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+300-hour Advanced Teacher Training 2019/20: Wait-List Only!

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 November 15, 2019 through November 29, 2020. 
It takes place at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich - except for the Teacher’s Seat Module which will partly be held at the retreat center Sutra House near Basel, Switzerland.


Our faculty of experienced teachers will lead this training: 
Stephen Thomas (Director): Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy, Mantra & Sanskrit
Doug Keller: Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Therapy, Functional Anatomy
Plus, special Guest teacher and co-teachers in the field of: Anatomy & Physiology, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

The course covers a full spectrum of Yoga studies including:
Functional Anatomy II
Alignment for Physical and Energetic Body
Therapeutically oriented Yoga
Meditation and Concentration Practices
Pranayama: Techniques, 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 220 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 80 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 www.yogaalliance.org

Requirements to apply for the ATT+300 course 2019/20
•  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 (no translations will be provided)
•  approval from Stephen Thomas (director ATT+300) 

Cost
The fee for the entire course is CHF 5’150.-. Included is a comprehensive manualfor each module.
Not included are: costs for travel, accommodation and food during the Teacher’s Seat immersion (near Basel in Switzerland); cost for books 

Application
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 for the 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 www.airyoga.ch/en/new-airyoga

To apply for the ATT+300 course 2019/20 please fill out this FORM

Upon application a deposit 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 post class interview.

Further terms
•  The ATT+300 program will be taught in English or German, depending on the teacher. Also the manuals will be written either in English or German. Therefore participants should understand both languages.
•  The course requires a minimum of 16 students to take place, it accepts a maximum of 28 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 2019/20.

Registration deadline for the ATT+300 course 2019/20 is September 1, 2019.

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


The modules of the ATT+300 course

1. Module: The Bridge
Teacher: Stephen Thomas
Duration: 6 days, 45 hours total
Dates: from Friday, November 15, to Sunday, November 17, 2019, and
from Friday, November 22, to Sunday, November 24, 2019

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 Concentrationpractices. Context, Theory and Practice
•  Refining alignment. A look at  bandhas and koshas in asana. Alignment patterns that promote safety
•  Comparative and historical review ofKEY Yoga texts and philosophical differences within schools

In addition: Pre-course reading and practices and after course homework.


2. Module: The Body
Teacher: Stephen Thomas and guest teachers
Duration: 6 days, 45 hours total
Dates: from Friday, March 20, to Sunday, March 22, 2020, and
from Friday, March 27, to Sunday, March 29, 2020

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 topicson how the subtle Anatomy isseen in Chinese Medicine, and the Indian Science of Ayurveda and how this relates to the Anatomy of Hatha Yoga practices.

Major Topics:
Anatomy:
•  Theraputic Approaches from Asana and Pranayama
•  Review of the key muscle and fascial structures in their relation to the practice of Hatha Yoga
•  Prevention of common yoga-injuries 
Physiology:
•  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 reading and practices and after course homework.


3. Module: Yoga Philosophy & Applied Therapy
Teacher: Doug Keller and Stephen Thomas
Duration: 6 days, 45 hours total
Dates: from Thursday, June 11, to Sunday, June 14, 2020, with Doug Keller, and
from Saturday, June 20, to Sunday, June 21, 2020 with Stephen Thomas

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 specific, themed asana practice which incorporates the therapeutic insights covered in the training.

In addition: Pre-course reading and after course homework.


4. Module: Teacher’s Seat Immersion
Teacher: Stephen Thomas
Duration: 6 days, 40 hours total
Dates and locations: Group 1: from Sunday noon, September 20, to Wednesday noon, September 23, 2020.
Group 2: from Thursday evening, September 24, 2020 to Sunday evening, September 27, 2020 
at the retreat center Sutra House near Basel in Switzerland (details to be announced).
Plus for all trainees: from Friday, October 2, to Sunday, October 4, 2020 at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich.

Teaching Methodology, Adjustmentsand Modifications, Sequencing Theory, Cueing,Techniques for Inspired, Effective Teaching and More.

Hands-on Adjustments, Voice and Cue Assisting
This module looks at how to build sensitivity, stability and intelligence in one’s teaching. 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. Specific treatments and In-Depth study of Restorative forms, using Props effectively, and Modifying to Adapt to the Student’s needs in Asana, Kriya and Pranayama.

Sequencing
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 homework.


5. Module: The Mirror
Teacher: Stephen Thomas
Duration: 6 days, 45 hours total
Dates: from Friday, November 20, 2020 to Sunday, November 22, 2020 and
from Friday, November 27, 2020 to Sunday, November 29, 2020. 

Location: AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich

A deep dive into the personalpracticeand evolution of teaching, 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:
•  Philosophy Review and Discussions
•  Exploration of the Subtle Body as a way to deepen practice. 
•  Refining the Self Practice and teaching Sequences
•  EvolvingRestorative Asanas
•  Next steps to working 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)

In what cases will the deposit be refunded? 

The deposit of CHF 500.- will only be refunded if the applicant is refused by AIRYOGA, or if the application is on the waitlist and cannot succeed.

What additional cost do I have to pay?
Not included in the training fee are your indivdual cost for books, as well as for travel, accommodation and food during the Teacher’s Seat Immersion. This long weekend will take place in a new retreat center near Basel in Switzerland. The food/accommodation package will cost about CHF 400.- per person. 

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.

 No translations will be provided. Written papers can be submitted in German or English. 

What will the schedule be like on module days? 
ATT+300 participants should be available from 8 am until about 6 pm on training days. They 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? 
You will receive the preparatory homework by email a few 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. 

What does „mentoring“ mean? 
The mentoring program starts in the second year of the training. It includes observing and assisting an experienced yoga teacher (either at AIRYOGA or in your community), fulfilling an individual karma yoga project and writing up of reports thereof. 

What does the final assignment 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. You will be asked to investigate these questions and write a paper on their personal research. In addition, you will have to audio record one of your yoga classes and write a report on it.
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.

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.