This is a vast and diverse stew called yoga. We love the complexity and diversity and conflicting views and nuance. But it takes a while to really get enough of an education to appreciate the diversity. More specifically, the yoga tradition has the better part of 3,500+ years of rigorous philosophical traditions, each arguing their own views about the world and human life; and the goals/meanings/purposes of this whole project called life/dharma/yoga; and 6,000+ years of mythology/story telling/archetypes.
So How does that reduce down and package as 60 or 75 minutes?
It does not.
In any one yoga class, we are teaching a fraction of a fraction of a fraction (etc.) of this immensity of material. Most of the poses we teach are not older than 1930s-1950s, c/o Krishnamacharya and the “Mysore Asana Revival.” Other asanas were just invented on Instagram last week. Add that there are no standards or agreements over methodology and pedagogy in modern postural yoga across stylistic boundaries.
Knowledge often expands the horizon of ignorance.
This yoga teacher’s Intensive is for existing teachers to tune-up, refine their craft and top up their inspiration. It is not about performance of intermediate and advanced poses, but rather an intermediate/advanced understanding of poses and increasing your teaching tool kit. The program will boost your practice and sharpen your teaching skills. If you are already RYT200 and you wish to expand and refine your teaching and your career, now is the time join internationally acclaimed yoga teacher, Noah Maze, for a special 5 day yoga tuneup, in Los Angeles, California, in August of 2019.
Each day will focus on a particular teaching strategy and associated skills and will include theory, discussion, experiential exercises and peer group teaching practicum, relevant feedback and homework. Noah will teach a class each day to exemplify the lessons and skills focus. You will write a sequence for each day of this training as we explore and unpack a variety of teaching and sequencing strategies. You will have a workbook to accompany your learning. 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 (injuries ok and modifications will be provided) 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.
For a breakdown of the syllabus and study points, please open the Program Details menu below.
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 bring you to the doorstep of what’s next.
Bring an open mind, courageous heart, (and a notebook)!
DatesAugust 26-30 2019
Daily Hours: 10am to 6pm
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.
MONDAY, AUGUST 26 | 10:00am-6:00pm
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 session: 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.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27 | 10:00am-6:00pm
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 for how to do it
- Instructional hierarchy of foundation, basic shape, key actions, and refinements
Asana session: 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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 | 10:00am-6:00pm
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 Session: 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.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 | 10:00am-6:00pm
DAY 4 TOUCH: Physical Adjustments
Learn more about when to touch and when not to touch. 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!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 | 10:00am-6:00pm
DAY 5 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.”