Yoga Teacher Training
with Courtney Thibault, E-RYT 500
If you have fallen in love with yoga as I have, you might want to consider furthering your knowledge thru a yoga teacher training program. Teacher training is not just a resource for practitioners who are looking to start a teaching practice. Yoga practitioners of all levels of practice can and will benefit from attending a training. Yoga teacher training is an opportunity to learn and understand more about the lineage of yoga, so that, as a modern practitioner, you can practice the traditional techniques in an appropriate and effective manner. Students will be empowered to deepen their practice moving beyond practicing asana alone. Teacher training gives practitioners one on one guidance to improve their alignment, keeping their bodies healthy and hearts happy. Learning the philosophy and practices in the yogic tradition is a great way for anyone interested in yoga to stoke their inner desire to grow. Students also develop the skills to assess what practices are appropriate for themselves and others while learning how to link them together in creative and intelligent ways. In teacher training, I encourage students to be themselves while they challenge themselves. You can expect to work hard and learn more than you can imagine. The most important part of teacher training to me is that we create an enriching environment that helps to cultivate a supportive and loving atmosphere in our community. I want students to feel like they are leaving with more than just information. I want all the people that attend my training to feel like they are with a family. Developing a “sangha”, a group of like-minded people who are working together for a common purpose is the most important aspect of growing as a collective.
I love leading Yoga teacher training programs. I find in Yoga teacher training we can study Yoga with more intensity than we can in a public class, looking with much more depth, into the heart of Yoga. There is a certain bond and momentum that each teacher training group creates that surpasses the length of the training. I feel like these training programs change people's lives because they cultivate life-long friendships and habits.
I started teaching Yoga in 2007 after attending a Yoga teacher training program in Manhattan, Beach California. I had practiced Yoga off and on for about 10 years prior to becoming a teacher, developing consistency and confidence in my practice that eventually lead to a desire to teach. I feel my teacher Shelly Williams really shaped my current ideas of what a Yoga teacher could be, and even though I have found my own voice in my teaching, I can still hear her today.
After completing my first teacher training program my desire to learn and passion for Yoga has only grown. I have studied many schools of Yoga since then, and my curiosity eventually carried me to Vancouver where I study Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Restorative and Yin Yoga, Yoga history, pranayama and prenatal Yoga formally with really amazing teachers, at the Prana Yoga College. I have also practiced Yoga fully, allowing it to become my life and feel that I can relate to students through our shared experiences on this path. I feel that I will always be a student of Yoga and that keeps me really excited to continue learning, I am currently studying Traditional Eastern Arts, Yoga, Religious Studies and Sanskrit at Naropa University, in Boulder, Co.
Courtney Thibault is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), with well over 500 training hours and over 10,000 teaching hours, as designated by Yoga Alliance. Louisiana Yoga School is a registered yoga school through Yoga Alliance with designations as a registered yoga school for 200-hour yoga teacher training and 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training. This means that all graduates of our programs will be leave with all of the knowledge and credentials needed to reregister themselves with Yoga Alliance.
What are people saying about teacher training with Courtney?
"I really enjoyed my time training at Louisiana Yoga and Paddle. Courtney Thibault is a wonderful teacher. She is encouraging, extremely knowledgeable and has a deep love for yoga that is visible in the way she lives her life. I would highly recommend training with Louisiana Yoga and Paddle to anyone. I have left my training with a much greater understanding of yoga and I am ready and eager to share what I know with my community."
"Courtney is a born yoga instructor. This is truly her passion and she lives and breathes for sharing her extensive knowledge. She is patient and willing to spend as much time as you need. The setting of the studios is also ideal for learning. It was a wonderful experience that I am grateful for."
"My 200 hour experience was amazing. I learn so much about teaching, sequencing, anatomy & the meaning behind why we practice yoga. The whole program was very informative. I am able to use my manual & what I have learned to help further the practice to the yogis that attend my classes & take privates. The knowledge that I have received from the LA yoga & paddle program has been phenominal."
"I enjoyed the training because it was in a relaxed, warm environment. Courtney was very serious about teaching, but not rigid or intimidating. She made it fun and I looked forward to attending. I learned more than I anticipated I would. It was a very positive experience."
"Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga and Paddle with Courtney Thibault was fantastic. She has created a well constructed curriculum that guides her students through the multiple facets of teaching yoga. By interspersing study of techniques, philosophy, lifestyle, anatomy, physiology, and methodology and by using a variety of teaching methods, she maintains student interest and is able to cover large amounts of material. While upholding high expectations, she is friendly and approachable, always respecting and encouraging her students. She intelligently and firmly guides her students to a level of mastery and knowledge that give them the confidence and eagerness to begin teaching."
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