Vulcan Yoga Teacher Training 2019!
Vulcan Yoga Teacher Training
Jan 2019 - June 2019
(Or privately scheduled)
Instructor: Natalie Peach and/or Shannon Hancock
Location: Forma Arts and Wellness
Hours: Jan 18 - 20 (Friday-Sunday)
Every other weekend hours:
Fridays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm,
Saturdays: 9:00 pm - 2:00 pm,
Sundays: 9:00am - 2:00pm.
5 hours per day, 15 hour total weekend.
Vulcan Yoga Homework and questions email:
Please copy both teachers as they are equally available to respond to questions, concerns and scheduling conflicts.
Information on Teachers:
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
Natalie Peach telephone and email:
205 540 4270
Natalie is a E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 hour yoga teacher from California and currently teaching in Birmingham Alabama. She is a musician, Reiki certified, and Personal Training certified. Natalie teaches geriatric and hospice yoga private sessions and group classes and at Danberry, as well as teaching Meditation, Yin, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga at The Yoga Circle and other locations in Birmingham.
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
Tolle, Eckhart A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
Frankl, Viktor E.: Man’s Search for Meaning
Hesse, Hermann: Siddhartha
Other readings will be made available in the course
Various Ted Talks and speakers may be featured including, but not limited to:
The Daily Miracle Show
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.
Fridays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm: Instructed by Natalie Peach. Students will be expected to be prepared to start with a group class practice (Ashtanga, Vinyasa or Yin) and ending with discussion on teaching methods, history, philosophy, book discussions, etc.
Saturdays: 9:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Instructed by Shannon Hancock, Natalie Peach Wolf, or Guest Teacher TBA. 3.5 hours of anatomy/alignment and posture clinics and then another group class practice (yin or kundalini).
Sundays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm: 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. Every other Sunday a month will be instructed by possible “Guest Teacher” or lead instructor and will include teaching things such as Children’s and Prenatal Yoga, yoga for Trauma and Special Populations, Ayurveda and other special topics.
Jan 18-20: 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
Feb 1-3: 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)
Feb 15-17: Deep Dive Into Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga
Posture Clinic Days on Saturday and Sunday!
Book Assignment: Swenson, David: The Ashtanga Manual
March 1-3: Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Cont.
Posture Clinic Days on Saturday and Sunday!
March 15-17: 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!
March 29-31: 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
April 12-14: Philosophy, Ashtanga Cont., Kundalini Teaching
Ashtanga and Hatha philosophy, Niyamas, eight limbs cont’d, sanskrit exercise! Practice Teach Kundalini Yoga
April 26-28: 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
May 10-12: 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
May 24-26: 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.
June 7-9: Yoga Structure, importance of balance in sequencing, Vinyasa Yoga Concepts
Lead by Natalie and/or Shannon
June 21-23: Ethics of yoga teachers, relationship to students and community
Lead by Shannon
July 5-7: Practice as a lead instructor, receiving and giving feedback and Review for Final Written Practicum
Homework! observing other teachers
July 19-20: Practicum and Graduation Weekend!
Practicum on the weekend of the 19th and 20th with graduation on Sunday. Written and practical portion of the exam on Saturday, July 20th and Graduation on Sunday, July 21st!
Must lead a yoga class of minimum 75 minutes between the dates of June 7th and July 20th.
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 Natalie are 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.