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500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Therapeutic and Functional Movement

October 25, 2019 - October 27, 2019


500 Hour YTT with Erin Sweeney- Detwiler (MS, 500hr RYT, Anatomy & Physiology Teacher)
Training Starts September 2019
Weekend Format: One weekend per month – 18 hours per weekend. 15 weekends.

Program Content:
Therapeutics – What and Why. What are the techniques of therapeutic yoga. Explaining the benefits of therapeutic yoga to clients How are the techniques different from traditional Yoga.
Alignment – Changes to traditional alignment to make the practice more healing for the body. Why is this and what are the differences? Discussion on common misconceptions about what certain cues mean.
Anatomy – Spine, Shoulders, Hips, Arms, Legs, Hands, Feet – Individual weekends on each of these topics.
Prenatal Yoga – Participation in Weekly prenatal classes. This will be helpful even if you never intend to teach prenatal – you will definitely have pregnant clients in your classes or in private sessions.
Chair Yoga – Ways to teach chair yoga including safety issues and modifications.
Wall Use – The wall is a valuable tool. We will delve deep into how to use the wall.
Prop Use – Props can be tricky. It’s important to know how to use them and to understand why they are used.
The Magic 12 Therapeutic Flows – I have developed 12 Therapeutic Flows to address different issues. These will be given to students to use as a basis for teaching both non flow and flow yoga classes.
The Human Animal – Learn how to keep humans healthy and why they need what they need.
Breathing – Possibly the single most important part of the practice.
The Power of Humor – Class management and how to have fun.
Creating a “Playbook” – Yoga teacher tools. This will provide you with a resource so good, you could sell it.
Tricks for Creativity – Exploring ways to make your classes fresh and new each time
Tricks for Memory – Have trouble memorizing yoga sequences? Learn how it’s done even when you don’t have a good memory.
What your Clients are Facing. Walk a mile in your clients shoes. What they don’t know and how to make sure you teach it with love.
Spirituality and Yoga – Hinduism, Buddhism, New Agism… what’s it all about? Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Satipatthana Sutta (Pali not Sanskrit), and The Chakras System.
Training the Mind – Concentration is an essential part of yoga. Tricks for helping clients.
Self-Care – This entire weekend will be dedicated to YOU. You’ll feel amazing. You can’t care for others if you don’t care for yourself. This is a retreat weekend. (some extra fees may apply for food and lodging, they will not be excessive)
Using Ayurveda – It’s taken me some time to figure out how to do this. I’m on it now. Learn what I’ve learned.
Private Clients – Build a business based on this, learn techniques to truly help people.
Business of Yoga – Social Media, Website Management, Registrations, Insurance, Licenses, Connections, Marketing
Using MELT Method and Self Acupressure Techniques with Clients – This will not provide you MELT Method certification but you will be able to guide people in the use of the MELT props in group classes after the training. You will also learn other self Acupressure techniques. The theories behind self acupressure will be discussed and you will get to practice on yourself and each other.

Missed Hours Make up OR Additional Hours applied to the 500 hours:
*Use past Functional Movement trainings to get hours toward your certificate.
*Take Wednesday evening Training sessions. Every Wednesday 5:30 – 8:30 pm. A 75 minute Therapeutic Yoga class with a theme and then a lesson on what we did in that class to help the specific issue we were working on. Discussion will include anatomy and modifications.
*Take Christine Shaw’s Yoga for Emotional Support (Y4ES) teacher training as hours toward your certificate.
*Complete the 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat (there is one in Claymont, DE) You can earn 18 hours toward your certificate (no charge for this).
*Take FLY! Vinyasa training on the weekends of the 200 hour training when it is taught
*Workshops taught by Erin Sweeney- Detwiler or Christine Shaw at Liberty Yoga
*Schedule private sessions with Erin to make-up specific topics (regular private session fees will apply).
*Attend Saturday morning classes at Liberty Yoga and log you hours toward your training. Classes are: Japa at 7:15 am, 8:30 am FLY! Vinyasa, 10 am Therapeutic Yoga. (This is no additional charge from regular yoga pricing) You need to attend all three and plan to attend them, letting us know, best done on 200 hr YTT weekends.

You must log all your hours and turn in the log at the end to your certificate.

The weekend sessions will be $270 / 18 hour session.
Evening Sessions will be $45
Unlimited yoga for people in the training will be $88 / month

There will be monthly homework assignments. These will include:
Writing meditations/poetry/sentiments to open and close classes for your “Play Book”.
Creating Sequences to work on specific body issues.
Posting to Social Media for the purposes of getting you marketing yourself.

Enrollment Requirements;
You must already have a 200 hour YTT
Once enrolled you must take a minimum of 9 hours of training each month to stay in the program.
You can start anytime.

Sample Class:
Create a sample Therapeutic Class as a final project and send to Erin.

Graduation Requirements:
To graduate you will submit the log of your 270 hours for approval and your sample class.


October 25, 2019
October 27, 2019
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