Learn to teach the practice you love!
The Immersion and Teacher Training programs offered at Garden Street School of Yoga are rooted in Anusara Yoga, an alignment-based & heart center method, which includes held poses, core strengthening and skillful flow (vinyasa). We feel that this combined approach, of form and flow, offers a method of asana that stabilizes, strengthens and moves body, mind and heart.
Our teaching and practice at Garden Street expresses a practical and life affirming Yogic philosophy, which celebrates embodiment as a gift and the body as a perfect vehicle for devotion, transformation and service.
Garden Street School of Yoga is thriving thanks to the excellence of our programs and the brilliance of our teachers. We are the longest continuously running Teacher Training Program in this region and the first to offer an Advanced Teacher Training. Garden Street is a Yoga Alliance Registered School at 200 & 300 levels and an Anusara Affiliated School at the Basic & Advanced Teacher Training Level. Our graduates are successfully teaching in a variety of settings.
Teacher Training (Basic Level – 200 hour) – Current program is full. Next program begins Autumn 2018
Advanced Teacher Training in the Anusara Style of Yoga begins April 2018
Garden Street’s Advanced Professional Teacher Training is rigorous, open-hearted and individualized. The in-depth curriculum will expand and refine your Yoga practice and teaching abilities. Completion of program will make you eligible to register with Yoga Alliance at its highest level, RYT-500. You will also be eligible to apply to enter the process of working towards Anusara Yoga certification which is above and beyond the RYT-500 designation.
Garden Street Yoga’s 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training (ATT) is the next step after the 200-hour teacher training. Together they comprise an integrated 500-hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum.
This Training provides a path of study and practice for Yoga teachers to continue their education and training in two main areas:
- Teaching a high-quality Yoga class.
- Deepening their own practice:
- Advanced training in asana and other yoga practices such as pranayama and meditation
- Continuing studies in various areas, such as anatomy and Yoga philosophy.
Garden Street’s ATT curriculum includes
- Required modules totaling 156 hours of class time plus 12 non-contact hours to equal a total of 168 required hours.
- 132 Elective hours
Begin when you are ready with……. Advanced Teacher Training Elective Hours (132)
Fulfillment of the Elective Hours can begin whenever you are ready. Contact us to set up a meeting with Karen so she can let you know what options are available.
Some examples of how you can fulfill Elective hours:
- Take the Immersion and / or Teacher Training again – as an Advanced Teacher Trainee – which will require a different level of participation.
- Attend the Meditation Workshop October 13 – 15, 2017 (18 Elective hours)
- Attend a workshop with any Anusara certified teacher.
- Study with an Anusara Licensed Subject Matter Specialist (SMS) for up to 36 hours in their area of specialty.
- Repeat one or more of the Required Modules at Garden Street with Karen – or with any other Anusara Certified Advanced Teacher Trainer.
These are some examples. Other options can be discussed with Karen individually.
The Core Curriculum comprised of the Required Modules is scheduled to begin April 2018 and will extend over 13 weekends scheduled in 2018 and 2019.
The first 3 weekends are
- April 13 – 15, 18, 2018
- May 18 – 20, 2018
- June 15 – 17, 2018
No weekends scheduled in summer 2018. Further scheduling for Autumn 108 coming soon.
A typical daily schedule will be
- Friday 6 – 8 pm
- Saturday 9 am – 5 pm with a 2 hour lunch break
- Sunday 10 am – 2 pm
All scheduling is subject to change.
- Tuition for each of the required 12-hour module is $180. $360 for the 24-hour modules.
- Tuition for the Elective Hours and Elective Modules will vary depending on the offering.
- To pay tuition by credit card – please plan to add 4%.
- Payment plans available.
- Some scholarship funds and work-study available.
Admission – 3 steps
Interview… Application… Prerequisites
Interview and Application – Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule interview and receive application
- The 200 hours combined of Anusara Immersion and Level 1 Teacher Training, completed at Garden Street or elsewhere.
- For those who completed a YA-200 teacher training other than Anusara, the following option is available:
- Take at least one class with Karen Sprute-Francovich (the lead teacher of both the Basic and Advanced teacher training programs). This will allow you to see the studio, experience an Anusura Yoga class and assess whether or not there is a draw there for you. And if there is:
- Enroll in Garden Street’s Immersion and Teacher Training (200 hours total) at a deeply reduced price ($540. rather than $2700).
- Many YA 200 teachers have opted to do this over the years and have found it to be an invaluable deepening (rather than a repeat of material already covered).
- This option will fulfill 36 Elective Hours towards your Advanced Teacher Training.
- The next Garden Street Immersion and Teacher Training (200 hours total) begins September 2017 and ends February 2018. Check website for dates.
Detailed Outline of Each of the Required Modules
Teaching with a Theme – Minimum 12 contact hours
Teaching with a class theme is one of the hallmarks of Anusara yoga. Themes inspire both teacher and student by connecting the asana practice to a deeper meaning in yoga and life, yet after the Immersion and 100-Hour Teacher Training, teaching with a theme is often a challenge. In this module, we seek to share a group of simple but coherent methods to make our class themes authentic and powerful.
- Review theme, heart quality, and the main elements of a class plan built around a theme
- Practice ways to develop themes directly from personal experience and how to personalize the theme
- Review the main way that we “weave the theme/heart quality into the asana part of the class”, by relating theme to quality to Universal Principle of Alignment to asana
- Introduce other key ways to weave the theme into the asana part of class: mini-dharma talks, metaphors and imagery, storytelling, using an image from nature or the natural world,
- Introduce a suggested sequence for when to weave the theme into the flow of class
- Receive linear and graphic templates for creating a class plan with a theme
- Discuss challenges in teaching with a theme
- Share a compendium of great themes
Teaching with the Anusara Principles of Alignment – 12 contact hours
The Anusara Principles of Alignment are a key part of all Anusara Yoga classes and an integral part of the Level I Teacher Training (the 200 hours of the combined Immersion and Level 1 Teacher Training). At that level, the curriculum focus is on introducing the student teacher to the art and technique of teaching and cueing the principles of alignment in asana classes. What frequently happens is that, upon graduation from the Level I Teacher Training, the focus on cultivating a clear and powerful ability to teach with the Anusara Principles of Alignment is eclipsed, to a lesser or greater degree, by the many other factors and challenges that face new and even seasoned teachers of
Anusara Yoga such as learning how to develop an interesting theme and weave it into the asana part of class, how to talk students through the poses, learning to more keenly observe what all the students are doing and make skillful adjustments based on what we observe, honing the ability to sequence a class, and so on.
In this module, the curriculum focus is to review, overview, refresh and deepen understanding of the Anusara Principles of Alignment and focus on the how’s, why’s and when’s of practicing and teaching asana with the Universal Principles of Alignment, link the UPA’s to anatomy and kinesiology corollaries as well as to metaphor and poetic corollaries.
Sequencing – Minimum 12 Contact Hours
Sequencing is one of the most important skills required to teach an Anusara yoga class. Since we don’t have any prescribed sequences, we sequence asanas based on sequencing principles, which are in turn based on the biomechanics of the body and deep knowledge of asana.
The main topics covered in this module are:
- Key sequencing principles
- The two main ways to sequence an Anusara class: the “potpourri sequence”, and sequences that focus on a class of poses and that leads to an apex pose
- A review of the role of sequencing in creating a class plan (this will be a focus in the module titled “Teaching with a Theme”)
- The main part of the module is about how to sequence a class with a focus on the main classes of poses: standings, hip openers, backbends, forward bends, twists, arm balances, and inversions. We have suggested activities/exercises for the students to do to practice creating sequences.
- The other main topic of this module is sequencing for a class of beginners, a mixed level class, and an intermediate/advanced level class.
- Our last topic is Creating Course Curriculum – how to sequence a series of classes over a period of time.
Observation and Adjustments – Minimum 12 contact hours
The goal of this module is to deepen the ATT student’s understanding and practice of the art and skill of observation and adjustment in order to be more effective and confident in helping students organize their bodies in held postural alignment as well as in movement (vinyasa).
The outline of the content of this module is:
- Progressive Principles for “Seeing” our Students
- Remembering the First Principle
- Using a Basic Alignment Blueprint to Map Decisions
- Presence as Adjustment
- Verbal Adjustments
- Hands-On Adjustments & Progressive Principles of Adjustment such as Sensitivity & Stability
- Understanding Adjustments as Refinements/ Enhancements / Deepening
- Using clear and articulate language in tandem with adjustments –
- Using energetic and bio-mechanic intelligence
- Types of Adjustment & Principles of Adjustment
- Key Poses to Know How to Physically Adjust
Anusara Methodology and Co-Mentoring – Minimum 12 contact hours & 12 non-contact hours
Anusara yoga has a specific methodology, as described in the Anusara Immersion Manual, the Anusara Teacher Training Manual, in the Anusara Level 1 Teacher Training Curriculum, and on the ASHY website. Many of these elements have been covered in the other required modules, but a few that have not been covered will be a part of this module.
Our intention is that students will take this module towards the end of their 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training because it is designed to summarize the Anusara methodology and it includes a co-mentoring program that will prepare students for the class assessment element of the Anusara Certification program. So this module has two parts:
Part 1 is a minimum of 12 contact hours with three main intentions:
- To cover the main elements of the Anusara method that are not covered in the other ATT modules, namely:
- Coordinating major movements and actions with the breath
- Guidelines for verbal instructions, such as plain, active, explicit, linking, giving direction
- Postural demonstrations
- To summarize all that we have been studying about teaching Anusara yoga, and
- To introduce and practice the skill of mentoring, which will prepare the students for Part 2 of this Module.
Part 2 is a minimum of 12 non-contact hours when we will apply all that we have learned about teaching a class in the 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training by being part of a co-mentoring program where students will work together to prepare for the Certification Video Assessment.
Philosophy – Minimum 24 contact hours
In the Anusara 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training, our main intention is to go deeper into the teachings and the practice of non-dual Tantra, the life-affirming philosophy that underlies all the teaching and practice of Anusara Yoga. We will focus on the reading and contemplation of the text, the Shiva Sutras.
Our main intentions for this module include:
- To begin with a brief review of the history of non-dual Tantra, focusing on a few main concepts to help us understand this amazing text.
- To study the main teachings of non-dual Tantra through this text, including the two main movements of Tantric thought: towards the center/Heart, which is an introversive or inward current of awareness and practice, the main practice being meditation, and secondly, towards the surface, which is an extroversive expansion of the experience of the Heart into daily life
- We’ll learn about some of the main Tantric practices, such as meditation, contemplation, expansion, recognition, remembrance, and moment-by-moment awareness/consciousness of our patterns of action and thought in daily life
- As often as possible, we will apply the philosophy to our teaching of asana with a class them. to support that aim we will spend some time in this module exploring ideas and ways to do that.
Functional Anatomy as it Applies to Yoga – Minimum 24 contact hours
Assumptions/parameters that underlie this module:
- We assume that the average teacher trainee will have a middle to rudimentary understanding of anatomy.
- We are not training medical professionals.
- Healthy bodies, not therapy for injured bodies – this isn’t a Therapeutic Adjustments workshop.
- Possible basic assessment of the actions and pose variations a student needs, but no diagnoses.
- Asana geared towards the health of the body
- Non-dual Tantra as the Foundation of Anusara Yoga on both a physical and philosophical level.
- Present the main movements possible in a human body, for example, flexion, extension, twisting, and asymmetrical poses (one leg forward and one back).
- With each main movement, we’ll discuss and practice these primary teaching skills.
- Knowledge of the primary and secondary places of movement in these main classes of poses
- Key observation points and verbal adjustments to get into a safe pose
- How to teach a safe class. Main precautions.
- Study how the parts of the body work together.
- Key actions to teach
- Explain the anatomy behind the main movements of the body and behind the UPA’s by focusing on the anatomy of the major joints.
- How to deal with some of the most common conditions we face in class.
Teaching Meditation – Minimum 12 contact hours
From the beginning and until the second half of the 20th century, the main practice of yoga was meditation. Today, most of us begin yoga with the asana practice, and asana practice remains the main practice of Anusara yoga. Meditation is a wonderful complement and support for our hatha yoga practice, and for many becomes the central pillar of our sadhana.
This module covers four main topics:
- An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, including definitions, the theory behind the practice, a discussion about why we meditate with the benefits that are experienced on all levels of our being/all the koshas, how to practice, and the relationship of meditation to our other main practices.
- We introduce and practice teaching a simple 3-step template for teaching meditation, which we call “Creating Space for Meditation”, and a more complex 4-step template for teaching meditation.
- An activity about sharing our experiences that would be appropriate when there is more time available, like during a longer workshop.
- Using a Class Theme to Create a Meditation Dharana
Teaching Pranayama – Minimum 12 contact hours
Pranayama is foundational to a well-rounded yoga practice and has profound benefits on every aspect of being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. There have been several scientific studies to support the yogic claims of the benefits of pranayama. Many traditional yogic texts make robust claims for its benefits but more important than scientific studies or claims of old texts is the practice you do yourself.
This Module reviews the Pranayama techniques introduced in the Anusara Immersions. The trainees have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Prana, the Subtle Body as well as teach the different Pranayama techniques and to develop their own way of expressing their experience and understanding of Prana.
Women and Yoga – Minimum 12 contact hours
Teachers of Anusara Yoga – whether they are male or female – should be educated about and sensitive to:
- The physiological differences and changes that a woman experiences in her body through her life cycle.
- Ways to make intelligent and honoring class plans, that may include appropriate modifications and recommendations.
The curriculum of this module includes information, inspiration and practical guidelines on the following subject areas:
- Perspectives on how Anusara Yoga is a uniquely powerful hatha yoga method, the principles of which honor, at a physiological and philosophical level -the emergence of the feminine in the Yoga world and on the planet.
- History of Hatha Yoga as a body of practices originally developed by men for men.
- Honoring the Sacred Feminine; practical and inspirational ideas for how to bring the subject forward in our classes.
- Avoiding insensitive language that might exclude women, men or transgender.
- Ethical Considerations
- Physiological and hormonal considerations for each of these phases, and practical considerations about yoga during each phase:
- Ovulation and Menstruation (Moon Cycle)
- Postpartum and Nursing
Yoga for Seniors – Minimum 12 contact hours
The “senior” segment of the population is expanding rapidly and many are embracing yoga as a key element of their lifestyle. In this module, we’ll prepare to teach senior students through:
- Contemplations as we prepare to teach senior students
- Personal Contemplations
- Cultural attitudes towards seniors
- Benefits of yoga for Senior Students
- Psychology of senior students
- Adapting Teaching Techniques for a class of Yoga for Seniors
- When teaching asana to Seniors, what to emphasize
- Anatomy & Physiology considerations
- Opportunities and Outreach to create opportunities for seniors
- A long list of chair poses, poses done with the support of a wall, and a list of recommended resources.