga you may encounter or have an interest in teaching, which means a thorough understanding of the five techniques of Hatha Yoga: stillness (asana), rhythm (vinyasa), breath (pranayama), integration (bandha) and presence (drushti). You will learn how to language and sequence these techniques in ways that continuously reveal their wholeness, and that invite creativity on your part. How you arrange them and establish a dominant focus is what moves them into the direction of "styles" like restorative, vinyasa flow, alignment-based, etc. We free you from the limitations of 'seeing' form into the 'way of action'. Go to Program
The 300-hour training is an integrated series of intensives designed to advance a teacher’s skill in three main areas: biomechanics, Ayurveda, and mind. All of which are connected to one another by the principle of adaptation. This means the overarching goal of the training is to teach the beginning foundations of personal assessment and to receive guidance on how to insert those into public classes.
Our 300 YTT program is a pre-requisite for the therapeutic program. Go to Program
The purpose of our curriculum is to apply knowledge of the foundations which define the wholeness of the human system and its integral relationship to the Universe of perpetual change and consciousness that has been taught at the 200 and 300 hour level of the program. These foundations are a fusion of Classical Yoga and Ayurveda, the biological sciences and evolutionary theory, and Integral Psychology, which is a broad vision of psychic life that includes Eastern and Western views of mind and identity, positive and negative views of psychic functioning, and transpersonal levels of development.
Our Professional Yoga therapy Program is an additional 500 hours on top of the 300YTT. It is organized around four areas of skill development. 1). We teach assessments derived from movement and the form of the body in stillness in order to find dysfunctional asymmetries and compensations that arise from injury, sedentary life, and our cultural situation. 2). We look deeply into the theories of the life force (Prana) to understand breath in a new way, and to link that understanding to specific diseases and the body-mind systems that they affect. 3). We delve into Ayurvedic theories on daily ritual, the 6 tastes of the human palette and their relationship with digestion, emotion and well being. 4). We work to understand the nature of trauma and its effects on body, mind, and relationship so that positive action can be taken to digest, integrate, and release its affects. Go to Program