Expanding Possibilities through the Kaivalya / Studio Yoga Teacher Training. Holon Yoga v0.2.
The Integrated Yoga Teacher Training Launched last December. It has had great success and it is now time to welcome an entirely new group of Teacher Trainees into the fold starting this August 18th at the Yoga Teacher Training. If you are looking for something rare in our world of yoga, you may wish to join us. What I promise is a unique and on the edge of a brand new and emerging paradigm in yoga teacher certification.
This emerging paradigm is integral: meaning it is comprehensive, inclusive, balanced, of holistic embrace and not leaving anything out. At this very time, there is something of an “integral revolution” occurring around the world, as all the old and partial approaches are being questioned. New and more integral responses are being explored as truths from the great wisdom traditions, modern science, and the rejection of dogma combine to create a new way of being in the world that primal without clinging to the past and that embraces science without losing one’s soul.
It is time for yoga to do the same.
Ninety percent of the time the follow up question I’ve been getting about teacher training is… “What style is it going to be?” This is a legitimate question, but also indicative of how we’ve been taught to think of yoga. At present, certification comes in ‘styles’. A teacher is trained in the methods, terminology, and sequencing that are distinctive of that style. This is because many of these styles follow the paradigm of a business franchise. The teacher is permitted to teach under that title of style so long as he or she sufficiently represents that style. While this is a good way to maintain a consistency of ‘product,’ it has a downside.
This is not necessarily bad…unless they or their students could really use something from the other path.
Imagine that you have never learned to cook food. As a matter of fact, you’ve never seen food preparation or what food looks like before it’s on a plate. This is similar to world you step into when you decide to train to become a yoga teacher. You have only experienced the finished product, but have not seen what goes into creating that work of 60 to 90 minute art. Some styles will teach you to make mashed potatoes. Others will teach you to make lemon pepper cod. There is a recipe you follow as teacher of that style – and the result is always the same.
I am proposing to teach you how to cook as a yoga teacher, so that you may creatively turn your teaching into an art form. This is more risky because creating art (vs. following a paint-by-numbers) means you must be continually conscious and connected to our inner light or we’ll get a mess. Therefore this training is not for the person who is looking for a rote-script-formula type of teaching.
It is for your inner artist.
It is for the part of you that loves humanity – and – gets frustrated by it.
It is for your inner science lover, who sees scientific truth, not as an end, but as a beginning because only in understanding reality can we make better art out of it.
It is for your free spirit.
It is for your spiritual self, but not your dogma.
This training will focus on the foundational polarities, energies, and wisdom common to all styles of yoga and then offer “special” modules later on to show how these foundations fit together in common yoga styles. From this training, we will provide you with the foundations to:
- Create your own authentic practice, aligned to your needs
- to do the same for your students
- Down the road – how to develop your own signature style of yoga
- How to take any yoga class of any style with any teacher and always have an understanding of what is going on in the class.
- How to do all of these things with intelligence, warmth, power, and charisma by being anchored in your own heart.
- How to tap even stronger into your Intuition and Creative Freedom.
This training is definitely for anyone who:
- wishes to become a yoga teacher
- wishes to go deeper in his/her own yoga practice
- who wants the foundational experience of a lifetime in integrating one’s life. The physical with the spiritual. Mind with Body. Work and Play. Being an individual with being a member of something bigger.