The Center for Living Well Announces Christian yoga teacher training program to begin in September

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The Center for Living Well Announces Christian yoga teacher training program to begin in September

Certifies instructors to teach Christ-Centered yoga or lead yoga ministry

Phoenix, AZ / ACCESSWIRE / August 5, 2014 /  The Center for Living Well, a 501(c)3 nonprofit wellness ministry providing Christ-Centered wellness education and training, is pleased to announce yoga teacher training to begin in September.

The Center for Living Well's Yoga Ministry Leadership Training Program is designed for individuals who want to strengthen their yoga knowledge and practice, deepen their understanding of the Bible, teach Christ-Centered yoga classes, or lead a yoga ministry.


The training consists of a modular approach, where each module can be done independently or in succession. There are five 38-hour modules in total, each focusing on different elements of Christ-Centered yoga ministry leadership development as follows:

Module 1: Foundations of Faith and Yoga
Online training, Tuesdays 5-7 pm AZ time, 9/9/14-9/30/14)
Module 2: Pose Construction & Anatomy
4-day yoga camp, 10/15/14-10/19/14)
Module 3: Class Design & Sequencing
Online training, Tuesdays 5-7 pm AZ time, 10/28/14-11/18/14)
Module 4: Business, Marketing & Ministry Leadership
Online training, Tuesdays 5-7 pm AZ time, 11/25/14-12/16/14)
Module 5: Teacher Practicum
4-day yoga camp, 1/28/15-2/1/15)

Each module includes 38 hours of instruction, personal practice and mandatory homework. The format of the program alternates between three modules of online instruction, and two in-person yoga camps held in the Phoenix area. New instructors who successfully complete all five modules earn a designation as a Christ-Centered Yoga Leader (CCYL). The program is also open to existing instructors wishing to receive continuing education credits or pursue a CCYL designation.

Module 1 "Foundations of Faith and Yoga" begins January 7 and consists of four-weeks of online instruction via web conferencing on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. Arizona time. The cost for Module 1 is $500 and is required for those pursuing a CCYL designation. Instruction is provided in the following areas:

- Introduction to the Bible
- Assimilating the Word
- Yoga History, Philosophy & Theory

Breath Work, Meditation & Prayer "Our program is unique in its approach to training in that we place equal emphasis on the fundamentals of yoga, Bible teaching, and leadership," said Dawn Rutledge, the Executive Director of The Center for Living Well. "All of our instructors receive extensive education and must demonstrate proficiency in yoga theory, yoga pose construction and anatomy, class design and sequencing, teacher ethics and responsibilities, and student safety and enjoyment. In addition, our teachers receive teaching in Bible history, foundations of faith, and applied Bible study that fully equips them to read, understand, study, and teach Scripture. Further, our teachers also receive training in business, marketing, ministry, servant leadership and discipleship to equip them for leadership. When they graduate, they are fully equipped to teach classes, lead a Christ-Centered yoga ministry in their church or community, or even open a yoga studio."

The CCYL class size is intentionally kept small and intimate to ensure the quality of education received and the level of competency upon graduation. Weekly mentoring is provided to improve learning and retention, maintain accountability, and provide on-going support and education. Those interested in participating can apply online at, or request information via email [email protected].

"My teacher training experience has been life changing," stated Paula Hudson, recent graduate of the CCYL program. "After 6 years of searching for the right training program, God led me to The Center for Living Well. The course material helped me deepen my understanding of yoga and my relationship with God. The amount of love and support that I received throughout training is helping me become all I was created to be. The modules offered are devoted to deepening your relationship with God and being equipped with the tools, skills and resources to be successful in spreading God's love to others through Christ-Centered yoga. The information I received has laid a solid foundation on how to fully integrate my faith with yoga and to teach confidently. Looking back I can see why there was a six year delay. We serve a God that operates in excellence, and He wanted me in a program that would fully honor and glorify Him."

The Center for Living Well is a 501(c)3 non-profit wellness ministry that helps individuals, couples, and families find healing, wellness, and wholeness through Christ-Centered wellness programs, retreats, and training. The Center for Living Well is dedicated to providing tools which help people become a healthy and integrated self, dependent on God, in community with others. Program offerings currently include yoga teacher training, yoga and wellness retreats, yoga classes, yoga therapy, Thai yoga massage therapy, Reiki, Am I Hungry? mindful eating classes and coaching, marriage and parenting classes, private counseling, prayer therapy, and Bible study. The Center has plans to expand its offerings in 2013 to include master yoga instructor training, yoga continuing education workshops, and more.

To date, The Center for Living Well has certified CCYL teachers in Arizona, Chicago, Florida, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Canada and is currently certifying an instructor in Scotland. The Canadian Division, based in Saskatoon, SK is also certifying instructors with plans to further expand throughout Canada. The Midwest Division, based in Detroit, MI is also certifying instructors and will be offering 200-hour RYT certification as a registered yoga school through the Yoga Alliance by the end of 2014.

The Center for Living Well's headquarters are located at 1655 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 5, Chandler, AZ 85224. For more information, please visit, email [email protected], or call 480-505-3825.

Dawn Rutledge, Co-Executive Director
[email protected] 


SOURCE: The Center for Living Well