Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
Starts January 2019
UB's 300 HR teacher training program now has a new format and starts January 25, 2019!
Our elective courses may also be taken individually by those not enrolled in the AYTT program, and most are eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance (noted in course descriptions).
2019 Course Dates:
May 31-Jun 2
with Jee Moon and Laurie Brockhaus
UB’s 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (AYTT) will take your profession to the next level. Through this program, you’ll deepen your own practice and expand your knowledge and teaching skills, to grow as both a yoga practitioner and instructor. Set yourself apart as a teacher by committing to a year of self-study, advanced learning, and strong guidance from highly knowledgeable and experienced instructors.
Our program will enhance your style and support your personal and professional goals in yoga. Each weekend of instruction is highly specialized and includes theory, technique, and application of new knowledge through practice teaching. You’ll participate in twelve 18-hour weekend intensives during 2019 and three 18-hour courses by the end of 2020, to complete the program and be eligible to register at the 500-hour level with Yoga Alliance (if you are already registered at the 200-hour level and have taught 100 hours).
Weekend Intensive Topics:
Laurie earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2004 and since then has regularly taught both children and adults, in studio and community settings. In 2012, she completed a 5-week advanced teacher training through Absolute Yoga in Koh Samui, Thailand, during which she studied Ashtanga yoga, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy, and Yin Yoga, to earn certification at the 500-hour level. In her group classes, Laurie creates a space for students to explore mindful movement that is strong, without being overwhelming and encourages a sense of self-awareness and empowerment through the practice of yoga. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified Yoga Therapist (through the International Association of Yoga Therapists), Laurie is interested in the mental health benefits of yoga and its value in trauma recovery, especially with children and adolescents. She often presents on the benefits of incorporating yoga techniques into clinical mental health therapy and in youth and social service settings. Laurie is the program manager, as well as a lead instructor, for Urban Breath Yoga’s 200 and 300-hour teacher training programs. As well, she is co-founder and manager of The Oxygen Project, a nonprofit started through Urban Breath Yoga that brings yoga and mindfulness into schools and youth agencies in the St. Louis area.
Jee completed her first teacher training course with a qigong teacher in Seoul, Korea in 2001. She then studied Ashtanga and Anusara Yoga in Thailand, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, and Taipei to earn Yoga Alliance International Certification. She spent time teaching in Singapore and in Seoul before moving to St. Louis in 2010. In her group classes, Jee intelligently blends free flowing postures, qigong, Yin Yoga (longer holds of postures), and Zen Buddhist-based meditation, in a lighthearted manner. Jee has trained extensively in Yin Yoga, functional anatomy, yoga philosophy, and meditation, traveling each year to California to study with Paul and Suzee Grilley. She is a lead instructor in Urban Breath Yoga’s 200 and 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training programs, offering unique and valuable teachings on physical and subtle body anatomy, energy systems, and infusing meditation and traditional yogic texts in the practice and teaching of yoga. Jee also brings Yin Yoga courses back to her home of Seoul, each year.
"Walking into the studio 5 months ago, I was nervous and wasn't sure what to expect. From the very first day I felt welcomed and accepted. I view this program as professional, fun & informational."
"I loved it. I found Laurie, Jee, and Stacy to be kind, knowledgeable, and thorough, not to mention helpful and professional. I felt that I grew as a teacher, a yoga student, and as an observer and participant of life."
"I valued the fact that we had work, that it was a legit learning experience instead of simply handing us a certificate at the end of the program. I liked that we had homework, assignments, and projects. It made me feel like I was expected to learn, not just go through the motions."
"The program was well put together and introduced us to many elements of yoga. I enjoyed learning about the history as well as the methodology of yoga. The program offered a welcoming, open community of yoga-like-minded individuals to come together and grow their knowledge/experience with yoga."
"I very much enjoyed the program. I thought the 1 year length was perfect - I can't imagine squeezing this into a shorter time period. The topics chosen were very relative and appropriate and, for the most part, well executed. There was a good mix of lecture, discussion and activities to break up the days."
"The Foundational YTT program was quite strong. It provided a comprehensive education of yoga history, philosophy, and living; pedagogy and techniques; anatomy of the physical and subtle bodies; and complementary thought-systems like Aruveyda, Buddhism, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I appreciated the structure of the program, in that we were given the opportunity to truly explore, test, and integrate concepts and lessons into our practices over the course of a year."
"My overall impression of the Urban Breath Yoga Teacher Training was very detailed and well rounded. The training did not just cover the physical aspects of teaching yoga (anatomy, alignment and cuing) it covered the philosophy, history, the roots of yoga. It honestly was a life changing experience for me. As I went through the training I would find myself applying the principles of yoga to my everyday life. I highly recommend this RYTT program to anyone interested in teaching yoga. You will not be disappointed!!!"
"My impression is that the instructors took immense time and care to plan and implement a thorough curriculum. The program surpassed my expectations of an introductory training in terms of the quality of instruction, the vigorousness of the curriculum and what I learned throughout the training! I loved the instructors, their passion and the experience! I have grown so much as a human and feel like I can make significant contributions as a yoga instructor! Love you guys!"
"The program was a very positive experience. The format was perfect for my schedule, and the diversity of training we received was interesting and helpful. I also enjoyed the friendships and connections I made with the other participants and instructors."