You practice. You meditate. You show up early to set an intention; you stay late to connect with your community about everything from dharma talks to downward dogs.
The 8 limbs have wrapped you up in a warm hug of compassion and loving kindness.
You are READY to become a yoga teacher (or simply study your passion with greater awareness) but…
You are extremely overwhelmed by how, where, and when to begin your deep dive.
Stop the Googling. We’ve got you.
There are thousands of yoga teacher trainings to choose from and hundreds of things to consider, from location (location, location) and timing to cost and (most importantly) connection with the human being who will guide you on what could quite possibly be the most transformative journey of your life.
The best advice we can give is to ask questions, trust your intuition, and remind yourself that this is – and always will be – a yoga PRACTICE. There is no perfect. So once you commit, commit with your soul.
Beyond that, we want to recommend a handful of spaces, places, and people who are consistently offering well-rounded, dynamic, inspirational, intentional, and incredibly engaging trainings. The NJYC believes that every single one of these programs will take you on the journey of a lifetime, plus gift you with the skills and knowledge you need to teach with an authentic voice.
Here they are!
And in addition to the ones below, we definitely recommend you checking out Jivamukti Jersey City, DIG Yoga, Elevate Yoga. Each is absolutely incredible, transformational, and sealed with our stamp of love and approval!
January to November 2020
“This training acknowledges all the primary required study for a 200hr Yoga Alliance certification while adding a nurturing amount of reflection, connection and support so that the student absorbs and imbibes the rituals of nature and season. It has been the fashion of many 200 hr RYT trainings to shorten the timeline – presently there are many shortened training offerings from 4 months, 30 days, 2 weeks while many students can absorb book knowledge in shortened period of time- true knowing is an experiential journey and one that encourages the divine creative power inside all of us. In this training a student will learn all the tenants of yoga found in a variety of lineages as well as the tools of Ayurveda, Pranayama, Mudras, mantras, anatomy, meditation, asana and sacred text of Patanjali’s sutras. We will also begin to understand that we are not divided by nature; we are nature and from the context of Ayurvedic we are composed of the same basic five elements—ether, air, fire, water, and earth—as every material object around us. Students will be given the tools and information, through the lens of teaching a class- what asana (yoga shapes) are correct for our body at what time of year, what foods are essential to nourish our body each season, self care techniques to begin to understand our constitution and looking at unhealthy patterns we see both in ourselves and movements of our students. The ultimate goal is to make small changes that encourage living a life more fully engaged with family, diet, work, as well as beginning to see possibilities and opportunities.
Your body has inherent wisdom and is complete and balanced when in tune with the rhythms of nature… right action, right decisions and peace are found in the consciousness of honoring a way of life that is in harmony with natural change. We invite you to a practice and training in tune with nature. Led by Carrie Godesky and Jennifer Vafakos Inlet Yoga’s Foundational Teacher Training explores nature and seasons, together we will begin a path that will change the way you practice and your life in one short year.”
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At Bee You we believe children are individuals and we work with them to bring out their inner awesomeness through the exploration of challenging postures while paying special attention to self-awareness, stress management through breath work and developing a positive, healthy attitude.-Maura Bradley
*Please note, in order to be eligible to apply for RCYT designation you must first complete a Yoga Alliance recognized 200-hour teacher training.
October 2019 through April 2020
“Experience a training like no other. Learn how to teach to all populations with modules from local experts. This training has roots in Sivananda, Anusara, core Yoga, power, yin and Gentle yoga. Immerse yourself into the 8 limbs of yoga and deepen your practice. Learn how to take yoga off the mat, live it, breathe it, embody it, unite the mind, body, and soul. Shift your perspective and transform your life!”
Bask is known for training amazing instructors that create unique experiences during each of their classes. This 200-hour program immerses you in the practice of yoga, yoga’s history and teachings, proper alignment of postures, the physical anatomy, and subtle physiology as they relate to yoga. Bask’s team will help you find your authentic voice, develop vibrant and creative classes, teach private clients and build a successful business.
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September 7, 2019 to March 15, 2020
“Bhakti Barn Yoga is proud to offer a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training! Please come and join us for this transformative adventure as you take your practice to the next level and change your world! Bhakti Barn Yoga is a Vibrant Vinyasa Yoga Studio. Our teacher training focuses on how each new teacher can find their own unique voice, infusing breath, alignment and sequencing to create an Intelligent, Informed, Spirited and Fun approach to yoga. Betsy Davis E-RYT 500, Bhakti Barn Yoga Director, Lauren Magarelli 500 E-RYT, owner of BeBhakti Yoga Center in Beacon NY, and Vanessa Nassif E-RYT 500 (former senior teachers at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC) bring their love and passion for yoga to this teacher training as your primary guides. They will share with you their knowledge and insight as they encourage you to deepen your practice, foster your creativity, and discover the tools to share this sacred practice with others.You will also have many exciting experts to challenge you along the path. Experts in Sanskrit, Yoga Sutras, Ayurveda, Anatomy and more will share their beads of wisdom, creating a sacred mala connecting the ancient to the present. The Yoga Alliance requirements have been carefully crafted into our calendar. Due to this and the unique nature of each individual meeting, you must commit to being at each of these sessions in order to graduate and receive your diploma. There will be reading assignments, written homework, mentor and buddy meetings, practice teaching sessions and required classes that are all part of the requirements to complete your 200 Hour Certification. We hope you join us for an experience of Union and Liberation through this deep immersion into yoga.”
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September 7, 2019 through May 31, 2020
“Bhakti Barn Yoga is proud to offer a 300 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Advanced Teacher Training! Enrich your teaching and life with new ways of thinking, seeing, moving and communicating. We’ve assembled expert guides to feed your curiosity, challenge your capacities, and facilitate your expansion. This is a stellar program for illuminating the essential, deep, and subtle layers of yoga practice and teaching. Elevate your teaching, and let your light shine! As part of your 300 hours you will do apprenticeship with our most senior teachers, by assisting, teaching, taking and observing classes. Many of the individual program days can be taken separately for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits. If you are interested in any specific day programs, please contact Betsy for enrollment. Prerequisite: Completion of a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Training, Application, Meeting and Demo Class with a Lead Trainer of our program. Upon completion of our 300 Hour Training, you will be able to register with Yoga Alliance at the 500 Hour Level.”
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September 2019 through March 2020
“Our Program Is Open to All. Whether You Are Looking to Deepen Your Personal Practice, Journey into Teaching, or Even Open a Studio.Students come to Honor Yoga’s Teacher Training for different reasons, but they all leave with a deeper understanding of yoga and a discovery of their own inner teacher. It is a life enhancing and transformational experience. Honor Yoga brings together a diverse group of teachers, each with a distinct yoga style and specialty. We divided the curriculum into a series of modules, which allows for focused hours spent on each topic and offers the trainee a flexible program. The teacher training environment is welcoming to all who want to explore their yoga practice more deeply, as well as those who are already on the path to becoming a yoga teacher. You will leave this foundational training transformed!”
Email Susan@hynorthbrunswick.com for more information.
January 2020 – June 2020
Evolve means to develop gradually and the word Yoga is derived from the sanskrit word, “Yug”, which means the “joining of” or “union of.”
Through this training, you will be encouraged to dive deeper into self-study in order to achieve a perfect union of self and the Divine. The training is centered around the Chakra Energy System where you will learn asana, class sequence, various styles, meditation, mantra, history, ethics, and the correct alignment through the anatomy and physiology of your practice. Understand that you are the vessel through which Yoga provides insight and ignites the inner fire towards self awareness. You will leave with a greater understanding of your true and authentic self as well as be able to confidently lead a 75 min. Hatha style yoga class. You will discover uncharted territory which will aim to propel you forward in your life’s purpose. Join us on this Journey…this Evolution towards the Self. This training includes a field trip to a buddhist temple, as well as an opening and closing ceremony at the Spring Lake beach.
This training is Yoga Alliance Certified and will be led by Sarah Stevenson, Margo Teicher, and Danny Petrone.
This training includes unlimited yoga classes at Karma Barre and Yoga during the training as well as all books and materials for the training.
Karma Barre and Yoga is located at 2405 Route 71 in Spring Lake Heights, NJ.
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Learn to teach the 10 Core LYT classes created by Lara with intelligent sequencing and precise cuing. Gain a deep understanding of the purpose behind every movement so you can teach with confidence. There are 2 options for Level 1: an in-person immersive training or online training. The in-person training is 23 days and the online training happens over 10 weeks, guided by Lara. The core curriculum covers the 10 Core LYT classes and breaks down the anatomy, safe cuing, and philosophy you need to start teaching and making a positive impact on people’s lives right away.
Get notified when it opens for Winter 2019! Here is the link to get on the list.
January to June 2020
“The Movement Concept’s Yoga Teacher Training provides students with the fundamental and foundational teachings and practices of yoga. What makes this training unique, though, is its core focus of taking the practice off the mat, and out of the studio, and lovingly guiding you into deep self-exploration and out of your comfort zone. Through yoga and self-study, you will have the chance to learn more about who you are and what calls to you. Heal yourself. Heal the world.”
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“Looking to deepen your experience of yoga? Interested in sharing your divine passion for the practice? Join Ellen Kaplow and Sally Narkis for a profound exploration into the path of yoga. Whether you are interested in sharing your joy for yoga by becoming a teacher, are already a teacher and desire a compressive exploration into the art of facilitation, or you are a serious practitioner who desires a deeper experience of the practice, YogaManjari will give you the tools you need to blossom. We believe the greatest teachers are those who communicate the experience of yoga from a uniquely personal place. Our mission is to guide you inwards so you can find your voice and communicate from that place of connection to source. Look at the physical asana with an insightful eye and learn to connect the outer body with the inner self. Investigate how to embody your innate divinity without ever taking yourself too seriously. In this encouraging, compassionate kula, there will be an opportunity to explore who you are in-depth and in the world, all the while supporting and being supported by like minded yogis and yoginis. Dive in and discover your divine inner teacher with YogaManjari community.”
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January through May 2020
With 20 years of practice and 19 years of teaching experience, Vanessa Van Noy’s TRIBE Training will train you how to teach intelligently and more importantly, safely. Over the years Vanessa has been subject to more than one “yoga related injury”, so she practices and teaches very mindfully and very thoughtfully, with the knowledge to make all levels both comfortable and capable.
Vanessa enjoys challenge both physical and spiritual, but she knows that sequencing matters, just as honoring the rich history and lineages matter.
Vanessa’s goal with her training is to give her students all the information and support they need to create classes that challenge students as safely as possible, while giving them an experience that offers them a lifetime of balance in body , mind and breath.
Be part of the TRIBE.
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September 2019 through March 2020
The signature EMPOWER training at the Atlantic Club emphasizes a whole lifestyle approach to yoga as a practice and offers guidance on how to live this practice on and off the mat. In this 200-hour training program, you will learn the multifaceted approach to yoga theory, both modern and traditional, to deepen your understanding of yoga and its many benefits.
Whether your intention is to teach yoga or simply deepen your personal practice, this training program is designed to guide students through a journey of self-discovery, from a physical practice to a spiritual path and preventive wellness.
This training includes unlimited yoga classes at the Atlantic Club during program training.
You will learn: Meditation, pranayama and mindfulness eating (Ayurveda); The art of Hatha Yoga and Asana sequencing techniques, adjustments, props and yoga wheel; Anatomy and physiology of muscles and muscle alignment; The chakra system (energy body); The philosophy, mythology and history of yoga as well as yoga lifestyle. Your guides will be:
Louisa Rodriguez-Diaz ~Lead Teacher and founder of Empower yoga teacher program.
Debi Heptig ~ assisting in holistic anatomy
Kelly Jarmon ~ Childrens Yoga, bringing a diverse and playful teaching to program.
Maria Jakubik ~ assisting in Meditation and pranayama.
Maura Fields ~ assisting in our energy-body chakra portion of program.
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