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VIRTUAL 200 HOUR TEACHER TRAINING

Balance Yoga is offering its first comprehensive Online 200 Hour RYT Training program, beginning May 26, 2020 for five weeks through June 27, 2020. The program will be taught by: MJ Waddell and Stephanie Leigh with guest teachers Erica Ebert and Heidi Kroft.


Whether you’re looking to teach or simply deepen your existing practice, this is where you start. And if you have already been certified, awesome. We believe in education. We believe in this changing world, that learning to teach and be taught virtually creates more opportunities to share yoga. Therefore, we will continue to offer special pricing for already certified yoga instructors.


It’s a different experience to take a 200-hour teacher training online and from someone else. There is always something to learn, ways to deepen your teaching both in person and virtually and continue personal growth. 

Pricing & registration

Course: $1,000 ($200 deposit to secure your spot)


If you have specific questions about this, please reach out to Mary Jayne Waddell at maryjaynewaddell@gmail.com

Topics oF Study & FAQ's

Topics of Study

• Yoga Philosophy * Ethics * Lifestyle: 8-limbs of yoga 

• Yoga History: styles of yoga * ancient teachings and teachers 

• Foundations * Methodology: Define different teaching & learning styles * understanding the needs of students 

• Model Teaching: learn to provide students with clear, multi- sensory model of a skill or concept 

• Anatomy & Physiology: body systems * anatomical terms skeletal systems * muscular systems 

• Understanding the Body: principles of movement * flexibility sensitivities * age * history 

• Chakras: exploring the 7 energetic wheels of energy 

• Mindfulness Strategies: students will engage in direct experience through meditation 

• Pranayama: introduction to the science of breath 

• Sanskrit: understand the meaning of poses behind the ancient language of yoga 

• Learning Bodies: posture * body assessment * appreciating uniqueness of different body types 

• Asanas: standing * balancing * twists * inversions * backbends * hip openers * shoulder openers * sun salutations * seated poses * reclining poses * modifications * intensifications * benefits * contraindications 

• Sequencing: developing safe and smart sequences for all levels 

• Communication Skills: working on voice * physicality * facial expressions * use of space * developing a strong communication foundation 

• Talking to the Body: learning the power of concise, clear & concrete language 

• Preventing Injuries: Learning how to teach students proper form and modifications


Topics of Study 

• Restorative: Learn to prepare the body for deeper awareness * Activate the parasympathetic nervous system * learn the proper set-up of props 

• The Power of Language: understanding how word choices, metaphors and visuals can impact students 

• One-on-One Feedback: compassionate feedback is essential to growth 

• Book Study #1: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown A unique exploration into sharing a message for both on and off the mat 

• Book Study #2: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo A study for students to understand and define their own personal truth. 

FAQ's

FAQ’S Balance Yoga 200hour Online Teacher Training Program 

These are the questions we’d be asking if we were about to invest in a Yoga Alliance certified 200hour on-line teacher training. Perhaps you have additional questions that we haven’t considered. We’d love to hear what they are. 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FORM THIS TRAINING? 

In this training you should expect to gain a solid foundation to begin teaching or enrich your teaching. You will learn the fundamentals of the ancient practice of yoga. Please reference TOPICS OF STUDY. 

WHAT WILL THIS TEACHER TRAINING BE LIKE? 

A comprehensive, interactive on-line training. While this will be quite different from an in-person training, it will still have that feel of community. Yoga Alliance has created specific, unique standards for on-line trainings. We will touch upon all that is required to obtain a 200hour certification. 

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR THIS TRAINING? 

The training begins June 1, 2020 and ends August 21, 2020. 12 Weeks, 3 nights a week Mondays 5:00pm-10:00pm EST Wednesdays 5:00pm-10:00pm EST Fridays 5:00pm-10:00pm EST 

WHAT DOES IT COST? 

$1000.00 plus cost of required yoga books NO REFUNDS Deadline to register: May 29, 2020 

WHAT STYLE OF YOGA IS THE BALANCE ON-LINE TEACHER TRAINING? 

Balance Yoga is a Vinyasa-based school that teaches a method that balances precise instruction, detailed alignment, breath and fluid movement suitable for any level of student. Classes are carefully themed to deepen the students’ experience of Yoga. A flow of postures are skillfully sequenced, and modifications and props are used to individualize the practice for each student regardless of level. The Balance Yoga Teacher On-Line Training Program is based on a clear and effective style of practice. Balance has been leading various Yoga Alliance approved teacher trainings since 2013. Our graduates go on to have meaningful opportunities as teachers in multiple settings. 

WHAT TYPE OF DEVICE WILL I NEED FOR ON-LINE TRAINING? 

We will be using the ZOOM platform for this on-line training. Please visit www.zoom.us to learn how to download. You are not required to pay to be on Zoom. Trainees will have orientation on how to use Zoom from their lead teachers. 

WHO ARE THE TEACHERS AND WHAT ARE THEIR CREDENTIALS? 

@MaryJayne Waddell (MJ) and @Stephanie Leigh are your lead teachers. Guest teachers are @Erica Ebert, owner and founder of Balance Yoga and @Heidi Kroft, co-owner and teacher at Balance Yoga. 

MaryJayne Waddell “MJ” – E-RYT500 and Creative Founder of SHARE YOGA My practice began in 1995 when one day in the gym I decided to take an “easy little stretch class” or so I thought! At the end of that class I walked out with such a feeling of peace and clarity. I knew I had found a new way to stay physically AND emotionally fit in mind, body, and spirit. I had to know more. With a professional career in musical theatre, yoga kept me flexible, balanced, and calm both onstage and off. Eleven years later my practice and need to know more, led me to YogaWorks, where I completed 200 hours of teacher training. In 2009 I completed 500 hours of therapeutic training at Golden Heart Yoga. Level 1 with Baron Baptiste was in 2011 along with trainings in Yin Yoga and as a Doula. 2013 was the beginning of my new Balance Yoga home in Webster, NY with founder, Erica Ebert. We met through yoga years before when we had both moved back to Rochester, NY. The collaborating and friendship has just grown stronger ever since. My yoga influences have been many. I’ve had the extraordinary gift of taking classes and trainings all over North America with some of the best teachers. The fascination and love for Yoga continues as I teach, train and learn from my students both privately and in group classes and now online. My classes are safe, challenging, humorous, and suitable for all levels. Some may say I kick their ass! I say I empower whatever part of their anatomy/spirit/ass needs it! Emphasis is on proper alignment and breath work and discovering how strong you are when body, mind and spirit work together. It is so fulfilling to experience and watch peoples lives changing....including mine! I am so excited to venture into the virtual on-line world along with superstar Stephanie Leigh, also a Rochesterian. We’ve got a fantastically fierce training in store! See you on your screen and mat! 

Stephanie is a 200 hr RYT Instructor from upstate New York. She received her training at Kripalu School for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 2016. Along with her Yoga certifications, Stephanie is also a 100 hr Mat Pilates instructor and received her training from Body Conscious Pilates LLC in 2012. 

Prior to her training, Stephanie practiced Yoga as a way to keep fit and flexible-initially only focused on its physical benefits. However, during her training she discovered the philosophical and spiritual side to Yoga and for her that helped change her life. Understanding how powerful it was for her, and how it can help off the mat, Stephanie wanted to make sure others were aware of it too. She makes sure to provide messaging in each one of her classes and weaves that theme throughout. 

Stephanie's teaching style is a slower flow that implements motivational messaging, breath work, stretching, core work and sequencing. She often blends some of her Pilates practice in with her Yoga routine to create a unique style of fusion flow. Stephanie emphasizes proper form and alignment, and moving the body in a safe manner. She wants students to be able to understand and know their own body and what it needs. To Stephanie, Yoga isn't just an exercise, it's a lifestyle whether you're 18, or 80, and she wants to provide that to students so they can have a practice they can do multiple times a week and keep for a lifetime. 

With our times shifting, Stephanie has transitioned from in person teaching to virtual teaching. Over the years, Stephanie has had the opportunity to hold classes in various settings and environments, so this latest online format is just another way she can reach others. Stephanie is excited and dedicated to helping others to continue to learn, grow, and to never stop moving! She's also looking forward to being apart of Balance Webster's first 200hr Virtual Teacher Training, assisting with fabulous lead trainer, MJ Waddell. 

As of August 2019, Stephanie moved out west and currently lives in Eugene, Oregon. She is an avid hiker, traveler and nature lover. She finds both adventure and solace within Mother Nature and uses it as inspiration both in her art and her teachings. When exploring her camera is always with her as photography is a hobby, passion and her medium for her work. Stephanie too, is quite the animal lover so her cat Bodhi often is one of her subiects. 

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO BE A TEACHER? 

Our 200-hour training is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of yoga, and to improve their own practice. It’s also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of our thriving yoga community. 

WHAT IF I’M ALREADY A TEACHER? 

This is a perfect way to re-fresh and re-ignite your teaching skills. With virtual and distance learning being a new normal, you’ll be better prepared both in a studio setting and online. You will also receive additional CEU’S. 

WHAT ARE THE 200-HOUR GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS? 

In order to graduate the program you must be paid in full and fulfill the following requirements: 

• Attendance of on-line teacher training sessions 

• Successful completion of homework, quizzes, on-line final exam (don’t worry, you will be will prepared!) 

• Participation in a final on-line practice teaching practicum 

• Completion of on-line class taking requirements 

ARE ANY BOOKS AND MATERIALS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TRAININGS? 

Balance Teacher Training Manuals are included. There will be shared documents and “handouts” that you can download. There will be additional books required at trainees own expense. 

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED IN EACH TEACHER TRAINING AT ONE TIME? 

We are keeping the number of individuals in the training under 20. Acceptance into the program is not guaranteed. Interviews will take place with the Lead Trainer. 

HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I EXPECT TO SPEND ON HOMEWORK? 

Expect to spend between 3-4 hours a week on homework. The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. If you wish to receive your Letter of Completion for the course, you must attend all the sessions and complete all the homework assignments. 

WHAT IS THE YOGA ALLIANCE? 

Yoga Alliance is an organization that was started in 1999 as a way to create nationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings in the US. More and more yoga studios across the country are requiring their teachers to register with the Yoga Alliance, either at the 200-Hour or 500-Hour level. Yoga Alliance registration, however, is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. Balance Yoga Trainings are approved at the Yoga Alliance 200- Hour and 500-Hour level in the United States. 

WILL I BE QUALIFIED TO TEACH YOGA ONCE I COMPLETE THE 200-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM? 

With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, on-line hours, homework, and exam, you will receive your Letter of Completion and Diploma evidencing your training from Balance Yoga at the 200-Hour Level. You may also register with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) at the RYT-200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200). Graduates of the 200-Hour program sometimes begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele, virtually, (friends and family), etc. This training is a thorough, professional training for becoming a highly skilled yoga teacher. It’s up to the student to determine the next steps. 

EXPECTATIONS It is expected that each participant will be in attendance for every scheduled lesson. Because emergencies and situations do occur, appropriate accommodations can be made at the discretion of the lead training instructors. 

WHY TAKE IT NOW? While many of us are sticking to the stay at home directives, now is the time to delve into study. There are many reasons both personally and professionally to sign on. Some of the positives are: YOGA and we all know “yoga never sucks”. You are being taught by experienced, professional yoga teachers that have years of trainings and teaching under their bare feet. You’ll be in a community of like-hearted people. You’ll be learning therefore growing. You’ll receive 200-hours necessary to register with Yoga Alliance or CEUs if you’re already certified. You’ll have fun. There is no commuting hence no being stuck in traffic. You’re educating yourself so you can educate others. You’ll love yourself for committing and completing an approved curriculum by Yoga Alliance. You’ll learn new tech stuff. You’ll be the first 200 hour online graduating class from Balance! Shall we go on? 

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE PROGRAM? 

Visit www.balancewebster.com Information is being updated daily. 

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS? 

maryjaynewaddell@gmail.com Questions are answered within 24 hours. 

We will follow up within 48 hours of receiving your payment with your training welcome materials. A $500 deposit is due upon 

enrollment to hold your spot. Your payment is due in full by the early registration date in order to receive the discounted rate. Full payment is required a week before the start of the program unless a payment plan has been previously arranged. 

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