Noah Maze

Vinyasa Teacher Tune-Up at The Barn

November 26-30, 2018

1571 Cleaveland Road

Bogart, GA

 
 

Do you want to be an effective and powerful vinyasa teacher? Do you want to fill the room and be a teacher whose classes are well attended? Can you do both? This intensive will take your skills and your teaching to new levels, as you learn to skillfully weave and fuse form and flow, where heartfelt teachings converge with skillful alignment in the rhythmic pulse of breath and body.

What can I expect to learn?

Whether you are a vinyasa teacher looking for new skills and tools, or an alignment-based teacher seeking to broaden your range, this week will up level your teaching immediately.

As vinyasa yoga becomes more common, quality varies greatly. Vinyasa classes more closely resemble fitness classes (remember aerobics?) than ever before, and “vinyasa culture” is sitting on a spectrum that seems to grow broader by the hour. In this program, we will explore how to safely and most effectively CREATE the FLOW STATE your students crave, while providing you with knowledge, strategies and techniques to set your students up for success. Embody your own most effective and powerful teacher and the quality and integrity of your offering will be magnetic and magical.What Can I Expect To Learn?

Do you want to be an effective and powerful vinyasa teacher? Do you want to fill the room and be a teacher whose classes are well attended? Can you do both? This intensive will take your skills and your teaching to new levels, as you learn to skillfully weave and fuse form and flow, where heartfelt teachings converge with skillful alignment in the rhythmic pulse of breath and body.

Whether you are a vinyasa teacher looking for new skills and tools, or an alignment-based teacher seeking to broaden your range, this week will up level your teaching immediately.

As vinyasa yoga becomes more common, quality varies greatly. Vinyasa classes more closely resemble fitness classes (remember aerobics?) than ever before, and “vinyasa culture” is sitting on a spectrum that seems to grow broader by the hour. In this program, we will explore how to safely and most effectively CREATE the FLOW STATE your students crave, while providing you with knowledge, strategies and techniques to set your students up for success. Embody your own most effective and powerful teacher and the quality and integrity of your offering will be magnetic and magical.

Day 1


Form, Function & Flow: What every vinyasa teacher needs to know, organizing principles and essential skills, Level 1 focus
• What is vinyasa yoga? Etymology of vinyasa, definitions, historical context and contemporary vinyasa
traditions/styles
• Organizational principles of vinyasa
• Vinyasa teaching strategies and skills
• Vinyasa sequencing
• Overview levels of vinyasa classes: Level 1, Mixed Levels, Level 2-3
• How to balance pose instruction with rhythm, pace and flow
• How to teach and not lose momentum and flow
• How to cue the breath and keep consistent rhythm
• Physical adjustments
• Demonstration techniques
• Environment: classroom organization, heat, light, music
• Seat of the teacher; how to hold the space of challenge and compassion
• How to begin class: arriving and settling poses
• How to introduce and teach seated ujayii pranayama
• Lesson planning: progressive sequencing for Surya Namaskara A
• Lesson planning: How to give effective Chaturanga Dandasana (modified) tutorial
• Lesson planning: Progressive sequencing for Surya Namaskara B

Day 2

Foundations of Flow: Effective and safe 60-minute level 1 classes continued
• Level 1 syllabus of poses
• Sequencing of level 1
• Difficult poses and transitions and common misalignments
• How to balance instruction with pace, rhythm and flow
• How to give effective (brief) postural demonstrations
• Modifications, options and prop use and other pose improvement strategies
• How to introduce and teach mula and uddiyana bandha
• How to create focus and provide recovery time during class
• Repetition; instructional round and 1 breath per pose round
• Lesson planning: progressive sequencing for Surya Namaskara C (standing pose linkings)
• Lesson planning: abdominal strengthening, arm balances and forward bends
• Lesson planning: basic backbends
• Closing postures, savasana and ending class

Day 3

Meaningful Boundaries: 75-minute mixed level vinyasa classes to PEAK POSE (backbend)

• Mixed level syllabus of poses; standing poses and backbends
• How to introduce and teach supine ujayii pranayama
• How to teach with meaningful options and stages for all levels of students
• How to teach handstand and forearm balance in mixed level vinyasa
• Mixed level strategies for Surya Namaskar, A, B & C
• How to never give up on improving chaturanga dandasana
• How to progressively prepare for safe and effective backbend peak pose classes
• How to introduce and teach nadi shodhana pranayama

DAY 4

Meaningful Boundaries: 75-minute mixed level vinyasa classes to PEAK POSE (arm balance/hip opener)
• How to teach headstand in mixed level
• Mixed level syllabus of arm balances, hip openers and forward bends
• How to progressively prepare for effective arm balance/hip opener peak pose mixed level classes
• How to introduce and teach viloma pranayama, kumbaka

DAY 5


Raise the Bar: 90-minute intermediate/advanced vinyasa classes PEAK SEQUENCE 
• Intermediate/advanced syllabus of poses
• How and when (and when not to) to teach intermediate/advanced vinyasa
• How to increase the challenge and safely manage risk
• Set your students up for success; no curve balls, no surprises
• How to sequence intelligently for peak sequence
• Intermediate/advanced vinyasa transitions and skills
• How to teach kapala bhati pranayama
• How to effectively lead practice-style classes 

Cost of Program:

Pay in full $800

Asana Track (pay in full) $245

Single Asana Session $70