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Overview

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Focusing on Diversity: Learn What to Teach and How to Teach it

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Yoga District graduates teachers who are ready to teach both set sequences from major yoga traditions, and who are ready to sequence their own unique classes based on sound sequencing theory.

Hands-on modules focus on various yoga traditions including Vinyasa Flow, Alignment, Power, Dharma, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Restorative, Prenatal, Seniors, Chair Yoga, and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. With an understanding of these diverse yoga traditions, this training guides you to personally find what the best path in yoga is for you.

If your goal is to advance your practice or teach yoga as a Yoga-Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), it’s important that you carefully choose which Registered Yoga School (RYS) you’re going to train with. Read on to learn about unique offerings at Yoga District’s RYS and why many of our trainees end up teaching some of the leading classes at Yoga District, helping make it the highest rated yoga studio in the nation’s capital for years.

A Yoga Teacher Training with Diverse Yoga Styles

As the yoga teacher training school of the highest rated yoga studio collective in the nation’s capital, Yoga District’s yoga teacher training program features a variety of yoga traditions (see modules listed above) and their diverse sequencing and philosophical traditions. You’ll learn what makes these traditions different and what unites them. This will help guide you to the path in yoga most appropriate for you personally.

A Yoga Teacher Training with Freedom of Choice

Our dedication to diversity uniquely positions Yoga District graduates to teach a variety of yoga styles to a variety of communities, and to make informed decisions about the style(s) of yoga and student communities they choose to further dedicate themselves to, both during and beyond the training.

Teacher-Student Ratios Matter

Over the years, Yoga District held trainings for groups as small as six and as large as 35. Experience teaches that the best training size never tops 20, and we’ll never have less than one dedicated teacher training director for each group of ten trainees. Trainees consistently receive individual guidance and mentorship throughout the training.

Diverse Student Communities

Yoga District’s teacher trainees learn how to share yoga with diverse communities. Learn to modify and amplify poses, customizing pace and cues to help your students explore yoga in the most supportive way possible. You learn how to teach anywhere, from homeless shelters to gyms, from yoga studios to daycare centers, from corporate settings to hospitals.

Consistent Mentorship and Community

The same Yoga District teacher director sticks with the same group of trainees through and through. So there’s no need to worry about receiving a segmented, piecemeal training with an ever-changing group of fellow trainees and inconsistent faculty.

Nonprofit Mission = Affordable Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga District is a yoga teacher owned and operated collective of studios with a nonprofit mission to make mindfulness accessible and affordable. While our pockets aren’t deep, our hearts are big, our tuition is low, our payment plans are long, our work/study options are plentiful, and we will never let inability to pay stop us from trying to work something out with potential trainees.

Progressive Education: 500 Hour Certification

In addition to its 200 hour certification program, Yoga District offers a progressive course of study in its 500 hour training program, both for its graduates and graduates of other 200 hour teacher training programs. Continuing your education with a 500 hour training allows graduates to refine and advance their teaching skills and holistic lifestyle and presence as a yogi.

Why do the teacher training?

Because you love yoga and want to share its gifts. Trainees have joined our training programs for a wide variety of reasons. Whether it’s to teach in studios, schools, corporate or outreach settings, or just to advance your own practice, Yoga District’s diverse program helps meet trainees’ needs in a supportive environment.

Faculty

Yoga District’s down-to-earth teacher training faculty includes exceptional yoga teachers who have been practicing, teaching and living yoga for years. The faculty guides trainees to take hold of the teachings in a more academic yet hands-on, experiential format. This equips trainees with the skills needed to safely advance their own practice and sensitively share yoga with a variety of communities. Aside from one primary director, each training also features a variety of experienced teachers who lead portions of the curriculum, sharing their personal yoga teaching experience, philosophy and style. Students benefit from a wide range of expert skills, approaches, and techniques, as well as yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Sivananda, Therapeutic Yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Dharma, Vinyasa Flow, Power, Anusara, Prana Flow, Prenatal, and Restorative. Among the many presenters, the faculty may include:

Ellie Clark has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years and is thrilled at any opportunity to share herlove of it with others! She has a strong conviction that yoga is for everyone and works to create a welcoming classroom environment for all levels from beginner to super yogi. Compassion is the priority in her practice both on and off the mat. She has trained extensively since receiving her 200 hour certification from Yoga Alliance after completing the teacher training program at Yoga District in 2011 including her Peak Pilates Certification (2012), 200 hour Progressive Ashtanga with David Kyle and Peg Mulqueen (2014), Yoga Anatomy Academy (2016), and Advanced 300+ Hour training with Mark Stephens (2017). She uses her extensive study of anatomy and and experience with master instructors to carefully craft sequences that are safe for a broad range of students. She has studied hands on adjustments and modifications for a variety of conditions and injuries and loves to explore all of the ways to maximize Asana posture’s effectiveness for each student’s unique physical body. You can learn more about her offerings at her website: http://www.karunayogadc.com.

 

Marci Moberg_262_200Marci Moberg is a Senior Teacher at Yoga District who came to yoga, meditation, Eastern philosophy, energy medicine, and coaching through her own spiritual and healing journey. With a curiosity to explore deeper questions of life and heal, she spent more than a decade at the feet of teachers of diverse spiritual practices and teachings including purification of the self (tazkiyat a-nafs), mindfulness, meditation, reiki energy healing, and the eight-limbed path of hatha raja yoga. She is a 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and 200-Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) completing final requirements of the 800-Hour Life of A Yogi Teacher Training with Sri Dharma Mittra. Considering herself a lifetime student, Marci continues to pursue studies in diverse mind-body, energy healing, philosophical traditions, mindfulness, and psychology practices. Marci’s days are dedicated to coaching clients to design their dream lives, teach yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, and lead stress management courses in the greater Washington, DC area. She is passionate about supporting others to find their joy in each moment. When she is not coaching, teaching, or training, Marci is completing her doctoral research at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She is an experience conflict resolution, dialogue facilitation, and international development practitioner Marci’s classes are full of warmth, love, practical wisdom, and deep relaxation.

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Heather Honstein Heather Luna (Heather Honstein) is a spiritually inquisitive, compassionate, and dedicated yoga practitioner. First exposed to yoga and Hindu philosophy as a teenager, the tenants of yoga have come to shape and inspire her to live fully and presently both in harmony with self and nature Heather is a registered yoga teacher completing over 1000 hours of training in the United States and IndiaPulling from the teachings of Sri Dharma Mittra and the Jivamukti Yoga School, as well as grounding her teaching in the principles of Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama practices, and Sound Healing, Heather provides a complete and creative practice that inspires stillness of body and mind so that we may be reminded of our true nature and the innate wisdom that dwells within. Passionate about the yoga of sound and vibration, called Nada Yoga, she also works with various instruments of sound including the voice, harmonium, and crystal bowls among other inspirations in her classes. Off the mat, Heather is pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing at Georgetown University to deepen her understanding of the body-mind connection and learn how to provide compassionate, evidence based, and holistic care in restoring and maintaining radiant health of body, mind, and spirit. In Washington DC she can often be found walking, biking, and dancing around town in between teaching yoga and furthering her studies.

Jayanti began practicing yoga 40 years ago.  She began with Iyengar yoga and has practiced and taught many styles including Anusara, Dharma and general vinyasa.  Jayanti has 900 hours of formal certification in general hatha, Kripaulu and Iyengar Therapeutics.  Jayanti has been teaching for 12 plus years and has been at Yoga District for 9 years. While she is not a certified Iyengar instructor, her teaching is very much influenced by her study and practice of his alignment and restorative methodology (where it all began for her).  Jayanti uses props so that all students can access the postures and embraces all students wherever they are in their journey. She believes that the physical postures are metaphors of real life.  Jayanti believes that while the physical postures augment physical well-being, they also ask that we practice non-violence, truth and non-attachment (tenets of the yoga sutras).  Jayanti loves aligning the asanas with the philosophy of yoga.

 

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Jasmine Chehrazi has led the George Washington University School of Public Health yoga teacher training program in addition to the Yoga District teacher training programs and Yoga Activist’s trauma-sensitive yoga teacher training programs. She is an invited presenter at the national conferences of the Yoga Service Council and the  Yoga Alliance, member of the Yoga Alliance Standards Committee Advisory Group, Advisory Board Member of the Yoga Service Council, past consultant and invited trainer in the Harvard Karma Yoga Project, and Founder of Yoga District and Yoga Activist. Jasmine directs Yoga District’s teacher training program and loves every participant with all her heart.

 

 

Dates

 


16September

Washington DC – September 2017 200-hour Extended Session*
Saturday September 16 – Sunday October 29 Saturdays and Sundays 7am – 9pm. Held at the Columbia Heights studio.


2November

Washington DC – November 2017 200-hour Intensive Session*
Thursday November 2 – Tuesday November 14 Daily 7am – 9pm. Held at the Columbia Heights studio.


27January

Washington DC – Winter 2018 200-hour Extended Session*
Saturday January 27 – Sunday  March 11 Saturdays and Sundays 7am – 9pm. Held at the Columbia Heights studio.


8February

Washington DC – Winter 2018 200-hour Intensive Session*
Thursday February 8 – Tuesday February 20 Daily 7am – 9pm. Held at the Columbia Heights studio.


31March

Washington DC – Spring 2018 200-hour Extended Session*
Saturday March 31 – Sunday  May 13 Saturdays and Sundays 7am – 9pm. Held at the Columbia Heights studio.


12April

Washington DC – Spring 2018 200-hour Intensive Session*
Thursday April – Tuesday April 24 Daily 7am – 9pm. Held at the Columbia Heights studio.

 

 

* These sessions require additional hours for homework and off-site assignments, in addition to the training days and hours listed above. For more information on homework and assignments, please review our curriculum description. Please note that all dates, times and requirements are subject to change. Graduation will be considered once all assignments are complete and approved, rather than date of last lecture.

Locations

A nurturing learning environment in a supportive community setting

Yoga District’s Washington DC yoga teacher trainings are held at Yoga District studios. All studios are metro accessible, and carpooling can easily be arranged.

Yoga District’s retreat-setting yoga teacher trainings are held in no-fuss beautiful environments, everywhere from an Eco-Resort in Belize to oceanfront beach houses in the Outer Banks, NC to the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas.

Many trainees and students comment on Yoga District’s community-vibe that’s focused on learning and sharing in a non-competitive environment. While focusing on acceptance, the Yoga District teacher training helps trainees move beyond comfort and discomfort, challenging themselves to make transformational progress in their practice, personal development, and teaching. Essential to our mission to make yoga’s teachings accessible to all is the ability of our graduates to immediately share yoga with any community of their choosing. That Yoga District hires mostly graduates from its training and has been voted best yoga studio in DC for years speaks to the quality of our program and our dedication to it.

Costs

Yoga District’s transformational yoga teacher training is made affordable by our nonprofit mission to make yoga and mindfulness accessible to all.

Early Bird & Regular Tuition

Early Bird Enrollment (both acceptance and full payment) at least one month before first lecture date:
– 200 hour Washington DC trainings: $2000
– 500 hour Washington DC training: $3100
– 200 hour retreat style trainings: Ranges from $2,500 to $5,000 depending on location

Regular Enrollment (for payment plans and those registering within the month before the first lecture)
– 200 hour Washington DC training: $2500
– 500 hour Washington DC training: $3400
– 200 hour retreat style trainings: Ranges from $3000 to $5,000 depending on location

Read on below to learn about payment plans, partial and full scholarships available for qualified applicants!
Total program tuition does not include the cost of books, which you must purchase from us for $170. Accommodations and meals are included for retreat-style trainings but not for Washington DC based trainings. Full payment must be received at least two weeks in advance of the first lecture date unless you receive approval for a payment plan. Check or cash payment preferred- all tuition paid by credit card are subject to a 5% processing fee. No refunds are available. A full tuition credit (excluding the non-refundable deposit and any credit card processing fees) to your Yoga District account is available for cancellations made at least two weeks before the first lecture date. Once accepted into a teacher training session, you will be able to switch teacher training session dates if needed but please note that a $54 processing charge will be charged for any changes post-acceptance.

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Payment Plans

Payment plans are available to all of those in need! We accept payment plans and work out their terms on a case-by-case basis. Those who commit to a payment plan must enroll in monthly automatic bill pay using a credit or debit card (a 5% processing fee will be included with each payment installment), even if they have to leave the training for any reason. To apply for a payment plan, please send a statement of need together with a proposal of payments to teachertraining@yogadistrict.com.

Scholarships

One full scholarship as well as partial scholarships are awarded each training session based on need, dedication, and demonstrated excellence. If you’re interested in applying, please fill out the Yoga Activist teacher training scholarship application. Filling out this form in no way guarantees that Yoga District nor Yoga Activist is granting the applicant a full or partial scholarship. Once you’ve submitted the scholarship application please do not inquire about the status of your application with Yoga Activist- instead you can email teachertraining@yogadistrict.com. We give particular preference to those who are committed to sharing yoga with trauma survivors and/or underserved communities who also demonstrate extreme need.

In 2017, we are honored to offer a scholarship award to a certified yoga teacher for enrollment in the Dharma Yoga Life of a Yogi 500-hour teacher training. To learn more about the Dharma Yoga 500-hour teacher training, check out the Dharma Yoga website. To apply for Yoga District’s Dharma Yoga training scholarship, please visit the application page.

Work-Study

Washington DC based 200 hour yoga teacher training tuition for those accepted into the Yoga District work-study program is only $1500, which can be paid off through a lengthy payment plan according to need. In exchange, work-study trainees volunteer at Yoga District for approximately 3-4 hours per week and must demonstrate excellent performance in order to receive the discounted tuition price.  On a case-by-case basis, Yoga District may accept work-study volunteers for shorter-term positions requiring more hours per week. Please email teachertraining@yogadistrict.com for work study availability.

Please note we don’t offer refunds but do offer account credits should you fail to attend a training you’ve paid for. You can also apply your tuition for one training to a later training session–we offer them regularly so there are no worries!

Apply

How to Join the Training

  1. Complete the application below and email it to teachertraining@yogadistrict.com.
  2. Have two references directly send a statement of reference to teachertraining@yogadistrict.com, with your name clearly in the subject line. Preferred references include yoga teachers you’ve practiced with regularly, as well as any other references that can describe your ability to follow through and your dedication to yoga and/or mindfulness traditions.
  3. Pay the $200 deposit via the Trainings tab on our secure payment site. The non-refundable deposit will be applied toward the total program tuition. Once you create / log into your account on our secure payment site, please select the appropriate “teacher training” item from the menu. On the secure payment site you also have the option to pay your entire tuition online.

Once the application, references, and deposit are received, you’ll receive a decision by email from Yoga District within a few business days*.

Please note that the purpose of this application and our request for reference letters is to confirm that you are dedicated to yoga and this teacher training, and that you will be able to sufficiently dedicate your time to the teacher training program for successful graduation and subsequent teaching opportunities.

*Once accepted into a teacher training session, you will be able to switch teacher training session dates if needed but please note that a $54 processing charge will be charged for any changes post-acceptance.

Application for 200 Hour Training

Name:
Contact information:
Training session you are applying for (indicate season and year):

  1. How long and how often have you physically practiced yoga? Please mention and explain any gaps in your practice, e.g., if you practiced for one year then stopped then started again.
  2. Which studios, places, teachers, or mentors have you practiced with?
  3. What types of yoga have you practiced?
  4. Which yoga tradition do you prefer, if any?
  5. Which yoga teachers/classes/experiences have been most important/ influential to you and why?
  6. Do you have a home practice? If so, please describe.
  7. If you have not had a committed yoga practice of 2 years or more, please explain how you feel you may have gained comparable experience during the course of your practice.
  8. Have you ever taught another person any yoga postures or anything about yoga, whether formally or informally?
  9. Please describe how your lifestyle reflects philosophical teachings of yoga, or how you might like your lifestyle to do so in the future.
  10. Have you discussed becoming a yoga teacher with a member of our staff?
  11. Aside from Yoga Alliance certification to teach yoga at the 200-hour level, what do you hope to gain from the teacher training program at Yoga District, and what do you hope to share after being certified as a RYT-200?
  12. What would you like to see included or focused on during the course of the teacher training at Yoga District?
  13. Please describe any volunteer work you do, describing the communities you work with.
  14. Which communities (studio, corporate, trauma-survivor, outreach, academic, youth, etc.) are you particularly interested in sharing yoga with and why?
  15. Optional: How did you learn of the teacher training at Yoga District?
  16. Is there anything about your background, identity, sexual preference, history, sensitivities or heritage you would like to share? Please also feel free to let us know if you have a preference regarding gender pronouns. We are also happy to honor any requests for privacy.
  17. Why do you practice yoga?
  18. Please submit a side-view image of yourself practicing the following postures along with your application:
    -Bhujangasana
    -Adho Mukha Svanasana
    -Virabhdrasana II
    *We are not looking for perfection but rather for your expression of each posture.
  19. Please confirm that you intend to purchase the“Book Bundle” ($170) from Yoga District prior to training? Please confirm that Yoga District may charge your credit card on file to process the payment upon your acceptance into the training.(The Book Bundles includes all the required texts for Teacher Training: The Bhagavad Gita, Journey Into Power: Baron Baptiste, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yoga Anatomy, Dharma Sequence Chart level I, IYT Teacher Toolbox and the Yoga District Teacher Training Workbook.)
  20. Please submit a headshot for inclusion in the training workbook.
  21. Please confirm you understand that in addition to the training lecture dates noted on this site that we also require you to complete homework assignments before considering you for formal certification. Please also confirm you understand that you must complete any make-up assignments for sessions you missed, or you must attend lectures on the subjects you miss during a later training before we can consider you for formal certification.

Application for 500 Hour Training

This training accepts graduates of any RYS-200 training program.

Name:
Contact information:
Training session you are applying for (indicate season and year):

  1. How long and how often have you physically practiced yoga? Please mention and explain any gaps in your practice, e.g., if you practiced for one year then stopped then started again.
  2. At which school or schools did you complete your 200hr training program?
  3. Are you currently teaching? If so, which style(s) of yoga do you teach and where?
  4. Which yoga tradition(s) have most influenced your teaching?
  5. Do you have a home practice? If so, please describe.
  6. Which yoga teachers/classes/experiences have been most important/influential to you and why?
  7. Please describe how yoga philosophy informs and inflects your daily life.
  8. Have you discussed the 500hr training program with a member of our staff? If not, what led you to choose Yoga District’s program to further your studies?
  9. Aside from Yoga Alliance certification to teach yoga at the 500-hour level, what do you hope to gain from the teacher training program at Yoga District?
  10. What would you like to see included or focused on during the course of the teacher training at Yoga District?
  11. Please describe any volunteer work you do, describing the communities you work with.
  12. Which communities (studio, corporate, trauma-survivor, outreach, academic, youth, etc.) are you particularly interested in sharing yoga with and why?
  13. Optional: How did you learn of the teacher training at Yoga District?
  14. Is there anything about your background, identity, sexual preference, history, sensitivities or heritage you would like to share? Please also feel free to let us know if you have a preference regarding gender pronouns. We are also happy to honor any requests for privacy.
  15. Why do you practice yoga?
  16. Please submit a side-view image of yourself practicing the following postures along with your application:
    -Bhujangasana
    -Adho Mukha Svanasana
    -Virabhdrasana II
    *We are not looking for perfection but rather for your expression of each posture.
  17. Please submit a headshot for inclusion in the training workbook.

Curriculum

Joining a Yoga District teacher training means you’ll be joining a growing community of yogis who understand concepts that govern a wide variety of yoga traditions. Our curriculum features a variety of different styles of yoga to celebrate their similarity and diversity. Teachers specializing in different yoga styles and teachers bringing yoga to various communities (trauma survivors, outreach settings, corporate settings, studio settings, private settings, etc.) lecture and lead trainees in practice. The program embraces a holistic approach to yoga teaching, philosophy, and lifestyle. Given the diversity of instruction presented, trainees may pair with faculty mentors to help them focus on the yoga tradition that best suits his/her personal style and strengths.

Homework, Lectures, and Special Projects

Trainees attend all training days scheduled for their teacher training session and any absences must be arranged with make-up plans assigned. The training lecture period features 12 or 14 hour-days dedicated to asana, pranayama, teaching, philosophy, professional development, assisting techniques, and meditation. As described in our teacher training overview, a variety of yoga styles are studied so that graduates can teach a wide variety of class levels in a wide variety of styles in diverse settings.

Trainees will also benefit from consultations and lectures with teacher training faculty members and/or Yoga District Senior Instructors to learn about sequencing choices and teaching methodology. Trainees receive personal constructive feedback on their practice teaching during the training.

In addition to training lecture hours, trainees in certain trainings (in which lecture hours do not total 180) may be asked to complete mentorships involving taking and/or observing up to ten yoga classes with our mentoring faculty. If the training you are interested in requires a mentorship and if you are traveling from out of town and need to complete the mentorship promptly, we can assist in making arrangements for you to complete the mentorship within the two days following the training lecture period (if remaining an additional two days for the mentorship is not possible for your travel schedule, alternative arrangements may be available). All of our trainings require homework, which may be completed from anywhere and turned in at any time.

Before the start of training, except in the case of last-minute registrants, trainees are required to read The Heart of Yoga and provide a written summary of each chapter in the book. Summaries must be printed and brought to the first training lecture.

Trainees must complete the following assignments before graduating from the 200 hour certification program:

  • Attend yoga classes and provide written analysis of each class according to a variety of topics.
  • Successfully complete written and practice-based assignments and exams, including 15-30 days of daily yoga, breathing, and meditation practices according to methods learned during training lecture hours.
  • Teach five community yoga classes with related reporting and writing assignments.
  • Take a simple final at-home, closed-book written exam.
  • Complete reading of all required texts
  • Write a short blog entry about your training experience

Please submit all post-training homework via email at teachertraining@yogadistrict.com or in person at the 14th street studio. All materials can be brought to the third floor and placed in the designated box labeled “Teacher Training Homework.”

After approval of your completed post and pre-training assignments, we will issue you a certificate from our Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School, which you can upload to the Yoga Alliance website. After paying Yoga Alliance a small processing fee, they will process your certification and mail you a Yoga Alliance certificate confirming that you are registered at the 200 hour level. You can present the Yoga Alliance certificate to hiring organizations. To maintain your Yoga Alliance accreditation, you can review their continuing education requirements on their website. Please note that all dates, times and requirements are subject to change. Graduation will be considered once all assignments are complete, rather than date of last lecture.

Dosha Analysis

Included in your teacher training is an ayurvedic dosha analysis that will help you understand which yoga practices will be most helpful to you. Understanding your dosha is also helpful for our teaching faculty, so that we can help present information to you in a context you may be most receptive to.

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See what our teacher training graduates had to say about their training:

This certification as a whole was the best learning experience of my life and I am so grateful for it.

“I appreciated that everything started and ended on time. Really well organized. This helped a lot, because even though it was a whole lot of information, I’m not confused or overwhelmed. I’m confident I can teach anyone.”

“It has been a great program. You did an amazing job teaching and leading the program. I can see the transformation in so many people in the class.”

“The extensive program has been an amazing experience and it gave me the skills I need to successfully teach yoga and its philosophies. In addition, coming from a business background, I think the course taught many valuable skill sets that people in or looking to be in managerial and leadership roles will find very useful to help them grow in their career.”

“I feel capable of teaching yoga to diverse audiences in many different communities. How would I evaluate this training session? Excellent!”

“I loved, loved, loved being exposed to different teachers, different teaching styles and different methods.”

“Sixteen hours of class for thirteen weekends sounded nothing less than terrifying when I was trying to decide if it was the “right” time to sign up for Yoga District’s Extended Teacher Training. I am so thankful I took the plunge and set my fear of “losing my weekends” aside. There never would have been a “right” time! I am grateful for every single weekend of teacher training, and it has truly caused a shift in how I live my life and how I see the world. I think the greatest strength of the program is its teachers. Jasmine and all of the guest teachers we learned from are deeply inspiring, humble, and generous in their dedication to sharing their diverse experiences and knowledge of yoga.”

“Before training, I was highly skeptical that I would feel ready to start teaching anyone by the end of training. To my surprise, as a result of all the practice teaching embedded in training, and the thoughtful feedback from highly-experienced teachers, I do feel ready! I have a lot left to learn, but teacher training has inspired in me the passion to start sharing these teachings and the confidence to just start where I am.”

“Your passion seeps through everything you say and do and it was quite encouraging to have you be the leader of the program. The way [the teachers] meticulously went through each pose was thoughtful and accurately necessary.”

“I just feel so grateful for your teachings and guidance… it meant so much to me.”

“Skills training equipped me with:

  • Confidence to teach through practice teaching and getting feedback on Dharma 1 and Power class I taught, and through inspiring words of teachers about their experiences
  • Understanding alignment
  • Understanding concepts of modification
  • Understanding the importance of making students feel comfortable, meeting their specific needs
  • Basic understanding of yogic philosophy, much easier to read books now because I have that base line understanding and I can absorb a lot more than before
  • How to give precise cues and be conscious of the energetic effect of your cues
  • So many things…. I think you guys know you share SO MUCH during this training.

It never felt like time was being wasted. This training has been so RICH! That seems like the best word to describe it. I wish I could have a video recording of every session so I could go back and relive it, and absorb more, because it was so rich that I am sure I missed a lot! There was always, always something to learn. I always felt engaged. Before training, I couldn’t imagine that you’d be able to fill 16 hours per weekend for 13 weeks with engaging material. I figured there would be lots of “fluff” to meet the requirements for the 200-hour certification. (I know, kind of cynical of me, but I have been to so many trainings on other subjects that are filled with fluff). But it was the opposite! I left every weekend wanting to stay and learn more. I am amazed and intrigued and deeply grateful. Thank you.”

“I want to let you know how much this yoga teacher training has helped me. I am more aware and intentional of my actions. I have been kinder to myself and more considerate to others. And I am physically stronger too. I am biking and running faster and looking forward to the start of my triathlon racing season in a few weeks.”

“…this was a thoughtful, supportive and inspiring training program that allows you to reflect, grow and share.”

“i loved the intensive, and seriously miss 7am breathing and meditating and chanting, who’d a thunk?
other things that were great:

  • meeting/ interacting with/ practicing with different teachers, hearing their journeys
  • workshops on pregnancy, kids, restorative, etc — so clear and simple
  • an overall theme, “so clear and simple” — you never talked down to us, you always treated us as colleagues, and i am blown away by how SMART and PASSIONATE and DOWN TO EARTH everyone involved with Yoga District is. guess that’s why i adore it. you’ve created something amazing and rare.
  • same goes for studying Sutras and Gita — clear, simple, encouraging of dialogue and free thought. loved it.”

“I came into the training hoping to learn how to teach yoga to the homeless. Now that I teach at a family homeless shelter, kids yoga, and at a yoga studio in my area I see how different my life is now. I am different and my whole world is different. Thank you.”

“I really appreciated the yoga for trauma section of the training. I think that it will inform my teaching style and relates well to my desire to teach gentle yoga. I believe many of the modifying ideas could be applied to gentle yoga as well. In addition, people come to all levels of yoga classes for a range of personal reasons and it important to be informed about modifications and sensitive.”

Books

Required Book Bundle for Purchase from Yoga District ($170):

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with translation and commentary by Swami Satchitananda
  • Bhagavad Gita; the original Sanskrit text with English translation by Christopher Isherwood (2002)
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
  • Dharma Sequence chart for Dharma level 1
  • Integrative Yoga Therapy Teachers’ Toolbox
  • Yoga District’s Teacher Training Workbook

Required for Training

  • The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar

Required for 500 Hour Training*:
*2017 Booklist TBD

The Teachers

The diverse family of DC yoga teachers at Yoga District are dedicated to making yoga accessible to everyone through a huge variety of yoga class types, from vinyasa flow to restorative and beyond. Most Yoga District teachers are graduates of Yoga District’s nationally-attended 200 hour teacher training program. All Yoga District classes focus on coordinating breath with body movement to promote flexibility, strength, and peace of mind. We strongly believe in yoga as therapy, so catch one of our classes whenever you need a healthy dose of self-care.
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The Next Step

The Yoga District 200 and 500 hour teacher training certification programs, registered by the Yoga Alliance are unique in their emphasis on diversity of teaching styles studied, personal attention, and trauma sensitive yoga. It's no coincidence that Yoga District is regularly voted the leading studio in the nation's capital, and that most of its classes are taught by graduates of its training program. As a full time yoga school, small group trainings are led up to eight times a year by a dedicated faculty including Jasmine Chehrazi, contributor to the Harvard Karma Yoga Project teacher training, teacher training faculty at George Washington University, Yoga Alliance Standards Committee Advisory Board Member, Yoga Activist Founder, and Yoga Service Council Advisory Board Member. So take your practice and community involvement to the next level by joining a training. There's a reason why our graduates call the training "transformative."
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