Join us on the Journey to the Heart of Yoga
Master your skills and advance your teaching career
Pre-requisite: 200-hour training certificate
2019 Teacher Training Dates
April 1 – May 4
July 8 – August 10
October 7 – November 9
The Maui Yoga Shala’s 300HR Advanced Yoga Teacher Training takes you deeper into the art, science, practice, and discipline of yoga providing the skills and insights to take your teaching to new heights throughout the world. Our 5 week Hawaii immersion on Maui is designed for the practitioner to develop an advanced understanding of how to effectively teach asana, pranayama and meditation to all levels and abilities of students. The intensive nature of our program will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the yoga lifestyle and the warm Aloha spirit of Hawaii.
Our 300HR program is the opportunity for your full commitment to being on the path of the teacher, staying in your personal practice and teaching in an active way. The pre-requisite for our 300HR program is a 200HR certification.
We are dedicated to supporting you in your career as a Yoga Professional and teach skills that will help you expand your work into the wide open fields of Healing, Health and Wellness and work confidently with other professionals in medical and corporate settings, schools, etc. Our world needs Yoga more than ever….and we are here to help you meet that demand with knowledge, dedication and skill.
Key aspects to training
- Developing your Yoga Career in your community and beyond
- Therapeutic applications of Yoga for a variety of common conditions
- Skills for working with individuals one-on-one
- The Art of Personal Practice – Going Deeper
- Advanced Sequencing techniques
- Energy Anatomy and the Quantum Field
- Designing specialized classes….Prenatal, Restorative, Yin-style, Seniors and more..
- Develop your Voice and your Presence as a Teacher
- Deepen your understanding of the Wisdom Tradition of Yoga, learn to teach
- Yoga Sutras and Yoga Philosophy in a way that is relevant to our world.
1) TECHNIQUES, TRAINING AND PRACTICE
- Asana postures with hands-on assists for deepening awareness
- Asana flow sequences
- Chanting & energetic effects of mantras
- Modifications for varying levels
- Integrating bandhas into practice
- Meditation techniques & kriyas
- Hawaiian spirit and chants and the meaning of Aloha
3) ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY, KINESIOLOGY
- Exploration of the major body systems in relationship to asana practice
- Benefits & contraindications for all techniques
- Effects of structural alignment on overall health
- Muscle and fascial physiology
- Avoiding common injuries in yogic practices
- Using props and variations to individualize practices
- Body-Mind-Prana relationship
- Teaching and giving safe instructions
- Practice teaching exercises in small groups, public classes, and workshops
2) PHILOSOPHY, LIFESTYLE & ETHICS
- Teaching as a yoga practice
- The 8 limbs of yoga
- Patanjali’s yoga sutras
- Yogic diet & nutrition
- Gardening, farming, and yoga – kuleana & the ‘aina
- Yoga chants
- Yoga off the mat
- Yogic texts
- Insurance and liabilities
- Organic, natural, life style
- Living Maui Aloha Yoga all day
4) TEACHING METHODOLOGY
- Multiple intelligence education
- Class management for mixed levels
- Clarity in teaching language
- Incorporating hands-on assists & modifications
- Nurturing creativity in the learning process
- Cultivating personal style in content & delivery
- Business aspects of teaching yoga
- Teaching Maui Aloha Yoga
300 Hr Program Overview
Experiential practice of key poses, alignment, advanced poses, yoga kriyas. Students will be guided by senior teachers to use their teachings in their asana practice.
Explore the chakras in depth, their relationship between consciousness and the body, and the functions of these energy centers. We’ll discuss the functions of the chakras in relation to associated organs/body parts, the related mental & emotional issues & learn the spiritual and energetic qualities of the chakras and participate in chakra meditations.
Community Building Practicum
Visiting local schools to teach yoga classes; creating a community event in which free yoga classes are offered as well as opportunities for service in conjunction with the event. Through these outreach experiences, students will have the opportunity to offer their art as a means of establishing connections and building community relations by karma yoga, the spirit of service.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
Dive deep into the teachings of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by chanting and discussing the sutras individually, and gaining an understanding through transmission of each sutra.
Ashtanga Yoga: The Eight Limbs of Yoga
In depth learning and discussion about the Eight Limbs of Yoga include Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dyana, Samadhi. Learn how these individual categories become a whole and the practical application of these sacred teachings into daily life.
Uplifting the Teacher’s Voice
The teacher’s voice is the one used when you’re standing in front of your class. It’s a professional voice and often different in quality from our day-to-day speaking voice. The projection of a strong voice and the inner power behind it will be explored as well as patterns of communication in the classroom. Incorporating exercises with Sanskrit syllables for toning the voice, students will be able to increase the volume and power of the voice for confidence and effectively maintaining the attention of a class.
Moving Deeper into the 5 Koshas
According to the yoga tradition, we have five sheaths, or koshas each made of increasingly finer grades of energy. Students will gain an understanding of these yogic bodies called koshas or “sheaths” as described in the yoga classic, the Taittiriya Upanishad.
Anatomy for Yoga Teachers
Understanding how the human body moves is integral to teaching in a manner that is safe, appropriate and effective. We will explore the human movement system – primarily the skeletal, nervous and muscular systems as they relate to movement and motor learning. Students will learn about planes and directions of movements, joints, and the muscles that create movement at the joints; learn which primary tissues are at risk during asana practice and how to protect them.
Gardening, Farming, & Yoga
Gardening & farming brings a relaxing, meditative quality to our minds since it requires much patience and concentration while sowing seeds, planting, weeding, pruning, watering, and harvesting. Incorporating the yogic practices of breath, asana, and mindfullness will be explored while working with the ‘aina, or land of Hawaii. Through hands on organic garden & farming activities, students will learn how nurturing and working with the Earth with a sense of kuleana, or privileged responsibility, provides wonderful oppurtunities to nurture the whole being and creates a healthy & sustainable environment.
Being a much slower teaching style, restorative yoga requires a certain quality from a teacher. Students will learn the theory and practice behind a restorative yoga class and also learn pranayama and visualization techniques.
The 3 Gunas as Expressed in The Bhagavad Gita
A discourse on the three gunas: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas as related by the classic Indian scripture, The Bhagavad Gita. Students will receive insight on the qualities, forces, or modes of nature that make up material existence, or prakriti and how yoga opens our awareness to purusha, soul.
Teaching Yoga for Healthy Shoulders Learn the correct alignement of the shoulders while gaining insight into an array of shoulder openers; also, how to properly handle a shoulder injury or address shoulder pain.
In Depth Hip Opening
Specific poses are prefered for deeper hip openings. In order to move deeper into the hips there must be a knowledge of how to keep proper alignment in the process as well as how to instruct verbally a sense of release for a client, class, or community. Students will also learn how to take a client deeper into the emotional connections that we have in our hips.
Dristi translates to “gaze.” During our physical and meditation practices we’ll use our gaze to increase concentration, calmness and ultimately stillness, achieving one-pointed concentration, dharana.
Several pranyama techniques will be presented to explore the science of breath regulation and the cultivation of life force, or prana. Understanding the physical, physiological, emotional, and spiritual effects of pranayama, students will be able to incorporate these techniques to help increase vitality, awareness, and well-being in themselves and their students.
Ethics for Yoga Teachers
Instruction & discussion on practicing Yamas & Niyamas, Limbs 1 & 2 of the Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy, in the daily activities of life to set a professional & ethical example as a teacher of yoga. We’ll learn the appropriate application of the practices and teachings of yoga to influence the teacher/student’s living standards in a helpful, safe, and transformative way.
Nutrition and the Science of Aruveda
Awareness of what one puts into the body as food and its effects on physical well-being and how it impacts the overall psychological well-being, are important factors to the yoga practice & lifestyle. Along with the study of certain aspects of the yogic science of diet, we will explore the connection between what and how we eat and other factors affecting our lives. Students will learn how the integration of healthy eating habits & nutrition supports the yoga practice and a healthy lifestyle while expanding the access of organic, locally-grown fruits & vegetables.
The Paths of Yoga
Paths of Yoga within the classical system of Raja Yoga include Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, & Karma Yoga. Knowledge of Self through chanting Sanskrit verses, service from within to the whole, devotional practices, and connecting the paths are explored. By experiencing the yogic disciplines through practice we’ll see how each path is uniquely used to achieve a higher purpose.
The bandhas are the internal tools we use to harness, increase, and direct prana through the body. The word “bandha” literally translates to the word “lock”. When these locks are engaged it stops prana from leaving the body. We’ll explore The bandhas in depth, how to use, manage & maintain, as well as where each one is located.
Mythological Origins of the Asanas
This class explores origins of the asanas in a colorful way through ancient stories of yogis, sages, animals, creatures, and the deities. Practicing the cultivation of the qualities of divinity will open the way for knowledge, the responsibility of inner power and its ultimate alignment with our highest goals