Rolf Gates

  • June 22nd, 2013
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200hr Teacher Training Online & Across the US

Yoga Alliance: Yes

This program is a 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training. As such it will be a mentally, physically and emotionally challenging process designed to enable serious students to become inspired teachers. You will practice asana, meditation, and pranyama to the point of proficiency and beyond. Your knowledge of Yoga theory will deepen to the point that it will become an aspect of the fabric of your life and of everything you do and say as a yoga teacher.

You will learn to teach classes that combine a consistent therapeutic vision with the inspired spontaneity that is the hallmark of Vinyasa Yoga. You will develop a thorough understanding of the elements of the therapeutic principles of Yoga and be able to design a class or teach a pose in such a manner that your students will immediately embody those principles.

Online Teacher Training

Program Cost: $2675

The program is designed to offer you the 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training in a format that is self paced and structured so that you can deepen your study of yoga and develop as a teacher from anywhere. This training is based on three sets of principles: The Principles of Spiritual Practice, The Principles of Alignment and The Principles of Class Composition. You will move through the levels of the training working directly with Rolf Gates and your practicum coach.

Upon your acceptance, you will be sent the 200hr Online Study Teacher Training Manual and your first package of materials from the materials list below. The very first assignment will introduce you to the essence of Yoga and will be followed by your first one on one phone call with Rolf.

Each level of the training consists of a lectures series, one-on-one work with Rolf Gates through phone call sessions (and Skype), reading assignments, writing assignments, practicum (practice teaching) and personal practice and training (traditional asana, meditation and pranayama) as well as structured practices that will deepen your understanding of and connection to the principles of Yoga.

Teacher Training Curriculum

This program is a 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training. As such it will be a mentally, physically and emotionally challenging process designed to enable serious students to become inspired teachers. You will practice asana, meditation, and pranyama to the point of proficiency and beyond. Your knowledge of Yoga theory will deepen to the point that it will become an aspect of the fabric of your life and of everything you do and say as a yoga teacher. You will learn to teach classes that combine a consistent therapeutic vision with the inspired spontaneity that is the hallmark of Vinyasa Yoga. You will develop a thorough understanding of the elements of the therapeutic principles of Yoga and be able to design a class or teach a pose in such a manner that your students will immediately embody those principles.

How to Design and Lead a Vinyasa Yoga Class
You will gain a thorough understanding of the principals which when applied create a class for all ages and body types. This will include a specific sequence and more importantly the method for adapting that sequence to the infinity of opportunities implied by the word Yoga. This method enables what you teach to grow as you and your students do.

Being the Change
The first Yoga teacher in the U.S. Swami Vivekananda wrote: “You yourselves are the being that you seek.” During this training you will have direct experience of the truth of that statement. When you leave this training you will know how it is people reach their potential and you will be able to apply that knowledge to accomplish your goals. You will be the change you want to see in your life.

Time on the Mat and on the Cushion
One of the joys of being a teacher is that your Yoga practice becomes part of your job description. During this training you will begin each day with asana, meditation, and pranyama instruction and practice. You will be taught the therapeutic principles that will allow you to practice safely with intensity. You will be able to sit comfortably for a 45 minute meditation session during which you will experience what it means to rest in stillness. You will be proficient in breathing techniques that awaken and build heat, preparing the mindbody for asana, and breathing techniques that are cooling and soothing preparing the mindbody for meditation. On your mat the implementation of therapeutic principles will be dramatic. You will experience a vibrant aliveness from which there is no going back.

The Teacher Training Curriculum will include:

* Mastery of the basic techniques of Asana
* Mastery of the basic techniques of Meditation
* Mastery of the basic techniques Pranyama (Breathwork)
* The therapeutic alignment principles of Yoga
* Finding alignment within and without
* The art of sequencing a class flow
* The proper use of tempo in a class
* How to use your voice and language for impact
* Your class as a transformative space
* The art of themeing in your classes
* Teaching modifications for all class levels
* Teaching to beginners
* The art of hands-on assisting
* The anatomy and physiology of Yoga
* Nutrition as a support to practice
* Study of The Yoga Sutras
* Cultivation of the Eight Limb Path as a path of action
* Integrating the three elements of spiritual practice into your life
* The role of the teacher
* The role of practice
* The art of sustaining change
* Moving from Source

About the Teacher: Rolf Gates

‘The obstacles in our path are the path. We all know more than we think we do, and we are stronger than we believe ourselves to be. We come to our mats and to our lives to learn by going where we have to go.’ Rolf Gates

rolf gatesRolf Gates, author of the acclaimed book on yogic philosophy Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga conducts Vinyasa Intensives and 200/500 Teacher Trainings throughout the US and abroad. Rolf and his work have been featured in numerous magazines to include Yoga Journal, Natural Health and People Magazine and as one of Travel and Leisures’ Top 25 Yoga Studios Around the World. A frequent conference presenter, he was also the Keynote Speaker at the 10th Annual Midwest Yoga Conference, IL. Rolf is also honored to be a member of Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Wellness Superstar Contributors and The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood being featured nationally on television and in print to include Ron Reagan’s Air America, Fox and Friends, EXTRA and The Tyra Banks Show and more. (All proceeds from this project go to support groups working with men and boys at risk). He is also grateful to be a co-founder of the now annual Yoga + Recovery Conference, Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA.

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