Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Yoga Studies

Go Deep Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)
and Advanced Yoga Studies
2016 – 2017

About Yoga Teacher Training

Chapel Hill/Carrboro’s first yoga teacher training, with Ti Harmony, one of the Triangle’s longest continuously teaching yoga practitioners A nine-month course to prepare you to teach yoga or just to deepen your practice, aimed at giving you EXPERIENCE and tools to manifest the True you.

You’ve been walking the ocean’s edge
holding up your robes to keep them dry.
You must dive naked under, and deeper
a thousand times deeper.” -Rumi

This course is designed primarily as a yoga teacher training and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level, though the total hours for the course are much higher than that. This course is also for those seeking to deepen their yoga practice or wanting a focused time of spiritual/personal growth using the vehicle of yoga.

The basis of the training is the development and maintenance of a consistent home yoga and meditation practice, the foundation of any good or even decent teacher. Much of the course revolves or springboards from this practice.  Regular contact with Ti Harmony is also key.

Another major focus is on understanding the philosophy behind the practices in order to bring your yoga “off the mat.” The course also encourages participants to develop their own style of teaching that reflects one’s individuality, areas of interest and understanding of the goal of yoga practices. Personal growth is by necessity part of this whole process.
Finally, participants will receive a solid understanding of a series of basic postures that they will be able to competently teach to others and which can serve as a jumping off point for further teaching.

This course is purposely small with a maximum of 12 students, so it can be very personal and intimate. Class weekends are at Loving Kindness Yoga School in Carrboro, NC.

Read Ti’s Blogs about Teacher Training!

Prerequisites

2 years minimum of regular yoga practice to take YTT as a yoga teacher certification program, or 6 months of regular yoga practice to take YTT as a deepening of your yoga experience.

Dates for 2016 – 2017

September 23-25   
October 21-23
November 18-20        
December  16-18    
January 13-15
February 10-12
March 10-12
April 7-9
May 5-7

June 2 – 4

We will meet nine weekends. One extra weekend, June 2-4, is scheduled in case of inclement weather etc.
The approximate training weekend schedule is:
Fridays 12:30-8:30, Saturdays 12:45-6:45, Sundays 8:45-5ish.

4-hour teacher Intensives on one Saturday afternoon mid-way between each teacher training weekend (1-5:15).  At least 6 of 7 are required for certification:
Oct. 8, Nov. 5,  Dec. 3, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 25, Apr. 22.

Certification Requirements

  • Attendance and participation for all weekend classes (or arrange to make up this time with Ti at additional cost). 
  • Attendance for 6 (of 7) 4-hour teacher intensives on one Saturday afternoon mid-way between each teacher training weekend. 
  • Minimum 1 hour home yoga practice 4 days a week including minimum 15 minutes meditation plus home yoga practice journal
  • Required reading and writing and journaling assignments. This includes writing and presenting a “research paper” on some aspect of yoga which you want to investigate further and sharing with the group a written spiritual autobiography.
  • Observation of one of Ti Harmony’s yoga classes each month and follow-up discussion
  • Fulfillment of all financial agreements
  • Monthly ½ hour conversation with Ti between each weekend meeting

Finances

Total cost for the course is $3000, with discounts for paying early, which includes all weekend trainings, teacher intensives and monthly “check-in” time with Ti, as well as one optional weekly yoga class with Ti. It does not cover the cost of books for the required reading (estimated around $120).  If you miss some of the required weekend classes, you will need to arrange to make up that time in order to graduate. Any make-up time may require additional payment. A payment plan is available.

Required Reading List

  • Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
  • Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
    One of the following two books
  • Yoga Anatomy, 2nd Edition by Leslie Kaminoff. For those students newer to anatomy
  • Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H. David Coulter. For those students with a deep thirst for anatomical details

About Ti Harmony

Ti has over 26 years of regular, disciplined and intensive practice on the mat and in life including over 23 years teaching as well as study with a number or world-renowned yoga teachers from many different styles. Ti also has over 18 years of practice as a Phoenix Rising Yoga therapy practitioner including 2 years of mentoring others in the learning process. These experiences have given him an understanding of how people learn, how to listen and effectively communicate, and how to teach. In additional, his 19 years as a devotee of Amma, his Guru, has allowed him to begin to taste the fruit of these years of practice much sooner and more deeply that he might have been able to otherwise.  Ti credits Her with any success he has experienced on the mat, the meditation cushion, as a teacher, and as a human being. Additionally Ti believes that his 14 years of parenting has tested and expanded the limits of his patience and deepened his love and surrender, all of which has allowed him to feel paradoxically confident and humble enough, and REAL enough, to offer himself as a teacher of teachers.

Student Reviews

“I really appreciated this training, and really learned and grew so much, and can only imagine all the work you must do to make it such a great experience for us and to give us so much of your time, love, attention, energy, and self.

This training has completely changed the way I approach yoga, my body, my self, and my life-all for the better.  I learned skills that changed my life on and off the mat, and had a safe, supportive, productive environment in which to practice, and process what I was learning, no only about yoga but also about myself.  I took this training because I wanted to become an awesome yoga teacher to myself at least, and from there maybe teach others.  Through this training I’ve become not only a better yoga teacher for myself and others, but also a better friend, companion, and care-giver for myself…all  of which are things that once I improved them for myself easily translated into improving them in my relationships with others.” 

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“My Yoga Teacher Training continues to inform me and positively impact my life 5 years later. The tools I gained have allowed me to be more present, more available to give to others, have more energy and feel physically, emotionally and spiritually more at peace than ever before.”

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“One of the very best things about this course is the size of the group. It is awesome from a student’s standpoint because it allows for open discussion, bonding and more detailed direction. It enables you to maintain a safe and creative space for all of us in a very nurturing environment where we could really absorb your teaching.

I would encourage anyone who wants to start really living to take this course, regardless of whether you want to teach or not. You cannot possibly come out the other side the same person with the same eyes. It creates the space in your own soul to evolve and visit unknown places in your heart all with a guiding light of kindness, wisdom and compassion. Once you begin that journey you will never be able to turn back and no matter what you find-good or bad-you will not seek to return to your starting point.”

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“This training was so much more than I expected it to be. I came to it expecting to learn how to teach people to bend, stretch, strengthen, and relax. What I got was an intense healing, life-affirming, spiritually-inspiring experience. It shifted – for the better – the way I see the world, the way I treat myself, the way I interact in my relationships; and it left me with a much greater capacity to listen to my inner voice, to see reality for what it is, and to cope with what I see and hear.”

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“I would like to express deep gratitude for my teacher, Ti Harmony.  This training is like a rebirth process and the sacred space that was held allows true healing to occur.  I am filled with deep gratitude for yoga and YTT.  The healing and the awakening that has occurred and is continuing to occur is something that I could never put a price on.”

How To Apply

Fill out, sign, and deliver these two forms with a deposit of $500 to Ti:
YTT APPLICATION 2016-17 
FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS 2016-17

See YTT Brochure 2016-17 for the above information in a printer-friendly format.

If you have any questions please contact Ti Harmony, preferably by email at harmonygarden@earthlink.net. You may also call 919-969-7228.