RYS Yoga School

Trax Yoga

200-hour
Vinyasa Teacher Training

We are committed to giving you a full and expansive experience of yoga training that will enhance your practice, allowing you to build a solid foundation to skillfully impart wisdom to others through your own authentic voice, and find your confidence as a teacher.

From the history and philosophy of yoga, to the anatomy of asanas, to pranayama — you will be prepared to take your knowledge and training and share your Yoga with others.

Doing salutations

Is this Training for You?

This 200-hour training is appropriate for participants who are 18+ years old, and have at least six months of a consistent asana practice. Students should have a basic foundation in the primary yoga postures before learning how to teach.

If it appears that you do not have the necessary foundation, we will kindly ask you to defer your training until you have this experience. Students will be practicing asana two to five hours each day of the training.

SCHEDULE

Vinyasa Teacher Training – Three One-month Modules.

Our third 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training is offered in three one-month modules comprised of 60 contact hours + 20 non-contact (homework + yoga practice) hours for a total of 240 hours.

Students may register for the entire training, or participate in individual modules. There is freedom in this format to take either Module 1 or Module 2 first, however, both are prerequisites for Model 3 which must be taken last.

Module 1

Philosophy & Flow

August 24 - September 19, 2019

Tuesdays: 6 to 9pm
Thursdays: 6 to 9pm
Saturdays: noon to 4:30pm
Sundays: noon to 4:30pm

Module Details

The Asana focus of this module is on Vinyasa and all the postures included in Sun Salutation A, Sun Salutation B, and Lunge Salutations.

Additionally, the seven movements of the spine will be covered, along with opening postures to prepare students for dynamic movement, and finishing postures to release and relax students after an active practice.

Teaching methods will focus on finding your voice as a teacher – tonal quality, volume, cadence, and compassionate and wise choice of words to describe breath, transitions, and Asanas.  Teacher trainees will be taught how to find and teach from a space that encourages the growth and support of their students’ physical and mental well-being.

Teacher trainees will understand and learn how to handle ethical issues in teaching and the student-teacher relationship, and learn the essential elements of Yoga philosophy.

Reading material required for this module:

  • Don’t be an Asshole Yoga Teacher by Dr. Lisa Dana Mitchell
  • The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele

Module 2

Anatomy & Asana

September 28 - October 24, 2019

Tuesdays: 6 to 8:30pm
Thursdays: 6 to 8:30pm
Saturdays: noon to 5pm
Sundays: noon to 5pm

Module Details

Teaching methods will focus on the alignment principles of these Asanas, and how to teach these Asanas effectively using language that is clear and concise, yet descriptive and supportive.

Reading material required for this module:

  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews 2nd ed.

The objectives for the anatomy section are for teacher trainees to become familiar with the following:

  • General anatomic nomenclature for directional movement.
  • Structural support and alignment (i.e. how the bones in the feet may affect the knees, knees the hips, etc.)
  • General shape and movement in the pelvic bowl and spine, and what to look for to keep them safe.
  • General movement of the scapula and how it affects various yoga poses.

The following Asanas’ alignment principles, postural elements, benefits, contraindications, variations, and structural integrity will be covered at length.

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Extended Mountain Pose (Urdhva Hastasana)
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
Standing Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana)
Plank (Kumbhakasana)
Yoga Push-Up (Chaturanga)
Cobra (Bhujangasana)
Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Crescent Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Revolved Crescent Lunge (Parivrtta Anjaneyasana)
Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1)
Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2)
Warrior 3 (Virabhadrasana 3)
Chair (Utkatasana)
Revolved Chair (Parivrtta Utkatasana)

Humble Warrior (Baddha Virabhadrasana)
Reverse Warrior (Viparita Virabhadrasana)
Side Angle and Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)
Triangle (Utthita Trikonasana)
Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana)
Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)
Revolved Half Moon (Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana)
Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana)
Tree (Vrksasana)
Eagle (Garudasana)
Side Plank (Vasisthasana)
Locust (Salabhasana)
Boat (Navasana)
1/2 Boat (Ardha Navasana)
Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Supine Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)

Table (Bharmanasana)
Wide Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita A, B, C, D)
Standing Splits (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana)
Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
Single Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
Supine Pigeon (Supta Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
Head to Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana)
Revolved Head to Knee Forward Bend (Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana)
Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana)
Plow Pose (Halasana)
Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)
Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
Bound Angle (Baddha Konasana)
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana)
Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Module 3

Serving & Sequencing

November 2 - November 27, 2019

Tuesdays: 6 to 9pm
Wednesdays: 6 to 9pm
Saturdays: noon to 4:30pm
Sundays: noon to 4:30pm

Module Details

In this Module, teacher trainees will learn how to do the following:

  • Design and teach classes that are safe, purposeful, intelligent, meaningful, and well-rounded using sequencing templates, ladder flow sequencing, peak poses, and body part focus.
  • Safely and effectively assist and adjust students.
  • Teach prenatal students.
  • Teach meditation.
  • Teach pranayama.
  • Teach using props.
  • Use Spotify, and realize the importance of music selection in creating a positive experience in your classes.
  • Handle “problem” students and “problem” teaching scenarios.
  • Market themselves and find teaching jobs, and learn other aspects of the business of Yoga.

Getting Started

Prerequisites

Acceptance into this program is based on the following prerequisites:

  • At least six months of a consistent asana practice.  Students should have a basic foundation in the primary yoga postures before learning how to teach. If it appears that you do not have the necessary foundation, we will kindly ask you to defer your training until you have this experience.  Students will be practicing asana two to five hours each day of the training.
  • Your answers on the application matter, and will be mindfully considered to determine if you’re a good fit for this program.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Timeliness of application submission.  We are accepting the first 18 students who have their applications approved.

Please use our online form to apply to be in the instructor training course.

Dee will follow up within 48 hours of receiving your application

Registration & Payment

Pay Monthly or All at Once

Teacher trainees may pay each module individually for $1,200 each, or all three modules together for one payment of $3,000.

Trainees may prepay for all modules now, and attend future modules.  Module 1 and Module 2 may be taken in any order, though both are prerequisites for Module 3.

MODULE 1 ($1,200)
Philosophy & Flow

MODULE 2 ($1,200)
Anatomy & Asana

MODULE 3 ($1,200)
Serving & Sequencing

ALL 3 Modules ($3,000)
Entire Course

Payment Deadlines and Refund Policy  

  • Module 1 is due by  August 17, 2019
  • Module 2 is due by September 21, 2019
  • Module 3 is due by October 26, 2019
    All three modules is due by

If you are paying for all three modules, payment is due by August 17, 2019.

FAQs

What are the attendance and make-up policies?

100% attendance is required to earn your certification.  This program is intended for the serious student.  Trainees are required to attend all class sessions and complete all assignments to gain certification through Trax Yoga, as we’re adhering strictly to Yoga Alliance’s guidelines.

Missed hours, whether emergency or not must be made up with Dee at a rate of $65 an hour.

You will be expected to be in the studio, ready for class to start at the designated time.  Arriving late to class and leaving early by 10 minutes or more is unacceptable.

Two tardies and/or early departures (10 to 59 min.) = one hour missed of class and must be made up with Dee at a rate of $65 an hour.

All hours for each module must be made up within two weeks following the module.

We offer two six-month extensions at $200 per extension if you need more time to fulfill the requirements of this training.

No more than 5 hours of each module may be missed and made up.  If you miss 6 or more hours of a module, you will be dismissed and tuition will not be refunded.

What is the Yoga Alliance®?

We are excited to say that our program is Yoga Alliance® approved!

The Yoga Alliance is a non-profit organization which provides regulation to Registered Yoga Schools (RYS®) and Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).  It sets standards and provides credentials that are the premier form of recognition for yoga teachers and teacher-training programs.

What type of yoga does this training teach?

Vinyasa!  This is an active style of Asana in which movements form a flowing sequence in coordination with breath.

Are books and materials included in the cost of this training?

A manual is included, but you will need to purchase the following three books:

  • Don’t be an Asshole Yoga Teacher by Dr. Lisa Dana Mitchell
  • The Y amas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews 2nd ed.

Can I practice at your studios during the training?

Yes!  Students accepted into this training are invited to practice for free during the duration of the module in session.

How much time should I expect to spend on homework?

Expect to spend 20 hours on homework (mostly, yoga practice) for each module, which is approximately 5 hours of homework a week. The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga when I graduate?

You’ll be qualified to teach yoga with the completion of this training.  But most likely, you won’t be a superstar teacher.   Not yet.  That takes experience.  For most of us, it takes a lot of teaching before our confidence outshines our nervousness, but stay on this path, and you will get there!

Am I guaranteed to teach at Trax Yoga when I graduate?

No.  However, you’re automatically added to our sub list.

To teach at Trax Yoga, you must audition with Dee first.  If you are a right fit and there’s availability on our schedule, you’ll be hired!

Can I take this training if I have an injury/special condition?

Please check with your doctor first.  Doctor’s waiver must be submitted with your application stating you are able to participate in this training.

Can I take this training if I’m pregnant?

It depends.  If you’re feeling strong and able and are an experienced yogi, then probably yes.  Doctor’s waiver is required when submitting your application.

Meet the Faculty

Dee Gard, E-RYT® 200

Dee is the Lead Trainer for this training, and is the Lead Instructor at Trax Yoga. She is an experienced yoga teacher, teaching over 1,600 hours of yoga. She has received 100 hours of advanced training from Jason Crandell in San Francisco, and continues to be strongly influenced by teachers, Kathryn Budig and Dice Iida-Klein.

She is known for her strong verbal cuing, paying close attention to the subtleties of postures, and guides her students to move mindfully from an intelligent place using sound body alignment and movement principles. Dee believes magic happens in the practicing of yoga, and is truly excited to share the magic with her students.

Phoebe Bredlie, RYT® 200

Phoebe, RYT® 200, is a graduate of the inaugural 2017 Trax Yoga Teacher Training program and considers Trax Yoga her “home away from home.” Phoebe was first drawn to yoga at the start of 2017 after a friend introduced her to mountain pose and she experienced a profound shift in her mental thoughts just through subtle adjustments of the physical body. Thereafter, she began attending studio classes regularly and credits her yoga practice to bringing a deeper awareness and intention to every aspect of her life – mom, wife, friend, engineer, Fairbanksan.

She has been teaching vinyasa, restorative, and meditation classes at Trax since January 2018. As a guest faculty member of Trax Yoga Teacher Training program, she teaches the philosophy and meditation modules.

Through her yoga practice, Phoebe found a great appreciation of self, and with warmth and encouragement she encourages her students to do the same…on and off the mat.

Kim Forsythe, RYT® 200

A long time practitioner of yoga, Kim Forsythe fulfilled her ambition of becoming a RYT when she graduated the inaugural Trax Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of Dee Gard in 2017. Kim’s love for yoga enriches her other passions in life – hiking, traveling, adventuring outdoors, and serving the community as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.

Kim believes yoga is the ultimate self-care and finds joy in encouraging the mind-body connection in others through intention, practice, movement, self-empowerment and the focused breath of pranayama. Her instruction and experience has extended beyond the studio to teaching ethics and pranayama to Trax teacher trainees.

MALIA GARDELLA, RYT® 200

Malia is a 2019 graduate of the Trax Yoga Vinyasa Teacher Training, as well as an ACE certified group fitness instructor. Recognizing the need for balance and flexibility re-ignited her love of yoga. She strives to grow in and share her passion for this practice with others.

Malia loves to be active no matter the movement form, and encourages others to be their best selves, whatever that may uniquely be. Her favorite part of her own teacher training was the study of anatomy, as she’s driven to learn the intricacies of movement and body structure, and hopes to pursue studies in physical therapy.

Mike Hajdukovich, Yoga Teacher and Owner of Trax Yoga

Mike is a born and raised Fairbanks boy. After playing college basketball for UAF he traveled the state for 15 years organizing and leading basketball clinics and after school extracurricular programs in rural Alaska.Sports have always been something very important in his life.

Whether its slalom waterskiing and surfing in the summer, or downhill or cross country skiing in the winter, he and his family love to stay active. That’s where the love and priority for yoga came in. Mike has practiced yoga for several years and decided that it’s time to teach others his passion for mindful motion, strength and flexibility.

Testimonials

What Past Students are Saying

Hands Down One of the Best

The practice of yoga resonated with me so strongly from the first day I rolled out my mat at Trax, so much so that my heart guided me to enroll in the Trax 2017 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.

It was one of the best decisions and hands down one of the best experiences of my life. It’s difficult to summarize into words the impact and meaning it has made in my life. I enrolled in the training for me – to deepen my practice and understanding of yoga, not attached to the idea of becoming a teacher. What unfolded in the training still amazes me.

Dee Gard guided us through the training with her thoughtful, organized, polished style of teaching. We all learn by doing and she had us teaching and cueing on Day 1! This training provides the tools and techniques and the practice necessary to become a solid teacher, not to mention the opportunity to connect with yourself and others in a supportive, safe, and loving environment.

Once you become a certified teacher, the learning does not end – really it’s just beginning – and Dee and Trax continue to support and guide their yoga teachers well after graduation. If your heart is guiding you in this direction, listen to it. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to talk to you.

— Phoebe Bredlie

Amazing Yet Tough Program

My yoga journey started in 2015. I attended a yoga retreat during the summer of 2015 and from that moment on I knew that I had to become a yoga teacher.

Over the next couple of years, I researched teacher training programs and looked for the right training program. Fast forward to summer 2017. I’m living in interior Alaska. I saw an advertisement for a yoga teacher training program at Trax Yoga led by Dee Gard.

I’d attended some of Dee’s classes and special events so I was immediately intrigued. I decided to take one more class with Dee to see if she (and the program) would be a good fit. Dee’s class was challenging and inspiring. It solidified my decision. Dee led amazing yet tough program. I’ll start with the tough part first.

The schedule, which consisted of 8 weekend sessions, was challenging. But, Dee laid out all of her expectations on from the very beginning. She requires regular and timely attendance, class participation, and preparation. While the schedule can appear daunting at first glance, it is 100% doable. In fact, the weekend schedule is one of the things that drew me to the program. On to the amazing part of the program – the instruction, resources, and community.

Dee is a phenomenal instructor. She is accessible, encouraging, and is genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of her students. She created an incredible training manual which I still refer to today. The program offers lots of practical training. We started practice teaching on the first day of training.

The amount of growth that each of the students displayed from day 1, week 1 of training to week 8 is incredible. By weeks 7 and 8 of the program, I felt ready to teach a public class. I am eternally grateful to Dee for leading this program. The program provided me with an opportunity to fulfill a long term goal. –Victoria Honey Smith

An Incredible Journey

When I first began practicing yoga in 2010, I never expected that I would become a yoga teacher! But my practice continued to evolve and I continued to fall in love with yoga. When I heard of Dee and Trax offering the first yoga teacher training program, it really sparked an interest in me. I knew that the path of becoming a yoga teacher was for me. I enrolled in the second teacher training program at Trax and graduated in February 2019.

Yoga teacher training at Trax was an incredible journey! On the very first day, we were teaching to our classmates. The amount of teaching we continued to do in front of our classmates throughout yoga teacher training left me feeling very prepared to teach a studio class. My classmates became my friends, supporters and people I knew I could reach out to or bounce ideas off of. Dee’s leadership and knowledge was top notch.

The program was very well balanced. We learned how to be structured yet creative. We moved (a lot) but also had times of stillness. We had different instructors who brought their own strengths. We learned about the many facets of yoga from philosophy to anatomy. We were challenged physically and mentally. We were given many different formats for learning all about yoga.

One of the most important things I walked away with is knowing that although I am now a yoga teacher, I am always a student. This teacher training provided me the foundation to feel confident yet humble in my new role as yoga teacher.

I am honored to be able to share this practice with others and am grateful to Dee and Trax for this amazing program!

–    Ashleigh Clelland

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