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What makes our training special?

SQUENCING

Learn how to craft unique, theme-based, Hatha yoga sequences that progressively warm students up to access challenging poses. Sequencing is a blend of art and science, you'll master writing creative sequences that keep students safe and engaged.

Hands-on assists

To have the most impact on your future students, you'll need to provide skilled, safe, and effective hands-on assists and adjustments. We'll spend roughly 1/3 of our time in training learning and practicing these physical, alignment-informed assists.

Experiance

Actually practice teaching! Our trainees start teaching mock classes almost immediately. The best way to learn is by doing after all. You'll teach to your fellow trainees and leaders, and benefit from feedback that hones your teaching style as you're developing it.

In September 2021, we'll kick off our third 200hr Hatha yoga teacher training in Chicago! Our training is 200hr Yoga Alliance Certified and will focus heavily on sequencing, hands-on assists/adjustments, and practical teaching experience. Over the 15-week training we will delve into the practice of yoga, anatomy, pranayama, meditation, history of yoga, Sanskrit, and the style taught at Big Shoulders Yoga. By the end, trainees will graduate as confident Hatha yoga instructors.

Our yoga teacher training will be led by Nicolette Downs, owner of Big Shoulders Yoga and Claire Harper, experienced BSY instructor. Nicolette and Claire have 20 years of combined yoga experience and have lead two previous YTTs. The training is designed to fit around a typical work schedule, with sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all-day Saturday and/or Sunday.

Yoga Alliance Certified

Ready to start the applications process? Email info@bigshouldersyoga.com

Learning objectives
for our 2021 YTT

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Teacher
Training

Sequence

·Structure and organization
of a sequence

·Sequencing around a theme

·Different styles of yoga and their characteristics

Adjustments & Anatomy

·Adjustment/hands-on assist techniques and practice

·Anatomy and alignment

·Asana variation to accommodate a wide variety of practitioners

Practical Experience

·Teach weekly mock classes

·Receive constructive
feedback to help hone your teaching

·Create an ideal class environment for your students

Language

·Sanskrit language study

·Cueing exercises

·Verbal adjustments

·Inclusive cuing and trauma informed teaching

·Tone and energy

Meditation & Breathwork

·Meditation and mindfulness exercises

·Breathing and pranayama exercises

·Chakra study and meditation


Yoga Philosophy, Ethics & Culture

·History of yoga

·Yoga Sutras and Eight Limbs of Yoga

·Westernization of yoga and cultural appropriation

·Business of yoga

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FAQs

QUESTION

What is the YTT at Big Shoulders Yoga like?

It is highly practical and hands-on! Our training will deepen your knowledge of yoga, improve your personal practice, and equip you with the skills to teach the unique style taught at Big Shoulders Yoga. We emphasize practicality in our training and want trainees to walk away feeling confident they can write a sequence, lead a class, and provide safe and effective hands-on assists to future students.

QUESTION

What is the schedule for the fall 2021 training?

The training will begin the first week of September 2021 and run until December 11th, 2021. It will be a hybrid of virtual and in-studio meetings. We will meet virtually on Tuesday & Thursday evenings and in-person on Saturdays and/or Sundays.

QUESTION

How much does the training cost?

The total cost is $2,700 and includes our training manual and unlimited yoga classes for the duration of the training. $2,500 early bird pricing for those who make their first payment before July 15th! Payment is usually due at the start of training, but we can offer payment schedules to meet your needs - please let us know if you need such accommodations during the application process and we will setup a payment schedule.

QUESTION

What is the application process like?

Send us an email at info@bigshouldersyoga.com to let us know that you are interested in starting the process. We will send you our short application questionnaire.

We require you to take 10 classes at BSY to familiarize yourself with our style prior to the start of training.

QUESTION

What will a typical day look like?

Here’s what a typical Saturday or Sunday session will look like:

10:30am-11:45am:
Yoga class with lead teacher

11:45pm-12:15pm:
Break

12:15pm-1:15pm:
Lecture and discussion (topics will include a rotation of; anatomy, history of yoga, Sanskrit, yoga philosophy, meditation, breathing exercises, etc.)

1:15pm-1:45pm:
Sequencing: theory and exercises

1:45pm-2:00pm:
Break

2:00pm-4:00pm:
Adjustments/hands-on assists: technique and practice or a trainee taught class

QUESTION

Who will I be learning from?

Nicolette Downs is the owner of Big Shoulders Yoga.
After completing her 200hr YTT in a style of Hatha yoga called, 'cYoga' in 2012, she jumped right in and began teaching multiple group and private classes each week - however, it wasn't until years later that she actually began to truly love and feel passionate about teaching yoga. Nicolette believes that your YTT is just the first step in your journey as a yoga instructor and that the vast majority of your education takes place once you begin to teach. For her it was the connections with her students and learning how to help and empower each individual that pushed her to develop her teaching into what it is today.

Over the last 8 years Nicolette has taught students of all levels, abilities, ages, and backgrounds, learning from each and every person and class. She is equally enthusiastic helping a first-time student understand the alignment of Down Dog and spotting a seasoned practitioner as they gain confidence jumping into Forearm Balance.

In 2019, Nicolette opened Big Shoulders Yoga with the goal of creating an inclusive and accepting yoga community in which she could share her love of yoga and empower other teachers to do the same. Plus, there were no other Hatha yoga studios and she refuses to practice and teach anything else.

When Nicolette isn't running BSY, prepping for the YTT, or teaching, she is working her full-time gig as a marketing manager for a tech company.

Additionally, Nicolette has had a consistent yoga practice for over 10 years and has drawn inspiration for her practice from a number of styles including cYoga, Baptiste, and Power Hatha. She believes that every yoga instructor should be a practitioner first and a teacher second. Teach what you know.

As a YTT instructor, Nicolette brings her passion, breadth of teaching experience, and background of owning a successful yoga business.


Claire Harper has been a teacher at Big Shoulders since day one. She started a consistent yoga practice as a teen over 10 years ago. Claire completed her 200hr teacher training in 2011 with Carmen Aguilar, and is now a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200hr teacher. Claire has taught in both studios and gyms across the country. She has experience teaching students of all levels through both Hatha and Restorative practices. By day, Claire is a Registered Dietitian and has taught workshops on Mindful Eating and Yoga and for Digestion. Claire’s practice draws from a number of styles including Ashtanga, Forrest Yoga, Restorative Yoga and cYoga. As a TT instructor, Claire brings her unique teaching background of both physically advanced and more subtle yoga practices.


In addition to Claire and Nicolette, our training will pull in a few of the BSY teachers for their expertise on certain topics.

Yoga Alliance 200hr Yoga Teacher Training
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