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The art of teaching is itself a form of yoga, requiring practice, self-reflection, compassion and sensitivity. A teacher with ‘heart’ is a teacher who encourages and inspires, and who is attuned and sensitive to the needs and conditions of each individual student and also to the class as a collective entity unto itself.
 
For the student, the path of yoga is always personal, and the role of the teacher is to help each student discover the path that is right for that student. How to facilitate this process, how to encourage and direct each student in a way that services his/her unique needs and mindset — that is the art of teaching.
 
In this Teacher Training course, we will explore the art of teaching through a dynamic and conscious practice – steeped in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions. The idea is that deepening our personal practice informs our teaching, provides inspiration and gives us the confidence to teach from what we know. The focus will be a non-dogmatic and open approach to what is effective. We will focus on universal principles that apply across all yoga traditions. The course will simultaneously encourage each student to develop self-reliance, as well as compassionate support for the evolution and progress of others in the group.
 
Our afternoons and weekend sessions, will begin with a practice in workshop format led by Maty, on a variety of different themes over the course of the training. The practice session will be followed with time for discussion, reading bodies, hands-on adjustments, restoratives and Pranayama.
 
The course will include a comprehensive study of the fundamental yoga postures (including proper alignment!), and also provide the necessary tools to teach yoga to others.
Some of the topics we will cover:

  • 'Blueprint' Poses
  • Universal actions and alignment
  • Reading and understanding bodies
  • Hands-on adjustment clinics
  • Problem-solving for common injuries
  • Purpose and use of props
  • Variations and modifications
  • Sequencing classes
  • Teaching poses from the ground up
  • The psychology of teaching
  • Restoratives
  • Pranayama
  • Introduction to meditation
 
About Maty: Maty Ezraty is a uniquely inspiring teacher known for her dynamic style of teaching, a keen eye for observation and a depth of knowledge that is steeped in years of practice. Maty discovered yoga in her early 20's after years of dance. Seeking meaning in her life and a sense of freedom from daily suffering, she found in yoga calmness of mind, confidence, and a strong feeling of being centered.
 
While living in Los Angeles, Maty had the opportunity to meet and study with many of the world's most renowned yoga teachers, including the three who would have the greatest influence on her teaching: Dona Holleman, Gabriella Giubilaro and Pattabhi Jois. Maty met Pattabhi Jois in 1985 when he visited the Center for Yoga in Los Angeles where she was a teacher and director. This encounter initiated a long journey of study and practice including many trips to Mysore. She was one of a handful of women to complete some of the advanced sequences.
 
In recent years, Maty has frequently studied at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India where she has had the privilege of attending Geeta Iyengar's classes. The Iyengar system is a rock in her practice and teaching.
 
Maty began teaching yoga in 1985. In 1987 she opened Yoga Works. The first school of its kind, Yoga Works offered different styles of yoga including Iyengar and Ashtanga as well as workshops with many of the world's best-known teachers. This created a diverse and engaging dialogue within the yoga community.
 
Maty created the Yoga Works classes out of a desire to create consistency in the curriculum while integrating elements from the different traditions. These classes were divided into levels and drew from the Ashtanga concept of Vinyasa and the precise instructions taught by the Iyengar system. Classes were safe, made use of props and centered around a theme.
 
Yoga Works grew to offer more than 120 classes per week, serving more than 700 students per day. Maty directed and shaped the Teacher Training Program for over 16 years. She has trained some of the leading teachers in the US. In 2004, Maty sold Yoga Works, which continues as a leading school today.
 
A prominent figure in the evolution of yoga in the United States, Maty has been called a “innovator” by Yoga Journal for which she wrote the Asana Column in 2001 and in 2009. Maty's viewpoint is unique and holistic, gleaned from her years of study in the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions. She is known for her joyful, engaging and determined approach and is revered as a teacher’s teacher.
 
Today, Maty holds workshops, retreats and teacher trainings internationally. She is a student of Vipassana meditation and has studied with Joseph Goldstein at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and at Spirit Rock in California. She continues to be inspired by her many years of practice and is devoted to bringing the spirit of yoga and her love of meditation to all her students.