My teaching philosophy:
- What makes a good teacher?
- How can we respond to students with empathy, whilst still protecting ourselves?
- Holding the space
- Making everybody feel welcome/ being inclusive
- Teaching from the heart
- Finding our voice
- Honouring the body
- Staying calm
You will begin your teaching practice from week 1. The aim of this course is to provide a safe environment for students to grow at your own pace. Until the final assessment, teaching practice will not be judged or marked, although feedback will be given.
The aim is not to be a perfect teacher from day one-but to have the space and encouragement to find your own voice and teaching style. There will be a final, practical assessment in week 4
There will be twice daily meditation sessions during the course. We will begin with sitting for around 10 minutes morning and evening and by the end of the course students will be able to sit for 30 minutes straight.
We will explore different techniques in meditation so that you are able to find a technique that best works for you.
Pranayama sessions will be every morning after practice. We will go through a number of different breathing techniques so that by the end of the course you will be able to choreograph your own self practice and teach basic Pranayama to students.
A yoga practice is about so much more than just the poses. Hands on adjustments can allow a student to feel both safe and supported. The relationship between student and teacher requires trust, empathy and mutual respect.
Through daily workshops incorporating hands on adjusts, other kinds of touch and how to adjust a student verbally, we will empower you to deal with any real life class situation that arises.
Yoga teaches us to be inclusive. With yoga growing in popularity all the time, we are
starting to see a bigger variation in the level of students knowledge, body types,
injuries and specialty yoga - such as yoga for pregnancy.
We will explore the ways in which we can teach an open level class, learning to
manage a group of students with different body types and different levels of yoga
Sarah Kekus is the founder of The Health Architect, a highly successful UK based yoga studio in Cumbria. Having trained under many of the world’s most well known yoga teachers, Sarah has focused her own practice and teaching on the powerful flow of Ashtanga yoga.
Sarah’s approach to wellness and health encompasses what we put into our bodies as well as how we move them. She is also a highly qualified nutritional therapist, specialising in rebalancing general health and hormone health through nutrition.
Sarah will be joining us in Chamonix for one of our workshops.
Mariza Yoga teacher training camps run twice a year in Chamonix, France. Our beautiful Alpine yoga studio is located in the Les Pellerins area of town, about 10 minutes’ walk to the centre.
Koby Boley - Acro Yoga workshop says...'I am an American yoga, acroyoga, meditation and laughter yoga teacher, nature lover, sports enthusiast, writer and travel junkie who has held nearly every role in the yoga world from student to teacher and studio cleaner to festival organiser.
My history with yoga and meditation is a humble one, but one that has centered around the Bodhisattva vow. In all interactions I work to honor this commitment with the goal of helping others to remove the obscurations blocking their realization of the infinite joy, perfection and equanimity that resides within them and around all of us. The idea is that the world, life and ourselves are already perfect we just need to reprogram our mind and eliminate the layers of ideas, identities, stories and preconceptions that block us from seeing this.
My approach to yoga is holistic, touching all 8 branches, as well as incorporating my background in buddhist meditation and psychology and mixing in a heaping dose of my relaxed personality and love of laughter.
The teacher training is a one month residential course and you will stay in shared accommodation near the studio, with your fellow students. If you are local to Chamonix or prefer to organise your own accommodation, a ‘course only’ package is available.
For overseas students, the nearest airport is Geneva (Switzerland). From here, it’s a 1 hour drive to Chamonix. There are many transfer companies running shared minibuses from the airport to Chamonix; we recommend Mountain Drop-offs
Your day begins with a short early morning practice to welcome in the day and warm up your body from sleep. Tea and breakfast is shared with your fellow students before the day’s learning begins.
Each day is structured similarly. The mornings are spent focusing on ‘book learning’ – whether that’s the history and philosophy of yoga or human anatomy. After lunch, we work on our physical practice and teaching skills.
Our guest teachers run their workshops each Friday, giving everyone a change of voice and something new and exciting to focus on to end the week. Workshops include everything from accro yoga to hands on massage therapy.
All meals are shared with your fellow students and we take it in turns to shop and cook for the group, taking into consideration dietary requirements and healthy eating. Teas, fruit and snacks are on hand throughout the day for you to help yourself.
The ground floor of the yoga studio offers spacious cooking, dining and relaxing facilities where you can unwind and connect with your fellow students. The upstairs room, with its huge glass windows is our beautiful yoga space.
With enchanting views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks, it’s the perfect place to learn, so outside of ‘classes’ we keep this space for quiet practice and studying. The room is available to students to use any time.
Weekends are free time, which you can spend exploring Chamonix, enjoying your own practice at a leisurely pace and revising the previous week’s work.