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Changing the Face of Yoga Podcast

Hosted by Stephanie Cunningham, a yoga teacher herself who is committed to sharing yoga with anyone, especially the over 50's. Stephanie created this podcast to share how yoga can be practiced by anyone with amazing benefits. Yoga teachers themselves will share their stories; discussing why they teach, who they teach, how students benefit. Every fortnight or so, we will release a new episode. We will talk with teachers about teaching children, curvy bodies, the elderly but also those that each yoga to support students with diabetes, cancer and mental health issues.
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Oct 31, 2017
Download the podcast here Yoga Teacher Training Part 4 - Reflection 1:54 Introduction of series guests: Maria Kirsten of Yoga for Grownups, Flo Fenton of In Touch Yoga Byron Bay, and Kristine Koverii Weber of Subtle Yoga. 2:40 All guests thought that the basic yoga training was inadequate as a stand alone system for producing yoga teachers. Maria Kirsten believes that to fully understand a subject one needs  to acquire the knowledge, apply that knowledge and then reflect on the application to know what additional knowledge is needed. This is a lifelong requirement as knowledge changes often and new ways of thinking and doing are always available. Flo is concerned by the business model used by many teacher training courses, the lack of time to practice teaching the public, and the little face-to-face time with experienced teachers. Kristine talked about her experience of being a mentor and mentee and the benefits of both. 6:55 Flo discussed Yoga Australia's proposed policy on auditing certified teacher training courses. Most will have a desk audit (responding to a set of questions developed by Yoga Australia) and one will have a site audit by Yoga Australia personnel. Although a good start on policy, it needs to have more thought into the implementation of policy. 11:00 Kristine suggests that the 200 level become a lifestyle course while the 500 level become the basic teacher training course. 16:53 How to choose a 200 level course: Flo Fenton suggests that potential students of a yoga teacher training course (after finding some courses that meet their personal goals) ask these questions:
  1. Does the course require that trainees have experience taking yoga classes and if so for how long?
  2. Is the content up-to-date?
  3. Do students have the opportunity for ongoing support after graduation?
  4. Are graduates confident in their ability to teach – have they had the opportunity to practice teaching the public several times during the course?
  5. What is the teacher/student ratio?
She also suggests that the perfect teacher training course have the following elements or results which is another way that a potential teacher could choose a training:
  1. More time
  2. Requires commitment and discipline
  3. Minimum of one year of contact
  4. Lots of time for students to practice and practice teaching.
  5. Know how to differentiate themselves from other teachers
  6. Must have attended yoga classes for at least a year.
  7. How to maintain student clientele and conduct a business
Kristine has provided a PDF  on how to choose a basic training course which includes first deciding what is the person's goals for training and then researching and asking questions of potential training courses. 21:00 Perception of the professionalism of yoga teachers. Yoga research shows more and more benefits of yoga for people's wellness levels. Yoga teachers and therapists could become part of a team of wellness professionals to assist those with certain issues. To be considered for that kind of collaboration, yoga teachers and yoga therapists have to be considered professionals. Does the basic 200 hour training provide that professionalism? Resourses: Maria Kirsten: www.yogaforgrownups.com Flo Fenton: www.intouchyogabyronbay.com Kristine Koverii Weber: www.subtleyoga.com PDF on how to choose a basic yoga teacher training: Go to www.subtleyoga.com, sign up for Kristine's newsletter and they will send you the PDF.
Oct 24, 2017
Download the podcast here Mentoring as part of Teacher Training  1:16 Introduction to our guest Kristine Koverii Weber 3:45 Mentoring - choosing a student to mentor. Student has a specific goal often about teaching a special population (given the therapeutic nature of Kristine's work). It is  one or two hours/month. Usually on Skype. 6:40 Benefits of Mentoring - basic yoga teacher training is very basic and tends to deprofessionalise the industry. It has been watered down over the years and devalues what yoga teachers have to offer. Neuroscience research shows that 10,000 hours of training are needed to achieve mastery in an area. 9:22 Mentoring is valuable but teacher training needs to change to professionise the industry. Perhaps 200 hour training could be a lifestyle training for one's own use and not for teaching. Making the 500 hour training the basic training would be a good first step. The 200 hour training is giving people the false assumption of expertise. 12:35 Benefits of mentoring for the mentor. Opportunity to engage with new, enthusiastic teachers. I find the gaps in my own teacher training in theory and practice. It is a useful reflection process for the mentor and reminds Kristine to access the knowledge of her mentors. 14:30 Students' benefits from mentoring. Having a relationship with an experienced teacher and help you problem solve. How does a new teacher skillfully evaluate new ideas, research or practice in yoga with little experience and basic training. The mentor can help the new teacher navigate these issues. Have a personal relationship with a teacher. Isolation can be a problem with yoga teachers and mentoring can help to build a community. 19:45 History of teacher training and what it should be. All acquisition of knowledge is based on three ways to obtaining that knowledge: inference (scientific), perception (own experience), and authority (teachers). Need a balance between these three ways of knowing. Yoga teacher training in the future has:
  • 500 hours minimum
  • Schools  being more transparent about what they teach(e.g., fitness vs. philosophy)
  • Acknowledged that social credentialing is suspect (testimonials from newly minted teachers)
  • Audits to ensure that teacher training schools are teaching as they proposed when approved.
  • community standards
29:37 Downloads: Kristine is offering E-Books on how to choose a teacher training course. Go to her website (www.subtleyoga.com), sign up for her newsletter and download the E book for thoughts on choosing a teacher training course. 31:00 Contact: www.subtleyoga.com Resource : NOTE: Kristine meant to say Dr. Richard Davidson (https://www.richardjdavidson.com/) instead of Dan Siegal for information on his study of meditation.      
Oct 17, 2017

Flo Fenton - Teacher Training Series 2

How to find a good Teacher Training Course. 2:38 Two types of teacher training:
  1. Maximising profit
  2. Maximising teacher contact
Flo discusses her teacher training experience where she had over 3500 hours of training in 9 months. Most well-known teachers have had similar types of training. Is the credibility of yoga teachers and teacher training decreased because of the short term nature of teacher training now? What are some areas to explore when deciding on a teacher training course?
  1. Does the course require that trainees have experience taking yoga classes?
  2. Is the content up-to-date?
  3. Do students have the opportunity for ongoing support after graduation?
  4. Are graduates confident in their ability to teach - have they had the opportunity to practice teaching the public several times during the course?
  5. What is the teacher/student ratio?
19:00 How do you extend the time (and  the cost) of teacher training when most yoga teachers now cannot support themselves with yoga alone?  Yoga needs to become more professional, with specific qualifications, and programs must be accredited sufficiently to assure the public that yoga teachers are qualified. 20:36 Mentoring: Yoga Australia requires that any student  from a yoga teacher training course that is under a year must have mentoring to have a full year of training. Provides insight into teaching and the business of yoga. 25:00 Yoga Australia is changing their oversight of yoga teacher training courses. A training working group has developed a process to evaluate yoga teacher training courses. Every course will have a desktop audit annually, one course will have a face-to-face audit, and a grievance process has been developed for both trainees and graduates of teacher training courses as well as the public. There are currently approximately 100 teacher training organisations under the aegis of Yoga Australia. 28:50 Perfect teacher training
  1. Much more lengthy
  2. Requires commitment and discipline
  3. Minimum of one year of contact
  4. Lots of time for students to practice and practice teaching.
  5. Know how to differentiate themselves from other teachers
  6. Must have attended yoga classes for at least a year.
  7. How to maintain students and conduct a business.
Contacts: www.intouchyogabyronbay.com flo@intouchyogabyronbay.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/IntouchYogaTeacherTraining/?ref=h1  
Oct 10, 2017
Anatomy in Teacher Training 5:35 Maria Kirsten's method of teaching anatomy: knowing the family around a movement. Donna Farhi notices that in teacher training, students are taught to mimic a shape. 15:30 Spiral of training, teaching, questions, back to training, etc. Especially for short-term teacher training, make a commitment to life-long learning. Driver's Licence analogy: P, L and full licence. Integration is critical and takes time. 21:09 Maria's story of her training cycles. Moved towards functional movement (e.g., forward folds, hinge or roll up). 29:00 References: Anatomy courses to explore after finishing teacher training - Digital courses: Simon Borg-Olivier, Leslie Kaminoff, Tiffany Kruikshank, Amy Mathews Workshops: Judith Lassiter, Donna Farhi, Judy Krupp, Libbie Nelson Yoga Journal articles Lifelong learning is critical to a yoga teacher. They will need anatomy training at the beginning and will come back for refreshers in anatomy. Going outside your own field can be helpful (Qi Cong, Tai Chi).   But after a while, other aspects of yoga may become more important. 38:21 Yoga and Public Health Integration of yoga and yoga therapy into the public health system. Maria's next project is developing a series of trainings for yoga teachers to become health promotion officers. These trainings will empower people to manage their own health and how to collaborate with other yoga and health professionals. Contacts: Instagram: @yogaforgrownups Facebook: MariaKirstenYogaTherapy website: www.yogaforgrownups.com email: maria@yogaforgrownups.com DVD: Applying anatomy learning as Maria videos a class she teaches. Can get the DVD by contacting Maria through the website.  
Oct 3, 2017

Trauma Care with Katie Overcash

2:20 What causes stress -natural disasters, medical interventions, abuse, neglect, military related, grief and loss. 3:00 What can traumatic stress look like in a yoga class - Trauma comes in through the senses, can become stuck in the body. People with trauma stress can be hyper-aroused or hypo-aroused with little time in between. Non-traumatised people can go between these states and self regulate themselves. People with trauma cannot and can become stuck. 9:20 - What can yoga teachers/therapists do in a class with someone show trauma stress - Support them, bring them to the present, making sure they have support outside of class. 17:30 - What do yoga teachers need to know - people with trauma stress don't feel safe or in control. Yoga class can provide predictable, safe, environment where they have choices. 21:15 - Have a referral who deals with trauma 24:30 Where do yoga instructors and yoga therapists fit in the healing cycle for traumatic stress: bottom up model where yoga bookends the talk therapy. 29:50 Contacts and references Katie Overcash on Facebook and Instagram: overcashtherapy Bessel Van Der Kolk - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, Body in the Healing of Trauma
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