Teaching True Original Hot Yoga Teacher Training
If you’ve been transformed by your original hot yoga practice and want to facilitate the transformation of others, Teaching True is for you. We will help you step into that space no matter your motivation.
- Burning desire to lead a 90-minute hot yoga class
- Already teaching and want to refine your teaching techniques
- On the path of self-exploration
- Desire to hone your practice, understand the postures and their benefits
Teaching this original hot yoga class will radically shift your understanding of the practice and yourself. Teaching True’s 6-week intensive 400 hour training will prepare you to confidently, effectively and safely teach. Self-awareness is the key to becoming a great teacher. Working on your “self” is some of the most challenging work you’ll do in your life. Teaching True is offering proven tools and a platform on which to develop them.
It’s not simply 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Many copycat hot yoga classes call their classes “just like Bikram Yoga” but there’s a difference. Well-trained original hot yoga teachers understand the techniques that liberate students from the limitations of their own mind while applying this transformational yoga in the most therapeutic manner. The original hot yoga is designed to knock your socks off and show you how amazing you truly are. Careful application of the teaching techniques is critical for success. Teaching True enlightens you on the lineage of this discipline and these very specific techniques of understanding how to utilize the class for maximum effect. Teaching True will also outline how it differentiates itself from other “Hot Yoga” classes. You will get a thorough training in alignment and how to cue yoga students in the uniquely intense environment of an original hot yoga class. We train you on the specific techniques that bring people life changing benefits and total mind-body transformation.
You began your transformation with that first step into an original hot yoga class. This is the next step.
Submit this online application and let’s find out if Teaching True is for you.
Teaching True Director
I took my first Bikram Yoga class in 2002. I had been trying out a variety of yoga classes all over the world while working as a flight attendant. In one 90 minute Bikram Yoga class I found the uniquely powerful and transformational practice I had been seeking. It was only a few months into my practice that I knew I could teach this class. I knew right away that this was where I was supposed to be. In 2004 I attended Bikram’s 500 hour, 9 week teacher training in Los Angeles. I immediately started teaching in the US and in Chile where I lived at the time. I started my teaching career teaching in both English and Spanish.
In 2006 I took over a struggling studio on the verge of closing in downtown New Haven, Connecticut. Within a few years I turned it into a bustling True Bikram Yoga community with teachers coming in from all over the world for mentorship. In 2013 I expanded to a second location in Madison, Connecticut. This gave us an even greater variety of hot rooms and demographics to develop our student and teacher experiences. My studios serve a diverse community that includes students, urban professionals, homemakers, retirees, fitness minded people of all ages and yoga teachers from various other disciplines.
There are two aspects of studio ownership at which I feel the most accomplished. One is assisting students who present with specific health concerns, including injury, trauma, chronic pain and addiction as well as women in pregnancy. The other is mentoring new teachers; helping them build a strong foundation of knowledge, ethics and technique as they begin their own rewarding careers.
As part of my passion to develop new yoga teachers, I assisted at nine of Bikram’s teacher trainings and assisted Rajashree Choudhury at Kripalu and Omega retreats. Throughout my career, I have mentored over eighty yoga teachers and have taught more than ten thousand students worldwide.
Teacher mentorship has been a passion for me and has included coaching athletes for yoga competitions. I have been a judge for the USA Yoga Federation since 2008; judging Regional and National Competitions across the country and currently serve on USA Yoga Federation’s judges committee. In the past five years, my studios have produced four champions at the regional, national and international levels in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
In addition to coaching, I have worked extensively with athletes to improve their performance, conditioning and reduce the risk of injury. I have facilitated the mobility module of training for the Yale football team, Yale men’s lacrosse team and The University of New Haven women’s basketball team.
I am excited to bring my passion, knowledge and experience to a new generation of yoga teachers at a time when the evolving industry is offering many new opportunities to students and teachers alike.
Teaching True Original Hot Yoga Teacher Training produces amazing original hot yoga teachers with an emphasis on the teaching technique that differentiates the original hot yoga from the growing industry of generic hot yoga classes. Presented and completed in 6 weeks, this training establishes but is not limited to:
- Dialogue proficiency specific to the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises
- Knowledge of alignment and posture mechanics of the OHY postures
- Self-awareness training
- Yoga anatomy & physiology
- Classroom management tools and teaching methodology
- Ethics and professionalism in the modern industry of yoga
- Overview of lineage of the schools of Bikram Choudhury and Bishnu Ghosh
Teaching True’s curriculum includes strategies for successfully accommodating students who present with special issues. In depth modules will concentrate on techniques that differentiate this original lineage from other hot yoga classes. This training introduces tools for developing self-awareness, situational awareness and self-control to successfully manage a room full of students from first timers to accomplished practitioners. We also prepare trainees to align with the business expectations in today’s yoga industry and a network of trusted studios to be able to approach for teaching jobs.
We also invite existing original hot yoga teachers to join individual modules of the training to advance and sharpen their teaching skills while accumulating continuing education credits.
Required pre-work (non-contact hours):
- Reading requirements (*) with additional recommendations:
*Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class, by Bikram Choudhury
*Bikram Yoga, by Bikram Choudhury
*The Breathing Book, by Donna Farhi
Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda
Calcutta Yoga, by Jerome Armstrong
The Yamas and Niyamas-Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice, by Deborah Adele
Inside The Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Sourcebook for the Study and Practice of Patanjali’s Yoga, by Jaganath Carrera
- Anatomy References:
Netter’s Anatomy Coloring Book (provided by Teaching True)
- Practice Recommendations:
Thirty 90 min OHY classes in thirty consecutive days (within 1 year of TT start)
Curriculum in 3 Modules
Modules 1 & 3
- Group Study of Dialog
- Posture Lab & Teaching Skills
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Yoga Practice
- Ethics and Boundaries
- Personal Development / Business Development
- Teaching 6 classes/week
- Post class feedback & support
Post training Internship
- Teach 75 Classes to receive OHYA certification
Next Enrollment & Pricing
Next training runs from August 3 through October 30, 2020.
$500 off when registered by June 1st, 2020, $5999 after.
9am to 10:30pm
2 yoga classes
Lunch & Dinner breaks
9am to 11pm
2 yoga classes
Lunch & Dinner breaks
9am to 8pm
2 yoga classes
Lunch & Dinner breaks