Yoga Teacher Training + Spiritual Ecology = Our One-of-a-Kind Program

WildYoga's unique combination of yoga teacher training & spiritual ecology will invigorate your yoga practice and connect you with tools for living in alignment with nature, for restoring balance to your health, and for sharing this with your community. 


The WildYoga Teacher Training is both a personal healing journey and a robust educational program that leads to certification with Yoga Alliance

WildYoga's 200-Hour Teacher Training is for You If:

  • You are a student of yoga...

    seeking to deepen your practice or move towards teacher certification

  • You are a yoga teacher...

    looking to expand your practice, incorporate nature and sustainability in your offering, and complete Continuing Education Credits

  • You are a friend of Balanced Rock...

    who's enjoyed our programs in the past and looking for a deeper experience with us

What We've Found Makes Our Program Unique...

CONSISTENCY.

Weekly meetings ensure regularity and routine both in community and in structuring your individual practice. All students loved the consistency of the group commitment over the 8-month program. By contrast, many yoga teacher trainings require full-time, on-site immersion for a length of time from a week to a month or more. 


CERTAINTY.

Rain or shine, quarantine or not! Regardless of what's happening in our unpredictable world, our study of the ancient wisdom of yoga carries on - offering tools to support us in navigating the known and unknown. 


COMMUNITY.

Our virtual classroom is a deeply nourishing group learning space that our students found to be a refuge - both during live Zoom classes and offline through group communication.


COMFORT.

This course can be done from the comfort of wherever you are! Because we are not a destination program in an exotic location or studio, eliminating travel means our program is more gentle on the planet. Plus, building a practice in your personal environment creates a routine you are more likely to continue once the course is completed. 


CONVENIENCE.

You can complete this program without giving up your job, your family responsibilities or drastically changing your schedule. The majority of the course is self-paced; live sessions account for approximately 15 hours per month.


COST.

Our virtual program is far more affordable than most in-person yoga teacher trainings that can cost upwards of twice as much as our offering. We also offer various financial assistance solutions for you to feel confident in joining this program without breaking the bank. 


Make a commitment to yourself for 2022!

Sign up for WildYoga Teacher Training and embark on an 8-month, online journey beginning February 5th, 2022!

WildYoga Teacher Training Offers You:

BALANCING PRACTICES
Yoga Asana
Pranayama 
Meditation
Mantra
Reflective Journaling
Routine & Lifestyle Change



ALIGNMENT WITH THE NATURAL WORLD

Ayurveda 

5-Elements Philosophy

Seasonal Awareness

Outdoor Exploration

How Practices Correspond to Nature

Spiritual Ecology



COMMUNITY

Small Cohort of Students 

One on One Support

Online Discussion Forum & Live Zoom Classes

Accessible Down-to-Earth Instructors  

Inclusive Space to Share Authentically

Clarifying Your Values


  

INTEGRATION

Sequencing a Class

Teaching Thematically

Alignment & Adjustments

Teaching Online

Communication

Ethics




2022 Program Overview

What you can expect...

First Saturday of Each Month • Opening a New Theme
*Live Zoom | 8am-12pm PST 
An overview of the month’s material, and an orientation to the learning objectives for the theme and topics. This four-hour session will include didactic presentations, asana practice, meditation, pranayama, break-out groups, and discussion.


Every Tuesday • Shared Learning Session
*Live Zoom | 7am-8:30am PST
This weekly class brings more focus onto a particular aspect of yoga, including anatomy, philosophy, Q&A, and learning assessment.


Twice a Month Thursday • Guided Yoga Class
*Live Zoom | 7am-8:30am PST
We'll explore asana, pranayama and meditation together as a cohort. Initially this weekly session will be led by the instructors. Eventually this will be where students are invited to practice their teaching. Finally, this will be where students offer their practicum class and receive feedback from instructors and peers.


At Your Pace • Self-Study Practice
Our course will have a dedicated online classroom space where we will post recordings of archived live Zoom sessions, additional resources, and written homework assignments. Throughout the month you will be invited into self-guided explorations of nature, awareness, required reading and personal yoga practice. Together we will create a brave space of accountability where each person is uniquely unfolding their own journey in community. You can expect approximately 3-4 hours of self-study per week. 



*Live Zoom sessions will be recorded and archived for the duration of the course. If you are unable to attend a session, you will be able to review it later at your convenience. However, live attendance is encouraged, and a minimum number of synchronous learning hours is required for certification. 



Save the Dates! Download our 2022 Calendar.pdf for all scheduled Live Zoom session dates and times.



Have Questions? Check out our FAQ for this program. If you don't find an answer there, please email info@balancedrock.org or call (209) 379-WILD (9453).



Weaving Together

Monthly Themes

FEBRUARY
Embarking on the Journey | Yoga & The Five Elements 


MARCH 
Earth Element | Setting the Foundations of our Practice

APRIL
Water Element | Breathing into the Flow

MAY 

Fire Element | Igniting the Core

JUNE 

Air Element | Opening the Heart

JULY 
Space Element | Stepping into Sacred Sound

AUGUST 
Integrating the Journey | Reflection & Assessment


SEPTEMBER 
Bringing It Home | Completion & Celebration

Testimonials

from WildYoga Graduates

Sirin Petch

Balanced Rock's WildYoga teacher training program exceeded my expectations. I started their immersion program unsure of whether or not I wanted to teach, but with the hope of deepening my own personal practice. The instructors Dennis, Paula, Heather, Jana, and Eliza, were extremely knowledgeable about anatomy, safe practice, special considerations, and Ayurveda. They each brought their own special gifts which were extremely diverse - both in yoga style and knowledge base. Now I have my RYT-200, a desire to share the knowledge they've given to me, and a community of friends who believe passionately in the interconnectedness of all beings and our bond with the Earth and environment.

Netty DeGarlais

As a recent graduate, I highly recommend Balanced Rock's WildYoga Online Teacher Training, to anyone that is looking to deepen their yoga practice or looking to begin their teaching journey. I had a deeply connected experience to the yoga philosophy and wonderful people that joined me on this online journey. Paula has a beautifully authentic and inclusive style of teaching. It is a refreshing shift from “right-wrong” yoga that can be found in many other schools of yoga. The expert guest teachers that helped to weave the 5-elements into our practice brought their own rich experiences from decades of practice. I was truly amazed how deeply I was learning and connecting in this online format. This is truly one of the best gifts you could ever give yourself.

Mindy Wiper

I chose the Balanced Rock WildYoga program because of their integration of the natural world into their teaching and practice, as well as their skilled instructors from various backgrounds. I also enjoyed that Balanced Rock pushed me to discover what MY own personal Yoga was. Balanced Rock focuses on teachings from several different styles, synthesizing their own unique blend of "Wild" Yoga--yoga that can be defined by the practitioner and calls upon the energy of the natural world for support, inspiration, and connection. Balanced Rock also brings in a healthy background of traditional outdoor education techniques that help the learners to learn from experience. I would recommend this program to anyone, from the beginning yogi to the more practiced, as their use of the outdoor classroom will add challenge and perspective to any level of practitioner.

Cassidy Engfer

Balanced Rock created an awesome training that allows the knowledge to integrate over a longer span of time. The YTT Instructors were really knowledgeable and kind. I really enjoyed the way that the training was broken down into modules based on the 5-elements which correlates with the philosophy that they teach. The small number of participants throughout the training really allowed for one-on-one time with the instructors and to build a close knit yoga family.

Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.

~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Instructors

With over 60 years of collective experience, Balanced Rock's instructors are here to support your learning!

Lead Trainer & Program Manager | E-RYT 500, YACEP, MSc.

Paula Wild

Paula’s teaching blends alignment based, heart-centered, therapeutic yoga with her love and knowledge of ecology and natural history. Since 1999 Paula has been exploring the overlap between yoga and sustainable living, and her greatest intention is to support people in connecting to the wild world within, and around us.

Lead Trainer | RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, CMT

Heather Sullivan

Yosemite’s steep granite walls, seasonal changing river song and community of animals and humans have shaped Heather’s being, world-view, and are fundamental blocks of her yoga and teaching practice. Her adventurous spirit and classes inspire inward and outward exploration. She’s Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Lead Wilderness Guide for Balanced Rock.

Lead Trainer | E-RYT 500, YACEP

Dennis Eagan

Dennis began practicing yoga in 1989 and has been teaching since 1998. As founder of Wild Yoga, he weaves nearly four decades of wilderness guiding and study into teacher training courses, workshops, and wilderness yoga retreats throughout the west from Baja to Alaska.

Lead Trainer | E-RYT 500, YACEP, CAP

Jana Kilgore

Jana’s passion for holistic medicine and respect for Nature inform all areas of her life. She has been teaching Yoga since 2000 and integrates her study in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga. A long time Chef, Jana is also a Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, Bodyworker and Reiki Master.

Lead Trainer | RYT 500, PhD

Dr. Breezy Jackson

Breezy’s teaching style is vigorous and playful while drawing on a foundation of proprioception and breath awareness. She enjoys spontaneous self-discovery and contemplation enhanced by wilderness travel and simplified living in a stunning landscape. In addition to studying myriad yoga forms since 2000, Breezy holds a PhD in Ecology.

Instructor | E-RYT 200, LAc

Jiling Lin

Jiling’s love of the wild world inspires her work as an acupuncturist, herbalist, and yoga teacher. She empowers thriving health through embodied classes and clinics, specializing in treating pain, trauma, and complex chronic conditions. Passionate about living life as art, Jiling brings years of outdoor education, improvisational dance, and global adventures to her Earth- centered teachings and practices. https://www.jilinglin.com

Instructor | Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist

Eliza Kerr

Eliza is passionate about supporting people on their journey towards well-being by sharing the tools of yoga and Ayurveda in the natural world. Co-founder of Balanced Rock, Eliza has been teaching yoga in Yosemite for 20 years, and practicing as a certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) for 13 years. She has studied a variety of styles including Iyengar, Bikram, and Ashtanga.

Course Pricing


At Balanced Rock we believe everyone should have access to education and wellness opportunities. We do everything we can to make our courses accessible to all who are interested regardless of financial resources. Please assess your personal finances and ability to pay the full course price. If after your assessment you determine that tuition assistance would turn your dream journey into a reality, please email info@balancedrock.org or call (209) 379-WILD (9453) to inquire about tuition assistance. Cancellation and payment policy.

At least one year of yoga practice is recommended as a pre-requisite, but is not required.


Tuition Includes:

• Excellent instruction from a caring team of seasoned yoga teachers & wilderness guides

• Live and recorded yoga classes, pranayama practices and meditations


• Writing exercises and journaling prompts


• Online community space for extra support and connection


• All live Zoom classes will be recorded and archived for the duration of the course


• Opportunity to teach a full yoga class to the group online and receive feedback


• Learning assessment in the form of online quizzes and submission of written and recorded assignments


• Certificate of Completion from a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance


For Students Wanting In-Person Learning

Balanced Rock is offering add-on modules which will be held in-person in the Yosemite area in 2022. 


In response to feedback, we know that many students will want to gather in-person to deepen their learning and connection in a different way. The in-person modules will be completely optional, and offered as an opportunity to make-up any missed Zoom hours, and get hands-on time with instructors.


Please click on the program titles below to learn more about each module and to register! 


Restorative Yoga Workshop  

April 8-10 


WildYoga Weekend Intensive: Assisting & Adjusting

May 13-15


Roots of Resilience: Yoga & The Work That Reconnects

October 17-21

 

*The in-person modules are NOT included in the 200-Hour Training tuition, but can be added for a discount when registering for the Training. Contact info@balancedrock.org or call (209) 379-WILD (9453) with questions or if you'd like more information on this option. 


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