“The Art of Skillful Teaching”
200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Banyan Gallagher, E-RYT 500 October 2-26, 2013 "If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it." – Yogi Bhajan
By the end of this program, each participant will be certified and inspired to teach yoga as recognized by Yoga Alliance. The focus of our work together will be the art of teaching, or the manner in which we share what we learn about ourselves with others. We will emphasize learning to safely lead a successful, intelligent, and inspiring vinyasa class. To get there, we will immerse ourselves in a month of powerful practice and study, deepening our connection to yoga and transforming our lives. We’ll build a strong foundation in breathwork, energy locks, mantra, and yoga philosophy to support us on this journey.
One year of previous yoga experience is preferred.
Program Director Banyan Gallagher
Banyan Gallagher is a teacher’s teacher. With over ten years of yoga experience and more than twenty years as an international athlete and physical theater performer, he is an expert at unraveling the beauty—and barriers—hidden within the body.
A dedicated teacher, Banyan leads retreats, workshops, and teacher training modules worldwide. His teaching style attracts a more experienced level of student, and his students appreciate that he is always prepared to challenge them physically, mentally, and energetically. However, his rigorous approach is well balanced by a caring and jovial attitude that demonstrates his commitment to his students. Never afraid to have a laugh, Banyan is a warm soul whose presence offers genuine calm to all those around him.
From the very start, Banyan has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most renowned teachers, from Tias Little to Andrey Lappa, Shiva Rea to Ana Forrest, Eddie Modestini to Nicki Doane, Jim Bennitt to Rod Stryker and T. K. V. Desikachar. To continually improve his practice, Banyan intensely studies everything from Sufi mystical poetry to human dissection and anatomy. He also has spent the bulk of the last ten years traveling the world and learning from a variety of masters both East and West.
Banyan passes the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya forward, prescribing different yogas for different individuals. His multidisciplinary and global studies have facilitated this process well. In his classes, he blends traditional teachings with modern analogies in the interest of giving the Western practitioner direction, stillness, and balance—and maybe a laugh here and there!
Anyone who has spent time in the tutelage of this athlete/mustache competitor/performance artist/yogi/clown will speak to Banyan's capabilities as a teacher:
“Banyan has wonderful and precious knowledge to share; he swings seamlessly from the detailed, anatomic, and structural asana breakdown to a full submersion in yoga’s spiritual roots. From years of yoga practice and deep studies, and a humble, eloquent, and playful personality, he can distill workshops full of ease, thought provoking debates, and lots of smiles.” – Andrea, Studio Owner, Costa Rica
“The most important thing to know about yoga with Banyan is that you are going to have fun. He teaches with a light touch whilst still respecting the traditional and spiritual aspects of yoga. I've done two yoga/poi retreats with him now, and his style perfectly complements the poi lessons. Doesn't do any harm that he is a super nifty performer as well.” – Alistair, Yoga Teacher, UK
"I had some of the deepest experiences in classes taught by Banyan. He has such a clear and deep understanding of tantric philosophy and presents it in very inspiring and authentic ways, so everybody gets it. I left the retreat feeling inspired as a yoga teacher, and I can’t wait to study with him again. He is a person with integrity and honesty who manages to keep lecture and class light and full of joy." – Dagmar, Studio Owner, Switzerland
"Banyan is not just another yoga teacher. He is THE yoga teacher of the performance art community and a world class performer, and he understands how to teach and inspire artists." – Jeremy, Dance Teacher, Costa Rica
This training will prepare and certify students to:
- Teach an inspiring group vinyasa (breath-connected) yoga class in the yoga studio, gym, or corporate environment, with intelligent sequencing, precise adjustments, and clear focus.
- Teach yoga privately and professionally, prescribing appropriate exercises to each individual.
- Field the most common questions and issues from beginner students, including (but not limited to) back or knee injuries, blood pressure, pregnancy, and stress. Understand how to safely work with these conditions in a nurturing, therapeutic manner.
- Have a firm grasp of, and an excitement to go deeper into, the use of anatomy and physiology in yoga.
- Study the breath in all its beauty, fluctuations, and variations and prescribe different breathing techniques for different effects.
- Understand the art and value of contemplation (meditation) and be able to lead others in the same from direct experience.
- Grasp the foundations and supporting energies of yoga, with emphasis on the Yoga Sutras, Tantra, Ayurveda, ethics, and the business of yoga.
The process of learning to teach also encompasses diving deep into your own practice and your own hopes and fears, perhaps deeper than you’ve ever gone before. For this ritual to work, it is important that you use your time and energy wisely. During the breaks and days off, you will be encouraged to study, practice, teach, and spend time in silence to help you digest the work we do as a group. We have a lot of material to cover in just 28 days, so coming rested, prepared, and committed will be essential to completing the course. You’ll be asked to keep a journal privately during the course and will need to complete assignments and miss no more than one day of the whole training. Written and practice assignments, as well as a teaching demo (reviewed) and final evaluation will round out the program. In addition, a follow-up project and ten karma hours will be required for completion after the training.
Remember, yoga is a journey of self-discovery and building our sensitivity to the world around us. We will be discovering and releasing attachments to that which is familiar and constricting in order to build our light to shine brighter than ever. In order not to disrupt each other’s process, we will, as a group, abstain from drinking alcohol, smoking, or using drugs for the duration of the course. This training is not a time to vacation and party; think of it more as an intensive or cleanse dedicated to honest self-reflection, purification, and clarity. On the evenings and days off, you are welcome to do what you wish as long as it does not disrupt the group’s energy. After the last day of class, we will have a celebration party (with maybe a special performance!) and prepare for reintegration into the “real” world.
By the end of this training, you will probably be in the best shape of your life. Expect to leave more relaxed, physically stronger, invigorated, and with more mental clarity on how to live life to the fullest.
Each day’s sessions will begin at 7:00 am and end at 8:30 pm. We will hold sessions for five days and then take the sixth day off. Depending on the needs of the group, this schedule may be flexible.
Morning Practice: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast Break: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Practice Teaching, Adjustments, and Anatomy: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch Break: 1:00pm – 4:00 pm
Yoga Philosophy, Mantra, Sutras, Breathwork, and Movement: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Yoga Philosophy/Sharing of Experience: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bring these books to the training in e-book or paper form (assignments will be sent on acceptance of application):
- Scientific Keys: Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long
- The Heart of Yoga by T. K. V. Desikachar
- Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by David Frawley
- The Art of Skillful Teaching Manual: by Banyan Gallagher and Friends (actual cost will vary depending on local printing cost, bring $50 and a large 3 ring binder)
To read before, during, or after training:
- The Gift by Hafiz, renderings by Daniel Ladinski
- Kundalini Tantra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
- Light on Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
- Autobiography of a Yogi by Parahamsa Yogananda
- Tantric Quest by Daniel Odier