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Teacher Training as Apprenticeship

 

Stan has been training yoga teachers for many years, starting in the Iyengar system, but now in his own brand of yoga. He has felt the traditional apprenticeship style of training is the most effective way. He was first certified in the Iyengar system and then certified as E-500 hour RYT from Yoga Alliance.

He demands that first the apprentice demonstrate competency in performing the Hatha Yoga that he teaches. This means the apprentice first has to be a competent level 2 student at Greater Baltimore Yoga. He provides private yoga instruction for prospective apprentices at $100 per hour session. He feels that the apprenticeship is about how to teach. Therefore the apprentice must know what to teach first. This is only learned through one's own personal yoga practice. This dedicated personal daily practice is a necessary prerequisite.

Once the apprentice demonstrates competency in asana, the year long apprentice program begins. This includes:

    1. A year long program of weekly 90 minute sessions  [45- 50 sessions per year] pertaining to the science and art of hatha yoga teaching. We will discuss and practice the many aspects related to yoga as in philosophy, ethics, methodology, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, therapeutics, adjustments, sequencing, phrasing, voicing, amongst others.

    2. The apprentice observes first a beginner level and eventually an intermediate level class Stan teaches at GBY on a weekly basis. There is a 30 minute discussion of the particulars of the class following. Eventually the apprentice will assist and then teach poses in this class, allowing for critique in the discussion following.

    3. The apprentice is required to take at least one class a week from Stan throughout the entire year. One class a week is included in the yearly fee. This ordinarily would cost $833 for 49 classes over the 4 quarterly sessions.

Each year that the apprentice chooses to receive this teacher training will cost $2000.

The apprentice may choose to study for more than a year. It is possible to have enough hours of study for the Yoga Alliance's RYT 200 hour between one to two years. The apprentice will track their own hours, and apply to Yoga Alliance on their own. This teacher training is not a guarantee of certification.