Lead Trainer: Steven Villanueva Skees
Dates: January 6th - May 26th
Format: In-person training on weekends
Location: Meeting at 290 and Louetta locations
Schedule: Saturdays & Sundays | 12pm - 6pm
( See dates below)
The 200 Hour Yoga Dragon Teacher Training course is a comprehensive Yoga Alliance approved training program designed for practitioners who are ready to strengthen their understanding of yoga. Our 15 week program meets in-person on weekends to dive deep into the parts of yoga you only briefly hear about in class. Transform your understanding of this beautiful practice and be fully immersed in the study of yoga history, philosophy, anatomy, psychology, teaching methodology and so much more. Whether you aspire to become a certified yoga instructor or simply wish to deepen your personal practice, this training will empower you to reach your goals and tap into your full potential.
Our Yoga Dragon Teacher Training program is a multi-style training with a focus on understanding intelligent sequencing and functional movement patterns. In this training, you'll acquire the tools, knowledge, resources, language, and skills to lead both Hatha and Vinyasa Flow styles of practice. Within these two modalities, we will explore guiding both gentle and powerful styles of practice so you can develop a well-rounded delievery suitable for a wide range of students.
Prepare for a witty, and informative exploration of our human existence as we sharpen our internal awareness by learning how the yoga tradition examines the inner workings of our minds. There will be lively group discussions about yoga psychology and how strengthening our intellectual understanding of our bodies can increase efficiency in our lives as we move forward. We will learn strength drills and flexibility principles to spice up your physical practice as well as explore different aspects of concentration, mindfullness, and meditation to manage your nervous system. What role does our heart, brain, lungs, muscles, blood, bones, nerves, and emotions play in the grand scheme of our lives? How are they all connected and what does this connection mean for our purpose in life? Enroll to find out! We are very excited to share our practice with you!
Flexible Online Component:
We will use Google Classroom as our online forum to post additional video content, list weekly reading material and share journal prompts related to different yogic topics.
This course will operate from a common core curriculum that includes four categories and thirteen competencies. In addition, lead trainers will assess the knowledge, skills, and experience of the trainees prior to graduating and certifying them as 200-hour Registered Yoga Teachers against this core curriculum to ensure comprehension and understanding.
Categories and Competencies:
Week 1 - January 6th and January 7th
Week 2 - January 13th and January 14th
Week 3 - January 27th and January 28th
Week 4 - February 3rd and February 4th
Week 5 - February 17th and February 18th
Week 6 - February 24th and February 25th
Week 7 - March 2nd and March 3rd
Week 8 - March 23rd and March 24th
Week 9 - April 6th and April 7th
Week 10 - April 13th and April 14th
Week 11 - April 20th and April 21st
Week 12 - April 27th and April 28th
Week 13 - May 4th and May 5th
Week 14 - May 18th and May 19th
Week 15 - May 25th and May 26th
$500 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your spot.
Payment plans available!
If opting for an approved payment plan we require a deposit of $500 non-refundable to hold your space. You are required to make at least one payment a month during training and have the entire amount of $2,800 paid before the last day of your training to receive your Registered Yoga Teacher Certificate.
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There was a lightbulb that went off in my head very early in my yoga practice. So early, in fact, it was actually during the very first class I ever took. This was back in 2010 when I was studying business and philosophy at the University of Houston and working in the inner city restraunt scene. This was a busy time in my life and I often felt stressed managing a forward trajectory. I was so stressed that I knew I needed to make some lifestyle changes in order to continue moving forward with some semblance of efficiency. As destiny would have it, I accepted an invite to a yoga class not really knowing what I was about to get myself into. I had no idea it was actually a Hot Yoga Power class so upon my arrival to the studio, I was a little taken aback when I was asked to fill out a liability waiver. Really? Is it that serious? Well, turned out it was. This particular studio was a little more strict and rigid so as a very inflexible person who didn't know what he was doing, I got physically destroyed, embarassed, and humbled as the teacher repeatedly called me out to correct my alignment. Finally, after over an hour of practice, I entered into my very first Savasana pose and was blessed with life-changing enlightenment. Despite being embarrassed and humbled in class, I also knew this practice was EXACTLY what I needed. I played sports growing up so I was familiar with different excercise modalities but this yoga was something uniquely special. The deep breathing, physical postures, and mindfulness - I needed more of ALL of this in my life. I would go on to practice consistently since that time but little did I know just how far this practice would take me.
After my time at the University of Houston, I enjoyed a short but illustrious career working as an Account Manager for a global construction solutions company. During that time, in 2016, I did my first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Black Swan Yoga in Houston. I was actually part of the very first group of graduates to complete a BSY teacher training in our city. Upon graduating, I immedietly began teaching yoga on nights and weekends and absolutely fell in love with sharing my practice with the community. I loved it so much and believed in the power and benefits of this practice with such a passion that I just felt almost called upon to build my life around this practice. I decided to leave Corporate America and do some traveling. I knew if I was going share yoga with the community on a more impactful level then I needed additional training to really develop my understanding of the yoga tradition. Fortunately, I was blessed to hear about a special teacher on the other side of the world named Gokulacandra offering an upcoming advanced teacher training in Malaysia. Gokulacandra is highly respected as a yoga master and spiritual teacher in the global yoga community. I personally believe he is the greatest yogi alive today. Not just for what he can do with his physical practice, which is the most sophisticated practice I've ever seen, but becuase he also understands yoga philosophy on a masterful level. He truly walks the walk and I have been practicing with Gokulacandra ever since. I am blessed to have done advanced trainings with my teacher among spiritual communities in Belgium, Sweden, and Malaysia on multiple occasions and I continue to study with my teacher till this day in an online format. This relationship helps me stay connected to a traditional yoga lineage and remain inspired by my teacher and fellow Gokul Yoga peers.
After arriving home from my travels, I taught all over the city and dedicated myself to honing my delivery of this blessed practice. Soon, an opportunity arose for me to acquire my own yoga studio location and thus, Yoga Dragon was born! Now my wife, Rachel, and I have two Yoga Dragon locations and we hope to continue growing our yoga community. Since I began teaching yoga, I've also acquired a Certified Personal Training Certification and Nutrition Coach Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, studied multiple semesters of yoga philosophy with the Bhaktivedanta College in Belgium under Yoga Master Jayananda Das, taken advanced teacher trainings in Yin Yoga with Rhia Rhobinson, studied Myofascial Release Therapy with Misha Laird, and spend time studying Ayurvedic practices overseas with Ayurvedic Dr. Parthab Chauhan. Now I currently teach various styles of yoga at both of my Yoga Dragon locations, work with the elderly and people with limited mobility, hold corporate events highlighting the mental health benefits of all aspects of yoga, and teach alongside some of the most respected teachers in the city at the Houstonian Hotel, Club, and Spa. I am a dedicated yoga student and continue my own education constantly to continue refining my delivery of the art of yoga. I have taught thousands of classes and led multiple yoga teacher trainings. Many of my students have gone on to teach yoga themselves all over the city of Houston. Thank you for taking time to read a bit about my yoga background. I know I shared alot in this reading and I plan on sharing much more with my students in this upcoming training. Hope to see you soon and please reach out if you have any questions.
May your practice of self-love and self-awareness help to influence more goodness in the world around you and more peace within you.
Namaste! - Steve
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider