Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course

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Course Content
 

This Yoga Teacher Training Course focuses on the practice and method of teaching of Hatha Yoga style of over 100 Asanas, Pranayama techniques, Kriyas, Bandhas and Mudras and the essentials of Yogic practice. The course focuses on the tradition of Hatha Yoga with Hatha Yoga Pradeepika as a guide book. The Sanskrit names of the postures and the practice with variations for beginners; Pranayama and different meditation techniques are emphasized during the morning practices and Mantra Chanting; Kirtans in the evening help the aspirants to awaken the hidden facets of the body-mind system.

Practice
 

To practice a particular pose into its deep, one needs to know intelligent way of using the muscles, the appropriate way of breathing, meditative state of the mind and spiritually rooted soul. Practice of postures is a moving meditation. In the session "Teaching Methodology" we try to explore the concepts on which a particular posture is developed, how it can be practiced into a deeper level, the benefits and contra indications. We also discuss the usage of props, the balance between the strength and flexibility and so on.

 

The Sanskrit names of the postures are explained elaborately and how to teach a traditional Hatha Yoga class effectively is evaluated in detail. The benefits of the specific sequencing, designing the theme based classes are included as essential elements of the practice and teaching of Ashtanga Yoga during the course.

 

The Evening Practice

While the morning practice is devoted for the traditional Hatha Yoga practice, the evening practice is focusing on understanding the other styles of Yoga practice such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Prana Vinyasa, Shivananda etc. which help the student to have a good idea about other popular styles and will be able to incorporate those styles as per the needs back home while teaching a class.

Art of hands on Adjustments

Teaching methodology sessions will focus on alignments, art of hands on adjustments, corrections with the benefits and limitations of each pose. Art of Adjustments is one of the significant fields where in Yoga teacher has to work constantly to grow and to keep his/her class special. Hence we try to explore it with all details. The importance of encouraging students to continue with a regular practice and preparing them for Mysore style is emphasized.

 

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Group Classes

Group class is one of the inevitable parts of the training. Starting from day 2 you will be taking a class every day based on what was already given to you by your teacher for your group which builds the confidence, tones up the teaching skills and other required criteria to be a teacher. This class will always be supervised by one of the main teachers and there will be a feedback session after every group class session to improve the quality of the participant's teaching.

Class Modules

You will be asked from the second week to design a yoga class module based on what you have been practicing since a week under the guidance of a teacher. You will be preparing the class modules once in a week from week two – week four.

Leading the whole group

Based on the modules prepared, you will take a class in the fourth week for the whole group under the supervision of the teacher. This builds the yoga teacher inside you to take up new challenges back home.

Yoga Anatomy

We will have an introduction to Yoga anatomy, in which we will discuss the anatomical aspects of Yoga practice. It is important to know how to engage/relax the muscles, deepening the stretches yet not injuring ourselves physically and so on. It is also important to understand the structure of our respiration to improve the quality of the breathing by pranayama techniques. A whole new world of Yoga Anatomy which improves the quality of our Yoga practice will be explored during the Yoga anatomy sessions

Theoretical sessions

Sessions on Yoga Philosophy including The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the history and fundamentals of Hatha Yoga tradition, Vedic chanting with their meaning, Hatha Yoga Pradeepika, the sourcebook of Hatha Yoga style, Chakras and their psychological influence, the philosophy behind the practice of Bandhas and Mudras etc. are discussed in detail.

 

A variety of meditation techniques are taught to gain control over the mental fluctuations. Maintaining a holistic lifestyle & vegetarian diet, which is conducive to yoga practice, is offered throughout the course.

 

This teacher training explores the depth of the Hatha Yoga practice by revealing its teaching techniques.

Topics Include
  • Practice and method of teaching of over 100 postures
  • Adjustments and Teaching Techniques
  • Assisting and supervised teaching (a detail teaching of art of hands on adjustments)
  • Practice of Pranayama
  • Practice of Yogic cleansing techniques.
  • Introduction to Bandhas
  • Yoga for Pregnancy
  • Yoga for Core Strengthening
  • Yoga for Back Pain
  • The Yogic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Tantra, Pranic Energy, Chakras and Nadis
  • The Mantras and their influence on the human system
  • Meditation Techniques
  • The Chanting and Philosophy of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course Manuals

Each student will be provided with two detailed & comprehensive Yoga Manuals, i.e. Theory and Practical manuals, which will be used throughout the Yoga Teacher Training and provide for an invaluable tool of reference for the students' career in teaching Yoga & deepening their personal practice.

 

Highlights of the Theory Yoga Manual include Chanting and the meaning of the mantras with connotations, Meditation Techniques & the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in Sanskrit with English transliteration and meaning, Pranayama & Kriyas Practice and Guidelines, Yoga Anatomy, Hatha Yoga as it is explained by Yogi Svatmarama in Hatha Yoga Pradeepika, Nadis, Chakras, Layers of human body and their connections with Koshas, Mudras and etc.

 

The practical manual includes the Sanskrit and English names of the postures, the practice technique and variations for different levels of practice with benefits and limitations. With pictures around 150, the practical manual will be a lifelong guide for your yoga practice and teaching even after the completion of the course.

Yoga Alliance, USA & Hatha Samyak Yoga

Samyak Yoga is a Registered Yoga School in Yoga Alliance as "Hatha Samyak Yoga". Our teacher trainings are internationally approved and it is certified by Yoga Alliance USA. Yoga Alliance is an organization which governing the quality of the trainings and teachers in U.S and around the world.

 

Kindly search for "Hatha Samyak Yoga" while registering yourself with Yoga Alliance after the completion of the training.

 

Know more about Yoga Alliance in their website www.yogaalliance.org

Preparation for the Teacher Training

A good Yoga practitioner is a good Yoga teacher of too. Most important thing in yoga teaching is "sharing". Sharing the knowledge whatever we got to the students, so they can progress practice and live a healthy life. This training will give a strong foundation for the future teachers to improve their skills in yoga and will help to start teaching students with a small group. A strong foundation is always necessary to get into this training and understand the whole picture of this course.

 

We suggest the students to read minimum these articles, books before coming to this program. It will give a basic understanding about the subjects which they are going to study in this course.

Suggested Reading List
  • Light on Yoga – BKS Iyengar
  • Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – BKS Iyengar
  • Prana Pranayama Prana Vidya – Swami Niranjananda Saraswati
  • Meditation and Mantras – Swami Vishnudevananda
  • Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahamsa Yogananda
  • Eastern Body Western Mind – Anadea Judith