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.

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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

This is a weekend immersion program consisting of eight modules,
starting on Friday, September 29, 2017
and ending on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Weeks 1 – 7

We will meet the following times for the first seven weekends, from September 29, 2017 to November 12, 2017:

  • Fridays: 5:30pm to 10pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 11am to7:30pm

Week 8

We will meet the following times for the eighth weekend, from November 17, 2017 to November 19, 2017:

  • Friday: 5:30pm to 10pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 7:30pm

Key Modules of Training

Asana – learn the safe and intelligent way to perform poses

Alignment – with modifications, variations and the proper use of props

Anatomy – tools and knowledge that will improve your own yoga practice and sharpen your teaching skills

Practice teaching

Pranayama – breathing techniques

History and philosophy of yoga

Sanskrit names of foundational poses

Sequencing – how to design dynamic, effective and intelligent classes

Prenatal yoga

Business advice

Finding your teaching voice

Required Reading

Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes by Mark Stephens

Yoga of the Subtle Body: A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga by Tias Little

Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship by Donna Farhi

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Your Instructors

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 1,000 hours of yoga.  Her most influential teachers are Annie Carpenter and Kathryn Budig, and she is currently pursuing her 500-hour yoga teacher credential with Jason Crandell.

Dee 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.

Jody Hassel, M.F.A., E-RYT® 200 , TCTSY-F

Jody is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT® 200 and is certified as a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) by the Justice Resource Institute’s Trauma Center in Boston. She is
registered with Yoga Alliance in Iyengar-based hatha yoga, which roots her
practice in a clear awareness of aligning breath, body, energy, and mindfulness.

Jody is blessed to receive yoga through a diverse lineage. She has studied vinyasa yoga with Seane Corn, restorative yoga with Judith Lasater, yoga in balance with Jean Couch, Kundalini yoga with Devta Khalsa, therapeutic yoga with Sarahjoy Marsh, and hatha yoga with Lynne Minton and Teri Viereck–her first master teacher in 1985. She completed the 200-hour teacher certification program at Yandara Yoga Institute in Todos Santos, Mexico where she studied Iyengar-based hatha in 2007. Prior to her work at Yandara, she completed Seane Corn’s Vinyasa Teacher Training at Kripalu in 2006 and again at Santa Barbara Yoga Center in 2013.

Her additional training with Divine Action and Off the Mat into the World has informed her practice of integrating yoga with social justice work. Jody loves sharing her practice of yoga with others and has also spent many years in the practice of dance, music, writing, theatre, healing, and esoteric arts.

Jessica Christenson, RYT® 200

Jessica is an active member of the Fairbanks yoga community. She believes her Prenatal yoga teaching in addition to her work within the birth community as a doula and birth advocate help to create an empowered pregnancy, birth and recovery process. As a 200hr RYT and a certified pre/postnatal exercise specialist she is able to “train” the pregnant body for the marathon of labor and birth while also instilling a deep mind body connection.

Certified through Childbirth International as a Birth Doula, Jessica has been honored to have been attending births since 2011. Her certifications include PT Aid through Penn Foster, Pre and Postnatal Exercise Specialist through American Fitness Professionals and Associates, and the Yoga Alliance 200 RYT certification.

FAQ’s

What is the attendance and make-up policies?

100% attendance is required to earn your certification. This program is intended for the serious student. Participants 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 missed must be made up by March 31, 2018. Additionally, all assignments/coursework and practicum hours must be completed and submitted by this date.

We offer two six-month extensions at $200 per extension if you need more time to fulfill the requirements of our program. The final deadline for submitting all coursework and meeting all contact hour requirements is March 31, 2019.

Outstanding coursework and hours expire following this final deadline. If you remain interested in seeking certification with Trax Yoga, you must begin again with our next offering. Tuition is not transferable.

No more than 15 hours of the total course may be missed and made up. If you miss 16 or more hours of this program, 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.

What are the graduation requirements?

  • Meet strict attendance requirements.  Show up and fully participate each day of the program.
  • Teach one public karma class at Trax and submit required paperwork on this class.
  • Observe seven of Dee’s classes and submit Class Observation Log.
  • Read and write book report – Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes by Mark Stephens
  • Read and write book report – Yoga of the Subtle Body: A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga by Tias Little
  • Read and write book report – Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship by Donna Farhi
  • Submit Assignments Notebook.  You are required to purchase a spiral notebook with ruled paper and use this as an Assignments Notebook.  This will strictly be used for specific topics Dee will ask you to write about throughout the training, including homework assigned from the Yoga Philosophy and History manual.  This is to be submitted with all other coursework at the end of your training.  It is suggested that you have a second notebook or journal on hand for your own personal use to keep for note taking.

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

Two manuals are included, but you will need to purchase the following three books:

  • Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes by Mark Stephens
  1. Yoga of the Subtle Body: A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga by Tias Little
  2. Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship by Donna Farhi

Can I practice at your studios during the training?

Yes!  Students accepted into this training will receive a complimentary 20-class punch card.  This punch card expires March 31, 2018.

How much time should I expect to spend on homework?

Expect to spend 5 to 10 hours a week on homework. 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.

Tuition and Refund Policy

Full payment is required by the stated deadlines.  Very few exceptions will be made for payment plans, but this may be arranged and considered.

A $500 deposit is due upon acceptance to hold your spot.  If you cancel on or before August 31, 2017, you will forfeit $250 of your deposit and the remaining balance will be refunded. If you cancel September 1, 2017 or after, you will forfeit your entire deposit and any remaining balance will be refunded.

Registration closes on September 27, 2017.

Early Registration

$2,700

Full Tuition Payment
(paid by September 1, 2017)

Regular Registration

$3,000

Full Tuition Payment
(paid after September 1, 2017)

How to Apply

You must submit an application to be considered for this training.

Dee will follow up within 48 hours of receiving your application. Acceptance into this program is based on the following:

  • 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.

If your application is approved, the next step is to sign up and pay for the class. You have the option of paying $500 to reserve your spot in the program, or paying the full tuition amount due.

If you download the application you can email to Dee Gard, Lead Instructor of Trax Yoga, at dee.gard@alaska.edu.  If you do not have access to a scanner, then you may drop of your completed application at Trax Outdoor Center.