January – December 2017
Teach mindful yoga to adults of all ages and stages of life.
The 2017 Circle Yoga Teacher Training is full and in progress. We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Circle Yoga Teacher Training! Learn more and join our lead trainers for a Free Info Session on Sunday, June 4, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Learn how to teach yoga that is rooted in mindfulness and healthy alignment. In this carefully structured year-long program, you’ll be part of a supportive community under the guidance of a team of highly experienced yoga teachers. The Circle Yoga Teacher Training (CYTT) exceeds the requirements for the Yoga Alliance® 200-hour certification.
As a trainee you’ll learn how to:
- Craft thoughtful, creative asana sequences
- Weave mindfulness, meditation, pranayama, and classical yoga philosophy into your yoga classes
- Cue healthy alignment based on an up-to-date understanding of anatomy
- Teach men and women of all ages and body types
- Modify for common injuries and physical conditions
- Create an inclusive, joyful class environment
Alex Phelan, E-RYT 200/RYT 500
Bonnie Foote, PhD, E-RYT 500
Eduardo Guedez, E-RYT 200/RYT 500
|Special Topics Trainers
Annie Mahon, E-RYT 200, C-RYT
Annie Carlin, RYT 200
Debbie Helfeld, AHC, E-RYT 200/RYT 500
Michelle Cohen, CBD, RYT 200
Rebecca Bly, CWC, RYT 200
Becoming a seasoned or specialized yoga teacher takes many years of experience and continued learning. By the end of this 200-hour training, you will have established a strong foundation from which to begin your teaching journey. You will be prepared to teach a full-length public class—from Gentle to Level 1-2—to adult students with the usual range of abilities and special circumstances. You will also have experience with adapting practices for students with arthritis and minor movement limitations, students who are pregnant, and students with larger bodies. You will know your own strengths and areas for growth as a practitioner and as a teacher. And whether or not you plan to teach, you will feel well-prepared to embark on the next stage of your yoga path.
It’s easy to be here. Circle Yoga was founded after 9/11 as a resource for the local community, and the studio’s roots in our neighborhood, in mindfulness, and in children’s yoga have made it into a uniquely welcoming and supportive environment. Our students bring their neighbors, friends, and family members here because they know that almost everyone can find a class to suit their needs. The teachers at Circle Yoga come from a wide variety of yoga traditions, but our common thread is safe, mindful, compassionate yoga, with an emphasis on self-awareness and the long-term goals of the practice. We’re known for our ability to welcome all students, to offer them a rich and varied experience of yoga, and to help them cultivate their own mindful, sustainable practice. We can’t wait to share these skills with you in the Circle Yoga Teacher Training.
CYTT will be held over eleven weekends during 2017. The summer months of the program will be less structured; students will have more flexibility in scheduling practice teaching sessions and class observations. See CYTT 2017 Schedule for specific dates.
The basic principles of mindfulness and of mindful yoga—yoga that encourages awareness of and compassion for the whole self, at all stages of life—are the foundation of the CYTT. These principles will be presented and explored during the first weekend. In the first few months, you will lay the groundwork of your teaching skills by:
- Learning how to establish or deepen your own mindfulness practice
- Participating in several sessions of user-friendly anatomy and asana where we build the principles of asana alignment (standing poses, forward folds, backbends, twists) based on the way real bodies work
- Beginning to study yoga philosophy and breath / pranayama
After a few months, you’ll begin to apply these principles by:
- Learning sequencing basics (how to put poses in order to structure a class)
- Practice teaching individual asanas in pairs, with a focus on clear language and building poses from the foundation
- Discussing mindful classroom management
As the program progresses toward summer, you will develop your understanding even further by:
- Studying more complicated asanas and sequencing (inversions and Suryas)
- Doing more practice teaching, including demonstrating poses and offering assists
- Gaining exposure to special topics like Ayurveda, Supportive Yoga for Larger Bodies, gentle yoga, working with injuries and special conditions, and prenatal yoga
During the summer, you will apply what you’ve learned so far by:
- Observing and analyzing several yoga classes at Circle Yoga and/or other studios
- Participating in at least two of four practice teaching intensive modules, totalling at least 10 hours, so that you will be ready to stand in front of a group and teach
- Continuing to develop your own asana, breath, and mindfulness practices
In the fall, with several months of fundamentals and practice under your belt, you’ll be:
- Tackling more nuanced topics like energy-based practices, flow yoga, and thematic sequencing
- Learning how to teach more subtle topics like mindfulness and breath awareness / pranayama
- Refining your own asana teaching and preparing for the final, celebratory practice teaching weekend
- Discussing how to thrive as a yoga teacher, including the business of yoga
- Reflecting on what it means to be a yoga teacher and your own next steps in developing your own teaching–how, what, and where you will teach
Homework: You will reinforce what you learn in class with homework assignments like teaching scripts (what you say when you teach a pose), sample sequences (the list of poses, in order, that you would teach in a class), mindfulness and yoga philosophy reading and essays, anatomy worksheets, and class observations. You will also establish or continue your own mindfulness, breath, and asana practices and keep a basic record of those practices.
You will emerge from this training with a deeper understanding of yoga, of mindfulness, and of yourself. And this is just the beginning of the journey: the true joy of a training is that it allows you to embark on the path of sharing yoga with others. Teaching yoga can be infinitely challenging in the best of ways, and also infinitely rewarding. This training will give you a strong foundation to learn and grow gracefully through all of the challenges–and to be ready to fully enjoy the rewards.
CYTT 2017 Schedule
Fridays 5:00-8:30 pm, Saturdays 12:30-7:30 pm, and Sundays 12:00-5:00 pm
* Make up weekend for studio closures due to snow and ice: The weekend of May 19-21 has been set aside as a make-up weekend in case the studio is closed due to snow or ice during the winter months. Trainees are expected to save these dates should we need to use them, but we will not meet May 19-21 if there are no snow days to make up.
For summer practice teaching, trainees will choose at least TWO of FOUR 5-hour sessions. These will be scheduled by online poll early in the program.
ALEX PHELAN, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
After over a decade of chance encounters with yoga, Alex first discovered the transformative power of a consistent yoga practice at the Iyengar Institute in Mumbai, India in 2006. This experience led her to complete the 200-hour and 300-hour teacher trainings with YogaWorks in New York. Alex has since expanded her knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics by studying with Paula Liberis, Glenn Black, Jill Miller, Jillian Pransky, Leslie Kaminoff, and others. She has also worked closely with physical therapists and integrates multiple perspectives on movement into her classes. All of these experiences infuse Alex’s teaching to provide each student with a practice that is tailored for the needs and challenges of his or her body. Alex’s classes are anatomically focused explorations of movement and action in the body, with sequences that reach beyond a traditional asana practice. She combines the principles of Iyengar alignment, biomechanics, dynamic movement and a focused attention to the breath to bring balance to both mind and body.
For this training, Alex will be teaching Anatomy and linking those sessions to foundations of Asana. She will also teach Ethics, Beginners / Gentle Yoga, some Sequencing, and some Practice Teaching sessions.
BONNIE FOOTE, PhD, E-RYT 500
Bonnie’s teaching is lighthearted but focused: she wants her students to understand the principles of healthy alignment and be able to treat their bodies well, not just in class, but in their daily lives. Bonnie uses her rigorous training at the original YogaWorks in Santa Monica and her current interest in biomechanics to make sure that each session combines classic asana with innovative approaches to movement, alignment, and breath. She also uses her academic background (Humanities at Yale, English at UCLA) to give her classes a clear intellectual structure. But most of all, she uses her own experiences with chronic pain and gradual recovery to anchor her compassionate, individualized approach to teaching. She loves it when her students take charge of their own practices! She always encourages them to ask questions, make up modifications, and steal anything they like and take it home.
For this training, Bonnie will be teaching some modules of Asana, Sequencing, Mindfulness / Meditation, Pranayama, Philosophy, and Practice Teaching. She is also working behind the scenes on curriculum coordination.
EDUARDO GUEDEZ, MS, E-RYT 200/RYT 500
Eduardo has been practicing Hatha Yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2007. Initiated into the Sri Vidya lineage of Swami Rama of the Himalayas, he is most inspired by his master teachers, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Yogarupa Rod Stryker (ParaYoga). His teaching approach is grounded in the biomechanics of alignment, Ayurveda and yoga philosophy, as they apply to the current challenges of modern living. Eduardo holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from George Mason University and maintains an ever-demanding corporate job that helps him relate to “left-brained,” more logic-based students who are combining their analytical view with a heart oriented practice. Eduardo is also co-director of StoneSong Awareness & Nature Center in Western Maryland. In his teaching, Eduardo strives to help his students cultivate a felt sense of alignment, efficacy of movement, mental ease, and that sweet spot known as the “sacred pause”–where we draw from our inherent intelligence to skillfully respond non-reactively to whatever comes up at work, at home, in life.
For this training, Eduardo is teaching Philosophy, Mindfulness / Meditation, Pranayama, Energy Body, Energy-Based Sequencing, Thematic Sequencing, and several Practice Teaching sessions.
SPECIAL TOPICS TRAINERS
ANNIE MAHON, MA, MS, E-RYT 200, C-RYT
Annie Mahon is an author, ordained Buddhist mindfulness teacher and founder of the Circle Yoga Cooperative in Washington, DC. Annie has been writing about mindfulness, parenting, stress and yoga since 2004. Her blog, rawmindfulness.com, led to a book of Annie’s collected essays, Words to be With. Her most recent book,Things I Did When I was Hangry (Parallax Press, September 2015), documents Annie’s search for sanity in her eating disordered family life and reveals how mindfulness helped her go beyond the search for perfection and learn to love the moment as it is. Annie holds certifications in yoga, focusing and massage therapy and dabbles in Nonviolent Communication (NVC). When not visiting her children, teaching, traveling the world with her husband, drinking jasmine tea with honey, writing or walking her dogs, she practices yoga and mindfulness with her community in DC.
For this training, Annie M. is teaching two full afternoons of mindfulness: the first session will focus on establishing your own practice, and the second session will focus on how to teach mindfulness.
ANNIE CARLIN, E-RYT 200
Annie Carlin has been practicing yoga for over 12 years, studying many different styles, from vigorous vinyasa to technical alignment-based hatha, prenatal, and therapeutic yoga. She completed her 200-hour training with Tias Little (Prajna Yoga) in 2011 and has been teaching ever since. In December 2014, Annie completed her prenatal yoga teacher training certification with Integral Yoga. Her goal is to create a safe space for all to enjoy the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of yoga. She emphasizes self-acceptance and specializes in customizing poses to suit each person’s practice. Through thoughtful sequencing and creative modifications, Annie hopes to show her students that everyone can do amazing things on the mat. Annie offers profound gratitude to all of her teachers and students and is thrilled to be sharing this incredible practice. For more yoga with Annie, check out her website, www.supportiveyoga.com.
For this training, Annie C. is teaching a three-hour session on Supportive Yoga for Larger Bodies.
DEBBIE HELFELD, AHC, E-RYT 200/RYT 500
Debbie first became interested in Ayurveda over 15 years ago when both her primary care doctor and the owner of an Indian grocery store recommended that she read Deepak Chopra’s Perfect Health. Drawn in by this excellent, accessible introduction, she began reading more about Ayurveda independently and in her yoga teacher trainings. Wanting to immerse herself, she enrolled in the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) and Torchbearer programs started by the Himalayan Institute and led by Kathryn Templeton. Finally, she took a 2-year advanced program also sponsored by the Himalayan Institute in collaboration with Dr. Rosy Mann, the doctor in residence at Kripalu. She is certified as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association or NAMA.Debbie infuses her yoga classes with Ayurvedic principles and tips. She offers individual diet and lifestyle counseling and teaches Ayurvedic workshops. Her specialty is cooking workshops in which participants learn about Ayurveda while they prepare and then eat a delicious Ayurvedic, mostly Indian, vegetarian meal.
For this training, Debbie is teaching a three-hour session on Ayurveda.
MICHELLE COHEN, CBD, RYT 200
Michelle received her vinyasa yoga teaching certification from Tranquil Space in 2007 and taught flow, restorative and mixed level classes. During her first pregnancy in 2008 she began to teach prenatal yoga. Completely transformed by her experience of pregnancy, labor and birth, Michelle found her greatest passion in teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga. She completed Conscious Birthing Prenatal Teacher Training with Janice Clarfield in 2010 (4 months after giving birth to her second son!) to deepen her knowledge. She then felt called to serve and support her students, and other clients, in a full-circle process of birth and motherhood and trained to become a birth doula through ToLabor in 2012 and a postpartum doula through Birth Arts International in 2015. Michelle is deeply passionate about helping women have their best birth and strongest start to motherhood and feels the best way to do this is through yoga, mindfulness, contemplative practices, education, and hands-on support. To learn more about Michelle, visit www.savoritstudios.com.
For this training, Michelle is teaching a three-hour session on Adapting a Practice for Prenatal Students.
REBECCA BLY, CWC, RYT 200
Rebecca has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching since she earned her 200-hour certification from Tranquil Space in 2006 in the Vinyasa Flow style. Rebecca is skilled in the tools and tricks of building a yoga business, particularly through online marketing and communication. She left her day job as a software developer in 2010 to pursue a full-time career teaching yoga and founded Live Beyond The Mat. Currently she spends most of her time with private yoga instruction, offering specialized yoga workshops, teaching yoga and mindfulness in corporate settings and leading an annual yoga retreat to Costa Rica with Circle Yoga. Building on her vinyasa training, Rebecca’s teaching emphasizes fluid movement and breath awareness as well as strengthening and core work. She has a gift for helping students approach more challenging poses like arm balances and inversions in ways that are accessible and empowering. She also has years of experience teaching Restorative Yoga, where she encourages students to pause and relax.
For this training, Rebecca is teaching Flow, The Business of Yoga, Classroom Management, and Restoratives.
Fees and Payment
The fee for the Circle Yoga Teacher Training is $2900, with an additional $50 application fee. Payments will be made as follows:
Due with application – $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
Due upon acceptance to the program – $500 Registration Fee (includes $250 non-refundable deposit)
Trainees may choose one of two options to pay remaining registration fees:
- Pay remaining fees in full by January 6, 2017 – $2400
- Pay remaining fees in installments as follows in 2017 (with a $15 admin fee per installment):
Due January 6 – $615
Due April 6 – $615
Due July 6 – $615
Due October 6 – $615
The $50 application fee is non-refundable. In addition, the initial registration fee of $500 includes a non-refundable $250 deposit for the program. If for any reason you need to withdraw from the program, refunds can be provided according to the following schedule:
- Before January 1, the initial registration fee minus the $250 deposit will be refunded.
- Between January 1 and January 15, if you have paid the full program fee ($2900), you will receive a refund of $1800.
- Between January 1 and January 15, if you have paid the initial registration fee ($500) and the first quarterly payment ($615), you will not receive a refund, but you will not be responsible for any further installments.
- After January 15, refunds will not be provided.