Yoga becomes a way of life. For those of us who feel deeply grateful of this practice, the question of being able to share this gift arises often in our hearts and minds.
Within our school when the question of training to become a teacher of yoga arises for a student, we encourage them to hold a lens or view of gratitude and to consider that their question needs to be about intention rather than attainment of a certificate. In proposing this frame for questioning we find that students are able to put down the many insecurities that emerge, including "am I good enough; I am not worthy; I am too young: I am too old... and so on.
The program that we offer in the school is a pathway to deepen understanding about how "yoga becomes the teacher of yoga". We engage directly in questions about how students actually learn to be practitioners of yoga. We have subjects on the theory and methods of teaching as well as theory and philosophy of yoga.
The first process in the journey of teaching is one year of attending class as "observer". A committment to a particular class for a minimum period of 10 weeks is required. In this way the opportunity exists to observe student development/change. Over the year it is helpful to observe classes at different levels. The fee is $1000 and is paid in advance. Training our eyes to see and to experience a class from the vantage point of observer is a precious opportunity. During this first year it is expected that trainees attend, as students, 2 classes per week. One class at the beginner or introductory levels and the General level class with Polly on a Monday evening at 6pm. Trainees must establish a home practice during this year to be elegible to continue.
There are specific teacher training and teacher development weeks conducted at Anam Cara Studio in Woodgate Beach and on occassion, in Hervey Bay. Our annual summer camp is open to teachers and trainees of all traditions. Click on the product links to gain more information about the program. Over the Easter weekend in Hervey Bay we will also offer a 20 hour teacher training/teacher development event. More information will be provided on this in the new year.