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.
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 4 day yoga tuneup, in Stockholm, Sweden, in May of 2019.
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. 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)!
DatesMay 7-10 2019
Daily from 08:00 to 10:00, 11:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00
Asana Track daily from 08:00 to 10:00
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 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 & Boundaries
- Stabilizing touch
- Indicative touch
- Directional touch
Asana Workshop: Fly
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!
DAY 3 REACH: Conscious Use of Myth and Metaphor
We focus and hone in on more subtle aspects of teaching: theme, metaphor and the evocative power of mythic consciousness. We explore:
- The conscious use of myth and metaphor
- Class themes
- Mythic narrative and storytelling
- Class opening and closing strategies
- Theme integration strategies
- Tools to deepen Sadhana
- Vulnerability and teaching
- Ethics and boundaries
Asana Workshop: Awaken
This session will deeply explore the principles that empower you to open your body/mind/heart safely and powerfully, by building opening and awareness in a well-rounded, potent, full spectrum practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation. We will dive deeply into our bodies, minds, and hearts to enjoy the bliss of integrated awareness and ability.
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.
- 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.”