Our basic program is just 100 hours. Participants in past programs have reported significant physical, mental, and emotional benefits, and we welcome people who are attending primarily for personal healing and fitness.
The course is carefully designed to ensure that people who want to teach are ready and confident when they graduate. Participants get a comprehensive teacher’s manual that describes the FlexAware movements and exercises in detail, plus specific advice about how to practice and teach them effectively.
Graduates will have opportunities to work closely with Steven Shafarman as we move forward with research, new videos, and various special programs. Current projects focus on helping people enhance balance, outgrow back pain, and resolve breathing difficulties. We are also planning programs for seniors, golfers, dancers, young athletes, and massage therapists.
Dates: Six Saturdays May 6, 20, and 27, and June 3, 10, and 24. There will make-up opportunities for people who have to miss any class time.
Times: Each day 9:00 – 7:00
This totals 60 hours with Steven Shafarman. Certification also requires 40 hours of personal practice, practice teaching, and directed individual study.
Location: Washington DC (Dupont Circle)
Tuition: $1,195. Deferred payment options and work-study options. Discounts for early payment.
Certification as a teacher requires practical and written evaluations, and is valid for two years. This is to protect the integrity of the work, to best serve teachers, students, and the general public. We want everyone to be sure that people who say they are teaching FlexAware really are, and are up-to-date with new practices and research results. The recertification process will be low-cost and designed to be a learning opportunity, not an obstacle or burden.
Our advanced program is an additional 100 hours, with a four weekend format. The first program is planned for Fall 2017.
It includes: Specialized FlexAware movements for people with serious health concerns, such as stroke, MS, and other neurological conditions. More challenging exercises for serious athletes, using weights, machines, and such. Partner exercises and other more playful variations.
There’s also more theory. FlexAware is based on the way young children naturally learn to walk, talk, and make sense of the world. This is Organic Learning™, and the process is innate, spontaneous, self-directed, self-organizing, and mostly overlooked or taken for granted. As young children learn to walk, they leave crawling behind; they outgrow crawling. This is a core idea with FlexAware: at any age, we can outgrow back pain, asthma, arthritis, faulty balance, painful knees or hip joints, stress-related disorders, and other difficulties.
Students will explore and experience this new paradigm, applying it generally, with our FlexAware teaching, and as a way to help ourselves and other people realize personal dreams and goals. In previous courses when Steven has taught Organic Learning, participants have explored ways to apply it to learning a foreign language, playing guitar, being a better parent or lover, and succeeding in business.
Prerequisite: Graduation from a basic program plus teaching experience.
Opportunity: Graduates may be invited to work more closely with Steven Shafarman, and then to teach the basic program.
Many FlexAware students report significant gains in their skills with yoga and Pilates, plus greater enjoyment. To bring those benefits to more people, graduates of recent FlexAware teacher education programs are working with Steven Shafarman to create FlexAware Yoga and FlexAware Pilates.
Our intention with each is to enhance and complement other forms, styles, and approaches, not compete with them. We are planning to offer formal certifications in the future. If you are a yoga or Pilates teacher, and you want to enhance your teaching, and you are interested in helping develop something new, we invite you to join us. The first step is to enroll in the basic teacher education program.