Yoga Teacher Training Part 4

Download the podcast here Yoga Teacher Training Part 4 - Reflection 1:54 Introduction of series guests: Maria Kirsten of Yoga for Grownups, Flo Fenton of In Touch Yoga Byron Bay, and Kristine Koverii Weber of Subtle Yoga. 2:40 All guests thought that the basic yoga training was inadequate as a stand alone system for producing yoga teachers. Maria Kirsten believes that to fully understand a subject one needs  to acquire the knowledge, apply that knowledge and then reflect on the application to know what additional knowledge is needed. This is a lifelong requirement as knowledge changes often and new ways of thinking and doing are always available. Flo is concerned by the business model used by many teacher training courses, the lack of time to practice teaching the public, and the little face-to-face time with experienced teachers. Kristine talked about her experience of being a mentor and mentee and the benefits of both. 6:55 Flo discussed Yoga Australia's proposed policy on auditing certified teacher training courses. Most will have a desk audit (responding to a set of questions developed by Yoga Australia) and one will have a site audit by Yoga Australia personnel. Although a good start on policy, it needs to have more thought into the implementation of policy. 11:00 Kristine suggests that the 200 level become a lifestyle course while the 500 level become the basic teacher training course. 16:53 How to choose a 200 level course: Flo Fenton suggests that potential students of a yoga teacher training course (after finding some courses that meet their personal goals) ask these questions:

  1. Does the course require that trainees have experience taking yoga classes and if so for how long?
  2. Is the content up-to-date?
  3. Do students have the opportunity for ongoing support after graduation?
  4. Are graduates confident in their ability to teach – have they had the opportunity to practice teaching the public several times during the course?
  5. What is the teacher/student ratio?

She also suggests that the perfect teacher training course have the following elements or results which is another way that a potential teacher could choose a training:

  1. More time
  2. Requires commitment and discipline
  3. Minimum of one year of contact
  4. Lots of time for students to practice and practice teaching.
  5. Know how to differentiate themselves from other teachers
  6. Must have attended yoga classes for at least a year.
  7. How to maintain student clientele and conduct a business

Kristine has provided a PDF  on how to choose a basic training course which includes first deciding what is the person's goals for training and then researching and asking questions of potential training courses. 21:00 Perception of the professionalism of yoga teachers. Yoga research shows more and more benefits of yoga for people's wellness levels. Yoga teachers and therapists could become part of a team of wellness professionals to assist those with certain issues. To be considered for that kind of collaboration, yoga teachers and yoga therapists have to be considered professionals. Does the basic 200 hour training provide that professionalism? Resourses: Maria Kirsten: www.yogaforgrownups.com Flo Fenton: www.intouchyogabyronbay.com Kristine Koverii Weber: www.subtleyoga.com PDF on how to choose a basic yoga teacher training: Go to www.subtleyoga.com, sign up for Kristine's newsletter and they will send you the PDF.

Flo Fenton – Teacher Training Series 2

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How to find a good Teacher Training Course

2:38 Two types of teacher training:

  1. Maximising profit
  2. Maximising teacher contact

Flo discusses her teacher training experience where she had over 3500 hours of training in 9 months. Most well-known teachers have had similar types of training.

Is the credibility of yoga teachers and teacher training decreased because of the short term nature of teacher training now?

What are some areas to explore when deciding on a teacher training course?

  1. Does the course require that trainees have experience taking yoga classes?
  2. Is the content up-to-date?
  3. Do students have the opportunity for ongoing support after graduation?
  4. Are graduates confident in their ability to teach – have they had the opportunity to practice teaching the public several times during the course?
  5. What is the teacher/student ratio?

19:00 How do you extend the time (andthe cost) of teacher training when most yoga teachers now cannot support themselves with yoga alone?  Yoga needs to become more professional, with specific qualifications, and programs must be accredited sufficiently to assure the public that yoga teachers are qualified.

20:36 Mentoring: Yoga Australia requires that any studentfrom a yoga teacher training course that is under a year must have mentoring to have a full year of training. Provides insight into teaching and the business of yoga.

25:00 Yoga Australia is changing their oversight of yoga teacher training courses. A training working group has developed a process to evaluate yoga teacher training courses. Every course will have a desktop audit annually, one course will have a face-to-face audit, and a grievance process has been developed for both trainees and graduates of teacher training courses as well as the public. There are currently approximately 100 teacher training organisations under the aegis of Yoga Australia.

28:50 Perfect teacher training

  1. Much more lengthy
  2. Requires commitment and discipline
  3. Minimum of one year of contact
  4. Lots of time for students to practice and practice teaching.
  5. Know how to differentiate themselves from other teachers
  6. Must have attended yoga classes for at least a year.
  7. How to maintain students and conduct a business.

Contacts: www.intouchyogabyronbay.com

flo@intouchyogabyronbay.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/IntouchYogaTeacherTraining/?ref=h1

The Future of Yoga - Part 4

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The Future of Yoga: A recap of what we found out in the Future of Yoga Series 1:12 What is the Future of Yoga; how it will and must change in some areas

4:55 Re-introducing our guests in the series

6:55 Yoga is beautifully designed to be helpful in the prevention area in health systems and research is showing how yoga helps all systems of the body.

13:40 What are the roles of yoga teachers and yoga therapists in yoga's future?

16:34 Where will we be teaching?

20:50 How do we clean up yoga's reputation given recent ethical and criminal issues in the yoga community?

30.00 As the perception of yoga as a valuable, health-promoting tool becomes more widely known, regulation becomes more and more of an issue.

 

Future of Yoga - Part 3 - Regulation

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Future of Yoga - Somatics Research and Yoga Regulation 1:00 Intro

2:15 Somatics Definition:Turning our attention to the consciousness of the body. Trying to objectively study our subjective experiences. How does movement affect the hormones, enzymes, nervous system, brain and the muscles and fascia

11:15 New Somatics Research: As the value of Yoga is researched in a variety of ways and this research shows the value of the holistic practice of yoga, it will become more evident that yoga  helps a variety of conditions and will be of even more value to different populations like children, pregnant women, seniors and people with mental and physical health issues. Yoga will find a home in many institutions: schools, prisons, clinics,and  hospitals.

16:00 Regulatory Concerns: Yoga needs to regulate itself or state legislatures will either regulate the industry or allow other certified modalities to take yoga' s place. Regulation allows the public and other yoga professionals recourse for a yoga teacher with insufficient knowledge and ability. Regulation is to remove the dregs at the bottom not the cream at the top.

24:45 Recent research shows that movement and meditation affect genes by turning some on and others off. Yoga's system turns on genes associated with movement that lead to better health. This system affects all systems, not just muscle, bones and fascia.

29:15 Harm in not being regulated: Without regulation, yoga will have no standing with legislative authorities. Yoga can be legislated out of existence if other regulated modalities complain about yoga and require that they not practice.  All yoga teacher's/therapists will be the same in the public's perceptionas under prepared and harmful yoga teachers/therapists. There is no recourse for someone harmed by a yoga teacher and the industry has no recourse in regards to a yoga teacher with insufficient knowledge and ability.

Future of Yoga- Part 2 - Acting ethically in the classroom

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I welcome Linda Baird to the podcast to talk about ethics in yoga. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the topic. We discuss how to be ethical in the classroom given that yoga teachers and yoga therapists have by nature of the job more power than their students. Linda emphasises that the most important concept in ethics is to have a relationship with your students. To genuinely care for them, to be aware of how they are doing in class, to ask questions to understand instead of assuming are some of the tips she gives. She also discusses ways to be ethical is large classes and how to be present and lead from the heart as a yoga teacher.

Future of Yoga - Part 1 - with Kristine Koverii Weber

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Future of Yoga - Part 1 with Kristine Koverii Weber 0:00 Intro to the series and to my guest

4:06 How yoga can help improve population health

18:30 Anxiety, depression, trauma and recovery

25:30 Yoga's public perception as a fitness exercise

29:30 How mind-body yoga improves resiliency in the nervous system