300 Hour Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance 300 Hour program)

Yoga is a growing field which is gaining acceptance as a complementary modality with many body-based and mental support professions. More than ever, scientific research is demonstrating the therapeutic benefits of yoga and these ancient practices are becoming more mainstream as people turn to the mat to create a sense of strength, fluidity and harmony in their bodies and minds. Based on learning ancient yoga philosophy and experiencing practices that embody the teachings, this advanced training program offers a strong foundation for understanding and applying the therapeutic benefits of yoga.

The program is offered as a set of 12 core modules with a choice of electives, most of which are offered as three-day trainings over a weekend (Friday night through Sunday evening). While each of the modules focuses on a specific area, all program content combines the latest scientific research into the effects of yoga on improved health, transformation and well-being. Modules may be taken in any order at the participant’s convenience. Further, the program culminates in an Internship module that offers both group and one-on-one mentored support as program participants fully integrate the training and begin applying the teachings out in the world.

There is no application process to begin – simply sign up for a program! Take the programs in any order. While there is no timeframe in which one must complete the program, most people graduate about two years after starting. Our advanced modules are currently offered in several locations throughout the east. You can refer to the calendar for programs, dates and locations.

This training program is designed for yoga practitioners, teachers and health care providers who want to specialize in applying yoga’s therapeutic benefits to improve well-being and quality of life. Successful graduates of this program may apply with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-500.

Based on the belief that each person desires harmony and health and has the inner guidance to move forward on that path, this program offers a yoga education that fosters physical and mental safety, inspires inner exploration and growth, and is founded on the idea that community support lifts up all people. In summary, the program provides grounded and well-rounded information on:

~ Understanding common physical imbalances and dysfunctions from both a western model and a Yoga model;

~ Evaluating a client for musculoskeletal imbalances and applying yoga techniques as appropriate and developing a plan that supports the client’s needs and goals;

~ Integrating yoga asana, pranayama and meditation as a way to work with various musculoskeletal conditions;

~ Evaluating a client for musculoskeletal and psychological conditions and applying yoga techniques as appropriate;

~ Understanding the effects of chronic pain and certain psychological conditions on the nervous system and applying yoga techniques for optimal well-being and peace of mind;

~ Using pranayama and meditation as a way to address nervous system imbalances.

Most of our programs are offered as a three-day program, except where noted. The curriculum consists of the following courses and teachers:

Experiential Anatomy and Therapeutic Essentials of Yoga
Marlysa Sullivan or Tra Kirkpatrick

Three modules combining anatomy, assessment and adaptations for musculoskeletal imbalances and common conditions. Each 3-day weekend focuses on a different region of the body:
~ Shoulders, Neck and Arms
~ Spine, Breath and Bandhas
~ Hips, Knees and Feet

The Yoga Way: Towards Psychological and Emotional Health and Well-being
Holle Black

Yoga and Trauma: Healing with Tantra Hatha Yoga
Holle Black

Seeds of Change: Tantra Hatha Yoga for Discovery and Transformation
Tra Kirkpatrick
Weekend Program – Friday through Sunday PLUS 10-hour take-home mentored practicum to be completed after the weekend

The Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain
Marlysa Sullivan

Exploring Meditation and Yoga Philosophy: Understanding the Nature of the Self and the Nature of the Mind
Marlysa Sullivan

Learning the Bhagavad Gita
Matthew Falkowski

Pranayama’s Deeper Practices: Modern Applications in the Ancient Tradition of Tantra Hatha Yoga
Jeffrey Shoaf

The He(art) of Hands-on Assisting
Tra Kirkpatrick

Internship (75 hours) with Tra Kirkpatrick
Check back in January for information on the 2017 program!

Electives:
Choose one of the following to complete your required hours:

Myofasciae, Prana and the Bandhas: Merging Anatomy and Spirit
Jeffrey Shoaf

Exploring Meditation and Yoga Philosophy: Prana and the Tantric Perspective
Marlysa Sullivan

Therapeutic Meditation Retreat: A Body Journey to Access your Inner Wisdom and Truth
Tracey Sondik and Marlysa Sullivan
Yin Immersion
Tracey Sondik