Briohny Smyth, Claudine & Honza Lafond, Adam Whiting

- 300-HOUR | Advancement -

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Embody Your Truth

Our advanced 300-hour program delves deeply into body, mind, and community. Learn to align passions with strengths, diversify your practice, cultivate the mind, expand opportunity, and accelerate your network.

Learn the technical precision behind verbal cues, discover adjustments for fine-tuning the architecture of asanas, customize modifications for injury care, and acquire a practiced understanding in your own body of the answers you’ve sought. Cultivate the mind through daily pranayama, kirtan, and meditation. Discover ancient yogic philosophy in modern-day application. Learn how to authentically integrate these practices into your teachings. Delve into the myths behind the asanas. Advance your business acumen with a global mindset. Grow an enormous new network of support and inspiration.

Discover your truth as a teacher and entrepreneur. Leave with the tools to embody it.

 

 JULY 6-31, 2020 | Koh Samui, Thailand | Vikasa Yoga Retreat

$5,500 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 overall 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 300-hour training is a dedicated, immersive experience in Koh Samui, Thailand. Invigorate your body, inspire your mind, and advance your practice and teaching. Set aside the time to discover a new routine and pace of learning.

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Prerequisites

Our program is designed for yoga teachers or serious students with a strong foundation. Trainees must have a 200-hour certification OR six months of consistent yoga teaching experience. This may include any mix of public classes, private sessions, corporate classes, online videos, or charity classes. If you do not currently have six months of teaching experience, we encourage you to start teaching.

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Certification

Graduates receive Yoga Alliance RYT 300 qualification. When combined with a RYT 200 qualification from any Yoga Alliance certified school, graduates are eligible for the RYT 500 qualification. Alumni also receive discounts for future trainings and continued access to our global community.

 CURRICULUM

Our 300-hour curriculum is composed of six key threads:

The Practice

The Asana

The Mind

The Tradition

The Business

The Mentorship

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 embodying the student within us once again. Many yogis who dedicate their lives to teaching do not find sufficient time to practice. Our morning practices create a safe and fun platform to reconnect with the practice through strong vinyasa sequences, inversions, arm balances, pranayama, and kirtan. 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, yin, restorative yoga, acro yoga, Thai massage, adjustment clinics, meditation, and practice teaching.


Inversion and Arm Balance ClinicS

Led by Alternating Teachers

Inversions and arm balances challenge us in both our practice and our teachings. As a student, learn how to build and advance your practice from where you are. As a teacher, learn tools and techniques to empower yourself and your students towards a safe and fun upside-down practice. 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 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. We are passionate about helping trainees understand why we say what we say. Lectures focus on developing a deeper understanding of the benefits and functions of asanas to aid you as a teacher in honing your own voice.


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. Expect daily sequencing lectures breaking down morning practices together in detail. Discuss sequence thinking and construction. Build creative modifications in your own voice. Experiment with blending different techniques into your own style. Learn how to sequence for different lengths, levels, and types of classes across workshops, festivals, and private sessions.


Practice Teaching

Led by Alternating Teachers

Practice teaching is a core part of our curriculum. Expect many opportunities to practice teach and to receive dedicated feedback from lead teachers. Experiment with teaching new cues, sequencing, teaching aids, and adjustments.


 

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 entrepreneurs, teachers, clothing designers, management consultants, online personalities, healers, therapists, world travelers, and more. Topics include owning and operating a studio, specialized workshops and festivals, travel teaching, and producing online content. Gain a modern understanding of the global landscape. Advance beyond the cycle of overcommitting to high-volume, low-impact work. Align your strengths and passions, hone your path, and create a plan for success.


Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Led by Bri

As we invest our time, energy, and resources into doing what we love, it is key to ensure that we’re appreciated, compensated, and create stability to always love what we do. Discover the connection between how we value ourselves and how that is reflected in our work. Explore personal and professional exercises designed to clarify your strengths and help you position yourself as an expert. Develop the confidence and awareness to accelerate your career while creating the impact that you care about.


Branding Your Passion

Led by Bri

In this world of many voices, it is key to find your own. Learn the importance of social media branding and how to find your how, what, and why. Learn to overcome fears and embrace social media as a space for creating connections. Build a supportive community, locally and beyond, through honing your authentic voice. Dedicated topics cover social media statistics, branding your strengths, and organizational tools.


 

06 THE MENTORSHIP


Mentorship Circles

Led by Alternating Teachers

Discover dedicated time with each teacher in smaller groups. Topics include personal discovery, technical clinics, practice teaching, and more. Expect to learn as much from your facilitator as you will from your fellow trainees.

Growing Your Network

Learn just as much from your teachers as from your fellow trainees from all over the world. Past trainees have included studio owners, event organizers, resort managers, content media experts, podcast hosts, doctorate candidates of yoga philosophy, and more.


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 $2,000 to $4,500, 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 $6500. Early Bird pricing at $5500 applies if paid in full by December 1st 2019, and $6000 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.