YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Our yoga teacher training program is unique, not only in format, but also with our content. We aim to provide cutting edge information on kinematics and biomechanics of the body based on the most current research. We don't supply a one-size-fits all approach to yoga; we look at how the body moves, then we look at the ways in which our individual differences influence and affect not only yoga asana, but movement in general.
Our YTT mission is to learn to teach the person not the pose.
Learning from Maria Richardson and all of the other guest teachers she invited to teach us is exactly what I was hoping for in a Teacher Training. It was authentic, intelligent, informative, unbiased and enlightening. We learned key fundamentals of Yoga; from theory and history, to alignment and function, to modern day Yoga and what the lifestyle means in todays world. We learned to take our new knowledge and understanding and to use our own voices to share yoga with those seeking guidance. Personally, I left teacher training with a confidence that I previously did not have. My personal practice is strong, but before TT I felt that I did not have the knowledge or the voice to express and lead others in a practice of their own. I no longer feel that way. By no means do I feel that I know everything about yoga, for I am forever a student, but I now feel that I have the ability to share my love of Yoga with those who wish to find it also.Amanda P, 2016
The reason that I started on this journey was because I knew that there was so much more I could learn about yoga. I wasn't necessarily interested in teaching, but I knew with this training I would be immersed in so many aspects of yoga. I definitely was not as advanced as most of the participants in the group and at first I wasn't sure if this was going to be right for me. After the first class, I realized that this was the best space for me to be in. As every week went on, I learned more than I ever expected; not just about yoga but about myself.
Maria provided a safe and non judgmental space where I could come every week and learn from her and the others in the group. Maria taught us to not just regurgitate what was being taught, but to research and explore the teachings ourselves. This way we could teach them as our own, with a purpose and with confidence.
The group was supportive of everyone else's knowledge level, abilities and personal situations. By the end I felt like we had become a yoga "family". This experience has changed me in ways that I never anticipated and definitely exceeded my expectations of a YTT. I highly recommend the YTT at Climber's Rock.M.R, 2016
As a Fitness Instructor for seniors, I wanted to expand my knowledge of the body and movement. I had no background in Yoga and it was highly recommended to me to try it by several clients and instructors. I enrolled in the RYT 200 at Climber's Rock, the instructor Maria had been recommended to me. Maria made me feel comfortable at once, her background and knowledge of Yoga is very extensive. I learned so much about my body, my capabilities, and to work as a team. Maria has such a keen eye to pick out improper body alignment but does it in a friendly, caring manner. After a short time I was "hooked!" Maria is a one of a kind instructor (great sense of humour) and I have made some very good friends with my RYT team! I am so grateful I took this course and I will be continuing my journey in Yoga.Debbie M, 2016
One day after having participated in one of Maria's scheduled yoga classes, I found myself sitting down on the bench in the studio's waiting room waiting hesitantly for Maria to finish whatever it was she was doing. I wanted to speak to her about the upcoming YTT. While I sat on that bench, many times I thought about leaving before asking her about the details of her program. Eventually, my thoughts became my actions, and I left without saying a word. A few weeks later, I attended Maria's yoga class again. I sat on the bench wondering if I should follow through this time around. There were so many questions racing through my mind just like the time before. I'm already in good health, do I really need Yoga? Can Yoga help me? Is this a good idea? It was while I was in silent contemplation with myself that Maria approached me. I don't know what she saw in me, and whatever it was I didn't believe I had it. I would like to think that she proved me wrong. I didn't just learn Yoga with Maria. I learned about myself. So, perhaps you are looking to learn Yoga and/or you are on the path to self discovery. In either case, Maria will provide you with a safe learning environment that cultivates open-mindedness and thoughtfulness --she did for me.Murad M, 2016
Ten core modules are designed in such a way that they can be taken out of order or started at any time; however, if you choose to complete the whole 200hr program from start to finish, you can see that we begin with our foundation -- the lower body -- and continue to move up the body. Similarly, we begin the study of the history of yoga which is broken into the different time periods: from the Vedic Period to the Modern Era of Yoga. Most importantly, our purpose is to answer the question of WHY is this subject important? Why should we care? What is the relevance of this history to us today?
Although not specifically listed in each module's description, we will focus on sequencing, propping, modifying, and teaching each other in every module in order to find your voice and develop the necessary skills required to teach effectively.
Lead Trainer, Maria Richardson is a lifelong student of yoga. She has had the good fortune to study and practice with many yoga teachers over the past 20 years, each of whom has helped deepen her practice, as well as develop her skill set as a teacher. She has studied anatomy, kinesiology, educational theory, and curriculum development with an emphasis on education. She completed a BA in Health Sciences and worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant until she became an Exercise Therapist working with various populations in a hospital setting. She holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Addiction and worked as a therapist in various settings including hospitals, schools, treatment centres, prisons, and community centres with people of all ages and backgrounds. After a career change, Maria completed her law degree and worked as a military prosecutor for the U.S. Air Force. When she returned home after a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, her and her husband decided to make a life change and move to Burlington, ON to open Climber's Rock in 2008.
Maria will be joined by other instructors and professionals in their respective fields to add breadth to Climber's Rock's YTT program in areas such as Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Special Populations, Energetics, and Subtle Anatomy. Also unique to our program is the ability for our students to round out their study of yoga by taking a minimum of 20 hours of electives. Electives in the form of workshops are offered throughout the year on various subjects generally held on the weekends. Students will be able to choose from these elective workshops on various subjects such as partner yoga, energetics, acupressure, nutrition, ayurveda, advanced practices, pre-natal, to name a few.