Foundations For a Mindful Teacher
Planting Seeds of Transformation
Teaching yoga presents a beautiful blend of opportunities — it is meaningful, creative, service-oriented work that gives you a level of independence, freedom and ironically connection that you won’t likely find at a desk job. With the right tools teaching yoga can become, if you want it to, a well-crafted lengthy career.

Becoming a Yoga Teacher

The Foundations for the Mindful Teacher Training offers a rich foundation of pertinent information and experience that creates the context for deepening your personal practice and if so inspired, from which to teach yoga. It is, of course, also open to dedicated yoga practitioners simply looking for a greater depth of knowledge. It’s a transformational process geared toward adult learners where through self-inquiry and facing personal challenges, participants grow as individuals. This program is an opportunity for dedicated yoga practitioners to delve deeply into their own practice and study. Trainees learn how to become a positive force in their own lives and in their communities.

Most people, including us, want to become more flexible in mind and body; to experience stress relief and to have a high level of general fitness and improve overall health. Doing yoga and teaching yoga is the perfect tool to achieve all these goals. As a result of this course, you gain a strong sense of mental clarity, become physically stronger while giving something to yourself and ultimately, you are able to give back to your community.

Our program insures that you will graduate with confidence in your voice and ability to teach a great yoga class! That includes smart sequencing, excellent themes, and hands-on experience learning effective physical and verbal assists.

How to Become a Teacher

Join us on this five month journey that is designed to build a thorough and empowering foundation for the aspiring teacher while also deepening the breadth of your personal practice. Upon completion you will have the tools and readiness to share your passion with confidence, grace, skill, creativity, intelligence and authenticity. Yoga Alliance Certified.

Experienced Teachers

Experienced and talented instructors who offer a breadth and depth of teaching that would be impossible to replicate elsewhere, teach the Foundations for the Mindful Teacher Training. You are guided through topics such as yoga philosophy, how to correctly perform and teach a wide range of poses, how to properly sequence a class and how to authentically brand and market yourself as a new teacher.

One of the most important underpinnings of the training is an alignment-based practice that promotes a safe, healing, life-affirming style of yoga that is informed by a deep knowledge of yoga philosophy and integrated practice.

You will be immersed in the elements of Vinyasa Flow while also being introduced to Beginner’s 101, Forrest, Power, Restorative, Yin styles of asana practice as taught by some of Tampa’s and the nation’s best and most seasoned instructors.

Dr. Moses Bernard

Dr. Bernard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Canada where he graduated with great distinction. He also holds a cum laude Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX.

He has since expanded his education to include numerous post-graduate certifications in neuromuscular rehabilitation & sports performance enhancement. His post-graduate studies have ranged in fields as diverse as yoga therapy, infant neuro-motor development and Olympic weightlifting. Dr. Bernard has taught seminars throughout the United States, has had multiple articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals, and has presented findings from clinical studies at international research conventions.

In addition, Dr. Bernard recently served as the Postural Specialist & High Performance Liaison for Major league baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays. In this position, Dr. Bernard was the only Chiropractic Physician to travel with a professional baseball franchise in 2016.

Dr. Bernard is the only Kinstretch certified chiropractor in the entire Southeastern US, and among just a small handful of manual therapists with this certification worldwide. Kinstretch is based in scientifically proven principles that are applied in a group training class setting to create improved joint health, body control, injury prevention, physical longevity, and greater movement capacity.   Unlike other systems, it was specifically created by medical and physical conditioning professionals to result in improved flexibility, strength, body control, and better quality of life.

Kinstretch practice also involves a self-assessment system allowing you the ability to monitor your own body for dysfunction that may be causing pain, loss of performance, or that may be putting you at an increased chance of injury.  In addition to use with everyday people, it has also been used by professional coaches and athletes from around the world including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL.

His approach focuses on identifying, evaluating and correcting movement imbalances to eliminate pain, and prevent joint degeneration. Dr. Bernard’s approach covers the spectrum from rehab to performance, and works regardless of whether you are injured, healthy, new to activity, or a world-class athlete.

Kristen Schneider

Kristen has been teaching yoga since 2007. She was first introduced to yoga while living in rural China and immediately fell in love with the practice. She then traveled to India where she lived for six months while doing her 200hr teacher training in Rishikesh, India at Yog Peeth. She often travels back to further her studies in Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Yin yoga.

Her teaching style is dynamic, creative, and sweet. As an Ayurveda Practitioner, Kristen treats the yoga practice as an additional avenue for wellness. She often incorporates guided breathing exercises and meditations into her classes. Kristen teaches in Orlando, Tampa, and at international retreats and festivals.

Mallory Dillion

Mallory found yoga 15 years ago and has been teaching since 2012. She quickly became known for her powerful heated classes that challenge you mentally, physically, and spiritually. She teaches exclusively at Kodawari and joined the 200hr yoga teacher training team in 2016.

Mallory is registered with Yoga Alliance with E-RYT 200 and will complete her 500hr advanced training in October 2017 from The Asheville Yoga Center. She is passionate about helping you grow into the teacher you are meant to become. Her authentic and lighthearted spirit will empower you to use your strengths and weaknesses to find your own style and voice as a teacher. Her goal is to give you a fun, educational experience while teaching you the subtleties of theming, methodology, cueing, sequencing, and the use of music.

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Annette Scott

Annette has been teaching yoga since 2004. Her classes and workshops are consciously designed to leave you feeling joyful, motivated, awakened and inspired. Expect to connect to your core and engage in learning to live, teach and practice in a way that brings greater presence, healing and transformation.

Her teachings are a dynamic interplay of deep listening, radical respect for oneself and others while establishing a conscious, compassionate presence. Annette is stoked to blend together the trainings she and Marley have spent years refining as an offering from the heart to the community.

"Annette's approach is the perfect combination of heartfelt and savvy. If you are ready to activate your soul purpose, I recommend with all my heart saying 'Yes' to this training!"
Maria D

Training Details

WED NIGHTS & 8 WEEKENDS | NOV 2018 – APRIL 2019

One of the most important underpinnings of the training is an alignment-based practice that promotes a safe, healing, life-affirming style of yoga that is informed by a deep knowledge of yoga philosophy and integrated practice.

TOTAL CURRICULUM HOURS

Exceeds Yoga Alliance Standards

  • 20+ hrs of Anatomy, Kinesiology and Physiology, Reading Posture and Correcting for Alignment
  • 25+ hrs of Practice Teaching, Assisting and Observing
  • 30+ hrs of Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, Qualities and Ethics of a Teacher, Making Your Business Work
  • 40+ hrs of Teaching Styles, Methodology and the Process of Learning Itself
  • 100+ hrs of Asana Techniques, Training and Practice

MODULE SCHEDULE & STRUCTURE

Each module will include asana and pranayama practice, meditation, 8-limb philosophy, lecture, homework/reading assignments, self-care techniques and yoga nidra practice. There will be student teaching every weekend.

1ST GATHERING | NOV 14 | WED | 6-9pm

1ST WEEKEND | NOV 16-18

  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 1pm-7pm
  • Sunday | 8am-6pm

NOV 28 | WED | 6-9pm

2ND WEEKEND | NOV 30, DEC 1,2

  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 1-7pm
  • Sunday | 8am-6pm

JAN 2 | WED | 6-9pm

3RD WEEKEND | JAN 4-6, 2018

  • Friday 5:30-9pm
  • Sat 1-7pm
  • Sun  8am-6pm

JAN 16 | WED | 6-9pm

4TH WEEKEND | JAN 18-20, 2018

  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 1-7pm
  • Sunday | 8am-6pm

FEB 6 | WED | 6-9pm

5TH WEEKEND | FEB 8-10

  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 8am-6pm
  • Sunday | 8am-4pm

FEB 27  | WED | 6-9pm

6TH WEEKEND | MARCH 1-3

  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 1pm-7pm
  • Sunday | 8am-6pm

MARCH 20 | WED | 6-9pm

7TH WEEKEND | MARCH 22-24

  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 1-7pm
  • Sunday | 8am-6pm

APRIL 10 | WED | 6-9pm

FINAL WEEKEND | APRIL 12-14

  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 1-7pm
  • Sunday | 8am-6pm

Additional Requirements

READING LIST

  • Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main
  • The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope
  • Essential Anatomy 5 (this is an app – not a book)
  • Teaching Yoga (Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship) by Donna Farhi
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
  • Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg

AT-HOME JOURNAL

Establish a journal about your personal at-home practice. No less than a 1⁄2 hr a day, no less than 5 days a week. It must include asana, pranayama and meditation.

ATTEND CLASSES

  • Attend 5 different classes at different yoga studios – notes required. (fees not covered in tuition)
  • Observe 2 Kodawari classes – notes required. (fees included)

TEACH A CLASS

Teach either a community class offering at Kodawari or offer your teaching to an underserved population – notes required for either option.

Tuition & Payment

TUITION FOR TEACHER TRAINING $2850 PRIOR TO SEPT 1 | $3000 PRIOR TO OCT 1 | $3200 AFTER

*Participants limited to 16 students | Registration closes on November 1

$500 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT

DEPOSIT DUE UPON REGISTRATION TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

The deposit may be paid online with the online application or in person with check or credit card. Remaining cost may be paid in full or can be broken down into 4 payments and can be paid online, in person with check or credit card, or you may mail a check. Please make all checks out to Kodawari Studios.

If mailing, send to:
Kodawari Studios
3965 Henderson Blvd, Suite C
Tampa, Florida 33629

*Full tuition must be received by April 1, 2019.

CANCELATION POLICY

Should you have to withdraw from the program before it begins, you’ll receive a refund, minus a $500 administrative fee, according to this schedule:

  • An applicant denied admission by the school is entitled to a full refund of all monies paid.
  • 3 Day Cancellation: An applicant who submits written notice of cancellation within 3 business days of signing the enrollment agreement is entitled to a refund of all monies, less a $250 administrative fee, paid no later than 30 days after receiving the notice of cancellation. The 3 Day Cancellation Rule excludes, Saturday, Sunday and Federal and State holidays.

Other Cancellations:

  • An applicant who submits written notice of cancellation of the program more than 3 business days after signing an enrollment agreement and with a minimum of 24 hours prior to the start of the program is entitled to a refund of all monies paid less an administrative fee of $500.
  • If less than a 24 hour time period is given for cancellation, a 50% tuition fee will be imposed.

If canceling after program begins: full deposit and a $25-per-hour prorated fee for teaching hours received will be imposed.

Foundations For a Mindful Teacher
Planting Seeds of Transformation