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Education in Yoga with Centered Yoga

A leader in the field of yoga education, Centered Yoga has been offering thorough and professional yoga training programs since its founding in 1999. Paul started Centered Yoga in New York City, and moved to Thailand toward the end of 2001. He resumed teaching the courses the following year, and out of this grew what came to be known as Yoga Thailand- now Samahita Retreat, the venue for our yoga retreats, training courses, and wellness programs. Over the years Centered Yoga has helped train more than seven hundred students, many of whom have gone on to teach. For all, even those who decide not to teach, the training programs are a time for deep practice and growth in the understanding of yoga.

Many esteemed teachers have also come to share their knowledge; among them Tiwariji, who continues to be Centered Yoga’s primary teacher and yoga master. He believes in the programs and recognizes the need for an advanced level of training, practice, and learning by students, especially those that go on to teach others. Others include Richard Freeman, Prof Jayashree, Prof Nagaraja Rao and other anatomical and ayurvedic specialists.

Centered Yoga makes its home in Samahita Retreat- a center established specifically to practice yoga and learn healthy and positive living habits. This, in itself, is a unique advantage. Samahita Retreat provides an ideal environment in which to learn, experience, and practice the lessons imparted in our courses. Few such places exist in the modern world.

The fact that we are one of the first schools to become a member of Yoga Alliance is attractive to many students, especially those who take our yoga certification courses as a platform from which to teach. We offer 200- and 500-hour level qualifications. Furthermore, Centered Yoga has its own high standard of qualification that a student reaches at the 1100-hour level, whereby they qualify as a Distinguished Advanced-Level Teacher. Our purpose is not to churn out teachers but to guide, inspire, and uplift students of yoga. We therefore look for sincerity as a primary qualification, the inner quality that allows a student to approach his or her personal development and the practices in an earnest and mature way.

Our Education in Yoga programs fall under two categories:
Foundation and Continuing Education

The yoga teacher training foundation course runs over a month’s period and is the program that we’ve become known for. Graduates of it have found it to be a uniquely immersive and transforming course, and it is well respected for its integrity and depth. Upon successful completion of this program, students receive a 200-hour-level certificate, by which they can register with Yoga Alliance.

The foundation course covers Asana, Pranayama, anatomy, philosophy, teaching techniques, and other topics, to give a well rounded learning experience.

Upcoming Foundation Trainings:

November 1-29, 2014 - Led by senior teachers ElonneSara and Arielle, with further assistance from Amy and the Centered Yoga teaching team.

** August 2-30, 2014 We are considering final applications for this course. It will be led by Paul and senior teachers Elonne and Arielle, with further assistance from Amy and the rest of the Centered Yoga team.
For full details on our Foundation Training, please visit our Centered Yoga Site

Upcoming Continuing Education Trainings:

Applied Anatomy. Action, Alignment and Adjusting as Teaching Tools

October 25 – November 1, 2014

with Arielle Nash

The continuing education courses are held throughout the year, and involve in-depth Asana practice combined with close examination of key themes, such as Pranayama, philosophy, or anatomy. These programs are open to all sincere and interested students. Graduates of our teacher training foundation course, or other courses of similar level, will earn 50 to 100 hours’ credit per course to advance their qualification level.

For full details on our Continuing Education Training please visit our Centered Yoga Site