Yogawood’s Advanced Teacher Training builds on your Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour training to reach your 500 hour certification with 300 hours of modular, weekend-only sessions and independent study.
Yogawood’s skilled faculty will help you deepen your knowledge of yogic philosophy, pranayama, advanced asana alignment, meditation, and anatomy. Deep traditions of yoga are seamlessly integrated into contemporary teaching through practice and review. Learn to work successfully with a range of students; to develop workshops, trainings, and retreats of your own; and to independently study the subjects of interest to you.
Students have 3 years from their start date to complete training. During training, you will:
Learn to teach advanced postures and alignment
Expand your capacity to safely and effectively assist students with advanced asanas
Study yogic philosophy rooted in foundational texts
Learn to apply the principles of yoga philosophy to both the physical practice and your daily life
Have direct knowledge of yogic foundation texts
Be able to teach what you learn through hours of supported practice
Graduate ready and able to teach a wide range of students in diverse places
Transmit with authentic voice
Skillfully weave inspired themes into class
**To be eligible for the 500 hour certification program, you must have completed a Yoga Alliance registered 200 hour training. Students not working towards certification are welcome to attend.**
Every year we hold a one-hour orientation for our Advanced Teacher Training on a Friday in October. This year’s orientation will be Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5pm. Students working towards their 500 hour certification who have not previously attended an orientation are required to attend. Maiga Milbourne, Yogawood’s Director, will lead the orientation. She will distribute program materials, and answer any questions. Attending students should bring proof of their Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour yoga teacher training certification. If you cannot attend, contact Maiga directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to attending the scheduled weekend modules, you will:
Complete any homework.
Attend and complete assignments for 4 Foundation Text modules.
Schedule and complete 20 hours of Assisted Practices (to begin after completing one of the Asana modules)
Complete a one-to-three month Independent Study project. You will design the project with guidance from a facilitator, submit materials, and conduct independent research. Coordination with your facilitator is typically done remotely.
Training modules happen year round, meeting one weekend per month. Meeting times are as follows:
Fridays 6-9 pm
Saturdays 12-6 pm
Sundays 12-3 pm
Upcoming Weekend Modules:
July 14-16, 2017: Anatomy with Lauren and Nikki
August 4-6, 2017: Asana 1 with Marni
September 22-24, 2017: Philosophy 1 with Hari
October 6-8, 2017: Philosophy 2 with Hari (Philosophy 1 is a prerequisite)
November 3-5, 2017: Sanskrit Immersion with Erik
December 8-10, 2017: Asana 2 with Marni
January 5-7, 2018: Asana 3 with Marni
February 2-4, 2018: Asana 4 with Marni
March 2-4, 2018: Owning Voice, Telling Story, Weaving Mythology with Marni
April 6-8, 2018: Nada, music with Marni
May 25-27, 2018: Meditation with Karin
June 1-3, 2018: Business of Yoga with Marni
July 6-8, 2018: Pranayama with Julie
August 3-5, 2018: Yin/Restorative with Karin
September 21-23, 2018: Sequencing with Alex
October 5-7, 2018: Orientation, module TBD
More dates to follow
NOTE: The October module includes the Friday (10/6) 5pm orientation for students working towards their 500 hour certification who have not attended an orientation. You’ll get your module attendance tracking sheet and other materials.
The Foundation Text series meet 3 consecutive Friday evenings from 6-7 pm. They are offered annually in October, February, April, and July.
October 13, 20, 27 (2017)
February 9, 16, 23 (2018)
April 13, 20, 27 (2018)
July 13, 20, 27 (2018)
(15) 12-hour modules = 180 hours 20 assisted practices = 40+ hours Independent Study = 30 hours Foundation texts, a total of 12 in-class hours and hours spent reading and studying = 42 hours Total = 302 hours
Tuition for Yogawood’s Advanced Teacher Training program is $4,300. This includes:
15 training modules at $240/module, totaling $3,600;
4 Foundation Texts modules at $50/series, totaling $200;
A one-time fee of $350 for Independent Study;
A one-time fee of $150 for a comprehensive conversation at graduation.
Marni Sclaroff Marni Sclaroff is a celebrated Yoga teacher with over twenty years of experience in the healing arts. She leads workshops, retreats, mentoring programs, and teacher trainings throughout the US and abroad. She is also a writer and speaker on the transformative power of living Yoga and the healing work of anchoring the heart in the soul. She came to Yoga after searching for a way to heal from her many years of suffering from depression and disordered eating. Marni has completed thousands of hours of in-depth training in Jivamukti Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ansuara Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, Thai Massage, Ayurveda, and Tantra. She was also a professional belly dancer for many years, which awakened in her the power of the sacred feminine as a force of embodied wisdom, beauty, and creative inspiration. In all of her offerings, you will experience the woven threads of mythology, soulful journeying, intelligent rhythmic unfolding, the power of aligned action, energetic wisdom from a deep and true lineage, embodied transmission, and a light-hearted sense of wonder and curiosity. Areas of interest and experience for Independent Study: energetics of practice and teaching, developing intuition to be a better teacher, personal sadhana/practice, the art of being a yogi entrepreneur, living yoga in every single moment, finding your unique gifts as a teacher/leader, Skillful relationships (personal and professional), Being a clear vessel for spiritual wisdom, Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Chakras, Advanced alignment, Advanced energetics, Meditation, Myths and storytelling, empowered theming.
Alex Auder Alex Auder, director of Magu Yoga, is a native New Yorker who grew-up in the Chelsea Hotel. She brings her 20 years of teaching experience (almost half of her life) to each and every class. Known as one of NYC’s preeminent teachers, she has developed a keen eye and a genuinely authentic and original voice. She began her teaching career in 1996 at Jivamukti Yoga Center and at her first studio in Rhinebeck, NY (now Satya Yoga). During her years in Upstate NY she studied closely with her Vedanta teacher, Shubraji, who continues to deeply influence her teaching and practice. Informed by her study of Iyengar Yoga and Nevine Michaan (among many others!), her vinyasa classes are known for the graceful integration of clear and precise alignment cues, intelligent sequencing, vedantic philosophy, and generous amounts of what have been called “revelatory” hands-on assists. After focusing her research on functional movement & bio-mechanics, she has shifted her approach to classical Hatha Yoga & many of her group classes focus on functional mobility & stability. Alex also teaches a monthly "Masters Class" at Kula Yoga in Williamsburg, BK, leads the sections of Kula Yoga's advanced TT and 200 hour TT called: "Relevant Dharma Talk" & "The Art of Adjustments," co-leads a summer retreat at Kripalu, & offers her own 75 hr advanced TT at Magu. Areas of interest and experience for Independent Study: Integrating functional movement into a Vinyasa yoga class, Adjustments, Sequencing for stability, Integrating Vedanta into a group class, The Eye of the Teacher: Cultivating the ability to teach “real time” by truly looking at the students’ bodies and adjusting the dissemination of information fluidly and spontaneously according to what you see, Modifications for the hyper mobile/flexible body
Lauren Haythe Lauren Haythe became a certified KMI practitioner after studying under founder Tom Myers as well as James Earls in Oxford, England. She broadened her structural integration practice by studying orthopedic pain management with James Waslaski, visceral manipulation with the Barral Institute and became a licensed bodyworker in the State of New York after graduating from the Swedish Institute in New York. She completed the Advanced KMI training with Myers and continues to offer Kinesis Myofascial Integration focused on the Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians and reworks clients posture and soft-tissue patterns through the Twelve Series. Lauren integrates certain yogic principles into her work, turning sequences as well as strength-based routines into maintenance programs for her clients following their sessions. This is derived from the belief that proper anatomical alignment as well as a yoga practice catered to the postural alignment of each client is critical for reeducating the body. Most recently, Lauren has obtained her Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She is looking to integrate the principles of Eastern medicine into the facial structures of our body. Areas of interest and experience for Independent Study: Anatomy, Therapeutics
Hari Kirtana-Das Hari-kirtana das, author of In Search of the Highest Truth: Adventures in Yoga Philosophy, is registered as an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and holds an 800-Hour teaching certification from the Jivamukti Yoga School. Having a life-long interest in yoga, meditation, and eastern spiritual philosophy, Hari-kirtana lived full-time in devotional yoga ashrams and intentional spiritual communities from 1977 to 1981 and again from 1995 to 1998. He was formally initiated into the Gaudiya Vaisnava lineage of Bhakti Yoga in 1978. In 2003, following a professional career that included positions in the financial and video technology industries, Hari-kirtana eased back into the full-time study and practice of yoga. He began teaching contemporary yoga classes in 2009. He currently teaches regular classes, leads a wide variety of yoga and meditation workshops, and teaches as a faculty member of numerous Yoga Teacher Training programs. He's also a sought-after public speaker and regularly leads groups on retreats and spiritual pilgrimages. You can learn more about Hari-kirtana das by visiting his website:hari-kirtana.com Areas of interest and experience for Independent Study: The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras, deciphering the language of yoga philosophy, Devotional Yoga: navigating the intersection of yoga and religion, techniques for integrating yoga philosophy into asana classes, Mantra meditation: techniques for contemplative and musical communion with the Divine, and techniques for guided meditation such as Yoga Nidra.
Julie Kirkpatrick Julie first experienced yoga in college at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, around 1980, when she tried out some classes after a breakup with her boyfriend. She found it helped alleviate the sadness and allowed her to feel grounded again. But once the sadness had dissipated, she didn’t feel like she “needed” to keep going to classes. And that was that, until her brother, David Life, and his partner, Sharon Gannon started teaching yoga in a NYC East Village basement around 1986. Julie had moved to NYC after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from U of M at the invitation of David. The plan was to work together to open an art gallery, which morphed into Life Café, on 10th St. and Ave. B in the East Village. When Sharon and David started teaching yoga, they invited Julie to come and take classes and she has been with Jivamukti ever since. Julie took the 300 hr. Jivamukti Teacher Training at Omega in Rhinebeck, NY in 2003 and went on to become an 800 hour teacher having apprenticed with Natalie Ulmann. Julie also apprenticed with Jane Silane to be authorized to teach prenatal yoga. Around 2005 she became an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher, which allowed her to mentor other teachers. Throughout the years Julie has continued to study, being a firm believer in the idea that we are always students. She has taken advantage of the many opportunities to study with guest teachers at Jivamukti NYC and has taken many retreats, immersions, and classes with David and Sharon. Because of the fact that Julie organized and managed the Wild Woodstock Classes in Woodstock NY for David and Sharon, she was able to take daily classes with David and Sharon every day for 5 years during the month of August. Julie’s association with Jivamukti Yoga has allowed her to teach abroad in Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, Turkey, Canada, and Vietnam, as well as in the United States in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Ohio. Julie has taught open, basics, spiritual warrior, prenatal, and children’s yoga classes at Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City and at the Jivamukti Jersey City Studio. Before focusing full time on teaching yoga, Julie worked in public education as a NYC public elementary teacher for 14 years. She also continues to have a passion for visual arts, recently in the media of collage. Julie loves to spend time outside and preferable with her hands in the dirt. She spent 30 yrs. as community gardener in NYC in El Jardin del Paraiso. She was an activist for fair housing and preservation of community gardens on the Lower East Side of New York City, where she has lived with her (now grown) children Jules and Alex Febre since 1981. Areas of interest and experience for Independent Study: Jivamukti Yoga, examining unconscious bias, exploring faith, the Divine Feminine, and study and defense of Mother Nature and all her gifts.
Nikki Vilella Nikki Vilella is a senior teacher at and co-director of NYC’s Kula Yoga Project. She is at the helm of Kula’s 200-hour teaching training program, helps run Kula's popular 75 hour advanced TT, and guest teaches in other programs around the country. She has been named one of America's top 100 teachers by sonima.com and has been published by Yoga Journal. She strives to include the perfect alchemy of precise physical instruction, intelligence, intention, and space into her classes. Her passion and gift for creative sequencing and hands on adjustments are clear in her teaching. Areas of interest and experience for Independent Study: Sequencing, Art of Adjustments, Cultivating a Teacher's Voice, Anatomy in Asana
Karin Otto Karin Otto is a long-time practitioner and teacher of Yoga and Meditation. Many years ago she began leading Meditation in her friend’s Yoga studio/apartment. Since then, she has grown to be an accomplished teacher and mentor to many students and Yoga teachers. In addition to teaching classes and workshops, Karin co-directed Yoga Teacher Certification Programs in the New Jersey Area. Currently, she teaches classes and teacher training in LifePower Yoga at Lifetime Athletic in Mt.Laurel, and Yogawood in Collingswood, along with many private clients. When she is not teaching, Karin also has a thriving practice as a Wedding Officiant and a full-time job as Mom to two beautiful daughters. Karin is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the National Yoga Alliance (E-RYT), holds a Yoga Teacher Certification from the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Health, and has continued her training with Erich Schiffman, Joan White, Johnny Kest and many others. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance / Choreography and Dance Movement Therapy from Goucher College. Areas of interest and experience for Independent Study: Philosophy, finding your voice as a teacher, the student/teacher relationship, theming, sequencing, Yoga as life-practice, Assists and Adjustments, Meditation, Yin and Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness, Maitri/Metta Practice, Yoga Nidra, Chakras.
Erik Marrero Erik Marrero, E-RYT 500, MBSR Graduate, American Sanskrit Institute teacher. Yoga found Erik in the Spring of 2007. Erik is a 2009 graduate of the Yogawood Yoga Teacher-Training program masterfully offered by Beth Filla and Jill Cummings. As part of Yoga Teacher Training, he took a Sanskrit immersion weekend with Zoe Mai of the American Sanskrit Institute (ASI). He was amazed that by the end of the second day, he could read Sanskrit words. The ASI learning model made that possible. In July 2011, with Zoe as his teacher, Erik joined Trishula Yoga’s weekly Sanskrit study group focusing on chanting and studying the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and other texts, as well as chanting the Sanskrit alphabet and Maheshvara Sutras. In July 2013, Erik participated in ASI Sanskrit Level 1 Teacher Training with Zoe Mai. At Trishula, Erik leads a weekly Sanskrit study group. Erik studies and teaches Yin, Vinyasa, & Ashtanga yoga, as well as Sanskrit. Areas of interest and experience for Independent Study: Yoga Sutras, Chanting the Gita, Sanskrit