Techniques, Training, and Practice (TTP) 100.00 Hours

This module includes an in-depth study in asana, pranayama, and meditation. Hours in this category will include both training and practice of them. This module familiarizes each person with the various techniques in the traditional style of Vinyasa yoga to create safe and effective practices. The students will be required to develop a meditation practice. We will do this together, as well as separately. Each student will be asked to sit for five minutes every day and create a mediation space for themselves.

The study will include: Asana, Pranayama, Meditation

Books: "Light on Yoga" by BKS Iyengar; "Light on Pranayama" by BKS Iyengar; "The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga - The Authoritative Presentation-Based on 30 Years of Direct Study Under the Legendary Yoga Teacher Krishnamacha" by Srivatsa Ramaswami

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics (YPLE) 44 Hours

This module will include study of yoga scriptures which will include the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita and more. We will also discuss the ethics for yoga teachers and 'living the life of the yogi.' Before we even begin the training, students will be asked to review the Yoga Alliance Code of Ethics and uphold them. Being a yoga teacher is something that is embodied. This module will focus on the eight limbs, the sutras, among other thing. In order to embody the teachings we must know them, understand them and live them. Becoming a yoga teacher is making the commitment to uphold these teachings every day in everything we do. Each person will be asked for personal commitment statements, as well as upholding the commitment of being an asset to the group and upholding the YA code of ethics in all ways on and off the mat.

This study will ask that each person in the training dig deeply into their core values, not only as a teacher, but within their personal life as well.

Books: "The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali"; "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz; "The Bhagavad Gita"; "The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice" by Deborah Adele; The Yoga Alliance Code of Conduct will be included in your manuals as well.

Anatomy & Physiology (AP) 30 Hours

This module will include studies in both physical anatomy as well as physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and astral/energy/subtle anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, meridians, etc.) This module will create a learning environment for each student to become familiar with the human body, as well as the energetic body. Complete knowledge of basic bones, muscles, chakras, and energy centers will be necessary in order to complete the training. Students will learn how to use the knowledge of anatomy and physiology to be able to lead their students safely and effectively in and out of poses.

This study will include quizzes each week over anatomy and physiology. Students will use "Yoga Functional Anatomy" computer program during lecture.

Books: "Yoga Anatomy" by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews; "Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses" by Ray Long

Teaching Methodology (TM) 27 Hours

This module includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and adjusting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher and the student's process of learning. This module is centered around the student learning and becoming familiar with different techniques in order to effectively and coherently build a yoga class, as well as deliver it in a way that is beneficial, safe, and authentic.

This study will include: Familiarizing yourself with a basic Vinyasa flow, as well as learning to que postures from the ground up, teaching to various skill levels, and finding your confidence and voice. This module will also weave in elements of creating a cohesive class through asana and a theme.

Sequencing with a Purpose (SP) 17 Hours

This module combines every other module to create series and sequences that make sense, are safe, effective, and achieve a particular goal. Sequencing looks at the whole of a practice, modification and contraindications, and the path of least resistance toward a desired effect. Students learn to look at each practitioner on an individual basis, as well as classroom as a whole, to develop sequences that work with different anatomies and needs, supporting areas of resistance while encouraging the process of growth.

Books: "Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes" by Mark Stephens

Practicum: Teaching 17 Hours

The practicum module will include teaching, observing and assisting in classes taught by others. The students will have at least 6 contact hours of training. Every other week you will have part of a class that you must prepare and teach. This will be done individually and as a group. This module will be a culmination of putting everything from the training into practice. Throughout the training, students and teachers will meet every other weekend as well as one day a week in which students will switch off practicing teaching a community class. Each student will be given a part of class to teach. On the weekends, they will also be practice teaching to each other. In order to graduate they must complete one observed, hour-long class competently, safely and with the ability of trained/skilled teacher.


*Many of the above-mentioned readings will be made available to trainees and may not require individual purchase. This will be clarified on the first weekend of training.

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