Beginning Fall 2019 (Dates Coming Soon)

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Dawn Hayes & Faculty  

Inquiry and exploration are the roots of this 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Santa Cruz that explores the multi-faceted practice of yoga. In this training, you will ask what it means to live, practice, and teach from a place of embodied insight.

Home practice is the foundation of your yoga teaching. This course will offer the tools, techniques, and support to refine your home practice. It is this direct experience that you will share with others as a yoga teacher.

Theory will lay the groundwork for guided practice. Guided practice will give you the chance to embody the techniques. Your home practice will lay the foundation for applying theory and practice as you teach to fellow students in the training. This gives you a chance to practice teaching and embody what you are learning with support and feedback.

Group work is an integral part of this training program. By working in small groups you will have the opportunity to learn from one another and see other perspectives. These small groups are your first teaching opportunities and will prepare you to teach group classes and one-on-one sessions.

Yoga history and philosophy lessons will offer a glimpse of how this practice has evolved into its current forms in the United States. Through inquiry and self-reflection, you will be empowered to learn, practice, and teach with intention and awareness of impact.

Guest teachers will offer additional insight and perspective on select aspects of this diverse practice.

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Movement & Posture

You will explore movement through inquiry and investigation. Each person’s unique body will direct the shape and adaptation of the postures and movements in yoga. We will use props to creatively engage and support in ways that build confidence and nourishment.

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Flow & Form

A journey into flow and form allows you to tap into the pulses and waves that are fundamental in your body and in the world. This might be a rigorous vinyasa flow practice or a supported exploration of movements on the floor. It may involve holding postures with support or creating traction or engagement in creative ways.

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The breath is the thread that connects us to the more intimate and subtle workings of the body. Get to know your “breath-print” and the ways you can consciously shift your breath with attention, awareness, and specific techniques.

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Integrated Anatomy

Human anatomy is remarkably unique from person to person and it asks us to build a large toolbox of techniques to help fit the pose to the person (rather than fit the person to the pose). As we explore bone and joint variation, you will be asked to question what your ideas of postural practice are and how you intend to share that with students in a way that honors their needs and experience.

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Contemplation & Meditation

Contemplation and meditation are rich resources for the heart-mind. You will be encouraged to explore the practices that nourish and support your mental and emotional resources. Poetry and stories from various traditions will be presented as an inspiration to delve into this contemplative element of the yoga practice.

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We all find our way to yoga from different places and for different reasons, and by learning about each other we widen our perspective and see the world in new ways. The commitment involved in a teacher training asks us to be vulnerable and try new things. You will have the opportunity to support one another as you individually and collectively expand your comfort zone.

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Practice with Nature

Honor the changing seasons of the year and of a lifetime with techniques and practices that complement your changing needs. Find ways to adapt your practice when you lose interest or have conflicting responsibilities. Explore Ayurveda and its basic principles of self-care to nurture your body on and off the mat.

Yoga Immersions with Dawn Hayes

Weekend Immersions

Integrate the teachings during this course over eight, 3-day weekend immersions offered once per month. Time between immersions allows for focused self-study and additional coursework to support your time in the classroom.

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What You Will Explore:

  • Asana with an emphasis on approaching practice with responsive compassion

  • Pranayama: techniques for practice and teaching

  • Meditation & contemplation: techniques for practice and teaching

  • Sequencing & class planning

  • Teaching group classes vs individual sessions

  • Use of props in creative and unique ways

  • Hands-on assists: when its appropriate and how to assist

  • Language and word choice

  • Intention, action, & impact

  • Honoring your values

  • Content & context

  • Yoga history and influences

  • Anatomy & the study of movement

  • Ethics and scope of practice

  • Business & marketing

  • An introduction to Ayurveda


More Info Coming Soon…

More details about the dates, location, and application will be available soon. Please check back later or sign up for Dawn’s newsletter (in the column to the right) to receive updates as they are available.