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Serendipity Retreat - Teacher Training: The Art of Teaching Yoga with Joh Schumacher

  • Serendipity Retreat Center 102 Hull Dr Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 USA (map)

So many elements go into the art of teaching. Obviously, knowledge of the subject is essential. To know the subject well means that first the teacher must be a good student. The importance of being a good student before being a good teacher is greatly underrated. Once one has substantial knowledge of the subject, the teacher must then convey this knowledge to the student. But it isn’t just knowledge that needs to be conveyed; the yoga teacher must attempt to create a somatopyschospiritual (whew) experience in the pupil as well as transmit information. A vast arsenal of skills is necessary to do this effectively; what makes this even more difficult is that each student learns in her/his own way, so different techniques are needed for each student.

Over the weekend, we’ll examine what it takes to be a good student, how to recognize the needs of your students, and methods for guiding them to a deeper understanding and experience of yoga. We will practice asanas and practice teaching to learn and hone some of the skills you’ll need to improve your practice and refine your teaching.


Friday,  May 3:

9:00am-12:00pm – Being a good student/ Asana class

3:30-6:00pm – Practice teaching

Saturday May 4:

9:00am-12:00pm – Recognizing your students’ needs. The art of seeing.

3:30-6:00pm – Practice teaching

Sunday May 5:

9:00am-12:00pm – Basic essential elements of teaching yoga

12:00-1:30pm – Brunch

Workshop Level: Teachers-in-Training, Certified Teachers, Serious students

For more details, contact by phone at (301) 656-8992.

John is the founder and Director of Unity Woods Yoga Center serving DC area. He studied in India with B.K.S. Iyengar for 33 years and is one of the few teachers in the US to be awarded an Advanced teaching certificate by Mr. Iyengar. John's clear, precise style have made him one of the country's leading teachers. Yoga Journal referred to him as "one of 25 originals shaping yoga in America."