The instruction and guidance that Two Birds Yoga Training provides is both experiential and pragmatic. Libby is a captivating teacher who uses language that is inclusive of all experiences and journeys. Her teaching style encourages that students find their own voice and cue from their own bodily feedback rather than repeat a series of cues from a book or text. I love that she often replies to questions and comments in a "yes, and" manner, showing that there are many perspectives and answers to all sorts of questions. Her team of skilled anatomy and physiology teachers are thoughtfully selected and thorough. Her understanding and teaching of yogic philosophy and tantric wisdom is pretty much the cherry on top. Stories and myths flow through Libby so naturally - she is a natural born story teller, wisdom weaver, and initiator of ritual.
- Ali Cassanova, 200-hour graduate 2017
- Ali Cassanova, 200-hour graduate 2017
After years of continued service and contributions to teacher trainings such as Yoga Yoga, EveryOne Yoga School and Global Yoga Shala, Libby BaileyCox is now the director of Two Birds Yoga Training, a 200-hour and 300-hour Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance. The curriculum for Two Birds Yoga Training draws from many different yogic disciplines and philosophies, as the faculty roster is populated with a diverse and erudite group of educators and yoginis.
200 Hour Teacher Training
Our mission is to provide you with:
1. A well-rounded base line of understanding that you'll be able to apply to your own comprehensive yoga practice and teaching.
2. Guidance to confidently teach an all-levels public class, suitable for beginners, and adaptable for continuing practitioners.
3. Teach you principles of physiology, language and philosophy that will help you foster a safe, inviting, body-positive classroom environment.
Each faculty member has spent years coming to her own hard-won research, thoughts, practices and points-of-view by pursuing myriad styles and ideas. As you review our biographies, we do not teach the same style of yoga, nor do we practice in the same meditative lineage. Yet, we all come together as a means to deepen the conversation about safe and effective yoga practice and teaching. We will introduce you to common yogic principles founded upon documented historical accounts of yoga practice, in a scholarly setting, for your consideration. Textual reference will include The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Vedas, Puranas and Upanisads. And, Two Birds will introduce you to a body of knowledge based on modern scientific exploration of the benefits of longterm yoga practice.
Ultimately, it is through
your own reflection and through your personal vision and practice of these teachings
that we believe
you will teach -- and not through one set of rules laid down as dogma, as the "right" way.
Of particular note are Libby's studies with Patty Townsend, Judith Lasater, and Douglas Brooks, which will shape much of the philosophy behind the curriculum. Townsend developed 'Embodyoga', an approach to movement steeped in anatomy-driven, developmental movement principles of Body Mind Centering (BMC). Libby uses these principles to help students discover and release underlying causes of dysfunctional movement patterns. Libby's studies with Judith Lasater, certified Iyengar teacher and physical therapist, have given her the skills to work individually with students on shoulder, hip and lower back health. Dr. Douglas Brooks, PhD, introduced her to Rajanaka Tantra, a body of ideas that emphasize the invaluable education of everyday human experience. Libby works with students, using the vision of yoga philosophy, to help them gain perspective, presence and resilience through life's joys and challenges.
For further reference, here is a list of teachers with whom Two Birds Yoga Training faculty members have studied extensively:
You may find it helpful in your consideration of this program, to familiarize yourself with these teachers, as well as their lineage- and research-based approaches to yoga as a way of life.
Sincerely & Saprema, from our hearts to yours,
Libby and Staff