GENERAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINING QUESTIONS
What is the style of Yoga?
The style of the training is Unified Yoga™, which is a Registered Style with the Yoga Alliance. Unified Yoga is a unique blend of many different styles (Hatha, Power, Ashtanga, Hot, Yin, etc.). Unified Yoga is less of a ‘yoga style’ and more of a ‘style of teaching yoga’. Peak Beings believes that what the yoga world needs is knowledgeable yoga teachers more than another new yoga style. The focus of the Unified Yoga style is to develop yoga teachers who are knowledgeable, safe, open minded, compassionate and able to help any student develop a yoga practice that works for them. In this non-authoritarian teaching style, each student is given the space and freedom to honor their own body, mind and spirit and find comfort in being who they are. As human beings and teachers we arrive on our yoga mat with different life experiences physically, mentally, and emotionally. Unified Yoga honors and celebrates each student as they are, trusting their intelligence and allowing them the time and space to find the balance, strength, grace, peace or whatever it is they are looking for in their practice that day.
The setting of the “practice teaching” for the training is in a vinyasa flow style, but a variety of different styles (Power, Hot, Yin, Ashtanga, etc.) are taught in the morning practice to expose students to styles they may not have tried before. The goal of the training is to learn the tools to teach and then the teacher can utilize those tools to teach in the style that they want and focus on what they want to focus on depending on the students who come to their class. Unified Yoga is the unifying of as many styles of yoga as the teacher wants and learning to adapt them as you like and see fit for your students. The Unified Yoga Teacher Training™ allows every teacher to draw from their own yoga experience in different styles they have practiced and create their classes as they want to or as their students need. Peak Beings values the experience that the practitioners already have before attending the training and wants to build on that experience and knowledge. You will have all the tools you will need as a teacher to design and guide a yoga class safely in any style you like…and we truly encourage you to start to create your own unique style.
Why is the training 25 Days in Duration?
There are many reasons why we have chosen to make the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training 25 days long. We have carefully structured the training to meet the required number of Contact Hours per the Yoga Alliance Standards while also allowing you time to absorb and process the information being presented as well as relax and have fun exploring the local area. This is Yoga “School” and we will be in class a lot of hours, but we don’t want it to feel like School and be so intense with too many hours per day that you aren’t given time to absorb the information and have time to be with yourself, nature and your experience. You will have 2 days (Sundays) throughout the training when we will only have 1 class that day so you will have a majority of the morning and ALL of the afternoon and evening free to do what you want. We give you these days so you can work on your teaching as well as go out on adventures like hiking, surfing, snorkeling, visiting nearby attractions, etc. This also gives you time to connect with your Self and your classmates outside of the training.
One other reason logistically is that you will actually plan and teach a 1.5 hour class at the end of the training. In order to accomplish this we need enough days in the schedule for everyone to teach. There are other yoga teacher trainings out there with shorter durations (14 to 22 days) in which you may only teach a segment of a class (15-30 minutes) as they don’t have enough days in the program to meet the required training hours “and” have you teach a real class, not to mention have any free time to relax. We feel it is very important for you to go through the full process as a teacher before going out into the real world as a teacher. In this training you will have the opportunity to plan and teach your class in any style of yoga you want with whatever postures you want in a safe and loving environment among your peers/friends in the training. This way you will already have true experience before you leave the training which we feel is vital before you receive your teaching certification.
Are there any required texts for the training?
There are no required readings or texts to buy for the training. Peak Beings does not want students to have the additional expenses of going out and buying books prior to the training. We feel the 250+ page manual has explores yoga in such a vast way and allows the teacher to have a solid foundation in all the aspects of yoga. If you are looking to purchase any books prior to the training we recommend “Light on Life” by B.K.S. Iyengar or “Yoga Beyond Belief” by Ganga White. The training explores many of the “off the mat” topics such as history, philosophy, yoga sutras, self-exploration, etc. and these books are good to have some insight into other aspects of yoga that may not be covered in a typical yoga class. B.K.S. Iyengar’s book will give you a very direct and relatively “dense” view on things like this (but is a harder read) and Ganga White’s book is a lighter read with a lighter feel and more of his personal insight.