Yoga Teacher Trainings - Overview
We offer trainings for basic 200-hour, advanced 300-hour, Children and Teen’s and Gentle Restorative. In all our trainings, we emphasize that a teacher needs to understand adaptation and have a broad framework of principled application to effectively guide and teach. No matter what the outer form, method or style, the Yoga Synthesis training will help participants understand and convey that Yoga is a constellation of interwoven principles which make the experience whole.
Being a yoga teacher is a significant life choice which will innately connect you to the depths of the Yoga tradition and what it is to be a yogi. Developing as a yoga teacher comes through understanding the yogic path, being on the path and learning to guide others to do the same. To become an effective guide means having a deep enough level of understanding of the practice plus the ability to step outside oneself to listen, observe and communicate effectively. Our trainings help participants develop the teaching skills and strong foundation in a personal yoga practice as well as depth of yogic knowledge.
What distinguishes the Yoga Synthesis trained teacher, is their ability to integrate various tools and techniques represented in the different schools of Yoga. The Yoga Synthesis trainings show trainees how to change their approach and tailor the practice to the needs of their students creatively and intelligently. Trainees become well-informed and insightful teachers because of a strong foundation in their knowledge of yogic principles and practices.
The Yoga Synthesis Training has been transforming yoga students (over 500) into Yoga Teachers since 1999. We have a time-tested program designed to be a practical path towards teaching while giving insight into yoga as a way of life. Many great teachers have graduated from our programs and gone on to have successful teaching careers.
During the training program, trainees absorb the feeling of a deep yoga experience, including chanting, meditation, breath work and a variety of postural practices — classical Hatha, breath-based (Krishnamacharya), alignment-centered (Iyengar), Vinyasa flow (Ashtanga), energy-based (Kundalini), supported (Restorative) and passive releasing (Yin). Technical aspects of teaching are addressed from how to use creative postural sequencing, to how to safely adjust students and use propping techniques to aid in asana practice. Anatomy for Yoga is taught in a simple and comprehensive way. The history and development of the yoga philosophy, practices and the language of Yoga are taught in a way that engages discussion of our own cultural perspective and this moment in history.
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Yoga Synthesis Co-Founder, Master Teacher, author, trailblazer and renegade yogi, YS Teacher Training Lead Teacher
Raji has an extensive background in studying and teaching the major forms of Yoga and meditation. He has an inclusive, compassionate teaching style, using insight and humor to convey his integrative practice method.