Yoga Teacher Training
We Train Whole Teachers
Matthew and Holly have over 50 years combined experience as practitioners of the principles and techniques of the Yoga Tradition, as well as grappling with the texts attributed to Yoga. In addition, they have over 34 years combined experience in developing teachers. For Matt and Holly, it is not a business, it is a lifestyle of health, wholeness and possible freedom from suffering into authentic relationship with reality.
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 in service to self and others. From elegantly navigating general public classes to specialized groups, as well as one-on-one private teaching, and therapeutic settings; such as hospitals, clinics and VA, learn to teach and guide 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 (Kosha) Model, the Five Elements, the Kleshas, the Gunas, Ayurveda, and the Enneagram, as well as evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and bio-mechanics.
We have trained 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.
Once you've completed a program, you are invited to return whenever possible to mentor and continue your learning through being of service to new teachers-in-training. This time can be submitted to the Yoga Alliance for CEUs. There is no charge. We only ask that you contribute to your accommodations while here. We believe in growing community and individuals through service.
We've been a registered school with the National Yoga Alliance since 1999. Through our programs, you can be recognized at the 200RYT and 500RYT levels, and receive CEUs. We also have an affiliate school in St Charles, MO, Janes House Studio at the 200 hour level.
We are a Member School of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and our 800-hour Professional Yoga Therapy Program is in the review process by the 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'.
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
Yoga Therapy 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