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+300 Hours Advanced Teacher Training 2022 - Sold out, wait-list

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 January 21, 2022 to December 4, 2022. This course is already fully booked. There is a wait-list for further applications.
All live training hours will take place at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich.



Our faculty of experienced teachers will lead this training: 
Stephen Thomas (Director): Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy, Mantra and Sanskrit
Doug KellerYoga Philosophy, Yoga Therapy, Functional Anatomy, Yoga Nidra
Christina Eggenschwiler: Anatomy and Physiology
Evelyn Hunger:  Ayurveda

The course covers a full spectrum of Yoga studies including:
Functional Anatomy and Fascia Studies
Alignment for Physical and Energetic Body
Therapeutically Oriented Yoga
Meditation and Concentration Practices
Pranayama - Techniques, Theory and Practice
Teaching Methodology 
Asana Sequencing
Adjustments, Modifications and Assisting
Improving Observation Skills
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 format of the course
The course is presented in five focused modules which will cover approx. 215 contact hours (in the physical presence of a teacher). In addition, there will be approx. 55 hours of online content to support the live teaching. The students will also be assigned independent studies, reading and writing homework, observing and assisting in classes and final written assignments. This work totals approx. 30-50 non-contact hours. 

After module 4, students will receive the questions/topics for their final assignment. It will be written individually in essay format 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 2022
•  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 5’390.-. Included are a comprehensive manual and new recorded and online material between the modules in all the fields of study. Not included are the costs 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 live classes with Stephen at the studio 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 2022 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. No translations will be provided.
•  The course requires a minimum of 15 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 2022.
•  AIRYOGA reserves the right to offer few additional slots to interested students who are not registered in the ATT+300 course.
•  Notice on COVID: The official regulations and protective measures in force at the time of the training apply. Participants accept that - if necessary - parts of the ATT+300 will have to be offered online or will have to be postponed.

Registration deadline for the ATT+300 course 2022 is November 15, 2021.

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


The modules of the ATT+300 course

Module 1: The Bridge
Teacher: Stephen Thomas
Duration: 6 days, approx. 43 hours 
Dates: from Friday, January 21, to Sunday, January 23, 2022, and from Friday, January 28, to Sunday, January 30, 2022
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 and Refining Alignment
•  Teacher methodology workshops (approaches, sequencing, adjusting, modifications)
•  Establishing and Evolving the Pranayama and Kriya Practices
•  Meditation/Concentration practices; Theory and Practice
•  Review/Discussion on various Yoga texts

In addition: Post Course Study and Recorded Sessions.


Module 2: The Body Meets the Mind
Teacher: Stephen Thomas and Christina Eggenschwiler
Duration: 6 days, approx. 43 hours 
Dates: from Good Friday, April 15, to Easter Monday, April 18, 2022, and from Saturday, April 23, to Sunday, April 24, 2022
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 topics on how the subtle Anatomy is seen in Chinese Medicine, and the Indian Science of Ayurveda and how this relates to the Hatha Yoga practices.

Major Topics:
•  Therapeutic Yoga approaches using Asana and Pranayama
•  Yoga Nidra as a map of the body
•  Review of the key muscle and fascial structures in their relation to the practice of Hatha Yoga
•  Prevention and Strategy for working with common yoga-injuries 
•  Review of Bandhas, Gunas, Vayus and Koshas
•  Looking at Anatomy in Movement
•  Relating The Meridians of Chinese Medicine to the Practice of Yoga Asana
•  Review/Discussion on various Yoga texts

In addition: Post Course Study and Recorded Sessions.


Module 3: Philosophy & Beyond (Intensive week)
Teacher: Stephen Thomas and Doug Keller
Duration: 7 days, approx. 45 hours 
Dates: from Monday, June 27, to Sunday, July 3, 2022
Location: AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich

This module will explore the evolution of modern yoga from the tradition of Hatha Yoga. 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 popularised 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: Post Course Study and Recorded Sessions.


Module 4: The Seat of Teaching (and special studies in Ayurveda)
Teacher: Stephen Thomas and Evelyn Hunger
Duration: 6 days, approx. 45 hours 
Dates: from Friday, September 30, to Sunday, October 2, 2022, and from Friday, October 7, to Sunday, October 9, 2022
Location: AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich

Teaching Methodology, Adjustments and Modifications, Sequencing Theory, The many ways of sharing Yoga/Pranayama/Meditation, Techniques for Inspired Teaching, Maintaining our own health and how Ayurveda helps us to deepen our understanding of Yoga.

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 offers a great benefit in a busy stressful modern life. 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.

Ayurveda
How Ayurveda helps us to deepen our understanding of Yoga and support our personal practice.

In addition: Post Course Study and Recorded Sessions
After finishing this module, students will receive the questions/topics for their final assignment. 


Module 5: Integration & Reflection
Teacher: Stephen Thomas
Duration: 6 days, approx. 40 hours 
Dates: from Friday, November 25, to Sunday, November 27, 2022 and from Friday, December 2, to Sunday, December 4, 2022 
Location: AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zürich

A deep dive into our personal practice and 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 - Integrating spiritual practices into daily life
•  continued study of the Subtle Body and Alignment
•  Free Movement and Exploration 
•  Refining the Self Practice and Teaching Sequences
•  Evolving Restorative Asanas and Yoga Nidra
•  Next steps to working with Meditation, Kriya and Pranayama
•  working with special needs 
•  Chanting/Mantra and Sound Therapy




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 individual cost for books.

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. You will receive the finalized schedule by email a few weeks prior to the beginning of said module. 

When will I receive the post course homework? 
The homework that the participants are expected to complete after each module is usually sent out via email within a week after the module has been concluded. 

What does „mentoring“ mean? 
The mentoring starts after Module 3. It includes observing and assisting an experienced yoga teacher (either at AIRYOGA or in your community), and fulfilling an individual karma yoga project. You will have to write a report on each assignment. In addition, you will have to audio/video record one of your yoga classes and write a report on it.

What does the final assignment consist of? 
After Module 4 you will be provided with a set of topics/questions by the AIRYOGA training faculty. You will be asked to investigate these questions and write an essay on their personal research. 
The extent of the essays as well as the deadline for submission will be determined by AIRYOGA. 
You will receive a written feedback on your 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? 
You can ask AIRYOGA for a certificate attesting to your direct contact hours (modules taught live by a teacher). Non contact hours (time spent on homework, written papers etc., during which no teacher is present) as well as recorded online sessions and mentoring hours cannot be included in the attestation.