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Certification Requirements

Yoga Teacher Certification Program

Purpose: to prepare and credential certified yoga and meditation teachers to work safely and effectively in military settings with active duty service members, veterans, family members, professional caregivers, and civilian staff. To become certified you must satisfactorily complete Part One – Three of our training.

Part 1: Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga and Meditation in Military Settings

  • Attendance at all webinar classes or have listened to the recordings
  • Participation in 2 Discussion Groups
  • Written Homework Assignment submitted within 30 days of assignment*

Part 2A: Teaching Trauma Sensitive Meditation

  • Attendance at all webinar classes or have listened to the recordings
  • Participation in the Discussion Group
  • Written Homework Assignment submitted within 30 days of assignment*

 

Part 2B: Advanced Teaching Skills for Addressing Combat-Related Conditions *

Participation in all sessions of  the practicum training (approximately 22.5 hours)

1. Deepen your understanding of the U.S. military and culture and learn how to address PTSD, TBI, amputations, spinal cord injuries and combat-related stress by using sensory integration, yoga and meditation to improve psychological health and help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD and improve resiliency and self-regulation.

2. Learn trauma-sensitive teaching guidelines and precautions, as well as yoga asana sequence protocols and modifications for these military populations:

  • able-bodied service members with and without PTSD
  • older veterans with chronic physical illness and PTSD
  • service members suffering from MST (military sexual trauma)
  • veterans suffering from major physical illness, TBI, spinal cord injuries and amputations
  • veterans and service members in wheelchairs

3. Learn the neurophysiology of PTSD and how sensory processing can be affected by war-related trauma.

4. Learn how to incorporate pertinent sensory integration treatment principles and techniques into a yoga class for military personnel or combat veterans to maximize healing.

5. Learn pranayama (breathing) techniques that are most effective in reducing hyperarousal.
At the end of this training, you will be able to teach an appropriate, therapeutic yoga class to any segment of the military community.
**Part One is a prerequisite for Part Two. Part Two is a prerequisite for Part Three.

Part Three: Practice, Study and Mentoring for Integration $595

  • Completed Essay Questions (5 double space pages maximum)
  • Read 1 book on recommended reading list and write a 1 page response to the book
  • Submit 2 class lesson plans for specified populations/contexts
  • Submit 1 video recording of a class for a specified population/context (can be a mock class)
  • Participates in 2 one hour mentoring conversations
  • Mentor’s recommendation for certification (if Mentor does not recommend certification, he/she will recommend further study; additional fees may apply)

*Any homework received more than 30 days after the original date of assignment will be charged an additional $25 for each month or partial month to cover administrative fees.

You may decide you want to go for certification at any point during in the process.

Certificates of Completion: Signify participation in training. The certificate does not signify that you have integrated the core competencies necessary to be a certified teacher.

Warriors at Ease Teacher Certification: Signifies that you have personally demonstrated the core competencies necessary for working safely and effectively with military populations. Warriors at Ease endorses and recommends certified teachers for yoga and meditation instruction positions serving the military community.

Meditation Teacher Certification Program

Complete the following three modules:
Part 1 Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga and Meditation to Military Communities
Part 2A Teaching Trauma Sensitive Meditation
Part 3  Mentoring

Warriors at Ease Teacher Certification: Signifies that you have personally demonstrated the core competencies necessary for working safely and effectively with military populations. Warriors at Ease endorses and recommends certified meditation teachers for meditation instruction positions serving the military community.

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8400 Cedar St.
Silver Spring, MD 20810
Phone: 512-516-5031
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Contact:
Gail Francisco

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