First Series Teacher Training

June 17-30th, 2017 

This two week teacher training course will take place at the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Carlsbad, California. Accommodations are not provided by the Center, however there are a variety of reasonably priced motels in the area. The course fee is $1950. The training is open to committed students of Ashtanga Yoga with proficiency in the primary series. Please submit the online registration form below, and we will respond as soon as possible.

The course is designed to give participants an in depth experience of the Primary series of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. There are two basic methods for transmitting this teaching. One is the “Mysore style” method in which students in the class work independently at their own level of proficiency with hands on assistance from one or more teachers. The second method of teaching involves guiding the students through the practice by counting the vinyasa in the traditional Sanskrit. In this course we will have an opportunity to experience these two types of teaching, both as students, and as teachers. Participants are expected to take part in ongoing classes at the center for their personal practice, and to observe and assist other classes. The hours of the training will be from 12 noon to 5 p.m. during the week and 1-6pm on Saturdays. There is no training on Sundays. Personal practice will take place in Tim’s ongoing classes, the cost of which is included in the course fee. A total of 100 hours will be spent in training, practice and observation/assisting in classes during this two week period .

Teaching with Your Hands
This section will deal primarily with adjustments. We will learn how to see asanas diagnostically and make anatomically safe, accurate and effective adjustments.We will explore the proper execution of the asanas of the primary series and how to adjust or adapt the poses appropriately for the student.

Teaching with Your Voice
This section will focus on learning how to conduct a class with proper pacing, pronunciation, synchronization of breath and movement, and an economical way of verbally correcting poses based on what is observed.

Yoga Philosophy
Pattabhi Jois says that “Ashtanga Yoga is Patanjali Yoga.” This part of the course will explore the Yoga Sutras as the philosophical basis of the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. We will examine basic questions like “What is the purpose of yoga?” and “How can we use the technology of yoga to achieve the state of yoga?”

Pranayama and Mantra
This part of the course will explore pranayama as the connecting link between the external and internal practice of yoga. Just as asana is the foundation for pranayama, pranayama is the foundation for working with sound (mantra), which prepares the mind for meditation. We will learn basic techniques of pranayama, and explore sound through mantras, slokas, and bhajans.


FIRST SERIES APPLICATION FORM-please allow up to one week for response





How long have you been practicing yoga?

How long have you been practicing ashtanga yoga?

Who have your main teachers been?

Do you have any chronic injuries or physical disabilities?

What does your practice consist of? (Please be specific, i.e., 1st series, 2nd series, etc.)

Are you currently teaching yoga? What style?

What would you like to learn from this course?



Wanting to keep their son protected from the harsh realities of the outside world, the king and queen kept their young son prince Siddhartha sequestered within the peaceful and comfortable confines of the palace. One day, overcome with curiosity, Siddhartha ventured outside the palace walls to get a glimpse of... [...]