ASANA & PRANAYAMA
The day starts with Asana and Pranayama practice. During this two-hour class, we help you build a disciplined practice by focusing on proper alignment, connecting with your breath and channelising the prana, your vital energy. In order to be able to help your future students maximise the therapeutic benefits of yogasana practice, the class will equip you with practical knowledge of using yoga props to support and correct the postures. Throughout the Training, the 70 Asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series are discussed and practiced in-depth in the morning Hatha class, while the afternoon class is devoted to deepening the practice of Ashtanga Mysore Style in which the students practice their yoga sequence at their own pace in the set order with the Teacher’s support and adjustment given individually. Every alternate day, the class follows the Led class format in which the Teacher instructs the breath and the Asana of the sequence.
See our Ashtanga Primary series chart
In the Western world, often misunderstood as asana practice, yoga is in fact one of the six classical schools of Indian philosophy.This class is designed to give you an understating of the objective of Yoga and the path to reach it. Discussing their interconnection with day-to-day life, the Eight Limbs of Yoga are talked about extensively to help you apply it to the modern yogic lifestyle.
YOGIC TEXTS READING
As a compliment to the Philosophy class, every week students get familiar with ancient classical texts about Yoga to advance their understanding. Fragments of four classical texts are read, explained and discussed in class: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Upanishads. By being exposed to the ancient scriptures, students’ awareness is raised regarding the various paths of Yoga.
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
In order to teach and guide your students, to check and correct their alignment as they practice Asanas, having a solid foundation and proper understanding of anatomy and physiology of the human body is necessary. Knowing anatomy empowers the practitioner and gives him/her tools to address the imbalances in the body and to deepen the postural practice by moving to more advanced poses. The knowledge of muscular engagement and anatomical alignment becomes a key to self-awareness at the physical level of Yoga practice.
THE ART OF TEACHING
Being a strong Yoga practitioner is different from being a good Yoga teacher. We designed this class to help you master the art of teaching and acquire as well as refine such skills as precise instruction, clear demonstration, mindful observation, and effective adjustment. We dedicate a significant amount of time to the sequencing process in order to help you develop a balanced class in one of the different styles of postural yoga. Throughout the course, you get hands-on teaching experience followed by peer and teacher feedback. Moreover, this class will help you generate a vision for yourself as a yoga teacher and give you ideas for how to continue on your yoga teaching path.
In the Eight Limbs of Yoga, achieving the state of deep meditation is necessary to achieve the true goal of Yoga. Therefore, in our teacher training, we emphasise the practice of meditation as an equally significant part as asana practice. During the course you become familiar with various types of meditation and contemplative techniques, both ancient and modern, which gives a unique opportunity to learn, deepen and incorporate such styles of meditation as:
• Cyclic meditation
• Chakra meditation
• Kundalini meditation
• Mind to No-Mind meditation
• Third Eye meditation
• Sufi Meditation
• Tantra meditations
• Intensive Breath meditation
• Nada meditation
• Silent Meditation.
• OM Meditation
We believe it is crucial to have at least elements of Ayurvedic principles introduced and followed during a Yoga TTC. Every student is going to have an opportunity to meet an Ayurvedic doctor in order to find out their constitution (dosha) and discuss their health condition during an in-depth personalised consultation. The doctor will give dietary and lifestyle suggestions to improve the student’s well-being.
Ayurveda states that you are what you eat. Following this principle, we set it as a goal for ourselves to help Yoga practitioners incorporate a diet whose quality is sattva (pure, honest, clean) into their everyday life. That is why, as a very distinct part of the course, students get a chance to enter our kitchen, observe and learn the yogic food preparation process. In order to introduce an element of Karma Yoga and spread the feeling of sharing, students volunteer to prepare a sattvic meal every Friday evening. Not only does it give an opportunity to learn, practice and share, but it also strengthens the feeling of a community.
ASANA & PRANAYAMA
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