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Functional Vinyasa
Teacher Training

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About Vinyasa

About the Training

This groundbreaking training is a one of a kind opporunity to completely change how you see all hatha yoga asana forever! It is an in-depth course marrying skeletal variation anatomy (traditionally taught only in relation to Yin Yoga) with Vinyasa Yoga through the Functional Approach. 

The functional approach to yoga is an approach where we prioritize what a pose should do over how it looks. We are all unique: our skeletal structure, muscular flexibility, emotional response, mental organization and psychological inclination is all unique to each of us. Our practice should express this individuality. Instead of trying to perform a pose from the outside, copying a shape, we strive to understand what the purpose of the pose is and then adapt it's shape to our unique needs and abilities.

This training is for anyone that wants to learn how to teach and/or practice more vigorous forms of yoga in a manner that embraces individuality so that everyone may accel their practice, over time, in way that will honor their bodies for many years to come!

Courses
  • The Functional Approach to Yoga

  • Lower Body Anatomy & Structural Variation

Foundations & Teaching Methodology Training

The Foundations module is all about learning all of the foundational concepts that drive the functional approach to vinyasa.

Covered in this module:

  • Vinyasa theory, teaching methodology, sequencing & theming

  • Foundational hatha yoga asanas from a functional viewpoint (prone backbends, standing balance, basic standing, seated & supine postures)

  • Posture analysis lab

  • Over five hours of practice teaching time

  • Daily vinyasa & meditation practices

There are two recorded prerequisite courses for this module:

This training is the prerequisite for the other two vinyasa modules

Twists, Backbends & Torso Anatomy Training

Having learned the fundamentals of the functional approach, in this training you will take that knowledge to the next level!

Covered in this module:

  •  Enhanced teaching methodology, sequencing & theming

  • Spine based hatha yoga asanas from a functional viewpoint (backbends, twists & lateral folds)

  • Bone & soft tissue anatomy of the torso (tail to neck)

  • Structural variation anatomy of the thorax

  • Posture analysis lab

  • Over five hours of practice teaching time

  • Daily vinyasa & meditation practices

Inversions, Arm Balances & Upper Body Anatomy Training

Having learned the fundamentals of the functional approach, in this training you will take that knowledge to the next level!

Covered in this module:

  • Advanced teaching methodology, sequencing & theming

  • Inversions and armbalancing asanas from a functional viewpoint 

  • Bone & soft tissue anatomy of the upper body (shoulder to hands)

  • Structural variation anatomy of the upper body

  • Posture analysis lab

  • Over five hours of practice teaching time

  • Daily vinyasa & meditation practices

To receive CEU with Yoga Alliance for any of the Vinyasa training courses, which includes all Exalt Yoga 300 hour participants, students are required to submit a 30-45 minute practicum teaching video displaying an acceptable level of proficiency in the materials taught throughout the course. Details about this assignment are covered within each live training. Anyone who chooses not to apply the training towards Yoga Alliance CEU, is encourage to participate in this exercise, but not required.

Schedule

Upcoming Training Courses

Virtual or In-person

2023

Hybrid Functional Vinyasa Foundations

March 10-12 & 24-26, 2023

Hybrid Functional Vinyasa Inversions & Arm Balances

June 16-18 & 23-25, 2023

Zoom & Indianapolis, IN

Zoom & Indianapolis, IN

Sample Time Tables

Two Weekend Intensives

Friday thru Sunday

Fridays 5:30p-9:30p, Saturdays & Sundays 8:30a-5:30p

Fridays

5:30-7:15 – Meditation & Lecture (Yin)/Asana Practice (Vinyasa)

        10:15-10:30 - Break 

8:00-9:30 – Asana Practice (Yin)/Meditation & Lecture (Vinyasa)

Time table and scheduled teaching matter is subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the teacher(s).

Saturdays & Sundays

8:30-9:45 – Meditation & Lecture

        9:45-10:00 - Break 

10:00-11:15 - Asana Practice

11:15-12:30 - Asana Analysis Lab

        12:30-1:30 - Lunch

1:30-3:30 – Anatomy & Compression Tests

        3:30-3:45 - Break

3:45-5:30 – Lecture & Group Teaching Activites

Interested in joining an upcoming course?

We do ask that all participants apply to a training courses, via the form linked below, prior to registering. Once you have submitted your application, someone will be in touch within 72 hours with additional registration details. If you have any questions you'd like to ask prior to applying, please reach out using the "Let's Chat" box in the bottom right hand corner of this screen.

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