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Bend and Zen Hot Yoga in Louisville, KY

Teacher Training Goals and Curriculum

Goals of the Training

The Bend and Zen Hot Yoga Teacher Training is dedicated to helping students become great yoga teachers.  The training emphasizes skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to teaching Vinyasa yoga.  In addition, the training creates space for experiences that will benefit people holistically.  The training has four primary goals:

  1. Learn How to Teach Vinyasa Yoga
    As a teacher training course, our first priority is to make sure that you receive the best possible training in preparation for teaching asana.
  2. Create Sangha
    Sangha, Sanskrit for “community”, is an inspired collective of individuals that supports one another in their practice and in their lives. We aim to create an environment that supports the community that will begin on the first day of your training – your teacher training sangha. This is your tribe!
  3. Strengthen Personal Practice
    The foundation of strong teaching is a strong personal practice. The lectures, the curriculum and the practices are all created so that you as individuals and as a community can go deep into the experience of yoga practice.
  4. Inspire Inquiry
    There is an ocean of knowledge available in the yoga teacher training, in the yoga universe and in life! One of the best ways to stay humble, awake and connected is to realize how much we do NOT know. We aspire to enliven a sense of continued inquiry in the training to awaken your innate sense of curiosity and desire for life-long learning.

Program Curriculum:  200 Hour Yoga Alliance Approved RYS200

Teaching Techniques
(posture alignment, class design & sequencing)
100 hours
Teaching Methodology & Ethical Teaching Practices​
(practice teaching, class management, ethical teaching)
40 hours
Anatomy and Physiology​​​​​
(Fundamentals – online course, Functional – in-person)
30 hours
Yoga History & Philosophy, Mindfulness Meditation​​​
(History of the Buddha & the Buddha’s Yoga)
20 hours
Practicum​​​​​​​
(teaching live classes and small groups)
15 hours
Homework and Assigned Reading 10 hours
Total Hours 215 hours


Required Readings

•  ‘Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation’ by Stephen Mitchell

•  ‘Living Your Yoga’ by Judith Lasater

•  ‘Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body and Mind’ by Frank Jude Boccio

•  ‘Buddhism Plain and Simple’ by Steve Hagen

•  ‘Yoga Anatomy’ by Leslie Kaminoff

•  ‘The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’ any translation

Suggested Readings

•  ‘The Goddess Pose’ by Michelle Goldberg

•  ‘Light on Yoga’ by B.K.S. Iyengar

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