Course Catalog

Training Modules

READY (50 hours)

Objective:

This module sets the foundation for all yoga by teaching the 6 fundamental alignment principles of the Safe Harbor Yoga School. You will take a deep dive into anatomy and physiology, exploring how the body’s joints and muscles align, stretch, and move to stay safe in and out of yoga.

Our approach to anatomy is unique because we teach modern, functional mobility over classical alignment. Rather than asking you to memorize the body’s structure, we explore movement principles that can be adapted for all bodies. By classifying movement into 6 primary categories found on the yoga mat, we make physiology simple yet highly personal.

This module includes:

  • Yoga anatomy and the 6 fundamental alignment principles of the Safe Harbor Yoga School
  • How to observe bodies in a yoga room to determine appropriate corrections and adjustments
  • How to provide adjustments and modifications to yourself and others
  • How to use props to gain a better understanding of how the body moves

Prerequisites:

This module is open to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of alignment, refinement, observation, assists, and prop use in yoga classes. It is a truly embodied training module, consisting of a lot of physical practice to feel posture from the inside-out. If you are interested in pursuing a 200-hour certification, start here. If you’re already teaching yoga, you will walk away with new tools to connect with your students. If you just want to dig deep into how your body works, join us!

STEADY (50 hours)

Objective:

This module teaches the essential poses and salutations of Hatha Yoga. While READY teaches us about how the body moves on a fundamental level, STEADY teaches us how to apply these concepts to build a cohesive, well-designed yoga class.

This is the “nuts and bolts” of how to teach yoga postures and salutations in a step-by-step, detailed method that your students will love.

This module includes:

  • How to teach and practice 5 categories of yoga poses: standing poses, backbends, forward folds, hip openers, inversions & arm balances
  • How to observe bodies in a yoga room to determine appropriate corrections and adjustments
  • How to practice & teach 4 types of salutations

Prerequisites:

This module is open to anyone wanting to understand yoga asana. We recommend a background in anatomy and movement, either through our READY module or your educational background.

FLOW (50 hours)

Objective:

This module is for those new to teaching FLOW or those who are ready to explore new ways to guide FLOW classes. It is easy to get “stuck” teaching the same thing, and we as teachers need inspiration and fuel to get out of our formulaic way of being. Through worksheets, workshops, and thoughtful feedback, you will find a FLOW style that is uniquely you. Our FLOW philosophy is to keep people interested, safe, and confident in class. We teach people, “Don’t choreograph your yoga classes. Sequence them.”

You will leave with a simple way to fully master your class plan, making it easy for you to plan exciting, engaging, personalized classes with just a few minutes of your time.

This module includes:

  • Creativity to keep yourself and your students engaged and interested
  • Counterposing to keep yourself and your students safe
  • Clarity to keep yourself and your students calm, connected, and confident

Prerequisites:

This module is open to anyone seeking insight into yoga sequencing. It helps to have a solid anatomy and asana foundation, either through our READY and STEADY modules or through your personal background.

TEACH (50 hours)

September 29 – October 21, 2018
with Bethany & Lisa
Required for 200-hour RYT designation

Objective:

This immersion focuses on the rich history of the yoga practice. We take an academic review of Eastern cultural and religious influence in both traditional and modern yoga. Consider this yoga history & philosophy 101.
Over the course of four weeks, you will explore:

  • Week 1: Indian text and tradition that has historical influence over the yoga practice, including the Vedas, Upanishads, Gita, and Sutras
  • Week 2: Buddhism, Jainism and Zen philosophies
  • Week 3: modern yoga ritual including chakras, mantras, mudras, bandhas and pranayama
  • Week 4: meditation and mindfulness practices

Our immersion is unique because it does not teach a prescriptive or New Age view of these culturally sacred elements. Instead, think of this as a course on comparative religion, providing you with a true understanding of how yoga came to be in our modern world.

Prerequisites:
This module is open to anyone with an interest in the history and philosophy of yoga.

DEDICATE (50 hours)

November 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019
with Bethany
Required for 300-hour RYT designation

Objective:

While TEACH is yoga history & philosophy 101, this course is yoga history & philosophy 303. We dig in to read classical texts, apply the practices of meditation, pranayama, mudra and bandha, and dedicate ourselves to the yogic path. This course takes place over several months and includes a tremendous amount of personal and group practice.

This module includes:

  • Deeper review of the sacred texts initially introduced during the TEACH module
  • Application and practice of yogic philosophy
  • Daily pranayama, meditation, and classical yoga practice
  • A personal thesis

Prerequisites:

This module is open to anyone seeking to understand Eastern yogic philosophy from both a classical Indian and Tibetan Buddhist perspective. No background or teaching aspirations are required!

COMMUNICATE (50 hours)

Schedule coming soon
with Bethany and guest teachers
Required for 300-hour RYT designation

Objective:

You may have the best message we’ve ever heard, but if you can’t communicate it effectively, we will never actually hear it. This course looks at how you present yourself and communicate with your students.

This module takes on the shape of a practicum and mentorship. As a group, we will refine our unique voices in and outside of the yoga studio. This will include a look at our brand image and presence online, on paper, and in person.

This module includes:

  • Building a platform to share who you are with those who haven’t yet made it to your class
    • We help you write your bio
    • We spend time building your website
    • We define how you communicate your brand
  • Using social media to be of benefit to your students
    • We provide step-by-step tutorials on how to use social media for business
  • Communicating your message through photos and videos
    • We present a workshop with a photographer to teach you how to take photos
    • You receive 1 professional headshot and 1 professional yoga photo
  • Setting appropriate but ambitious objectives as a teacher and working to achieve them through conscious communication

RETREAT (25 hours)

Coming Winter 2018:

Objective:

This module invites you to leave the studio behind and immerse yourself in yoga as a lifestyle. Especially as working yoga teachers, we need time away to reinvestigate what we are brining to our classes. Retreats serve as a special time to come together as a community, reignite our passion for yoga, and simply clear away the clutter for a few days.

This module includes:

  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Philosophical discussion
  • Community and connection
  • Good food, nature, and all the wonderful feelings of retreat

Prerequisites:

None! Come enjoy.

HEAL (25 hours):

Objective:

This module is a trauma-safe yoga training for those seeking to work with special populations. We will learn how to teach those with physical and mental limitations, how to make yoga accessible for all bodies, and how to make yoga more inclusive and diverse.

This module includes:

  • The principles of trauma-sensitive teaching
  • Yoga for addiction and recovery
  • Chair and wall yoga for all bodies
  • Diversity in the studio

Prerequisites:

This module is open to anyone who feels inspired to use the healing benefits of yoga to improve communities, whether or not you are a certified yoga teacher.

MEDITATE (25 hours):

Objective:

This module is a deep-dive into meditation. It covers both the rich history of meditation and the modern science of the practice. You will challenge your conception of what it means to meditate, build a personal meditation practice, and learn to teach meditation on its own or as part of a yoga class.

This module includes:

  • How to make meditation honest and empowering
  • How to use meditation to build a better brain
  • How to teach meditation in a non-dogmatic, demystified, and educated way

Prerequisites:

This module is open to anyone who wants to learn to meditate or understand meditation better. While some time is spent on the principles of guiding meditation and meditative philosophy, the majority of this module is spent meditating.

INSPIRE (25 hours):

Objective:

This module draws on a lifetime of education in storytelling to help you theme your classes in a way that is specific, meaningful, and clear. If you love to teach classes that take students beyond asana and into deeper exploration, you will benefit from education and practice on presenting effective theses. Bethany is formally educated as a writer, with triple degrees in History, Writing, and Interdisciplinary Humanities from Washington University in St. Louis. She was first published at age 11 and hasn’t stopped since. Her lifelong passion for crafting effective arguments and essay drives the way she teaches yoga. You will learn how to transform your personal inspiration into an inspiring theme for others.

This module includes:

  • Essential elements of storytelling
  • Practical education in crafting thesis
  • Specific, actionable tools to use these skills in the yoga classroom
  • Practice with class theming to avoid pitfalls and cliches and truly find your voice

Prerequisites:

This module is open to anyone who wants practice writing and crafting essay and argumentation, whether or not it is in a yoga class format.