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Workshop – Teacher Training: The Art of Teaching Philosophy ~ One in a Series of Teacher Trainings at Serendipity

Date: October 20-22
When: Fri 9:00am - Sun 2:00pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 + Accommodations
Location: Serendipity Retreat Center

Friday to Sunday. Teaching asana is the foundation of teaching Iyengar Yoga. The shape of the poses, proper alignment, correct actions: all are important elements of teaching the Iyengar method. But, as B.K.S Iyengar so powerfully demonstrated in his teaching, his writing, and his life, yoga is much more than these points. A profound and all-encompassing philosophy underlies the methods we practice and teach. To convey the heart and soul of yoga in our classes, we must at some point introduce the student to yoga philosophy. To emphasize this point, philosophy is part of the Iyengar certification requirements.

How and when to bring yoga philosophy into your teaching is the focus of this teacher training. As with every other aspect of teaching, there is an art to presenting philosophy in a way that is not dry, intrusive, and boring. In the morning classes, we’ll consider some of the essential concepts to include and examine how you can present them in an appropriate, engaging, and inspiring manner. As always, we will practice teach in the afternoon classes to refine your skills as a teacher. Optional early morning practice is open to all.


Friday April 28

9:00am-12:00pm –

What is Yoga? Citta. Abhyasa & Vairagya. Purusha & Prakriti. Gunas. Parinamas

4:00pm-6:00pm – Practice Teaching

Saturday April 29

9:00am-12:00pm – Ashtanga Yoga: The Eighth Limbs

4:00pm-6:00pm – Practice Teaching

Sunday April 30

9:00am-12:00 noon – Overcoming Obstacles: Ishvara, Om, Antarayas, Kriya Yoga, and Kleshas

Noon-2pm – Brunch


At least two years of continuous yoga practice and steadiness in basic asanas, especially Standing Poses and Inversions.

Course Fee: $385 (Accommodations not included in course fee.)

Between Classes enjoy the laid back funky charm of Berkeley Springs or just relax in the tranquility of Serendipity’s peaceful forest setting.

For more information or to register call Annick at (301) 656-8992 ext.105.

For information on accommodations, contact Susan Mann at yogasuzie@gmail.com or or call Susan at 301-330-0430.

Download PDF of brochure here.

Registration for this weekend Teacher Training will open in August.