YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
WITH MARK STEPHENS (Yoga Alliance Certified)
Building on your experience, I'm here to help you refine and expand all that you bring to teaching yoga.
NEXT OFFERING BEGINS OCTOBER 14, 2023
Becky Duncan, Chanting Stork Yoga, UK
"Mark, thank you for making me a more confident, independent and organized teacher. Both yourself and Michelle have been available and accessible through the whole journey and that felt invaluable. What’s even better is that I was able to learn from my home in the UK. Studying with Mark would have otherwise been inaccessible for me, so I feel truly lucky. I’ve met and made friends with other incredible teachers who I will be in touch with forever more. I’m now off to share, flow and radiate into the world." - Becky
TRAIN WITH MARK
FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!
Mark Stephens has been leading yoga teacher training programs globally for over 20 years. His background as the "For Teachers" columnist for Yoga Journal Deutschland, Yoga Journal China and Yoga International, his four textbooks on teaching yoga (now in 10 languages), and proven track record in leading outstanding trainings, bring yoga studios, schools and teachers worldwide to seek out his premier training programs.
This online training seamlessly integrates Mark's experience and methods in conducting the highest quality teacher training with the latest interactive technologies and best practices for online learning in this unique training unmatched by other online program.
Along with Mark's contagious passion for teaching and the structure and support systems provided in the training, these qualities ensure that you will deepen and refine your knowledge and skills while empowering you to expand your repertoire of offerings in the yoga community. You will learn more about yourself, become abundantly more clear about your purpose as a yoga teacher, and get connected in lifelong relationships with others who share your values on the yoga path.REGISTER NOW
FREE INFORMATION SESSION
Join Mark Stephens for a free virtual information session about his upcoming 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course. This will be an opportunity to meet Mark, ask questions about the course, and participate in a guided practice. Approximately an hour will be given to Q&A/discussion guided by Mark.
This info session will be hosted on Zoom and requires registration.
To join, please choose a date below.
BY THE END OF THIS TRAINING YOU WILL BE A HIGHLY COMPETENT & CONFIDENT IN THESE AREAS:
Explore more deeply in the received wisdom from ancient yoga traditions to develop a more well-rounded knowledge of yoga philosophy, ethics, history and lifestyle practices.
Learn to work with injuries, pregnancy conditions, and other specific or unique student needs in your yoga classes that might not have been thoroughly addressed in your 200-hour training.
Move far beyond the typical cookie-cutter approaches to teaching postural yoga through insightful and informed observation of diverse students and bodies in a wide array of asanas and other yoga practices.
Gain a more thorough and deep practical understanding the major asanas, including their alignment principles, energetic actions, variations, modifications, contra-indications, risks and benefits.
Expand your understanding of yoga anatomy – how the body is structured, held together, moves and stabilizes - in a way that makes practical sense in teaching real human beings.
Refine how you integrate verbal, visual, and tactile cues (hands-on adjustments) to more effectively and clearly teach yoga to all levels of students and various student intentions and conditions.
Learn how to plan classes based on clear principles of sequencing that are informed by knowledge of the interrelations of postures within and between each family of asanas as well and other facets of practice such as subtle energy, seasonal changes, and changes across the lifespan.
Develop specific plans for expanding your teaching in a variety of settings such as yoga studios, gyms, businesses, schools, community centers, retreat centers and more, the basics of opening a yoga studio, and how to create and expand opportunities for teaching yoga online.
WHAT YOU'LL GET IN THIS TRAINING
This 200-Hour Training covers all of the major topics in teaching yoga and fulfills (+ exceeds) 100% of Yoga Alliance curriculum standards.
EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TRUST
I’ve been training teachers for over 20 years and I’m here to help you deepen and expand all that you offer to your students.
As an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and author of multiple books on teaching yoga, I bring decades of experience and a background in academia to my trainings that far exceed Yoga Alliance standards. My three yoga textbooks – Teaching Yoga, Yoga Sequencing, and Yoga Adjustments – are available in multiple languages and used as core textbooks in teacher training programs around the world. (You may also wish to explore my book, Yoga Therapy.)
With a deep study of yoga history and philosophy, human anatomy and physiology, social and interpersonal dynamics, and Eastern and Western theories of being and consciousness, I brings a non-dogmatic, accessible, and integrated perspective to my trainings that makes yoga a more refined resource for healthy living.
This hybrid training blends self-paced learning with live interaction.
This 200-hour training is presented in 5 modules. Spread out over 5 months, this program not only supports ample time for integrating all that you are learning; it also makes it easier for teachers to fit an advanced training into their busy lives.
Moving at your own pace, each 4-week module gives you sufficient time and flexibility to complete the material in keeping with your personal needs in life, while providing structure and support to help keep you on track.
Additionally, you'll have 7 extra months (equating to one full year) to access and complete the training. If you've fallen behind, wish to revisit past material, or simply wish to take longer, this program design fully supports your needs.
EACH 4-WEEK MODULE CONSISTS OF:
- 15-25 hours of video learning (lectures with Mark)
- Two 3-hour Live Group Sessions (via Zoom) with Mark for open discussion, Q&A and group work. These sessions are always recorded for those who can't attend live or wishes to view them again.
- Guided yoga, pranayama & meditation practices during both the live sessions and in pre-recorded video learning.
- Supplemental activities (reading, journaling, quizzes & more).
- Optional meetups & study groups with other trainees.
BENEFITS OF ONLINE LEARNING
Both in-person and online training formats have strengths and weaknesses. My online training offers the same substantive content as my in-person offerings and include some additional benefits, including self-pacing and the option to repeat recorded content whenever you wish. In pursuing your further development as a yoga teacher, this design and flexibility will help to best ensure your unique learning needs are fully satisfied.
Not everyone can take time off work (or from other responsibilities) to advance their learning and deepen their studies. If you're juggling multiple commitments and responsibilities, the flexibility of online learning offers you an opportunity to study when it works best for your unique schedule. In lieu of taking time off work or missing family dinners, you can log-in and learn when it’s convenient for you, making it easier to balance all that you do and love in life.
+ SELF-PACED LEARNING
Unlike in-person trainings, online learning allows you to pause, rewind, re-watch and even slow the speed of video lectures and classes. This playback control helps to ensure you don’t miss any critical information being presented when you need to pause to take notes, do additional research or contemplate an idea. Those who don’t speak English as their native language especially find value in slowing down the video speed to help with translation. Plus, you can re-watch the videos repeatedly to make sure you fully understand the material before moving onto the next topic. This added control allows you to work through the material at your own pace and get the most out of your learning experience.
STUDY FROM ANYWHERE
+ GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Traveling for in-person trainings can present many challenges, including an added cost and time commitment, that prevent teachers from being able to study with Mark. Online learning means you can train with Mark from anywhere in the world, without the need to travel and from the convenience of your own home. Plus, online learning attracts a wide range from participants from all over the world which lends itself to a deeper, global perspective that enhances the learning experience during live group sessions on Zoom.
+ TIME FOR INTEGRATION
For most people, learning requires repetition, but in-person trainings are live which means you can’t “rewatch” the material or access it again. With online learning, you can watch the video lectures and classes as many times as you like during your time of access (one full year). Not only does this improve your ability to learn the material, it also provides ample time for integration of the information; you have time to go out and apply the teachings, methods and theories in your classes and then revisit the material or ideas that didn’t make sense during application or that you didn’t fully grasp.
FREE SNEAK PEEK
Want a glimpse into the training?
To give you deeper sense of how Mark teaches and what online learning is like in this training, here's are a two example videos directly from the training. The first video is a philosophical lecture on the Gita that leads to more on how to make our classes highly engaging and deeply meaningful. The second video is a presentation on practicing and teaching Warrior II (alignment, modifications, adjustments, risks, etc.). Enjoy!
THE CURRICULUM AT A GLANCE
A condensed overview of the modules & topics covered in this training
MODULE 1: Foundations of Practice & Teaching
- What is Yoga?
- Essential Elements of Asana Practice
- Taking the Seat of the Teacher
- Practical Human Anatomy for Yoga
- Introduction to Anatomy
- Anatomy Terms
- Muscles, Bones, and Joints in Yoga
- How to Apply Basic Anatomy to Understanding and Teaching Your Students
- Standing Asanas
- 27 Beginning to Advanced Standing Poses
- Alignment, Modifications, Use of Props, How to Demonstrate, Verbal and Tactile Cues and more
- Sounds: Music, Aum, Gayatri
MODULE 2: Cultivating Stability & Ease
- Guiding the Practice
- Subtle Energy & Yogic Anatomy
- Philosophy: The Yoga Sutras
- Abdominal Core Practices
- Hand/Arm Support Asanas
- 16 Beginning to Advanced Poses
- Best practices for Hands, Wrists & Shoulders)
- Origins and Ideas
- The Science of Breathing
- Preparatory Practices
- Pranayama Techniques
- Teaching Pranayama
- Mantra: Om Nama Shivaya, Om Namo Bhagavate, Gopala
- Guided Chakra Meditation
MODULE 3: Cultivating Clarity & Inner Power
- Insights from the Gita
- Back Bends
- 16 Beginning to Advanced Poses
- Arm Extension versus Arm Flexion Back Bends
- Contraction, Traction, and Leveraged Approaches
- 9 asanas
- How and Where to Initiate Spinal Rotation
- More Best Practices for Twisting
- Tantra: Weaving in the Whole of It All
MODULE 4: The Heart of Things
- Seated & Supine Forward Folds & Hip Openers
- 21 Beginning to Advanced Asanas
- Folds Folds and Hip Openers in Restorative versus Vigorous Classes
- Cultivating True Hip Mobilization
- 8 Asanas + Multiple Variations
- Myths & Contraindications
- Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations)
- Traditional Forms of Classical
- Traditional Forms of "A" & "B"
- Surya Namaskara Remixes
- More on Language, Diversity, and Inclusiveness
MODULE 5: For the Love of It All
- Teaching Pregnant Students
- Basics of Pre-Natal Yoga
- Post-partum Integration Practices
- Planning & Designing Classes
- Sequencing Principles and Methods
- The Arc Structure of Classes
- Interrelations of Asanas
- Applying Anatomy, Subtle Energy, and Psychology to Sequencing
- The Profession & Business of Teaching Yoga
- Continuing Education
- Teaching in Yoga Studios and Gyms
- Teaching Online
- Teaching Private Classes
- Designing and Teaching Workshops & Retreats
- Sustainability and Livelihood
Completion & Certification
- Class Observations (6)
- Class Sequences (3)
- 15-minute Teaching Videos (3)
- Certification Exam (1)
- Staying Connected
- Ongoing Mentoring with Mark Stephens
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CURRICULUM
Adam Sewell, USA
"The ultimate in high quality training for any level by a master who has studied in depth and imparts information in a way that all students can understand. Exemplary ethics in top class teaching that covers not just all Yoga Alliance required subjects but so much more. Mark has a photographic memory for many yoga texts, both modern and ancient. Mark's patient training is presented in a commonsensical and logical progression that enables all students to explore their own progression and direction, leading towards a well rounded extensive knowledge and a teaching certificate held in high regard by many." - Adam
WHO THIS TRAINING IS FOR
This teacher training is designed for anyone who has completed a 200-hour training and wishes to dive far more deeply into learning and refining their skills for a lifetime of teaching yoga with spirit, intelligence, and creativity.
If you feel inspired top develop your knowledge and skills and you appreciate that there is always more to learn, this training is for you!
This online training attracts a wide range of participants from a variety of backgrounds with diverse interests in life and yoga. Many are new to teaching while some are teacher trainers themselves, some still trying to find their path in the teaching world while others own studios or run retreat centers. Working and sharing together, participants in my advanced programs have at least one thing in common: the desire to keep learning and to develop into the most highly competent and confident teacher that they can be.
MODULE 1: Starts October 14, 2023
Live sessions: October 16, October 31
MODULE 2: Starts November 11, 2023
Live sessions: November 14, November 28
MODULE 3: Starts December 9, 2023
Live sessions: December 12, December 26
MODULE 4: Starts January 6, 2024
Live sessions: January 9, January 23
MODULE 5: Starts February 3, 2024
Live sessions: February 6, February 20
CERTIFICATION EXAM: Becomes available at the end of Module 5 and can be taken until the training closes.
TRAINING CLOSES: October 14, 2025
MATERIALS & REQUIREMENTS
The schedule, materials and requirements will be outlined in detail in the Training Syllabus and delivered to you via email upon registration.
As an online training, this course requires a strong and consistent internet connection because all the videos stream from our training platform and are not downloadable.
- Provided via PDF: Training Syllabus, Module Checklists, 67-page Anatomy Workbook, a 100-page Asana Workbook, a 38-page Sequencing Workbook
- Self-acquired Books: T. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga,
Jo-Ann Staugaard-Jones, The Concise Anatomy of Yoga, Mark Stephens, Teaching Yoga, Yoga Adjustments, Yoga Sequencing
COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION
- Watch all of the video learning content
- Attend all of the Live Group Sessions in real-time or watch the replays
- Complete the quizzes and supplemental activities
- Complete the Independent Study Project
- Pass the Certification Exam
REGISTRATION + TUITION
There are two ways to register and pay tuition for this training.
The full tuition is $2500.00 USD. If you pay in-full upon registration, you'll receive a $500 discount. You can also pay $500 USD per module and thereby spread out your tuition payments over the span of the training. When paying per module, you can go one module at a time, with no commitment to enrolling in subsequent modules.
Register with a friend and save $125 each on In Full or $25 each on Per Module.
Plus, joining with a friend means a familiar face, and added support and accountability. To take advantage of the Buddy Discount, please email Mark and he'll set you up with a special discount code (email@example.com).
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