Citizen Yoga Teacher Training is not a lesson in “paint by numbers.” It is an experience that assists trainees in mastering brush strokes, which they then use to become an artist of their own practice and in teaching.
Citizen Yoga’s 200-hour RYT is a Yoga Alliance-certified program that encourages and challenges trainees to take the seat of responsibility in their lives. Based on a deeply evolved manual written by owner Kacee Must, the training brings students on a journey of self-development by helping each individual realize their potential as a speaker, communicator, and a teacher in all facets. Throughout the 15-week program you will learn anatomy, how to sequence and pace classes, how to effectively message, and the alignment principals of every yoga pose.
Teacher training will impact you long after you’ve gone through it. Sydney took 200 hr teacher training and had this to say: “I really enjoyed connecting with the community and met a lot of wonderful yogis. This truly built my confidence as a teacher and I loved the positive feedback from students/Cranbrook event organizer. It really helped believe that maybe I am capable of teaching! I really enjoyed the laid back nature of the program and thought it was executed well. Ultimately it helped keep me on the right track in my efforts to become a better teacher.”
Michigan Winter Teacher Training 2019-2020: Dec 7-Mar 14
Michigan Fall Teacher Training 2020: June-September
Michigan Winter Teacher Training 2020-2021: November 21st-March 2021
Cleveland Winter Teacher Training 2019-2020: Jan 25-May 14
Cleveland Fall Teacher Training 2020-2021: October 3rd-January 2021
Mentorship, like most forms of yoga, is based on the transfer of knowledge from teacher to student. The nine-week Citizen Yoga Apprenticeship program encourages each participant to continue to view the practice of yoga from a student’s perspective as they begin to step into the seat of the teacher. Apprentices will study, practice, and teach alongside a lead Citizen Yoga teacher to obtain greater insight about their own teaching abilities, gain confidence, awareness of holding space in the classroom, and refine their teaching voice.
How to apply:
- Must have completed 200-hour RYT
- You must have attended at least 10 CY classes
- Identify personal teaching goals
- Request application below
- Start thinking about a teacher whose style best suits your identified goals
The 300-hour program will build upon and enhance the tools gained from previous trainings and experiences, in a way that recognizes a teacher’s potential to facilitate an educational and impactful class. This program aims to shift teachers from leading just an experience to an integrated educational class without losing dynamism. This shift indicates a pivotal point of growth in the career of a yoga teacher.
Dates: December 2019-2020
300 hr Teacher Training has been re-formatted into modules that you will take as immersion weekends throughout the year. Even if you are just looking for continued education, you can still take the modules separately of the 300 hr program. The first module is called Props, Philosophy and Pivotal Poses taught by Kacee Must and Chris Briney, happening Dec. 5-8th, 2019.
Pivotal Poses and Props will help you understand step-by-step techniques to access more “advanced pivotal poses” (i.e. poses requiring greater degrees of strength, flexibility, and/or depth of understading of alignment and postural energetics). This knowledge can be used both in teaching future students, and in your own personal practice. We will also explore sequencing towards various pivotal poses in greater depth. The primary focus of this module is supporting and practicing Standing Poses and Inversions. You will learn how to prop, prompt and probe the poses leading up to the pivotal and in the pivotal pose itself. We believe that the best way for you to understand how to teach these poses is for you to get yourself into them (or their modified forms), and learn to practice them at depth.
Yoga is all about your journey and progress. There may be pivotal poses that are too demanding for your body, but this module is designed to help students of all levels access poses that give you elements of more advanced variations. This step by step process will bring you to a positive point of reaching the next level. Through practice and philosophy, we will experience the profundity of simply taking the yogic journey, especially when it is taken with commitment, not attachment to the results.
Pivotal poses and props will give you the opportunity to understand alignment and provide the necessary support to grow your practice and teaching. As students become more advanced, we as teachers must learn and grow in order to support their growth. As students age and change, we as teachers must learn how to support the change. This workshop is intended to empower you to do just that.
Citizen Yoga’s 300-hour training is a Yoga Alliance approved program. You are certified as a 500-hour RYT upon completion.
HOW CITIZEN YOGA'S TEACHER TRAINING CHANGED MY LIFE
Teacher Training was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life! Kacee and her curriculum prepare you to become a teacher, and play the lead role in your life. The foundations that you learn through her training will help you become more grounded in both alignment and philosophy. Teacher Training was a powerful experience everyone should have to deepen their practice.
Citizen Yoga Teacher Training encompasses all aspects of what yoga means. We learn so much more than proper pose alignment and how to create good messaging for a class. We explore the philosophical underpinnings that make yoga more than just a workout, enriching movement with meaning. It was truly a journey of personal transformation that anchors my teaching and my practice.
It sounds cliché, but it’s absolutely true; the Citizen Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training was absolutely life changing for me. The training itself gives students an in-depth education on the power of a philosophy based, and alignment focused, practice. The teachers are well trained, your peers become your greatest resource, and the workbook your greatest treasure. I have never felt more connected to myself. In just 15 weeks I have healed parts of myself I thought were forever broken. The challenge is certain, and the benefits are endless. —Hailey Zureich
Citizen Yoga offers a Teacher Training that invites you to explore what drives you in life and the ways in which integrity, authenticity, and purpose can invigorate and guide your teaching style. You will learn the mechanics of yoga by exploring anatomy and pose sequencing that support alignment-based yoga. You will learn the overt differences between Slow Burn, Blend, and Vinyasa classes, as well as the nuances and subtleties that you can offer your students. Philosophy is woven into all aspects of the training; you will enjoy the metaphors between the practice of yoga and the world you live in — and, just as Citizen Yoga studios are community-oriented, your peers will influence your experience as you co-create with others to learn, grow, and teach.
— Kara Minnehan
Kacee, and everyone who teaches at Citizen, has the utmost respect for the practice. With the team’s expertise in alignment, and background in philosophy, the CY teacher training is truly unmatched in the area. Even for those who don’t see themselves teaching the program, in my opinion, is the best way to deepen your practice in both mind and body. I am a different and better person because of it.
— Ari Anusbigian