guided by Eliot Acuña
Centre Yoga’s Teach Yoga Program provides a 500-hour certification. The in-depth program is accomplished in a minimum of two years and maximum of three years. This includes the required first 250 hours of the program called Deepen your Practice and Refine your Understanding.
What it involves
Once you have completed the 250 hours of Deepen your Practice and Refine your Understanding, you will be eligible to begin the 250-hour Teach Yoga phase.
The Teach Yoga program is mainly focused on the practical aspects of teaching, giving the aspiring teachers lots of opportunity to practice teaching in a supportive environment.
You will notice that while the Deepen and Refine Program focuses on deepening and refining personal practice, the Teach Yoga Program focuses on learning how to be the best possible guide for someone else’s practice. Teaching yoga demands an upleveling of the teacher’s commitment and discipline to personal practice and to learn how to articulate the teachings.
Personal practice (minimum 54 hours)
Aspiring teachers are required to continue to nurture their personal practice by coming to at least one public yoga asana class a week. They will choose the practice level convenient for their bodies and their life schedules. Eligible classes are with Eliot or other Centre Yoga certified teachers. These classes include āsana and once-a-month pranayama.
Teachers are also requested to have a daily personal practice at home.
Retreat (minimum 12 hours)
Retreats are opportunities to bathe and replenish in the depth of our being and devoting a few days solely to practice. As authentic teachers of yoga it is necessary to cultivate deep knowledge of the self and be anchored in that knowledge. This is easiest accomplished by spending time on retreat, where that is the sole purpose. Aspiring teachers are asked to commit to participating in at least one retreat of a minimum of 3 days and two nights.
meditation (daily practice)
Of utmost importance, as the pillar around which all other yoga practices evolve, is meditation. The only way to sustain teaching in the highest and most authentic way is to connect to and be nourished by your true self daily. Aspiring teachers are asked to commit to their daily meditation practice.
Teach Yoga Program is focused on teaching teachers how to teach yoga āsana and first stages of pranayama. It is not about teaching teachers to teach meditation.