Welcome to Land & Heart Online Yoga Teacher Training
How does yoga fit into your life? Online Yoga Teacher Training will accommodate your work, leisure and family schedule. Deciding how much time to devote to meditation, asana practice, community service and self-reflection will be up to you and you’ll set your own schedule. This teacher training is 200-hours of asynchronous discussion, but self-directed learning means you’ll gain skills to take your practice beyond the confines of this program.
September 8 – November 12, 2020
How to Divide your Time
Your weekly commitment is 20 hours. But that doesn’t mean 20 hours of downdog, nor does it mean 20 hours of watching yoga videos and reading your screen! The videos, textbook and online resources provide the framework for your learning, but you must do the hard work. Your time is divided between living and giving your yoga:
Practice (asana) – seven hours
Community service (seva) – one hour
Meditation – three hours
Reflection – seven hours
Teaching – two hours
Live your Yoga
Live your Yoga -weekly time distribution
- Ashtanga primary series. Five hours. Do this at a studio (if you can!), at home or in real time online with a teacher. Ashtanga Primary Series is in this program because it’s a set sequence and doing the same list of poses over and over holds you accountable. The poses never change; the only variable is your attitude and fitness. Ashtanga Primary Series is a mirror of your evolving self. Try lots of different teachers or teach yourself. The chart is in the course materials.
- Other yoga practice. Two hours. Yin, restorative, creative vinyasa. Try it all. Find what works. Push yourself or take it easy on yourself. You’re discovering how yoga practice fits your current circumstances. Do this at a studio, use my Youtube videos (more coming every week), or go online with YogaGlo, Yoga International or Yoga with Adriene.
- Meditation. Three hours. Yikes! Work up to it if this is daunting. Don’t forget about walking meditation, singing meditation (mantra) and mindfulness meditation. You don’t have to just sit on a pillow in the corner. But you can just sit on a pillow if you want. No sleeping though.
Give your Yoga
Give your Yoga – weekly time distribution
- Real time meeting with your peers and with the teacher. Four hours. We will use Zoom. This is for questions, practice teaching, insight, progress report, accountability. Negotiable times, of course!
- Practice teaching. Two hours. Start right away. If you have a willing student nearby, teach them. Otherwise, teach yourself with video. This is indispensable learning and even if we weren’t working online, I recommend self-video. You’ll notice habits, nuances, timing and you’ll be able to self-correct. Record the video and then take your own class.
- Community service. One hour. As simple as picking up garbage, or walking dogs at the SPCA, or coaching community sports. Anything that represents selfless service and will be rewarding and manageable for you. My preference is garbage pickup because it’s simple and outside. If you’re in Yellowknife, option to meet me and do our outdoor community service hour together.
- Reflection and journaling on the week’s topic. Three hours. Write it all down, ask yourself questions, think about what it all means. Everything will come together in the end, but make sure you’re taking notes along the way.
Document the learning process in an ePortfolio. Choose an online platform to share your ePortfolio. The intention is to record your reflections, acquired knowledge, questions and videos in one sharable location. You’re learning about yoga and its application in your current context, but you’re also discovering creative avenues to share your knowledge. If you’re not tech-savvy, this is your opportunity to learn a new skill! Yoga’s beauty is its adaptability to any circumstances. Capturing your entire 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in an ePortfolio exemplifies yoga’s enduring relevance.
Suggested ePortfolio platforms
The most customizable option for blogging. The options for formatting and plugins are infinite. I use wordpress to host my website and my learning management system (LMS). Free if you use their .wordpress suffix. i.e. katecovello.wordpress.com
Lots of simple design options. Beginner-friendly. Unfortunately, once you choose a template you’re stuck with it and it’s difficult to migrate your content to a different website later on. Free if you use their .wix suffix. i.e. katecovello.wix.com
Customizable options and easy-to-use page setup. Offers a 14-day free trial but after that you have to purchase a licence. Useful if you’re interested in setting up an online store or other business later on.
A simple place to organize all your material. The most readily-available formats are charts (think Excel) and word-processing docuements (think Word). If you don’t think you’ll need a personal website (ever), Google drive will suffice to share your content for this course. Simple, straightforward.
A professional Facebook page can help organize your brand’s content and get your name out there. Keep in mind that Facebook is saturated with brands, so if you’re a tiny brand, Facebook isn’t the most helpful way to push your content to a broad demographic. It is useful for sharing events and information with your own followers.
If you’re exclusively going to produce your content via video, Youtube has the broadest reach of any video sharing platform. Youtube’s platform is full of ads and their customer service is frustrating though. If you want a smaller video-sharing platform consider:
The free space on Vimeo won’t be large enough for all your videos (they only offer 5 GB free), but you can pay to upgrade for more space. Vimeo is a very appealing platform if you’re considering selling your yoga content online because it is exclusively available to your customers and the videos aren’t preceded by advertising.
Any other blogs, social media platforms, document sharing options you’re familiar with.
If you already use a particular platform to generate and share content, please use that to create your ePortfolio. Let me know if it’s a good one and I’ll add it to this list.
Why is Yoga Teacher Training online possible?
Yoga poses are the technology to represent the practice. Beginner yoga students often mistake the poses for the entirety of the practice. But the poses are only a fraction of the practice. The rest of the practice – the ethics, the meditation, the mindfulness, the benevolent compassion– make up most of yoga. But the poses are the technology to manifest the practice. The poses on the mat open the yogi’s mind to possibilities off the mat.
Online learning is the technology to represent knowledge. Distance learning is mistaken for being monotonous and one-sided. But the technology – the videos and texts – are but a fraction of the learning. Distance learning that allows for robust interaction between teacher, student and material will illuminate the content in a way that exceeds traditional classroom learning. The videos and online applications open the learner’s mind to the possibilities in the content.
The intention of Yoga Teacher Training is to guide you to understand yoga in your own context. Yoga is generations old. Yet it evolves and stretches to accommodate anyone who dares to practice. The system of yoga can shrink or expand to fit any teaching method. The learning method, however, is unwavering. You must open your mind to the timeless ideas of yoga and you must adopt the practice into your daily life. The poses are the technology to represent the practice, but yoga is a timeless tradition that goes beyond the mat. Learning about yoga online expands the realm of possibilities for teaching. The avenue to share and organize your knowledge is broad. You’ll explore different ways of teaching yoga’s timeless essence through constructivist learning: by engaging with the online material through multiple formats, you will actively construct knowledge. You will define yoga for yourself by understanding its history, philosophy and practice. You will collect new knowledge through poses, community service and practice teaching. You will put it all together in an ePortfolio. Your goal is to create a personal understanding of yoga and embed new ideas into your life story. Welcome to Land and Heart Online Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Materials and Resources
- Bhagavad Gita Text (required):
Mitchell, S. (2002) Bhagavad Gita: A new translation. New York, New York: Three Rivers Press.
2. The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga (recommended):
Ippoliti, A & Smith, T. (2016) The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga. Novato, California: New World Library.
3. Land and Heart Practice textbook (included)
4. Land and Heart Practice Youtube Channel
Welcome to Yoga Teacher Training. This is the online edition of Land and Heart Practice – 200hr YTT. Congratulations on taking a big step in your own practice and preparing to teach this exquisite tradition. Yoga is steeped in history and simultaneously rooted in the present moment. This 200-hour online teacher training is an inquiry into your reasons for practicing yoga, a lesson in yoga’s history and a collaborative approach to developing teaching techniques.