Are you ready to deepen your personal practice and to allow the teacher within you to emerge?
We invite you to join us for three months of self discovery, learning and evolution, to add dimension to your yoga practice and prepare you to teach with skill, intuition, authenticity and love.
This groundbreaking course centres women, our bodies, cycles and experience.
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. This course is helping turn the tide.
As well as developing the knowledge and skills to teach yoga to students of all genders, you will learn about female-specific anatomy, women's rhythms, life cycles and body-wisdom, feminine energy, sensuality and power, and how to flow with these in your own practice and teaching. We will explore the ‘herstory’ of yoga, and consider the challenges of intersectional feminism for the yoga community.
This course is accredited with Yoga Alliance® and graduates will be able to register as RYT200.
Our curriculum fulfils all requirements for accreditation with Yoga Alliance® and much more.
We will explore the following:
Techniques, Teaching Methodology and Practice
Asana, meditation and pranayama techniques including their application, benefits, challenges, and modifications
Basic Sanskrit and asana nomenclature
Student-centred teaching - let go of a one-size-fits-all approach, and learn to engage with the humans on the mat right in front of you
Verbal cues, demonstration and consent-based hands-on assists to effectively guide and teach your students
Intuitive, present-moment teaching, integrating acquired knowledge with your innate wisdom
Embodiment and sensuality
You will start practicing your teaching from the first day of training, and continue frequently throughout the course, building the skills, confidence and ability to compassionately and constructively critique yourself and others in the art of teaching.
Anatomy & Physiology
Key anatomy and principles of healthy, functional movement for a lifetime of yoga practice
Teaching different bodies (ie. ALL bodies) in a dynamic, compassionate and respectful way
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 women during pregnancy, in early motherhood, and approaching and through menopause
Yoga 'Herstory', Philosophy and Lifestyle and Ethics
The presence and absence of women in the story and philosophy of yoga across millenia
Feminism and Yoga - the theory, practice and politics
Meet the goddesses of yoga, and explore how you embody their qualities in your practice, teaching and life
Teaching from yoga philosophy, and how to weave a philosophical theme into an asana class in an authentic and meaningful way
Foundations of the holistic health system of Ayurveda
Unconscious (and sometimes conscious) discrimination within the yoga community. Racism, sexism, ableism and other prejudices as they present in the yoga community, and the role of the yoga teacher is in challenging / dismantling these.
Cultural appropriation and the colonisation of yoga.
Yoga, social media, comparison and self acceptance
Consent and boundaries
Power and the nature of the teacher – student relationship
Sequencing, Ritual and Holding Space
The art and science of sequencing a class with attention to asana, energetics and theming
Incorporating ritual into your practice and teaching
Holding safe, non-judgmental, warm space for your students
You will learn a one-hour yoga sequence suitable for a vinyasa / flow class, as well as a more gentle, slow variation, giving you the knowledge and confidence to teach in most yoga studios upon graduation.
The 'Business' of Yoga
Different pathways for graduate teachers including offering private classes, working for one or more studios, or establishing your own studio or business. Learn from those a little further ahead on the path
How to optimise your chance of a studio contracting or employing you
Nurturing yourself and your practice as you begin to teach
How to market yourself and your offering in an authentic, ethical way
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 sequences, asana, teaching styles, anatomical references and omissions, and the ways in which these 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 how this may include and/or alienate some students.
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.
DATES, TIMES & LOCATIONS
This course is offered in modules, with time in between to integrate and practice. Four of the modules are all-day Friday to Sunday, one is a week-long residential retreat in the beautiful country town of Trentham, and our last session is a single day for final assessments, graduation and celebration.
Trainees will need to attend all modules in full to successfully complete the course.
Module 1: 7th - 9th February 2020
Module 2: 28th February - 1st March 2020
Retreat: 21st - 28th March 2020
Module 3: 17th - 19th April 2020
Module 4: 8th - 10th May 2020
Final Session: Saturday 16th May 2020
All modules, apart from the Retreat, are at Eve Studio in Brunswick:
171 Sydney Road, Brunswick
No accommodation is provided during these modules.
The Retreat will be held in the beautiful country town of Trentham, about an hour's drive from Melbourne. This is a residential retreat, giving us the opportunity to immerse in study, practice, community and nature for the week. Accommodation and food is provided (included in the course fees).
Transportation to the Retreat is not included, but carpooling can be arranged if needed.
This course will be facilitated by Eve Studio founder and director, Annie Carter, assisted by respected (and loved) Eve teacher, Kathy Peterson, with specialist guest teachers.
Trainees will also have the opportunity to be mentored by experienced teachers on the Eve team, providing them regular support, feedback and encouragement.
What style of yoga will I be able to teach at the end of this course?
You will learn a dynamic flow sequence (suitable or adaptable for Vinyasa, Flow, and Power Flow classes) , as well as a more gentle / slow sequence (suitable or adapteable for Slow Flow, Gentle Flow and general Hatha classes). This will prepare you to teach in the majority of yoga studios and fitness centres.
We will touch on restorative and yin practices, and you will learn the essentials for supporting pregnant and post-natal women in the context of a general class. You may decide to go on to further pre and postnatal yoga study.
Who is this course for?
This course is for women who are looking to deepen their personal yoga practice, and those wanting to take the first steps of their yoga teaching journey.
It is ideally suited to women who are willing to do the work of compassionate self-inquiry, to challenge the status quo in themselves and in society, and to support and be supported in a loving community, and those who want to be part of the movement away from unconscious (and conscious) 'male-by-default' approaches.
You must have been practising yoga regularly for at least 12 months to enrol in this course.
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 welcome. Please see here for more info.
How should I get to the training venue?
Our studio is on Sydney Road, right in the heart of Brunswick. Where possible, we encourage you to catch public transport or to ride your bike to training. There is on-street parking in the area, and a paid carpark behind the shops on the other side of Sydney Road.
Get more info here.
What facilities are available?
There are toilets and showers at the studio.
There is also a kettle, microwave and fridge, which you are welcome to use. There are also many cafes, restaurants and shops in close vicinity.
All yoga equipment including mats and other props are provided, although you may like to bring your own mat.
What's involved in the Retreat?
The Retreat will be a lovely week for us to breathe the fresh country air and immerse ourselves in study, practice, reflection and community. During this week we will meet the goddesses of yoga, and explore how we can draw upon their various qualities within ourselves for life, practice and teaching.
Accommodation is twin-share, in a beautiful house set within lush gardens.
All meals will be provided. Dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Will I only be able to teach women after this course?
No! You will be qualified and equipped to teach all genders within a women-centred, feminine paradigm.
What if I need to cancel my enrolment?
The $1000 deposit is non-refundable. If you need to cancel your enrolment, your deposit may be held and used towards a future training (to be used within 24 months).
Remaining payments may be refunded for cancellations more than 60 days before the course start date. 50% of remaining payments may be refunded for cancellations more than 30 days before the course start date. No refund will be given for cancellations less than 30 days before the course start date.
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The cost for this course is $4450
Earlybird rate $4200 until 7th December 2019
A non-refundable deposit of $1000 will be required within seven days of your application being accepted (must be paid by 7th December for the earlybird rate).
The balance is due by 24th January 2020.
We offer a payment plan option for your convenience.