9-Day Advanced Teacher Training
The Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training - a 9-day teacher training that allows teachers from other yoga schools and lineages to join the Forrest Yoga education program to learn and understand the art of sequencing, how to practice and teach intermediate and advanced asana for different levels and to prioritize the needs of students with special needs and injuries.
This teacher training is designed to be highly experiential. The training includes chanting, pranayama, intensive yoga practice, working with injuries, addressing the needs and challenges of students, mentoring your own practice and needs, and learning the principles of class sequencing for advanced poses.
You will also be taught how to work with students at different levels and abilities and with different body types. Advanced guided practices include The Chakra Process, Walking the Path of your Spirit. Advanced techniques will include learning advanced class sequencing, how to spot a student in advanced inversions and arm balances, how to uplevel your own practice, and how to apply specific hands-on techniques for injuries and illnesses.
The practicum section of the training involves each trainee taking the role of Lead Teacher multiple times throughout the training and receiving live feedback on teaching technique and style from the teaching team. Each trainee will also receive feedback on hands-on assists techniques. At the conclusion of the training, trainees will observe and give teaching feedback to fellow teachers based on criteria they have all learned throughout the duration of the training.
The non-contact hours will consist of live discussion webinars delving deeper into advanced Forrest Yoga and Forrest-Inspired Yoga Class Sequencing.
Spirituality, Ceremony, Meditation
This training consists of daily meditation, asana practice, dharma talks, lectures, and coaching trainees on how to lead and facilitate ceremony in the traditions that Forrest Yoga is rooted in.
Each day will offer a different meditation technique that trainees will practice in a quiet, seated, position. They will then have the opportunity to apply their meditation to movement exercises through the asana practice. Trainees will not only learn about the benefits of meditation and ceremony, but also how to weave them into spirituality.
The advanced yoga philosophy training that each trainee will receive is how to assess one own's experience and the experience of others, in order to identify, practice, and teach the meditation technique that most optimally benefits everyone in a group. This requires deep introspection and awareness of oneself and connectedness to everything else.
Two contact hours out of this training module will be dedicated to education on ethics for yoga teachers - particularly how to respect and honor boundaries, the importance of NOT trying to control the student, and understand and use one's position of authority responsibly.
The four non-contact hours will consist of live discussion webinars and conference calls, delving deeper into the topics discussed during contact hours. There will be time for Q&A and check-in on how students are integrating the meditation teachings/practices into their teaching, practice, and lives.
Effective Coaching and Teaching
This training teaches Assistants how to coach and teach trainees within the Forrest Yoga teacher training curriculum.
You will learn and practice coaching techniques including how to give teaching feedback, how to work with triggers and challenges that trainees face, and how to coach hands-on assists. Most importantly, you will learn how to create and hold a safe space for learning and growing.
Each day begins with a Morning Intensive that includes Calling in the Four Directions, Chanting, and Meditation followed by an asana practice. The afternoon sessions focus on teaching you how to be an effective coach and teacher.
Lead Assistants in Training also participate in the early morning practice prior to the Morning Intensive.
The non-contact hours consists of live webinar discussions on the emotional and spiritual aspects of being a coach to students and teachers and how to refine one's own self-care and awareness to be the most effective coach possible without burning out and getting overwhelmed.
Anatomy and Physiology
This training teaches Teachers how to “see” and comprehend structural patterns through a Unified Anatomy Perspective based on the Myo-Fascial System.
You will learn and practice techniques including how to work one-on-one with specific pain syndromes (learn specific techniques by watching demonstrations and then practice those techniques with a partner and receive live feedback from teacher), how to address the Myo-Fascia with hands on yoga assists, and “seeing & empathing” exercises designed for enhanced global seeing. Most importantly, you will learn to trust in your own sense of touch and marvel at the new depths you will begin to feel.
Each day begins with a Morning Intensive that includes Calling in the Four Directions, Chanting, and Meditation followed by an asana practice. The afternoon sessions focus on teaching you how to “see” global anatomy relationship and to be more effective with your hands on assisting when working one-on-one.
The non-contact hours consist of live discussion webinars on the Myo-fascia and how the system is effected and can be helped through specific hands-on techniques. This module goes beyond the basic anatomy and physiology training. You will learn comprehensively the emotions associated with the Myo-fascia system in addition to the physiological components.
The overall intent of the course is to learn to integrate and awaken more parts of oneself in order to become a more authentic, compassionate and grounded teacher. Participants are encouraged to bring more of oneself into the teaching by bringing more of oneself into life. This CET looks at Exploration of body sensations, feelings, presence and awareness.
- Skills to ground and centre, as well as to overall build resources.
- Introducing the concept of somatic resonance and the importance to teaching authentically.
- Developing awareness on how we support others and how much we resist or allow incoming support.
- Transformation and the basis of transformation.
- Space to teach and receive compassionate and constructive feedback exploring underlying patterns that manifest within the teaching.
- How to build and maintain community as a way to have ongoing support.
The non-contact hours will consist of a live discussion webinar on how to apply the wealth of information you have learned to your teaching and practice. The teacher will provide specific practices that you can implement in real time into your classroom.
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga
This training will teach trainees how to tailor a yoga practice for Prenatal and Postnatal women in the Forrest Yoga tradition.
Each day will comprise of meditation specifically for prenatal/postnatal, asana practice, hands-on assists, coaching on teaching classes, and dharma talks. Everyone will leave this training with a comprehensive understanding on how to support mothers and be familiar with helpful solutions for issues (especially physical pain and discomfort) that typically come up with prenatal and postnatal students.
The non-contact hours will consist of live discussion webinars on prenatal and postnatal class sequences for group classes and private lessons.
Do you seem to know what other people will do or say before it happens? Do you need more alone time than others? Do you often feel fragmented, overwhelmed, angry, anxious or tearful for no apparent reason? When teaching, do you get flooded and feel unsure of what to do? Do you get easily triggered by your students? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you are likely highly empathic. Come build your skillfulness as an empath so that you can bring your Wiser Self forward in your life, and be a current of healing and truth for your yoga students and loved ones.