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27 Day 200-Hour One Month Immersion Yoga Teacher Training in Arkansas

Circle Yoga Shala, HC 70 Box 544, County Road 24, Jasper, AR 72641, United States

Immersive Yoga Teacher Training USA

This month-long residential program is conducted every June. It is an offering of immersion in practice, in teaching, in community, and the whole of yoga. Each week has a half-day off for hiking, floating the National Buffalo River, riding horses, exploring crystal caves, or however you’d like to spend your time. Fayetteville (home of the Razorbacks) and Rogers (top five cities in the US to live) are just 1 hour and 30 minutes away if you’d like a day in the city.

Meet the instructors

Holly & Matt
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Training with master teachers
  • A world class program and a support faculty
  • Built-in support network of fellow CYS yoga teachers
  • Comprehensive 200-hour yoga teacher training workbook
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • CYS 200-hour certificate upon completion
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 26 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


24 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 13 participants
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Accommodation

During this training, you will be staying at Circle Yoga Shala in either a shared dorm, a shared room, a private double room, or a private room. Please bring your own linens, pillows, blankets, and towels so that Circle Yoga Shala may continue to keep its prices low. The school is also a living farm. The property consists of approximately half-acre organic vegetable gardens, edible flowers and herbs, an orchard, chickens, and horses.

The Shala is an approved farm with the World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms Organization, WWOOF. They focus on sustainability practices, including composting and water conservation. Life here is a living example of the inter-connectedness of all things. Circle Yoga Shala is a labor of love and an intense desire for conscious living. They started with raw land and potential.

Since their beginning in June of 2009, they have converted an existing barn into sleeper spaces and practice space, added a couple of sleeper cabins and an outdoor practice pavilion, expanded an orchard and gardens, and added many animals. Most of the work has been done by Circle Yoga Shala and the majority of their building materials have come from the land, except for the luxury home which was built by local contractors. The rooms are beautiful, and also affordable to provide an opportunity to fully immerse in learning. The Shala is on healing land.

Program

Certification

Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Program

Circle Yoga Shala has been registered with the national Yoga Alliance since 1999 and their yoga therapy program was accredited by the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapy) in 2019. Furthermore, as of January 2021, they have completed the Yoga Alliance up-leveling process, which ensures their YTT 200 program meets the highest standards of training in the marketplace. They also have an affiliate school, Janes House Studio in St Charles, MO. at the 200-hour level. All of their teaching staff are an RYT500 and/or a C-IAYT.

Yoga has only one practical purpose: to help you relax so deeply that you recover the delightful experience of your true nature as unencumbered, unrestricted consciousness. This is not to be confused with making no effort. Yoga happens when ‘effort and ease’ are not separate actions. Circle Yoga Shala teaches you what is foundational to all of the styles of yoga you may encounter or have an interest in teaching, which means a thorough grounding in the five techniques of Hatha yoga: stillness (asana), rhythm (Vinyasa), breath (pranayama), integration (bandha) and presence (Drushti).

You will learn how to language and sequence these techniques in ways that continuously reveal their wholeness, and that invite infinite creativity on your part. How you arrange them and establish a dominant focus is what moves them in the direction of “styles” like Restorative, Vinyasa flow, alignment-based, and more. Teachers-in-training receives extensive technical knowledge needed to interface in today’s marketplace. What makes the program unique and of the highest quality is how they deliver that information to you: in guided practice teaching sessions that grow in complexity to help you respond effortlessly to all of the various situations that may arise in a public class setting.

Private training site

Circle Yoga Shala has a private training site for all of their teacher training programs. They video record each intensive, so in addition to your online manual, you have access to lectures, sequences, practices, and more on the site. The site is also used for homework assignments, and being in touch with the program faculty. This resource also allows you to continue growing your knowledge via the digital platform even after your training.

The curriculum

Hatha yoga

  • 5 techniques: Asana (stillness), pranayama (breath), Vinyasa (rhythm), Bandha (integration) Drushti (presence)
  • Core actions: Lengthening and broadening (discover what actions are universal and must be taken to be stable and at ease in each posture)
  • Method of teaching: how to language, organize, and disseminate lessons to public classes
  • Joint anatomy
  • Pranayama, meditation, and Kriyas

Vinyasa Krama

  • Vinyasa Krama and the arc of Vinyasa Krama
  • Spinal planes of movement
  • Foundations
  • Principles of sequencing (developed by Matthew and Holly)

Teaching

  • Teaching protocol
  • Practice teaching: receiving feedback, observing others teaching, and hearing/giving feedback. *Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting
  • Prenatal and special populations
  • The business aspects of teaching yoga, ethics for yoga teachers

Philosophy

  • Education vs. Transformation
  • A short history-origins of the 5 elements
  • The 5 techniques
  • Organs of action and cognition
  • The 8 limbs
  • Afflictions of the mind
  • Sophisticated definition of asana and pranayama
  • Body-mind connection/nervous system
  • The Yoga Sutras and the Gita
  • The 3 Gunas
  • Meditation vs. Contemplation

Circle Yoga Shala has studied and grappled with these teachings for two decades. As a result, they present them in a way that is accessible to all people and map them to other perennial wisdom teachings such as the Gospels.

What you will get from your training

  • Training with master teachers
  • A world-class program
  • A deepened understanding of yoga
  • Support faculty
  • A foundational personal practice
  • Confidence stepping into a yoga studio as a teacher
  • The ability to ask the questions, “who is here for their first time, who has injuries, who is pregnant?” and know exactly what to do
  • The ability to create elegant sequences and to sequence on the spot, if needed
  • The ability to teach without practicing, allowing for more presence and support for the class
  • The ability to make modifications and adjustments without breaking the flow of the class
  • Private training site
  • Built-in support network of fellow CYS yoga teachers
  • Comprehensive 200-hour yoga teacher training workbook
  • Upon completion, a CYS 200-hour certificate
  • The ability to register with Yoga Alliance

Training hours

Training hours usually go from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday-Friday) and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. Sundays are free. There will be a 1.5-hour lunch.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be 18+ years of age
  • 1 year minimum of personal yoga practice either at home or in a studio

Instructors

Holly Krepps

Matt Krepps

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Food

Special dietary requirements can be catered for an extra fee. Please contact Circle Yoga Shala for more information.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you are free to go hiking, floating the National Buffalo River, riding horses, or exploring crystal caves.

What's included

  • 26 nights accommodation
  • Training with master teachers
  • A world-class program
  • Support faculty
  • Private training site
  • A built-in support network of fellow CYS yoga teachers
  • Comprehensive 200-hour yoga teacher training workbook
  • Upon completion, a CYS 200-hour certificate
  • The ability to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Daily meals

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA). This airport is about two hours away. You can also book your flight to arrive at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT). This airport is three hours away. Circle Yoga Shala does not provide an airport pickup service.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Monday June 21, 2021
Departure: Saturday July 17, 2021

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