200-Hour Living Yoga Teacher Training - Fall 2020

200-Hour Living Yoga Teacher Training - Fall 2020
August 28th, 2020 9:00 AM

At Breathing Room we are passionate about upholding the integrity of the yoga tradition by educating our community about the in-depth and diverse teachings of the full eight limbs of yoga. Our Living Yoga Teacher Training is designed to immerse trainees in deep education of all areas of yoga, not just asana or physical postures.

Each session incorporates multiple teachings, from asana and anatomy to philosophy, pranayama, subtle body and meditation. We place a large emphasis on learning the yamas and niyamas, which are 10 guidelines or codes of conduct for living in relationship to self and to others. These are the first two limbs and the foundation of the yoga system, from which all other understanding flows and builds.

We also focus deeply on the chakra system as a way of not only learning about the body and its foundational energies, but also of healing and understanding the self more deeply. The study of the chakras sets the foundation for sequencing the asana poses into clear and creative classes.

Together we will learn the history of yoga, from overviews dating back thousands of years to more recent shifts of how yoga has developed in our western culture over the last 100 years. We will talk about the importance of recognizing these changes, the value of teaching in a way that honors yoga’s roots, and the harmful impacts of cultural appropriation. We will also explore the equity and inequity that shows up in modern yoga communities and discuss the impacts on all of us in creating true cultures for belonging and connected communities.

By the end of the training you will have a deep understanding of the eight limbs of yoga and how they can impact you and your students’ lives. You will also gain a strong foundation and understanding of the body, its anatomy and how to sequence a full yoga class comprised of mindful movement, philosophy, breathwork and meditation. After the training, all graduates will have the opportunity to teach Karmic Community Classes (KCCs) at Breathing Room to further develop your teaching skills. The KCC program is specifically designed to give our trainees teaching experience immediately after graduating, while also offering financially accessible donation-based classes to the community.

Breathing Room’s Living Yoga Teacher Training invites you with open arms to this incredibly life impacting journey of the self, through the self, by the self, with a passionate staff of teachers and group of peers. We call it the Living Yoga Teaching Training because you are indeed learning how to live these practices, not just teach them. Through this process we are truly opened to the power and abundance of the self that yoga always intended for the practitioner to know and step into.

This is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified training. Modules include:

  • Warmups & sun salutations
  • Intro to philosophy
  • Anatomy
  • Open hip standing poses
  • Principles of demonstration/assisting
  • Chakra education & sequencing 
  • Breathing & pranayama
  • Neutral hip standing poses
  • Sanskrit
  • Meditation
  • Revolved hip poses
  • Yoga Sutras
  • Inversions
  • Backbending
  • Holding space & ceremony
  • Forward bending
  • Active listening
  • Qualities of a teacher
  • Prenatal yoga
  • Intro to Ayurveda
  • Seated poses
  • Subtle body anatomy
  • Musicology & themes
  • Restorative & Yoga Nidra
  • Business of yoga & ethics
  • Racial equity and belonging
  • Accessible and trauma-informed yoga

Margot Broom
Margot’s style of teaching is influenced by more than 20 years of devotion to her personal yoga practice and education. She holds over 900 hours of training in a wide variety of yoga philosophy and styles. "Yoga has been such a deep part of my evolution as a human. For someone that was not raised within any one religion, I always yearned for the community that houses of worship offer their communities. I felt compelled to create a space for all people to come and feel at home and welcomed regardless of their religion, race, gender or sexual orientation; a space that can create a container for self inquiry and discovery amongst others who are doing the same."

Tobie Schuerfeld
Tobie was introduced to yoga in her early twenties but didn't start a dedicated practice until her 29th birthday when her mother brought her to Kripalu Center in the Berkshires. Since then she has completed her 200hr certification in an Iyengar influenced style of yoga. She has learned from teachers such as Rodney Yee, Seane Corn, Rolf Gates, Baron Baptiste and Stephen Cope. Tobie teaches a vinyasa style of yoga with an attention to form and alignment. She believes that form and alignment are the keys to freedom in the body and freedom in the breath. Being a massage therapist for the last 10 years and receiving her masters in clinical nutrition two years ago, Tobie has a well rounded understanding of the body. Her classes are challenging and fun while giving the students an awareness that they are ultimately their own teacher and can guide their practice to fit their needs.

Verred Hamenahem
Verred’s dedication to personal practice inspires her teaching which is grounded in her daily focus. In class, we use asana and pranayama as invitations to deepen awareness while building presence, agility, and resilience. This practice asks us to introspect, building a heightened sense of awareness from which we can live our fullest lives as our most authentic selves. When we work to first become stable we can move more easily from a place of equanimity and integrity. This is as much a metaphor for life as much as it is a tool for asana. I am very inspired by the Katonah Yoga method in which we use maps, measure and metaphor to orient ourselves, understand our inner world and the outer dimension. Mindful awareness gives us freedom of choice in how we think, move, and live. We work to create a balance between stable strength and deep, rest full release. My studies and practice in Yoga Nidra have shown me the importance of rest, how vital it is to our life force and fortitude. I hope sharing these practices allows others to uncover the stillness and stability within themselves.

Khushi Malthora
Khushi lives in both India and the US. She received her Yoga training at the Himalayan Institute, founded by Swami Rama and has a dual Masters in Social Work and in Public Health. Currently she helps with a holistic education program in the Garhwal Himalayas, India (apvschool.org), runs a mindful eco-tourism business which takes people into nature and into self (simplyhimalaya.com), and helps with teachers trainings and workshops. She is also a Vipassana meditator. “My yoga is rooted in the ancient classical hatha tradition. When I teach, I feel the wisdom moving through me in an intuitive way, and I can truly say that it is not me that is teaching, but the lineage of the yogis themselves. I feel blessed that nature has gifted me with the ability to share wisdom.”

Pauli Mongillo
Pauli's offerings are influenced directly from his personal practice, from his studies and the teachings of his core faculty. The blend of influences brings unique and challenging yoga sequences and a systematic meditative approach to look inward and rediscover the power of one's own-self. Pauli offers yoga beyond the physical movement by sprinkling the seeds of kindness, acceptance, compassion and love during asana, breath and meditative practice.

Hanifa Nayo Washington
Principal & Co-Founding Practitioner of One Village Healing
Hanifa Nayo Washington is an award winning cultural activist, storyteller, singer songwriter, performing artist, and a certified Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Practitioner who graduated from Beloit College in 2001 with a B.A. in Communications & Russian & Soviet Studies. Hanifa is a former Arts Fellow of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund and currently works with The Word Poetry, Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations (CEIO), serves as an Intern for Beyond Diversity 101, and is a leader of the New Haven Community Leadership Program. As a cultural activist Hanifa views her creativity as a radical tool for liberation, healing, and community building.‚Äč Most recently Hanifa was awarded a Phenomenal Woman in the Arts Award by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.

Julia Zhao
Julia is a trauma-informed yoga therapist, music & nature lover, and compassionate facilitator. Her work is dedicated to reconnecting with our inner source of joy, ease, power, and liberation. This work happens on multiple layers -- individual, collective, and generational -- to find true healing and freedom from suffering. Julia’s approach is highly intuitive and personal, inspired by Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, Vipassana meditation, somatics, nature, music, and social justice movements. She welcomes you to show up courageously and to experience being seen exactly as you are.

Fridays 6-9pm
Saturdays 1-6pm
Sundays 9am-4pm

Weekend 1: August 28-30
Weekend 2: September 11-13
Weekend 3: September 18-20
Weekend 4: October 2-4
Weekend 5: October 9-11
Weekend 6: October 16-18
Weekend 7: November 6-8
Weekend 8: November 13-15
Weekend 9: November 20-22
Weekend 10: December 4-6

Early Bird by Aug 1: $2,975 with payment in full
Full Tuition: $3,350
Payment Plan: $3,600

Payment Plan Option:
1st payment due: August 1, 2020
Final payment due: December 1, 2020

Non-refundable Application Fee: $50.00 (not included in intuition)
Non-refundable Deposit: $500 towards tuition is due upon acceptance

How will training work with COVID-19?

Due to the current situation around COVID-19 and social distancing precautions, we are making the following changes to our Yoga Teacher Training program:

  • Training will be limited to 12 participants this session
  • In person training sessions will be primarily conducted outside or socially distanced in the main room of the studio.
  • The majority of lecture training will be held via zoom in which the trainees will have access to the recordings for the duration of the training. 
  • We are looking forward to navigating these challenges together and know our time of growth will be extremely powerful during this time.


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