Let's talk about becoming a yoga teacher. Yoga Teacher Training is kind of like the best thing you can do for yourself as someone interested in the yogic path. I knew I wanted to begin creating our own school of yoga early on but wasn't quite sure when the timing would be right and who would be the perfect fit to teach it. But then that ol' saying continued to get stuck in my mind; 'if not now, when?' Is there ever a perfect time to do anything? The answer, my friends, is no. Sometimes you just have to lead with your heart and go for the gusto. So, here we are, getting ready to roll out our first Teacher Training Program and I gotta say, I'm pretty flipping excited.
When Jenny Lintvedt and I first started brainstorming about doing a training program at Yoga Fever, I instantly knew she was the gal for the job. I have witnessed a LOT of yoga teachers on my path as a yogi. Some more memorable than others. Some more experienced in philosophy than others. Some more experienced in body awareness than others. Some more playful than others. All of them from west to east coast all have their own flare and flavor. I deeply appreciate the different styles & variety that is going on in the world today. I personally enjoy teaching a variety of styles, not just vinyasa (although that is my heart). When I try to put Jenny into a category or box (yeah, yeah, I know I shouldn't label people - good or bad, but I'm trying to make a valid point here), the first word that comes to my mind is INCREDIBLE. You can't walk away from one of her classes and not learn something new or tap into yourself on another level. Her knowledge of yogic philosophy and anatomy is paramount. Jenny is one of those teachers that you cannot deny is up there with the best of 'em. She’s a highly experienced teacher who earned her certification 13 years ago. In that time, she has taught six teacher training courses, certifying over 70 students. Fever is truly blessed and honored to have Jenny as one of our teachers, so we decided to share some details about her background, yoga philosophies, and teaching style with y'all.
About Our Grand Rapids Yoga Teacher Trainer:
Those of you who decide to enroll in our Fall Yoga Teacher Training Program in Grand Rapids - Vinyasa Fundamentals: The Artistry of Uniting Philosophy, Alignment & Flow, will spend a lot of time with Jenny as well as the other instructors at Yoga Fever (you'll receive free unlimited yoga for the duration of the program; 4 months). Upon completion of our Yoga Alliance 200 hour program, you’ll know how to effectively sequence a yoga practice, teach a safe, well-aligned class and use your voice with confidence.
The graduate (you) of the program will be able to craft creative sequences that create a journey into self-reflection and personal evolution. Each trainee will be able to teach a transformative, effective Vinyasa class but also - as a yoga teacher - embody the teachings of Classical Yoga (Patanjali's eight fold path). We will study the Yoga Sutras and apply these teachings not only in our physical practices but also into our daily lives. We will explore life-changing meditative techniques and learn how to apply these teachings into our practices and into our life. The graduate of the program (again, you) will be able to teach a class that is well rounded not only physically but also spiritually. The Yoga Fever Teacher Training will teach you how to craft a yoga practice for anyone from a beginner, to a seasoned yogi, to a special needs group.
This program will be a “sacred circle” where students are continually supported and revered in loving kindness. Jenny recalls enjoying every minute of her own teacher training experience, as the group became her support system beyond the studio. It was a safe, communal space where she could explore not only the physical process of yoga but also the spiritual component. Each student will be supported long after the program ends. In hopes to help catapult you into teaching within the community and support your long term goals as you continue your journey into the seat as teacher. We believe this training will set the standard in the Grand Rapids area for being the most articulated, comprehensive & thorough programs.
"The most exciting part of training is the ongoing inner revelations and the “aha!” moments that naturally occur when you’re immersed in a study over a prolonged period of time. A teacher training program is truly a life-changing, transformative process with bonds that are created for a lifetime." --- JL
Jenny keeps her classes fresh and inspiring by using her Master’s degree in Exercise Science and her 500 level certification to create well-designed, well-aligned, and safe classes. She teaches classes that feature an embodied experience physically, spiritually, and mentally. She, and our other teachers, give anatomical cues and modifications that help students discover the right alignment and muscular engagement. This helps students avoid injury and gain strength and flexibility. Jenny values the high amount of personal attention that is given to Yoga Fever students.
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A Bit More about Jenny:
When we asked Jenny what her favorite yoga pose is, she laughed and claimed it’s always changing! Right now she declared Bird of Paradise to be her favorite; it’s a juicy shoulder and hip opener combined with a balancing pose. She says when you’re in the pose, you feel exactly like the Bird of Paradise flower: vibrant, alive, and colorful.
When she’s not practicing in the yoga studio, Jenny’s likely found in the woods with her dogs. To her, the woods is a sacred temple, a place where her worries and daily stresses melt away. She is also an avid bike rider, as she finds the experience to be highly meditative; with each pedal, she feels her mind become more and more focused.
We also asked Jenny to describe the yoga philosophies she values most in her practice and in her life. She strongly values the first limb of Patanjali’s 8-fold path: ahimsa. Ahimsa, which stresses not harming oneself in thought, word, and deed, helps her live compassionately - seeing the basic goodness in all beings. For Jenny, the eightfold path reminds her that with mindfulness and concentration, there is always a way out of anxiety and worry.
If you are interested in signing up for our program, we are now accepting applications and would love love love to hear from you. If that nagging thought of 'it may not be the right time' comes to mind, remember, the time is always NOW. If not now, then when?
Please call the studio at 616-805-3603, stop in, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The early bird deadline is July 17th but you can sign up anytime before our program begins.