There's never been a better time to become a Certified Yoga Teacher.
Now more than ever, people are looking for effective ways to process the stress and trauma they are experiencing while tending to their body, mind, heart, and spirit. Make the difference only you can make as a Trauma-Informed Chair Yoga Teacher!
Chair Yoga is a gentle Yoga practice that uses a chair to support common Yoga poses which are adapted to serve diverse poplulations including those who are pregnant, recovering from injury or illness, medically advised to limit strain on major joints or connective tisses, differently abled, or find it difficult to balance.
Trauma-Informed Chair Yoga focuses on movement that remains seated in throughout the practice with engaging sequences designed to foster positive embodiment, mindful awareness, self-regulation, improved health, and sense of increasing wellbeing as a whole human being.
This course follows the Yoga Alliance (YA) guidelines for Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) and is designed to equip you to be a skilled and effective Trauma-Informed Chair Yoga Teacher so that you can effectively teach diverse populations in today's modern Yoga environment.
Over the course of 8 weeks, you will learn the fundamentals of leading safe and effective Christ-Centered, Trauma-Informed (TI) Chair Yoga, including:
Weekly Interactive Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) Sessions via Zoom:
Core Curriculum Sessions
7 - 10 PM EST
(3 Hours per Week)
Optional Triad Teaching Practice with Demo and Q & A
Offered Weeks 4-7
8 - 9 PM EST
(Optional 1 Hour per Week)
About Our Course Structure:
Each session is designed to progressively build upon on the last to create a holistic, dynamic, and transformative educational experience that prepares each student to thrive as a confident, skilled, and effective Christ-Centered, Trauma-Informed Chair Yoga Instructor. This format has evolved out of our own experience certifying a diverse population of YTT students and by modeling evidence-based rythms for education that have been proven to produce consistent results in Yoga and other health related certification programs.
Our aim is to engage the whole person throughout the learning process in order to empower our students to embody (body, mind, heart, and spirit) all that they are learning. Our vision is to support each student through their journey as they transition from being a passionate Yoga practitioner to become an effective, professional Yoga teacher that leads from a place of authenticity from the core of their being. This shift requires knowledge, modeling, practice, encouragement, and constructive feedback within a safe and non-judgemental learning community dedicated to discovery and growth as a life long adventure.
About the learning cadence:
Tuesdays will be dedicated to new course material via interactive lectures and putting the information that learning into practice with demonstrations, peer practice, feedback, and Q & A.
Thursdays will be optional with time dedicted to refining your skills as a Yoga teacher.
We understand that life can be unpredictable. At the same time, we are committed to honoring the accreditation guidelines of the Yoga Alliance and helping our students honor the investment and commitment they are making to themselves when they register for this course. Towards this end, a total of 3 classroom hours are allowed as excused absences. Absences beyond this amount must be pre-approved (except in the case of an emergercy) by the lead instructor and private make-up sessions completed before the final week of class equal to the additional number of credit hours missed at a rate of $75 per hour.
* NOTE: All online classroom and workshop sessions will be recorded for play-back to aid those who may miss a class session and enhance the learning experience.
Weekly Topics Will Cover
(Subject to Change)
ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME PRICING! This will be the first time we are offering this course. As such, we are discouting this course to accomodate for our own learning curve as we endeavor to create a dynamic online educational experience. Prices for our Trauma-Informed Chair Yoga Teacher Certification course will never be this low again.
Don't miss this incredible opportunity to invest in your education while gaining the skills you need to serve your community as a Christ-Centered, Trauma-Informed Certified Chair Yoga Teacher!
OPTIONAL READING LIST
This list will be provided on the course site for students to engage with as they have the time and desire to deepen their understanding in particular areas of interest.
LIVE, Interative Online Course:
Must be 18 years old to register.
Early Bird Special Tuition Rate
8 Week ONLINE YTT Total: $495
Option to Register with a Non-Refundable Deposit of $250, balance due by start of course date.
Standard Introductory Tuition Rate
8 Week Online YTT Total: $595
Option to Register with a Non-Refundable Deposit of $250, balance due by start of course date.
Payment Plans available upon request.
Don't miss out on these introductory rates! Prices will never be this low again for this certification program.
Register today and reserve your spot.
Tution balances paid are 100% refundable (less a $100 administrative fee) for 72 hours from the time of payment.
Beyond that date, all fees are non-refundable. If for any reason you are unable to complete the course within the certification deadline, a one time credit of the balance paid (less a $295 course change fee) can be applied towards any future Pointe of Grace Yoga Institute Course within 24 months of registration. No exceptions.
With the spike in chronic stress and trauma that all human beings are exposed to in our modern cultures, courses that follow the Yoga Alliance curriculum guidelines must include at least a cursory overview of what trauma is, it's ramifications, and key points to be aware of when teaching Yoga to help create a welcoming space for those who are healing from acute or chronic stress, or trauma.
All of our courses go beyond a cursory overview of chronic stress and trauma.
The lead instructor specialized in Trauma-Informed Yoga during the completion of her RYT 500 certification. Beyond that, this course will weave other elements of her academic education including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and more. These topics will permeate the entire course, as we revisit them time and again through the lens of pranayama, asana, and mediation.
By the end of this course, you will understand how chronic distress and trauma impact the whole human being, how Yoga aids in the healing and recovery process, and how to effectively teach Yoga so that your classes and offerings create a safe and healing space where positive change and sustainable transformation can occur for all those you serve.
There's no catch. No hidden fees. Really.
There are two reasons we are offering this course at a rate that is significantly less costly than other live YTT training opportunities.
First: This will be the first time we are offering this course. We are pouring everything we have into making this an incredible experience for all our students. And, we also acknowledge that we will inevitably learn from this experience and refine our offering as a result. With this in mind, we want to make sure there is an extraordinary value for those who choose to embark on this initial journey with us.
Second: Rev. Lenora Rousseau is an Ordained Elder in Full Connection with the FLUMC. As we lean into the connectional nature of the Methodist Church and receive referrals from past students, we do not have to spend the same amount of money on advertising as our competitors spend. Because of this, we are passing that savings on to our students to make this course as affordable as possible, packing in as much value as we possibly can!
Maybe. If your goal is to be a part of the Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200, this course can serve to move you towards that goal, but it does not meet the 200 hour requirement for that goal.
To be a Registered Yoga Teacher with the YA as an RYT 200, you will need to complete an additional a 200 hour YTT approved course. We will meet the criteria to register this course as YA RYT 200 provider in the fall of 2023. For our graduates who wish to complete their RYT 200 Certiffication, we will offerring a booster course for our 150 Hour YTT Certification to complete the remaining YTT hours in 2024 (stay tuned for dates in the fall of 2023).
If you are interested in teaching effective Trauma-Informed Yoga professionally and taking a course that will equip you to serve your clients well, this course will get you there! If you want to become a Member of the Yoga Alliance, you will be able to do that, if you choose. Once completed, you can use this certification to start professionally teaching Yoga right away.
What if I want to be a RYT 200 in the next six months? This course is not for you. You would be better served bypassing this course and choosing to attend a full 200 Hour YTT offered by any highly rated Yoga Alliance YTT provider.
Absolutely not. This training is open to anyone from any faith background. You can be confident that we will honor your sacred worth, and there is no hidden agenda to change your faith-background or spiritual path.
Having said that, we want to be honest and upfront about the fact that the Yoga Chapel retreat sessions and subsequent Yoga classes offered during the online sessions will draw from Biblical passages and incorporate teachings from Jesus that center around themes such as love, grace, peace, kindness, service, joy, hope, forgiveness, healing, and transformation. We believe these themes are universal and touch upon the human experience in ways that cross the divide between religion, politics, cultural and economic barriers, and so on.
By attending this course, you will learn how to create contemplative Yoga classes that you can adapt to match your own faith or spirituality as you find your voice as a Trauma-Informed Certified Yoga Teacher.
As stated before, we are committed to being a welcoming and inclusive institution, and we expect our graduating students to uphold these same standards. We do not discriminate based on age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, faith-tradition, ability, or cultural background. As a Christ-Centered organization and extension ministry of the FLUMC, our offerings seek to honor the rich traditions of Yoga while also incorporating Biblical themes that are universal and transformative.
We truly welcome students from all faith traditions and spiritual paths to join us for YTT and honor the seeds of truth that unite all human beings as children of God.
Rev. Lenora Rousseau is the Founder and Pastoral Director of the Pointe of Grace Project and serves in this role by extension as an Elder in the FLUMC. In addition to being a seasoned Pastor and Chaplain, Lenora is an RYT E-RYT/RYT 500 Yoga instructor, Certified Spiritual Director, Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practitioner, Certified Breath Coach, and Certified Flexibility Coach. (Read more...)
Francoise “Franny” Long is a classically trained chef, Certified Holistic Health Coach, RYT E-200/500 Yoga Instructor, Certified Yin Yoga Teacher, Certified Children's Yoga Teacher, Certified Breath Coach, and an enthusiastic wellness advocate. (Read more...)
Denise holds a Master's degree from Florida State University and is an experienced RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, a AFAA Group Fitness Insturctor and 500 HR Certified Pilates Instructor with a passion for fitness and wellbeing. (Read more...)
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