The most effective yoga teachers understand that learning is a lifelong endeavor. Continue bolstering your teaching skills by joining CCY experts for mentorships and trainings that will bring your teaching to the next level.
Stil Mind: A Guide to Teaching Meditation, Savasana, and Yoga Nidra for Teachers and Educators
with Betty Riaz
In this two-day workshop, participants will explore techniques for teaching deep relaxation through guided meditation, savasana, and the 5,000-year old practice of Yoga Nidra. This workshop will arm participants with easy techniques to restore, relax, and transform their students.
Friday, December 8 (7:30 – 9:30 p.m.)
Saturday, December 9 (11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
The weekend will include:
-Evening Spa Yoga class with Yoga Nidra
-Fluid Yoga class
-How to teach a simple guided meditation, including: 7 Pointed posture Vairocana; 4 steps to Meditation; teaching Samatha; teaching guided visualizations; practice teaching techniques.
-Savasana, its benefits and 4 steps to Savasana
-Nidra, its benefits and how to teach Yoga Nidra
Cost: $100 (includes the workshop and two yoga classes)
(all workshops are non refundable)
Recommended Reading (prior to the workshop):
Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Betty believes in embracing life and all its imperfections as a catalyst for change. Since 2009, when she transformed from fashionista to “yogaista” and co-founded Stil Studio in greater Boston, Betty has been on a mission to change her perception of the world and help others reach their greatest potential inside and out. Her interest and trainings in Thai Massage Yoga assisting led to her create the super-luscious SPA class, as well as workshops and trainings to bring SPA love to yogis seeking a blissful experience both near and far.
Cultivate and Flourish: A Mentorship for Yoga Teachers
with Laura Ahrens and Tatyana Souza
Teacher training really starts when it ends, and truly learning how to teach happens at the front of the classroom. Of course, YTT provides us with a skill set and toolbox for teaching, but that can be quite different from applying these things to real students in real classes. As yoga teachers, we learn so much out in the field, but it can be difficult to navigate without continued guidance and refinement of the skills learned in training. That’s where mentorship comes in …
Mentorship will include:
Advanced vinyasa sequencing
Universal alignment principles and a refined understanding of posture in theory and practice
Yoga philosophy, including a study of the limbs of yoga (yamas and niyamas) and how to live the practice and weave the philosophy into your teaching, practice, and daily life
Chakra centers and how to sequence for specific chakra balance
Seeing bodies, advanced assists, and modifications for all bodies, including advanced prop usage and modifications for common injuries
Effective cueing, refining your voice as a teacher, and using your voice as a vehicle
Monthly business checks-ins and support from your community to continue to grow your career (You'll be given homework and challenges between sessions.)
A unique aspect of our mentorship program will be a professional practicum. Unlike the practicum you passed to graduate from YTT, by the time you begin mentorship you will have logged some teaching hours, and feedback will land differently. After teaching a practicum, you will receive challenging yet encouraging feedback and suggestions for applying that information into your teaching.
Completion of 200-hour YTT
Attendance in two of Laura’s and two of Tatyana’s classes before commencement of the program; as well as three more of each of their classes over the duration of the mentorship
Teaching yoga for at least six months or have taught at least 10 group classes
35 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education (CEU) credits
Personalized homework for growth as both a practitioner and teacher
Feedback to apply to your teaching moving forward
One Friday per month from 11:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Coolidge Corner Yoga
January 19 | February 16 | March 2 | March 16 | April 13 | May 4 | May 18
Payment Plan (5 monthly payments of $150)
Laura Ahrens is most interested in teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information for themselves. In that spirit, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a teacher training school for those who want to learn to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body. Her classes and other offerings prioritize depth of breath, core centricity of action, and commitment to the inner work necessary for personal evolution.
She holds a 200 hour certification in hatha vinyasa, 200 hour and advanced certifications in Forrest Yoga taught by Ana Forrest, and completed a year-long mentorship under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Sormaz. She holds a BFA from The University of the Arts, where she honed her use of story and song, which since ancient times have served as instruments of connection and community.
A PhD and an E-RYT, Tatyana Souza left her career in the pharmaceutical industry to co-found Coolidge Corner Yoga in 2013 and Sadhana Yoga in 2016. She believes that yoga is the catalyst for personal and global change and hopes to make an impact in her community and the world by creating a warm, sacred space where yoga students can move, connect, and cultivate much needed stillness and breath in their daily life. Tatyana's teaching is inspired by Maybelle Rowntree, Schyeler Grant, Elena Brower and Annie Carpenter. She is currently pursuing her 500-hour advanced yoga teacher training. She gracefully weaves together creative sequencing with well informed alignment cues to facilitate a fluid yet safe experience focusing both on strength and movement. She uses compassionate, intuitive, as well as, alignment-focused touch to allow students to feel supported, safe and sacred in their asana practice and in their bodies.