YogaWorks 200 Hour Teacher Training

Spring 2020, Vienna Austria

I am thrilled to be co-leading this training. It is our first weekend format in Vienna. For more info please read on and come to a free Info Session about YogaWorks that includes a class for you to try the signature style.

 Level 1 Restorative Teacher Training

Curriculum approved by Judith Hanson Lasater and graduates will be eligible for Level 2 with Judith.

Module 1: March 6 – 8, 2020 Vienna

Module 1: March 14-16, 2020 Linz

Module 2: March 27 – 29, 2020 Vienna

Learn to teach Restorative Yoga, learn to practice Restorative Yoga with a fuller understanding of your body/mind and how to relax. This training is meant for anyone looking for tools to create calm and ease through yoga practice.

Learn the most effective yoga for relaxation and a balanced life. 

Open to serious yoga students and teachers of all styles, as well as complimentary therapists and healthcare professionals.

Most of the diseases facing Western society are stress related, it is the number one health concern in modern life. Ease is the opposite of disease, it is the ability to relax and to live well. Finding ease in our bodies and minds is not easy because we have not been taught the importance or techniques of relaxation. In our busy lives this skill is a key to our wellbeing. Restorative Yoga is needed now more than ever. The ability to help students and clients learn to relax is vital.

This course covers the science and practice of Restorative yoga, so you will be able to deepen your own practice then share it with others. You will learn the physiology of relaxation, related current research and how to integrate this into your life. The yoga poses focus on healing through rest and the profound experience of being in contrast to doing. Most importantly, you will learn self-care and tools to lead a balanced life.

Module 1

Techniques for body and mind to rest are introduced alongside proper alignment for each pose we learn. You will gain the skills to offer your students ways to shift from stress to ease, and a clear understanding of the nervous system. You will leave the weekend knowing how to give people an experience of deep rest in a Restorative pose and the principles of Restorative yoga.

Module 2

Our focus will be on the practicalities of teaching Restorative yoga in both group and private settings. We will continue to practice and learn more poses, looking also at the anatomy of the body in each pose. We will discuss Ayurveda for sequencing a class, how to recognise body types and which poses work best for different people. This weekend is a time to delve deeper, giving teachers the confidence to teach Restorative poses with precision and empathy.

You will learn:

• How to use props effectively

• Physiology of relaxation

• Understanding functional anatomy in the context of passive yoga

• Comprehension of  stress response and nervous system

• Mindfulness meditation to help students and clients relax

• Ethics of teaching

• Hands on adjustments

• Managing your own energy and avoiding burnout

  • Safe and effective yoga poses for students dealing with a variety of health concerns

Certification:

Full attendance, written report and additional fee of €100 directly to Sarah.

Qualification for CE credits through Yoga Alliance

Investment:

Early Bird until January 1, 2020 €499 // Regular Price €599 // €350 single module

Daily programme:

Fridays: 18:00 – 20:00,  Saturdays & Sundays: 10:00 – 17:00 with 60-minute lunch break

“Fully recommendable teacher training, very useful, interesting and inspiring!” -Jasmin

“Great teacher, very knowledgeable, she’s great at bringing her point across. I can’t wait for the next training with Sarah!” -Denise

Voice and Performance Training for Yoga Teaching

June 6 & 7, 2020

YogaCampus, London

In this two day-long workshop, we will explore vocal and physical theatre techniques to improve your ability to present your teaching. This workshop aims to give concrete tools to develop your unique voice. The second day will build upon the first and give you more space to take this work further. Students from previous years are welcome to join in the second day.

The art of teaching is a craft that entails bringing your whole self to what you do. Suitable for all teachers and teachers-in-training, we will explore voice and physical theatre techniques to improve your teaching presence. We will also discuss the role of being a yoga teacher, and how to express more of your true self with your students in a meaningful way. We all have some level of anxiety that comes with teaching; public speaking is the number one fear for most people. Facing your fears mindfully and learning to see the process as valuable is a way to bring a yogic approach to your development as a teacher.

Holding space authentically requires strong and receptive awareness, similar to the awareness an actor needs on stage. This work will give you concrete tools to develop your unique voice, as well as learning how to improve your tone, musicality, diction, projection and ability to care for your voice. As a professional teacher your voice is your most valuable asset; over use or misuse can lead to missed classes. If you want to teach, you need to learn how to protect your instrument. During the day, you will have a chance to receive individual feedback on ways to help improve your vocal skills, build awareness of language habits, and ways to clarify teaching. Lots of fun warm-ups and exercises to increase comfort with improvisation and responding to the moment will break the ice and help you move from fear to confidence getting up in front of groups.

The second day will build upon the first and give you more space to take this work further. Students from previous years are welcome to join in the second day.

Day 1

  • Body language
  • Voice Anatomy and Technique: Finding your safe and clear sound -How people learn best: reaching visual, audio and kinesthetic learners -Understanding your place on the stage: sight lines, floor work and acoustics
  • Improvisation and being present with the students in the room
  • Embracing the practice of teaching: journaling and self-care

Day 2

  • Role Playing
  • Individual Coaching
  • Beyond Improvisation: playing each moment
  • Your unique voice- owning your power by speaking your truth
  • Language- why what you say matters and less is more
  • Boundaries and the role of the teacher

Not thoroughly covered in most trainings, these skills are vital to being a great teacher. This work is appropriate for teachers at any stage in their career. Come prepared to play with your edges and surprise yourself!

Testimonials:

“The course was good and it is really needed for yoga teachers. Inspirational and more ‘actor’ practice adds value to people and their communication.” – Ann Goodin on Finding Your Authentic Voice: Practical Performance Skills for Yoga Teachers, April 2017

“Loved, loved, loved this workshop. A good balance of practical and theory. It could be an overwhelming day if too much individual in front of the group, but it totally wasn’t overwhelming at all.”– Shannon Cant, yoga teacher of over 5 years, participant in April 2018

_“Sarah is so knowledgeable and someone who I felt I could trust and listen to and release inhibitions and fears. Fab lady.” _ – Julia Woodward, training to be a yoga teacher, participant April 2018

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