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10 Days 100-hour Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Texas

  • Ancient Yoga Center, JKP Radha Madhav Dham Ashram, 400 Barsana Road, Austin, Texas 78737, USA

Overview

Insightful 100-hour Yoga Teacher Training USA

Earning a yoga certification can help you create a life where your beliefs, thoughts and actions flow from your core values to build a life of integrity and authenticity. The path of yoga is infinitely long and can be embraced as a life journey. The yoga certification teacher training program is one step along that path providing a basic and solid foundation that gives the graduates the knowledge, skills, and confidence to begin teaching safely and mindfully.

Highlights

  • Pranayama lesson
  • In-depth asana training
  • Hatha yoga style lesson
  • Restorative posture lesson
  • Meditation basics and techniques
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily full board meals
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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Rooms

All beds are twin-sized, and linens (sheets, blanket, bath towel, wash cloth) are included in the price. If you like extra thick bath towels, you might want to bring one with you. There is a heater and air conditioner in each room.

Training facilities

Most of the training will take place at the Ancient Yoga Center, a two story building, featuring a dedicated yoga studio on the top floor, and dining room, library, meeting rooms, and lounge areas on the first floor. At right is a photograph of one corner of the 2nd floor yoga studio. Although the studio is large enough to hold 60 yoga students for asana, Living Yoga Program prefers to keep classes smaller, giving students plenty of space to move around in. The Ancient Yoga Center has several rooms that serve as lounges, meeting rooms, library etc.

The Living Yoga Teacher Training Program provides high-quality training for those desiring to teach or just deepen their understanding and practice of yoga. There will be two tracks that you think meets your needs. The YA Track is approved by Yoga Alliance and the YR Track is approved by Yoga Register. Once you graduate from the Living Yoga Program, you are automatically qualified for membership in the appropriate registry.

The Living Yoga Program includes 100 hours of techniques training and practice. Included in this category: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, and meditation. These hours include both training in the chosen techniques and the practice of them.

Every day during the intensives, Living Yoga Program students are provided with opportunities to practice teaching yoga classes and then receive constructive feedback from the Living Yoga Program staff which is one of the most beneficial aspects of the training.

Living Yoga Program will pair you with one of the program instructors who will be your advisor throughout the program. Your advisor is available to answer any questions you have, make recommendations for yoga classes and explain how the program works. You can start working with your advisor immediately after you apply.

Techniques

  • These hours include training in the technical aspects of the various asanas, as well as actual practice and teaching the asanas to others.
  • In-depth asana training
  • Foundation asanas
  • Warm-ups
  • Alignment
  • Sequencing, entering and exiting postures, linking postures
  • Adjustments
  • Awakening the body's intelligence
  • Hatha yoga styles
  • Partner asanas
  • Restorative postures
  • Benefits and contraindications
  • Props
  • Special populations
  • Conscious breathing (Pranayama): 3 part breath, alternate nostril breathing, reverse breathing, bellows breath, ujjayi
  • Meditation basics, techniques, and experiential practice: visualization, relaxation methods, chanting and mantras.

Why join

  • Affordability: Many students say program provided by Living Yoga Program is one of the most reasonably priced programs available. It is important to Living Yoga Program to provide excellent quality at a price people can afford.
  • Personal attention: During the 9-day residential intensive, Living Yoga Program typically has a 7-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, so students have plenty of opportunity to have their questions answered.
  • Advising: From the day the student enrolls in the program one of the faculty, Charles or Ellen is assigned as an advisor to work individually with the student during the entire program. This relationship continues after the student graduates, helping to ensure that her / his transition to teaching yoga goes smoothly.
  • Eclectic style: The Living Yoga Program does not endorse any one style of yoga over another. They teach what they call “non-denominational” Hatha yoga. Living Yoga Program works with aspiring teachers to find their own style, to help them reach their full potential within a single style, or to blend multiple styles into their own synthesis of yoga. Living Yoga Program encourages self-expression so that teachers learn to give of themselves rather than just reciting what someone else told them.
  • Accommodating: The Living Yoga Program is designed to accommodate the needs of the students who do not live near Austin. Many of the students are from as far away as Canada, England and even New Zealand. This program requires participants to travel to Austin, Texas for only one 9-day residential intensive. The remaining requirements can be satisfied in the student's own community and by remote instruction, working with their advisors.
  • Ongoing peer support: Some of the toughest challenges faced by an aspiring yoga teacher may occur after graduation from teacher training. This is why Living Yoga Program encourages their students to form friendships in the program and to learn to listen to each other, share ideas, and support each other throughout the teacher training program and long after the intensive is over.
  • Setting: The 9-day residential intensive at the Radha Madhav Dham ashram, near Austin, Texas, provides participants with a small taste of India. Students experience immersion in a slower pace of life. The daily rhythms of the ashram help us to achieve a calm, focused mind and an open heart. A large part of the success of the program can be directly attributed to the beauty and peace of the surroundings.
  • Diversity: The Living Yoga Program welcomes people of every faith tradition, race, body type, ethnicity, gender, physical ability or disability, yogic style, and more. Everyone is welcome!
  • Practice teaching: Teachers learn to teach yoga by teaching yoga! Living Yoga Program creates a very safe and respectful environment where students get to teach to their peers in carefully crafted, daily “practicum”. Here, you can test out things you want to teach in the real world, have fun, be experiential, and receive loving, gentle, insightful feedback.
  • Flexibility: Students and teachers attend the Living Yoga Program for a variety of reasons: to obtain certification as a yoga teacher, to deepen their personal practice, to get a refresher on skills and knowledge, to immerse themselves in a yogic environment, to have nine days of personal practice and personal reflection time.

Sample schedule

Friday - July 15, 2016

  • 19:00 - 21:00 Orientation: Introductions, group dynamics, and ground rules

Saturday - July 16, 2016

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Yoga with Charles
  • 09:30 - 10:45 Practicum overview with Charles
  • 10:45 - 12:30 Goals for intensive, vision statement, and ideal teaching scenario with Ellen, and dine with your advisor at lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Asana practice with Ellen (staff, bound angle, bridge)
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Teaching practicum with Ellen
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Pranayama (part 1) with Charles

Sunday - July 17, 2016

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Yoga with Juan Anguiano
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Art of teaching (part 1) with Charles, lunch in Saffron Hall with the Barsana Dham community
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Asana practice with Charles (mountain pose, sun salute - Vini yoga, downward dog)
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Teaching practicum with Charles
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Art of teaching (part 2) with Charles

Monday - July 18, 2016

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Yoga with Gina Caccavalla
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Ayurveda and subtle energy lesson with Gina Caccavalla
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Asana practice with Charles (seated spinal twist, child’s, forward bend (standing), plank, sun salute - 12 step)
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Teaching practicum with Charles, Ellen, and Carol
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Designing class, sequencing, preparation for Friday / Saturday team teach with Charles

Tuesday - July 19, 2016

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Yoga with Ellen
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Free form writing, classroom logistics with Ellen
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Asana practice with Charles (warrior 1, warrior 2, knees to chest)
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Teaching practicum with Charles, Ellen, and Carol
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Free time

Wednesday - July 20, 2016

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Yoga with a guest instructor
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Yoga lifestyle with Vrinda, Barsana Dham devotee (meet in Magnolia hall, on the far right end of the temple)
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Asana practice with Ellen (triangle, camel, forward bend (seated))
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Teaching practicum with Charles, Ellen, and Carol
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Satsang in the temple with Vrinda (meet at temple for overview of the service)

Thursday - July 21, 2016

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Yoga with Ellen
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Ergonomics, posture, and adjustments lesson with Ellen
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Asana practice with Ellen (tree, cobra, bow)
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Teaching practicum with Charles, Ellen, and Carol
  • 19:00 - 21:00 History of yoga and yoga Sutras with a guest instructor (in downstairs room)

Friday - July 22, 2016

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Yoga (team teach, ½ group) with Chas, breakfast in silence
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Business of yoga lesson with Charles
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Asana practice with Charles (supine spinal twist, head to knee, boat, savasana)
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Teaching practicum with Charles, Ellen, and Carol
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Classroom logistics (part 2), yogic cleansing practices with Ellen

Saturday - July 23, 3016

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Yoga (team teach, ½ group) with Ellen, breakfast in silence
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Preparation for Sunday class
  • 10:30 - 12:30 Round Robin adjustments lesson with Charles and Ellen
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Review with Charles, organize for Sunday morning team class
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Teaching practicum with Charles, Ellen, and Carol
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Pranayama (part 2) with Charles (in downstairs room)

Sunday - July 24, 2016

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Yoga (team teach, everyone teaches)
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Review, classroom scenarios, family time, reintegration, closing (with Charles and Ellen)

All of the training modules are held at the Ancient Yoga Center at Radha Madhav Dham ashram, a Hindu temple, ashram and retreat center located on 200 acres of land in the Texas Hill Country in Austin, Texas. It is a beautiful facility and while there, the students can participate in some of the ashram activities if they so desire.

The Living Yoga Program is not affiliated with Radha Madhav Dham, but they are grateful to use their beautifully serene facilities. Previous participants of the Living Yoga Program felt the ashram-living experience had a very positive and deep impact on their yoga teacher training experience.

One of the nicest benefits of holding intensives at Radha Madhav Dham Ashram is that the students have access to the walking trails, gardens, temple and shrines. Around every corner you will find benches, scenic overlooks, and mandals, all created with one purpose in mind, to help visitors find their own inner silence.

You will be served healthy vegetarian MSG-free food prepared by chef Jo.

During free time, and on breaks, students make good use of lounges, meeting rooms, library in the Ancient Yoga Center to read, visit, or even take a nap.

  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • A workbook with materials and handouts from each class
  • Access to Living Yoga Program proprietary Social Media
  • Access to Living Yoga Program proprietary website
  • All daily meals / food / snacks
  • Hatha yoga style lesson
  • In-depth asana training
  • Meditation basics and techniques
  • Mentorship by one of the founders / directors of the program
  • Pranayama lesson
  • Restorative posture lesson

Driving directions from Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

  • Follow the signs to exit the airport. Turn left onto TX-71 East/Bastrop Highway.
  • Almost immediately, merge onto TX-71 West and proceed 10.4 miles. Along the way, TX-71 West joins US-290 West.
  • Take the Loop 1 South exit and drive 6.3 miles. During this stretch, the highway will stop and start and you will go through two traffic lights.
  • Loop 1 South becomes 45 West at a sharp right curve.
  • Continue on 45 West for 2.5 miles to FM 1826 (T-junction).
  • Turn left onto FM 1826 and drive 3.6 miles.
  • Look for a large sign for Radha Madhav Dham on the left. The main entrance to Radha Madhav Dham (also for the Ancient Yoga Center) is 1/4 mile further.
  • Turn left at the Radha Madhav Dham main entrance onto Barsana Road and follow the blue and white signs to the Ancient Yoga Center.

Driving directions from North Austin and Dallas I-35

  • Take I-35 South until you reach Exit 230 US-290 West.
  • Take Exit 230 US-290 West towards Johnson City.
  • Continue on 290 West.
  • Take the Loop 1 South exit and drive 6.3 miles. During this stretch, the highway will stop and start and you will go through two traffic lights.
  • Loop 1 South becomes 45 West at a sharp right curve.
  • Continue on 45 West for 2.5 miles to FM 1826 (T-junction).
  • Turn left onto FM 1826 and drive 3.6 miles.
  • Look for a large sign for Radha Madhav Dham on the left. The main entrance to Radha Madhav Dham (also for the Ancient Yoga Center) is 1/4 mile further.
  • Turn left at the Radha Madhav Dham main entrance onto Barsana Road and follow the blue and white signs to the Ancient Yoga Center.

Driving directions from North Austin Mopac / Loop 1 South

  • Follow Mopac / Loop 1 South.
  • Continue through the light at Slaughter Lane.
  • After 2.3 miles, Loop 1 South becomes 45 West at a sharp right curve.
  • Continue on 45 West for 2.5 miles to FM 1826 (T-junction).
  • Turn left onto FM 1826 and drive 3.6 miles.
  • Look for a large sign for Radha Madhav Dham on the left. The main entrance to Radha Madhav Dham (also for the Ancient Yoga Center) is 1/4 mile further.
  • Turn left at the Radha Madhav Dham main entrance onto Barsana Road and follow the blue and white signs to the Ancient Yoga Center.

Driving directions from North Houston - US 290 West

  • Take US-290 West into Austin. This will bring you north of downtown Austin.
  • Take I-35 South until you reach Exit 230 US-290 West.
  • Take Exit 230 US-290 West towards Johnson City.
  • Continue on US-290 West.
  • Take the Loop 1 South exit and drive 6.3 miles. During this stretch, the highway will stop and start and you will go through two traffic lights.
  • Loop 1 South becomes 45 West at a sharp right curve.
  • Continue on 45 West for 2.5 miles to FM 1826 (T-junction).
  • Turn left onto FM 1826 and drive 3.6 miles.
  • Look for a large sign for Radha Madhav Dham on the left. The main entrance to Radha Madhav Dham (also for the Ancient Yoga Center) is 1/4 mile further.
  • Turn left at the Radha Madhav Dham main entrance onto Barsana Road and follow the blue and white signs to the Ancient Yoga Center.

Driving direction from South Houston - Highway 71 West

  • Take I-10 West to TX-71 West into Austin.
  • Continue on TX-71 West/US-290 West. From the Austin-Bergstrom Airport, drive 10.4 miles.
  • Take the Loop 1 South exit and drive 6.3 miles. During this stretch, the highway will stop and start and you will go through two traffic lights.
  • Loop 1 South becomes 45 West at a sharp right curve.
  • Continue on 45 West for 2.5 miles to FM 1826 (T-junction).
  • Turn left onto FM 1826 and drive 3.6 miles.
  • Look for a large sign for Radha Madhav Dham on the left. The main entrance to Radha Madhav Dham (also for the Ancient Yoga Center) is 1/4 mile further.
  • Turn left at the Radha Madhav Dham main entrance onto Barsana Road and follow the blue and white signs to the Ancient Yoga Center.

Driving direction from San Antonio and San Marcos

  • Take I-35 North to Exit 215 Kyle Parkway / 1626 N.
  • Drive .5 miles to Kyle Parkway / 1626 N.
  • Turn left at the light onto Kyle Parkway/1626 N and drive 6.2 miles.
  • Turn left onto RR 967 North and drive 9.2 miles.
  • Turn right onto FM 1826 and drive 3 miles.
  • Look for a large sign for Radha Madhav Dham on the right. The main entrance to Radha Madhav Dham (also for the Ancient Yoga Center) is 1/4 mile further on the right.
  • Turn right at the Radha Madhav Dham main entrance onto Barsana Road and follow the blue and white signs to the Ancient Yoga Center.

Driving direction from Wimberley - RR 12 North

  • Drive northwest out of town on RR 12 for approximately 8.5 miles. Stay to the right.
  • Turn right onto Elder Hill Road (at the Driftwood Winery) and drive 4 miles.
  • Turn left onto FM 150 and drive for approximately 1 mile..
  • Turn right onto FM 1826 and drive for approximately 5 miles.
  • Look for a large sign for Radha Madhav Dham on the right. The main entrance to Radha Madhav Dham (also for the Ancient Yoga Center) is 1/4 mile further on the right.
  • Turn right at the Radha Madhav Dham main entrance onto Barsana Road and follow the blue and white signs to the Ancient Yoga Center.

Driving direction from points West of US-290

  • Driving east on US-290 East drive 7 miles from the intersection of US-290 & RR 12.
  • Turn right onto Hwy 163, Nutty Brown Road, and drive 3.5 miles to the end of the road.
  • Turn right onto FM 1826 and drive for 1/2 mile.
  • Look for a large sign for Radha Madhav Dham on the left. The main entrance to Radha Madhav Dham (also for the Ancient Yoga Center) is 1/4 mile further.
  • Turn left at the Radha Madhav Dham main entrance onto Barsana Road and follow the blue and white signs to the Ancient Yoga Center.

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

Distances

  • Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), 29 miles - 35 minutes
  • Downtown area - 30 minutes
For information about the booking conditions, please send Living Yoga Program an inquiry.
  • Review by Susan Wilkens from Forest Park, IL

    "The two 9-day residential retreats which I attended more than lived up to my expectations. I have to say that it was very probably the most high-quality training I have ever received. Every aspect was top-notch. I can’t think of an item or an area I was disappointed in; on the contrary, I spent most of the time being AMAZED at what I was experiencing. From the instructors’ high level of proficiency in personal practice -- to their comprehensive presentation of well-chosen information in ways which appealed to every learning style (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) – to their non-stop encouragement, affirmation and validation in our student practice teaching – it was all excellent. I was in training from 7 am to 9 pm every day, and not once was I bored – sleepy – or wishing I could be somewhere else. "

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  • Review by Traveler
    9 out of 10

    "The Hatha Teacher Training that I received through the Living Yoga Program is phenomenal. Several people have asked me, and I did occasionally ask myself: Why are you going all the way to Texas for Teacher Training when there are so many programs right here in the Chicago area? Because something about the way this program is described online, something about the main instructors neutral approach and inclusive philosophy, the way they talk about yoga as a transformational practice and not a gymnastic performance, something about their own depth of experience and breadth of wisdom resonated in me as I perused their website. I called them, I talked to them, I was upfront about what I was looking for and what I did not want to fritter away time and money on. They were honest and unpretentious in conversation. And I just knew."

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  • Review by Kelly Behrmann

    "I want to say thank you for one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Going through the program I learned so much, not only about yoga but about myself. I stepped outside of my comfort zone and I'm still learning from that experience. I don't think that I have practiced yoga since and not thought about the intensive. Every practice I do there is something you taught that I reflect on during my yoga. I frequently recall the 'Flow' lecture and 'Walking the walk', such valuable information that I will use it for the rest of my life. Thank you, Thank you. Namaste."

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  • Review by April from Austin, Texas, USA

    "This training has changed my life. It not only prepared me to step into teaching, but answered so many questions for me, some of which I knew I was asking and many I was unaware of! What I’ve learned will pervade every aspect of my life. I can’t thank you enough, Ellen and Charles."

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  • Review by H. Bloom from Austin, Texas, USA

    "I knew the program would benefit me - it did; I hoped it would inspire me - it did; but I had no way to imagine what a game-changer in my life was coming for body, mind, and spirit."

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Austin, Texas, United States

The Living Yoga Program LLC is an internationally renowned, non-denominational yoga teacher training school with graduates teaching worldwide.

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Availability

Arrival: Friday July 14, 2017
Departure: Sunday July 23, 2017

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The prices below include an early bird discount of 150 USD per person. To benefit, book or reserve before June 15, 2016.

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