The Art of Teaching Kula style Yoga: 75 hour Teacher Training
with Schuyler Grant, Nikki Vilella & special guests
(October 6 – 13th, 2018)
Or deconstructing creative alignment based flow with intelligence and precision…
So…you’ve been teaching for a few years now—maybe even a whole lot of years. But you’re in a creative lull. Or you love the Kula thang, 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 (in an act of great yogic sado-masochism) you relish the idea of having your teaching broken down and build it back up again. Teachers come to this training for all kinds of reasons. My hope is that 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 200-500hr TT and have AT LEAST six months of consistent teaching experience. (Limited to 16 people.)
Who this training is NOT for:
Recent graduates of 200 hr TTs with no teaching experience or students wishing to “deepen their practice.”
What this training is NOT:
A comprehensive teacher training which will require you to memorize every bone in your foot and the Sanskrit etymology of the word Sthira. Nor will it delve deeply into the rich world of yogic history and philosophy. (There are a few wonderful training programs out there that will do just that, and I am happy to point interested students in the right direction.)
What this training WILL do:
-Help you to apply what you already know (as a teacher and as a student) in order to lead intelligent, inspiring Kula style vinyasa classes. Expect to teach and practice with the other trainees a LOT. (One of the keys to becoming an artist is deconstructing the tools of your trade.)
– 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, expect much palpating and experimentation in the fine art of putting your hands on other bodies as well as your own.
– DEVELOP your authentic teaching voice. This includes becoming aware of the teachers that speak through you as well as the vocal habits, good and bad, you have picked up from them. Honestly investigating your other teaching habits: your physical presence in the room, your hands, your pace, etc.
You will be expected to prepare during the previous month with: Assigned readings, attaining a basic grasp of key anatomical roadmaps, acquainting yourself with the Primary Series (if you are not already), and attending and writing critiques of 15 vinyasa classes.
Besides an intense amount of study and yoga practice we will enjoy an 8 day seaside escape on the shore of CT and the culinary delights of chef Paco. After a particularly rigorous practice, you can jump right out the front door into the Long Island Sound (I dare you). And if were willing to wake up a few hours early or sacrifice your precious break for more activity, you could sneak in a game of tennis or golf (court and course access is free).
You will graduate from the School of Kula Rock with a 75 hour training certificate.
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE:
7:00-7:30 – meditation
7:30-10 – led practice and adjustments workshop
10-11:30 – break and brunch
11:30-2:30 – practice teaching and anatomy workshop
2:30-3:30 – break
3:30-6:30 – practice teaching, led practice
6:30…dinner and pass out
PRICING (includes lodging in Old Saybrook, delicious and locally sourced meals by Chef Paco Rodriguez of White Gate Farm, and all instruction):
$2350 Ladies Lounge (5 ladies, 5 futons on the floor, mad fun – but bring earplugs!)
$2550 Double Occupancy Bedroom (shared king)
$2750 Double Occupancy Bedroom (own single bed)
$3250 Single Occupancy Bedroom
$1550 No Lodging (there is space for ONE local commuter for this retreat)
$1350 Partial Work/Study (there are TWO positions available, inquire for details)
($100 off any lodging option if registered by August 1st)
Cost includes: All instruction, lodging, delicious and locally sourced meals, transport from the Old Saybrook train station (2.5 hrs from NYC by train or car)
(If accepted into the training, a $1000 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit will hold your spot. Balance due 6 wks before training starts, unless an alternate arrangement is made.)
Location: This training takes place at a private home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. The best way to travel to Old Saybrook (from outside the NYC area) is to fly to any of the NYC airports and then take Amtrak from Penn Station or MetroNorth/Shoreline East from Grand Central to the Old Saybrook train station which is 5 minutes from the house.
Plan to arrive between 1 and 2pm on Saturday the 6th and depart around 11am on Sunday the 13th (after morning practice & brunch).
FOR MORE INFO / REGISTRATION:
Kula Flow Fundamentals: 200 hour Teacher Training (winter/spring 2019)
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: December 2018 / January 2019
EARLY BIRD TUITION: $3000 (application deadline is November 15, 2018).
REGULAR TUITION: $3500
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 are good for 6 months from date of activation and cannot be used for Iyengar, Mysore, or Kulanatal classes.
There is one PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP available for the 2019 200 hour teacher training program. The scholarship will be awarded to someone who is in need of financial aid, demonstrates full commitment to the values of Kula and brings a unique background to the Kula community. The applicant must meet the following criteria: involvement in community (through yoga or otherwise), desire to attain a new level of awareness through the teacher training program in order to better embody a true yogi spirit, willingness to offer/bring the teachings of the program to their community, demonstrate the need for financial aid, has the financial ability to meet the additional requirements (required classes pre-training outside of Kula and the ability to take time off work during the intensive portion of the training). Deadline for scholarship application is December 1, 2018.
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 – Philosophy, 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
Margaret Mann – The infamous Kula Hour
Miriam Wolf – Adjustments, turning your home practice info something useful
Kevin Bigger – Honey Flow, Mentor Program
Naimah Johnson – Yoga and Activism
Giulia Pline – Mentor Program.
DATES: This training will be held over 3 months. It will begin with a 9 day intensive and be followed by Friday nights and weekends, every OTHER week.
DATE DETAILS: TBD.
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 email@example.com.