200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Ongoing)

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Ongoing)

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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training 

Please Note this is a long term commitment. This is not a training for those who want to rush through a program and be certified. Training will be progressive, spread over a long period of time to ensure that what is learned is absorbed and practiced.
If you truly want to become more empowered in your practice in order to share more than the asana with others this is the YTT for you. The group will be small and immersive.
Students are asked to have at least of year of practice within their life. 
There is no guaranteed end point. This will depend on the completion of material, the amount of effort put in and the ability to implement ones learning. 
 Students will be chosen based on interview, recommendations from another teacher, and/or presence in classes that shows their commitment to practice.

Ocean Breath  200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training can be taken:

As the full 200 Hours for those who intend to teach.
Yoga Alliance Certification received.
As 2 x 100 Hour Modules.
The first 100 Yoga Foundations for those who may or may not want to teach but would like to deepen their understanding of the practice
These modules can be taken back to back or the second module at a later date as long as it is within 2 years of the Foundations. The 2 together will provide you with Certification
The first 100 Hour Yoga Foundations Program is only a personal training program. This will give you a deeper understanding of your practice, but will not provide you any teaching certification. It will however give you a fundamental base of knowledge to continue on to become a Teacher.

The 100 Hours will consist of but not be limited to:

  • History of Yoga
  • Philosophy: Yamas, Niyamas, 
  • Asana practice and theory.
  • Fundamentals of Pranayama
  • Meditation Instruction
  • Guidance with Personal Practice
  • Practical Anatomy
  • Journalling
  • Chakras and Energy Body
  • Mantra

The Second 100 Hours will focus on the Techniques, Qualities and Practical abilities required to guide students through safe, empathetic, well rounded classes.

This 100 Hours will consist of:

  • Arriving at "the Seat of The Teacher"
  • Finding your voice as a Teacher
  • The Language of Teaching
  • How to Apply Anatomy to the unique bodies you will encounter
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy
  • What are the Doshas, Koshas and Gunas and how do they relate to the Yoga Bodies.
  • Exploring and building your Empathetic Abilities
  • Hands on Assists - When to touch, when not to touch.
  • Intro to Fascial connections (the Soma of the Body)
  • Practice Teaching 
  • Applying the Ethics of Yoga to your Teaching
  • The Business of Yoga (this is just a general guideline. Further training can be provided later)
  • Awareness of other core segments of teaching. (i.e. Prenatal and Postnatal, Yoga for Aging, Restorative and Yin intros.)

    There are 20 non contact hours required which will be dedicated to readings, practice sessions, writing and practicum hours.

This is Training with a Hatha, Yin, Somatic and Breath awareness focus. Training is limited to absolute maximum 6 students in order to ensure that each student is able to have space for inquiry, to apply new knowledge, to explore an ever changing awareness of what Yoga really is beyond Yogasana. Classes will be approximately once a month (number of weeks that fall in a month may affect this) during the Foundations. The same  will  be true for the 100 Hour Seat of the Teacher but the timeline may and can be spread out further to ensure time to immerse in all materials and practice. No classes over the long weekends in any month.

Participants will be given space in some regular classes expected to attend. You will also be provided studio space to practice teach with peers and friends at Ocean Breath Yoga when the time is ready. Practicum time will be required of each student before certification is provided. All hours and materials must also e completed and students only pass once they have demonstrated full competency in the materials they share.

Be the teacher that students trust, feel safe with and want to come back to again and again. Be this for yourself first and the rest will follow.

Join us at Granville Island to connect to body, breath, mind, heart and each other and discover the real power within us all.

Next 200 Hour Training starts September, 2018
100 Hour Yoga Foundations for anyone immersing in practice.
followed by
100 Hour Seat of the Teacher for students continuing on to be certified as Teachers or Certified Teachers wanting to receive more training on functional, empathic teaching.

Ocean Breath Yoga Studio and School (Granville Island)

Beverly Akhurst, ERYT 500 , YACEP Owner and Director
Ara Cusack, ERYT 500, Owner Puzzle Tree, Instructor and Lead Instructor in 30 + Teacher Training Programs over the years.

100 Hour - Anyone looking to challenge their practice and habitual ideas and immerse further in a well rounded Yoga Practice
200 Hour - Anyone looking to become a Yoga Teacher or wanting to be able to guide others through practice.
Any teacher who wants to take their initial training to a different level.

** Please note this is not for students who think 200 hour training is a quick way to just do something. This is a commitment to you and your future students. This gets you to base camp. The real journey begins afterwards.

$1900.00 + GST - 100 Hour Foundations
Or sign up for Each monthly session separately
$220 + GST/ One day session

$1900.00 + GST - 100 Hour Seat of the Teacher
Or 2/50 Hour segments
$1000.00 + GST/50 Hour Segment

$500.00  + GST - Deposit to secure your Training Space.

If You have any questions about the program please direct them to Ocean Breath Yoga School

or register:

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Nature Therapy: The Immersive Experience of Nature-Health Relationhips

Nature Therapy: The Immersive Experience of Nature-Health Relationhips

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In the '80's Japan formulated a term and an "activity" called.....Shinrin-Yoku.......Forest Therapy, the medicine of being in the forest. The Japanese practice of forest bathing was the first to be studied and prove that lower heart rates and blood pressure, reduced stress hormone production, improved immune systems, and overall feelings of well being could be encouraged by spending time in nature.

In Japan and Korea the practice of Forest bathing is a national strategy for health and many other countries are following their example such as Australia and the US.
It is understood through the study of and practice of ShinRin Yoku that immersing in nature in a mindful and meditative manner is a sure way to reduce stress and connect to numerous health benefits.
What they have found and many communities and cultures before them is that if one visits an area in nature and walks in a calm manner, without and end goal, but simply to be within the experience, some or many of the following benefits may be achieved.

Lower Blood pressure
Reduced Stress
More ability to be present and concentrate.
Improved sleep
Lower Anxiety
Boosted Immune system functioning.

Join Beverly for a guided movement through nature. The time will incorporate any or all of the following: Breathwork, awareness practices, silent walking, mantra and sound within nature, gentle movement, controlled moments of sharing and journal time. The idea of Forest Wellness (Bathing) is to become comfortable with doing and accomplishing nothing. To just BE within the moment.
DIfferent sessions will invite in different "experiences".

If you plan to join in please be prepared to either leave your phone at home or turn it off for the duration of the afternoon. Dress appropriately for the weather with good, comfortable walking footwear. We will go rain or shine. The only thing that will cause cancellation is an absolute monsoon or wind storm that makes it dangerous to be in the trees.
Location will be either Pacific Spirit Park, Lighthouse Park or Stanley Park. Decided closer to the date.

Beverly Akhurst

Investment: $55 + GST
Runs with a minimum of 4 students registered.

Each person joining in does so with the recognition that although we will be "social" this will also be time for nature, to move through the experiences that arise for you.

What you will need:
Comfortable walking shoes that are able to walk on rocky or uneven areas.
Appropriate clothing and extra layers if the weather is changeable.
Small comfortable backpack or bag with the following -
Water (please no plastic throw away bottles)
Food if you have not eaten (no noisy wrappers or throw away plastic containers please.)
Hat if the weather is bad or quite sunny.
What you may need:
Maybe a small towel or blanket to sit on if it is not raining heavily. Something waterproof if it is raining.
A journal and pen.
Things that make you happy (i.e special totem...rock, picture, food, etc) to gift to Mother Nature/Gaia/PachaMama/Lakshmi. 
Your intention to "accomplish nothing" and just be.