Progression of Teaching: Professional Development for Yoga Teachers
August 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
“It is the duty of the teacher to know what to teach,
why to teach and how much to teach.” – BKS Iyengar
Progression of Teaching is a cornerstone of our teacher support, offering an opportunity for you to develop your personal sadhana and teaching skills. We offer support to teachers at any phase of their teaching and career exploration.
These days, teaching yoga has become a very complex endeavor. It can be so difficult to know what to teach, why to teach and how much to teach when you are teaching online, in-person or hybrid, with masks and without masks, across diverse venues including public classes in a studio, private lessons at home, corporate venues, college campuses and in community centers. Our students have a huge diversity of urgent needs and interests. That is why our time to come together is critically important right now.
Upcoming Session is in-person:
Focus on Back Extensions
August 12 – 14th:
Friday: 4 – 6 pm at our Berkeley location
Saturday: 9 – 11 am pst – off site, near the studio – and 2 – 4:30 pm pst at our Berkeley studio
Sunday: 2 – 4:30 pm pst at our Berkeley studio
Back extensions are very special! They enliven a languid mind and help us build our confidence to face the unknown. And, the body benefits too. Regular practice of backends keeps the body and fit, ensuring the optimal function of vital organs and stimulating many parts of the brain.
But how to teach backbends in a way that is safe, clear and progressive? This is what we will cover together.
After this weekend you will be able to:
- Enhance your understanding of back extensions from Level 1 all the way to Level 3 syllabus.
- Develop confidence in sequencing these poses so that you can progress your own practice.
- Use the teaching skills at your level to convey the essence of back extensions.
- Dive into the source materials, starting with Aarogya Yoga.
- Get feedback on your own teaching.
All registrants receive an optional homework assignment prior to our meeting. Homework is a helpful way to get direct feedback and hone your skills. Please register by August 1 so that you can receive the assignment and get feedback.
Notes about the schedule:
In addition to the four sessions of the program, there are two public classes offered during the weekend: Friday 9 – 10:30 am Level 1-2 will be in-person as hybrid class & Sunday 9 – 10:45 am Level 3 asana classes will be on zoom. These public classes illustrate the concepts being covered during the Progression of Teaching weekend. They will be important to attend, if you can. Register separately for these.
This weekend is appropriate for anyone who wants to make use of the potency of the Iyengar Yoga syllabi and practice these poses. It does not matter whether or not you plan to teach the poses or go up for assessment.
People who are traveling from far distances, here is more information about our location and favorite places to stay and eat.
This weekend will be mostly in person. However, Friday and Sunday am will have zoom components. Every registrant will receive access to the recording for the 30 days. If you cannot attend parts of the workshop live, you can work with the recordings.
$229 per person
Scholarships are available; email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Participants must be vaccinated for covid-19. Once you register, please email a photo of your vaccination card to email@example.com if you haven’t done so previously.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Heather Haxo Phillips is Director of Adeline Yoga and a certified Level 3 Iyengar yoga instructor (Senior Intermediate 1). Her additional certifications include: Certified Yoga Therapist (c-IAYT), Relax and Renew restorative yoga teacher and Yoga Alliance E-500 level instructor. She has specialized yoga therapy training which includes scoliosis, musculoskeletal injuries and pain management. One of her asana-related specialties is women’s health. Heather has a deep commitment to the ancient teachings which includes mantra sadhana (chanting) and Sanskrit, pranayama and yoga philosophy. You can expect to find aspects of this in all of Heather’s classes. Heather deepens her own practice by studying regularly with senior Iyengar teachers, Sanskrit and Vedic scholars, and the Iyengar family in Pune.
Heather is an active volunteer for the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States. She currently serves as a member of the Assessment Committee and the DEIJ Committee, and as an assessor and mentor. She is past President of the Board of Directors for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California.
ABOUT PROGRESSION OF TEACHING:
Progression of Teaching is open to anyone around the world who teaches yoga in the method given to us by the Iyengar family. We gather together for weekends throughout the year. And then practice sequences and homework assignments will connect you to the source material, your colleagues and teachers in between our meeting sessions.
“Progression of Teaching” is a forum from which to build enduring relationships with peers and teachers to support our personal growth within the Iyengar lineage. Please join us from wherever in the world you live.
These sessions focus on:
- Approaching poses that may be less familiar to you.
- Tips for teaching online effectively using Zoom and other platforms.
- Creating community during these uncertain times.
- Practice teaching to build your skills and confidence working with a range of bodies and situations.
- Sequencing for specific categories of poses.
- Bringing yoga philosophy to life for yourself and your students.
What are the thorny poses you want to look at? Doubts to discuss? Bring your questions. Participants will get feedback on their teaching and gain confidence working with their students in a variety of situations.