Brooklyn Heights Yoga Studio Redefines Classic Yoga Teacher Training

Released on: February 11, 2008, 6:12 pm

Press Release Author: Yoga People

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: Brooklyn yoga studio offers intimate adn innovative yoga
teacher training program.

Press Release Body: Yoga People announced today a new session of their innovative
200hr RYA Teacher Training Program, "Journey Into The Divine." Designed to offer
students a safe and intimate arena for developing the skills they'll need as a yoga
instructor, Yoga People's program is customized to fit the needs of student
teachers. Unlike other schools, which are responding to yoga's growing popularity in
America by increasing enrollment without adequately increasing or preparing their
teaching staff, Yoga People is dedicated to nurturing yoga professionals to pass on
the practice in its purest form.

"Small classes offer the best teaching model for building better instructors," says
studio owner and program director. Wendy Chanelis. "Being a yoga teacher is more
than reciting poses; its developing intimate relationships with your classes that
deliver the deep spirituality yoga has to offer. With smaller classes, each student
gets lot of individual attention that will help them develop their own unique voice.
It really is the best way to learn."

This focus on individuality further extends to the "Journey Into The Divine"
curriculum. Chanelis and her team have developed a non-dogmatic approach in their
program that embraces a variety of diverse yoga styles. Yoga People is able to
incorporate many traditions because the teacher training instructors themselves have
trained at a number of different schools such as Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, Dharma
Mittra's Dharma Yoga Center, and Om Yoga Center . Many instructors have also studied
Ashtanga with Pattabhi and Sharath Jois in India and Eddie Stern in New York.

"The bottom line is that we want to give you the tools you need to teach skillfully
and safely, while still cultivating your own passion for the practice," observes
instructor Rachael Stark.
The heart of the Yoga People program is an intense study of the asanas and vinyasa
sequencing. Through personal practice, observation, assisting, and teaching
practice, trainees gain valuable insight into the mechanics of the body, the ideal
alignment of the asanas (or poses), and how best to combine them to create a dynamic
sequence. Studying anatomy and physiology, pranayama, meditation, chanting, ayurveda
and yogic philosophy further extends students' personal and professional journeys.
"Our program emphasizes deep personal practice as the strongest teaching tool and a
teacher's greatest inspiration," Chanelis comments. " And so we've crafted an
experiential training designed to guide you inward so that you may journey outward
to compassionately teach."

"The Yoga People training has helped me further embrace my passion for yoga-the mix
of teachers challenged me to look at my practice (and my life!) from, many different
angles," says 2006 participant Michelle Glick. "There's a nice blend of guidance,
along with encouragement to be proactive in my studies and to listen to my inner
voice and to trust that."

Since Yoga People's "Journey Into The Divine" is an intense study of the physical,
mental, and spiritual realms, it is not designed for beginning yoga students. To
ensure that applicants are prepared for the depth of practice and study the course
demands, Yoga People requires applicants to have at least one year of yoga practice
before applying and to be evaluated by a participating Yoga People instructor.

The $3400 13-week program extends over 4 months from May 1s to July 12, 2008,
allowing students to seamlessly integrate their Yoga Teacher training into existing
work or school obligations. Classes meet Thursday evenings, Friday evenings, and
Sundays, so even those who work fulltime can participate. The application deadline
is April 1st. For more information or to obtain an application, visit

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Contact Details: 157 Remsen St. Brooklyn, NY 11201

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