The Perri Institute for Mind and Body is dedicated to creating an integrated and comprehensive educational environment. We offer yoga and mind/body study opportunities for all levels and interests. Whether you are a newer practitioner looking to establish a foundation in Yoga asana, physiology, history, philosophy, and meditation, or a seasoned practitioner seeking the supportive resources to establish your own project or path of study, we have a program that is right for you. All of our Yoga and mind/body study programs are designed with a focus on the individual and incorporate extensive one-to-one mentorship and guidance from TaraMarie and a team of expert teachers and advisors.
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The Foundation Course is designed for practitioners to develop a deeper understanding of Yoga and mind/body practices. It is also the first step for those looking toward a teaching certification and licensing and/or careers in therapeutics, arts, sciences, or holistic medicine. Through immersive lecture periods, guest lectures, group study, classroom exercises, private mentoring, written assignments, and assigned reading materials from comparative sources, you will be challenged to assimilate these concepts into your daily life/work. Make your own connections for how the practice of Yoga expands beyond the physical asana.
FOUNDATION COURSE TESTIMONIALS
Through the Perri Institute Yoga and Mind/Body Foundation Course, my yoga practice has begun to influence all aspects of my life in a profound way. I've unlocked parts of my physicality and spirituality that I never knew existed, and have deepened my understanding of and my connection to my psychological and emotional states. TaraMarie's structure places the unique path of each individual at its core, but also provides a community of like-minded individuals with a space to grow, share experiences, and refine their practice together.
prerequisite: foundation course
The Yoga Pedagogy Certification builds on the body of work explored and developed during the Foundation Course and designed to train graduates to safely and effectively teach yoga in a breath-focused, mindful style, incorporating precise and safe alignment principles. Graduates will learn to teach groups and private students of all levels and ages in a variety of settings including yoga studios, gyms, dance studios, corporate offices, and community projects. The course material honors its Eastern history, roots, and traditions while also fostering an inclusive secular focus appopriate for today's world. Graduates are also taught to apply cutting edge teaching practices to bring ancient wisdom to contemporary Western bodies and minds. The course is taught via lectures, one-to-one mentoring, discussions, workshops, and training classes. Educational resources, writings, and personal explorations continue to be encouraged and course work is supported by the Institute community.
Our pedagogy course is not a typical yoga teacher training course. Designed for serious candidates with a passion for teaching and an eye to ongoing study in related fields, this course is taught at a high level.
PEDAGOGY COURSE TESTIMONIALS
When I decided that I wanted to do the Perri Institute Mind Body Dancer Teacher Training Program, I was experiencing a time of transition in my life, education, and career path. I thought of the course as a way to approach my dance education from the refreshing, empowering perspective of yoga. I gained extensive knowledge about the anatomy of the human body and how it functions in the yoga practice, dance technique, and everyday life. I discovered a deeper awareness of those around me. I developed a sophisticated pedagogical vocabulary that would not only create the backbone of my yoga teaching but would assist me in all of my teaching endeavors. I gained a stronger sense of self, nurturing a renewed respect for my mind, body and spirit. I learned so much from TaraMarie as well as the many guest lecturers she brought in who taught us about meditation, anatomy and physiology, and the art of breathing. The training course was an experience that helped guide me through a huge transition in my life and at the same time taught me more about myself and the yoga practice than I ever could have imagined.
The Mind Body Dancer training program is hand-tailored to the needs of 21st century dancers who want to become one with an authentic yoga practice; this union creates cutting-edge teachers with an aim to keep the history of yoga alive!
The skills TaraMarie instills in her teachers through the Perri Institute training programs are completely transferable to any subject. The qualities of a good teacher never change, regardless of the subject matter: patience, understanding, compassion, and creative thinking. I use these qualities that I developed with TaraMarie in the training on an everyday basis. At work, I communicate more effectively with clients and colleagues while learning how to negotiate with others. In my artistic life, I can approach creativity from new and interesting angles. In my personal life, I have learned to be more patient with myself while I navigate through my own path's terrain. I certainly learned to be a good yoga teacher during the training, but I received far more than I bargained for. Training as a yoga teacher under TaraMarie Perri is a great gift to give to yourself – one which will certainly serve you for a lifetime.
Deciding to join the Perri Institute teaching community is one of the best things I have done; it has changed my life in so many ways. The opportunity to study intensely with TaraMarie Perri is a gift in and of itself; having access to her vast breadth of knowledge has changed my understanding of the body. But this training course offers so much more than the study of the physical and mental aspects of Yoga. It offers each student the opportunity to become part of an incredible community of like-minded artists and teachers that do amazing work every day. The training fosters informed, mindful, inspired teachers. It is the best of the best.
For me, the Perri Institute training was a personal, professional, and physical journey that remained thoughtful and illuminating every step of the way. I relished the opportunity to explore, as well as the value that was given to creativity. The program completely transformed my yoga practice and reshaped my thinking about the work of a teacher.
In the uncertain world that follows a degree in dance, the knowledge, technical edge, and financial support that comes from a Mind Body Dancer certification is indispensable. Teaching TaraMarie’s curriculum every week has been a joy and a constant reminder of what makes all the difference in a performing arts career; commitment, focus, and compassion for oneself.
The Perri Institute Foundation Course was intense but productive. I enjoyed every moment of it and truly love the discipline of the yoga practice. TaraMarie assisted and guided us throughout the training and we discovered our unique qualities as teachers. We were always encouraged to be ourselves and be genuine. Though the learning process of yoga is lifelong, TaraMarie and her special guest lecturers have opened my heart and given me a strong foundation to have confidence as a new yoga teacher.
TaraMarie is unique in that her vast knowledge and well-rounded understanding of yoga, anatomy, and movement are all equally top-notch. She consistently demonstrates limitless compassion and generosity. TaraMarie is articulate, supportive, and fully attentive to each individual in the class. She brought in highly accomplished guest lecturers on a variety of subjects to supplement our training.
TaraMarie put incredible care into planning all aspects of the training. Her constant support and generosity of spirit taught through example the qualities of a great yoga teacher. She anticipated the ebb and flow of contrasting emotions that come with learning to teach, and encouraged us to see how our yoga practice could help us find balanced confidence. She mindfully cultivated our personal strengths and supported our diverse interests to create unique and honest teachers.
enrollment is open and ongoing for all three tracks
We established an Independent Study Program called “Projects and Pathways" was designed to provide a continuing education platform for enrolled students, creatives, teachers, and mind/body professionals, Each track will incorporate workshops and private sessions with advisors, and culminate in a presentation, publication, or project manifestation, as appropriate to the topic of study. A consultation will be set up with you to initiate Topic Identification and Research. Fees for Independent Studies vary based on the type and extent of studies you choose. Contact us to inquire about fees or receive a quote.
TRACKS FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY
- learning based (ISS)
- teaching based (IST)
- research based (ISR)
INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE TESTIMONIALS
As someone who had studied yoga asana for years, I found something so refreshing from TaraMarie's yoga class-- an honest and authentic care for yoga beyond the physical practice. Desiring to know how to bring a meditation practice into my life, I was able to develop an independent study with TaraMarie that challenged investigation into the corners of my life that needed better balance of mindfulness and loving kindness. TaraMarie's encouragement and gentle guidance revealed "a-ha!" moments for personal growth, with patience and strong tenderness. She continues to be a great mentor and dear friend.
TaraMarie and select Perri Institute teachers are available to work with clients remotely to support independent study courses or offer other mind/body work in a one-to-one capacity. Get in touch to see if this type of study would be suitable for your interests, goals, and needs.
The Perri Institute's philosophy is deeply rooted in seeking a path of ongoing learning. We offer options for continuing education in both group and one-to-one settings so that practitioners can obtain continuing education credits, expand or focus their paths of learning, or deepen their personal practice. Many continuing education options can be completed remotely. To inquire about remote study, please fill out the form above. If you have questions about continuing education options or how we would curate a continuing education path that aligns with your interests, please contact us.