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O2 Answers the Top 4 Questions You Need to Know… see if this course is right for you!

Last week we talked about the 4 questions you should ask any yoga school you are considering for training. Today, O2 Yoga Teacher Training will answer those questions. Of course there is still a lot to know and consider before picking a school. If you are interested in O2 please fill out the contact me form or email Christina at teachertraining@oxygenyogafitness.com

1. What style or lineage of yoga will you learn?

At Oxygen Yoga & Fitness we teach Flow, Power, and Hatha Yoga. The Flow (or Vinyasa) and Power yoga that is taught in North America by most studios is a mixture of three different lineages, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Desikachar. Ashtanga brings in the element of extreme physical strengthen and flexibility. The flowing Vinyasa style also comes from Ashtanga. From Iyengar we get alignment principles, focusing on safety and anatomy. The Desikachar lineage teaches us that every body is different and thus we need modifications to individualize the practice.

In addition, Oxygen has many fitness and Pilates fusion style classes so in our training we introduce you to these elements.

We also have a O2 Fusion which is a fitness education to learn how to teach bar, fitness, Box Fusion and to learn the finer elements of leading a fun and upbeat fusion class.

At the end of our training you will be able to teach Flow, Power, Hatha, Restorative, Yin/Yang and fitness/yoga fusion classes.

2. What makes this school different or unique?

There are four things that make Oxygen unique. First off, we want you to come teach with us when you are done with your training. We are growing and Oxygen needs instructors. Most schools ask you to go teach elsewhere to get experience first. We believe so much in our training that we want you to work for us. Of course we can’t guarantee a job but that is our ultimate goal with every one of our students.

Secondly, we offer a really good mix of fitness and yoga training. This makes you more flexible as an instructor and gives you the ability to work more.

Third, the program is constantly changing and evolving to stay relevant and up-to-date. Although we know a lot about the body, we don’t know everything. As new science comes out the practice and how we teach must evolve to include that new knowledge. The trainers at O2 Yoga Teacher Training make it a priority to be on the front lines of what is changing in the industry.

Lastly, even though we have the fitness element we do not negate the spiritual side of yoga. This course is a journey for you. As you become more connected and joyful you will become a better teacher. You cannot help others along the path until you have helped yourself. We focus on your journey and supporting you in any way that we can.

3. How many of the hours are spent with the faculty?

We abide by all of Yoga Alliance’s regulations and requirements. Yoga Alliance requires 165 hours are to be spent in instruction with the faculty. The anatomy and CPR segments are taught by instructors who have the necessary requirements and are also both yoga teachers. The Yoga Teacher Training program has their own yoga classes and lectures, which are not open to the public. Thus, you can always ask a question and get the one-on-one attention that you need.

4. Who is teaching the course? What are their credentials and experience?

There are two lead trainers, myself and Melanie Palis.

Christina Raskin designed the program and is the Senior Administrator. She is a E-RYT 200 & RYT-500, register with Yoga Alliance. Christina started teaching dance at the ripe age of 15! She started teaching Yoga, Pilates and fitness classes twelve years ago and has loved it since day one! After many dance injuries, from a professional dance career, Christina found that Yoga and Pilates were the only tools able to heal her body and prevent further injury. Christina took her 200-hour teacher training with YogaWorks from California and then had the privilege of taking her 300-hour teacher training in India with Kalish Tribal School.

Christina has taught all age ranges in Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Dance and Pilates. She truly believes Yoga is for everyone and every body, always aiming to create an inviting, safe-haven in her classes where you are free to explore and heal. Her hope is that all of her students will leave feeling grounded, refreshed, and invigorated. Leading to a greater enjoyment and appreciation of this beautiful life!

Melanie is a yoga teacher who’s teaching reflects her love of movement, anatomy, and yogic philosophy. She provides space for new and experienced yogis to explore their spirituality through movement (asana) and breath (pranayama). Melanie strives to continually learn from others and encourages students to integrate the practice of yoga off the mat, and into everyday life.

We have several other experienced and well educated instructors that also help with the program.

Having various instructors helps would-be-teachers to see various teaching styles and exposes them to a wide variety of expertise.

Got questions? Just let me know!

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