While Kelly Carlson considers herself a lifelong student of the school of yoga, the new series she’s introducing to her business, Mountain Om Yoga Studio, will allow her to become a teacher of teachers.
This year, Mrs. Carlson is beginning a yoga teacher training series. The aim of the series is to teach practitioners of yoga how to teach the practice to others. Over the course of the program, Mrs. Carlson will be covering a wide variety of topics and practices. The inspiration for her program is hatha yoga— the style of yoga that teaches physical postures — and it will also include styles of yoga that focus more on the flow of the practice and relaxation, such as restorative and vinyasa yoga.
“Having a little bit of skill in all of those areas really allows you to give more opportunities to your students,” said Mrs. Carlson. “A lot of trainings have similar qualities,” she added, “but I also think that just being out here, and being able to offer the peace of this Valley is such a big part of the training.”
Mrs. Carlson will be holding three separate 200-hour teacher training programs over the next year. A pair of three-week full-immersion programs are planned for June and October 2019 as well as a 10-month program where students meet one weekend per month starting this August. All classes will be taught from her business, Mountain Om.
When completed, participants of the course will become Yoga Alliance-certified yoga teachers.
Mrs. Carlson is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance, a U.S. based non-profit association.
“The Yoga Alliance has a standard that you follow. That’s why a lot of people really look towards them when they’re choosing a school,” said Mrs. Carlson.
Mrs. Carlson also has an idea of what to expect while teaching the program as well. Earlier this year, she had the opportunity to deliver her teacher training series to three students. She didn’t expect to begin the series so early, but she began when a woman approached her asking Mrs. Carlson if she did teacher training. The woman happened to be on a tight schedule, and would not have been able to do the training planned for later this year.
“That woman definitely put the fire under my butt,” says Mrs. Carlson. “I didn’t think I was ready to start the program when I did, but I’m so glad I was able to overcome that.”
If you’re interested in enrolling in Mrs. Carlson’s teacher training series, or would like to know more, information can be found on her website at http://www.invermerewellness.ca/teacher-training.