Yoga Teacher Training
Is your passion for yoga growing? Do you find yourself rearranging your schedule to make it to your favorite classes? Practicing challenging postures in your living room? Seeking out yoga books and websites? Encouraging friends and family to join you for classes? If so, you may be ready to delve deeper into your practice and make yoga a more prominent part of your life. Maybe you're considering sharing your love of yoga with others through teaching, or maybe you're interested in expanding your knowledge to grow your personal practice. Urban Breath Yoga is excited to introduce a new yoga teacher training course. 2013-2014 18 hours/weekend Location: Course Cost: $2600 Early Bird Pricing Scholarship: Required Texts: Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 1 The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology Light on Life *Additional texts may be added to this list, with the final list available at least two months prior to course start. The June 2013-May 2014 YTT program is full. Enrollment is closed. Please check back for new course dates. Step 2: Come in for an interview
Become a Yoga Teacher
The Yoga Teacher Training is designed for committed yoga students who want to intensify their personal practice and develop the skills and confidence to teach others. The course will convene one weekend per month for ten months. Our comprehensive curriculum will consist of in-depth study of anatomy and alignment in beginning through advanced postures, exploration of yoga history and philosophy, and development of teaching methodology for safe and effective instruction. We will introduce various yoga styles, and teachings will draw especially from instructors' experiences in Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga; however, each student will be encouraged to develop a teaching style that aligns with his or her strengths and personality. We will aim to foster a collaborative learning environment that is compassionate and empowering (and of course, fun!) while challenging students to practice strongly and think critically in an effort to inspire them toward self-awareness and becoming the best teachers they can be. In addition to classroom practice and discussions, students will participate in practice teaching and other projects designed to hone their teaching skills. Outside of class, students will have readings and assignments and will be expected to observe, reflect on, assist and student teach in yoga classes.
The Student Immersion is an option for students who may not have intentions to teach, but are ready to explore their yoga practice beyond regular studio classes. Learn more here.
Urban Breath Yoga is a registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.
Laurie Brockhaus, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, MSW, LCSW - Primary Instructor, Program Advisor
A teacher at heart, Laurie will share advanced knowledge of yoga technique for physical and mental health benefits and her experience in teaching safely and effectively to diverse populations as a primary instructor of the course. As our program advisor, she is also available to answer questions and provide guidance as you make decisions about and participate in the training.
Laurie's full bio
Jee Moon, E-RYT 200 - Primary Instructor
If you've taken class with Jee, you know how intuitive and precise her instruction is. Jee's yoga study has taken her around the world, and she lends a wealth of teaching experience and extensive study in Yin Yoga and Buddhist meditation practices as a primary instructor of the course.
Jee's full bio
Stacy Broussard, RYT - Assistant Instructor
Stacy has a knack for clearly, intelligently, and gracefully leading students through a yoga practice. As an assistant instructor of the course, she'll offer teachings on the art of instruction and building a strong and mindful practice on and off the mat.
Stacy's full bio
Talah Alem, RYT, LMT - Assistant Instructor
Talah's thorough understanding of the body, gleaned from her career as both a yoga instructor and massage therapist, is evident in her concisely instructed and skillfully sequenced classes. As an assistant instructor of the course, she will share her knowledge of anatomy and physiology and how they inform a yoga practice.
Talah's full bio
Yoga Techniques Training and Practice (100 hours)
Students will practice and study asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation. Each day of the course will begin with a guided group practice of a particular aspect or style of yoga that students will then analyze and learn to teach. Asana and pranayama will be based on traditional Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin styles, and meditation training will be mostly focused on practices rooted in the Buddhist tradition.
Teaching Methodology (25 hours)
Students will learn the art of teaching by practicing demonstration, observation, assists and adjustments. Effective class sequencing and meeting individual student needs in a group setting will be emphasized. As well, students will learn practical business aspects of teaching yoga.
Anatomy and Physiology (30 hours)
Students will analyze in-depth how the physical and energetic body is affected by yoga practice, studying how specific postures and breathing affect the muscles, joints, organs and bodily systems, as well as the nadis (energy channels) and chakras (centers of energy). Students will apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to principles of teaching, including benefits of postures, contraindications, and sequences for specific physical and mental health issues.
Physical practice is only one of many aspects of yoga. Students will read and analyze traditional yoga texts and study the history and philosophy of yoga so that they may infuse yogic thought and action into their lives and into the classes they teach.
Practicum (10 hours)
In order to develop fully as teachers, students will be expected to observe and assist others teaching, practice teach, and reflect upon and receive feedback of their teaching.
Other topics that will be briefly covered in the YTT include:
Schedule & Location
12 Month, 200 Hour Program Schedule:
Module 1 (2013)
Module 2 (2014)
Total- 180 classroom hours
*Please note that an additional non-contact hours/month, consisting of class practice and observations, will be expected. As well, outside reading and homework assignments will be required throughout the course.
UB Yoga - Dogtown
1220 Tamm Ave
St Louis, MO 63139
[$200 due at time of enrollment, $2400 tuition balance due by May 15, 2013]
Course fee includes 12 months of unlimited yoga at UB, valued at $1440 (June 1, 2013-May 30, 2014)
Spaces are limited. We strongly encourage you to apply early. Your application will be placed on a wait list once we reach our maximimum capacity.
Get $150 off if paid in full by April 1, 2013.
Work-study opportunities allow students to trade work for tuition reduction. Positions are very limited, and an interview is necessary to be selected for the YTT work study.
One need-based scholarship for 50% off tuition has been awarded for the 2013-2014 program.
Required Texts & Additional Costs
by Mark Stephens
Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes
by Mark Stephens
translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda
by Stephen Mitchell
by Ray Long
by Jack Kornfield
Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship
by Donna Farhi
The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 2
by Ray Long
Yoga Beyond Belief
by Ganga White
by BKS Iyengar
The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice
by Georg Feuerstein
Yoga and Vegetarianism
by Sharon Gannon
by Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley
**All texts may be purchased new or used.
Students will be required to have their own yoga mat which may cost anywhere from $20-$100 depending on the type chosen.
Admission Requirements & Application Process
Prospective students must:
Step 1: Submit your application
We will contact you to set up an interview within one week of submitting your application.
You will be interviewd by Laurie Brockhaus, our program advisor and a primary instructor of the course. Please note that we do not accept everyone who applies to our 200 hour YTT. Registration for the Student Immerison is open to anyone who would like to join, but the full Yoga Teacher Training program is selective.
Step 3: Acceptance
You will be notified in writing of acceptance into the program.
Step 4: Enroll in the course
Upon acceptance, you will need to complete the official enrollment agreement to formally register for the course. To hold your spot in the course, a $200 enrollment fee is due.
Step 5: Arrange payment
Pay the course in full by May 15, 2013, or arrange a payment plan with administration.
To register for the full YTT, you must have at least a year (we recommend more) of a dedicated yoga practice. This is to ensure that personal practice has informed your decision to teach. To register for just the Student Immersion, there are no pre-requisites or interview.
What happens if I miss a day or a weekend of class?
It is imperative that you are present for all classes. In the case of an unplanned absence, you will need to make arrangements with a primary instructor to cover missed material; this may include private instruction at an additional cost.
Will I be qualified to teach yoga when I complete the course?
You will be qualified and prepared to teach yoga at the successful completion of the full YTT course.
Is your program registered with Yoga Alliance?
Yes, the UB Yoga YTT 200 program is registered with Yoga Alliance. We are a 200 RYS. Graduates of our program can apply for their RYT through Yoga Alliance.
When do my unlimited yoga classes begin?
Your unlimted yoga at UB is valid from June 1, 2013 through May 30, 2014. If you are currently a UB member, your membership will be put on hold for those months.
How much time should I expect to spend on homework?
You should expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week on outside yoga practice, observations, readings, and homework.
Is your passion for yoga growing? Do you find yourself rearranging your schedule to make it to your favorite classes? Practicing challenging postures in your living room? Seeking out yoga books and websites? Encouraging friends and family to join you for classes? If so, you may be ready to delve deeper into your practice and make yoga a more prominent part of your life. Maybe you're considering sharing your love of yoga with others through teaching, or maybe you're interested in expanding your knowledge to grow your personal practice. Urban Breath Yoga is excited to introduce a new yoga teacher training course.
Course Cost: $2600
Early Bird Pricing
Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation
The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 1
The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
Light on Life
*Additional texts may be added to this list, with the final list available at least two months prior to course start.
The June 2013-May 2014 YTT program is full. Enrollment is closed. Please check back for new course dates.
Step 2: Come in for an interview