Briohny Smyth, Claudine & Honza Lafond, Adam Whiting

- 200-HOUR | Foundations -

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Discover Your Journey

Our foundational 200-hour program will advance your practice by cultivating strength, flexibility, and the mind-body connection. This program is designed for serious students as well as aspiring teachers.

Develop a complete understanding of alignment and muscular engagement to flow safely through a deeper practice. Delve daily into the architecture of asanas to connect anatomy to movement. Discover custom modifications for different bodies. Build confidence with multiple hands-on approaches. Acquire a practiced knowledge of cues and sequencing. Gain an overview into the modern business landscape of yoga.

Leave with all the skills to teach and build your business. Or join us to simply discover yourself through a deeper practice and to find lifelong friends.

 

 JUne 14 - July 4, 2020 | Koh Samui, Thailand | Vikasa Yoga Retreat

$4,500 TUTION - EARLY BIRD BY DECEMBER 1st*

*Submit an application today and reserve your spot with a one-time deposit of $649. Please see our PAYMENT section for full details on costs, deadlines, and discounts.

If you are ready to apply—or if you have any questions—we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to connecting with you!

 
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Experience

Our 200-hr training is a dedicated, immersive experience in Koh Samui, Thailand. Set aside the time to deepen your connection to yourself, your purpose, and your passion.

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Prerequisites

This program is designed for serious students as well as aspiring teachers. We recommend that trainees have at least six months of consistent yoga practice.

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Certification

Graduates receive Yoga Alliance RYT 200 qualification, the international standard for teaching. Alumni also receive a 25% discount off future trainings and continued access to our community.

 CURRICULUM

Our 200-hour curriculum is composed of five key threads:

The Practice

The Asana

The Mind

The Tradition

The Business

Expect multiple daily practices and lectures, running from 7am-7pm. We typically schedule one day off per week.

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01 The Practice


Morning Practice

Led by Alternating Teachers

Our daily morning practices focus on strong vinyasa flows to advance your practice from foundations towards arm balances and inversions. Heighten the mind-body connection, deepen the breath, and find balance between strength and flexibility. Expect to sweat profusely while cultivating a spirit of lighthearted play through pranayama, creative sequencing, arm balances, and inversions.


EVENING Practice

Led by Alternating Teachers

Enjoy evening practices varying between strong vinyasa flows, inversion and arm balance clinics, acro yoga, Thai massage, adjustment clinics, and practice teaching.


Inversion and Arm Balance ClinicS

Led by Alternating Teachers

Inversions and arm balances challenge us both physically and mentally. Build the tools from any level of practice to understand the journey towards these advanced postures. Learn interactive strength and flexibility exercises, partner inversion work, and independent wall and prop use. Cultivate confidence in guiding yourself and your future students into these postures through creative sequencing, safe spotting, hands-on adjustments, and efficient verbal cues.


Acrovinyasa™️

Led by Claudine and Honza

Acrovinyasa and partner yoga are great ways to cultivate community, build trust, and strengthen communication. Apply this practice to break the ice, warm the mind-body connection, and generate quick camaraderie.


 

02 The ASANA


Alignment

Led by Bri

The yoga world is filled with alignment cues and belief systems which often contradict one another. Demystify the architecture of asanas via Bri’s “Aligned Method”. In our asana and alignment lectures, dive deeply into individual postures, learn common misalignments, study the functions of the muscles, discuss key contraindications, and practice effective cueing.


Assists and Adjustments

Led by Alternating Teachers

Adjustments are a valuable instrument of communication for teachers and a key way for students to learn correct engagement, yet many teachers fear providing adjustments. Gain knowledge and build confidence. Practice safe and effective assists, hands-on adjustments, modification tools tailored to different bodies, and injury prevention. Learn the right customizations to approach adjustments with knowledge and respect.


Anatomy

Led by Adam

We teach anatomy focused on functional biomechanics in relation to asanas and common misalignments. Grow a solid understanding of the human body to enhance your knowledge and teaching abilities. Learn anatomy in conjunction with alignment to help you teach your students how to flow safely.


Sequencing

Led by Alternating Teachers

Practice many branches of modern Vinyasa-based flow, including peak pose sequencing, wave sequencing, and ladder flows. Learn a foundational sequence that is accessible, challenging, and easily tailored to different class lengths and levels. Expect daily sequencing lectures breaking down morning practices together in detail. Discuss sequence thinking and construction. Build creative modifications in your own voice as you gain teaching expertise. Practice teaching your own creative sequences.


Practice Teaching

Led by Alternating Teachers

Practice teaching is a core part of our curriculum. Expect many hands-on opportunities to practice teach cues, sequencing, teaching aids, and adjustments with fellow trainees. Lead teachers will provide individualized feedback on regular assignments.


 

03 The Mind


Pranayama

Led by Claudine

Begin each day with group pranayama. Hone breathing techniques to energize the body while calming the mind. Practice awareness of the diaphragm and chest, learn to flood the body with oxygen, and work on tuning into the mind. So often we encounter people who have learned to harness the breathe incorrectly. Our roles as teachers are to re-educate, reduces stress, and create more freedom for all that we touch.


Kirtan and Mantra

Led by adam

Follow group pranayama each morning with kirtan. Build unison in song to greet the sun. Learn the fundamentals of mantra vidya, including the science, power, and transformational potential of the practice. Delve into the stories and intention behind each mantra.


meditation

Led by Honza

Learn meditation and mind-stilling techniques. Cultivate a twenty-minute, twice daily meditation practice.


Contemplation

Led by Honza

Apply the practices of contemplation to self-reflection and understanding the inner workings of the psyche. Practice methods of reshaping habitual behavior which no longer serve. Establish an equanimity of the mind to improve wellbeing.


 

04 THE TRADITION


History and Scripture

Led by Honza

Yoga tradition spans far beyond the physical. Cover key aspects of history and ancient texts including the Veda, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita. Learn basic Sanskrit relating to key concepts and asana.


Philosophy

Led by Honza

Discover accessible ways to integrate tradition and philosophy into daily practical use. Learn methods of mindfully introducing concepts to your students. Live your dharma.


Myths of the Asanas

Led by Claudine

Discover the storied history behind the physical poses. Feel the flow of these tales through the mind and soul as we embody the shapes in our practice.


KriyaS

Led by Claudine

Discuss Ayurvedic cleansing rituals intended to accelerate spiritual development and bring practitioners to a profound state of tranquility. Learn about the three doshas of the physical body—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Cover cleansing techniques such as trataka, oil pulling, tongue scraping, and nasal irrigation. Discover these regimens as both traditional record and in modern application.


 

05 The Business


Accelerating Your Career

Led by Bri

Yoga as a business and industry has grown exponentially over the past ten years. What was once an industry with limited outreach now has opportunities for yoga teachers to grow as entrepreneurs, clothing designers, management consultants, online personalities, healers, therapists, world travelers, and more. Gain a modern understanding of the global landscape. Explore the many avenues of opportunity. Clarify your passion, discover your path, and create a plan to do what you love and to love what you do.


Branding Your Passion

Led by Bri

In this world of many voices, it is key to find your own. Learn the importance of branding and how to find your how, what, and why. Dedicated topics cover social media usage and statistics, finding your voice, content creation, branding your strengths, and organizational tools.


Accommodations

Living

We are pleased to partner with Vikasa Yoga Retreat to offer on-site accommodations for students at a discounted rate. Rooms range from $1,500 to $3,500, availability pending. Booking information will be sent once your initial registration is accepted.

*Students are not required to live on-site and may choose to arrange their own accommodations.


Dining

A basic meal plan is available to all students. This plan is included for those staying on-site at Vikasa Yoga Retreat. Students staying off-site may enroll separately. More information will be sent once your initial registration is complete.

PAYMENT

Deposits

Reserve your spot with a one-time deposit of $649, to be applied towards overall tuition.

Tuition and Discounts

Overall tuition is normally $5500. Early Bird pricing at $4500 applies if paid in full by December 1st 2019, and $5000 if paid in full by March 1st 2020. Past alumni receive an additional $500 off overall tuition.

Easy Payments

We offer personalized payment schedules based on your needs. All costs must be paid in full 90 days prior to course start date. Payments may be made via TransferWise, credit card, and wire transfer. Please note that processing fees must be covered by trainees and may vary across locales. We are happy to advise and work with you directly on the most convenient and cost-conscious method of payment for you.

Refund Policy

Deposits are not refundable for any reason. Aside from the deposit, your remaining payments are 100% refundable until 90 days prior to course start date. At 90 days prior to course start date, all fees become 100% non-refundable. In special cases, some or all of your fees may be transferable to a future course. To initiate a refund, please contact us directly.

Certification

Under no circumstances does payment ensure certification. All certifications are merit-based only and students must meet all requirements for graduation. We do not sell certifications.

Tax Deductions

Check with your local tax advisor to learn whether professional yoga training may be deducted as a business expense in your jurisdiction. This may aid in a considerably lower overall total. If you need an official tax invoice, just ask. We’re happy to help!

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Our Promise

Our promise is to help you discover yourself as both a practitioner and as a teacher more deeply. We promise you the adventure is beautiful, challenging, exciting, and worth the while. Whether you are a teacher or a serious student, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your yoga path and trusting us to be your guides.