200 HOUR / LEVEL 1 DUBAI YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Are you ready to become a certified Yoga teacher, embark on a rewarding journey, posses the ability to work anywhere in the world and begin living a healthier life sharing the gifts of Yoga with others?
In this 23 day Yoga Alliance Internationally Registered Teacher Training designed and presented by Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer, Erica Blitz, director of Inquire + Inspire Yoga School, you'll learn how to teach the dynamic and creative flow of Vinyasa, the astuteness of Ashtanga, and the life-affirming essence of Anusara.
Grounded in a supportive, warm and inviting space, you - as a trainee - will go through invigorating and mindful movements that build physical strength and flexibility, reduce stress and quiet the mind. Defined as vinyasa krama — a step-by-step approach — sequencing classes this way with a focus on breath, physical alignment, and dynamic flow, creates an inspiring moving meditation that is simultaneously fun, challenging (yet accessible) and calming leaving you energized and centered long after you’ve left your yoga mat.
You'll also get to delve deeper into all aspects of yoga (meditation, pranayama, Ayurveda, subtle anatomy, anatomy, sequencing, yoga history, ethics, philosophy, the business of yoga) and a strong break down of alignment in all asanas: Standing Poses, Balancing Poses, Inversions, Backbends, Hip Openers, Seated Poses and Reclined Poses.
Throughout the training, you will be encouraged and inspired to gain the skills necessary to go into some of the more advanced backbends, inversions, arm balances and eventually lift off the ground with ease while finding confidence, grace and nourishment in your practice by freeing up your mind, spine, hips, and heart. You'll also build power in the upper body and core, deeper mobility in the spine and flexibility in the hips.
Specialty areas of teaching such as restorative, 90 minute Hatha sequences, yoga for beginners, prenatal, pranayama and ayurveda is also included. Knowledge in these areas can be extremely helpful, especially in large classes that tend to include all types of people including high stressed individuals and new students while expanding your clientele base and giving you the confidence to adapt your teachings accordingly.
The philosophy component of the program focuses on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras through a combination of in-class discussions and homework, exploring the fascinating history of yoga and how to be able to apply concepts pertaining to the origin and philosophical underpinnings of Yoga into your class.
Erica's highly praised training returns for the fifth time to Dubai by exceptional feedback from our graduates and we would love to have you be part of this remarkable journey! The vast array of talents and interests she embodies constantly swirls around yoga. Erica has been studying and practicing yoga since 1996, from Vipassana Meditation and Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) with TKV Desikachar in India, Ashtanga Yoga Training with David Swenson in United States, Anusara Yoga Training with Chris Chavez in Canada, has lead Yoga Works Teacher Training in Shanghai, before embarking with the leading YYOGA studio in Canada as their Director of Learning and Development for teacher trainings and workshops where she created her Inquire + Inspire 200hr Teacher Training program - now taking it globally and to our sandy shores of Dubai in July 2017!
July 8 finish at 1pm
July 9 day off
July 10 - 16
July 17 finish at 1pm
July 18 day off
July 19 - July 25
TOTAL = 23 DAYS
8:30 – 9:00am / Morning Meditation and Dharma Talk
9:00 - 10:30am / Lecture
10:30 - 10:45am / 15min Morning Break
10:45 - 1:00pm / 2hr Asana practice led by Erica Blitz
1:00 - 2:30pm / Lunch Break
2:30 - 3:45pm / Asana Technique, Practice Teaching and Lecture
3:45pm - 4:00pm / 15min Afternoon Break
4:00pm–5:30pm / Practice Teaching and Meditation
AS A 200HR TRAINEE, YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:
• Deepen your practice and understanding of yoga
• Know how to structure, theme and create cohesive, well-rounded classes
• Have a basic understanding of yoga philosophy
• Embrace the confidence and teaching tools to begin teaching yoga
• Study, tailor and improve your own yoga practice.
• Gain a greater understanding of the asanas and their effect.
• Learn about sequencing – the process of aligning poses in a way to evolve into progressively advanced poses such as inversions, backbends, arm balances, hip openers, innovative core sequences and more.
• Gain insight into their own habitual behaviors and learn the tools and skills needed for transformation.
• Strengthen your authentic voice.
• Learn to work with injuries & prenatal students.
• Enhance communication skills.
• Teach clearly and specifically.
• Develop personal and professional ethics and boundaries in teaching.
• Experiential Learning – opportunities throughout the course and at the end of the training to teach and be provided with expert feedback by Erica.
Each morning will begin with a fascinating dharma discussion based on your reflections towards Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Afterwards, you will flow through a dynamic 2 hour Vinyasa Yoga practice led by Erica to engage your body and mind.
Following your practice and lunch break, you will then move through a functional approach to anatomy as it relates to yoga to instill your understanding of movement, intelligent cues and inventive sequencing. The anatomy lessons will be presented in segments to support both movement and breath principles with a sense of relevance to yoga asana and fluid integration.
You will be encouraged along the way and empowered to develop both as an individual and as a teacher. The aim of this training is to cultivate the qualities of skill, passion, and intelligence to be able to teach authentically no matter what challenges your students may have. Trainees who complete the course will feel confident in their ability to teach safely and effectively in their own unique voice.
2oo HOUR YOGA TOPICS:
Asana Teaching Techniques - Setting the Foundation (85 hours)
Asanas: Standing & balancing poses, backbends, core, arm balances, inversions, hip openers, twists, forward bends, reclined and seated
Learn how to use props effectively
Physical and energetic benefits of asanas
Modifications & variations
Direct and meaningful adjustments (both verbal and manual) + enhancements
Posture Labs: observe and understand different bodies
Cultivate clear and conscious communication skills
Teaching Methodology (20 hours)
Qualities of a Yoga Teacher
Safe and effective teaching
The Seat of the Teacher
The Art of Demonstration - how to demonstrate a pose most effectively
The Art of Sequencing - Cultivating Creativity (20 hours)
The Arch Progression Model - going with the flow
Learn how to create an integrative vinyasa flow class
Exploration of the use of music, poetry and other thematic tools
Explore the dynamics of sequencing Power, Vinyasa and Hatha classes
Creating meaningful themes
Creative sequencing for speciality classes: Beginners class, Restorative, Prenatal)
The craft of creating an all-levels class
Anatomy and Physiology (20 hours)
The deconstruction of asana into basic movement principles for clarity of alignment and sequencing
Physiological and energetic effects of asana, pranayama, meditation & relaxation
Benefits & contraindications of asana
A clear understanding of basic anatomy + physiology of the nervous system
Effects of structural alignment on overall health
Avoiding common injuries in yogic practices
Using props and variations to individualize practices
Investigation of subtle anatomy - chakras, koshas, bhandas, vayus
Pranayama (5 hours)
The role of breath in Vinyasa
The anatomy & art of the breath
Learn basic pranayama techniques to refine attention and shift energy
Meditation (5 hours)
Meditation exercises to focus the mind for contemplation
Svadhyaya - reflection through meditation and journalling
Mantra - chanting
The Psychology of Teaching (5 hours)
Cultivate confidence: getting grounded
History & Philosophy (10 hours)
Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (integration into class theming or life)
The Roots of Yoga: the path of modern day yoga from east to west
Major lineages and approaches to the practice
An exploration of how this program is rooted into the history of yoga
Basic Sanskrit pronunciation for key concepts & asanas
Living your Yoga (10 hours)
Ayurveda fundamentals & your constitution
Taking your practice off the mat and into your life with the Yamas & Niyamas
Professional Principles: Where to go from here? (5 hours)
Code of Ethics
Who are you, the yoga teacher? (Building a resume/CV, bio)
• Networking and being in community
Craft your mission statement
Discover your niche and how it specifically translates to the growth of your business
Working with Private Clients (overview, evaluation, policies)
The essentials of marketing, branding, publicity and business development –positioning yourself in your community.
Practicum (10 hours)
Practice teaching in small groups - verbal and manual adjustments
Giving & Receiving: self-evaluations & personalized feedback on your teaching in a safe, supportive environment
Create 60 min, 75 min and 90 min hatha & vinyasa classes
Student practicum assessment & exam
MEET ERICA BLITZ!
From Germany - Goa - Canada - California - Dubai
"After backpacking my way through Europe, I ended up in India by way of a Vogue magazine. Yes, you read that right. I was in Berlin [being half German] flipping through Vogue and came across a story about Goa. At the time, I didn’t even know where Goa was. While I used to live in Germany many moons ago, my German was at the level of Grade 1 - and, unfortunately, it still is. I couldn’t read the editorial, but the images were magnetic. Colourful people, in colourful clothes dancing under the light of the full moon on the beach. The energy of those images leapt from their glossy pages and inspired me to one day travel to India. That day came about one year later.
It was in India, at nineteen years old, where I first discovered Vipassana Meditation by accident. I was up in Dharmsala and word on the street was that there was a meditation program starting up the next day. I was all in for experiencing everything India had to offer. So, my friend and I signed up for the course and since the accommodation was full we rent tents and camped praying that every night we didn’t return to a tent with a scorpion crawling in our sleeping bags. Let me just say that was a whole new level of meditation Vipassana opened my mind to a whole new world of mindfulness and to this day has been one of my best choices - other than to flip through Vogue and discover India. :)
As the universe would have it, every class I attempted to go attend, never panned out: the teacher didn’t show up, the weather was too hot, or the cycle of the moon didn’t align with my yogic stars. I never did get to a yoga class that trip in India. I decided to pursue studies in nutrition and healing with plant medicine so I returned to Canada. During my studies, I was in a class (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and the teacher was talking about chi. He then went on to say how that in our class only one person was breathing correctly - and it wasn’t me. Being asthmatic, I found that to be a profound statement. It was at that moment, I decided to try yoga to help me breathe with more ease. That was 1998 and I have been doing yoga ever since. Maybe those palms readers were onto something after all…
Eventually, I discovered a tiny corner of yogini in me when I realized something unusual happening. My life was transforming: a sense of balance and joy began to infuse every day – even if was a fleeting moment. I wanted more. After five years of practice, my new found passion for feeling into the freedom of both my breath and my body led me to my first yoga teacher training with David Swenson (Ashtanga Yoga) in 2003. With the inspiration of delving deeper into my practice, at the time, I had no intention of teaching yoga, but only understanding my practice, my life, myself.
A teacher training is more than just a yoga class; it's a journey into personal transformation and evolution. Not only did I come to a deeper understanding of yoga but I also found my voice and am able to articulate myself with more clarity and grace. I won't deny that it was an emotional experience, but it’s been dramatically empowering, career enhancing, life altering, and it allowed me to access my true potential in every area of my life. My teaching got charged with positive energy, confidence, and compassion; my entire life just lit up and everything just seemed to have fallen into place. I guess that's what they mean by feeling in the flow. And so, with an aura of inner calm and clarity, it seemed like the most natural progression to sign up for my next teacher training, Vinyasa Flow.
At some point between completing my first teacher training during university where I was studying developmental psychology, I began teaching. It wasn’t before too long that I decided to leave my graduate work and pursue the path of teaching and writing … I haven’t looked back since.
I went back to India. This time for a Yoga Teacher Training at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) with TKV Desikachar in Chennai, India. Upon my return from India, I was working as an editor for a magazine and teaching yoga. Eventually, I signed up for yet another training (Yoga Works) and shortly thereafter, I was en route to Shanghai, China to lead my first yoga teacher training.
When I was back in Canada, I was approached by YYoga to join their team. I opened up one of their studios, Highgate YYoga, and eventually transitioned to the Director of Learning and Development where I facilitated and organized their events, workshops and trainings. During my time at YYoga, I took my Anusara Teacher Training with none other than Chris Chavez.
While life was amazing, I felt like there was something more, something deeper, something else. My husband and I decided to move down to California where we now live. Ironically, Canada called me back to work with Omni Productions. I designed and narrated Season 3 and Season 4 of Namaste TV [all 200hr trainees get a free copy of Season 3 directed by Erica Blitz upon enrollment!], the world’s premier instructional yoga series. This experience was the perfect marriage of two of my greatest passions: yoga and writing. In between the production, creation, filming and fluttering between Canada and California, I started to put more energy into sharing my love for health and wellness. For me, health isn’t only about a healthy body, but also includes how you nourish your soul and feed your mind.
From my believe in a plant-based, nutrient-dense diet of whole foods, I have most recently launched a line of whole food products, nubeleaf.com. Being married to a chef, food is important in our family. I believe in the power to live simple + love big. I believe in counting blessings instead of calories or carbs. I believe that everyone can awaken to their highest potential and live their dream.
As my practice on the path continues, I bow with gratitude to all my teachers and traditions —all of whom illuminate the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of practicing and teaching yoga. And while I'm still on the quest for eternal happiness and contentment, I attribute my cheerful, regular-girl aura with a back-to-basics attitude to my longstanding dedication to Yoga - the new wave of minimalism that simplifies life rather than complicates it.
The journey continues …. ~ Erica Blitz www.ericablitz.com
DUBAI GRADUATES TESTIMONIALS
"It was a big step to leave the corporate world to fulfill a dream of becoming a yoga teacher, I was waiting for the right time in my life and the right teacher. Noura convinced me that Erica Blitz was the right teacher and she was sooo right! Erica's energy, passion, attention to detail, extensive knowledge and dedication to each student is inspirational. The course is intense and a life changing experience and I'm so glad that it was Erica who opened that door and guided us expertly and compassionately through it. I loved taking the course in Dubai, as we created a community of yoga teachers in Dubai who can now help and support each other. I now teach full time in Dubai and simply love it, yoga is a growing community in Dubai and Noura passes on yoga teacher request to the graduates which has been so helpful. The demand for good teachers is high, so if you're pondering, wondering....take the plunge and you will not be disappointed." – Camilla Way, 2012
Just a few short months after taking my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai with Erica Blitz Yoga through Yogalates Bliss, I am teaching yoga several times a week here in Doha, and after almost a decade and a half of dreaming of being here - it feels beyond amazing to finally be able to do what I love and help others discover their connection with their bodies, breath, and deepest selves on the mat.
Erica is an incredible teacher whose compassion, grace, humility and clear heartfelt connection to the study, teaching (and living) of the true essence of Yoga was clear to see and feel in every moment of our training. I was deeply humbled, blessed and grateful to have been able to study under someone whose dedication to their calling was so clear and compelling, who was able to create such a safe space where lifelong friendships were created, and whose expert instruction, attention to anatomy, precise cueing and the nuances of yogic philosophy (while also encouraging playfulness and ease on the mat), created such a well-rounded, fulfilling and nourishing experience. The focus on Hatha yoga as well as the Vinyasa style was a solid base that created a very full, expansive viewpoint to study and teach from.
There's something special about Inquire + Inspire.. and you have to experience it for yourself to truly understand. So, I suggest - Inquire, and get Inspired.. and see where this beautiful adventure takes you! I would do it again in a heartbeat! Thank you Erica for helping me fly my wings and create a life of freedom and yoga. Forever humbled, forever grateful!" - Heba Atallah, Health + Wellness Coach, 2015
"I can say with confidence that Erica’s training has left me well-equipped to teach a variety of classes outside of the umbrella of Vinyasa. The 200hr program is true to its form in that, Erica includes insight and practical knowledge from the Hatha tradition as well as Iyengar and some of the Anusara method. Erica has studied all the main lineages of yoga and has depth of knowledge in not only the asana aspects of yoga but also the meditation and pranayama parts of practice. I found our training intelligent - it focused on alignment and a true understanding of body mechanics. She taught us to - "teach to what’s in front of you”. At the end of a training you should be prepared to handle what comes into your teaching environment, whether through studio/public classes or private clients. I feel that Erica gave that to me and more. I feel so strongly about the level of training that I received, I recommended Erica’s program to one of my students, who is now registered and will be attending the 200 hr training." - Brittany Beltram, 2013
"With every new path of learning comes the feared “learning curve.” That moment when you realise you may have bitten off more that you can chew. The new information makes no sense and you’re at your wits end with worry. Take a deep breath here for my next statement will amaze you… This was not the case with the exceptional Erica Blitz. On our first day she reassured us, “first layer of paint” she said, “trust in the process.” Erica went on to explain that her course was divided into different layers like painting the walls of your home. Base coat, two or three coats of colour then a top coat to finish the whole process off. I sat there, dubious and a little unsure of “the process” however my mind was soon put to rest. They layers of learning were carefully applied with just the right depth and dexterity of any master painter and decorator. The first week flew by and I was amazed to be feeling full of confidence and more than ready for the next layer.
Erica’s abundance of energy and kindness made for an enjoyable 200 hours. Again, with our daily VInyasa Yoga practice she built this up gradually. I was expecting to struggle through hard paced vinyasa but to my surprise found that although the sequences were challenging they were not unmanageable. By the last week of the training my body had transformed, my core strength and flexibility had improved so much so that asanas I thought near impossible were accomplished. I left the programme feeling confident and inspired with a new outlook on life thanks to Patanjali, Erica and my fellow classmates." - Sarah Hackett, 2013
Inquire and Inspire stands out from other programs for the first and most important reason that Erica Blitz was true to her word! I was given the opportunity to deepen my own yoga practice while confidently equipping myself with the knowledge and tools to be able to teach yoga to others. The balance between yoga as a science, a philosophy and an art was intricately woven into the teaching. Moreover, although an ancient practice, the relevance and need for yoga in the world we live in today was very compelling and thought provoking as was witnessed in our daily meditations, discussions and practice. Furthermore, as a mother of four, musician and music educator, the teachings, tools and techniques that I learnt from Erica were far beyond what I expected and without a doubt could be used in every aspect of my life…for this I am eternally grateful.
In the words of Erica, ‘Above and beyond all the text book teachings, the students receive my heart. I offer EVERYTHING in these trainings. It’s my job to see the beauty in each and every students and to bring even more of it out’…and yes indeed, she was true to her word! Grateful, humbled and blessed. ~ Nerissa Lobo, 2016
Secure your place with a non refundable deposit of 3,500 AED and remaining balance of 11,000 AED to be settled 2 weeks prior to the training.
Rate includes your comprehensive 200hr manual, homework, exam and certificate of completion.
There are 2 additional prerequisite books to purchase - please see below:
WHAT TO BRING
Yoga mat - Strap - 2 Blocks - Bolster
Any other props required to support any injuries or physical concerns
Notebook and pen for note taking
Change of clothes - we *may* sweat, a little…
REQUIRED READINGS TO PURCHASE IN ADVANCE
1 - Patanjali's Yoga Sutra - any translation.
2 - The Key Muscles of Yoga~ Raymond A Long, MD
Please purchase the readings in advance as they might not be available at the bookstores.
it takes AROUND 3 weeks to get delivered from bookstores.
Amazon and Kindle are great backup options.
The intention of curriculum, reading, practices, assignments, course requirements and thoroughness of process reflects a desire to instill excellence and discernment in successful teachers. Feedback on the homework assignments – which are designed to reinforce in-class information and students’ understanding of the information provided will be given.
No formal experience is required to enroll in this Yoga Teacher Training program. However, it is recommended that you have had at least 6 months of regular practice prior to the start of the course. Participating in this training will be a profound experience, taking you to places in your body and mind that you never thought possible. We will be doing lots and lots of yoga!
Please note: A flexible body free of injuries is not a requirement for this training. In fact, WE ENCOURAGE people with all body types and those with physical challenges to consider this program. Yoga is at heart a practice of meeting the body where it is at, and then working within yourself to slowly and respectfully move deeper. The struggles and challenges you may face through the course of this training will only make you a better teacher. If you are waiting for the day when you can finally get your foot behind your head to become a teacher or commit to take your practice to the next level, you may be denying yourself the opportunity of a lifetime. The time is now and the power is YOU.
YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION
Erica Blitz’s Yoga Teacher Training Program is fully recognized by Yoga Alliance International under Inquire + Inspire [school]. Graduates will be able to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher on the 200hr level (RYT-200) upon successfully completing all the requirements of the program upon the final day of the teacher training. Yoga Alliance is an international governing board for yoga teachers and training program in the U.S and globally.
For more information, visit: www.yogaalliance.org
Need a place to stay during the training within 12 minute walking distance? Please let us know upon submitting interest.
The spacious and sunny space of Voyoga Studio in TECOM : http://voyoga.ae/
Directions: i-Rise Tower, 31st Executive Floor, Tecom, Dubai, UAE
You will spot Carrefour, Biorganics shop, Taqado and NAR restaurant on the ground level.
For Google map directions: click here
200HR YOGA TRAINING - SUBMIT YOUR INTEREST:
- REFUND POLICY -
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL TEACHER TRAINING FEES ONCE PAID WILL NOT BE REFUNDED OR ADJUSTABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. WE UNDERSTAND THAT EMERGENCIES AND OTHER LIFE SITUATIONS ARISE. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CAREFULLY REVIEW YOUR SCHEDULE AND UPCOMING OBLIGATIONS TO ENSURE THAT YOU CAN COMMIT FULLY TO THE COURSE. IF UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES OCCUR AND THE COURSE IS CANCELLED, THE FULL REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE REIMBURSED, BUT WE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY OTHER CHARGES INCURRED BY THE PARTICIPANT, INCLUDING HOTEL & AIRLINE FEES.