200 Hour Advanced
Yoga Study and Yoga Teacher Training Program
with Kimberlee Orenstein, MS, E-RYT
Established and Respected
in it's 12th year!
September 2013 – May 2014
in Reno, NV
Established and respected, in its 12th year, this nine month program meets the highest standards set by the Yoga Alliance and is designed for experienced yoga practitioners who are committed to deepening their practice and their understanding of yoga. It is also for those who are currently teaching or would like to begin teaching yoga someday. A fundamental purpose of yoga practice is self-discovery and growth. Beginning this fall, deepen your personal practice and understanding of yoga in this 200 hour advanced study/teacher training curriculum that encompasses all facets of the yogic lifestyle.
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Yoga Loka is a registered school of the Yoga Alliance and this course meets the standards for a yoga teacher to register (certify) at the 200 hour level. How to make our personal practice more effective and how to make yoga a more integral part of our lives are two themes that will weave through the entire nine months. This is how experienced yoga practitioners who are not necessarily interested in teaching can also benefit from this training.
The course will meet a total of 11 weekends (Sat. & Sun.) between late Sept. and early May. Please call or e-mail for an application. Or you may download the application from our site by selecting the following link: teacher training brochure and application. If you do not have Adobe's Acrobat Reader, you may download a free version on their site. This training is designed to meet the Yoga Alliance registered teacher requirements (200 hour level). Included will be:
100 hours of Asana, Pranayama and MeditationKnowledge of alignment principles, details of individual poses, awareness of breath, and the art of sitting provides the ability to demonstrate and teach with inspiration and clarity.
- Physical adjustments
- Breath awareness
- General touch principles
- Use of Props and pose modifications
- Special populations
- Using the bandhas
- Beginning Pranayamas
20 hours of Anatomy and Physiology
Anatomy will be taught from a functional perspective of the body in asana.
- Alignment principles
- Core stabilization
- Body systems and biomechanics (skeletal, muscular, nervous etc.)
- Physiology of breathing
25 hours dedicated to "The Art of Teaching"
A skilled yoga teacher creates an atmosphere of awareness for the group while remaining sensitive to the individual student.
Observation: seeing, reading and understanding bodies
- Verbal skills
- Role of teacher
- The art of sequencing
- Effective presentation techniques
- Teaching ethics
- Teaching curriculum
- Practice teaching for beginning students
- Question & answer sessions
30 hours Yoga Philosophy and Self Study
The vast and inspiring texts of yoga have traditionally been an integral part of yoga study from its spiritual foundation. We will explore major yoga systems, the yoga sutras, the language of Sanskrit, and the Bhagavad Gita. The use of asana, pranayama, and meditation are presented as tools to achieve self-awareness. An attempt to instill a practice of "off the mat" awareness skills will also be encouraged.
20 hours developing/expanding a personal practice
The power behind effective teaching comes from the embodiment of the practice. The more insights and knowledge you gather walking your own yoga path, the more wisdom you are able to offer to others in their own transformations.
10 hours assisting and/or student teaching
Assisting and practice teaching opportunities will be assigned on an individual basis.
10 hours miscellaneous category
This will include the introduction of the Ayurveda doshas, the chakra system, chanting and the business of teaching yoga.
The program will meet ten total weekends between September 2013 and May 2014
Saturdays and Sundays 12:15 - 6:15 p.m.
There are three payment options available:Option #1:
Other payment options may be discussed on an individual basis.
Fees include all instruction and training manual. Textbooks are not included (approximate cost $130).
Verification of your acceptance will be mailed to you along with the required reading list.
There are no cash refunds or credits on any payment after a training session begins. This includes full or partial payments. 14 days before a program date: We will refund payments made minus $50 processing fee. If the program is full or your application is denied, all money will be refunded.
Certificate of Completion
A certificate of completion will be awarded upon completion of the following criteria:
- Showing a commitment to the course with a demonstrated understanding and proficiency of materials presented.
- 90% or better attendance.
- Maintaining a daily record of your personal practice.
- Completion of assignments in a timely manner.
- Successful completion of a practice teaching sessions.
About the Instructor:
Kimberlee Orenstein, has been a student of yoga since 1992 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level. She is the Founding Director of Yoga Loka, Director of Advanced Study TeacherTraining, holds a Master's degree in Exercise Science and has 30+ years experience teaching. Kim’s yoga practice began following a knee surgery that suspended her mountain bike racing and professional dancing. She teaches a style of yoga that developed through her many years of study with some of the most well respected western yoga masters of the Krishnamacharia tradition (Astanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga), Lorna Benedict, Shiva Rea plus Forrest Yoga, Yin Yoga (Sarah Powers), Pilates, and Continuum Movement. She is also a certified Yoga of the Heart® instructor, a program that adapts yoga for people with heart disease, cancer and other debilitating disease. Currently Kimberlee's mentor and meditation teacher is Camille Maurine, a world authority on women's creativity and self-care. Kim's classes emphasize the linking of movement and breath and her intention in teaching yoga is to inspire people to discover how to move through life effectively and gracefully by learning to dissolve the disconnections to themselves and others. Her teaching expresses her love of movement and provides opportunities for people to explore themselves - in motion and in stillness.
Here are some of the things graduates have said about their experience…
“The teacher training course at Yoga Loka has greatly enriched my life. The readings and discussions we had had an impact on me and inspired me to change my life for the better.” Micki Lewis
“I am very pleased that we have such a high quality and challenging school right here in Reno. I attended the eight-month program and enjoyed every aspect of my learning. I find the [Loka] setting very pleasant and appropriate and Kim very professional and caring.” Mariam Ghandi
This course has taught me to deal and cope with chronic illness, frustration, and depression. It has been an incredible learning experience about myself. I learned about patience, peace, and perseverance. Good teachers are willing to go the extra mile if you ask for help.” Andrea Whittemore
An enlightening, powerful, and useful training that is comprehensive, hands-on and well taught by one of the finest yoga instructors on the west coast, Kim Orenstein.” Ashley Moore
“Kim brings together her professional training and personal experiences into a comprehensive study of Yoga as a personal practice and as a path to share with others. The interactive environment of this training encourages open discussion, direct experience and shared knowledge between all course members. The students not only learn from Kim, but also from each other. I would strongly recommend the Yoga Loka Advanced Study and Teacher Training program to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of yoga or become a Yoga teacher.” Amy Monette
“It was everything I expected and so much more. A journey into Yoga, well rounded and complete, in a word “enlightening.” Whether you take the training to become a teacher or to deepen your own wisdom of your personal practice, the training was superb.” Cheryl Bruce
"Just as every asana needs a good foundation so too does every student/teacher of yoga. Kim's 200 hour teacher training course provided me with an essential foundation for me to continue my personal practice journey and to begin my journey as a yoga instructor. This training is absolutely necessary for anyone considering teaching the art of yoga. Kim's unique style is both professional and nurturing. Thank you Kim!" Jenny Cochran
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