What to expect: What you will study
Education needs inspiration, not just information. Only inspired human beings can transform their own lives and the lives around them: Sadhguru
The 200 hours certified Whole Body Awareness Yoga Teacher Training intensive consists of 12 modules, all of which must be satisfactorily completed before the certification is given to enable you to successfully teach yoga anywhere in the world. The following is brief breakdown of what you will study. But we expect you to have an extremely enjoyable experience with support on every step of your journey.
Yoga teaching is not just for the super flexible, life experiences and past injuries bring us great learning tools that we can use to help others on their yoga path.
Module 1: Anatomy and Physiology:
A full and comprehensive course covering everything from connective tissue and muscular system to the anatomy of energetics with the breath and bandha, and how to bring this knowledge into your teaching. This in depth module will set you apart from many Yoga Teachers as we bring this knowledge out of the Anatomy book into your teaching. We also cover the vitally important concept of the students individual skeletal differences, understanding when they are feeling tension and when they are feeling compression, and how we can adapt the posture to suit their individual bodies.
Module 2: The History of Yoga and The Role of the Yoga Teacher in the West:
Here we cover the theories behind the roots of Yoga and Patanjali, how Yoga come to the West and what brings people to Yoga. We also look at the concept of working spiritually as part of a cooperative group and our ego driving modern society. We also discuss the impact of the Yoga Sutras on Yoga and its development and the connection with Yoga and religion. We will also look at the individual demands of teaching yoga in the West, such as the physical stresses on the body from a predominantly sedentary society due to hours spent seated.
Module 3: Different Styles of Yoga:
This course is based on Vinyasa Flow Yoga, but you will also learn how to offer both Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Whole Body Awareness Yoga Teacher Training offers you the opportunity to work on the whole body, the connective tissue as well as the muscles. Yang style yoga works on strength whilst the Yin style yoga works on the connective tissue and fascia.....to bring health and harmony back to the body we have to know how to connect with the whole body.....not just the muscles.
We also look deeper at the differences between the different styles available to us now and ask such questions as....
How would you explain to your students why there are so many different styles of yoga available?
Many students are confused by the different styles. Is it important that they understand the differences?
Module 4: The Eightfold path:
In this section we start looking deeper at what the true meaning of Yoga is and the 'Journey' of Yoga. We look at our individual relationship with the practice of Yoga and how that has developed and how it can develop. We discover that the art of yoga is to re-connect the mind body and spirit, and learn how to teach this to our students, and how we show this in our practice. We dive into the concept of Enlightenment and the journey towards this.
Module 5: The Yamas:
Assignment 1: Ahimsa
Assignment 2: Satya
Assignment 3: Asteya
Assignment 4: Brahmacharya
Assignment 5: Aparigraha
Module 6: The Niyamas:
Assignment 1: Saucha
Assignment 2: Santosha
Assignment 3: Tapas
Assignment 4 : Svadhyaya
Assignment 5: Ishvara Pranidhana
Module 7 Asanas : Vinyasa Sequencing and Yin and Restorative Postures:
We spend every day throughout the intensive course looking in great detail at the art of sequencing and how we target postures, themes or energy through the sequence. We learn how to create vibrant sequences that seamlessly flow from posture to posture. Students start teaching from day one, building their confidence and skills in a safe supportive environment. Throughout this process you are given a lot of support, feedback and encouragement to give you the tools to become a great teacher.We also look at Yin Yoga postures and the role of Restorative Yoga in a class environment.
Module 8: Alignment and Adjustments:Working with Chronic Pain
Safe alignment is vital for the well being of our students, so we look in detail at each individual asana and how we can adjust the asana for different levels of student. Looking at contra indications to create safe teaching practices. The reality of teaching yoga is that the majority of your students will have some degree of past or present injury history. Therefore part of your training is designated to helping you understand how injuries leading to chronic pain develops and how you can help your students both physically and mentally to deal with their chronic pain whilst still enjoying the benefits of Yoga. It is estimated that up to 80 percent of the population will at some stage in their lives suffer from some form of chronic pain. These students need your help to bring back strength and flexibility. As the author of Breaking the Attachment to Pain, I will help you feel confident to deal with all students levels. We also look in detail at the importance of props in our practice. And how and when to safely use hands on adjustments.
Module 9: Pranayama
Here we cover different types of Pranayama that are suitable to include in a class setting. The science behind the practice and the benefits of developing breath awareness and control. We also give you the tools and confidence to teach it to your students.
Module 10: Meditation:
Here we learn how to teach people to concentrate and then bring that concentration into the various types of meditation. You will learn how to teach meditation as part of a class or as separate workshops. We practice meditation daily to also develop our own practice and fully understand the science and benefits behind the role of regular meditation.
Module 11: Pregnancy and Contra Indications:
Yoga is for everyone, and illness, chronic pain and pregnancy should not exclude people from gaining the enormous benefits from the practice. Many 200hrs Yoga Teacher Training courses do not cover this area and therefore leave new Yoga Teacher Teachers unprepared for the vastness of students demands and levels. As an experienced and qualified Yoga Elder and Author of Breaking the Attachment to Pain I am passionate about this subject, and have spent many years helping people feel confident in the healing practices of Yoga. This module will give you the skills to create a safe yoga teaching environment for all levels of students.
Module 12: Professional Development and Marketing:
The structure of this final module will depend on the goals of the student and therefore tailored to them.
This is an intensive training course which is not suitable for beginners. You are required to have at least 2 years yoga experience, and a regular home practice.
The aim of this retreat is not just for you to complete your 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training, but to feel inspired, nourished and passionate about Yoga, health and teaching. For each training I chose venues, either in France or Spain that offer you the ideal environment to achieve just that.
This is a 1 to 1 mentoring training, and available throughout the year, subject to availability.
The nearest airport is Poitier International Airport, or train station, where we offer an airport collection for an additional fee.
Venue, accommodation meals and teaching - 3584 euros
Not included are your travel expenses, insurances and books from the recommended reading list.
Recommended Reading List:
This will be sent to you on booking.