Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Buzz is proud to share our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Our mission is to educate teachers to empower themselves to use yoga as a tool for leadership and resiliency. This program prioritizes approaches that are trauma-informed and adaptive to meet the needs of diverse populations. We believe yoga is a powerful tool for social justice and conscious activism, and use the teachings to encourage a deep look inward in order to better show up in the outer world.

Becoming a teacher means committing to a never-ending path of learning. Yoga Buzz is devoted to empowering students and teachers alike to continue their yoga journey with trainings and workshops that span a wide range of topics. Equal parts self-inquiry and community involvement, each of our training sessions is an incredible journey.

UPCOMING LIVE VIRTUAL Q&A

Join Yoga Buzz Teacher Training Faculty and past graduates to learn more about this program via Zoom. We’d love to hear your questions! Click on the date below to register.

Can’t join live? No worries – recordings will be available after each session.

 

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Training
Objectives
  1. Trainees will leave this training with a comprehensive knowledge of living their yoga both on and off the mat.  Careful attention will be paid to recognizing and respecting the Indian culture from which yoga derives, both throughout its history and within our own St. Louis community.

  2. Trainees will leave this training with a strong awareness around ethics, boundaries, and trauma-informed practices within the profession of teaching yoga.

  3. Trainees will develop leadership skills both in the yoga classroom and within their own community, while identifying their own strengths and resources already available within themselves.

  4. Trainees will identify their personal commitment of using yoga as a tool for resiliency and growth within specific communities and diverse populations, and create a plan to take action.

  5. Trainees will gain the skills to confidently guide, assist, and support their students on the mat.  Special attention will be paid to accessibility through the discussion of adapting yoga for varied needs.

Meet The Training Faculty

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Elle Brodsky

Lead Faculty

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Amber Howlett

Lead Faculty

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Donna Rae Jones

faculty & curriculum designer

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Bryna Parker

Faculty

2021 Teacher
Training Schedule
The following trainings will be held entirely in a virtual format

All times listed are Central Time
Tuition

Tuition is available via three Sliding Scale options.

Payment Plans are Available (split into 4 monthly installments)

Supporter: $2400

The highest tuition cost reflects the true cost of training. If you have access to financial security, own property or have personal savings, you would not traditionally qualify for sliding scale services. If you are able to pay for “wants” and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you.

Sustainer: $1920 

If you are struggling to conquer debt or build savings or move away from paycheck to paycheck living but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., you belong here. If contributing this rate for training would be difficult, but not detrimental for you, this rate is for you. 

Supported: $1440 

If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, you probably belong here – and you deserve a community that honors your price as an equal economic offering as the person who can pay the highest tier. 

Yoga Teacher
Training FAQ
We require applicants to have one year of a regular yoga practice. Yoga includes asana, meditation, mindfulness, or some form of intentional and dedicated self-study – which means everyone’s practice might look very different. Having a personal foundation with the practice of yoga will best support your own learning and growth as we dive into these teachings. We are not looking for “advanced” or “expert” practitioners, by any means – whatever your practice looks like is perfect. Asana (postural yoga) is only one part of what we address in our program. We are looking for students who are committed, curious, and open to the challenge of seeing yoga – and life – through the perspective of diverse populations with needs that may differ from your own.

First and foremost, we encourage folks who are interested in a yoga teacher training is to take a class or two with the person/people who are leading the training. Find teachers who you feel a connection to, since you’ll be spending a lot of time listening and learning from them.

The Yoga Buzz Teacher Training is unique because since its inception in 2016, we have been centering curriculum and conversation around accessibility, social justice, trauma-informed practices, and cultural appreciation. For us, these topics aren’t buzzwords or trends – they are absolutely necessary to the evolution of yoga, especially Westernized yoga in our Westernized world. In addition to talking about poses and meditation and breathwork, we talk about racism, oppression, activism, ethics, trauma, and how to be lovingly critical about our own inherent biases of what yoga is and looks like.

Our training prioritizes teaching poses by focusing on the intent, supporting the body rather than forcing the body to fit an “ideal” aesthetic of the pose. Besides, we believe the physical practice is a way to invite deeper exploration of the philosophy of yoga – Yoga as a lifestyle.

Our faculty are dedicated yoga students – specifically, we believe that some of our greatest teachers have been those who have graduated from this teacher training.

We believe yoga sets the groundwork of self-study, especially attentive to how our individual growth and evolution will impact not just the lessening of our own suffering, but contribute to the collective liberation of our community, our city, our country, and our planet.

The virtual format offers a truly unique and flexible (yoga joke!) opportunity to fit the curriculum into your life and schedule, not the other way around.

If reading this gets you even a little bit excited – then we are equally as excited to hear from you.

Many students come into the program wanting to learn about the history, philosophy, and asana for their own personal knowledge. Quite often, people develop a vision of how to bring the practice to their family, friends, and community. You may never teach asana (physical) yoga classes, but very likely you will find yourself teaching yoga by leading by example as you apply the principles and methodology of yoga philosophy to your life.

All of our YTT faculty teach for Yoga Buzz and are registered (RYT200 or higher) with Yoga Alliance.

We want you to learn from many teachers to receive varied perspectives on yoga. Each faculty teacher comes from a unique background and we feel this diversity ensures a well-rounded training experience.

The Yoga Buzz teacher training also welcomes guest presenters throughout the course of our training.

Scroll up to review our training schedule for each session. Weekend sessions are required to attend live, while the weekly live session has the option to attend live or watch a replay on your own schedule. Each week, two pre-recorded practice sessions will be made available, plus additional content material.

Most YTT students will do homework (watch replays, read and outside contact hours) between 3-5 hours per week, but ultimately that is up to each student. Results vary depending on what you want to achieve from your YTT.

We recommend you continue your regular practices before and throughout YTT with extra attention to care for yourself and rest enough during the off days to be ready for training weekends.

Step one is to complete the application and select which tiered pricing option best reflects your financial position.

Each year, we receive more applications than we have available spaces for our training, which means participation in the Yoga Buzz Teacher Training is competitive. We encourage you to be thorough and thoughtful with your responses so we can get a chance to know you.

The teacher training faculty reviews all applications on a weekly basis. If an applicant feels like a good fit based on their application, an invitation is extended to join the program.

At that point, the applicant may choose whether to pay their tuition in one lump payment, or select a 4-month payment plan.

Yoga Buzz is offering tiered pricing for the Fall 2021 Yoga Teacher Training, in addition to the option of four monthly payments. Learn more here.

Scholarships or financial aid beyond the tiered pricing is not available for the Fall 2021 training.

Yoga Alliance is a nonprofit association holding the title as the United States’ largest registry of yoga teachers and schools. It’s the world’s most popularly recognized yoga organization, internationally known for its membership credibility guide.

Yoga Alliance provides the educational training standards recommended to teachers, studios, and schools to follow in order to ensure an adequate amount of study time is being taken.

Essentially, it is a voluntary registry comprised of yoga teachers who have previously graduated from schools certified by Yoga Alliance who are looking to add further credibility to their yoga experience.

Yoga Teacher Trainings do not have to be registered with Yoga Alliance, however many elect to do so. Yoga Buzz is registered with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School (RYS-200). You can choose to register with Yoga Alliance but it is not required. By completing the requirements with Yoga Buzz, your designation is Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT)

Check out our reviews on Yoga Alliance here.

Many of our graduates have gone on to teach yoga at local yoga studios and on their own at parks or local libraries. Some have started their own yoga-based organizations or even yoga studios. Some integrate yoga into their professional career, others never end up teaching a physical yoga class.

While there are many opportunities for those who are interested in teaching yoga, in full transparency it is not an easy way to make a sustainable, full-time wage. It’s not impossible, just not common. Our training provides support to understanding the basics as far as the Business of Yoga is concerned, and our faculty is always available to point graduates in the direction of additional support for their professional goals.

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