Teacher Training

Living Yoga Advanced Teacher Training (LYATT)

This training traces how human movement is evolving. It explores the inner blueprints that allow us move with ease, grace, poise, strength and balance. It weaves these origins of alignment into embodied asana and Yoga as a life practice. It offers a practical and accessible tool-kit for transformation where we seek to make the mind embodied and the body mindful.

We welcome qualified teachers from all traditions. The training is also open to Yoga students who wish to deepen their practice.

Download our condensed 350 hour brochure here

We also offer 150 hours of additional professional development modules. The 350+150 hours accumulates to 500 hours training.

Our Ethos

  • We respect and value all traditional schools and teaching while embracing modern masters and the continuing innovation and creativity that has allowed Yoga to evolve and grow.
  • In this practice, we use our bodies, minds and spirits as living laboratories. They help us engage in a personal investigation of what it means to be a fully alive human being.
  • We use the kosha model as described in the Taittirīya Upanishad to support the full continuum of your learning and development.
  • We believe that a great yoga teacher is a truly unique blend of explorer, seeker, artist, scientist, guide and educator. This training seeks to cultivate your unique, individual presence, voice, style and expression so that your teaching becomes a creative, self-renewing process.
  • Although the practice starts with the holy trinity of me, myself and I, we trust that it naturally extends to your relationships with others and to how you want to be in the world.
  • We know that optimum learning happens in a warm, non-competitive, relaxed yet highly professional environment. We deeply appreciate that every one of our students has a distinct and individual learning style and offer skilled practices to accommodate a diversity of learners.
  • Our teaching methodology is grounded in a pedagogic model that was created by master teacher Donna Farhi. It values curiosity, enquiry, innovation, adaptability, and exploration.
  • It is our mission to develop highly skilled, intuitive, educated, professional Yoga teachers where self-enquiry, self-trust and self-care are paramount.

Course Content

The LYATT includes the study of asana, vinyasa, pranayama, meditation and restorative Yoga. The learning is supported by somatic movement education, experiential anatomy and physiology, subtle body anatomy, developmental movement patterns, functional movement, neuroscience, voice-work, lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers, and teaching methodology. We map this knowledge directly and practically onto the practice of Yoga and teach you how to move, practice and teach from this storehouse of wisdom.

Each of the modules has a specific theme and starts with a supervised self-practice. Mornings consists of a short lecture, somatic enquiry, warm-up and guided asana/vinyasa practice. Afternoons can include the following: Q&A, guided practice, partner work, practicum, re-patterning, meditation, restorative and Yoga nidra.

We have a very high teacher: student ratio with four fully qualified teacher assistants (who have all undertaken the training before) and two lead teachers on each module*. This ensures a consistently high level of personal attention. We offer small group guidance sessions with our faculty at regular intervals throughout the course for students who are enrolled in all modules.

*This is with the exception of Module 1 Induction and Module 9 Integration which Lisa solely leads with the support of the assistant faculty.

Potential Learning Outcomes

  • Increased confidence and trust in one’s own abilities as a teacher and practitioner.
  • Evolution of each student’s personal practice with the support of our embodied and intuitive wisdom. Deeper meditative practices and increased choice in practice.
  • Deeper understanding of the body-mind (or soma) and how to practice and teach Yoga from this perspective.
  • Deeper knowledge of the evolution of human movement and how appropriate alignment can instinctively and spontaneously arise when we move from within. Movement abilities which potentially increases poise, ease, grace, power, co-ordination, strength, balance, integration and authenticity.
  • Clear insight and knowledge of anatomy and physiology and how to apply it in an embodied and individual way. This includes physical and subtle body anatomy.
  • Refined kinaesthetic, proprioceptive and interoreceptive intelligence. Increased skills to sense, feel, map, track, register, visualise and embody ourselves.
  • Analysis of posture and movement patterns – how to read bodies, offer embodied solutions and troubleshoot common issues.
  • Enhanced awareness of what constitutes safe practice for self and others. Injury prevention and rehabilitation. Creative sequencing that models safe practice and addresses learning challenges.
  • Understanding asana as a vehicle for prana. Learning how to create, sustain and circulate pranic energies within the physical forms of yoga.
  • Identification of old patterns or samskaras (in the physical, mental and emotional bodies), entrainment and integration of new patterns.
  • Heightened touch skills: how and when to offer touch and how to apply skilful modifications.
  • Embodiment and channelling of the voice and inner presence in teaching. Refined language and communication skills.
  • Solid grounding in this teaching methodology and the lineage of this pedagogic model: being an effective educator, learning styles, trust, permission, process and more.
  • Enhanced understanding of the lifestyle ethics of a yoga teacher, the dynamics of the teacher-student relationship, and how to responsibly practice and teach in the modern world.
  • Embodiment of self-compassion and loving kindness as the basis for a life practice of yoga. Acknowledgement and knowledge of our heartfelt desires and how to follow them.

About Our Course Teachers

Our faculty is comprised to inspiring, highly trained, dedicated, passionate individuals. Together, they offer you a wealth of knowledge and decades of experience. Lisa has designed the syllabus and will lead the training, supported by one other co-teacher and four fully qualified assistant teachers on each core module.

Lisa Petersen
Lisa is the founder of Living Yoga. She is a qualified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Somatic Movement Educator, Pre and Peri-natal Instructor. Lisa has studied Yoga extensively with Donna Farhi since 2004, and embodied anatomy directly with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen from 2008-2010 and Amy Matthews since 2006. She co-taught Farhi’s 2013 and 2015 Advanced Teacher Training and incorporates Body-Mind Centering® extensively into her teaching.

Lisa is known for her clarity, presence, humour and passion. Her style is personable and enriched by a deep understanding of anatomy, instinctive alignment and movement patterns. Her classes and workshops are innovative and authentic as she guides her students towards personal transformation both on and off the mat. Lisa is passionate about finding the balance between being and doing, movement and stillness, strength and fluidity, discipline and freedom. She offers workshops in Yoga, somatic movement and embodied anatomy internationally. www.living-yoga.ie and www.somatics.ie

Christine Howitt
Christine is a Yoga teacher and shiatsu practitioner based in Manchester. She is a founder member of Bodywyse Alternative Health Centre. She teaches classes and workshops nationally as well as working one to one on a therapeutic basis. Christine is part of the faculty for the Yoga Campus North Teacher Training. She is known and respected for her instinctive approach to teaching and her quiet power as she takes her students on a deep embodied journey into themselves. www.christinehowitt.info

Dani Gonzalez Ares
Dani has been involved in mind-body movement systems since 2001. She teaches Yoga, Stott Pilates, Gyrotonic, Zenga and fascial movement among others. Dani offers training and workshops worldwide and owns a studio in Dublin. Her speciality on a physical level is in exploring muscles and connective tissue. www.completebodymovement.ie

Sandra McGuffin
Sandra Mc Guffin is a Yoga teacher and long-term student of embodied anatomy and Body-Mind Centering®. Sandra’s Yoga journey took her on a path of deep self-study. Her passion for anatomy is insightful and infectious, and she shares her knowledge and experience in an authentic and easily accessible way.

Living Yoga Advanced Teacher Training (LYATT) 350, 2019-2020

Module 1 Teaching Methodology and Introduction Saturday 12th January-Sunday 13th  2019 2 Days Lisa and Assistants
Module 2 The Breathing Body Saturday 16th-Tuesday 19th February 2019 4 days Lisa, Christine and Assistants
Module 3 The Fluid Body Friday March 15th-Monday March 18th 2019 4 days Lisa, Christine and Assistants
Module 4 The Organ Body Thursday 25th-Sunday 28th April 2019 4 days

 

Lisa, Christine and Assistants
Module 5 The Skeletal Body 1 Saturday July 27th-Tuesday July 30th 2019 4 days Lisa, Sandra and Assistants
Module 6 The Skeletal Body 2 Wednesday July 31st (half day)-  Sunday August 4th (half day) 4 days Lisa, Sandra and Assistants
Module 7 The Muscular and Connective Tissue Body 1 Saturday 26th-Tuesday October 29th 2019 4 days Lisa, Dani and Assistants
Module 8 The Muscular and Connective Tissue Body 2 Wed 30th October (half day)- Sunday 3rd November 2019 (half day) 4 days Lisa, Dani and Assistants
Module 9 Integration 1 Saturday 15th-Thursday 20th February 2020 6 days Lisa and Assistants

Do you want to take your learning further?

Living Yoga Advanced Teacher Training (LYATT) 500, 2019-2020

We also offer 150 hours of additional professional development modules. The nine modules listed above + the four modules listed below accumulates to 500 hours training certified by Living Yoga and accredited by the Independent Yoga Network (IYN).

Module 10 The Nervous System
Saturday 4th – Tuesday 7th April 2020 4 days Lisa, Christine and Assistants
Module 11 The Vocal Body
Friday July 3rd – Monday July 6th 2020 4 days Lisa, Helena and Assistants
Module 12 The Fluid Body 2
Friday July 24th – Monday July 27th 2020 dates TBC 4 days Lisa, Sandra and Assistants
Module 13 Integration 2
Saturday August 15th – Sun August 16th 2020 2 days Lisa and Assistants

Core Module Course Content – YAP 350

Each module includes daily asana/vinyasa practice, relevant anatomy and developmental movement patterns, and small group practicums.

Module 1 –Teaching Methodology and Introduction

  • Teaching methodology and pedagogic model for this training
  • What is experiential anatomy? What is embodiment?
  • Introduction to somatic enquiry and what it means to enquire
  • Philosophy: The kosha model from the Taittirīya Upanishad

Module 2 – The Breathing Body and Yoga

  • What does it mean to befriend our breath and how can it help us?
  • Introduction to using gravity and space in asana practice
  • Embodying the dance of the diaphragms
  • Postural analysis part 1
  • Breath related restorative practice
  • Cellular meditation and cellular touch

Module 3 –The Fluid Body and Yoga

  • What does it mean to embody fluids in a yoga practice and how can they help us?
  • How do we connect and move from our core?         
  • The art of intuitive alignment
  • Mobilising the fluid body
  • How to break down asana from a developmental perspective
  • Yoga philosophy: samskaras

Module 4 – The Organ Body and Yoga

  • What does it mean to be organ-ized in a yoga practice and how can it help us?
  • Organs as repositories of emotions
  • Embodying organic support in asana and restoratives
  • Working with process: how to develop inner resources
  • The practice of metta and cultivating compassion

Module 5 – The Skeletal Body and Yoga 1

  • What does it mean to embody bones in a yoga practice and how can they help us?
  • Embodying spinal integrity: how to move and use your spine in an optimal way
  • Understanding pathways of weight and balanced joint space in the spine
  • Caring for your sacro-iliac joints part 1
  • Postural analysis part 2
  • Spinal clinic: troubleshooting common spinal injuries and complaints

Module 6 – The Skeletal Body and Yoga 2

  • How do the feet, hands, arms and legs relate to the spine and to each other?
  • Embodying and understanding the shoulder and pelvic girdles
  • Understanding pathways of weight and balanced joint space in the legs and arms
  • Caring for your sacro-iliac joints part 2

Module 7 – The Muscular and Connective Tissue Body – Part 1

  • Connective tissue continuities – how muscles fit in to the continuum
  • Acquiring strong and balanced muscle tone safely through an asana practice
  • Dealing intelligently with the ‘s’ word (stretching)
  • Core muscle practices and muscle classification
  • Retraining muscular reflexes
  • Postural analysis part 3

Module 8 – The Muscular and Connective Tissue Body and Yoga – Part 2

  • Introduction to fascia as the integrating matrix of the body
  • Fascial continuities (anatomy trains)
  • Fascia as fluid
  • Understanding bio-tensegrity and tensile load
  • How to create Yoga sequences that train fascia
  • Fascial clinic: troubleshooting common misunderstandings

Module 9 – Integration 1

  • Recap and review all systems, patterns, practices and teaching
  • Learning consolidation, clarifications and further guidance
  • Class planning and creative sequencing
  • The ethics of the yoga lifestyle and professional responsibility
  • Dharma and the modern yoga professional

Additional Module Content – IYN 500

We also offer 150 hours of additional professional development modules. The 350 core modules listed above +150 additional hours hours listed below accumulates to 500 hours training certified by Living Yoga and accredited by the Independent Yoga Network (IYN).

Module 10 – The Body of the Nervous System

  • Embodying and understanding how the nervous system mediate practice and experience
  • Balancing, restorative and meditative practices for the nervous system
  • Active asana practices from the context of the nervous system
  • Homeostasis, autogenics, relaxation response, body and breath sensing practice 
  • Learning to make the unconscious conscious

Module 11 – The Vocal Body

  • Presence and the voice
  • The power of spoken experience and how to become an affective communicator
  • The relationship between voice and other body systems including the nervous system
  • Practices to both strengthen and release the diaphragms
  • Speaking, grounding, gazing and breathing
  • Vocalising exercises as preparation for speaking and teaching

Module 12 – The Fluid Body 2

  • How do we experience the fluidity within form and vice versa?
  • What does it mean to embody our inner fluid rhythms and innate adaptability?
  • How to consciously channel and mobilise fluids with specific healing intent
  • Fluids as part of all body systems
  • Cultivating more movement choices

Module 13 – Integration 2

  • Recap and review all new systems, patterns, practices and teaching
  • Learning consolidation, clarifications and further guidance
  • Class planning and creative sequencing

 

REGISTRATION, LOGISTICS AND PRACTICALITIES

Venue

Loreto Abbey, Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland

Training Times

10.00-13.00 and 14.30-17.30 each day with the addition of a supervised practice from 08.00-09.30 on days 2, 3 and 4 of each module.

Registration

Registration is open from 9.15 on the first day of each module

Eligibility

In order to apply, you need to be a qualified Yoga teacher or a dedicated and experienced student of Yoga with a regular practice of over 5 years.

Otherwise, all we ask of you is…..

Enthusiasm to learn, innate curiosity, a sense of humour, an open mind and openhearted love of Yoga

Deposits, Fees and Payments

Course fees include all tuition and assessment, mentoring, module manuals, subsidised trainee membership and join up fees with Yoga Alliance Professionals. They do not include travel, accommodation or food.

Full 350 Hour Course

Total course fees LYATT 350/36 full days training: €3950. Early bird by September 30th, 2018: €3,600

We ask for a deposit of €500 to secure your place. Please submit payment at the same time as your application form. We will contact you within a week of receiving your form and a full refund will be made if you are not deemed eligible.

Contact Áine at [email protected] if you wish to avail of our payment plan options.

Full 500 Hour Course

Total course fees LYATT 500/50 full days training: €5,500. Early bird by September 30th, 2018: €5,000

We ask for a deposit of €500 to secure your place. Please submit payment at the same time as your application form. We will contact you within a week of receiving your form and a full refund will be made if you are not deemed eligible.

Contact Áine at [email protected] if you wish to avail of our payment plan options.

Individual Modules

Modules may be booked individually if a) students wish to complete the full 350/500 hour course and be accredited over more than one iteration** or b) students wish to gain insight and inspiration into a particular field of study but are not looking for full accreditation.

Each four-day module costs €500. We ask for a deposit of €200 per module, payable on application, to secure your place. Full payment for each individual module must be completed by 30th November 2018 or at the time of application if you are applying after that date.

**Please be advised should you wish to complete the course over more than one iteration,that we retain the right to make changes to the course format, costs and location. Courses run approximately every two years.

What to do Next?

  • Contact our Training Co-ordinator Áine at [email protected] to register your interest, or follow the links below.
  • Request an application form and submit it with your deposit payment. We will get back to you within two weeks of receiving your form. Your deposit will be refunded if you are not accepted.
  • Need to know more? We are happy to organise a phone call to answer your individual queries, help you plan your training and customise your learning. Please request our logistics document for suggestions relating to travel, subsistence and accommodation.
  • Check out Lisa’s sample online classes on Ekhartyoga.com.
  • See the workshops page for upcoming events in your locality or sign up to our newsletter.

Course Deposits

Option 1: YAP 350
€3,100
Earlybird option before September 30th (remainder payment after deposit)
Earlybird ends September 30th. €3,450 non-Earlybird.
Book Your Place (€500 Deposit)
Option 2: IYN 500
€4,500
Earlybird option before September 30th (remainder payment after deposit)
Earlybird ends September 30th. €5,000 non-Earlybird
Book Your Place (€500 Deposit)
Option 3: Per Module
€500
€500 per Individual Module (remainder payment after deposit)
(must be fully paid for 30 days before the module date commences)
Book Your Place (€200 Per Module)

Once you have been accepted on to the course (or modules), you will be sent a link to confirm and complete the full payment.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as at [email protected]

Certification

This training is certified with Living Yoga

Accreditation

The 350 hour 9 core module training is accredited with Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP). Please note that accreditation with YAP for this 350-hour course is only available to qualified Yoga teachers who already have a basic 200 hour qualification and who complete the full 350 hours of this course in one or more iterations.

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The 500-hour 13-module training is accredited with the Independent Yoga Network (IYN). Those completing the full 500 hours may be accredited by IYN without requirement for a prior 200-hour qualification.

 

 

 

 

 

Certificates of attendance for each module will be awarded to students who wish to use the course for CPD/CEU’s with their professional accrediting organisation.

Assessments

We ask you to complete an interim self-reflection paper and a class presentation in Module 9 (YAP 350) and Modules 9 and 13 (IYN 500).

Contact and Non-contact Hours

The YAP 350 constitutes 36 full days training which includes 259 contact hours and 91 non-contact hours. The non-contact hours include home practice, study buddy sessions, review and consolidation of class materials. You will be asked to keep a learning log or home practice journal.

The IYN 500 constitutes 50 full days training which includes 360 contact hours and 140 non-contact hours. The non-contact hours include home practice, study buddy sessions, review and consolidation of class materials. You will be asked to keep a learning log or home practice journal.

Terms and Conditions

Missed Time and Extensions

We do not accredit anything less than full attendance.

Students can make up 3 hours on any given module with a qualified representative of Living Yoga. The cost for this will be outside of the course structure.

Students may apply for an extension of course work. This is at the discretion of the Training Co-ordinator.

Payments

All early bird payments must be completed by September 30th, 2018

We also offer a payment plan option which we ask you to agree to in writing. We reserve the right to withdraw your place if you do not meet this agreement.

Cancellations and Refund Policy

If you wish to cancel and your place can be filled from our wait-list, we offer a full refund minus a €100 administration fee before December 1st, 2018.

Refunds for other major life events or force majeure after that dates are at the discretion of the Training Co-ordinator and require written proof.

All cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing.

Cancellation of Course

Living Yoga reserves the right to cancel the training. If the course is cancelled more than one month prior to the course start, 100% of the fees will be refunded. If the course is cancelled within one month of the start date or over the duration of the course itself, Living Yoga will offer alternative course dates at no extra cost.

We advise you to put travel insurance in place to cover flights and accommodation in the rare and unlikely event of cancellation.

Feedback and Complaints Procedure

Please address any unsolicited feedback or complaints in writing to the Training Co-ordinator Aine at [email protected]

Code of Ethics for Yoga Teacher Training

We acknowledge the unique and sensitive nature of the student-teacher relationship and recognise that ethical behaviour is the foundation of all good Yoga practice and Yoga teacher training. We believe that it is the responsibility of the Yoga teacher to ensure a safe environment in which a student can grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Our Code of Ethics lists important principles of conduct that guide our ethical and professional behaviour. It is intended to serve as a basis for Yoga ethics for our teachers and students and corresponds with the recommendations of Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, Yamas and Niyamas: Ahimsa, acting with care; Satya, speaking truth in the service of all; Asteya, behaving honestly; Brahmacharya, being wise and caring in sexual conduct.

For any clarifications please contact the Living Yoga Yoga Advanced Teacher Training on [email protected]

Code of Ethics

As teachers of the Living Yoga Advanced Teacher Training we agree to uphold the highest professional standards as set forth in the following Code of Ethics.

  • We welcome all students with respect and friendliness and do not discriminate against or refuse professional help to anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.
  • We make only realistic statements regarding the benefits of Yoga, make responsible decisions to determine if and when we can assist a student, and use our yogic knowledge and skills only for their benefit.
  • We provide rehabilitative and therapeutic instruction only for those problems or issues that are within the reasonable boundaries of our competence.
  • We do not misrepresent our professional qualifications and promote our services with accuracy and dignity.
  • We establish and maintain professional relationship boundaries at all times.
  • We understand that all forms of sexual behaviour or harassment with students is unethical, and use only appropriate methods of touch when assisting students.
  • We conduct our public and private affairs with honesty in all financial, material, emotional and spiritual interactions.
  • We respect the rights, dignity and privacy of all students, and treat all communications from students with professional confidence

Yoga Teacher Training Student Rights and Responsibilities

Rights

Students have the right to:

  • Pursue their training in an environment that is without harassment or discrimination.
  • Be always treated with respect, dignity and fairness.
  • Expect confidentiality in all personal matters.
  • Have their learning needs known and addressed by the teacher.
  • Receive training and assessment from competent and experienced teachers.
  • Appeal an assessment decision and be re-assessed if found not yet competent after initial assessment.

Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the student to:

  • Ensure that all current policies and procedures at a training venue are understood and adhered to.
  • Seek clarification from the course director if a policy or procedure is not understood.
  • Attend all classes in a timely, courteous, and professional manner.
  • Respect the rights of other students, clients and employees of a training venue.
  • Keep confidential any information of a personal nature obtained during the Courses.
  • Make all reasonable efforts to achieve the competencies specified in the training plan and take advantage of all learning opportunities.
  • Maintain a true record of practice in a learning log/Yoga journal.

Code of Conduct

You will be asked to sign a code of conduct at Module 1. This is a declaration of agreed acceptable, ethical and professional behaviour between students and teachers. Our teachers also sign this code of conduct.

Please email [email protected] if you wish to have an advance copy.

Permission to share your contact details with Yoga Alliance Professionals

On registration, you will be asked to give your permission for Living Yoga to share your contact details with Yoga Alliance Professionals so that they can invite you to register with them as a Trainee and a Teacher. You are not obliged to do so and will be given the option of not registering with YAP if you so choose.