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Yoga Teacher Training Course (240 hours, RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certificate)

The Himalayan Yoga Academy is hosting a unique program in Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world. The program features 12 teachers, each teaching their distinct expertise. In this way every subject within yoga is taught by the best teacher in this field.

The subjects taught in the course include Asana, Alignment, Pranayama, Shatkarma, Meditation, Philosophy, Teacher Theory and Anatomy. There is a focus on having students practiced while being observed and guided by experienced teachers.

Where

National Highway 58, Tapovan, Rishikesh Uttarakhand, IN 249192
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Type of Event

  • Teacher Training

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When

Feb 17 to
Mar 24
2015
23:00 pmto14:00 pm

Price

$1,560

The tuition fee includes over 200 hours of class time, original HYA course materials as well as text books, shared accommodation, 3 healthy vegetarian meals a day and Sunday excursions apart from many extra's.

Full Description

Event program:

This yoga teacher training program entirely complies with RYT200 standard designation of Yoga Alliance for future Level I yoga teachers. This program contains 200+ hours of theory and practice covering wide array of subjects from simply-taught Philosophy of Yoga and Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga through in-depth Analysis of Yogasutras and Methodology of Teaching Yoga.

Within a timespan of four weeks, students will gain understanding of what is yoga, what its ideological/philosophical background is, what are goals of yoga and how various systems of yoga practice correlate. This program is designed in a way that helps students understand the essence of yoga as art and science.

At Himalayan Yoga Academy, we don't aim at teaching pre-defined asana sequences or narrow yoga down to one specific lineage. On the contrary, we enriched this program with a variety of traditional systems of yoga so that our graduates are able to clearly define the kernel of yogic knowledge and to apply this understanding to their personal practice and their teaching practice. Yoga is so vast that no single system is able to define it in its entirety. Hence, it might be a good idea to consolidate a few major traditions in order to enrich, purify and demistify your own vision of yoga.

The authors of this course set themselves a super-task: provide a beginning yoga teacher with a firm basis for further professional, personal and spiritual growth within just 1 month of intensive theoretical and practical classes. The course should not be considered as the ultimate stage of yoga teacher progress, rather as the first step on the way of a prominent yogi, a potential Master, Teacher, Trainer and just a decent person.

The objectives of the course are as follows.

The development of complex understanding of Yoga Science – from basic ideas to sophisticated concepts of yoga, anatomy and theory of yoga teaching.
Master all the practices, essential for the development of physical and psychological qualities of a yogi (shatkarma, asana, pranayama, fundamental meditation techniques)
Structure of the course
Synthesis of theory and practice

It should be noted here that we do not divide our classes into theory and practice. Yoga itself is a practice, in the first place, though it becomes much more effective with the study of theory.
You are not only going to have two practical classes in the morning and in the evening, but also all the theoretical knowledge is going to be immediately put into practice. In other words boring lectures on philosophy will be turned into interesting workshops, where you will experience everything you have just learnt. Only by your own experience you can go deep into the mystery of yoga.
And having experienced what the sages of the past were teaching to their disciples you will be able to easily distinguish between the traditional knowledge and its later interpretations.

Though, as it was said before, theory and practice go together, you will still have subjects (check them below).
We are going to work on the following practical techniques:

Shatkarma techniques, cleansing your mind and body and preparing them to proper asana practice (neti, bhasti, kapalabhati, nauli. dhauti, trataka).
Asanas as the most powerful technique of training your body and mind, as a fundamental practice for personal discipline and preparation for pranayama. The program covers 42 compulsory asanas for beginner’s, intermediate and advanced levels.
Pranayama techniques, which is the next step after asana practice and the ultimate level of hatha yoga.

Meditation of all the stages of raja –yoga, leading to the ultimate liberation from the bonds of controversial human nature, by harmonization of psycho-somatic processes (pratyahara, dharana, dhyana)

At everyday workshops we are going to take a close look on all the groups of asanas, and will practice alignment and asana correction at teaching classes.
We did our best to represent everyday asana practice in a complex and integral way, essential for a future teacher. Every day you are going to have a static training where you will explore in details all the aspects of asana alignment and geometric construction of asanas. It will not only deepen your understanding and ability to control your body, but also will give you an opportunity to teach yoga professionally and safely to various groups of students.

In fact, a static approach, based on a deep understanding of body structure, will help a better control over tiny muscles, will contribute to sharpening your concentration which will lead you to the state of pratyahara, dharana, and in case of pauseless concentration, even to dhyana.

Furthermore, we are going to “balance” the static practice with the dynamic practice of classic hatha-yoga and eclectic yoga style, which contains elements of hatha-yoga, kundalini-yoga, Himalayan yoga, japa-yoga and various classic and original pranayamas.

In addition, not to be too serious, we included in the program some kundalini and acrobatic yoga classes, which help a better harmonization of the energy and give you the feeling of joy, ease and togetherness.
By the practice of shatkarmas, we are going to cleanse our bodies from accumulated toxins. It will definitely increase the effect of practice within the first week. Further, having experienced this effect, we will learn those techniques in details, to be able to teach them to students. Shatkarma should be mastered under the guidance of the specialist to avoid problems and even injures from improper practice ( “tough” practices , bhasti, neti ). And of course the guidance is also important even for more “fine” techniques such as kapalabhati and trataka. Also we structured the program of the course in a way which allows everyone to master Nauli within just a few weeks! Having cleansed your body and having prepared it to comfortable and enjoyable practice of asanas, you will move further and learn 8 classic pranayama techniques of hatha yoga and other techniques, which combine methods of hatha and kundalini yoga. Also every day you are going to have a meditation class, where you will master meditation techniques of various traditions: hatha yoga, raja-yoga, kundalini, buddhism and tantra. We are proud to have the most extensive practice program in whole Rishikesh which is essential for the complex understanding of the science of yoga: from yoga nidra to dynamic meditations Osho, from static yoga to intensive kundalini practices, from Chi-Kong to voice opening techniques.

At classes on Anatomy and Biomechanics we will have a close look at how the human body, the home for the mind, works. Yoga considers the mind and the body as a union, and higher states of mind are thought to be reached through body practices. Thus, it is critically important for a yogi to understand how the body itself and all its systems, namely respiratory, nervous, endocrine and musculoskeletal work together.

The division of the body into systems is pretty much conventional. Studying respiratory system, for example, we will refer to other systems, like nervous and muscular-skeletal systems, etc.

At Anatomy classes you will learn not only traditional approach to musculoskeletal system but also some modern theories of Anatomy and Biomechanics: miofacial meridians, Tensegrity (by Buckminster Fuller, not Castaneda), structural integration. These theories unlike traditional ones, covered in school books on Anatomy regard human body as a unified system.

Human body is a super complex structure, where everything is interrelated. Contemporary yoga which, in its basis, is a physical practice, leading to mental practice, is developed in progressive modern theories of Biomechanics. These theories will be explicitly reviewed in the Anatomy part of teacher training program.

Also the program features the following topics:

• Study and analysis of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as the most essential text on yoga, in particular its first part, talking about yogic techniques of mind concentration and body mechanics;
• Exploring the concepts of hatha yoga and tantra set out in the classic texts of Gheranda Samhita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika , Shiva Samhita (prana, nadi, chakra, mudra, bandha, Kosha, kundalini);
• Samkhya philosophy as the basis of yoga philosophy;
• Analysis of human anatomy and physiology and application of acquired knowledge in teaching yoga;
• Ayurvedic concepts ;
• A full-fledged theory of teaching yoga.

Do not let yourself be scared by the words “philosophy”, “veda”, “prana” etc.

The purpose of the course is to give future teachers a holistic view on the science of yoga , to develop a deep understanding of never aging knowledge about the human body , mind , health, happiness , harmony, about the world around and inside us . Yoga is deeply scientific and at the same time deeply spiritual. "Know yourself - and you will know the whole world ", as yogic science teaches, and it goes even further by telling us how exactly we can know ourselves and the world around . The ancient writings of the great yogis literally provide walkthroughs to the methodology of yoga.

Module system

The course consists of 3 modules. At the end of the first and the second modules students will take tests and at the end of the third module there is an examination. Tests are given in written form and are aimed at assessing the level of knowledge gained throughout the module. One day before the test the questions for the test will be made public. The examination consists of two parts: practical and theoretical. Practical part will be held in the form of evaluation class, where each student will have to teach the whole lesson to the group . The theoretical part of the exam is a written test, where the student is supposed to provide a detailed answer to some questions on the theory of yoga. Tests and exams are assessed by experienced teachers of our school .

The criteria of assessment of the practical part will be provided to the students in the beginning of the course. The evaluation class will be assessed according to those criteria. 


Curricular structure of the training

Week 1

Conceptual basics (introducing practices, philosophical systems, principal analysis of asana / pranayama / meditation practices)

Preparatory / rehabilitational practical systems in yoga (Pavana
Muktasana, Sukshma Vyayama)

Introduction into Yoga (What is yoga, goals of yoga, systems of yoga practice, philosophical analysis of yogic methodology)

Introduction into Anatomy of Yoga

Shatkarma (introducing six major purification techniques)

Structural alignment (practical aspects of orderly / safe asana practice)

Iyengar yoga (preparing body for asana and mind for meditation)

Traditional asana practices in hatha yoga

Meditational techniques

Week 2

Introduction into Teaching Yoga & Basics of Yoga Methodology (working with audiences; Instructing yoga; Factors influencing class structure; Body reading; Anatomical analysis; Factors influencing individual practice; Methods of instructing; Asana alignment: main principles, typical mistakes, physical and psycho-energetic effects)

Analysis of traditional philosophical systems of India (Vedic culture; Samkhya)

Meditation techniques

Shatkarma

Pranayama

Structural alignment

Iyengar yoga

Traditional asana practices in hatha yoga

Basics of massage techniques

Basics of Naturopathy

Acro yoga

Week 3

Practice of teaching yoga (adjustment workshops, preliminary preparation of generalized lesson plan)

Analysis of Yogasutras by Patanjali (Abhyasa & vairagya as means of willful concetration; Approaching experience of Purusha (samadhi);

Samskara; Realizing Ishvara; Obstacles to tranquil psyche (chitta vikshepa and chitta prasada); Means to attain tranquility)

Anatomy & physiology of yoga

Pranayama

Analysis of traditional philosophical systems of India (Samkhya; Hatha yoga; Yogasutras)

History of yoga (origins of yoga, pre-vedic period: pre-historic migrations, Zoroastrian influences in Veda, Indus-Sarasvati civilization; vedic period; traces of yogic concepts in the Veda, the Upanishads, buddhist Yogachara, Jainism, Eleatics and other ancient Greek philosophies; Yogasutras by Patanjali; Samkhya and yoga)

Analysis of Yogasutras by Patanjali (Definition of yoga; The Seer;

Psyche according to YS; Five types of mental processes)

Shatkarma

Yin yoga (Mild miofascial stretching techniques in yoga)

Structural alignment

Iyengar yoga

Traditional asana practices in hatha yoga

Deep meditation techniques (including mandatory two-days guided silence retreat)

Karma yoga (seva, experiencing selfless service)

Week 4

Adjustment Laboratory (adjustment techniques assessment)

History of yoga (conceptualization of yoga in pre-medieval period; diversification of yoga in Middle Ages; classical Medieval works on yoga; assimilation of yoga with foreign cognitive systems – sufism, fakirism, militarized ascetism, brahmanism, buddhism, tantra)

Ayurveda (introducing Ayurveda; gunas; doshas; rasas; ayurvedic diet; ayurvedic lifestyle)

Methods of teaching yoga (sequencing a class; elements of class structure; Asana Laboratory: detecting common principles within asana groups; avoiding injuries in asana practice; adjustments)

Practice of teaching yoga (development of individualized lesson plan; public presentation of students’ individualized lesson plan)

Anatomy & physiology of yoga, basics of yoga therapy

Ayurveda (introducing Ayurveda; gunas; doshas; rasas; ayurvedic diet; ayurvedic lifestyle)

Voice tuning

Shatkarma (including nonmandatory Shank Prakshalana)

Pranayama

Yin yoga

Structural alignment

Traditional asana practices in hatha yoga

Week 5

Practice of teaching yoga (public presentation of individualized lesson plans; second nonmandatory round of public lesson plan presentations including additional individualized assignment factors)

Shatkarma

Pranayama

Structural alignment

Traditional asana practices in hatha yoga
Concluding Analysis of Yogasutras by Patanjali (The seer, seeing and the seen; Two means of attaining the ultimate state of yoga: savitarka–nirvitarka and savichara–nirvichara; True Self and the ultimate Truth; dissolution of samskaras (mental impressions) as the final step towards absolute state of yoga)

History of yoga (integrating global systems of spiritual, psycho-energetic and physical self-development: practical catholicism, spiritualism, occultism, national/nationalistic movements for physical culture development, practical yogism; Revival of yoga; modern yoga)
Certification under Yoga Alliance RYT 200

The students who will successfully pass the exam and the interview
with the senior teacher are rewarded with the internationally recognized Certificate of Completion, RYT 200 (Yoga Alliance, USA).

This certificate entitles you to teach yoga anywhere in the world. Our program meets all the requirements for YTTC by Yoga Alliance. The program is recognized and approved by Yoga Alliance as meeting all the requirements of international standards of education.

Manuals, hand-outs, books for the participants

All the students will be provided with all learning material free of charge, including the original manual “Asana Book” by Anastasia Kurdina where you will find full description of key asanas, represented in groups. Every asana description contains a technical instruction for asana performance, asana focus-point, muscular facial meridians, indications and contraindications, and the therapeutic effect of the asana.

Our original “Guide to Teaching Yoga” (76 pages), containing lectures on the methodology of yoga teaching, including chapters on teaching students with special needs.
School-authored "Safety and Individual Limitations" (24 pages) which provides deep insights into injury safety in a class and contains tons of useful information about various safety techniques a modern yoga teacher must follow.

Detailed "Shatkarma Book", "Asana Book", "Pranayama Book", "Meditation Book" (around 200 pages altogether) – all containing detalized descriptions of techniques, teaching tips, instructing scripts and so on.

Original manual “Applied Yoga Anatomy” which gives a detailed overview of traditional systems of the body and their practical application in yoga and innovative theories of structural anatomy (Tom Myers, Ida Rolf). The book contains only applied anatomy knowledge that a yoga teacher could easily use in their practice.

Extracurricular activities

Regardless the famous quote by Swami Rama “Practice, practice, practice!” we are going to have quite a few extracurricular activities including:

16 kilometer rafting on the Ganges rapids
Indian classical music concerts
Hikes around Rishikesh to holy, spectacular and “powerful” places (including Neelkanth Temple, where, as the legend says, Shiva drank poison for the sins of the human kind; the cave of the sage Vasishth, the founder of kriya-yoga; Ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru of transcendental meditation (also known as the Beatles Ashram), and if we are lucky we can even meet Beatles Baba there).
Fire ceremonies on the banks of the Ganges
Meetings, conversations, workshops with outstanding people
…and much more! Let yourself be surprised!

Course duration

The course lasts for 35 days, or full 5 weeks. Extracurricular activities on Sunday include special classes on acro-yoga, kundalini yoga, lectures, workshops run by guest teachers, excursions and hikes, visits to “powerful” places, temples, various ceremonies, concerts, kirtans, satsangs etc.

Daily routine

Classes will take place from Monday to Saturday, approximately 6-8 hours per day.

Daily schedule is normally as follows:

5:30 Wake up

6:00 – 6:50 Warm-up and pranayama

7:00 – 8:30 Asanas (alignment, instructions, sequences or yoga-therapy)

8:40 – 9:15 Shatkarma

9:15 – 10:15 Breakfast

11:00 – 12:45 Lecture (1 hour) or work in the library, self-practice

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Free time or self-practice

15:30 – 16:15 Afternoon workshop (alignment, mantras, voice-opening, consultations with teachers, group work or teacher training)

16:30 – 18:00 Asanas (flow sequence, kundalini,kriya, acro-yoga)

18:00 – 18:45 Meditation

19:00 – 19:45 Dinner

20:30 – 21:00 Evening meditation or discussion with a teacher, concert or kirtan, movie or free time
22:00 - Bedtime

Extracurricular activities:

White-water rafting on Ganga
Trekking around Rishikesh
Satsangs
Charitable work
Volunteer work
Visits to temples and shrines of the Garhwal Himalayas
Visits to the greatest ashrams of Rishikesh
Indian Classical Music nights
Fire ceremonies (Hawan)
Ganga Aarti ceremonies
Pooja ceremonies
Participation in traditional Navratri celebration