200 Hour Hatha/Yin Yoga Teacher Training
with Kathy Shirley E-RYT 500
and Kat Wheatley E-RYT200
Key Largo 2020/2021
“Motivated by the Joy learning brings, you will gradually progress from basic to refined levels of understanding until you attain mastery.” – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, I-17
Kathy Shirley, Lead Faculty
The training is led by Kathy Shirley E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP and owner/founder of Key Largo Yoga LLC. Kathy completed her 200 hour training in 2009 in Costa Rica and then her 500 hour training in the majestic Himalayan Mountains in Rishikesh, India in 2015. She has been teaching yoga for over 11 years throughout the upper Keys and Maine. She was a classroom teacher for many years and has a unique ability to assist students in meeting their full potential based on their individual learning styles. Kathy first developed a longing for knowledge and self-discovery as a young woman. Searching for spirituality and always coming up empty handed~until her first yoga class. This early seed blossomed into a lifelong passion and now her daily sadhana and dedication to get on her mat has lead her to owning and operating a beautiful studio in the upper Keys. Kathy has been practicing yoga for more then 13 years and her practice has supported her during recovery from injuries and several unfortunate family losses. She has the knowledge and spirit to be a truly inspiring teacher. Her classes are taught from the heart and she challenges her students to take their practice as far as they’re willing to go. Her approach to yoga is accessible and clear, and she recognizes that the mental and spiritual practice of yoga is integrally important to the physical experience.
Kat Wheatley, Faculty
Katharine “Kat” Wheatley was certified as an RYT-200 in 2013 with YogaWorks and is a registered member of Yoga Alliance. Through the Alliance she is also a YACEP (Continuing Education Provider). Kat has pursued a number of certifications to enhance her role as yoga teacher including Reiki Level II Practitioner, Aromatherapy Level 1, and Sound Healing Practitioner, as well as Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and SUP Yoga. During her teacher training program in Miami, Kat was exposed to the Iyengar style of teaching and practice, and came away with a strong foundation in postural alignment in the asana practice. She is creative and thoughtful in her teaching and can create a sequence to almost any peak pose, all while guiding her students to connect mind, body and breath as one. Kat continues to read and study yoga philosophy and enjoys weaving multiple limbs of yoga into each class that she teaches.
Kat originally trained as a classical ballet dancer for 18 years with the Land of the Sky Civic Ballet in Asheville, NC. Her yoga practices has evolved over the years from an occasional class to a dedicated, daily practice of asana, pranayama and meditation. Kat takes her yoga with her everywhere she goes and is committed to the practice of kindness, awareness, humility, non-attachment and being of service to others.
Kat currently manages Key Largo Yoga and in addition to overseeing and promoting workshops and special events, she manages scheduling and the studio space, a team of dedicated teachers, advertising, and social media connections. Kat subs classes as needed in addition to her own weekly classes and as such can teach any level of Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Gentle, Restorative, Yin and even SUP Yoga.
The journey from being a yoga student to becoming a yoga teacher can be a powerful step in the transformation of your practice and life itself.
This YTT will give you the skills necessary that you have found in your teachers to bring you to the place of wanting to pursue your education and practice more deeply.
Our program will be a mentally, physically and emotionally challenging, but it will help each student in the process of being able to Walk the talk. It is easy to fool some of the people some of time~however, we will teach you to become a serious practitioner and this will allow you to become an inspired, amazing yoga teacher in the safe container we build as a family of yogis.
You will practice asana, chanting, meditation, pranayama and a vegetarian diet. These practices will begin to unveil the beautiful teacher that you already are. Your knowledge of yoga theory and yogic history will deepen, and with this knowledge you will begin to understand how a daily Sadhana is necessary to become an inspiring yoga teacher.
You will learn to teach others while also immersing yourself in deep study, reflection and growth. We invite you to accelerate your practice with other like-minded students to gain fundamental insights by delving into the ancient science of yoga. Tap into the unlimited creativity, energetic principles and aesthetics of Hatha and Yin Yoga.
Although our main focus is Hatha and Yin, we will bridge the gap between other yoga styles and help you find a voice no matter what style of yoga you practice or want to teach. We will explore over 100 poses and learn the sanskrit name for each, learn how to cue students, practice hands on assists and create a safe and fun setting for your students to grow!
Find the voice of the teacher within you, and get ready to inspire others to shine! The beauty of a Hatha Yoga practice is found in the rhythm with which alignment and sequencing merge together to create a balance of breath, strength and movement. Although there is a strong focus on alignment and sequencing, moving with the breath can also be a powerful meditative action. Anchored in the unseen aspects of an asana class, Hatha Yoga uniquely accommodates to the evolution of a teacher, allowing new teachers to bring all that they have learned and all that they are into the studio. The result is a class that is consistent and inspired.
WHY choose Key Largo Yoga instead of the hundreds of other Yoga Teacher Trainings offered? Well, I went to a training that had 42 students in my class. They offered trainings several times per year and I could tell my teacher was burnt out. I definitely did not get personal attention I wanted and did not feel as though my needs were being met. I had questions yet my teacher was unapproachable….I only allow a maximum of 16 participants in a group. Maximum number of students NO MATTER WHAT will only be 14. But what if more want to register~sorry….14 ONLY! This means that you will receive individualized training to suit your needs. I will be here to sit with you directly and answer your questions and guide your practice and your growth. Join us~you are one step away from a new beginning!
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I look forward to supporting each of you in your journey to deepen your practice and to find your inner teaching voice as a yoga teacher!
Our 200-Hour Teacher Curriculum is a blend of the history and philosophical teachings of yoga as taught by the Masters. The essential components of asana, anatomy and sequencing are keys to the structure of the training. The curriculum is put together for a three week intensive learning experience. It is delivered in a hands-on, very personalized approach that will encourage and support you in developing both your personal practice and your teaching skills. The training is specifically designed to help you:
- Increase your study of postures
- Understand the principles of anatomy and body mechanics within the asanas
- Learn a variety of hands-on assists and adjustments
- Develop the skills necessary to develop skillfully sequenced classes
- Visually observe and interpret how energy moves within the body
- Explore the use props to support or modify a posture
- Begin to cultivate your unique teaching voice
- Build confidence through regular practice teaching sessions
- Gain a broader understanding of yoga history and philosophy
- Learn and define the Sanskrit names of postures and other important yogic terms
Deepen your personal practice, learn to teach yoga in a safe, non~competitive atmosphere, make lifetime connections and have the experience of a lifetime!!
Right away you will start to teach during your training, but the goal is only to help you internalize what you’ve learned. It builds tremendous self-confidence to begin to teach right away. In my personal training we only taught for a total of 1 hour 15 minutes before we were set free to be teachers. I believe teaching is a growing process and finding your own voice takes time. I encourage students to begin teaching each other right away in small groups. Many hours spent teaching each other creates a strong foundation to take on a class of your own! Whether or not you choose to share it as a professional is irrelevant. You might share it with friends or family, or volunteer at your church, school or community center. It does not matter if you are determined to be a teacher or hope to simply evolve your own practice — Key Largo Yoga is a good place to land.
Many teacher trainings today are large groups of students and a limited time is spent with each individual student. The process of taking in applications and turning out huge groups of mediocre teachers is BIG business. I know this because as a studio owner and practitioner, I have been to many classes with teachers who were not qualified to teach and received trainings that did not follow the guidelines of the Yoga Alliance.
My goal is to provide a training that will have you leaving confident, totally in your authentic voice, and ready to teach. I highly value the coaching relationship and believe it is necessary to commit to each and every student to support their personal journey. I look forward to being your teacher for many years to come!
2020 200 hour YTT Sample Schedule
- 6:00 – 07:30 Meditation/Pranayama/Chanting
- 7:30 – 09:00 Practice
- 9:00 – 10:00 Light Breakfast
- 10:00 – 12:00 Philosophy/History/Anatomy
- 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
- 1:00 – 5:00 Asana clinic / Teaching Lab /Practice Teaching
- 5:00 – 6:30 Dinner / Free Time
- 6:30 – 8:00 Yin Practice/Yoga Nidra
The schedule of the Key Largo Yoga Teacher Training Program is designed to provide an intensive, experiential exploration of yoga philosophy, practice, and teaching techniques. Given Yoga Alliance requirements, all students are required to attend all sessions, without exception.
Program sessions will include techniques for postures and pranayama; teaching methodology for leading a Yoga class, assisting students in postures; exposure to yogic philosophy; anatomy and physiology; and practice to support your emerging skills as a teacher.
There will be homework and practicum hours.
* Additional hours will be required during your training. This will consist of at evening study and service to the community.
This 200-hour program is completed over the course of 21 consecutive. Completion of the full program is intended to satisfy the requirements for Yoga Alliance certification at the 200-hour level. The program is open to students who wish to deepen their practice, to those who want to learn to teach yoga, and to teachers who are looking to expand their knowledge and satisfy continuing education requirements. The full program requires a significant time commitment so please consider your availability before registering.
• A minimum of 6 months of consistent yoga practice is required to be accepted into the training program (if you live away please contact me so I can contact your home studio for a practice log).
• To meet Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a 200-hour Registration, attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
• Prior to acceptance into the program, each applicant will be required to complete an application (see below).
• All written assignments, exams and projects must be completed to receive certification.
• Credit will not be given for partial attendance.
• A certificate will be issued once all requirements have been met: Successful completion of all courses and all assignments in their entirety, and full payment of tuition.
Full tuition for the Teacher Training is $2,875.00
Payment Schedule as follows:
• $200 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance to the program. There will be absolutely no refunds on the deposit, so please be sure you are ready to commit to this training before you send your application and fees. See below for link to application. (DEPOSIT WILL BE RETURNED SHOULD TRAINING BE CANCELLED FOR ANY REASON)
• Remaining Payments can be made in two installments: the initial deposit of $200 is paid upon applying prior to February 28th. The 2nd payment of $1400 is due on or before April 1st. The remaining balance paid in full on or before May 1st. Payment can be made in full at any time.
Early Bird Cash Discount: $2,675.00 paid in full prior to April 1st.
Tuition does not cover the cost of a small number of books that are required reading. It does include all training sessions, teacher manuals and study materials.