The format of the 300 hour Vitality Teacher training will follow the 5 seasons of the 5 elements of Taoism Yoga and Chinese medicine: spring, early summer, late summer, autumn and winter.
One long weekend, (Friday night-Sunday afternoon) per season, which will be approximately every other month, for 2 years, totaling 10 weekends, but can be completed in up to 3 years, in case you miss a weekend or want to stretch it out.
Within each weekend we will be working on the specific training protocols for that season in the map of the Koshas, which are our 5 layers of being:
Annamaya kosha, the physical body
Pranamaya kosha, the energy/breath body
Manamaya kosha, the brain that operates the logic and reasoning mind
Vijnanamaya kosha, the observer or witness mind
Anandamaya Kosha, the bliss body located in the heart.
Each of these layers have specific practices that pertain to them. Trainees will learn how to design a well balanced intelligent class which incorporates all 5 of these dimensions.
The format of the weekends will be:
Friday night, the Annamaya kosha, working on the physical practice of sequencing up to a peak pose, physical assists, and exploring teaching poses that we typically avoid.
Saturday morning, the Pranamaya Kosha, experiencing Kundalini Kriyas and pranayama, which are specific breathing practices and meditative physical movements to cleanse and rejuvenate the energy body.
Saturday afternoon, the Manomaya Kosha, will study Zen Taoism Yoga, the meridians, the 5 elements, meditations through movement, and how to move our prana/chi in specific patterns with the mind and breath in the physical asanas.
Sunday morning, the Vijnanamaya Kosha, the witness will be observing the Yoga Sutras and how they relate to our lives through discussion, journaling, meditation and mantras.
Sunday afternoon, the Anandamaya Kosha, touching the bliss body through gratitude practices, chanting and deep guided meditations in Yin/restorative poses.
Each weekend will provide a plethora of new material to incorporate into your classes, in that specific season. And because it will be every other month, the trainees will create a strong supportive teaching community to share ideas with, be inspired by, problem-solve, and grow together as strong multi-faceted yoga teachers.
Fill out the form for more information on the program starting in Spring 2019.
“The teacher training was an incredible opportunity for me to grow as a person emotionally, physically and spiritually. Strangely I was drawn into the challenge of a training like this amidst the chaos of my everyday life. This community of yogis and incredible teachers helped me find a place of balance that has led me on a truly transformational journey. I am forever grateful.”
“This yoga teacher training was transformational for my life. I grew inwardly the strength to be able to share outwardly through teaching yoga. I grew in confidence through facing fears. I was supported in a safe space well I grew and messed up and tried new things. I’m very thankful for this teacher training that was available in New Paltz for our community. Maggie, Michael and Preston led us in a somatic journey through the Gita, the chakras, the Yamas and Niyamas gracefully. The adjustment practice and teachings created all strong and alert yoga teachers.”
“This has been such a widening experience for me. The teachings were challenging and the self reflection was really deepening. The questions and journal writing helped to direct such beautiful reflections and the ongoing nature of it was cleansing and leveling for me. I found both Maggie and Michael very understanding, loving and yet disciplined with firmness. I found my way into a daily practice and personal discipline that I didn’t think was possible with my busy life. Maggie and Michael are so amazing and held us on our path of discovery so well.”
“This teacher training has been life-changing for me. Through it I have gained so much insight into yoga and the beauty of it and it will be a continued part of my life. Everyone has been so supportive and loving. My personal journey has been given more depth and freedom. I loved it. Thank you. Maggie and Michael have been such wonderful teachers.”
“During the teacher training I created a daily practice of yoga, meditation and journaling that allowed me to find balance in my life and to take care of my needs in order to be the best version of myself. The spiritual teachings opened my eyes to so much depth and possibility that I feel as if my life has taken on a new trajectory. I was able to overcome obstacles and fears with the support and love from Maggie and Michael and all of the other teacher trainees.”
“What teacher training experience was for me: An unexpected, transformative journey. A safe environment to meet my learning challenges and expand my knowledge about yoga. A special view into the self, opportunity to observe the self non-judgmentally. One of the most supportive and open groups of students and teachers learning together. A place to connect into an energy higher than ourselves to allow it to teach and guide.”