2012 advanced studies (ryt 200)
Details posted soon for September 2013 enrollment. Contact us with any questions and please read about the required May or September Immersion Program.
Our standards are exceptionally high at Boundless. While we adhere to the standards of the only national registry, Yoga Alliance, we train all students looking to deepen their practice or become a teacher with requirements that reach beyond the Alliance’s basic requirements.
All training at Boundless outside your regular weekly class or occasional workshop is called Advanced Studies. RYT-200 Advanced Studies is our basic training, and RYT-500 Advanced Studies is our deeper training. “RYT,” or Registered Yoga Teacher, is the label Yoga Alliance uses to describe the teachers trained by registered yoga schools such as Boundless.
The one-year Boundless Yoga RYT-200 program acknowledges the cultural shifts in modern yoga while maintaining its meditative origins. Practicing yoga opens the mind, settles the body, and yolks individual identity to universal identity. It can make the planet a better place to live on.
The Boundless Yoga program is crafted primarily in the spirit of Krishnamacharya, an Indian teacher whom many believe to be the father of modern yoga. His teachings suggest that the yoga asana class is the design of the individual, woven simultaneously into the community at large. It is the yoga teacher’s role to relate to each student one-on-one, no matter how small or large a yoga community or class. It is his or her job to guide students to feeling happy and successful as a result of practicing yoga.
About the Teacher Trainers
Leah Barr is the lead teacher of this Program. Expect a teaching methodology rooted in a relaxed alignment of poses and 20 years of eclectic study of yoga including Iyengar, Anusara, and Shiva Rea.
James Foulkes, Boundless Teacher, and Kim Weeks, Boundless Founder and RYT Programs Founder, offer smaller modules potentized around their specialties. James offers an examination of how the musculo-skeletal body surfaces emotional tensions. Kim Weeks offers anatomy training and the overall picture of the world of yoga as it is fast evolving. Her hope is to develop the right insights and internal alignment to know, specifically, what each body in a classroom needs at any given time.
To teach or not to teach?
We prepare you to teach a basic-level yoga class, although only about half of our graduates go on to teach yoga. That’s why we call the program Advanced Studies: The program is about deepening your practice of yoga, which can–but doesn’t have to–lead to teaching others.
The Boundless methodology relies heavily on the deepening of your knowledge, and then trust and instinct, of human anatomy and physiology. These two modes of learning, external and internal, are the two essential halves that create a whole environment for becoming a Boundless Yoga certified teacher.
Our 200-hour training program satisfies the Yoga Alliance requirements for obtaining an RYT certification (Registered Yoga Teacher). To this end we focus the program on a basically equal combination of the following:
- Anatomy and alignment: how the musculoskeletal, organs, and energetic bodies work in conjunction with one another.
- The philosophy, history, and spirit of yoga: the anchor of the program, enabling teacher trainees to examine themselves and their yoga practice more deeply and to learn to trust their own internal maps.
- How to teach: learning yoga more deeply does not necessarily make a good yoga teacher. We will spend large amounts of time practicing teaching, giving each other feedback, and sharing in each other’s innate talents.
- The principle of karma yoga as taught by the Bhagavad Gita: we will explore the concept of action without attachment to the result.
For more information, please contact us.
These topics may shift as the group grows through the program:
- Principles of the Krishnamacharya yoga tradition
- Physical and energetic anatomy and physiology
- Yoga philosophy
- Basic yoga postures
- The Principles of Pranayama
- Sanskrit of poses
- Assisting and adjusting
- Level one postures (modifications)
- Sequencing postures
- Teaching restoratives
- Teaching special groups and populations
- Planning for the first day
- Session-based classes versus drop-in classes
We prefer that the advanced student be currently practicing in a primarily Indian-based school of yoga (Iyengar, Anusara, Kripalu, Sivananda, Integral, Ashtanga, Kundalini, etc.), though we honor all traditions and are open to all schools and traditions.
Applicants must have practiced yoga twice a week for one full year or the equivalent (breaks in a longer practice are expected and are OK).
Meditation, Pranayama, and/or other spiritual/meditative endeavors are a plus. For more information, or to ask any questions, please contact us.
time commitment and schedule
While we have high expectations for the commitment teacher trainees will make to the program, we understand that yoga and family/work commitments can be challenging. If you know you will be away for one of the workshop weekends, you need you to let us know ASAP so that you can make other arrangements.
October 12-14, November 9-11, December 14-16, January 11-3, February 8-10, March 8-10, April 12-14, May 10-12, June 7-9
Times are Friday 7-930 pm; Saturday 2-7 pm; Sunday 2-7 pm
cost and teacher-training discounts
The cost for the program is $2990 and a 25% deposit of $747.50 is due by August 15. The remainder may be paid in quarterly installments of $747.50 on October 1, 2011, January 1, 2012 and March 1, 2012, or in monthly payments of $229.17 on October 1, 2011-June 1, 2012.
Price does not include books, the $30 non-refundable application fee, or regular asana classes at Boundless.
Please contact us with any questions!
other requirements during the program
Teacher trainees are expected to fulfill these additional requirements:
- Maintain an average practice of 5x/week for the duration of the program. This will consist of a combination of studio and home practice.
- Observe and take studio classes at Boundless Yoga or at another studio unless approved by Boundless.
- Teach one or more classes to the boundless community. Trainees may also choose to sub at Boundless during the last six months of the program (pending approval by faculty).
- Complete and pass a final written paper (10-12 pages double-spaced), anatomy exam, philosophy exam and Sanskrit quiz. There will also be other written assignments during the program.
Full payment or deposit due August 15, 2012 to guarantee your place in this year’s program. Please send or bring your application to: Boundless Yoga, 2001 13th Street, Washington, DC 20009.
For more information, or to ask any questions, please contact us.
Final papers from previous years:
In this section
- New Student 10-class Pass
- 2013 Advanced Immersion Program: May
- 2012 advanced studies (ryt 200)
- 2012 advanced studies (ryt 500)
- RYT-500 elective: Core Advanced Program
- RYT-500 Elective: Yoga Therapy Program
- RYT-500 Elective: teaching apprenticeship
- Immersion Workshops
- work trade program
yogash citta vritti nirodahah. yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind.