Course Intention and Purpose

We are so thrilled to be offering you this unique training opportunity! As the Founder and Director of Misurka Yoga, I am frequently approached by dedicated teachers around the world who are looking for guidance and direction in teaching stiff people and even more specifically, men. I look forward to sharing this knowledge with you.

Stiff bodies require specialized technical teaching skills, and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of asana to skillfully break down poses to preparatory stages that anyone can access. This is particularly challenging in an All Levels class where you need to be able to stay in the flow of teaching without getting stalled. At the same time, as teachers we need to be able to offer enough direction and attention to keep students safe and feeling inspired!

Our intention is to provide you with the tools and language that will enable you to make yoga
truly accessible for every body.

TRAINING: Five Saturday afternoon sessions
DATES:  April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
TIMES:  1:00-4:30pm
(please arrive at least 10 minutes in advance)
LOCATION: TAPESTRY COMMUNITY ROOMS: 2821 Heather St. (at West 12th Ave), Vancouver, BC
FEE:  $495


> Theoretical Knowledge 
• Structural specifics and uniqueness
• Safety & injury avoidance

> Mobility Continuum

> Asana:
• Modifying poses with intelligence to create a starting point for accessibility
• Understanding the why’s and how’s of Pose Preparations
• Pose Choice & Directionality of Asana
• Sequencing: the Ebb & Flow
• Demoing
• Physical Adjusts & Assists

> Cueing and Instruction Choice

> Linking

> Theming

> The Class Experience
• Class Organization and Connection
• The Art of Observation
• The Art of Improvisation
• Sequencing and Timing
• The Momentum Challenge
• Pitfalls and Traps

> Practical Skills Training
• One-on-one time to teach to your instructor and peers
• Feedback provided on a weekly basis
• Weekly practical skills homework assignments to prepare for presentation in each session
• Email access to your instructors throughout the course and beyond

> Completion of a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training

> Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage (if you intend to participate in the in-class teaching of our actual students)

> While any 200hr teacher may apply, preference will be given to teachers with at least 6 months of teaching experience (this includes volunteer teaching)

> Either be teaching one class a week or be able to arrange to teach a friend once a week to complete course assignments and practice new skills during the course

In order to accomplish our aim of providing a hands-on practical training experience, we will be capping off our enrollment at 12 participants. Our intention is that at no time will there be a greater than 6:1 student to teacher ratio during the practical portions of the training, and at many times a one-on-one learning environment where you will be observed applying the knowledge and skills you will learn.

Upon completion of the theory and practical skills sessions in the first 4 weeks of the training, participants who wish to join our subbing team will meet with us:

April 30th to:
> Review our New Teacher Package
> Complete our Basic Series demo training
> Prepare and teach a portion of Week 1 of our “Yoga4Stiff Guys -The Basics” series program for observation

In addition arrange a time to: 
> Observe one of our regularly scheduled classes
> Teach one of our regularly scheduled classes and receive feedback following the class

“Practice, Practice, Practice, all is coming”

– Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Kate Misurka – Director of Yoga

Kate began the practice of yoga to heal from physical injury and since that time Yoga has become a way of life. She is a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 instructor with well over 1100 hours of completed trainings in multiple disciplines of yoga and therapeutic practices. Kate’s teaching style is a reflection of a love of alignment, strength in movement and freedom of breath to tap into one’s greatest potential.

As the Founder and Director of Misurka Yoga, Kate developed her own programs including Yoga4Stiff GuysTM, Yoga4Stiff PeopleTM, taught related workshops and public classes at YYoga in Vancouver, as well as international workshops in the USA and Europe. She also has mentored teachers and dedicated practitioners in their self-practice and teachings. Kate is internationally recognized and frequently consulted for her expertise by teachers and the media with respect to men’s yoga and yoga practice at all levels.

It is Kate’s hope that through this training and our other Misurka Yoga offerings that no matter who you are or where you are in this life or your practice we may assist you in navigating your path and being true to your ‘Self’ along the way.

Klara Kroupa

Klara is the Assistant Director at Misurka Yoga. In addition to being a Yoga Alliance registered 500 RYT instructor, Klara spent many years as a dedicated athlete and coach of rhythmic gymnastics. The physical aspects of yoga and the hope of healing some long-time running injuries brought Klara to the practice. Teaching the Yoga4Stiff programs and assisting with the training of our teaching team in our programs was a natural progression for Klara and we are thrilled to have her join our Yoga4Stiff teacher training team!

Bless Leone

Bless is the Senior Teacher at Misurka Yoga and has been teaching yoga to stiff people since the beginning of her teaching career. She is a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT 200 instructor and brings a wealth of practical knowledge to her teaching. Bless’ positive spirit encourages her students to move beyond their boundaries reminding them that yoga is not about being perfect, but being present and connected in each moment. Along with classes and private students, Bless trains new members of the Misurka Yoga team to teach our programs and offerings.

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