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 Level 1 Certification


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

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
An invitation to join an ongoing discussion and resource facebook group for Backcountry Yoga Teachers

Backcountry Yoga Level 2 Certification

16 hrs if you do WFA yourself + 2 Wilderness Workshops (4-6 hrs)
28 hrs if you do WFA through BCY retreat
( Level 1 training is a prerequisite to be considered for Level 2)

If you are already certified in WFA (or above)  you are eligible to be considered Level 2 as long as you complete your Level 1 training + two wilderness workshops in person or online. ( Our online platform to be rolled out by Fall 2018)

Once a year we will offer a WFA yoga retreat that will give you the opportunity to become certified in WFA in a fun creative environment and participate in our continuing education wilderness workshops. Our next retreat is set for May 31-June4

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 plus immerse yourself in our continuing education workshops required for level 2

Wilderness Workshops:

Module 1: Philosophy Workshop (choose one of the following)

  • Dynamic outdoor sequencing without props

  • The art and science of combining yoga w/ nature

  • How to train your body for outdoor adventures

Module 2 : Niche Workshops ( choose one of the following)

  • Wild Foraging & Herbalism

  • Backcountry Cooking

  • Shelter building & camping

  • Forest bathing

  • Plant Medicine & Ceremony

  • SUP yoga

  • Outdoor yoga for recovery

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.

WHAT IS TAUGHT? 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 



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.