Yogawood graduates are respected and sought-after teachers. The structure of the training and its strong emphasis on the philosophy of Yoga and the practice of teaching produces confident instructors.
During the course of this Yoga Alliance registered 200 hour training, you will: • Learn to teach over 60 postures commonly found in Vinyasa Yoga classes. • Understand how to skillfully link them in inspiring class plans -- with themes and great playlists! • Learn how to give safe, effective, hands-on assists and to modify postures for people with different levels of ability • Correctly pronounce Sanskrit names of all of the postures you learn • Practice chanting mantras and excerpts from seminal yoga texts • Apply the principles of yoga philosophy to the physical practice and to your daily life • Develop your ability to teach everything you learn through hours of supported practice teaching • Graduate ready and able to teach a wide range of students in all kinds of places
During the 200 hour Teacher Training program you are required to: • Attend a minimum of two vinyasa classes at Yogawood per week. One of these classes must be taught by Christie or Maiga. • Complete all assignments. • Purchase a small number of books - the list will be provided upon acceptance. To qualify for admission: • Be sure to take a vinyasa class with Maiga or Christie. This will give you an opportunity to sample our teaching style and get a feel for the studio. Please introduce yourself if you’re intending to apply for the 200 hour training program! • Interview with Christie or Maiga if you come from a different lineage. • Have an established vinyasa practice. You are not required to be able to lengthen your arms in wheel or balance in headstand, but you should be a dedicated student. • Fill out the application for admission below.
Tuition for the training is $3,100. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due upon acceptance to the program.
Pay all at once or coordinate with our studio manager, Carole, to set up recurring payments by credit card. Your card will be saved on your account to make 8 monthly tuition payments of $375. Payments will occur on October 15th, November 15th, December 15th, January 15th, February 15th, March 1st, March 15th, and April 15th. Tuition covers the cost of all drop-in yoga classes at the studio from the first day of training until graduation. There are a small number of (excellent!) books you'll need to buy, and there will be homework.
Maiga Milbourne After years of practice, in 2010 Maiga completed her first 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified vinyasa yoga teacher training at Yogawood under the guidance of Beth Filla and Lisa Korchma. Maiga's on-going education has emphasized smart, safe, and informed hands on assists as taught by teachers like Jill Manning and John Vitarelli. In 2014 she spent a month north of Mumbai, India in Radhanath Swami's EcoVillage training to become a Jivamukti yoga teacher. Having a solid foundation in teaching technique, the India experience was a big dip in the Bhakti bath. Lots of chanting, festivals, hours spent in meditation, and witnessing practices of devotion. In 2013 Maiga began assisting in Yogawood's 200 hour teacher training program, initially teaching hands on assisting to trainees and later on taking on greater portions of philosophy lectures and student support. Since 2015 Maiga has been a 200 hour training co-facilitator alongside Yogawood's founder, Beth Filla.
In addition to trainings, Maiga has thousands of hours of teaching experience in a range of settings-- from festivals to refugee resettlement organizations-- to a broad range of students. She has developed 14 yoga retreats, several for other teachers, and lead 10 domestic and international retreats herself. Maiga has published many articles on yoga and other areas of interest-- such as social justice, permaculture and art-- in journals like Yoganonymous, MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and Nailed Magazine. Maiga's goal is to empower trainees to teach-- this creates a framework to remain a lifelong student and that's a lot of fun!
Christie DiStefano Christie DiStefano received her Yogawood 200 hour vinyasa teacher training certification in 2011 with Beth Filla and Lisa Korchma. Soon after completing her training, she joined staff at lululemon. While there, as part of corporate policy, Christie studied with yoga teachers and at studios throughout the Philadelphia area. She got to know teachers and their teaching styles, while being exposed to an incredibly diverse array of practices. That exposure helped her shape Christie’s own yogic path, emphasizing on-going study of adjusting and assisting, the teacher's voice, working with a variety of private clients, and senior citizens as well as the demographic of students coming to open studio classes. Management experience gained at lululemon also provided Christie great insight into the practical aspect of making a yoga studio sustainable and run with a clear focus, practices she later employed as manager at Plum Yoga and Nexxt Level.
In 2017 Christie completed an additional 300 hours of Advanced Teacher Training at Yogawood primarily led by Marni Sclaroff and Hari-Kirtana Das. This advanced study explored in depth yogic philosophy, as well as support in practical teaching. Marni Sclaroff, in particular, has influenced Christie's interest in study of Self while Hari prompted Christie towards an on-going and popular offering of Yoga Nidra at Yogawood and many area studios.
In 2016 Christie began apprenticing as a facilitator at Yogawood's 200 hour teacher training program. She now co-leads the facilitation bringing her wealth of knowledge and experience.