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2014 Yoga Teacher Training

Upcoming Teacher Training Level Classes (meet at East End Studio unless noted)

Saturday April 5 - June 14, 11:45-1:00 pm Teaching and Sequencing; 8 class series, $150.
Saturday April 26, 1:30-4:00 pm Shoulders & Arms, Yoga Anatomy $40.
Saturday May 10, Eye of the Tiger Yoga and Sound, 2:30-5:00 pm $30 (YE Members).
May 15-18, Gray Bear Retreat with Laura, counts for 14.5-20 hrs.
Saturday May 24, Subtle Anatomy I, Yoga Anatomy, 1:30-4:00 pm $40.
May 31-June 1 (St M), Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with David Garrigues, counts for 12 Hrs. $180
Saturday June 7, Dangers of Yoga Yoga Anatomy, 1:30-4:00 pm $40.
Saturday June 21, The Subtle Body Part I 500 Hr Level, Yoga Anatomy 1:30-4:00 pm $40.
June 28-29, Christina Sell, Live the Light of Yoga, counts for 10 Hrs. $175 

My Personal Yoga Journey

Laura SpauldingLaura SpauldingLaura Spaulding
Director of Teacher Training

I first heard of yoga when I was about five years old... there was a man in our church who practiced yoga and my mother told me he could stand on his head.  Something about the word "yoga" made me want to do it, so I began practicing headstand. Later on, my mother showed me how to sit in Lotus Pose and meditate.  When I was fifteen my mother found a magazine article about yoga and I learned a few more poses from that.  Over the years I gradually learned more and more about yoga, sharing information with other yoga students I met.  Yoga studios didn't exist back then, and it was very hard to find books or other information about yoga.  

I took my first trip to India in 1986. In 1990 I had moved to Louisville and found Yoga East in the phone book. I began taking classes with Maja Trigg, Yoga East's founder and studied with her until she moved away in 1994.  Maja had designated three of her students to take over Yoga East: Donna O'Bryan (now an owner of Yoga I.S.) and Linda Hodge, and me,

Meeting Maja opened up many doors for me: I began taking yoga workshops and studied Iyengar Yoga with Judi Rice, Rodney Yee, Arthur Kilmurray, Francois Raoult, John Friend and Ramanand Patel.  I found Ashtanga Yoga in 1995 and studied with David Swenson, Larry Schultz and Tim Miller.  Tim told me to go to Mysore, India to study with K. Pattabhi Jois, the Master of the Ashtanga Yoga system. In 1999 I was in Mysore, India with Mr. Jois for three months.  

I studied with Mr. Jois every year until his death in 2009.  In 2004, I received Mr. Jois's authorization to teach Ashtanga Yoga, and in 2009 I was given Authorization Level 2 from Sharath Jois, Mr. Jois's grandson and successor.

Ashtanga Yoga is my main practice, but my study with teachers in other styles helps to inform my practice and teaching.  I also have a interest in Vedanta, Sanskrit, and Kashmir Shaivism and study with teachers in those traditions.

(Laura will leave for India June 24 to study with Sharath Jois June 28-August 28, 2014 and Ramanand Patel in Pennsylvania September 5-12. She will not be teaching from June 22 until September 22.)

Yoga Alliance 200 & 500 Hour Training and Certification

Our Courses are registered with Yoga Alliance for both 200 Hour and 500 Hour certifications.  Our Courses are for yoga students who want to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga and for experienced yoga students who want to share their love of yoga by teaching others. Fulfill your deepest dreams and highest aspirations by becoming a certified yoga teacher.

Wake Up to Your Inner Courage and Live the Life of Your Dreams.  

kailash_shutterstock_120267757This is the beautiful and inspiring message on a photo of Mt. Kailash that is hanging at the Kentucky Street Studio. Mt. Kailash is a mountain in an isolated region in the Himalayas in Tibet.  A sacred pilgrimage site for many religious traditions, it has also become a popular pilgrimage site for many people, including many Westerners who undertake the trek every year.  Even in the modern age, trekking to Mt. Kailash is an difficult journey with many obstacles. We are drawn to such a journey because we sense that something great is waiting for us out there in the unknown... something that will take us beyond our current limited experience. 

Yoga Teacher Training is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless and life-changing teachings and practices of yoga. Whether you intend to teach yoga, or whether you want to inspire your yoga practice and take it to the next level, we invite you to join us in the journey of a lifetime.

About Our Training

Yoga East is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.  Our teacher training programs are nationally-recognized, and are registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200 and 500 hour level.

Yoga East offers a traditional yoga education that includes detailed instruction in the technical aspects of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), mudras (gestures), bandhas (energy locks) and meditation; thorough preparation in teaching methodology; anatomy as it pertains to yoga practice; philosophy and metaphysics of yoga; and practice teaching under supervision.


2014 200 Hour Course and Individual Classes

Application and Registration - 2015 Course

Beginning January 2015, the 200 Hour Course is open to Yoga East Members who meet these prerequisites:

  • Maintained a membership at Yoga East for one year prior to enrolling in the Course, and continue to maintain your membership during the Course.
  • Have attended a minimum of 100 hours in classes at Yoga East in the 12 months prior to enrolling. 
  • Have taken at least two workshops at Yoga East with our guest instructors in the two years prior to enrolling (Douglas Keller, Francois Raoult, John Friend, Kino MacGregor, David Garrigues, David Swenson, Ramanand Patel).
  • Be proficient in the postures shown in the Yoga East Syllabus (this is a list of the postures taught at Yoga East with their level of difficulty). Levels are Gentle, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. You should be proficient in the postures shown for your level. In General, Gentle classes are those taught to older students who have not exercised recently, seniors, students with physical restrictions or medical conditions.  Beginning level is the level of most yoga students. Intermediate level applies to students who have been practicing for a long time and can do straight-leg forward bends, hold Caturanga Dandasana, safely practice lotus posture, hold poses such as headstand and shoulderstand for longer periods, and have no limiting injuries. Very few students are at advanced level. 
  • Phone Laura Spaulding at 502-585-9642 (weekdays 9-5) if you have questions about your readiness to enroll; or if you do not meet the above prerequisites but believe you have sufficient experience and proficiency to complete the training. 
  • Application for the next Course, January 10-June 27, 2015. Click to download.
Course Components, Dates and Fees, January-June, 2014
(Course is underway and no new students are being accepted.)
  • Orientation: January 11, 2014, 1:30-3:00 pm East End Studio. For students who have enrolled or are thinking of enrolling. 
  • Fundamentals of Yoga Classes: Series of 8 classes meet Saturdays, 11:30-12:45 pm, East End studio, Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15. 
  • Sequencing and Teaching: Series of 8 classes meet Saturdays, 11:30-12:45 pm, East End studio, Apr 5, Apr 12, Apr 19, Apr 26, May 10, May 17, May 24, June 7. 
  • Anatomy Classes, Saturdays, 1:30-4:00 pm, East End Studio, $40 per class:

Feb 1 What Makes Postures Difficult?
Feb 8 Alignment and Anatomy
Feb 15 Anatomy of the Back
Apr 12 Anatomy of Hips and Knees
Apr 26 Anatomy of Shoulders and Arms
May 17 The Subtle Body Part I
June 7 Dangers of Yoga

  • Two workshops with our guest teachers. Through June we are offering workshops with Douglas Keller Feb 21-22; Francois Raoult Mar 29-30; David Garrigues May 31-June 1; and Christina Sell June 28-29.
  • Assisting in 8 Gentle or Beginning Hatha classes (will be set up starting February).

  • Supervised Teaching 8 classes at Yoga East, $400 supervision fee (will be set up starting March).

  • Included in Monthly Membership
    • 36 classes (45 hrs) with Laura Spaulding (must have a minimum of 20 Mysore-style Ashtanga hours).
    • 36 classes (45 hrs) with our RYT 500 and ERYT 500 teachers: Kim Eisner, Anne Kosko, Taylor McFarlane, Kara Price, Susan Reid, Susan Schroeder, Laura Spaulding, and Becky Thompson; or Mysore style Ashtanga classes with Erin Cronin, Gail Minotti and Jude Vanderhoff.
    • 20 Philosophy Hrs (Chanting, Sanskrit or Heart of Yoga) meet at various times. See our online schedule.
Recommended Texts and Materials

Always bring a notebook and pen to class.
You should have your own yoga mat.
It is helpful to have your own collection of props to use for home practice. We recommend having two blankets, two blocks, an 8' yoga strap with a D-ring buckle, a rectangular bolster, and a chair that is suitable for inversions and backbends.

Recommended Texts - no texts are required for class, but several books are recommended, particularly Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar; Yoga the Iyengar Way, Mira Mehta; Anatomy Coloring Book, 3rd Ed., and Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff.  Yoga East Reading List (pdf file)

Books and props are available at Yoga East. A 20% discount is given to teacher trainees.  

300/500 Hour Course 

Application and Registration

The 300/500 Hour Course is open to:

  • yoga teachers who have a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registration, have maintained a Yoga East Membership for 12 months prior to enrolling; and want to upgrade to a 500 Hour Yoga Alliance registration; 
  • Yoga East students who have maintained a Yoga East membership for a minimum of two years, and who want to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga.

Phone Laura Spaulding for more information: 502-585-9642 (weekdays 9-5). 

An Application is Not Required

  • An application is not required.  (1) Download the 300 Hour Syllabus which shows certification requirements and enables you to track your hours; (2) Register for the classes you want to take. You can register online or at the studio. Classes are added frequently, so keep checking the online schedule to see what's new.
  • If your goal is Yoga Alliance 500 Hour registration, you will need to have a monthly membership to attend the required number of classes. Go online to our Class Fees page to set up your membership. Monthly membership by auto debit from a credit/debit card is $80 a month ($100 if you pay by the month). All teacher training students should have a Yoga East monthly membership. 
Course Components, Dates and Fees
  • Classes are shown on our online schedule. Check both the Teacher Training tab and the Workshops tab for current class offerings.
  • The schedule will show the Yoga Alliance hours and subject which is covered by the class. 
  • The 300 Hour Syllabus shows the hourly requirements for certification.  You can access your class attendance history online when you register for a Yoga East online account.

Continuing Yoga Education (CYE)

Alumni of Yoga East's 200 Hour Program may audit classes in other 200 hour trainings.

Alumni of Yoga East's 300/500 Program may audit classes in other 300/500 hour trainings.

Domestic Violence Training for Current Yoga East Teachers and Teacher Trainees

Saturday, August 17, 2013, 1:30-2:30 pm.

This class is required for all Yoga East teachers and teacher trainees. Presented by trainers from the Center for Women and Families, the training equips yoga teachers to to understand, recognize and respond to domestic violence and sexual assault in the home and workplace.

MBO Training for Current Yoga East Teachers

This training is required for all Yoga East teachers and subs. You will not be put on our schedule until you complete this training.

The training is an introduction to Yoga East policies and administration; orientation to the studios and staff; how to register and check in students and handle sales using Mindbodyonline (MBO - our studio software), processing credit cards, operating the alarm system, selling gift certificates and store items.

Upcoming Dates - Register Online with your Student Login (not the Teacher Login) so your handouts can be printed. 

Saturday November 16, 2:00-3:30 pm at Kentucky Street.