Whether you've only done yoga a few times or have been doing it for decades, a teacher training is an opportunity to develop and deepen your practice. So while it will of course certify you to become an instructor, it's really a way to dive deep into the history, philosophy, and practice of yoga.
WHICH TEACHER TRAINING?
Not all teacher trainings are the same. Every instructor has their own approach, style, and emphasis. For instance, some teachers — and studios — focus on poses (asanas) as a way to build core strength — yoga as a form of physical fitness.
At Kaya Yoga, we take a different approach. We focus on alignment of body, mind, and spirit. Here, yoga is a practice for life, a way to live a balanced life in this increasingly demanding world, physical strength being one outcome.
WHO IS TEACHING?
Of course, every teacher has their own style. At Kaya Yoga, our teacher training is led by the owner, Kia Meaux, who's been teaching for over 20 years and has studied yoga, Ayurveda, yoga philosophy, and meditation all over the world. But, even more importantly, she's simply an engaging, lively teacher who infuses her classes with a distinctive humor, warmth, and joy.
In any case, a teacher training is a serious commitment and we suggest you meet with the teacher first to learn more about their approach. Kia would love to meet for coffee or tea as you make your decision. Read more about Kia here >
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Theory and Practice of Yoga This advanced training will emphasize deepening the students’ personal asana practice, which we believe to be the greatest source for creative teaching. In addition to a strong asana practice there will be a comprehensive study of the techniques and mechanics of fundamental yoga postures, while providing the tools necessary to teach yoga to others. The training will also give developing and experienced teachers a balanced understanding of yoga by moving beyond the physical with the study of meditation (encouraging students to develop a daily meditation practice at home), a deep understanding of Pranayama, an exploration of the 7 Chakras, and the 3 Bandhas.
Names (Sanskrit and English) Standing, seated, arm balances, twists, inversions and finishing asanas
Practice and health benefits of the asanas.
Alignment principles and modifications for injuries.
Vinyasa Yoga System
Practicing and teaching of various sequences
Yoga Anatomy and Physiology of the Anatomical groupings: feet, legs, pelvis, spine and shoulder girdle
Physiology of inversions, breathing and the nervous system.
Various Pranayamas – theory and practice.
Working with breath in flowing sequences.
Various Sun Salutations– theory and practice.
Meditation technique and practice.
Special Yoga Classes
Yoga Philosophy We will cover the following historical texts and yoga masters:
The Yoga Sutras- Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga
Theory and Practice of Teaching
The art of teaching requires a great level of sensitivity, compassion and practice. A teacher must encourage and inspire, being sensitive to both the needs of individuals as well as those of the group. The practical and subtle aspects involved in teaching will include:
How to be an effective teacher
Use of voice through detailed instruction
The art and science of flowing through sequences
Learning how to see and understand bodies
The purpose and use of props
WORDS FROM OUR RECENT GRADUATES
“I had a wonderful experience in Kia’s teacher training. She has a wealth of knowledge and covered yoga philosophy, anatomy, and history in addition to asana & vinyasa teaching techniques. But my favorite thing about the training was the warm, happy, humorous, and friendly environment Kia created and nurtured throughout the training.” -Esther W.
“Kia has been an amazing person throughout the 8+ years I’ve been practicing with her. She is always welcoming and ready to extend a warm hello. Kia is encouraging and willing to safely push you to your edge. Kia will continue to be my favorite yoga teacher for as long as she is practicing.” -Jenna
“Kia creates a true Kula — community — and deep learning experience. Her humor, incredible knowledge & true caring of her students made this training an amazing experience. This training took my yoga practice to another level and I am thrilled to begin to teach.” -Anonymous
“Kia’s teacher training program pulled together my 10+ years of yoga practice. Now I feel full and confident with excitement for my lifelong practice.” -Nancy <3
A student of yoga since 1989, Kia has studied with masters of the Ashtanga, Iyengar and Anusara traditions, which she incorporates into her alignment based Vinyasa Yoga practice.Her background includes traveling through Asia studying Yoga, Buddhism, Eastern Philosophy, and Vipassana Meditation. Kia has been teaching yoga for over 20 years.
She is a Yoga Alliance 500-hour E-RYT as well as a 200-hour RYT in the Anusara Tradition. Kia is a fun, compassionate, and skillful teacher, with a profound understanding of the invaluable benefits that yoga can bring to one’s life.
Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we will get in touch with you. Do not hesitate to call Kia @ 530-520-4703 or email to set up a time to meet and discuss any concerns you may have.
Kaya Yoga studio. 612 4TH ST. DAVIS, CA 95616