Amber's Yoga Teacher Training
Organized by: Amber Roniger
I'm very lucky to have been invited on many occasions into my friend's high school honors senior seminar classroom; and to have the opportunity to beta-test an Alzheimer's curriculum with her 2015 (graduating) class. Spending time with her kids made me realize how much I dig teens, and how much I would love teaching them yoga.
As the collective dream of building (from the ground up) a free, dharma-based, alternative school/center in NYC starts to take solid form, I find I will have a future space to teach yoga to those who want and need it.
But to rewind for a little background... I thought about doing yoga teacher training to deepen my own practice. Often practicing twice a day last summer at Ananda Ashram, I watched many friends do their training, but had no idea how I could take a month solid off of work to do so myself.
I met my dharma teacher, Khenpo Karma Tenkyong, exactly one year ago. My (dharma) friend, Grace O'Keeffe, took me up to Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) and "tricked" me into becoming Buddhist. And what a wild ride it's been!
When Khenpo started calling me Yoga Master, I initially felt foolish. But soon realized: a) he is not kidding; and b) I have some serious expectations to live up to. The nickname caught on and Khenpo's perpetual use of it continues to fan the fire.
I am a very avid yoga practitioner and the deeper I take my practice, the more I feel it benefiting those around me. At some point, I began believing I can teach others and benefit them, as my teachers have so profoundly done for me.
But where to do the teacher training? I practice at Jivamukti in NYC 5-7 days a week and am extremely devoted to progressing my yoga and meditation practice there. It is a wonderful program with fantastic teachers, but I find their teacher training pricing and time commitment (in one solid block) untenable.
And then my most influential teacher, Matthew Lombardo, posts that he is part of a teacher collective leading RASA yoga teacher training (http://www.fivetattvas.com/rasateachertraining/), which is philosophy-based training.
"The RASA Yoga Teacher Training & Embodied Philosophy Program is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified exploration into the heart of the yoga asana and philosophical tradition. RASA stands apart from other yoga teacher training programs in providing more contact hours in yoga philosophy than any other teacher training available."
When I read the description, and based on the way Matthew teaches his classes, I know this is the training for me. It is on select weekends over an 8-month period, allowing me to continue my Alzheimer's advocacy work, while doing the training and having ample time to really absorb and integrate the teachings, readings and classes.
I am extremely grateful to Khenpo Tenkyong, Grace O'Keeffe and Matthew Lombardo for pushing me in such positive directions and allowing me see the teacher in myself.
RASA Teacher Training = $3,000
Books & Supplies = $260