Yoga Teacher Training
A 200 hours teacher training is a foundation understanding of the guiding principles of yoga. In this training you will embark on a journey of self discover as you develop the skills needed to become a yoga teacher. You may choose to teach at the end of this training or you maybe be interested in continuing to build your own personal practice. The areas of focus for this study will include:
The Five Categories of Asana: The trainee will practice and learn the key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and will begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories.
Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.
Principles of Demonstrating Asanas: Discuss how effective demonstrations in class can help emphasize an alignment or other focus for the specific pose or sequence of poses.
Learning Modalities: identifying your dominant style, and learning how to teach based on others’ learning styles.
Use of Language and Voice: Lecture and discussion on active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns.
Meditation and Chanting
Mediation and chanting techniques will be taught has an integral part of the entire path of self- exploration, self- discovery and self- transformation. The discussion of the use of mediation in class and the subtle energy that awakens clearer awareness in the body and mind. Students will understand what a mantra is and how to develop one for themselves and practice.
Adjusting and Assisting Yoga Asana
As teachers, many techniques must be employed to guide a class through a sequence of asanas. The use of physical demonstrations, verbal cues and metaphors will be discussed and demonstrated. Ethical practices, legal considerations and evolving has a teacher with the use of different teaching styles will be explored.
Due to the transformation nature of yoga special consideration must be taken for the different population of individuals that will be in a yoga class. Discussions and understanding of how to instruct yoga for special populations will offer posture modifications that create a safe environment for all types of students. There will be discussions and training on how to consider students physical, mental and emotional limitations during yoga. Discussion of how to observe your class and have open dialogue with students will be discussed and consideration for laws and regulations that do not require students to disclose health information will be discussed. It also helps you develop valuable skills for working one-on-one and for meeting individual students’ needs in a group setting.
Sequencing and Class Structure
Basic philosophy, principles and sequencing of a class will be taught. The planning and teaching of a yoga class will be discussed along with ideas about creative expression, safety considerations and the changing expanding yoga movement will be discussed.
The Business of Yoga
Understandings of working has a yoga teacher, owning a yoga business, marketing and the evolution of yoga has an industry will be discussed. Considerations of Yoga Alliance registrations, protections, liabilities and insurance will also be discussed.
The context that yoga provides for the study of anatomy is rooted in the exploration of how our life force expresses itself through the movements of the body, breath, and mind. The structure of the body, muscle, connective tissues etc. will be discussed in the context of its important to yoga asana.
Anatomy Workshop Energetic Body
Investigation of the subtle body combining perspectives on yoga philosophy and anatomy. An investigation of esoteric anatomy of the chakra and nadi systems and the structural body as it is charted in contemporary systems of holistic health.
The Eight Limbs, Philosophy and History of Yoga
These eight limbs basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one's health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature. The historical origins and philosophical foundations of hatha yoga and its lineages will be discussed.
Ayurveda The Yogic Diet and Lifestyle
Ayurveda has the traditional medicine of India will be discussed and it’s natural and holistic approach to well-being will be discussed. Ayurveda includes all aspects of human nature: physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Discussion of a yogic diet and lifestyle from this perspective will be explored and building a healthy life to support a yoga practice will be developed.
The Yoga Alliance Registry Code of Conduct outlines acceptable, ethical and professional behavior by which all individuals in the business of yoga should adopt. The propriety of touch is an issue that concerns all health care and healing professionals, yet the ethics of touch may be more complex in yoga teaching than in other licensed professions. Discussions of ethical, legal and moral conduct will be explored and taught. Understanding of legal issues, unethical case studies and issues currently present in the yoga community will be talked about.
Yoga as Service
Yoga as service is an important topic to understand has part of yoga teacher development. Yoga service will be discussed in terms of addressing specific populations (veterans, women in prison, at-risk youth, etc.) Yoga service will be understood has the intentional sharing of yoga practices within a context of conscious relationship, supported by regular reflection and self-inquiry. Service to the studio and up keep of the yoga space will be discussed and how to build a service component into your teaching will be discussed.