WHY YOU SHOULD SHOULD ENROLL IN A 200-HOUR ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
First of all you may be wondering, what is ashtanga vinyasa yoga?
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a practice that was founded by Indian yoga guru K. Pattabhi Jois. He created this practice to purify the body and mind, as it has a cleansing and detoxifying effect on the body and nervous system.
This style of ashtanga yoga is made up of six series (Primary, Intermediate and four Advanced Series) each of which has a set sequence of poses. Each of the six series begins with Surya Namaskara A and B variations, followed by the standing sequence.
This type of yoga is very dynamic, since you synchronise the breath with each posture to create an internal heat. In most ashtanga vinyasa classes, there is a teacher to guide you through all the postures and correct alignments, but with Mysore style the students practice together at their own pace without a guide.
It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to get to this level, where you can memorise the correct sequence of the postures without any extra help, which is why ashtanga vinyasa yogis practice in the morning at least six days a week!
SHOULD I DO A 200-HOUR ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA TRAINING?
If you like structured, dynamic, strength-building yoga…
…a 200-hour ashtanga vinyasa yoga teacher training is definitely for you.
While some may view ashtanga vinyasa yoga as ‘challenging,’ it is actually a beautiful opportunity to cultivate self-discipline and build your strength through daily repetition.
As you learn and practice the Primary Series daily, you will be able to see your improvement over time.
Doing a 200-hour ashtanga vinyasa yoga training will give you the confidence you need to do each posture correctly, since the teacher will provide hands-on adjustments and explain all the benefits of each posture.
Through combining the postures with meditation and breathing, you will achieve an inner balance and find harmony with your mind, body and soul. One of the main benefits of ashtanga yoga is a clear and focused mind.
You will also learn about the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras which talks about the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (bliss or enlightenment). Pranayama is very important, as the breath moves you from each posture to the next one.
An ashtanga vinyasa yoga teacher training will also teach you to sequence a vinyasa yoga flow, if you plan on teaching yoga to others. These vinyasa flows can be designed based on your student requirements, or on different themes like the season, time of the day, focusing on different parts of the body. Unlike the Ashtanga series, vinyasa flows are not required to be repetitive.
At Sampoorna Yoga, we offer a 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow teacher training where you will be taught Ashtanga yoga based on the Ashtanga Primary Series, as well as Vinyasa Flow. You will also learn yoga anatomy & physiology, practice the art of hands on-adjustments and more. We will dive deep into Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, so you can understand the importance of yoga philosophy and how it relates to yoga and daily life.
This course is completely special and unique in the way that we focus on our inner emotions and connect to our hearts, instead of just memorising the sequence in our minds.
When you complete the training, you will receive your 200-hour Yoga Alliance USA certificate and be able to start teaching.
It is a beautiful way to continue giving and sharing the gift of spirituality and true yoga teachings.