Dates (Friday 7:30pm–10pm , Saturday 12:30-6:30pm & Sunday 12:30-6:30pm)
CURRICULUM OF TEACHERS’ TRAINING COURSE
The goal of this training program is to produce qualified and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline in sharing the yoga experience to others, anytime, anywhere .
The 10 week intensive weekend schedule includes meditation sessions, yoga classes, lectures, and experiential sessions.
ASANAS (YOGA POSTURES)
Every weekend, a teaching practice class is devoted to teaching you how to teach asanas and pranayama. You will nurture your daily asana practice class giving you the opportunity to practice your own asanas and will help to build the good habit of practice. An additional 4 hours of asana practice is require during the 11 weeks we are in training. You will begin practice teaching by the second weekend.
All-levels hatha yoga sequence
Asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
Deep relaxation with autosuggestion
Release of blocked energy
Training sessions for all age groups
BENEFITS OF ASANAS:
Improve power of concentration
Rid the body of excess fat
Enhance physical fitness
Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, stomach complaints
Stabilize thyroid functions
Keep muscles youthful and supple into old age
Learn breath control exercises you can include in your daily practice and share in your yoga classes as well. Fire breathing, alternate nostril breathing and ujayi breathing are come of many you will learn.
Expands capacity of the lungs
Relaxes the nervous system
Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
Purifies the nadis (subtle energy channels)
Awakens the inner spiritual energy
Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise)
Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing)
The three bandhas: Jalandhara, Moola, Uddiyana
YOGA ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY:
Introduction to the major body systems
The effects of asanas and pranayama on: the cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems, endocrine system
The eight systems of the body
Yoga and physical culture
Diet and nutrition
How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
Setting up of a proper environment for class
General pointers on teaching a class
The Basic Yoga class
Yoga for Older Citizens
You will begin teaching from weekend 1. Feedback and emphasis will be 4 pronged : instructions and cues, benefits and science, personal experience and sharing and presence and awareness.
How diet affects the mind
Proper balance of the main nutrients
Ayurvedic principles of nutrition
Healing effects of fasting
What is meditation
Physical and mental meditation
Effects of and experiences in meditation
Mantras – spiritual energy in sound
Weekend 1 , we will meditate for a full day, in silence.
Ethical and moral principles
Body – prana (life energy) – mind
From control over the body to control over the mind and meditation
Ashtanga – the 8 limbs of yoga
Concentration and meditation
The 7 Chakras
Kirtan: chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras
Indian gods and their cosmic meaning
Chanting opens the heart and purifies the mind. With daily chanting, you develop a strong feeling of devotion and a very pure vibration. In devotional chanting correct pronunciation, devotional attitude and awareness of meaning are all-important.
Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service and helps to reduce selfishness and egoism and keeps you fit and healthy and gives immeasurable joy
The law of cause and effect
Samsara – the wheel of birth and death
Considered one of the greatest spiritual texts of the world, the Bhagavad Gita contains subtle and profound teachings and has a universality which embraces every aspect of human actions. It symbolises the solution of the eternal struggle between the spiritual and the material in every human being.
You will earn the basic principles of sound healing and how you can incorporate this in to your class using crystal bowls, tibetan bowls, chimes and drums and your own voice.
A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not essential. A sincere desire to learn and openness to the teachings of yoga is required.
The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity. To ensure the success of the programm, participants are required to attend all activities, meditation sessions, lectures and asana classes.
Our training is NOT a traditional yoga training. A lot of emphasis is put on speaking from your authentic self and expressing your heart’s intention in the moment. The time we spend together on the weekend are experiential and transformational, therefore missed classes often can’t be reproduced. This doesn’t mean you can’t miss any part of the course, it just means if you miss a course, it can’t be reproduced because what happens in class is experiential in nature .
MATERIALS NOT COVERED BY COURSE FEE
Teaching Yoga book by Mark Stephens
The Mysticism of Sound and Music,
Bhagavad Gita Summarized
Yoga mat, cushion, blanket,