Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training

Mysore, India

You should know

It is not a retreat, but intensive teacher training

Training in Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Method

Limited students intake

Ashtanga Yoga

Teacher 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.

Traditional

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. The practice of postures is a moving meditation. In the session “Asana Clinic” 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.

Layers of practice 

Names & Tristhana

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.

Traditional Ashtanga

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. 

Vinyasa Krama

The most significant and hardest aspect of Ashtanga vinyasa Tradition is its Vinyasa Krama. There is a specific count for every asana. During the trainng, we work on exploring Vinyasa Counts of every asana of primary series. 

Asana Clinic

Practice of Asanas make proper progress when practiced safely and with understanding of subtle aspects of it. During Asana Clinic, we explore these subtle techniques, how to practice ashtanga without any injuries at different levels and how can we deepen the practice. 

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. 

Yoga Philosophy

Philosophical sessions covers variety of fundamentals such as Yoga Sutras, Nadis, Chakras, origin-evolution of Yoga Philosophy etc. 

Practice & Teach Pranayama & Meditation

Do not only practice pranayama, but teach too. As an Ashtanga Teacher you should be able to teach Pranayama too. 

Kriya practices

During this Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training, we practice Jala Neti Kapala Bhati and Trataka Kriyas which help you in cleansing the system. 

THEME-BASED PRACTICES

Some theme-based practices such as Yon Yoga, Backbends etc. will help you in preparing for your Ashtanga Practice 

Tentative Time Table

Here is a brief idea of how a day during Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training could be. However, the time table changes every week as the training gets more intense. Every Session,  Every Day and Every week are interlinked. 

Practice

6:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Teaching Methodology

11:45 AM – 01:30 PM

Yoga Philosophy & Theme Classes

04:30 PM – 06:00

Asana Clinic

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Lunch Break

01:30 PM – 4:30 PM 

Kirtans, Pranayama & Meditation

06:30  PM – 7:30 PM

Yoga Teacher Training Guide

Ashram

Your Stay

Food

Recommended Reading to prepare for Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training

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Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda

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Yoga Mala by Sri K Pattabhi Jois

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Light on Life by B K S Iyengar

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Light on Pranayama by B K S Iyengar

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