200-Hour Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training Certification

With Lead Instructors Holly Coles & Amanda Wentworth

Om Factory School of Yoga’s Teacher Training program is structured to provide teachers the knowledge, guidance and capacity to instruct with true wisdom and integrity and will be conveniently offered over 11 weekends for 3 months starting January 24, 2014. It features input from teachers with strong backgrounds in diverse styles of Hatha Yoga including Vinyasa, Anusara, Power, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Therapeutic and Restorative, and teaches a fusion of styles and movement techniques that have led the way in the evolution of Western Yoga. Om Factory School of Yoga is certified by the Yoga Alliance®.

Om Factory School of Yoga is co-facilitated by Amanda Wentworth and Holly Coles with support from a variety of Om Factory Yoga teachers. The core curriculum accounts for 75% of classroom hours in training with the remainder dedicated to specialized topics in the field of yoga most relevant to this level of training.

In addition, our Mentorship Program gives students the opportunity to teach public classes on the OM Factory schedule as part of practical training in order to gain ‘real life’ teaching experiences. Each student is assigned an OM Factory Yoga teacher who will provide support, guidance and feedback for these classes as well as throughout the duration of the training.

The goal of the program is to provide trainees with a sold foundation in all aspects of yoga from which they can develop a style of teaching most suited to their interests and aspirations.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be certified as 200-Hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teachers and are eligible for Yoga Alliance RYT-200 registration.

Faculty & Curriculum

* Guest Faculty subject to change

Core Modules

Foundations of Asana

An in-depth exploration of over 100 different poses where you will learn the foundation of the physical practice of yoga. This section will include precise anatomical alignment, transitions, modifications, variations, prop usage, verbal corrections, hands-on adjustments, contra-indications, benefits and developing a self-practice.

Philosophy

Read, write & discuss the rich history and philosophy of yoga that provides a foundation for the entire yoga practice. Learn how to bring this philosophy into your own life and into the practice you share with your students. This section will incorporate the study of traditional & contemporary texts, eastern philosophy and theory, and the ethics and responsibility involved in becoming a yoga teacher.

Pranayama

Explore prana and the energetic body as you practice this powerful component of yoga. Through breath awareness and specific breathing techniques you will learn how to effectively integrate pranayama into your own practice and how to guide others in unifying breath, movement and meditation.

Meditation

Explore the different meditation practices that underline the foundation of yoga. This section will incorporate regular guided sessions and supported personal practice to further develop your awareness and concentration, as well as to teach you how to bring meditation into the classroom.

Teaching Skills And Practicum

Gain invaluable practice for teaching in the yoga industry. In this section, you will be provided with guidelines for developing and teaching an effective asana class, as well as specific principles of demonstration, instruction, observation and correction. You will be provided with ample opportunity to practice teaching both within the program and to the public. All students will also have the opportunity to observe and assist OM Factory teachers on the public class schedule.

One-on-One Teaching

In addition to the Teaching Skills module, you will also be introduced to the world of private yoga instruction. The ‘One-on-One’ Teaching practicum prepares you to give personalized instruction with intelligence and attentiveness to your students’ individual needs.

Yoga Therapy

Learn how to use yoga remedially and therapeutically – embracing all aspects of yoga to assist in the recovery, maintenance and further prevention of common health conditions. This section will include yoga for physical injury, chronic disease as well as addressing mental & emotional issues.

Personal Development

Evolve along your personal path through journaling, self-study and guided group discussion. This section creates a space to share your experiences of yoga and the teacher training process in a supportive environment. Ongoing self study and personal growth is nurtured as an important aspect of becoming an authentic teacher.

Sanskrit Studies

Gain knowledge of the Sanskrit language through asana, mantras, and chanting. We are privileged to have Sanskrit scholar Leslie Freyberg join us to teach the power and beauty behind the language of yoga.

Guest Faculty: Leslie Freyberg

Anatomy of Yoga

A four-part series that will provides a hands-on approach to understanding the human body and how it moves. It presents the essentials of anatomy and physiology as it specifically relates to yoga. You will explore the components of anatomy, taking an in-depth look at the spine, shoulders & hips and how to approach the human body correctly and safely.

Guest Faculty: Chris Loebsack

Intelligent Sequencing

Complementing the Asana section, ‘Intelligent Sequencing’ will teach you how to combine creativity and wisdom to deliver quality classes that aren’t repetitive or robotic yet adhere to alignment principles. This three-part module covers the foundations of sequencing and how to be attentive to the level and capacity of all students in a class. We examine the role of a movement teacher in the safety and longevity of a student and their practice, as well as the importance of correct technique, pace and progression. We also explore creativity and artistry in breathing fresh air into traditional and set sequencing where you are encouraged to find your own voice and style.

Guest Faculty: Mike McArdle

Class Composition

Class composition is what often sets teachers apart – the ability to lead an interesting and informative yoga practice that helps facilitate a student’s understanding and progress. Learn how to create a complete class from start to finish working with common composition tools – templates, philosophical themes, anatomical focuses, ‘peak poses’ and more. You will explore how to set up the yoga space, create an atmosphere, use music/ visual aids/ dialogue and put together a complete class that plays to your strengths as a teacher.

Guest Faculty: Paul Gruen

Pre & Post-Natal Yoga

As a yoga teacher of any style or level it is important that you are equipped with the knowledge of how to accommodate for differences in movement ability as well as individual needs due to specific health conditions – as important as any is pregnancy and post-partum care. In this module you will learn about female anatomy and how to support the changing prenatal body in movement and breathing. You will also cover fundamental ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ for Pre- and Post-Natal Yoga, and the differences between.

Guest Faculty: Latham Thomas

Restorative Yoga

Gain proficiency in increasingly popular facet of yoga that can be taught as a stand-alone class or woven into any other style of yoga for a more comprehensive practice. Restorative poses use props and techniques that are designed to create balance in the body on every level and hence serve all students regardless of age, experience or interest in yoga. Knowledge on this level is integral to a teacher’s ability to work with students with injury, illness or disability and create a space for deep relaxation and healing.

Guest Faculty: Chris Loebsack

Community in Yoga

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of the yoga industry is the widespread support of the ever-growing community. This module will introduce you to the ways in which you can take advantage of the strong bonds that are created between teachers, particularly within a yoga studio.

You will also look at how to further develop the sense of community for your students with the way that you interact and with your approach to teaching. This will be one of your best resources for finding success in the world of yoga.

Business of Yoga

The all-important question of how to bring together the logistics, strategy and marketing of a business, the art of teaching and the philosophy of yoga is delved into in the business of yoga. The yoga industry doesn’t need to be an environment of ‘struggling artists’ if you have the business know-how of how to get yourself out there in your preferred teaching capacity. You will discover how to make the transition from trainee to teacher as enjoyable and successful as possible.

Community Classes

OM Factory will be offering teacher trainees the unique opportunity to teach public classes (posted as ‘Community Classes’ on the regular weekly schedule) as part of the training to give you ‘real’ teaching experience in a group class setting. It will give you the time & space to discuss your experiences with teaching and to work with your mentor in refining this process so that you are comfortable with teaching commercially.

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program is designed to support you in gaining the skills and confidence to be able to go out and teach following the training. Each student is assigned a mentor (an OM Factory Yoga teacher) who will give individualized support for the duration of the training and the opportunity for feedback well beyond. Our selected teachers offer their guidance in service of making this an empowering experience for you.

Apprenticeship Program (Post-Graduation)

The Apprenticeship Program is designed to give recent teacher training graduates further guidance as teachers under the mentorship of an experienced Om Factory Faculty teacher. For more information visit our Continuing Yoga Studies page.


A Few Words From the Lead Instructors

Holly Coles, E-RYT 500

"My involvement in helping lead this teacher training is truly in homage to my own teachers. I came to yoga for one reason, yet unexpectedly ended up with so much more. My inspiration and guidance for personal transformation has come from an incredible journey around the globe, and I am continually amazed by the teachers that keep showing up along the way. I strongly believe in embracing the responsibility that comes with teaching anything, and I feel it is even more important when learning to facilitate the oftentimes deep and cathartic practice of yoga. To this end, I endeavor to provide a training program that really appreciates all of the aspects of yoga, in an effort to create a space for the development of teachers with the knowledge and integrity that is asked for from this rich tradition. More than excited, I am really honored to have the opportunity to pass on the knowledge of this practice that has been gifted to me."

Holly's Website: www.hollycoles.com

Amanda Wentworth, E-RYT 500

"I am honored to share my love of yoga by creating and teaching Om Factory’s 200 hour teacher training program. Everyday a teacher is enriched through student practice and development. Guiding students on this path and observing body and mind progress is fulfilling both as a career and as a way of life. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to cultivate a growing community of dynamic yoga teachers to share with the world."

Amanda's Website: www.amandasana.com

REQUIRED READING

  • Light on Yoga by B.K.S Iyengar
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda*
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga: Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga by Ray Long
  • The Bhagavad-Gita by Eknath Easwaran*
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
* suggested translation

SPRING 2014 PROGRAM DATES

Weekend Course, January 24 - April 13, 2014 (No Classes Feb 21-23)

Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays 10-6pm, & Sundays 10-5pm

To register, please complete and submit the online application below no later than January 17, 2014.

TUITION

A $500 Deposit is due with your application.

Early Bird Tuition:$2,750 paid in full by November 1st, 2013

Full Tuition: $3,150 paid in full by January 24, 2014

Installment Plan: $3,350 payable in installments

*Bi-weekly payments of $475 are due on: January 24, February 7 & 28, March 14 & 28, April 11, 2014.

Tuition includes a 4-month Unlimited Membership for all Om Factory locations valid from January through April 2014.

SCHOLARSHIP

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for students in need of financial assistance. For those interested in applying, the Scholarship Application is now available and should be submitted no later than November 15th, 2013.


Testimonials


STUDENT APPLICATION: SPRING 2014

200 Hour Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training
January 24th – April 13th 2014

Contact Information

If an applicant fails to confirm participation and preferred method of payment by January 5, 2014, another student may fill that space.

Emergency Contact

Medical History

(Your answers will not limit your acceptance and will remain completely confidential)

Overall Health:  Excellent Good Fair Under Par

Additional Explanation as Necessary

Please tell us more about any past or present medical conditions or physical injuries

Yoga Study

All applicants must have a consistent yoga practice of at least 1 year.

How long have you been practicing yoga?

What style(s) of yoga have you practiced in the past?

What style(s) of yoga do you currently practice?

How often do you typically practice per week?

Which teachers have primarily influenced your practice (OM Factory staff and other)?

Do you have a current self practice and if so, how frequently do you practice on your own?

Meditation Practice:  Daily Fairly Often Rarely Never

Pranayama Practice:  Daily Fairly Often Rarely Never

Have you ever participated in a yoga teacher training program before? If yes, please provide details.

Are you currently teaching yoga? If yes, please explain teaching history:

Any additional studies past or present related to yoga (ex. qigong, acrobatics, health care, acupuncture, theology)?

Yoga Discussion

Why are you interested in teacher training?

What are your expectations of the program?

Please explain any physical or mental challenges you are looking to benefit from the program?

What do you think makes a good yoga teacher?

Any other personal goals for the program you wish to relate?

Additional Information

How did you hear about our Teacher Training Program? (required)

Do you have any questions, comments, or concerns?

Applicant Agreement

I understand and agree to fulfill all the requirements of Om Factory Yoga School, including in-class hours, homework, and non-contact hours outside of the classroom. I will receive a diploma of certification upon completion of all requirements and consent of lead instructors that can then be submitted to Yoga Alliance for 200-hour registration. I understand that Om Factory Yoga School reserves the right to ask me to leave the program if my behavior is unethical, inappropriate, or in anyway violates the Yoga Alliance or Om Factory School of Yoga’s ethical guidelines. Under such circumstances, I will not be refunded my tuition. I understand that all Om Factory Yoga School materials cannot be reproduced by me without permission of the author. Failure to comply may
result in legal action.


 I have read and accept all above terms and requirements

Applicants who have been accepted will be notified by email. Please let us know here if you would rather be notified by phone. Applicants who have been accepted into the program must confirm participation immediately via e-mail or by return phone call to the person who notifies them. If an applicant fails to confirm participation and preferred method of payment by January 5, 2013, another student may fill that space.

If an applicant fails to confirm participation and preferred method of payment by January 5, 2014, another student may fill that space.

Please indicate your preferred method of notification:  By Email By Phone


By submitting this application you acknowledge that you have answered the questions truthfully and to the best of your ability.