2716 Bent Creek Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30152
678-354-1120

Teacher Training

The purpose in offering a Yoga Teacher Training program from a Christian perspective is to equip those who are Believers in Jesus Christ who want to teach yoga or want to deepen their practice of yoga without compromising their faith.  This training adheres to the national standards of Yoga Alliance and, more importantly, to the truth found in the Holy Bible.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

What to Expect from NDY Teacher Training:

  • Jesus - Jesus, as well as the Father and the Holy Spirit, will be honored as the One True God, Creator and Lord of ALL.  Learn how Jesus is present in all aspects of yoga from the postures to the breath to the mind to the heart.
  • Asana - 52 foundational postures will be studied with emphasis on how to approach the pose, how to hold the pose, and how to come out of the pose, as well as modifications and contraindications for each one.  A Cue Sheets Assignemt accompanies the learning of the postures.
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology - Major muscles and bones used in each posture will be addressed.  
  • Pranayama - Learn various breathing techniques and how the breath enhances or hinders the practice of yoga.
  • Energy Anatomy & Physiology - One of the key factors that makes the New Day Yoga Teacher Training unique is the study of the chakras, the energy centers in the body.  Learn what the Bible has to say about this energetic anatomy and how to use your energy to accomplish all that God has called you to do and be.
  • Chanting - Experience the power of chant in English using Scriptures and teachings from the Bible.
  • Traditional Yoga Philosophy & Yoga from a Christian Perspective - These views will be compared and contrasted so that you will understand the beginnings and origin of yoga, yet you will be absolutely sure of the Christian Believer's value in practicing and teaching yoga from a Christian perspective.  The New Day Yoga Teacher Training encourages boldness and fearlessness coupled with humility and grace. 
  • Meditation/Prayer/Contemplation - Learn the difference between these three holy practices of a Believer.  Apply each one to your life and yoga practice.
  • Mantra and the Power of the Word - The discipline of the mind will be addressed and Biblical methods of renewing the mind will be taught.
  • Yoga Lifestyle/Lifestyle of a Believer - Find out how can one reinforce the other.
  • Yamas/Niyamas & Hatha Yoga Styles - These topics will be the subjects of two presentations assigned during the training.
  • Principles of Demonstration - Apply these principles to the teaching of your yoga classes and individual postures and keep your students safe.  One proper demonstration can clarify your teaching and omit the need for many words!

  • Principles of Movement - Learn, apply, and demonstrate the 8 principles of movement common to all yoga postures.
  • Principles of Alignment - Learn, apply, and demonstrate the 5 principles of alignment common to all yoga postures, and watch the transformation of your yoga practice as you explore the potential in your body and mind.  
  • Ethics for Yoga Teachers and Believers - Discuss the motivation behind the ethics, and, from the heart, apply them to your life and teaching.  
  • Assisting/Correcting Students - Learn when and how to give hands-on adjustments and verbal cues to guide your students into an optimum yoga experience.
  • Practice Teaching - Including four 20-Minute Teaching Sessions, one 75-Minute Session, and one 30-Minute Final Teaching Test.  These six opportunities to teach and receive immediate feedback will begin Weekend 2.  Once you have completed your final Practice Teaching Weekend 10, you will feel comfortable and confident in leading a basic yoga class for all levels.  These teaching practicums are another one of the key factors tht makes the New Day Yoga Teacher Training unique and valuable for someone learning to teach for the first time.

  • Teaching Styles - Discover your own teaching style as we consider some of the major types of Hatha Yoga, including Iyengar, Viniyoga, and Anusara. 
  • Teaching Voice - Find your own unique voice as a teacher by realizing the core value of your life and then applying that to the teaching of yoga.
  • Qualities of a Teacher - Find out what makes a good teacher good and learn how to apply that information to your teaching.  
  • A Student’s Process of Learning - Learn the different learning styles and types of yoga students and how those differences need to be addressed in a yoga class.
  • Business Aspects of Teaching Yoga - Dayna will share her personal experiences of teaching yoga from a Christian perspective in different settings, providing you with the tools you will need to begin your own classes at a studio, gym, or church. 
Texts

The Key Poses of Yoga by Ray Long

Hatha Yoga Illustrated by Martin Kirk, Brooke Boon, Daniel DiTuro

New Day Yoga Teacher Training Notebook

Location of Teacher Training:

New Day Yoga Studio
2716 Bent Creek Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30152

Instructors:
Dayna Gelinas, E-RYT 500, has been teaching yoga, fitness, and/or education classes since 1982.  A gifted teacher with a passion for truth, she passes along accurate information with clarity, precision, a positive energy, and heart.   She currently teaches weekly classes in the metro-Atlanta area, conducts seminars and workshops and leads annual retreats.
 
Rebecca Thurmond, 500 RYT, 200 E-RYT is a graduate of the New Day Yoga teacher training and has been teaching yoga since 2009. Her teaching style focuses on alignment, anatomy, muscle integration, and breath awareness. She currently teaches weekly classes in Cumming, GA, at Yoga Selah.
 
Dates of 2015 Training (200-Hour Course includes all 10 weekends):
 
Weekend 1: February 20-22 Weekend 6: July 11-12
Weekend 2: March 21-22 Weekend 7: August 8-9
Weekend 3: April 18-19 Weekend 8: August 29-30
Weekend 4: May 16-17 Weekend 9: September 26-27
Weekend 5: June 13-14 Weekend 10: October 24-25

 
Beginning and Ending Times of Weekend Training:
Friday:      3:00pm – 6:30pm (First weekend only)
Saturday:  8:00am – 6:30pm (All ten weekends)
Sunday:    8:00am – 6:30pm (All ten weekends)
Financial Information:  Make checks payable to New Day Yoga. 
Application Fee:            $55  (Contact Dayna at New Day Yoga for application.) 
Teacher Training Fee:  $2400 if registered by December 31, 2014
                             $2500 if registered after December 31, 2014
 

300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

The New Day Yoga 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training is designed 1) for those who have completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training registered with Yoga Alliance and 2) for serious yoga students who desire to deepen their personal study of yoga.

Overview

The course is comprised of 6 Modules with each beginning on a Monday at 3pm and ending on a Saturday at 2pm. Each Module provides you with 45 contact hours of instruction and practice and 5 non-contact hours of personal study. 

Dates for the Modules are as follows: 

Module 1: May 19 - 24, 2014

Module 2: August 4 - 9, 2014

Module 3: December 8 - 13, 2014

Module 4: May 4 - 9, 2015

Module 5: September 7 - 12, 2015

Module 6: November 30 - December 5, 2015

Daily Schedule: 

AM 

     6:30         Silent Personal Practice 

     7:45         Silent Breakfast

     9:00         Morning Devotion

     10:30       Asana/Physical Anatomy

PM 

     12:30       Lunch 

     1:30         Philosophy/Sutras/Chakras/Ayurveda 

     4:00         Teaching Practicum

     5:15         Vespers/Dinner

     6:30         Free Time

     8:00         Worship & Testimony

     9:00         Grand Silence

To receive the 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification, all modules must be completed within a 4-year period. (If you do not desire the certification, you may take as long as you like to complete them.) The Modules may be taken in any order. Each one is a separate study of a specific chakra, its corresponding anatomy, asana, energy, psychology, physiology, philosophy and spirituality. As with all New Day Yoga trainings, classes, and courses, this one is from a Christian perspective. Although traditional concepts and yoga philosophy are included, it is the Bible that remains the authoritative final word on the topics studied. 

Module Topics

All Modules will include the study and practice of 1) asana, 2) principles of alignment, 3) pranayama, 4) chant, and 5) meditation, as well as 6) Ayurveda, 7) yoga philosophy, 8) the study of traditional yogic texts and the Holy Bible.   For each Module, participants will be required to 1) teach a 75-minute class from the asana studied, 2) to research and make two brief presentations--one on anatomy and one on spirituality, and 3) to complete reading, study and discussion assignments. 

The unique energetic, anatomical and asana foci for each Module is as follows:

Module 1: Chakra 1;  Anatomy of the Feet, Ankles, Knees, Legs and Pelvis;  Standing Poses and Vinyasa Flow

Module 2: Chakra 2;  Anatomy of the Pelvic Girdle;  Hip Openers and Forward Bends

Module 3: Chakra 3;  Anatomy of the Trunk;  The Psoas;  Core Awareness and Activation

Module 4: Chakra 4;  Anatomy of the Arms, Elbows, Wrists, Hands and Shoulders;  Backbends and Twists

Module 5: Chakra 5;  Anatomy of the Shoulder Girdle, Neck and Head;  Arm Balances and Inversions 

Module 6: Chakras 6 & 7;  Anatomy of the Mind;  Restorative Asana

Location:

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Road, NE, Cullman, AL 35055.  The Retreat Center is two hours north of Birmingham and three hours west of Atlanta. Our group will be staying in Benet Hall.  Each participant will have a private bedroom and will share a bath with one or two other yoginis. Each cozy room has a closet, a dresser, a desk chair, desk, lamp, and a rocker.  Benet Hall also has a small kitchen, a common room, and a front porch overlooking a tranquil pond.

Cost: Training and Accommodations

The cost of each Module is $935. A non-refundable $250 deposit is required at registration. The cost includes fifty hours of instruction, a notebook for the Module, lodging for five nights and all meals from Monday night dinner to Saturday lunch.  Our group will also have use of the new retreat chapel, a separate meeting room for our yoga practices, the outdoor labyrinth, and a private dining area. Space is limited to 11 participants.

Registration

To register, contact Dayna Gelinas by phone, 678-354-1120, or email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and you will be sent a registration form to be filled out and returned with your deposit. Registration for any Module should be done six weeks prior to the start date of the Module you are hoping to attend. Once your registration and deposit has been received and approved, you will be sent a packet of reading assignments and questions to be completed before the beginning of the Module. 

You can also Download the Application Here

Instructors

 

Dayna Gelinas, E-RYT 500, is the instructor for the 300-Hour Advanced YTT. For more information about her, please visit About Dayna.

 

 

 

 

 

Assisting Dayna is Lori Smith, E-RYT 200, RYT 500.  Lori began practicing yoga in 2004 and through her yoga practice she began to experience an awareness of the Holy Spirit within her, and her relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ grew in a new way.  Moving in an attitude of prayer and worship during the physical postures and breath work, her yoga practice fostered a quieting of her mind leading her into deeper intimacy with God and helping her find healing for the anxiety she had struggled with throughout her life. In 2006 Lori completed New Day Yoga’s first 200 Hour Teacher Training, and in May of 2013 Lori also successfully completed the New Day Yoga, Inc. 300 Hour Teacher Training Program. To remain connected with other practitioners and teachers of yoga from a Christian perspective, Lori has attended various retreats and classes at monasteries and Christian retreat centers in New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, and Cullman, Alabama.  She has a passion to share this gift with others and is currently teaching weekly classes in churches and leading workshops and retreats in the Huntsville, Alabama, area.

Required Texts

For All Modules: 1) Holy Bible (any translation), 2) Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long, 3) The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar, 4) New Day Yoga Notebook for each Module 

 

For Module 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses by Ray Long

For Module 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends by Ray Long

For Module 3: The Psoas Book by Liz Koch

For Module 4: Anatomy for Backbends and Twists by Ray Long

For Module 5: Anatomy for Arm Balances and Inversions by Ray Long

For Module 6:  Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater

Pre-requisites and Requirements
For those who have completed a 200-hour YTT and wish to earn credit toward their 300-Hour Advanced YTT:
  1. You must have completed your 200-Hour Certification (or its equivalent) at a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.
  2. You must have a current, established yoga practice.
  3. You will be required to complete a practice teaching assignment during the week.
  4. You will be required to complete written and reading assignments before attending the Module and other assignments during the week.
  5. You will be required to attend all scheduled sessions for the week.
  6. You will be required to complete a take-home project.

 

For serious yoga students who desire to deepen their personal study of yoga and wish to attend for personal growth:
  1. You must have practiced yoga consistently with a teacher for at least two years at the experienced 1/2 Level. This experience is not for beginners, nor for those who do not feel confident in a personal practice.
  2. You must be familiar with all basic yoga poses by name (English and/or Sanskrit) and through experience, including backbends and inversions such as handstand, shoulderstand, and headstand. You do not have to be a master at these postures, but you should be working toward them in your practice unless there are physical reasons why you would not be.
  3. You must complete a registration and/or application.
  4. Attendance at the scheduled sessions for the week is highly encouraged but is optional.

One Final Note:

Although the Modules will be comprehensive, detailed, thorough, and structured, they will also provide you with an ashram experience of sorts. The secluded location at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center at Sacred Heart Monastery in North Alabama invites introspection, peace, and rest. As with all classes and trainings and workshops of New Day Yoga, the Holy Spirit is always the honored and respected Guest who is invited to guide and direct us. You can expect God to touch you in a special way as we seek to understand more fully how "fearfully and wonderfully" we are made through the practice and study of Yoga from a Christian perspective.

Introduction to Yoga from a Christian Perspective

New Day Yoga offers an "Introduction to Yoga from a Christian Perspective" course every January. This course is designed for two groups of yogis and yoginis:

  1. Those who have already acquired their yoga teacher certification but want to know how to integrate their Christian faith into their practice and teaching of yoga
  2. Those who have been practicing yoga regularly for at least a year who want to learn about the following topics
Possible topics to be Covered:
  • Biblical Discernment and Wisdom for Yoga from a Christian Perspective 
  • Using Yoga to Enhance Christian Faith and Disciplines 
  • The Five Components of the Human Being from a Christian Perspective 
  • Patanjali's Eight-Fold Path from a Christian Perspective 
  • The Chakras from a Christian Perspective 
  • Christian Approaches in Teaching Yoga to Others  
  • Materials will be provided for your use after the course, and a certificate will be presented.
Schedule:

Friday      3:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday   10:00am - 6:00pm

Both days will include a full yoga practice.  Saturday will include lunch.   

Location:

New Day Yoga Studio
2716 Bent Creek Drive
Kennesaw,GA 30152

Cost:  $285 

Dates:  Jan. 16-17, 2015

Deadline for Registration and Application:  Jan. 9, 2015

This in-depth intro course is the best place to begin a more serious study of yoga from a Christian perspective. It is offered just once per year and typically fills up fast, so be sure to register earlier than later to save your spot!
 
Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for application.

Or Download Application Here

All courses taught by Dayna Gelinas of New Day Yoga are registered with Yoga Alliance and can be used towards Continuing Education Units.

 

Upcoming Classes

Mon Sep 22 @10:00AM - 11:15AM
Level 1/2 Yoga Basics
Mon Sep 22 @11:30AM - 12:45PM
Level 1 Gentle Yoga
Mon Sep 22 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Level 1/2
Tue Sep 23 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Relax and Renew
Wed Sep 24 @ 9:45AM - 11:15AM
Level 1/2
Wed Sep 24 @11:45AM - 01:15PM
Level 1
Fri Sep 26 @ 9:45AM - 11:15AM
Level 1