Join internationally acclaimed yoga teacher, Noah Maze, for a special 5 day yoga tuneup that will boost your practice and sharpen your yoga practice and yoga teaching skills. This 50 hour intensive will change the way you consider your teaching choices and help you optimize what you already know. Each day will focus deeply on a primary category of teaching skill, 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, physical adjustments and class themes (myth and metaphor). 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.
*All hours count toward CEUs with Yoga Alliance.
*All hours count toward 300 hour program at WL Hollywood and additionally count towards 300 hours with The Mazé Method
*Program will include online courses: Essential Teaching Skills + Art of Sequencing via Noah’s online platform.
DatesJune 22-26 2020
10am - 6pm each day
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 session: 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.
Day 5 TOUCH: Physical Adjustments
Increase the skill and efficacy of your use of touch. We will explore considerations of when and who and how to touch, as well as different types of physical adjustments in a variety common poses.
- Anatomy brush up: New ideas you might not have considered
- Permission and boundaries
- Stabilizing touch
- Indicative touch
- Directional touch
Asana session: Fly
Demystify arm balances in this strong all levels workshop. Expect plenty of core strengthening, standing poses, hip openers and upper body strengtheners as we systematically deconstruct, prepare for, and reconstruct arm-balancing postures. Experience the graceful power of these poses and be ready for some breakthroughs!
- 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 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.”