Training Yoga Teachers Since 1998
Immerse yourself in the study of yoga. Our 8 month program, gives you the time and space to discover yoga and yourself in a whole new way. We go far beyond the "how to" of teaching a yoga pose. Topics covered include:
- Asana, including teaching techniques, alignment, sanskrit names and modifications
- Hands on assists and adjustmentst
- Study of historical texts, including The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Hatha Yoga Pradipika
- The spiritual connection of yoga to our daily lives
- Chakras, Bandhas, Mudras, Chanting & Kriyas
- Anatomy & Physiology as it relates to yoga
- Mentorship with experienced Yoga Haven teachers, as you find and hone your voice and teaching skills (teaching track only)
- And More!
(You are eligible to apply if you have been consistently practicing yoga for at least 18 months. We are not interested in your ability to perform “advanced” poses (arm balances, handstands, etc), we are more concerned with your body awareness and understanding of the basic poses. This does not guarantee acceptance. You will also be required to have an interview with Betsy Kase, Director of Yoga Haven.)
Choose from 2 Tracks:
Our training is not just for those who want to be yoga teachers. You can choose from two tracks: teaching or non-teaching. For those not interested in becoming a yoga teacher, the non-teaching track gives you an opportunity to commit to deepening your understanding of yourself and Yoga in a structured way. Delve into the historical context of the practice as well as key philosophical texts. Unravel why you practice yoga and how it connects back into all aspects of your life. What's the difference between the two tracks? The non-teaching track is for those who do not want to teach yoga. You will be exempt from the class observations, written tests and papers, test class and practice teaching requirements. If you wish to convert to the teaching track, you must do so before December 1st.
Program Schedule & Fees
- September 2020
- Every Wednesday 6-9 pm, through May 2021
- 6 Sundays 1:00-6:30 pm
- 3 Fridays All training sessions are held at Yoga Haven 2, Scarsdale
Teaching Track: $3,650 Tuition includes unlimited yoga classes at both studios for the duration of the training. A $2000 deposit is due upon acceptance, and the balance is due the first night of training. Your tuition includes a detailed manual, but does not include books/texts for History & Philosophy or Anatomy & Physiology (estimated additional cost of $100). Non-Teaching Track: $3,299 Tuition includes unlimited yoga classes at both studios for the duration of the training. A $2000 deposit is due upon acceptance, and the balance is due the first night of training. Your tuition includes a detailed manual, but does not include books/texts for History & Philosophy or Anatomy & Physiology (estimated additional cost of $100).
Things to Consider When Selecting a Training...
Yoga Haven graduates will learn to teach an alignment conscious, vinyasa style class. You will understand the fundamentals of poses, and learn to give clear, concise instruction and intelligently sequence a class. We stress the importance of making yoga accessible to a wide range of students with understanding of anatomy and thoughtful modifications. During the training, you will have the the opportunity to observe and learn from senior teachers with decades of experience. This is invaluable as you work towards expanding your practice and finding your voice.
Students are astounded by the comprehensiveness of our training. Yoga Haven’s training has a strong foundation in asana and teaching techniques, but trainees will also delve into the historical context of the practice as well as key philosophical texts. The material you cover in History & Philosophy and Anatomy & Physiology are placed within the context of Yoga and your daily life. Learning is experiential and framed around rich discussion. Our instructors have combined decades of experience teaching these topics, and are truly passionate about sharing their knowledge and supporting you in your growth.
Can you imagine fitting 4 years of college into 1 year? It is similar to fitting a 200 hour training into 1 month. Yoga Haven’s program spans 8 months, allowing trainees the time to absorb and integrate the material. Teacher training is not like cramming for a test in high school. We want to provide you with the time and space for a full and lasting experience.
The 2019-2020 training cost is $3650. This includes 8 months of unlimited yoga classes. A comprehensive manual is included. The only additional cost is history and philosophy and anatomy books (approx. $100). Yes, there are cheaper trainings out there, but none of them have the expertise and reputation that comes with our 20 years of experience.
Yoga Haven has been running a 200 hour teacher training annually, since 1998. Yoga Haven was voted Westchester Magazine’s best yoga studio in 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016. We are an established name in the community and have collaborated with a variety of schools, corporations and local organizations. When studios or potential employers see a teaching certificate from Yoga Haven, they can trust that you are a solid hire. Read reviews from program graduates.
Support & Community
Over the 8 months, trainees form bonds that last long after graduation. You become part of the Yoga Haven “Family”. Our instructors are passionate about what they teach and want to see you succeed. Beyond the training-specific instructors, you will be matched with an experienced Yoga Haven teacher as a mentor to help hone your teaching skills. Trainees report back that far beyond learning to teach yoga, they learn to take yoga off the mat and into their daily lives. This training has a deep spiritual component, connecting up why we practice yoga and how it connects back into all aspects of life.
When I embarked on the training I had no idea how little I knew! Teaching and practicing are two different beasts! Wednesday classes were very informative and seeing how the instructors applied the knowledge while keeping their own style was inspiring. There's a very clear and concise approach to this method or style of teaching and it's laid out so well in the handbook. The training taught me the basic class format, proper pose sequencing, and other important guidelines. I feel I have a handle on it, I really came a long way. Thank you for an eye opening experience!
I am walking away with all the knowledge I gained from this training and that I have confidence that I can teach a wide range of students and that I don't need to do Headstand or Handstand to teach and practice Yoga. On another note, I've gained friendships from people/yogis from all walks of life; I've met and learned from so many different Instructors and Mentors, even though they are not my primary mentors.
Owner/Director & Lead Instructor
Betsy Kase, RYT-500, C-IAYT is Owner and Director of Yoga Haven, and the lead instructor of Yoga Haven’s 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. Each year, since Yoga Haven’s inaugural training in 1999, Betsy has given prospective teachers a supportive space to develop, not only as teachers, but as individuals. Betsy considers leading yoga students through the process of learning how to share their love of yoga is one of the most fulfilling parts of her life.
History & Philosophy
Jill Ganassi has been studying yoga philosophy since 1999 and teaching the history and philosophy portion of the Yoga Haven Teacher Training since 2003. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor. She began studying psychology, philosophy, and the eastern spiritual traditions in her undergraduate schooling. Her strength as a philosophy teacher is in making the material applicable to the context of peoples day to day lives. At the same time she is able to cultivate a deeper understanding of the classical tradition of yoga and stays true to the history and the classical texts. She treasures the opportunity to have an on going conversation with fellow seekers about the big questions and use the yogic perspective to help explore the answers.
Teaching Style & Practicum
Clare Mottola draws on her background in acting, directing and producing to work with trainees to find their teaching voice. Clare is the chair of the theatre and dance department at Fieldston, where she also teaches the school’s mindfulness curriculum. Clare received her 200 hour certification from Yoga Haven in 2004. Since she began teaching, Clare continues to happily find ways to bring more yoga to her life and more life to her yoga. Clare hopes that her students will take the time to recognize the courage, wisdom and beauty that they bring to each class while delighting in the gratitude and peace that the practice brings.
Anatomy & Physiology
Margaret Duggan teaches the Anatomy & Physiology section. She began studying it academically in college, but really became fascinated by the subject while trying to make sense of several injuries sustained rowing at the elite level, post-collegially with the US National Team. She has continued her studies in anatomy with a focus on the spine and yoga with Loren Fishman, MD, Alison West and Elise Browning Miller. Margaret teaches the anatomy & physiology section of Yoga Haven’s teacher training with the unique ability to make the material accessible and understandable for all types of learners. Margaret also teaches Yoga Haven’s “Mindfulness Matters,” curriculum in the local schools to faculty and staff, and manages the running of both Yoga Haven studios.