Get all your Questions Answered!

Teacher Training Q&A’s in September (Free!)

Q&A on Saturday September 25th at Kaivalya Yoga (Downtown) at 5:15pm (right after the 108 Autumnal Equinox Sun Salutations!)

Q&A on Wednesday September 28th at Perfect Knot Yoga (near east) at 9:15pm.

Any and all questions welcome.

 

If you like, you can check out more info and the training catalog here.

 

 

 

Training Catalog Here….

the Application to the Teacher Training is also available. (Applications due on October 9th).

Application Deadline Extended to this Thursday August 11th!

Become a certified yoga teacher by July 8th, 2012!

Just 14 weekends between now and then, with options available for pay-as-you-go…. 1.5 year, 2 year, etc.

Training Catalog Here….

the Application to the Teacher Training is also available. (Applications due on  August 11th, moved due to my lack of getting the message out, a week before your first module).

If you have questions about the training, any questions, do not hesitate to email me: alex.pfeiffer@kaivalya-yoga.com

Even e-mail me if you just want to declare your interest. That way, I can chat with you sometime after class and see what it is you want out of the training to see if this one is a good fit.

This site is getting a major overhaul.   Thanks for your patience.  Lots of great videos and articles are always being added.  More soon to come!

Stay Tuned!

More info at  training.kaivalya-yoga.com

 

 

Basic Information

Welcome to the Madison Yoga Teacher Training Website!

The Next Teacher Training is scheduled to begin on June 9th, 8pm – 10pm at The Studio on Machinery Row.

This site is currently getting a major overhaul / revamping, so right now you’ll just see the bare bones of it.  There will be some fun videos in just a few days for your viewing enjoyment.  These will give you a sense of the teacher training. In the meantime, there are a lot of resources you can go to:  you can get a lot out of the catalog:   Spring 2011 Catalog Here….

the Application to the Teacher Training is also available.   (Applications due on June 6th, a few days before your first module).   You may also find this article about the style, orientation of the training helpful.  Also, on facebook, I’ve written a little bit about the practicals (Why this training is accessible to You) of the training (which, of course, are as important as the overall mood & scope of the training).

Also, feel free to browse the Kaivalya (studio where training will be held) Website.

If you have questions about the training, any questions, do not hesitate to email me:  alex.pfeiffer@kaivalya-yoga.com

Even e-mail me if you just want to declare your interest.  That way, I can chat with you sometime after class and see what it is you want out of the training to see if this one is a good fit.

There is also a free Q&A about the Teacher Training at Kaivalya on Sunday May 22nd at 3pm, and another free Q&A at the Perfect Knot at 9:10pm on Tuesday May 24th.

More soon to come!

The Launch of an Integrated Yoga

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.

Learn to see the “unseeable”

 

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.

 

And Adjust

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.

 

Inspire Others.
Ready, Set, Go Time…

The Teacher Training that anyone can Do. (Even You!)

I discussed what is unique about the content of this training.  Now let me say what is unique in practical terms about this Teacher Training.

It is modular, not sequential.

You do not need to complete the training in one year.  You can do it in 2… or in 3 (or even 4 or 5).  This sort of flexibility is simply not available in any other program that I know of, but given my experience in teaching dance where I also have to create curricula that runs modularity, I’ve figured out how to do this and still give a good training.

 

It is harder to design the training by doing it this way, but I really wanted to offer something that’s not available elsewhere and something that can work for you if you’ve always wanted to do a teacher training but you could just never take 14 weekends off per year.  If you can, great.  You will get a fantastic training in one year!  But all that’s required is that you want to do a teacher training and we can make this work for you.

 

Therefore, you do not need to be available on all the dates listed below.  You can do the missed modules when they run later, but here are examples of how you could do this training.

 

Completing the Teacher Training in Under 1 Year Dates:  August 2011 – July 2012

August 19 – 21 (FK)
September 9 – 11 (K1)
October 14 – 16 (FS)
December 2 – 4 (S1)
Jan 13 – 15 (FN)                               2012
Jan 20 – 22 (S2)
Feb 17 – 19 (Anatomy)
Mar 2 – 4 (S3)
Mar 16 – 18 (N1)
Apr 6 – 8 (N2)
Apr 27 – 29 (N3)
June 8 – 10 (K2)
July 6 – 8 (K3)
July 13 – 15  (Living Yoga)

Completing the Teacher Training in 1.5 Years Recommended Dates: August 2011 – February 2013

August 18 – 21 (FK – Human Condition)
October 14 – 16  (FS – Science Of Yoga)
December 2 – 4 (S1 -  Sacred Geometry)
Feb 17 – 19  (E3 – Anatomy)                          2012
Mar 16 – 18  (N1 – Breath, Mudra, Banda)
Apr 27 – 29  (N3 – Flowing with Goddess)
May 18 – 20 (K1 – Yin & Yang)
June 8 – 10 (K2 – From the Heart)

July  13 – 15 (E4 – Living Yoga)
October  12 -14  (S2 – Limbs, Sutras)
November  2 – 4  (S3 – Vital Core)
Dec  7  -9  (E5 – Integration Intensive)
Jan 11 – 13 (E2 – Banda Alignment)       2013
February 1 – 3  (N2)

 

Completing the Teacher Training in 2 Years
Recommended Dates:  August  2011  -  June 2013
August 19 – 21 (FK- Human Condition)
October 14 – 16  (FS- Science Of Yoga)
December 2 – 4 (S1  -  Sacred Geometry)
January 13 – 15 (FN)
Feb 17-19   (E3 – Anatomy)                           2012
Mar  16 -18   (N1 – Breath, Mudra, Banda)
May 18  -20  (K1 – Yin & Yang)
July  13 – 15 (E4 – Living Yoga)
October  12 -14  (S2 – Limbs, Sutras)
November  2 – 4  (S3 – Vital Core)
Dec  7  -9  (E5 – Integration Intensive)
January 11 – 13 (E2 – Banda Alignment)  2013
February 22 – 24  (N3 – Flowing with Goddess)
May 31 – June 2  (K3 – Truth & Creativity)

 

… and so on, you can see all the possibilities in the teacher training catalog at http://www.madisonyogateachertraining.com/pdfs/TeacherTrainingCatalog%201.06.pdf

I can promise you that this is the most flexible, inclusive, holistic, and integrated high-quality yoga teacher training around.  You will not just understand anatomy as most trainings will do, but holistic anatomy, such as why the strength of your pinky toe has a HUGE IMPACT on your ability to get into arm balances – plus nutrition with a certified ND, I will be bringing in experts from all over Wisconsin and out of state.  You will not just understand Prana as most trainings do, but how Prana heals.  You will get practice and practical advice on developing your spiritual self and Intuition as we do not simply parrot Classical Yoga Philosophy (which is 20% of the lineage), but dig deep into the complete lineage and wealth of yoga to find a personal fit to your style.