250 Hr Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Studies
Welcome to "Fertile Ground"- The 250 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Studies Curriculum presented by Kristen Watson Geering
Special Guest Teachers
including Gwyn Williams (Bali)
The Paths of Yoga help us to bring awareness, balance, and harmony to each layer of our being.
Over the Course of these seven months, through experiential processes and profound learnings, we will become intimate with and deepen our knowing of self vs Self.
From the Knowledge that we garner, we are empowered to take responsibility for the privilege of a life we are blessed to wake up to and live on a day to day basis. By cultivating uplifting intention, and committing to compassionate action, we embrace the opportunity to live our greatest visions and ideals in a very real and possible way, unique to and authentically ours, while serving each other within the community and the greater world.
First and foremost, this course is designed for anyone with a calling to dive deeper into the practices and paths of Yoga, whether the initial intention is to teach or not. We recommend having a 2+ year consistent practice, although this is not required. We recognize that TIME is not as important as our willingness NOW in this moment, to Show Up and Dive in.
Secondly, this course is designed to give you a strong foundation, or fertile ground, as a yoga teacher embarking on this journey of sharing these practices with others. Whether this is your first training, or you have completed one before, it will serve as a strong anchor that will be honoring to the traditions as they have been passed down, and also help you to share the teachings in your own way with clear expression going forward.
Through classical and modern approaches to yoga, this program will combine Kristen's 15+ years of yoga study of various traditions, 12+ years of full time teaching in the classroom, her Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology, as well as including the beautiful offerings from world-renowned Guest Teachers joining our team, such as Gwyn Williams, who will be here from Bali leading our June weekend.
The 250 Hr Course Curriculum will include and surpass the following guidelines for a 200 hr TT:
1. Techniques, Training, and Practices
Asanas, Pranayamas, Kriyas, Chanting, Mantras, Meditations and other traditional yoga techniques
Safe Sequencing for groups, Creative Theming, Breaking down and Building up Approaches to Class Content for all levels in the classroom
Clarity of Verbal Instruction, Positive Communication, Rhythm and Timing, and overall Presentation of a class
Principles of Demonstration, Observation, Assisting (hands on / verbal) and Correcting
2. The Gross and Subtle Bodies
Physical Anatomy and Physiology (bodily systems, organs, muscles, bones, etc)
Energetic Anatomy and Physiology (chakras, nadis, meridian lines etc.)
Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its relevant application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).
3. Philosophy Ethics Lifestyle
Yoga Philosophies and traditional texts - Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita, etc
Application of Experiential Practices for Self Reflection.
Living the Yamas and Niyamas in our daily life.
Practice teaching as the lead instructor
Receiving and giving feedback
Observing others teaching
Assisting students while someone else is teaching
Dates for our 2020 250 HR Teacher Training Program : Fertile Ground
Tentative Times- each weekend start and end time varies but please block-
Friday Evening: 18.15-21.00
Saturday Full Day: 8.00-19.00
Sunday Full Day: 8.30-17.30
+ 40 additional classes must be completed within these 7 mths (details given upon registration)
February 14th, 15th, 16th
March 20th, 21st, 22nd
April 24th, 25th, 26th
May 15th, 16th, 17th
June 12th, 13th, 14th
July 24th, 25th, 26th
August: break and make up work - 1 day decided by group for review.
September 25th, 26th, 27th
both Application and Payments must be completed Before February 1st, 2020, unless arranged otherwise with Kristen.
Included within the Pricing:
7 training weekends + 7 Mths Unlimited Classes at The Looking Glass Basel + Individual Mentorship Meetups
Early Bird Special until November 15th, 2019 / Student Price
Normal Pricing after November 15th, 2019
*Payment Plans are possible, please speak with Kristen
Not included :
Extra Events or Workshops taken during this time, Required Reference Books, Props needed at Home
To request an application, or for any questions regarding the training, please email kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org
“For years, I have simply shown up in a yoga class, and let someone else guide me through vinyasas. Teacher training with Kristen has helped me understand that yoga can be so much more than just the asana poses -- Yoga is an approach to Life. The philosophy, the history, the anatomy, the nutrition, the spirituality, the chanting, the meditation, the neuroscience...as well as the up dogs and down dogs. Kristen (and her curated team of experts) provided both a theoretical and hands-on approach to these concepts, and how to bring them all together in a meaningful class. I am now humbled to realize the breadth and depth of knowledge that my yoga teachers possess. I strongly recommend training with Kristen, a special teacher of immense intelligence, warmth and a sense of humor that reminds us all -- it's just yoga, have fun.” ~Dan Cohen
“If you are looking for a change and are curious, and feel that life has much more to offer in what you currently experiencing, take a step forward and do something for your personal development with the most amazing yoga teacher in the world. Kristen has the purest heart and her knowledge about yoga and beyond is something I’ve not experienced before. She connects to her students in the most genuine and authentic way. Apply now and change your life.” ~Fabienne Dietler
No refunds will be given for cancelations during the program or for an incompletion of the program, ie missed weekends without makeup.
Full Refund Minus 500 chf for cancelation before February 15th, 2019 will be granted.
In the event of a missed weekend, please discuss makeup requirements ahead of time.
We Look forwards to Having You!
Kristen Watson Geering:
Leaving the Love of the ocean and sunshine in Encinitas, CA, for the Love of her Life and his son, Kristen arrived in Basel in January 2012. In 2013, she opened Oneyoga Basel with Salome Noa and in 2016 continued on to open The Looking Glass Basel as sole owner and director. Since then, she has been striving to offer a place where everyone feels at home, welcomed, and that both teachers and students alike can Grow and Flourish.
Combining over 13 years experience as a full time yoga instructor, a MA in Spiritual Psychology and coaching practice, and a Deep Love of Human Experience, Kristen's classes serve to create a safe and uplifting space, where you can be yourself, and dive into the paths of yoga at your own pace.
Since April 2007, Kristen has predominantly studied the Jivamukti Yoga Method, with both the 300 hr TT under the co-founders David Life and Sharon Gannon, and the 500- hr advanced apprenticeship in NYC, under her mentor Sandhi Gayatri Ferreira. As Kristen finds being a Student the best thing ever, she also recently completed Simon Parks, Liquid Flow Teacher Training in 2017, and 30 hrs Katonah Yoga Training with Abbie Galvin in 2019.
Some of her other interests of style, which influence her teachings include Katonah Yoga, Yin yoga, Iyengar yoga, Anusara yoga, playful Acroyoga, Thai Massage, and pure Bhakti Kirtan. In addition to teaching, Kristen is offering in class privates where she assists you in another teacher's class, as well as one on one, and a 250 hr Mentorship program.
to get in touch with her for more information, regarding yoga or her soul-centered coaching practice:
Gwyn began his first steps into the foundation of the Zenthai artform in his teenage years with a fascination and complete absorption with life force energy (Ki) . A self confessed life force fanatic, his earlier years involved in using the life force to fight and compete. As a serious martial artist and later a competitive mountain runner, the focus was on expending Ki, however when he later moved into alternative therapies and yoga in 1997, he realised that the real focus needed to be on sustaining and containing life force to utilise its full power. This has carried through to the present day sharing the importance of embracing a Yin and Yang aspect in daily life.
After graduating from the Queensland College of Oriental Medicine and beginning a clinical practice as a Zen Shiatsu therapist in the late 90’s Gwyn began exploring the integration of Traditional Thai massage. In 2002 he ventured further afield and began the first of his now annual trips to Chiang Mia, Thailand, to train under the masters. It was during one of the expeditions he discovered osteopath Arnaud Le’ Hermitte who has combining osteopathy with the art of Traditional Thai Massage. On his return he began integrating this work with his background and clinical practice as a Oriental therapist. Hence, the seed of Zenthai had been planted.
Gwyn runs a range of courses and retreats varying from 2 hour workshops to 12 month programs. Some students walk away and create their own Zenthai therapy clinics, others add tools to a present practice, others bring depth and deep mindful touch to their yoga classes, others love simply sharing with family and friends. What all walk away with is a new relationship: with themself, with nature, with others – a relationship that values the present moment and allows a deeper love and acceptance for all.
Gwyn has been teaching his entire adult life. Earlier as a physical education teacher, martial arts instructor and later as a yoga teacher and Zenthai facilitator. His passion for alternative therapies and connecting his heart with his hands led to him teaching Zen Shiatsu at his created Mt. Ninderry Healing Centre in 1999. Since this initial class he has become a national and international teacher of his own form of bodywork/movement and awareness.
Laurie C. Gaudimier (ANATOMY WEEKEND)
PhD Doctorate in Biomedicine from Fribourg University (Switzerland)
Motivated by a deep need to understand and heal diseases, Laurie received her PhD in Immunology in 2005. She further specialized in neurosciences and studied Neuroplasticity, our brain’s capability to learn and evolve lifelong.
Her daily Yoga and meditation practice has considerably helped her realize that all is within, and healing can only happen in a body in harmony. This approach naturally took her toward the path of Nutrition in 2013 (Institute of Integrative Nutrition diploma, 2013), then to Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (Swiss Institute for Neurofeedback and Biofeedback diploma Institut Suisse I-NFBF, 2015). Also a teacher in Basel and Geneva Universities, Laurie particularly enjoys sharing and transmitting knowledge on a creative didactical manner.
Johannes is a Yoga Teacher, Musician, Ayurveda and Thai Massage Practitioner. He is based in Germany, in the Black Forrest.
Johannes leads regular Kirtan to create sacred spaces throughout yoga classes, retreats and workshops.
He loves to bring the Bhakti Aspect of Devotion and loving kindness together with music and Dharma Teachings of the Buddhist and Advaita Vedanta Traditions in an undogmatic way.
He believes in the power of weaving different approaches of Yoga, Music and Bodywork together, to create a space for Healing and Joy. Johannes has travelled extensively all over the world and spent time studying with Teachers of different Traditions.
After having found her home in beautiful Basel around three years ago, Mayra has been opening more into the field of music and music therapy. Inspired from her journeys to India and the Americas, Mayra enjoys sharing spiritual music from all traditions. She has been focused on Hinduism, Yoga and Kirtan for some years now, and the change of consciousness this practice can bring about. Presently Mayra is integrating her roots as a Sufi singer.
Meine Ausbildung zur Gesangslehrerin habe ich am Winterthurer Institut für aktuelle Musik in den Bereichen Jazz, Pop und Rock abgeschlossen. Danach vertiefte ich mein Wissen am Complete Vocal Institut in Kopenhagen wo ich mich zur Complete Vocal Technique - Lehrerin ausbilden liess.
Ich habe die Technik während meines ersten Studiums durch meine damalige Lehrerin kennengelernt und war sofort begeistert. Endlich gab es konkrete Anweisungen und wissenschaftlich fundierte Studien bezüglich des Singens. Die Begeisterung lässt nicht nach und ich freue mich mein Wissen weitergeben zu dürfen und damit jede Sängerin und jeden Sänger individuell zu unterstützen.
Der zweite Schwerpunkt meines Unterrichts ist die Musikalität. Von Interpretation über Improvisation bis hin zum Songwriting soll alles Platz haben. So versuche ich mit den SängerInnen die Aspekte des Gesangs von verschiedenen Seiten zu beleuchten und ihnen neue Inputs zu geben. Wichtig dabei ist mir eine entspannte und herzliche Atmosphäre zu schaffen, damit sich die Sänger und Sängerinnen wohl fühlen und ihrer Stimme Raum geben können. SING OUT LOUD!
Musikalisch unterwegs bin ich hauptsächlich mit meiner Band The RK.