Become a Certified
Yoga Trapeze® Instructor
An exciting opportunity for passionate yoga students
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NEXT COURSE: Barcelona, Spain
10-15 September 2019
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We’re now accepting applications for the Yoga Trapeze Training course, where you’ll learn how to teach both group and private lessons for beginner and intermediate students.
The Yoga Trapeze is the most popular yoga inversion sling ever created, with more than 200,000 students in 81 countries. Despite the growing demand, there are hardly any professional instructors—that’s where you come in.
Benefits of teaching the Yoga Trapeze:
Deliver Results: At YOGABODY, we love all styles of yoga, but our students tend to be results-oriented and come to us with very clear goals. For students with back pain, poor flexibility, weak core muscles, and poor grip strength (all very common issues), the Yoga Trapeze offers a remarkable way for them to experience transformation.
Share the Benefits of Inversions with Everyone: Inversions have never been more popular in yoga, but most students can’t perform even a simple headstand, so they skip inversion poses altogether and miss out on both the health benefits as well as the fun of going upside down. When taught correctly, people of all ages can experience inversion therapy using the Yoga Trapeze and can eventually build the strength needed to progress to mat-based inverted poses.
Attract Students Easily: Traditional yoga has become so common that it can be difficult to attract the attention of new students. Mat classes are amazing and will always be the core of yoga, but everyone loves variety and something new. The Yoga Trapeze provides a fun and fresh way to introduce people to yoga. It takes the ancient practice of yoga and literally turns it on its head. As a teacher, it’ll help you attract new students; and for your students, they’ll have yet another reason to give yoga a try.
Set Your Own Schedule: The ability to set your own schedule is one of the biggest benefits to working as a yoga teacher. As a certified Yoga Trapeze instructor, you can decide to work full-time or part-time, take random days off, or take vacations as you please. You’re in charge of your own time.
Travel & Teach Anywhere: If you’re interested in traveling and teaching in different cities or even different countries, yoga teaching is the right choice for you. More and more opportunities arise every day, and for adventurous yoga teachers, there are so many options.
Earn a Great Salary: Even as a new teacher, you can make a great hourly wage. When you’re highly specialized in your teaching, you’ll typically make as much as senior-level teachers of other styles, and your private session rates will be comparable to that of a massage therapist or chiropractor.
At YOGABODY, we have pioneered both group and private Yoga Trapeze classes in our studios, and the response has been overwhelming. More and more studios, fitness centers, and individuals worldwide are now looking for highly-trained teachers to model our success and lead this fun and dynamic style of practice.
For certified Yoga Trapeze teachers, there are three main teaching opportunities right now. First, working with private clients, which can be a great way to create highly-individualized, solution-oriented sessions. Private client work offers you a flexible schedule, great pay, and the opportunity to impact your students’ lives in a big way.
Next, group classes are popping up in yoga studios all over the world, but most studios don’t have qualified teachers. Enter you and your unique service. Group classes are fun, challenging, and instant community builders.Last but not least, gyms and fitness centers are quickly adding Yoga Trapeze inversion trainers to their facilities, as their clients are hungry for new ways stretch and strengthen their bodies.
Key teaching opportunities:
Private Sessions: Yoga Trapeze teachers can teach from their home or office and work one-on-one with clients while earning a great hourly wage.
Yoga Studios: More and more studios are adding inversion slings to their existing facilities, and they need teachers like you.
Gyms: Many gyms already have the rigging for suspension trainers (TRXs), so it’s easy to add Yoga Trapezes to their facilities for private or semi-private sessions.
CrossFitters: These fitness fanatics love the Yoga Trapeze because it combines gymnastics-like movements they already know with classic yoga postures. Many CrossFitters have ceiling rigs ready-made for the Yoga Trapeze.
Rock Climbing Gyms: Climbers appreciate yoga, and with so many pull-up bars, ceiling rigs, and other setups at these types of gyms, you can quickly get a Yoga Trapeze class going.
Schools: Kids naturally gravitate toward inversion training. Once they start playing, you’ll have a hard time getting them off the Yoga Trapeze. Private schools and even some public schools now offer yoga as an extracurricular activity, and the Yoga Trapeze can be a great addition to those classes.
Instant Spinal Traction: Back pain is an epidemic, and using the Yoga Trapeze, clients can invert gravity and elongate their spine with little to no prior yoga experience. For many, this type of pain relief is unmatched by any other form of treatment.
Suspension Training: Functional fitness requires the pushing, pulling, and holding of weight. In traditional, mat-based yoga classes, you push and hold your body weight constantly, but it’s very difficult to find pulling motions in these classes. Pulling is a crucial movement for back, neck, and upper body health, and the Yoga Trapeze introduces functional pulling movements in a fun and dynamic way.
Flexibility: Aside from inversions, there are also dozens of hip openers, shoulder openers, and hamstring stretches that work amazingly well for flexibility. Using the leverage of the sling, suspension, and gravity, you can practice flexibility training in a whole new way.
Deep Backbends: Backbends are some of the most challenging poses in yoga, and students often get so frustrated that they skip them altogether. On the Yoga Trapeze, you can do passive backbends (just hang and breathe) to open the stiff and stuck areas of your shoulders and thoracic spine.
The Yoga Trapeze Training curriculum is designed to empower you with the anatomy, physiology, leadership, safety, and business skills needed to become a successful teacher. Course director Lucas Rockwood has been training professional instructors since 2006, and his approach is 100 percent focused on results. This is not a yoga retreat or an extended workshop. You’re here to learn to teach, and you’ll walk away as a qualified instructor.
Anatomy & Physiology: The movements and exercises on the Yoga Trapeze are atypical and rarely found in any studio or gym, so you’ll explore the physiology and anatomy of what’s going on internally. This knowledge will give you a deeper understanding of your own body, and more importantly, the bodies of your clients. We’ll put particular emphasis on the spine as that is a key area of focus.
Back Care & Back Injury: Many people are drawn to the Yoga Trapeze for back pain relief, so as a teacher, you need to be well-versed in common ailments, treatments, terminology, and safety protocols. As yoga teachers, we are not doctors, but our yoga can serve as a form of rehab therapy when taught correctly, with the support of health care professionals. Our students are not always as prudent as they should be; you need to understand the landscape of back pain and medical problems so you can navigate it safely and effectively as a teacher.
Sequencing & Class Planning: You’ll learn dozens of individual poses during the course, but more importantly, you’ll learn how to structure and sequence both beginner and intermediate flow classes. You’ll also learn how you can teach pose-by-pose workshop-style sessions, which are great for guest teaching gigs while traveling.
Leadership & Class Management: Leading a Yoga Trapeze class is much more challenging than teaching a mat-based class because students are upside down, twisted around, cannot see you, and can sometimes be talking or laughing. As an instructor, you must enforce safety and keep control over your group and private classes. Leadership, word choice, body language, and demonstrations are of the utmost importance.
Safety: Taught correctly, the Yoga Trapeze is extremely safe, but anytime you’re hanging upside down, there is potential for danger. As a teacher, your job is first and foremost to keep everyone safe. That means checking the rigs, disallowing wild students, teaching appropriate level postures, and constantly staying vigilant. Safety is a key part of your job, and it’s something you’ll master during the course.
Marketing & Business: It’s great to learn a new skill, but if you don’t know how to market and sell your services, what’s the point? During the course, you’ll learn how to use common tools, such as social media, to attract and retain clients, charge for your services, and earn a great living. This is not a mindset module; we’ll teach you exactly what to do to get paying clients right away.
No problem! The vast majority of trainees in this program have no background in yoga or group fitness training. The course will lead you step-by-step through everything you need to know to start working professionally. You can get insurance, teach in gyms and yoga studios, and even setup your own business after this course. Read our student reviews to see what our graduates are up to.
This course is registered with both Yoga Alliance and the American Council on Exercise (ACE). By successfully graduating from this course, you’ll be qualified and ready to teach both beginner and intermediate classes internationally. We currently have instructors in 21 countries (and counting), and the demand for teachers far outreaches the current supply. So it’s a great time to get trained.
Where can you teach?
- Yoga studios
- Fitness centers/gyms
- Health centers
- Privately (home or office)
LUCAS ROCKWOOD | Course Director, Master Trainer
LUCAS ROCKWOOD is an internationally-renowned yoga trainer, TEDx Speaker, podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur. His early yoga and meditation teachers include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (deceased), Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka (deceased). Lucas left the USA in 2003 and traveled and taught extensively before making Barcelona, Spain, his home base. In a previous life, he worked in theater, publishing, and as a vegan chef and nutritional coach. He’s the father of three international kids and remains as passionate about yoga as when he first began practicing in 2002.
YOGA STUDIOS (learn more). Lucas opened his first studio (and restaurant) in Koh Samui, Thailand in 2006 and franchised a second location in 2011 in Amsterdam. His newest studio group, YOGABODY Fitness, launched in 2012 and is the largest and most-influential in Spain with daily classes, workshops, and international training programs.
YOGA PROPS & PRODUCTS (learn more). From the back of his first yoga studio, Lucas launched a yoga props and nutritional supplement division that has grown into a massive, international company in its own right. YOGABODY now distributes yoga props and products in 81 countries including the Yoga Trapeze®, Wonder Wheel®, and Hurts So Good® Massage Balls.
TEACHER TRAINING (learn more). Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy (2006-2018), one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world in its time with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines. In 2016, he founded The Yoga Teachers College, a cutting-edge new approach to professional yoga education and one of the only college-credit recommended courses in the world offering diploma courses for mind-body fitness professionals.