Focus Om


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9047 Monroe Avenue

Brookfield, IL, USA

Types of Yoga Taught

Flow Yoga

Alignment-Oriented Yoga

Spiritually-Oriented Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Trainings Formats

spread out over time

trainees commute to the program



About Focus Yoga Teacher Training

The FocusOm Teacher Training program is proud to offer it's respected 200 hour teacher training on weekends! The bulk of the training will meet on Saturday and Sundays, March 17 - May 20 (with some dates off for holidays). There will be some additional meetings and time...

The FocusOm Teacher Training program is proud to offer it's respected 200 hour teacher training on weekends! The bulk of the training will meet on Saturday and Sundays, March 17 - May 20 (with some dates off for holidays). There will be some additional meetings and time for completing requirements until August 18. Anatomy meets five Thursday evenings, in March and April. Please call (708) 387-2006 or visit www. for details.

First Registered February 2011

Traditional Wellness Center - Dixon, IL Details

Traditional Wellness Center - Dixon, IL

Feb 06 - Nov 12, 2016
Traditional Wellness Center

Lead Trainer(s)


Educational Categories

Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP)

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.

Teaching Methodology (TM)

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries; How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting; Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting; Teaching styles; Qualities of a teacher; The student learning process; Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal).

Anatomy & Physiology (AP)

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

Yoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE)

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita); Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma; Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community; Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva).


Topics in this category include: Practice teaching as the lead instructor (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback); Receiving and giving feedback; Observing others teaching; Assisting students while someone else is teaching.

TitleEducational CategoryContact HoursContact Hours With Lead TrainerNon-Contact Hours 
Training Practice ClassesTechniques, Training and Practice (TTP)13.0013.000.00

Training Practice Classes

An instructor leads trainees through a practice class regularly. This is a good way for needed alignment refinements to be identified in trainees personal practices. It is also a way for trainees to experience the alignment and cueing instruction offered in the program. As we progress in the training, the instruction of this class will shift to the trainees themselves.

Learning Objective

For each of the trainees to refine their personal practices. To experience the alignment principles taught in ones own body, and to hear the cueing principles at work.
History of YogaYoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE)

History of Yoga

This component exposes the student to the foundation of the yoga philosophy. We cover Samkhya philosophy, as well as a study of the origins of the practice. History of Yoga is provided in several components, and is instructed by Judi Harvin and James Shaw.

Learning Objective

To establish an understanding of the origin of the practice. To be able to discuss the traditional yogic concepts and apply them to modern life in a way that is useful and inspirational.
Study of AsanaTechniques, Training and Practice (TTP)47.0037.000.00

Study of Asana

This component examines and creatively explores individual asanas. Seated poses, standing open hip poses, standing closed hip poses, backbends, forward folds, twists, inversions, hip and shoulder openers, and balancing poses are explored individually, with an emphasis on concepts that can be applied to all poses in the individual group. Exploration and experimentation with asana alignment is encouraged during in class collaboration, as well as out of class with targeted homework assignments. Simple and safe adjustments will be offered for each pose.

Learning Objective

To have a firm understanding of individual poses, as well as concepts that can be applied overall The instructor is able to apply alignment concepts to a wide scope of asanas. The student will be comfortable offering verbal and light hands-on adjustments. Emphasis is on experiencing the concepts and articulating that experience, as it is our philosophy that clear communication of knowledge is the hallmark of a top instructor.
Anatomy of the Physical BodyAnatomy & Physiology (AP)15.500.000.00

Anatomy of the Physical Body

Taught by practicing physical therapist and certified yoga instructor Bridget Tarrant, this component shares information regarding anatomy and physiology that is relevant to the yoga instructor. This component covers skeleton, muscles and connective tissue, joints, nervous system, digestive system, cardio-vascular system, lungs, hands, feet, wrists, shoulders, inner ear.

Learning Objective

Practicing yoga instructors should have a firm understanding of the affect of asana on the body, and modifications necessary for the student with conditions. This component provides practical and pertinent information to help trainees develop confidence in their understanding of the body.
Anatomy of the Energetic BodyAnatomy & Physiology (AP)

Anatomy of the Energetic Body

This component introduces trainees to the subtle anatomy of the energetic body through study of the koshas, vayus, bandhas, and chakras. These components are instructed by Judi Harvin and Jim Shaw.

Learning Objective

To have a strong foundational knowledge and be able to share concepts of subtle anatomy during class as a way of providing additional education and value to students. To be able to consider the flow of energy and prana while sequencing classes.
Study of the Yogic TextsYoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE)14.0014.000.00

Study of the Yogic Texts

The two most well-known texts referenced in yoga provide wisdom are the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Bhagavad Gita. These texts offer direction and a source of inspiration for the yoga instructor. We study these texts “book club” style, directed by the instructor with opportunities to share thoughts and applications to life.

Learning Objective

To explore how these texts relate to the practice on the mat and life off the mat, in order to be able to share teaching appropriately during classses. We welcome input from trainees with experience in different traditions, as we examine similarities and differences. We recognize that our future students will be coming from different backgrounds; how can we share the teachings in a way that will find the common ground and open minds, while respecting all points of view? That is the tone of this exploration.
Study of PranayamaTechniques, Training and Practice (TTP)

Study of Pranayama

Beginning with anapana, the practice of simply observing the breath, we build to deeper and more complex breath control practices, experiencing in class and practicing the cueing of simple pranayama.

Learning Objective

To be practiced and comfortable teaching anapana, viloma, breathing ratios, samavritti, visamavritti, ujayi, kapalabhati, nadi shodhana, bastrika, and sitali.
Study of MeditationTechniques, Training and Practice (TTP)

Study of Meditation

Meditation, it’s benefits and practice, are explored, with students being introduced to different simple techniques, using the senses as a springboard.

Learning Objective

To be comfortable instructing and sharing simples techniques during class, as well as understanding how to weave meditation into a class sequence.
Modern Yoga StylesTechniques, Training and Practice (TTP)

Modern Yoga Styles

The practice of yoga has developed into a series of very different styles. While this training provides a firm foundational approach based on classic yoga, a teacher training is also a wonderful time to explore different styles. We bring in teachers from several different disciplines to discuss the history and philosophies of their unique practices. Examples studied typically include Ashtanga, Iyengar and Anusara.

Learning Objective

To have an understanding of different approaches to yoga in order to identify these approaches in our experienced students. To develop a respect of different approaches, while discerning the healthiest approach to take in ones own teaching.
ChantingTechniques, Training and Practice (TTP)


Chanting is often used in yoga as a means to open and close class, and to create a vibrational energy. Chanting in sanskrit is customary, and we learn several chants, customarily opening and closing our time together.

Learning Objective

To understand the origin and meaning of the chant “Om”, as well as be fluent in the Gayatri Mantra and the Maha Mitrunjaya Mantra.
Study of AyurvedaYoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE)8.255.750.00

Study of Ayurveda

This training offers an introduction to Ayurveda. Topics include the doshas as they appliy to the earth, body, and life, dinacharya (daily routines), digestion and diet.

Learning Objective

To experiment with Ayurvedic principles in one’s daily life and to understand simple techniques that may be helpful to a student in combining yoga and Ayurveda to create overall health.
Pre and Post natal YogaTeaching Methodology (TM)2.500.000.00

Pre and Post natal Yoga

In this component the special needs of the prenatal student are examined along with modifications and class planning.

Learning Objective

To be able to adapt poses for the prenatal student, as well as develop a simple class sequence of appropriate asana and breathing techniques.
Senior YogaTeaching Methodology (TM)2.500.000.00

Senior Yoga

In this component the special needs of the senior or low mobility student are examined along with modifications and class planning.

Learning Objective

To be able to design and sequence a chair or gentle yoga class. To understand the way a senior student may approach a yoga class and learn best. To understand what their unique limitations and needs are.
Restorative YogaTeaching Methodology (TM)

Restorative Yoga

In this component, we explore poses supported by props. These poses encourage deep relaxation of the muscles, and a melting into the pose.

Learning Objective

To have an understanding of the use of restorative poses in regular classes, as well as be able to sequence entire restorative classes.
The Business of YogaTeaching Methodology (TM)3.503.500.00

The Business of Yoga

We review the California Code of Ethics for discussion. Different avenues we explore include teaching privates, group classes, workshops, the new expanding internet market.

Learning Objective

To have a knowledge of the many creative ways yoga can be brought to the world. Students are required to complete a thesis, and it is highly recommended that the thesis be in a class plan format.
Teaching SkillsPracticum17.0017.000.00

Teaching Skills

Our teacher training program has a strong emphasis on teaching skills. Proper cueing and class sequencing is discussed and interwoven with the study of asana and practice classes.

Learning Objective

To develop strong teaching and cueing skills, and the ability to create a class plan using different sequencing models.


Each student is required to complete two 6-week apprenticeships with an instructor of their choice. It is required that the instructor allow the student to participate in class, shadowing the instructor, as well as having short opportunities to instruct an asana.

Learning Objective

To become comfortable moving in a class setting, interacting with students, and being in front of and communicating with a class. To receive feedback from the class instructor.
Practice Teaching ClassesPracticum16.0016.000.00

Practice Teaching Classes

This training offers opportunites to teach actual students during training hours. Several classes are organized, inviting actual students in. Trainees are observed and critiqued. The final sessions of the training are final class presentations, where trainees sequence and present classes to a group of outside students.

Learning Objective

To experience the effect of one's cueing and communication skills with students that are not fellow trainees. To build confidence, and be ready to teach at the completion of the program.
Thesis Development and ReviewPracticum2.002.0010.00

Thesis Development and Review

Trainees are required to create and complete a these on a topic of their choice. While a paper is acceptable, trainees are encouraged to select a topic that can be worked into a class plan. (Past examples include Yoga for Stress Management, Ayurveda and Allergies, Yoga for Teachers.)

Learning Objective

To immerse in the study of a topic of interest; to encourage a passionate exploration. In the past, students confident with their thesis have presented to our larger student community, offering value to Focus Yoga students as well as providing an opportunity for teaching experience.
Homework for AsanaTeaching Methodology (TM)0.000.0025.00

Homework for Asana

Emphasis is strongly on reviewing and organizing notes taken during class, independent practice teaching to solidify knowledge and skills. Structured homework is provided, and includes direction for exploring asana alignment on the mat and providing written reactions. Includes independent study in class design and sequencing. Homework is practical, specific, and relevant.

Learning Objective

Each week, to solidify concepts explored in class. All homework is reviewed, and gives the program instructor the opportunity to determine where more review is needed.
Class Sequencing and DesignTeaching Methodology (TM)

Class Sequencing and Design

This component explores the design of a class, including understanding the components of a strong warm-up sequence, the arrangement of asanas, and creative vinyasa sequences. Sequencing techniques such as pinnacle poses, and developing class plans for the vayus and chakras are explored.

Learning Objective

To understand how to optimally structure a class. To have several class sequences created, and understand how to modify and vary them for students of multiple abilities.
Homework for Lifestyle and PhilosophyYoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE)0.000.0010.00

Homework for Lifestyle and Philosophy

Directed exploration is given in experimenting with principles of Ayurveda, as well as reading texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Bhagavad Gita

Learning Objective

To apply ideas and principles to everyday life. To experiment with new habits and ideas.
Individual Study - ClassesTechniques, Training and Practice (TTP)0.000.0016.00

Individual Study - Classes

Students are required to attend 16 group yoga classes during the course of the training.

Learning Objective

To apply learned skills, and observe different instructor styles.
Individual Study - WorkshopsTechniques, Training and Practice (TTP)

Individual Study - Workshops

Students are required to attend four approved workshops during the course of the training.

Learning Objective

To expand knowledge of individual interests, and experience a wide breadth of teaching styles.




First Registered February 2011

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 10

By Elizabeth Fahey RYT® 200

Apr 23, 2018

By Bonny Bumiller RYT® 200

Apr 17, 2018

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Teaching Staff

Judi Harvin

E-RYT® 200

James Shaw

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

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