AYC Yoga Teacher Training is designed to provide a vehicle for honing personal practice and cultivating a knowledge base from which to teach breath-centered, therapeutic yoga. There are 15 scheduled workshops that take place on weekends. The rest of the components are customizable, meaning it can fit to your schedule and be completed in your own time. The idea is that you can explore a deeper interest in practicing and teaching yoga without having to suspend or disrupt your life (estimated time for completion is 4-6 months.) The curriculum offers a foundation of philosophy, technique, and interpersonal skills. But ultimately, each participant shapes the course of the training according to their specific needs and interests. Even if you don’t have designs on being a yoga teacher, the AYC Yoga Teacher Training has applications well beyond teaching yoga. For those who do wish to pursue yoga as a vocation, the program provides a supportive and nurturing environment for you to develop the confidence needed to be a teacher and the real world know-how to make it a profession. 3 things that make the AYC Yoga Teacher Training unique: 1. The therapeutic orientation of the yoga practice we teach, which is inspired by the TKV Desikachar/Krishnamacharya one-to-one tradition but has also been adapted to conventional group class settings. Graduates of the program are equipped to teach group classes to typical yoga students, adapt practice for those with injuries or acute conditions, and work with specialized populations (alumni are currently teaching at senior centers, VA hospitals and at mainstream yoga centers.) 2. The structure and curriculum of the AYC Yoga Teacher Training allows for participants to personalize their training and fit it into their lives. Unlike other programs, we have not crammed 200 hours into a series of all day weekends or an “intensive” month. The only part of the program that is formally scheduled are the workshops (2 -3 hours long) that take place on weekends over the course of four months. In these scheduled meetings, we examine philosophy and technique (history, asana alignment, pranayama.) The other components (group practice, personal practice, observe/assist, teaching) are completed according to the participants schedule and in their own time. There is no time limit for completion of the program. The resources that the training offers are available to participants indefinitely. Those who put the time and energy in straight way
For more than fifteen years, J. Brown has been developing techniques to teach people how to practice yoga in a deeper and more fulfilling way. He is also a well known writer, having been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Elephant Journal, and Yogadork. J. Brown came to yoga by way of his mother's death (see How I Came to Yoga below.) Reconciling that loss, and wanting to be free from the crippling grief and disillusionment that came with it, fueled his passion for learning to make himself well. First, he gravitated towards an Ashtanga, power vinyasa style. The intensity suited his struggling temperament. After sustaining several injuries, he explored an Iyengar based approach to learn better alignment. But he soon discovered that better alignment alone was not the answer. Despite having achieved proficiency in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar styles, studying with renowned teachers such as Alison West and Richard Freeman, J admits:
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Pursuing a quiet yoga revolution, based in healing, J. Brown seeks to change the dialog, and direction, of yoga practice in the west. J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, New York. A teacher for 15 years, he is known for his pragmatic approach to teaching personal, breath-centered therapeutic yoga adapted to individual needs, including chronic or acute conditions. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Elephant Journal and Yogadork.