Monnier Method 250 Hour Teacher Training
Unlock your potential. Transform yourself into that thing inside you that are meant to be. Be a Monnier Method Yoga teacher. Our teachers are vibrant, qualified, powerful people that make huge difference in their students lives.
We teach our instructors how to TEACH yoga . Our teachers are put through extensive education and are constantly mentored for success. Our training provides teaching support for our trainees because we believe that is what is needed to teach at the highest level possible.
From day one you learn the real world skills needed to become a full time yoga teacher. Stripping the fluff away, this is not a training about how to do the poses. Be a part of a powerful experience on how to teach the poses correctly. You will enter a supportive hoop of teachers that always give you the feedback you need to grow into a powerful instructor.
We limit teacher training sizes to insure lots of personal attention and so you can make deep connections to our teaching community. Expect to have a lot of fun, learn about how to teach yoga and get ready to change your life!
250 hours beginner level training covers our beginner yoga series. We will cover:
- How to teach our unique Asana series.
- Finding your voice as a teacher
- How to modify each posture for limitations
- Handling objections from challenging students.
- Anatomy and body mechanics of each of the poses.
Pre-requirements of our training:
To be considered for our training, the following must be completed first:
- Regular practice of our yoga series at the California Yoga Company or with one of our certified instructors for a least 6 months before the training. Extremely limited exceptions will be made for certified instructors in the Tony Sanchez Method.
Dates: Sept 15th-Nov 10th
Time: Every Sunday 1:30 am-3:30 pm.
Early bird registration $2995 if paid in full by July 15, 2013
$500 non-refundable deposit required to reserve spot.
Payment in full is due 1 month before training begins.
Please note that we are not Yoga Alliance registered. The Director does not support the organization and feels that the requirements of the YA are not to high enough standard.
See what our graduates have to say about our training.
The graduates of our training are amazing examples of what dedicated mentorship can do for your life. We are proud to say that after attending our training, most our trainees become full time teachers or full time mindbody professionals. Here are their stories.
I was a certified Bikram instructor when I met Brian at an advanced 84 Classic Asana practice. I kept looking over at Brian and thinking, what good yoga! I had been practicing for 3 years and teaching for a year and was at a plateau. I had very little mentoring or constructive feedback to make me a better teacher. I felt stuck with knowing that I had more to give, but being restricted by the way I was being expected to be taught. I was also experiencing pain in my lower back and knees during practice. I came to yoga to heal and to grow, and I had lost that.
That all changed when I met Brian. I took his class and it was THE best yoga class I’ve ever taken. I signed up right away for his training. We spent hours and hours going over basic anatomy, physiology, energy patterns, injury susceptibility, and deconstructing the postures. This training was about my practice as equally as it was about my teaching. Brian says that to become a better teacher, you have to practice more. That is so true. In my training with him I had to re-learn a lot of basics that I had learned in my Bikram yoga practice and my Bikram yoga teacher training, but it all made sense and I realized the truth of what Bikram was originally teaching. The Monnier Method is in the same lineage as Bikram yoga, but the Method captures the elements that Bikram yoga is now missing.
From Brian and teaching for him, I learned how to hold the energy of the room, to connect with each student many times during class, and to zone in on detailed adjustments in seconds, while keeping an eye on everyone else in the room. The feedback from my students was wonderful. I finally was teaching! I was finding my own voice. Regardless of what I learned from Brian and how technical the explanations of the postures can be, I always was free to let my own voice come through. I wasn’t teaching Bikram’s class. I wasn’t teaching Brian’s class. It was MY class, and that’s how it must evolve.
My journey is continuing in my own practice and my teaching. I am now moving out of the state, but I am taking all of my learnings and experiences with me from my tenure with Brian. I have referred many students to go take his class. As a teacher, you must be a voracious learner, or else you cannot teach anymore. If you feel like you are hitting a wall as a yoga teacher currently, go check out Brian’s class and ask him about his teacher training. Or if you are just starting out in yoga and want to learn from the best, go see Brian. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Directors note: We are not associated with the Yoga College of India or claim to be teaching “Bikram Yoga” in anyway shape or form.
I certainly didn’t think I was going to be a yoga teacher or anything, but I took a few yoga classes at the gym that made my neck and shoulders feel a little better. I wasn’t sure what style of yoga these classes were and I struggled to understand the softly spoken long Sanskrit pose names and how I should be breathing. Then I met Brian Monnier. Brian’s studio was around the corner from my apartment. His “no scene, no stress, just yoga” motto attracted me but it was his great yoga class, with his clear instructions and knowledgeable corrections to my yoga poses, that kept me running back for more. Having suffered for years with hip, neck and shoulder injuries, I slowly started to notice differences in my posture, and after classes my pains were noticeably reduced.
Brian understands the body extremely well, and he also understands injuries.
Best of all, he is able to communicate this understanding to his students in a simple, straight forward way. I kept going back until one day I noticed an announcement that Brian had posted about a teacher training. I didn’t plan on teaching yoga for a living, but couldn’t think of a better person to learn from. The teacher training months were tough…really tough! On top of my day job I added 12 hours of yoga a week. Several days I had to work a full day, then race to Brian’s for two evening classes back to back. I journaled, read about yoga, studied the basics of anatomy, and sweated a lot. My body had never been in such great shape and I had fallen in love with yoga.
I am now teaching yoga full time, working to develop my practice and my business. Brian is still the strongest influence on my yoga life, and he is certainly my strongest supporter. His kindness, compassion, and wealth of knowledge has influenced me to follow a similar path and I couldn’t be more thankful. You don’t need to think you want to be a yoga teacher to take Brian’s training.The work is definitely time consuming and challenging and the love is sometimes tough, but Brian is truly the best mentor and yoga teacher. I highly recommend Brian’s teacher training for anyone who wants to learn a lot about yoga in a supportive and nurturing environment.
My teacher training experience with Brian Monnier was a life changing experience as my health and my happiness are at a zenith.
He is gentle with critique and very perceptive about knowing when and how to push further for maximum results. His perceptivity stems from his genuine personal interest he takes in his teacher trainees as well as all students even a single drop in. He is approachable with all q & a. He lends you confidence and supports you with any fears that may come up. Also, he really keeps it fresh and his drives translates to his instructors and pushes us on to better ourselves and keep driving for more knowledge.
The yoga teacher training program got me in top shape (I look better now than I did in my 20′s), less stressed, and I love teaching.
From my first class with Brian I could see his passion for yoga. I could tell he was a great teacher with lots of knowledge. But what really struck me is the fact that he was a regular guy and his classes were meant for our times. “No stress, No scene” is the motto of the studio and it just makes sense.
Life changing is all I can say about the teacher training program with Brian. I was lucky enough to get him one on one. I value the individual attention I got, and still get when I take one of his classes. Yes, I had to learn the basics, anatomy, all the poses, etc. I was worried at first about the Sanskrit, but he assured me that it will come and that we really don’t use them much in class. It’s better to describe each pose in depth in English.
Writing out my dialogue was tough at first, but with his guidance I learned how to say what is necessary to guide the class, but not sound like a carbon copy of him. It took a while, but I think I have found my voice and am so happy to be teaching at the studio. In fact, when I teach, in my head I am taking the class as well. Thinking “How can I describe the feeling when I do each pose myself”? And I can hear Brian’s voice telling my to breathe.
All I can say to anyone thinking of taking the training is DO IT! It has deepened my own practice and passion for yoga. Yes, it changed my life!
When the thought crossed my mind about being a teacher, I still was not fully ready to commit. This is why the program that is put together here, at California is so full-proof (itgives you time to really think about things). Brian does not just take anyone off the street that wants to do yoga. One must first be part of the Community and be practicing
at California Yoga for at least 6 months. Then you must have taken an Immersion Class to give you more in depth training about poses (more time to decide). Then, from that point, I knew I wanted to full commit myself to teaching yoga with California Yoga.
His course uses all your senses of learning. We read and write out our dialogues. We also watch and break down each pose and shadow senior teachers. Then finally we are required to practice a few class ourselves. Like with anything, “practice makes perfect”! PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
I enjoyed the whole process of the teacher training. Some times I felt stressed a little but there is always a rhyme and reason to Brian’s Methods. What is also important about his Teacher Training is that one is able to build on lasting relationships with the group and at the end….there will be no end(unless you want it to end)….You will always
have the guidance and SUPPORT of Brian and the Monnier Method.
I attended Brian Monnier’s teacher training last year and thought it inspiring. I had discovered the Monnier method of hatha yoga practicing at Brian’s studio about a year before I began the training and knew almost right away it was the type of yoga I wanted to teach.
We started with a workshop addressing nutrition and basic postures and followed it with weekly workshops developing our knowledge of anatomy, postures, breathing and the actual dialog of the classes, including how to perform adjustments, posture modifications and work with the energy of each class. Brian is extremely knowledgeable and fun to learn from, and mentors his students to a degree I have not seen anywhere else. I must also say that the cost is extremely reasonable and one is able to go through the training while not giving up the rest of one’s life to do so, thereby making it accessible to all.
In 2012 I took Brian Monnier’s 200 hr. teacher training At that time I had been teaching Bikram yoga for over a year. I wanted to learn more about the Bishnu Ghoush lineage of yoga that Bikram yoga is based on, I also wanted to become a better yoga teacher. I knew that Brian had studied with Tony Sanchez for years, and I had practiced the 84 asanas with Brian a couple of times. Brian is Old School Yoga, he passes his knowledge from teacher to student in the oral tradition that has evolved over the centuries. The only way you can do this is by studying with a master for years. I improved the quality of my teacher speak, how I moved around the room while teaching and developed a good eye for asana alignment as well as becoming more confident in my teaching skills.
October 2012 I opened my first yoga studio, I travel to San Francisco once a week now to meet with Brian and the other teachers that have taken his training. We practice the 84 Asanas together, at this time we can ask Brian any yoga questions or problem we may be having. Even though the training is over, and in most yoga teacher trainings you will never see your teacher again. Brian is not only there for us, he makes a practice space available for any of his teachers who want to come. Practicing with a master yogi is a honor I look forward to it every week. I currently am working toward my 500 hr. certification of the Monnier method. If you would like to ask me any questions about my experience going through the training I welcome your calls. 707 621 0777