Are you ready to earn a great living inspiring people, doing what you love and changing lives?
If you’ve ever envisioned yourself teaching yoga or are simply looking to deepen your practice, you’ve come to the right place. Picture this…
It’s 7pm on a balmy Monday night. You walk into a candlelit room, electric with the anticipation of bodies, breath and spirit. Your students fill nearly every inch of floor-space, as you make your way, greeting and hugging half the room, to the teachers’ mat.
Settling in, you share some thoughts, maybe a few chants and focusing breath-work. You close your eyes to hear the deeply-attuned inhales and exhales of 50 students, rising and falling in unison as hearts begin to beat stronger, bodies are set in motion and sweat begins to bead in a juicy, flowing celebration of movement. You ease through the pulsing room, guiding this magical swell of energy, smiling in every cell of your being as you glisten with pride, compassion and energy. This is not just living, this is being alive. Pure ecstasy!
The next morning, you throw on a t-shirt and yoga-pants and head over to meet the first of four private clients that day. Your 7am-er, Annie, greets you with a warm smile and shares a bit about her week, as roll your mats out in a sunny corner of the living room.
You spend the next hour working as a team to gently unwind her body and deliver Annie into a glowing, deeply-relaxed state, before leaving with her eternal gratitude, a warm-hug and $100 in your pocket. Three hours of work later, you end your day at noon, feeling great about the impact you’ve had on four lives… and the $400 in your pocket isn’t so bad, either! Do that five days a week and your four-hour days earn you six-figures… and leave you feeling great about the impact you are having on each person’s life!
Now, ask yourself, would I like this to be my reality? It can be… if you’re ready to make it happen.
The Demand is Large And Growing!
The need for great class teachers and private instructors is quickly expanding from the major yoga hubs in big cities to suburbs and small towns all over the country. Over the last 30-years, millions of people have discovered this amazing practice and, as we experience massive growth in the over-50 population in the next 20 years, millions more will clamor for the healing, stress-relieving, life-enhancing impact. Especially, in a private setting.
So, if you love yoga, if you already talk to everyone you know about it…maybe it’s time to take the next step and invest in a nationally-recognized training program that’ll equip you to ease, at your pace, into the world of teaching yoga classes and private yoga clients. Sounds great, right? So, what’s the best way to get started?
Finding the “Right” Certification Program is So Important…
EVERY PROGRAM IS UNIQUE – How would you like to take the first step with an internationally-acclaimed, Yoga Alliance-accredited school?
We are The Center For Yoga Studies at Sonic Yoga NYC. We have been training & certifying teachers for over 10 years. We are one of the longest standing Teacher Certification programs in the world. Since 2001, we’ve offered our highly-regarded 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification Program. And, in 2012, we’ll be introducing a number of more-specialized certifications including a full Yoga Alliance Certified Pre-Natal Training and a Sonic Yoga 500 Hour Program.
If you are exploring learning to teach yoga, we’d love to be your teachers, mentors and champions. But, it’s also so critical that you find the program that fits you best. So, here are a few things you should know about our program. When you train and certify with us…
- You’ll Attend a “Registered” Yoga Alliance school. Why does that matter? While there are no licensing requirements for yoga, Yoga Alliance has established widely-adopted standards for education and certification at the 200 and 500-hour levels. Schools must navigate a rigorous review process in order to become “Registered” and then graduate “Registered Yoga Teachers.” (RYTs). You can “only” become an RYT if you’ve graduated from a Registered Yoga Alliance School. So, if it’s important to you to become registered as a YA teacher, just be sure that any schools you look at not only “follow” the Yoga Alliance standards, but are actually “registered” and accredited by them.
- You’ll benefit from the experience and reputation of established, internationally-acclaimed school. Over the last 10-years, we’ve graduated almost one thousand teachers and grown from one to six graduating classes a year in two different languages. Why is this sooo important to you? Because, you benefit not only from the experience of our amazing faculty and strong-reputation, but from our voracious quest to constantly improve, add-to and refine the program every time we present it. From cutting-edge presentations to ancient healing mudras, you will experience the best in professional yoga education in an easygoing, super-friendly and supportive environment.
- You’ll learn to teach & embody vinyasa flow yoga – In our program, you’ll learn how to practice and teach the flowing “vinyasa” style of yoga. You’ll learn to align and sequence every element of the practice in a method we call “creativity bounded by a framework of therapeutic intelligence.” Translation – have fun, let your muse out, but keep it save and healing.
- You’ll learn anatomy & biomechanics in a way that makes it truly come alive. Because of the dynamic, physical nature of vinyasa yoga, we dive into modern anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. But, we do it in a way that makes it a lot of fun, highly-experiential and, often-times, eye-opening.You’ll not-only learn about the subtle-body, but actually experience how to feel and move prana or lifeforce and teach deeply-transformative subtle-body techniques. We don’t stop at the modern body. When you study with us, you’ll also learn about the subtle “energy” body, Chakras, Nadis, Koshas, Vayus, Pranayama (breathing exercises or techniques to “free lifeforce”), meditation, chanting and its effect on the body and mind, mudras, ayurveda basics and so much more. But, you won’t just learn about it, you’ll experience it’s effect on your body, mind and spirit. Armed with a strong working knowledge of both the modern and subtle body, you’ll be able to impact your students bodies, minds, spirits and lives on a whole different level.
- You’ll have FUN & connect with a wonderful, lighthearted community! When we launched Sonic Yoga in New York’s buzzing Hell’s Kitchen district, we were on a mission to create a super-friendly, non-intimidating, joyous community where anyone, from any walk of life could learn yoga and “fit-in.” We take the impact of the practice seriously, but we take ourselves and our community very lightly. This same warm energy pervades The Center’s teaching certification program. No doubt, you’ll work very hard, but you’ll also be surrounded by a wonderfully-lighthearted, non-judgmental, energetic community that, very-often, leads to the cultivation of lifelong friendships.
- Your investment will be very-affordable and, with intensive and extended weekend and evening programs, you can choose the schedule that fits your needs. We realize that most people need to work full-time or care for family, while pursuing their teacher certification. To honor this, we have priced our program extremely competitively and built it around real-life scheduling that is designed to accommodate to a wide range of lifestyles with power weekends, flexible weekly mentor pairings, staggered on different times and days and an extensive schedule of classes to choose from. (see right column for local details). In fact, while we are one of the largest, most-established programs in New York City, we are also one of, if not, the most affordable.
- You’ll be well-equipped to find a job or start a career. During the program, you will learn many powerful techniques to get experience, build a resume, get a job teaching class and build a private client base. In fact, using many of these tools, our alumni have developed thriving private practices and now teach all over the country and world. Here’s just a sampling of the places our grads have taught:
Sonic Yoga NYC
David Barton Gym
New York Sports Clubs
New York Yoga
Hot Yoga Paradise
Some Like It Hot
Om Sweet Om Yoga
Exhale Spa LA
Santa Monica Yoga
Across the U.S.:
Core Power Yoga (Minneapolis)
Flow Yoga Center (Washington, D.C.)
Flow Yoga SLC (Salt lake, Utah)
Studio 11 (Cleveland, Ohio)
Avani Yoga (Chicago)
Wesleyan University (Conn)
Yogacentric (New Jersey)
Shakti Yoga (New Jersey)
Studio Yoggy (Tokyo)
Yoga Yard (Beijing)
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE & PASSION
Knowing and really connecting with the people you’ll be studying with is so important… don’t you think? Our program is co-directed by Sonic founder, Lauren Hanna and Johanna Aldrich, and is taught by them along with a small number of wonderful teachers, including Stacey Sperling, Beginner & Karma Yoga expert, Tracy Mohr, Alignment Expert, Jeffrey Duvall, Prana Expert, Channel Luck, Anatomy expert and Lori McAlister, Hands On Assist expert. All handpicked for their advanced knowledge, compassion and ability to inspire and teach teachers.
Since 2001, we’ve graduated hundreds of teachers from all over the United States, France, Spain, U.K., Russia, Hungary, Poland, Israel, Japan, China, Indonesia, Central and South America, the Dominican Republic, Canada and beyond.
In fact, many or our international graduates have flown to New York City just to take our training and bring what they’ve learned back to their home-states and countries.
During your training, you’ll study directly with the school Directors, the dynamic team that heads up Citysearch #1-rated Sonic Yoga NYC and had Yoga Journal proclaiming they “raise the bar for yoga innovation!”
About Lauren — Lauren is the Founder and Director of Sonic Yoga and Center for Yoga Studies. She has taught and trained thousands of students and hundreds of teachers, as well. She studied directly under Shri Dharma Mittra for ten years, before exploring the teachings of a myriad of Vinyasa teachers. Her current teacher, Shiva Rea, she assists on a regular basis and serves as a Teacher Trainer and Mentor in her Prana Flow tm teaching program. Lauren’s passion for the marriage between flow and the subtle body and her depth of knowledge of meditation and practice have led her to be known as one of the very-best “teachers’ teachers.” Lauren also regularly leads international retreats and has been featured in the press, including appearances in The New York Times, Bazaar, Yoga Journal, Time Out NY, Hamptons View and more.
About Johanna — Johanna is the Manager and Co-Director of Sonic &The Center For Yoga Studies. Her dabbling into yoga turned serious when she discovered Sonic and the expressive joyful, forgiving energy of the space. She graduated from the 200 hr program under the guidance of Lauren Hanna and Jonathan Fields and soon realized that the teachings made sense of everything she ever believed in and brought all her separate pieces together. In the midst of all that, she was blessed with a 500 hr certificate under the guidance of the incomparable Sri Dharma Mittra and has continued to be inspired through the lineage of Shiva Rea and the wisdom of the Tantra.
Our Facilities — As our demand for our programs has grown, so, too has our space. All programs are taught at Sonic Yoga NYC’s convenient midtown facilities, with the main studio location at 754 Ninth Avenue at 51st St.
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE AN ASANA-ROCKSTAR
You may be wondering, “Am I ready? Is my practice good enough to do this? Am In strong enough?” We know that some schools require you to be able to perform certain postures flawlessly before you can apply. That’s just not us!
We look at passion, compassion, commitment to learning and living consciously and the desire to share the practice much more than a person’s physical abilities. Many people come to our trainings with widely varying backgrounds, from public school phys-ed teachers who are fairly new to the practice, but want to share it with their inner-city students to people who’ve been practicing a lifetime.
We realized early-on that, if we excluded people based solely on their physical practice or experience-to-date, we would have kept a lot of amazing people with soaring spirits out of the program, so we decided not to set arbitrary posture requirements that really tell us very little about a person’s ability and desire to become a great teacher.
In fact, we’ve had a lot of people in the program with newer posture practices who were looking to simply teach at their current skill level and expand what they teach as their own practice, knowledge and abilities developed. We’ve even had a number of pregnant women and students with a variety of physical challenges complete the program.
That said, the vinyasa style of postures that we teach are physical and dynamic and you’ll be practicing a lot, so the fitter and more competent you are with the basic postures and movements, the more comfortable you’ll feel. You should know the basic postures and movements and have a regular (2-4 times a week) practice, before beginning the program. But you don’t have to be an asana-rockstar to complete the program and change peoples’ lives.
Remember, too, whether you’re newer to the practice or have years under your belt, your physical abilities and practice will be in a very different place by the end of the program!
NOBODY’S GOING TO GIVE YOU PERMISSION TO MAKE YOUR DREAM COME ALIVE!
Completing teacher-training with us is a powerful investment not only in your career, but in your body, mind and spirit.
Would you like to speak to one of our directors? just e-mail to arrange a phone consultation or send questions and we will get right back to you.
Learn & Grow Like Never Before With Our Proven Approach
TEACHER TRAINING 200-HR
SONIC YOGA 200 HR. CURRICULUM – Our curriculum delivers what you need to deepen your practice and begin your teaching journey. Every time we graduate a class, we require a detailed program evaluation by the graduates. This process has allowed us to constantly enhance what and how we teach to ensure you are getting the best, most-relevant possible experience. We also always ask each graduate if they would recommend our programs to others and 99% of our graduates say they would recommend our teacher training school to others and, in fact, many of our graduates have been referred by alumni. Here are a few more specifics about the major categories covered in one of our recent 200-Hour Certification Programs…
2011 Curriculum Overview ASANA [POSTURE]
• Organic Alignment Theory
• Posture-Specific Alignment & benefits
• Vinyasa Krama – Science of optimal sequencing
• Biomechanical Touchpoints
• Adapting postures to the individual
• Use of props
THE MODERN BODY
• Experiencing Your Anatomy
• The Physiology of Asana, Breath & Meditation
• Physics-Fun, Biomechanics & warning-signs
• The Science of Flexibility & Strength
• Advanced Release Techniques
THE SUBTLE BODY
• Prana & the Vayus
• Marma, Chakras and Nadis
• The Five Koshas
• Ayurvedic Fundamentals
• Mudras, chanting & energetic expression
• Adapting the practice to your energetic constitution
• Prana, the elements and nature – integrative flow
• History of Yoga – preclassical/classical, modern
• Fundamental scriptures, Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita & Hatha Yoga Pradipika
• Important teachers, paths and contributions
• Major schools and approaches to the practice
• Framework for safe & effective assisting & adjusting
• The Art of Effective Cueing
• The Power of Language & Vocal Control
• Demonstrating & Multitasking
• Massaging group energy
• Adapting and responding
• Cultivating confidence
THE ART & SCIENCE OF BREATH
• Anatomy and mechanics of breath
• Pranayama/breathing methodology
• Pranayama techniques in practice
• Pranayama in Asana
THE ART & SCIENCE OF MEDITATION
• Anatomy and mechanics of breath
• Pranayama/breathing methodology
• Pranayama techniques in practice
• Meditation & the subtle body
• Meditation and the relaxation response
• Overview of meditation theory
• Major Techniques
WORKING WITH PRIVATE CLIENTS
• Overview of private client experience
• Intake, evaluation & prescription
• Anatomy of a private session
• Standard of care for private clients
• Ethics & boundaries
• Building your practice
• Fee structures & policies
THE PRACTICE IN EVERYDAY LIFE
• Cultivating Flow Off the Mat
• Sadhana – living the practice
• Ethics and the teacher
• Exploring the Box
THE BUSINESS OF YOGA
• How to get experience upon graduation
• Step-by-step plan to build a teacher career
• Step-by-step plan to build a private clientele
• Building your resume consciously
• Fundamentals of marketing
• Fundamental of publicity
• Fundamentals of branding
• Art & Science of Meditation
• Principles of Meditation
• Concentration Techniques
• Create a home practice
So many people make resolutions every year that fizzle within a few weeks. Make this year different. Take a giant step toward the fulfillment of your happiness and success. And, equip yourself with the knowledge, abilities and community needed to truly have an inspiring, healing impact on those around you.
Our program is already one of the most affordable Yoga-Alliance schools in the New York area, at hundreds and even thousands less than other schools of a similar caliber and reputation. And, if you enroll in time, you can lock in our early-bird tuition discounts of up-to $450!
Even at full-tuition, though, the cost of the investment is modest in light of the future this program will prepare you for. In fact, you’ll likely have earned back the cost of the entire program within the first few dozen private-sessions you teach.
Get A Year Of Yoga For Only $75 a Month After Graduation! Limited-Time Bonus – Lock-in Your Deeply-Discounted Unlimited Membership Upon Graduation! As if market-leading training and extremely reasonable tuition weren’t enough, we just love to inspire people to experience the high of teaching. As a special thank you for joining our program, for a very-limited time, you will receive your first 12-months of unlimited yoga, upon graduation, for only $75 a month. If you come three-times a week, that’s nearly 50%-off the drop-in price! Fair warning, though, we do not know how long we can keep this special-bonus available for our program grads. But, anyone who applies and is accepted before the end of year will have guaranteed eligibility, upon graduation.
So, take a look at the dates for our upcoming programs on the top right of this page, choose the one that’s right for you and then take the first-step to a new, more-engaged, fulfilling future. Make life happen!
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Teacher Training Testimonials
“Practicing at Sonic Yoga is a joyful and celebratory experience every time you step foot into the energized studio. Greeted by smiling yogis, I always feel at home and at ease. Every teacher is a reflection of the next and you soon realize a reflection of yourself: creative, inspiring, strong, unique and lovely.
I found Sonic when I was researching for a 200 hour teacher training program. NYC is brimming with great TT programs. After a few classes with the teachers that lead Sonic’s TT program, I felt sure that I was ready to begin this yoga journey with them. I wanted what they all have: love and passion for what they teach and the desire to pass along their experience to others. These teachers make an impact on their students everyday. They’ve made such a difference in my life and given me the opportunity and inspiration to find my way as a yoga teacher.
I feel so blessed to be a part of this yoga community!!”
“First of all what isn’t there to say about the Sonic 200hr teacher training? The energy was positive and inviting I felt at home right after walking up the stairs. The heat was purifying, and the humidity was like a heavy blanket smothering even my thoughts. The curriculum at sonic is taught with insight and eloquence. The faculty is very adept at ensuring we understood the material, providing time to give hands on adjustments where necessary and also providing “yoga nerd” time for debating techniques. I had such a good time studying at sonic, they provided a serious study of all eight limbs of yoga in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Each and Every day was a breakthrough, and in large part because the teaching staff is genuinely improving the technique of the students. The meditation is divine, I felt comfortable being lead down roads I’ve never explored and will never forget the class conversations after. This is a serious teacher training taught in depth in an environment of love, light, and joy.”
“When I first realized I wanted to take a teacher training I was nervous about choosing the right one. With so many options, I did my research but realized it would be a decision that would be left a lot to where my soul was guiding me. When I sent in my application to Sonic in 2010 I wasn’t sure what to expect and was nervous if this was a commitment I was ready for. Hearing back from Johanna Alrich was one of the most assuring emails I have ever received, it brought me a sense of closure and clarity and a feeling that not only did I want to do this training but I now HAD to do it.
The first day of training I remember meeting everyone who at the time were complete strangers, it was a very memorable day when I compare it to how I feel about the trainees now. At the time we were all sitting in a circle and I remember hearing each persons spiritual journey and expieiences that lead them to yoga, they sounded a lot like my own, I remember thanking myself for signing up for the training. The Sonic Yoga teacher training changed my life, I can sit down and reflect on it to this day with such joy. The teachers were incredible and inspiring. Hands down, they truly created a nourishing learning environment that keep all of us so eager to come back each day. It was like I didn’t want to miss a minute, I remember that I did not miss one day of my training.
The experience we had teaching was also very well rounded, being completely new to teaching Yoga I really learned so much- we covered everything from mantras to mudras, anatomy, meditation, sequencing and assists. I am now a 500 hour certified teacher and thinking back the training at Sonic and how it really prepared me and made my second advanced training much easier. At Sonic we didn’t just cover the basics, which is what I hear from colleges that so many other 200 hour training’s do, but we discussed and practiced more than what is on the surface of teaching Yoga. The teachers inspired me, they truly brought out the teacher in me, and by the end of the training I felt like I grew in a much wiser, loving yogi. Furthermore the gift they gave me to be a teacher is priceless, there is no better feeling than teaching yoga to others. I highly recommend this training to anyone who wants to be able to share this gift of yoga. Namaste”
“The Sonic Yoga Teacher Training was such a gift. Well balanced between the philosophy, practical teaching of asana, history, hands-on adjustments, and the business of yoga. A wonderful path and experience of deepening my understanding and practice of mindfulness.”
“The investment I made in teacher training at Sonic Yoga gave me so much more than I could have ever imagined. The instructors are wise, insightful, and most of all… fun! The time you spend working on your own practice alone is worth attending. One of the great things about Sonic is they inspire you to be yourself, and teach from your heart. I came out confident and ready to share the gifts Jo, Lauren, Jeffrey, and Tracey taught me. The connections you make in this program will stay with you forever. I couldn’t be more grateful for my Sonic Yoga family.”
“I received my 200 hr certification at Sonic and I cant began to describe how much I loved my experience.When I decided that a teacher training program was in my future I began my search and after a year of looking I committed to Sonic.I have NO regrets the teachers are just full of amazing energy, the program is so informative and you find yourself transform and grow as each week passes. I have recommended this program and will continue to do so. Sonic is a great community and I am so thrilled they were apart of my journey in becoming a yoga instructor.”
“Sonic Yoga’s teacher training program expanded my mind, deepened my practice and opened my heart. I am grateful for the instruction I received and the bonds that were created with my fellow trainees!”
“My teacher training experience with Sonic was life-changing and forever unforgettable. I found a new place of love, light, exploration, and community within myself and my Sonic TT family. The one-month intensive fostered both exciting and difficult challenges but without them I would not be where I am today, which is exactly where I want to be – teaching yoga from a place of love and authentic happiness.”
“My teacher training at Sonic Yoga was an amazing, joyful experience. Not only did I come out feeling confident in myself as a teacher and prepared to creatively and intelligently sequence interesting classes–I also experienced an incredible sense of personal growth and an outpouring of love for the new community that emerged from the experience. The extended program offers just the right timeline of weekly guidance and time to absorb and study the course material.”
“Sonic’s 200 hour training was like eating the most nourishing and well-balanced family dinner. Surrounded by a truly caring faculty, I was able to learn teaching fundamentals, functional anatomy, and open my mind to Yogic philosophy, all while dramatically deepening my own practice. The faculty is truly committed to providing students with all of the tools in a comprehensive curriculum that is always evolving to reflect the needs of a growing and thriving market.”
“Sonic yoga is more than just a yoga studio it’s my second home. The instructors and guests are one big happy family. Once you step foot through those doors you will never want to practice anywhere else. It is the love in sonic yoga and each teacher truly wanting me to succeed that helped me take my practice to a whole other level. Lauren and Johanna are like my mothers in the yoga world they are always around for me. It is their continued guidance and easy going style that ensures success for their students. I feel fortunate to be a part of the sonic yoga family.”
“I am blessed to have stumbled upon Sonic for first my teacher training certification! As a beginning teacher, the program arms you with specific tools for your yoga teacher toolkit while exposing you to the wide scope of the yoga community. It was a treat to given such personal instruction by the teacher training staff, all of whom have years of experience and wisdom to impart. After the program, I felt ready to pursuing teaching with confidence!”
“The Teacher training program at Sonic Yoga challenged me both physically and mentally and has had a tremendously positive effect on every aspect of my life. You can tell by the quality of the instructors that yoga isn’t just a workout, but a lifestyle. Every teacher has a very different, positive, and effective way of communicating with their students. Tracy is a teacher I learned a lot from because of her straight forward approach and attention to alignment. Lori is amazing at teaching several different ways of adjustments. Chanel is the anatomy teacher who has a natural gift to cover a huge amount of material in a short period of time in a way that is clear and thorough for all students. Jeffrey is a breath of fresh air as well as a top quality and devoted instructor who brings a little bit of laughter into his classroom. Lauren’s authentic devotion to the spiritual side of yoga is truly inspiring. Johanna, the co-owner, is truly amazing at sequencing her classes into poetry. Thank you Sonic for this incredible journey.”