200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
DIRECTED BY HORACE USRY M.B.A., E-RYT 500
& JANEL SCHULLO M.ED., E-RYT 500
2020 November Training:
November 8 - November 28, 2020
Join us in Costa Rica or remotely through our Covid-19 on-line learning option.
2021 January Training:
January 10 - January 30, 2021
2021 July Training:
July 14 - August 1, 2021
Deepen your personal yoga practice and become a skillful and compassionate yoga teacher equipped to lead others on their own personal journey of yoga and transformation. We create a safe, sacred, and nurturing environment that enables everyone to grow and flourish as a yogi, a yoga teacher, and as a human being.
The curriculum that we follow draws inspiration from modern yoga scholarship and from the lived experience of our training participants. We believe that each group comes together to learn from one another and to take our place in evolving yoga for our time and circumstances. Each participant is a blessing to our program, contributing their own individual expression and creativity. Nexus graduates are uniquely qualified to share their own personal teaching styles upon graduation through yoga asana classes and their own developed spiritual wisdom.
Because of the unique perspective of each participant, our curriculum continues to evolve in service to our current global community. Our school, and the world, is enriched by the dedicated yoga explorers who we have the honor of hosting here at Nexus Institute.
Nexus Institute is a Registered Yoga School with the U.S. Yoga Alliance.
Our three-week training results in certification to teach hatha and vinyasa yoga in North America and around the world. The Nexus 200-hour curriculum includes 200 contact hours in the following categories:
Technique, Training, and Practice: Topics in this category include, but are not limited to: pratapana (warm-ups); asana (postures) with modifications, variations, and sequencing; pranayama (breath work); meditation and mantra. These hours are a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves.
Teaching Methodology: Topics in this category include: communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries; how to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations; principles of demonstration, observation, and assisting; teaching styles; qualities of a teacher; the learning process; business aspects of teaching yoga.
Anatomy and Physiology: Topics in this category include: applied human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.); energy anatomy and physiology (working with the subtle body through breath, meditation, chakras, and koshas).
Yoga Philosophy/Lifestyle Ethics: Topics in this category include, but are not limited to: the study of yoga philosophies, traditional texts, the origins of yoga, the influence of colonial and post-colonial thought, and modern yoga scholarship; yoga lifestyle, such as diet and interpersonal relationship skills; ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community.
Practicum: Topics in this category include: practice teaching with a partner and in small groups; receiving and giving feedback; and experiential assisting.
Three Weeks at Nexus Institute
Our curriculum uses a scaffolding approach to assist students in transitioning into the role of teacher. The first week focuses on yoga history, individual postures, modifications, assists, basic breathing technique and anatomy. Participants have to opportunity to teach one another in pairs, working toward a very short ‘practice teach’ with 2-3 others. In the second week we layer in vinyasa sequencing and ‘energy anatomy’ including bandhas, breathing, and meditation, as well as a slightly longer ‘practice teach’ with 2-3 others. The third week focuses on defining and honing one's unique teaching style. Week three culminates in a one hour practice teach to a small group of other participants. The experience ends with a friday evening graduation celebration. Upon graduation you are fully authorized to teach hatha and vinyasa yoga in the US, and in the rest of the world. We are a U.S. Yoga Alliance School. The U.S. Yoga Alliance is recognized internationally.
First Sunday: 6:00–8:00pm Opening Session
6:00–8:00 - Morning Yoga Practice
10:00–12:30 - Morning Session
12:30–3:00 - Lunch and Free Time
3:00–5:00 - Some Afternoon Sessions
6:30–8:00 - Some Evening Sessions
Last Friday: 7:30–8:30 Graduation
Last Saturday: 11:00 Departures
• Choice of 20 nights on-site accommodations or commuter option
• Opening night welcome dinner
• Graduation celebration dinner
• Option for weekly catered vegan lunch plan with gluten-free alternatives
• Pre-arrival Grocery Service
• Option for one-day early check-in
• Comprehensive Training Manual
• Daily yoga classes
• Posture Technique Training
• Personal Skill-building
• Yoga Lifestyle Training
• 400 steps to miles of sandy beaches, tide pools, and surf breaks
• 300 steps to restaurants, organic markets, juice bars, and shops
• 200-hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teaching Certificate
• Friendships that will last a lifetime
Nexus Institute's private residence is located a few steps from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Nosara, Costa Rica. Casa Nexus features an expansive canopy-level vaulted ceiling yoga studio, two kitchens, yoga library, and salt-water pool. You will be within easy walking distance to beaches, tidal pools, shops, markets, and restaurants. Orientation will include a full tour of local dining and organic grocery options. Take part in our optional catered vegan lunch with gluten free alternatives; explore local restaurants; or build your own tropical meals in two well-equipped kitchens. Horace and Janel are present on site throughout the training.
Accommodations Options Sunday–Saturday: 20 nights
Tuition-only Commuter: $1,850
Tuition and Shared Dorm Room: $2,950
Tuition and Private Room: $3,650
This training is limited to 20 participants. It generally fills two months prior to the start date.
Register early to ensure a place. A $500 deposit will hold your spot. We look forward to welcoming you to our yoga family!