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BECOME A WHOLE YOGA TEACHER.

 

CIRCLE YOGA SHALA TEACHER TRAINING AT SIXTH HOUSE

Study with the renowned Circle Yoga Shala, from the convenience of the city.

Sixth House is honored to host the Circle Yoga Shala 200 and 500 hour teacher training programs here in Little Rock in 2021! Through these programs, you can be recognized at the 200RYT and 500RYT levels, and receive CEUs. The Circle Yoga Shala is one of only 40+ accredited Yoga Therapy schools worldwide, and has been a registered school with the National Yoga Alliance since 1999.  Please join our teachers from the Ozark Mountains for this very special offering in Downtown Little Rock! 

REGISTRATION DEADLING FOR PROGRAM APPLICATIONS: March 11th, 2021

COVID-19 POLICIES

We take Covid-19 very seriously. The studio will continue to be disinfected daily, and we ask that social distancing be observed during the training. The following items will be available at the studio for personal usage:

If you are enrolled in the program, please continue to social distance, avoid large groups and public settings, and take daily precautions.

The Circle Yoga Shala yoga teacher program consists of 200 hours, at the end of which you are granted a 200 RYT recognition by the Yoga Alliance. 

In the Shala's Words:

We teach you what is foundational to all of the styles of yoga you may encounter or have an interest in teaching, which means a thorough grounding in the five techniques of Hatha Yoga: stillness (asana), rhythm (vinyasa), breath (pranayama), integration (bandha) and presence (drushti).  You will learn how to language and sequence these techniques in ways that continuously reveal their wholeness, and that invite infinite creativity on your part. How you arrange them and establish a dominant focus is what moves them into the direction of "styles" like restorative, vinyasa flow, alignment-based, etc.

Teachers receive extensive knowledge needed to interface in today's marketplace. What makes our program of the highest quality is how we deliver that information to you: practice teaching exercises that grow in complexity to help you respond effortlessly to all of the various situations that may arise in a public class setting.

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200 HOUR

TEACHER

TRAINING

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200 Hour Program Cost

$2,850

Application fee: $50

Deposit: $200

  • Due within 10 days after your acceptance into the program

Program Fee: $2,600

  • Due at least 15 days before program start

  • Refundable (100%) 15 days before the program start date. See school policies for further details.

  • Payment plan options available

200 hour training Schedule

April 8th - 11th, 2021

May 6th - 9th, 2021

June 10th - 13th, 2021

July 22nd - 25th, 2021

August 26th - 29th, 2021

September 23rd - 26th, 2021

October 21st - 24th, 2021

Estimated Schedule

Thurs: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm

Sat: 8:00am - 6:00pm

Sun: 9:00am - 4:00pm

(breaks will be included)

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Circle Yoga Shala

200 Hour Curriculum

Hatha Yoga

  • 5 techniques: Asana (Stillness), Pranayama (Breath), Vinyasa (Rhythm), Bandha (Integration) Drushti (Presence)

  • Core Actions: Lengthening and Broadening (discover what actions are universal and must be taken to be stable and at ease in each posture)

  • Method of Teaching: how to language, organize and disseminate lessons to public classes.

  • Joint Anatomy and the Spiral Body

  • Pranayama, Meditation and Kriyas

Vinyasa Krama

  • Vinyasa Krama and the Arc of Vinyasa Krama

  • Spinal Planes of Movement

  • Foundations

  • Principles of Sequencing (developed by Matthew and Holly)

Teaching

  • Teaching Protocol

  • Practice Teaching: receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing/giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

  • Principles of Demonstration, Observation, Assisting/Correcting

  • Prenatal and Special Populations

  • The Business Aspects of Teaching Yoga, Ethics for Yoga Teachers

Philosophy

  • Education vs Transformation

  • A short History-Origins of the 5 elements

  • The 5 techniques

  • Organs of Action and Cognition

  • The 8 limbs

  • Afflictions of the mind

  • Sophisticated definition of asana and pranayama

  • Body mind connection/nervous system

  • The Yoga Sutras and the Gita

  • The 3 Gunas

  • Meditation vs Contemplation

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200 hour CYS teaching staff

Holly Krepps (C-IAYT/E-RYT500)

Holly Krepps is the co-owner and creator of the Circle Yoga Shala in Jasper, Arkansas (one of only 50 internationally accredited yoga therapy schools). She has over 11,000 hours invested in teaching, with more than 8,000 of those hours in the training of whole Yoga Teachers. She has facilitated workshops, teacher trainings, and private one-on-one sessions in the US, as well as Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, and the Virgin Islands. Students from Germany, France, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic have traveled to work with her at the Shala.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

1. Apply

$50 application fee. You must be 18+ to apply. A staff member will contact you for a phone interview.

2. Sign Enrollment Agreement

After being accepted, sign your enrollment agreement.

3. Pay Deposit

A $200 deposit is due within 10 days of being accepted to the program.

4. Pay Tuition

Tuition is due at least 15 days before the program start date. 

 
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ADVANCED

TEACHER

TRAINING

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The advanced teacher program consists of 300 hours, at the end of which you are granted a 500 RYT recognition by the Yoga Alliance. This program also counts as Year 1 of the Circle Yoga Shala Yoga Therapy program, certified by the IAYT. Graduates from this program may continue onward to Year 2 of Yoga Therapy with the Shala, if they choose to.

In the Shala's Words

This program lays the foundations of ‘Chikitsa’ (or therapy) by marrying Eastern philosophy with Western medicine. The program advances the students’ knowledge of biomechanics as well as subtle anatomy, both of which are taught through the lens of compensation and adaptation. The result is a consistent worldview that enables students to make elegant and effective sequencing choices that access the body’s own healing powers. Graduates from this program gain incredible versatility as teachers and are further freed into a creative process of exploration of movement in their body and their mind. This program has a strong self-assessment component which anticipates the individual assessments taught in Year 2 of Yoga Therapy.

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500 Hour Program Cost

$3,250-$3,295

Application fee: $50

Deposit: $200

  • Due within 10 days after your acceptance into the program

Pre-Requisite Vinyasa Krama Course: $45

  • Only required if you did not complete your 200 hour with CYS

Program Fee: $3,000

  • Due at least 15 days before program start

  • Refundable (100%) 15 days before the program start date. See school policies for further details.

  • Payment plan option: $332/mo for 10  months (due 10 days before each intensive start)

500 hour training Schedule

  • April 16-18

  • May 21-23

  • June 25-27

  • August 13-15

  • September 17-19

  • October 15-17

  • November 12-14

  • January 7-9

  • February 18-20

  • March 25-27

Daily Schedule

Fri: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Sat: 8:00am - 6:00pm

Sun: 9:00am - 4:00pm

(breaks will be included)

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Circle Yoga Shala

300 Hour Curriculum

By the end of the program you will have gained:

  • The ability to marry Eastern and Western philosophies into a coherent worldview that informs your choices as a teacher

  • A library of therapeutically-oriented practices, fit for groups or privates

  • The ability to scale practices for any capacity and interest

  • An elegance in your sequencing choices informed by evolutionary anatomy, Ayurveda and liberation philosophies.

The philosophical models taught in this training include: the Pancha Maya, Ayurveda’s model of health, the 5 Vayus, Samadhi, Avidya and Kleshas.

The evolutionary anatomy and evolutionary psychology elements layered in the training include: the cephalo-caudal trend (CCT), the role of movement, cross-patterns and core development, gut-heart-head, adaptive strategies including self-deception.

Anatomy and physiology lessons include: fascia and soft tissue, breathing mechanics, core activation, functional movement and motor control.

Ayurveda elements taught include the law of like and unlike, the 20 qualities, brahmana & langhana, doshas, and the vayus.

The practices that you will learn include the Evolutionary Namaskar, envelope breath practices, Mc-Gill inspired corework, the Big 4, founders, multiplane movement such as the Turkish Getup, the wall stand practice, the vayu meditation, the toe touch practice, handstand and hanging techniques.

The performance-oriented tools included in his program are: the 5 capacities, the performance pyramid, the technique of ‘bracing’, spirals and torque, flow-state theory and the advanced gate.

Personal development tools include Inquiry, Self-Observation, Self-Remembering, Intro to the Enneagram of Fixation and contemplation

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500 hour CYS teaching staff

The Advanced Yoga Teacher program will be primarily taught by Stela Balaban, with Matthew and Holly Krepps covering specific modules.

Stela Balaban (YTT 500 & Yoga Therapist)

Stela completed her YTT500 studies with Circle Yoga Shala at Jane’s House in St Louis in 2015 and has been involved in the program ever since. She has been co-facilitating the YTT500 program alongside Matt and Holly, and more recently, the YTT200 and the CYS Yoga Therapy Program, of which she is also a graduate.

As a teacher, Stela’s interest is to support, develop, and systematize the shala teachings. She is passionate about offering students a world-class yoga education of the highest ethical and scientific standards, while at the same time uphold the esoteric essence and sacred nature of the teachings.

In 2017, Stela relocated to Jasper, AR (2 miles down the road from CYS), and continued to grow her involvement with the shala to include admissions, onboarding, private training sites, social media, CEUs, and the CYS publication “Yoga in Action.”

Stela holds a B.A. in International Relations from Mount Union College (2005), an M.A. in Politics from New York University (2007), and an M.S. in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam (2010). She is also a published author in peer-reviewed health publications. She has lived and studied in several countries, including Romania, Italy, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. 

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Holly Krepps (C-IAYT & E-RYT500)

Holly Krepps is the co-owner and creator of the Circle Yoga Shala in Jasper, Arkansas (one of only 50 internationally accredited yoga therapy schools). She has over 11,000 hours invested in teaching, with more than 8,000 of those hours in the training of whole Yoga Teachers. She has facilitated workshops, teacher trainings, and private one-on-one sessions in the US, as well as Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, and the Virgin Islands. At the Shala she has worked with students from Germany, France, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. She is an alum of Father Richard Rohr's Living School, a non-dual contemplative wisdom school.

Matt Krepps (C-IAYT) (E-RYT500)

Matt has practiced Yoga for more than 25 years and has been developing teachers at various levels for the past 20 yrs. Co-owner of Circle Yoga Shala, he is the creator and the director of their internationally accredited yoga therapy school. Before CYS, he was the owner of a yoga studio in Little Rock from 2000-2009, where he developed an extensive private client base for which he adapted asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques to individuals who sought Yoga as a therapeutic modality for issues ranging from structural/biomechanical pathologies to digestive problems, depression and anxiety disorders, and spiritual development. He is a certified level 1 & 2 practitioner of the FMS movement assessment process and has a B.A. in literature and Philosophy.

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Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

1. Apply

$50 application fee. You must be 18+ to apply. A staff member will contact you for a phone interview.

2. Enrollment Agreement

After being accepted, sign your enrollment agreement.

3. Pay Deposit

A $200 deposit is due within 10 days of being accepted to the program.

4. Pay Tuition

Tuition is due at least 15 days before the program start date. 

Questions? Send us an email or give us a call!