You are invited to deepen your practice of Yoga…
…And pass it on!
Our 40th 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and Certification Course promises to be even more special than usual. We will begin our adventure with a Memorial Day Weekend Beach Retreat at Sea Pines Plantation at Hilton Head Island, a 5 hour drive from Atlanta.
The Beach Retreat provides the perfect setting for us to get started. Each morning we will greet the sunrise with Sun Salutations on the beach. The long weekend (Friday – Monday) will provide ample time for us to come together, work, play, practice yoga, meditate, practice teach, start new friendships, clarify our purpose and establish our vision for the remaining 8 weekends of Teacher Training. All in upscale accommodations nestled among live oaks with Spanish Moss, a 5 minute ride on the bike trail from the beach (bikes available).
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN A GROUP OF SINCERE, LIKE-MINDED, SPIRITUAL STUDENTS FOR A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE:
- Build a well-rounded foundation of knowledge and experience of asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy.
- Explore the deeper meaning of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra on the level of personal experience
- Give and receive loving support in a circle of sincere people who are committed to personal growth.
- Learn how to work as a yoga teacher in different settings.
- Discover creative class sequencing methods based on who comes to your class
- Gain the experience needed to teach confidently.
- Establish a coherent and progressive personal practice.
***Limited space. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.***
Key Elements of TTC
This 200-hour certification program qualifies students to become a Registered Yoga Teacher with the national Yoga Alliance. Our program was the first in the southeastern U.S. to meet the necessary standards of approval established by the National Yoga Alliance. We are proud to be a part of this development that safeguards the future of Yoga in America.
YOUR INVESTMENT IN TRANSFORMATION
The course fee is $2,850, plus Retreat lodging and meals. Our own chef will prepare delicious meals right in our villa area. Early registrants who pay at least 50% of course fee by April 25 will get free retreat lodging and only pay for meals. A payment plan with 3 equal installments is also available.
A deposit of $250, payable to “Peachtree Yoga Center,” will reserve your space. This deposit is refundable if we determine that the training is not appropriate for you at this time. Otherwise, it is non-refundable. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are acceptable for payment, as well as personal checks.
In addition to a small Faculty-Student ratio, each student is assigned a Mentor (Certified Yoga Teacher) who will take a personal interest in supporting your success and fulfillment during this course, and help facilitate the teaching, as well.
We will study human anatomy to gain a deeper understanding of thepractice of yoga asana and pranayama. Visual and hands-on techniques will allow you to discover the amazing functions of the body you live in every day. Paired with focus on postural alignment, a basic knowledge of human anatomy will deepen your physical practice and add clarity to your teaching, as well as making modifications to cater to existing injuries you may encounter.
LEARN BY DOING
In posture focus, we demonstrate a particular yoga pose, including alignment guidelines, verbal guidance, modifications, hands-on assists, benefits and contraindications, and then, to stabilize our learning, we practice teaching what we just learned. “Learn by doing” is a common theme you will experience throughout the course.
The chakras, vital junction points between body and consciousness, will be explored as well as the major nadis, or subtle channels, on the level of theory and experience. You will understand the role of each chakra, its effect on life, and its relation to other chakras, and the use of the chakras as doorways to integration of life. With this understanding we will identify specific asanas, pranayama (breathing techniques), and bandhas (energy locks), as well as partner work, and guided imagery for awakening, strengthening, and harmonizing the flow of shakti (energy, or life force) and awareness in and through the chakras.You will also be introduced to a one-on-one modality that combines knowledge of asana, pranayama, and the chakras with the gift of being deeply present in a way that supports your client in gaining inner and outer fulfillment.
The sheer amount of information on Yoga Philosophy is enormous. We can’t teach it all in this course. But we can provide the knowledge that can facilitate the natural unfolding of your being. There is a verse from the Mundaka Upanishad that reads, “Know That, by knowing which, all things are known.” About 2,000 years ago, the sage Patanjali wrote in the Yoga Sutra that when the mind settles into stillness, we learn our true nature, which is unbounded. We will dive into that unboundedness. And we will explore principles that support a powerful and transformative practice.
LOCATION, FORMAT, AND SCHEDULE
In addition to the Beach Retreat, the 8 remaining weekends will be held at Peachtree Yoga in Atlanta. Saturdays from 7:30am-7:30pm and Sundays from 7:30am -5:30pm.
Peachtree Yoga Center is located in North Atlanta in Sandy Springs, 1/2 mile north of I-285, one block west of Roswell Road. There are several hotels and restaurants within a few blocks of the center if you are traveling from out of town. Training activities will be in full groups, mentor groups, and practicum dyads and triads.
May 26-29 Beach Retreat*
*Early Retreat arrival: You can choose to arrive one day early, May 25, at additional cost. Meals not included May 25.
You will also be attending a minimum of ten yoga classes over the four and a half months of the course. You may take up to 15 at no charge. Those living in the Greater Atlanta area will attend Peachtree Yoga Center for classes at your convenience. Those living 40 miles out of town can attend the required classes at other approved locations and/or approved yoga videos.
Registration is a two-step process to assure you and Peachtree Yoga Center/Atlanta Yoga Fellowship that the Training is appropriate for you. You do not need to be an advanced yoga student to take the training. We are more interested in motivation, commitment and vision. Step One is to respond in writing to the application questions. Step Two consists of a brief personal interview to be scheduled once your application has been received.
Practicum – hands-on learning by doing, throughout the course.
Binder – manual of postures, alignment guidance, benefits, contraindications, and more.
Contact Hours – 200 hours of high-energy learning, fellowship and fun. The Course leader and Mentors will provide a very high teacher to student ratio.
Leadership Development – safe place to grow.
Reproducible Handouts – pages you can use in your teaching and presentation.
Dyads & Triads – for personal sharing and teamwork.
Transformation – your personal growth.
Graham Fowler, (Course Co-Leader, E-RYT500), founder of Peachtree Yoga Center, brings a rare opportunity to explore the deep, subtle, and life-altering potential that Yoga practices offer. His teaching arises from the depth and breadth of 44 years of study and practice of the yogic arts. His exploration of yoga began with meditation in 1973 and continued under the guidance of many Indian and Western hatha, tantra, and meditation masters. During that time, he has personally validated over 750 yoga teachers. Graham loves to help people discover the wonders of their deepest selves through the mirror of asana, meditation, and conscious community.
Elizabeth Smith, E-RYT500, loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge, wisdom, insights and passion for yoga with new yoga teachers. Her teaching is a distillation of many years’ study with some of the world’s best yoga masters. Elizabeth brings principles of anatomy alive in practical ways that deepen our understanding of the art and science of teaching yoga. She brings insights from the experience of bringing yoga both individually and collectively to thousands of people. A special thanks to her very first yoga teacher, Graham Fowler, who she continues to learn with and from.
Ilona Moore, RYT500, received her 200 and 500 Hour certification from Peachtree Yoga. From the beginning, Ilona was intrigued by the yoga path and realized it was much more than a passing interest. Her love of yoga is instantly obvious by the fact that she can hardly stop smiling when she teaches. Her philosophy is that the more you share, the more you have. In addition to being on course faculty, this will be Ilona’s fourth time mentoring for us, and we’re very happy about that!
FROM OUR RECENT GRADUATES
“Writing this halfway through Teacher Training, the teaching practice is fantastic — I am rapidly gaining the skills and confidence needed to lead a class. More importantly, I am gaining a deeper understanding of the power yoga has in setting a direction for my life. All happening within a tightly knit group of yogis who are open and ready to share the journey together.” – John McVay
“This training has changed me at the core. I have found ‘home’ … it was within me the whole time.” – Tanya Tate
“Through teacher training and the support of all my mentors, I have grown and transformed, I have acquired a deeper understanding of my own being and nature. Releasing old patterns that no longer serve me, a healthier me has arisen! I’m ready to share with the world, a new me! Through teacher training I have discovered not only that I can be magical but that I am truly magical.” – Olga Pradas
“It was fun, extremely fun! I fell in love with yoga all over again and feel that love in boundless and spreading to everyone I meet. Most of all, I am in love with who I am as a teacher.” – Bruce King
“Thank you for everything. My life is forever changed.” – Carla Flack
“Peachtree Yoga Teacher Training: Besides creating my family, the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.” – Leili Besharat
“Peachtree Yoga Teacher Training has gone beyond my greatest expectations. I feel strengthened in my own practice as well as being prepared to share yoga with others. I’ve changed from the inside out.” – Jo Adamson
SHARE THE GIFT!
One could not begin to describe what a gift it is to be able to share Yoga with others. The next step: answer nine application questions so that we can get to know you, your intentions, and your goals. Submit your answers and we’ll contact you to set up a brief, personal interview.
This course is a very powerful transformational journey. It is intimate work that will bond you deeply with other participants on your course. Group size will be limited. The students and leaders will become your extended family during the course and possibly well beyond.
To support you in preparation for this experience, and to help us get to know you better, please respond to the following questions. Once we receive and review your answers to these questions, we will schedule a personal interview with you to further discuss the Teacher Training process: