The Collective Body Yoga Teacher Training

The Collective Body Yoga Teacher Training brings together over 20 years of yoga teaching and teacher training experience. Rooted in our own experiences and knowledge of anatomy, sequencing, methodology, and philosophy, the Collective Body Yoga Teacher Training will give serious students of yoga an in-depth education on relational anatomy, postures, sequencing, methodology, Ayurveda, subtle body and philosophy. We nurture students that want to learn more about this transformative practice and guide teachers in translating their experiences into thoughtful sequences, intelligent cueing and a meaningful experience for their students.

The Collective Body Yoga Teacher Training is a 325hr modular based 6-month teacher training for serious students of yoga.

Each module consists of 51 in- class hours and an additional 14-hours for home assignments including reading, studying, worksheets, scripts, projects, etc… For a total of 65 hours per module. We are intentionally not licensed through Yoga Alliance, which gives us the space and freedom to offer more of what we value and to make sure the training is in alignment with our high training standards.

Yoga Teacher Training Schedule:

Module 1 (Open to All)

Fri 10/27  |  5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sat & Sun 10/28 – 11/19  |  12pm – 6pm

Module 2 (Prereq. Module 1 or Teachers)

Fri 12/8  |  5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sat & Sun 12/9 – 1/14  |  12pm – 6pm
(23, 24, 30 & 31 off for holiday break)

Module 3 (Prereq. Module 1-2 or Teachers)

Fri 1/26  |  5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sat & Sun 1/27 – 2/18  |  12pm – 6pm

Module 4 (Prereq. Module 1-3 or Teachers)

Fri 3/2  |  5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sat & Sun 3/3 – 3/25  |  12pm – 6pm

Module 5 (Prereq. Module 1-4 or Teachers)

Fri 4/6  |  5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sat & Sun 4/7 – 4/29  |  12pm- 6pm

Total 325 Hours
65 hours for each module
(51 hours in class & 14 hours reading/home assignments)

Pricing:

$4,000 for All Modules Registered by 10/01/17
$4,500 for All Modules (Payment Plans Available)

$850 Module 1 Only Registered by 10/01/17
$1,000 Module 1 Only

Yoga teachers welcome to take modules à la carte at a reduced rate. See studio or trainers for more information.

The Collective Body Teacher Training is not affiliated with Yoga Alliance.
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The Collective Body Yoga Teacher Training - Module 1

The Collective Body TT is rooted in relational anatomy and the deepening of one’s awareness and connection of one’s own body and personal practice. Our ability to dive into anything deeper within us, all begins with the body; it is where we are experiencing LIFE. As well, asana gives us a tangible starting point to the journey into all other “bodies” of our SELF. Therefore, Module 1 begins with the physical body and a deep exploration of your physical practice.

Topics include:

  • Relational Anatomy (You will learn exactly how your “parts” relate to your complete “whole” body)
  • Anatomy of Asana
  • Refining Your Personal Practice
  • Injury Management
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika/History of Sacred Texts
  • Ayurveda – Understanding the Doshas

No practice teaching will be done during this module, as we encourage students to take their time to integrate the wealth of information covered within their own bodies first and foremost.

The Collective Body TT teaches the breath as the source of transformation within the yoga practice. Whether that transformation is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, it is sourced from the breath. In Module 2 students will explore not only how to breathe, but how to channel their breath as a creative and expressive force of energy and teaching.

Topics include: 

  • Breathing Mechanics
  • Pranayama
  • Breath + Movement
  • Asana Transitions
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Anatomy-Based Sequencing
  • Practice Teaching (Speaking)
  • Upanishads
  • Ayurveda – Facing the Elements

The Collective Body TT educates trainees to be able see themselves and the postures beyond physical alignment and intellectual concepts. Trainees are taught to “see” the energy of what is or isn’t being expressed, of the intention behind an action, or the effort to do, not do, or undo. Creating a sophisticated yoga class means mindfully orchestrating an intention, sequence, theme, cuing, music, silence, lighting, props, inspiration and a whole lot more.

Topics include: 

  • Subtle Body (Koshas/Vayus/Chakras)
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Sequencing (Experience-Based; Thematic)
  • Teaching Different Levels
  • Adjustments
  • Practice Teaching (Seeing) & Effective Cuing
  • Using Props
  • Ayurveda – Energy Management
  • Tantra Yoga
  • Nada Yoga/The Yoga of Sound

The Collective Body TT threads meditation, philosophy and yoga psychology throughout the experience. In the wisdom body we will pause to reflect, linger and expand on our philosophical discourse. This will be used as a platform to immerse students in the psycho-spiritual aspects of yoga as a lifestyle and not simply a casual practice.

Topics include: 

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: In-Depth Study
  • Philosophy/Religion
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Practice Teaching (Silence) & Reading the Room
  • Ayurvedic Lifestyle – Food & Practices
  • Meditation Techniques

The Collective Body TT spends the first four modules isolating the inseparable merely for the sake of simplicity. In this final module it is all reunited in a cohesive presentation of what it means to practice and “teach” yoga. Participants will complete the training with a project of their own design that will support them stepping into a broader perspective of themselves as a student of yoga and the confidence to step into the role as a teacher. The training will expand the student’s knowledge of both themselves and yoga and excite them at the vastness of all there is still to explore.

Topics include: 

  • Various Styles of Yoga
  • Specialty Classes: Prenatal/Restoratives/Myofascial Release/Yin
  • The Business of Yoga
  • Margas/Dharma
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Ayurveda – Teaching Through the Season
  • Practice Teaching to the Public (Seva Yoga)
  • Understanding the Practice of Kirtan

Our View on Yoga Alliance

The Collective Body Teacher Training is not affiliated with Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance is merely a directory of teachers and studios offering yoga teacher trainings and is not an authority on the quality of content or teaching of those affiliated with them. We find that the Yoga Alliance minimum requirements and high fees to be a Registered Yoga Alliance School and/or Yoga Teacher out of integrity with what are actually necessary to be a qualified yoga teacher. In addition, there is growing criticism of Yoga Alliance and its standards and practices by senior teachers in the US and we agree with many of their assertions. We find ourselves in good company outside of YA with teachers we love and respect such as Leslie Kaminoff, James Brown and Max Strom, to name a few.

Having been trainers in Yoga Alliance approved trainings, we have experienced first hand the pressure to pass students simply because they paid for the training. There is little accountability or opportunity for the trainees to be able to demonstrate their aptitude with the material or their ability to follow through in applying what they learned.

As studio owners, we hire our own teachers based on who they study under, what continuing education they pursue, their ability to effectively communicate what they know, the depth of their own personal practice, a welcoming and warm personality and how long they have been teaching. We do not ask if they are Yoga Alliance certified as it offers little to demonstrate a teacher’s competency.

Being a yoga teacher is built on the foundation of being a yoga student and is therefore a commitment to a life of learning; however there should be a much higher standard on the vocational training required to become a yoga teacher at a foundational level. We are proud to offer an extended 6-month rigorous training, mindfully created to grow and develop stellar teachers that stand out in the sea of 200hr trainees.

The Collective Body Teacher Training is dedicated to each trainee’s unique learning style, comprehension, and application of the material being offered. We are committed to nurturing teachers that not only know how to teach, but know themselves and how to express what’s in their body, heart, intellect and soul.

I had both my 200H and 300H teacher trainings with Kori. She is very knowledgeable, smart, funny, loving but firm person that you cannot ask more for as a teacher trainer. With her, I learned not only how to teach asanas but also how to incorporate subtle body and yoga philosophy into my classes. In order to understand the philosophy and subtle body, she encouraged us to really connect and learn about ourselves through daily meditation and self-reflection, which I could not have done without her guide and support. It helped me so much to really get to know myself that allowed me to apply yoga in my daily life.

I think Kori is a true teacher/trainer because she doesn’t just give us answers when we have questions but she is very good at helping us find the answers ourselves through our experience and knowledge. What I liked about training with her was that she gave each trainee different assignment depending on what each of us needed. That made the learning more personal and effective and it goes to show how much she cares about her trainees.

I am soon to be a mother of two and I haven’t been able to practice asanas or teach yoga regularly since I had my first daughter. However, learning with Kori surely deepened my understanding of yoga and practice and it taught me that I can practice yoga without stepping on my mat. To be honest, training with Kori is not easy because you certainly need to work hard but that’s how much you get out of the training and that’s how serious she is about yoga and teaching. So worth it!!

Ayano Kurauchi

I am so grateful for the person who registered me for YTT.  He loved me more than I loved myself because I didn’t think I was worth it. I love yoga, but I have a fulfilling career and didn’t think I should spend the money or time away from my family to serve what I thought was a hobby.  Now I realize yoga is a way of life.  A better way of life for me, and I will never be the same person I was before Kori Strobl showed me the way.

Patty

With yoga teacher training, now I know how much is beneath the surface of “just holding a pose. ” The history, the philosophy, the anatomy, the joy of the body, and the singing of the soul.  It’s like feeling the world with new eyes.  Ok that sounds weird…But the truth is:  all your senses become heightened with teacher training. And you are on a mission!  And the bonus is:  you are not alone. The compassion and camaraderie of those in your training group lift you over

But the truth is:  all your senses become heightened with teacher training. And you are on a mission!  And the bonus is:  you are not alone. The compassion and camaraderie of those in your training group lift you over the hurdles you may find  – caution and self- doubt.

What a growth experience!!  And to have Kori lead you through, you couldn’t ask for more.

Susan Gustafson Harold

My children are almost in college and I was thinking…..what would I do with my time? Another reason was, I am almost 50 and I was looking at my life and was depressed.  I love yoga and have always felt better physically and mentally when I go.  I wanted to learn more and teach in my spare time.  I couldn’t imagine making a better choice.  Kori is amazing!  She is like family to our group!

Nancy