Embark on a 5 month journey to deepen your practice and become a certified yoga teacher
Gertrude Street Yoga’s 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered Teacher Training is an invitation to step beyond your comfort zone and challenge yourself; inspiring your development as a yoga teacher and as an individual. This comprehensive 200 hour training provides the foundational tools to become a yoga teacher, including yoga philosophy, physical and energetic anatomy, asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra and voice, personal development, as well as plenty of teaching methodology and practice. Taking this journey with a group of people who have come together for the purpose of transformation, education, and discovery creates a powerful connection and inspired community, which is at the heart of GSY and our approach to yoga. Not only will this training prepare you to be a confident and authentic yoga teacher, but it will also provide you with a powerful platform to dive deeper into your own journey of living the practice of yoga.
This 200hr training consists of 5 sessions over the course of 5 months led by a collective of incredible yoga teachers each bringing their unique experience, knowledge, and guidance.
Laying the Foundation
Module 1, 2, 3 (2, 3, 4 February & 23, 24, 25 February & 16, 17, 18 March)
Develop a comprehensive foundation for becoming a yoga teacher. Explore the rich history and philosophy of yoga, study the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, and discuss what it means to be a yoga teacher today. Learn basic Anatomy and Physiology in an applied, functional way, and explore the Anatomy of the Energetic Body. Understand the alignment of foundational yoga poses, and how to teach basic sequences using a practical, integrated, and authentic approach.
- Develop an understanding of the history and philosophy of Yoga
- Study basic anatomy and physiology
- Study the subtle body
- Learn fundamental asana, basic sequences, and how to teach them
- Embark on a journey of self discovery
Discovering the Teacher Within
Module 4 (15-22 April in Bali)
Dive into the heart of the training and discover the teacher within. Practice daily pranayama, mantra, meditation, and asana and take the time to develop your unique voice and gifts as a yoga teacher. Integrate your knowledge of anatomy, the subtle body, and philosophy, and explore how to apply it directly to your teaching. Learn effective and authentic teaching methods which will enable you to create meaningful, inspiring classes that draw on authentic, lived experience.
- Explore pranayama, mantra, and meditation
- Integrate your knowledge of anatomy, the subtle body, and philosophy
- Expand your knowledge of asana, alignment, and sequencing
- Develop practical teaching skills
- Learn how to assist safely and effectively
- Step beyond your comfort zone and challenge yourself, inspiring transformation and cultivating authenticity
Refining the Art of Teaching
Module 5 (18, 19, 20 May)
Refine your teaching skills and integrate your knowledge as you prepare to teach and assist in classes. Learn about different yoga specialities and understand the business of being a yoga teacher. Receive one on one mentoring and coaching to clarify your goals and support your ongoing development. Gain practical teaching experience, and valuable feedback from teachers and peers.
- Apply your study of asana, alignment, anatomy, sequencing, and teaching methods to develop creative and authentic class plans
- Gain practical experience assisting and teaching in classes
- Explore various specialties such as Yin and Prenatal Yoga and learn how tailor your teaching to the individual needs and circumstances of your students
- Investigate ways of taking yoga off the mat to affect social change and make a positive difference in the world
- Understand the business aspects of becoming a yoga teacher
- Receive one on one support through mentoring and coaching
- Integrate your knowledge and experiences to create a powerful platform for living the practice of yoga
Intensives integrated learning
2, 3, 4 February 2018
23, 24, 25 February 2018
16, 17, 18 March 2018
18, 19, 20 May 2018
These 3 day weekend intensives are designed to integrate with your life; allowing you to incorporate and digest what you are learning into your regular routine. Each weekend will cover a variety of topics designed to bring you the course material in an integrated and cohesive way. In between each weekend you will receive readings and assignments that prepare you for the next session.
Immersion 1 Week in Bali
This week long intensive in Bali is the heart of the course. Living in community allows the group to develop a powerful connection and facilitates the ongoing journey of self-discovery and transformation. Without the distractions and commitments of every day life, you will have the opportunity to completely immerse yourself and awaken the teacher within. The immersion is held at Gaia Oasis in Bali.
Mentoring 1 on 1 program
Times and Dates TBD (based on your availability)
The mentoring program is an amazing opportunity to receive one on one support. After returning from Bali you will commit to assisting in 1 class per week for 4 weeks. The teacher of that class will be your mentor and give you individualised feedback and advice. In addition you will have the opportunity to receive a one on one coaching session from a Certified Coach to assist in clarifying your goals and creating a plan as you prepare to finish the course.
Founder and Teacher
Asana, Teaching Techniques and Practices, & Core Curriculum
Hannah was motivated to complete her teacher training out of an intense desire to make a meaningful change in her life. While teaching was in the back of her mind she never imagined it would become her primary focus and passion. To lead students in their daily practice is a privilege and joy for Hannah, but to be a part of a teacher training that gives people the opportunity to dive even deeper into their practice and empowers them to expand their potential has her over the moon excited.
Mantra, & Pranayama
Mei Lai Swan has been a devoted practitioner of yoga for over 13 years, and of meditation and eastern philosophies for 17 years. With training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa/Hatha, Anusara and Embodied Flow; she weaves her love of life, creativity and philosophy into a dynamic heart-centred yoga practice. Mei Lai draws on her background in community development, social work and as a musician and singer, weaving life and practice into a richness of creativity, connection and transformation. Above all, she is dedicated to love, inspiration, service, and connection.
Philosophy & Energetic Anatomy
Uma is a devoted mother, environmentalist and creative who has found her calling in yoga. She has studied and contributed to Teacher Trainings in India, and is passionate about integrating the ancient with the modern. Yoga had already had a huge impact on Uma’s life but when she became a teacher but she was yearning for more so she went and lived in a couple of ashrams in India. Uma believes yoga can really create positive change – it’s happening within her every day – she loves to be a part of that happening for other people, and, also for the world. This training is an exceptional opportunity to get the foundation block of your training – this is such a dynamic & creative team of passionate teachers right in the heart of Melbourne. The program is designed to both give a genuine understanding of the roots of Yoga as well as practical tools to integrate the new knowledge into your life. Uma specialises in Nada Yoga (sacred sound)- including the mythology and meaning behind mantra, and, is always exploring new ways to expand the practice of Yoga to limitless boundaries of healing and transformation.
Anatomy & Physiology
Nina begun her teaching career when she entered into her apprenticeship under Eugenie Knox and Johannes Mochayedi. She spent several years observing and assisting while teaching the occasional class and gradually entering into a more formalised teaching role. Pretty quickly she found that teaching casual drop in classes in a big city was only one facet of guiding others on their path of yoga, and she began to facilitate teacher trainings and immersions overseas where students were able to drop into their practice more deeply and with more focus.
Being present to and assisting others in their development and growth is one of the most enriching experiences of teaching for Nina. It’s an intimate and empowering process which she enjoys facilitating.
Nina is excited to be involved in the GSY community.
Pricing and Payment
>> 30+ days before course start date: 100% refund (excludes $500 deposit)
>> 20-30 days before the course start date: 50% refund (excludes $500 deposit)
>> 10-20 days before the course start date: 25% refund (excludes $500 deposit)
>> 0 – 10 days before the course start date: No refund
If for extenuating circumstances you are unable to complete the course once you have commenced, the best course of action will be assessed on a case by case basis.
- 4x 3 Day Weekend Intensives (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
- 1 Week Immersion in Bali, including all food, accomodation, and airport transfers (flights and travel insurance are not included in the price and must be purchased separately)
- Mentoring Program: 4 weeks of personalised mentoring from a Gertrude Street Yoga Teacher and a one on one optional coaching session with a Certified Coach
- Membership to Gertrude Street Yoga for the duration of your course (5 months). Existing members will have their payments paused for the duration of the course.
- The opportunity to assist in a minimum of 4 classes.
- The option to teach a 1 hour class
- A chance to develop powerful connections and an inspired community
- The tools to awaken the teacher within and empower yourself to live the practice of yoga
Once you have applied you can expect to hear from us within 1 week.
This course is designed for those looking to become qualified yoga teachers in a supportive, powerful, and inspired way. Ideal as an initial yoga training or as continuing education for those who have completed a previous training, this course will prepare you to be a confident and authentic yoga teacher.
This course is perfect for those looking to expand their existing yoga practice and inspire their development as an individual. Even if you do not intend on teaching yoga, this course will provide you with valuable knowledge and insight.
Rather than teaching from a specific lineage, we have created a diverse and varied curriculum, that allows our teachers to provide instruction on topics and areas that they are truly passionate about. This provides students the chance to learn an abundance of techniques, practices, and traditions, and encourages them to build on the foundational teachings, ultimately developing their own authentic and meaningful style of instructing.
Bali Flights and Travel Insurance
Your flights to Bali are not included in the course cost and must be purchased separately. Additionally you are required to purchase travel insurance for the week immersion.
The required reading materials are not included in the course cost and must be purchased separately.
Yoga Alliance Curriculum
This course fulfills the curriculum requirements of Yoga Alliance listed below and goes beyond the minimum number of hours required.
- Techniques, Training and Practice 100hrs
- Teaching Methodology 25hrs
- Anatomy & Physiology 20hrs
- Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle 30hrs
- Practicum 10hrs
- Electives 15hr
- TOTAL 200hrs
The texts listed below are indications of the required reading. Specifics of the texts (editions, volumes etc.) will be supplied on acceptance into the program.
- Yoga, Mind, Body, and Spirit by Donna Farhi
- The Bhagavad Gita
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
- The Yoga Sutras
- Various Handouts