The Yoga Pearl is proud to offer you our Yoga Teacher Training Intensive program.  At the end of our Teacher Intensive, you will be a Certified Yoga Teacher with 200 hours of training.  Our Teacher Training Intensive is affiliated with the Independent Yoga Educators of America (IYEA).  The Yoga Pearl believes that while Yoga Alliance is a useful organization to some Yoga educators, it is not a governing body.  It is simply a business you, as a Yoga educator, pays dues to.  Working with the IYEA, The Yoga Pearl brings you a certification program that allows independence for the student to learn the art of Yoga without the involvement of any businesses.  The Independent Yoga Educators of America was founded on July 4, 2009 by Leslie Kaminoff (author of Yoga Anatomy).

On the IYEA website, Kaminoff states,  "IYEA’s mission is to promote and protect the independence of the yoga teaching community in America. IYEA embraces completely voluntary standards for the education training of teachers and students. IYEA endorses resistance to any entity that assumes the authority to license, regulate, or enforce its standards upon the yoga community."

In The United States of America, there is no governing body of Yoga (including Yoga Alliance).  We, here at The Yoga Pearl, revel in the sacred tradition that Yoga is a personal journey, and the teaching of Yoga should be treated as such.

The IYEA Statement of Principles is as follows:

I am an independent yoga educator.

I teach about the value of personal freedom on all levels of human experience.

I embrace my own standards for my education, and the training of my students, and am willing to be held accountable for living up to those standards.

I value my freedom to conduct my relationships without coercive interference by third parties.

I will resist to the best of my ability any entity that assumes the authority to license or regulate me as a yoga educator or to enforce its standards upon me

If you would like to move more deeply into your own practice and/or teach yoga to others, The Yoga Pearl Teacher Intensive may be for you!  This program is taught by Kate, who is certified at the 500 Hour Level and has over 10 years of experience teaching yoga.  The Yoga Pearl is affiliated with IYEA (Independent Yoga Educators of America) and is focused on the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical aspects of yoga practice. 

Below is our updated Teacher Training information for 2017.  Please read the information carefully before contacting us.  Everything you need to know, including cost and time commitments is below.

Supplemental Class/Teacher Training Schedule 2017

The Yoga Pearl will offer the Teacher Training Schedule in a whole new way this year!  We consistently receive requests from practitioners for ways to deepen their knowledge of yoga principles and practices without going through Teacher Training.  This year, all of the workshops will be offered to anyone who wants to take them (including Teacher Candidates) in a module format.  Sign up for one class, several classes, or continue on for a Teaching Certificate!  All of the following classes (except for the Teacher Support Group) are open to all practitioners!

If you are a Teacher Candidate, any of the classes marked with an "R" are required courses.  The required materials are also listed.  Perhaps you cannot make the full commitment this year to finish the training course, you may carry over the courses for one year - once you have all of the requirements completed, you may apply for the certificate.  We will hold one graduation ceremony per year, on the second Saturday of September.  So, if you like to push right through, you may be certified by September 9, 2017!  (Or you may want to wait until the next graduation date in September 2018).  Please plan on attending the required informational meeting on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 pm for all the details.

The prices are included for each course.  For those of you on the Teacher Candidate track, the entire course (without the cost of materials and studio classes) is $1200.00.  There is no need for a "payment" plan, as payment is only required when you sign up for the course itself.  This makes the course more easily affordable also.  The certificate you will receive at the end of the training is for Basic Teaching Skills (formerly known as the 200 CYT certificate).  Look for the Intermediate Teaching Skills (formerly known as the 300 CYT certificate) Course requirements available in Fall 2017 and a new Advanced Teaching Skills Course (equivalent to a 500 CYT certificate) available in Spring 2018!

Class Schedule 2017

Saturday    1/7/17        R    1:00-2:00 p.m.    Cost: N/C,  Informational Meeting for Basic Teaching Skills Teacher Training

Saturday    1/14/17    R    1:00-3:00 p.m.    Cost: See Below, Orientation for Basic Teaching Skills Teacher Training

Saturday    1/21/17     R    Ongoing        Cost: $400.00, Yoga Anatomy - This is an ongoing, on-line course in basic anatomy as it pertains to yoga asanas.  It is appropriate for anyone at any level.  You go at your own pace, from the comfort of your own computer.  You have until December 31, 2017 to complete the course, if you are NOT on the Teacher Candidate Track.  This particular course is only available through Yoga Schools.  Access to the internet and a printer is required.  

Saturday    1/21/17    R    1:00-3:00 p.m.     Cost: $25.00,  "Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" - this is a class based upon the material by Deepak Chopra in his book, audiobook, and movie by the same title.  It is truly transformational!  Materials Required:  "The Seven Spiritual Laws ofSuccess" in any format of your choice.

Sundays     1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19  R  12:00-2:00 p.m.  Cost: $125.00,  "The Yamas and the Niyamas" - this class discusses in detail yoga's ten ethical guidelines, which are considered the foundation to living skillfully. Materials Required:  "The Yamas and the Niyamas" by Deborah Adele.

The last Saturday of each month - Meditation Circle - 1:00-2:00 p.m. Cost: Varies, This is an ongoing class at The Yoga Pearl.  If you have a pass, this class is included.  Otherwise, a drop-in fee applies.  Teacher Candidates are required to attend at least 6 Meditation Circles for successful completion of the Basic Teaching Skills Certificate.

Wednesdays     2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3, 6/7, 7/5, 8/2, 9/6  7:00-8:30 p.m. Cost: See Below, Teacher Support Group - required for Teacher Candidates.  

Saturdays    2/4, 2/11, 2/18    R    1:00-3:00 p.m.     Cost: $75.00,  "Owning Your Shadow Side" - this class is an exploration of the goddesses in yoga philosophy as explained by Sally Kempton and Debbie Ford's work on the "shadow", as interpreted from Carl Jung's definition.  Find the strength inherent in owning your shadow side instead of hiding it!  Materials Required:  "Awakening Shakti" by Sally Kempton.

Saturday    3/4        R    1:00-3:00p.m.    Cost: $25.00, "Pranayama" - this introduction to the breathing techniques most often done in yoga classes is both an explanatory and practical guide to getting the most out of something we do all the time - breathe!  No materials required.

Saturday    3/11        R    1:00-3:00 p.m.    Cost: $25.00, "The Art of Self-Care" - what is really needed for supportive self-care?  Learn some ways to elevate this craft into an art!  No materials required.

Wednesdays     3/15, 3/22    R    7:00-9:00 p.m.    Cost: $50.00, "The Lost Teachings of Yoga" - comprehensive study on Yoga's original spiritual wisdom and practices.  If you have always wanted "more" - this is it!  Materials Required:  "The Lost Teachings of Yoga" by Georg Feuerstein (audio only).

Saturday    3/18    R    1:00-3:00 p.m.         Cost: $25.00, "Class Sequencing" - introduction to sequencing yoga asanas for "the greatest benefit with the least amount of compromise".  Materials Required:  "Yoga Sequencing" by Mark Stephens.

Saturday    4/8    R    1:00-3:00 p.m.         Cost: $25.00, "Balancing the Chakras" - a class designed to assist you in balancing the chakral energy for more skillful living.  No materials required.

Saturday    4/22        R    1:00-3:00 p.m.         Cost: $25.00, "Mudras - Symbolic Body Language" - hand gestures have powerful significance and can enhance our daily lives.  This an introduction to 18 "gestures of power".  No materials required.

Saturday    5/6        R    1:00-3:00 p.m.     Cost: $25.00, "Adaptive Yoga for Special Needs" - this class will explore basic adaptive techniques for practicing asanas if you have special needs.  No materials required.

Saturday    5/27        R    1:00-3:00 p.m.     Cost: $25.00, "Asanas for Kids" - this class is for adults who wish to share yoga poses the kids in their lives.  Get them interested and keep them interested! No materials required.

Saturday     6/3        R    1:00-3:00 p.m.     Cost: $25.00, "Asana Modifications" - this class is an introduction to modifying traditional yoga poses for specific physical challenges.  Some modifications we will explore will be specific to back, knee, hip, and shoulder issues.  No materials required.

Saturday    6/17        R    1:00-3:00 p.m.     Cost: $25.00, "Using Props in your Practice" - learn how to use straps, blocks, bolsters, Zafus, and the wall to increase your feeling of competency on the mat.  Materials provided for the class...recommendations for purchase of your own.

Saturday    7/8        R    1:00-3:00 p.m.     Cost: $25.00, "Restorative Techniques" - learn how to use restorative poses to enhance relaxation and more restful sleep.  Materials provided for the class...recommendations for purchase of your own.

Saturday    7/22         R    1:00-3:00 p.m.     Cost:  $25.00, "Gentle Asana" - having a gentle yoga practice to go to when a challenging class feels a bit overwhelming can be a lovely tool in your self-care toolbox. No materials required.

Saturday    8/5        R    1:00-3:00 p.m.     Cost: $25.00, "Yin In-Depth" - explore the philosophy and anatomy wisdom inherent in Yin Yoga.  No materials required.

Saturday    8/12        R    1:00-3:00 p.m.     Cost: $25.00, "Advanced Asana" - in this class we will explore arm balance, standing balances, advanced twists, and inversions.  Take your practice to a whole new level!  No materials required.

The cost for the Orientation Meeting and all Support Meetings are $200.00, payable at Orientation.

During the weeks of August 20th and August 27th, those on the Basic Teaching Skills Teacher Candidate Track will be presenting their public classes.

Graduation for qualifying Teacher Candidates will be on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:30-2:00 p.m.