Lois Yoga Immersion and 200-Hour Teacher Training
East Hampton, NY
OCTOBER 2017 – APRIL 2018
10 Weekends (Saturday and Sunday)
Join me for a series of 3 weekend mini-retreats destined to carry you deeper into your practice and understanding of yoga. Follow through with weekends devoted to the skills and know-how you need to stand out as a teacher!
If you’re reading this, you probably already know that yoga changes lives. It’s changed yours. Somehow, working from the outside in, from the body and breath into the mind and heart, we become better, and better connected, people. Our bodies feel better, we breathe more deeply, stress rolls off us, our minds clear, and we get happy!
This training will take you much deeper into your own exploration of yoga and prepare you to share this extraordinary gift with others. Specifically, you’ll learn:
The GREAT IDEAS behind the major yoga traditions (did you know there is more than one?). Most yoga teacher trainings offer just a glimpse into one tiny corner of yoga history and philosophy. Simply, most teachers just don’t know the stuff I’ve spent years studying and figuring out how to make accessible to everyone.
How YOGA HAS CHANGED and continues to evolve to meet our modern lives. Again, if we don’t know our history, how can we see where we’re going? And if we tunnel into one style of yoga without getting the Big Picture, we miss out on some crucial changes happening all around us.
Techniques for moving safely into basic and advanced poses, using state-of-the-art, biomechanically sound ALIGNMENT. Yoga is based in energy flows (prana), but it recently got a big boost from Western anatomy. What you don’t know can hurt you—and your students. No one wants that.
- Why BREATH is central to all yoga traditions and shapes our lives off the mat.
- HOW THE BODY WORKS, on and off the mat (Anatomy for the Rest of Us)
- The basics of AYURVEDA, India’s traditional medicine
And of course, you’ll learn the key skills to great teaching—because even the most advanced yogis need to learn how to share what they know, including:
- TRAINING YOUR EYES to see what’s good, what’s “off,” what’s needed in any student’s pose
- Using YOUR UNIQUE VOICE to give clear and effective instructions
- Using YOUR HANDS to move students into optimal alignment
- The art of SEQUENCING poses in your classes
- How to DEMONSTRATE a pose to get your point across
- Adapting yoga to WOMEN’S monthly and lifelong bodies
- Teaching RESTORATIVE YOGA, for rest and recuperation.
I’ve had the honor to train under world-class teachers throughout my 25 years of yoga practice and teaching. These teachers have served as mentors over extended periods of time, as well as personal friends and guides off the mat. I continue to seek out the best teachers and teachings across yoga and its related disciplines (physical therapy, Western and alternative medicine, physical fitness and athletics, competitive sports, philosophy, spirituality, nutrition, lifestyle).
Before turning to yoga, I received a parallel world-class education at Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton universities, topping it off with a Ph.D. in comparative literature. My excellent professors at these schools taught me priceless lessons in analytical thinking, open-minded curiosity, clear and creative expression, and endless enthusiasm for pursuing what one loves to the highest level.
I was lucky to take my second dive into yoga in New York City just a few years before yoga’s “second wave” went viral and a new studio opened up on every block. (Back when I started, people made jokes about my “yogurt,” and even my friends thought I’d joined a cult!) So I got to feel my way, make some mistakes, mend my ways, and go in search of better ideas and methods (for both my own practice and my teaching) before anyone put yoga teachers on a pedestal. It was also great to be in the company of great lifetime yogis who did what they did out of love, without the temptation of fame or fortune.
So by the time yoga’s tide rose, carrying me with it!, my values and my dedication to lifelong practice and learning were set in my bones. To this day, I’m so busy doing what I love and getting better at it that I hardly notice (much less believe!) that I seem to have acquired a world-class reputation of my own! (“Legendary” is how one recent and enthusiastic student described me☺)
WHY LOIS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING?
I realized early on that the most effective way to spread the knowledge and experience I had gathered was to train others to teach, so they could in turn reach out to others, like dropping the proverbial stone in the pond.
So while I love teaching group classes, offering private lessons, and leading delightful retreats, I devote a significant portion of each year to training yoga teachers.
Over the years, I have team-taught and gone solo at yoga studios in New York City and the Hamptons (including Yoga Zone/Be Yoga/Yoga Works, Virayoga, and KamaDeva Yoga), led dozens of Anusara Yoga teacher trainings in the U.S., Central America, Japan, and China, and most recently crafted my own approach to practice and teaching.
I’ve had time to figure out what works best, including:
- CONTENT: I’ve experimented with and immersed myself in the top yoga styles and techniques. I’ve culled what I found most valuable and applicable for the range of students a teacher will encounter. I can make generalizations as well as offer individual recommendations. I’m not tied to any one (or anyone’s) script. I pass on a living, breathing tradition, and I welcome your insights and inspirations into the stream of conscious conversation!
- HOW MUCH INFORMATION to include in a first-level 200-hour teacher training (what to include, what to reserve for advanced trainings)
- PACING: how many hours per day, days per week, or weekends per month to allow time for students to absorb the teachings while leading balanced lives
- GROUP SIZE: I’ve seen teacher trainees get lost in large-group trainings. I like to keep things small, get to know the person behind the nametag, build relationships that carry on after graduation. Like I said above, pass through my door and you become part of my yoga family!
- PRICING: value for (your) investment in time and money! I’ve been to the Ivy League; I’ve been to public schools. I know enough not to squander anyone’s resources.
*Students of all levels welcome to join the immersion—and stay on to complete the teacher training!
$3300 if paid in full by August 15
$3400 if paid in full by September 15
$3600 if paid in full by October 14
$3700 if paid via payment plan
Tuition includes: all training sessions, small-group mentor sessions, written and “practical” assignments and final assessment, lunches Saturday and Sunday, coffee and tea. Housing options for those coming from out of the area. The Hamptons are easily and cheaply accessible from New York City and beyond by train, bus, or car.
*Payment plans and work-study (barter) options available for those with substantial financial challenges. Do not let costs pull you away from your dreams! There is always a way. Let me know your skill set and I’ll see if we’re a good fit.
Lois Nesbitt has devoted herself to sharing yoga with students and teachers in New York City and the Hamptons for 25 years. She attracts students of all levels with her engaging and informative style. Her upbeat classes fuse an energizing flow with state-of-the-art alignment, enabling every body to practice safely and joyfully. Known worldwide as a teacher’s teacher, Lois has guided hundreds of aspiring students across the threshold into the art of teaching.
Before dedicating herself to yoga, Lois was a professional writer, editor, and artist. She received her B.A., Magna cum laude, from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from Princeton University, where she taught literature and writing.
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