Aerial yoga teacher certification program
with amber monson
Learn to teach aerial yoga in our 32 hour teacher training program!
Teaching aerial yoga requires both a foundation rooted in traditional yoga philosophy and unique knowledge of the safety and technical considerations of an aerial practice. Our course is taught by Amber Monson of Sky Gym Atlanta. Amber is a nationally recognized aerial teacher trainer who is also a 200 RYT certified through the Yoga Alliance, so you get the best of both worlds!
Learn about teaching, cueing, anatomy and alignment, asana benefits and contraindications, spotting and rescue, rigging and equipment, sequencing and progressions, the history and business of aerial yoga, yoga philosophy, integrating breath and energetic focus, and meditation.
Manual with asanas with photos, sample lesson plans, sample script, and more
Classroom, experiential and practicum hours
Observation and Assisting opportunities
Certificate of Completion of course
*Aerial Yoga Certification available based on completing program requirements and passing a final evaluation
200 RYTT recommended but not necessary*
Recommended minimum 10 aerial yoga classes and 10 ground-based yoga classes.
Date: September 16-19, 2021
9 AM - 6 PM each day
Location: Celestine Studio at Cirque de Vol
300 West Hargett St
Raleigh, NC 27601
Only 2 spots remaining. Register today to reserve your spot.
Amber Monson of Sky Gym has over ten years and two thousand hours of aerial teaching experience. She is a lead trainer for one of the few nationally recognized aerial teacher training programs in the country. She is a 200 RYT and is recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
Can't make the whole training, but want to drop in for a workshop or two? Check out the workshop module options below.
Module 1: Understanding Suspended Movement: A New Modality Workshop
Learn how to break down foundational aerial skills into the nuts and bolts of their inner workings and understand the
dynamics of balance, friction, leverage, open and closed chain kinesthetics, etc. Then in the practical application portion we will break down a skill from a non-direct source and create a training plan to integrate it into your repertoire. Finally, we’ll explore adjusting variables and dynamics to discover new skills.
Module 2: Biomechanics and Injury Prevention Workshop
This session introduces anatomy and biomechanics, with a focus on shoulder and trunk stability. Learn how the muscles, bones, and joints work together to move and stabilize the body in the air. Learn how to identify and correct acute dysfunction and instability. Introduction to the theory of chronic stress and injury, training loads, and preventative
maintenance. During the hands-on portion, we will introduce screening tests for instability and imbalances in the body, again with a focus on the shoulders and trunk. Finally, we will present preventative exercises to strengthen rotator cuff muscles.
Date: Sept. 16th
Module 3: Aerial Safety & Spotting Workshop
Risk is inherent when practicing suspended in the air, but it there are many ways to mitigate it. Learn how to use a Risk Analysis matrix to identify and prioritize threats, and brainstorm safety measures. Learn spotting theory, and how to use principals of basic physics and biomechanics to develop an effective hands-on spotting plan. Finally, learn and practice spotting techniques for the most common high risk skills.
Module 4: Aerial Sequencing & Progression Workshop
Sequencing and Progression are the keys to safety and mastery. Incremental steps allow space for self-assessment, reflection and adjustment. Progressions are a structured learning process from simple, accessible and low risk, to complex, challenging and high risk. It encompasses differentiating skill levels, evaluating student physical and mental preparedness, and judicious standards for advancement. Discerning the right pace and approach for each student, class, and program is an art form that comes with years of experience. Fortunately this course will highlight some key tools you can start using immediately to develop the keen intuition of a seasoned professional.
Date: Sept 17th
Module 5: Learning Styles and Cueing Workshop
A good teacher is someone that efficiently and effectively communicates unfamiliar information to another person. A good guide is someone who motivates and empowers a student through the learning process. In this module, you’ll be introduced to different styles of learning, with a focus on direction structure and verbal communication. Practice effective cueing to focus attention on priorities though language, tonality, timing and inflection. Learn about layering and scaffolding instructions. Come away with a few key questions to spark contemplation about the development of life skills within the microcosm of aerial.
Module 6: Rigging and Maintenance Workshop
Learn the basics of rigging, including understanding force, a basic introduction to equipment, and aerial yoga rigging systems from the anchor down. A brief overview of anchor systems will be introduced from the perspective of knowing what to ask and when. Finally, we’ll get in depth into the maintenance of the aerial fabric, including logging inspections and maintenance.
Date: Sept. 18th
Module 7: How to Teaching an Aerial Class
Be the highest vibration in the room, by being prepared and present. Discuss classroom dynamics, lesson and session planning, warm-ups and cool downs, pacing with modifications for more/less capable students, common questions and challenges. Identify your personality style and discuss how that affects others. Learn to seamlessly lead the group dynamics of a class while also giving each student individual attention.
Date: Sept. 19th