200 Hour Teacher Training
The goal of the 200 hour program is to develop a confident, competent, employable yoga instructor for asana based mat classes.
With this in mind, Camp Utopia focuses on the most important things the student needs: teaching skills and experience, body knowledge, and self-knowledge. We believe the best teachers have self awareness and authenticity, as well as practical knowledge and experience, and we use the 8 Limbed Path (ethics and lifestyle) and the Chakra system (energy) as our primary tools for this.
Each mandatory weekend of training will introduce 1 limb of the path and work with 1 of the chakra energies, so you have time, between weekends, to more fully explore and experience the themes in your own life and practice. We use other self –discovery tools from modern science to ancient astrology, and we may ask you to do a creative project, watch a certain movie or read a specific article or book in order to facilitate your education and experience.
You are required to attend 8 mandatory weekends and complete and additional 40 hours of training through classes, workshops, advanced program weekend courses, retreats, one-on-one mentoring, online programming or special assignments. Your teaching team will provide you with a full schedule of options to complete your hours.
3 weekends of anatomy: you'll come away with more knowledge about how the body really works, and what's important for yoga, then you ever imagined. Anatomy is complex, and hard to learn. With our hands on, experienced based teaching methods, you'll KNOW it.
5 weekends of teaching skills include deep study of the fundamental poses and practices of yoga, and the essential tools of teaching: good verbal cues, good posture knowledge, sequencing knowledge, pace, timing, delivery, and practice, practice, practice.
Workshop weekends: Throughout the training season, we offer workshops, regular phone calls, and online programs to help you complete your remaining 60 hours in the way that best fits your life and your teaching dream. A mix of senior teachers, guest teachers, and teachers working on advanced certification will offer classes and workshops on all aspects of yoga. You can offer classes and workshops if you like. You will have some mandatory requirements, and a lot of freedom to choose how you complete the hours. For example, you must spend at least 2 hours devoted to pranayama (breathing practices). But, if you really love pranayama, you will have 3 or 4 teachers offering workshops with a pranayama focus, so you can meet your minimum, and add more as your personal options. Another trainee may choose only 1 pranayama workshop, and spend his or her optional hours studying something else, like restorative yoga, or meditation techniques. The agendas for each workshop weekend are developed at the beginning of training.
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