Road to Yoga: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

 

Experienced yogi? New to your practice?
Join our 200 hour YTT course to deepen your practice and build a strong foundation as a teacher through experiential learning.

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Experiential. Practical. Contemporary.

Uncover your hidden potential and deepen your understanding of the ancient practice. Embrace yoga in its entirety through a hands-on experience, bringing you home to the best version of yourself.

Weekends

Unplug and engage with seven weekends in 2019 at the Locust Point location in Baltimore, MD. Weekend sessions are Saturday 7am-6pm and Sunday 7am-5pm.

 

March 30-31  April 13-14  April 27-28  May 18-19  June 1-2 June 22-23  July 13-14

 

Weekly Practice

Practice your sequencing, leading a class, and making adjustments. Weekly practice allows you to get the most of your course and connects you with your local MD, NY, or NJ BambooMoves community.

Learn. Practice. Expand.

Asana

  • Class planning & sequencing
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Adjustments & assists
  • Yoga therapeutics

Theory

  • Pranayama & meditation
  • Sanskrit & chanting
  • Asana, energetics, & alignment principles
  • Nadis, chakras, bandhas, & vayus

Lifestyle

  • Yoga sutras & the Bhagavad Gita
  • Yogic diet, nutrition, & vegetarianism
  • Kriyas & Ayurveda

Your Teachers

Leading Classes. Teaching Teachers. Creating Community.

 

At BambooMoves Yoga, teacher training is about inspiring future teachers to embody the yogic lifestyle and become empowered instructors and leaders. That’s why our course goes beyond the classroom. Stephanie, Monica, and Shayna teach in our studios and will offer continued support and community connection throughout your course.

Monica Ott

Monica is the owner of BambooMoves and a 500 hour E-RYT. Monica began her journey with BambooMoves Englewood in 2008 working as their Studio Manager learning the ins and outs of the yoga world in the tri-state (NY/NJ) area. Read more

Shayna Freedman

Shayna has a 500 hour RYT from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center NYC, studying with master teachers Dana Trixie Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi. Read more

Stephanie Miller-Kopyar

Stephanie Miller, 500 hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT). Stephanie is the director of the BambooMoves Advanced Yoga Practitioner and Continuing Education Programs. Read more

Greg Nardi

Greg has studied yoga and eastern healing arts extensively since 1996. Since 1999 he has studied at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, South India. Read more

Chris Loebsack

Chris has been practicing yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2003. Chris uses the power of yoga to create a space for students that cultivates trust, playfulness and Divine connection with themselves and with community. Read more

Frequently asked questions

What type of yoga does BambooMoves teach? Will I learn to teach Vinyasa, Hatha & Ashtanga yoga?

BambooMoves teaches Hatha Raja Vinyasa Yoga. Hatha yoga concentrates on our physical health and mental well being through asana (yoga postures). Raja Yoga is the path of self-discipline and sadhana (practice) through the study of Patanjali’s eight limbs of Yoga. This study of the eight limbs is also known as Ashtanga Yoga – “ashta” in Sanskrit means eight and “anga” means limb. Vinyasa is best described as moving consciously with the breath to create union between the body, mind, and the universal self. Vinyasa yoga initiates an awareness that links each action to the next – one breath at a time.

What are the time commitments for Teacher Training?

The training begins the week of March 25th and concludes the week of July 19th.The course will meet once a week from 6-9pm at your local studio. In addition, we will meet for seven weekends at BambooMoves Baltimore in Locust Point. The weekend hours begin at 7am on Saturday and finish on Sunday at 5:00pm.  The training involves 180 contact hours and 20 hours of personal study.

Can I become a yoga therapist after completing a yoga teacher training?

Yes, after completing the 200 hour training you can begin taking continuing education courses and workshops to become a yoga therapist. The skills taught in our yoga teacher training will help fine tune your understanding and experience in the field of your interest  The amount of additional training needed will depend on your own personal background and experience.  Each BambooMoves location offers regular workshops and resources to help support your continued growth, knowledge, and experience of the healing attributes of Yoga.

What are the benefits of doing a weekend yoga teacher training course versus an international or immersion course?

Both International and Immersion courses are densely condensed and compacted. For many, this may make students feel overwhelmed and leave you tired throughout the course and potentially burned out by the end of the program.

 

In comparison, the weekend format provides more time and space to internalize all of the information covered through study, self reflection, and practice. It takes time to create new habits, to cultivate discipline, and to train the body and mind. This format provides you with an opportunity to instill the teachings, to find your voice, and to learn through experience. We feel that the greatest gift we can offer our students is personal growth and transformation.

How much experience do your teachers have?

Our teachers are each 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teachers and yoga studio owners.  Each teacher has dedicated their life to the path of yoga and conscious living.

Is it difficult to find a job as a yoga teacher once I get my certification?

BambooMoves has four locations to help support participants after receiving their certification.  The Hatha Raja Vinyasa style learned in this course is versatile, authentic, and well-rounded. This allows you to adapt to any studio’s teaching method.  Most graduates have had success finding teaching jobs shortly after the course.

What makes your teacher training a good choice?

Our training is a paradigm for spiritual transformation and personal growth. Rooted in the ancient teachings of Yoga you are immersed in a soul serving experience designed to move you closer to the Self. The Road to Yoga includes a well-rounded, diverse curriculum to provide you with the tools needed to confidently lead others on the path of yoga and wellness. Our training includes an in-depth study of the classical Yoga postures (asanas), chanting, philosophies, anatomy & physiology as well as subtle anatomy, ayurveda, and therapeutics.

 

The Road to Yoga develops discipline, devotion, and understanding of the ultimate goal of the practice: liberation.

With a BambooMoves Yoga Certification, am I able to teach hot yoga?

Getting a certification in a specific type of yoga, like vinyasa, will open the door to more teaching opportunities. Many hot yoga studios have a specific method associated with their own studio. After our teacher training, you may bring your vinyasa or hatha background to a hot yoga studio and then adapt to their method of teaching.

Do you offer payment plans or different payment options?

We offer customizable payment plans. However, it is required that the course is paid for in full by the first day of training. Payments can be made by check or credit card. To set up a payment plan please email baltimore@bamboomovesyoga.com.

How much yoga experience do I need to become a yoga teacher?

We recommend to practice yoga regularly for a minimum of one year before participating in our course.

What if I don't actually want to teach yoga?

The training is ideal for both dedicated practitioners and those who wish to teach yoga.  The training will be a sphere of study and discovery. We will take you on a journey from the deep roots of philosophy to achieving the physical and mental aspects of living yoga. You will leave feeling inspired and empowered.

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Stephanie Miller-Kopyar

Stephanie Miller, 500 hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT). Stephanie is the director of the BambooMoves Advanced Yoga Practitioner and Continuing Education Programs. She studied with Sri Dharma Mittra in NYC and is Dharma Yoga Level IV certified. Her studies also took her to India where she studied at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute with Saraswati. Stephanie is currently furthering her studies in Anatomy and Physiology with Leslie Kaminoff in NYC. She is the owner of BambooMoves Yoga in Englewood, NJ where she teaches group classes and specialized private sessions. Stephanie’s teaching style guides you from your periphery, the body, to the center of your being. She provides a paradigm for growth, space to experience the Self, and a light loving heart.

Suzanne Scholten

Suzanne Scholten, a 500 Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT). Suzanne’s focus is using the Yoga as a means to study ones self to find healing and empowerment. Private sessions are what she does best to create a practice people may use at home for their specific ailments or goals. She began her journey in India and Thailand. Suzanne is certified in Rocket Yoga, Gentle Yoga with Naomi and did most of her training at Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA, Suzanne started working with her mother, a Physical Therapist at a local hospital putting in over 750 hours of a volunteer time, learning much about how the human body works. In college Suzanne worked to get her personal training license but after working with many people of different backgrounds both physically, emotionally, and culturally she began to explore finding peer counseling to be more her passion. Suzanne utilized these skills in her Americorps and Peace Corps positions. While working with her peers, she appreciated that much of the stress people were feeling needed other techniques to heal, so this is what lead her to India for the first yoga training.

Monica Ott

Monica is the owner of BambooMoves and a 500 hr-RYT. Monica began her journey with BambooMoves Englewood in 2008 working as their Studio Manager learning the ins and outs of the yoga world in the tri-state (NY/NJ) area. She loved talking to new students, regulars, and anyone that showed interest in yoga, but she preferred to stay mostly ‘behind the scenes.’ Her teacher, Stephanie Miller (owner of BambooMoves Englewood) eventually convinced her to take the 200 hour BambooMoves Teacher Training which ended up changing her life and her path (her dharma). In 2013, she and her husband Nikolai opened up BambooMoves Baltimore in Locust Point. Providing an environment for everyone to tap into their highest potential, the BambooMoves yoga community started growing and continues to be a place of inclusiveness and joy. In 2017, Monica received her 500 hour certification through Chris Loebsack of Boundless Yoga. In addition to yoga, Monica is also a professional singer/songwriter who has released several recordings, most recently a yoga mantra album ‘Veil of Time,’ recorded with NYC’s top sound engineer Robert L. Smith (‘The Get Down,’ Lady Gaga, Glee) and co-produced by Joe Bonadio, drummer (Sting, Marc Cohn). You can see her performing LIVE in Locust Point every Wednesday night at 6pm during the All Levels Live Music Class!

Shayna Freedman

Shayna has a 200 hour RYT from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center NYC, studying with master teachers Dana Trixie Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi. Shayna’s classes reflect her extensive acting background, pairing her love of storytelling and self-expression with imaginative sequencing and playful exploration of breath, movement, and music. Drawing from her personal experiences with injury and healing, Shayna emphasizes alignment and mindfulness, encouraging students to ‘move like you.’ Shayna is passionate about creating a safe space for students to discover and embrace both the light and dark found within themselves and for them to know this new awareness may lead to living a bigger, bolder and more compassionate life. Of the many life lessons yoga has taught her, Shayna is most grateful for its constant reminder that every moment is an opportunity to begin anew. With devotion, discipline and continuous practice, all else will follow.

Greg Nardi

Greg Nardi has studied yoga and eastern healing arts extensively since 1996. Since 1999 he has studied at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, South India.

 

In 2004, Greg was authorized to teach by his guru, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. In 2009, at the age of 94, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois passed away leaving behind a legacy that has touched countless lives around the world. Shortly after Guruji’s passing, Greg attended an authorization level 2 training course in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Greg is committed to honoring his teachers by spreading the ashtanga method, which has been such a blessing in his life.

 

He is an internationally renowned teacher of workshops in Yoga asana and philosophy. He and his husband Juan Carlos founded Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide a Yoga shala in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. in the United States.

 

He is an autodidact who perpetually studies Sanskrit chanting and indian philosophy. He counts Georg Feuerstein, Dr. M.A. Jayashree, Narasimha, and Vyass Houston amongst his influences in this field. He teaches yoga philosophy and Sanskrit mantra chanting as a faculty member of John Scott Yoga.

 

Greg’s view on yoga respects the indian roots of the Yoga tradition and the parampara method of transmission while making these traditions intelligible to the western practitioner. His style of teaching assists students in finding the approach to the practice that is most beneficial for them.

Chris Loesback

Chris Loebsack has been practicing yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2003. Chris uses the power of yoga to create a space for students that cultivates trust, playfulness and Divine connection with themselves and with community. Living by her mantra, Clarity, Integrity and Love, she draws upon her partner yoga practice to share the healing power of touch and safe intimacy. Her background includes a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Theater from East Stroudsburg University. In the following years Chris earned her 200hr certification through Sundari Yoga as well as certifications in Restorative Yoga, AcroYoga® (Level 1 & 2), Zenyasa® 300hr and Dharma Yoga® 500hr ERYT and is nationally registered with the Yoga Alliance.

 

A passion for discovering subtlety in movement has lead Chris to deepen her education with the Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers® kinesiology program. Her playful yet focused classes are filled with user friendly gems of applied anatomy leaving students with a greater understanding of how to find comfort and space in their bodies and smiles beaming across their faces. She encourages teachers to set a higher standard of excellence through knowledge and has become a valuable mentor to many upcoming yoga educators. Her most recent steps have taken her onto the path of studio ownership with Boundless Yoga Studio in Stroudsburg, where she has taught for over 11 years.

 

Chris teaches privates, classes and workshops across the globe. She is currently the co-director of the Boundless Yoga Studio 200hr and 500hr Teacher Training programs and an Adjunct Teacher Trainer for the Om Factory® School of Yoga NYC 200hr and the Bhakti Barn® 200hr Teacher Training. She has also been featured in Fitness Magazine®, Yoga Journal: Yoga Mentor, and the New York Times. In addition to yoga you are likely to find her hanging off the side of a mountain, as rock climbing occupies much of her time.

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