This course places major emphasis on Vinyasa yoga practice, hands-on adjustments, and Vinyasa sequencing workshops. The philosophy is based on Bhagavad Gita and its applications in daily life. Students will study and practice pranayama, chakra and Kundalini meditations, metaphysical meditations, and Yoga Nidra. The anatomical highlight will be on practical applications of functional anatomy and comparative anatomy.
Sudhir Ponugupati (Sudhir Rishi) is the lead teacher and course director for the 200 hour teacher trainings. Being a lead teacher he is responsible for seventy percent of teaching. He is into the field of Yoga, Meditation, Philosophy and Ayurveda consistently for the last 23 years. He also lived as a Monk for 8 years. He has taught around 50 x batches of 200hr and 300hr YTTCs, teaching a few thousand students from all over the world.
PRACTICE & TECHNIQUES
- Vinyasa flow intermediate to advance level practice every morning.
- Yin, restorative and other styles of asana practice a few times during the course.
- Sequencing workshops.
- Regular student teaching practice and feedback from teachers and classmates.
- Alignment/adjustment/teaching techniques workshops every day.
- Daily hands-on-adjustments by teachers or by fellow trainees to deepen your personal practice.
- Modifications, and advance variations of numerous postures.
- Use of props such as blocks, bolsters, straps, blankets, and walls in your yoga practice.
- Posture clinics
- Regular themed-workshops on topics such as hip opening, headstand and inversions, back bending, arm balances, among others.
- Teaching practice, receiving and giving feedback
- Principles of demonstration
- Observing, assisting and correcting
- Instructions guidelines, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher
- Voice projection, and floor presence
- Different process of learning
- Planning and structuring a class
- Alignment and hands-on-adjustments theory and practice
- Dealing with injuries and safety precautions
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, building networks with other yoga teachers, schools, studios and retreats, and much more.
PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION
You will learn and practice different breathing and meditation techniques almost every day throughout the complete course.
You will receive around fourteen interactive classes on yoga philosophy. Ten are mandatory and the other four, also known as Satsangs, are optional. Satsangs are open philosophy classes where you are free to ask questions related to spirituality, meditation or any other enquiry related to your spiritual quest.
- Information, knowledge and wisdom.
- Karma Yoga and its practical applications in daily life.
- Jnana Yoga and its applications.
- Raja Yoga/Ashtanga Yoga.
- Meditation, theory and practice.
- Dharma and Karma.
- Understanding Bhakti Yoga.
- Three Gunas: Satva, Rajas, Tamas.
- Gunas and food.
- Importance of right attitude.
- Kundalini and chakra.
- Samadhi, Enlightenment and Moksha.
- Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc). Includes the study of the anatomical subject and the application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy patterns of movement, among others).
- 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, breathing and respiratory system, and major joints of the body.
- Understanding of yoga asanas from an anatomical perspective.
- Therapeutic applications of postures and working with injuries in asana class.
You will be given a reading list with books and yoga related DVDs to read and watch before coming to the course. These will be counted as non-contact hours. You will receive this list along with the joining instructions upon acceptance of your place. You should endeavour to complete this reading before your course begins. Purchasing the required material to accomplish this task is the responsibility of each student. Should you not be able to purchase the material or complete the reading before the course starts, you can do so during your free hours and using the materials we have available in the school library. We have all of the required resources available for you here.