Classics of Yoga Teacher Training
500hr Classics of Yoga Teacher Training and Immersion
This amazing journey into the history and philosophy of Yoga is open to all levels, not just yoga students and yoga teachers, but also psychotherapists, counselors and psychologists looking to integrate yoga and meditation into their client based healing practices. Students will graduate with a Certificate of Attendance. To be eligible for the 500-hour YA certification students will need to have already obtained a Yoga Alliance Certification at the 200-hour level, (from the Asheville Yoga Center or elsewhere). It is not necessary to have a 200 hour YA certification to attend the training, if you are not working towards 500 hr YA certification.
In this course we will deeply explore the history, philosophy, and psychology of yoga and meditation, drawing from many ancient texts like the Upanishads, Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, as well as Buddhist and modern East-West psychology. . We will also examine research in contemplative neuroscience. We’ll enrich our own practice with time-tested methods for well-being and practice a wide variety of teaching techniques so we can share them with others. This training will include:
We will enrich our own practice and our understanding of the Yoga Sutra by seeing it in dialogue with the works before and after it in the four-thousand-year-old conversation about yoga. The Classics Program focuses on the ancient doctrines of Yoga, including the roots of the art and science of Yoga. The Classics Program is the Jnana Yoga path, or the path Yoga of Knowledge. Along with lectures, there will be plenty of asana and practice weaved into and related to the material. This program will look at depth into classic yoga doctrines and language.
Upcoming Sessions:Classics Training Begins April 4, 2014 *New Early Bird Special*
$3500 (Save $600 by February 4, 2014 Save $300 by March 4, 2014)
You may pay in full or reserve your spot with a $500 deposit
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- The Upanishads
- Yoga Sutras
- Bhagavad Gita
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika
- Pre-requisites before acceptance:
Pre-requisites before acceptance:
3. Complete a Yoga Alliance accredited 200hr Yoga certification program.
4. 100 hours of teaching experience (new 200hr grads please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
5. Established daily Yoga Practice (30 to 90 minutes, 5 to 6 days a week)- more details in acceptance letter
6. Willingness and ready heart and mind to complete all 500-hour Immersion requirements within given deadlines
7. CPR Certification
- Dates and Times
Spring 2014 Dates
April 4-6 A Brief History & Herstory of Yoga
May 9–11 As Simple as Possible: The Upanishads
June 13–15 Mastering Meditation: Samadhi Pada
July 4–6 Self-Mastery: Sadhana Pada
July 25–27 Liberation: Vibhuti & Kaivalya Pada
August 8–10 Hatha Yoga Pradipika & Neuroscience
August 29–31 Heart Sutra: Exploring Consciousness
September 26–28 Ramayana: Storytelling in Yoga Class
October 10–12 Bhagavad Gita: Moral Psychology
October 27–31 5-day Bhakti Vinyasa Immersion
November 7–9 Culmination of Classics & Graduation
- Required Readings
1. The Yoga Sutra (any translation: our recommendation is Sri Swami Satchidananda's translation)
2. The Bhagavad Gita (any translation: our recommendation is Sri Aurobindo's translation)
3. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (any translation: our recommendation is by Swami Muktibodhananda)
4. Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction by Susan Blackmore
5. Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius
6. Incognito by David Eagleman
7. The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris
8. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
9. The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard Davidson with Sharon Bagley
Full Tuition price: $3500
Save $600 by February 4, 2014
Save $300 by March 4, 2014
After the initial deposit of $500, half of your remaining balance due needs to be paid in full by April 4. If we don't see half the balance paid off by April 4, we will charge the remaining balance to your account, unless other arrangements have been made. Full balance needs to be paid off by August 8, 2014 (halfway point). Again please use your MindBody account or call it in.
Cancellation & Transfer Policy:
There is a $150 cancellation fee before the training begins. If you should decide to drop out after the program begins you forfeit the money for any attended training sessions. Refunds evaluated on an individual basis.
Transfer Fee Policy:
• 45-days or more $50
• 45-15 days before start date $100
• less than 15-days $150
This is a non-refundable, one time fee to be deducted from the deposit payment in your MindBody Online account.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do I need to read all the books ahead of time?
No, in fact, sometimes the books seem more cohesive when read during the class instruction. Details are listed above.
What if I have an emergency and have to miss part of the program?
We do not accept credit for partial attendance. 100% attendance is mandatory. Fortunately, these modules all repeat themselves several times a year, therefore, we would have to withhold certification until full attendance is completed, or a make-up session, which is costly and sometimes difficult to schedule, although we will try our best. Make-up sessions cost $75/hr.
What if I have already taken some of the modules?
We can only accept transfer credit if the module was the exact same format with the exact same teacher here at the Asheville Yoga Center. Otherwise, sorry, no transfer credits.
What should I eat at lunch if we are coming back to practice yoga?
We understand you might need to snack all day long as well, and we recommend choosing light, easily digestible whole foods, and we also try not to do asana practice right after our lunch break. Amazing yummy, healthy, organic food all within walking distance.
What is the weather like?
Fall is usually very mild, and we are centrally located to almost all walking areas around Asheville, so dress accordingly.
What do I do when I have completed all the requirements?
Stephanie Keach will go over these details during your info session the first sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
- What people are saying
“I can never thank you enough not just for teaching me Yoga, but giving me hope through the practice to face this most difficult world.”
-J. Blume, Kannapolis, NC
I enjoyed the range of subjects covered and the way we tackled them, including other yoga instructors and their different styles. This kind of exposure probably wouldn't have occurred at other institutions”
- N. Conrad, Cornelius, NC
“Stephanie is a wise and wonderful teacher. She shares her vast knowledge of yoga and meditation in more than words, but in the mindfulness and compassion she imparts in every moment of interaction with her students.
- E. Lang, Spartanburg, SC
“I was in awe of the education I have received ....much deeper and more
technical than anything I gained from Medical courses taken in the past.. thank you...Yoga is now my passion, my Life.”
- S. Dulken, Fairview, NC
- Our Incredible Staff
Program LeadersMichael Johnson
Since he can remember, Michael’s parents were his first and perfect Teachers in this life. In a way, everyone he meets continues to teach him perfectly by being examples of both how and how not to live. Among the many teachers who continue teach him, he has learned from Sri Swami Satchidananda, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Christie McNally, Lama Marut, Kimberley Theresa, and his beloved partner, Stephanie.
It is his honor, privilege and hope to return the kindness that so many people have bestowed upon him, by teaching the highest practices of Yoga to all levels of practitioners… responsibly, joyfully, and in a way that will help others achieve their goals in this life and beyond.
Stephanie Johnson teaches classes that dance the edge between challenging and inspiring, transformative and empowering – moving meditations perfect for tapping into the roots of the practice: kindness, compassion and deep wisdom. To her continued delight, she offers classes and workshops, both locally and internationally, in Jivamukti Yoga, Bhakti Vinyasa, Yin & Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Yoga Philosophy. Stephanie’s studies in Tibetan Buddhism, Psychology, Thai Yoga Massage, Creative Design, Dance and Music all continue to illuminate both her practice and her teaching. She has been joyfully teaching yoga and meditation since 2005.
Stephanie Keach RYA500, has been teaching Yoga since 1988. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, she has studied with most of the top yoga teachers, including her favorites: Ana Forrest, Erich Schiffman, Rodney Yee, Rod Stryker and Bryan Kest. Her Zen -Buddhist background brings a meditative style to the class.
Joe Taft is a certified Anusara Yoga instructor who has dedicated himself to the practice of yoga since 1997. His teaching style is approachable, lighthearted, uplifting and transformational. Joe interweaves Anusara’s life-affirming and heartfelt approach into his classes through myth, storytelling, Tantric philosophy and the wisdom gathered through his own life’s journey. He has completed hundreds of training hours with John Friend, Sianna Sherman and other senior Anusara instructors. Joe has a keen awareness of body biomechanics and a long history as a devoted athlete. He is an inspiration to yoga teachers and students alike.
Rich Fabio is certified with Yoga Alliance through the Asheville Yoga Center Teacher Training program. During the training Rich really impressed Stephanie Keach (the program director and head mama bear of the yoga center) with his natural talent. He is fully committed to yoga as a way of being, taking yoga well beyond the mat. His early yogic path began with sitting meditation. While his mind approached stillness, he struggled with chronic lower back and neck pain. Rich remembers barely reaching his hands past his knees in a forward fold. He quickly realized the importance of a strong physical practice for the process of healing. Rich is now a firm believer in the importance of proper biomechanics to restore the body to wellness. In Rich's classes, students benefit from fun dynamic postures combined with insights from his meditation practice. Rich would like to honor and thank his many teachers and the beautiful lessons that have shaped his path, especially his dear friend and guru Gary Weber.
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Thank you. Thank you. I loved every minute of the program. It has challenged me, strengthened me and opened my heart! No complaints. I feel well-prepared, though I know I will never stop learning. –Live in Total Yoga Graduate
"Thank you and Peace. I've learned so much about myself during this course. I feel it has just been the beginning of a life's work. The seeds were planted long ago now the sun of Yoga has warmed them to sprout and grow. I loved all the reading. Every weekend was challenging and rewarding. I never felt as if my time was being wasted. All the instructors were patient kind and knowledgeable I love learning about and being exposed to so many different aspects of Yoga.–C. Eberhardt.
Thank you! all my teachers! You inspire me to always be present and true. I realize that the hard work will never end, I rejoice in the work and learning ahead.–Jackson Drew Whisnant
The most amazing thing I've ever done!!! (besides Burning Man!)–(on the Total Yoga Immersion) Meredith Nelson-Wray
Immersion with Stephanie was life changing!–Kim McMurray
"I love how you incorporate all aspects of Yoga into the training: History, philosophy, reading, pranayama, meditation, asana, self-exploration, chanting, play.. I also love how you bring in so many different teachers so we are exposed to many different and affective styles. Thank you for a great experience!"–Live in Total Yoga Graduate
These last months have been beyond my wildest dreams - Yoga has become my passion. My life! I was in awe of the education I have received..much deeper and more technical than anything I gained from medical coursed I have taken in the past. I am thankful for all the knowledge and compassion that has been passed on to me through such beautiful people and I am grateful and thankful for them all. This has been quite a humbling experience for me. Stephanie, thanks for your love, support, your gifts, your wonderful storytelling, sharing yourself with us and all your hard work!.–S. Dulken
Teacher training with Steph: Thirty bodies bathed in sweat. Windows completely steamed pull the shade on the outside world. "It's not the pose. It's the journey" has become my mantra.–Sky Bridges