Ready to take the next step in your YTT journey with Advanced Yoga Teacher Training?
Now more than ever, people are looking for effective ways to process stress and trauma while tending to their body, mind, heart, and spirit. Make the difference only you can make as a 300/500 HR Certified Yoga Teacher!
Trauma-Informed (TI) Hatha Yoga is a science-based, person centered, healing focused approach to traditional Yoga that takes into account the neurological, biological, social, and spiritual effects of chronic stress and trauma and facilitates a Yoga practice that leads to increased positive embodiment, mindful awareness, self-regulation, improved health, and sense of increasing wellbeing as a whole human being.
Our 300/500 HR RYT Certification Course follows the Yoga Alliance (YA) guidelines for Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (YTT).
This aim of course is to expand the professional opportunities and knowledge of RYT 200 Instructors and equip future YACEP accredited Continuing Education Providers to be able to successfully add their wisdom to the collective world-wide community of Yoga education with excellence and confidence.
Advanced Yoga Teacher Training builds upon your RYT 200 knowledge of Hatha Yoga as you revisit all of the fundamentals while adding to your skills as a Yoga teacher as you expand your knowledge of intermediate and advanced level Asana postures. This course will deepen your understanding of Yoga's role in Trauma Recovery and Stress Reduction while giving you opportunities to learn how to effectively instruct and coach other Yoga Teachers-in-Training.
Over the course of 40 weeks, you revisit and expand your Yoga knowledge, including:
Prerequisite to Enroll:
Certification Components Include:
Graduates Can Professionally:
*Tuition includes the cost of the conference; however, students are individually responsible for any expenses related to travel, lodging, and meals while attending the conference.
** Please note that worship and employment opportunities vary by location, organization, and employer. Please inquire directly with any potential employers or organizations you wish to work with to ensure you understand their requirements before registering.
To help you get the most out of your Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) journey, this course starts with the 3 DAY IN-PERSON YogaWell 2023 Christ-Centered Yoga and Wellness Conference designed to lay a firm foundation for your education with YACEP guided fundamentals as you prepare your body, mind, heart, and spirit for all that lies ahead.
We begin YTT with an in-person gathering so that you carve out dedicated time to connect deeply with God and yourself while also cultivating meaningful and supportive relationships with your instructors, other Yoga enthusiasts, fellow Certified Yoga teachers, and teachers-in-training. This approach has proven to be both individually transformative and collectively enriching, creating a more dynamic learning environment from beginning to end.
Click here for more information about the YogaWell Conference.
Following the retreat, the journey continues ONLINE with LIVE YTT sessions (broken into FOUR segments) via ZOOM, PLUS on-demand resources for additional learning and practice.
Our unique approach weaves together the benefits of In-Person, Live Online, and On-Demand learning, to systematically build your knowledge and practical skills so that you are well equipped to thrive as a newly certified Yoga Teacher!
YogaWell 2023 Conference
July 6-8, 2023
Conference Content Includes:
Course Modules Will Cover
IN PERSON CONFERENCE
3 DAY YogaWell Christ-Centered Yoga & Wellness Conference
July 6 - 8, 2023
Gainesville, Florida, USA
SELF PACED LEARNING
On-demand learning and assigned reading
July 9 - July 26, 2023
SEGMENT ONE: LIVE WEEKLY ONLINE YTT SESSIONS
Classes meet every other Saturday
Thanksgiving Break: November 25th - No Classes
August 5, 2023 - November 11, 2023
8:00 AM - Noon EST
(4 Hours Every Per Session)
OPTIONAL Q & A:
Additional Q & A/Practicum/Make-Up
Bi-Weekly Saturdays Add-On
Noon - 12:30 PM EST
(8 Cumulative hours)
FOUR PRACTICUM WORKSHOPS
Peer Teaching Practice Workshops:
FOUR SATURDAY EVENINGS
6:00 - 9:00 PM EST
September 23, 2023
October 7, 2023
October 21, 2023
November 18, 2023
(12 Hours Teacher Practicum Learning)
SEGMENT TWO: LIVE WEEKLY ONLINE YTT SESSIONS
SELECT BI-WEEKLY SATURDAYS
Classes meet every other Saturday
Christmas Break: December 17th - 30th - No Classes
December 2, 2023 - February 10, 2024
*February 10th, 2024*
8:00 - Noon EST
(4 Hours Per Session)
SEGMENT THREE: RESEARCH & WORKSHOP DEVELOPMENT
1:1 Coaching & Individual Research
(Note: NO online YTT sessions during this segment.)
February 11 - March 30, 2024
SEGMENT FOUR: LIVE WEEKLY ONLINE YTT SESSIONS
EIGHT WEEKLY SATURDAYS
Classes meet Saturdays
April 6 - May 25, 2024
Noon - 5 PM EST
(5 Hours Per Session)
About Our Course Structure:
Each session is designed to progressively build upon 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 Yoga Instructor. This format has evolved out of our own experience certifying a diverse population of YTT students and by modeling evidence-based rhythms 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 teaching as a 200 HR RYT to leading as an Advanced 300/500 HR RYT Yoga teacher that guides others from a place of confidence and authenticity. 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 lifelong adventure.
Bi-Weekly/Weekly YTT Sessions will be dedicated to progressively covering new course material with opportunities to put what you are learning into practice with instructor feedback.
Optional Q & A/Practicum/Make Up: Following each weekly online YTT session, for up to 30 minutes, students can remain online to ask additional questions and/or gain more practicum teaching experience. Note: This time can be cumulatively attended to make up YTT hours.
Practicum Workshops will be dedicated to peer teaching practice in small groups with instructor feedback and Q & A. This will be a chance for you to strengthen your own cueing skills as well as develop on your skills as a future YACEP educator.
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 6 classroom and/or workshop hours are allowed as excused absences. Absences beyond this amount must be pre-approved (except in the case of emergencies) by the lead instructor and make-up sessions completed before the final week of the course equal to the additional number of credit hours missed. If those hours exceed what can be made up by attending the optional time following each online session, private sessions with the lead instructor can be scheduled for make-up at a rate of $75/hour. And/or, 300/500 HR YTT students can submit written reflection work for up to 10 YTT credit hours.
Certification Requirements and Deadlines:
Most students can complete their certification within as little as 40 - 44 weeks. However, students have 12 months from the start of the course to complete all of the components of certification. For those that need more time, extension options are available for up to three years from their initial start date. (Please note: additional fees apply to extend deadlines.)
* 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. Students will have life-time access to all online course content and materials.
Register by 6/30/23 and save up to $500!!
Payment plans start as low as $245/month.
Space is limited. Registration opens March 15th, 2023.
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*Please note: Tuition fees do not include lodging, meals, or travel expenses for the conference. For more information on the conference, including lodging information options, click here.
Space is limited to ensure the highest standards of educational excellence for each of our students. Maximum of 12 YTT students. Must be 18 years old to register.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to invest in your education while gaining the skills you need to serve your community as a Christ-Centered, Trauma-Informed Certified Yoga Teacher!
REQUIRED READING TEXTS
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar
Science of Yoga by Ann Swanson
Trauma-Informed Yoga by Joanne Spence and Amy Weintraub
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.
ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT PLANS, WORK/STUDY, AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Alternative payment plans, work/study programs, and partial scholarships are available upon request and granted on a case by case basis to those who demonstrate financial need and/or are rebuilding their lives in the wake of prolonged trauma, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, human trafficking, disabled military veterans, or other life altering circumstances. To inquire about an alternative payment plan, work/study program, or scholarship, please email us your request prior to enrollment.
Special Tuition Rate - EXTENDED!
SPECIAL RYT 300/500 HR: Payment in Full
RYT 300/500 HR Total: $2495
SPECIAL RYT 300/500 HR: Payment Plan*
Registration Deposit $295
10 Monthly Installments $245
Standard Tuition Rate
RYT 300/500: Payment in Full
RYT 300/500HR Total: $2995
RYT 300/500 Payment Plan*
Registration Deposit $295
12 Monthly Installments $245
*Note: Tuition must be paid in full to complete the certification requirements and graduate from this course.
Space is limited. Register today and reserve your spot!
Tution balances paid are 100% refundable (less a $100 administrative fee) for 96 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 $595 course change fee) can be applied towards any future Pointe of Grace Yoga Institute Courses 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.
This course will go well beyond a cursory overview of chronic stress and trauma.
In addition to being an E-200/500 RYT and approved Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, Rev. Lenora Rousseau, the Course Developer and Lead Instructor, is also a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Coach, Certified Spiritual Director, Certified Breath Coach, and National Board Certified trained Behavioral Health and Wellness Coach.
This course integrates the essentials of traditional, Yoga Alliance approved Yoga teacher training with elements of Lenora's specialized education in the areas of applied psychology and behavioral science in order to create a robust and dynamic learning environment in which students gain a much deeper understanding regarding the impacts of chronic stress and trauma on the body, mind, and spirit, as well as the ways Yoga can specifically help to aid in the recovery process.
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.
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 and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Coach, 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...)
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