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AYC Yoga Teacher Training is designed to provide a vehicle for honing personal practice and cultivating a knowledge base from which to teach breath-centered, therapeutic yoga. There are 15 scheduled workshops that take place on weekends. The rest of the components are customizable, meaning it can fit to your schedule and be completed in your own time. The idea is that you can explore a deeper interest in practicing and teaching yoga without having to suspend or disrupt your life (estimated time for completion is 4-6 months.)
The curriculum offers a foundation of philosophy, technique, and interpersonal skills. But ultimately, each participant shapes the course of the training according to their specific needs and interests. Even if you don’t have designs on being a yoga teacher, the AYC Yoga Teacher Training has applications well beyond teaching yoga. For those who do wish to pursue yoga as a vocation, the program provides a supportive and nurturing environment for you to develop the confidence needed to be a teacher and the real world know-how to make it a profession.
3 things that make the AYC Yoga Teacher Training unique:
1. The therapeutic orientation of the yoga practice we teach, which is inspired by the TKV Desikachar/Krishnamacharya one-to-one tradition but has also been adapted to conventional group class settings. Graduates of the program are equipped to teach group classes to typical yoga students, adapt practice for those with injuries or acute conditions, and work with specialized populations (alumni are currently teaching at senior centers, VA hospitals and at mainstream yoga centers.)
2. The structure and curriculum of the AYC Yoga Teacher Training allows for participants to personalize their training and fit it into their lives. Unlike other programs, we have not crammed 200 hours into a series of all day weekends or an “intensive” month. The only part of the program that is formally scheduled are the workshops (2 -3 hours long) that take place on weekends over the course of four months. In these scheduled meetings, we examine philosophy and technique (history, asana alignment, pranayama.) The other components (group practice, personal practice, observe/assist, teaching) are completed according to the participants schedule and in their own time. There is no time limit for completion of the program. The resources that the training offers are available to participants indefinitely. Those who put the time and energy in straight way can complete the program in four months. If life intercedes, it can take as long as it needs (average completion time is 4-6 months.)
3. The AYC Yoga Teacher Training is a both a Registered Yoga School (RYS200 & 300) and a charter member of the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) Council of Schools Initiative. Graduates are eligible to register as an RYT with the Yoga Alliance and take advantage of reduced membership rates with the IAYT.
The AYC Yoga Teacher Training also includes a 20hr online Yoga Anatomy Foundations course, created by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews of yogaanatomy.net. Leslie and Amy are recognized world experts in integrating the deepest principles of anatomy with the practice of yoga, providing students the opportunity to learn anatomy in a way that will ensure they teach yoga in an effective, inspiring, and safe manner.
“J. has managed to create a yoga teacher training program that balances the need for a knowledgeable and authoritative instructor with an open and welcoming atmosphere. Most of the class sessions felt more like discussions among friends but left me with an deeper understanding of philosophy and techniques behind this style of yoga and the ways in which to effectively impart them to a group of students. Months after my training has ended and I am actively teaching, J. remains a true friend and mentor, always available for a chat or to answer any additional questions I might have. He is genuinely and sincerely interested in the journey of each and every one of his students, for every ounce of effort you give it you are rewarded back from him tenfold. For those interested in learning to teach a therapeutic practice or for those simply interested in deepening their knowledge and practice, I cannot recommend the training at Abhyasa highly enough.” – Dana Bushman.
“After doing a lot of research into yoga teacher training courses offered at NYC studios and talking to former students of the larger schools, I decided that training with J at Abhyasa was the right fit for me. I was not interested in participating in a cookie-cutter program, and I needed the training to fit into my already hectic life. The training was a wonderful experience, tailor-made for each student in our (small) group. J facilitates a truly unique educational process, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to dig deeper into my own yoga practice and start teaching.” – Niki Poirier
“In the AYC Yoga Teacher Training, J Brown clearly presents an overall view of the yoga tradition. He practically applies these ancient teachings to present day life. His approach allows for individual freedom and exploration within a yoga practice. Studying with J has provided me the tools to guide others through a safe practice that promotes wellness.” – Leah Thomas