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250-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2023 at AIRYOGA Zurich

The AIRYOGA Teacher Training 2023 will be taught in line with the tradition of Hatha Yoga and Buddhist Meditation under the direction of Stephen Thomas.

The course is appropriate for experienced and dedicated students of Yoga who wish to deepen and refine their knowledge and aim towards the teaching certification.
The program has been accredited by Yoga Alliance®. It provides all the foundation required for further study and teaching. In terms of the qualification of the teaching team and the number of lessons, the AIRYOGA Teacher Trainings exceeds the Yoga Alliance® requirements.

The AIRYOGA Teacher Training 2023 will start on May 12, 2023, and end on November 5, 2023. It offers about 220 classroom hours total, set up in six weekend modules plus two intensive weeks (in July and November 2023).

The training takes place at the AIRYOGA studio at Fabrikstrasse 10 in Zurich and at Stadtoase in Zurich.

In addition to the classroom hours, students can expect about 30 hours minimum of self-directed study including assigned online/video review, and reading requirements.

The following subjects and topics form the curriculum:
•  In Depth Techniques, Alignment, Theory and Practice of Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Mantra, Meditation and other traditional yoga techniques
•  Physical and Subtle Anatomy, Physiology, Prevention
•  Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, Mental Approach
•  History of Classical and Modern Yoga
•  Restorative Yoga, Therapeutic Approaches, Yoga Nidra
•  Ayurveda Foundations
•  Teaching Methodology: Sequencing of yoga classes, use of props, adjustments and assists, modifications
•  Practicum: teaching, observing, sequencing and assisting

These are the dates for the AIRYOGA 250-hour Teacher Training 2023:
Module 1 - Friday, May 12, to Sunday, May 14, 2023
Module 2 - Friday, May 26, to Monday, May 29, 2023 (Pentecost)
Module 3 - Friday, June 23, to Sunday, June 25, 2023
Module 4 (intensive week) - Monday, July 17, to Sunday, July 23, 2023
Module 5 - Friday, August 18, to Sunday, August 20, 2023
Module 6 - Friday, September 22, to Sunday, September 24, 2023
Module 7 - Friday, October 20, to Sunday, October 22, 2023
Module 8 (intensive week) - Monday, October 30, to Sunday, November 5, 2023

Class times:
Fridays from about 8:00 am to 5:30 pm 
Saturdays from about 8:00 am to 5:30 pm approx.
Sundays from about 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Intensive weeks (Monday through Sunday) daily from about 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Our faculty of highly qualified and experienced teachers will lead the training.

Main Teachers
Stephen Thomas (Director): Asana, Pranayama, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy
Claire Dalloz: Asana, Teaching Methodology
Manuela Peverelli: Meditation, Asana
Doug Keller: Yoga Philosophy, Therapeutically oriented Yoga, Yoga Nidra
Additional Senior Faculty
Christina Eggenschwiler: Anatomy and Physiology, Prevention
Evelyn Hunger: Ayurveda

Prerequisites for attending the Yoga Teacher Training
This training is highly demanding on a physical and psychological level. The schedule requires participants to really immerse themselves in yoga.
Applicants should be sincerely interested and ready to study intensively.
Furthermore are required:
•  a regular yoga practice of a minimum of two years
•  solid knowledge in both German and English (no translations are offered)
•  good mental and physical health

Further terms
•  This training will be taught in English or German, depending on the teacher.
•  The applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
•  AIRYOGA/Stephen Thomas will decide who is admitted to the course after assessing the application. Candidates that are not already regular students with Stephen may be invited to a test class and a post class interview.
•  The course requires a minimum of 15 participants to take place. It accepts a maximum of 28 participants (plus possibly persons making up missed hours from the previous course). Additional applicants will be put on the wait-list.
•  In order to graduate, trainees are required to have attended a minimum of 200 classroom hours and passed a written exam in Philosophy, Anatomy, and Asana, as well as a practical exam. Graduates are entitled to register as ‘RYT 200’ with the American Yoga Alliance®.

Karma Yoga spots
AIRYOGA offers two Karma Yoga spots with a 50% discount on the training fee to any participant who is suited to this assignment and who cannot afford this training at full price. Assistance involves approx. 1-2 extra hours of helping out at the studio per training day.
To apply for the Karma Yoga spots please add your letter of motivation to your application forms.

The cost for the 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2023 amounts to CHF 4’450.-
The course fee includes extensive written course manual in the language it was originally written.
Not included is the cost for further reading material (recommended books).

To apply for the 250-hour Teacher Training 2023 please use this Form (in German only)

Closing date is on March 1, 2023.

Given the usually high demand, we recommend that you apply early!

For questions and other concerns please email ausbildungen@airyoga.ch

Biographies of our Teachers:

Stephen Thomas (Director): Asana, Pranayama, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy
Stephen is an experienced Yoga teacher and practitioner. He leads Teacher Trainings, Workshops and Immersions across Asia and Europe. His teaching is deeply rooted in the traditional Yoga practices of Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. His philosophical background is influenced by studies in the Classical systems of Yoga Philosophy as well as Tibetan Buddhism and Tantra.
Stephen studies directly with O.P. Tiwari of Kaivalyadham, India - a living master in the science of Pranayama. He blends this with his ongoing studies in Asana, Nutrition, Ayurveda, Philosophy and the varied modern evolutions of Yoga.   
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as a guest instructor throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community. For more info on Stephen and his work please check-out his webpage https://svarupa.com
Stephen teaches in English.

Claire Dalloz: Asana, Teaching Methodology
Claire has been teaching and learning about the vast practice of yoga for over 25 years. Her aim is to share her experience and joy of the practice with you. She first came into contact with Hatha Yoga during her student years in Bath, South-West England. Some years later she discovered Sivananda Yoga in New York and Iyenger Yoga while back in England. In the 90’s, when she moved to Switzerland, Claire was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
Claire’s Yoga Path has been influenced and supported by many experienced and significant Yoga teachers, especially Glenn Ceresoli, Lance Schuler, Bruno Dietziker, Stephen Thomas and Dr. Ravi Ravindra. Her most important teachers in daily life are her students and family. Yoga has given Claire a lot of joy, balance and curiosity for life and what might lie beyond. It has supported her in all aspects of her life especially during the often challenging years of bringing up three children.
Claire is recognised by Yoga Alliance as an experienced internationally-trained Yoga teacher on the 500 hour level (E-RYT 500). She is also a trained medical Masseuse, a Hypnosis Therapist and since 2021 a Yoga Therapist with a Diploma from the Swiss Yoga Union. Claire teaches in her studio, YogaTopia, located in Herrliberg, Switzerland, as well as in various teacher training teams. She offers regular retreat in Switzerland and abroad.
Please also visit www.clairedalloz.ch
Claire teaches in English (with supplementary German where needed).

Manuela Peverelli: Meditation, Asana
Manuela teaches yoga since 2008. Her attitude and approach towards life is influenced by taoist, vedic and Buddhist studies and practices. An education in Ayurvedic Psychology at the European Ayurveda Academy and Buddhist Psychotherapy enriched her background as a psychiatric nurse and also influences her way of holding and shaping space.
Manuela’s teaching is dynamic and powerful, but at the same time a journey to the inner stillness as a refuge in this hectic and demanding world. 
Since 2020, Manuela lives in the Metta Villa in the southwest of France, a quiet and nourishing space for retreats and inner transformation that she has co-founded with her partner Marc.
For more information please visit www.mettavilla.fr
Manuela teaches in German.

Doug Keller: Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Nidra
Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for a decade, and is known not only for his effectiveness in communicating this ever-evolving approach in these trainings, but also for his extensive writing on the topic in magazines, journals and his two-volume work on Yoga As Therapy. Doug has degrees in philosophy from Georgetown and Fordham Universities in the United States and spent a total of 14 years in Siddha meditation ashrams worldwide.
His teaching is focused on the yoga of ‘Swatantrya,’ the yoga of one’s own inner expansion and awakening, and is rooted in a vast and inclusive perspective of study and practice that honours the insights of the many streams of wisdom that flow into the river of yoga.
Please also check out www.doyoga.com
Doug teaches in English.

Christina Eggenschwiler: Anatomy and Physiology, Prevention
Christina has more than 12 years of teaching experience. As a lecturer for functional anatomy and physiology she is involved in various teacher training courses in Switzerland and abroad. She gained her professional knowledge during her training as a yoga teacher at Yoga Medicine, at Anatomy Trains in Motion, in spiral dynamics and in various specializations (CAS sports and movement therapy, Pilates, health promotion, injury prevention, pain therapy, etc.). With a Master's degree in Sports Science she has a comprehensive understanding of movement. She imparts the theory with clarity and many application examples and the practice with exciting self-awareness techniques.
Christina teaches in German.

Evelyn Hunger: Ayurveda Foundations
On one of her frequent travels to India, Evelyn came into contact first with yoga and then with Ayurveda. She was so fascinated from that point on, that she immersed herself with the philosophical system and its practice. Yoga teacher trainings and retreats with Stephen Thomas as her teacher and mentor for many years, but also inputs from other teachers, as well as her daily personal practice, help Evelyn gain a deeper perspective and understanding, that she constantly integrates in her daily life, which helps her have an honest, empathic and enjoyable relationship with life.
Evelyn trained to become a certified Ayurveda Specialist at the European Academy for Ayurveda, and supplemented her studies with an internship over several months at an Ayurvedic clinic in South India. The knowledge from her profession as an emergency care nurse is an important link to work in a holistic way. In addition, Evelyn is deeply inspired by the Mahamudra practice of Tibetan Buddhism, which shapes her yoga practice and brings her fulfillment and joy in her daily life. Phases of intensive practice are just as important to her as to experience her mind clearly and to open her heart anew in each encounter even in the hectic emergency care routine.
For more information please also see www.yogaayus.ch
Evelyn teaches in German.