Are you a yoga teacher who is ready to grow your community and keep your students coming back each and every week?
Do you want to infuse each class with positivity, guide your students into making better decisions all day long and support them on and off the mat?
Are you looking for a way to bring something new to your students that will inspire them and help them maximize their time?
You're in the right place!
I'm Marda, lifelong fitness and sports enthusiast, I learned that as my body got older it needed more in order to be able to do all the fun sports and activities I love, and I knew my yoga clients were feeling the same way. This inspired me to create and refine a class that is very much yoga but with the addition of weights and without joint pounding jumping. From this inspiration, Alignment Yoga Sculpt (AYS) was born. This low-impact, high-intensity practice is a great platform to bring your own unique style and gifts into this practice and bring your beloved students with you to the experience.
Let Me Introduce:
Alignment Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training
AYS is a 20 hour teacher training for fitness professionals to teach a yoga format that will improve your overall physical and mental fitness using low impact, high intensity yoga with weights in a safe, highly effective format curated over the past ten years.
Why should you learn to teach AYS?
AYS uses low impact, high intensity moves through combination exercises that are safe on your joints and a sustainable practice.
This class uses a proven nine section format that allows teachers to deliver creative, challenging, safe, fresh classes each and every week.
AYS will allow you to grow your community and fill your classes with old and new students.
Who is this course for?
This course is for 200 hourRegistered Yoga Teachers, Group fitness professionals, Pilates Instructors, Barre Instructors, and Personal Trainers
AYS is a great way for fitness professionals to teach a yoga format that does not require 200-hour teacher training.
If you are an RYT 200, AYS will teach you how adding hand weights in a mindful way can enhance your personal fitness, heal imbalances and injuries in the body and help your yoga students reach new fitness goals.
AYS is a yoga format that will improve your physical and mental fitness in a safe, highly effective format that is sustainable through every fitness level. Attention to joint safety, stability, and alignment.
This class is a bridge between a weight training fitness class and Vinyasa yoga. AYS brings these two different groups together; the dedicated yogis and the group exercise students. Combining the two formats in a mindful, alignment-based manner makes this class a great way for yogis to build strength and learn how to effectively add weights to their weekly fitness regime and a way for group exercise class students to add yoga into their week.
Add the AYS format to your teaching repertoire and get yourself and your students in the best shape of their lives.
Why You'll Love it
Low impact and cardio benefits
Improve students'everyday movement
Gain cardiovascular benefits without pounding and pressure on your joints
Raise students' heart rates with combination exercises
Low impact does not mean low intensity
Functional Movement Training and balanced strength
Focus on muscle groups to force the body to function as a single unit
Build strength and bone density
Improve imbalances in your students' bodies
Accessible and sustainable
Accessible to all fitness levels, including those dealing with joint pain or recovering from injuries
Leveling-up approach that serves and challenges everyone
Learn to teach breathing techniques to help your students release stress and anxiety
Teach mindfulness and take your student's practice off the mat and into their daily lives
Flexibility, Balance, Range of motion and Alignment
Consistent AYS practice will improve students flexibility, balance and range of motion
Alignment principles keep your joints safe and stable
AYS strengthens your body for everyday movements that require stability and strength
Group Facebook page
Community support group of AYS members
Get A LOT done in just one hour, and the best part is your students are seeing results and will keep coming back for more.
The AYS format is taught using a specific sequence template that guides instructors to easily create comprehensive, creative, fresh classes that work the entire body. Each module includes PDF’s and videos that take you through a vast number of exercises that are safe and effective in the practice.
Alignment Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training is a comprehensive training with a 100 page manual and 11 hours of video demonstration delivered in six modules that will instruct you step by step on how to effectively teach this format. You are given all the tools necessary to complete the program, be ready to teach, become certified and receive CEC’s.
The AYS format is taught using a specific sequence template that guides instructors to easily create comprehensive, creative, fresh classes that work the entire body. Each module includes PDF's and videos that take you through a vast number of exercises that are safe and effective in the practice.
What you get:
A self-paced course with videos that allow you to repeat the areas where you need the most work.
A 100-page training manual with 10 plus hours of video demonstration that provide step-by-step instructions on how to effectively teach this format.
Lifetime access to all materials, including three full-length classes with video and written instructions.
Private Facebook group for students and graduates to continue to support you with fresh ideas, answer questions, and teaching opportunities
Get questions answered via email any time they pop up
The Intangibles you will come away with:
Leave AYS training feeling inspired with a format that you will be able to teach for a very long time and help students find the best versions of themselves.
Long-term sustainability in your students' fitness routine and injury prevention.
A way to help students recover from injuries, and find strength, flexibility, and balance while protecting and stabilizing their joints.
Continue to grow and learn as an instructor and earn cec's
Expand your own teaching experience and use the information provided in this training to enhance every type of class you teach.
Expand your reach in the teaching world. Yoga teachers get fitness class junkies into your yoga classes and fitness instructors get yoga students into your Group x, barre, Pilates and in your personal training sessions.
Module 1: AYS Teacher Training Course Introduction
Course outline and objectives
AYS worksheet/template (9 sections for each AYS class)
Entire AYS #1, 60-minute class and review
Facebook community page with weekly LIVES for support and to get your questions answered
Module 2: Class components, Part 1
Section 1 (of AYS Template) Class Introduction to format/ safety
Section 2 -Warm-up
Section 3 -Sun A
Section 4- Sun B
Homework and Quiz #1
Module 3: Class components, Part 2
Instructor Introduction to weights
Section 5- Sculpting Top of Mat
Section 6- Sun B Sculpting
Homework and Quiz #2
Module 4: Class components, Part 3
Section 7- Core and Abdominal
Section 8- Mat work or Sculpting Sun B continued
Section 9- Final Stretch/ Savasana
Entire AYS #2, 60-minute class
Homework and Quiz #3
Module 5: Breathing practices, meditations, and mindfulness
Meditations, Visualization practices, and mindfulness
Entire AYS #3, 60-minute class and review
Module 6: Creating classes using the nine-section template/worksheet
Evaluating your class checklist
Please write your creative class using a template/worksheet and submit it with a video.
Test out procedures for credentials (30-minute video and written class)
Each Module has PDFs and videos demonstrating 100's posture and exercises. Be prepared to practice as you go through each Module.
It is recommended to follow the course to get the most significant benefit and practice each section before moving on to the next.
Module 7: *NEW module.
Teaching beginner-friendly and mobility-friendly L1 class creation and sample class
"I have been doing yoga and yoga sculpt with Marda for close to a decade and there is a reason I keep coming back for the Namaste. Her power flow is designed to challenge the body and mind. She reminds yogis to be present, encourages errors and refocus, and above all else, smiles and laughs because working out should be fun. "
-Brooke Clements (Student of AYS)
"Marda is true perfection"
"Marda is the definition of what yoga should be! She teaches from the heart with abundant kindness, athleticism, knowledge, strength, and relaxation. I find her classes to be athletic yet restorative.... no matter how I’m feeling I always get what I need and feel relaxed and energized after! She teaches at all levels from beginner to expert and always provides the perfect challenge. The variety and intelligence she puts into creating her beautiful flow classes show her passion and care for all of her students. Whether it’s a gentle flow class or a yoga sculpt you will not be disappointed. Marda is true yoga perfection! As a fitness professional myself I have taken many classes but none compare to Marda yoga!!!! I have loved her in the studio and now cannot get enough of her online videos!"
-Kelly Devereux (Personal Trainer)
"AYS Builds body strength and improves balance and coordination"
I love Marda’s yoga classes. I live in Ohio so I watch them on YouTube. I especially love the Alignment Yoga Sculpt class. Marda’s spoken cues and visual demonstrations are first-class. I love how the class builds my body strength, engages muscles evenly, and helps with balance and coordination. I suffer from elbow pain and after just one class my pain has eased. My husband has back problems and it has helped his lower back, hip, and knee pain.
-Cherie Rex (Student of AYS)
The mission statement of AYS teacher training:
Prepare instructors to teach a consistent AYS class. Offering a one-hour combination of strength, stability, balance, breath, and flexibility; through postures and exercises with and without hand, weights provide students with a mindful, safe workout that will effectively change their bodies and leave them feeling relaxed and energized.
AYS teacher training testimonials
"AYS teacher training was a perfect combination of yoga and weight training. Coming from a group fitness background, I really appreciated her Savasana visualizations and the mind-body aspect of the training. This class has it all and students love the way the class is laid out and I love how easy it is to use the class template to create new classes "
-Sally Tulk (Group fitness Instructor)
“AYS teacher training offers such a great opportunity to explore and experience this exciting new dimension of yoga. Marda brings incredible knowledge and enthusiasm to every class and takes the time to make sure everyone feels confident in their understanding of the information. The learning materials are clear and well-structured and provide a treasure trove of resources to help new teachers build sequences, strengthen alignment cues or simply expand their learning. Most importantly, Marda creates a really fun and inviting space to learn, and she encourages each person to find and nurture their own unique teaching style and voice. I definitely walked away feeling ready and inspired to teach AYS!"
-Sandy Palm (RYT 200)
"I have to give Marda so many kudos for the content and quality of her AYS Teacher Training. The course is extremely well organized and there were thoughtful demos incorporated as well an extensive manual. The manual also contained three made for you classes and a template with her nine sections format so that I can create my own classes easily. I feel like every attention to detail has been paid and you will come away with a thorough understanding of the AYS format and ready to teach right away!"
-Jennifer Brock (RYT 200)
"Marda’s alignment yoga sculpt class was exactly what I needed. The flow and her choice of poses is fun and she offers modifications as well as challenges. I personally appreciated the use of weights. Marda has a calming voice and leads the class with specific direction, paying attention to alignment. I highly recommend her class for any level. "
- JoAnn Diers (RYT 200)
Here is everything you get when signing up for AYS Teacher Training:
A comprehensive course packed with a 100-page manual delivered through downloadable pdf's in coordination with each module.
100's of yoga poses and exercises with weights demonstrated through videos and pictures for easy reference.
The nine-section template that you can use to create your own creative, safe, efficient and effective class each and every week.
Lifetime access to materials and updates to all content and Facebook group community support.
100% Risk-Free Money Back Guarantee I’m confident you will successfully learn the AYS format if you do the work and participate fully. This is why I’m offering a 100% Risk-Free Money Back Guarantee.
Here’s how it works… Sign up today, complete the first two modules, and if you’re not happy with what you’re learning, you can request a full refund within the first 14 days of the program. All I ask is that you go through the modules on order and complete the homework assignments and quizzes. If you do this and find the material doesn’t support you in any way, I’ll gladly refund your investment in the program.
Frequently asked questions:
How long will this course take to complete?
AYS teacher training is a self-paced course with homework in each section. It will depend on your background and knowledge base regarding how long each section will take to complete. If you are a yoga teacher, you will probably take more time in Module 3, whereas if you are a Group fitness instructor, you will likely require more time in Module 2. You can complete all modules in several weeks or several months.
What certifications do I need to be able to take the AYS teacher training?
You need to be a certified 200-hour or more RYT, Pilates Instructor, Barre Instructor, Group fitness instructor, or personal trainer to get certified after this training.
Will I get instant access to the course?
You will get instant access on or after July 26th. And, Lifetime access to the course and any updated information added over time.
Do I need to do the homework and quizzes?
You will need to complete all quizzes and homework assignments to receive your CECs from Yoga Alliance and ACE and your AYS Certification.
Will I be able to teach right away?
AYS teacher training is designed so that if you follow the modules and do the assigned homework, you can start teaching immediately with a class plan you created throughout the movement.
What if I have questions?
There is a weekly zoom live meeting for all past and present AYS students, and you can ask questions here or email my team with questions as they come up.
Where will I be able to teach AYS?
Gyms and yoga studios all over the world! Offer this format where you are currently teaching!
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Who am I
My name is Marda Zechiel. I have been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for 16.
Five years ago, I was in an ATV accident, and I severely crushed my right hand. After about six months (and multiple surgeries) of not being able to use my right arm, it had severely atrophied; My shoulder was rounded forward and I had limited function in my fingers. After one of my last surgeries and a lot of physical therapy, I had my hand surgeon (Dr. Gordon) put a metal plate in what was left of my ring finger to straighten it out. I could now flatten out my hand and do poses like down dog and handstand.
So - you see where my priorities lie. I used my yoga sculpt practice and what I learned in my physical therapy sessions to get my strength and balance back. I used my breath and visualization practices in yoga to calm myself down and wrap my head around my new reality. I have been improving ever since. I will probably never be able to play tennis again (I played in college) but I did start to play golf again, and I am working on my handstand! Stay tuned.
I have been a dedicated yoga teacher for 13 years, and I have been developing and teaching AYS live teacher training for the past 7 years. I am currently an E-RYT 200, RYT 500, and YACEP.
Sign up today and start experiencing the power of yoga.