Foundational Asana + Anatomy
Foundational Asana + Anatomy is over 60+ hours of asana instruction and anatomy labs. As the foundation of our program it is designed for aspiring and seasoned teachers, as well as dedicated students as the introduction to a wholistic, energetic approach to asana as more than a technique or style of yoga but a tool for connecting to our body, practice and life. Topics to be covered: Forward Bends, Twists, Surya Namaskar, Standing Postures, Backbends, Inversions and Arm Balances.
The Art of Teaching
This portion of the training is 30+ hours of study, practicum and guidance designed to enhance teaching skills for a yoga class or workshop setting, as well as working with private clients. During this training, students will have the opportunity to identify their intention and strengths as a teacher, cultivate their own unique teaching voice, and further develop the skills to adapt and adjust to the ever-changing dynamic in the teaching environment. Learn to design effective and engaging sequences for a variety of class styles and levels, how to practice self-care and stay inspired as a teacher, and of course practice your teaching skills. In a supportive setting, students will have the opportunity to explore effective cues and sequencing ideas without the pressure of teaching a public class. This becomes a wonderful opportunity to hone your teaching skills with positive feedback from experienced teachers and becomes an essential component in your training.
Pranayama, Meditation + Mapping the Subtle Body
The Western approach to yoga leans heavily to what the Eastern Yogic traditions would call gross or physical level awareness. From the time we are born we are educated to relate to ourselves primarily as a physical being. More and more we are finding that real health and wholeness depends on developing a relationship with the deeper aspects of our being. As counterintuitive as it may be to the modern mind and teacher, it has very practical applications for teachers and students. Anatomy in a western context is about physicality. But according to the yoga tradition, anatomy also includes energy and several subtle body systems. To understand alignment from the physical perspective is one thing, and to understand the subtle or energy body is another. As modern science has done a thorough job of mapping the physical body, so has ancient wisdom done an equally thorough job mapping the subtle bodies.
The Yoga Sutras
Take an in-depth look at the philosophies underlying the yoga tradition. Begin by examining what it means to be human and then investigate what the yoga tradition says about living into our fullest potential.
Ayurveda for Teachers
Ayurveda is the "sister science" to Yoga. Traditionally, Yoga and Ayurveda went hand in hand. One was not understood, nor taught, without the other. Ayurveda, or the “science of life” identifies individual differences, imbalances, and treatments using several modalities including diet, ritual, pranayama + self-care. For the Yoga Teacher or serious student, an understanding of Ayurveda is part of a complete yoga practice, and integral to offering a comprehensive class experience for students. Learn simple, yet advanced principles of Ayurveda specifically for the yoga teacher and advanced student to support inner balance and strength.