LEAP Program Overview
Leaders Empowered into Action Program, or LEAP, is Create Karma’s flagship program. Whether you are new to the wellness world or are looking for ways to develop your leadership skills for the first time, LEAP provides an opportunity to explore your leadership potential through the experience of yoga, wellness, and your connection to others. Over the course of 9 weekends, you will move your body, explore self-inquiry and participate in team-building activities to practice and hone your leadership skills.
The training is based on a pay-it-forward model, encouraging you to bring the lessons learned in LEAP back to your communities. As a LEAPer, you will become a leader in both thought and action, creating a life of health and empowerment for yourself and those around you. You will learn from some of the country’s leading wellness experts how to experience wellness in your own body, plus gain the tools to become a leader by sharing those lessons with others, no matter where you are starting from in your wellness journey.
With its focus on community, LEAP is also an ideal training for existing leaders and wellness advocates looking to expand their skills and bring mindfulness and wellness to the populations they serve. Non-profit executives and staff from nursing homes, churches, shelters, and other community organizations that serve at-risk populations can join like-minded individuals in working together towards a common goal: Creating strong, healthy communities by becoming compassionate human beings and leaders.
Comprehensive Curriculum and Experiential Learning
LEAP provides you with an optimal opportunity for personal development by integrating leadership training techniques with a variety of wellness practices. We combine physical movement, breathwork, meditation, and self-inquiry with team-building activities and action-based service projects to generate enduring wellness in your life and community. By completing this leadership-in-action training, you will transform your relationship with yourself and your ability to create wellness and empowered leadership every day.
The program ends with a full weekend dedicated to helping you refine your role as a wellness leader and provide theoretical knowledge and practical tools for becoming a yoga instructor. In addition to opportunities to practice teaching and receive group feedback, you will have access to one-on-one coaching and mentorship, an invaluable discussion on the business of yoga, and actionable next steps towards becoming an effective yoga instructor. These skills and experience will aid you in leading your community using the tenets of yoga, as recommended by Yoga Alliance®, the national credentialing organization for the yoga community.
LEAP Curriculum Includes…
Anatomy & Kinesiology: Use basic anatomy and awareness to create balanced movement
Ayurveda: Stabilize your inner and outer environment through nutrition and daily life practices
Physiology of Wellness: Learn how the systems of wellness regulate health
Functional Movement: Ground and energize through inclusive yoga and movement
Connection: Create partnership and community by sharing yourself authentically and generously
Leadership: Integrate your leadership as a natural extension of your being
Support: Connect in weekly calls with your mentor and a fellow trainee
Sustainability: Nourish and support your body with daily wellness
Service: Impact the lives that matter to you
Practice: As a LEAP, you will have access to a discounted, unlimited membership yoga at ZYW for the duration of the training (6-months).
2020-2021 LEAP Training Dates
Each weekend session includes Friday evenings from 6pm-9:30pm, Saturdays from 8am-6pm and Sundays from 8am-4pm.
• Weekend 1 – October 16, 17, 18
• Weekend 2 – November 6, 7, 8
• Weekend 3 – December 4, 5, 6
• Weekend 4 – January 8, 9, 10
• Weekend 5 – January 29, 30, 31
• Weekend 6 – February 19, 20, 21
• Weekend 7 – March 12, 13, 14
• Weekend 8 – March 26, 27, 28
• Weekend 9 – April 9, 10, 11
We offer three tuition options to suit your needs. Once accepted into the program, your application fee and deposit secure your space in the program.
Tuition for this program is non-refundable.
Anyone with an interest in leadership and wellness is welcome and encouraged to apply. Once you are accepted, you must attend all training hours, complete all coursework and training homework, and lead 12 outreach classes (a minimum of 60 minutes in length each).
Your successful completion of Create Karma’s Yoga Teacher Certification Weekend will make you eligible to register as an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance®. Please note, if you choose to register with Yoga Alliance®, you will need complete your online registration with them after you have received your completion certificate from Create Karma. Create Karma is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance®.
Which training program is right for me?
Create Karma offers multiple leadership training programs to help us fulfill our mission of creating healthy communities and empowering individuals to become embodied leaders who effect positive change through their lives and actions.
If you are new to the wellness world or are looking for ways to develop your leadership skills for the first time, we recommend the 200-hour LEAP program. Through this training, you will learn the art of expressing leadership and community-building through the lens of wholistic wellness. You will become a leader in both thought and action, creating a lifestyle of health and empowerment for yourself and those around you.
If you are already a wellness professional and would like to elevate your ability to lead other teachers and become a mentor, the 300-hour MEET may be right for you. To be eligible for this program, you must have previously completed a 200-hour training program from an accredited school. This program builds upon our LEAP training and provides additional mentorship work and opportunities to expand and hone your role as a facilitator of teachers.
What if I have to miss a portion of the training?
Community is a fundamental element of both our LEAP and MEET trainings, making each group session an invaluable part of your learning experience. If you absolutely must miss a training session, you will be required to make up the missed time and coursework in order to receive your completion certificate. Make-up work will be handled on a case-by-case basis and should be arranged in advance with your group leader and/or mentor, with the approval of the Program Director.
What does a typical weekend look like?
Training weekends will vary based upon each facilitator and their content for the session. In general, sessions will include physical activity, group work, opportunities to practice leadership, and content-specific workshops. Our 2020 program will be held online in our secure virtual learning platform and includes a robust learning experience with live streamed sessions, pre-recorded learning and digital content.
Timing will be finalized closer to the start of training, but generally Friday sessions are between 6pm-9:30pm and allow us to reconnect, ground and practice together and act as an overview of the weekend ahead. Saturday sessions are between 8am-6pm and initiate activities to delve deeper into content. We will have ample breaks for lunch on Saturday and and Sunday and there will be short breaks during the afternoon sessions.
I have a wonky knee/ankle/back/big toe. Can I still take the training?
Yes! Injury and other limitations can be some of the most powerful tools in learning empathetic and creative leadership. Bring whatever you need to sit comfortably and contact us if you have any special requirements. Most importantly, be sure to listen to your body and move with awareness during all classes and activities.
Am I too old/young/inflexible/flexible?
No way. One of the big myths about wellness is that we have to already be fit enough to be well. Many of the people you interact with may have similar concerns. Our leadership trainings will help you balance your flexibility with your strength, while gaining awareness of what to do to empower yourself and others. These programs are designed to meet you where you are. Whether you are 18 or 108, this program has space for you. If you are 109? Congratulations! You can probably teach us a few things about enduring wellness 😉
Is there homework? Why?
Yep. You will have weekly readings and daily wellness practices to do in between our weekends. Cultivating a regular wellness practice, along with your other homework, will reinforce your ability to be in support or yourself and others while gaining the practical knowledge and awareness you need to refine your leadership skills.
I’m interested in wellness and being a leader, but I don’t want to teach yoga. Is this the right program for me?
Absolutely. Our LEAP program is an opportunity to explore your leadership potential through the experience of yoga, wellness, and your connection to others. You will learn from some of the country’s leading wellness experts and gain actionable steps towards creating an empowered lifestyle, as well as join likeminded individuals working together towards a common goal: Creating strong, healthy communities by becoming compassionate human beings and leaders.
If you aspire to teach yoga, we encourage you must participate in the Yoga Teacher Practicum Weekend in March. This weekend program will help you refine your role as a wellness leader and provide theoretical and practical tools to becoming a yoga instructor.
Whether you choose to teach yoga or not, Create Karma leadership programs provide the knowledge and skills to help you become a stronger, more flexible, and more compassionate human being and leader in all aspects of your life.
I’d like to be part of this, but I don’t have enough time!
I’m pretty sure there is no perfect time… which means it’s always the perfect time. The skills you will learn in our program will transform your ability to be present and to create your life. If you find you frequently feel like you don’t have time, that might be a recurring dialogue for you! That said, we have other options!
Our AWE program is an amazing opportunity to transform your wellness. During training weekends, AWE participants get together from 6pm-9:30pm Friday evening and 8am-6pm on Saturday. Another option is to attend workshops and public classes during our training weekends. Our public classes sell out quickly! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get notified when they are announced.
What happens if I sign up and can't complete the program?
Tuition for this program is non-refundable. In some extreme cases, paid tuition can be used as a credit and applied to future trainings. Exceptions are handled on a case-by-case basis, are not guaranteed and must be requested in writing directly to the Create Karma Program Director.
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