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500 Hour YTTC

300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in ‘Vinyasa Flow’
(500 hour Yoga Alliance certification)

“The right thing to do something is ‘NOW!'”

Who can join this course?

  • Those applicants who have already done a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training Course or equivalent from any school, any style OR
  • If you have not done a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training yet may undertake one of our 200 hr YTTC and then do this 300 hour course for 500 hr certification.

Location

At our Sampoorna Yoga Village, Agonda beach, Goa

Total hours of training

Four week course, 10 hours every day, 60 hours a week, 60 hours non-contact hours as compulsory pre-reading assignments, total 300 hrs (240 contact hours training at school and 60 hours non-contact hours as pre-reading and pre-study before the course). Pre-study details will be given after applicant has booked a place in the course.

About the course

Our 500-hour Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher training course is a 300 hour, four week intensive program of study designed to deepen your already existing knowledge and foundation of yoga. Students must have already completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in any style in order to enrol in the 500-hr TTC. This course will focus mainly on Vinyasa Flow practice, technical training and advance asana practice. Major attention will be given to sequencing, technical aspects, and structural components for a Vinyasa Flow class. In addition, students will gain in-depth knowledge of advanced pranayama techniques, meditation practices, structural anatomy, philosophy, and have opportunity to teach and assist with hands-on adjustments during the asana classes. This course is intended to carry you further along your path as a teacher and as a student and prepare you for a more advanced personal and professional investigation into the transformative power of yoga – in body, mind, and soul.

Why 500 hr course?

  • Acquire deeper knowledge of Yogasana, Pranayama, Meditation, Philosophy, and Anatomy
  • Enhance your teaching skills and brush up on your Sanskrit, asana vocabulary, and adjustment techniques
  • Refresh your knowledge of anatomy and philosophy in a focused, committed learning environment with professional and dedicated teachers
  • Deepen your own personal asana practice with daily Vinyasa Flow classes, advanced asana practice like arm balances, backbends etc
  • Learn and practice hands-on adjustment and enhance your teaching skills
  • Share the knowledge and experience you have gained as a yoga teacher with others
  • Take some personal time for yourself and ENJOY BEING A STUDENT AGAIN – studying in a fun, encouraging, and supportive environment
  • Added Benefits with Yoga Alliance US/UK by becoming RYT 500:
    • Enhance your credibility and increase your visibility
    • Join a growing community of teachers who are committed to quality training and involvement in shaping yoga world-wide and expand your network
    • Become part of a globally-recognized symbol of standards-based knowledge in the field of Yoga

Course content

This course will place major emphasis on Vinyasa Flow practice and sequencing, back-bending and hip opening, advanced postures, partner yoga, quality hands-on adjustment practice, and regular Vinyasa sequencing workshops. The philosophy component will follow a more in-depth study of Chakras and the Kundalini system and the Bhagavad Gitaapart from basics of Ayurveda. Students will study intense pranayama, chakra balancing and Kundalini meditations, metaphysical meditations, and Yoga Nidra. The Anatomical highlight will be on practical applications of anatomy and comparative anatomy.

Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa Flow yoga is called such because of the fluid balance between the breath flow and body movement.’Vinyasa’ means breath-synchronized motion and this style of yoga places as much emphasis on the yoga postures as on the transition between the asanas – creating a dynamic, flowing yoga class that transforms into a playful dance between body and breath.Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes – but all styles of Vinyasa incorporate the same quality of movement with breath – whether a more dynamic Power Vinyasa class, or a Gentle Flow yoga.

Vinyasa allows the teacher a lot of variety and space for creativity, and the opportunity to develop their own personal voice and style as a teacher. There are no standard sequences to be followed or taught but will almost always include many variations of sun salutations. Expect lots of dynamic movement, not just static stretching. This style of asana evolves into a meditation in motion, moving with mindfulness, and allowing the body to become active and the mind to quiet and focus.

Vinyasa Flow covers the following

  • Vinyasa flow, Power Yoga, Flow yoga with intermediate and advance postures
  • Principles of sequencing and theming a Vinyasa class
  • One strong, dynamic and challenging Vinyasa Flow class everyday in the morning at 8.30 am

Yin, restorative and other asana classes

  • Students will practice at least two to three Yin or restorative yoga classes per week in the afternoons.
  • There will be loads of teaching and adjustment practice every day by the students.
  • All students will be teaching at least three to four times in a week and practice hands-on-adjustments twice a week on fellow students.
  • There will be one alignment or adjustment or technique class by main teacher every day.
  • There will be at least one posture clinic or themed workshop on alternate days in the evenings.

Our Yoga Alliance Registered 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program incorporates training hours in the following educational categories and topics:

Practice techniques

  • Practice techniques and alignment for approximately 80 most popular intermediate and advance postures including arm balances,inversions, standing postures, back bends, forward bends, etc
  • Modifications, other variations and advance variations of all postures
  • How to use yoga props like blocks, bolsters, straps, blankets, and walls in your yoga practice and rope headstand/inversions
  • Observation by main teachers on your personal practice and feedback everyday immediately after the main asana class
  • Posture clinics: Corrections, modifications and variations are suggested every day after asana class or in posture clinics on alternate days in accordance with the observation and feedback made by our teachers about your practice or your own individual need.
  • Workshops:Themed workshops on topics such as hip opening, headstand and inversions, back bending, arm balances are conducted on alternate days to help you understand and practice these safely and effectively
  • Daily hands-on-adjustments are given to students by expert teachers or by fellow trainees to deepen your own physical practice

Posture clinics

(Every alternate day at 6.15 -7.15 PM from first day)

One of the main asana teachers will be making observations about your personal practice and alignment during main asana classes in the morning. The feedback based on these observations will be given to you immediately after the class so that you can take the help of the teacher to correct your alignment or choose the suitable modification or variation. The teachers will suggest to you the necessary correction in your practice as soon as you have time the same day or during the posture clinics. We do this to make sure that you practice with correct techniques and alignment from day one so that you can improve and deepen your practice every time you hit the mat; so that when you leave the course you have advanced your practice and knowledge of alignment to a much higher level than you came with.

Workshops

(Every alternate day at 6.15-7.15 PM from the first day)

On every alternate day we conduct themed workshops on headstand, inversions, chaturanga, jump back and jump through, hip opening, back bending, arm balances etc. Some of these workshops are optional and some are compulsory. We utilize these workshops to go in depth on a particular topic in a workshop format. Here we teach you everything on the theme of the day and help you practice them; and deal with your individual practice, technique or obstacles. The class here will also include relevant anatomy. These workshops are very interactive and we encourage students to participate actively. These workshops are meant to deepen your knowledge about various themes as a yoga practitioner and teacher.

Teaching practice

  • Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching, hearing and giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.
  • You will start to teach from day one.
  • Students get to teach every alternate day from day one. You will teach at least 20 times during the course, up to 8-10 hours total.
  • You will teach from day one and then to larger groups of 8-10 for 15-30 minutes every alternate day.
  • You will also have opportunity to teach in a few open classes during the course.
  • Regular feedback are given by teachers and fellow students about your teaching so that you can improve and find your unique voice and style as a teacher
  • You will learn to give hands on adjustment and practice the same on alternate days on your fellow students.

Teaching methodology and technique

  • Principles of demonstration
  • Observing, assisting and correcting
  • Instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher
  • Voice projection, floor presence
  • The student’s process of learning
  • Planning and structuring a class
  • Alignment and hands-on-adjustment
  • Dealing with injuries and safety precautions
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga

Pranayama , Mudra, Bandhas and Kriya

  • Advance Pranayama (yogic breathing):
    • Introduction, its aspects, pranic body, different types of prana, types of breathing, anatomy of breathing, Yogic breathing,
    • Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing),Sheetali (cooling breath), Shitkari (hissing breath), Bhramari (humming bee breath), Ujjayi (the psychic or victorious breath), Bhastrika (bellows breath), Kapalbhati (frontal brain cleansing breath), Suryabheda (vitality stimulating breath)including advance variations
  • Advance Mudra (Psychic gesture):
    • Introduction, types, Hand mudras, Head mudras, Postural mudras, Lock mudras, Lock (bandha) mudras, perineal mudras
    • Jnana mudra (psychic gesture of knowledge), chin mudra (psychic gesture of consciousness), Shambhavi mudra (eyebrow center of gazing), Nasikagradrishti (nosetip gazing), Khechari mudra (toungue lock), Shanmukhi mudra (closing the seven gates), Vipareetkarani (inverted psychic attitude), MahaMudra (great psychic attitude)
  • Bandhas (energy locks):
    • Introduction, types, throat lock, root lock, abdominal lock, great lock
  • Kriya; Yogic cleansing techniques: Nasal cleansing (neti), frontal brain cleansing (kapalbhati), eye cleansing-candle gazing (trataka)

Philosophy:

  • Philosophy classes are conducted for two hours each on alternate days at 11.00-1.00 pm throughout the course. These classes are compulsory for everyone.
  • Satsang: Sat is a Sanskrit word which means ‘truth’ and ‘Sang’ means company. Therefore Satsang means “in the company of truth”¬Ě or “in the company of truth seekers.” These are additional optional question and answer based interactive philosophy classes conducted on alternate days throughout the course for 90 min each at 7.30-9.00 pm. These classes are optional and have no fixed topics for teaching. These classes are meant to be interactive and you can ask or discuss with the teacher whatever you wish or need.

Philosophy Content (practical and advanced philosophy)

  • Meaning of yoga, concepts, history
  • Four paths of yoga ( Jnana, Raja, Bhakti, Karma Yoga)
  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Prana (chi or bioplasmic energy)
  • The chakra system, its qualities, activating and balancing techniques
  • Energy or nadi system
  • Five types of bodies (sheaths or koshas)
  • Kundalini
  • Meditation: introduction, practices, meditation and mind, removal of mental problems
  • Vegetarianism
  • Guru and disciple relationship
  • Trataka and concentration
  • Kriya Yoga and meditation

Anatomy:

  • Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).
  • Practical anatomy with a major emphasis on muscular and skeletal structures and in-depth study of anatomical and skeletal differences (i.e. compression, tension, and proportion and orientation theory)
  • Introduction to different body systems
  • Skeletal system, muscular system, connective tissue, nervous system, major joints of the body
  • Breathing and respiratory system
  • Practical applications of anatomy into postures
  • Therapeutic applications of postures and working with injuries in asana class

Business aspect of yoga:

  • Career as a teacher
  • Setting up your own studio, school or business
  • Marketing strategy, advertising and PR
  • Ethics in yoga business
  • Building network with other yoga teachers, schools , studios and retreats
  • How to conduct and theme workshops and intensives

Pre-reading (60 non contact hours)

Applicants will be assigned some reading and watching a few yoga related DVDs before coming for the course which will be equivalent to 60 hours of non-contact hours. This will be sent to you upon receiving the booking amount.

Suggested reading list

Will be sent upon receiving the booking amount.

Daily schedule (Monday to Saturday)

6.30-8:30 am Vinyasa flow
8.45-10.00 am Pranayama and meditation
10.00-11.00 am Breakfast
11.00 am-1.00 pm Anatomy
2.30-3.30 pm Alignment, adjustment, techniques, practicum, methodology
3:30-5.00 pm Students teaching
5.00-6.00 pm Asana
6.30-8.00 pm / 7:45 – 9:00 pm Posture clinic/Satsang

Note: Sunday holiday. Daily schedule and content is subject to change because of constant improvement in course structure and content.

How to Register

Fill out online application form or email us at info@sampoornayoga.com and pay 400 Euros as the booking advance.

You must mention the name of the school you did your 200 TTC from and send image of your 200 YTTC certificate by email.

Accommodation (Information for TTC Students)

Students may stay at Sampoorna Yoga Village or in pre-booked room outside Sampoorna. The course fee is given at ‘schedule and fee‘ page. Know more about ‘Yoga Village‘…


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Sampoorna Yoga's 200/300/500 hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses (TTC) are registered with Yoga Alliance USA/Canada and Yoga Alliance UK. Students who will be certified from our school will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT 200/500 (Registered Yoga Teacher).