Therapeutic Elements of Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training at Schoolcraft Community College
A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF
MODERN & CLASSICAL YOGA
200-hr teacher training at
Arising from 19 years of teaching (and over 25 years of personal practice) Trevor's approach to Yoga & Ayurveda is educated, devotional, and lighthearted.
Trevor is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and has taught yoga since 2002. He has studied extensively with traditional Indian Yogi's (non-yoga alliance). Trevor is a Ayurvedic Health Consultant with the American Institute of Vedic Studies, a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Michigan, Certified Yoga Therapist (IAYT), and has studied Orthopedic Massage and Assessment with Dr. Ben Benjamin. Learn more about Trevor's story here.
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 at Eastern Michigan University and teaches ethics in light of Western psychology and Yogic principles.
What Student's are saying...
"Seven months into the Yoga Maya Lifestyle Submersion teacher training, I continue to be impressed by the depth and breadth of Trevor’s knowledge. His many years of study of not only the physical aspect of yoga, asana, and of anatomy, but also the spiritual traditions and yoga lifestyle have prepared him very well to guide his students to greater understanding. What we are learning and practicing is helping me to deepen my practice and offers an opportunity to grow spiritually" – Margo C.
This program will be held at Schoolcraft College department of continuing education for the 2020-2021 school year*. The goal of this program is to transform your life through submerging in yoga practices, in a community of practitioners. This program has a strong emphasis on uniting the ancient yogic anatomical sciences of subtle energy awareness, with modern western knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy. Yoga as a full mind-body-soul system with meditation as the spiritual heart of the tradition is shared in this 200 hour course.
(*It is likely that some or all of the fall semesters classes will take place on-line due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We prefer in-person training but will be taking it week by week. Students who register for the course will need to be prepared to practice Yoga at home via Zoom.)
WHAT PARTICIPANTS WILL EMERGE WITH
Participants who complete this course will be empowered to speak and demonstrate as professionals—combining western anatomical knowledge with eastern mystical understandings verified by centuries of lived experience, healing, and overall wellbeing. Graduates will have a well-rounded understanding of Yoga, its history, and its continuing importance in modern living today. Participants primarily seeking to advance their personal yoga experience will gain greater awareness of lifestyle choices that can enhance their practice. Such will include Mindfulness Meditation and modern research, Ayurvedic/yogic recommendations on diet, daily routine, and self-oilation, as well as tips about clothing, relationships, and overall self-care.
This program is designed to be a learning-journey aiding students in deepening their experience of Yoga as a physical 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: 15 hours
Extracurriculars: 8 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 practice a minimum of 4 times a week.
MODULE 1 - CLASSICAL HATHA YOGA & MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP):
• Classical Hatha Yoga and Sequencing of over 59 postures with variations and modifications
• Pavanmuktāsana Series 1 and 2 (Joint freeing yoga)
• Sun Salutation in light of Vinyasa krama ("to design in a specific way")
• Basic Pranayama (breath work)
• Mindfulness Meditation in light of Yogic Meditation and Modern Mindfulness
• Students will learn how to safely teach and modify all 59 asanas practiced and learned in TTP
• Including in-depth study of
• Sequencing of Hatha Yoga Classes
• Classical Sun Salutations
• Moon Salutations
• Joint Freeing Yoga Pavanmuktāsana Series
• Mantra Meditation
• Basics of Mindfulness Meditation for stress reduction
• Basic Pranayama
MODULE 2 - HATHA VINYASA FLOW & MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Techniques, Training, and Practice (TTP):
• Students will learn an additional 22 posture and continue the study of 18 from Module 1
• Surya Namaskar B and Vinyasa Krama
• The Yoga Maya Vinyasa Flow Sequencing System
• Seated Postures and Deepening Meditation with Pranayama and Mantra
• Vinyasa Flow Sequences in Active Hatha Yoga
• Students will learn how to safely teach and modify all 40 asanas practiced and learned in TTP
• Including an in-depth study of
• Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Sequencing in light of modifications and Vinyasa Krama
• Surya Namaskar B and Vinyasa Krama
• The Yoga Maya Vinyasa Flow Sequencing System and how to lead classes
• Seated Postures and Deepening Meditation with Pranayama and Mantra from Mindfulness to Superconsciousness
The Yoga Maya: Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training will teach you basic musculoskeletal anatomy as well as Ayurvedic terminology. 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
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 study Ayurveda and Samkhya Philosophy:
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 breathwork (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.
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. Participants will have a total 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).
We are partnering with Schoolcraft College Continuing Education Department for our second year to offer our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program.
We will run two modules:
MODULE ONE: FALL OF 2021
MODULE TWO: WINTER 2022
Registration begins late July 2021
First Class is Thursday, September 9th
Thursday Sept 9th - Dec16th (no class Nov 25th) - 6:00pm - 9:45pm
Saturday Sept 11th - 18th (no class Nov 27th) - 10:30am - 3:00pm
And extra classes on Sunday Sept 12 and Dec 12th - 10:30am - 3:00pm
COST: $1499 Module 1 | $1499 Module 2
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 be expected to keep a journal about their personal practice.
Participants will need to keep up with the weekly readings and share their contemplations through journaling and group discussions.
A full policy outlining attendance and homework and practicum can be requested here or picked up when you sign up at with the Continuing Education Department at Schoolcraft College.
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 Anatomy Coloring Book by Kelly Solloway
Peace is Every Step by Tich Nhat Hahn
Students will receive most homework through downloadable PDF resources. You can choose to print or keep saved on a computer.
Students will be required to pass Module 1 final exams in Anatomy, Philosophy, and the General Exam to enter into Module 2. To graduate from Module 2 students are required to pass Anatomy, Philosophy, the General Exam, Practicum and meet all other requirements for the course.
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 attendance standards as laid out in the Policy Document
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.
Schoolcraft is attending to all topics relating to application. Follow this link to register for the course. REGISTRATION OPENS July 18th, 2020. If you have any questions about content or what to expect from the course, you can email Trevor Chaitanaya Eller the Lead Trainer of the course here >
Yoga Maya Healing Arts LLC) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
As a teacher, Trevor is thoughtful, sensitive and open. His humor helps to create an environment where students are relaxed and feel free to ask questions and to comment on each other's postures. He is supportive and non-critical. He fosters a sense of community, which makes being a part of his class a rewarding experience. I highly recommend his classes and teacher training. –Margo C.