Do you nurture an intense love for yoga?
Are you astonished how much your life has improved since you stepped into your first yoga class?
You gained strength, flexibility and fitness. You tapped into a deep calmness, and experienced a new sense of peace and inner beauty.
Now, what’s next?
Would you like to share your yoga with your community? Explore the philosophy of yoga? Or have you become fascinated by human anatomy?
Our Teacher Training helps you nourish a deeper understanding of yoga, delve into human anatomy, and gain the confidence to share the magic of yoga with your friends and family and community.
“I highly recommend this training to anyone interested in learning and experiencing the roots of yoga and Ayurveda in a beautiful and supportive community. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the lifetime of learning opportunities that this training will open up to you.”
To become a yoga teacher, you need to understand and practice yoga: postures, philosophy, meditation, and pranayama (yogic breathing). True learning includes both information and experience.
For example, you can read books about meditation or healthy eating, but you truly feel the benefits when you practice. When you experience a calmer, less reactive mind, you want to meditate. When your energy skyrockets because you’ve replaced sugary snacks with fruits and nuts, you won’t protest adding a few vegetables to your dinner plate.
As you establish a regular yoga practice, you learn firsthand about it’s benefits: stable energy, better sleep, less stress and calmer, happier mind.
You gain the skills and motivation to be a dedicated student: breathing practices you build upon month-by-month, meditation homework, and yoga sequences.
Over nine months of Teacher Training, you immerse yourself into yoga deeper than ever before, and you experience extraordinary growth in your own yoga practice, preparing you to be a skilled teacher. You develop your own authentic teaching voice through creative exercises and practice teaching.
Students have told us over the years that the toughest part of teaching is articulating the language: how to move into and out of postures clearly and succinctly. You’ll practice with us and we’ll give you a set of cues to get you started.
You may think that you aren’t cut out to teach yoga. Or that you aren’t advanced enough.
But this is far from the truth.
During our training you develop your own practice. You build skills and grow in self-confidence.
This training marries dynamic Ashtanga yoga, heart-centered, alignment-focused yoga, Ayurveda, and classical pranayama and philosophy:
“This was another reason I chose this studio’s training over others in the area. I firmly believe in the importance of having an understanding of the historical and purist method of a practice (i.e. ashtanga) in order to best integrate a more eclectic approach (i.e. anusara). That’s how I was trained as a therapist, so it made sense to me this way. Having a couple of different foundations from which to practice, teach, and relate to others is I think extremely beneficial. And the Ayurveda ties in a holistic component. The Ayurveda learning component was one of the main draws for me to choose the training at Balance.”
You’ll learn the foundations of yoga, plus way more than what’s taught in a yoga class.
“This weekend was so magical and the feeling always lingers into my Mondays. Thank you for having Sudhir come it was truly an eye opener. I truly believe I wouldn’t get this kind of training in any other studio. Especially having just moved down here, it’s been nothing but a blessing meeting everyone in this yoga community.”
The 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is taught over nine months, so you have plenty of time to get to grips with the material and become a confident yoga teacher.
Each month features one weekend of yoga immersion, giving you plenty of time to read and revise what you learn each weekend.
Of course, life sometimes intervenes. You may miss an afternoon or a weekend. This is okay because we record all the sessions. So you won’t miss any valuable learning.
At the end of the training, after completing six hours of practice teaching, you’ll be eligible for the 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification as a Yoga Teacher. This is an internationally recognized certificate.
Jessica Blanchard is a yoga teacher, ayurvedic practitioner and registered dietitian. Founder of Balance Yoga & Wellness, Jessica has taught yoga for more than thirteen years. She’s devoted to helping people realize the power of yoga and a good diet.
Jessica is authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She’s been a direct student of Sri O.P. Tiwari, head of India Yoga Association and leader of Kaivalyadham since 2003. She has an MA in French and Sociology, and is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD, LDN).
Mikhayla Anderson is an Artist, Yogi and a great enthusiast of Love. She moved to New Orleans from New Mexico and brings with her the discerning energies of the clear and open-hearted desert.
She started her career in movement through dance and transitioned into Yoga in the late 1990’s. She has studied with expert teachers in the Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Ayurveda and Anusara traditions. She was certified as an Inspired Anusara Instructor in 2011 and currently is a 500-ERYT Instructor.
Jessica and Mikhayla are your personal guides throughout the training (and potentially for longer….) They answer all your questions about yoga practice, postures, philosophy, and ayurveda. They give you personal feedback on your first yoga class.
With more than thirty years of yoga study, MIkhayla and Jessica help you learn more than you would have thought possible in nine months. They present diverse backgrounds of yoga study and different teaching styles — Mikhayla extroverted and passionate, and Jessica quietly confident.
Sudhir Tiwari combines a deep understanding of classical yoga with his experience of living and teaching in this west. He helps us to understand yoga in its most authentic form. He was brought up at Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute, amidst a rich yogic heritage in India. His father is the well known pranayama master, Sri O. P. Tiwari.
Sudhir travels the world conducting workshops in theory and practice of yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting) and ayurveda. His mantra is “Breathe positive, breathe yoga.”
David Keil brings his unique style to teaching human anatomy. Because of his passion, he makes this complex and sometimes frustrating topic easy to understand. So we can all advise our students confidently.
David recently published the comprehensive manual Functional Anatomy of Yoga, the most accessible book about anatomy on the market today.
You’ll have access to the anatomy videos and instruction for life — so even after the training finishes, if you need to refresh your understanding of the spine or the hips, you’ll have a wealth of information at your fingertips.
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Email jessica [at] balanceyogawellness.com or mikhayla [at] starblossomlife.com