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Dancing Warrior Yoga

200 Hour Teacher Training Brochure


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•    Define and refine your personal yoga practice
•    Launch your new career with a recognised international qualification
•    Help, heal and inspire people
•    Be extraordinary!

About our 200 hour program
Our yoga teacher training course is designed for modern yoga practitioners seeking new wisdom from ancient yoga knowledge. We have successfully created a teaching program to equip our graduates with the tools and skills to fully immerse themselves into a professional teaching career.

This course is ideal for anyone who is seeking a complete career change or simply looking to diversify their skills. Whether you are an experienced yoga practitioner or a curious enthusiast then our course will give you the confidence needed to forge a clear path towards a new career.

Our course is taught by a diverse teaching faculty with a rich history in yoga studies and yoga practice.

We see yoga as an expression of modern living. We believe it’s important to remain authentic to the history of yoga but we also realise that we don’t live in ancient India following austere traditions and customs. We acknowledge that it’s okay to enjoy a glass of wine with your friends and lovingly apply yourself to yoga the next day. We also welcome people to our teacher training program that may not have the “perfect yoga body type”.

We are committed to helping you evolve your business skills post our teacher training program. We like to offer our graduates professional development from our very own team of professionals here at Dancing Warrior Yoga. You will also enjoy the support from a community of like minded people that share a diverse range of professional skills and learn from people seeking new approaches to business modelling.

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Our Teaching Faculty
Our course draws from all eight limbs of the 5000-year Hatha yoga tradition, beautifully communicated by a team of experienced and passionate teachers. Our teaching faculty are highly experienced yoga practitioners and teachers. Together they share exceptional levels of yoga teaching standards. They are inspirational leaders with backgrounds in physiotherapy, psychology, media, marketing and communications, Sanskrit, the arts, health, healing, and of course yoga.

Mathew Bergan – head teacher & Dancing Warrior Yoga director
Mathew commenced Hatha yoga with renowned Australian teacher Shandor Remete in 1989. He has been teaching yoga since 1990, and set up Dancing Warrior Yoga in 2000. He has taught yoga throughout Australia and India. He has a background in contemporary dance and choreography and previously worked as a Sports Masseur, author and film maker. He also has a BA in Communications.

Mathew says, “I am always delighted how yoga can be the glue that brings together peoples divergent professional backgrounds, providing them with a new voice to express their spiritual self ”.

Mathew trained with Shri K Pattabois Jois (Ashtanga Yoga), Simon Borg Olivier & Bianca Machliss (Yoga Synergy), Shandor Remete (Shadow Yoga), Eileen Hall (Yoga Moves) and Donna Farhi (teacher and author). Mathew is best known for his unique ability to help students embody their evolving spiritual yoga practice with grace and mindfulness while highlighting a sense of happiness and personal well being as the eventual goal of the practice.

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Clare Lovelace
Clare is a senior graduate of our teacher training program and teaches meditation, yin yoga and yoga philosophy. As well as extensive work with her mentor Mathew Bergan her teaching is inspired by her training with Donna Farhi, Jasmine Tarkeshi and Sarah Powers. She is the Dancing Warrior Yoga Studio Manager and teacher training coordinator.

Clare teaches yoga full-time to a wide spectrum of people. She is passionate about making the teachings of yoga accessible to as many people as possible and is involved with Off The Mat Into The World – an organisation seeking to use the practices of yoga to promote social justice and community development. She volunteers her teaching skills to various drug & alcohol rehabilitation centres.

Lea Maher – Physiotherapist
Lea teaches applied Anatomy and Physiology for yoga teachers. She is a physiotherapist with a background analysing motor dysfunction in adults. Lea has also worked extensively with children with disabilities, researching and teaching motor learning and the development of movement in infants, young children and adults. Lea has been has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She completed her yoga teacher training with Donna Farhi. Lea has been practicing yoga with Mathew Bergan since 2010.

Brook McCarthy, Yoga marketing & Business
Brook McCarthy Director of Hustle & Heart teaches mindful marketing and conscious business creation for yoga and wellbeing professionals. Brook helps wellbeing professionals lift their game, define their deeper purpose, and take on the world with authentic marketing and compelling communications. Brook has been teaching yoga since 1998 and has a Bachelor in Religious Studies and a background in public relations and communications. Brook teaches how to start and run a profitable business and align your values and vision with your daily reality of paying the bills. Brook will show you how to get a website up on a shoestring and effectively create a brand and business through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and other social media. She will also prompt you into realising how important it is to find your niche so that you don’t become invisible in a crowded yoga market.

Pregnancy Yoga
Lori Denham will teach you how to work safely and effectively with pregnant women. Lori provides a deep understanding of what yoga practices and poses are appropriate during the 3 trimesters of pregnancy.

Hatha Yoga and the Meridians
Lars Skalman presents how to work with the meridians  through the Japanese system of Ki Yoga. Lars applies the same meridian system to classical Hatha yoga poses and develops a modern approach to an ancient practice.

Yoga Philosophy
Jeff Miller BA(Hons), PhD is a certified Jivamukti yoga instructor He has a doctorate of psychology and specialises in interpersonal relationships. He combines his indepth understanding of human nature with ancient techniques of yoga, creating a practice that is personal, heartfelt, uplifting and spiritually supportive. Jeff is highly respected for his thoughtful approach to making yoga relevant to the lives of as many people as possible.

Inside this module we look at Patanjali’s ‘Ashtanga Yoga’, the commonly known eight-limbed yoga path. Patanjali was one of the early authors on classical yoga who defined the philosophy and practice of yoga through a series of 196 Sutras.

Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga philosophy, include:

1    Yama (moral restraints) – How we relate to others
2    Niyama (observances) – How we relate to ourselves
3    Asana (posture) – How we relate to our body
4    Pranayama (breath extension) – How we relate to our breath
5    Pratyāhāra (sensory withdrawal) – How we relate to our sense organs
6    Dhāranā (concentration) – How we relate to our mind.
7    Dhyāna (meditation) – Moving beyond the mind
8    Samādhi (meditative absorption) –  Deep realisation and inner union

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Dancing Warrior Yoga Style
Dancing Warrior yoga style is classical Hatha yoga with a modern vinyasa backbeat. Our style offers breath-synchronised movement from one pose to another to create heat and purification in the body. It draws upon a rich Hatha yoga legacy and borrows from traditions such as Iyengar yoga, which offers firm body alignment principles, Ashtanga, for its fluidity, strength and grace, and restorative yoga, for its rich support of the body’s internal organs and subtle sheaths. Our teaching method also draws upon universal movement principles that are the foundation for all yoga practices.

Yoga Asana & Body Alignment Principles
This module explores the function of bones, muscles and tendons. We explore how the body’s building blocks are assembled so that energy (prana) may circulate freely around the body. We learn how to create optimum alignment with minimal force. We also learn how to read the body’s joint structures and understand how movement ceases when bone presses on bone and when a stretch reaches its maximum.

You will learn techniques to harness forces of energy (nadis), that travel through the body and bandhas (locks), while developing your individual method of touch. You will also analyse in depth the contraindications of all the poses you will be teaching to ensure your students are completely safe at all times.

During the course you will acquire a toolbox of approximately 80 postures and their variations, as well as restorative and calming postures utilising yoga props. You will learn how to teach an OPEN level class sequence that caters for beginners and some poses suited to intermediate practitioners. We also offer an 8-week beginners course with a week by week break down of course material.

Postures you will learn to teach are:
•    Seated and kneeling meditation positions
•    How to warm up joint structures with joint articulations
•    Five variations of Salutes to the Sun and Moon
•    Arm balancing – handstand, shoulder stand, forearm
•    Standing postures
•    Lunges
•    One leg balancing
•    Forward bends
•    Twists
•    Backbends
•    Inversions
•    Pranayama positions
•    Corpse pose variations

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How and when to use yoga props
This module gives you hands-on experience demonstrating the exact purpose of props and the many benefits they provide, especially when teaching the elderly, pregnant and immobile people.

Meditation Styles
This module looks at various meditational practices You learn about chitta vritti – the busy mind, and how you can help people move beyond the mind and into their breath and body. You will learn several meditational styles that either focus on sounds, objects, visualisations, or specific breath cycles. You will also learn about Sanskrit chanting, mantra and Bhakti (devotional) yoga.

This module covers 7 different types of pranayama and their particular effects upon the body and mind. You also learn safe pranayama rhythms to teach as well as their contraindications.

Class teaching and assisting
This module focuses on how to teach with confidence and how to structure a class sequence (vinyasa Krama). You will learn how to adjust and make anatomical corrections during mock classes held within your group.
You will learn how to develop your teaching voice and how to inspire people through words and specific use of language.

Living consciously on and off the yoga mat
As yoga teachers you can become role models for others seeking transformation. You will learn how to understand this complex territory even if your are still working out your own weird and wonderful ‘stuff!’

Here you will learn how to interpret the Yamas and the Niyamas via the writings of Panatjali, (famous yoga Scholar 4th Century). There are 5 Yamas which teach you attitudes and behaviours towards other people, and 5 Niyamas teaching attitudes and behaviour toward ourselves.

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Applied anatomy and physiology
Yoga teacher and Physiotherapist Lea Maher discusses 10 body systems and how to apply this knowledge to a yoga practice and how to articulate these concepts within your yoga classes.

We examine how muscles move bones and joints. We look at the results of hyper-mobility and ligament damage from overstretching and discuss areas that are commonly prone to injury during yoga.

Sanskrit is the ancient language of India, considered to be one of the oldest languages at approximately 6,000 years old, (not forgetting ancient Australian Aboriginal languages). This module teaches you how to read and pronounce the yoga postures in Sanskrit without becoming tongue tied.

Check in – with Mathew Bergan
Throughout the course we offer you a Personal Q & A session with Mathew Bergan as well as feedback on your homework and personal progression. We are genuinely interested in your transformation and are keen to develop your strengths and answer any uncertainties. We want you to grow into an inspiring teacher and perhaps become an active teacher at Dancing Warrior Yoga.

This course is presented through various medium including yoga classes, lecture and discussion groups, homework, question and answer meetings, partner work, group activities and ‘hands on’ application within all modalities.

How do I apply?
Please read through all the steps on the yoga teacher training page:

Any further questions regarding our course please email:

Dancing Warrior Yoga team

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