Join internationally acclaimed yoga teacher, Noah Mazé, for a special 4 day yoga tuneup, in Chicago, IL in April 2019. This yoga intensive will boost your practice and sharpen your yoga practice and yoga teaching skills.
Each day will focus deeply on a primary category of skill and learning, a sequencing strategy and a postural category. You will expand your tool kit in sequencing for alignment classes, sequencing for vinyasa classes, effective verbal cues, observation and pose improvement, postural demonstrations, and physical adjustments. You will also learn how to up level your vinyasa yoga game.
Expect strong intermediate practices each day with Noah to further develop your own asana practice and understanding of pose architecture. You will be met right where you are at in your yoga experience and you will go to the next level in a supportive and rigorous learning environment.
If you want to be a more effective and powerful teacher, start by examining the integrity of your offering over these 4 days. You will leave even more magnetic and magical! Whether you are a teacher looking for new skills and tools, to broaden your range, or improve your practice— this week will up level your yoga immediately.
DatesApril 9-12 2019
Daily from 11:30am to 5:30pm
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 CREATE: Sequencing Strategies for Success
We lay the groundwork for creating effective class plans and sequences for a variety of purposes.
- Sequencing for alignment based classes
- Introduction to sequencing templates
- Sequencing for repetition of shape and action
- Sequencing for vinyasa classes
- Sequencing for creativity
- Sequencing for peak pose classes
- Sequencing for beginners
- Sequencing for student progress in one class and over time
Asana Workshop: Stand
This standing pose class will ground you and prepare you for whatever lies ahead, as standing poses prepare you for every other type of pose. Expect clear instructions, step by step sequencing, strong work in fundamental poses, refinements and some good old fashioned standing poses.
DAY 2 SPEAK: Communicating in the Seat of the Teacher
Say what you mean, mean what you say. Refine your use of language so that every word conveys your meaning. We will refine verbal cues so that your voice is more potent and your instructions are more resonant:
- Potent and accurate verbs
- Active voice and passive voice
- Instructions for what to do
- Instructions on how to do it
- Instructional hierarchy of foundation, basic shape, key actions, and refinements
Asana Workshop: Sit
This all levels forward bend focused class will open your legs, hips and back to move progressively and safely into deepening seated forward bends, hip openers and twists and inversions. Expect step by step instructions, progressive sequencing, the use of props and applied anatomy to strengthen and safely unlock the potency of these introverted poses.
DAY 3 SEE: Observation, Demonstration & Pose Improvement Strategies
A picture is worth a thousand words. The ability to show students what you mean is crucial. Many of your students are visual learners and they won’t fully understand you until they see it. We will explore and practice a variety of types of postural demonstrations and pose improvement strategies:
- How to see and observe students
- Fine-tuning your sight
- Demonstrating pose shape
- Demonstrating pose improvement
- Demonstrating key actions
- Use of demonstrations in vinyasa classes
- Use of demonstration for beginners
- Reading the room: Using demonstration to change the flow or energy in class
Asana Workshop: Extend
This strong mixed level backbend workshop will systematically strengthen your core and open your shoulders, upper back and hips/legs for backbends. We will progress from fundamental backbends into Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow/Full Wheel), standing up to Tadasana from Urdhva Dhanurasana and dropping back from Tadasana to Urdhva Dhanurasana. Expect step by step teaching, careful and specific sequencing, work with props, modifications, options and clear stages for all levels, and a passionate call to engage your heart.
DAY 4 BREATHE: Vinyasa Sequencing and Transitions
We study vinyasa flow sequencing and teaching techniques to highlight breath and movement, rhythm and momentum of continuous practice without sacrificing sound alignment. We explore:
- Pranayama and effective use of breath as primary support
- Crafting intelligent, effective and creative vinyasa sequences
- Weaving form, foundation in precision into the flow
- Teaching transitions
- Learning new and healthy biomechanical approaches to vinyasa
- Pacing and pulse: the dance of holding and flowing
- Sustainable sequencing
- Set sequence vinyasa: Why?
- Beginner strategies
- Intermediate strategies
- Considering how to develop advanced sequences
Asana Workshop: Flow
This strong all levels vinyasa workshop will build on fundamental vinyasa poses and transitions (sun salutations), build heat, focus and strength as we progress into increasingly complex and creative peak sequences that combine standing poses, hip openers, arm balances, inversions, and backbends. Expect strong continuous practice, in rhythm with your breath, alignment combined with flow. Come ready to play hard and challenge your practice.
- Completion of 200YTT recommended
- Willingness to participate in a group process
- Ability to give and receive feedback skillfully
- Dedication, motivation and self directed studentship
“I gained so much from this program – it blew all of my expectations out of the water. I came to get away from my everyday self, but ended up finding so much of myself, both mentally and physically.”
“This was the most holistic, detailed, serious and fun yoga instruction I have ever received. The group was lead with great skill across the ability range within group throughout the program. I learned a lot. I grew in my yoga practice and as a person and had a great time.”