Certification Programs

Joe Taft is a part of the dynamic faculty at the Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina where both 200 RYT and 300 RYT programs are offered. For more information about the 30-day certification programs, 9-month certification programs, and weekend teacher workshops, please click HERE!

Coming in 2018 – 2019 — RYT 300:

The Power of Now Workshop at Asheville Yoga Center on September 28 – 30, 2018.
300-hour YA credit; All Levels Welcome! Save $50 if you sign up by August 17, 2018 — $250 (After the 17th of August the price is $300)

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Being in the Now, or what we often call the present moment, is one of the most powerful practices of life (or yoga). Paradoxically, when we learn how to be in the Now, we deepen our ability to learn from the past and plan for the future. The book, The Power of Now, is a masterpiece that aligns beautifully with ancient yogic teachings. Instructor Joe Taft has spent several years contemplating and meditating on Tolle’s powerful teachings and shares how this work connects to the practice of asana, meditation and yogic philosophy. Come spend the weekend with us as we explore these teachings through our asana practice, group discussion, and most importantly, grounding through the body.

The Art of Teaching Yoga 5-Day Intensive at Asheville Yoga Center on January 14 – 18, 2019. 300-hour YA credit; All Levels Welcome! Save $100 if you sign up December 3, 2018 — $550 with Early Bird Discount! ($650 after December 3, 2018)

Monday – Thursday 8:00am- 12:00pm | 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am- 12:00pm
In this training we will learn and refine our teaching language, sequencing, and imagination to improve our classes.

This 5-day workshop will show you how to align your core beliefs with your teaching, giving you the confidence and persistence to plan inspiring yoga classes with your own unique themes. We are often afraid to take ourselves out of our comfort zones and embrace challenges. However, the key to a successful yoga class is learning how to convey inspiring themes that not only uplift the students, but that also allow the teacher to continue to grow. This understanding of how our belief in the outcome of our success directly affects our performance is what educators, teachers, and neurologists are now calling growth mindset.

You will learn how to achieve a growth mindset and apply these principles to your own lives inside and outside the classroom. You will learn many techniques to improve your teaching, such as how verbal cueing directly connects to the overarching theme and the breath. We will explore the power of setting an intention or goal for your own practice, in your classes and in your life. You will leave this training with many examples of how to create a theme-based yoga class, but also with the tools to approach every aspect of your life with a growth mindset.

Therapeutic Essentials of Yoga at the Asheville Yoga Center on May 9-12, 2019.
All Levels Welcome! 300-hour YA credit; Save $100 if you sign up by March 28, 2019 — $350 with Early Bird Special! ($450 after March 28, 2019)

Thursday – Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm l 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday 8:30am – 11:30am

In this training, we explore principle-based therapeutics, meaning that one thing builds on the next. This set of principles or actions in the body will help a number of therapeutic issues that students may have. Every session includes asana, anatomy, body mapping and therapeutic hands-on adjustments. You’ll learn techniques to help students in a classroom setting and in a one-on-one private setting. We look at “inner alignment” or how students align attitudinally, because the outer form always reflects the inner state on some level. You will also learn how to empower your students, – so they can help themselves. Most importantly, together we’ll create a fun learning environment that allows our knowledge and body awareness to flourish.



Joe has several classes on Yoga International for you to enjoy!

                    Transform your practice, your teaching, your life!

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