The Spry Mind+Body methodology was developed by Kate Doran to meet the growing need for powerful yet safe and medically informed yoga classes for older students.
Kate began teaching seniors in 2009 at the Senior Citizens, Inc. in Savannah, Georgia. After almost ten years working with seniors she decided to bring her experience and knowledge to a larger community and developed the Spry Mind+Body methodology. This method brings together the principles of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga and the Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training at Duke Integrative Medicine.
Adults over 55 are the fastest growing segment of the population and the fastest growing segment of the yoga market. Our Spry Mind+Body teacher training program will equip you with the tools, knowledge and sequences to deliver a powerful and safe class to seniors and/or those struggling with illness or injury.
Next Level Learning
Spry Mind+Body's unique teacher training program is focused on in-depth learning, individualized coaching and personal growth. Our student teacher ratio is kept small so that we can provide each participant with concrete coaching and real time feedback.
Our program is based on a proven methodology developed at our sister studio, Savannah Power Yoga. In this program we will be offering content specific to teaching Spry Mind+Body classes, as well as some content that is applicable to both programs.
A Modular Approach
Our teacher training program is divided into two modules, designed for both new and existing yoga teachers. Yoga 101 focuses on the core curriculum required for all certified yoga teachers. Our Teacher Training module is both a leadership program and in depth training to be a inspiring and safe teacher. Students may enroll in the entire 200 hour program or take just one of the modules at a time.
Yoga 101 Module
Yoga 101 consists of the foundations of yoga: asana, pranayama, meditation, anatomy, history and philosophy. Students wishing to gain their 200 hour certification will take all of the Yoga 101 workshops in addition to the Teacher Training module.
We offer the Yoga 101 program over an extended period, meeting once a week, and then daily for a 1 week intensive period. See below for more details. Some workshops in this module are taught in conjunction with Savannah Power Yoga teacher training.
Teacher Training Module
The Teacher Training module focuses on the techniques for teaching an inspired and safe Chair and/or Mat based yoga class. This portion of the training is open to 200 hour program participants as well as already certified teachers wishing to advance their teaching skills, especially those interested in adding specialized skills in teaching yoga for healthy aging.
YOGA 101 PROGRAM
ONLINE Yearlong Program:
Feb 27th - Dec 9th, 2021
One Thursday per Month | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
One Saturday per Month | 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Thursdays = Humanities
Saturdays = Asana Clinics
Feb 18, 27
Mar 11, 20
Apr 8, 24
May 13, 22
June 10, 26
July 8, 24
Aug 12, 21
Sept 9, 25
Oct 7, 23
Nov 11, 20
IN STUDIO Intensive Program:
DAILY | 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
$800 - Includes all Yoga 101 workshops. Your application deposit will be deducted from the total price of the program upon payment of your final balance.
Some portions of the training will be online, some portions will be held in-studio with an online option for those unable to attend in person.
Dec 4-5 Graduation
$750 - includes the 30-Hour 2-weekend training ONLY (first two weekends). Your application deposit will be deducted from the total price of the program upon payment of your final balance.
$2450 - includes the full 100-Hour Spry Teacher Training and unlimited yoga classes throughout the program. Your application deposit will be deducted from the total price of the program upon payment of your final balance.
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200 Hour Program
For the 200 hour certification, you will complete the Yoga 101 module, as well as the Teacher Training module.
200 Hour Investment :
$3250 - Includes Yoga 101, Spry Teacher Training and unlimited yoga classes throughout the program. Your application deposit will be deducted from the total price of the program upon payment of your final balance. Please email us for more specific information.
If you are ready to apply for the program please use this link. Applications for our 2021 200-hour program are due by May 1st. Due date for applications for our 2021 30- or 100-hour Spry programs is TBD.
A $250 deposit is required with your application. If you are admitted into the program, the deposit is non-refundable. If you are not admitted into the program, your deposit will be returned minus a 10% application processing fee.
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Look where our graduates are teaching!
Frank G. Murray Center
St. Paul Episcopal Church
Bryan County Senior Center, Pembroke
Bryan County Senior Center, Richmond Hill
Live Oak Library, Southwest Chatham
Live Oak Library, Hinesville
Senior Citizens Inc., Bull St
Smart Senior through Candler/St. Joes
Ruth Byck Center
Magnolia Manor Senior Living, Richmond Hill
City of Savannah Therapeutic Recreation Program
Generation 1 (Memorial)
Coastal Georgia YMCA