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GAVY 200: Ashtanga Foundation Certification

GAVY 200: Ashtanga Foundation Certification

Next Date for GAVY 200 will be September 1 - 20, 2024.

The GAVY 200 1st Series Certification is foundational training for serious practitioners and aspiring teachers, based o­n the traditional form of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. The GAVY 100 2nd Series Certification takes this to the next level! 

The way that GAVY founder, Michael Gannon, learned it during 10 years of visits to India, training with the living Guru, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. BUT, we take a giant step forward, making this system digestible for the western mind. This GAVY 200 Teacher Apprenticeship foundation program has graduated over 300 teachers from 30 countries to teach yoga.

At GAVY we know that time o­n the mat is what develops a foundation to effectively share the magic of yoga. And the Ashtanga Vinyasa system is the ideal tool to start developing this deep practical experience. GAVY demonstrates how this is the original Vinyasa system that the yoga world has used to derive so many now popular flowing styles of yoga.

We use this pure, ancient and proven system to nurture the practice skills necessary to then develop teaching skills. It is being grounded in this structured system first, that allows Apprentices to then find their creative teacher inside as they grow toward becoming a yoga teacher.

GAVY 200 Foundation Certification Format

The GAVY 200 Foundation Certification is currently offered in an intensive program format.

Month Long Intensive
20 days straight. 8+ hours per day. Drop your life for 100% focus! Go deep!

All GAVY 200 are pre-approved worldwide at the RYT-200 level by Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance UK. Trainees completing the GAVY 200 will receive a certificate and letter of completion that they may use to register with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance UK at the RYT-200 level and share with prospective employers. This also qualifies Trainees to apply for the GAVY 300 Advanced Yogi Studies.

GAVY 200 Foundation Certification Content
Training content is organized in modules. If trainees miss a module in o­ne city, they may request an opportunity to make it up in another city at another time, and at an additional cost.

All modules also contain in depth training o­n personal practice, extensive clinics of Hands o­n Adjustment Techniques, Verbal Guiding/Teaching, Partner Work & Teaching Simulations, Svadyaya (study of the SELF) and proficiency exam (verbal, written & practical)

Philosophical aspects of yoga will be mixed into the context of each module as specific questions arise.

  • Ashtanga Made Simple (lecture)
  • It's all about the Breath! (lecture)
  • Open Lecture/dicussion of the 8 Limbs of Yoga (lecture)
  • Surya Namaskara A & B
  • Tristana: Breath/Vinyasa, Bandhas & Dristi
  • Class Organization y Observation
  • Mysore Puzzle
  • The 6 Fudamental Standing Asana
  • 2 Standing Forward Bends
  • 4 Jumps to the Right
  • 2 Balancing Poses
  • Finishing Sequence #1: Final Seated Sequence
  • Creating your Personal Practice Space
  • History of Yoga/Ashtanga (lecture)
  • Approximations vs Variations (lecture)
  • Yogi Veggie Diet/s (lecture)
Proficiency Exam (verbal, written & practical)
  • 2 Standing Flowing Poses
  • Standing to Flying Techniques
  • Seated asana sequence breakdown
  • 2 Straight Legged Seated Forward Bends
  • 2 Bent Knee Seated Forward Bends
  • 3 Janu Shirsasanas Forward Bends
  • Activating your Core: jump thru, jump back
  • Repetition is the Mother of Perfection
  • Finishing sequence #2
  • Teaching Circles
  • Inversions and Agni
  • Nauli Kriya
  • Proficiency exam (verbal, written & practical)
  • Seated Asana Sequence Breakdown Part 2 (upto Backbends)
  • 2 Marichyasana Seated Forward Bends
  • 2 Marichyasana Seated Twists
  • Navasana
  • Keys to Gateway Poses
  • Legs Behind the Head Preparation
  • Bujapidasana
  • Kurmasanas
  • Temezcal Tapas
  • Teacher Assisting
  • Asana Demos Experience
  • Energetic Anatomy: Chakras and Energy fields
  • Pranayama Lecture & Practice
  • Proficiency exam (verbal, written & practical)
  • Garbha Pindasana & Kukutasana
  • The Konasana Sisters
  • The Padangusthasana Brothers
  • Chakrasana Techniquesç
  • Magic of Bandhas
  • The Correct Vinyasa
  • Mysore Style Self Practice
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Giving good Savasana
  • Full Finishing Sequence #3
  • Moving into Meditation
  • Teach What You Master
  • Proficiency exam (verbal, written & practical)
  • Joint classification & components
  • Connective tissue forms and purpose
  • Muscular, skeletal & nervous system overview
  • Exploring the leg
  • The knee and lotus
  • Pelvis and hip joint
  • Psoas and Spine
  • Discs, their functions and dysfunctions
  • Integrating psoas into your practice
  • Exploring the shoulder girdle, rotator cuff
  • Movement of the clavicle, scapula and humerus
  • Diaphragm anatomy and function
  • The psoas and breathing

GAVY Home Study Course

All programs require/include the GAVY Home Study Course.

This is a 6-week course consisting of:

  • Study Guide
  • Awaken Your Life Force and Quiet Your Mind (Michael's CD)
  • Primary Series Poster
  • Weekly audio files with Michael teaching the basic theory, philosophy and meditations.
  • 8 Limbs of Yoga (Sanskrit and English)
  • Sanskrit (asana names, mantras, numbers, etc..)
  • Dristis, Bandhas, Vinyasa
  • Asana Benefits
  • Guided meditations
  • Pranayama
  • Energetic Anatomy

Apprentices must be grounded in all material BEFORE coming to the programs first module. There are regular proficiency exams (verbal, written & practical) o­n this material throughout the Apprenticeship. The Home Study Course should start at least 6-weeks before the first module. Many students choose to start the Home Study course earlier, giving them more time to prepare and go deeper.

Gannon Teacher Training in Mexico!


Yogaloft Playa del Carmen
Calle 10 (between Ave 10 & Ave 15)
Playa del Carmen

Training fee:

$56,900 MXN single payment in cash (plus any fees for credit card or transfer payments)

Tuition plus Lodging (22 days):

Standard Room Single Occupancy (1 pax): $4706 USD
Standard Room Double Occupancy (2 pax): $3848 USD per person

IMPORTANT: The Double Occupancy room rate is per person. The attendance of 2 people must be guaranteed to obtain this rate, otherwise the room cannot be guaranteed.

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Your first payment secures your space and allows you to start your training with the GAVY Home Study Course, which is included FREE in the course tuition

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