200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Graduating Class of 2014
200-hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
An 8-month Journey That Lasts a Lifetime...
An opportunity to deepen your understanding and application of the teachings of yoga. Open to those who are sincere in their desire for self-discovery and growth. To show up and do your best is our only unwavering requirement.
Yoga Teacher Training Is Tranformative
“As is the case with many transformative experiences, it is hard to put into words what an amazing journey the Kantra-Gates Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings, both 200-hr and 300-hr, have been and continue to be for me. David and Augusta are teachers in every sense of the word, embodying what they teach by “walking the walk,” not simply “talking the talk.” They helped build a safe and supportive space for all to learn, explore, open, grow, and support one another to be successful.”
200-hr Yoga Teacher Training FAQs
This program is a 200-hr vinyasa teacher training.
This training will be no less than a transformative process! It will strongly emphasize mindfulness, meditation, and the philosophical underpinnings of yoga. Yoga has been referred to as the science of life, and rightfully so. It is a science of the body, mind, and spirit. All of these aspects will be strongly addressed in this training.
This 200-hr training is a mentally, physically and emotionally challenging process designed to enable serious students of life/yoga (mind, body, and spirit) to become inspired teachers and students. Each participant will strengthen and deepen her/his practice. You will practice asana, meditation, and pranayama (breath awareness) to the point of proficiency and beyond. Your knowledge of yoga theory will deepen to the point that it becomes a core aspect of the fabric of your life.
Augusta Kantra (E- RYT500) and David Kantra (E-RYT500) lead this training and have extensive experience in Rolf Gates’ teachings and teaching methods. They completed both their 200-hour and 500-hour trainings with him. They maintain that being a student is a fundamental element of being a good teacher. They are passionate about being, and about teaching, teachers and students.
David Kantra, PsyD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Augusta Kantra, MS, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Both are in private practice, specializing in mindfully-based treatment of individuals, couples and groups. They draw from their background and training in psychotherapy, yoga, and meditation. They are the founders of CALM (Creating Awareness – Living Mindfully) © – a course designed to help lay people develop mindfulness in day to day living.
“We are passionate about this course of study and look forward to sharing this journey with you.”
Augusta and David
You will learn how to teach classes that combine a consistent therapeutic vision with the inspired spontaneity that is the hallmark of Vinyasa Yoga. You will develop a thorough understanding of the elements of the therapeutic principles of yoga and be able to design a class or teach a pose in such a manner that your students will immediately embody those principles.
You do not have to have extensive experience with yoga to do this training. We all start from where we are. Whether or not you aspire to ever “teach” yoga, rest assured that what you learn will influence how you live, talk and behave. This training is not just about teaching yoga, it’s about LIVING your yoga. This training will enhance, enrich and change your life – thus the lives of the people in your life! You will be encouraged to stretch beyond your self-imposed limits and reach into the potential that IS you.
If you have physical limitations, this training is not off limits to you. We do request that you be able to stay with the asana sessions in their entirety even if some of that time is in child’s pose or seated. Often, it is when we come up against our own limitations (frustrations, fears, etc.) that we learn best how to help someone with theirs. You will not be practicing while you teach, so physical limitations will not interfere with that.
Classes will be held at Creative Outlet Dance Center – 66 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532
January 2017 – October 2017 (12 weekends)
- Jan 20-22
- Feb 10-12
- Mar 10-12
- April 21-23
- June 23-25
- July 21-23
- Sept 8-10
- Sept 29-Oct 1*
DAILY SCHEDULE: There will be breaks for meals and integration during the training weekends.
This is a 200-hr Certification process. We are held to all of the rules of the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School (RYS). All of the sessions and assignments are to that purpose and are therefore required in order to successfully complete this program. What we are asking of you is that you are seriously committed to this process and that you do your very best. Over and above that, is that you apply yourself to this process in the way you would want your students to apply themselves when under your tutelage.
**There is a $500 non-refundable deposit required to secure your place in the training. (If, for some reason, your application is not accepted for this training, the $500 deposit will be returned.)
$3200 (This includes the $500 non-refundable deposit required to secure your place.) Tuition includes “Meditations from the Mat” and the Teacher Training Manual.
Super-Early Bird BONUS option – The first 3 people to sign up and pay in full: $2700 ($500 discount). SOLD OUT
Early Full Payment (Available only until November 3rd, 2016): $2850 Pay in full upon acceptance of application. ($350 discount)
Full Payment (after November 3rd, 2016 ): $3000 Pay in full upon acceptance of application. ($200 discount)
Payment Plan — $3200: $500 Deposit upon acceptance of application and 9 consecutive monthly payments of $300 on the first of each month (January 2017 – September 2017).
*Tuition includes Rolph Gates’ “Meditations from the Mat” and the teacher training manual.
What else is included in the price?
One of the things that often isn’t fully understood is that there are 2 lead teachers for the entire training. And, both of us are E-RYT500 (which means we both are trained at the 500hr level and have more than 2,000hrs each of teaching time). That just simply means we’ve invested a lot of time and resources into our yoga training, and put in a lot of time on the mat. 🙂 Because everyone comes into a training with different backgrounds, experiences, and comfort levels, it is very important that the teachers have done due diligence both in their own training and in their own practice.
David and Augusta are present for the all the training weekends where each training weekend builds on the last. We do not do a module type training because we feel strongly about the elements of continuity and connection being both teaching tools and learning experiences that are important to our program. We all go through the journey together and share our experiences in that process.
Another component of our trainings is that, as psychologists, we put more emphasis on personal growth and giving back than we do on the technical side of each pose — the name, the muscles etc. We do teach proper alignment, safe and effective sequencing, and the benefits of each pose, but we don’t get too caught up in the technical stuff.
It’s like spending an 8-month stretch of time immersed in self-discovery and growth. People come out of training feeling better equipped to live more purposefully and fully.
This is the theme for Teacher Training: “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” -Sir Richard Branson
Each meeting you will need to bring:
- 1 mat
- 2 blocks
- 1 strap
- 1 yoga blanket
- 1 rectangular bolster
WHICH BOOKS AM I REQUIRED TO READ?
- The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation with Commentary, Chip Hartranft
- How Yoga Works, Geshe Michael Roach & Christie McNally
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
- Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Rolf Gates
- The Yamas and the Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice , Deborah Adele
- Yoga Anatomy 2nd Edition by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews (note that this is the 2nd edition)
This is a Yoga Alliance registered school. If you complete the requirements for this training, you can apply to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance.
Refund/Non-Refund Policy: Deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations must be made 60 days before the start of the Teacher Training. We can not offer any refunds for cancellations within 60 days of the event.
If you do not complete the program for any reason other than cancellation of the program by (us) Augusta and David Kantra, you will not be entitled to any refund, and will be obligated to pay any remainder of the enrollment fee designated above.
Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials
As is the case with many transformative experiences, it is hard to put into words what an amazing journey the Kantra-Gates Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings, both 200-hr and 300-hr, have been and continue to be for me. David and Augusta are teachers in every sense of the word, embodying what they teach by “walking the walk,” not simply “talking the talk.” They helped build a safe and supportive space for all to learn, explore, open, grow, and support one another to be successful.
I practiced yoga for a few years when I signed up for David and Augusta’s teacher training program. I loved Augusta’s classes and was always intrigued with the wisdom of yoga she wove into them. I didn’t necessarily want to teach, but wanted to learn more about how yoga worked, both on and off the mat.
Our class was a mixed group. Some practiced yoga for years, while others were new to it. Everyone excelled. The work was not always easy. We were encouraged to step out of our comfort zones, but under their leadership, I wanted to do just that! They love what they do and love to share what they’ve learned. They created a safe and supportive space where we were willing to make mistakes and grow from them.
I loved my training weekends. David and Augusta brought so much more to the training than teaching us how to teach a yoga class. They made it challenging but fun! Our class bonded quickly. I’ve just completed my 500 hours of training with the Kantras. I’m still not sure I want to be a yoga teacher, but if they offered more training hours, I would be the first to sign up!
When I was originally asked about participating in the 2014 Kantra-Gates Yoga Teacher Training my reaction was “that’s crazy – I don’t want to teach yoga”. I also thought there was no way I had the time or resources to commit to an 8 month program. But then I kept hearing comments like “it is transformational”, “it is life-training”, “you don’t have to want to teach yoga classes to be in the training.”
Several people lovingly nudged me to sign up and it is one of the best decisions I ever made for myself. Augusta and David Kantra are an exceptional team and they truly teach “yoga from the heart”. I learned that being a yoga teacher is not limited to teaching poses. It is about learning a different way to interact with myself and the world around me. Learning skillful ways to approach my life has had an inherently positive impact on those around me so I am essentially “teaching” after all! Augusta and David are skillful and loving professionals who teach both the science and philosophy of yoga in an incredibly fun environment that fosters lasting friendships. The 200 hr training with them started me on a personal journey that I will be forever grateful for.
If you are looking for a training full of heart, this is it. If you are interested in falling deeper in love with yoga, while bonding with like-minded souls, I wholly recommend training with Augusta and David. Their alchemy creates an open-hearted environment where growth and learning thrive! The community of support in this training, our “sangha”, more than fostered me in becoming a teacher. It was the beginning of many rich and lasting friendships. These gifts are invaluable, and I am forever grateful. The love born in that community carries me through every class I teach. Training with Augusta and David in effect parallels the practice of yoga: it feeds the flame of our divine spark.
Yoga and subsequently teacher training came at a time in my life where change was imperative. I had been through several rough years and finally came to the conclusion that my same old way of doing things and dealing with things had to change. I started yoga teacher training basically brand new to yoga and totally unsure of what to expect. All I knew was that Augusta was teaching it and that yoga was the only thing that ever stopped my mind…that was enough for me. What surprised me was that I didn’t just learn about yoga, I learned a lot about myself and those I love and how to be the best me I could possibly be.
To those of you who may be trying to decide on whether or not you want to commit to the upcoming 200 Hr. Yoga Teacher Training with David and Augusta Kantra, this is what I have to say to you:
Purely and simply, it changed me and the way I look at just about everything. My reason for such a serious commitment was never about teaching yoga, although I do sub for Augusta occasionally and am very honored to do so. But chiefly, I knew that the yoga philosophy was something my teachers were very committed to themselves, and I felt it was a way of living and knowing that would help me make better, more skilled decisions in my own life. They were the example that proved to me how valuable my investment in time and money would be. And they did not disappoint! Their way of teaching challenged me and my habits and asked me to grow in ways I knew would improve my enjoyment and love for life. Their way of teaching made me laugh. It made me cry, and, made me get more honest with myself and about myself than I ever had before. It meant so much to me that soon after, I signed up for the 300 Hr. training too!
Before embarking on my 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2014, I had been going through a difficult time in my life. I had been looking for stability in my personal life and just felt really stressed and confused about where my life was going. Since I had been practicing Yoga off and on for 10 years, I knew that the work had to start with me. I had to work from within to find the peace and strength I was longing for. Augusta offered the training to me and I feel like it really happened at the right time. I had no desire to teach Yoga, but I hoped for an inner transformation and just an opportunity to deepen my practice. I can truly say that I got so much more than I ever hoped for. For the first time in my life I found myself truly committed to something and this training gave me the tools to find discipline, courage, self-compassion, strength, patience, contentment, gratitude, peacefulness, open-heartedness and so much more.