200 HOURS OF ASHTANGA VINYASA & HATHA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Bearing the ultimate goal of Yoga in mind, journeying on the yogic path is in itself incredibly transformative. However, becoming a Yoga Teacher dedicated to assist others in walking that path can be even more powerful and rewarding. At Yoga Sangha, we intend to create an opportunity for serious practitioners who wish to explore the journey of spreading Yoga as a way of life and helping people transform their lives through the profound experience of Yoga practice.
We decided to combine the wisdom of two ancient traditional styles of Yoga by creating a unique course in Ashtanga and Hatha, drawing from the strengths and beauty of both – the dynamic yet meditative quality of Ashtanga and the focus on proper alignment of Hatha. The curriculum offers not only the strengthening of your own asana practice, but also an immersion into Yoga Philosophy, Meditation and Pranayama, as well as the tools you need to develop as a teacher in Anatomy and Art of Teaching.
It is our belief that the quality of the course comes from giving each and every student our maximum attention, therefore, each TTC group count a maximum of 12 students which gives us a chance to look after everyone well and make their learning experience as effective as possible.
Our course encourages self-study and self-awareness which we believe to be crucial features of a Yoga Teacher. We invite you to become part of our community where we support each other in the learning process, inspire each other and collaborate to create an even broader scope for Yoga practice.
Our TTC is Yoga Alliance certified.
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.
Weekly schedule (might undergo slight changes)
Monday to Friday
7:00-8:30 Hatha Yoga (with focus on alignment)
10:15-11:15 Yoga Philosophy
11:30-12:30 Art of Teaching
12:30-14:45 lunch & rest
14:45-15:45 Anatomy & Physiology
16:00-18:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa
10:15-11:15 Yogic Texts
11:30-12:30 Ayurvedic Consultations (2-3 students each Saturday)
Rest & Homework
You are required to have a preliminary self-practice before joining our TTC. As a school, we cannot quantify the time of practice necessary to participate in the course, however, we suggest you consider a TTC if you have regularity of practice of minimum 3 times a week for a minimum of 6 months. In case you are not sure if you are ready, click here to find out what options you have at the Yoga Sangha.
2. It is not necessary to have practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa before. A practice of Hatha Yoga is sufficient to join the course.
3. It is suggested to read Siddhartha (120 pages) by Hermann Hesse before joining our course but this is a suggestion to develop your understanding rather than a pre-requisite to join the TTC. Other suggested reading includes: Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton, Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, the classic Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar. We also recommend listening to lectures by Alan Watts (easily available on youtube), and watching such films as Seven Years in Tibet, Little Buddha, Siddharta (the 1972 adaptation of Hermann Hesse’s book). They will all serve as a good preparation and tuning in with the mind frame present during the course.
4. We also encourage you to come with an open mind and keep an attitude of humble learning and non-judgment as everything you encounter during the course can greatly benefit you.
100h + 100h TTC
At Yoga Sangha we wish to be accommodative to those for whom taking a month off from their
daily life to do the TTC might be challenging. There is an option of dividing the course into two
parts and coming twice for two weeks to do 100h of the course at a convenient time.
We also realise that different circumstances inspire us to undertake a certain journey in life. There
are those who discover they would like to pursue the path of Yoga and Yoga teaching without
having an established practice. If you want to dedicate yourself to a TTC but your self-practice is
not strong, you are most welcome to come to Yoga Sangha and participate in a one-month-Iong
preparatory course just before the TTC. You are only required to take care of your food and
Our idea of introducing the practice of Bhakti Yoga, the path of love and devotion, consists in that
we encourage dedicated students to stay with us after the TTC and assist in the further course(s).
That way by offering to demonstrate and adjust in classes, students already get their first
experience of teaching but also express their dedication to Yoga. You are only required to take
care of your food and accommodation.
At the heart of our values lies the idea of a community. Therefore, after the course you can count
on our support – you are welcome to stay in touch with us, ask questions, clear your doubts,
propose joint ventures such as workshops or talks, or write for our blog. We encourage an
exchange of ideas and experiences with other students from our TTCs to enrich your teaching
and continue to grow through our closed Facebook group.
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