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Special 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2020 at AIRYOGA Zurich - New Intensive Format

The AIRYOGA Teacher Training 2020 will be taught in line with the tradition of Hatha Yoga and Buddhist Meditation. With its 230 classroom hours, this training exceeds the new standards and requirements of the American Yoga Alliance®.

The Teacher Training 2020 will be offered under the direction of Stephen Thomas and in a new intensive format: The Yoga Foundation Intensive including three modules with 167 classroom hours total, followed by the Teaching Methodology Module with 63 classroom hours for those trainees who wish to teach one day and aim towards the teaching certification. On this fourth module, the focus is mainly on teaching methodology and includes assessment and in community test teaching. 
In addition to the 230 classroom hours, students can expect 20 hours minimum of self-directed study including assigned online/video review, and reading requirements. 

The course is appropriate for experienced yoga practitioners and dedicated students of Yoga who wish to deepen and refine their knowledge. It has been accredited by Yoga Alliance® and exceeds all the foundation required for further study and teaching. 
However, students who do not wish to teach yoga and fulfill exam and test teaching requirements can apply for the Yoga Foundation Intensive as a stand-alone course. As such, the modules 1-3 are also suitable for students/teachers that have completed previous trainings. 8 spots maximum are reserved for such students.

The following subjects and topics form the curriculum:
•  In Depth Techniques, Alignment, Theory and Practice of Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Mantra, Meditation and other traditional yoga techniques 
•  Physical and Subtle Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics and its application to Yoga
•  Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, Mental Approach
•  History of Classical and Modern Yoga
•  Restorative Yoga, Therapeutic Approaches, Yoga Nidra
•  Teaching Methodology: Sequencing of yoga classes, use of props, adjustments and assists, modifications (only in module 4)
•  Practicum: teaching, observing, sequencing and assisting (only for trainees who attend all four modules).

These are the dates and locations:
Module 1 - May 16, to 24, 2020 (on May 20, and 24, only in the mornings)
Module 2 - July 20, to 26, 2020 
Module 3 - August 29, to September 6, 2020 (on September 2, and 6, only in the mornings) 
The modules 1-3 (Yoga Foundation Intensive) will take place at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich
Module 4 (Teaching Methodology) - October 30, to November 1, 2020 at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich, and November 3, to 8, 2020 at Sutra House in Riehen/Basel (AIRYOGA’s affiliated, new retreat space in Switzerland).

Class times: 
at AIRYOGA: from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm approx.
at Sutra House: from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm approx. Plus evening Meditation after dinner.

Our faculty of highly qualified and experienced teachers will lead the training. 

Main Teachers
Stephen Thomas (Director): Asana, Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Teaching Methodology
Manuela Peverelli: Meditation, Asana 
Doug Keller: Yoga Philosophy, Therapeutically oriented Yoga, Yoga Nidra

Additional Senior Faculty
Christina Eggenschwiler: Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics
Claire Dalloz: Asana, Teaching Methodology
Michael Thurnherr: Asana, Teaching Methodology
Mirjam Haymann: Asana, Teaching Methodology
Evelyn Hunger: Senior Assistant in Pranayama, Meditation, Asana

Prerequisites for attending
This training is highly demanding on a physical and psychological level. The schedule requires participants to really immerse themselves in yoga. 
Applicants should be sincerely interested and ready to study intensively. 
Furthermore are required:
•  a regular yoga practice of a minimum of two years 
•  solid knowledge in both German and English (no translations are offered)
•  good mental and physical health

Further terms
•  This training will be taught in English or German, depending on the teacher. 
•  The applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. 
•  AIRYOGA will decide who is admitted to the course after assessing the application. Candidates that are not already regular students with Stephen Thomas may be invited to a test class and a post class interview with him.
•  The course requires a minimum of 15 participants to take place. It accepts a maximum of 22 participants for the Teacher Training (modules 1-4), plus 8 participants maximum for the Yoga Foundation Intensive (modules 1-3). Additional applicants will be put on the wait-list. 
•  In order to graduate, trainees are required to have attended a minimum of 210 classroom hours and passed a written exam in Philosophy, Anatomy, and Asana, as well as a practical exam. Graduates are entitled to register as ‘RYT 200’ with the American Yoga Alliance®.
•  Participants in the Yoga Foundation Intensive having attended at least 152 of the 167 classroom hours will receive a certificate of completion from AIRYOGA.

Karma Yoga spots
AIRYOGA offers two Karma Yoga spots with a 50% discount on the training fee to any participant who is suited to this assignment and who cannot afford this training at full price. 
Assistance involves approx. 1-2 extra hours of helping out at the studio per training day. 
To apply for the Karma Yoga spots please add your letter of motivation to your application forms.

The cost for the 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2020 amounts to CHF 4’450.-
For students only attending the Yoga Foundation Intensive (167 hours) the cost is CHF 3’350.-

The course fees include extensive written course manual in the language it was originally written. 
Not included are:
•  cost for further reading material (recommended books)
•  cost for travel, accommodation and food at Sutra House during Module 4

To apply for the 250-hour Teacher Training 2020 (modules 1-4) please use this Form (in German only)

To apply for the Yoga Foundation Intensive (modules 1-3 ) please use this Form (in German only)

Closing date is on March 1, 2020.
Given the usually high demand, we recommend that you apply early! 

For questions and other concerns please email ausbildungen@airyoga.ch

Biographies of our Teachers:

Stephen Thomas (Director): Asana, Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Teaching Methodology
Stephen is an experienced Yoga teacher and practitioner. He leads Teacher Trainings, Workshops and Immersions across Asia and Europe. His teaching is deeply rooted in the traditional Yoga practices of Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. His philosophical background is influenced by studies in the Classical systems of Yoga Philosophy as well as Tibetan Buddhism and Tantra.
Stephen studies directly with O.P. Tiwari of Kaivalyadham, India - a living master in the science of Pranayama. He blends this with his ongoing studies in Asana, Nutrition, Ayurveda, Philosophy and the varied modern evolutions of Yoga.   
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as a guest instructor throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community.
For more info on Stephen and his work please check-out his webpage www.yoga-svarupa.com
Stephen teaches in English.

Manuela Peverelli: Meditation, Asana
Manuela teaches yoga since 2008. Her attitude and approach towards life is influenced by Tantric, Vedic and Buddhist studies and practices. An education in Ayurvedic psychology at the European Ayurveda Academy in 2013 has enriched her background in Western psychiatric nursery. Currently, Manuela is absolving a 3-year education in Buddhist Psychotherapy in Germany, which also influences what she is sharing. 
Manuela teaches in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland and lives in the rural countryside. For her own studies and practice period she spends the Winter months in Asia.
Please also check-out her website www.karmacircus.com
Manuela teaches the practical instructions in English and the theory in German.

Doug Keller: Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Nidra
Doug came to teach Hatha Yoga by way of the yoga of meditation and years of academic study of philosophy, both eastern and western. He went to India in 1986 to practice yoga at Swami Muktananda’s ashram in Ganeshpuri and to offer his service. He spent a total of 7 years in the Ganeshpuri ashram, and 14 years of service overall in Siddha Yoga ashrams in the US and abroad, studying and practicing yoga, working in the kitchen and gardens, and teaching Hatha Yoga. It was during Doug Keller’s time in Ganeshpuri that he met John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga who, after his return to the states, enabled Doug to study under him and made him one of the first certified Anusara teachers. He has taught in the Anusara style for many years, but also studied other yoga traditions with unique teachers such as Aadil Palkhivala, John Schumacher, Kevin Gardiner, Erich Schiffman, Rodney Yee, Rod Stryker and others.
Doug is the author of a few books on Asana, Philosophy and Pranyama, and a two-volume work on Yoga as Therapy. He has been teaching workshops and in teacher trainings in the US, Europe and India.
Please also check out www.doyoga.com
Doug teaches in English.

Christina Eggenschwiler: Anatomy & Physiology, Prevention
Christina has more than 12 years of teaching experience. As a lecturer for functional anatomy and physiology she is involved in various teacher training courses in Switzerland and abroad. She gained her professional knowledge during her training as a yoga teacher at Yoga Medicine, at Anatomy Trains in Motion, in spiral dynamics and in various specializations (CAS sports and movement therapy, Pilates, health promotion, injury prevention, pain therapy, etc.). With a Master's degree in Sports Science she has a comprehensive understanding of movement. She imparts the theory with clarity and many application examples and the practice with exciting self-awareness techniques.
Christina teaches in German.

Claire Dalloz: Asana, Teaching Methodology
Claire has been learning and teaching yoga passionately for the past 25 years. It has brought her joy, balance, curiosity and above all kept her sane during the wonderful but often trying years of bringing up three little kids. Her main influences on the path have been from Glenn Ceresoli (Senior Iyengar Teacher), Bruno Dietziker (Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga), and more recently Stephen Thomas (Hatha Yoga), Doug Keller (Yoga Therapy) and Dr. Ravi Ravindra (philosophy and spirituality). Her teaching style is influenced by the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga Schools although over the years she has adopted her own way of teaching. 
Claire regularly teaches on retreats both in Switzerland and abroad and offers immersion days and weekend trainings for teachers.
Please also visit www.clairedalloz.ch
Claire is 
•  Internationally certified Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level (E-RYT500)
•  YACEP (Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider)
•  Member of the Swiss Yoga Union and of the European Yoga Union
•  Co-owner of YogaTopia, Herrliberg, Switzerland
•  Trained Hypnotherapist and Medical Masseuse
Claire teaches in English (with supplementary German where needed).

Michael Thurnherr: Asana, Teaching Methodology 
It was in Pushkar, India, that Michael was first introduced to the tradition of Yoga by Yogi Shyamlal in 1997. Over the years, he let himself be inspired by various yoga traditions and teachers, until he eventually obtained the Anusara Yoga teaching certification in 2002. 
It is of great importance to Michael to incorporate the spiritual dimension of yoga in his teaching and to make it possible for students to experience it. He is very skilled at establishing the connection to every day life so the realizations of a yoga class can be applied to „normal life“. He complements the non-dual tantric philosophy with his experience as a follower of the Lassalle-Glassman zen lineage, where he has been practicing zen intensively under the guidance of Niklaus Brantschen-Roshi since 1999. 
Michael has been teaching at AIRYOGA for many years, and is part of the faculty of the AIRYOGA 200-hour teacher training. Since April 2009, Michael and his wife Lina have been running the studio Yogaloft in Rapperswil-Jona. He teaches workshops and retreats and offers yoga therapy.
Besides being a dedicated yoga teacher, Michael runs his own graphic design business 2ND WEST full-time and is the father of two children.
Michael teaches in German.

Mirjam Haymann: Asana, Teaching Methodology
Mirjam grew up in a small and tight-knit family where philosophy, psychology and religion were discussed at every dinner table. She decided to leave her comfort zone and study law, which gave her a different perspective of the world and taught her public speaking. The journey into the body was sparked by her teachers Patrick Creelman and Rinat Perlman in Hong Kong, where she lived for over four years. She studied the practice of WildLotus, a version of the old tradition that bridged her intellectual background with a strong physical practice that focuses on form and embodies transformation. A spiritual practice, but deeply practical. She is mentored by Elena Brower, the teacher that inspired her most on all things off the mat, such as caring for and valuing oneself.
Mirjam is a mother of two girls and a boy on the way, a public speaker and a teacher of yoga, mindfulness and motherhood in various events, workshops, festivals and teacher trainings. She is deeply invested in the relevance of yoga and the practice of mindfulness in a everyday life: physically, emotionally and spiritually.
For more information please also visit her website www.mirjamhaymann.com
Mirjam teaches in English.

Evelyn Hunger: Senior Assistant in Pranayama, Meditation, Asana
On one of her frequent travels to India, Evelyn came into contact first with yoga and then with Ayurveda. She was so fascinated from that point on, that she immersed herself with the philosophical system and its practice. Yoga teacher trainings and retreats with Stephen Thomas as her teacher and mentor for many years, but also inputs from other teachers, as well as her daily personal practice, help Evelyn gain a deeper perspective and understanding, that she constantly integrates in her daily life, which helps her have an honest, empathic and enjoyable relationship with life. Evelyn trained to become a certified Ayurveda Specialist at the European Academy for Ayurveda, and supplemented her studies with an internship over several months at an Ayurvedic clinic in South India. The knowledge from her profession as an emergency care nurse is an important link to work in a holistic way. In addition, Evelyn is deeply inspired by the Mahamudra practice of Tibetan Buddhism, which shapes her yoga practice and brings her fulfillment and joy in her daily life. Phases of intensive practice are just as important to her as to experience her mind clearly and to open her heart anew in each encounter even in the hectic emergency care routine.
For more information please also see www.yogaayus.ch
Evelyn teaches in German.