SUNSTONE ACADEMY

lifelong learning

Yoga Teacher Training and certification, The Sunstone Academy

Located in Addison, TX, Sunstone Academy is our 8,000 square foot facility, fully dedicated to higher learning. Here you can immerse yourself in the fundamentals of yoga and learn leadership skills taught through the art of yoga.

We specialize in Yoga Alliance certified 200-hour weekend and intensive programs led by our faculty of seasoned yoga professionals.

We also offer a Fitness Leadership Program designed to train you to teach for Sunstone, broaden your fitness experience and credentials whether you teach for Sunstone or not, and maintain your fitness certifications with Continuing Education Credits.

In over 10 years of educating yoga teachers, our alumni excel both within Sunstone and in the larger yoga and fitness community.

200 Hr Certification: Foundations of Yoga

Deepen your practice among like-minded peers! Understand the keys to creating a yoga sequence and learn how to lead group practice with confidence.

This program is offered in both modular weekend and fast track intensive programs. Complete your certification in as little as 3 weeks!

Curriculum includes:

  • Postures and how to teach them
  • Benefits of each posture to the body
  • Life applications of yoga principles
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Does this describe YOU?

If you practice yoga almost every day…if your car’s full of yoga mats, water bottles and gym bags…if you plan your social life around your yoga classes…I think it’s a safe bet that yoga’s really important to you.

In fact, you may be wondering how you can incorporate more yoga into your life, but aren’t sure how to do it.

Don’t worry, we’ve all felt this way!

Even though I had a successful career in finance, I often wished I didn’t work such long hours so I could attend more yoga classes. Eventually, I realized that my personal priorities were changing. Yoga provided me with the personal fulfillment and growth I’d been seeking, and there was no point in denying it any more!

This is when I made the decision to become a certified yoga teacher.

I still remember my first teacher training class. Even though I’d been practicing yoga for three years, I could tell that some of the other students had been practicing for a lot longer. But the biggest surprise of all was that training to become a yoga teacher actually helped me become a much better student!

After just four weeks immersed in yoga study and lifestyle, I felt stronger and healthier than ever—better than when I was a professional athlete! I was 100% prepared to teach, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing ever since!

I wanted to get deeper into my practice; I never expected the
life-changing experience that I ended up getting.
Alex Newell

The best thing that I have EVER done was to take this step and
open myself up to a new realm of possibilities and self-expansion.
Paula Dzuck



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When can I Start

Yoga Allinace RYS 200

Registration for 2015/2016 is now open! Call TODAY!
Call us at (214) 764-2119 option 3 right away to reserve your space.

Below is our training calendar for the year!
Ask how Jump Start can accelerate your pace through the weekend programs!
Still have questions? Give us a call 214.764.2119 x3

2015/2016 Intensive and Weekend Program Dates

Program Early Bird Deadline Start Date Commencement Date
September 2015 200 Hr Intensive 8/7/15 9/7/15 9/25/15
October 2015 200 Hr Weekend 9/30/15 10/31/15 12/20/15
January 2016 200 Hr Intensive 12/4/15 1/4/16 1/22/16
January 2016 200 Hr Weekend 12/30/15 1/30/16 5/19/16
March 2016 200 Hr Intensive 2/28/16 3/28/16 4/15/16
April 2016 200 Hr Weekend 3/23/16 4/23/16 6/11/16
July 2016 200 Hr Intensive 6/11/16 7/11/16 7/29/16
August 2016 200 Hr Weekend 7/6/16 8/6/16 9/24/16
October 2016 200 Hr Intensive 9/3/16 10/3/16 10/21/16
October 2016 200 Hr Weekend 9/22/16 10/22/16 12/17/16


Orientation is held on the Sunday prior to the Monday start date from 12:00-4:00 pm for Intensive Programs and on the Friday prior to the Saturday start date from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm for Weekend Programs.

Program Options

Develop Your Foundations of Yoga

200 Hour Program:  Learn the principles of Vinyasa yoga – the most popular style of group yoga class – and develop your teaching skill by learning to teach multiple Vinyasa flow sequences.  We follow the Yoga Alliance training hour requirements in the following areas.

  • Technique Training/Practice
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers
  • Practicum

When you successfully complete the 200 Hour program, you’ll earn your Sunstone Academy 200-hour Teaching Certificate.  You’ll also be ready to:

  • Teach Vinyasa yoga, which is great for most organizations
  • Apply for your Yoga Alliance 200-hour certificate
  • Audition for our Fitness Leadership Program

What's the cost?

Start today with a payment plan. Ask about financing.

  • Early Enrollment tuition (more than one calendar month in advance) $3000
  • Regular enrollment $3800
  • You will receive a Trainee Membership Pass at the time of enrollment that gives you one free year of Sunstone classes ($1308 value!) with our Signature member benefits!
All major credit cards accepted.
Please note: tuition fees are non-refundable.

What will I learn?

Techniques Training/Practice - Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves.

Teaching Methodology - Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student's process of learning and business aspects of teaching yoga. 

Anatomy and Physiology - Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers - Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers.

Practicum - Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing and giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

Electives - Includes Sunstone's proprietary Pain Free Yoga, David Emerald's The Power of TED* (The Empowerment Dynamic), advanced studies in yoga traditions of Patanjali as applied to modern day, subtle energy as it relates to somatics and the body, and valuable still mind techniques.

Sunstone Academy’s Intensive and Weekend Training programs are both registered with the Yoga Alliance, a non-profit organization that maintains a registry of yoga schools that comply with its standards.

Sunstone Academy Teacher Training qualifies for the 200-Hour Certification.

For more information about the Yoga Alliance, click here.

FAQs

Why Sunstone Academy?

Sunstone has been teaching fitness-style yoga for 13 years. We’ve been training teachers for just as long. We have trained over 1500 teachers and built a community of studios containing like-minded, passionate people who utilize and reinforce our best practices every day.

What makes your training different form other yoga trainings?

We give you the skills to teach consistently and confidently whether you teach for us or elsewhere! Our training is full of relevant and practical information that your students will appreciate regardless of the level of experience in their yoga practice. We share the traditions of yoga in a modern-day language free from dogma and appropriate for any teaching (or non-teaching) environment. It is our vision to turn a physical yoga practice into an all-encompassing BODY, MIND and LIFE practice

What types of programs do you offer?

We offer a Yoga Alliance (YA) compliant 200-hour Certification Program. We also offer a Fitness Leadership Program designed to train you to teach for Sunstone, broaden your fitness experience and credentials whether you teach for Sunstone or not, and maintain your fitness certifications with Continuing Education Credits.

The 200-hour program is three weeks in length in the intensive program or if enrolled in the Weekend program, 8 weekends. 

Fitness Leadership Program modules are made up of preparatory self-study, practice and online examination - leading to 8 hours of face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy.  We have weekday and weekend options for each module - each module is completed in 1 day.

What training format is best for me?

That depends on your schedule! If you have time free during the week, then our Intensive options may be best. Intensive options run Monday through Friday from 7:00am – 7pm. As the name implies, this format is “intense” in the time you are committing to us. The result is that you immerse yourself in the training studies and complete the program in the shortest amount of time.The 200 Hour program is completed in 3 weeks. 

If you have weekends free, then our weekend format is right for you! The weekend format is Saturday and Sunday 7:00am – 7pm.  You will complete the 200 Hour program in 8 weekends. 

The Fitness Leadership Program  modules are made up of preparatory self-study, practice and online examination - leading to 8 hours of face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy.  Each module requires 1 day of instruction at the Academy - and we offer both weekday and weekend options for all modules.

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Of course I appreciate the Academy for enabling me to do what I love (teach yoga). But what I took away from my time in training was much more personal than just a certificate. I kept myself in a bubble for years, afraid to try new things because I was petrified of failure and didn't trust myself to succeed. Teacher Training was a big leap of faith for me--one of the biggest I had ever taken--and when I came out on the other side with a dream accomplished, it gave me a self assurance I had never had.
Ginni Beam

3 Week Intensive

The Intensive Program

The program provides big rewards in exchange for a serious commitment to learning. It’s the fastest path to your 200-hour certification.

Offered four times a year, Intensive classes are held Mondays through Fridays. Each day begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. It’s a daily challenge you’ll grow to love! After you complete the 200 Hour program you can audition for entry into Sunstone's Fitness Leadership Program.

You’ll also attend a Sunday Orientation from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. where you’ll meet your teachers, mingle with other students, take you first technique class with us and enjoy a tour of the Sunstone Academy.

A Day in the Life of an Intensive Program Student

Here’s an example of a typical day’s class schedule. As you progress through the program, you’ll move up to new challenges and new classes.

 7:00 am Focus and Rolling (1/2 hour) - Prepare the Trainee's body and the mind for the day
 7:30 am Posture Lab (1 hour) - Trainees learn to use biomechanical language to safely and efficiently guide students into yoga poses and movements
 8:30 am Complex Cueing (1 hour) -Trainees learn how to verbally and physically adjust students in order to make poses and movements applicable to all students
 9:30 am Morning Q&A (1/2 hour) - Informal, faculty-led discussion of technique-related questions
 10:00 am PEL (1 1/2 hours) - Trainees explore Nutrition, Yoga Traditions and Conscious Communication
 11:30 am Afternoon Q&A (1 hour) - Informal, faculty led discussion of Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics topics
 12:30 pm Practicum (1 hour) - Trainees embody what they have learned by teaching a portion of a class to their classmates
 1:30 pm Anatomy and Physiology (1 hour) - Trainees study the mechanics of the body and how these affect asana and movements
 2:30 pm Technique (1 hour) - Trainees engage in a physical practice using one of Sunstone's class offerings
 3:30 pm PM Q&A (1/2 hour) - Faculty open office hours for discussing topics of interest with trainees
 4:00 pm Study Hall (1 hour)  - Trainees spend one hour performing exercises designed to help facilitate their teaching emphasizing repetitions to help with muscle and verbal memory
 5:00 pm Teaching Methodology (1 hour) - Faculty led discussion of Methodology topics
 6:00 pm Karma (1/2 hour) - Trainees practice karma yoga in the form of service to one another
 6:30 pm Still Mind (1/2 hour) - Before leaving for the day, Trainees engage in practices aimed at quieting the mind

Weekend Training

The Weekend Program

Not ready to leave your current job? Prefer to learn at a slower pace? Sunstone Academy’s Weekend Program provides the same training as our Intensive Program and is ideal for students who live in the DFW area.

Here’s how it works:

  • You’ll attend the 200 hour program for 8 weekends for 2 months of classes.
  • Use our one week Jump Start program option to reduce program time by 3 weekends!
  • Weekend training is held Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00a.m to 7:00 p.m.
  • Orientation is held on the Friday prior to each 200 hour training program start date, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A Day in the Life of a Weekend Program Student

Here’s an example of a typical day’s class schedule. As you progress through the program, you’ll move up to new challenges and new classes.

 7:00 am Focus and Rolling (1/2 hour) - Prepare the Trainee's body and the mind for the day
 7:30 am Posture Lab (1 hour) - Trainees learn to use biomechanical language to safely and efficiently guide students into yoga poses and movements
 8:30 am Complex Cueing (1 hour) -Trainees learn how to verbally and physically adjust students in order to make poses and movements applicable to all students
 9:30 am Morning Q&A (1/2 hour) - Informal, faculty-led discussion of technique-related questions
 10:00 am PEL (1 1/2 hours) - Trainees explore Nutrition, Yoga Traditions and Conscious Communication
 11:30 am Afternoon Q&A (1 hour) - Informal, faculty led discussion of Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics topics
 12:30 pm Practicum (1 hour) - Trainees embody what they have learned by teaching a portion of a class to their classmates
 1:30 pm Anatomy and Physiology (1 hour) - Trainees study the mechanics of the body and how these affect asana and movements
 2:30 pm Technique (1 hour) - Trainees engage in a physical practice using one of Sunstone's class offerings
 3:30 pm PM Q&A (1/2 hour) - Faculty open office hours for discussing topics of interest with trainees
 4:00 pm Study Hall (1 hour)  - Trainees spend one hour performing exercises designed to help facilitate their teaching emphasizing repetitions to help with muscle and verbal memory
 5:00 pm Teaching Methodology (1 hour) - Faculty led discussion of Methodology topics
 6:00 pm Karma (1/2 hour) - Trainees practice karma yoga in the form of service to one another
 6:30 pm Still Mind (1/2 hour) - Before leaving for the day, Trainees engage in practices aimed at quieting the mind

Housing Options

Not local to Dallas-Fort Worth? Please speak to our Program Advisor for more information about housing options. 214.764.2119 x3 or academy@sunstoneyoga.com

100 steps from campus

4505 Beltway Drive
Addison, TX 75001
972.991.2800
 
Amenities: Complimentary shuttle w/in 5 miles. Breakfast buffet.
Fitness Center. Wireless Internet access. Outdoor Pool.
Complimentary USA Today delivered to room.
0.7 miles from campus

4103 Beltline Road
Addison, TX 75001
972.991.8888

Amenities: Complimentary Continental breakfast.
Free wireless. Free local calls. Pet friendly.
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Reflections

Ashley Lewelling Testimonial
I joined Sunstone's teacher training to deepen my knowledge and to share my love of yoga with others. What I found was a supportive community of like- minded individuals-- a family. What I gained was a deep understanding of myself. My mind was opened and my horizons expanded. It is truly an experience from which I will continue to discover the multitude of rewards for a lifetime.
Ashley Lewelling
Jenny Childress Testimonial
The teacher training program at Sunstone Yoga provided me with a well-rounded, diverse and flexible learning experience into the world of yoga. For me, the training program quickly evolved from a simple certification process into a deeper understanding of myself, my body, my goals, and my lifestyle. Surrounded by a supportive staff, in a challenging yet encouraging environment, I found a beautiful learning experience that prepared me for the challenges of teaching as well as challenges in other aspects of my life. I found the experience invaluable and I would recommend Sunstone Yoga's teacher training program to anyone interested in deepening their practice and finding a new life path in a nurturing environment.
Jenny Childress
Alex Newell Testimonial
When I decided to do the teacher training intensive, I wanted to get deeper into my practice; I never expected the life-changing experience that I ended up getting. Besides growing stronger and more knowledgeable in my own physical practice, I learned a wide range of cutting-edge information – from exercise physiology to ancient philosophy and techniques. The friends I made along the way will be my friends for life. And when I say, "life-changing," I'm not exaggerating. Two weeks after training was over, I made the permanent move from LA to Dallas and completely changed my career and goals in life.
Alex Newell
Paula Dzuck Testimonial
I had one intention when starting the teacher training program: to establish a mind-body connection (basically to go deeper within my own yoga practice).  Looking back now, I have achieved this and so, so much more!  The best thing that I have EVER done was to take this step and open myself up to a new realm of possibilities and self-expansion.  My body is changing.  My thought process is evolving.  My heart is opening.  I simply cannot imagine my life now without this program!
Paula Dzuck

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What will it be like?

What to expect as a Sunstone Academy student

Each Sunstone Academy program begins with a “Meet and Greet” orientation session in which new students meet their classmates and Academy faculty. Orientation is a great time to ask questions and receive additional information regarding the content and methodology behind our proven certification programs.

During training studies include classical yoga postures, teaching Technique and Methodology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle. Each attendee will learn how to:

  • Lead confident, consistent, and inspired classes
  • Teach classical Vinyasa (200 hour) postures and develop class sequences from those postures. Trainees will master an example sequence.
  • Provide adjustments and advancements to students’ postures without embarrassment
  • Make each student feel comfortable no matter their experience level
  • Answer questions regarding yoga history and methodology
  • Provide a class atmosphere that’s nurturing, welcoming and ultimately inspiring—a sanctuary from the stresses and demands of modern life

A great training program is made up of a great team. Unlike smaller courses, Sunstone’s certification programs are led by a robust and diverse team of talented instructors.

Each faculty member contributes his or her unique skills, background, support and thousands of hours of teaching experience to your personal development. You'll acquire knowledge and hone your teaching skills with a combination of classroom instruction and personal coaching from our faculty.

Nicole Shaw (Principal) E-RYT
Brandon Hartsell (CEO & Faculty) E-RYT
Shawn Martin (Director) E-RYT

About the Sunstone Academy Facility

Sunstone Academy, located in Addison, Texas near the intersection of Belt Line and Midway Roads, is Sunstone’s fully dedicated teacher training facility. The Academy’s highly experienced faculty are committed to providing the highest quality Yoga Alliance compliant instruction for your 200-hour yoga teaching certification.

Our Academy is a state-of-the-art facility, offering:

  • Over 8,000 square feet of classroom and studio space.
  • Two spacious 2,000 sq. ft. yoga studios featuring automated HVAC systems that maintain the ideal combination of heat and humidity for the instruction of each Sunstone class series.
  • Convenient kitchen areas with refrigerators and microwave ovens and access to onsite laundry
  • Large men’s and women’s shower and locker rooms
  • A library of yoga and fitness-related books and materials.

Only at Sunstone Academy

Why our teacher training is different

 

Sunstone Academy Teacher Training is an educational program containing content created from extensive yoga teaching experience and years of development.  Our training is structured specifically to help students successfully turn a passion for yoga, fitness, health and helping others into a career. 

Our trainees acquire three different types of knowledge during training, each of equal importance in preparing them to teach.  Each will master yoga studies, become proficient in practicing yoga postures, and learn to excel at teaching classes confidently and accurately. 

We not only teach theory and mastery of postures, but also provide training in the art of “how to teach”. 

Each of the Sunstone Academy programs have been designed by our senior instructors and teaching faculty.  We receive real world feedback on our results — from a community of Sunstone Academy graduates who teach over 640 classes a week. Our faculty remembers just what it was like to teach their first class, and is committed to presenting information and demonstrating skills that help each trainee grow into a successful yoga instructor. The courses are demanding, but the rewards are huge! And best of all, the techniques are tested every day in our thriving community.

We provide programs that accommodate all types of schedules, and make it easy to begin learning sooner without having to put life, family or a career on hold.

Sunstone Academy teacher training is divided into 200 Hour Program and a modular Fitness Leadership Program.  

 

200 Hour Program:  Learn the principles of Vinyasa yoga – the most popular style of group yoga class – and develop your teaching skill by learning to teach a Vinyasa flow class.  We follow the Yoga Alliance training hour requirements in the following areas.

  •     Technique Training/Practice
  •     Teaching Methodology
  •     Anatomy and Physiology
  •     Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers
  •     Practicum
When you successfully complete the 200 Hour program, you’ll earn your Sunstone Academy 200-hour Teaching Certificate.  You’ll also be ready to:

  •     Teach Vinyasa yoga, which is great for most organizations
  •     Apply for your Yoga Alliance 200-hour certificate
  •     Audition to join our Fitness Leadership Program and teach for Sunstone!

Sunstone Fitness Leadership Program: This program is modular in nature each module consists of preparatory self-study, practice and online examination - leading to 8 hours of face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy.

Module content includes:

  • Team and Teaching Leadership techniques
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Resistance Stretching
  • Cardio and Resistance Group Fitness
  • Equipment based Group Fitness
  • Pilates and Barre based Group Fitness

Upon successful completion of the Team and Teaching Leadership Techniques and one other module you can apply to teach at a Sunstone location.  Applications for employment are submitted to the Designated Manager of the location where you wish to teach - and all hiring decisions are made at the studio level.

Take The Next Step

Take the next step!

The practice of yoga is a lifelong journey of personal growth and self-discovery. Along the way you develop self-awareness, rewarding relationships and personal fulfillment. I understand that the first step can be a bit daunting—that’s why the entire Sunstone community is committed to providing you with the support you need from Day One.

Life is short, and sometimes you have to ask yourself, ‘If not now—then when?’. Becoming yoga teacher has changed my life, I know it will change your life, and together we can share the gift of yoga with the global community.

Call Sunstone Academy's Program Advisor, Paige Caperton, at 214-764-2119 x3 to enroll.

Congratulations on your decision to become a yoga teacher! I look forward to personally welcoming you to our community.

Sincerely,

Brandon Hartsell
CEO & Co-Founder
Sunstone Academy

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