Kurt Johnsen has been the official yoga instructor of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for the past 2 years. He has expertly sculpted and strengthened the squad with his power yoga moves and has helped America’s Sweethearts stay toned and lean. His collaboration with the cheerleaders on their popular yoga DVD Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Power Squad Bod! – Body Slimming Yoga in 2009 was recognized as one of the Top New Workout DVDs by Fitness magazine in their February 2010 issue. We are so fortunate to work with Kurt and have him on our team.
Working with Kurt Johnsen on the Dallas Cowboys Body Slimming Yoga project was a complete success and a total pleasure. Kurt has a special way about himself and you can’t help but to be drawn into his practices and advice on how to get the results you really want. I’ve never encountered a more fluid host in all my film, TV, DVD, digital and other media experiences. Kurt is a natural with people and he comes off so eloquent on camera. Kurt took all his skills and knowledge and went beyond what we asked him to deliver. A total professional who really makes himself continually available, presents lots of creative ideas and has an unmatched work ethic. I look forward to working with Kurt again in the near future.
Vice President MTV Networks
XTechnically, I had already been a certified yoga teacher for almost 3 years when I decided to sign up for the APY Teacher Training program. It seems a little redundant to go through TWO 200-hr teacher certifications, right? Why would I need that, and how could they be so different? When I found APY, I knew I wanted to be a part of the studio. When I started teacher training, I knew I had found a system of yoga that made perfect sense to me. First, Kurt and Jayme’s priority is to make yoga available to everyone, so we learned how to “teach to the body”. No confusing language, no need for the students to know the poses before they even come to class because we learned how to guide anyone and everyone comfortably through practice. Secondly, we learned how to structure and sequence a class according to the anatomy of the body. Ever noticed how in some classes, you can go deeper and stronger into a pose than maybe ever before? It’s because your teacher learned how to properly prepare your body for that particular physical posture. Lastly, we learned how to teach from our hearts. Individuality as a teacher is encouraged because it allows you to connect the hour in the classroom to the other 23 hours outside the classroom. And without sounding scripted or inauthentic, because the words are truly coming from you. I loved my time in teacher training, and would do it again if I could! Maybe I will….
Review from Teacher Training Website
APY’s teacher training was a life changing experience for me. As a ballet dancer for over 18 years, I had initially approached teacher training with the assumption that because I had experience of the body and movement, teacher training would be a breeze for me. Boy was I wrong!! There is so much more to teaching than simply having experience in your own body. Kurt and Jayme taught us how to assess all body types at all levels of strength and inhibitions, and to instruct to each person in the class at their level, even in a very mixed-level group class. They also taught us how to be a leader, how to grasp and hold the attention of a room full of students with authority, compassion, inspiration, and fun! It had never really occurred to me before teacher training that a big part of being a yoga instructor is being a public speaker! That part was particularly difficult and intimidating for me, and they brought in a voice coach to help us learn those skills. Even though I had been practicing yoga for several years already, APY teacher training was the first time anyone taught me how to breath! In fact Kurt is still teaching me how to breath properly, and I never before appreciated how essential this is not only to a yoga practice, but to life off the mat. This is where APY’s training extends so far above and beyond any other kind of fitness training, and where they have most touched and influenced my life. Kurt and Jayme introduced me to the deep richness that yoga has to offer far beyond the physical practice. In teacher training we delved into the spiritual journey that is yoga, exploring the energies of a body and spirit connected, as well as philosophies for life that are echoed and represented in the poses, but are applicable and transformational in one’s attitude and approach to life. Learning these lessons and practices during APY’s teacher training was just the beginning of my yoga journey, and I am so grateful to Kurt and Jayme for not only imparting these gems to me to practice in my own life, but for teaching us how to share them with our students as well. Last but certainly not least, in coming to APY I truly found my yoga home. One of the most unique and special facets of APY is that they are a family. By attending APY’s teacher training I found friends and formed relationships that I know will last a lifetime, and in no other studio have I ever felt more accepted, appreciated, or loved.
Thank you Kurt, Jayme, Leo, Sage, and everyone at APY!
A respected dance teacher used to tell me repeatedly to change my mind. Despite years of training and working in many movement modalities, this concept eluded me. My recent teacher training with APY finally set this in motion. Not only did this course expand my knowledge of the physical details of yoga, it gave me tools to better harness, focus, and inspire the minds, perceptions, and therefore the actions
of my dance students. In the process, at an age when I did not expect to improve my own yoga practice, I did. This course is comprehensive, challenging, and rewarding, and I can’t imagine learning with more joyful, knowledgeable teachers.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance
Meadows School of the Arts, SMU