Ashtanga vinyasa yoga teacher training 200hrs yoga alliance

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Our foundational 200 hour program will deepen your practice, connect alignment to movement, and provide you with all necessary tools to teach. The training additionally aims to establish a daily silent meditation practice along with a deep understanding of the ancient philosophies at the root of Yoga. This is a safe space to come and explore yourself and embark upon a process of transformation. While the focus of the practice within the training will be Ashtanga, we encourage and motivate our students to find their unique teaching styles. As the alignment and anatomy of each posture is broken down, students will learn tried and tested methods, that they will begin to practice teaching right from the beginning of the course. 

We believe a strong self-practice is the central pillar of a truly successful teacher. During the training we hope to cultivate a strong practice and also imbibe the necessary discipline and motivation required to establish yoga as a life-long practice. The strong and dynamic Ashtanga practices will be balanced with restorative, yin, yoga nidra and meditation sessions. Weekly workshops for back-bending, hip-opening and core strength will provide students with tools that they can use to progress their self-practice effectively even after they leave the course. 

Being a yoga teacher is something that is often glamourised, with a promise of travel, living life by one’s own schedule and being a part of a vibrant spiritual community. However, there is a process one must undertake before reaching this destination. This process requires skills outside of having a strong self-practice, understanding alignment, effecting self-enquiry through yoga philosophy and being able to teach a great class. Yoga teachers are self-employed, requiring them to additionally develop entrepreneurial qualities of being able to network effectively, market themselves and collaborate with other individuals and organisations. Through the course we discuss models and pathways that work, and how one can remain authentic, maintain integrity with tradition, and manifest abundance all at once.


Curriculum:

The Practice

Ashtanga-Vinyasa: A dynamic movement meditation practice that combines movement with breath. We will go through the primary series, building a solid foundation of strength and flexibility in the body. 

Workshops:

We will dive deep into the specifics of our asana practice, through targetted workshops. Hip-opening, Back-bending and core/shoulder strengthening workshops will be a part of our weekly routine. These workshops act as a compliment to our normal practice and allow our bodies to go deeper into the Ashtanga practice in a shorter space of time. 

Pranayama: Breathing techniques will be practiced daily, alongside building a clear understanding of benefits, contraindications and how to lead a Pranayama session effectively.

Meditation: A daily silent sitting is an invaluable tool to have in a world that is increasingly distracted and simultaneously more demanding. As practitioners of silent meditation for many years, we understand its importance in our overall sense of well-being. Our intention is to establish silent meditation as a daily practice by the end of the course, with time-tested methods and a strong support system to augment them.

Mantra: The voice is a an important component of a yoga teacher. Through chanting we train our tone of voice, begin to enunciate properly and project instruction with clarity. 

Kriya: We will explain the Shatkarmas that are a part of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and practice a few of these internal body detoxifying techniques. 

The Knowledge

Alignment: We will break down the correct alignment of all the basic postues as well as many of the advanced postures in our daily alignment sessions. We will also look at modifying the practice for injuries, and how through developing basic awareness of the body we can use Asana to heal and rehabilitate. 

Anatomy: Science and Yoga are not seperate as some would believe. Any system of practice is constanly evolving and improving its method. Through the course we will bring a perspective of anatomy that is not simply theoretical but more practical in its application. We will actively attempt to “feel” the anatomy in our bodies through various drills and movement exercises. Yoga teachers are not osteopaths, and we feel anatomy needs to be lived in our bodies rather than simply storing information in our brains. 

Adjustment: The art of adjusting if learnt and applied correctly can quickly speeden the transformation of the body. We teach adjustments that are safe, anatomically sound and help student correct their posture as well as enter deeper layers of their asana practice with less effort. 

Philosophy: Through philosophy we will dive deeply into a process of self-enquiry. A few philosophical systems wil be studied with an aim to integrate it into our personal contexts. We believe that philosophy is only so powerful as it can effect transformation within us. It will be presented in a way that integrates with the modern context, trying to draw parallels with multiple streams of thought; Quantum physics, neuroscience, and psychology to name a few. Different language used to describe similar phenomena, has varied receptivity for different people.  We thus use different modes of expression to make these rich philosophies more accessible. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali will be the primary material explored. 

Ayurveda: Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences.  While yoga is the study of the Self, Ayurveda is the study of the relationship of this self, with its environment. We will explore dominant worldviews within this system of medicine, understand our unique individual constitutions see how we can integrate simple lifestyle changes to enhance health.

Art of Teaching: Teaching methodology, tools of teaching, sequencing tips, and effective cueing will be taught alongside common teaching mistakes right at the begining of the course. Like anything else teaching is a practice that must be cultivated. The greatest learning happens on the “job”. Once the theory sessions are complete, we immediately put our students into practical settings where they begin to learn teaching through simple exercises as well as teaching classes to each other on a daily basis. 

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Daily Schedule:


6:30-7:00: Pranayama / Mantra/ Meditaiton

7:15-9:00: Asana Practice

9:00- 9:30:Breakfast

9:30-10:30: Free Time

10:30-11:45: Theory Lecture (Art of Teaching/ Philosophy, Ayurveda)

12:00-13:30: Theory Lecture (Alignment, Adjustment, Anatomy)

13:30-14:00: Lunch 

14:00-16:00: Free time/ Self-Study

16:00-17:30: Asana Workshop / Teaching Practice

17:45-18:30: Silent Meditation

18:30-19:00: Free time

19:00-19:30: Dinner

19:30-20:30: Optional Documentary/ Discussion

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