200-HR YTT CURRICULUM
Our program is comprehensive, and will cover all the requirements as presented by Yoga Alliance for you to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (200-RYT) upon your certification.
Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics (Raja Yoga)
Students will explore the ancient and powerful teachings of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali with discussions on how to apply the 8 limbs to their personal lives as well as introducing them in a class environment. You will learn how to guide the chanting of key sutras as well as certain mantras. We will explore the ethical guidelines for teaching yoga. Through discussion we will look at how a yogic lifestyle supports the health of our communities and planet. Students are welcome to work in our vegetable garden out back and eat from the garden.
Techniques, Training and Practice (Hatha Yoga)
The best teachers are dedicated students themselves. The morning session will be a “classroom” environment to deepen their personal practice. The afternoon session will be a breakdown of the key poses practiced that morning. We will explore sequencing of the poses, use of props, how to give adjustments, and contraindications. Students will learn the sanskrit names of all the poses as well as some of the mythological stories around the names of the poses.
The pranayama practices and kriyas are introduced in the final week when students have cultivated the physical strength and sensitivity to sit for this practice. We will explore introductory practices that they can safely introduce into their personal practice as well as a classroom environment. We will include working with the energetic locks (bandhas) and understand the contraindications for certain techniques.
Functional Anatomy and Physiology
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. They will learn which primary tissues are at risk during asana practice and how to protect them. They will learn how to assess movement in asana and based on this to provide appropriate regression/progression of poses. We will explore the mechanics of breathing (Respiratory and Cardiovascular systems) and the health benefits of proper breathing. This will introduce students for the upcoming Pranayama practices in the final week.
Students will learn the art of becoming powerful, effective and inspiring teachers! We will explore aspects such as qualities of a student, qualities of a great teacher, cultivating your personal teaching values and style, how to assess different learning styles and how to motivate students. We will look at how to teach using verbal instruction, hands on adjustments, props and visualizations. You will gain an understanding why we teach in Sanskrit, and how to cultivate your teaching voice. We will look at how to implement Vinyasa Krama into your teaching and take an in-depth workshop on sequencing. This will guide you in learning how to teach a mixed level class. We will also look at how to teach beginning students.
The “Business of Yoga” will also be addressed. This will include information on Yoga Alliance Registration, logging of teaching hours, insurance and continuing education. Students will be given guidance on how to write a resume (based on what students really want), conducts as “interview/demo class” and tips on how to create SMART goals that support their new path.
Students will now put into place all they have learnt in the previous two weeks! Working in small groups of 2-4, they will formulate and then teach a full 1.5 hour class to their fellow students. Senior teachers from the training will assess them on quality of sequencing, verbal instruction/delivery, use of variations and props, gentle adjustments, and overall presentation (including the use of themes/mantras/philosophy/music). There will be a group feedback session after each practicum for fellow student comments as well.
REQUIRED READING FOR COURSE:
— Prior to course – Health, Healing and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya – T. K. V. Desikachar (200/300 hr)
— During course – The Language of Yoga –Nicolai Bachman (200/300 hr)
— Prior to and during the course – The Yogi’s Roadmap: Patanjali Yoga Sutra as a Journey to Self Realization by Bhavani Silvia Maki (300 hr)
SUGGESTED READING BEFORE COURSE:
— The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit & Lawrence M Elson (200/300HR)
— Or, The Anatomy of Yoga by Leslie Kaminoff
(The Anatomy book you’ll be needing depends on the course you are signed up for, please inquire)