PRACTICE AND TECHNIQUES
During this 300-hour Hatha and Yin Yoga Teacher Training Course, you will learn and do advance practice of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and kriyas. You will have regular student teaching practice and receive feedback from teachers and classmates. This also includes, but not limited to:
- Hatha Yoga intensive practice every morning.
- Purpose and utility of asana in Hatha Yoga.
- Alignment/adjustment/teaching techniques workshops every day.
- Modifications, and advance variations of numerous postures.
- Regular themed-workshops on topics such as hip opening, headstand and inversions, back bending, arm balances, among others
- Yin Yoga practice every afternoon.
- The essential elements of Yin yoga
- Developing a deeper understanding of Yin yoga
- 20 core Yin postures and their modifications
- How to practice Yin Yoga
- Restorative and Yoga Nidra practice a few times during the course.
- Correct use of props such as blocks, bolsters, straps, blankets, and walls.
In this integrated Hatha and Yin yoga teacher training course, you will acquire skills to teach according to your audience needs, but also according to the focus and emphasis of your class, for example: your voice, volume and tone should transmit high energy during a Yang/dynamic Hatha Yoga class while it should be calm and soothing during a Yin Yoga class. This section of the course will also include the following:
- Demonstrated ability to recognize, adjust, and adapt to specific aspirant’s needs in a progressive asana class.
- Sequencing Hatha Yoga classes including modifications and advanced variations for different levels of practitioners.
- Sequencing according to the benefits of the asanas over meridians and organs.
- How to practice and teach Yin yoga.
- Learn how to cue Yin postures safely.
- Learn four themed Yin sequences with modifications and use of props.
- Understanding the correct use of props according to the need of the student in a Yin Yoga class.
PHILOSOPHY, PRANAYAMA AND MEDITATION
You will receive around fourteen interactive classes on yoga philosophy. Four of these classes are called Satsangs, which are open philosophy classes where you are free to ask questions related to spirituality, meditation or any other enquiry related to your spiritual quest. You will also practice pranayama and meditation every day.
Some topics covered in this section of the yoga teacher training are, but not limited to:
- Hatha Yoga Pradeepika
- Patanjali Yoga Sutras
- Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads and Hatha Yoga
- The Four paths of Yoga
- The Eight Limbs of Yoga
- Diet according to Hatha Yoga
- Ethical guidelines for yoga teachers
- Practice of advanced stages of pranayama and meditation techniques in order to get familiar with the ability to perform Dharana and Dhyana and to demonstrate allied practices (Mudras, Mantra Japa).
- Practice of pranayama and meditation techniques in order to hold poses for longer periods of time, mindfully and with awareness.
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
These classes ensure the understanding of the physical and energetic anatomy and physiology of human body. Substantial emphasis is placed on the benefits of yoga practices (asanas, pranayama, meditation) over our major body systems and connective tissues.
- Human physical anatomy and physiology (body systems and organs).
- Anatomy principles and its application in yoga practices (contraindications, benefits, healthy patterns of movement, among others).
- Deeper understanding of yoga asanas from an anatomical perspective.
- Benefits of postures and how to work with injuries in Hatha Yoga classes.
- Energetic anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, meridians).
- Comparative and functional anatomy.
- Compression and tension theory.
- Differences in bones and skeletons.
- How skeletal differences affects postures, and range of movements of the joints.
- Aesthetic and functional alignment.
- 14 skeletal segments to define tension and compression areas.
- Seven Myofascial compartments targeting the legs and torso.
- Beneficial effects of Yin yoga on connective tissues, fascia and joints: anatomical and energetic benefits
THE BUSINESS OF YOGA
In this class, your teachers will guide you through how to develop your career as a yoga teacher, setting up your own studio, school or retreat center, marketing strategies, advertising and PR, ethics in yoga business, and building networks with other yoga teachers, schools, studios and retreats.
As part of your 300-hr Hatha and Yin Yoga Teacher Training Course, you will receive a list of books and yoga related DVDs to read and watch before coming to the course. (These will be counted as non-contact hours.) Upon acceptance of your place, you’ll receive a “Joining Instructions” document that includes this list. You should endeavour to complete this reading list before your course begins. Purchasing the required material to accomplish this task is solely your responsibility. You don’t need to bring this material unless you really want to use it for your personal reference.