200-hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Certification 2018
What will you learn:
- The 8 Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga
- The history of Yoga from its origins to our present day understanding
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Bagavhad Gita
- Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology and Posture
- Asana, Assists and Alignment Modifications, Safety, Ahimsa and Mindfulness
- Meditation, Chanting, Sanskrit Vocabulary and Pranayama Breathing
- Yoga philosophy, Lifestyle, Yoga Therapy and Energy Medicine
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This in-depth training is ideal for people who love yoga and who have a desire to deepen their yoga practice. Even if you have no desire to teach yoga, this training is ideal for you.
8 Limbs staff will provide the majority of your training. Additionally, guest teachers with special expertise and insight into various aspects of yoga will join us throughout the training.
The training will be at 8 Limbs Yoga and last approximately 6 months. We will meet once or twice each month for full days on Saturday and Sunday as well as Friday evenings. Between the times when we meet for the classroom training, there will be reading and writing assignments that will familiarize you with the great historical yoga literature that forms the foundation of our current-day practice including the Yoga Sutras, The Baghavad Gita, and The Yoga Mala. We will also be reading work from great teachers such as Beryl Bender Birch, David Swenson and other influential yoga practitioners.
The language of Yoga is Sanskrit, considered by most people to be a “dead” language. However, you will discover that it is instead alive and vibrant. The words may not roll right off your tongue at first but as we learn the Sanskrit names of the postures and the melodic and meditative chants, you will find yourself in love with the beautifully descriptive words to provide us with a living connection to a 5000-year-old tradition and its teachers.
The complete practice of Yoga includes a philosophical foundation in the way we conduct our everyday lives. As we study the anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology of Asana, you will gain and in-depth understanding of how your body works and about the profound therapeutic value of each posture. This understanding will improve the way you move and breathe in everyday life. We calm the mind by controlling our breath. You will learn breathing techniques that are powerful tools of meditation, relaxation, and invigoration. You will learn how to breathe mindfully, to focus your attention inward and disengage from whatever is going on around us. This is Pratyahara, which prepares us for ever deeper forms of meditation and finally to reach and enlightened state called Samadhi.
- Techniques, Training, and Practice: 100 hour
Minimum contact hours: 75 hours
Minimum contact hours w/Lead Trainer(s): 50 hours
Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.
- Teaching Methodology: 25 hour
Minimum contact hours: 15 hours
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 10 hours
Special Requirement: A maximum of five of the above hours can be counted on the subject of the business aspect of teaching yoga
Topics in this category could include, but may not be limited to:
Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and he establishment of priorities and boundaries
How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting. Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, and correcting
Qualities of a teacher
The student learning process
Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)
The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques. See the example topics below to help clarify the differences between Techniques, Training, and Practice category and the Teaching Methodology category.
Example Techniques, Training, and Practice Topics Example Teaching Methodology Topics
The Five Categories of Asana: The trainee will practice and learn the key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and will begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories.
Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.
Principles of Demonstrating Asanas: Discuss how effective demonstrations in class can help emphasize an alignment or other focus for the specific pose or sequence of poses.
Earning Modalities: identifying our dominant style, and learning how to teach based on others’ learning styles
Use of Language and Voice: Lecture and discussion on active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns
- Anatomy and Physiology: 20 hours
Minimum contact hours: 10 hours
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours
Special Requirements: A minimum of five of the above hours must be spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga
Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).
- Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours
Specific Requirements: A minimum of 2 of the above contact hours must be spent on ethics for yoga teachers
Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to:
The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita)
Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma. Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving other teacher – student relationships and community. Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)
- Practicum: 10 hours
Minimum contact hours: 5 hours
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours
Topics in this category include:
Practice teaching as the lead instructor (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback)* Receiving and giving feedback.
Special Requirements: Each trainee must spend a minimum of 5 contact hours of practice teaching as the lead. Observing others teaching** Assisting students while someone else is teaching instructor. These hours may include the time during which the trainee is receiving feedback on his/her teaching. Time spent assisting, observing others teaching, or giving feedback to others is excluded from these hours.
**Evaluation or observation of yoga classes outside of the Teacher Training Program constitutes non-contact hours. At most, 2 such non-contact hours can be counted towards the Practicum requirement.**
Remaining Contact Hours and Elective Hours