Thank you so much for your interest in the LBYoga 200 hour teacher training. We are excited to share our knowledge and love of yoga with you. This life-changing, transformative training is specifically developed for those who desire to become yoga teachers as well as those who wish to deepen their connection and understanding of yoga and live a fuller, healthier life.
The training schedule itself includes extensive physical (asana) practice not listed on the daily YTT schedule. This means a full month of a daily practice to begin the program and maintaining an asana practice throughout the training. In addition to the days we will meet and your dedication to your own asana practice, we will also require practices in observing silence, a set number of Seva (volunteer) hours, frequent written observations of LB classes, and assisting an LB teacher for several classes toward the end of the program. Please understand that your dedication to this practice, to yourself, and to the program will be rewarded beyond any measurable formula that we can offer.
Laughing Buddha is a registered yoga school (RYS) with Yoga Alliance (the governing body of yoga certification). Our 200 hour program is designed to deepen your practice and give you the tools to teach others. Completion of this program is a wonderful accomplishment and reflects a dedication of time and effort, and a willingness to "do the work." At the same time it’s only the beginning — we can’t possibly teach you everything we know in 200 hours. The practice of yoga is a lifelong endeavor full of learning and realization at every turn.
In this program you will find your voice and learn how to bring your unique point of view and gifts to the art of teaching others. You’ll develop a strong working understanding of yoga alignment, meditation, pranayama and yogic philosophy. In cooperation with the theory and practice, you’ll open more fully to your life, by learning to see and communicate connectivity on all levels – physical, emotional, mental, intuitive and spiritual.
Through the practice of teaching you’ll learn to communicate, to know yourself, and to cultivate clarity and appreciation for the world we live in.
In addition, to submitting your application, you’ll be asked to take a class with Dusty and Stephanie followed by a brief conversation to discuss your practice and any questions you may have about the program. It’s very important to feel comfortable with the curriculum, and to be clear in your motivations and interests for taking the program. We want you to have a meaningful experience.
I have been a student and a teacher in a classroom for as long as I can remember. I attended my first yoga class as a student to support a friend who had started teaching at a new school. At the time I worked as an instructor at the university while earning my PhD in English. Like many new yoga practitioners, I thought I would get a good stretch and relieve some stress. I had no idea that yoga is so much more than just this and yet it is really all about "just this."
After attending this first yoga class, I was hooked, although I am not sure I could have explained why. While I sensed that this practice is more than making funny shapes on a small rectangular mat, it took years of practice and life to illustrate that yoga provides a way to live that is measured and thoughtful, realistic and mindful, scientific and grounded. An asana practice represents only a small part of the whole that is yoga.
After six years of practice, I received certification from Amrit Desai’s 200 hour yoga teacher training in September 2010. I attended the training to deepen my own practice and yet should have guessed that I would also harness that training to teach in a yoga classroom. I continue to be a student—to learn from the practice and now realize that that separation between yoga teacher and practitioner, between breathing in and breathing out and between work and play was a fiction. Yoga, more than anything else, continues to teach me and to show me that the separation we create between one another and ourselves does not have to leave us feeling alone.