Instructor Training & Wilderness Education


Do you love hiking and spending time in nature?
Do you dream of teaching yoga classes in unique outdoor venues?
Would you like to offer experiences to your students that transcend the studio walls?


Backcountry Yoga Instructor Training

Upcoming Dates: OCTOBER 2019 To be announced soon!

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20 hrs (14 hrs contact 6 hrs non-contact)

Designed for:

New and experienced yoga teachers, as well as mind-body fitness instructors, outdoor professionals, outdoor enthusiasts, and others working in healing, and teaching professions. You are not required to be 200 hr certified to take this training, however you must complete 200hr training to be considered for collaboration, hire, or listing on teacher directory

Methodology:
Lecture, demonstration, partnered exercises and practice-teaching of dynamic outdoor sequences, discussions, questions and answers, and a training manual, outdoor recreation, take home work, take home exam, shadowing.

Topics Covered: ( Include but are not limited to)
Backcountry Yoga Mission & Brand
Dynamic leadership
Outdoor leadership principles
Group management: on retreat & in the woods
Leave No Trace Education
First Aid 101: How to pack your med kit and more
The art of making hard decisions
Understanding weather patterns and what they mean for your trip
Trip planning: Trails & Scouting
Permitting: Parks & Recreation, Knowing the laws of the land
Backcountry Yoga Teaching Philosophy
Dynamic sequencing for different outdoor settings
Beyond the asana: understanding yoga as life
Mindfulness in Nature
Integrating natural themes
Flora & Fauna Basics
Wildlife Basics
Finding your nature niche

You will receive:
A Certification of Completion. This can be used for Yoga Alliance CEU hours based on hours of program
An extensive training manual compiled by Laura Loewy
A list of recommended reading and resources
A listing on Backcountry Yoga Teacher Graduate Page
An extensive follow-up guide to online resources for continued study and practice
Ability to list yourself as a Backcountry Yoga Ambassador ( Must take a WFA course to become full instructor)
An invitation to join an ongoing discussion and resource facebook group for Backcountry Yoga Teachers


Backcountry Yoga Wilderness First Aid Certification

Upcoming Dates: November 8-10, Conway NH

3 days, 2 nights 16 contact hours

Quarterly we team up with SOLO Wilderness Medical School to offer a WFA course in a yoga retreat setting. This course will give you an opportunity to become certified in WFA in a fun and creative environment.

Even if you are already certified in Wilderness Medicine, this retreat could still be for you, as you will have an opportunity to brush up on your skills and enjoy a retreat focused on integrating yoga with wilderness education.

Wilderness First Aid Certification (WFA)

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.

Designed for:
Any person interested in developing their outdoor skills and ability to respond to a backcountry crisis. You do not need to be a yoga instructor or fitness professional to benefit from this course. This course is open to all people of all levels of outdoor interests.

Topics Covered:
The WFA is 16 hours long, and focuses on the basic skills
Response and Assessment
Musculoskeletal Injuries
Environmental Emergencies
Survival Skills
Soft Tissue Injuries
Medical Emergencies 

You will receive:
A Certification of Completion.
An extensive training manual compiled by SOLO Wilderness Medical School
An invitation to the BCY Wild Medicine Fb Page
An extensive follow-up guide to online resources for continued study and practice
Ability to list yourself as a Backcountry Yoga Instructor (**Only If you have taken then 20 hour requisite)

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About Backcountry Yoga & Laura Loewy

Laura Loewy started Backcountry Yoga as a passion project in 2015 to help offer new and exciting ways to connect with other yogis in the great outdoors. She is an alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a trained Wilderness First Responder and certified in vinyasa, plant medicine, and teen yoga with over 2000 hours of teaching under her belt.

Laura is focused on offering experiences that make you feel alive. Through soul empowered adventure she seeks to uncover the inner bad ass inside of everyone she meets. If you need some life changing shake up... that includes giving into the flow... getting dirty... and connecting with the earth! She's your girl ;) 

When Laura isn't leading Backcountry Yoga Events, you can find her rock climbing, skiing, hiking, longboarding or teaching yoga in the Cambridge/Somerville area of MA.