Yoga Teacher Training

200 hours

Announcements

The next yoga teacher training session begins on June 13, 2020.  FREE info sessions will be held Monday, April 27, 2020 from 7:30-8:30pm via Zoom. To get the link or if you have questions, please send an email to teachertraining@mindbody-zone.com

General Information

Lynn Cheng and Mind Body Zone are proud to offer a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training / In-Depth Yoga Studies Program. Whether your intention is to deepen your personal practice or obtain the skills and knowledge to become an effective instructor, this program is diverse and non-denominational, covering all aspects of Hatha Yoga. Upon successful completion of the program, one is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). It includes:

Techniques-100+ hours

• In-depth study of asana/yoga postures
• Styles of yoga
• Meditation
• Pranayama
• Chanting
• Prenatal Yoga

Teaching Methods-35 hours
• Asana modification and use of props
• Demonstration and cueing principles
• Designing and sequencing a class
• Hands-on and verbal adjustments
• Business aspects of teaching yoga
• Students’ process of learning
• Yoga Therapy
• Public Speaking-communicating with your voice and body
• Teaching Beginners and Mixed level classes
• Partner Yoga

Anatomy & Physiology- 20 hours
• Musculoskeletal
• Respiration and Breath
• Joint Mobility
• Preventing Yoga injuries
• Working with student injuries
• Chakras
• Chi and Meridians

Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics-30 hours
• 8 Limbs of Yoga
• Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Yogic Lifestyle
• Sanskrit
• Ayurveda 
• Ethics

Practicum-15 hours
• Practice Teaching
• Assist senior teachers in his/her class
• Receive feedback from senior teachers

Schedule

One weekend a month 
Saturdays 11:00am-6:00pm
Sundays 10:30am-4:45pm

(*Dates/Times subject to change)

o May 16-17, 2020 delayed due to Covid 19
o June 13-14, 2020
o July 18-19, 2020
o August 15-16, 2020
o September 19-20, 2020
o October 17-18, 2020
o November 14-15, 2020
o December 12-13, 2020
o January 9-10, 2021
o February 20-21, 2021
o March 20-21, 2021

 

 

In addition, 48 hours of Hatha Yoga practice are required. These dates and times will be determined by the trainees.

Tuition

• A non-refundable application fee of $200 is due upon acceptance to the program.
• Early Bird tuition: $2,100 paid in full by March 16, 2020 extended till April 16, 2020 (total $2,300)
• Regular tuition: $2,300 paid in full by June 13, 2020 (total $2,500)
• Payment schedule: $2,500 (total $2,700). Three $833 payments due 6/13/20, 9/19/20, and 12/12/20
• Tuition Refunds-10% service charge, no refunds after June 13, 2020.

Tuition does not cover the cost of a small number of books that are required reading or teaching practicum fees (if any) but does include all listed training sessions, handouts and 48 free yoga classes at Mind Body Zone during teacher training (value of $576). Subsequent classes can be taken at MBZ at a discounted rate.

Prerequisites for Application and Certification

• Minimum of 2 years personal practice of Hatha Yoga or approval from Director of Teacher Training
• Commitment to continuing practice and spiritual growth
• Completed Teacher Training Application
• On-time payment of tuition and application fee
• Attendance of all Teacher Training Meetings
• Successful and on-time completion of assignments, quizzes, and exams

To Apply

To apply, please fill out this application and mail it to Mind Body Zone.

For a printable version of this program, please click here.

If you have any questions, please email teachertraining@mindbody-zone.com

Faculty

Lynn Cheng, L.Ac, Dipl. OM, E-RYT, Director of Yoga Teacher Training
Topics Taught: Techniques, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy, Practicum
Lynn began her love and study of yoga over 30 years ago and has been teaching since 1997. She is a senior teacher, teaching over 1000 classes each year, and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT).  Serving as the Director of Teacher Training, she is also the primary faculty member of the program, teaching about half of the 200 hours.  When she put together the curriculum for this teacher training, she asked herself “what do I wish I knew before I started teaching? What have I found to be most important?”. The end result? A program that emphasizes how to teach (and practice) yoga safely and confidently. While she has studied many different styles in her years of practice with senior teachers, she draws the most inspiration from the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Kripalu traditions.  Her classes are eclectic, incorporating aspects from her teachers, intuition and personal study; each class is different and choreographed to beautiful music. Lynn’s teaching style emphasizes the importance of body alignment combined with the natural movement of the breath, inner awareness and the vision of the mind-body-spirit connection. Her hope for her students is to not only achieve their physical goals (strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, stress relief, etc.) through asana (postures) and pranayama (breath techniques) but to also come to know, understand and incorporate other aspects of yoga in their lives. She is also a California and Nationally licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. For more information about Lynn, visit www.yogailluminations.com or www.LC-HolisticHealing.com

Rev. Connie Habash, MA, LMFT
Topics Taught: Philosophy, Sanskrit, Yogic Lifestyle, Ethics 
Connie has been teaching yoga since 1993. She has a passion for integrating the philosophical and psychological aspects of the yogic tradition into her classes.  An avid student and teacher of introductory Sanskrit, she has studied with Dr. Sarasvati Mohan, Director of Sanskrit Academy, as well as Vyaas Houston of American Sanskrit Institute. Although inspired by many styles of yoga, she mainly draws upon the Iyengar style for alignment, the Vinyasa style for its flowing movement and emphasis on the breath, and yogic philosophy to apply the experience to our daily lives. Over the past 26 years, Connie has explored many spiritual traditions of the East and West, being especially influenced by yogic philosophy, earth-oriented practices, Hinduism, and Taoism. In 1998, she found her spiritual teacher Amma, also known as Ammachi or Mata Amritanandamayi, and felt she was finally home. Feeling the call to lead an open and inclusive spiritual community embracing all faiths, she received her certificate from East-West Seminary and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in March of 2012.  You can find out more about her at her website, www.awakeningself.com

Linea McPherson 
Topics Taught: Techniques, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy
Linea has always had a passion for health and fitness; she began her journey into Yoga and Pilates after a skiing accident left her with very little use of her leg. Surgery and physical therapy left her feeling hopeless about her recovery; until she began taking Yoga and Pilates classes. After many months and countless classes, she regained full use of her leg and also found that her arthritic pain was no longer an issue. She began taking workshops and even more classes realizing that this was the path for her. She completed a certification through Yoga Fit and two different 200-hour yoga teacher training programs. She knows the importance of proper alignment and the difference it can make in one’s overall health. She creates classes that are motivating using breath and mindful movement. She encourages her students to challenge themselves and move through self-imposed limitations; creating a life of balance and without pain. 

Setareh Moafi, L.Ac
Topics Taught: Chakras, Qi, Meridians, Yin/Yang Yoga
Setareh completed yoga teacher training certifications with It’s Yoga San Francisco and Erich Schiffmann and founded Yoga of Los Altos.  She received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2007. Setareh interweaves the practices of Yoga and Chinese Medicine in a unique method. Her Yoga classes blend Yin, a series of long-held poses designed to increase flexibility and open the meridians, and Yang, a flow-based series that increases strength and endurance.  Setareh focuses on restoring classical approaches to Chinese Medicine, and specializes in Sports Medicine, Women’s Health and Facial Rejuvenation at clinics in San Francisco and Santa Clara, CA.  Visit www.setarehmoafi.com for more information.