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I am honored that you are considering Buddhi Vana for your 200-hour teacher training program.  This is a significant commitment of financial resources and your time and energy.  I encourage you to both contact me to talk about your interest in the program and attend the information session so we can make sure that this is the right program for you.
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BUddhi Vana is a 200-Hour RYS™ with Yoga Alliance

If you are interested in becoming a registered yoga teacher (RYT™), or you already are a teacher and wish to earn this credential, then you must attend a training program that is a Registered Yoga School (RYS™) with Yoga Alliance (a professional organization for yoga instructors) in order to do so.  Upon graduation from this training program, you will earn a certificate that you can use to register as an RYT™ at the 200-hour level with Yoga Alliance.

Value of Graduating from a Registered Yoga School (RYS™)

Enrolling in and completing a 200-hour teacher training program is a significant financial and energetic commitment.  The year that you are in this program is one in which you will need to dedicate a great deal of time to your studies, practice, and training sessions.  Buddhi Vana is a 200-hour Registered Yoga School (RYS™) with Yoga Alliance and graduates may be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT™) after meeting the graduation requirements.  Graduation is not guaranteed upon payment of tuition or with registration.  Participants must earn their certificate by meeting all graduation requirements including 100% attendance in all training modules.  Registration with Yoga Alliance is an additional fee and it is up to the participant whether or not they choose to register and to pay any required fees to Yoga Alliance to obtain or maintain that registration with this professional organization.  Although many people in the yoga business use the term “certification”, there isn’t any way to be a “certified yoga teacher”.  You can certainly be certified in a specific style or with a school that has it’s own certification program.  For example, Iyengar Yoga does not participate in the Yoga Alliance teacher training system and has its own qualifications for teachers who wish to become certified and use the name “Iyengar Yoga” when they teach.  When you graduate and register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT™ this indicates the following to your clients and potential employers:

  • You have dedicated yourself to the completion of a rigorous yoga teacher training program that meets the 200-hour program standards set forth by Yoga Alliance
  • You have the credentials required to become a registered member of the largest professional yoga organization in the world
  • You have a minimum education in anatomy, teaching methods, and ethics to be a safe teacher
  • You consider teaching yoga to be your profession and you are committed to maintaining your professional credentials through continuing education and personal and professional development.  In order to maintain your registration with Yoga Alliance, you will need to maintain a minimum number of teaching hours and continuing education credits.
  • Many studios, hospitals, and organizations will simply not hire any teachers without the minimum 200-hour RYT™ credential.  It is likely that many businesses have no other way to create a standard for hiring and so they use the Yoga Alliance registration system as a way to maintain hiring standards.  While being an RYT™ is not necessarily a requirement for being a yoga teacher, you will have many more opportunities on your career path if you ARE an RYT™.
What are the Graduation Requirements?
Graduation Requirements for 200-Hour RYT™ Certificate

1-Participation of 100% attendance and excellent studentship (arriving on time, being prepared with materials, having completed required reading and any homework, etc.) in all training workshops and events.

2-Teach two public classes observed by lead trainer (taught by donation, but space rental and trainer time is included)

3-Complete a minimum of three private sessions with lead trainer (not  included in tuition)

4-Attend a minimum of five approved workshops or events (not included in tuition).  Options might include, but are not limited to: kirtan/chanting, somatic movement therapy workshop, yoga or meditation workshop, mindful or spiritual retreat in your faith practice, related professional development (massage therapy, counseling, anatomy, doula, etc.), or any other workshop or event that is approved by the lead trainer.

5-Complete all required reading and assignments including a training journal, record of attendance, practice hours, and independent study work.

6-Attend a minimum of 30 practice sessions with lead trainer or an E-RYT at the host studio who is on the approved instructor list provided at the start of training (not included in tuition).

7-Tuition balance is completely paid and all debts resolved. Any borrowed books, equipment, or other items must be returned to the host studio or lead trainer.   Please note that there are no refunds for any payments made for training sessions, private sessions, or required events.  Make-up sessions for missed workshops and classes may be arranged with the lead trainer, but are not guaranteed to be available.  When available, make-up sessions or additional time with the lead trainer will be at an additional expense to the trainee.

Non-Refundable Depost and Training Schedule

The Buddhi Vana Yoga Teacher Training is scheduled in modules and all participants have up to one calendar year (September 1, 2018-September 1, 2019) to complete the required modules after submitting their non-refundable training deposit:

Non-Refundable Training Deposit:

$400 for 200-Hour RYT Yoga Teacher Training

Module One
Tuition: $225 for participants with paid deposit
ZenBarn: September 14-16 (Friday afternoon/evening, Saturday, Sunday)

Introduction to the Matrika and Tibetan Subtle Body Anatomy
Anapanasati Sutta (Mindfulness of Breathing)
Metta Meditation
Introduction to Walking Meditation

Module Two
Tuition: $225 for participants with paid deposit
ZenBarn: October 12-14

Tibetan Sound Healing
Sutta Pitaka: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness
Tonglen Meditation
Walking Meditation

Module Three
Tuition: $225 for participants with paid deposit
ZenBarn: October 26-28

Mudras, Chanting, and Using a Mala
Jewel Tree Meditation
Embodied Anatomy
Working with the Elements and Nature in Practice

Module Four
Tuition: $225 for participants with paid deposit
ZenBarn: November 2-4

Heart Sutra
Embodied Anatomy
Ethics of Yoga and Introduction to Patanjali Yoga Sutras
Visualization and The Three Energetic Diaphragms

Module Five
Tuition: $225 for participants with paid deposit
ZenBarn: November 16-18

Asana and Anatomy: modifications and adjusting for student level
Advanced Pranayama: practice and teaching methods
Rainbow Body: working with color and light in asana and meditation
Chinese yoga (Qi Gong) and working with meridians in asana

Module Six
Tuition: Included in training deposit and not available for individual registration

In this online module that will be available between December 15-March 15 of each training year, we will have discussion boards so we can stay in communication with one another and connect to the assigned readings and work that lends itself to distance learning.  There will be webinars that you can attend “live” if they work with your schedule or they will be recorded so that you can watch them at your convenience.

Module Seven
Tuition: $225 for participants with paid deposit
ZenBarn: April 5-7, 2019

Luminous Mind: techniques for teaching meditation and working with obstacles and challenges in meditation
Safety in Practice and Teaching
Class planning and adjustments in teaching for student level, student ability, and working with themes
Tibetan yoga

Module Eight
Cost: $225 for participants with paid deposit
ZenBarn: April 26-28, 2019

Practicum: hands on physical adjustments workshop
Radiance Sutras as inspiration for asana practice
Chanting and Sounding
Sense and Perception: using sound and scent in yoga, the brain and meditation
Embodied Anatomy: fluids, endocrine system and anatomy of practice

Module Nine
ZenBarn: May 17-19, 2019
Cost: $225 for participants with paid deposit

Sacred Body and Eco-Spirituality
Discourse on Happiness
Mudra, Mantra, and Asana
Embodied Anatomy: Organs and Elements of Earth

Training Schedules

Introduction Workshop

Saturday, September 8
Introduction to Buddhi Vana 200-Hour Teacher Training at Zenbarn
Facilitator: Lead Trainer, Sharon Fennimore
1:00 to 3:30 pm
FREE, but please register so we prepare materials

In this workshop, Sharon we will practice yoga and meditation together and then Sharon will introduce the philosophy that informs the curriculum for the teacher training.  A yoga teacher training program is a significant financial and energetic investment and this workshop is an opportunity to explore this transformative ten-month program to make sure it meets your personal and professional development goals.  There will be time to ask questions about the training schedule, graduation requirements, required and suggested readings, or anything else you wish to ask or discuss.


Weekend Modules

Fridays
6:00 to 8:30 pm (at Zenbarn Studio)

Saturdays
9:00 am to 5:30 pm
9-11 Location to be Announced (we will do outdoor walking meditation or nature activity)
11:00-5:30 pm (at Zenbarn Studio)

Sundays
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
9-11 Location to be Announced (we will do outdoor walking meditation or nature activity)
11:00-4:00 pm (at Zenbarn Studio)


Practice Classes

We will be scheduling practice classes and other practicum experiences at Zenbarn April 2019-June 2019 as participants are ready to start teaching.


Private Sessions

Private sessions can be scheduled with Sharon Fennimore at any time.  Sessions are $85 each and three-sessions are required for graduation from the program.  The cost of private sessions are not included in tuition payments.

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Tuition Payment Options

 OPTION ONE:

  1. Pay Non-Refundable $400 Training Deposit on or before September 14, 2018
  2. Pay for each module individually ($225) at least 24-hours prior to each training weekend or save $150 by paying for all modules up-front ($1650)
  3. The online winter module is included with paid non-refundable training deposit
$   400 Non-Refundable Deposit
$1,800 8 x $225 Training Weekends
$   255 3 x $85 Three Required Private Sessions
$   150 Approximate amount for books and equipment
$   150 Approximate cost of 5-additional approved workshops/events
$   300 Approximate cost of 30-practice classes with Sharon Fennimore or approved E-RYT at Zenbarn
$3,055 TOTAL COST OF TRAINING PRIOR TO GRADUATION
OPTION ONE PAYMENT BUTTONS

ENROLL with $400 Deposit

REGISTER for a single Training Weekend

SAVE $150 and REGISTER for ALL Training Weekends

OPTION TWO:

    1. Pay Non-Refundable $400 Training Deposit on or before September 14, 2018
    2. Set-up a $250 a month payment plan (October 2018 through June 2019)
    3. The online winter module is included with paid non-refundable training deposit

ENROLL with Payment Plan

$   400 Non-Refundable Deposit
$2,250 9 x $250 (9-month automated payment plan)
$   255 3 x $85 Three Required Private Sessions
$   150 Approximate amount for books and equipment
$   150 Approximate cost of 5-additional approved workshops/events
$   300 Approximate cost of 30-practice classes with Sharon Fennimore or approved E-RYT at Zenbarn
$3,505 TOTAL COST OF TRAINING PRIOR TO GRADUATION

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