2020 Academic calendar

January 2020

Weekend Training

January 11, Saturday                                9:30am - 6:00pm

January 12, Sunday                                  9:30am - 5:00pm


January 14, 21, and 28                              7:00pm - 9:00pm                                           

February 2020

Weekend Training

February 8, Saturday                                9:30am - 6:00pm

February 9, Sunday                                   9:30am - 5:00pm


February 4, 11, 18 and 25                            7:00pm - 9:00pm                                           

March 2020

Weekend Training

March 14, Saturday                                  9:30am - 6:00pm

March 15, Sunday                                     9:30am - 5:00pm


March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31                         7:00pm - 9:00pm    

April 2020

Weekend Training

April 18, Saturday                                  9:30am - 6:00pm

April 19, Sunday                                     9:30am - 5:00pm


April 7, 14, 21 and 28                              7:00pm - 9:00pm    

May 2020

Weekend Training

May 16, Saturday                                 9:30am - 6:00pm

May 17, Sunday                                     9:30am - 5:00pm


May 5, 12, 19 and 26                                  7:00pm - 9:00pm

Wednesday (Temple trip

May 20                                                    4:00pm - 9:00pm

June 2020

Weekend Training

June 12, Friday, June 13 Saturday and June 14 Sunday

Mountain Retreat                               

Times to be announced  

Depart June 12 morning and return June 14 afternoon

Make-Up Class

Dates and times to be set later in the program.                          


The current 2020 session sold out!!!

We recommend paying your deposit now to hold your space for 2021!!!!                               

Notification will be made if current schedule changes

Garden of Zen Yoga Teacher Training

Curriculum Outline

The Garden of Zen Yoga Studio Teacher Training Program includes 5 focal areas (FA) of study and consists of 180 instructional hours, along with 20 non-contact hours in accordance with Yoga Alliance standards (RYT-200).

FA#1: Teacher Training & Practice (TTP)

Topics covered under this FA are foundational for the rest of the course. Students begin with an extensive investigation of the asanas which emphasizes centering-techniques, transitional poses, pose-sequencing, instruction of modifications/contraindications, use of props and breath awareness.  Instruction highlights the use of heart-centered language and cueing. This FA concludes with an introduction to relaxation techniques, guided meditation, Prenatal/Postpartum yoga and the performance of specialty group instruction (e.g., seniors and children).

FA#2: Teaching Methodology 

Part I applies the TTP foundational training to plan intelligently designed classes  and personalized yoga sequences.  Students then use these sequences to instill confidence via presentation and group evaluation of the created sequences.  Students are challenged to express their personality through the creation of unique flows that are intended to influence the direction of their continued post-graduation study. 

Part II explores the necessities to sustain a successful yoga business, such as marketing tips, legal and ethical guidelines as an independent instructor, part of a studio, or when students are ready to establish their own studio.  Discussed in detail is how to provide a favorable benefit to the community while advancing your own study. 

FA#3: Anatomy and Physiology

Students explore how yoga relates to the Physiology of the Human Anatomical System, plus the capabilities and limitations associated with Kinesiology of musculoskeletal movement.  Students learn the bio-mechanics of the body movements and how asanas can provide benefit to improve the range of motion under various conditions.  Students practice appropriate modifications and alignment techniques that avoid injury without placing themselves in a compromising situation.

FA#4: Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle Ethics

Part 1 we will have an inter-active discussion to explore the understanding of the following topics:  Yoga Sutras, Eight Limbs, The Kosha Model, Chakras, History of Yoga, the development of Yoga in the West, Buddhist Philosophy and how we can integrate them into our lives.

We will visit the Buddhist Temple in Carrollton, VA,  during this visit students will deepen their meditation techniques. 

Part 2 promotes healthy living by exploring how to return to a lifestyle in rhythm with the natural world.  Students learn to eat in season and to self-nourish with whole foods.  You learn how to build awareness and relationships with our local plants.  You gain the basic knowledge on how to wildcraft and safely work with medicinal plants and herbs (to include-making herbal tinctures, oils, salves, creams and tea blends) Aromatherapy - students learn about the benefits and uses of essential oils in their daily lives and yoga practice. 

Part 3 this FA concludes with giving back to the community: Teach Karma Class/Community Service (10 hours required).

FA#5: Practicum

Small group teaching to refine teaching techniques. The FA furthers your exploration and confidence building by preparing a class for gentle and energizing population groups.  Students can earn credit by participating in different classes/workshops offered at the studio.