Taking it to the Next Level
We do yoga for many different reasons. For those of us that it turns into a passion, we know all that care, dedication, focus, humility, and sense of humor that makes us return to our mats day after day, week after week, year after year. O2 Yoga owner and founder Mimi Loureiro says, “I like to teach people yoga because it makes them nicer.” Time spent on your mat can be centering. Moving this way on the inhale and that way on the exhale is the key to a successful practice — that is all. Giving yourself the gift of 60, 75, or 90 minutes to focus on yoga and nothing else is what calms your nervous system and, indeed, makes you nicer.
What a 200-Hour Teacher Training can offer is the chance to learn more about the other side of practice: the teaching! Being a student is extremely different from being an instructor and getting the chance to learn the nuance of how to sequence a leveled class (Basics, Intermediate, Power) with care and attention and then how to get up and lead students through that sequence while doing hands-on adjustment will transform your own experience on the mat forever. Whether your goal is to be a yoga teacher or simply delve more deeply into the how’s and the why’s, our Teacher Training program is for anyone interested in learning about the full 360-degree view of a yoga practice.
Our training begins with a strong focus on the Primary Series of Astanga, both because it is the foundational influence of O2 Yoga-style classes and because it offers a consistent and predictable sequence for new teachers to learn the language of yoga. After that, we move on to the more creative aspects of planning an O2-style class with the goal of the training that all graduates of the program have a strong understanding of yoga-anatomy, sequencing, and hands-on adjusting. To put it simply: by the end of the training, you will have the knowledge and the confidence to stand up and teach a yoga class.
Join Mimi, Elliott, and other senior O2 instructors to explore, expand, and completely change your life. This is a Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Registered Teacher Training program.
Already 200-Hour certified? We open up the first two Astanga-based weekends to certified teachers as continuing education.
We limit our training to 20 TT’s, so don’t wait to claim your spot in our yoga-nerdy program!
Click here to see photos of our TTs in action!
Teacher Training Program Curriculum
- Astanga Primary Series, Intro to Adjustments, Sanskrit
- Astanga Eight-limbed Path, Yoga Philosophy, History of Yoga
- Level One O2 Yoga, Modifications for Injuries and Pregnancy, Teaching Basics
- Working with Props, Cuing and Communication Skills, Adjustments
- Level Two O2 Yoga, Advanced Postures, Anatomical Focus, Yogic Diet
- The Business of Yoga, Building Sequences, Adjustment Review
You must also complete 25 volunteer or community service hours.
Fall 2018 Dates:
Our training runs on weekends — Friday evenings from 5pm-9pm/Saturdays & Sundays from 9am-7pm.
Weekend # 1: September 14, 15, 16 (Bonus: Astanga Continuing Ed weekend for certified teachers – details about that here)
Weekend #2: September 21, 22, 23 (Bonus: Astanga Continuing Ed weekend for certified teachers)
Weekend #3: October 5, 6, 7
Weekend #4: October 12, 13, 14
Weekend #5: October 19, 20, 21
Weekend #6: November 9, 10, 11
Weekend #7: November 30, December 1-2
Weekend #8: December 7, 8 with a potential December 9 (Practicals Weekend)
$2850.00 monthly members of O2 Yoga Studio (must be a member for 6 months prior to registering for program)
We require a deposit of $997 to reserve your spot and can offer a very flexible payment plan for the balance.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Enroll before May 1st and we will waive the deposit and allow you to spread your payments out evenly.
All teacher training sessions are held at our Cambridge location: 1001 Mass. Ave., Cambridge (directly between the Central & Harvard Square T-stops)
How To Apply
- Step One: Take some classes with us to make sure you like our style of vinyasa yoga. Feel free to chat with any of our teachers about the program — they’ve all gone through it so they are a great resource for what you can expect as one of our TTs! It is recommended that you have practiced at O2 Yoga for at least 6 months before starting the training. These conditions may be waived upon approval from Mimi.
- Step Two: Attend an info session and/or reach out to program leader Mimi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or program administrator Sarah (email@example.com) to get your questions answered.
- Step Three: Click here to fill out the application. Mimi will reach out to you after reviewing it. (We respect your privacy and will not share your information.)
- Step Four: After you’ve been accepted into the program, Mimi will send you an official letter with information about next steps. To complete your enrollment into the program you must submit your application with a deposit of $997.
- Step Five: Get ready for the experience of a lifetime!
Attend an Informational Session to learn more about our program:
All Saturdays at 11am in Cambridge (1001 Mass. Ave.)
- March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th, September 1st
Attend an info session during Fall Open House
- Saturday, September 8th @ 11am in Somerville (288 Highland Avenue)
- Sunday, September 9th @ 12:30pm in Cambridge
If you are not able to attend any of the scheduled sessions or simply want to arrange a one-on-one meeting time, email Sarah — firstname.lastname@example.org — and we can set something up!
Teacher Training Frequently Asked Questions:
Will everyone know more than me?
Honestly, some people will but not all — and there are probably things that you know that no one else does! Everyone brings his or her own experience, skill set, and background to the training and the result is usually a room full of people who are able to simultaneously teach and learn from each other.
Do I need to be able to do all the poses?
Not at all. The hope is you will leave the training feeling confident about cueing students into a wide variety of postures, including ones you may not be able to do yourself.
Do I need to want to be a yoga teacher in order to take the training?
Absolutely not! People choose to do teacher training for lots of different reasons — maybe just to deepen their practice or to learn about the other side of practice or to spend time with like-minded people who also love yoga.
What are my options for payment?
We accept cash, credit, or check or you can opt to do financing through PayPal. A down payment of $997 is needed to secure your spot. Payment plans can then be worked out on an individual basis (email email@example.com for more info).
What if I need to miss a weekend?
Unfortunately, there are no “make up sessions” — if this is a concern, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. But, generally speaking, it is not recommended to miss more than half a day of training.
Will O2 Yoga Teacher Training change my life?
It sounds cliche to say “yes,” but the answer is “yes.” Want to know how or why? Ask any of our teachers before or after class — all of them have gone through our program and they each have a story to share about their experiences.
I am a busy professional — will this training be too much to take on?
It is a time commitment but our recent TT grads have all managed to work things out with their employers in order to get this training to fit in with what may already be a hectic life.
How is the training structured?
We begin with our foundational practice: Primary Series. You learn to cue and adjust this set series of postures before moving on to the more “O2 style” creative sequencing. There is some seated lecture, but most of the day is interactive, either in practice, cueing a practice, or working with a partner or in groups on adjusting. Expect a 2-hour practice of some variety every time you meet.
What do I get at the end of the training?
You get a certificate saying you completed your 200-Hour Teacher Training. With this document in hand, you can then choose to register as a yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.
What’s good “prep” for the training?
Be as familiar with the O2-style of yoga as you can (i.e. practice with us a lot!) — and definitely take as many Astanga classes as you can! Elliott teaches one in Somerville at 7:30 on Tuesday evenings; Sarah H. teaches one in Cambridge at 7pm on Wednesdays and Paulina has a Friday 7am Primary Series class also in Cambridge.
Can I fail the training?
**Other questions, don’t hesitate to ask one of our teachers at the studio or email email@example.com**
“When you sign up for Teacher Training you know this course will change your life – that’s kind of the point, right? – but the way it does so will surprise you. It will deeply challenge you and have you thinking in so many more constructive and creative ways than you thought possible. And the best part? At the end of the class, you are officially certified to share your passion and what you’ve learned with others.”
~ Kat DeStefano
“Mimi’s classes at O2 always draw on creative energy and exploration while prioritizing student safety, expert cuing. If you take class with Mimi, it becomes evident that she’s the inspiring teacher you want to learn from. Mimi’s gift is her teaching and she empowers and enables her Teacher Trainees with her passion for smart yoga. I completed training with a strong understanding of the Astanga system and therefore the ability to sequence and plan intelligent classes, modify for beginners or injured students, and moreover, teach new and advanced students alike. Mimi’s training was the beginning and only fueled a passion to expand my yoga teaching practice further.”
~ Devon Wilson-Hill
~ Ali Reeder