Living Soul Institute's 200-hour YTT 

Living Soul is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga school & a Christ-centered leadership development program. What's our mission?

  1. Inspire yoga teachers to walk in the fullness of their unique design. 

  2. Equip yoga teachers to serve wholeheartedly, and lead with excellence.  

 

Who is the training for?

  • New teachers 

  • Already certified teachers seeking:

    • Yoga Alliance accredited certification​

    • Christ-centered approach to yoga

Why choose our training?

  • Smaller group instruction with personal  mentorship by lead trainer, Kristin Gibowicz 500-RYT, 200 E-RYT & YACEP, to help you excel with teaching proficiency. 

  • LIVE (currently via Zoom), twice weekly training with incredible Living Soul faculty, made up of diverse experts in the subjects of yoga, anatomy, and spiritual formation.

  • Rich curriculum honoring yoga philosophy, Christ-centered spirituality, and focuses on developing leadership styles that hold healthy space for students to heal, grow, & thrive.

  • The Unity Study  - Yoga translates to yoke or unite.  an 11-week book and Bible study based on Deborah Adele's Yamas & Niyamas. Trainees will read a chapter of the book and focus on one Yama or Niyama per week.  Facilitated by a lead trainer, students will explore yoga's ethical practices with devotional readings and scripture. fostering healthy conversation, Christ-centered community, and accountability.  We offer supplemental meditations and yoga videos to help embody these principles for authentic, personal growth.  

  • Mentorship - we care about based on new provisions by the Yoga Alliance, we will be extending our ONLINE yoga teacher certification training through 2021, 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TRAINING

2021 Training Dates

  • 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training start dates 

    • January 25, 2021 (with optional April 22-25 in-person immersion in CO)

    • September 8, 2021 (with optional Nov. 4-7 in-person immersion in CO)

 

What are graduates of Living Soul saying about the training?

"The Living Soul 200 hr. Yoga TT was better than I could have imagined! It was completely engaging . Kristin is a truly gifted teacher, and an encourager. This experience has equipped me to begin teaching with confidence. As a student, I was introduced to much more than philosophy and practical knowledge as various teachers taught about specialized areas. It was extremely helpful to have personal input from Kristin throughout the process. She has a hands & heart on approach, and really cares about everyone’s success. This training will be with me for life as a great foundation for practicing and teaching." - Vicky

"What I loved most about 200 training was the immersion training, getting to actually practice and learn from someone who is very qualified in her teaching, being able to make some great friends, and doing what I thought could not be done. I also loved how Kristin helped/trained us in our speciality areas to be able to go out and fulfill our dreams."  - Mary

1. WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF THE TRAINING? 

The 200-hour yoga teacher trainees will meet two times per week for 12 weeks on Zoom covering the following topics:

  • THE UNITY STUDY​, a biblical journey through the ethical practices of yoga featured in Deborah Adele's book Yamas and Niyamas

  • The History of Modern Yoga and Sanskrit 101

  • Yoga Sutras and the 8-limb Path

  • Finding Your Teacher Voice

  • Meditation and the Art of Teaching Contemplation

  • Pranayama & Life Applications of the Nervous System

  • Mantras, Mudras & Spiritual Disciplines

  • The Energy Body (Koshas and Chakras from a Christian worldview)

  • Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

  • Ayurveda 101 and Somatic Practices

  • Sequencing for Student Success & Weaving the Word

  • Trauma Resiliency

  • Up-leveling Cueing for Longevity and Sustainability

  • Yin & Restorative Yoga

  • Soul Care for the Yoga Teacher

  • The Art of Touch and Assists

  • Yoga and Injury Management

  • Business and Ethics of Yoga

  • How to Grow a Yoga Ministry

2. WHAT ELSE IS COVERED IN MY TEACHER TRAINING CONTENT?

  • Anatomy  - a 20-hour online, self-paced course for yoga teachers through www.yoganatomy.com

  • Posture Breakdowns - weekly teachings on different pose families with common misalignment, modifications, variations and contraindications

  • Meditation: each week you will practice and learn teaching tools for different styles of meditation including: Lectio Divina, centering prayer, welcoming prayer, examen, body scan, yoga nidra, contemplative walk with guided meditation, and silent practices

  • Teaching Practicum- you will choose a Living Soul sequence to memorize in preparation for your 4-week Seva Yoga Project, where you will teach a group of students (online or in-person) in preparation for your final test-out with your lead trainer. You will be expected to show teaching proficiency, weave a theme throughout a 4-week series, and illuminate your unique teaching voice.

  • Teaching Proficiency - You will connect to the training through a Google Classroom to easily follow and complete the assignments and practices. In order to demonstrate your proficiency in learning, you will complete a Google quiz on a weekly basis focused on that week's training content.

3. WHAT IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE CERTIFICATION?

  • Option 1: With the temporary provision from Yoga Alliance, we are offering an extended 4-week ONLINE mentorship practicum for those unable to travel. 

  • Option 2: In addition to the online training, trainees may attend a 3-day in-person training immersion in Parker, CO.  The immersion training is included in your tuition (excluding travel expenses, accommodations and meals). 

    • Online LIVE training schedule: 

      • Unity Study, Sundays 4:30pm-6:30pm MST in the US and Tuesdays 6:30 -7:30 CET (Brussels time)

      • Full group training: Wednesday 11:30am-1:30am Mountain Time US (7:30-9:30 CET in Europe)) - all calls recorded

4.  ARE THERE ADDITIONAL TRAINING MATERIALS I NEED TO PURCHASE?

You will need to purchase the following materials prior to the training start date (you are welcome to complete Yoganatomy in the months prior to training):

5. CONTACT US FOR TRAINING COST AND PAYMENT PLAN 

If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact Kristin directly, please email

kristinmgibo@gmail.com or call 303-550-0982.

 

TUNE-UP YOUR TEACHING

Who takes the Tune-up?

The Tune-up is for already certified yoga teachers looking to rediscover their gifts, reconnect with the call to teach, and realign with skills that up-level their students' yoga class experience.  Many Tune-uppers come from faith-based yoga schools; however, this is also a great opportunity for those with traditional yoga certifications to immerse in Christ-centered teaching.

How do I take the Tune-up?

  • IN-PERSON TUNE-UP - partner with Kristin (YACEP, E-RYT, RYT-500) to reignite your passion for teaching with a customized continuing education training for your retreat, yoga studio, or regional teacher network.  In 2019, teachers gathered in Denver, Kansas City, Dallas, Cincinnati and Peoria, IL to practice in community, enjoy fellowship with other teachers, and become better teachers of yoga!

  • ONLINE TUNE-UP - a series of eight LIVE, 2-hour Zoom workshops offered in the spring and fall led by experts in anatomy, yoga and spiritual formation. Next online Tune-up will take place from March 21-April 12, 2021 and provides 30 hours of CEUs (16 contact, 14 non-contact).  Cost is $299.

Past Continuing Education Workshops:

  • SEQUENCING FOR STUDENT SUCCESS 

  • TRAUMA RESILIENCY

  • KIDS YOGA

  • CHAIR YOGA

  • UP-LEVELING YOUR CUEING 

  • YOGA FOR INJURY MANAGEMENT 

  • YOGA AND DRUMMING 

  • THE ART OF TEACHING CONTEMPLATION & WEAVING THE WORD  

  • AYURVEDA 101

  • SOMATICS & YOGA

  • YIN YOGA

  • RESTORATIVE YOGA

  • BUSINESS OF YOGA - Getting Started  

  • BUSINESS OF YOGA - Going Virtual  

  • SOUL CARE FOR THE YOGA TEACHER  

Why continuing education? Yoga Alliance recommends 30 hours of continuing education

(10 "contact" hours) every three years.  For 2021, the Yoga Alliance has extended provisions

for online training; therefore, making it more convenient for you to earn contact hours via the Online Tune-up.

AMBASSADOR TRAINING

Do you serve a population that would benefit from breath work, movement and Christ-centered mindfulness practices?  

The ambassador training is for ANYONE who wants to learn more about trauma resiliency and how embodied movement through drumming, yoga and somatics can help regulate the nervous system and promote healing. ,Designed to cut across race, gender, age, and socioeconomic lines in order to bring positive change to people’s lives, learn leadership tools to help you in volunteer roles, mission trips, and to promote holistic health in your workplace.

 

Leadership Development

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24–25 NIV  We were made for community.  Our ONLINE 2021 Growth Studies bring together beautiful people from all over the globe! We will cultivate self-awareness and explore how our fears, insecurities, anger, envy, apathy, self-righteousness, and other struggles keep us from loving God and others with freedom and fullness.Through self-awareness, we become aware of our desperate need for Jesus and community that challenges, encourages and loves each other well.

Unity Study 

Starts January 26th (11-weeks). Join Living Soul Institute leaders for a weekly Unity Study based on the book The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele and devotionals written by Spiritual Director, Hope Stockman..  We meet weekly LIVE via Zoom for one hour that includes meditation and discussion that fosters Christ-centered community, servant leadership, and personal development.  Classes will take place Tuesdays from 10:30am-11:30am Mountain US and 18:30-19:30 CET/ Brussels.

  • Tuesday, January 26 - Ahimsa or Non-violence

  • Tuesday, February 2- Satya or Truthfulness

  • Tuesday, February 9 - Asteya or Non-stealing

  • Tuesday, February 16 - Brahmacharya or Non-excess

  • Tuesday, February 23 - Aparigraha or Non-possessiveness

  • Tuesday, March 2 - Saucha or Purity

  • Tuesday, March 9 - Santosha or Contentment

  • Tuesday, March 16- Tapas or Self-Discipline

  • Tuesday, March 23- Svadhyaya or Self Study

  • Tuesday, March 30 - Ishvara Pranidhana - Surrender​​

Embodied Leaders Training 

Who is Embodied Leaders Training for? ANYONE - The Embodied Leaders Training, a collaboration with Soul Fitness Colorado, is an 8-week long transformational course that builds authentic and God-honoring leadership skills. Led by a team of passionate leaders and influencers, this course provides an enlivened environment for you to come fully alive in your passion and call. Whether you lead in the home, a corporation, a ministry, a gym/studio, or the community at large, this training has something essential to offer you. 

  • Week 1: Clarifying Your Calling to Lead - Katie Pearson

  • Week 2: Cultivating Character - Katie Pearson

  • Week 3: The Heart of Embodiment: Kristin Gibowicz

  • Week 4: Creating Healthy Communities - Katie Pearson

  • Week 5: Connecting with Culture - Katie Pearson

  • Week 6: Embodied Soul:  Amber Jaworsky

  • Week 7: Embodied Mind: Brenda Westfall

  • Week 8: Embodied Strength - Casey Anderson

Learn more about the next Embodied Leaders Training.