Be Yoga, BeInspired, 200 Hour Teacher Training 2014-2015

Be Supported – Safely grow in your knowledge and experience in a comfortable, nurturing environment.

Be Grounded – Learn foundational concepts that will set a solid base for your learning and growth.

Be Challenged – Expect the opportunity to think, discover new awareness and work toward a deeper understanding of yourself and your practice.

Be Yourself – Learn to bring the best part of you into your yoga and teaching.

Be Confident – Tap into your own inner power, as you share your love of yoga with others.  From the very first module, you’ll gain experience and guidance as you begin to develop your unique teaching style.

Be Inspired – Expect a journey that will change you…..and maybe the way you see your life.

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Our goal is to guide you, through a multifaceted program, toward a deeper understanding of the many aspects of a complete yoga practice.  Not only will we look at the science of yoga but we’ll also connect the practice to the mental, emotional and spiritual paths.

Our curriculum is designed in a conceptual format, teaching you significant ideas that will guide your learning and help you be a more mindful student and teacher of yoga.  We’ll explore the 8-limb path, Pranayama, intelligent sequencing, anatomy, biomechanics (physics of movement), the science of Ayurveda, the chakra system, teaching methodology, assisting, meditation, communication skills and much, much more.

Join Marcia Brown (E-RYT 200, RYT-500, Founder of “A Confident Life”) and Greg LaBarbera (E-RYT 200, MEd. Education, BS Exercise Sciences) for Be Yoga’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, two instructors whose divergent backgrounds will come together to guide you on a well-rounded and meaningful journey.

Curriculum and Yoga Alliance Requirements - Click For Details

Educational Categories
Be Inspired Training Yoga Alliance Required Hours
Techniques, Training and Practice 101 100
Teaching Methodology 28 25
Anatomy & Physiology 32 20
Yoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics 34 30
Practicum 29 10
Total 224 200


Intro to teacher training: Overview of syllabus, expectations, setting intention and creating environment for safe and productive learning.

Integration: Each module will have 2 hours of class time dedicated to integreating and learning concepts realted to asana, teaching, sequencing, moving principles, alignment pranayama and other concepts related to constructing and teaching a mindful asana class.

Om: Lecture presentation describing origins and theory of om.

Seeing your (and others) authenticity: Lecture and active participation through artistic representation for the purpose of identifying the authenticity that lies beneath the ego.

Moving on the Mat: Individual mat time with the intention of integrating previously learned concepts into the physical practce. This ongoing activity will run through all modules with emphasis on various movement and concepts related to asana, breathwork and alignment.

Blooms Taxonomy: Lecture, discussion, movement and project for the purpose of identifying and utilizing the elements of Bloom’s Taxonomy (psychomotor, cognitive and affective domians)

Yoga’s 8-Limb Path Overview: Lecture and discussion as an overview of the 8 limbs of yoga.

Maslow’s Hierarchy: Lecture and discussion for the purpose of understanding the elements of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.

8-Limbs: Asana in Depth: Lecture, movement and discussion for the purpose of understanding the role of asana in the 8-limb practice.

8-limbs: Pranayama in Depth: Lecture, and physical activities to demonstrate the anatomical/physiological aspects of breath, as well as the emotional/mental aspects of mindful breathing and their place in the 8-limb practice.

Moving Principles Lecture, demonstration and physical activity to introduce into practice relavant moving principles.

Yamas/Niyamas Overview: Lecture to introduce the Yamas and the Niyamas.

Yamas/Niyamas in Depth: Each Yama/Niyama will be studied in depth, through PP, discussion and some physical activity, throughout five modules. Students will integrate awareness of the yamas and niyamas into their ‘off the mat’ practice through journaling.

Sun Salutation A: Participation and demonstration of the Sun Salutation A.

Teaching the Sun A: Practicum – leading the Sun A.

Tadasana: Lecture, and physical activity to introduce the guiding alingment principles of tadasana.

Sun Salutaion B: Participation and demonstration of the Sun Salutation B.

Teaching the Sun B: Practicum – leading the Sun B.

Pranayama techniques Demonstration, lecture and practice introducing the techniques of ujjiya, alternate nostril, three part, kapalabhati, lion’s breath and breath of life.

Pranayama Physiology: Lecture on the physiological benefits of various pranayama techniqes.

Teaching Pranayama Practicum: Teaching basic pranayama techniques.

Principles of Foundation: Lecture and active participation on the fundamentals of setting a stable and safely aligned foundation in the asana practice.

Biomechanics – Body Forces: Lecture and active participation on basic biomechanical principles and forces that act on the body.

Bone and Muscle Overview: Lecture for the purpose of setting a baseline understanding of names and locations of major muscles, bones and joints.

Props: Demonstration and active participation concerning the proper utilization of props.

Anatomical Movement: Demonstration and physical activity on anatomical movement.

Understanding Asanas: Lecture and active participation (10 hours throughout 2-3 modules) on the correct execution, modifications, understanding, benefits and contraindications of asana.

Anatomy and Asana: Lecture and active participation on the anatomy related to topics covered in ‘understanding asana’.

Practicum – Standing Postures: Demonstration and active participation on cuing standing postures into a short series, centering around the Sun Salutaion B.

Communication Active Participation: Lecture and discussion on the elements of effective communication.

Qualites of a Teacher: Lecture, essays and discussion about the qualities of good teachers.

Inversions & Arm Balances: Demonstration and active participation on learning proper techniques for executing and instructing inversions and arm balances, including contraindications and benefits.

Bandhas: Lecture and participation activities to familiarize students with mula, uddiyada and maha bandhas.

Sequencing Concepts: Lecture, discussion, demonstration and active participation on concepts related to sequencing a balanced, safe and affective asana class. Sequencing concepts will be taught over multiple modules for a minimum of 10 hours.

Class Composition: Lecture, discussion and projects on effective teaching through Be’s class composition model.

The Yoga Sutras: Lecture and discussion as an intro to the yoga sutras and the use of sutras in yoga class settings.

Sharing Sutras Practicum: Students will develop and deliver a sutra.

Savasana: Lecture and participation on managing and assiting in savasana.

Physiology of Stretching: Lecture, demonstration and active participation on the anatomical, physiological and neurophysiological aspects of stretching as well as the differences in connective tissue structures.

Teaching Beginner Students: Lecture and active participation on concepts related to teaching the beginner student.

Beginners Practicum: Teaching the beginner student.

Chakras: Lecture and active participation on the chakra system and nadis.

Manifestation: Lecture, discussion and project on the utilization of potential energy and action for the purpose of manifestation.

Health Benefits of the Yoga Practice: Lecture on the major health benefits of the yoga practice.

Assists: Demonstration and active participation in assisting students in asana.

ChantingC Discussion, demonstration and active participation in chanting.

Chanting Practicum: Leading chants.

Ethics: Discussion on the ethical guidelines and responsibilities of a yoga instructor.

Business aspects of Yoga: Lecture and discussion on the various business aspects of teaching yoga.

Meditation: Lecture, demonstration, and active participation in meditation techniques.

Meditation Practicum: Leading meditation.

General Practicum: Throughout multiple modules students will actively teach partial or full asana classes.

Ayurveda and Self Care: Lecture and active participation in regard to Ayuvedic priciples, the relationship to the 5 elements and self-care

Be Yoga Styles: Understanding through lecture and practice, the differing elements of vinyasa, deep stretch, and slow flow styles.

Prenatal: Through lecture and demonstraton students will learn prenatal asana modifications.

5 Koshas: Lecture and physical activity as a means to become familiar with the 5 layers of the body.

Our Incredible Teachers - Click For Details

One of the things that truly sets this training apart from others, is that Greg and Marcia are co-leading the entire thing. That means you’ll get twice as much attention and expertise!

WEB_fixR-0739-1405Greg LaBarbera (E-RYT 200, MEd. Education, BS Exercise Sciences) 

Greg has his Bachelor’s in Exercise Sciences with a Master’s degree in Education and has been teaching in some capacity for over 25 years. He has been teaching yoga for 8 years, and leading successful teacher trainings for 5. One thing that people notice about graduates from Greg’s training is that they understand how to open the body AND they feel CONFIDENT in leading others in and through a class–right out of training. He’s also super fun and down to earth. We love Greg and we are so lucky to have him co-leading our trainees with Marcia Brown this fall!

Marcia WEB_fixR-0739-1328Marcia Brown (E-RYT 200, RYT-500, Founder of “A Confident Life”)

Marcia’s expertise in 5 elements yoga, chakra systems, Ayurveda, and our energetic body provides the perfect compliment to Greg LaBarbera’s physiological and biomechanical specialty. Marcia has practiced yoga for 30 years; completed her 200 hour training with Dolly Stavros, and her 500 hour certification with Kristin Cooper-Gulak at Wilmington Yoga Center. She has taken many additional workshops with Doug Swenson, Rolf Gates, Stephanie Keach and Simon Park. Marcia is truly a teacher’s teacher. She is amazing at helping her students find confidence within themselves and get in touch with their unique life’s work and purpose. She has led confidence workshops all over the country, and will be guiding YOU for 10 months through teacher training. Get excited!!

Dates and Times - Click For Details

Teacher Training will be held on Friday evenings, 6-9pm, Saturdays 10:30-7pm, and Sundays 11-7pm over the course of 9 weekends as follows:

GregandMarciaSeptember 5-7

October 3-5

October 24-26

November 14-16

December 12-14

January 9-11

January 30-February 1

February 20-22

March 20-22

April 17-19

Training sessions will be held at our Carmel studio at 7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd. Registration deadline is September 2nd, 2014.

Pricing - Click For Details

Total Pricing for the program is $2,700.  Includes books and unlimited yoga September 2014-April 2015.  Application Deposit of $250 will be applied toward the total. Early Bird Discount: Save $200 if you pay in full by August 1st. Payment plans are available.  A minimum of $900 is due by the day training starts, with the balance due in increments before the end of training.  

Certification, Participation, and Make Up Policy - Click For Details

Full class participation, successful completion of the assigned curriculum and self- study are required to receive your Be Yoga certificate of completion. If it is necessary to miss any training sessions, the hours can be made up, privately, with Greg or Marcia at the rate of $50 per hour, plus any relevant self-study. Please do everything possible to attend every session!   

FAQs - Click For Details

How much experience should I have with yoga before starting teacher training? While we suggest that participants have at least a year of regular practice, it is not a necessity. A desire to learn, a commitment to show up and do the work, and a passion for helping others are much more valuable to the process.

What if I don’t want to teach? Not a problem! While the program is designed to educate and equip individuals to be confident teachers, it offers much more. If your goal is to build your own personal knowledge and understanding of yoga, this is for you. We learn best when we teach, so being able to gain new concepts and then practice sharing with others will serve to enhance your own understanding.

How much homework is required between modules? There will be some reading and journaling required between modules, but expect to spend only a few hours on that part. Most of the work in between modules will involve integrating and observing what you studied in the previous module, such as noticing how you breathe during your own practice, being aware of ways you embody ahimsa in your daily life, assisting classes, or practice teaching.

Do I have to be able to do all the poses? Being able to do all the poses doesn’t make one a great teacher. Understanding how to do the poses and being able to safely instruct and assist others into poses is much more important.

What if I miss a class? Full class participation, successful completion of the assigned curriculum and self- study are required to receive your Be Yoga certificate of completion. However, we realize that “life” happens. If it is necessary to miss any training sessions, the hours can be made up, privately, with Greg or Marcia at the rate of $50 per hour, plus any relevant self-study.  

Reading List - Click For Details

Many teacher trainings assign more books than you’re likely to read. Greg and Marcia have distilled it down to the essentials, and will suggest books as training goes along if you want to dive deeper into a particular topic.

Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long

These titles are included in your teacher training tuition.