The Sangha Trinidad's Yoga Teacher Training
The Sangha Trinidad is currently the ONLY 500hr Yoga Alliance Registered School in the Caribbean and this is our 4th Yoga Teacher Training for 2016. The program we offer is completely accessible with no travel VISA needed for Caricom Nationals and VERY intensive! This year, 2 Trainings, 2 awesome locations - Trinidad OR NOW!
Type of Event
- Teacher Training
You choose either the morning or evening slot during the week and then both groups come together on weekends. The hours are as follows:
Monday to Friday - 8AM to 1PM OR 5PM to 10PM
Saturday and Sundays - 8AM to 7PM
Deposit of $1,500.00USD required to secure your spot.
The Curriculum follows the Yoga Alliance guidelines and covers a combination of topics that include following:
TECHNIQUES TRAINING / PRACTICE (200HRS)
MEDITATION PRACTICE (11HRS)
Every session will begin with a 15 minute meditation and/or pranayama practice led by some of the faculty. It is no problem if this is your first time practicing meditation – although the practice will be suitable to more experienced practitioners, no experience is necessary. Incorporating meditation into your day is a great way to cultivate a mindful, productive, stress-free and focused day.
ASANA PRACTICE (98HRS)
In the beginning, classes will be led by Teacher Training Faculty members and Co-Directors. We will focus on The Sangha Trinidad’s Yoga Series, which is based on the Principles of Moksha Yoga®. We will explore sequencing in such classes like Flow Classes, More Advanced Classes, Classes with Music, Silent Classes. And touch on Yin Yoga and Strength + Mobility Classes and learning to teach Asana yoga to many levels. Variety in teachers and teaching styles will provide tools for interpretation within the series, and further the process of making your teaching personal and authentic.
POSTURE WORKSHOP (91HRS)
In this interactive lecture series each posture in the sequence will be broken down to explore alignment, modifications and variations, “release valves” (including Contraindications), and benefits. We will also discuss the reason for the sequence with regards to Backbends, Forward Bends, Balancing Poses, Twists, Hip Openers, Sun Salutations and Inversions. Each pose will be discussed in deep detail so that the teacher trainers can discover the biomechanics of each posture and hence the safest and most effective way to enter and exit each posture.
TEACHING METHODOLOGY (42HRS)
Teaching Methodology focuses primarily on all the teaching moments that happen before, during and after class. This is a chance to learn how to create comfort and confidence within the art of teaching and defining your teaching practice…being the best instructor that you can be!
QUALITIES OF A TEACHER (15HRS)
Communication - helping Trainees learn how to be be better communicators. We will learn how to make eye contact, the effects of your body language and how to read your students’ body language, verbal cues. PLUS we will learn…“It’s not about you” and what that means.
Your teaching tone and the importance of variety will also be discussed, including voice projection, utilizing key ‘trigger’ words, body language and the use of visualization to convey information.
Further discussion will revolve around the different ways in which people learn (visual, physical and audio)
How to demonstrate
The importance of observing and giving feedback
How to teach Hot Yoga (what to look for)
How to prepare oneself mentally before teaching a class.
This section resolves around one of the most important aspects of teaching: the safe and effective performance of yoga asanas. We will focus primarily on the entry, stasis and exit to and from poses, as well as the following:
Teaching various body types – seniors, hyper-mobile, lack of awareness, heavier body types vs. smaller body types, injuries (common, multiple, special cases), pre and post natal
Introduction to potential mental and physical disorders and how to handle – eating disorders, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Includes the use of blocks, straps and other props using both verbal and hands-on adjustments. There will also be discussion revolving around the issues of hands-on adjustments, recognizing limitations and how to be most effective in directing students to self-adjust.
BUSINESS OF YOGA (5HRS)
Learn how to build a sustainable teaching career. Hireability and Saleability. Building your yoga brand and using Social Media. We will explore in detail the nuts and bolts of setting yourself up as an effective yoga professional and introduce practical techniques for managing your time, your finances (NIS, Taxes, etc.), building your class and workshop numbers, creating a strong and consistent following and ultimately flourishing as a teacher mindfully and with a true yogic mind.
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (50HRS):
1) INTRODUCTION TO ANATOMY (28HRS)
You will be lead in a series of lectures on understanding anatomy and how it relates to yoga asanas, including Principles of Anatomy for the Core. We will also practice safe core exercises.
2) FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY OF ASANA (15HRS)
Susi Hately and her Functional Synergy Team, introduce us to the Principles of Anatomy, Kinesiology and biomechanics of Yoga Asana, through exciting workshops and discussions…just think toes!!!
3) THE PHYSIOLOGY – CHAKRAS, NADIS AND ENERGY (7HRS)
Through various sessions will be introduced to the Chakras, the Nadis and the concept of energy.
YOGA PHILOSOPHY, LIFESTYLE AND ETHICS, BUDDHIST/MINDFULNESS YOGA and PHILOSOPHY WITH THE STUDY OF THE YOGA SUTRAS, PLUS IN-DEPTH STUDY OF PRANAYAMA, ASANA AND TEACHING SKILLS (60HRS)
We introduce the Buddha’s teachings within the concept of the Yoga Tradition. These lectures illustrates that the common aspiration of all spiritual practitioners is to overcome suffering and imbalance and awaken to our inherent wholeness and union with all things. The essential practice to accomplish this, mindfulness (satipatthana), will be explained and undertaken.
REACH IN. REACH OUT. (5HRS)
Elspeth Duncan, will teach us how to REACH IN to yourself, awaken your power and realize your full potential. REACH OUT with this power and potential to help positively transform the world through innovative yogic service.
MOVIES & DISCUSSION, PRESENTATIONS, READING AND JOURNALING (25HRS)
We will watch and review movies that are thought provoking and maybe life-changing and see what arises. The diversity of the group should make this truly exciting!
This is a chance to document the physical, spiritual and emotional journey that students experience throughout the training. Journaling is an opportunity to slow the mind and work through the challenges and excitement that arise in such an intensive training.
Each teacher trainer will be required to give a presentation. Presentation topics will be provided, though trainers can choose to present a seminar on any topic that could benefit the group. This is an opportunity to put public speaking skills into practice in a setting that is more comfortable and varied than a standard yoga class.
Books will be suggested , but again, all thought provoking, meaningful, with the intention of helping you be the best yoga instructor that you can be!
This part is broken down into three (3) parts:
TEACHING YOUR PEERS
Emphasis will be placed on preparing teacher trainees for the actual practice of teaching. Each trainee will have the opportunity to lead small groups of their fellow trainees through several consecutive postures and learn thematic approaches to teaching. The teaching will be followed by feedback sessions.
Emphasis will be placed on the teacher trainees watching and observing other teachers. This helps with learning the “tricks of the trade”.
Teacher Trainees will also be encouraged to assist in adjusting while others are teaching
During the course of the year of training, teacher trainees will teach publicly (friends or community classes) and receive feedback from them.
OTHER / ELECTIVES (85HRS)
The first two courses chosen will emphasize the concept of "touch"…the importance of understanding how the touch of an instructor can have a huge impact on your student. Mindfulness, care, healing and love are the focus here.
1) FOUNDATIONS IN THAI YOGA MASSAGE
Trainees will be taught a short routine that can be incorporated into their classes and to use when they recognize students in extra need.
2) REIKI CERTIFICATION
Trainees will also be introduced to Reiki and its power of healing. Again, helping the teacher trainees understand its affects and all with the intention of making them the best instructor they can be! After this session, you will be Reiki Level I Certified.
3) INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED POSES (18+HRS)
Each year the Trainees are introduced to a more advanced poses, just for exposure - AERIAL YOGA plus, we work with some of the top teachers from around the world! Meghan Currie, David Robson, YuMee Chung to name a few. Both the strength building and the restorative aspects of this practice will be explored.
4) SCIENCE AND MINDFULNESS YOGA/MENTAL HEALTH.
We all know the rise in mental and mood disorders. This means it is even more imperative that yoga instructors are properly prepared and equipped to recognize what triggers and cues are and their impact on their students. Hosted by Linda Malone of the Blu Matter Project in Toronto.
5) DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM (200+ HRS)
Following the initial 6-week intensive is a 10-month distance learning program which requires the submission of projects associated with practice teaching and growth. Completion of the entire year long, 500+ hour Teacher Training is necessary in order to receive your certificate beyond one year of training start date.