We are proud to announce that six hardworking students graduated from the recent URENERGY YOGA RYS 200 Teacher Training. With diligence and perseverance, these yoga students completed 10 consecutive weeks of classes conducted on the weekends. These classes covered a variety of important topics related to the practice of yoga.
The yoga instructor training was lead by Nicolay Del Salto, who is C.E.O. and founder of URENERGY YOGA. The URENERGY YOGA RYS 200 Teacher Training graduates included Eros Gonzalez, Gabriela Bhatia, Amy Wong, Jasmine Howell, Vivian “Gloria” Vardenaz, and Deborah Cruz.
One of the initial concepts that these students confronted at the Miami teacher training was the process of sacrificing vices. Nicolay had each student become vegetarian and give up alcohol.
Gloria still has not eaten meat, continuing the path of health and wellness that Nicolay encouraged her to pursue during the experience. Others, like Deborah, gave up sweets during the Yoga Alliance teacher training, while Gloria, Jasmine, and Amy gave up coffee. “The first week those coffee addicts were like zombies,” Amy joked when asked about the sacrifices.
“This practice was known as tapas in Sanskrit. The constant practice of austerity generates inner heat that will purify the self. I, myself, did not have much of a problem giving up coffee during the teacher training as coffee is just a habit to me. I knew this could be very difficult for some people.”
A few months ago, Amy moved to Miami from England and only recently discovered her passion for yoga. “I went to a few yoga in the park classes and realized my body and mind were changing in just a few classes. I started with two classes a week and went to six or seven classes a week. Every week, the teachers were pushing me beyond the boundaries.”
What is an RYS 200 Teacher Training?
URENERGY YOGA is the best teacher training in Miami and conforms to the strict rules provided by Yoga Alliance.
“RYSs must provide a minimum number of hours of study in each educational category, and to make up the total 200 required hours, must also provide additional hours of study relevant to these categories, which may be distributed according to the school’s chosen emphasis,” according to Yoga Alliance.
The hours for a Yoga Alliance teacher training are as follows:
- Techniques, Training, and Practice, which accounts for 100-hours;
- Teaching Methodology, which accounts for 25-hours;
- Anatomy and Physiology, which accounts for 20-hours;
- Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers, which accounts for 30-hours; and
- Practicum, which accounts for 10-hours.
The remaining 15-hours are allocated by the teacher. For “Techniques, Training, and Practice,” the most common topics discussed are pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, asanas, meditation, mantra, and more. These hours juxtapose analytical training on how to “teach and practice the techniques,” and a “guided practice of the techniques themselves.”
The next area of focus for the URENERGY YOGA teacher training is “Teaching Methodology,” which covers several important concepts, such as communication and time management skills; specific needs of individual practitioners, along with special populations; principles related to form; and business aspects of teaching yoga, including a workshop on the business of yoga with visiting speaker, Pablo Lucero.
Following this, students learn “Anatomy and Physiology,” which includes the human physical anatomy and physiology, such as bodily systems and organs, and the energy anatomy and physiology, such as chakras and nadis.
The fourth topic of coverage, “Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers,” includes the dedicated study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts; promoting the yoga lifestyle of non-violence and the important concepts of karma and dharma; important ethics around teaching yoga to the community, highlighting the special bond between teacher and student; and the value of teaching yoga as a service.
These previous two sections were among the favorites of Deborah from the recent Yoga Alliance teacher training. Deborah enjoyed the “history of yoga” best of the various topics covered during the training, along with “its various forms and its relation to the self.”
Finally, students participate in “Practicum,” which provides a real-time teaching experience. These took place at the URENERGY YOGA studio in a series of free yoga community classes, where the instructor practices being a teacher.
Deborah found this portion of the teacher training to be challenging. “My mouth got dry just from speaking,” said the recent URENERGY YOGA teacher training graduate. “The brain now has to learn to think about each posture and verbally direct each movement of the body with precision.”
The Yoga Alliance teacher training changes the student’s life — and their yoga practice — for the better. At the conclusion, the student becomes a certified yoga instructor. We encourage our readers to consider our upcoming RYS 200 teacher trainings, regardless of their level of expertise.
“When I first decided to take up teacher training, I knew I was the one among all who had the least years and knowledge of the practice of yoga,” said Amy. “The lack of flexibility and strength of my body will become my main obstacles, I thought at the time.
“By practicing sadhana and tapas during the teacher training, the body and minds are purified, and this changes the body to be more receptive of challenges but still be mindful of yourself. Yoga is a long-term practice — a teacher training is not a baptism of fire that gives you the instant power to do anything,” Amy continued with confidence. “The learning of yoga in a teacher training is just the beginning of this bottomless discovery.”