The Heart of SmartFLOW Yoga, a yoga methodology from master teacher Annie Carpenter, is a highly evolved teaching technique that emphasizes mindful alignment grounded in both modern human anatomy and classical yoga philosophy. It's an embodied integration of the physical and the spiritual.
This course will elevate your understanding of the human body's nuanced expressions through physical yoga practice. You will learn skills for communicating these teachings clearly and concisely, which will help your students remain mindfully present. Through this insightful and compassionate approach to teaching, you will be able to intuit how deeply your students can safely move into a pose at any given time, while celebrating the uniqueness of each human body.
In the Heart of SmartFLOW Yoga teacher training course, you will learn the heart of Annie Carpenter's SmartFLOW teaching methodology. This course contains over 30 videos, including lectures, demonstrations, asana practices, and meditations to elevate your ability to teach using this sophisticated methodology. You will also receive supplementary worksheets, illustrations, and quizzes designed to enhance your learning experience and the quality of your teaching.
In this course Annie will introduce you to the foundational principles of her methodology including, "The Effort" and "The Return to Center", which are grounded in both anatomical truths and the Classical Yoga concepts, abhyasa (practice) and vairagya (non-attachment). As you progress through the course, Annie systematically builds upon this foundation by illuminating three important anatomical teachings, or Movement Principles, that cover the spine, pelvis, and shoulder girdles, as well as specific poses that exemplify each principle.
Through this comprehensive teacher training you will gain the tools to teach with specificity while encouraging each of your students to find their own way -- eliminating the habits of perfectionism, judgment and shame that can be a part of our yoga culture -- creating an atmosphere of mindful self-inquiry and exploration.
This course is best suited for experienced students, new teachers and long-time teachers who want to re-inspire themselves and in turn their students. You will practice with greater specificity, commitment and patience. Your practice and teaching will inspire both physical and mental fitness, creating a depth and steadiness of attention that leads effortlessly to mindfulness and peace.
The creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, Annie is an international Yoga teacher based in Northern California. Known as a "teacher's teacher" she has created a well-respected system of Yoga practice and Teaching methodology. Annie's playful personality and focused intelligence bring depth, clarity and exuberance to her classes. A committed student, Annie continues to bring her passion and curiosity, love of anatomy, evolutionary movement, meditation and classical philosophy into her teachings.
Annie is the author of SmartFLOW Yoga, a complete set of practice DVDs produced by Udaya, and Yoga for Total Back Care, a DVD produced by Yoga Journal, and several SmartFLOW manuals. She contributes regularly to Yoga Journal. An influential Teacher Trainer since 2003, Annie leads 200/500 trainings and workshops globally.
SmartFLOW Yoga is a modern approach with an anatomically sound foundation and inspired, creative sequencing, which is rooted in deep respect for the lineages of Integral, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. Annie is committed to mindfulness, which inevitably leads to spiritual development and light-heartedness. SmartFLOW Yoga guides you to know your true Self. With the knowledge of the true Self comes compassion, peace and appreciation for all life.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Annie's movement principles of "effort" and "return" were very easy to incorporate right into the classroom and hit home with my students right away. YogaGlo's structure of chapters is also helpful. It was much easier to start and stop the course so I could tend to my job and home life as needed without scheduling a lot of time on the computer. I'm already putting new courses on my wishlist!"
The total running time is about 9 hours.
Estimated course completion time: 11 hours.