Training Schedule & Availability

Looking for a yoga teacher training?

Or are you a studio owner wanting to host Jacci?

Teaching Restorative Yoga

Director(s): Shelbi Miles & Jacci Gruninger
Dates: August 23-25, 2019
Studio: Whole Body Yoga Studio
Location: North Wales, PA

Basic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Director: Jacci Gruninger
Director in Training: Rebecca Leary Safon
Dates: November 15-18, 2019
Studio: Hanaq Prana Yoga
Location: Tampa, FL

200-Hour Pranakriya Yoga Teacher Training

Director:  Jacci Gruninger
Dates:  January – September 2020
Studio: Studio 247
Location: Huntsville, AL

Teaching Restorative Yoga

Director(s): Jacci Gruninger & Shelbi Miles
Dates: April 3-5, 2020
Studio: Evolutions Health Fitness & Wellness Annapolis
Location: Annapolis, MD

Deepening The Asana Experience: Asanas for Gentle Yoga 1

Director: Jacci Gruninger
Dates: November 13-15, 2020
Studio: Main Street Yoga
Location: Bloomington, IL

Yoga Teacher Trainings in Santa Fe, NM

Hosted by Jacci

Musculoskeletal Assessment For Yoga Teachers

Director: Emily Gretz
Dates: October 11-13, 2019
Program Times: Friday 6-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9-6:30pm
Cost: $475
Earlybird 1:  $350 by August 11, 2019
Earlybird 2:  $425 by September 11, 2019

Location: Loop Studio
30 Don Jose Loop
Santa Fe, NM

This course builds upon the material learned in Anatomy for Yoga Practitioners and Teachers, further developing a teacher’s observational and assessment skills, and enhancing their practice and work with students.  While the skills are best used in a one-on-one environment, the practitioner or teacher can benefit from a greater understanding of assessment techniques for use in a group setting.  Students will learn musculoskeletal assessment techniques by advancing their knowledge of concepts such as: mobility & flexibility, facilitated vs. inhibited, symmetry, range of motion, tone vs. atrophy, balance and perceived sources of pain.  Learning will take place through group observation and one-on-one assessments. Basic yoga postures will set the observation platform.

Yoga Teacher Trainings Descriptions

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
The Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts offers  one of the most solidly grounded, transformational and logically structured yoga teacher trainings in the country. Our program trains those who have a love for yoga born out of practice and experience. Our goal is to skillfully encourage personal reflection regarding physical, mental and emotional aspects inherent in each pose, pranayama and meditation, helping students recognize that what is discovered on the mat can be used in everyday living. Our graduates have a deep understanding of the teachings of yoga and will be prepared to teach in a variety of settings, including yoga studios and gyms. Our Directors are compassionate and reassuring, asking teachers to feel fully alive by exploring the limits of their comfort zone. Once they discover this aliveness, they in turn can share it with others.

Our program is steeped in the Tantric Hatha Yoga Philosophy but is also created from adult learning models. We thread together asana, anatomy, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, relaxation, observation, and hands-on assisting as well as reading and working with groups and individuals.

The training is taught over nine intensive weekends with a class size of no more than 24 students. This format allows students time to integrate the material, complete homework and prepare for assigned practice-teach sessions.In the first half of the program, students will learn effective methodologies for teaching postures, pranayamas and centerings. Students will also learn about the history and philosophy of the Tantra Hatha Yoga tradition.In the second half of the program, students will learn to design and lead three kinds of classes: a vinyasa workout class, a meditative posture class, and a gentle stretch class.

One must meet the following requirements to take our program:

  1. Have at least one year of yoga practice (at least six months of classes with a certified instructor.)
  2. Have the ability to demonstrate an experiential understanding of yoga practice and its benefits.

The  Pranakriya Basic 200-hour YTT is registered with the Yoga Alliance and meets or exceeds all its requirements for 200-hour teacher training programs.

“After completing the 200 hour teacher training program, I felt confident that I could walk into a class and lead students through a safe and supported practice. Being able to practice teaching during the training was a wonderful way to begin to feel comfortable in the teacher role, and it gave me the opportunity to observe different people and body types move through the postures. We learned to teach three distinct types of classes, almost assuring that we would be prepared to lead several types of classes upon completion of the program. Because of the thorough training, I was able to secure teaching jobs at local studios and put my skills to use immediately following graduation. If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose this training.” – Stacee

Basic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

For yoga teachers who have completed a 200-hour training and midwives/doulas with a strong yoga practice.

Become confident, qualified, and comfortable leading prenatal yoga classes in this training that teaches appropriate asana, assists, pranayama, sounding, and meditation for each stage of pregnancy. Every day of the training begins with a prenatal yoga class in which you wear “pregnant bellies” for each trimester to simulate the experience of moving in a pregnant body. The yoga class is followed by theory, practical application, and practice teaching.

Topics covered in this program include

  • Fetal development
  • Physiological and hormonal changes in the mother’s body during each trimester, and her body’s responses to these changes
  • Pregnancy discomforts during each stage and the yoga practices, non-traditional methods, and traditional techniques that can alleviate these discomforts.

Jacci Gruninger also offers tips on labor and birth, partner prenatal yoga, and how to market your classes.

I am so glad that I attended this training.   I now feel completely confident teaching a prenatal class that is safe and informative. – Julie Luciani, CT

The manual was so helpful for visual learners.  Jacci was very willing to answer questions yet displayed great classroom management skills when needed.  She was also very empathetic. – Christine Rosati-Dalton

Thank you for providing us with your experience and knowledge.  Jacci was great to work with – very positive and happy energy. I feel very confident in teaching a class on my own now. – Carla Troncoso, TX

Jacci’s kindness and knowledge allowed me to let go of my fear and misunderstandings wrapped up in pregnancy and having babies; she allowed for all the feelings I needed to accept where I am right now. Kate, VT

Gentle Yoga Teacher Training

Living and being with our bodies is a tall order. Sitting back and witnessing our experience takes time and practice. Today’s body is hurried, overworked, under exercised, stressed and depleted. When exercise does occur, it is quick, vigorous and sweat-producing. We each have an opportunity to develop a unique relationship with our body through movement, breath and meditation.

This Gentle Yoga Teacher Training shows us another way to connect with ourselves through the subtle and the quiet. We do this by learning to listen, slowing down and paying attention. Gentle yoga is a the bridge between moving slowly and staying still.

This program will look at various ways to teach Gentle Yoga to a wide variety of populations. We will cover practices for more-able-bodied students, chair practices and floor practices of exploration. Pranayama and meditation will also be discussed.

20 CEUs with Yoga Alliance are provided with this training.

“Jacci’s depth of knowledge is amazing. I am leaving the workshop with tools I can implement/integrate tomorrow.” Julie, PA

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is a gentle, inward form of yoga that invites participants to move towards greater balance, control and awareness in their lives. The participant’s body is placed in yoga postures that are supported with props. The mind is invited to slow down with the use of pranayama, visualization and mantra, allowing the individual to turn inside. A restorative practice complements any yoga practice or other form of exercise and is perfect for almost any practitioner looking to experience a deeper state of relaxation and healing than Savasana or sleep. It is also a perfect practice for those recovering from injury or illness, or anyone who experiences stress on a daily basis.

In this weekend-long restorative yoga training created from the Tantric Hatha Yoga Teachings and the work of Herbert Benson and Jon Kabat Zinn, participants will gain practical, hands-on experience and skills to work with a wide range of populations. The program will include posture practice, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudra, visualization, and use of props to create a safe/comfortable/healing environment. Participants will leave the training confident in their ability to understand the philosophy and science behind restorative yoga as well as be self-assured in their aptitude to lead their students through a complete, restorative yoga practice.

“Jacci & Shelbi are very knowledgeable and obviously passionate about the subject. Their enthusiasm is highly contagious and their rapport very refreshing. All these things made the material accessible and inviting rather than intimidating and foreign.”

“This training was perfect. The length was perfect and had great beginning tips, and now I feel comfortable to safely explore restorative themes in my practice and my teaching”

“Jacci and Shelbi are the dynamic duo of Restorative yoga. I couldn’t have been in better hands on this journey.” – R. Safon

“I loved how well Jacci & Shelbi administered the training together. They were seamless. I love their nurturing souls and ability to create fun as well as seriousness.”

Contact Jacci to offer these programs at your studio

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