Teacher Training



AcroBhakti Teacher Training

Empower through AcroYoga



Heartshaped AcroYoga

Creative yoga, acrobatics and massage


• Challenge with mindful acrobatics.
• Connect with yogic presence.
• Communicate with healing touch.

Empower yourself and others!

Immerse yourself in the craft of teaching acroyoga


Teaching is one of the best ways to deepen our own understanding and potential. To share our resources with others kindles our capacity. To become an acroyoga teacher is often a natural process starting with the love for the practice and the enthusiasm to share it with others. The AcroBhakti Teacher Training program is a fully packed toolbox designed for you who wish to immerse yourself in the craft of teaching acroyoga in a safe, fun and authentic way. 100 hours to expand both your embodiment repertoire and your teaching skills. The AcroBhakti Teacher Training gives a thorough foundation on how to lead acroyoga classes either as a solo teacher and or together with a co-teacher. And also tools and inspiration on how to lead longer workshops, retreats and festival. Beyond all this there is a great emphasis on finding your own personal intention on what acroyoga is for you and how you wish to share it with the world.

Find your alchemy


Focus is on both the embodiment & teaching of acroyoga related material. Most of all lots of lots of flying! Through theory & practice we approach the philosophy & principles of acroyoga pedagogy. We promote an autonomous and intention based teaching style aiming to bring out more of your inner teacher. To be an acroyoga teacher is not about being the greatest yogi, acrobat or bodyworker. It is about finding the alchemy between these expressions. Each teacher will have a unique way of composing this practice and the AcroBhakti Teacher Training is here to generously soak you in tools for body mind and soul. To teach with integrity you definitely need to develop various physical and pedagogical skills. And on a subtle plane let your sixth sense unfold for this interpersonal practice to reach its most synergic expression. This is an ongoing process that does not start or end with any teacher training program. Our intention is to offer an empowering boost to your path.

Reinforce the pedagogic, therapeutic & artistic


Team AcroBhakti has a creative approach to the trinity of acroyoga. With serious playfulness we interconnect yoga, acrobatics and massage respecting the different traditions in an undogmatic way. This will of course also reflect in this training and the focus will be on the whole panorama of pedagogic, therapeutic and artistic aspects and the interplay between these fields as they reinforce each other.


Excel in the art of how to learn, how to share and how to practice.
From that space you will know how to teach.



Diploma


Upon finished course you will receive a diploma. This diploma certifies that you have finished 100 hs of teacher training with team AcroBhakti in the practice of acroyoga. Our recommendation for enrolling in any kind of teacher training is that you base it on interest in the course itself and not aiming for a paper. There is a big illusion around being ’certified’ in different areas of yoga and acroyoga. Truth is that what is valid is your knowledge, integrity and quality as a teacher, this comes with dedicated practice and connection with your inner teacher. Other teachers can only give you a boost on your path. So please choose the course that is aligned with the focus you wish to take, wether it is for personal development, to start your teacher path or to get new inspiration as an experienced teacher.




Content


Embodiment repertoire:
  • acrobatic flying, flying massage
  • inversions, arm balances
  • asana, partner yoga
  • thai yoga massage

Teaching skills:
  • teacher's voice, communication, wording
  • pedagogy for different settings: groupal, privates, weekly classes, workshops, retreats, festivals
  • pedagogy for different levels: beginners, intermediate, advance and mixed level groups
  • roll as a teacher/leader/facilitator
  • being in front of people, taking space, giving space, holding space
  • co-teaching, solo teaching
  • planning process, how to improvise, layering, theme

Essential tools
  • yoga philosophy
  • warm ups, cool downs
  • icebreakers, team building, games
  • reflection, sharing
  • community building
  • business & administration

Other subjects
  • pranayama, meditation, relaxation, adjustments, humandalas, mudras
  • conscious touch, intuitive massage, healing
  • inspiration from other movement practices such as contact improvisation, martial arts, dance, street performing, circus
  • basic floor acrobatics
  • mantra, kirtan, heart songs




Pre-requisites


Mandatory


First and foremost passion and enthusiasm to share acroyoga with others as a practitioner and teacher. Eager to develop your unique way of doing so with the support of this training. Feeling connected with the acroyoga spirit of metta, trust, playfulness, joy of movement and taking care of yourself and others in co-creation.

Experience & Skills - Guidelines


Down here we present a list of experiences and skills. It is good to have SOME of this, but not necessary to have ALL. The MORE you have the BETTER will be for you to take advantage of the training. Have in mind that this training is oriented to give tools for teaching the levels basic and intermediate. See the following as guidelines for your preparation.

General
  • Yoga: Minimum 1 year yoga practice of your choice.
  • Movement: Consistent movement based practice of some sort (yoga asana, gymnastics, dance, martial arts, etc).
  • Meditation: Any meditation experience, small or big, but it has to be yours, no one else’s (can’t experience meditation from just reading about it…).
  • AcroYoga: Minimum 6 months of ongoing acroyoga practice. Minimum 30 hours in teacher lead classes. Minimum 30 hours of practice outside of class. Taken into consideration is the availability of local acroyoga courses and events nearby where you live.
  • Massage: Minimum 20 hours of massage experience both as giver and receiver (Thai Yoga massage or other tradition).
  • Life Experience: Minimum life experience of 18 years. 50+ highly welcomed ;)

Solo
  • your favourite variation of sun salutation 108 times and still breathing ;)
  • feel comfortable upside down
  • one minute tripod headstand on or off the wall
  • tuck, straddle & pike in headstand
  • one minute handstand on or off the wall
  • enter handstand both with legs apart (’kick up’) and legs together (’jump up’)
  • front roll
  • back roll
  • cartwheels

Flying
• Base, fly & spot basic POSITIONS such as:
  • front plank, front bird, bow
  • back plank, back bird, back bow
  • bat
  • folded leaf
  • super yogi
  • high flying whale
  • star
  • star ’range of motion’ (leg presses, swivels, mono limb, co-improvised freestyle)
  • box presses
  • shoulderstand
  • side star

• Base, fly & spot basic TRANSITIONS such as:
  • front plank > sitting buddha > throne > whale (back and forth)
  • star > bat
  • back bird > star
  • cartwheel in > bat > out
  • tic tac
  • back bird walkovers
  • handstand walkover to throne
  • front plank > back bird
  • side plank > sitting buddha > side plank
  • straddle throne > pop > front plank (base or fly)

• Base OR fly WASHING MACHINES such as:
  • barrel roll
  • ninja star
  • reverse star > wheel > throne > plank > rev. star (or similar)
  • rebirth machine (or similar)
  • fortune’s wheel (or similar)

Bodywork
  • Confident giving a 40 minute massage session Thai Yoga style or similar
  • Confident giving a 5 minute flying massage session without the need of a spotter

Teaching
Any teaching experience recommended and comfort in being in front of other people. You don’t need to master it, this is something we will polish together! Yoga teaching experience is a plus but not a must. Previous experience of guiding acroyoga jams or teaching classes is a welcomed pre req but not a must have. And remember, if you know how to share some acroyoga in a safe way, you can teach it to a couple of friends today!

Video
1-5 minute acrobatic flow where you do both some basing, flying & spotting. Don't forget the spotting!



Upcoming trainings


Mundekulla, Sweden - 2017

Retreat setting, food & housing included
2 x weeks: 15-28 August 2017

Location

Mundekulla is located in the southeastern forest of Sweden. A place for stillness, creativity and encounters, with beautiful surroundings. The whole facility is constructed and run environmentally friendly.

Mundekulla Eco-Retreatcenter
361 95 Långasjö
www.mundekulla.se

Visit Mundekulla's website for tips on how to get there.


Daily schedule


Arrival day:
15.00-18.00 Arrival
18.15-19.00 Dinner
19.30-21.00 Opening

Normal day:
07:00-08:30 Morning yoga
08.30-09.15 Breakfast
10.00-13.00 Embodiment
13.15-14.00 Lunch
14:00-15.00 Break
15.00-18.00 Teaching
18.15-19.00 Dinner
19.30-21.30 Reflection / Q&A

Departure day:
07:00-08:30 Morning yoga
08.30-09.15 Breakfast
10.00-13.00 Embodiment
13.15-14.00 Lunch
14:30-16.00 Closing

Prices


Prices are for paying in one transaction OR in parts before 15.May.2017.
Add 10% when paying in parts and finishing after 15.May.2017.
Vacancy is depending on the demand. First come, first served.

23000 SEK / shared dormitory in alcove with private curtain.
24000 SEK / space in 4-bed room with private shower and bathroom.
25000 SEK / space in double room with shared shower and bathroom.
28000 SEK / single room with private shower and bathroom.
(Calculate 100 SEK ≈ € 10.4 ≈ us$ 11)

* The price includes 3 vegetarian meals per day and fruits after the dinner.
* The food is organic vegetarian locally produced. There are vegan options depending on the group.
* All prices are with 6% VAT included.

Application process


  • Read all the info thoroughly.
  • In case of questions write to training@acrobhakti.com, no question is too big or small!
  • Fill out the application form and remember to add your picture and a link to the video.
  • You will receive our answer within 2 weeks.
  • First payment to confirm your space within 2 weeks from acceptance to the training.



Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I don't have all the pre-requisites.. can I still join?
A: Yes. We offer a list of guidelines as pre-requisites. It is good to have as many as you can, but you don't have to have the complete list under your belt.

Q: I am not good at handstands.. can I still join?
A: Yes. Handstands are not a mandatory pre-requisite. But we will practice handstands everyday.

Q: Am I going to obtain a certificate when finishing?
A: Yes. We are giving a diploma that certifies your participation in this training.

Q: I am not a certified yoga teacher... can I still join?
A: Yes. You don't need to be a yoga teacher to join this training. We will cover the basic elements of yoga and how it gives foundation to the practice.

Q: How big would be the group?
A: We have a minimum of 10 participants, and a maximum of 25.

Q: I don't tolerate people using drugs during retreats..
A: Don't worry. This training is 100% drugs-free and alcohol-free. But we accept chocolate ;)

For other questions write to training@acrobhakti.com





Nina & Boris