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Playful Yogi 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

01/06/2024 at 09:00 AM

Nyack Studio

Thank you so much for your interest in our upcoming 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training! We are so excited to launch this program, and we truly hope you can join us in this new chapter of building a world of Playful Yogis!

Below are the details on schedule, pricing, payment plans and the general curriculum that will be covered during the training. If you choose to embark on this training with us we will share more information about the topics covered as well as the full reading list.

Lead Trainers:

Naomi Camilleri, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Kenny Frisby, E-RYT 500

There will be guest trainers covering some topics, TBA.

You can learn more about Naomi and Kenny as well as our entire teaching team on our About Us page.

Areas of Study and Training Topics Covered:

  • Yoga Philosophy and History:

    • Introduction to the history and origins of yoga.

    • Exploration of classical yoga texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

    • Understanding the philosophy of yoga, including concepts like the Eight Limbs of Yoga and the path to self-realization.

  • Yogic Lifestyle and Ethics:

    • Discussion of the ethical principles and values associated with yoga, such as the Yamas and Niyamas.

    • Insights into mindful living and how to integrate yogic principles into daily life.

  • Asana (Yoga Postures):

    • In-depth study of yoga postures, alignment and variations.

    • Developing a personal practice and exploring asana techniques.

    • Sequencing and modification of postures for different levels and needs.

  • Pranayama (Breath Control):

    • Learning and practicing various breathing techniques to enhance vitality and control the mind.

    • Understanding the connection between breath and movement.

  • Anatomy and Physiology:

    • Basic anatomy of the human body and how it is applied to yoga practice.

    • How yoga postures affect the body and how to avoid injuries.

    • An introduction to the energy systems in the body, such as chakras and nadis.

  • Meditation and Mindfulness:

    • Techniques for cultivating a regular meditation practice.

    • Training in mindfulness and concentration to improve mental clarity and inner peace.

  • Teaching Methodology:

    • How to create and structure yoga classes.

    • Effective teaching skills, communication and adjustments.

    • Dharma Talks, contextualizing yogic philosophy and ethics into life, teaching with compassion, empathy, inclusion and a social justice/trauma-informed mindset.

  • Business and Ethics of Yoga Teaching:

    • Understanding the business aspects of being a yoga teacher.

    • Ethical considerations, including student-teacher relationships and maintaining professionalism.

  • Practicum:

    • Teaching practice with peers and receiving constructive feedback.

    • Leading classes under the guidance of experienced instructors.

  • Final Exam and Evaluation:

    • Written and practical assessments to gauge understanding and teaching skills.

    • Successful completion of these evaluations is required to receive certification.

  • Special Topics:

    • Some additional topics may include introduction to Prenatal Yoga, Gentle, Yin and Restorative Yoga, yoga for specific populations (e.g., seniors or athletes), or yoga therapy. We will also include CPR certification and teaching safely in a hot room.

Throughout the program, students are encouraged to maintain a consistent personal practice and reflect on their own yoga journey. The goal of a 200-hour YTT program is to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach yoga safely and effectively while deepening their personal practice and understanding of yoga's philosophy and lifestyle.

2024 Schedule:

This training runs Saturday, January 6th - Sunday, June 2nd and is a hybrid of 11 in-person weekends and 10 livestream Wednesday evenings.

In-person weekends at PYS will be from 9am - 5pm (60-minute break for lunch) and will incorporate class with Kenny and/or Naomi and/or a guest teacher each weekend. 

Wednesday evening sessions on Zoom run from January 10th - May 22nd from 6pm - 8:30pm. 

In-Studio Weekend Sessions:

  • January 6 & 7

  • January 20 & 21

  • February 3 & 4

  • February 24 & 25

  • March 9 & 10

  • March 23 & 24

  • April 13 & 14

  • April 27 & 28

  • May 4 & 5

  • May 18 & 19

  • June 1 & 2 - (Graduation on 6/2)

Livestream Wednesday Sessions:

  • January 10

  • January 24

  • February 7

  • February 28

  • March 13

  • March 27

  • April 17

  • May 1 

  • May 8 

  • May 22 

Program Investment:

Early Bird price = $3250 if paid in full by 12/1/23 

Full price = $3500 to be paid in full by 12/29/23

Payment plan = 5 installments of $750 over 5 months = $3750

Non-refundable deposit to hold your spot = $250
(will be deducted from the full tuition price, and if for some reason we feel the training is not right for you will refund the deposit)

Tuition includes full membership to PYS classes for the duration of the training (a $900 value).

If you are ready to commit to the training, please click on the link to pay the deposit and submit your application. Please contact us with questions before paying your deposit, we will do our best to get your questions answered as quickly as possible.

Thank you again for your interest in joining us in our inaugural 200-hour Teacher Training, and we sincerely hope you will be among the first class to graduate as a Playful Yogi Certified Instructor!