Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training
You should know:
- It’s not a retreat
- Intensive Teacher Training
- Training in small groups with individual attention
- Individual feedback
- Teach from Day – 2
- Traditional Ashtanga Primary Series with Vinyasa Krama
What is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga?
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga which is popularly known as Ashtanga Yoga is a style of yoga derived from one of the classical yogic texts called “Yoga Kuranta” by Yogi Vamana. The style was rejuvenated by Sri T. Krishnamacharya, the master of B K S Iyengar as well as Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore India. Following the master’s path, Pattabhi Jois has taken this beautiful style to the hearts of yogis around the world. Later, his grandson, ‘Sharath Jois’ is carrying the lineage of Ashtanga Vinyasa.
Ashtanga Yoga is a practice of sequenced postures with its flow and grace. The postures are derived from “Yoga Kuranta” which was written by Yogi Vamana and re-invented by Ram Mohan Brahmachari at the beginning of 20th century. It was transmitted through his teachings to Sri T Krishnamacharya in the Himalayas. After his studies with the master, Krishnamacharya returned back to his hometown “Mysore” to continue the teachings of Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore. Ashtanga Yoga is classified into six different series of practices which makes the practitioner embrace the sublime layers of the mind with the graceful flow of the practice.
Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training 2018 -19
Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training
1 December to 28th December 2018
Samyak Yoga Mysore India
6:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Practice
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Breakfast Break
10:00 AM – 11.15 AM – Philosophy Session
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM – Tea Break
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Asana Clinic
12:30 PM – 01:30 PM – Group Practice
01.30 PM – 4:30 PM – Lunch Break
04:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Theme-based Practices
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Shower break
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Kirtans, Pranayama & Meditation
7:30 PM – 8:30 – Dinner
Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series
The Primary/first Series of Ashtanga Yoga is known as “Yoga Chikitsa or Yoga Treatment” which primarily consists of forward folds along with twisting, hip opening and balancing. Over 70 postures are sequenced in a systematic way so that it can heal the system and refine the practice in a sequential flow blended with Ujjayi breathing.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Intermediate Series
The Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga or Second series is known as “Nadishodhana” which focuses on the back-bending along with some hip opening, balancing and twisting too. Nadishodhana means purification of Nadis which is the result of the practice of Intermediate series of Ashtanga Practice.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Advanced Series A, B, C & D
The Advance Series has four sequences such as Advance A, B, C & D and altogether they are termed as “Sthira Bhanga” The tradition allows the practitioners to practice every series in the order as every previous series is a preparation for the next series.
Tristhana method is a combination of posture, breath and gaze. Incorporation of the three during the practice assists in cleansing of the body, nervous system and the mind.
Ashtanga Yoga Training Syllabus
This course focuses on the practice and teaching methodology of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. The Primary Series includes over 70 asanas (postures), linked sequentially by Vinyasa (breath-initiated movements between the asanas). The course begins with detailed instruction of the Primary Series practice in the first two weeks and then continues with a morning Mysore style in the third week of the yoga training. The fourth week gives an opportunity for the trainees to teach the Ashtanga Primary Series to the entire group of trainees through which the trainees get ready to teach Ashtanga Yoga and spread the wisdom of Yoga, Light and Love around the world.
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. The 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 practised into a deeper level, the benefits and contraindications. 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 an Ashtanga Yoga Led class effectively is evaluated in detail. The benefits of the specific sequencing and the principles of Vinyasa (the movements between postures), Ujjayi Pranayama (the sound-induced breath), Drishti (the gaze) and Bandhas (the three locks or seals) are included as essential elements of the practice and teaching of Ashtanga Yoga during the course.
The evening session explores the different sets of theme based practices. These include standing, sitting, twisting, back-bending, hip opening and inversions will prepare the aspirants to explore their inner potentialities. These evening practices explore the theme based practices which in turn aids the participant to cater the need of his/her students back home as a teacher. These practices are meant to support, establish a firm foundation to the Ashtanga traditional practice.
The Making of an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
Practice & explore the traditional Ashtanga Primary series during 200 Hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training. With its Vinyasa Krama, Tristhana, the traditional Ashtanga Practice is a transformational process within. Following the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training follows the traditional Mysore Ashtanga Practice
The most significant and hardest aspect of Ashtanga vinyasa Tradition is its Vinyasa Krama. There is a specific count for every asana. As you deepen your Ashtanga Practice, you are required to know what are the Vinyasa counts for Padangusthasana or Padahastrasana etc. This is one dimension of Ashtanga Practice, which even many Ashtanga Teachers find it harder to understand.
Beauty and perfection of every Asana depends upon two factors; one being the flexibility and the other is the alignment of different body parts involved in the posture. Flexibility can be achieved with regular practice and for understanding the posture one would need a good understanding of the posture and fine tune the subtle movements required to land in a perfect position.
Art of Hands on Adjustments
Art of Adjustments is one of the significant fields where Yoga teacher has to work constantly to grow and to keep his/her class unique. Hence we try to explore it with every detail. The importance of encouraging students to continue with a regular practice and preparing them for Mysore style is emphasised.
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.
Teach to Learn
To develop the teaching skills we have sessions named ‘Group class’ which is one of the inevitable parts of the training. Starting from day 2, you will be leading a practical class for a group of fellow participants every day based on the Asanas learned by you. This builds the confidence, tones up the teaching skills and other required criteria to be a teacher. This class will 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.
Philosophical sessions covers variety of fundamentals such as Yoga Sutras, Nadis, Chakras, origin-evolution of Yoga Philosophy etc.
Teach Pranayama & Meditation
Do not only practice pranayama, but teach too. As an Ashtanga Teacher you should be able to teach Pranayama too.
Food during Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training
The progress of Yoga practice does not depend on the practice only. It is significantly dependent on the type of food we eat. There are following factors in making the food Yogic.
The Ingredients: The quality of the fruits and vegetables we use play the significant role. One should be well-aware of the source of the food. Hence, at Samyak Yoga Ashram, we bring directly from the local farmers. These farmers literally worship the farming.
The Preparation: The process of making the food too is a significant part. The Chef while preparing should be happy and joyful. The mind involved in the preparation of the food influences the outcome.
The Concept behind: The food is prepared based on the type of Yoga practice involved. You should have all the three qualities as per Ayurveda i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha in their proportion. The food menu created in such a way that it is delicious and nourishes all dimensions of the system.
The Consumption: The way of eating the food is also significant. At Samyak Yoga Ashram, we all sit together like a family and enjoy the food. When shared with others, the heart opens and helps in bringing energy and light within.
Tips & Things to know
ARE YOU READY FOR TEACHER TRAINING?
Samyak Yoga 200 Hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training is an intensive training in Ashtanga Yoga Practice. It is not a course for beginners.
If you have been practicing for at least two years and would like to refine your practice in terms of proper alignments, tools and techniques of hands-on adjustments, Vinyasa Krama of Ashtanga Yoga, proper practice of Ujjayi and Bandhas along with the philosophy behind the practice, this course is for you.
If you have been practicing for two or more than two years and now would you like to share the practice of Ashtanga with others? If you would like to know how to teach Ashtanga for different levels of practitioners, using different props, how to position yourself properly during the class, proper usage of the voice modulation etc. this training is for you.
ARRIVAL, DEPARTURE AND TRANSPORTATION
ARRIVAL: If you’re arriving one day earlier than the beginning of the training, there will be a nominal extra cost for the accommodation with all meals included.
DEPARTURE: However, it won’t be possible to accommodate you at the end of the training as most often we would be expecting another group of students for Yoga Teacher Training. The last session completes at 8:30 AM on the last day and you can schedule your flight on the same day after 18:00 (6:00 PM) in the evening.
P.S. It won’t be possible to leave just a day before. At Samyak Yoga, we take every session seriously and structured appropriately. Please do keep that in the mind while booking your flights.
TRANSPORTATION: The transportation from the airport is included in the course fee. Once you confirm your participation by making the registration fee payment, share your arrival details such as the Flight Name, Number and Date and Time of arrival.
You can even arrive at midnight/early morning. You do not have to wait for others at the airport. The taxi is always arranged for every student. If there is someone traveling on the same flight, then you both will be informed in advance and can travel together to the Ashram.
YOGA TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Samyak Yoga has been training the aspiring Yoga teachers, refining the Yoga teaching skills since 2011. There are more than 880 students, members of Samyak Yoga Family teaching all over the world. Inspiring Yoga students to teach Yoga to learn Yoga is one of the foundations of teacher training courses at Samyak Yoga. You will see the refined Yoga teachers spreading “Love and Light ” through Yoga around the world.
You will be able to register as RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 Hour) after the 200 Hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Samyak Yoga.
WIFI: Samyak Yoga ashram is equipped with WiFi facility. You can bring your Phone/Tab/Laptop etc. for your surfing when required. Though we recommend you to get less external impact during the journey within, you may require every now and then. However, we do not have any workstation for the students. You will have to carry the required devices along with you.
LAUNDRY: We have the laundry facility for which you are required to make a refundable deposit at the beginning of the training. The money used will be deducted at the end and will be given back to you. You can also wash your clothes in your room on your own.
SMALL SHOP: You can buy the required stuff such as washing powder, pens, toothbrush etc for your daily life from the store in the office. The brands of the products may vary. Hence, if you are particular about a specific brand it is advisable to bring them along.
RECOMMENDED READING BEFORE ASHTANGA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
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