200 Hour Teacher Training
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Taking place over a ten-month study period, you’ll be part of a like-minded group, which will set you on a healing and transformative journey. A sangha is a necessary part of any spiritual path.
The study will require your full commitment in and out of the classroom, but rest assured the process will be further enhanced through the friendships you make on this course.
We believe that any training should have stages of evolution in terms of your yoga development, so we have staged this course into the following sections: Foundation, Immersion and Apprenticeship.
Foundation: This module is about bringing it back to basics. Starting from a clean slate. Approaching the practice and the wealth that it contains with a beginners mind. So we will be looking at starting and maintaining a home practice. Looking at the foundations of the yoga poses on our syllabus. Starting to learn the basics of adjusting. Beginning with the foundations of A&P, pranayama, meditation and mantra. The basics of learning how to teach. But the over-all focus will be on building a solid foundation in your own practice., showing that you have a true understanding of the yoga poses on the syllabus. And this is not connected to being the most flexible or strong person in the room. It is about a knowledge and connection to the practice. Because if the foundation is not solid, all else will be weak.
Immersion: Once we have the solid foundation in place, we can start with the true deep work of this practice. So we will be going into more detail of practice and teaching. The a & p will be more detailed, and the pranayama and meditation will be intensive.
Apprenticeship: This is about learning to be a yoga teacher. There will be adjustment clinics, lots of teaching practice with feedback from Kathryn and Nikki. Even if you are not planning on teaching after the course, this is a chance to get to the depths of the practice.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE COVER?
TEACHING AND ASSISTING
Learn how to master sequencing, delivery, and hands-on assisting to create inspirational classes for your students. Gain teaching experience from the get-go, receiving feedback and coaching throughout the course.
Discover the roots and origins of this ancient practice, and how it has evolved into the practice that we know today. Looking at some off the most important figures in yogic history, and the influence they have had. We will be discussing cultural appropriation as it relates to yoga, and the importance of respecting and acknowledging its origins.
Discover the practice of meditation and what it truly means to be mindful in one’s life. Learn techniques in how to observe and calm the mind. You could say it's a form of personal development for the mind. We will cover topics such as shamanta meditation, introduction to the Four Foundations Of Mindfulness, loving kindness and compassion.
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Learn the science of anatomy and physiology through the practice of yoga. We will go through the main body systems, organs, bones and muscle groups. By using your eye learn how to spot the mechanics of the human body through posture, alignment, common ailments and injuries.
The breath is one of the cornerstones of yoga practice and indeed of life itself. During the training we will look at the subtle yogic practice called pranayama by learning specific breath techniques. There will be pranayama practice sessions each weekend, and we will study specific pranayama practices.
DEEPENING YOUR PRACTICE
At the very heart of any teacher training is the practice of asana, meditation and pranayama. We will be teaching these on each weekend, to deepen your understanding and awareness. You will also be expected to start and maintain a home practice, so that there is a natural progression during the training. The emphasis is on integration of these practices into your life, not just flexibility whilst on the mat.
Here are some of the other key topics we will explore:
Meditation practice and an introduction to the four foundations of mindfulness
Pranayama and Bandhas
Yogic physiology: Study of the subtle body, gunas and Chakras
Ancient practice of Ayurveda, Diet and the yoga practice
Ashtanga – the eight limbs of yoga.
The Basics of Ayurveda
Anatomy and physiology
Philosophy: Yoga Darshan: Ethics, Patanjali’s Yoga sutras, Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads
Inversions in yoga practice
The art of back bending
Mantras and Chanting
The practice of Kriyas
Guided Loving Kindness & Compassion Practices
Assisting and adjustment techniques
Teaching principles and practices: sequencing, student teacher relationship,
Intent, communication skills
Developing a Business Plan as a teacher