Our Journey Continues
This month, Everyone Yoga School launches our inaugural 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to bring this level of learning to the Tulsa area, for many different reasons. Most importantly, we are excited to be part of the growing Tulsa yoga community!
The EYS 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is accredited by Yoga Alliance, and once completed, teachers will be able to use the RYT®500 designation. The program is designed to deepen yoga teachers’ understanding of concepts introduced in the 200 Hour Program, and to allow them to offer more in-depth instruction to their students.
What’s the Why?
As a teacher, why would you want to complete an additional 300 hours of training? The easy way out would be to say “the reasons are endless – there are too many to mention here!” While that’s our first thought, we realize it doesn’t really answer the question very well. So here are a few “Whys.”
As a Teacher
The feeling of elation when completing the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is indescribable. However, if you’ve gone through this and have been teaching for any length of time, you’ll also realize that the first 200 hours is just a drop in the bucket of the huge ocean that is “Yoga.” The 300 Hour training is by no means exhaustive either, but it does give you the opportunity to deepen your practice even further.
In the initial 200 Hour training, many different concepts and practices are introduced; some resonate with you, and some don’t. And you may have found that as you have begun teaching, after you’ve had a chance to get your feet wet so to speak, your style may naturally gravitate towards certain topics or areas. Taking additional training allows you to delve in to areas that have piqued your interest, allowing for deeper understandings and enabling you to pass that understanding on to others.
Some of us learn by doing, others by reading, yet others by seeing. In any case, being part of a structured learning environment is a great way to connect with others and get more out of what you are studying. It allows you to ask questions, see demonstrations, participate, and engage. Plus, you will have access to some of the very best yoga teachers and leaders in the Tulsa yoga community as your instructors – a unique and priceless opportunity.
Becoming an RYT®500 Hour Yoga Teacher will also allow you to take a more active role in your local yoga community. You will be a more integral part of a group who is working towards a vision of yoga for everyone, and you will be a leader, bringing people together for a common cause and promoting wellness and well-being.
As your knowledge becomes more refined and you begin to find your niche as a teacher, you will also be able to increase your reach. New opportunities will be available to you, such as workshops and teacher trainings, and even personalized instruction.
For the Community
As we add to the number of RYT®500 Hour Yoga Teachers in Tulsa, this will have a profoundly positive impact on the community as a whole. We will be able to bring a greater level of understanding to our students, which leads to a happier, healthier, and hopefully kinder, and more aware population. Doesn’t that sound like something worth investing in? The Tulsa yoga scene will have more diversity, and will provide a higher level of instruction on a greater number of topics. All of this works towards the vision of bringing yoga to everyone, and towards creating understanding that yoga truly is for everyone.
Andrea C. Neil
You Are Here.
Mindfulness teaches us to become aware of the present moment. Right now, you are reading this blog post. There might be many reasons you’ve ended up here, but one thing is for certain: we know that you were meant to read this.
Everyone Yoga School is not just an organization that provides yoga teacher trainings. We are an opportunity for you to get more out of your own life experience; to be more aware, more awake, and to participate for fully in your own life. You’re reading this because you are looking for something more. It’s possible that you’re here for one (or more) of the reasons below. If that’s the case – welcome home, you’ve found your tribe.
The Born Teacher
Perhaps you are here because you are a born teacher. You enjoy using your intuitive, innate skills to impart knowledge, and you enjoy watching that proverbial light bulb go off over someone’s head when they have an “aha” moment. You most likely experience joy, happiness, and satisfaction in having created the space for someone to make those discoveries for themselves.
And maybe you love the practice of yoga so much, that you want to use your special teaching talents to share your passion for it and all of its benefits. Participating in a yoga teacher training program is simply a natural progression for you.
The Compassionate Helper
Do you feel deeply, and notice the discomfort or unease of others? Do you feel a deep desire to make our world a better place? Becoming a yoga teacher can be a satisfying way to make a difference in the lives of our fellow brothers and sisters.
Maybe you’ve experienced firsthand a significant improvement in your life, thanks to the practice of yoga. You know about the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits that yoga provides – because you have lived it.
Often when we have undergone such a change, we become excited to share the experience with others, drawing on our firsthand knowledge of the profound impact yoga can make. You can spread the word and make a difference as a yoga instructor.
The Perennial Student
Are you a life-long student, always wanting to learn more? Perhaps one of the biggest joys in your life is understanding that the thirst for knowledge is never quenched, and appreciating how delicious the process of discovery can be. Especially when it comes to self-discovery.
Many people have had a self-awakening experience on their yoga journey, and this event can leave one with a hunger for more. Understanding life and all of its complexities is a subtle process that, if allowed to unfold, takes place every day, throughout our entire life. If you enjoy this process and have made connections between improvements and discoveries in your life and the progress of your yoga practice, a teacher training program is a great way to enhance your journey.
Truth in the Cliché
“It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” We’ve all heard some variation on this. But as we started out saying, mindfulness teaches us to be present in each moment – to find clarity, appreciation and harmony whenever and wherever possible. You are here because you understand how yoga helps us all, on our journey. So whether you’re looking to teach or to simply deepen your own personal yoga practice, enrolling in a teacher training or continuing education class with Everyone Yoga School can be
incredibly rewarding. It is our desire to help you reach your goals, whatever they may be.
RYT 200, Graduate of EveryOne Yoga School Class of 2016
By Andrea Neil
They told us it would happen. They told us we would notice it wherever we went, whoever we looked at, whatever we were doing.
They were right.
When I went through training to be an RY®200 yoga instructor, we studied a lot of anatomy. We studied how different parts of the body move, and we studied the proper ways to move the different parts of the body. We focused on alignment in yoga postures, and more importantly, how the body takes up space in the world. We read from books, we listened to lectures, and we also practiced a whole lot of yoga. We practiced, and practiced, and practiced some more, and we became aware of our own bodies in ways we never had before. Because in order to teach the subtleties of movement to someone else, we first had to understand them in our own bodies.
Our instructor told us, with a smile on her face and lightness in her voice, that we would start noticing people’s alignment and posture and areas of tension – while at the grocery store, in a restaurant, at the beach – everywhere. She told us that the more we understood about the body, the more we would start seeing the bodies around us differently; that it would just happen. She was right.
Now I see misalignment, or asymmetry, or the results of long-ago injuries that went unattended far too long. Often times, people don’t even seem to notice these things about themselves.