June 10 - July 7, 2018
the art of teaching
200-hour yoga teacher training
4-week immersion in beautiful Portland, OR
with Sarah Trelease, Renee Sills,
Suniti Dernovsek and Guest Teachers
Sola School’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program combines contemporary Buddhist philosophy, social justice and activism, and an alignment-oriented approach to the essentials of yoga postures and teaching. Our unique program prepares teachers to work in studios as well as with diverse populations and special needs.
Our program is structured as a 4-week immersion, followed by 8 months of independent study and practice. The immersion portion of our training offers a transformative environment that facilitates deep self-growth, clarity, and personal commitment. In the months that follow you will integrate your learning through volunteer service, independent research, and practice teaching.
Whether you intend to become a yoga teacher, or simply wish to deepen your personal practice, our training offers a rich study and integration of asana, meditation, pranayama, and yoga philosophy. Throughout your time with us you will develop your teaching skills, strengthen your working understanding of alignment, sequencing, and therapeutic intent, and cultivate a deeply personal relationship to the foundations of yogic philosophy. Our program prepares graduates to teach hatha, hatha flow, and vinyasa styles, and gives them the necessary skills to modify and adapt practices for a wide range of body needs and conditions.
Participants can expect approximately 40 hours of class time per week during the immersion as well as additional reading and group assignments. 12 hours of volunteer service and a final project is required for graduation and must be completed within 8 months. Practice teaching opportunities in studio settings are offered but not required.
* This program is Yoga Alliance Approved and upon completion of all requirements, you are eligible for application to the Yoga Alliance for 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) status. Additionally, you can apply to any 500-hour yoga teacher training program for continued education.
The Program is structured in three parts:
Part One: Pre-course preparation and study:
- A written application and research assignment
- Memorization of verbal cues for basic sun salutation templates (videos will be sent upon registration)
- Reading assignments
Part Two: The Immersion:
- In this intense and transformative month, we will meet for apx. 8 hours per day, working individually and in groups learning, asana, alignment, yoga-focused anatomy, pranayama, philosophy and teaching methodology. Several short reading and writing assignments will also be completed during this time.
Immersion Dates and Schedule: June 10 - July 7, 2018
Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30-5pm
Part Three: A self-scheduled eight-month study period immediately following the immersion
- Complete all written assignments
- Complete and present a final project
- Complete at least 20 hours of service work with one of our partners or organization of your choice (karma yoga)
- Light on Life, BKS Iyengar
- Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar
- Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
- The Wisdom of No Escape, Pema Chodron
- Sensing, Feeling, and Action, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
- The Breathing Book, Donna Farhi
- The Mirror of Yoga, Richard Freeman
- The Yoga Matrix (audio recordings), Richard Freeman
- The Inner Tradition of Yoga, Michael Stone
- Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D.
- Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, Tara Brach, Ph. D
- The Buddha's Daughter:Teachings From Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism In The West, Andrea Miller
In order to ensure our integrity as a collective that values ethical and inclusive representation we offer multiple pricing tiers and equity rates. If you are able to pay for a higher cost, your funds will help provide for someone else who doesn't experience the same financial ease. We appreciate your honesty and self-reflection in choosing the cost that is appropriate for you. We believe that coming together in mutual support and moving away from valuing dollars over humans will make all of our communities healthier and happier.
The reduced rates we offer are a critical component to making our program inclusive, accessible and equitable. Our equity rates are given to those whose voices have been historically marginalized and silenced, and are therefore underrepresented as yoga and meditation teachers. This means non-white, queer, people with disabilities (visible and non-visible), and people who cannot typically access these kinds of programs due to prohibitive cost and/or cultural insensitivity.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
benefactor rate: $4000—5 available
support rate: $3500—5 available
standard rate: $3000—10 available
reduced rate: $2500—5 available
space holder worktrade: $1500—1 available/must apply
media worktrade: $1500—1 available/must apply
Equity rates / QBIPOC with financial need (separate application required)
5 spaces available, rates will be determined as needed. We ask that participants pay what they can.
Have questions? Contact us