YOGA TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM
TERRA GOLD - FALL 2021
DATES COMING SOON!
YOGA AND THE HEALING SCIENCES
200-HOUR LIFE SKILLS & YOGA TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM
with LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Dates TBA
Open to students in the U.S. and around the world.
Are you interested in learning Yoga lifestyle and leadership skills that you can teach both in-person and online?
Celebrating its 12th year at Loyola Marymount University, the Yoga and the Healing Sciences professional certificate program is a unique, comprehensive, and in-depth inquiry into Yoga as a philosophy, an East-West system of health and wellness, and a spiritual practice. With the rise of telehealth, skillfully guiding participants through wellness practices — and effectively sharing via video — will become an even more essential skill. In this program, you will learn how to not only survive and sustain during challenging times, but to thrive and flourish.
Registered as a 200-hour teacher training with Yoga Alliance, the online days are structured to provide a balanced mix between movement practices (like asanas), immersive experiences (like meditations, breathing techniques, and Bhakti practices), and formal lectures and training in the classical and modern approaches to Yoga.
The main topics that will be studied include Yoga philosophy, Yoga asana, anatomy, energetics, meditation, pranayama, chanting, Sanskrit, Ayurveda, and nutrition. Other specialized aspects that will also be covered include Yoga and social justice, classical Yoga principles and ethics, Karma Yoga, prenatal Yoga, Yoga for children, Yoga for midlife (and beyond), trauma-informed Yoga practices, and Yoga therapy. Popular styles of Hatha Yoga practices will include: Chikitsa Vinyasa, Flow, Iyengar, Kundalini, and many therapeutic posture refinements.
Whether you’re already a Yoga teacher, have a desire to teach, or simply want to deepen your practice, the Yoga and the Healing Sciences offers an opportunity to train under the guidance of me as the co-founder of this program and the director for Fall 2021, along with world-class master guest teachers, supporting your personal development and professional growth.
The guests, and some of the topics covered in Fall 2020, included the following:
(*note that all topics listed above that are not listed below will be covered by me)
Chris Chapple, PhD — History of Yoga and Yoga’s Prospects for Social Change
Ganga White and Tracey Rich — The Fullness of Yoga, Yoga and Partnership
Robert Birnberg — Yoga Sutras, and Yoga of Relationship Skills
Urmila Patil, PhD — Intro to Sanskrit Pronunciations, Mantras, and the Sacred Language
Olivia Barry, PT, C-IAYT — Embodied Anatomy 101
Guru Singh — Kundalini Yoga and the Naad (Power of Sound)
Lorin Roche, PhD — Intro to Meditation and The Radiance Sutras
Chinnamasta Stiles — Ayurveda Daily Routines and Rituals
Hala Khouri, MFT — Yoga and Social Justice: Embodiment as Liberation
Paul Cabanis — Intro to Iyengar Yoga and Structural Alignment Principles
Govindas — Intro to Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan
Casey Mauro — Yoga for the Youth (toddler onward)
Daniel Stewart, LMFT — Mind and Spirit in Yoga and Depth Psychology
Larry Payne, PhD — Prime of Life/A Life of Yoga
Barbara Foley PhD — Presence Before Personality through Meditation, Breathwork and Yoga
Horacio Trujillo — Ethics, Leadership and Yoga
Surendra Mehta – Pranayama and Yoga Nidra
Darshana Thacker - The Yoga of Plant-Based Holistic Eating
Maria Vallella - Ashtanga taught therapeutically
Eric Adler - Yoga, Holistic Ecology and Sustainability Training
“The program exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it. I enjoyed the variety of speakers and my classmates were great, too. I would encourage all of my friends and students interested in expanding their knowledge of Yoga to take this course. It is a catalyst to broaden their knowledge and scope of teaching.” —Nicolle Lincir, former student
About the Program:
Graduates of Yoga and the Healing Sciences have praised the course for far exceeding their expectations. Described as “life-changing” by many graduates, other participant-based descriptions of what the course offers include:
Technically sound, safe, and appropriate personal Yoga practice/sadhana
Profound tools of self-care for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development
Yoga practices for leadership development and managing personal relationships
A deep understanding of how to share Yoga with populations in varied settings — from individuals to small groups to large groups, from corporate environments to studios, different social justice considerations, trauma awareness, and working with those who have varying physical capabilities
A certificate of completion from Loyola Marymount University for the teacher training course that is recognized by Yoga Alliance at the 200-hr membership level.
Membership in the global community of LMU alumni and an ever-expanding network and community of like-minded Yoga practitioners and wellness educators, including course graduates, future students, and instructors through the Center for Religion and Spirituality and the Yoga Studies Department
The Yoga and the Healing Sciences Program offers participants from across the world the opportunity to participate in our live, online, one-of-a-kind course. Some of the greatest benefits of this Yoga teacher training and lifestyle and leadership course being offered are:
20+ world-class master guest instructors, along with past students who will serve as assistants each weekend to support and inspire you and your educational journey
Take home value: You’ll receive recordings of each guest segment
500+ page notebook of Yoga philosophy and practice resources from many sources and perspectives, to give you a well-rounded education in the Yoga and healing sciences traditions
Terra will host a live guest panel of experts in the field to support the curriculum integration
Space is limited in order to maintain an intimate, immersive experience. We encourage you to apply for admission or contact us with questions early, as we expect the course to fill up quickly: being offered in this new format, available to participants worldwide.
Fall Program Dates & Tuition: TBA
11 weekends, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST
14 Wednesdays, 6 - 9 p.m. PST
+Exploration of teachers and classes in different styles (15 hours)
+Karma Yoga (at home or in your community) (11 hours)
Total Program = 200 Hours
Tuition: TBA (2020 was $3770)
5-month Period Payment Plans will be available with a deposit.
For more information about the fall program, Contact Terra directly here.
Commonly Asked Questions:
Q: If this program is completely ONLINE, will I receive enough personal care, reflection, and feedback to make sure I’ll become a well-skilled Yoga teacher and practitioner?
A: As program director, it’s my job to provide individual attention to each participant to make sure he/she is advancing successfully and feeling supported in the program. Many of our guest faculty members are teachers who’ve been teaching and practicing Yoga for 30-50 years – and are even lineage-holders of certain Yoga traditions – so our collective experience still pops off the screen. We are continually fine-tuning the materials, teaching styles, and assignments to ensure that we can offer the thoughtfulness, care, and support that’s required to assist everyone in becoming a safe and skillful practitioner and teacher.
We go on a deep and beautiful academic and soul journey together through this incredible course, and we even bring in past graduates and assistants throughout the program to help provide more opportunity for connection and to enrich our sense of being part of a community at LMU. Furthermore, observed teaching segments allow participants-in-training to teach classes for the first time and receive feedback and using Zoom – like breakout groups. We’ll use technology to our advantage and create an overall rewarding training for everyone.
Q: What if I have to miss certain weekends or get sick and can’t attend all of them?
A: The program allows you to miss up to a total of 8 segments and still graduate. Segments are defined as the 2.5 – 3-hour blocks that constitute the first half or second half of Saturdays and Sundays (3 hours) or the Wednesday evening segment (2.5 hours). Certain segments must be made up if they are missed (i.e. the teaching segments, when you receive supportive feedback on your teaching progress). Other sessions may have a recorded component that you can view on your own time. *Proof of review will be required through a small write-up.
Q: Since the program is offered in partnership with the Center for Religion and Spirituality at LMU, do I have to become a Buddhist or Hindu or Christian or Jesuit follower if I enter this program?
A: Absolutely not. While LMU is a Jesuit University, the purpose of the Center for Religion and Spirituality is to educate students in the philosophies and practices of many diverse traditions from around the world. Innately, Yoga is a philosophy rather than a religion, and many people from a variety of faiths practice Yoga and maintain their faith in their particular spiritual tradition, using Yoga practices simply to enhance it all. Part of the beauty of Yoga is that it is complimentary of other traditions and does not require anyone to change their religious or spiritual views. It only asks that you remain open to its philosophy and way of life that can lead you to experience the best version of yourself.
It will not be offered in this same format again. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join me and our esteemed guest instructors from wherever you are!