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 also 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.
In addition to your study of poses, breathing techniques, teaching tools, and teaching practice, each week of training will introduce 1 limb of the path and work with 1 of the chakra energies. You have time, on and between weekends, to fully explore and experience the themes in your own life and practice. We lay out the history, philosophy and lifestyle of yoga, week by week, in a way that feels useful - never overwhelming. We use other self –discovery tools from modern science to ancient astrology, there are creative projects and deep-thought exercises to help.
Although requirements vary from school to school, most programs require 8 mandatory weekends, studio classes from professional teachers, participation in our online programs, teaching practice and a few written assignments. Your teaching team will provide you with a full schedule of options to complete your hours.
6 weekends of teaching skills and practice include deep study of the fundamental poses of yoga, and the essential tools of teaching: good verbal cues, good posture knowledge, sequencing knowledge, pace, timing, delivery, and practice, practice, practice. We also study a little bit of anatomy, meditation, breathing, and deeper yoga practices.
27 hours of studio classes with leading Camp Utopia teachers allows you to continue developing you technical skills in asana, experience the professional yogi at work, and to assist or co-teach as you become skillful.
65 hours of additional classes, weekends and workshops usually unfolds in 2 - 3 extra weekends of training, or a series of evenings throughout your training. This time is usually spent going beyond the basics. There may be guest teachers, advanced posture workshops, alternate styles and techniques, complementary practices, more anatomy, more lifestyle tools, advanced sequencing and more skills for teaching safe, effective classes.
Connected Community Courses: Throughout the training season, you'll work on history and philosophy through online workshops and discussions. In between each weekend gathering, you'll receive extra readings and video links. This may include asana classes, meditations, industry articles, or inspiration pieces. You will be required to complete simple assignments to show your training team that you are learning, and the groups often participate in lively, robust discussions about these topics.
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