Although women make up 78% of yoga practitioners in Australia, modern yoga tends to be taught within a 'male-by-default' patriarchal paradigm. Women's bodies and experiences are largely ignored or, at best, accommodated but rarely honoured. Our yoga teacher trainings are helping turn the tide.
This groundbreaking online course centres women, our bodies, cycles and experience.
Yoga teachers and interested practitioners, you are invited join us for six weeks of self discovery, embodied learning, and personal and professional expansion to add dimension to your yoga practice and teaching.
This course is almost full.
If you're keen to be part of it, apply now to avoid disappointment.
In this course you will learn about women's rhythms, life cycles and innate body-wisdom. You will meet the goddesses of yoga, explore feminine energy, sensuality and power, and how to flow with these in your own practice and teaching. Learn about the ‘herstory’ of yoga, and consider the challenges of intersectional feminism for the yoga community.
And ultimately, come home to yourself and your intuitive knowing, and your unique voice as a woman and a teacher.
Our teacher trainings are accredited with Yoga Alliance®. Graduates will receive 75 Continuing Education hours .
We will explore the ways women have been included and excluded throughout yoga history, and how a practice that was apparently focused on boys and men, has evolved in the West to become a female-dominated activity. In the context of the prominence of women amongst yoga teachers and practitioners, we will examine the ways in which standard yoga classes persistently centre the experience, strengths, anatomy and comfort of men, and the consequences of this for women's health, self-esteem and experience of gender.
We will consider how women-centred teaching and practice may differ from the common offerings today, and trainees will develop their own perspective on the meaning and value of women-centred yoga.
We will explore the opportunities and challenges of centring women’s experience in our teaching whilst also accommodating male students, rather than the other way around. We will also look at the risk of falling into an essentialist approach, as though all women’s experience is the same, and how this can be avoided.
The course will cover the following topics
The presence and absence of women in the story and philosophy of yoga across millenia
Meet the goddesses of yoga; examine and experience how you embody their qualities in your practice, teaching and life
Cultural appropriation and the decolonisation of yoga.
The theory, practice, politics and problem of feminism and yoga
Yoga for ALL bodies.
Body image and self acceptance in a body-beautiful--obsessed world
Anatomical and physiological features of a woman's body, how these may differ from a man's body, and the implications of this for yoga practice.
Understanding the phases of the menstrual cycle and different life stages, and how these affect a woman's hormones, energy and physiology, and how yoga can support hormonal health and overall wellbeing
Yoga for fertility, IVF, during pregnancy, in early motherhood, perimenopause and menopause, and how to support women in these cohorts within your general yoga classes.
The essential teachings of Ayurveda for women
Sex, sensuality, women and yoga
Who is welcomed to practice yoga? Who is not? Unconscious (and sometimes conscious) bias and barriers to participation within the yoga community.
Holding space for your students that is non-judgmental, warm and brave
Finding your voice and bringing your unique offering
Where yoga meets capitalism - the 'business' of yoga
Moving within the yoga industry with heart, integrity and effectiveness
DATES, TIMES & MODE OF DELIVERY
This is a six week course, delivered entirely online, with a combination of pre-recorded and live online sessions.
29th October - 10th December 2020
Weekly live online gatherings: Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30pm
Each week, trainees will gain access to the week's pre-recorded content, to be viewed in their own time, prior to the live online gathering. Content will include lectures, interviews and panel discussions, and a variety of practices.
This is an immersive course of embodied learning. Here is an indicator of the time required to complete the course:
Between 30 and 60 minutes of daily practice (may incorporate pranayama, mantra, meditation and asana)
Approximately 4 hours of pre-recorded lecture content per week, to be completed in your own time, prior to the live gathering.
2 hours per week, 6:30pm Thursdays, live online gathering via Zoom
TEACHING FACULTY & CONTRIBUTORS
Annie is the founder and director of Eve Studio, a pioneering space in women-centred yoga, fitness and wellbeing.
Annie is a yoga practitioner, teacher, teacher-trainer and studio owner, with a background in community services and psychotherapy, and a passion for calling forth the best in every woman.
Annie is the course facilitator and lead teacher on this training. She will share her experience and knowledge in women's seasons, cycles and hormonal health, the story of women in yoga, the promise and problem of feminism as we know it, holding space, the business of yoga, finding your voice, body image and radical self acceptance.
Ali's 200hr training laid the foundation for a strong body and mind and a passion to make a difference. From there she followed her own journey in becoming a mum – training in Pre and Post-natal Yoga and then Children’s Yoga. Ali has been teaching at Eve Studio since Day One.
"For me, yoga is in the breath, in the body, heart and mind; it is an awareness of our true essence – loving, peaceful beings."
Ali will be presenting lectures on yoga for pregnant women and new mums, and how to support these women in the context of a general class.
Kathy is a dedicated and experienced yoga practitioner and teacher whose love for the philosophy and practice of yoga shines through in all of her classes. Kathy has been teaching yoga for over a decade and has been part of the Eve Studio team since its beginning. She has explored various yoga lineages and has studied exercise science, Pilates and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Kathy will be teaching on pranayama, mantra and meditation for women, the goddesses of yoga, and will be guiding trainees through a variety of practices throughout the course.
Candy is a writer, actor, director, teacher and mischief maker.
Born of South African political refugees Candy’s work is centred in decolonial feminist practice. She has facilitated workshops in the UK, South Africa, US and Australia, and has recently been appointed as the Programming Manager at Multicultural Arts Victoria.
Candy is a valued member of the Eve community.
Candy will be sharing on cultural appropriation and decolonisation, challenging trainees to consider examine their positionality and role in relation to these issues.
A spiritual activist at heart, Natasha’s intention is to cultivate devotion with the Divine that permeates her entire life and practice. Founder of Sparsha Ritual Ayurveda, she shares the healing justice of Ayurveda as an invitation to all people for self healing and everyday liberation.
Natasha’s wish is that by sharing her experience she offers hope—inviting us all to become 'spiritual activists' by reclaiming rest, embodiment and ritual self care for optimal wellness through a heart-felt,
holistic framework of love, compassion and self awareness.
Natasha will be sharing on Ayurveda for women, cultural appropriation and decolonising yoga.
Nisha began practicing yoga as a teenager and has been teaching for eight years. She joined the team at Eve in 2019.
As a public health practitioner, Nisha explore intersections of social justice, feminism, decolonisation and yoga, which have become fundamental to her class offerings.
Nisha is passionate about equality, and believes mindfulness and yoga create space to examine our world – and manifest the determination to support healing, self-actualisation and justice.
Nisha will be sharing her perspective on the decolonisation of yoga, cultural appropriation and the role of the yoga teacher.
Vanessa is a sexologist and the founder of the womxn-centric sex & wellness community, Mia Muse, as well as a beloved yoga teacher at Eve Studio since our early days.
She has been teaching yoga since 2014. Initially drawn to strong physical asana practice, Vanessa went on to study Embodied Flow with Tara Judelle, which she says changed her practice, sense of connection with her body, and life.
Vanessa will teach on 'Sex, Sensuality, Women and Yoga' blending her expertise as a sexologist, sex and wellness coach, and yoga teacher. She will also be offering a guided practice.
Who is this course for?
This course is for women who wish to increase their deep body-wisdom, explore feminine energy, and expand your knowledge and practice of women-centred yoga, within a method of embodied learning.
For yoga teachers who have already attained a general 200 hour YTT certification, this course will give you a focus on the 'herstory', practices and applications of yoga, to deepen your personal understanding and practice, and to hone your offerings as a teacher.
Non-teachers may choose to undertake this course for your own personal development, learning, practice and exploration.
Is this course for women only?
Yes, like all things Eve, this course is just for women. While we know men would also benefit greatly from this course, in this format, it's for women only.
Trans and non-binary women are warmly welcome. Please see here for more info.
Is the training entirely online?
Yes, this training is 100% online, so you can participate from wherever you are.
There are weekly live-online gatherings, and the rest of the course is in the form of video lectures and practices, released each week.
Can I complete the course in my own time?
Yoga teacher trainees are required to attend the live-online gatherings each week, and will need to view the lectures and practices ahead of these sessions. Attendance at the live-online gatherings will form part of the assessment to successfully complete the course and gain the 75 Continuing Education hours from Yoga Alliance.
Non-teachers can complete the course in their own time.
The course content will remain available online for 12 months.
Are there any assessment tasks in this course?
Yoga teacher trainees will be required to complete all of the prerecorded lectures and practices, and attend the live-online gatherings. You may miss up to one live-online gathering as needed, and make up the session by viewing the recording of the gathering.
Teacher trainees will also submit a video of them teaching a short women-centred practice of their own design, to a small group of their peers online. The video will include the teaching itself and a reflection discussion held between the teacher and their class participants.
There is one reflection assignment to be submitted within one month of the end of the course. This may be in the form of a written essay, video, or audio recording.
Non-teachers are not required to complete any assessment tasks, but may choose to submit the reflection assignment to support the consolidation of their learning.
Will I only be able to teach women after this course?
No! This course presents a women-centred approach that suits women-only AND general class environments. The principles apply while teaching across the gender spectrum.
What if I need to cancel my enrolment?
Should you need to cancel your enrolment prior to the start date, your payment may be held and used towards a future training (to be used within 24 months). After the course has started, cancellation is not possible. You may choose not to continue with the live-online gatherings, but you will still receive the weekly pre-recorded content. Note, participation in the live-online gatherings is required to gain the Yoga Alliance 75 hours continuing education credit.
No refunds will be provided.
What if Eve Studio cancels the course?
In the exceptional circumstance under which Eve Studio may cancel the course, you will receive a full refund, or the opportunity to transfer your enrolment to a future training (to be used within 24 months).
Will this course be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic?
As this course is being delivered online, it should not be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
The fee for this course is $950 AUD.
The full fee is payable within 7 days of acceptance into the course, to secure your place.
Applications close 23 October 2020.
Scholarships are available for Black, Indigenous and Women of Colour (BIWOC), by application.
Eve Studio participates in the 'Pay The Rent' initiative, whereby 1% of all revenue is paid to local Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.
Furthermore, 5% of course fees will be donated to The Global Women's Project.