200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

blog-toddlerDeepen your education and knowledge during this comprehensive and practical approach to yoga. Specialize in Vinyasa flow and will cover alignment, adjustments, philosophy, restorative, pre/post-natal, Hatha, Iyengar and an overall understanding of all yoga. 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at RVC is certified by the Yoga Alliance.

Class Schedule:

April 4 – June 21, 2020
Saturdays, 12:30-6:30pm
Sundays, 12:30-6pm
Mondays, 5:30-8:30pm

Pricing:

$2999 for members and non-members if you pay before March 10. $500 non-refundable deposit required.
$3299 for members and non-members if you pay after March 10. $500 non-refundable deposit required.

Requirements:

This 200 hour training is for beginners, Intermediate or advanced students. All students will be required to complete the following classes, yoga practice hours, adjustment hours/workshop hours.

30 hours of own yoga practice in studios. Students must have teachers sign their hour logs to complete assignment.

10 hours of volunteer assistance training at RVC. Will coordinate with current teachers for specific times/needs. This can also include help with a workshop.

To complete certificate, students must teach portion of our “final exam”. The final exam will be a community class. Students will teach their portions and be graded by teachers and hear feedback from students attending.

Testimonials:

“I think a YYT is great for all people, it will help them understand yoga, become more confident in themselves, and find joy in teaching.”

“Sara was excellent– in all capacities. She embodied being a yogi– patient, kind, committed to yoga and helping us to develop into the best, authentic versions of ourselves as yogis as well. She explains things very clearly and from the first day established a safe learning environment committed to excellence.”

“Sara is kind, understanding, and a good listener. She also understands the sacrifice that we are doing in our daily lives to make it to class everyday.”

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Meet Sara Grote, Our Lead Instructor:

In the summer of 2008 I was introduced to yoga through one of my best friends and it changed my life forever.

Growing up, I was always overweight, depressed and anxious. By age 19, I found myself at the heaviest weight I had been and that mirrored my mental health as well. I was depressed all the time, anxious and feeling lost. I decided to make a change and slowly started learning about exercise, eating healthy and for the first time, self love.

After two years of working hard I had lost 60 pounds and found a whole new perspective on life. It was not as much about the weight loss as it was about finding myself and my strength for the first time. I realized that if I used exercise as a daily routine, I was no longer depressed or anxious. I started feeling happier within myself, more motivated in life and finally felt like I knew exactly who I was.

I challenged myself constantly with new forms of exercise and my friend asked me to join her in a yoga class. From that day on, I was hooked! At first, it was feeling the strength within myself. Feeling flexible in my body, challenging myself to dive deeper into the mind and body connection. Whenever you have been overweight, that mindset is ALWAYS there. It can be hard to let go of what or who you used to be. With yoga, I was able to learn about myself deeper than ever before. I was able to understand why I had certain thoughts about my body, why I felt weak in some emotional situations and it allowed me to feel a sense of community wherever I went.

In the Spring of 2009 I moved to California at the age of 22. It was a terrifying and yet liberating experience! For the first time, I did not have to think about “what my family would think”. I felt freedom in ways I had never imagined. I started practicing yoga as soon as I arrived in California and that gave me a sense of family. I was able to connect with students in classes, with teachers and studio owners. There was always something about a yoga studio that allowed me to feel calmness and a sense of “home” even though I was 3,000 miles away.

After 3 years in California, the separation from my family was beginning to wear on me. I grew up in a very loving household where we had family dinners every Sunday. Being far away was exciting at first but the more struggles I had in life, the more I realized I wanted and needed my family close. I kept going to yoga and using my “yoga family” as a way to feel connection and a sense of belonging.

In the fall of 2011, my father was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. My whole world came crashing down. I loved my family more than anything and felt a constant guilt for not being on the East Coast with them. The only thing that kept me going was yoga. I dived even deeper into my practice and there were many classes that I cried through. Yoga is not only the mind/body connection, it can help you release emotions you have been holding onto for far too long. By the spring of 2012 I was in a whirlwind of emotions about my father, I was going back and forth in my mind daily about if I should move home to be closer to my family. They constantly supported me and told me to stay, to live the life that I wanted to live.

I remember going for a long walk on the beach after a call from my mom about my dad’s updated health issues. I walked for hours just sobbing and feeling lost once more. I stopped and watched the ocean and started to ask myself “ how can I help?” “how can I be a better daughter from here?” “how can I let my family rely on me instead of me relying on them emotionally?” The one answer that always kept coming back to me was Yoga. I wanted to give my family what I had gotten from yoga. A sense of calm, a self love no matter what was going on in their lives, a feeling of strength within their bodies, minds and hearts. It was in this moment that I decided to become a yoga teacher. One of the best connections I have felt with strangers is with yoga teachers, they allow you to let your guard down and just be you on that mat. There is no pressure to be someone you are not. Each time we step onto our mats, we are different from the last time and the teachers I learned with taught me that that is all about being Human. This is what I wanted for my future. I wanted to connect with my family, with strangers and with all humans on an emotional level.

I took my Teacher Training in San Diego in the Spring of 2012 and it was the last thing I did in California before moving home. It allowed me to understand myself on levels I had never imagined. It allowed me to work through a lot of the grieving process that comes with watching a parent change and become someone new. Through my training, I not only learned how to connect deeper to my own practice, I learned how to be an independent person. Until my training, I had relied so heavily on my family for emotional support. Yoga gave me the strength to support myself and feel like I could better support my family as well. In short, it made me grow up.

I became a yoga teacher because I wanted to help myself, my family and my community. I never realized that through being a teacher, I could help people in so many different ways. I have learned to read student’s energy and have had numerous classes where I felt emotional pain being let go from my students, I have taught classes where students came up to me after and said “this is exactly what I needed today.” I have always been someone that wants to help and heal others. I decided to become a teacher to help others but I never realized how much I have helped myself in the process. I truly love connecting with each and every one of my students. I love feeling the lightness coming into their emotional selves when they can learn to let go of some of the darkness within. I love the energy exchanges, the personal connections and being able to feel like I am helping to bring positivity into the world.

My yoga teaching journey began with wanting to help myself heal and also wanting to help others. The longer I teach, the more I learn about how much those connections mean to us all. My teaching journey has transcended from being anxious the first few classes to walking into the studio each day with excitement in my heart, mind and body. I truly feel like I have found myself within teaching. I have always wanted to help people, to spread love and light and to feel a sense of freedom each day. Teaching allows me to have all of those things and yet I never feel like I am “teaching” anymore, I feel like I am practicing right alongside my students.

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What our members say

 Jennifer Packard
Jennifer Packard

Whether you’re just starting out, trying to get back into a routine, or are feeling frustrated with your current regimen: Your fitness journey is your own. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

 Terry Hall
Terry Hall

‘Can’t’ is no longer in my vocabulary, and I have a sense of pride in my ability to work toward a goal and not only achieve it, but often exceed it.