Continuing Education Vinyasa Yoga - Creating a Flow State

Rocky Heron - Athens/Bogart, GA
May 23-26 2019

Do you want to be an effective and powerful vinyasa teacher? Do you want to fill the room and be a teacher whose classes are well attended? Can you do both? As vinyasa yoga becomes more common, quality varies greatly. Vinyasa classes more closely resemble fitness classes (remember aerobics?).  More than ever before “vinyasa culture” is sitting on a spectrum that seems to grow broader by the hour.  Embody your own most effective teacher, and the integrity of your offering will be magnetic and magical.

Join internationally acclaimed yoga teacher, Rocky Heron, for a special 4 day yoga teacher tuneup, near Atlanta Georgia, in the spring of 2019, for a yoga intensive that will take your skills to new levels, as you learn to weave and fuse form and flow–where heartfelt teachings converge with skillful alignment in the rhythmic pulse of breath and body. In this program, we will explore how to safely and most effectively CREATE the FLOW STATE your students crave, while providing you with knowledge, strategies and techniques to set your students up for success. Become more effective and powerful in your voice. Fill the room.

Whether you are a vinyasa teacher looking for new skills and tools, or an alignment-based teacher seeking to broaden your range, this week will up level your yoga immediately.

Dates

May 23-26 2019

TIMES
Daily from 10am to 6pm

Asana Track Daily from 10am to 12pm

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.

DAY 1
Form. Function. Flow:  What every vinyasa teacher needs to know -- organizing principles and essential skills

  • What is vinyasa yoga? Etymology of vinyasa, definitions, historical context and contemporary vinyasa traditions/styles
  • Organizational principles of vinyasa
  • Vinyasa teaching strategies and skills
  • Vinyasa sequencing
  • Overview levels of vinyasa classes: Level 1, Mixed Levels, Level 2-3
  • How to balance pose instruction with rhythm, pace and flow
  • How to teach and not lose momentum and flow
  • How to cue the breath and keep consistent rhythm
  • Physical adjustments
  • Demonstration techniques
  • Environment: classroom organization, heat, light, music
  • Seat of the teacher; how to hold the space of challenge and compassion
  • How to begin class: arriving and settling poses
  • How to introduce and teach seated ujayii pranayama
  • Lesson planning: progressive sequencing for Surya Namaskara A
  • Lesson planning: How to give effective Chaturanga Dandasana (modified) tutorial
  • Lesson planning: Progressive sequencing for Surya Namaskara B

DAY 2
Foundations of Flow: Effective and safe 60-minute level 1 classes continued

  • Level 1 syllabus of poses
  • Sequencing of level 1
  • Difficult poses and transitions and common misalignments
  • How to balance instruction with pace, rhythm and flow
  • How to give effective (brief) postural demonstrations
  • Modifications, options and prop use and other pose improvement strategies
  • How to introduce and teach mula and uddiyana bandha
  • How to create focus and provide recovery time during class
  • Repetition; instructional round and 1 breath per pose round
  • Lesson planning: progressive sequencing for Surya Namaskara C (standing pose linkings)
  • Lesson planning: abdominal strengthening, arm balances and forward bends
  • Lesson planning: basic backbends
  • Closing postures, savasana and ending class

DAY 3
Meaningful Boundaries: 75-minute mixed level vinyasa classes to PEAK POSE

  • Mixed level syllabus of poses; standing poses and backbends
  • How to introduce and teach supine ujayii pranayama
  • How to teach with meaningful options and stages for all levels of students
  • How to teach handstand and forearm balance in mixed level vinyasa
  • Mixed level strategies for Surya Namaskar, A, B & C
  • How to never give up on improving chaturanga dandasana
  • How to progressively prepare for safe and effective backbend peak pose classes
  • How to introduce and teach nadi shodhana pranayama

DAY 4
Raise the Bar: 90-minute intermediate/advanced vinyasa classes PEAK SEQUENCE

  • Intermediate/advanced syllabus of poses
  • How and when (and when not to) to teach intermediate/advanced vinyasa
  • How to increase the challenge and safely manage risk
  • Set your students up for success; no curve balls, no surprises
  • How to sequence intelligently for peak sequences
  • Intermediate/advanced vinyasa transitions and skills
  • How to teach kapala bhati pranayama
  • How to effectively lead practice-style classes
Register Now: USD $700
Register Now
Asana Track: USD $230
Asana Track
Single Asana Session: USD $70
Single Asana Session
The Barn
1571 Cleaveland Road
Athens/Bogart, GA 30622
See location on map
  • 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
This training is led by Rocky Heron.

“I would definitely recommend this program, and I already have. It was top notch in quality and quantity of material, as well as in support and openness and communication. Noah’s unique experience has produced an unparalleled leader, facilitator, and guide. Lessons learned in our training modules have extended far beyond the scope of yoga into life and relating to others in a more effective manner. I received SO MUCH, This training goes above and beyond for any student wanting to deepen their skills, gain confidence, and reach a new level of mastery in yoga.”

“Noah is inspiring and exhibits an unparalleled mastery of teaching. For some time now, I have been contemplating the notion, “be impeccable with your word.” I tried to think of people who embody this and would often come up empty until I met Noah. Noah is careful with his words, exhibits accuracy, accountability, and thoughtful articulation. These are important qualities in an effective leader. When Noah speaks, people listen – and they take it to heart. Along with that, he also embodies creativity, playfulness, humor, sensitivity, and ardor. All of these qualities make for a very well-rounded, inspiring leader and I feel honored to have received guidance and to have learned such a great deal, not just about yoga, but about life.”

For more information about the program or the curriculum contact Tracy:
Email: yogamaze@icloud.com
Phone: (310) 871-8808