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Conversations with the Inspiring Dana Kraft and Jennifer Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Kraft and Jennifer Smith.

Dana and Jennifer, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Jen and I had taught together as guest lecturers in numerous teacher trainings and we both had wonderful experiences in our own 200-hour teacher trainings. After hearing from students again and again, how when we came in to lecture, it was their favorite experience in the training, we decided to put our heads together to create our own teacher training program that encompassed both mine and Jen’s experience. Our program focuses on educating our students on the meaning of the tradition of yoga, celebrating the lineage of past gurus and growing their physical practice while honing the skills needed to become a well rounded teacher. Yoga 108 aims to blend the philosophy, theory and technique of the yoga tradition while fostering a very meaningful and dedicated practice.

Has it been a smooth road?
I would say the most challenging is getting people to actually commit financially to a training. It’s a big investment and a large amount of time that is given up to complete the training in order to get certification. Sometimes, you have interest but once they find out how much time is asked of them and how much it will cost, they are unable to take that next step.

We also recently had to find a new home for our school (we are now at The La Maida Institute) and that was also difficult because we didn’t know where we would end up. We were going to do it at my private home studio but then, The La Maida Institute serendipitously fell into our laps. The facility is amazing and beyond what we could have imagined.

I would say to other women who are pursuing a business of their own, just remember when things seem like they are falling apart, another door will open for you and there will be the tools to put it back together!

If you want to achieve anything take initiative and go for it.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Yoga 108 Teacher Training story. Tell us more about the business.
We really pride ourselves on delivering a training that truly prepares our students to teach once they graduate. We offer our students the opportunity to teach live community classes during the training which is rare in a 200 hour program. We specialize in Vinyasa and Ashtanga, but make sure our training is well-rounded and we fill it with workshops and guest lecturers on topics covering Kundalini, Restorative, Yin, The Roll Model Method techniques, Pre and Post natal yoga, Acro Yoga, Reiki and CPR certification.

We are also heavy on anatomy and adjustments. Jen has a pre-med background and I have several Yoga Tune Up certifications and together, we make it a point to make sure that our students really know the body, inside and out and how you can use that knowledge to adjust your students in each pose.

Yoga 108 prides itself on really giving each student their money’s worth. We go above and beyond for our students and continue to do so after they graduate, and I can tell that our graduates are grateful for our dedication to their success.

We recently received this testimonial:
Yoga 108 was an amazing experience, not only for becoming a yoga teacher, but for becoming a true student of life. Loved the boutique smaller feel and the teachers really get into yoga at large — exploring the Sutras, the Chakras, the different types of yoga, meditation and more. We were exposed to SO much content and information, which has made my learning continue since training, going back and exploring everything we learned in greater depth. I felt that this context and exploration beyond asana really helped me open up to what yoga really is about, which has truly made the practice a deep part of my daily life. Regarding asana, since teaching, I have been told by students that my cues and understanding of the postures are really helpful and way more detailed than other teachers they have taken, making me feel that our training went more in depth than other trainings on the postures and specific cues. I am so happy about this, because it’s so important to me to teach a safe, smart class so people can fully get into the posture and experience and focus on the meditative aspect, not just flow through a workout. I am excited to explore 300 hours with this school! – Andrea S.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
Yoga Mala, The Core, Hatha Pradipika, Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens, the Complete book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies, Ayurveda the Science of Self-Healing, Yoga Anatomy and Light on Yoga.

Pricing:

  • Early Bird $2400.00
  • Early Bird Payment Plan $2500.00
  • Full Price $2600.00
  • Full Price Payment Plan $2700.00

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Jennifer Smith, Dana Kraft

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