The Art of Teaching Kula Style Yoga:
a 75 hour advanced level practical training
with Schuyler Grant + special guests
October 29—November 5, 2020
So…you’ve been teaching for a few years now, or maybe many years! But you’re in a creative lull. Or you love the Kula style, and you want to wrap your head around teaching this way. Or you know a lot about alignment, but don’t know how to make it flow. Or you know how to make it flow just fine, but you don’t know how to make it safe—or interesting. Or you love good adjustments, but you’re hesitant about getting your hands on people. Or you relish the idea of having your teaching broken down and built back up again. Teachers come to this training for all kinds of reasons. My hope is they leave sated, but also inspired by a whole new set of questions and aspirations for their teaching path—because the path of a good teacher is always the path of a curious student.
Who this training is for:
This intimate teaching retreat is for experienced teachers who want to better understand how to teach Kula Flow style yoga. You must have already completed a 200 or 500 hour TT and have at least 6 months of consistent teaching experience.
Recent graduates of 200 hour TT programs without teaching experience or students wishing to “deepen their practice.”
What this training is NOT:
A comprehensive TT which will require you to memorize every bone in your foot or the etymology of the word sthira. Not will it delve deeply into the rich world of yogic history and philosophy. (There are wonderful training programs that will do just this—and we’re happy to point you in the right direction…)
What this training WILL do:
Help you to apply what you already know (as a teacher and student) in order to lead intelligent, inspiring Kula style vinyasa classes. Expect to teach and practice will your fellow trainees a lot.
AUGMENT your understanding of creative, intelligent sequencing, as well as your ability to communicate physical and philosophical instruction clearly. There will be a strong emphasis on anatomical intelligence from a hands on perspective.
DEVELOP your authentic teaching voice. This includes becoming aware of the teachers who speak through you as well as the vocal habits (good and bad!) you have picked up from them. You will honestly investigate your teaching habits: physical presence in the room, hands, pace, etc.
You will be expected to prepare during the previous month assigned readings, attaining a basic grasp of key anatomical roadmaps, acquainting yourself with the Primary Series in Ashtanga yoga, and attending/writing critiques of 15 yoga classes.
Sample daily schedule:
8 – 11am: led practice and adjustments workshop
11am – 12:30pm: break and brunch
12:30 – 3pm: practice teaching and anatomy workshop
3:30 – 6:30pm: practice teaching, led practice
6:30: dinner, fireside chats…crash out!
Email Jen@kulayoga.com with additional questions.
Kula Flow Fundamentals: 200 hour Teacher Training (winter 2021)
So…you know that you are in love with the practice and you have secretly (or openly!) been dreaming about doing a 200 hour teacher training for the past year (or more). You religiously study with your favorite teachers, pine for more information, and perhaps even fiddle around with teaching your friends, lovers, family, co-workers and pets. The time has finally come to formalize that education and see what it takes to take your dreams public! This training will offer you the first steps on a lifelong journey of developing the craft of becoming a teacher. Kula’s foundational training is designed to help you acquire the building blocks you will need in order to continue your education over the next several years. This training is fundamental and is meant to be the cornerstone of your teaching career. We will fill your tool box with all of the necessary elements you will need in order to teach a basic Kula Flow class by the time you graduate. This training is meant for students who have a desire to be on their feet teaching, not for students looking to deepen their practice but not use their voice (which is also good, but then this is not the right training for you). Expect this training to be heavy on anatomy and hands on adjustments, and expect to spend a LOT of time on your feet practicing your newly acquired skills.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 31 (early bird); December 15 (regular).
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 15
The 2021 Scholarship link will be live by early Fall 2020.
Please also ensure you obtain a full length application from Nikki V.
The Kula Yoga scholarship program offers partial scholarships to multiple people who plan to attend the Kula Teacher Training program.The amount granted varies from person to person. Two of the scholarships are reserved for interested members of the BIPOC community. Other scholarship awards are for candidates who have a financial need and will help bring diversity into the Teacher Training program. Diversity takes a wide swath in our consideration and may be: economic, ethnic, cultural, spiritual, etc.
The scholarship was established in 2014 as an offshoot of the community classes held at Kula. In addition to the funding provided by the community classes, Kula, alongside outside sources, provide matching contributions so we can maximize our outreach. If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to our scholarship program, please contact us.
We believe a yoga community that is reflective and inclusive of the people who inhabit the city in which we live makes for a better overall community. This scholarship program is our way of providing assistance to the chosen recipients so that they will be able to participate in the program and pay it forward someday.
EARLY BIRD TUITION: $3000 (full payment due October 31)
TUITION: $3500 (due December 15)
Tuition includes: A Yoga Alliance certified 200-hour training (with 180 contact hours of instruction), a Kula Flow Foundations manual, and 40 classes good at any Kula location. Classes expire at the conclusion of training (April 19) and cannot be used for Iyengar or Mysore classes. They cannot be shared with friends or other students.
Nikki Vilella – including but not limited to: The Principles of Kula Flow, The Art of Adjustments, Smart Sequencing/Wise Transitions, The Business of Teaching Yoga, Bandhas, Teaching Observation + Feedback
Nikki Costello – Foundational Asana + Philosophy
Zachery Dacuk – Anatomy + Physiology
Lauren Haythe – Applied Anatomy
Jillian Turecki – Kula Basics, Vinyasa Rx, Various Asana Modules
Magi Pierce – Various Asana Modules, Teaching Observation + Feedback, Mentor Program
Alex Auder – Mobility/Stability, Relevant Dharma Talk, The Art of Adjustments
Alison Sinatra – Holding Space + the Seat of a Teacher
Erin Dudley – Mantra, Chanting, Chakra Study, Sanskrit
Annie Piper – Balancing the Nervous System
Oceana Baity – Intro to essential oils
Megan Mook – Meditation
Lara Kohn Thompson – Prenatal + Pelvic Floor
Derek Cook – Guided Self Massage with Props
Minna Taylor – Vocal Technique
Rebecca Ketchum – Ayurveda + teaching private clients, Mentor Program
Margaret Mann – The infamous Kula Hour
Miriam Wolf – Adjustments, turning your home practice info something useful
Kevin Bigger – Honey Flow, Mentor Program
Naimah Johnson – Social Justice
Giulia Pline – Various Asana Modules, Teaching Observation + Feedback, Mentor Program.
DATES: This training will be held over 4 months at Kula in SoHo and Kula in Williamsburg. It will begin with a 9 day intensive in January and continue with selected weekends through April.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: You must have a consistent yoga practice of at least 3 years and it is strongly recommended that you have a consistent Kula Flow practice of at least 6 months. You must meet with Nikki Vilella if you are interested in the program and obtain an application directly from her. (If you are from out of town, a phone interview will be conducted.) If you have never been to Kula, it is required that you come in for class before emailing Nikki for an application and a meeting. It is our recommendation that professional and/or personal commitments be minimized during this time, as you will be expected to complete work and participate in mentor groups outside of classroom time.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: In order to receive a Kula Flow Fundamentals certificate of graduation, you will be required to attend all sessions, complete all out of classroom assignments, pass 2 written tests (one midterm and one final exam), and teach a Kula Flow class where you are able to demonstrate sufficient comprehension of the material covered in the training. In the interest of maintaining the highest possible standards for graduates of the Kula Teacher Training program, graduation is not guaranteed unless all requirements are met in full. Graduates of this program will be certified and considered RYT-200 by the Yoga Alliance.
You must obtain an application from Nikki Vilella. Email her to do so (or with any other questions!) at firstname.lastname@example.org.