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Kripalu School of Yoga

Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour Certification

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Program Overview

Awaken the teacher within.

With more than 30 years of experience in training yoga teachers, Kripalu knows that the best way to learn how to teach yoga is to immerse yourself completely in a yogic lifestyle and practice so that your teaching comes from your deep personal experience. At Kripalu, you will study in community with expert faculty and guest teachers, practice yoga every day, participate in posture clinics, study the ancient yogic texts, explore experiential anatomy, practice teaching in a variety of learning environments, and so much more.

What will you learn?

Skills for transformational teaching Help your students develop a heightened sense of body-awareness and self-awareness to deepen their practice on the mat, and show them how to take that awareness into their lives, off the mat.

How to create inspirational and safe yoga classes Develop skills for teaching an inspirational 1-hour or 1½-hour yoga class: discover creative ways to warm-up and cool down the body; learn the benefits of classical yoga postures and how to weave them into posture sequences that make an exciting class; find ways to motivate students and safely pace your class according to students’ skill levels and experience, including how to offer modifications, posture options, clarification of contraindications, and how to create lesson plans for a complete series of classes with progressive levels of difficulty.

Principles of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology Focus on safety, joint movement, range of motion, and a functional understanding of skeletomuscular systems and structures.

Pranayama techniques Enable your students to experience body-mind integration and purification through yogic breathing, and teach them to connect consciously with prana, or life force—the inherent wisdom of the body. Learn and practice creative ways of incorporating various methods of pranayama into your posture sequences.

Relaxation and meditation methodology Gain skills for centering yourself and your students, creating sacred space, and guiding the class in a deeply restorative Savasana.

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