Yoga Teacher Training
Become a Yoga Teacher
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.
The Foundational Yoga Teacher Training Program (200HR FYTT) is designed for committed yoga students who want to intensify their personal practice and develop the skills and confidence to teach others. Our comprehensive curriculum consists of in-depth study of anatomy and alignment for beginning through advanced postures, exploration of yoga history and philosophy, and development of teaching methodology for safe and effective instruction. We 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 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 group classes, and practice teach.
The 200HR FYTT program is currently offered as a 10-weekend extended course. Next course begins Friday, July 10, 2015.
Urban Breath Yoga is a registered as a Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and is registered with the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
10-weekend Extended Course | July 2015-June 2016 | Schedule & Location
Schedule for the 11-month, 10-weekend course:
Module 1 (2015):
Module 2 (2016):
Fridays - 5pm-9pm (4 hours)
Saturdays - 1pm-8pm (7 hours)
Sundays - 9am-4pm (7 hours)
18 hours/weekend for 10 weekends
Total- 180 classroom hours
*Please note that at least 20 additional non-contact hours (consisting of class practice, class observations, readings, homework assignments, and projects) throughout the course is required.
UB Yoga Maplewood
2812 Sutton Blvd
Maplewood, MO 63143
10-weekend Extended Course | January- November 2016 | COMING SOON.
Details for the 10-weekend Extended Course held January- November 2016 will be posted soon.
Faculty and Staff
|Laurie Brockhaus, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, MSW, LCSW - Primary Instructor
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, E-RYT 200 - 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
|Steve Retzlaff, RYT- Assistant Instructor
Although Steve started yoga in 1993, he sees beginning a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2005 as the start of his true yoga practice. He completed that course in 2007, as well as a 500-hour training in 2014, both with Pam Schulte of Just Practice Yoga.
Steve's full bio
|Madeleine Webb, RYT- Progam Advisor
Madeleine began practicing as a child in 1998 under Todd Roderick and Adele Gale, Atlanta's first Ashtanga teacher whose celebrity students Sheryl Crow, Madonna, and Gwyneth Paltrow popularized the traditional style in the West.
Madeleine'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 FYTT include:
- Adapting yoga for children
- Adapting yoga for women who are pregnant
- Yoga practices to balance mood
- Partner yoga and therapeutics
Tuition: $2600 ($200 deposit due at time of enrollment, $2400 tuition balance due by June 15, 2015 for the 10-weekend extended course)
- Tuition includes unlimited yoga at UB Yoga while enrolled in the course.
- Spaces are limited. We strongly encourage you to apply early. This course often fills up.
- Your application will be placed on a wait list once we reach our maximimum capacity.
There is an option to pay the course fee over the duration of the course. Additional fees apply.
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 will be awarded for both the 5-month intensive and the 10-weekend extended course. Applications for this scholarship must be submitted, along with course application. Note: The scholarship has been awarded for the 2015-2016 10-weekend extended course.
Required Texts & Additional Costs
Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques
by Mark Stephens
Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes
by Mark Stephens
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda
Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation
by Stephen Mitchell
The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 1
by Ray Long
The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
by Jack Kornfield
Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship
by Donna Farhi
Yoga Adjustments: Philosophy, Principles, and Techniques
by Mark Stephens
Light on Life
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
*Additional texts may be added to this list, with the final list available at least two months prior to course start.
**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
Step 1: Submit your application
We will contact you within one week of receiving your application.
Step 2: Submit two letters of recommendation
Step 3: Attend a group yoga class
When we contact you upon receipt of your application, we will ask you to set up a time to attend a group class instructed by Laurie Brockhaus, a primary instructor of the course.
Step 3: Acceptance
You will be notified via email of acceptance into the program within two weeks after attendance at a group class. Please note that we do not accept everyone who applies to our 200-hour FYTT program. Registration for the Student Immerison weekends are open to anyone who would like to join, but the Foundational Yoga Teacher Training program is selective.
Step 4: Enroll in the course
Upon acceptance, you will receive the Enrollment Agreement to formally register for the course. To secure your spot in the course, a $200 deposit fee is required. You will also recieve the course catalog at this time.
Step 5: Pay in full or arrange payment
Pay the course in full or arrange a payment plan with administration by January 16, 2015 for the 5-month intensive course and by June 5, 2015 for the 10-weekend extended course.
Prospective students must:
- be at least 18 years of age.
- have a minimum of one year recent yoga experience (more experience is highly recommended).
- have a current regular yoga practice of at least 3-4 times per week.
- be available to commit to the full course schedule.
- demonstrate ability to pay for the course tuition or make payment plan arrangements.
- arrange to attend a group class taught by program advisor and primary instructor Laurie Brockhaus at UB Yoga.
What happens if I miss a day or a weekend of class?
It is required that you are present for all classes. In the case of an emergency 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 FYTT course.
Is your program registered with Yoga Alliance?
Yes, the UB Yoga 200HR FYTT program is registered with Yoga Alliance. We are a 200-hour Registered Yoga School. Graduates of our program may apply as a 200-hour level Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.
When do my unlimited yoga classes begin?
Your unlimted yoga at UB is valid from from February 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 for the 5-month intensive course and from July 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016 for the 10-weekend extended course. 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 five hours a week on outside yoga practice, observations, readings, and homework.
What participants say about the program
From 2013-3014 course participants:"I love the program. The program has been planned very well and the teaching is excellent. I love that we have the expertise of 2 (and more) teachers."
"Top notch. The expertise of the teachers is without question the most valuable, but their supportive, humorous interaction with such a large group makes learning challenging subject matter a really enjoyable experience. "
"[I value most] the diversity of the teachers in the program as well as the teachers in the yoga studio. I value gaining such a tremendous amount of knowledge about the whole of yoga."
"I appreciate that it's been much more about internal work, introspection, meditation, and subtle shifts in perspective than perfecting asanas. Even more than any material covered in the program, I appreciate the community of committed yogis supporting each other. We're all really different, but able to share something really special through our mutual commitment to yoga and collective journey into it."
"So far I have been very pleased with the program. It has been a good combination of practice, philosophy and instruction. I have enjoyed the readings, especially the Wise Heart. I like that the program is very diverse in that we are not just learning about one style of yoga. I like that we are also incorporating mediation in as well. I enjoy being able to take as many classes as I want during the training. It allows me a lot of exposure to different teaching styles and yoga styles"
"I have loved every bit of this program. I think it is very well-organized, especially because every weekend has its own theme. It always comes as a nice "package" of things that go together well. I also enjoy that there's a mix of instructors, and that equal time was allotted for "lecturing" and discussion. I like that we often break up into small groups, so we get to know each other. I also appreciated that we were exposed to several types of yoga, ranging from yin to Ashtanga. I also liked that we addressed all sorts of other yoga-related topics too, including diet and whatnot. I cannot emphasize enough how much I value the people I have met. It is so interesting to meet new people with similar interests and hear their "yoga stories," or what brought them to where they are today. I am grateful that the program is so diverse, representing different genders, races, ages and backgrounds. There is always a range of different perspectives and experiences. The students here are great people; they go out of their way to encourage and be nice to one another. I feel supported by the other students in the program, and I would feel comfortable asking any one of them for help.
Additionally, all of the readings, teachings and discussion on yoga philosophy and meditation practice have really helped me in my life outside of the yoga classroom. I find myself more often now questioning what I do, evaluating my reactions, trying to practice less judgment and more compassion and generally trying to live more presently and mindfully, which has done wonders for my own happiness and wellbeing."