200 Hour Teacher Training

– Online Course 2021–

Classical Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda & Western Anatomy
January 9th  – June 20th | 2021

take a deep breath,

and let go. 2020 will soon be in the rearview mirror, and 2021 holds new possibilities

This year has been marked by genuine upheaval, stress, and worry. Our world seems to be going crazy, and the need for practices that ground our minds in the present moment, and soothes our frazzled nerves are needed more than ever. You're ready for it, we're ready for it. 

You're also probably ready to let go of any practices, teachers, and organizations that espouse taking leave of your own intuition, body wisdom, and common sense in the name of "Yoga".  Perhaps market driven "Yoga", that is devoid of the larger history and culture of India has you exhausted and confused?  

Are you growing skeptical of ungrounded claims around the health and healing benefits of Yoga, yet know they are there, but a bit burnt-out on the New Age woo?  Are you wary of Yoga practices that breaks down your body because it's being taught for one body type (the instagram yogi) and doesn't take age, personal goals, anatomical structures or women's bodies into account?  We address these topics with clarity and grounded understanding in our 200 hour program.  I often remind my students, just because you can get into a challenging asana, doesn't mean you should, or that is is best for you body and mind.  When we make a claim about Yoga it is grounded in Ayurveda and Western Science, or we honestly admit when we don't know. 

We want you to be empowered from the start by understanding how modern professional ethics share intentions and goals with Yogas system of Yama and Niyama, and how this relates to your roll as a contemporary yoga teacher. We explain the reasons why we share certain practices, and what they do on a physical and energetic level. No blind faith needed here.

Yoga can and does make sense.  It also has deep spiritual potential beyond our conditioned nature.  

Our teacher training was named Yoga Maya by the Swamis at Mothers Trust Ashram. Why Yoga Maya?  Maya has many meanings one of them is Power. Yoga and Maya together is the "Power of the Divine in the World", our training is based on the potency of Yoga Maya (a name of Durga) so that "modern mystics with mission hearts can love and serve all". 

 

To approach Yoga with integrity we need to remember, one size, does NOT fit all. Join us in our non-dogmatic approach to traditional yoga teachings grounded in anatomy and Ayurveda so that you can have an empowered and individualized practice and share this information powerfully with the world in 2021 and beyond.

Sincerely, 


Trevor Chaitanya Eller & Miriam Dowd-Eller

TEACHER TRAINING & YOGA LIFESTYLE SUBMERSION​

Integrating Traditional Wisdom with Scientific Knowledge

Students in this course will study an Ayurvedic approach to Classical Hatha Yoga, Vedic and Yogic philosophy (including the study of the Yoga Sutras of Sage Patanjali), and empower students with the knowledge of Western Anatomy and ancient subtle body anatomy as it applies to yogic practices and lifestyle choices. 

Upon graduation students will be empowered to teach and understand Yoga postures, meditation and breath work in light of Ayurvedic mind body systems.

Students will be required to hold a daily Yoga practice during the course to help ground the practice into your memory and teaching style. 

You must have a good internet connection to join this class and be able to use Zoom. 

 
SCHEDULE

SATURDAYS, 11am - 7pm EST

January 9th through June 19th

SUNDAYS, 10:00am - 1:00pm EST

January 10th & 17th

June 13th & 20th

TUITION

 

$1900 Early bird discount 

$1999 After November 15th

$100 off if you sign up with a friend 

Payment is excepted via PayPal, Square or check. After your application is processed and your entrance interview with Trevor is complete he will send you links for payment.

(if international exchange rates are making the training inaccessible please reach out to Trevor directly)

To register please fill out the application form

LEAD TEACHER, TREVOR CHAITANYA

Arising from over two decades personal practice and teaching, Trevor's approach to Yoga, Vedanta & Ayurveda is educated, devotional, and lighthearted. Trevor is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and has studied extensively with traditional Indian Yogi's (non-yoga alliance affiliated teachers).  Trevor is an Ayurvedic Health Consultant with the American Institute of Vedic Studies, a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Michigan, Certified Yoga Therapist (IAYT), Integral Yoga Stress Management Consultant and practices Orthopedic Massage and Assessment techniques taught by Dr. Ben Benjamin.  As a body worker he has studied anatomy, physiology and pathology in-depth. He has also studied fascial anatomy with Tom Myers. ​ His approach to teaching is highly informed by both western anatomy and classical yogic text and philosophy.  Learn more about Trevor's studies, credentials and story click here.

GUEST TEACHERS

Miriam Dowd-Eller teaches an embodied approach to Anatomy and Physiology for this program. Learn more about Miriam here.

Marya Mccarroll, PhD is a professor of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University and long time Yoga student of Trevors.  She has a private therapy practice and will be teaching ethics in light of Western psychology and Yogic principles for this online course. 

CURRICULUM

This program is designed to be a learning-journey aiding students in deepening their experience of Yoga as a spiritual practice and lifestyle, with meditation as the heart of the traditional Yoga system. This course focuses heavily on yoga as an inner journey of personal transformation. Participants of the program will learn yogic life skills, practices, and a holistic worldview that can weave into any current lifestyle.  For students who feel ready to teach publicly upon completing this course, you will be able to register with Yoga Alliance and legally insure yourself as a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher.

MINIMUM OVERALL CONTENT HOURS

 

Techniques: Asana, Meditation, and Pranayama: 100 hours

Teaching Methodology: 30 hours

Anatomy & Physiology: 20 hours

Philosophy/Lifestyle/Ethics: 30 hours

Practicum: 10 hours

Students can expect to spend at least 1 hour a day on homework and 45 minutes to 1 1/2 a day on daily yoga and meditation practice. To graduate students are required to do their best to keep a daily yoga practice.

CLASSICAL HATHA YOGA & AYURVEDIC VIEW OF YOGA 

Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP): 

     • Classical Hatha Yoga and Sequencing of basic and intermediate postures with variations and modifications 

     • Pavanmuktāsana - Joint freeing yoga

     • Sun Salutation in light of Vinyasa krama ("to design in a specific way") 

     • Basic Pranayama (breath work)

     

Methodology:

     • Students will learn how to safely teach and modify all asanas practiced and learned in TTP in light of Ayurvedic mind body and type and western anatomy   

     • Including in-depth study of

         • Sequencing of Hatha Yoga Classes

         • Classical Sun Salutations

         • Moon Salutations

         • Joint Freeing Yoga Pavanmuktāsana Series

         • Mantra Meditation 

         • Basic Pranayama 

ANATOMY

  

The entire course is permeated with anatomical view of the body.  Trevor and Miriam work as a team to assure students learn how to practice yoga postures in a way that is safe to various life phases, body types and exercise/meditation goals.  Students will learn basic musculoskeletal anatomy as well as Ayurvedic mind body approach a balanced lifestyle. We strongly feel, Yoga in the modern age needs to incorporate Western scientific knowledge while remaining connected to subtle body anatomy (from Ayurveda and Yoga).

Students will study western anatomy in light of yoga, and master:

 

  • Medical Anatomical Terminology of planes, movements, directions PLUS Anatomically-informed cuing

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Stretching, Strengthening, and Breath-work (pranayama)

  • Basic Bones, Joints, Natural Range of Motion, and Common Injuries

  • Major Muscle Groups and Common Pathologies 

  • Intro to Pain Science and Fascial Research

  • Structural and postural assessment

  • The impacts of pranayama, mantra, and deep relaxation on the 11 major systems of the body

 

Students will also study Ayurveda and Samkhya Philosophy to inform subtle body anatomy. This includes guna, dosha, the five elements, the vital essences, and how the application of this knowledge is best shaped by situational differences (e.g., personal goals for yoga practice and life-stage constraints and opportunities). Students will become knowledgeable in subtle body anatomy of chakras, the five vayus and how they relate to posture and breath work (pranas), and how prana relates to postures. We will look at yoga sequences and practices based out of the theory of how asana, pranayama, and meditation impact prana and one's overall wellbeing. 

 

With this knowledge, graduates can structure classes that are appropriate for individual anatomical needs and different life phases.

 

YOGIC PHILOSOPHY

 

Participants will learn the essence of yoga and its three major schools, Bhakti, Jnana and Karma Yoga.  Students will study the major sutras of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika as well in-depth classes on the Nirvana Shatakam, written by Adi Shankacharya the ancient teacher of non dual philosophy (Advita Vedanta).  Participants will have a minimum of 20 hours of philosophy classes.  For students interested in yogic philosophy, this course will give you in-depth familiarity with yogic philosophy, and how it relates to all aspects of life and branches of practice.  

Upon completion of the course, students will clearly understand the differences between Vedanta, Yoga, Samkhya, Ayurveda, and Tantra (traditional). 

HOMEWORK

 

  • Signing up for this course is making a commitment to your daily practice of yoga on and off the mat. Without a daily practice, one will not have the experience to teach with confidence and integrity. Daily practice is vital for contacting the mood of the yogi, which is the most fundamental skill to help carry others into the yogic state of mind.  

  • Participants will need to keep up with the weekly readings and share their contemplations through group discussions.

  • Some weeks there will be homework "test" sent via google classroom. 

READING MATERIALS (Additional reading requirements will be included in the Student Resources section of this site)

  • Yoga: A Guide to the Teachings and Practices by Dr. David Frawley

  • Yoga and Ayurveda by Dr. David Frawley

  • Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy by Mukunda Stiles

  • Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book by Kelly Solloway

  • Students will receive most homework through downloadable PDF resources. You can choose to print or keep saved on a computer.

FINAL EXAM

Students will be required to pass mid way and final exams in Anatomy and Philosophy as well as complete all test sent via google classroom. 

For graduation participants must: 

 

  • Agree to the Yoga Maya School of Yoga and Meditation Code of Ethics, as well as Yoga Alliance Code of Ethics.

  • Be able to clearly lead a 1-hour yoga class

  • Pass all tests (70% to pass)

  • Pass the Practicum 

  • Meet minimum attendance policy 

REGISTRATION AS A YOGA TEACHER 

 

This course surpasses Yoga Alliance Standards for completion of a 200-hour Yoga Teacher training. Usual standards for excused absences, along with demonstrations of participant competencies, effort, and dedication will entail fulfillment of course requirements.

APPLICATION 

Follow the button below to fill out the free application and schedule a short meeting with Trevor Chaitanya to discus the course. 

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