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 aim is to support you in this important step on your path to becoming a yoga teacher. Most importantly, we want to help you to explore and expand your own understanding and practice of yoga, so that if you go on to teach, you do so from this vital foundation.
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 in asana and pranayama
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
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, including the eight limbs
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
Holding safe, non-judgmental, warm space for your students
You will learn a one-hour yoga sequence suitable for a vinyasa / flow class, along with more gentle / slow variations, 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 from 8:30am - 4:30pm Friday to Sunday, one is a week-long residential retreat, 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.
All modules, apart from the Retreat, are at Eve Studio in Brunswick:
171 Sydney Road, Brunswick. Training runs from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day, with approximately 1 hour for a lunch break.
No accommodation is provided during these modules.
The Retreat is in the beautiful Victorian 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. Trainees are responsible for organising their own travel.
Next course starts February 2024
Module 1: 9-11th February
Module 2: 1- 3rd March
Retreat: 21-28th March
Module 3: 19-21st April
Module 4: 10th-12th May
Exam Day: 18th May
This course will be facilitated by Eve Studio founder and director, Annie Carter, assisted by Kathy Peterson, with specialist guest teachers.
What style of yoga will I be able to teach at the end of this course?
You will learn a dynamic flow / vinyasa sequence with options for a more gentle / slow sequence. This will help prepare you to teach in the majority of yoga studios and fitness centres.
We will also touch on more restorative styles, exploring these in our practice. 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.
It is a requirement of Yoga Alliance that all trainees have been practising yoga regularly for at least 12 months prior to enrolling 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 women and non-binary folk 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 fully immerse in study, practice, reflection and community. This forms a vital element of the course overall. The schedule is quite full, but we ensure there is plenty of time for rest, and to get a good night's sleep.
Accommodation is twin-share, in beautiful location set amid 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.
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).
What if the course is impacted by the coronavirus pandemic?
Eve Studio operates with a COVID-Safe Plan.
We will maintain vigilance regarding hygiene, safety, social distancing, and all relevant regulations throughout the training. All participants are expected to comply with regulations and restrictions reasonably imposed.
Should government-imposed restrictions impact our ability to deliver this course, Eve Studio may make changes to dates and/or locations as needed. Trainees will be provided with relevant information and as much notice as possible of any changes.
If a trainee is unable to attend due to isolation requirements, they will be supported to catch up on any missed content online.
The cost for this course is $4995
This includes the cost of the retreat accommodation and all meals.
A non-refundable deposit of $1000 will be required within seven days of your application being accepted.
You will then be issued an invoice and may make payments at your convenience. Full payment is due no later than two weeks before the course starts.
Early Bird Price $4795. Pay before November 30 to receive $200 off.