Easy Day Yoga 200 hour YTT
We understand that you have lots of choices when it comes to selecting a Yoga Teacher Training. Whether it’s a weekend program right here at home, or an immersive month of study at an ashram or a beautiful retreat in Bali — your options are endless. So why should you choose us?
Here at Easy Day Yoga, we’ve designed a program that encompasses all of Yoga as a whole — not just the poses. Sure, you will learn asana and how to safely talk students into and out of the physical postures, but Yoga is so much more than creating shapes with your body — it’s alchemy! We recognize that it’s the transformation that truly fuels the practice, not the stretch and not the sweat. Both are great side effects, but neither are the goal.
We take a holistic and inclusive approach, providing you with a strong foundation in the science of Yoga, that will allow you to balance your own life, as well as give you the tools to assist others in balancing theirs. Though we’ll focus a bunch on learning to teach Yoga, what we really want you to walk away with is the skills to hold the space for your own exploration into your highest self. When we learn to hold the space for ourselves, inevitably we begin to hold it for others, and that’s what being a Yoga teacher is all about.
The truth is, wherever you end up taking a training, it will have been the right decision for you, no matter what. Obviously we’re hopeful you’ll want to join us on this journey, but most importantly, we want you to live your best life — right here at Easy Day, around the corner, or all the way across the globe.
Take a look below to get a better understanding of the topics we will dive into.
And P.S. Don’t stress, we are a Yoga Alliance certified Yoga school!
Areas of Study
Asana — We’ll study the physical postures of yoga in depth, focusing on alignment, verbal cues and how to utilize and modify them for a Gentle, Hatha or Vinyasa class. Though you will leave with the knowledge of how to teach a Vinyasa class, our program is more focused on the therapeutic aspects of Hatha Yoga. Two out of the three main teachers are Yoga Therapists, so our program is really designed around the healing aspects of yoga.
Meditation — There are many ways to meditate, and none are right for everyone, so our goal is to teach you different techniques so that you can find your own path, and help others do the same.
Pranayama — You’ll get an in depth look at the breathing practices of Yoga, and learn how to use them in your own practice, as well as how to share their benefits with others.
Physical Anatomy — Prepare to be blown away by the amazingness that is your body as you get a better understanding of what’s happening in each posture with our study of the muscles, skeletal structure, fascia and much more.
Energetic Anatomy — You’ve probably heard the term Chakra before, but do you really know what they’re all about and how they affect your daily life? We’ll shed some light on this vital energetic system, plus we’ll study the Nadis and Prana Vayus as well.
Yogic Philosophy — We’ll dive into Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, with a special focus on the Yamas & the Niyamas, and we’ll explore The Upanishads and the Bhagaved Gita as well, giving you a broader perspective on the whole of Yoga.
Teaching — Seems obvious, right? We’ll guide you through the process of learning this new language from an inclusive perspective, and cover not only sequencing, adjustments and assists, but the ethics of teaching as well.
In addition to all of the above, you’ll also have the opportunity to do lots of personal exploration at home with inspiring readings and shadow work.
Kate “Bharati” Thuss
After living with depression and anxiety for most of her life, Kate sought solace on her Yoga mat, and the simple truth is, it was her practice that put her back together again. After some major life changes and upheaval, she healed her heart with Yoga and it didn’t take long before she realized she wanted to help others do the same. In the winter of 2014 she studied at the Integral Yoga Teaching Academy at Satchidananda Ashram and received her certification to teach. Since then she has trained in LifeForce Yoga for Depression & Anxiety with Amy Weintraub, iRest Yoga Nidra with Karen Soltes, and Yoga Psychology via Ashley Turner’s Yoga.Psyche.Soul 500 Hour program. Kate is an E-RYT 200, YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) and is currently pursuing certifications in Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff and a second 500 hour program with the Himalayan Institute. Her desire is to hold the space for others to meet themselves wholly on their mats — for Kate, it’s not about what you look like in a pose, it’s about how you feel. In her classes you can expect to spend some time with your breath, practicing Pranayama, moving either gently or vigorously (though always with intention) through your asana, and then settling in for a Yoga Nidra practice to bring it all into balance at the end.
Christie “Kanta” Haran
MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP, LMT
Christie began her Yoga journey in 1994 when she attended a Yoga retreat at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. She had been practicing as a Mental Health Counselor, but found the physical, mental and emotional benefits of Yoga so powerful for herself and others, she decided to become a Yoga Instructor. In 2000, she earned her teaching certification through the Integral Yoga Teaching Academy at the Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, VA. She returns often to the Ashram to serve on the staff of Teacher Trainings. Christie has studied and practiced several styles and traditions over the years. She loves teaching and practicing Hatha, however, you will see her on her mat at Easy Day in many different classes! In addition to a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Sports Psychology, Christie is certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapy. She is also a Certified Stress Management Coach, a Certified(pending) Life Coach, and a Licensed Massage Therapist, specializing in Thai Massage and Reconnective Energy Healing. In her group and private sessions, she blends the benefits of these modalities to create a unique experience for each client/student. As a Yoga Therapist, she focuses on the therapeutic qualities of Yoga and enjoys sharing the healing benefits of yoga with clients who have physical, mental, and emotional challenges. KANTA, her spiritual name, given to her by her Guru (teacher), Sri Swami Satchidananda, means lovely, brilliant, and lustrous.
C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP
Denyse Peterson is an Adjunct Faculty Member, Clinic Coordinator and Clinic Supervisor (Yoga Therapy Department) at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is one of the first in the nation to receive a Master of Science in this field and is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500 and is a provider of continuing education (YACEP). In her experience as a certified fitness professional for over 30 years, she has accrued numerous certifications including: NASM Personal Trainer, NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Integrative Corrective Exercise Instructor, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach, Warrior 140 hours Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher, Relax and Renew Trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor and Reiki Master from the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage.
She has the experience of academic teaching at MUIH and Collin County Community College, as well as clinical supervision at the Natural Care Center in Laurel, MD and Howard County General Hospital. She is the owner of Virginia Yoga Therapy, where she provides private sessions and corporate stress management series. She is the creator of the Zen Zone Yoga Teacher Training Program which provides relief from chronic pain and stress related conditions using the tools of yoga therapy.
Denyse fully believes in the healing power of yoga for physical, emotional and mental health. She has experienced relief from fibromyalgia with her practice and witnessed amazing results with her students and clients. She loves sharing her passion of yoga and a healthy lifestyle and is grateful for the opportunity to never stop learning. She enjoys walking her dog, stand up paddle board and reading.
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Cost of the Program
The total cost of the program is $3,000. If you sign up before August 1st, 2019 you can take advantage of our early bird discount of $250. We ask for a non-refundable deposit of $500 to reserve your spot, which is then applied to your total cost. We request your total cost be paid up front by September 1st, but if you need a payment plan, please let us know. We offer a 3-month payment plan of $1050 a month with a signed contract. The first installment due by September 1st.
Books and materials will be an additional cost.
Wondering when we’ll meet? Click here for the full 2019-2020 Schedule.
Be 18 years of age to participate.
Have at least 1 year of steady personal Yoga practice.
No desire to teach? That’s totally fine! Many people take a YTT to deepen their own practice and understanding of Yoga.
Of course you do, this is a big decision and it’s important that you feel like you have a full understanding of our program. Fill out the form below and our YTT Director, Kate Thuss, will get back with you ASAP!
Ready to Apply?
So you feel like you’re questions have been answered and you’re ready to make the leap! That’s really exciting! We can’t wait to hear from you!
To Bless the Space Between Us
In the out-of-the-way places of the heart, where your thoughts never think to wander, this beginning has been quietly forming, waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire, feeling the emptiness growing inside you, noticing how you willed yourself on, still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety and the gray promises that sameness whispered, heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent, wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when you courage kindled, and out you stepped onto new ground, your eyes young again with energy and dream, a path of plentitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear you can trust the promise of this opening; unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning that is at one with your life's desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure; hold nothing back, learn to find ease in the risk; soon you will be home in a new rhythm, for your soul senses the world that awaits you.
~ John O'Donahue