This training does not teach a particular style. It will show examples of various styles and bring in teachers of various styles, but it does not center on one style. It centers on the ingredients that make up all styles.
This training will certify you and qualify you to teach a solid public yoga class that is grounded in the Foundations of all styles of yoga.
The training is Foundational and Integral. The training drills down to the foundations of yoga and allows you to use your own creative potential to adapt it to your style (perhaps even one that’s uniquely you). Here is the analogy I’d use:
A Yoga Class is a finished product. As a student, you see the end result of many other pieces that are behind the scenes. Its like going to a restaurant. You get the final plate of food, but have not seen what has gone into creating that wonderful plate of food in front of you. More accurately, if you’ve never done extended yoga training before, its more like you’ve never prepared or cooked food and have never been to a supermarket — as if you’ve only ever been in a restaurant and seen the final product. Regardless of your background, your job as a yoga teacher to put that plate together behind the scenes so your students have something delicious and healthy to absorb.
Most yoga trainings will teach you to make a single type of food or plate. These are called “styles”. Some styles are like mashed potatoes and gravy, others are like a good curry, others are even a whole cuisine… like Mexican. You will be trained to make a single dish. You will be trained to make it quite well. You will learn a recipe.
This is nice. And it is the right path for some, but in my opinion the growing edge of yoga is like that in food and everything else. Creative.
It honors the lineage, but does not get stuck in it.
I want to teach you how to cook. Creatively. Not to remake the same dish that’s been made 100000 times exactly the same by 1000 other people. Rather than repeating something in lock step, I’d like you to be able to understand fundamental ‘flavors’ and ‘textures’ of the ‘food’, so that you know how ‘taste’ works and from there prepare your own food. I want you to understand cooking and then rely on your own creative potential. There are a few reasons for this:
1) It gives you the potential to do your yoga and teach your yoga in a way that really works for you.
2) Even if you really like and enjoy a particular style or two of yoga (flow, yin, hot, alignment, etc.), in my opinion, you will understand it better and teach it better by understanding how it fits together with everything else. For example, by understanding flavors, even if your favorite food is mashed potatoes, you can probably give your mashed potatoes a very slight, unique little spice that still works as mashed potatoes. This training is about fostering that sort of creativity whether you decide to train your teaching towards a particular style or not.
3) Once you’ve been teaching for a year or few, if you trained in one style, you have no where to go, but start over — just as if you trained to learn to make only mashed potatoes, you might have to start over to learn to make Mexican food. Where as, if you learn how texture, taste, and presentation fit together with food, you may not know exactly what to do right away, BUT you will have the ability to taste something new and say “Hmmm, I taste some cilantro….. heirloom tomato sauce….” you will have the tools to use your own creative potential to go after it.
In the training itself, I teach (1) the fundamentals and (2) how to apply the fundamentals. (1) I teach the same every time. (2) I teach based on who is in the training weekend. So (2) will be different for every single training class and is part of why there will be an interview before you enroll — the interview helps me understand your style experience is so that I can show the fundamentals in a way that will immediately fit and be understandable.
In other words, the training is tailor fit to you and others in the training. The goal is to integrate fundamentals that will give you the ability to fully use every bit of your creative potential instead of a “paint-by-numbers” approach.
In the end this is what consciousness is about…. creative potential… not dogma or paint by numbers. By bet is on your inteligence and creative capacity.