With so many yoga teacher trainings in the world today I felt called to share more about my training so you would have a better understanding of what’s involved and perhaps will answer some questions to help you decide.
My unique, inspirational and evolutionary teacher training was created by Shiva Rea and offered by yours truly along with other Senior Prana Vinyasa affiliate yoga teacher trainers across the US, Europe and beyond. After studying with and assisting Shiva for more then a decade I am grateful to have her blessings to help grow the Prana Flow tribe in Australia and around the world.
Within the teachings of yoga there are many expressions of Vinyasa yoga but all have different root teachings, ways of sequencing, approaches, influences, methodology and inspirations. If you have any questions about the following points please don’t hesitate to reach out or add to the comment section below.
1. Evolutionary Vinyasa Yoga: Prana Vinyasa has been cultivated by Shiva Rea for the past 25 years. The roots of Prana Vinyasa extend deep into Living Ayurveda, Tantra (sacred embodiment), Krishnamacharya lineage (honouring the Ashtanga, Iyengar and Desikachar forms of practice), Bhakti (Devotion) and Kalarippayatu (Embodied Art). Since launching my affiliate yoga teacher-training program in 2016 I have connect with many aspiring teachers from different lineages and communities across different states around Australia, all of which are contributing to the growth and expansion of this practice. Currently I am the only affiliate teacher trainer in this part of the world and would love to welcome you to the Prana Vinyasa tribe!
2. Sequencing and Namaskars: You will receive 2 – 5 sequences and namaskars for each module, depending on the length of the individual module. Completing the 200hr training gives you 15 – 20 Namaskars and 20 – 30 sequences. The 300hr training gives you 20 – 30 Namaskars and 30 – 40 sequences. Depending on how you design your program, these namaskars and sequences will range between dynamic (solar) and restorative (lunar) practices. These practices are aligned with the elements, the chakras, the moon cycles and the seasons.
3. Easy pay and affordable: The modules can be paid for separately similar to a payment plan or you can commit to the full program and pay the full amount up front which also comes with a sweet discount. Regardless of your financial situation this training helps you manage your finances so you can easily plan ahead for your continued learning and development without breaking the bank.
4. Being a student of Flow: With the constant flux of life my training supports you and your family dynamics. Being module based you can complete them in any order at a time at a pace which suits you to help maintain a healthy balance between your studies and responsibilities of life without taking too much time away. There is no need to feel rushed. Your 200/300/500hr certification can be spread out over 1-2-3 years or completed within the year.
5. Study at home: Continue your studies and embodiment journey from home at your own leisure before and after each module. Each module comes with an online component via Yoga Alchemy (our online school) for your continued integration, understanding and self-development with guided videos and meditations with Shiva herself ranging from 10 minutes to 90 minutes long. These online courses are included if you pay for the full training or can be purchased separately with each module.
6. Time in between the modules: I feel it’s important to have time and space in between the modules for you to integrate and let all the information simmer and land in your cells, your body and your mind. Doing a 10 – 30 day intensive training is a great way to receive the hours and certification quickly plus the fully immersed learning environment is wonderful, but some people find this format overwhelming and challenging to retain all this information in one go. By spacing out your training there is a sense of ease, knowing there is no urgency and you can complete it in your own time with the continued support and accountability from others in the training.
7. Small groups: During my trainings we are generally no more then 12 in total. This ensures a more personalised and bespoke learning experience with individual attention and tailored topics to suit varied learning styles. Smaller groups also means there’s greater opportunity to go deeper into specific topics and ask questions in relation to what you’re struggling with, which can easily be over looked in larger groups.
8. Catered for all learning styles: I am highly kinaesthetic which makes me sensitive, mindful and aware of individuals learning styles. Each module has a balance of audial teachings, visual queues and kinaesthetic exercises. Along with the teaching labs, hands on assists, demonstrations and daily practices we spend time going through the methodology and philosophy as a group, discussing, brainstorming and sharing to help clarify and ground these teachings so you leave feeling inspired to confidently teach your students.
9. Self practice: This is a huge part of becoming a yoga teacher! We cover a lot during the modules and being an embodied art form the more you practice the deeper your relationship develops with this particular style. Along with the Yoga Alchemy courses to support your practice and on going learning we have a private Facebook group for continued accountability, support and group mentorship (with yours truly) via FB Lives once a month. This private FB group is specifically for this training and for you to share your self-practice journey, ask questions and stay connected with others in-between modules.
10. Support: Receive personalised attention, care and feedback on your course work, embodiment journey and teaching method. We were all beginners once with questions and moments of confusion and doubt. During my training there is ample opportunity to check in, ask for help and to let me know how I can support you.
11. Guest teachers: We have some incredible teachers joining us! Our Anatomy and Physiology teacher Lisa Fitzpatrick is not only highly skilled after many years of being a physiotherapist and a yoga teacher herself, Lisa is also a women’s coach and a published author who presents internationally at many conferences on and offline. My guest teachers are carefully chosen for the passion they have towards their work to enhance your learning and development in a inspirational and motivated way.
12. Lineage: Keeping the classical lineage of the Grandfather of Vinyasa yoga Krishnamarcharia alive. As popularity for Yoga has grown in the west during the past 5 – 10 years (especially with the rise of social media) some teachings have been diluted, recycled, pulled apart and reborn with different names and expressions of this practice. There is nothing wrong with this as it has provided a gateway to health and vitality for many, but personally maintaining integrity of the classical practices and texts is important to me hence this is reflected throughout the trainings and in each module.
13. Accreditation: All the modules are certified and recognised by Yoga Alliance. The contact hours count towards your Yoga Alliance membership and continuing professional development. This means your certification is recognised by a long standing governing body of yoga nationally and internationally.
14. Kramas: Within the physical aspect of my training you learn about Kramas or different stages of evolution within a yoga pose. Knowing what family of asanas the poses belong to will make it easier to create an all levels practice. Plus you will be able to offer an alternative if you have advance students turn up to a beginners class. Kramas provide a platform for your understanding of energetic alignment, safe embodiment and are a wonderful way to track your progress to more advance poses.
15. Bhavana: Translated as ‘feeling state’. Learn how to create a holistic and nurturing space for your community where they will want to return to again and again. Holding a safe space for your community creates a beautiful connection between you and them and will support them through the ups and downs of life. Knowing how to create a specific feeling state for your classes is a fine art and really adds a another dimension to your teachings.
16, Poetry of the body: Languaging and communication is a valuable component when transmitting this evolutionary practice of yoga. During each module we spend time brainstorming and talking about how to enhance the students experience through our verbal communication. This includes making a list of verbs that are used during the teaching labs and practice sessions so at the end of each module you have a wonderful new vocabulary, which speaks to the body and transmits the teachings in a poetic and way.
17. Music: We think of music as the third teacher in the room. First comes the breath then the verbal queues and then the music. Music contributes to the bhav/ feeling state of the room (see point 15) and the individual experience. The music we use rarely has spoken words in English, the tempo follows the sequencing and is not too loud or quiet to disrupt the teachings. After each module I send out a list of musicians whos music I played and links of where to purchase songs from.
18. Global network: Be part of a international growing collective of yogis with infinite possibilities and opportunities to study internationally, travel to many beautiful parts of the world to practice with like minded teachers all over the globe. Our network expands from Australia to North and South America to across Europe and beyond. Once you complete your certification you have the option to be listed as a certified teacher on Shiva’s website.
19. Accessibility: Yoga is and has always been for all, please don’t believe the hype and mainstream media that does not reflect real life. There is a huge misconception that yoga is only for the flexible, hyper bendy, skinny, strong female types. While this may seem true if you were to look on instagram under the hashtag ‘yoga’ or search for ‘yoga’ under Google images but let me assure you this is not correct. The general translation of yoga is to yoke or unite and is a combination of physical asana practice, meditation, pranayama, philosophy and more meaning if you cant touch your toes its not the end of the world!
20. Nature: We take our learning off the mat to connect to the local environment and receive the teachings from nature. During each module we spend time outside, communing with the elements and surrounds to learn from our immediate environment. For example in Byron Bay we greet the day at the most easterly point in Australia with chanting as the sun rises out of the ocean, receiving the first light to recharge and rejuvenate for the day ahead. The sun teaches us to rise to the occasion regardless of the future.
21. The tribe: We are a supportive and inspirational tribe of movers and shakers from all walks of life. We have had professional musicians, singers, nurses, chefs, studio owners, office workers, scientists, artists, single mums, dancers, travellers, complete beginners and long time practitioners and teachers from different styles of yoga join us making it a very eclectic mix of interesting individuals all coming together to learn and celebrate embodiment. This tribe is all-inclusive and all welcoming.
If these points resonates with you and you’d like to know more hop on over to my teacher trainings page. I am also happy to connect and chat more with you over the phone to answer any specific questions you may have. Contact me directly to book in a discovery call now!