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One-On-One Yoga Teacher Training

Teacher Training,


Vulcan Yoga Teacher Training

(privately scheduled)

*Contact for Pricing


Instructor Information

Instructor: Shannon Hancock

Location: Forma Arts and Wellness


Aim for 15 hours a week over 13 Weeks? (But Flexible Always!)

5 hours per day, 15 hour total/week.


Coursework Submission:

Vulcan Yoga Homework and questions email:


Information on Your Teacher (s):

Shannon Hancock telephone & personal e-mail:



Shannon is E-RYT 200 hour certified, a former key member on the board of Sweet Om Alabama, a current and full time yoga teacher at various location in and around Birmingham, Alabama including Forma Arts and Wellness. Shannon is a Reiki practitioner, and a yoga instructor in the disciplines of Ashtanga, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. For more information please visit shannonhancockyoga.com


Vulcan Yoga Course Description

Vulcan Yoga is designed to free your fire through the practice of hatha yoga and philosophy. VYTT is a comprehensive school with various studies of lineage in Kundalini, Ashtanga, Yin, and Vinyasa.

Kundalini: Emphasis on how to build your own practice, history, how to select kriyas/read manuals and resources.

Ashtanga: The 8 limbs as a foundation of yoga philosophy, building a strong practice and memorizing the primary sequence including the names of the postures. How to lead someone through a beginners level primary class, adjustments, proper modifications and application of the anatomy. Development into intermediate Ashtanga including ethics, mythology, asana, and pranayama.

Yin: Postures, meditation, breathe-work, deep facial tissue stretch and release.

Vinyasa: Sequencing, building a themed class- lineage, history, types of vinyasa. How to define and recognize different styles of yoga practices.

These 4 disciplines will give you a well rounded and enriched scope of both an authentic and evolving yoga practice and life. VYTT is a powerful, athletic, sensational, and psychological experience that is designed to promote strength, flexibility, with a true understanding of the mind, body, and spirit.


Textbook & Course Materials

Iyengar, B.K.S.: Light on Yoga

Swenson, David: The Ashtanga Manual

Enlightened Bodies: Japa Kaur Khalsa, Lumpkin Khalsa, and Nirmal Lumpkin

Kundalini Yoga Sadhana Guidelines: Create Your Daily Spiritual Practice

V. Lad: Introduction to Ayurveda

Clark, Bernie: The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga


Recommended Texts and Readings:

Maehle, Gregor: Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy

Chodron,  Pema: When Things Fall Apart

Sri Swami Satchidananda: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali


Other readings will be made available in the course


First week or Two:

First we will focus on how to build your own practice of Kundalini and Ashtanga, introducing Sadhana and Mysore styles followed by led classes in Ashtanga,Vinyasa, Kundalini and Yin classes. Discussion on the basic foundation of why we do yoga, why we teach, and why we are here.


Weekly Classes

Day 1: Instructed by Shannon Hancock.  Student will be expected to be prepared to start with a class practice (Ashtanga, Vinyasa or Yin) and ending with discussion on teaching methods, history, philosophy, book discussions, etc.

Day 2: Instructed by Shannon Hancock, Natalie Peach, or Guest Teacher TBA. 3.5 hours of anatomy/alignment and posture clinics and then another group class practice (yin or kundalini).

Day 3: Instructed by Shannon Hancock and/or Natalie Peach and will include Kundalini and Ashtanga or Vinyasa and Yin practice as well as practice teaching. Training will include but not be limited to teaching ashtanga to one another, breaking down postures, going over alignment, adjustments, and discussing the philosophy of yoga, history, mythology, 8 branches, and ethics. From time to time, portions will be instructed by possible “Guest Teacher” other than your instructor, or will be replaced with a workshop and will include teaching on things such as Children’s and Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Trauma and Special Populations, Ayurveda and other special topics as to be decided upon in partner with the private student and instructors.


Week 1: History. Practicum. Self.

Introductions, Looking inward at why we are on this journey, Introduction to Pranayama, Introduction to Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga

Book Assignment: Light on Yoga and Kundalini Sadhana Guidelines


Week 2: Forms of yoga.

Yoga disciplines defined and categorized, Importance and functions of each style, Brief History of Yoga, Introduction to Yoga Philosophy and important texts such as Yoga Sutras. Intro to 8 Limbs! (more on this later)


Week 3: Deep Dive Into Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga

Posture Clinic Days on Saturday and Sunday!

Book Assignment: Swenson, David: The Ashtanga Manual


Week 4: Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Cont.

Posture Clinic Days on Saturday and Sunday!


Week 5: Ashtanga Yoga Mimi Practicums

Ashtanga written quiz, including philosophy, B.K.S Iyengar, the categories of asana, eight limbs, maps of alignment, beginning practice teaching on Sunday!


Week 6: Philosophy, Ashtanga Cont., Kundalini

Hatha philosophy continued, Yamas, sequence of primary Ashtanga series, principles of demonstrating asanas, further practice and teaching in Kundalini Yoga

Book Assignment: Enlightened Bodies: Japa Kaur Khalsa, Lumpkin Khalsa, and Nirmal Lumpkin


Week 7: Philosophy, Ashtanga Cont., Kundalini Teaching

Ashtanga and Hatha philosophy, Niyamas, eight limbs cont’d, sanskrit exercise! Practice Teach Kundalini Yoga


Week 8: Ashtanga philosophy, Introduction to Ayurveda, Astrology, Archetypes

Yamas and Niyamas Reviewed, eight limbs cont’d, sanskrit exercise continued, Blindfold exercise (?)

Book Assignment: V. Lad: Introduction to Ayurveda


Week 9: Sun A, Sun B Breakdown, Ashtanga practice teaching! Introduction to Yin Yoga

learning modalities, use of language and voice, review of sequence and sanskrit

Book Assignment: Clark, Bernie: The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga


Week 10: Creativity project/ Karma community project

Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of nonviolence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma, How to live your practice off your mat.


Week 11: Yoga Structure, importance of balance in sequencing, Vinyasa Yoga Concepts

Lead by Natalie and/or Shannon


Week 12: Ethics of yoga teachers, relationship to students and community

Lead by Shannon


Week 13: Practice as a lead instructor, receiving and giving feedback and Review for Final Written Practicum

Homework! observing other teachers


Week 14: Practicum and Graduation Weekend!

Written and practical portion of the exam as well as practicum class must be completed before Graduation, if completed on time you are welcome to participate in the group graduation on Sunday, July 21st 2019!

Must lead a public yoga class of minimum 75 minutes before graduation!


Please Note:

Yoga teachers will give and receive feedback and critique weekly.  Each student will learn to develop their skills, talents, and place in the yoga community.  Each student will learn to be knowledgeable, confident, and decisive about their form of practice and teaching method.  Each student will graduate only after leading a class where Shannon and is present. Each student will graduate only after receiving a private oral exam presented by either Shannon or Natalie along with completing their written and practical portion of exam.  


13 weeks x 15 hours = 195 hrs + 25 hours of homework and observation, etc.

Total amount of hours: 220 + hours.

*Minimum hours to graduate: 160