When I designed my teacher training program over two years ago, I poured my heart and soul into it. I felt called to create a training because I felt like something was missing in our yoga community: a teacher training filled with heart and soul that nurtured the unique gifts of each participant. Not a training stuck in old ways or bogged down by outdated traditions, but one that meets the needs of a new breed of teachers–ones who are creative and bold, reverent and authentic.
As I get ready to graduate my second group of teacher trainees in November, I’m humbled that I get to continue to offer this training from my heart. It’s a reflection of everything I’ve learned in 12+ years of practice and thousands of hours of psychology study. I’m so honored to have trained almost 40 yoga teachers in the last two years. And I can’t wait to do it again in 2016.
One of the questions I get asked the most is, “How is your training different from others in town?” With so many trainings to choose from in Birmingham now, I totally understand why I get asked that so much! While I haven’t been through the other trainings in town, there are so many reasons why mine is unique and–I believe–special.
Below are nine of the many things that make my teacher training what it is.
- It’s Birmingham’s only Vinyasa-based teacher training. Other trainings in town are based in the Ashtanga tradition, which has a rich and vibrant lineage. But it’s not for everyone, and it’s not the only root of Vinyasa yoga. The new school of Vinyasa yoga–which draws from Therapeutic traditions, as well–traces its history back to T.K.V Desikachar, the original Therapeutics master. (You’ll have to join me for training to find out what a bad-ass he was!)
- Learn anatomy knowledge you won’t get anywhere else. Rather than learning parts and pieces, you’ll learn how the whole body works together. In my training, we use anatomy info that comes from the cutting edge of research, based on the work of Tom Myers. (Learn more about him here.) Other trainings don’t include this info, so you miss out on the holistic way the body works. This info is crucial to being a great teacher!
- You’ll definitely deepen your practice. Between the philosophy and anatomy knowledge, and homework that requires you to develop a home practice, you will have deeper experiences on your mat. This training profoundly shifts and deepens your relationship with yoga so that it supports your life the way you need it to.
- You’ll study with amazing guest teachers. I bring in incredible teachers of different styles and traditions from all over Birmingham. They tell their stories and teach in their styles to expose you to the vast array of teaching in the world. No other training in town has this much variety and depth!
- It’s personal growth-focused. With my background as a therapist and counselor, I draw in personal growth exercises like journaling and supportive group processing. We focus on uncovering your most authentic self to bring to your mat and to teaching. It’s a life-changing experience!
- It’s all about you. You’ll learn to teach like yourself! I have no interest in you teaching like me, or teaching the “right” way. In my training, you learn to teach like your most authentic self and identify your unique gifts and strengths that will make you an amazing teacher.
- You’ll find your Core Message. Your Core Message is the central theme of your teaching and your life. It’s like your yogic mission statement. I’ll take you through a one-of-a-kind process to help you discover your inner wisdom and craft your Core Message. No other training in the country does this! My graduates say this is one of the most powerful parts of the training.
- You’ll make friends for life. My YTT graduates still gather monthly to stay in touch and support each other. I love hearing stories of the things they do together after training. It’s an honor to bring such amazing people together and watch them make lasting friendships!
- You’ll have so much fun. We laugh a lot. My teacher training is an intimate environment where everyone can let their guard down. The learning is serious, and the fun is, too. Teacher training weekends are some of the most fun I have all year!
I’m so proud of this training and so proud of my graduates. Many of them are teaching, offering workshops, even opening studios! Everyone leaves my training feeling empowered to go out into the world and offer from their hearts.
I hope you’ll join me in 2016 for your teacher training journey. It starts in March and lasts nine months. We meet one weekend a month for yoga, learning, and fun. You can find more information here and apply here.