Teacher Training

200 Hour Certified Yoga Alliance Teacher Training

The most unique and comprehensive yoga teacher training in the valley.

Find your voice and see your purpose clearly

Embark on a deep journey into consciousness
through practice, empowerment and relationship to Self.

200 hour yoga teacher training at Ironwood Yoga Studios with Denise Payne

Ironwood Yoga Studios is thrilled to be partnering with the one and only Denise Payne.

Internationally-renowned yoga teacher, training facilitator, and founder of the One Song Yoga School, Denise’s teacher training course gets to the heart and core of yoga.

The essence of this course is yoga, but whatever your passion or calling may be, this training will qualify you to teach what you love to your fullest potential.

Regardless of any previous trainings, courses, or workshops you have taken, One Song Yoga and Ironwood Yoga Studios provides a completely unique opportunity to uncover the richness within your sacred self and the tools to become the person that you are meant to be.

Denise has more than 35 years of continuous experience on the mat, including studying with yoga masters Sat Jiwan Singh Khalsa and Dharma Mittra. Denise offers a powerful and intimate journey from the self to the sacred center of the self.

Gain a greater understanding of what yoga actually is, it’s subtleties & complexities as well as how and why it works in your everyday life.

Whether you are looking to deepen your own knowledge and practice OR learn how to translate these powerful teachings in an effective way, join us for the most unique and comprehensive yoga teacher training in Phoenix.

This training is

for you if:

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You’re a dedicated yogi and feel drawn to study further and teach others

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You are newer to yoga, but love learning and want to immerse yourself and deepen your knowledge

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Are a certified yoga teacher and would like to get your 500 hours – (upon completion of this 200 hour training, you will do a final 100 hour project with Denise)

In this training you will learn

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Asana styles – the differences and similarities

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Exploration of and integrating the subtle bodies

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Intelligent sequencing

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Applied Anatomy

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History and Philosophy of Yoga

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Mantra, Mudra, and Meditation

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How students learn

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In-depth Teaching Methodologies

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Sanskrit – the language of yoga

Module Details

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January 24-26

Anatomy of the Subtle Bodies

Focusing on the depth of the three bodies, Koshas, Chakras and Vayus, we will look at their role in intention, how we learn, how we move and quite literally what moves us. This is the cornerstone of understanding your personal practice and understanding how to adjust as a teacher in order to suit an individual student in a group context. This module could be mind-blowing! In this module we will;

  • Learn how to ignite and integrate the vital energy in the body
  • Understand their roles in our day-to-day lives
  • Study how sequencing postures affects the subtle bodies
  • Deconstruct movement and breath
  • Examine common alignment and adjustment theories

This module will include an introduction to and progression through teaching skills, the quality of a personal practice, posture clinics, philosophy, pranayama, and the art of interweaving these aspects of yoga throughout your practice and future classes.

February 7-9

Gross Anatomy – The Miracle We Live Through

A basic understanding of the physical body is essential for any yogi, practitioner or teacher. In this module we will learn anatomy in a fun and refreshing way that is beyond memorizing bones and muscles. Through movement alignment experiments, you will learn tools that will help you apply anatomy ideas to your own practice. This module is certain to bust some myths and spark our curiosity! In this module we will;

  • Learn about upper and lower body anatomy
  • Study the building blocks – Bones, Muscles, and Connective tissues
  • Explore strength, flexibility, movement and joints
  • Examine the Bandhas
  • Understand the union between the Psoas muscles and the Diaphragm
  • Look at alignment and adjustments in yoga postures
  • Discuss injuries, pain and sensations in postures and how to find correct alignment

This module will include a progression through teaching skills, the quality of a personal practice, posture clinics, philosophy, pranayama, and the art of interweaving these aspects of yoga throughout your practice and future classes.

February 21-23

Teaching With Purpose and Meditation 101

A deeper understanding of yourself, and of your personal practice, offers wisdom and time for clarifying your voice, your purpose as a teacher, and delivering your message in an authentic and compelling way. This module will take you to a greater depth with yourself and more genuine connection with others.

In this module we will;

  • Develop a deeper practice through breath and mediation
  • Study various sequencing methodologies
  • Grasp the art of interweaving philosophy and anatomy into your classes
  • Refine the depth of our purpose

This module will include a progression through teaching skills, the quality of a personal practice, posture clinics, philosophy, pranayama, meditation, and the art of interweaving these aspects of yoga throughout your practice and future classes.

March 6-8

Seeing bodies

An entire awesome weekend dedicated to posture clinics practice and teaching practice.

March 20-22

Gila – Prenatal and Restorative

Restorative – The art of teaching how to relax and renew

In this module we will cover the following:

  • How restorative came to be
  • Physiology behind restorative yoga
  • What props to use, why and how
  • Introduction to poses, why to offer them & how to set them up
  • Pillars of restorative yoga
  • Energy & deeper emotional aspects behind this important practice
  • How to set up a class
  • How to best support students and keep your own balance of life

Prenatal yoga – How to guide, assist & support pregnant women on their journey

  • What happens and changes during pregnancy
  • basic anatomy; symptoms and side effects from pregnancy
  • Contraindications/complications
  • How to instruct pregnant mamas (which poses are a YES, which ones are NO and why)
  • Why and how to use props
  • What yoga teachers should to know about the birthing industry
  • Poses & sequences for pregnancy, labor & birth

April 10-12

History & Philosophy of Yoga & Meditation 101

April 24-26

The Art of Adjustment and the Use of Props

Hands on adjustments can make or break a students experience in a class. They are intimate and can be quite intimidating for both teacher and student. Safety, intention and lack of ego are the key to successful adjustments and assists. This module is certain to deepen your relationship with future students and your ability to know when hands on or verbal adjustments will be more effective. In this module we will;

  • Study physical alignment based adjustments vs. energetic alignment
  • Learn how to use adjustments and props to help students understand a posture
  • Understand the line between helpful assists and creating dependency
  • Experiment with creative uses of props
  • Practice the art of approach and touch
  • Examine the benefits of going ‘deeper’ or ‘backing off’

This module will include a progression through teaching skills, the quality of a personal practice, posture clinics, philosophy, pranayama, meditation, and the art of interweaving these aspects of yoga throughout your practice and future classes.

May 8-10

Sequencing With Purpose in Every Style of Yoga

Sequencing is a progressive and evolutionary process throughout a personal practice and as a teacher. Moving beyond fixed sequences can be daunted, but with tools, passion and just a little direction, you’ll be amazed by what you already know and by what can be discovered through your personal practice. This module will be fun, exciting and integrative!

In this module we will;

  • Study and experiment with sequencing through the chakras, joints, themes, philosophy, deities, and everything else!

This module will include a progression through teaching skills, the quality of a personal practice, posture clinics, philosophy, pranayama, meditation, and the art of interweaving these aspects of yoga throughout your practice and future classes.

May 22-24

Practicum and the Business of Yoga

This weekend will be dedicated to practicum and the subject of the business of yoga is an important one; from private sessions, studio classes, workshops, online classes to studio ownership. The trajectory is thought-inspiring and can provide endless discussion. In this module we focus on you as a teacher, constantly developing and increasing your skills in communication and how you relate to students, as well as your passions and desired direction. In this module we will;

  • Provide creative and effective feedback for students to enhance their experience as a teacher
  • Look into strategies and techniques to develop successful classes and workshops
  • How to grow and market yourself as a teacher
  • Ways to integrate what you’ve learned into your current profession or career

This module will include a progression through teaching skills, the quality of a personal practice, posture clinics, philosophy, pranayama, meditation, and the art of interweaving these aspects of yoga throughout your practice and future classes.

June 7-9

Graduation!

The final weekend of a YTT is always bittersweet. The previous modules have held you while you journeyed from matter to spirit and back again, all while forming a rich community and bond with a group that is sure to feel like family for life. 
 
In honoring those bonds, this weekend will focus on the fine tuning of the skills and craftsmanship you’ve developed over the previous modules. Practicum, encouraging feedback and talk of ‘what now?’  will highlight this time together. 
 
 A fun graduation ceremony celebrating the continuation of something exceptional and the start of something exciting a new will close it out.  

Additional Topics

The following topics will be weaved

throughout this training:

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How the act of teaching can serve your community in a greater way

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Learning how to cue your students in a way that creates trust

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Building your class size

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Ethics and facets of a teacher

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The significance of taking care of yourself as a teacher to prevent burnout

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Supporting your students enthusiasm for yoga

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Understanding of the business of yoga

Practicum will be a large part of this program, preparing you to teach in a more effective way.

You will be teaching throughout the course from the very beginning with feedback that focuses on your strengths, and following Module 2, you’ll have real life experience in assisting and adjusting in designated classes on the schedule at Ironwood, and eventually teaching sequences in classes.

We will spend a great deal of time practicing, teaching and developing cohesiveness with all the elements explored, and refining you and your voice as a teacher. Led practice, lecture, open discussion, group and partner work, and posture clinics will be the common elements within each module.

Each day, we will follow a basic schedule that will include a led practice, (unless self practice is our focus) technique, methodology, and posture clinics. This program will be spread over the course of 6 months. We believe this is the most optimal way to integrate these teachings into your life and cultivate a fun and supportive environment to apply all you are learning.

Homework and self-study subjects will be given at the end of each module weekend.

Schedule + Details

Schedule of your 200 hours

Fridays 6:00-9:00pm, Saturdays 12:30p-7:30p, Sundays 9:30a-3:30p

January 24-26
February 7-9, 21-23
March 6-8, 20-22

April 10-12, 24-26
May 8-10,22-24
June 5-7 Graduate!

Tuition – $3,200 | Payment plans available

What’s Included:

  • One Song Yoga Teacher Training Manual
  • Book on the Sutras
  • Mala
  • 6 months of Unlimited Yoga at Ironwood Yoga Studios
  • Upon completion of training students will receive teacher training certificate

Requirements:

  • 6 months consistent yoga practice.  If you do not have 6 months of consistent yoga practice you are welcome to take this training, however, we will ask you to agree to practice for one year before teaching
  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar (Book not included in tuition)
  • The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V Desikachar (Book not included in tuition)

Ready to take the plunge?

Fill out and submit your application today!

Teacher Bios

Meet your instructors and special guest teachers for trainings and workshops.

DENISE PAYNE

Internationally-renowned yoga teacher, training facilitator, and founder of the One Song Yoga School, Denise is the first internationally recognized Yin Yoga Master Teacher by the Yoga Alliance of Australia.

With more than 35 years of continuous experience on the mat, including studying with yoga masters, Dharma Mittra, Sat Jiwan Singh Khalsa, Yogi Bhajan, and Myuran Sukamaran, Denise offers a powerful and intimate journey from the self to the sacred center of the self.

Leah Bosworth Ironwood Yoga Studios

Leah Bosworth

Leah is the founder and owner of Ironwood Yoga Studios. She began studying yoga in 1997 while pursuing her acting career in NYC, and quickly fell in love with the practice.

Leah’s 15 years plus of yoga experience, in combination with 10 years studying and teaching alongside Fay Simpson, creator of the Lucid Body Technique, have given Leah a deep understanding of the power of precise alignment, the intricacies of the human mind and spirit, and how to teach with an open and fearless heart.

Leah Bosworth Ironwood Yoga Studios

Gila Shire – Restorative yoga

Having a great love & respect for this wonderful practice after discovering it during YTT! Gila studied restorative yoga under Judith Lasater in 2003, the mother of Restorative yoga. Now for over a decade Gila has been part of countless programs here in the valley, teaching restorative and also prenatal sessions to 200hr and/or 300hr programs. Gila developed a 20hr prenatal curriculum which is offered several times a year throughout the valley. She is very passionate about these special styles, sharing the importance, beauty & wisdom of these important practices with teachers to be!

Ready to take the plunge?

Fill out and submit your application today!

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