Yoga Teacher Training
This is a 9 month (weekend a month) program. This format is great for people who have other full-time jobs or responsibilities and we have found that offering a student 9 months spread over time versus completing an intense 1 or 2-month program has been extremely beneficial in their learning and absorption of the materials.
The training program is not just for those looking to make a career out of being a yoga instructor, many of my students undertook this task to simply understand yoga and get more connected to what was taking place in their yoga practice. This training program, while geared to those truly wishing to make this a career is certainly not limited to that. I have had men and women with full-time jobs train under me just to understand and deepen their own personal practice. While at the same time, we have Dr’s who are incorporating yoga findings and methodology into their practice, full-time yoga therapists opening private practices and a multitude of other variations. This training is all-encompassing.
A typical training day begins with group asana class followed by lecture on relative topics to the weekends activities. Here are just a few of the topics that are covered in teacher training:
- Cultural Conditioning / Kosha Mapping
- Physiology from a Western standpoint
- Meditation & Guided Imagery
- Teaching Methodology
- Bhagavad Gita & Yoga Sutras
- Prenatal Yoga
- Therapeutic Yoga
- What is yoga?
- And so much more!
What you can expect:
All students are required to complete 2 book reports (from a selection of specific books), 1 research paper and an internship. In addition, they have an on-line classroom with the course text material, homework assignments and resources. Each student also receives a mentor that works with them for the entire 9 months, assisting them when needed and helping them in anyway necessary. At the end of training, there is a graduation and they receive their certificates that get submitted to the Yoga Alliance allowing them to be officially certified as RYT 200 Yoga Instructors.
Who Will Lead The Course?
Nicole Zornitzer, ERYT 500, RCYT, RPYT Certified Yoga Therapist
Nicole has been practicing yoga for 28 years and actively teaching students since 2006; receiving her RYT 200 in 2007, RYT 500 in 2008 and lastly her ERYT500 in 2009. Nicole is a certified children’s yoga instructor (CCYT) and certified prenatal yoga instructor (CPYT), receiving both certifications in 2007. In 2018 Nicole received her certification in Fly and Release Aerial Yoga and her certification in The Barkan Method in 2019.
In 2007 Nicole founded Niyama Yoga Studio, a therapeutic yoga studio, which focuses on balancing all aspects of the individual; from the physical body to the more intangible emotional and energetic bodies. Nicole and her staff focus on tailoring their yoga instruction to meet individual needs of each client emphasizing the function, form and alignment of each asana in conjunction with introducing clients to the spiritual aspects of yoga.
In addition to owning her own wellness center, Nicole is a teacher trainer through Yama Therapeutics, an accredited Yoga Alliance teacher training yoga studio.
Nicole also trains professional athletes (i.e. NY Jets Football League) and is the official yoga instructor for the Livingston Public School System and Trilogy Lacrosse 2020 Team.
Nicole is featured in a book entitled “One Heart – Embrace Life”, published in 2013. This book is a compilation of true life experiences from various professionals discussing how alternative methods of healing have changed not only their lives, but their clients, patients and loved ones. The proceeds from this book are all benefiting the programs of the American Heart Association.
As of March 2019, Nicole is also in the process of writing her own book; a memoir of her life’s lessons. This book has does not currently have a completion date, as Nicole is taking each day and letting the universe guide her accordingly.
Nicole feels privileged to bring the transformational power of yoga to those that she has the opportunity to work with. One of her greatest joys is witnessing how yoga positively affects her client’s lives.
Nicole, a native New Yorker, currently living in Roseland, New Jersey with her two children Jared and Larissa; the loves of her life, her two step children Matthew and Mia, her two Havanese Dogs’ Steel and Coda-Bear and her adoring husband Robert. Nicole’s family is the core of her being and her inspiration to be a better yogi, mother and server of this universe. Nicole attributes her success to her mother, Gail Beekman, who has always been her source of strength and courage.