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Meta Yoga Schools kicks off second yoga teacher training in October

Summit Daily staff report

Meta Yoga Schools, a division of Meta Yoga Studios based out of Breckenridge and soon in Frisco, is offering its next 10-week, 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher Training starting Wednesday, Oct. 29. This training is designed for dedicated students of yoga seeking more than what a one-hour, drop-in class can offer.

Don't be fooled by the title. Many yogis who enroll in yoga teacher training have no initial intention of teaching but, rather, yoga has sparked their curiosity and they want more. Trainees are seeking out the philosophy, history and deeper meanings behind the poses and their effects on the body, mind and energetics. Through the study of this age-old science of yoga, the practitioner acquires the tools to live a more healthy, balanced and joyful life. Meta Yoga Schools is the first Yoga Alliance accredited 200-hour yoga teacher training program in Summit County.

LIFE WITH PURPOSE

Meta Yoga Schools' mission is to provide its trainees with the tools necessary to create and sustain a more purposeful life. Steeped in the path of self-study, trainees will receive a solid background in the fundamentals of Tantric Hatha Yoga. The approach emphasizes the importance of Sangha (community) to hold space for growth and expansion through this unique journey of self-discovery.

"Meta Yoga's teacher training was an incredible experience and exceeded my expectations," said Leslie Glenn, of Breckenridge, a member of Meta Yoga Schools' first graduating class in August. "We were able to learn and grow with insight and direction from an amazing group of teachers providing us with a well-rounded variety of teaching tools, techniques and introspection."

The program includes experience and instruction with meditation, asana (postures), Ayurveda (health science), pranayama (breath), yoga history, philosophy, mantra, Sanskrit, anatomy, purposeful sequencing and developing a personal practice. Meta Yoga Schools' curriculum is guided by a living lineage-based approach to the teachings of yoga. Trainees will graduate not only with the tools to share these teachings but also with the inner knowing embodied by intensive practice.

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"(Meta Yoga Schools) created a poignant, broad and well-balanced rite of passage for people on a contemplative journey in the modern world," said Joe Mason, of Keystone, another graduate of the school.

The Ayurveda and lifestyle components provide students a foundation for understanding the deeper connection of all aspects of their lives, from sleep patterns and diet to exercise and vocation, and how they can use their yoga practice and the tools from Ayurveda to support living a sustainable, healthy, balanced life in this fast-paced technological age.

KNOWLEDGEABLE FACULTY

The lead faculty is composed of Amber Cook and Meta Yoga Schools director Jason Rodon. Trainees also have the opportunity to learn from other world-class area yoga teachers and philosophers, some who travel throughout Colorado and others from as far away as New York City.

"I loved the variety and quality of the teachers and the different backgrounds and experience of each," said Jaci Rice, of Keystone, another member of the August teacher-training program. "I do not think many other yoga teacher trainings offer the broad range of knowledge."

This summer, Meta Yoga Schools hosted Dr. Douglas Brooks, an internationally renowned tantric scholar and professor, for a two-day immersion workshop that was included as part of the teacher-training program. Trainees also study with teachers that are part of a living lineage, as Rodon is a student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker, from the Lineage of Swami Rama and the Himalayan Masters.

The 10-week teacher-training format allows ample time to integrate and assimilate the information, as well as attend additional classes at Meta Yoga Studios for free during the training term. Students will have ample time to keep a regular workweek and family obligations. Many graduates of the inaugural yoga teacher training are already teaching and sharing their knowledge in their community.

"The diversity of the program is what really made me love this yoga teacher training," said Shelby Robicheaux, of Breckenridge. "We learned so much from so many different aspects and views. The teachers did such a good job with presenting us with such useful information and letting us chose our own path and have our own opinions."

If you go

What: Meta Yoga Schools Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher Training

When: Wednesday, Oct. 29, to Sunday, Jan. 11; classes meet 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and a few Fridays to meet the 200 hours needed for Yoga Alliance Certification

Where: Meta Yoga Studios, 118 S. Ridge St. No. 5, Breckenridge

Cost: Tuition for the 10-week program is $2,750; a $250 nonrefundable deposit is required to secure a spot

More information: Register at http://www.metayogaschools.com or call Meta Yoga Studios at (970) 547-9642 for more information. Payment plans are available.