Become a Certified
Yoga Trapeze Instructor
NEW! Exciting Opportunity for Passionate Yoga Students
4 – 9 April 2017 | Barcelona, Spain Sold Out! 12-17 September 2017 | Barcelona, Spain Sold Out! 13 – 18 June 2017 | 50hr Course | Fallbrook (San Diego), USA Sold Out! 20 – 25 June 2017 | 50hr Course | Fallbrook (San Diego), USA Sold Out!
Next Course TBD
We’re now accepting applications for The Yoga Trapeze Certification course where you’ll learn how to teach both group and private lessons for beginning and intermediate students.
For passionate yoga students who love inversion yoga, this is an exciting opportunity to train with YOGABODY, the leading educator and manufacturer of inversion slings worldwide. The Yoga Trapeze is the most-popular yoga inversion sling ever with over 100,000 students in 81 countries. Despite the ever-growing demand, there are hardly any professional instructors—until now.
Benefits of Teaching the Yoga Trapeze:
Deliver Results: At YOGABODY, we love all styles of yoga, but our students tend to be results-oriented and come to us with very clear goals. For students with back pain, poor flexibility, weak core muscles, and poor grip strength (all very common issues), The Yoga Trapeze offers a remarkable way for them to experience transformation.
Share the Benefits of Inversions with Everyone: Inversions have never been more popular in yoga, but most students can’t perform even a simple headstand so they skip these poses and miss both the health benefits as well as the fun of going upside down. When taught correctly, people of all ages can experience inversion therapy using The Yoga Trapeze and eventually build the strength needed to progress to mat-based inverted poses as well.
Attract Students Easily: Traditional yoga has become so common that it can be difficult to attract the attention of new students. Mat classes are amazing and will always be the core of yoga, but everyone loves variety and something new. The Yoga Trapeze provides and fun and fresh way to introduce people to yoga. It takes the ancient practice of yoga and literally turns it upside down. As a teacher, it’ll help you attract new students; and for your students, they’ll have yet another great reason to give yoga a try.
Set Your Own Schedule: The ability to set your own schedule is one of the biggest benefits to working as a yoga teacher. As a certified Yoga Trapeze instructor, you can decide to work full time or part time, take random days off, or take vacations as you please. Finally, you’re in charge of your own time.
Travel & Teach Anywhere: If you’re interested in traveling and teaching in different cities and even different countries, yoga teaching is the choice for you. More and more opportunities arise every day, and for adventurous people, there are so many options.
Earn a Great Salary: Even as a new teacher, you can make a great hourly wage. When you’re highly specialized in your teaching, you’ll typically make as much as senior-level teachers of other styles; and your private session rates will be comparable to that of a massage therapist or chiropractor.
At YOGABODY, we pioneered both group and private-led classes in our yoga studios, and the response has been overwhelming. More and more studios, fitness centers, and individuals worldwide are now looking for highly-trained teachers to model our success and lead this fun and dynamic style of practice.
For certified Trapeze teachers, there are three main teaching opportunities right now. First, working with private clients can be a great way to create highly-individualized, solution-oriented sessions. Private client work offers you a flexible schedule, great pay, and the opportunity to impact your students’ lives in a big way.
Next, group classes are popping up in yoga studios all over the world, but most studios don’t have qualified teachers, so this gives you a unique and specialized service to offer. Group classes are fun, challenging, and are instant community-builders. Last but not least, gyms and fitness centers are quickly adding Yoga Trapeze inversion trainers to their facilities as their clients are hungry for new ways stretch and strengthen their bodies.
Key Teaching Opportunities:
Private Sessions: Yoga Trapeze teachers can teach from their home or office and work one-on-one with clients while earning a great hourly wage.
Yoga Studios: more and more studios are adding inversion yoga rigging to their existing facilities, and they need teaches like you.
Gyms: many gyms already have suspension trainer (TRX) riggings, so it’s easy to add in Yoga Trapezes for private or semi-private sessions.
CrossFit Boxes: These fitness fanatics love the Yoga Trapeze because it combines gymnastics-like movements they already know with classic yoga postures. Many CrossFit boxes have ceiling riggings ready-made for adding in The Yoga Trapeze.
Rock Climbing Gyms: Climbers love yoga, and with so many pull-up bars, ceiling rigs, and other setups, you can quickly get a Yoga Trapeze class going.
Schools: Kids naturally gravitate toward inversion training. Once they start playing, you’ll have a hard time getting them off The Yoga Trapeze. Private schools and even some public schools now offer yoga as an extracurricular activity, and the Yoga Trapeze can be a great addition to those classes.
Instant Spinal Traction: Back pain is an epidemic, and using the Yoga Trapeze, clients can invert gravity and elongate their spine with little-or-no prior yoga experience. For many, this type of pain relief is unmatched by any other form of treatment.
Suspension Training: Functional fitness requires pushing, pulling, and holding of weight. In traditional yoga classes, you push and hold your body weight constantly, but it’s very difficult to find pulling motions in classes. Pulling is a crucial movement for back, neck, and upper-body health, and The Yoga Trapeze introduces functional pulling movements in a fun and dynamic way.
Flexibility: Aside from inversions, there are also dozens of hip openers, shoulder openers, and hamstring stretches that work amazingly well for flexibility. Using the leverage of the sling, gravity, and suspension, you can practice flexibility training in a whole new way.
Deep Backbends: Backbends are some of the most-challenging poses in yoga, and students often get so frustrated that they skip them altogether. On the Yoga Trapeze, you can do passive backbends (just hang and breathe) to open the stiff and stuck areas of your shoulders and thoracic spine.
The Yoga Trapeze Training curriculum is designed to empower you with the anatomy, physiology, leadership, safety, and business skills needed to become a successful teacher. Course director, Lucas Rockwood, has been training professional instructors since 2006, and his approach is 100% focused on results. This is not a yoga retreat or an extended workshop. You’re here to learn to teach, and you’ll walk away as a qualified instructor.
Anatomy & Physiology: The movements and exercises on the Yoga Trapeze are atypical and rarely found in any studio or gym, so you’ll deep dive into the movement physiology and the anatomy of what’s going on internally. This knowledge will give you a deeper understanding of your own body, and more importantly, the bodies of your clients. We’ll put particular emphasis on the spine as that is a key area of focus.
Back Care & Back Injury: Many people are drawn to the Yoga Trapeze for back pain relief, so as a teacher, you need to be well-versed in common ailments, treatments, terminology, and safety protocols. As yoga teachers, we are not doctors, but our yoga can serve as a form of rehab therapy when taught correctly with support of health care professionals. Our students are not always as prudent as they should be, so you need to understand the landscape of back pain and medical problems so you can navigate it safely and effectively as a teacher.
Sequencing & Class Planning: You’ll learn dozens of individual poses during the course, but more importantly, you’ll learn how to structure and sequence both beginner and intermediate flowing class. You’ll also learn how you can teach pose-by-pose workshop style sessions which are great for guest teaching gigs while traveling.
Leadership & Class Management: Leading a Yoga Trapeze class is much more challenging than a mat-based class because students are upside down, twisted around, cannot see you, and can sometimes be talking or laughing during class. As an instructor, you need to always enforce safety and keep control over your group and private classes. Leadership, word choice, body language, and demonstrations are of the utmost importance.
Safety: Taught correctly, the Yoga Trapeze is extremely safe, but anytime you’re hanging upside down, there is potential for danger. As a teacher, your job is first and foremost to keep everyone safe and that means: checking the rigs, disallowing wild students, teaching appropriate level postures, and constantly staying vigilant. Safety is a key part of your job, and it’s something you’ll master during the course.
Marketing & Business: It’s great to learn a new skill, but if you don’t know how to market and sell your services, what’s the point? During the course, you’ll learn how to use common tools like social media to attract and retain clients, earn a great living, and charge for your services. This is not a mindset module, we’ll teach you exactly what to do to get paying clients right away.
This course is registered with both Yoga Alliance and American Council on Exercise (ACE). By successfully graduating from this course, you’ll be qualified and ready to teach both beginning and intermediate classes internationally. We currently have instructors in 21 countries (and counting), and the demand for teachers far out-reaches the current supply. So it’s a great time to get trained.
Where can you teach?
- Yoga studios
- Fitness centers/gyms
- Health centers
- Privately (home or office)
LUCAS ROCKWOOD | Course Director, Master Trainer
With a formal yoga training background in Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, Hot Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. His most influential teachers (all of whom he studied with personally) include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka. Through his internationally-syndicated weekly radio show, writing and research, Lucas consults directly with leading minds in health and wellness today.
As a guest teacher, Lucas led the largest (ever) online training for Yoga Alliance North America and has carved out a place for himself as the leader in eLearning for yoga teachers. Over 2,000 students have graduated from his in-person teacher training programs, he has thousands of active members at his studio group in Barcelona, and manages a team of 19 teachers internationally. He is best known for his clarity in teaching, science-based approach to practice, and his entrepreneurial skills applied to yoga business.
As a writer, his work has been featured in numerous publications including Yoga Journal, MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, Satya and dozens of newspapers. He has been featured on televisions programs in New York, California, Bangkok, Thailand, and in Barcelona, Spain.
QUALIFICATIONS: Master Yoga Teacher Platinum (Yoga Alliance Australia), RYT 500, E-RYT 200 & YACEP (Yoga Alliance USA). See more