Program Objectives

Overview

  • To ignite a passion for learning and a genuine curiosity about life and our place in it.
  • To place the physical practice of yoga within the context of a bigger picture; Patanjali’s 8 limbs as a guide for ethical living.
  • To build critical thinking and awareness around the process of learning skills in order to modify responses to different situations and contexts.
  • How to safely and effectively teach more than 50 asanas.
  • How to integrate systematic cueing, respect for breath, and harmonious flow.
  • How to sequence for a particular effect and with particular themes.
  • How to clearly demonstrate poses.
  • Understanding of functional anatomy and how it relates to the practice of poses and sequencing of classes.
  • How to teach basic restorative poses, meditation, pranayama, kriyas, mantras, and chanting.
  • Knowledge of the fundamental texts of hatha yoga and of the historical and philosophical context of our practice.
  • How to effectively observe and read bodies; alignment, energy, doshas, etc.
  • How to pronounce Sanskrit and knowledge of Sanskrit names for poses.
  • How to confidently make hands-on and verbal adjustments.
  • Introduction to how to teach specialty classes, such as pre/post natal and yoga for cancer.
  • Tools to begin to address physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health issues as a yoga teacher.
  • Knowledge of how your classes are received by students and help with your personal challenges as a teacher through clear and compassionate peer feedback during practicum sessions.

Personal Practice

  • Deepening one's personal asana, pranayama and meditation practice over time.
  • Body awareness; accessing sensation; proprioception.
  • Adapting poses to address individual differences.

Asana

  • Applications of yama and niyamas to asana.
  • Sequencing, elements and effects of Beginner, Level 1 and Intermediate classes.
  • Sequencing, cautions and modifications of Surya Namaskar variations.
  • Understanding sequencing through a comprehensive exploration of the actions, effects, key muscles, cautions, alignment cues of Yoga's family of poses: neutral spine and hip, forward bends, backbends, inversions, balances, and twists.
  • Developing techniques to determine at what level particular asanas are effective.
  • Understanding how to build classes to help students work toward healthy and sustainable practice.
  • Personal assessment through asana and breath and the ability to see each individual as a whole.
  • Diagnostic tools that can be used to effect positive change for chronic conditions, skeletal imbalances, emotional traumas, etc.
  • Reading bodies, adjustments, and manual assists.

Meditation

  • Applications of yama and niyamas to meditation.
  • Structure and principles of practicing and teaching meditation.
  • Six-month long daily meditation practice.
  • Sequencing and themes.
  • Interconnection to organ systems, seasonal changes.
  • Participate in periods of silent meditation.

Restorative

  • Sequencing and themes.
  • Interconnection to organ systems, seasonal changes.
  • Elements and theory of restorative postures.
  • Teaching and postural checklist for restorative postures.
  • Effects, indications, sequences, modifications.

Teaching Methodology

  • How to teach a comprehensive syllabus of yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting.
  • How to address physical, emotional, mental, spiritual health issues as a yoga teacher.
  • Becoming an effective teacher.
  • Teaching from a conscious model of values, principles.
  • To be able to create a spiritual field; to hold the space.
  • Communication skills.
  • Systematic cueing.
  • Using themes and sequences for energetic effects.
  • Constitutional assessment of individual doshas.
  • Techniques of doing accurate postural assessment through a range of poses.
  • Teaching as a means of creative expression.
  • Elements of pedagogy including the definition, principles, and skills of observation, communication, demonstration, adjustments,creating a class/sequencing , and connection and establishing relationships.

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Kosha model of human anatomy.
  • Types and instances of muscular contraction.
  • Exploration of planes of movement through all major joints.
  • Explication of functional muscle grouping for planes of movement through all major joints.
  • Detailed study of key muscles in the human body.
  • Skeletal, muscular, organ systems.
  • Kinesiology.
  • Physiology.
  • Accessing the emotional body for energetic effects.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics

  • Exploration of yama and niyamas as call to action for how to live in the world.
  • Sanskrit, pronunciation, translation, explication of the first and second padas of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
  • Explication and examination of codes of conduct for teachers.
  • Ignite a passion for learning, a genuine curiosity about life and our place in it.
  • Increased tolerance for ambiguity: ethics.
  • Study classical texts: Bhagavad Gita (bhakti, karma, jnana yoga), Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradikipa.
  • Understanding the interface between yoga and Buddhism. Tantra.

Practicum

  • Observing, assisting and teaching in regular drop-in classes held at the studio.
  • Preparing sequences and class themes.
  • Reading bodies, including hands-on adjustments.
  • Participating in classes led by your peers.
  • Participating in group feedback dialogues following classes.
  • Effective listening and communication tools.