Insight Teacher Training

About our Insight Teacher Training Online Course

Course Overview

This is a module based certification and continuing education program for both aspiring and working yoga professionals. Key concepts guiding the program include: inquiry, service, gratitude and beauty. The classical eight-limbed path of yoga and related teachings, particularly as taught in the Iyengar and Vipasana traditions will be central. Modern neuroscience and psychology will be addressed and explained. Moral, behavioral, postural, breathing, sense and mental attributes of practice will be considered. Successful students will demonstrate a growth mindset and the application of physical practices over time.

While this program is almost entirely online and offers both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities to connect with teachers, in person training is also required for all students requesting certification. Our aim is to support and prepare sensitive, skillful, ethical, and well- rounded teachers. Our students learn how to integrate therapeutic intent and technical skills in the application of yogic principles. It may be used for both personal and professional development purposes.

This program follows the guidelines, established by Yoga Alliance, for 200 hour yoga teacher training programs. It will provide a solid foundation upon which participants may continue to build and develop their professional skills. The Program Director, Manager and Faculty will provide encouragement, information, feedback and space for students to develop competence. Students will be asked to commit to home practice and to collaborate with other yoga practitioners by participating in group teaching sessions. Individual consultation and supervision will be available to support personal and professional development as needed. Upon completion, students will receive certification which will allow them to register with the Yoga Alliance as RYT, Registered Yoga Teacher.

ITT Course Content

Yoga for mental health concepts and application for yoga students and teachers will be explored in this course. Students will learn foundations of emotional and mental health including structure and function of the nervous system and current understandings from neuroscience and psychology. Students will develop language for addressing mental and emotional health concepts in practice from both a western and an eastern perspective. This course will increase students’ confidence in working with concepts related to mental and emotional health and knowledge about how to incorporate these concepts into practice. Students will understand and be able to clearly articulate benefits of yoga and meditation. They will learn and practice basic techniques from a mental/ emotional health perspective. Students will learn to modify techniques to accommodate client and group needs. Students will understand through experience the physiological effects of categories of postures: backbends, forward bends and restorative postures and breathing techniques.

Anatomy and physiology applications for asana and pranayama. Including directions and planes of movement, structure and function of major bones, muscle groups and connective tissue. Learn major components of skeletal, muscular, organ and nervous systems as may influence students’ access and experience in practice. Students will be able to identify anatomical landmarks and reference them in teaching asana and pranayama. A study guide will be provided one week before each class based upon that week’s reading assignment in the required textbook, Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germaine. The study guide will be the basis for the class lecture, discussion and practical application of anatomical principles to yoga postures and kinesiology. Students will learn to apply the principles to their own practice and to translate them into observation and direction in the classroom.

Essential postures practice draws from the poses that are the building blocks of a well rounded asana practice. Class instruction includes contraindications, warmup, alignment, breath/energy and use of props. Students will learn components and rationale behind essential postures practice including how to modify to increase accessibility and optimize outcomes for all students.

Students will learn fundamental components of posture practice with special attention to transitions and variations for all populations. Techniques, training and practice: Sun and Moon sequences, standing postures, twists and variations, Restorative yoga for relaxation. Students will learn classical postures through practice and, teaching techniques through demonstration and discussion. Successful students will demonstrate postures in a way that reflects a balance of ease and effort. The Foundations of Teaching Yoga series includes opportunity for students to practice observing bodies, alignment, and indicators of distress. They will learn to offer modifications and adaptations and to encourage students to recognize their own postural foundations and habits.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are the foundational philosophy of Samkhya Yoga. Each week the students will read from their chosen translation of the sutras (a list of suggested titles will be provided). When applicable, Sanskrit terms will be translated and discussed to provide deeper layers of understanding of Patanjali’s words. Discussion and practices will be based upon modern day application of this philosophy to our daily lives. Journaling is encouraged. One written assignment and some application of sutra to daily life will be included in each trimester.

This course examines the importance of language and how teachers can use it to guide the class and students. The important skill of strategic and specific language that is trauma informed is essential to nourish our relationship with students. Students will also explore Āyurvedic Restorative Yoga in this course. Ayurveda is the science of life or the art of living. Learn how to teach considering the season, environment and balancing your student’s constitution. Restorative Yoga brings a deep sense of rest and regeneration. Finally, learn to adapt any Yoga classes to be accessible to all levels of students and practitioners including chair yoga and using props. The skills accessed in this class will develop a teacher’s ability to offer Yoga to everyone no matter their age, size, gender or ability in a mixed level class. Successful students will demonstrate their ability to wisely steward a Yoga class.

Students will learn the mechanisms of trauma and how to recognize its effects. Physical, mental, and emotional indicators will be discussed and students will develop compassion in addition to learning strategies to support healing.

Teaching Yoga To Differently – Abled Students is designed to give a general review of the benefits, contraindications, and common adaptations of common groups of poses, and to explore creative ways to teach these poses. We will use a combination of lecture, Q&A, demonstration, personal practice and creativity.

From horoscope signs, to Myers-Briggs, we’ve been taught that we’re either this “kind of person” or “that kind of person.” We have the Doshas of Ayurveda, the Enneagram, archetypes and spirit animals as evidence of humans’ long fascination with ways to explain and distinguish experience.

In this course, students will learn about gene expression, nature v. nurture, and, methods for better understanding some aspects of personality and individual constitutions in order to facilitate effective treatments for healing and to help maintain good health lifelong. Several techniques will be presented, discussed for scientific validity, tested for efficacy when possible and offered for personal and professional applications.

This series of 4 classes teaches core concepts of Ayurveda that can help you heal and cultivate vibrant well-being. Through a combination of instruction and in-the-body experiences, you’ll come to understand yourself and the world around you in a deeper way, learning tools that will empower you to create more balance (especially in times of stress). The classes are designed to be practical so that you can apply what you learn in your own life right away. We’ll be using meditation, chanting, yoga & other tools to create a fuller experience of the teachings. This series is great for anyone interested in practical, holistic practices to cultivate wellness and vibrant health. Ayurveda and can be useful for those who experience health challenges or those looking to level-up their current well-being.

Fall and Spring courses offers students the opportunity to re-align with the rhythms of nature and integrate. The eight limbs of yoga are the framework for practice and on-demand content, including lessons and practice prompts, is made available weekly. An exclusive livestream practice session is offered weekly for participants to meet with each other and the teacher.

Find your authentic and confident voice and use it to guide others in practice. This course includes a welcome and instructor introduction, overview of workshop topics and objectives, and the importance of presentation. Students will also learn how to prepare for presentation and to use the “4C’s and the Big A “( Calm, Confident, Clear, Concise and Authentic) as guides. The course will cover presentation tips, tricks and considerations, especially for online teaching. There will be time for group process, presentation practice, and evaluation in addition to Q & A with the instructor. Students will be offered resources for ongoing support including tips and tricks sheet and tech checklist.

This is an opportunity for students to come together and immerse in practice. Significant time with be spent developing rapport, and engaging in a full range of practice including both active and restorative asana and with special emphasis on meditation and self-regulation. Students will have the opportunity to experience the effects of concentrated practice and will be expected to integrate insights into ongoing training. Develop sat sangha, common language and objectives for practice.

Practice teaching techniques of hatha yoga to cohort and community. Classroom management, understanding and accommodation of diverse populations and learning styles, principles of communication including demonstration and instruction and, ability to communicate and incorporate feedback and develop insight will be highlighted. Demonstrate competence in conveying objectives of practice and effective techniques for integration. Including but not limited to instruction, demonstration and modifications and with incorporation of eight limbs and 5 koshas.

How to apply?

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Once you submit your application and pay your application fee you can expect to hear from us within 1-2 business days.

Insight Teacher Training

by Margi Clifford


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