Jane's House Basic Teacher Training Program is designed to give aspiring teachers the necessary knowledge, experience, and technical tools to teach a yoga practice that meets the multifaceted demands of today's practitioners. In 2005, Jane's House became an affiliate training school to Matthew and Holly Krepps', Circle Yoga Shåla Teacher Training Program, being one of the first Registered Schools in the St. Louis region. Our program is directed by Robin Buck, a dedicated student of Matthew, privileged to carry on this gift of training teachers using the curriculum that has been refined for years and from the lineage of Matthew’s teacher, Godfrey Devereux.  

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It is theoretically and historically coherent with the wisdom that has come down through the ages, and can therefore help to cultivate a practice that is physically stimulating and challenging, while being safe and restorative to the human body and its inherent design. 

Its interpretation of that ancient wisdom opens the capacity in the teacher to manage and assist the student's efforts in the life long endeavor that serious Yoga practice is for those who are interested. It also cultivates in the teacher the important capacity for self-enquiry, meditation, and study, so that problem solving is not an impediment to practice or teaching. And it clarifies for both teacher and student how an activity like Yoga can be spiritually edifying to anyone, with any particular belief system or faith.

Jane's House Studio trains teachers, not instructors. The program excels in the arena of education, which challenges students who desire to share yoga with others and for those senior students who wish to deepen their practice. The Studio offers a two hundred hour training program that exceeds the certification standards set by the national Yoga Alliance's Yoga Teacher Registry. The Yoga Alliance's minimum standards for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) are available on their website: www.yogaalliance.org

The training is structured around several key elements:

  • Technical training (particularly in posture practice, meditation, pranayama, sequencing a class, and hands-on adjustments).
  • History and philosophy (particularly with reference to the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and the Baghavad Gita).
  • Anatomy and physiology as applied to the practice.