500- Hour Requirements:
270 Contact Hours, done in the presence of Teachers. A minimum of 135 of those hours must be done with Carole.
The remaining 135 hours need to be taken through Evovle to Harmony, and may be taken with Carole Westerman, Suzanne Wright, Maria Garre, Stephanie Levy, Deb Schultz, and/or Theresa O'Halloran.
All hours must be taken through Evolve to Harmony, and includes guest teachers that Carole brings to the school on occasion.
The five REQUIRED modules are:
1) 8 Limbs & Philosophy
2) Personal Practice Cultivation (Previous Sadhana requirement can be substituted)
3) Asana Academy (Previous Asana Embodiment requirement can be substituted)
4) Meditation or Mindfulness Module
5) Anatomy for Asana
The rest of the hours are comprised of electives. So, you and I will both keep a running tally of:
- hours taken in each module
- module titles taken
- teacher of each module
Sample of Modules:
Yin Yoga Certification, Levels 1 and 2
Yoga Nidra Certification
Restorative Yoga Certification
Meditation and/or Mindfulness Certification
Trip to India with Carole and Maria
Restore to Harmony Certification
Children's Yoga Certification
Psychology of the Chakras
Ayurveda, Spices, Self-Care & Cooking
A Teacher's Touch - Verbal & Hands On Assists
Stress Response & Health
Roots of Yoga ~ The 8 Limbs & Philosophy**
Individualized Yoga: Chairs & Props
Individualized Yoga: Teaching Privates
Inspiration & Inner Fire**
Solar Practices: Vinyasa Flow & Kundalini
Sequencing & Theming Strategies
Breath & Pranayama & Energy
Teaching, Leadership, and Empowerment
Personal Practice Cultivation**
Anatomy, Alignment & Therapeutics in Asana**
Prenatal, Postnatal, and Women's Health in Yoga
Yogis as Entrepreneurs Exploring the Business Aspects of Yoga
Baby, Child, and Family Yoga
MORE to come!!!
1- Wisdom Reviews and/or Yogi's Book Club
Choose 3 yoga books from your own library, or from the Recommended Reading List below. Please write a 1-3 page essay on how the book will help enhance your experience as a Yoga Teacher, and/or your experience as a practitioner of yoga.
You may either focus on the book as a whole, or focus on one or two elements that were especially meaningful to you as a teacher.
Please also share a sample theme for a class idea that was inspired by each book that you chose. Or if you prefer, you can relate an aspect of your life that has been affected by the reading of the book. You may also attend the free "Yogi's Book Club" meetings at Evovle to Harmony instead of writing the review.
The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran
Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
The Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda
Light on Life by BKS Iyengar
Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health by Iyengar
Yoga Body by Judith Lasater
Tending the Hear Fire by Shiva Rea
Ayurveda The Science of Self Healing by Vasant Lad
The Complete Book of Ayurveda by Vasant Lad
Textbook of Ayurveda by Vasant Lad
Ayurvedic Cooking by Vasant Lad
Yoga for Your Type by David Frawley
Eat Taste Heal by Thomas Yarema
Peace is Every Stepy by Thich Nhat Hanh
Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates
Yoga: Mastering the Basics by Rolf Sovik
The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga by Srivalsa Ramaswami
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall
Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale
The Science of Yoga by William Broad
Mudras by Gertrud Hirsch
The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
Yoga Mind, Body & Sprit by Donna Farhi
Yoga Spandakarika by Daniel Odier
Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche
The Secret Teachings of Plants by Buhner
The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar
Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Vasant Lad
Water The Element of Life by Schwenk
Flowforms by John Wilkes
Seven Life Lessons of Chaos by Briggs & Peat
**Other books as recommended and/or approved by Carole
2- Seva Project:
Volunteer your talents and passion to a charity, cause, or organization of your choice. Follow your heart, and choose a project or cause that really speaks to you and your heart. Either donate some of your time as a yoga teacher, or any of your other special talents to the cause. Perhaps you organize a community event. Or raise money for a cause. Maybe you teach free yoga classes at a Women's Shelter or preschool. Maybe you gather up coats for a homeless shelter, and/or care packs for those in need. Share your creativity and gifts with the community!
Please donate/share a minimum of three hours to this project. You will also write a 1-3 page essay on what this experience meant to you, how this experience helped your grow as a person, yogi, and teacher, and what the reaction was from those you served.
3. Personal Practice Cultivation:
You will adopt a full spectrum 30-40 day Yoga Practice! You will practice everyday for 30 days, starting on a meaningful and/or auspicious day. You will formulate your plan, after attending the "Cultivating a Personal Practice" Workshop. At that workshop you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback from Carole. From there, you will be committing to yourself a full month+ of deep Yoga Sadhana. More details will be revealed at the workshop, but you will be integrating elements of: meditation, pranayama, relaxation, ayurveda, and yogic lifestyle choices to your yoga practice. You will choose a focus/intention/sankalpa for your Sadhana, and journaling about your experience along the way. The idea is, that after this focused practice, you may find that certain aspects of your practice are meant to last a lifetime!
4. Individual Asana Academy Alignment Project:
This project is designed to help you grow as a teacher AND student. This project will also help us learn non-judgement and acceptance of our physical bodies. At the attendance at the "Anatomy, Alignment, & Therapeutics in Asana" weekend, we will take 12 pictures of you in 12-14 key asanas. And you will also take pictures of another student in their 12 asanas. After we have taken the pictures, we will talk about the key energetics and alignment of each of the poses. These pictures are meant to be your “before” pictures. Then, at the end of the weekend after all our discussion and hands-on learning, we will ask you to take pictures of yourself in these same asanas. You will then submit all 24 photos, with a brief paragraph or two about your assessment of your “before”, “during”, and “after” experience with each asana. More details on this project will be given at the Workshop.
5. Mentorship Experience:
As part of your training experience, there will be opportunities to serve as a Mentor to other teacher trainers. This is a rich experience for both you, and the trainee that is the recipient of your talents! Opportunities for Mentorship range from just a few hours, to a full partnership in our 200-Hour Program. More details can be requested from Carole.
6. Create a Workshop:
As part of your requirements, you will create a 1-2 hour workshop on your topic of choice. Think of an area of yoga that you LOVE, and use that as inspiration! You could share your knowledge of chakras or gemstones. You could guide an experience of breath work, or maybe you want to teach beginners about the benefits of yoga! The world is your oyster! Please note, you do not have to actually teach this workshop, unless you want to! The learning comes in preparing and researching your topic and materials. YOU get to decide if you would like to offer it as an actual workshop at any time. Your requirement is simply to prepare a workshop, and turn in the information you would present to your students.
Please complete any homework assignments given at modules attended, and submit them to Carole when requested or at the end with your other materials..
8. Wisdom Writing:
For your final certification requirement, you will write a 3-5 page essay on a topic of your choosing, and how it relates to your growth as a yoga teacher. Your topic must be approved beforehand by Carole, and may include topics such as: Meditation, Self-Study, Charkas, Vayus, Embodiment, Philosophy, etc. It is basically your opportunity to share how yoga has changed your life!!
Thank you so much for your interested in the Evolve to Harmony Offerings!
For an application for the 200, 300, or 800-Hour Trainings, please email Carole at PranaFlowGirl@yahoo.com
To register for Omaha Trainings, please click here.
Trainings out-of-town, may be done through the hosting studio, with links found on the Calendar page.