Program Objectives

The main objective of the 200-hour program is to learn to know ourselves better through self-inquiry, practice and community (sangha). Practice is meeting ourselves on the mat, without pretense, expectation, or judgment, and cultivating curiosity, commitment, and compassion.

  • The ability to place physical practice in context of a bigger picture; that is, how to take yoga off the mat.
  • The confidence and clarity to cultivate a personalized, effective and sustainable meditation, pranayama, and asana practice.
  • Comprehension of the key components of asana, meditation, pranayama, including detailed alignment, intention and purpose behind the postures.
  • Beginning the process of reading bodies and the practical skills necessary for effective teaching.
  • How to set up, align and deepen fundamental postures with available props.
  • Anatomical and physiological framework, language and insight.
  • Use and understanding of the Sanskrit names of poses.
  • Ethical considerations in the framework of the yamas and niyamas; a model to live and work in harmony.
  • An introduction to Functional Anatomy including how to read the physical and subtle body to understand the wide scope of needs for different levels of students.
  • An introduction to Yoga History and Philosophy, including learning the traditional chants and focusing on the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga yoga as an ethical foundation to provide a safe space for all students.

Personal Practice

Objectives:

  • Deepening one’s personal practice over time while respecting the cycles of change: daily, seasonal, age/gender specific.
  • Placing physical practice in context of a bigger picture.
  • Understanding primary movements to develop a base of attention (where tension is held, body type, respiratory patterns, etc.).
  • Adapting poses to address individual differences; props, purpose and us.
  • Awareness of the emotional body.

Skills:

  • Understanding of the effects of regular practice through experience.
  • Ability to access internal bodily sensation.
  • Proprioception.
  • Kinesthetic awareness.

Asana

Objectives:

  • Exploration, analysis, practice, and integration.

Skills:

  • The movement of energy.
  • Variations, modifications.
  • Contraindications, benefits, effects.
  • Different styles of practice.
  • Understanding the 3 elements of tension: skeletal, muscular, and emotional.
  • Scope.
  • Understanding vinyasa and effective sequencing.

Functional and Structural Anatomy

Objectives:

  • Develop of sense of internal geography.
  • Self-awareness of the body in motion.
  • Understanding the importance and usefulness of anatomical education

Skills:

  • Skeletal, muscular, organ systems, nervous system.
  • Biomechanics, Physiology, Kinesiology.
  • Understanding concepts such as isometric, eccentric movements, traction, leverage, etc.

Subtle Anatomy

Objectives:

  • Developing a sense of the energetic body

Skills:

  • nadis, chakras, bandhas, doshas, koshas

Philosophy and Ethics

Objectives:

  • Ignite a passion for learning; a genuine curiosity about life and our place in it.
  • Increased tolerance for ambiguity.

Skills:

  • Integration of yamas/niyamas and primary sutras into personal practice.

Sanskrit

Objectives:

  • Deepening one's understanding of the history of Yoga.

Skills:

  • Names of poses.
  • Chanting of sutras.

Pranayama

Objectives:

  • Exploration, analysis, practice, and integration.

Skills:

  • Understanding different types including contraindications, benefits, effects.

Meditation

Objectives:

  • Exploration, analysis, practice, and integration.

Skills:

  • Personal daily practice.
  • Journaling.
  • Understanding of the different styles and models.

Restorative

Objectives:

  • Sequencing.
  • Themes.
  • Interconnection to organ systems (respiratory, digestive, circulatory), seasonal changes

Skills:

  • Personal practice

Pedagogy/Reading Bodies

Objectives:

  • Process of learning skills in order to modify responses to different situations and contexts.
  • Planting seeds to becoming an effective teacher.

Skills:

  • Teaching from a conscious model of values, principles.
  • Seating an authentic teaching voice; communication skills (verbal, energetic, intuitive, body language, demonstration).
  • To be able to create a spiritual field; to hold the space.
  • Balancing both movement and learning.
  • Teaching with harmonic flow, respect for breath, and systematic cueing.
  • Reading bodies (breath cues, common postural asymmetries, different body types, plumb lines); adjustments (transfer of energy) and touching with sensitivity.
  • Understanding the psychology of the teacher/student relationship.
  • Emotional literacy and trauma-informed yoga.