Teacher Training Program
Next Session Starts: JANUARY 2013
Our 200-hour yoga certification course (recognized by Yoga Alliance), is presented in two modules – Yoga Studies and Teaching Yoga (which run consecutively). This course is open to those who want to teach yoga, but may also be taken by those who are not necessarily intending to become yoga instructors. Many students pursue teacher training not because they want to teach, but because they love yoga and want to learn more. Teacher Training is a wonderful way to deepen your practice and take it to a new level!
While there are some programs that train teachers in less time than ours, we feel that a longer program gives student-teachers an opportunity to integrate what they’ve learned. (There is no substitute for having the time to put into practice what you are learning!) Our program is offered mostly on the weekends allowing students to complete their training while accommodating career and family commitments. (A few week nights are included in the Teaching Yoga module. Make-up options are available).
In “Yoga Studies” (Module 1) you’ll learn…
- Yoga philosophy and lifestyle
- Meditation Instruction and Pranayama (breathing techniques)
In “Teaching Yoga” (Module 2) you’ll learn…
- How to teach (with your words, your voice, your hands, and through demonstration)
- Appropriate touch and making physical adjustments
- Sequencing postures (gradient approaches to postures and modeling postures in stages), safely prepare muscle groups for specific poses, and gain ability to safely teach beginners, intermediate, and mixed level classes
- Basic human anatomy (muscles, bones) in relationship to asanas and principles of alignment
- Working with injuries/illness, prop usage, proper alignment, offering modifications
- How to structure a class, create effective lesson plans, and how to manage your classroom and time
- Dynamics of student-teacher relationship, building rapport, developing confidence as a teacher
- The Business of yoga – marketing your services, teaching to special populations
- Practice teaching, assisting, and observing (in a safe setting to help you gain confidence as a teacher)
- Relaxation techniques and additional pranayama techniques and meditation
- Ethics – group discussion on being an ethical, quality instructor with integrity
- Fusion’s Yoga Teacher Training Manual
Investment (see available discounts!)
Teacher Training Program (Modules 1 AND 2) – $2,300
- Early Bird = $2,100 — Save $200 if you sign-up ONE MONTH prior to start date
- Cash = $2,000 — Save $300 (must be cash, not check)
- Early Bird & Cash = $1,900 — Save $400! if you sign-up ONE MONTH prior to start date AND pay cash
- Early Bird = $450 — Save $50 if you sign-up ONE MONTH prior to start date
- Cash = $425 — Save $75 (must be cash, not check)
- Early Bird & Cash = $400 — Save $100 if you sign-up ONE MONTH prior to start date AND pay cash
Early application & payment in-full reserves your spot in the program.
Prerequisites: Although anyone has the potential to be a great yoga teacher, having a regular yoga practice and general familiarity and knowledge of yoga will greatly help and accelerate your learning on the teaching path. If you’re planning on teaching, it’s recommended that 1) applicants have a regular, consistent practice for a minimum of 1-2 years. 2) Must have taken a minimum of 5 classes with Lori, and 3) a willingness and dedication to commit to self-study/home-study is imperative. If you’re simply wanting to learn more (and not teach), there are no prerequisites other than a willingness to learn. (There are NO prerequisites for our Yoga Studies course.)
For more information: If you have any questions or concerns about the program, call contact Lori directly at (916) 600-6557 or email Lori@FusionYogaSac.com.
Procedure for Applying: If you are wanting to apply for our Teacher Training course, please complete an Application Form available at the studio or on our website or click the link above. You will be notified of your acceptance within a week of our receiving your application. An application fee of $50 must be included with completed application form (payable to “Fusion Yoga Studio”) which will be deducted from full tuition upon acceptance of application. If your application is unsuccessful there will be no charge and your deposit will be refunded.
Lori McCormick is the director of Fusion Yoga Studio Sacramento, Inc.. Formally trained in the Ashtanga yoga tradition, Lori has studied with Ashtanga yoga master David Swenson, Vinyasa teacher Seane Corn, and Shannon Wells. Additional teachers who’ve inspired and guided her along the yogic path include Ganga White, Tracey Rich, Gary Kraftsow, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Erich Schiffmann, as well as many others. Ultimately, teachers come and go, and while she’s studied with many remarkable, in fact extraordinary, teachers, she recognizes the greatest teacher of all is the one inside – the one that lives in your heart; the one that knows what’s right for you, is the one that fundamentally remains. That is the teacher she hopes to awaken in each of her students – their own inner guru.
Lori blends her experience, knowledge, and passion for teaching into a non-dogmatic style that translates into her own eclectic style of teaching. She brings yoga to our community in an environment that’s both supportive and nurturing to ALL physical levels and abilities. She enjoys teaching classes that are energetic, playful, and exploratory – working with students to help them develop their own personal and unique connection to the practice of yoga, both on and off the mat. Her intention is to help guide students in using yoga as a vehicle for healing, in body, mind, and spirit, while connecting to their Source, the Divine that is within us all.
Besides teaching yoga, Lori is a certified Transformation Meditation teacher. She is registered with Yoga Alliance and is a member of the Sacramento Yoga Instructors’ Network. She teaches on-going classes at Fusion, leads workshops and retreats, trains yoga teachers, and teaches students privately as well as in corporate settings.
Bernadette Halbrook, Ph.D., RYT is a Professor of Counseling with over 25 years experience teaching at the university level and in private practice. She is a graduate of Fusion’s Yoga Teacher Training Program and is currently teaching classes at Fusion. She is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
“I completed Fusion Yoga Studio’s 200 hour yoga teacher training program under the guidance of Lori McCormick in the fall of 2011, and receiving my certification has been a life changing event. Lori’s instruction was clear, concise and challenging, and while I experienced many ups-and-downs during the program, I am more balanced, confident and fulfilled as a result of those challenges. I have had the wonderful good fortune to begin teaching immediately upon receiving my certification, and I look forward to every single class. My personal practice has grown by leaps and bounds, and my overall well-being has been greatly enhanced as a result of my experiences during the training. Whether your goal is to deepen your personal practice or to share the gift of yoga with others, I wholeheartedly recommend this program. I am forever indebted to Lori for taking my brass and turning it into gold, and to my classmates who supported my struggles and celebrated my successes.” ~ Carol
“When I enrolled in the teacher training at Fusion, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Not only did my practice deepen but so did my relationships with my fellow classmates. In addition, Lori’s passion and tremendous knowledge about yoga as philosophy and practice really fostered a holistic understanding of the world of yoga. I would certainly recommend it!” ~ Jennifer
“This Yoga Teacher Training Program is transformational! It’s not just about learning to teach, although, Lori is expert on the nuisances of the yoga poses, it is about the integration of the body, mind and the spirit. If you are willing to dive in, Lori will guide you, with beautiful strength and presence!” ~ Christie
“I can’t imagine having done my teacher training with anyone OTHER THAN Lori Moore McCormick. She is a Master Teacher, and experience teaching new instructors definitely counts when selecting a program. She understands the emotional journey that occurs during training, and was able to support and guide us through times when we felt frustrated and insecure. The program was extremely thorough, and at the end we had the skills to teach a class, to do adjustments with students, and to handle the classroom environment. Lori works with each student until she believes they are ready, regardless of the additional time required of her.” ~ Bernadette
“You will not find a better Yoga Teacher Training Program! Lori opens her heart and her life to the YTT students; she has assembled her wealth of yoga-infused experiences into an exceptional program that will challenge and inspire. I learned so much about all aspects of yoga. Along the way, I learned more about myself and about how to grow with all my wonderful classmates who were on the same path.” ~ Terri
“If you love taking Lori’s classes, you’ll love her Teacher Training. Her classes really are true teasers… I loved the relaxed and supportive environment during her training. The personal time, instruction, feedback and one-on-one assists with Lori were the highlights of the training for me.” ~ Suzanne
“I have met a lot of yoga instructors over the years since I started in 1973. When I met Lori in late 2007, I was immensely impressed by her teaching skill, so much so, that within two weeks, I had signed up for her teacher training program so I could learn from her. Since then, my initial impression has been proved true consistently. Her teacher training program not only demonstrated her deep knowledge of yoga, but also her sensitivity to her students. I have watched her teach a class with both novices and highly experienced students, and be able to teach to all the levels without making the novices feel inadequate or the experienced students feel not challenged. I have experienced her integrity, her skill, and her concern for students. I have seen that she does not strive to be a “rock star” yogi, but rather to be the best teacher she can be. It has been, and it always will be an honor and a pleasure to learn from and work with Lori. I have been consistently impressed by the quality of teachers that graduate from her program, and I heartily recommend her teacher training program.” ~ Carl