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Learn to teach Yoga with me, and friends!

Charlotte, NC

The Adventure Begins June 14th, 2024

 

The world needs more people connected to their heart's purpose, this training could be the thread that leads you there.

Elemental Moon Yoga School was planted in the heart of Grace Millsap in the summer of 2019, as she sat under her favorite tree in the neighborhood park.  It began with a desire to create something counter to the current culture of yoga. A school that embraces traditions while also uplifting accessibility, inclusion, and equality.

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You are so worth this!

2024 Dates!!!

Location: Charlotte Family Yoga Center (Oakhurst)

Charlotte, NC (+ some virtual)

Hours:

Friday 6-9pm (VIRTUAL FOR ALL)

Saturday 8am - 6pm (CFYC)

Sunday 8:30am - 5pm (CFYC)

*75-minute lunch breaks 12pm-ish

 

Dates: 

Weekend One: June 14th - 16th

Weekend Two: June 21st - 23rd

Weekend Three: July 19th - 21st

Weekend Four: July 26th - 28th

Weekend Five: August 16th - 18th

Weekend Six: August 23rd - 15th

Weekend Seven: September 6th - 8th

Weekend Eight: October 11th - 12th

Weekend Nine: October 25th - 27th

Embark on a journey of self-discovery, awareness, and love in June 2024. Join Grace Millsap and special guest teachers (keep scrolling for 2023 guests) to explore the expansive and rich practices of Yoga through the lens of modern neuroscience, Ayurveda, philosophy, and social justice. All are welcome, whether a newly in-love-with-yoga student, if you have been practicing for years, or are already a yoga teacher. No matter if you have a desire to teach, or are only here to geek out and absorb the information on a personal level, there is something for you in this training. Our goal is to spark passion for the vastness and resplendence of knowledge in the study of Yoga. You can expect a balance of practice, theory, and techniques to give you the skills to create, or take, any yoga class to meet you where you are and give you exactly what you need. At completion of the training and assignments, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (200-hour RYT).

Justice Tiered Pricing

Sustainer Rate:  $3333 (pays for you)

Supporter Rate: $3555 (pays for you, plus helps support community)

Community Rate: $2222 (discounted)

Deposit: $500

Scholarships available with BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA applications to the front.

Payment plan options, let's make it work!

Scroll to the bottom for help with determining your rate.

 

Feel free to email me directly with questions. 

2023 Special Guest Teachers
- 2024 teachers coming soon!

Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian

Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian

(he/him) Topic: The Science of Pranayama Cell Biology researcher currently studying cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in resistance to cancer therapy. Sundar’s Yoga research has provided scientific evidence how Yoga breathing practices could promote wellbeing in health and disease.

Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D.

Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D.

(she/her) Topic: Introduction to Sanskrit Marcy teaches Sanskrit, history, ethical/yogic speech, and philosophy. Drawing from her academic background and twenty-five years of yoga practice, Marcy offers illuminating classes and lectures that deepen people’s knowledge and inspire personal growth.

Heart

Heart

he/him Topic: Queer, Fat and Trans Inclusion Heart (he/ him) is a queer, fat, trans masc activist, educator and public speaker. His work is intersectional; at the core of his work is the belief and knowing that none of us are free until all of us are free.

Ben Kalra

Ben Kalra

(he/him) Topics: Foundations of Movement and Yamas + Niyamas Ben’s goal as a teacher is to lead students through fluid vinyasa yoga that builds strength, creates flexibility, and inspires growth - both on and off the mat. Ben’s goal as a human being is to uplift marginalized voices while promoting radical self love and acceptance.

Allison Modaferri

Allison Modaferri

(she/her) Topics: Functional Anatomy, Theme-weaving, Pre-natal Considerations Allison's creative theme-weaving and intelligent sequencing bring yoga philosophy down-to-earth, inspire resiliency, and make the challenge of practice fun. She often says “the same alignment that keeps us safe helps us heal…and allows us to go deeper!”

Eternity Philops

Eternity Philops

(they/them/mx.) Topic: African Connection To Yoga A bodaciously Black and unapologetically queer conscious being, Eternity works to educate and serve Black, BIPOC, and QTPOC communities in Yoga wellness. Addressing the limited options for Afrocentric forms of Yoga, Eternity created Kamili Yoga™, a modern Pan-African system for Black holistic wellness.

Raudhah Rahman

Raudhah Rahman

(she/her/dia) Topic: Business Strategies for Yoga Teachers I’m a yoga teacher training facilitator, an E-RYT500 yoga teacher and a quirky web designer. I help yoga teachers take their journey off roading to thrive as themselves online.

Marcia  Ramoutar

Marcia Ramoutar

(she/her) Topic: The Bhagavad Gita My journey with 'Yoga' started at a young age when I was exposed to the Yamas and Niyamas and lessons from the Gita in the guise of life lessons and values. I came to the Asana side of Yoga later in life thinking I knew nothing about Yoga, turns out I was wrong! Just goes to show, it's never too late to start a Yoga journey.

Polly Weiss (TCTSY-F)

Polly Weiss (TCTSY-F)

(she/her) Topic: Trauma Informed Yoga I believe in the profound power of yoga and meditation to help support trauma recovery, and I’m deeply passionate about exploring the amazing transformation that can happen when we bring a contemplative and embodied approach to healing individual and collective trauma.

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The teaching style presented in this YTT is weaving of 3 systems of study: Yoga (as described by Patanjali and other texts), Ayurveda (our elemental nature), and Tantra (tools that allow us to live our lives more skillfully). There is no on-size-fits-all Yoga practice. This training will give you the tools to discern how to best meet your students where they are.

Grace Millsap, Lead Teacher

What past YTT students are saying...

Grace is a truly special soul. As a teacher, she goes way deeper than the physical poses of yoga. She utilizes anatomy, psychology, and energy to create intuitive movements that you didn’t even know you needed. Grace’s teacher training provided me with so many tools not only to become an amazing yoga teacher, but also to find a more profound understanding of my own practice. She also takes time to honor the histories and cultures of yoga, and addresses the responsibilities of being a teacher. Regardless of whether you’re interested in teaching vinyasa, deep stretch, meditation, or nothing at all, you’ll leave grace’s training with many new ways to contribute to the world.

This Yoga Teacher Training completely exceeded my expectations, and it is not an exaggeration to say it change my life. I am beyond impressed with the amount of time, thought, and heart that went into carefully planning each element of the program. I learned so much for use both on and off the mat, and am excited and inspired to keep on learning...plus I got to spend the summer with some of the coolest, kindest people I know. I wish I had done this years ago. 

Grace's teaching style is infectious, informed, and passionate! The training offered is a well rounded diverse teacher training with plenty of opportunity for student participation and discussion. I loved that we had multiple sessions on diversity, inclusion, and allyship in the Yoga space. Highly recommended!

I stepped into YTT to deepen my own practice and completed wanting to teach and having opportunities come forward as we finished. ... Inclusivity, the moon, the science and the ayruvedics along with Grace's energy had me at the first conversation. Even areas that I wasn't keen on, somehow, I found myself enjoying those aspects too. The depth of the training opened up so much knowledge and many more rabbit holes for me to explore. IT was fun. Our KULA - I feel so much LOVE when I say that came together supporting, laughing and hugging each other. ... Well worth the time and money investment. I cannot wait for the 300 hour.

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Topics Covered 

  • The 8-limbs of Yoga

  • 5-Pillars of a well-balanced yoga class

  • Intelligent Sequencing 

  • Yoga Pose Energetics

  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Nervous System States

  • Yoga Nidra

  • Meditation

  • Ayurveda Basics

  • Subtle Anatomy

  • Yamas & Niyamas

  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

  • Yin Yoga

  • Living your Yoga

  • Race, Gender, and Bias 

  • The Science of Breath

  • The Science of Meditation

  • The History of Yoga

  • African Connection to Yoga

  • Introduction to Sanskrit

  • Theme Weaving

  • Yoga Sutras

  • Bhagavad Gita

  • Practice teaching

  • Business Strategies for Yoga Teachers

& we will do plenty of yoga asanas!

Required Books

Wise words to assist us on our journey
*needs to be purchased separately

Tiered Pricing

(see below for help in determining best fit)

Sustainer Rate:  $3333 (pays for you)

Supporter Rate: $3555 (pays for you, plus helps support community)

Community Rate: $2222 (discounted)

Scholarships available with BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA requests to the front.

Payment plan options, let's make it work!

Scroll to the bottom for help with determining your rate.

 

Feel free to email me directly with questions.

5% of revenue is donated to organizations in India. Last year, we donated over $1100 in direct aid to low-income families affected by covid through GiveIndia.com.

 

Deposit: $500

Payment Plans Available. Whatever you need, let’s work it out!

It is my heart’s most sincere desire to make this training as accessible as possible. AND I also honor my guest teachers, and the energy (time, money, emotional) put into their area of expertise, combined with what it takes to present at the level of a teacher training. A Tiered Pricing Model operates from a place of trust, community, equity, and honesty.  I trust you to choose the best price that is appropriate for you. 

 

The current standard price for a 200-hour Yoga teacher training is about $3500 which automatically creates boundaries, and exclusion, for some. A Tiered Pricing Model creates opportunity for those who may not otherwise be able to join, while retaining the value of the training and teachers; thus challenging the industry’s standard and capitalistic norms. This model invites us to take inventory of our personal resources, and examine our personal intersectionality and levels of privilege. 

 

You can pay in one installment or on a payment plan (no fees), we can talk about a plan that feels spacious for you. Please take some time taking these factors into consideration and determine a payment that works for you.  

This determination was informed, and inspired, by the works of Alexis J. Cunningfolk of Worts and Cunning, Jasmine Hines of Amplify and Activate, and Michelle C. Johnson of Skill in Action.  This scale is made possible by the kindness of friends at Noda Yoga and Jillian Longsworth. 

Please know, that the following are suggestions for helping one choose the best investment for your unique financial situation.  If you are unsure of where you fit, or need someone to talk it out with, I’m here to listen, and to come to a solution that feels really good.

 

Please, don’t hesitate to email me and set up a phone call.

Tiered Pricing Considerations

Community Rate

  • I frequently stress about meeting basic needs, and may go without.

  • I rent lower-end properties, or my housing situation is unstable.​

  • I am unemployed, or under-employed. 

  • I qualify for government assistance (health, food, etc).

  • I have no savings, and live paycheck-to-paycheck.

  • I have little to no disposable income. 

  • I rarely buy new items, because I am unable to afford them.

  • I can’t afford a vacation, nor can I reasonably take time off.

Sustainer Rate

  • I may stress about my basic needs, but they are always met.

  • I may have stable housing, or may struggle to meet standard rent.

  • I am employed, and may have several jobs to make it work.

  • I have access to Health-care, but may not prioritize it.

  • I may have savings, and may also live paycheck-to-paycheck.

  • I have some disposable income.

  • I am able to buy some new items, but am budget-conscious.

  • I can take a vacation without major stress, yearly-ish.

Supporter Rate

  • Can comfortably meet all my basic needs.

 

  • I own my home OR rent a higher end  apartment. 

  • I am employed, or don’t need to work to meet my needs.

  • Health-care is easy to obtain. 

  • I have access to financial savings; personal or familial. 

  • I have disposable income.

  • I rarely pause before buying a new item.

  • I can afford an annual vacation, and I easily can take time off. 

**Basic needs = food, housing+, transportation, etc.

Disposable  income = coffee shops, new clothes, books, delivery services, etc.

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  • Do I have to want to teach Yoga to take this training?
    Nope! I didn't. But be warned, this training may light your soul on fire and you have no choice but to teach, and share with the world. Sorry, not sorry. :)
  • Will I be a RYT upon completion?
    If you would like! RYT stands for "Registered Yoga Teacher" and is a designation offered by Yoga Alliance. This school is currently registered with Yoga Alliance and you will be eligible to register with them upon completion of this training, and your heart-work. This designation will give you access to YA's wealth of resources, discounts on products and insurance, and accountability in continuing your education. Some studios may require this registration, many do not. The choice is yours to make.
  • What's the difference between 200 hours, 300 hours, and 500 hours?
    These designations are mostly due to Yoga Alliance's current standards. 200-hours is a foundational program and is the bare minimum required by Yoga Alliance in order to register. A 200-hour program is meant to prepare people to teach yoga asana classes. 300-hours is considered "advanced" training and when combined with the initial 200-hours once can call oneself a 500-hour teacher. All 300-hours must be completed at the same school.
  • What's up with Tiered Pricing aka Sliding Scale?
    It is my heart’s most sincere desire to make this training as accessible as possible. AND I also honor my guest teachers, and the energy (time, money, emotional) put into their area of expertise, combined with what it takes to present at the level of a teacher training. A sliding scale model operates from a place of trust, community, equity, and honesty. I trust you to choose the best price that is appropriate for you. The current standard price for a 200-hour Yoga teacher training is between $2800-$3500 which automatically creates boundaries, and exclusion, for some. Sliding scale creates opportunity for those who may not otherwise be able to join, while retaining the value of the training and teachers; thus challenging the industry’s standard and capitalistic norms. This model invites us to take inventory of our personal resources, and examine our personal intersectionality and levels of privilege.
  • Are there payment plans available?
    You bet! Generally speaking, we can set up payment plans in 3 installments, 6-months or 12-months. And nope! No extra fees for payment plans or late payments. I'm open to whatever works, let's chat and find a plan that feels good.
  • So there are virtual AND in-person sessions?
    There sure are! Every Friday night session will be virtual. Wednesday evenings for the 300-hour will also be virtual. This gives us more flexibility, and space in the world. Friday nights can feel like a lot to juggle, with travel times and traffic considered. Stay home, and let's connect virtually. And 9pm sometimes feels real late. :) Some of the guest teachers will be Zoom-ing in as well! And sometimes life happens so if you need to stay home for a session, you can always join in virtually. Side note: For some 300-hour modules - everything will be virtual, and for others everything will be in-person. The majority of the 300-hour modules will have options for either virtual or in-person. It will be clear in the individual modules which formats are available. At this time, there is no completely virtual option for the 200-hour.
  • Will the sessions be recorded?
    For the most part, yes! Some guest teachers may opt to NOT record, and I always offer that to them. Technology may also get in the way at times. But ultimately, YES! I will make every effort to record, and share, all the sessions. These sessions will be uploaded, and live for a year, on a google drive. You will be able to download these as you like.
  • How much "other" time is required?"
    In accordance with Yoga Alliance's current standards, we will have 200+ face-to-face time. This will include virtual, and in-person (if you choose), and will include time with myself, guest teachers, and your group. We will have 20ish hours of outside assignments, which include reading books (and writing book reports), listening to podcasts, sequencing assignments, and practice teaching. Everything will be made super clear in our first few meetings as we discuss the expectations. All assignments will be tracked via a spreadsheet, and shared with you so you always know where you stand.
  • Do I need to be able to do a headstand (or any other pose) to join?
    Nope! Asana is just one limb of a beautiful 8-limbed system of Yoga. We will go over foundation, and functional alignment of many poses. There will never be a requirement to "perform" any asanas are prerequisites. We do a fair amount of sitting, so be prepared to support to your seat for steadiness and ease.
  • What if I miss a session, or a day?"
    Ideally, students will be able to attend at least 6 of the 9 weekends - but hopefully all 9!! AND life totally happens so don't worry, we can work it out! Never fear! We will work it out! Most sessions will be recorded and uploaded, so you can easily watch later. Any assignments, or live teachings, will need to be worked out separately. (Some programs charge extra $$ for missed sessions - we aim to NOT have extra expenses while also making sure you have everything you need)
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