Teacher Training Course
Week day course March 1st, 2019 Summer intensive June 15th, 2019
RECENT GRADUATE TESTIMONY
"Suzanne's Yoga For Wellness teacher training was transformational. The focus on alignment and foundations of yoga has completely changed my personal practice and will influence every class I teach. Suzanne helps to strip away the ego and jazziness that often accompanies yoga these days, and helps her students to understand the incredible benefits of yoga as a lifestyle choice. Her focus on mindfulness has changed the way I interact and react in daily life and I feel like a better mother, partner and citizen as a result of this training. Would highly recommend this course and really look forward to continuing my development with Suzanne." - Stephanie Cantrell. UK
Suzanne's explanation of the Yoga for Wellness Teacher Training Course
I took my first YTT years ago with Ana Forest. Her first trainees were my teachers. Things were very different then they are now as it was not common for more casual practitioners to attend teacher trainings. Training was for very serious, long time dedicated students of yoga who were practicing more or less daily and for several years. Now many who want to deepen their asana and spiritual practices for personal reasons want to train, and those with less time on the mat under their belts want to train. This to me is an acceptable idea, as taking an intensive training to gain adequate skills to teach others or training for personal reasons, changes people's lives. Our teacher training teaches you how to approach the practice properly, with attention to all aspects of the practice including philosophy, alignment, and how to have and maintain healthier mental and physical habits.
Ideally, the practice is a lifestyle and becomes a natural way of living.
In my younger years growing up in Southern California, I lived next to a great studio where my teachers who had committed their entire lives to the practice infused us with Ashtanga, Bikram, Forrest and a bunch of other interesting practices. They helped me cultivate a deep love for the practice and I am fascinated by teaching others. I watch students develop habits that stop pain in their bodies and help them to develop safe habits, better posture, higher self awareness. I enjoy Hatha, Flow and Iyengar yoga a LOT but also love softening into more gentle practices like Yin yoga and restorative practice. It's a true gift to be able to teach and practice in different ways and to have the knowledge and ability to switch gears according to what our bodies and minds need most asana and meditation wise, and how much bandwidth we have to practice in any given day.
In training with me, if you focus properly and train with devotion to your learning and with all your heart, by the time you graduate you will have a thorough and global understanding of the practice yoga on and off the mat, as a lifestyle practice. You will understand alignment, safe practice and how to adjust your own practice or your lessons for your students. You will learn to experience your own practice much more deeply, in beautiful and profound ways and be able to provide meaningful experiences to the students you teach. You will attain the knowledge needed to be a thorough teacher who understands each student in front of you.
Everyone can teach. But to me the most important thing is teaching the true essence of yoga which stems from wanting to help yourself and others heal and feel better and to grow in your own joy and raise your vibrations and consciousness while helping others grow as well.
Learn & Grow
Philosophy and Lifestyle
This is a highly experiential, "practical" training. We do get into the roots of the practice and philosophy based on the Sutras (so helpful and important). But the way information is presented makes it easy for a Western mind to assimilate, for any mind for that matter. This course grounds students and focuses on practicality and experiencing the practice with full attention, full focus and driven by humility as opposed to ego or being “good at yoga”. You will learn to accept yourself as a practitioner and teacher of yoga (your short comings, your strengths and all of you). My training is steeped in Eastern and Western philosophy so I share from both places. Information in this course is easy to absorb and apply to daily living.
My love is simplicity, and I enjoy teaching practices that enable students understand their bodies and practice according to what is needed on any given day, dependent on what is happening in your body, health, your life and this includes mentally, emotionally as well as physically. You will become more familiar with and grounded in your true nature. This will make you a wonderful, loving teacher.
The main meditation we cover was developed by a man I admire named Ron Rathbun, in California (he teaches at UC San Diego and is a long time surfer with a 30 year meditation practice - his work has been published in major medical journals, he works at one of the world top meditation research centers, mainly works with the medical profession). Look for Ron’s beautiful books on Amazon. Mine are tattered, I look to these books often for wisdom and inspiration. The Kelee practice helps us in everyday life to keep us clear, and helps us to clear what is not. The practice takes around 7 minutes to do each time.
In terms of mindfulness practices, I teach techniques which encourage self awareness, self acceptance and help free up your head space. You will contemplate living in line your values and will explore NLP and positive psychology. Once you have your own established mindfulness practice, you can teach others from that experience.
This course is non - dogmatic. You will learn foundational practices (over 60 asana, core and breath techniques) that you can play with to create beautiful sequences to teach or practice. You will learn SO MUCH here. I have taught for a long time and this is one of my favorite parts of teaching - my 24 year background is in Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, Forrest - with some other more obscure practices mixed in allow me to teach what I know will help students most. Your training will be a culmination of different styles (also Yin and Restorative) and allow you to get very familiar and understand your own body well, first. From that foundation, you can help students of all ages and abilities and keep everyone safe (including yourself). Yoga related injuries for teachers are common, so our first mission is to do our best to ensure our graduates know how to stay safe and keep their students safe. You will learn to adjust sequences based on pacing, sequencing, etc. and will learn a simple, effective yet interesting way of creating classes for others based on their health, age, time of day, amount of time you have to teach a class, etc etc. I would say based on feedback and my own understanding that this course is thorough. If you do the work asked and follow my lead, you can become a successful teacher of yoga and truly enjoy your career as a yoga teacher.
You will learn a variety of breathing techniques. We take our time during raining to help students cultivate a solid pranayama practice. You will look and feel different after really getting into this. You will look and feel bright, with more energy to focus, enjoy better sleep, a more calm mind (or more alert depending on which breath technique and what your need is at the time of practice). The breathing you will learn is kept simple because that is what works and what you and your students need on a daily basis, at a minimum. More advanced pranayama can be layered on later (most importantly, when you are ready, we can not rush this). To have a solid foundation in pranayama, you must have an established daily practice and you need to work on the basics for a long time. Mastering basics is the right way to practice and is plenty for most people.
Ayurveda & Philosophy
In this lecture series, you'll learn the fundamental building blocks of Ayurveda to understand how it can help you in your daily life, and in the bigger picture. We'll look at the history and philosophy behind this ancient wisdom, Ayurveda's approach to nutrition, diet, and lifestyle, and the practices within it that can make such a difference in your wellbeing and that of your students. Read Sarah's bio.
For your anatomy lessons, you will be provided with practical, useful information to keep ourself and your students safe. Course materials (easy to digest videos and your anatomy manual) become your property and can be used for reference as needed in the years to come.
This course is an all around life coaching, health and mindfulness program with asana, meditation and pranayama at the core.
You will be given a solid foundation with great habits to draw on for the rest of your life's practice (and pass this to others if you so wish). Especially in the self development area of your practice. This is the highlight of our course and your mind is the true foundation of all you do in life. Upon graduation, you will have a beautiful practice to build on as you progress throughout your life.