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+300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training 2018/19 - Fully booked

The AIRYOGA ATT+300 program covers comprehensive study and personal immersion. It is designed to create a clear path for teachers to elevate themselves to a higher standard of yoga teaching and allow for a steady maturing of the personal practice.

It is AIRYOGA’s mission to facilitate a space for study that produces well-rounded teachers and students of yoga that have unique skills and proficiency in the full spectrum of yoga traditions.

The next ATT+300 course under the guidance of Stephen Thomas will be offered from February 2, 2018 through June 23, 2019.
This course is sold out. There is a wait-list.

Our faculty of experienced teachers will lead this training:
Stephen Thomas (Director): Asana, Pranayama, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy, Mantra & Sanskrit
Stefanie Zimmermann: Anatomy & Physiology
Doug Keller: Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Therapy
plus co-teachers/guest faculty

The course covers a full spectrum of Yoga studies including:
Applied Anatomy II
Alignment for Physical and Energetic Body
Therapeutically oriented Yoga
Meditation and Concentration Practices
Pranayama - Technique, Theory and Practice
Teaching Methodology
The Art of Asana Sequencing
Adjustments, Modifications and Assisting
Improving Observation Skills
Seva and Karma Yoga
Mantra, Mudra and Chanting
Living Philosophy of the Yogic Traditions
Continued Study of Yoga Texts
Tantric and Buddhist Philosophy
Ethics and Challenges in Teaching and Studentship

The ATT+300 course is presented in a modular format
There are five focused modules which will cover approximately 225 contact hours. In addition, students will be assigned for independent studies, reading and writing homework, mentoring (observing and assisting in classes, Karma Yoga), and the final assignments. This work totals a minimum of 75 non-contact hours.

Once all five modules have been completed, students will receive the questions/topics for their final assignment. It will be written individually within a given deadline and will be reviewed by the faculty.

Graduates will receive a 300-hour certificate of completion from AIRYOGA.
300-hour graduates who have completed a Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour Teacher Training can apply directly at Yoga Alliance for a 500-hour accreditation (RYT 500). Please see https://www.yogaalliance.org

Requirements to apply for the ATT+300 course 2018/19
•  successful completion of a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training registered with Yoga Alliance - or of an equivalent training
•  regular experience in teaching yoga of at least one year
•  letter of recommendation from a yoga teacher or -studio
•  good language skills in both German and English
•  approval from Stephen Thomas (director ATT+300)

The fee for the entire course is CHF 4'850.-. Included is a comprehensive manual for each module.
Not included are: registration fee of CHF 500.- and cost for books.

We recommend all interested people who are not already regular students of Stephen Thomas to attend at least one class with him prior to their application fort he ATT+300 in order to get to know him and his teaching style.
New clients can register for classes with Stephen via e-mail to zuerich@airyoga.com
This trial drop-in class costs CHF 40.-
See further information on class reservation under http://www.airyoga.ch/en/new-airyoga

To apply for the ATT+300 course 2018/19 please fill out this form

Upon application a registration fee of CHF 500.- is due for payment.

Admission to the ATT+300 program will be reviewed by AIRYOGA upon receipt of the application. In addition, and when indicated, candidates may be invited to a test class and a personal interview.

Further terms
•  The ATT+300 program will be taught in English or German, depending on the teacher. Therefore participants should understand both languages.
•  The course requires a minimum of 15 students to take place. Participation is limited to 29 students.
•  In addition, participants in past ATT+300 courses who have not finished their training yet, are allowed to attend the required modules/hours in the course 2018/19.

Registration deadline for the ATT+300 course 2018/19 is December 1, 2017.

For further information and all questions please email to ausbildungen@airyoga.ch

These are the five focused modules of the course:

1. Module: Bridge
Teacher: Stephen Thomas plus co-teachers/assistants when indicated
Duration: 6 days, 45 hours total
Dates: from Friday, February 2, to Sunday, February 4, 2018
and from Friday, February, 9, to Sunday, 11, 2018

Location: AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich

This module elevates the practice from the foundation developed in a 200-hour Teacher Training and sets the foundation for further study. A primer and base for the entire program.

Major Topics:
•  Asana (theory and practice) including refining competence in Level 1 and moving into Level 2 syllabus
•  Energetic approaches to Asana
•  Teacher methodology workshops (approaches, sequencing, adjusting, modifications)
•  Establishing and Evolving the Pranayama/Kriya (theory and daily practice)
•  Meditation and Concentration practices. Context, Theory and Practice
•  Refining alignment. A look at bandhas and koshas in asana. Alignment patterns that promote safety.
•  Comparative and historical review of KEY Yoga texts and philosophical differences within schools.

In addition: Pre course and after course homework.

2. Module: Hatha Yoga Anatomy Level 2 and the Subtle Body
Teacher: Stefanie Zimmermann and Stephen Thomas
Duration: 6 days, 45 hours total
Dates: from Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3, 2018
and from Friday, June 8, to Sunday, June 10, 2018

Location: AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich

Looking into the Body Structures, Fascia, Mechanics as they relate to the practices of Yoga. Also a special workshop on how the subtle Anatomy as seen in Chinese Medicine relates to the Anatomy of Hatha Yoga practices.

Major Topics:
•  Repeat & Expand: Review of the key bone and joints structures such as spine, pelvis, lower and upper body. Why and how they relate to the practice of Hatha Yoga
•  Repeat & Expand: Review of the key muscle and fascial structures in their relation to the practice of Hatha Yoga
•  Prevention of common yoga-injuries
•  Individual observation of the own and other bodies and integration into the teaching
•  The mechanisms of breath in pranayama
Cross Over:
•  Looking at Anatomy in Movement. Feeling the Organs and tuning into subtle Anatomy through Embodied Flow Practice
•  Relating The Meridians of Chinese Medicine to the Practice of Yoga Asana

In addition: Pre course and after course homework.

3. Module: Yoga Philosophy and applied Therapy
Teacher: Doug Keller und Stephen Thomas
Duration: 7 days, 45 hours total
Dates: from Monday, November 12, to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Location: AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich

This module will explore the evolution of modern yoga, from the tradition of Hatha Yoga beginning with the Hatha Yoga Pradipika onward. We will look especially at how the tantric insights introduced - the Laya tradition, which includes concepts of the chakras and kundalini as well as the practice of Yoga Nidra, along with new emphasis on the health of the body - went even deeper into traditional ideas tracing back to the Upanishads and the origins of yoga. These insights were developed even further in the Modern Era, as yoga was popularized with an even greater emphasis upon health and an expanded sense of spiritual well-being.

Major Topics:

•  The tantric revolution in hatha yoga philosophy: Vedic insights re-envisioned
•  Understanding Kundalini and the deeper work represented by the Chakras
•  The evolution of Modern Yoga - historical and philosophical
•  The relevance of philosophy to the experience of asana
•  Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: tools for understanding students’ health challenges and pain problems, and approaches through asana
Each day includes a moderate guided asana practice which incorporates the therapeutic insights covered in the training

In addition: Pre course and after course homework.

4. Module: Teacher’s Seat
Teacher: Stephen Thomas plus co-teachers/assistants when indicated
Duration: 6 days, 45 hours total
Dates: from Friday, February 1, to Sunday, February 3, 2019
and from Friday, February, 8, to Sunday, February 10, 2019

Location: AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich

Teaching Methodology, Adjustments/Modifications, Sequencing Theory and Techniques for Inspired, Effective Teaching and More.

Hands-on Adjustments, Voice and Cue Assisting
This module looks at how to build sensitivity, stability and appropriate power in one’s hands (and voice). We practice the key points and principles behind making adjustments in order to help/assist student find deeper and more subtle experiences in a pose. We will look at ways to increase range of motion and release stress via hands on contact.

The art of teaching yoga is guiding people into freedom. We look at how good sequencing can create openings and intelligence in the body and mind. We investigate pacing, length of holds, how to sequence, and combinations of postures in sequence. How to structure a class from a theme using preparations and posture combinations. We review the importance of the opening and closing of a class through ritual, mantra, silence and holding space.
Also the course looks at how to make effective sequences for beginners, advanced students, and all-levels classes.

The Teacher's Role
Hatha Yoga’s combination of breath, awareness, movement, wisdom and stillness weaves a unique fabric of benefit in a modern yoga context. We look at yoga through this lens and see how it applies to the various ways Yoga can be presented. As teachers we look at some ethical issues, challenges, and ways to convey what we experience to others and our role in environment, service and community.

Designed Self Practice and Case Studies
There will also be sessions on creation of self practice sections and working with special situations and each day a “group discussion" periods for clarifying problem areas, challenges and/or confusions.

In addition: Pre-course and after course homework.

5. Module: The Mirror
Teacher: Stephen Thomas plus co-teachers/assistants when indicated
Duration: 6 days, 45 hours total
Dates: from Friday, June 14, to Sunday, June 16, 2019
and from Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23, 2019

Location: AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich

A deep dive into the practice itself, how it evolves, how we share it and grow it personally, and how we integrate the various ways of practice: Worship, Health, Service, Sharing, Inner and Outer Focus (on and off the Mat).

Major topics:
•  selected Philosophy Review and Discussions
•  continued exploration of the Subtle Body as a way to deepen practice.
•  Refining the Self Practice
•  Restorative Approaches
•  NEXT Steps / work with Meditation, Kriya and Pranayama
•  bringing Yoga into Life, Life into Yoga. Ethics, stewardship, evolving studentship and inspiring others
•  exploring the concerns and challenges in the modern presentation of Yoga
•  working with Special Needs

After finishing this module, students will receive the questions/topics for their final assignment.

Frequently Asked Question about ATT +300 (FAQ)

If the training management (AIRYOGA) refuses an application, will the registration fee be refunded? 

If the applicant is refused by AIRYOGA, the one-time registration fee of CHF 500.- will be refunded. However, if an already accepted candidate withdraws his or her application, the registration fee will not be refunded. 

Will it be a problem during the training if I don't live close to Zurich?
No, this shouldn't be an obstacle for the completion of the ATT+300.

Can I complete the training, if my German and/or my English are not very strong?
Your knowledge of German and English should be so that you are able to follow the teaching sessions in both languages and able to read and understand both German and English texts sufficiently.

 Written papers can be submitted in German or English.

What does „mentoring“ mean? 

The mentoring program starts in the second year of the training. It includes observing and assisting an experienced yoga teacher, fulfilling an individual karma yoga project and writing up of reports thereof. These reports will be handed in with the final assignment.

What will the schedule be like on module days? 

ATT+300 participants should be available from 8am until about 6pm on training days. The participants will receive the finalized schedule by email a few weeks prior to the beginning of said module.

When will I receive the preparatoy work for the individual modules?
The participants will receive the preparatory homework by email about 3-4 weeks prior to the beginning of the module.

The homework that the participants are expected to complete after the module, is sent out via email after the module has been concluded.
All homework has to be submitted by the set deadline.

Can I obtain a certificate of attendance for the different modules? 

The participants can ask AIRYOGA for a certificate attesting to their direct contact hours (modules taught by a teacher). Non contact hours (time spent on homework, written papers etc., during which no teacher is present) as well as mentoring hours, cannot be included in the attestation.

What does the final exam consist of?
After all five modules have been concluded, the ATT+300 participants will be provided with a set of topics/questions by the AIRYOGA training faculty. The participants will be asked to investigate these questions and write a paper on their personal research. The extent of the paper as well as the deadline for submission will be determined by AIRYOGA. The deadline is usually set about 3 months after completing the final module.
The participants will receive a written feedback on their final paper within 4-6 weeks after submission. The approved graduates of the ATT+300 will then receive their certificate/diploma.