Cultivating the Mindful Teacher
with Marti Yura
Next Offering TBD
22-Hours offered as a Mandatory Module in the Vista Yoga 300-Hour Teacher Training
The seat of a yoga teacher is a commitment that empowers and serves.
It is important when we step into the role of yoga asana teacher we are grounded in the practical/physical as well as the Dharma. This workshop lays a foundation that will support mindfulness on the path of practice and teaching.
In this Workshop, Students will:
- Participate in group practice with focus on demonstration of effective use of cueing, tone of voice, presence in the room, posture, and directing focus
- Study demonstration and outlines on how to lead dharma, meditation, pranayama, body scan, and asana practice powerfully, using specific and dynamic language
- Consider the practicalities of modern, Western yoga teaching: room set-up, physical and sound space, prop availability, and student expectations. This discussion will include student physical and energetic considerations when teaching and a comparison of class formats. As well as, understanding considerations of challenging situations such as mixed-level classes and students with special needs. And also, concrete strategies for teaching through busy times, injury, and aging and for coping with disruptive student behavior, and less-than-ideal situations.
- Discussion and reflection on the yoga sutras including Yama/Niyamas and the eightfold path with a focus on understanding and applying yoga philosophy as a system of supporting guidance for life and teaching, as well as, creating a grounded space of yoga to teach from.
- Teach asana, dharma, pranayama, and meditation in a group setting, while being guided and offered feedback.
- They will workshop short sequencing exercises in order to deepen their understanding of the key poses of yoga, and to learn to quickly structure short sequences from which to develop larger class content
Marti’s journey has come full circle, from her first fitness studio in Charleston, SC in 1982, to the “birth” of Vista Yoga in Atlanta. Since 1979 her passion for physical and spiritual well-being has led her from teaching various forms of fitness, including personal training, to her discovery of Yoga in 1998.
Both dynamic and therapeutic, Marti’s classes are infused with a thorough understanding of the body, ancient wisdom, her nurturing spirit and a touch of humor.
She is a 500-hour ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. After studying with a wide variety of Yoga teachers, she has been studying extensively with Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2008, achieving her 500-hour certification with them.
She is also trained in Thai Yoga Massage therapy.