Yoga Teacher Training
At SMY we believe that yoga is more than just exercise or even just asana. Our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training will deepen your own personal practice and prepare you to teach asana, pranayama, mudra, meditation and more in Vinyasa and Hatha formats to students of all ages, sizes and ability levels. Anatomy, language skills, class sequencing and safety are some major focuses of this training. We are passionate about encouraging teachers to find and use their own voice. Therefore we provide a wealth of historical and philosophical context from which each teacher can choose her (his) own path. Our Summer Yoga Teacher Training intensive is enrolling NOW!
“While I did not have plans to be a Yoga Teacher, something happened to me personally and with my practice during training and I now can’t wait to teach. I feel I have something special and worthwhile to impart to students. That came from the class time, the dialogue Mandy delivered and her passion for Yoga; it brought to the surface my interest to do and share the same things. Not only do I feel I have grown as a yogi, I have grown as a woman, as a professional, as a teacher.”SMY YTT Grad Pamela Chase, Class of 2015
5 carefully crafted modules will be explored
1. Poetic Cueing and Historical Context
Developing and articulating precise, relevant and powerful verbal instructions for guiding students toward their fullest potential. Learning to bring the wisdom of a strong personal yoga practice into effective teaching strategies.
2. Anatomy, Safety and Therapeutics
A purposeful exploration of human anatomy. Application of anatomical and biomechanical concepts in practicing and in instructing yoga. Learn the basics of modification and safety strategies for addressing student’s most common vulnerabilities.
3. Theming and Sequencing
Progressive, mindful sequencing strategies to maximize the success of students of all levels. Learn hands on adjustments and corrections to guide and empower students toward their fullest potential. Learning to build classes for targeted populations and the use of yoga for therapeutic purposes.
4. Subtle Anatomy
Discover the “other” anatomy such as the chakras, nadis, vayus, bandhas. Addressing the chakratic system and it’s many aspects and practical application. We’ll also address styles and techniques for meditation in this Module.
5. Application and Embodiment
Teaching intermediate and advanced students: Applying the theory of Krama to approaching complicated postures (inversions, arm balances, backbends). Advanced hands on assists for challenging postures and the use of manual adjustment for advanced students. This module also includes the business of yoga.
SMY Teacher Training Tracks:
- Our Fast track summer intensive takes about 5 weeks to complete and is now enrolling. See training dates below
- Our traditional weekend program takes about 6-7 months to complete. 2017 program already in session.
2017 Summer Intensive Teacher Training DatesThis is a full time commitment as class time is 8:30 am-5 pm on training days.
Week of June 27
Tuesday through Friday 6/27, 6/28, 6/29, 6/30
Week of July 3
Wednesday through Friday 7/5, 7/6, 7/8
Week of July 10
Monday through Friday 7/10, 7/11, 7/12, 7/13, 7/14
Week of July 31
Monday through Friday 7/31, 8/1, 8/2, 8/3, 8/4 (training hours TBA for Friday 8/4. Please keep your evening open)
In addition to class time students will need to complete 6 observation/assisting hours, 30 SMY classes with senior staff and 12 Practicum hours. About 20 hours of study and homework time is estimated as well. Attendance is mandatory for all class time hours. Practice hours, practicum and assisting hours may be completed up to one year after graduation on 8/4.
Traditional Weekend Track: 180 contact hours over 9 weekends are included with the training as well as 20 hours of additional guided training which include practice teaching and other take home projects. Our 2017 Training begins in January and all contact hours will be finished at the end of June. Motivated students will complete all hours including practice teaching and assisting by the end of June as well. All contact hours will take place at SMY during training weekends and immersions and a once monthly mentor session, dates and times TBA. In addition to scheduled training dates students will be required to attend 30 mandatory classes at the studio with Mandy and approved senior staff. If practice hours cannot be completed before the end of contact hours the student has 1 year (365 days) from the first training date to finish them. 6 hours of class assisting time and 12 hours of practice teaching are also required but can be completed after the formal contact hours are done.
Summer Intensive Fast Track: 180 Contact Hours over about 5 weeks are included with training as well as 20 hours of additional guided training which include practice teaching and other take home projects. Due to the accelerated pace of this program we have left about 2 weeks free of class time so that students can work on their observation and assisting, practicum and practice hours. Students should consider this a full time commitment from June 27 to August 4, 2017. Observation and assisting may be completed up to two months after the completion of contact hours. Practice hours and practicum will still be accepted for up to one year from the completion of contact hours (8/4)
Download the Yoga Teacher Training Application to apply. Please scan the application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail or drop it by the studio at 12302 Emmet St, Omaha, NE 68164.
Tuition Options for 2017 Yoga Teacher Training:
$2,500 early bird. Tuition must be paid in full by one month before training begins
$2,600 one-time payment paid in full at least one week before training begins
$2750.00 payment plan – A $500 deposit is required for registration and to hold your place. Start making payments before the session begins. Payment will be due on the first of each month thereafter until the full $2750 is paid in full. Payment amount will be based on the number of months remaining. All payments must be made before August 4. Certificate will be withheld until tuition is paid.
Tuition includes all training hours and required practice hours with senior staff at the studio. Students are responsible for the purchase of supplies as well as required and recommended texts.
Teacher Training Faculty
Mandy Ryle (E-RYT), owner of Sound Method Yoga, Director of YTT
Was trained at the prestigious White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA with Ganga White and Tracey Rich. She also holds a Bachelors degree in music and a Masters degree in music performance and pedagogy. Mandy began practicing yoga in 2000 and has been teaching since 2007. She has thousands of teaching hours under her belt and is consistently impressed by the unique character and energy of each group that she is privileged to guide. Her vast teaching experience, knowledge of anatomy, vocabulary of asana and sharp clarity in describing and demonstrating concepts that can often be difficult to grasp qualifies her uniquely to train budding yoga instructors. Mandy is expert in teaching Vinyasa and Yin styles. Her classes often tell a story and utilize her knowledge of yoga philosophy, history and science. Mandy’s classes never subjugate the importance of the breath and the foundation of compassion. Two of Mandy’s periphery interests are Thai Yoga Massage and Acro Yoga. Learn more about Mandy at yoga.mandyryle.com
Jen Weaver, RYT
Jen Weaver has a passion for offering classes to students who never saw themselves doing yoga, let alone loving it. Her students are dedicated to her because her style is adaptive, fun and kind. Her commitment to adaptability is evidenced by her additional certifications in Curvy Yoga and Chair Yoga. Jen believes in working from the inside – out, following the guide of the breath and not taking yourself too seriously. She presents classes that are basic yet sneaky challenging. She’s a graduate of Sound Method Yoga’s been a Registered Yoga School (class of 2012) and has been a mentor for our trainees since 2014. Learn more about Jen at her website: yoganej.com
Yoga Teacher Training Program Mentors
Vicki Peck, RYTA lifelong student of movement and alignment, Vicki developed a consistant yoga practice through SMY’s corporate yoga program in 2011.
She is thankful to have found this practice because it makes her feel good, combats stress, and has helped her become more strong, more flexible, and more present, both on and off her mat.
She teaches yin yoga, yoga for beginners and vinyasa because she believes there is a yoga for every body. Her classes are accessible, down to earth and kind. Vicki is a SMY Teacher Training RYT 200 graduate class of 2013.
Pamela Chase, RYTPamela was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where her personal yoga practice began many years ago. She moved to Omaha in 2013 and her first search in her new town was for the yoga studio she would call home. She found it at Sound Method Yoga so it was understandable that it also be the place to complete her RYT 200 hour training. Pamela has been an adventurer most of her life and always sought out “the experience” of each event, encounter, moment and each time on her mat is a new and irreplaceable occasion. Her mother always said she would be a business professional or a comedian; somehow, she makes them both happen. The love of life and true well-being she that endeavors to achieve each day, shows in her teaching, be it in the office or on the mat.
Become a Yoga Teacher
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you have questions about whether this is the right time for you, or if SMY's YTT is a good fit, get in touch.EMAIL MANDY