Learn to Teach. Teach to Learn.
We believe that in the study of yoga, every teacher is a student and every student is a teacher.
We believe that yoga asanas, when practiced with skill and sensitivity, can help us to cultivate an empowering, healing balance of strength and flexibility in our minds and bodies.
We believe that understanding our bodies is essential to finding power and comfort in embodiment, and that attuning to our inner voice is essential to finding power and comfort in the world.
200-hour Teacher Training at Willow Street
We have designed our Teacher Training to offer you the knowledge and skills requisite for deepening your own practice and understanding of yoga, such that you are prepared to begin teaching yoga to others. Our program teaches sophisticated, alignment-focused hatha yoga. Graduates are eligible to apply for RYT-200 status with Yoga Alliance.
Part I, Foundations of Transformation, will expand your understanding of the practice, postures, and philosophical underpinnings of yoga. Dedicated yoga students and aspiring yoga teachers alike will benefit from five weekends of intensive study in:
- essential pose knowledge
- the energetics of asana, pranayama, and meditation
- musculoskeletal anatomy and basic therapeutics
- key philosophical concepts that guide and deepen yogic study
Foundations of Transformation runs September, 2013 to January, 2014 (see dates below).
Part II, Fundamentals of Teaching, will help you learn and practice the skills essential for safe, resourceful, and powerful yoga teaching. Seven weekends of teacher training are supplemented by apprenticeship, observation, and electives, all empowering you in key skills:
- Articulating alignment principles with clarity and fluency
- Observing students to “teach to what you see”
- Understanding and addressing common misalignments
- Applying anatomical knowledge to teach safe, therapeutic yoga
- Offering variations for different experience levels and injuries
- Centering and sequencing for a well-rounded class
- Teaching basic pranayama and meditation
- Conveying the deeper meaning of yoga through meaningful themes
- Stepping into the role of teacher with confidence and conscience
Students especially benefit from individualized attention, ample opportunities for practice and feedback, and your deeper integration into the community of Willow Street Yoga.
Fundamentals of Teaching runs February through August, 2014. Program weekends are supplemented by homework assignments, apprenticeship, and weekly classroom study.
Our program is designed for:
- Aspiring yoga teachers
- Current teachers seeking to develop their teaching
- Students who simply wish to deepen their understanding of yoga, and of themselves. (Students intending primarily to deepen their practice are welcome to begin by registering for Part I only).
Students must have completed at least two years of regular hatha yoga study in a classroom environment.
Program participants benefit from a faculty with decades of teaching experience and diverse areas of expertise. Joe Miller and Maria Hamburger lead the program; Natalie Miller and Katie Myer assist.
Joe Miller, E-RYT500, is a co-director and senior faculty member of Willow Street, and has taught in Teacher Training and Immersion programs for more than a decade. Joe has trained extensively in Kripalu, Anusara, and ParaYoga. He teaches with humor, sensitivity, and attention to detail. Joe offers a deep understanding of anatomy and yoga philosophy, and specializes in therapeutic applications of yoga.
Maria Hamburger, E-RYT500, passionately believes in embodying a spirited life. Maria was certified in Anusara yoga, and her knowledge of anatomy and movement also benefits from over 20 years of experience as a professional dancer. She is a senior faculty member at Willow Street, and has long taught in its Teacher Training and Immersion programs.
Natalie Miller teaches yoga as a whole-life practice that empowers, illuminates, and harmonizes the way we choose to be in the world. Thanks to her years in academia, she presents complex subjects clearly, helping students to organize and utilize all they know. Natalie co-directs Willow Street, created and co-leads its Living Yoga program, and specializes in pre- and post-natal yoga and aligned vinyasa.
Katie Myer, ERYT-200, RYT-500, offers clear, personalized alignment instruction that calls upon the innate intelligence of the body, integrated with a practical yoga philosophy that inspires students to create lives they love. Her teaching is informed by studies in music and science, where structure is the foundation for creative expression.
Program weekends are held once per month, September 2013 through August 2014. Weekends are held in our Silver Spring studio:
- Fridays 6-9pm
- Saturdays 10-1pm and 3-6pm
- Sundays 10-1pm
Full attendance at all weekends is mandatory for graduation; make-ups are done at student’s expense.
During Part II, students must also complete weekly participant/observer hours (2 per week, January through May), a minimum fifteen-hour apprenticeship (June through August), and homework assignments. These hours occur on an individualized schedule.
tuition & payment
Full program: $3,600 early bird (by Aug 1); $3,900 after.
Part I only: $1,600 early bird (by Aug 1); $1,750 after.
Credit card payment plans are available (please add $75 to total tuition):
- Full program: pay 1/3 upon enrolling, 1/3 on Nov 1, and 1/3 on Mar 1.
- Part I: pay ½ upon enrolling, ½ on Nov 1
Tuition includes all required texts, apprenticing fees, and one full session of Yoga I at WSY (which trainees attend as a participant/observer). While enrolled in the program, trainees receive 50% off class registration fees and 10% off workshop registration fees.
Graduates of WSY’s Immersion and Living Yoga programs enrolling in the full teacher training receive a $400 scholarship. Graduates of Anusara Immersions offered outside of Willow Street enrolling in the full teacher training receive a $200 scholarship.
how to apply
To apply, send an email detailing your yoga study (including primary teachers, style(s) of yoga, and length of study) as well as your reasons for wanting to join the program, to c[email protected]. Upon acceptance, you must register to secure your spot in the program.
All registrations include a $300 non-refundable administrative fee. Subtracting that, refunds are given according to the following schedule: 100% before the first weekend, 70% before the second weekend, 50% before the third weekend, 25% before the fourth weekend. There are no refunds given after the fourth weekend.