Spaces available in yoga teacher training class

The Yoga Barn in West Tisbury is the venue for the ACE Yoga Teacher Training program. — Photo by Randi Baird

Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV) is collaborating with the Yoga Barn in Chilmark for a nine-weekend yoga teacher training course. The program, now in its second year, was to begin on Friday, September 27, but has been moved to Friday, October 18, to allow more time for registration. Students will be trained for the required 200 hours to receive a Yoga Alliance certification in the Kripalu tradition. Optional college credit is being offered from Fitchburg State University. Lynn Ditchfield will be a resource for students seeking college credit. Other instructors include former director of Kripalu Yoga teacher training Martha Abbot, Kripalu yoga instructors Scarlet Jarrell of the Yoga Barn and Rex Jarrell of the Yoga Barn, a graduate of last year’s program.

According to a press release from ACE of M.V., other graduates from last year’s yoga instructor program “are making an impact in the community, sharing their skills in a variety of settings including schools, the [Wampanoag] Tribe, the hospital, and with Hospice clients and people with disabilities, diabetes and other health issues.” Ms. Ditchfield said students have also reached out to veterans and prisoners to use yoga as a form of therapy. “It’s had a pretty amazing impact on the community,” Ms. Ditchfield said of the class. “The trend has been for students to put their training to practical use, and it’s been very effective on the Island.

“There has been a lot of research on yoga in the classroom and how it affects students’ test scores, anxiety, and so forth. But since that research is limited, we try to identify ways we can take yoga training beyond that, because it can be effective in a number of areas.”

Space is still available for this year’s session. The class will accept about 16 students, to maintain a “nice, tight knit group,” Ms. Ditchfield said. There is a fee of $2,997 for the full training certificate. Additional fees apply for those receiving graduate and undergraduate credits. Payment plans are available, and The Yoga Barn is offering a scholarship for applicants who are K-12 teachers. For more information or to register, call 908-310-9133.