You’ve heard of the Urban Zen foundation, started by Donna Karan — they’re doing a lot of work to integrate Eastern healing practices into Western medicine. (They’re in the midst of a landmark partnership with Beth Israel’s cancer ward to test alternative healing in a clinical setting.) They did a big wellness forum in New York last year, and apparently run Spirituality for Kids events, and several cultural preservation programs, worldwide. Well, I was just informed that they have a yoga teacher training, too. From their press release:
The program curriculum includes focus on personal practice in asana, pranayama, and meditation; teaching methodologies, sequencing, and effective manual adjustments; anatomy and physiology; yoga history and philosophy; basic Sanskrit and chanting; student teaching and evaluation; and plenty of discussion and interaction. Faculty includes Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Richard Rosen, Richard Freeman, Susan Orem (Lippy), Jamie Naughright, and Manorama.
I’ve not studied with any of the faculty, but Rodney Yee has been on my wish list for a while. And I know that Susan Orem has been part of the teacher training team at Exhale for years. The curriculum seems pretty standard, but any 200-hour training is just an introduction to the vast ocean of teaching yoga. It (hopefully) gives you firm foundations for teaching others, but really just ignites your personal development. So be sure to check out their website and get a feel for their particular perspective and focus. If anyone has taken this training in the past I’d love to hear about it.
The training starts next Friday, March 13, and runs one weekend a month until September. For more information, visit the Urban Zen website.
POSTSCRIPT — I was just informed that this is the first Urban Zen TT program, so there are no alumni yet. I was fooled by the pic of Rodney Yee teaching a bunch of black t-shirts.