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Asana, Pranayama & Teaching Techniques

50 Hours

The study of Yogasana will make up the majority of this module, you’ll delve into the many poses, their alignment, benefits & the contraindications

We’ll explore the principles & practice of Hatha Yoga & Vinyasa Flow Yoga.

We’ll investigate the rise in popularity of Yin, Restorative & Hot Yoga, as well as looking at the lineages, their benefits, histories & recent problems.

We’ll debunk meditation & become creative with simple visualisations for use in class.

Uncomplicated pranayama & breath ratios for use in classes will be taught & we’ll study sound & mantra, looking at their uses during asana practice & on their own.

We will consider the importance of relaxation techniques in our busy lives & the various tools that can be used for initiating the relaxation response.

Teaching Skills

50 Hours

Your teaching skills will be what define you as a teacher; you will become confident in the principles of preparation, class-planning & theming.

The elements of a Yoga Class (warm-up, main practice, relaxation) & time spent in each will be looked at, with reference to class aims & outcomes.

We’ll look at artful sequencing, the use of props & modifications of poses based on what we are looking to achieve – aims & outcomes.

Ample time will be given to teaching yoga as appropriate to individual/group. You will learn how to read the room & your languaging

Sanskrit names for poses & their more colourful modern names will be explored, as will the use of music, setting the scene & adding your personal touches to your classes.

You will be encouraged to look at your own relationships with teachers & define your own understanding of healthy student-teacher boundaries.

The responsibilities of being a yoga teacher & self-reflection on how we take care of ourselves will arise from encouraging others in self-care practices.

History & Philosophy

30 Hours

You will come to understand the importance & influence of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras on modern day yoga. Patanjali’s guidance on how to gain mastery over the mind & emotions & his advice on spiritual growth will be studied. This will give rise to discussions on right-living & how we live the sutras on & off the mat.

We will use the Hatha Yoga Pradipika as a guide to Hatha Yoga classes & it’s recommendations on how to prepare the body & nervous system, for stillness & creating the necessary physical strength required for practices that calm the mind.

Yoga & the religious experience will be explored, We’ll look at the Bhagavad Gita & the concept of Yoga being in religion, but Religion not being in Yoga.

Anatomy

20 Hours Online Study, 10 Hours with your Tutor

  1. Building Blocks: Sthira & Sukha / Connective Tissue / Bones / Muscles
  2. Breath: Prana & Apana / Diaphragm / Ujjayi / Bhandas
  3. Muscle Physiology: Strength / Flexibility / Movement / Joints
  4. The Spine: Curves / Disks / Backpain
  5. The Lower Limbs: Foot / Knee / Hips / Pelvis / Walking / Alignment in Standing Postures
  6. The Upper Limbs: Hands & Wrists / Forearm / Elbow / Shoulder / Alignment in Inversions
  7. Approaching Asana: Our Philosophy on Asana Analysis
  8. Pain & Sensation: A Body-Mind Perspective
  9. Breath & Movement: Asana & Vinyasa
  10. Life As A Teacher And A Life-Long Student

You’ll have access to 20 hours of vigorously refined material, led by internationally recognized subject-matter experts, incorporating yoga, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, embryology & physical exploration. You will also be able to access this online training for a lifetime, so supporting you throughout your teaching.

Practicum

20 Hours

Application & practicum will allow you to apply what you have learned & practiced in a wider context. You will teach a beginner’s course, at the studio to real people (if you wish, or elsewhere), some of which will be observed or recorded for your final submission.

The practicum element of the course enables you to put into action the knowledge you have gained & get direct feedback on client work. It is designed to enable students to pave the way to becoming skilled yoga teachers.

Non-Contact Hours – Attending classes

20 Hours

Attending yoga classes outside of the teacher training with the following stipulations:

Each class must be evaluated via a written diary & are part of the final submission.

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