The Mazé Method 200-hour teacher trainings take you on a journey of self-discovery and education into all things yoga. This training is offered over one month this summer, in partnership with Cuba Wellness Adventures. Come to Cuba with us and learn to teach what you love, while working with an organization founded by San Francisco Bay Area yoga teachers, dancers, artists and public school teachers with a goal of connecting travelers to aspects of Cuba not usually seen by tourists. A portion of the proceeds from all programs through Cuba Wellness Adventures is donated to Las Aguas Fund, which supports the sustainability of the amazing wellness and yoga communities in Cuba. So in signing up for this teacher training, you are also giving back to the yoga community in Cuba.
This foundational training (200–hour) program is ideal for serious students of yoga, aspiring yoga teachers, and teachers with varying levels of experience. Students with injuries and health issues are encouraged to attend. Our curriculum combines detailed alignment and intelligent sequencing with vinyasa theory, and provides you with sound knowledge and skills to teach safe and effective yoga classes. This training is recognized by Yoga Alliance and focuses on three areas of study: The Theory and Practice of Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, and The Art of Teaching. Upon completion of this training, graduates may register with Yoga Alliance at its RYT-200 level.
Participation in this training is legal and licensed for US citizens and residents under the general license of the US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations. You will have Cuban and International guides with over 20 years of experience facilitating travel in Cuba. This will afford you the opportunity to see the real Cuba and meet the Cuban people who make it magic. The guides are also very familiar with the area and fluent in Spanish. They will be able to help with suggestions for things to do in Havana and will be able to help with helpful phrases you need to know to get from place to place. The teacher training program itself will be led completely in English.
- Accommodations in beautiful private BnBs
- Daily breakfast
- Opening reception
- Bilingual guides
- percussion performance
- Airfare, Airport transfers
- other meals besides breakfast
- optional activities
DatesJune 14-July 5 2020
Expect daily hours to be Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:00pm with additional hours on a few evenings; however the exact schedule will be flexible and specific hours will be tailored to the teacher’s assessment of group needs, and announced prior to each respective module.
Complete participation is strongly recommended. However, life events and circumstances sometimes take priority, and we are as flexible and reasonable as we can be with our students. Makeup options are available. Please see our Makeup Policy for more information.
In this training, you will study and deconstruct asana (yoga poses), pranayama (breath work), meditation, applied anatomy, therapeutics, yoga theory & practice, yoga history & philosophy, basic Sanskrit, ethics & boundaries, and you will master the skills required to teach. With great precision and clarity, your trainer will cover the primary tools needed to teach yoga to others. In addition to studying the fundamental yoga postures, topics will include:
- How to improve your own yoga practice
- How to teach a yoga pose
- Actions and alignment
- Purpose and use of props
- Restorative poses
- Observing and understanding bodies
- The art of teaching
- When and how to modify yoga poses
- How or whether to touch students and when to use adjustments
- How to effectively sequence a class
- Introduction to meditation
- Functional anatomy and physiology
- Meaning behind asana systems
- History of Yoga – major schools and movements
Price includes 21 nights, breakfast daily, coordination of licensing itinerary, cultural exchange, Cuban and US trip facilitators available for entire trip, support and coordination of Cuban students.
You will stay in in a hip neighborhood of Havana, Vedado. The accommodations are one block from the malecón (sea wall). The streets are wide and open in this part of Havana and being close to the ocean provides beautiful views and more sea breezes than other areas of the city. The high ceiling yoga studio where you will train is walking distance from your accommodations and run by a yoga teacher and her mother. It is a beautiful opportunity to support these women entrepreneurs.
- 1 year of yoga practice recommended
- No prior teaching experience required
- Stiffness and injuries OK
- Willingness to participate in a group process
- Ability to give and receive feedback skillfully
- Dedication, motivation and self directed studentship
"I found my voice!!! Crazy for a person who talks so much to say but I found my teaching voice! Thank you so much for your kindness and patience and immense professionalism throughout our training. You are skilled beyond words and your strength and consistency of spirit carried me so far.” — Michelle Rizzolo (graduate of teacher training in Monterey, California led by Nichol Chase)
“It was an adventure that exceeded my wildest expectations...in more ways than one.” - Victor C (Cuba Wellness Adventures)
“Daily life will be a bit different and improved because of my time with you [Cuba Wellness Adventures], with your family and our group in Cuba. There will be more light, love, and depth which will provide better balance.” - Leigh I. (Cuba Wellness Adventures)