Overview

This yoga teacher training course focuses on the foundations of the hatha yoga practice in the areas listed below.  Further to this, it is essential for all students to consolidate their learning by teaching hatha yoga in practice sessions throughout the training. The trainees will be qualified to teach hatha yoga to group classes as well as clients in 1-2-1 settings.

ELIGIBILITY

This course is suitable for people of all ages, all body types with or without yoga experience.

Key areas of study:
– Asana
– Pranayama
– Bandhas
– Anatomy and Physiology of Hatha Yoga
– Hatha Yoga technique, teaching, training and practice
– Yoga History
– Psychology of Yoga
– Philosophy of Yoga and Lifestyle Ethics
– Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation
– Chakras, Nadis, and Koshas
– Teaching Hatha Yoga and teaching Methodology
– Business of Yoga

COURSE OBJECTIVES
By the end of this course, trainees will have developed knowledge and understanding of the key areas as listed. Further to this, they will have consolidated their learning by putting into practice as outlined:

ASANA:
– Ability to guide students safely through asana practice
– Proficiency to use Sanskrit names and English translation of various asanas that have been chosen to be covered on the training
– Ability to observe and adjust students safely
– Knowledge of benefits and contraindications

PRANAYAMA:
– Understanding of various pranayama techniques, their benefits, and application
– Ability to lead basic pranayama practices

BANDHAS:
– Understanding of Bandha anatomy, techniques, their benefits and application
– Ability to introduce and instruct the use of bandhas for asana and pranayama practice

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY:
– Comprehensive knowledge of the human anatomy, including names and functions of the major muscle groups and joints
– Understanding of how to apply the muscle and joint functions in asanas for a healthy and a balanced yoga practice
– Understanding of benefits and contraindications of hatha yoga and pranayama with the purpose of injury prevention
– Basic knowledge of the connection between asanas, pranayama, and the central nervous system

HATHA YOGA – TECHNIQUE, TEACHING, TRAINING, AND PRACTICE:
– A fundamental understanding of the function and physical mechanics of the body in relation to hatha yoga
– A strong awareness of how to connect the breath with movement and find a continuous balanced flow throughout asana practice
– A higher level of physical intuitiveness and sophisticated intelligence in the practice of asana and pranayama
– Comprehensive understanding of performing anatomically safe and conscious hands on adjustments to yoga students in a wide range of elementary to intermediate yoga postures
– An increased awareness of how to read different body make ups with the purpose of preventing injuries and/or modify or advance certain postures, based on the needs of the individual yoga practitioner
– Knowledge and experience of how to use specific pranayama and bandha exercises when practicing and teaching yoga

YOGA HISTORY:
– Understanding of the roots of modern Hatha yoga
– Overview of development of different yoga paths and practices from ancient times until today
YOGA PSYCHOLOGY:
– Basic understanding of western and eastern approaches to the self and the mind as well as historical development.
– Knowledge of the functions of the mind and their working
– Basic knowledge of nervous systems and relationship to balance in asana practice

YOGA PHILOSOPHY AND LIFESTYLE ETHICS
– Knowledge of the philosophical system of Ashtanga Yoga and how to apply the Yamas and Niyamas as an ethical foundation in the teacher student relationship as well as other areas of life
– A clear understanding of the Vedic philosophy from studying classical spiritual scriptures
– An understanding of the similarities and differences between various paths of yoga as well as well as the ability to compare some of it to more western teachings of psychology and philosophy

RESTORATIVE YOGA, YOGA NIDRA, AND MEDITATION:
– Experience of restorative yoga, yoga nidra, and meditation sessions
– Knowledge of background and basic technique of restorative yoga, yoga nidra, and meditation

CHAKRAS, NADIS, KOSHAS:
– Understanding of basic structure
– Ability to relate physical and energetic sensations of hatha yoga to the framework of chakras and nadis
– Ability to make parallels between different practices of asana, pranayama, bandha, mudra, mantra etc based on the energetic structure of the human body

TEACHING HATHA YOGA AND METHODOLOGY:
– Fundamental knowledge of how to teach and sequence hatha yoga classes for elementary to intermediate level
– Ability to teach hatha yoga classes to individuals and groups
– Ability to recognize different body make ups with the purpose to modify or advance certain postures based on the need of the yoga practitioner
– Ability to perform hands on adjustments
– Learned to use clear verbal instructions and anatomical teaching points

BUSINESS OF YOGA:
– Basic marketing skills
– Business advice on how to set up and run yoga classes
– Required insurance
– Yoga Alliance registration process

EVALUATION PROCEDURE and GRADING CRITERIA
– Reflection: In between training weekend trainees are asked to send in written reflections based on the previous sessions. E.g. personal reflections of the Yoga Sutras, philosophy, teaching practices etc.
– Teaching Practicum: Throughout the training, students are continually observed during teaching practices. Teaching practices are sessions where the trainees are required to put their learning into practice and teach one or more of their peers through an asana, pranayama or meditation practice.
– Class planning and sequencing: Leading up to their assessment class, trainees will develop hatha yoga sequences as part of their homework and continuous assessment
– 60-minute yoga class assessment: Trainees develop a 60-minute yoga class based on what they learned on the training and teach a group class
– Presentation: a 10-minute presentation of an area of their choice but related to the key learning areas

ATTENDANCE
Trainees have to attend and participate in 90% of the training. If for any reason they can’t attend or fully participate, the LYT will decide which parts of the training needs to be re-taken.  To retake any parts of the training the following options are available depending on what has been
missed: attend a later session that is part of another training group, 1-2-1 tuition, additional homework or class attendance.

ACCREDITATION
This training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance, demonstrating that the course is of the highest standard. Our graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance and use their accreditation as a sign of quality training.

 

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