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300 Hour Teacher Training 2024-2025

This program is tailored to build upon a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Upon graduation this program makes RYT 200’s eligible to register as a RYT 500 from Yoga Alliance.

There are three pillars to our program that span over a range of topics, all designed to enrich and elevate your teaching. These pillars include:

Teaching as a practice

Honing your personal teaching voice

Building a sustainable teaching career

Topics of studies include:

  • Asana Study  with a practicum focus including observation and hands-on assistance, teaching advanced asanas, and multifaceted sequencing.

  • Advanced Pranayama Practices & Teaching including Western and Eastern approaches to breath, study of the anatomy of the respiratory system, breath cycles impact on our autonomic nervous system, the cultivation of prana by way of Nadis and Chakras, the relationship between prana and breath.

  • Vedic Philosophy including an examination of  the Kleshas and the Doshas. A deep dive into Vedic texts including the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Sutras. We will learn to weave these into sequencing as well as other aspects of teaching.

  • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology with a focus on direct application to asana, and asana as it applies to physiology.

  • Subtle Anatomy an exploration of the energy systems of the body including Chakras, Bhandas, Vayus, Koshas and how they are directly impacted by asana and pranayama.

 

  • Ancient Ayurvedic Study the intersection of this ancient healthcare system and the practice of yoga. This will include practice and sequencing in accordance with the seasons, and will tie into our Vedic studies.

  • Sanskrit and Mantra  Sound Yoga in teaching and practice, pronunciation and use of Mantra.

  • Practicum, Pedagogy and Student Teaching Principles of private instruction and teaching to individual needs. The art of demonstration & teaching through exercises. Learning to incorporate the eight limbs of yoga into all aspects of teaching.

  • Principles of Teaching to Non-Mainstream Populations Learn  to extract the principles of specific asana and translate them into practice that is accessible to everyone. 

  • How to create Business Opportunities (panel presentation), Self Promotion by way of outside interests, additional career paths, self-promotion and networking within your yoga community.

  • Thesis This includes the development of a retreat or workshop series. We will ask for all developmental content including a business plan, syllabus, promotional materials, etc.

Schedule 2024-2025

9 weekend Modules

Fridays 5-9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10-3 pm

Opening weekend – Friday, November 15- Sunday, November 17 2024

2nd- Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 19th, 2025 (Martin Luther King weekend) 

3rd – Friday March 21st – Sunday March 23rd 2025

4th– Friday May 30 – Sunday June 1st 2025

5th- Friday, July 25- Sunday July 27th 2025

6th– Friday September 26th – Sunday September 28th 

7th- Friday November 7th – Sunday November 9th

Final weekend – Friday, December 5- Sunday, December 7th 

Tuition 2024-2025

Added Perks:

  • A full year of free yoga (valued at $1300)

  • Study Materials (books not included)

  • All Workshops and lectures with our Master Teacher  Adjunct Faculty

  • Studio space allocated specifically for  TT’s

  • Personal mentorship

  • Skills training and business development from and for the yoga industry

 

Tuition

Advanced Teacher Training : $4,100

 

Early Bird (before September 1st 2024):  $3,800

 

Payment Plan (four installments of $1,075) – $4,300

To Apply

 

ALL Applications must be received by November 1st 

(early bird deadline September 1st  ‘24) 

 

Please submit the following (by email, US mail, or in person)

  • A copy of your valid 200hr Certificate 

  • Resume of Yoga Teaching Experience (including the RYS where you received your initial training

  • A Personal Reflection on how the Blue Banyan program speaks to you 

  • Tell us what you hope to gain in participating in this 300hr Training 

  • $200 non-refundable Application Fee

Values & Beliefs

Blue Banyan Yoga Studio & School values yoga as a living practice and approaches the teaching of yoga as an ever-evolving and responsive craft. We believe that Yoga is for everyone and therefore we teach with an awareness of those who are in the room, the season, and all that  is present.  Our program has drawn from many sources and traditions to offer an integrated, inspired, and informed approach to Vinyasa Yoga. 

We value the importance of practicing and teaching today so that we can continue to do so tomorrow. Teaching Yoga is a karmic responsibility and therefore preparing teachers is a great responsibility. The power of the practice can bring great well-being and joy but can be equally harmful if misused or misdirected. Ultimately, we believe that yoga needs to be equitable and accessible to everyone. We are committed to preparing every student to embody and practice these values.

History

Founded by Sophie Simpson and Jake Miller, the Blue Banyan Yoga School Teacher Training program is rooted in honoring authentic practice and tradition. Sophie began her teaching journey studying with Dana Trixie Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi at Laughing Lotus in New York City. Both Krishnamacharya and Desikachar’s work was honored in this teaching. Jake began his teaching career at Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia with Corina Benner, who initially studied with Cyndi Lee at Om Yoga in New York.

While both have advanced their teaching through various modalities, they were both students in the early days of these influential East Coast studios that have helped inform Yoga study in this country. Sophie and Jake both model ongoing professional development so that their students may do the same.

Today, the Blue Banyan Yoga School Teaching Training program has expanded to include teachers from a range of backgrounds who value the Blue Banyan style, including many adjunct teachers who offer expertise in physiology, meditation, equity, social justice, and more.

We offer a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training and a Yoga Immersion program.  Each is crafted to empower, support and nurture students.

Teacher Training

Students will graduate prepared to teach an authentic Vinyasa yoga practice. As such, we offer a mulit-dimensional curriculum in the foundations of yoga.

Our syllabus  includes but is not limited to: Physical asana, ancient yogic texts & spiritual foundation, 8- Limbs of Yoga, Eastern Body, Deity Pantheon, foundational Sanskrit, applied and practical anatomy, mindfulness meditation, pedagogy, equity in yoga and wellness, the business of yoga and more. The experience is curated to be supportive with mentorship from experienced teachers as well as peer to peer collaboration.

Students of both programs will cultivate an understanding of yoga on the mat as much as they too will explore what it means to live yoga off the mat.The program will conclude with a practical teaching and written exam. When all curriculum is completed and students receive passing exam scores, they will receive a 200-Hour Teaching Certificate from Blue Banyan Yoga Studio & School, which they will be able to use to obtain Yoga Alliance Certification.

*The program is designed to fit into the lives of our students. There will be a series of live and asynchronous sessions throughout a six-month period. 

Immersion

Yoga Immersion (YI) is intended for yoga practitioners who would like to deepen their personal practice and expand their understanding of the roots of yoga. YI students will participate in 10 select elements of the Teacher Training Curriculum. Dates are noted on the schedule below. Immersion is not a track to teacher certification, should you later choose to obtain your certification, you would be required to complete the full 200-hour curriculum.

Meet The Instructors

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Sophie Simpson

Co-Founder, Mentor and Guest Lecturer is the founder of Blue Banyan Yoga Studio and co-creator of Blue Banyan’s Yoga School. Having been raised in the Sufi Tradition, Sophie is inherently related to and inspired by Eastern philosophy and spirituality that lives in yoga; this inspiration is evident in her teaching. As a result, she has been devoted to the ancient study of yoga for over 23 years and is a master teacher, teaching group and individuals for over 19 years; she is considered particularly proficient in teaching the study and practice of Pranayama (breathwork). Early on, Sophie found her yoga home at Laughing Lotus in New York City where she learned under the inspiring tutelage of Jasmine Takeshi and Dana Flynn. As a teacher, Sophie is dedicated to finding the “Way-In” for each of her students, leading each student toward the transformative power of yoga. From 1999- 2009, Sophie studied Vedic Medicine and Astrology. This work, above all else, has influenced her 22-year mission-driven career towards greater health and well-being for all. Sophie is considered a master counselor in the field of Vedic Spiritual Science and uses this bio-individual approach in her yoga work as well. Sophie believes “Practice on the mat is the bridge to living Yoga off the mat’ embodying all 8 limbs in every day, manifest life. To this end, Sophie is always engaging in professional development through the study of the intersection of physiology and asana, the effects of yoga on autoimmune disease ayurvedic study, and much more. Currently, Sophie is completing her Board Certification as a Health and Wellness Counselor through the The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and will graduate in January 2023.

sophie-simpson

Sophie Simpson

Co-Founder, Mentor and Guest Lecturer is the founder of Blue Banyan Yoga Studio and co-creator of Blue Banyan’s Yoga School. Having been raised in the Sufi Tradition, Sophie is inherently related to and inspired by Eastern philosophy and spirituality that lives in yoga; this inspiration is evident in her teaching. As a result, she has been devoted to the ancient study of yoga for over 23 years and is a master teacher, teaching group and individuals for over 19 years; she is considered particularly proficient in teaching the study and practice of Pranayama (breathwork). Early on, Sophie found her yoga home at Laughing Lotus in New York City where she learned under the inspiring tutelage of Jasmine Takeshi and Dana Flynn. As a teacher, Sophie is dedicated to finding the “Way-In” for each of her students, leading each student toward the transformative power of yoga. From 1999- 2009, Sophie studied Vedic Medicine and Astrology. This work, above all else, has influenced her 22-year mission-driven career towards greater health and well-being for all. Sophie is considered a master counselor in the field of Vedic Spiritual Science and uses this bio-individual approach in her yoga work as well. Sophie believes “Practice on the mat is the bridge to living Yoga off the mat’ embodying all 8 limbs in every day, manifest life. To this end, Sophie is always engaging in professional development through the study of the intersection of physiology and asana, the effects of yoga on autoimmune disease ayurvedic study, and much more. Currently, Sophie is completing her Board Certification as a Health and Wellness Counselor through the The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and will graduate in January 2023.

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Jake Miller

Co-Founder, Mentor and Guest Lecturer first encountered the practice of yoga as a student of theater and dance in 1997.
After several years of ‘dabbling’ and a few of serious study, he began teaching in the Vinyasa-style in 2004. In 2007 he completed his 250-hour Teacher Certification at Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia. Continuing studies have included Sanskrit and Sound Yoga with Manorama of Sanskrit Studies, Living Tantra with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute, and Thai Yoga Bodywork with Michael Buck of the Vedic Institute and Saul David Raye of Ritam Healing Arts. Jake is now co-director of Blue Banyan Yoga School and Studio.

jake

Jake Miller

Co-Founder, Mentor and Guest Lecturer first encountered the practice of yoga as a student of theater and dance in 1997.
After several years of ‘dabbling’ and a few of serious study, he began teaching in the Vinyasa-style in 2004. In 2007 he completed his 250-hour Teacher Certification at Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia. Continuing studies have included Sanskrit and Sound Yoga with Manorama of Sanskrit Studies, Living Tantra with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute, and Thai Yoga Bodywork with Michael Buck of the Vedic Institute and Saul David Raye of Ritam Healing Arts. Jake is now co-director of Blue Banyan Yoga School and Studio.

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Jenny Burkholder

Lead Teacher began practicing yoga in 2004, when she moved to Philadelphia.
In 2013, drawn to Blue Banyan Yoga’s emphasis on proper alignment and spiritual depth, she began practicing there, and in 2017, she completed her 500-hour teacher training with Sophie Simpson and Jake Miller. Outside of Blue Banyan, she is a full time writer whose work has appeared in various outlets. In 2016, she published a poetry chapbook titled Repaired (Finishing Line Press). In her classes, Jenny combines her knowledge of yoga with her love of imagery and metaphor. She hopes her devotion to yoga will inspire others to develop their own physical and spiritual practices.

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Jenny Burkholder

Lead Teacher began practicing yoga in 2004, when she moved to Philadelphia.
In 2013, drawn to Blue Banyan Yoga’s emphasis on proper alignment and spiritual depth, she began practicing there, and in 2017, she completed her 500-hour teacher training with Sophie Simpson and Jake Miller. Outside of Blue Banyan, she is a full time writer whose work has appeared in various outlets. In 2016, she published a poetry chapbook titled Repaired (Finishing Line Press). In her classes, Jenny combines her knowledge of yoga with her love of imagery and metaphor. She hopes her devotion to yoga will inspire others to develop their own physical and spiritual practices.

Angella-Irwin

Angella Irwin

Lead Teacher Angella Irwin began practicing yoga privately in 2003 as a way to stay active while traveling in countries where public exercise wasn’t easy for women.
Years later she was delighted to find the Blue Banyan community, and began to deepen her practice under the guidance of Sophie Simpson and Jake Miller. In 2017, she completed her 500-hour teacher training with Blue Banyan and has continued to learn through classes and workshops in restorative yoga and sound meditation, but primarily her growth stems from being an active practitioner and teacher. She is devoted to the concept of practice, and loves the constant work of surrendering to it.

Angella-Irwin

Angella Irwin

Lead Teacher Angella Irwin began practicing yoga privately in 2003 as a way to stay active while traveling in countries where public exercise wasn’t easy for women.
Years later she was delighted to find the Blue Banyan community, and began to deepen her practice under the guidance of Sophie Simpson and Jake Miller. In 2017, she completed her 500-hour teacher training with Blue Banyan and has continued to learn through classes and workshops in restorative yoga and sound meditation, but primarily her growth stems from being an active practitioner and teacher. She is devoted to the concept of practice, and loves the constant work of surrendering to it.

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